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The Fourth National Policy Summit (NPS), aimed at assessing government’s flagship programmes, has been launched in Accra today (September 17, 2018).


The Summit, which is schedule for September 24 and 25 at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale, was launched by Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, the Information Minister designate.


The National Policy Summit is a platform designed by the Ministry of Information (MOI) which gives Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA’s) an opportunity to engage with various stakeholders, academia and Civil Society groups and Economic actors on some of the flagship programmes of government.


This gives an opportunity to government to explain to stakeholders and the citizenry to know the progress made by government in terms of policy delivery within the various sectors of the Ghanaian economy.


Addressing the media, Mr Nkrumah said the summit would be led by key government officials in charge of various flagship programmes such as the One District, One Factory (1D1F), National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Free Senior High School policy, Poverty Eradication Programme (PEP), One Village, One Dam (1V1D) and Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty Programme (LEAP).


Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, is expected to deliver the keynote address followed by the Heads of various Ministries, Departments and Agencies responsible for the implementation of various government programmes and policies.


On the first day of the summit, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, will speak on the topic; 'Free Senior High School for all Ghanaian Children - the Double Track System…What it is and why'.


Mr Alan John Kyerematen, the Minister of Trade and Industry, will present a status report on the One District, One Factory programme dubbed; 'Assessment of One District, One Factory…Status of Implementation'.


On the second day, Dr Opoku Prempeh will again speak on the topic: 'Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Ghana, what is the success story so far and what are the next steps to enhance awareness creation and increase enrolment…'


The Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson, will speak on the topics: 'Assessment of One Village, One Dam initiative…the status of implementation so far' and 'Assessment of the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).'


Mr Collins Ehwie, the Manager, Centre for Business, will speak on: 'Financing Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Access to Funding'.


The Minister for Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, will present a status report on the NHIS; dubbed: 'Status of efforts to restructure the NHIS'.


A Deputy Minister in charge of Gender, Children and Social Protection will give the status of the Livelihood Empowerment against Poverty (LEAP) programme.


Each presentation will be followed by a panel discussion.


Mr Roland Akafia, the UMB Head of Public Private Partnership Incubator Centre, said UMB was very excited in partnering the government in its efforts to take the National Policy Summit to the doorstep of the people; adding that this would enable the people to have a say in some of the policy programmes government was churning out.


He noted that the UMB was the first bank to pledge its support to assist government in the execution of its flagship programme; One District, One Factory.


He recounted that a couple of weeks ago, the UMB delivered on the first project - providing 10.7 million dollars for one of the flagship programmes of the government.


The Minister-designate encouraged all Ghanaians to participate in the policy summit in order to be a breast of the progress made by the government in the delivery of its mandate.


The Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) is the main partner for the summit.


 Source: ISD (Solace Esi Amankwah and Juliana B. Akyea)