By Cecil Mensah
The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), the commission tasked to develop the country’s economic planning strategies, has said that as part of the introduction of the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA)II, it will harmonized the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by the President and all current policy initiatives to transform the economy.
The NDPC, established by Act 479 of Parliament has a representation from all the ten regions, some key Ministers namely; the Minister of Finance, Minister of Trade and Industry, the Governor of Bank of Ghana (BoG), the Government Statistician and experts on policy frameworks and development.
According to Dr Regina Adu Twum, the Director-General (D-G) of NDPC; this will ensure that the President’s priority areas would be in line with the priorities of the GSGDA II document.
The D-G revealed this at the stakeholder’s consultation meeting with the media in Accra, when she gave an overview and strategic direction for GSGDA II.
She said, the country has over the years role out various development strategies including, the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) I and II from 2001 to 2009 as part of the country joining the Highly Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) initiative and the GSGDA I and II from 2010.
She mentioned that this policy document was expected to be implemented from 2014 to 2017, since it was the belief of Government that policies and programmes emanating from GSGDA would lay the foundation to move Ghanaians closer to the long -term aspiration of society.
She explained that since Ghana discovered oil, the Commission’s policy proposal under GSGDA had been anchored on the continued pursuit of macroeconomic stability and sustainable exploitation of its natural resource.
She noted that so far the Commission has focus on the following key areas: ensuring and sustaining macroeconomic stability; enhanced comprises of Ghana private sector and accelerated agricultural modernization and natural resource management.
The consultation chaired by Dr Sulley Gariba, a member of the Commission, saw presentations by officials of NDPC on the six thematic areas namely ‘’Accelerated Agriculture Transformation and sustainable Natural Resource Management, Oil and Gas Development, Infrastructure and Human Settlements Development, Human Development , Productivity and Employment and Transparent and Accountable Governance’’.
On his part, the President of Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Dr Roland Affrail Monney, thanked the commission for the opportunity to school members on the new development strategy.
He assured members of the commission that his colleagues would do their best and scrutinize the policy document and make inputs.
He commended the commission for building the capacity of members in the face of members’ disinformation of the public on the new policy document.