In satisfaction of Article 36 clause 5 of the 1992 constitution, government has released the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies 2017-2024 (CPESDP).
Per the constitution, the President shall present to Parliament a coordinated programme of economic and social development policies including agricultural and industrial programmes at all levels and in all the regions of Ghana within two years of assuming office.
The programme is based on the vision of the New Patriotic Party as outlined in its manifesto, “Change: An Agenda for Jobs- Creating Prosperity and Equal Opportunity for all”. On the account of this, a nationwide dissemination exercise has been rolled out to engage citizens on government’s agenda.
The second dissemination forum was held in the central regional capital, Cape Coast by the Ministry of Planning and the developers of the CPESDP. The first was held at Koforidua in the eastern region.
The sector minister, Professor George Gyan Baffour, indicated the programme which was presented to parliament last year, captures the divergent aspirations of Ghanaians into a formidable shared vision that will be translated into plans, policies and actions to be pursued in all regions, districts and sectors of society. He said its implementation has already begun and is expected to cover a span of 8years.
Professor George Gyan Baffour, Minister of Planning
“This coordinated programme outlines the mission of the president of the country and offers a diagnosis and analysis of our socio-economic challenges and presents new approaches to address it with specific interventions and programmes”.
The honorable minister further stated that the coordinated programme unlike previous ones is a forward-looking document which indicates the development path to follow by subsequent governments.
“It is unique because it was carefully crafted to take cognizance of other global development agendas such as the American Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union Agenda 2063.
He called for the support of all stakeholders to ensure its full realization.
“As a government, we are extremely conscious that the attainment of the vision requires not only an awareness of this tenure, not only an awareness of what is in there but the appreciation and active engagement of all stakeholders within the boundaries of the new planning culture which indicates the role of each actor, both state and non-state actors, and thereby creating the space for all of us to participate in the process”.
By: Joseph Kobina Amuah/ATL FM News