Consultations for Ghana's 40-year development plan kick-start in Kumasi
This makes the Ashanti region the first region out of the 10 in Ghana that NDPC has visited as part of the Commission’s regional consultations in preparation towards the formulation of a 40-year National Development Plan which is to guide the development of the nation from 2018-2057.
NDPC chairman, Prof Kwesi Botchwey, asked citizens not to underestimate the importance of the exercise.“The history of post war development in the developing world shows clearly that countries such as Korea, Taiwan, and Malaysia who have concentrated on long term national development planning have over the years achieved high income growth than others,” he told the participants.
This consultative process is commencing after the launch of the process for the preparation of a long term national plan at the Accra International Conference Centre on August 4, 2015.
The Ashanti regional Minister, Peter Anarfi Mensah praised the efforts of the NDPC at bringing all Ghanaians on board through this consultative process to ensure ownership of a national development agenda.
He said he was hopeful that this will ensure cohesion and synergy in national development and place Ghana on the paths of development just like Singapore, Malaysia among other countries.
On his part the Director General of the National Development Planning Commission Dr Nii Moi Thompson established why a long term plan is so priceless.
“It will ensure national progress and sustainable development that will lead to actual reduction in poverty levels among Ghanaians.”
He also mentioned that such a development process will go a long way to reduce the party politicization of development processes.
He further stated that a development plan which is national in character stands a greater chance of being adhered to by successive governments than a sectoral policy.
As part of the process in Kumasi, some political parties, identifiable groups such as student bodies, representatives from the Regional House of Chiefs, farmers and fishermen associations, and persons with disability among others in the region made vision statements in respect of the nation they want to have by the year 2057.
The Upper West region will be the second that NDPC will be having this consultative process in September 2015.
Disclaimer; The views expressed in this news do not neccesarily reflect the views of the National Development Planning Commission