President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been presented with the Charter (workplan) on Ghana Beyond Aid, which outlines the roadmap for Ghana’s determination to achieving self-reliance and a country beyond aid.
The document, which was confected by the 13-member Ghana Beyond Aid Charter Committee that was constituted by the President Akufo-Addo last year June, which is expectex to become the mobilizing force for Ghana’s development.
At a short handing-over ceremony at the Jubilee House in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said, the disposition of the detailed work done on “Ghana beyond Aid” – the slogan, mobilising force, as well as the detailed content of the document, would provide a clear guidelines and roadmap to government on how it conduct business in the “collective sense” in the country.
President Akufo-Addo said the document reenforces that orientation, and, will also, “give guidance to the work of all institutions of state; the Executive, Legislature, Judiciary, across board, social institutions as well as private once”.
The President said arrangements made with people outside the country are made to assist “us get the fundamental objectives of the development of our Country.
He added that “progress will be made when we accept responsibility for our own actions and thereby, conduct ourselves in a manner that will be fruitful”.
President Akufo-Addo said the agenda of a Ghana Beyond Aid, essentially is to mobilize and consicientise Ghanaians “that no one was going to come from anywhere to develop Ghana for them other than Ghanaians themselves”.
The President said “the document is also going to be a guide as to how we go about applying the slogan [Ghana Beyond Aid] for it to become meaningful in the life’s of the thirty million Ghanaians in Ghana and those outside Ghana”.
President Akufo-Addo said, it was imperative that “Parliament become formally seized of the document, as it is important that Parliament, which is the main deliberating chamber of our country become seize of it.”
The President said, as soon as practicable, he would want Parliament to have access to the document, to enable the House deliberate on and approve the strategy to give it a national character, that would guide all interventions aimed at making the country self-reliant.
The document is to be laid before Parliament for deliberations that would lead to it becoming a national policy document that would guide the actions of government, as well as that of the various stakeholders in the country.
Not only will it be a slogan, the President stated, but also, “be a guide to the country’s development process, as it goes about applying the slogan for it to be meaningful in the lives of the thirty million Ghanaians and those outside country…”.
He said the awareness created on the continent over the past four decades had shown clearly that Africa could only address its developmental challenges when it enstranged itself from the dependence on aid.
The President stated that Africa ought to utilize its own resources and rely more on appropriate home-grown policies to unlock the economic potential of the continent.
He expressed delight with the quality of the committee’s membership which include, seasoned trade unionist, academia, private sector players, young people and business executives, who came together to fashioned the document.
President Akufo-Addo said by accepting to be part of the committee gave the hope that, when same is applied to other sectors of the economy, Ghana would surely be on the path to progress.
Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, who chairs the Charter Committee told the President that the strategic document was a reflection of the collective inputs of 30 institutions.
He said a lot had gone into the preparation of the document, and was hopeful that it (document) would give direction to the vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid.
The members of Committee drawn from varying sectors of the governance structure also include the Minister for Finance Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Minister for Planning, Prof. Gyan Baffour, and the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, MP.
The rest are drawn from the Trades Union Congress, the Private Enterprise Foundation, the Ghana National Association of Teachers, as well as the Association of Ghana industries.