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Apr 27, 2011

Second Ghana Policy Fair Opens


  The Vice-President, John Dramani Mahama, has said that the Ghana Policy Fair provides an opportunity to showcase the performance and achievement of government and to demystify governance and make it more relevant to the Ghanaian.

It also affords the ordinary citizen a chance to appreciate and understand the works of the various   Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, (MDAs) as well as Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

He said the fair represents one of the various opportunities the ruling government is using to fulfill its promise of transparent and accountable governance.

Speaking at the opening of the second Ghana Policy Fair in Accra, today, on the theme, “Empowering the people as we Build a Better Ghana”, Mr. Mahama described the theme as a call to Ghanaians to continue to have interest in the activities of the various MDAs by offering their contributions in the form of constructive criticism of their policies, programmes and projects being implemented.

He indicated that  a significant proportion of the policies and programmes that were enumerated at last year’s fair have successfully been implemented and are still being vigorously pursued. They include elimination of the 3,946 schools under tree, provision of free school uniforms and exercise books, special scholarships for mathematics and science education, local content policy in the oil and gas sector, hedging of petroleum pricing, the youth in agriculture, among others.

Mr. Mahama said government coordinated programme of economic and social development policies christened, “Agenda for Shared Growth and Accelerated Development for a better Ghana” is the bedrock of government’s economic and social development policies framework for the period 2010-2016.  

The fair, he said, will offer an opportunity for several Ghanaians to acquire copies of the document to enable them obtain a comprehensive plan of it and contribute as well.

On promoting the private sector, the Vice President said government has held series of candid meetings with stakeholders from the sector through its Economic Management Team which was fruitful and will soon take off.

He was worried about the spate of accidents on our roads leading to loss of lives and productivity and said meetings have also been held with stakeholders to find ways to minimise them.

Mr. Mahama stressed the continues use of such platforms to engage the citizenry in tackling challenges confronting the country and added that the Ghana Policy Fair has come to stay.

The Minster for Information, Mr. John Tia Akologu, said the fair aims at creating a platform for dialogue between policy markers, implementers and those that the policies have an impact on.

He told the gathering that a budgetary allocation has been made to take the fair to the Volta, Ashanti and the Northern regions and will soon be extended to the remaining regions when funds are accessed.

The information minister added that questionnaires have been introduced   to collate views and suggestions from persons patronising the fair and has again expanded the dialogue session to cover more policy issues and to create avenues for brainstorming and exchange of ideas.

Speakers at the four-day fair will include the Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission, Mr. P V Obeng; an Economist, Mr. Kwame Pianim; Acting Commissioner of CHRAJ, Ms. Anna Bossman; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tullow Oil, Mr. Dai Jones; CEO, Ghana Chamber of Mines, Ms. Joyce Aryee;  Chairman, National Task Force, Dr. Kwesi Botchway; Minister for Trade and Industry, Madam Hannah Tetteh; Minster for Communications, Mr. Harruna Iddrisu and Minister for Environment Science and Technology, Ms. Sherry Ayittey.

Topics to be discussed include the coordinated programme for economic and social development policies 2010-2011, oil production in Ghana- opportunities yet untapped, Ghana ICT Focus- opportunity and challenges, and assessing Ghana’s path to industrialisation -Governments interventions so far.

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Source: ISD (Nana Ama Bonnah)