Bolgatanga- Representatives of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the private sector in the Upper East Region have pledged to support government implement the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (CPESDP).
Mr Awal Mohammed, a member of the CSOs platform, who made the pledge on behalf of CSOs and the private sector at a Regional Dissemination Meeting on the CPESDP in Bolgatanga, said CSOs play a cardinal role in the implementation and execution of every development agenda.
He said they would critically peruse the 126-page policy document and simplify it to a form which highlights available business opportunities adding that they would embark on effective sensitization and education to ensure successful implementation.
Mr Mohammed said as far as the development plan is concerned, the role of the CSOs will be to disseminate the policy, monitor its implementation and more importantly hold government accountable.
He said CSOs and the private sector share in President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision to provide equality and create opportunities to all Ghanaians, adding CSOs will continue to partner the public sector in its dealings and work to promote social inclusion.
Professor George Gyan-Baffour, Minister for Planning, said the CPESDP as a policy document was specially designed to take cognizance of other Global Development Agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda of 2063.
He said governments over the years have come out with policies that did not see the light of day because they were kept in shelves and hidden from citizens.
Prof Gyan-Baffuor lauded President Akufo-Addo for fulfilling his constitutional obligation and being the first sitting President to lay the policy document before Parliament in his first year of office.
He said the implementation of the seven-year development plan known as The Agenda for Jobs, Creating Prosperity and Equal Opportunity for All, offers a new approach to tackling the country’s socio-economic challenges.
He said the document entails some selected government flagship programmes and projects that reinforces the President’s vision to develop an optimistic, self-confident and prosperous nation through the creative exploitation of the country’s natural and human resources.
Prof Gyan-Baffuor said the CPESDP, which would span from 2017 to 2024, captures divergent aspirations of Ghanaians in a much formidable shared vision, translated into plans, policies, programmes and actions which would be pursued in all regions.
He said the regional dissemination followed a national launch by the President this past April and used the opportunity to call on the various stakeholders to share in the President’s vision.
Mr Rockson Ayine Bukari, the outgoing Upper East Regional Minister, said we in this region have no doubt that the implementation of the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (CPESDP) will take Ghana to the next level at the end of the implementation period.
He said when we fail to plan as a country, we plan to fail and welcomed the move by the Ministry of Planning to disseminate the contents of the policy document to all state and non-state actors, adding that the move would increase support for policy implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Source: Ghana News Agency