ACCRA, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured domestic and foreign investors at a meeting in Switzerland that neither his government nor his appointees are in office to compete for business opportunities with the private sector and that his administration is setting the ground rules on how government and the private sector should work together.

Reiterating that “the private sector is not going to bring projects only for members of government and their cronies to take over them”, he says: “Our role is to facilitate the business that you are going to do — setting good ground rules and holding you to account to them — and, by that, provide a good framework and environment for you to do your business.”

President Akufo-Addo said this when he met chief executive officers of some leading African and international companies at a round-table meeting Tuesday, held on the sidelines of the on-going 5th Africa CEO Forum taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.

President Akufo-Addo assured the CEOs of the creation of a conducive climate for their businesses to flourish, which will in turn generate jobs and prosperity for Ghanaians, guided by the rule of law which would ensure that the sanctity of a genuine contract was respected.

On the issue of contracts, the President indicated that a number of contracts, especially in the energy sector, which were entered into by the previous administration were being reviewed, as most of them involved large sums of money. He said due process was being followed in the review of those contracts, assuring that “there is not going to be any witch-hunting”.

“I don’t have any problem with legitimate arrangements that were made before I took over. I do, however, have a problem if they were corrupt and if the considerations for the contracts are ones that cannot be justified to the people of Ghana.”

The President added that if, by the end of the review, and a contract was found to be dodgy, his government would act on it.

In dealing with corruption, the President indicated that a new office of Special Prosecutor, which would be independent of the Executive, would have the mandate to deal with issues of corruption and allegations of corruption against public office holders.

He indicated that the Office of Special Prosecutor was found in many jurisdictions across the world, and in the next meeting of Parliament, legislation on the office will be brought before the House for its passage.

“There will be special arrangements about how the prosecutor will be appointed, so that his independence from the Executive is maintained, not just in words but concretely, and also in securing the tenure of office. That body will have the remit to deal with issues of corruption, both past and present,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo also assured that whatever was needed to “clean up the business climate in our country, to make it possible for people like you to put your money into Ghana”, would be done. “That has been and will continue to be our prime concern — create an enabling business climate to allow domestic and foreign businesses to flourish,” he added.