Vice President of Ghana Dr Bawumia says Ghana is now on a path of major recovery in all facets after a year of prudent policy implementation by the Akufo-Addo government.
“We inherited a very challenging economic situation, but due to prudent measures that we continue to implement, in 2017 we recorded remarkable economic growth and fulfilled a number of major promises we made to the good people of Ghana,” Dr Bawumia indicated.
Speaking to Ghanaian community in the Bay area of San Francisco, the USA on April 12, 2018, Dr Bawumia urged the Ghanaians abroad to make their skills and expertise readily available to their countrymen in Ghana to speed up the pace of development.
Vice President Dr Bawumia met the Ghanaian community as part of a 5-day working visit to the technology hub of Silicon Valley, California, USA.
Explaining the rationale for the implementation of policies such as Free Senior High School Education and the restoration of Teacher and Nursing Training allowances despite enormous fiscal challenges, Vice President Dr Bawumia said any nation that seeks to achieve holistic development must necessarily invest in its human capital, “and the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is very committed to the education of every young person in Ghana, because an educated population is a prerequisite for growth.”
“We have maintained exchange rate stability, and last year, for the first time since 2006, a Ghanaian government met and surpassed the deficit target. All of this reflected in a real GDP growth of 8.5% in 2017, from an inherited 3.7%. Indeed, that was the fastest growth rate in the world”, Dr. Bawumia announced.
Dr Bawumia added that government has also embarked on an ambitious Digitisation drive geared towards leveraging the use of technology for the transformation agenda, with the roll-out of the National Digital Property Addressing System, the soon-to-be-issued national ID card, the land records digitisation agenda and efforts to increase financial inclusion via interoperability in the payment systems.
“We are trying to build a new, efficient Ghana. The world is continually evolving, and this evolution is led by cutting-edge technology. We know there are many talented young men and women in the ICT space, and the government is looking at ways to make innovating and actualizing promising ideas easier.”
Dr. Bawumia, therefore, urged the Ghanaian Community in the USA to actively support the government to take Ghana to the next stage of her development.