President Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, inaugurated a 13-member committee to develop a Charter for the ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ vision of his administration.
The Committee had been given a deadline of September 2018 to present to Parliament, a roadmap for the achievement of the vision that seeks to harness and prudently manage the country’s vast natural resource to finance Ghana’s development agenda without recourse to foreign assistance.
The document is expected, after approval by the legislature, to become the policy document to guide the actions of government as well as those of the various stakeholders in the country.
The Committee, chaired by Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, includes Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, Labour and Employment Minister Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Planning Minister Prof. Djan Baffour and the Local Government Minister, Hajia Alima Mahama.
Others are Dr Anthony Yaw Baah and Mrs Philomena Sampson, both of the Trades Union Congress, Mr David Ofori Acheampong of the Ghana National Association of Teachers, and Messrs Kwaku Agyeman-Duah and Nana Osei Bonsu of the Private Enterprise Federation.
The rest are Dr Yaw Adu Gyamfi of the Association of Ghana Industries, Dr Eric Yeboah of the office of the Senior Minister and Dr Yaw Ansu, a senior policy adviser at the Finance Ministry.
The President was unhappy that the country did not have control over most of its critical economic elements, saying, “The situation where foreign entities dominated the important sectors of Ghana’s economy “cannot be right” and ought to change.
He, therefore, stressed the need for a paradigm shift, and charged the members of the Committee to live up to the expectation of Ghanaians that its, work would bring dignity and pride to the country and enable the nation “walk on our own feet”.
He further entreated the Committee to craft the Charter in such a way that all the estates of Ghana, would find resonance with the final outcome to enable the document to become a mobilising instrument to develop Ghana.
Mr Osafo-Maafo thanked the government and people for the confidence reposed in them and assured that the Committee would work to the best of its ability.