President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday received a strategic document and Charter that outlines the roadmap for Ghana’s attainment of its goal of self-reliance and vision of a country beyond aid.
The document, which was put together by a 13-member Ghana Beyond Aid Charter Committee constituted by the President last June, is envisaged to become the mobilising instrument for Ghana’s development.
The document is to be laid before Parliament for deliberations and expected to become a national policy document that guides the actions of government, as well as those of various stakeholders in the country.
At a short handing-over ceremony at the Jubilee House in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said the document, which he had perused, presents clear guidelines on how things ought be done in Ghana, “in a collective sense”.
He said the agenda of a Ghana Beyond Aid, essentially, was a mobilising strategy to conscientise Ghanaians “that no one was going to come from anywhere to develop Ghana for them other than Ghanaians themselves”.
President Akufo-Addo noted that “the document is also going to be a guide as to how we go about applying the slogan [Ghana Beyond Aid] for it to become meaningful in the lives of thirty million Ghanaians in Ghana and those outside Ghana”.
He noted that the new awareness on the continent over the past four decades had shown clearly that Africa can only address its developmental challenges when it has weaned itself from addiction to and dependence on aid.
Africa should utilise its own resources and rely more on appropriate home-grown policies to unlock the continent’s economic potential.
“Progress will be made when we accept responsibility for our own actions, and thereby conduct ourselves in a manner that is fruitful,” he said.
The president said, as soon as practicable, he wants Parliament to access the document to enable the House to deliberate on it and approve the strategy to give it a national character; one that would guide all interventions aimed at making the country self-reliant.
He said it is important that Parliament, which is the main deliberating chamber of our country, is apprised of it and also sees it as a document that is going to guide all the work of our state institutions: Executive, Legislature, Judiciary, across the board, and Social institutions as well as Public ones.
The president has continually stated that after sixty years of independence Ghana cannot depend on external assistance to plan its yearly budgets.
Thus, “for the sake of dignity and pride as a country, as a people,” the president said, “We should be in a position to fund our own activities; then, we will have control of ourselves.
“This is important for our self-esteem,” he reiterated.
Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo – who chairs the Charter Committee, told the president that the strategic document is a reflection of the collective input from 30 institutions.
He said a lot has gone into the preparation of the manuscript, and he is hopeful that it (the document) will give direction to the vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid.
The Committee-members, drawn from various sectors of the governance structure, include the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta; Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Ignatius Baffour Awuah; Minister of Planning, Prof. Gyan Baffour; and the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, MP.
The rest are drawn from the Trades Union Congress, Private Enterprise Foundation, Ghana National Association of Teachers, as well as the Association of Ghana industries.