On Friday, 6th September, 2019 the Senior Minister, Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo held a stakeholder consultation with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) as part of efforts to broaden discussions on the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ Charter and Strategy document for effective implementation. The consultations will enable the CSOs appreciate the details of the document while they make inputs to reflect the aspirations of the various civil organizations in the country.
In a presentation on the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ Charter and Strategy document at Alisa Hotel, Accra, Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, observed the need for Ghanaians to take control of their resources and harness them for national development saying, that could be done when citizens worked with a healthy mindset that was geared towards advancing the interest of the nation instead of individual aspirations. “What Ghana needs is progress that would last forever, and that progress depends on our character, our minds, and how we do things,” the Senior Minister educated.
He intimated that God has blessed Ghana with a good land which supports everything we do. We have arable lands and numerous mineral resources, but we are not progressing as we should. So why are we not prospering when those who don’t have what we have are prospering. It depends on how we work and how we treat government. In that regard, the Senior Minister informed CSOs that Ghana belonged to every Ghanaian and therefore the need to put in measures that would make the nation progress in very important. In this case, everybody should do his part as is expected, particularly in the area of taxation.
During an open forum, some participants saw the need to include technocrats in the proposed Governing Council of the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ Forum, and the need to involve opposition parties in the planning stages of the charter so that the document would become more nationalistic. Others observed that, for such a document to work effectively, there was the need for an effective law enforcement regime in Ghana to remove all forms of crime and corruption that could fight against its implementation.
A number of participants at the stakeholder consultation indicated the Ghana Beyond Aid should trickle down to ‘Communities Beyond Aid’ as a means of helping local communities to look for ways of pursing development with local resources instead of waiting for central governments to do so. Prior to meeting the CSOs, the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ committee met the Council of State and Ghana’s Development Partners. The committee is scheduled to meet the National House of Chiefs, the Press and other institutions such as the Parliament of Ghana before the document would be finalized.
OFFICE OF THE SENIOR MINISTER, GH.