By Alexander Nyarko Yeboah, GNA
Accra Sept. 7,
GNA - Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo, Senior Minister, has held consultations with Civil
Society Organizations (CSOs) as part of efforts to broaden discussions on the
‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ charter document for effective implementation.
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.
presentation on the 'Ghana Beyond Aid’ charter document on Friday at the Alisa
Hotel, Accra, Mr. 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.
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.
In an interview
with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the programme, Mr. Osafo-Maafo said,
“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 of how we work and how we treat government.”
In that regard,
the Senior Minister informed that Ghana belonged to every Ghanaian and
therefore the need to put in measures that would make the nation progress. “In
this case, it means everybody should do his part as is expected, particularly
in the area of taxation,” he said.
Ekow De-Heer, Head of Programmes, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), in his
submission, insisted that what had largely caused Ghana not to fully achieve
her potentials was the issue of policy discontinuity.
“So where as we
want to advance in a certain direction, after another era, we have a different
policy direction, and that is not helpful,” he observed.
therefore, insisted that the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)
should be fully involved in the planning and implementation of the Charter
document in order for NDPC to supervise the continuity of the ‘Ghana Beyond
Aid’ agenda beyond the current government.
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.
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.
participants observed that ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ also means the need to use local
experts in the building of Ghana’s infrastructure which would make Ghanaians be
in control of designing the kind of infrastructure that suites local needs
instead of allowing foreigners to do so.
said the need to change the Ghanaian
mindset should be a collective responsibility that ensured that both citizenry
and government officials renewed their minds in terms of pursuing agenda that
would serve the interest of the nation.
Some of the
participants said 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.
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.