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Consultations for 40-year national development plan held in Kumasi

Aug. 14, 2015, midnight

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has held a two day consultative meeting in Kumasi for a wide spectrum of people in society in the Ashanti Region on 13th and 14th August 2015 to garner inputs for the formulation of a 40-year long term national development plan for Ghana.

The Ashanti Region is the first region in Ghana out of the ten regions that NDPC has visited as part of the Commission’s regional consultations in preparation towards the formulation of a 40 year National Development Plan which is to guide the development of the Nation from 2018-2057.

In an opening remarks at the opening of the consultations in Kumasi, the Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) Prof Kwesi Botchwey expressed the importance of long term development planning which is sometimes underestimated.

He indicated that history of post war development in the developing world shows clearly that countries such as Korea, Taiwan, and Malaysia who have concentrated on long term national development planning have over the years achieved high income growth than others.

This consultative process is commencing after the successful launch of the process for the preparation of a long term national plan at the Accra International Conference Centre on the 4th Of August 2015.

In a welcome statement the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon Peter Anarfi Mensah praised the efforts of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) at bringing all Ghanaians on board through this consultative process to ensure ownership of national development agenda.

He said he was hopeful that this will ensure  cohercion and synergy in national development and place Ghana on the paths of development just like Singapore Malaysia among other Countries.

On His part the Director General of the National Development Planning Commission Dr Nii Moi Thompson in his presentation established why a long term plan is so priceless.

He said it will ensure national progress and sustainable development that will lead to actual reduction in poverty levels among Ghanaians.

He also mentioned that such a development process will go a long way to reduce the party politicization of development process.

He further stated that a development plan which is national in character stands a greater chance of being adhered to by successive governments than a sectorial policy

As part of the process in Kumasi some identifiable groups such as student bodies, representatives from the Regional House of Chiefs, farmers and fishermen associations, persons with disability among others in the region made vision statements in respect of the nation they want to have by the year 2057.

The Upper West Region will be the second Region that NDPC will be having this consultative process in September 2015.