NDPC holds forum in Kumasi
A Regional Consultative forum on the Preparation of a Long-Term National Development Plan for Ghana has taken place in Kumasi.
The forum organized by the National Development Planning Commission and attended by civil society Organizations, Political Parties, students from Senior High and tertiary institutions and identifiable organizations was first to be held outside Accra after the national launch of the programme by President Mahama in Accra.
The Long Term National Development Plan document seeks to look at the long term plan strategy for Ghana for a 40 year period and beyond. Crucial areas vital to sustain national development to be captured in the document are, Social, Economic, Environment, Institutional development and governance as well as Ghana in the International Community.
The Director General of the National Development Planning Commission, Dr Nii Moi Thompson said the quest for Long Term Development Plan for Ghana was born out of Public calls and proposals contained in the Constitution Review Commission established to look into the 1992 Constitution and come out with recommendations for consideration by government.
He said it is only a long term planning that can deal with the intractable development challenges that the national faces. Dr Nii Moi Thompson said the Plan will ensure that the present and future generations are catered for as long term document.
The Chairman of the NDPC, Prof. Kwesi Botchwey called for a dispassionate and non-partisan approach to the discussions so that at the end of the day, Ghana will be the winner. The Ashanti Regional Minister, Peter AnarfI-Mensah said the consultative fora to be held in all the regions will clearly come out with a document with national character and representation.
The NDPC Ashanti Regional Representative Prof. Samuel Asiamah called on all to get actively involved in the preparation of the document to enable it to stand the test of time. Political parties present described the plan as long over due as no nation can develop without a well structured and designed plan document.
Disclaimer:The views expressed in this news report do not neccesarily reflect those of the National Development Planning Commission