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NDPC won't impose framework on parties

July 18, 2015, midnight

By Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

The National Development Plannning Commission (NDPC) has explained that the long term national development framework it is evolving will not tie the hands of the political parties.

The Director General of the NDPC, Dr Nii Moi Thompson said the devlopment framework would be flexible enough to allow political parties to pursue their  own policies based on their manifesto and ideology.

Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the People's National Convention (PNC) yesterday, Dr Thompson explained that the proposed 40-year national development framework would be based on the Principle of Sate Policy as enshrined in the 19992 Constitution.

"It would not be a development framework owned by the NDPC, but based on issues that we all agreed upon and parties in power would work towards attaining the development framework", he explained.

Dr Thompson clarified that the country currently has no long term national development plan in place, explaining that the Commission was evolving a process which would be launched on August 4, foer a broad national consultation.

He said the launch would be followed by a year long broad consultation with all stakeholders for inputs into the framework.

"The national development framework will put together issues that we agree upon," he said adding "how to go about achieving the goals would be left to the party in power."

He said the frequent changes in the political stewardship and the medium development plans had not helped much to propel the country's advancement.

The Chairman of the PNC, Alhaji Ahmed Ramadan said the party wecomed the framework since that would not tie the hands of political parties in pursuing their own manifestoes.

The Commission also held discussions with the leadership of the Great Consolidated Popular Party.

Source:The Ghanaian Times 

Disclaimer : The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect those of the National Development Planning Commission

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