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NDPC briefs Council of State on Ghana's 40 years Development Plan

July 31, 2015, 10:01 a.m.

By Bernice Bessey

As part of preparations for the endorsement of the long-term development plan, the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has briefed the Council of State on key factors that would drive and guide the country’s development for the next 40 years.

Organizers of the 40 years development plan, which is still in the consultation process, have sought the views of various stakeholders such as political parties, professional bodies, civil societies, social organizations and religious groups.

To ensure that the development plan was devoid of any contention, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, Director General of NDPC and Prof. Kwesi Botcwey, Chairman of the Commission informed the Council that consultations would be extended to other regions.

Prof. Botcwey explained that the consultation with the various stakeholders was aimed at establishing fair, feasible, sustainable and flexible long-term plan that would be accepted by all and sundry.

Addressing members of the Council of State at the Osu Castle in Accra, he noted that the long-term plan falls in line with public outcry for single development framework that will guide successive governments not to discontinue development projects of their successors.

He added that the long-term development plan after preparation would have an iron seal that will deter political parties, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assembles (MMDAs) as well as Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) from ignoring or pushing it aside.

Though the development plan would not tie the hands of the political parties with respect to their ideologies, he said: “the Commission doesn’t want to produce document that agencies would ignore or find it difficult to implement”.

He explained that the development plan will provide the opportunity for successive governments to operate their four year short-term development plans, though they must be tilted towards the long-term action plan.

Additionally, parliament would have the privilege to review the development plan every decade so that at the end of the 40 years, by which time Ghana would had 10 elections.

On his part, Dr. Thompson explained to the Council that the Commission is mandated by law (Act 815) to facilitate the preparation of the long-term plan to be submitted to Parliament for adoption.

To meet the development goals and aspirations of the nation, he indicated that what the Commission is proposing is a “high-level plan, or framework, that would be based on the Directive Principles of State Policy of the 1992 Constitution and international development frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the AU’s Agenda 2063”.

The vision of a “just, free and prosperous” society, as stipulated in the Constitution, as well as the goals and objectives from that vision, will drive the consultations that will take place in all 10 regions of the country and will also involve professional and trade associations as well as civil society organizations.

Dr. Thompson also hoped for a constitutional instrument that would mandate the NDPC to monitor and sanction institutions that would not comply with the national development plan.

Source: The Chronicle

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

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