CSOs committed to implementing social development policies

By
Belinda Ayamgha, GNA

Accra, Nov. 25, GNA – Civil Society
Organisations (CSOs) have pledged  their
commitment to implementing government’s Coordinated Programme of Economic and
Social Development Policies (CPESDP 2017-2014).

Mr Samuel Boateng Arthur, who represented the
Civil Societies Platform at a Regional Dissemination Workshop of the CPESDP in
Accra at the weekend, said although Ghana had come a long way in its
socio-economic development, there were still some development deficits, which
required concerted efforts from government, private sector and civil society.

He noted that CSOs in Ghana, mainly
non-profits, had actively promoted health, education, disaster relief services,
democratic reforms and good governance practices of transparency and
accountability.

“During the period that Ghana had made
socio-economic progress, the role that CSOs have played to complement
government’s efforts cannot be underestimated,” he said.

He said CSOs recognised that Ghana could not
develop without their complementary roles and, thus, accepted the role outlined
for them by President Akufo-Addo in the implementation of the CPESDP.

This role is to facilitate direct
interventions at the district level, ensure dissemination of the coordinated
programme, and promote accountability in the implementation process.

“Obviously the President has defined our niche
and we wholeheartedly accept that,” he stated, adding that CSOs would leverage
their competencies to facilitate constructive engagements between citizens and
government on the implementation of the programme.

Mrs Elizabeth Tawiah Sackey, the Deputy
Greater Accra Regional Minister, in her welcome address, said the CDESDP,
dubbed: “An Agenda for Jobs Creation, Prosperity and Equal Opportunity for
All,” was the basis for Ghana’s Medium Term Policy Framework from which sector
and district medium-term development plans and budgets were to be aligned.

She noted that in line with this, the workshop
was to ensure that all state and non-state actors were well informed about the
new policy direction, which served as the blueprint for the overall development
of the country as well as to ensure accountability, improve development
interventions and motivate stakeholders to action.

“It is in this regard that the Ministry of
Planning has embarked on this initiative to provide the required guidance and
technical expertise to our district planning practitioners to fine-tune the
plans for implementation,” she said.

Mrs Tawiah Sackey said the Greater Accra
Regional Coordinating Council would support district assemblies in the Region
to deliver on their mandate in line with government’s priorities.

Dr Kodjo Mensah-Abrampa, Senior Technical
Advisor at the Ministry of Planning, noted that although Ghana always had a
coordinated programme from every government since Former President Rawlings’
tenure, the document was usually put together in or at the end of the second
year in office, making it difficult to influence the planning process within
the first term of office.

He said the CDESDP had, however, been produced
by the ninth month of President Akufo-Addo’s Administration by a local
technical team involving local planners, private sector and CSOs.

Dr Robert Chakanda, the Deputy Minister of
Planning and Economic Development of Sierra Leone, who is leading a delegation
to understudy Ghana’s Ministry of Planning, in an interview with the GNA, said
Ghana and Sierra Leone were on the same path to development and thus they were
studying Ghana’s Ministry of Planning to enable them to run their newly-created
ministry.

“Ghana took the bold decision ahead of us to
devolve the planning from the Ministry of Finance, for very good reasons. We
also just did that in Sierra Leone and that’s why we are here; to learn,” he
said, and that they were looking at Ghana’s structures as well as policies.

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