The 2014 development plan of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Ghana has been approved by the Ghana government, the UN agency has announced.

The green light given by the government will enable the implementation of the 2014 development work plans prepared by the UNDP and its partners.

This occurred during a short signing ceremony involving the Ministry of Finance, the UNDP and partners under the GOG-UNDP Partnership for 2014, the agency said January 24, 2014 on its website.

In Ghana, the Ministry of Finance is government?s coordinating agency for the execution of UN-supported programmes under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

Deputy Minister of Finance Kweku Ricketts-Hagan signed on behalf of the government while the UNDP Country Director Mr. Dominic Sam did same for the UN.

The work plan, the UNDP said relates to its three thematic areas of Democratic Governance, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development. ?They respond to the Government of Ghana?s development aspirations in line with the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda,? it added.

The UNDP Country Director, Mr. Dominic Sam noted the new strategic plan will seek to help the country to achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

Representatives of partner institutions responsible for the implementation of the 2014 work plan were on hand to witness the ceremony. These included the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Ghana Statistical Services, National Peace Council and the National Development Planning Commission.

By Ekow Quandzie/GBN

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