By:  Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh

The Right Honourable Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, UK, will be visiting Ghana from 16th to 17th, May 2012.
In conjunction with the visit, the Department For International Development (DFID) Ghana and Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana will hold a debate on the theme: ‘Ghana – the next 10 years: growth, jobs, democracy, oil and aid?’
Two decades of growth and political stability in Ghana have seen significant reductions in poverty and achievement of middle income status. Oil reserves offer a major boost to government finances and could help to propel the country forward.
The next 10 years will be crucial, and could see by the end of the decade a generation move away from aid. This debate is an opportunity to discuss the next 10 years, to consider the main drivers of success and the potential challenges, and to consider how an aid-free Ghana might look by 2020.
The debate, which will be held at the India-Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, has panelists such as Prof Ernest Aryeetey, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana; Patrick Awuah, Founder Ashesi University; Tony Oteng-Gyasi, Managing Director, Tropical Cables Ltd.; Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister of Trade and Industry; and the Right Honourable Andrew Mitchell, Secretary of State for International Development, UK.
The all-important debate will be moderated by Prof Audrey Gadzekpo of the School of Communication Studies of the University of Ghana.

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