Dr. Kodjo Essiem Mensah-Abrampa

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has held a 3-days round-table discussion with both International and local researchers to provide the necessary advice on how to prioritize Ghana’s economic policies that would lead to development and also improve the living conditions of citizens in the country.

This, so far, has enabled the researchers to outlined about 80 policies to be prioritized in an orderly manner and then presented to the government for necessary action to be taken.

The Director-General of the Commission, Dr. Kodjo Essiem Mensah-Abrampa explained that the discussion is to enable stakeholders involved in the project to have the advantage to advise the commission on which of the policies outlined should be of priority over the other in order to make an informed decision to the government.

According to Dr. Mensah-Abrampa this is just the preliminary stage that allows to receive a better and well-informed input and feedback from stakeholders that would bring a final comprehensive and detailed outcome to be presented to the government for decision-making at the cabinet.

“we know it is the central responsibility and role of the commission to embarked on such project, upon which we (the commission) can advice government policy choice to undertake systematically. If we don’t take the best choice, they can’t make the best decision in cabinet,” he noted.

He said the engagement also relates to finding the cost benefits of the policies to be prioritized because such projects need to be expanded, emphasized and upscaled, so that, it can reach all citizens as expected.

The President of Copenhagen Consensus Center, Prof. Bjorn Lomborg acknowledged the effort of the commission of embarking on such initiative which he added, ” this would help the government take the best-determined decision on policies and spend on the best project for the economic benefit of the country, ”

He said the final determination and outcome of the priorities can be linked up with government Ministries and agencies to use for the economic development of the country.

Source: Eric Nii Sackey

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