The Ministry of Tourism stand at the fair

PAUL VICTOR Obeng, Chairman of National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), has stated that a move to integrate industries in the country will go a long way to improve productivity in a lot of sectors of the economy.

He stated for instance that if the agric sector was able to collaborate with most of the mining firms in the country, it could supply their expatriates with food stuffs which were usually imported into the country.

He noted that as part of government’s medium term development plan, the ministries of Trade and Industry and Energy were looking for important links to collaborate and market Ghana’s oil and gas resource.

Mr. Obeng stated this at the opening of the 3rd Ghana Policy Fair in Accra yesterday at the Accra International Conference Centre.

He stated that currently, a national strategic infrastructure plan was being developed to help improve some obsolete infrastructures and revamp them to create employment.   

The fair, which is on theme ‘Building Together in a Better Ghana’, is an exhibition of policies, projects and activities of Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

The Minister of Information, Fritz Baffour, said the fair would provide an avenue for people to interact freely with Ministers of State, Chief Executive Officers of public institutions as well as Chief Directors, Directors and other senior members of these institutions, to offer suggestions, seek information, clarify policy issues and better understand policy and projects initiatives.

He said the fair, which was instituted in 2010, had become a platform where government provided Ghanaians with information regarding the discharge of its responsibilities to the people.
He said it would also provide the private sector the opportunity to work out strategies for improved partnership.
In a speech read on his behalf, the President John Evans Atta Mills said government, in the past four years, had improved the economic status of Ghanaians and would continue to work hard to achieve the better Ghana agenda.

He said the agric sector for instance had received massive boost which had improved the lives of many rural folks.

He called on Ghanaians to visit the fair so they could seek clarification on any nagging issue regarding any MDA/MMDA.

Some topics to be discussed at the fair include ‘Taking Full Advantage of Ghana’s Economic Gains to Transform Society’, ‘Meeting Ghana’s Energy Needs-Current Status and Preparations for the Future’ and ‘Promoting the Creative Arts to Accelerate National Development’.

The fair ends on Saturday April 21, 2012.

By Esther Awuah

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