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General News of Thursday, 12 April 2018


Akufo-Addo promises more as he launches economic and social development policies

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated his commitment to create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.

According to him, all government’s flagship programmes are aimed at job creation.

President Akufo-Addo said this yesterday at the launch of a seven-year national development agenda dubbed: “The Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies: An agenda for Jobs; creating prosperity and equal opportunity for all” at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra.

He called on Ghanaians to buy into this vision and work to make it happen as it represents a clear route towards the progress and prosperity of “our nation,”

He further reiterated commitment to the private sector to lead in the agendum for job creation.

“In my opinion, stimulating the private sector to work and to lead the job creation agenda will require some efforts on the part of government to restore confidence in the economy by improving the overall micro economic management, reducing the cost of doing business, fighting corruption in the public sector, ensuring availability or reliable and affordable power, facilitating simple access to land and promoting skills development.

“Thus, the policy direction is founded on five pillars of growth and development, namely: revitalizing the economy, transforming agricultural and industry, revamping economic and social infrastructure, strengthening social protection and inclusion and reforming the delivery of public service institutions,” he said.

The President maintained he was full of confidence the country was on its way to the desired change because “the gloomy picture of the Ghanaian economy has been reversed and it is on the defined road of revitalisation.”

According to him, the defined actions, are: “Effective management of the economy, assertive fiscal monetary and debt controls, establishing a national digital addressing system, launching of the 10 point Industrialization agenda including the one-factory-one-district initiative, establishing a national tax evasion hotline, creating the development authorities for the Northern, Middle Belt, Coastal zones of our country, instituting the Zongo Development Fund and the facilitation of an electronic payment system especially for salaries and utilities.”