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General News of Monday, 12 May 2014

Source: citifmonline

NPP to boycott National Economic Forum

Citi News has picked up signals that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) is likely to boycott the upcoming National Economic Forum.

As part of austerity measures to fix the nation’s ailing economy, government has set Tuesday May 13, 2014 for the first ever National Economic Forum.

The event is aimed at building a comprehensive blueprint to accelerate the nation’s economic growth.

Political parties, civil society and other interested institutions have been invited to partake in the event.

However, Citi News is reliably informed that the NPP might boycott the event.

A source close to the party’s national leadership told Citi News on grounds of anonymity, that the party intended organizing a news conference on Monday May 12, 2014 to announce the boycott.

The source also disclosed that the NPP was only invited last Friday, so limited a time that they could adequately prepare for the Forum.

The source further said the NPP intercepted a document prepared by government and already sent to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout ahead of the National Economic Forum.

The maiden National Economic Forum which is scheduled to take place in Akosombo is on the theme: “Changing the Narrative; Building a National Consensus for Economic and Social Transformation”.

Participants at the event which will last for four days are expected to offer constructive ideas needed to transform the economy.

Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur was the first proponent of the National Economic Forum.

As the leader of government’s economic management team, he realized the need to organize a bipartisan debate on how to fix the nation’s downtrodden economy.