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General News of Thursday, 9 August 2018


We don't want IMF to tell us we need public sector reform - Senior Minister

Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo has reiterated that Ghana does not need a reminder from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fix the poor state of the country’s public sector.

Osafo Maafo’s assertion comes on the back of a study by the IMF in 2015, on Ghana’s public sector, which revealed the worsening condition of the sector which has had an effect on the private sector.

The Senior Minister was of the view that there was the need for government to recognize the shortcomings and work at ensuring an efficient public service.

He was speaking at the 2018-2023 National Public Sector Reform Strategy (NPSRS) launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The President noted that the 2018 to 2023 NSPRS will review and modernise the current structures, systems, processes and internal management functions of the public sector, to support government’s development priorities.

The Strategy, according to President Akufo-Addo, “will lead to the creation of a new public service that is fit-for-purpose, which will help guarantee the delivery of high quality services for the Ghanaian people and the private sector.”

With successive governments that have undertaken various forms of reforms of the public sector, the Senior Minister stated that, “I don’t think we need the IMF to tell us that we need reform in the public sector and therefore we should do with or without the fund.”

When the IMF was introducing its programme in 2015 they did a study on Ghana and one of the areas they made a bench mark was the public sector reform. This was due to the underperforming nature of the private sector adding that it needed some improvements.

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