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Business News of Thursday, 12 July 2018

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Government to engage stakeholders on key national policies

Kojo Oppong Nkrumah Dep Info Min play videoDeputy Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah launching the Summit

All is set for the second edition of the public engagement summit on key national policies between government and its stakeholders in Kumasi.

This is according to the Deputy Minister of Information who spoke on behalf of the substantive Minister, Mustapha Hamid at the launch of the two-day National Policy Summit scheduled to take place in Kumasi.

The event expected to come off on July 23rd and 24th at the Golden Tulip Hotel will witness the coming together of institutions, corporate bodies, experts in various fields, economists, politicians and other government agencies and their representatives to debate and deliberate on policies to drive the national agenda.

This year’s event is on the theme, “Assessing the Growth, Jobs and Prosperity Agenda.”

Explaining the rational for holding the Summit away from the capital in the Ashanti Region this year, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stressed the idea is to diversify the views and opinions obtained from stakeholders and as much as possible afford a large range of people the chance to make inputs into policies that affect them in the long run.



“You will recall that in 2017 the agenda was to roll out a series of policies and programmes that will help us carry out a lot more growth, jobs and prosperity. A year and a half later the Minister of Finance get ready to present the mid-year policy review we are also announcing the National Policy Summit, the first of which will come off in Kumasi on the 23rd and 24th of July” the deputy Information Minister averred.

“As I mentioned last year we focused the two summits here in Accra, this year one of our objectives has been to move the summit out of Accra so that other parts of the countries will get a look and feel of it and make an input into the discussions that will take place. The 2017 Summit offered government the opportunity to get a lot of direct feedback from stakeholders and I can assure you that those points of feedback that were given were factored into the delivery of government’s policies and programmes and 2018 budget” he disclosed.

CEO of the headline sponsor of this event, John Awuah charged his colleague bankers and other financial institutions to play active roles in ensuring the country develops.

He believes if institutions roll out programmes that support the effort of the citizens and local businesses, it will improve the country’s economic fortunes and increase the rate of development.

“I wish to use this opportunity to also invite my colleague bankers to not just sit on the fence or sit on the sidelines but take keen and active interest in the delivery of national development. It is only when we are able to assist the environment to create growth that we as bankers and as market participants and practitioners can also benefit from the growth that is created as a result” the Universal Merchant Bank MD intimated.