By William Sarpong
Minister for Finance, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta has commended the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) for organizing a National Development Forum to support Government’s Ghana Beyond Aid policy.
According to him, initiatives that respond to clear needs in the country’s development discourse are apt, and stressed the need for discussions in non-partisan manner to harness best ideas from all Ghanaians for faster development.
According to him, the drive towards a Ghana all crave for will be guided by the Ghana beyond Aid vision and the National Agenda championed by President Akufo-Addo.
The President, he said, unveiled the Ghana Beyond Aid Charter and Strategy Document during the May Day Celebration and indicated various groups including labour, business, the youth and a wide cross-section of Ghanaians, both at home and abroad, made inputs into the charter.
According to him, the strategy document and the charter provides broad framework and general guidelines for the economic and social transformation that Ghanaians must undertake to make Ghana prosperous and take her beyond aid.
“To achieve this goal, we must do things differently in Ghana; business-as-usual will not take us to Ghana beyond Aid. We, as Ghanaians, need fundamental changes in attitudes based on commitments to some core values.”
The Minister noted the Ghana beyond Aid Charter highlights core values such as patriotism, honesty, respect for each other, discipline, hard-work, punctuality, responsibility and civic engagement.
Others, he said, include volunteerism, self-reliance, wise and efficient use of Ghana’s resources and safeguarding the public purse and transparency and accountability.