Information Minister Designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said the fourth National Policy Summit (NPS), which is set to take place next week, will give an account and present status reports on governments various flagship programmes.
“On the 24th and 25th of September at the International Conference Centre in Tamale, Ministers of State responsible for these various programs will engage directly with stakeholders and provide a status report on these programs and also get feedback from the public” Oppong Nkrumah said.
The theme for the event is ‘’Assessing Governments Flagship Programmes; the Journey So Far.’’
The Minister was speaking at the launch of the summit on Monday, September 17 and added, government wants to explain to the people of Ghana where it currently stands in terms of delivering its flagship programmes.
It will be recalled that, the Akufo-Addo led government announced a number of transformational initiatives which includes the One District One Factory Project, the One Village One Dam project, National Health Insurance Scheme Reform, Livelihood Empowerment Programmes, Free Senior High School and the Double Track System, the Technical and Vocational Training Program and the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Program.
Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia is expected to deliver the keynote address for the September edition of the National Policy Summit. Some dignitaries expected to attend the programme include Kpembe Wura Bismark Haruna, Paramount Chief of the Kpembe Traditional area, ministers of states, members from the academia, business community and various stakeholders.
On Ghana’s latest B rating published by Standards and Poor’s (S&P), Kojo Oppong Nkrumah indicated that foreign investors will continue to have confidence in the economy and help the cedi to appreciate.
The Minster however warned against large withdrawals of cash to buy dollars and urged the general public and business community to remain calm in government’s ability to fix the economy.
On his part, Head of Public Private Partnerships of the Universal Merchant Bank (UMB), Roland Kwame Akafia said the bank last month supported government’s One District One Factory initiative with US$10.7 million.
The project through the UMB Public Private Partnership Incubator Centre is to provide a credit facility to the Central Sugar Company Limited that will be producing starch in commercial quantities from their base at Prang in the Pru District of the Brong-Ahafo Region.
By Mawuli Y. Ahorlumegah