The President, Nana Akufo-Addo has said the structural transformation of the country’s economy strongly hinges on a skilled work force that can produce results to sustain growth.
“We have to change the structure of our economy and transform the living standards of our people. We need a skilled workforce who will take advantage of the digital revolution,” Akufo-Addo emphasised.
The President made these remarks at the 3rd Edition of the Ghana CEO Summit in Accra, May 21.
He noted that many industries are becoming more competitive, and big changes are occurring on a daily basis and Ghana must be able to adapt to changes that ensure that the workforce maintains high levels of performance.
To harness and develop a capable skilled workforce, he said more emphasis will be given to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) within the country’s educational structure.
‘’The agencies responsible for TVET training programme are in the process of undergoing a rapid reform to make them more relevant in the world of the work today and this is how government is going to assist in producing the skilled labour you need to develop businesses,’’ Akufo-Addo said.
On his ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ mantra, the president said ‘’we are not ever going to reach the state of development that we aspire to attain, if we remain dependent on aid and 61 years is long enough time for this reality to dawn on us.’’
He added Ghana must begin to discard the aid dependence mentality.
“Ghana will be in a much better place when we have lots of wealthy people,” he quipped.
Expatiating on taxes, the president said his government is bent on moving the nation’s economy from taxation to production through a comprehensive and effective taxation and tax-collection.
By Mawuli Y. Ahorlumegah