A Development Planner says Ghana needs to build a national consensus to develop and implement a new development model that will take into consideration the needs and aspirations of the people.
The new development order, according to Mr Nyaaba-Aweebo Azongo, should not be based solely on growth indicators but equity and self-reliance indigenization and domestic integration of the Ghanaian economy.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Kumasi, Mr Azongo pointed out that the country’s development aspirations should go “beyond the short-term home-grown policies for IMF bailouts for Ghana”.
He said the IMF short term intervention was a necessary evil.
However, the rate of unemployment, widening inequalities and other economic hardships indicated that the country had reached a saturated point in its development beyond the interventions of the IMF and the Breton Woods Institutions.
“We need to accept our faith, be honest with ourselves and build consensus beyond partisan politics, ethnicity, religion and all the differences that prevent us from building effective cohesion to adopt a common development model unique to Ghana,” he stated.
Mr Azongo said there was the need to mobilize state men from the political traditions, ethnic groupings, academia, entrepreneurs and others, fashion it in a similar way as the Peace Council, to facilitate consensus building in the new development model agenda.
He said, “home grown policies for IMF interventions are like little drops of water not capable of forming a development ocean.”
Mr Azongo pointed out that the country’s present situation was dire with a potential youth uprising and there was the need for a national consensus to develop economic initiatives and policies that could open up avenues and opportunities for the youth to develop their potentials.