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A Cross section of dignitaries at the forum. 

Some experts have condemned Government?s policies, describing them as ineffective and less capable of achieving any meaningful economic development.

According to them, successive governments have over the years failed to map out clear-cut development strategies and plans, which have resulted in the current economic crisis confronting the country.

?We don?t have a clear-cut development strategy in the country, and it is something that we have to critically look at as we move forward,? they said.

?We continue to live in a nation where successive governments don?t want to continue national development projects of past governments,? the experts added.

The experts- Kofi Amoah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Progency Ventures, Dr. Abu Sakara, presidential candidate of Convention People?s Party (CPP) in the 2012 elections and Dr. Nii Moi Thomson, a presidential advisor, disclosed these at the Ghana Economic Forum yesterday in Accra under the theme: ?Building a prosperous economy: Time for new solutions.?

The forum was jointly organized by Access Bank and the Business and Financial Times (B&FT) newspaper.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of B&FT, Edith Dankwah, in her welcome address, said the forum, the third in the series, was organized to bring experts together to discuss the current economic crisis facing Ghana and find new ways in meeting the development needs of the country in future.

Outlining measures to be taken to ensure socio-economic development, the experts called on the government to adopt a clear-cut vision for the country.

According to them, ?The new vision must not be a political football for politicians as we have experienced over the years. It must be one that would take the people of Ghana out of poverty and suffering.?

They also called on the government to invest in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, which they said were collapsing due to low investment and low patronage.

They appealed to government to consider collaborating actively with the private sector on issues concerning the development of the nation.

?There must be a unique collaboration between the State and the private sector when it comes to our national development,? Dr. Thomson said.

The government, they said, must as well invest meaningfully in education and new technologies.

Meanwhile, President John Mahama, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry, called for partnership with the private sector in boosting Ghana?s economy.

According to him, he would ensure that the Ghana Economic Forum becomes a permanent feature.

He gave the assurance that he would adhere to the recommendations of the forum closely and implement them thereof.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Ghana Chapter was launched alongside the forum to give Ghanaian businesses the opportunity to trade on the global stage.

Dr. Alhaji Asoma Banda is the chairman of ICC Ghana.

 BY Melvin Tarlue

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