Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said on Friday that Ghana is called upon to once again demonstrate an unprecedented commitment to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063, as pioneers in the struggle for the liberation of Africa from colonial rule and champions of the regional integration cause.
Speaking at the maiden policy dialogue for Chief Directors on Friday, jointly initiated by the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Botchwey said by this, Ghana’s historic renown as a continental trailblazer is justly preserved.
The policy dialogue seeks to deepen and sharpen the knowledge of the policymakers in macro-economic issues and deliberate on effective strategies and policies that would support the promotion of rapid and inclusive economic growth of Ghana.
The 5-day program also provided a platform for sharing of information among the Directors.
According to the Minister, the need for structural transformation of Ghana’s economy has engendered the emplacement of revolutionary programs and initiatives by the government such as ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ and ‘One District, One Factory’.
She indicated that there was a present call for more vibrant public-private partnerships as well as the reorganization and overhaul of the country’s agricultural, industrial and trade sectors, expressing the optimism that the excellently chosen topics have not only been insightful, but have indeed awakened in them a keen desire to propel the economy to greater heights.
She expressed her contentment with the chief directors’ active participation and unwavering commitment to the dialogue and strongly believes that the success of the government depends on the ability of policymakers to advise, innovate, act and put up a united front at all times.
“I therefore urge our esteemed Chief Directors to continue to be beacons of excellence in your sectors. It is my humble wish that the tools and knowledge acquired would inure to the realization of a Ghana we can all be proud of,” said Botchwey. Enditem