A three-day Consultative Forum organised by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region to offer people in the Region the opportunity to make an input into the 40-year development plan has ended.
The forum brought together Municipal and District Chief Executives, Members of Parliament, Civil Society Organisations, Identifiable Groups, Chiefs, Students, Association of the Disabled and Political Parties.
During the opening session of the forum, representatives of the various interest groups were presented with the opportunity to address the forum and make an input into the developlment of the 40-year development plan.
Addressing the forum via a video message, the Chairman of the NDPC, Prof. Kwesi Botchwey said, Ghana has over the years developed many Development Plans which have not made the needed impact due to implementation challenges.
This process is yet another milestone to put together a sustainable 40-year development plan which will guide Ghana’s transformational agenda, he pointed out.
Prof. Botchwey therefore urged participants in the Region to take advantage of the forum and take active part in the deliberations and make their inputs towards developing a workable blue print which would propel Ghana’s development.
In his speech, the Director of the Plan Coordination Division of the NDPC, Dr Mensah Bonsu, stressed the need for the nation to take a cue from the Asian Tigers, like South Korea and Malaysia who in the 1960s were behind Ghana in terms of development but have now outpaced Ghana due to a deliberate workable long term development plan and are now a force to reckon with.
According to him, it is the expectation of the NDPC that, the plan would be fine tuned by the end of the year and in 2017 the focus will be to fashion out the implementation plan which includes timelines, conceptual framework, goals and strategies.
He announced that, the actual implementation of the plan which has been segmented into series of four year plans will commence in 2018 and end in 2057 .