President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (right) addressing members of civil society organizations at Jubilee House. Photo: SAMUEL TEI ADANO
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said the talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the 2023 budget will aim to address the concerns of Ghanaians and mainstream their aspirations in the management of the economy.
He said it was for this reason that he had over the past three weeks met with various stakeholders in the Ghanaian society and economy to get their ideas, concerns and concerns, so that the end result would meet , as broadly as possible, to these concerns. .
President Akufo-Addo said this when he met with leaders of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations at Jubilee House last Friday as part of his broad consultation with various groups on the economy.
The meeting moved to a closed session following the introduction of coalition members and opening remarks by President Akufo-Addo.
Coalition representatives were drawn from CDD-Ghana, Citizens Against Corruption Movement, Ghana Health NGO Coalition, Africa Education Watch, Ghana Women’s Rights Network, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Ghana Citizens Movement, Oxfam Ghana, SEND Ghana and IDEG.
The President had earlier met with leaders of the Ghana Bar Association, Ghana Christian Council, Market Queens, GPRTU, Trade Unions, Ghana Employers Association, Ghana Journalists Association , the Federation of Private Enterprises and the Ghana Bureaux Association.
The others are the Association of Ghana Industries, the Ghana Bankers Association and the Council of State.
President Akufo-Addo noted that all were aware of the difficulty in which the country found itself and the efforts made by the government to remedy it, noting: “I do not think that this effort will succeed if it is not guided and influenced by a broad consultative process.
He said that over the past three weeks he had interacted with a wide range of actors in the economy and society because Ghana had approached the IMF for assistance in cleaning up the finances. and rebuilding the balance of payments.
He added that the government was also in the process of preparing a budget for the financial year 2023 and that it was important that the end result of its work had the support of the people of Ghana.
“The negotiations with the fund and the development of the 2023 budget must be conducted in such a way as to have as wide a support as possible.
“And for that to happen, we need to be able to consult with stakeholders, get their ideas, their concerns and their concerns, so that the end result addresses those concerns,” President Akufo-Addo added.
In another development, the president has appointed a former director general of the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB), Kwaku Domfeh, as Ghana’s ambassador to DR Congo, with the task of ensuring that he briefs the government on developments. events in the country. .
He said Ghana had good relations with DR Congo and urged the new envoy to strengthen those relations and work with embassy staff with mutual respect and seek the interest of the Ghanaian community in this. country.