Vision for Ghana
“My vision for Ghana is of an optimistic, self-confident and prosperous nation with a strong and thriving democratic society in which mutual trust and economic opportunities exist for all, irrespective of their background. I have an unshakeable faith that our country, the Black Star of Africa, under the leadership of the NPP, has a bright future, a future that will be secured by the enterprise, creativity, and hard work of the Ghanaian people. I will be a President for all Ghanaians. Whatever your region, your tribe, your gender, your status, or your religion, I will serve you all.”
To create a strong economy which will drive private sector initiatives, job creation, and provide support for social services.
A strong economy creates opportunities, and inspires more people to start new businesses. In much the same way, a strong economy encourages existing businesses to make new investments, to grow, and expand. More and well-paying jobs are created, the private sector hires more people, and citizens prosper. Public sector-driven job creation interventions and initiatives also require a strong economy. Social services such as the National Health Insurance Scheme, free quality basic schools across every part of the country, the School Feeding Programme, good roads and a wider and cheaper transport network, affordable housing, stable and affordable electric power: all of these require a strong economy.
Energy and Petroleum
“To develop a modern, diversified, efficient, and financially sustainable “Energy Economy” that will ensure that all Ghanaian homes and industries have access to an adequate, reliable, affordable and environmentally-sustainable supply of energy to meet their needs and to support the accelerated growth and development agenda we envisage for the country.
We also commit to a transparent, accountable and efficient management of the country’s petroleum resources for the benefit of all Ghanaians”
Trade and Industry
The country’s industrial sector faces significant challenges, the principal ones of which are lack of access to finance, high interest rates, inadequate and poor quality raw materials for industrial processing, poorly developed domestic trade, weak consumer protection, lack of effective collaboration between research institutions and industry, poor trade facilitation, an unstable exchange rate, lack of coherent industrial development planning and initiatives, poor research and development support scheme for industry, lack of land for industrial zones, high import duties on raw materials, poor standards of certification, and an unreliable and expensive power source.
Our strategy is to address these challenges in ways that enable industry to thrive and become a major source of jobs, especially for the youth.
Agriculture and Rural Development
Our vision is to modernize agriculture, improve production efficiency, achieve food security, and profitability for our farmers, all aimed at significantly increasing agricultural productivity. We will pursue a value-addition strategy, aimed at rapidly ramping up agro-processing and developing new and stable markets for our products.
Our policies and interventions will ensure that our farmers and fisherfolk earn higher incomes. Our reforms will encompass the full agricultural value chain and create additional businesses and job opportunities in the areas of storage, transport, processing, packaging and marketing of agricultural produce.
To focus on seven seven major economic initiatives, designed to take giant leaps in transforming Ghana holistically, with particular emphasis on rural and deprived communities, in a major effort at inclusive development of all parts of the country, by adopting a localised development approach.
- Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
- Realigning SADA to Original Design and Mandate of Northern Development Authority (NDA)
- Coastal Development Authority (CDA)
- Zongo Development Fund
- Creation of New Regions
- Restructuring Royalty Sharing Ratios with Mining Communities.
We will embark on a sustainable and integrated infrastructural development programme across the country. The integrated programme will address infrastructure that supports a modern road network, housing, water systems, aviation, ICT, ports, harbours, and railways. We will also ensure the best value for money and meaningful local participation in ICT at all levels. The programme will focus on reducing the cost of transportation, while decreasing the time it takes to move goods, food items and people from one location to another. We will create jobs and prosperity through our Integrated Infrastructure Development Programme.
Natural Resources- Land, Forestry and Mining
The country is richly endowed with natural resources like fertile lands, lakes, rivers, forests, wildlife, fish and minerals which are vital for her development. However, Ghana’s natural resources, upon which so much of the country’s economic activity and the population’s livelihood depend, are being depleted at an alarming rate. More than 50% of the original forest cover has been converted to agricultural land by clearing for perennial or annual cropping.
The government’s policy on forestry resources will seek to rehabilitate degraded forest reserve areas through planting of fast-growing indigenous and exotic species, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
Education is critical in the building of the cohesive and prosperous Ghana on which we have set our eyes. Our children, and young people, must be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes that would enable them compete with the best in the world. Every country that has made rapid, and significant progress has placed education at the heart of its development.
We aim to shift the structure and content of our education system from merely passing examinations to building character, nurturing values, and raising literate, confident, and engaged citizens who can think critically.
The health system in the country is critical for national development. Our vision is to see that the right to health of all Ghanaians is guaranteed through an established health sector with sustainable ability to deliver affordable, equitable and easily accessible healthcare.
To realise this vision, we will expand health promotion programmes, scale up disease prevention strategies and improve access to curative and emergency services, through vigorous human resource and health infrastructure development and strengthening of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS)
We aim to create a society of fair opportunities for all Ghanaians. Building on the far-reaching social intervention policies of the Kufuor-led administration, will help create a fair and inclusive society, which ensures that all citizens share in the country’s wealth and prosperity.
This will be achieved by establishing a well-funded, functioning welfare system which addresses the needs of the weak, marginalised, vulnerable and socially excluded
Governance, Courruption and Public Accountability
The fundamental requirement for sustainable development is good governance. We are irrevocably committed to the establishment of a solid, efficient machinery for good governance, comprising accountable government and respect for the rule of law and human rights.
We are committed to strengthening the institutions that have been mandated to check corruption and improve on public accountability. If required, we will spearhead the creation of new institutions to help in the fight against corruption and improve on public accountability and governance.
The government is committed to bringing governance to the doorsteps of the people. We will focus on effective and efficient decentralization through greater grassroots participation, better planning and improved service delivery in local communities. We are committed to advocating for fundamental changes to the local government structure in the country so as to foster greater participation, accountability and transparency of local governance.
The Government will secure peace and security for all Ghanaians. We believe that the strict enforcement of our existing laws by our security agencies, without selectivity, will go a long way to sanitize our nation, assuage the fears of the citizenry and dramatically transform our society. Therefore, the government will ensure that all our security personnel are properly-trained, properly-resourced, and provided with incentives to enable them discharge professionally their duties and obligations fairly and effectively.
The government will ensure that our security personnel are also adequately prepared to deal with the emerging threats of terrorism and cyber crime, which will be another major priority of our government.
Since independence, Ghana has been held in high esteem in the comity of nations, thanks to its consistent show of leadership in international matters, especially within the West African region and on the African continent.
Our foreign policy will be one of the principal agents of Ghana’s socioeconomic resurgence. We will improve on the efficiency and effectiveness of our foreign missions. We will redirect their emphasis to the search for economic opportunities with the view to opening markets for Ghanaian goods, while attracting foreign investments into the Ghanaian economy.
Science, Technology, Innovation, and Environment
The modern world economy is knowledge-based and technology-driven. Today, the management of energy, agriculture, medicine and health, clean air, potable water, transportation, sanitation and the conservation of natural resources is an example of sectors whose solutions are based on science and information technology. For the country to make strides in its development, science, technology and innovation must be essential elements in all aspects of the national development process.
We are committed to promoting and leveraging the efforts of the scientific community to help transform the economy into a production-based one.
Youth and Sports
The youth constitute our major source of human capital for the transformational agenda of the country. Hence, all efforts should be made to employ their talents and skills for sustained growth of the economy. In pursuant to this, we will focus on numerous youth centred policies and initiatives such as:
- Youth Enterprises Fund (YEF)
- Youth Development Authority (YDA)
- Industrial parks targeting the youth
- Tax incentives for young entrepreneurs
- Utilising ICT training for job creation
- Tax credits and other incentives for companies hiring the youth
Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts
Ghana possesses an extensive array of tourist attractions that include UN Heritage Sites, Forts and Castles, ancient mosques, slave trade artefacts, indigenous craft villages and various wildlife sanctuaries.
The government will focus on transforming the country into a major Meeting, Incentive, Conference, & Exhibition (MICE) centre, as well as on expanding the tourism sector, through investment, innovation, the pursuit of service excellence and meaningful partnerships. This will enable tourism to become a major revenue-generating sector that provides safe, memorable and enjoyable experience for tourists.
Chieftaincy, Religious Affairs and Civil Society
The government will give due deference to Chiefs as the embodiment of the history and traditions of our people and will support the Chieftaincy institution to preserve, sustain and employ the traditional and cultural values, as well as practices that accelerate wealth creation and social harmony for total development.
Also, we will continue to engage actively religious organizations as the leading moral-cultural institutions that have a key role in moulding the character and conduct of our citizens. The government will launch a new era of cooperation and collaboration with civil society to improve governance and enhance the well-being of Ghanaians.