Political parties urged to build consensus on long-term national development programmes

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

She observed that it had taken quite long for the country to have a long-term vision because it was too polarised along political lines.

“There have to be long consultations to bring all parties together to buy into a long-term goal, so that when party A or B comes into power, it pursues that agenda. The future we want is part of ongoing global consultations to ensure that all people, especially the poor and vulnerable, have the opportunity to contribute directly to the formulation of a development agenda for the next generation,” she added.

Earlier in her remarks as the Chairperson for the occasion, Dr Tette said while the country had made strides to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and achieving universal primary education, the general view was that the progress had no positive impact on people with disabilities.

As the MDGs deadline fast approaches, one of the key criticisms of the process has been that right from the beginning of the formulation of the goals there were no broader consultations to ascertain the real needs of the poor.

In that regard, Dr Tette said the current consultations were tailored to offer an opportunity for Ghanaians to share their experiences and viewpoints that reflected the realities of their lives and development priorities.

An Economic Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ghana, Mr Pa Lamin Beyai, said the views expressed by people on future development reflected their needs.

“These are issues of everyday concern to people and they reflect their priorities,” he added.

The UN Secretary General has outlined a UN-led process to determine the post-2015 development framework.

 Therefore, national and global thematic consultations on key issues pertaining to the post-2015 development agenda are being held under the leadership of the UN Development Group.

Story by Seth Bokpe