40-yr national dev’t plan to be launched Tuesday

The process to secure Ghana’s premier long-term development plan is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, August 4 when the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) launches the preparation of a 40-year development plan for the country.

The event, which will take place at the Accra International Conference Center, will attract several dignitaries including ministers of state, members of parliament (MPs) and members of the diplomatic corp.

President John Dramani Mahama is expected to do the launch.

Speaking on the event on TV3’s Hot Issues over the weekend, Executive Director of the Commission Dr Nii Moi Thompson said the decision to develop a long-term plan for the country was borne out of the Petroleum Revenue Management Act (PRMA), which demands that the annual revenue shall be allocated based on “a medium-term expenditure framework aligned with a long-term national development plan approved by Parliament”.

The plan will span 2018 to 2057, when Ghana will mark its centenary independence anniversary.

Nationwide consultative sessions will be undertaken after Tuesday’s launch till 2018 when it takes effect.

Ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) as well as metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs), according to Dr Thompson, will have 2017 to prepare for the take-off.

Parliament is expected to approve the long-term plan as per law and will conduct four 10-year reviews after its implementation.

A long-term plan is expected to, inter alia, reduce party politicization of the country’s development process and ensure that national development is not centered on sectional political party manifestos.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh

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