President Nana Akufo Addo has announced the setting up of a 10-member Committee chaired by the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo to workout a charter on the realization of his vision of Ghana Beyond Aid within the next six months.
The committee comprises three members each from government, Ministries of Finance, Planning, and Employment and Labour Relations, Organized Labour and the Private Enterprises Federation.
The President made the disclosure when he addressed workers at the National May Day Celebration held in the Ashanti Regional capital of Kumasi on Tuesday May 1, 2018.
He noted that after the charter is put together, it will then be subject to Parliamentary scrutiny and debate and subsequently adopted as a follow up to the coordinated programme of economic and social development.
“The nation will then know how we intend to move Ghana to a situation beyond aid” President Akufo Addo added.
President Nana Akufo-Addo, first made known his vision of Ghana Beyond Aid when he addressed the nation at the 61st Independence Day Anniversary celebrations on 6th March 2018.
But many at that time including the chair of the People’s National Convention, Bernard Mornah, saw the President’s vision as a mere mantra or slogan.
Dr William Ahadzie, Head of Policy and Research with the National Democratic Congress, (NDC) the biggest opposition party in Ghana said the Ghana Beyond Aid mantra looks rich in vision but so poor in policy guidelines and direction, as he questioned whether the policy is a fight against aid in all its forms or a call for a reduction in the amount of aid received.
“I don’t know whether Ghana Beyond Aid is an avoidance of borrowing or that we should reduce the amount of borrowing,” he told Joy News.
The criticism of the new Ghana Beyond Aid paradigm did not only come from political opponents alone, as member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Andrew Awuni who was once a presidential spokesperson under ex-president John Kufuor, has also criticized the new paradigm.
Awuni said the paradigm sounds more of a slogan than a project.
‘If it were a project, there should have been actionable plans with timelines. How long is it going to take, 10-years, 20-years” he asked adding, “or is it just a proclamation or statement?”