Visiting Russia C-G Accident
Reports reaching The Chronicle at press time yesterday indicate that the Attorney General of Russia who is on visit to Ghana, His Excellency Vyacheslaw Lebedeve was involved in an accident on the Ho-Accra road.
The AG, who was returning to Accra after attending the annual conference of the Ghana Bar Association in Ho was involved in the accident at Kporvi barrier, near Tsito- Awudome.
Available information indicates that he was driven back to Ho and airlifted to Accra to receive treatment. The level of injury he sustained is, however, not known.
At the conference itself the Chief Justice, Her Ladyship Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood told the lawyers that access to justice should be clearly understood as a human right issue and that there was the urgent need for government to increase investment in court infrastructure development to ensure that people seeking justice would easily get access to it without any difficulty.
According to her, a visit to court houses in Tema, an industrial area and maritime hub, showed the severe infrastructural deficiency facing the judiciary in the country, noting that in view of the increasing urbanization and rising per capita incomes, legal rights awareness and demand for judicial justice were on the increase.
The Chief Justice, Mrs. Theodora Wood had observed that in order to ensure an effective Public Private Partnership (PPP) that would accelerate the rapid development of the nation, the legal profession ought to develop a regulatory framework suitable for both public and the private sector to efficiently work to promote infrastructure development in the country.
She explained that the PPP covered a wide range of economic activities which include arrangements between the public sector, represented by government and the private sector, with the objective of executing projects or providing services traditionally provided by government.
The Chief Justice pointed out that efficiently managed PPPs have contributed to the rapid growth experienced in countries like Brazil and India where major industrial and infrastructural development fuelled with constant injection of massive PPP capital.
The 4 day Annual GBA conference was themed: ‘The Role of The Legal Profession in Developing a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Regulatory Framework for National Development,’ is being attended by Supreme Court, Appeal, High and lower court Judges, who would deliberate on measures to promote the legal system in the country.
Mrs. Theodora Wood said government had recognized after a considerable debate and unending discussions re-affirms its commitment to PPP as an effective tool for financing public infrastructural development because it was so critical to accelerate growth therefore it had embraced the PPP as a strategic mechanism for procuring, financing and delivering public infrastructure and services.
She stressed that the promotion of PPP initiatives without first creating the appropriate policy, legal , regulatory and institutional environment could result in poor quality, unsustainable project as well as damage investor confidence hence a relevant regulatory framework, efficient and effective jurisprudence to govern the new area of development financing with layers being an indispensable tool in the process.
Mrs. Theodora Wood noted that it was important for lawyers to understand the principles of intellectual property, contract, regulatory and tax laws that apply in the process chain of PPP and observed that with the present state of physical infrastructure, Ghana would be facing challenges in sustaining high levels of annual GDP growth over the medium term in such areas as power, roads, urban water provision, railways, healthcare, education and housing among others.
She observed that in view of the limited resources , the country’s huge deficit could not be met by the public sector alone through budget allocations, the Ministry of Finance in 20 2010 established the Public Investment Sector to take a lead role in developing Ghana’s PPP programme.
The National President of the GBA, Nene Abayaateye Amegatcher commended lawyers of both petitioners and defenders in the just ended election petition for exhibiting high level of professionalism.
The Volta Regional Minister, Nii Laryear Afortey Agbo noted that the theme for the conference was important and urged the legal brains to use the period and deliberate effectively on it to enable them come up with modalities that would help strengthen the PPP to enable government to achieve the necessary goals of development.
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