Accra, April 15, GNA – The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has presented to the Government, a document that is being refined for the proposed national conference on the economy.
The document would be the basis for the discussions which are expected to be to provide a national consensus on the difficulties and the measures to implement to achieve the objectives of the 2104 National Budget.
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, who dropped the hint, said the conference is expected on May 19 to May 22.
Addressing the opening session of Ghana-EU Political Dialogue underway at the Flagstaff House in Accra, the Vice President said a number of meetings that had been held between the Government and members of the EU Delegation in Ghana on the nations economic challenges and how the Government proposed to address them.
The Dialogue is supposed to be an annual even to discuss ways of strengthening relations with the European Union
The last one held in July 2012, engaged Ghana in a Political Dialogue in Accra, in line with Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement.
But for scheduling challenges this years Dialogue was expected to have taken place before the last EU African meeting in Brussels earlier in the month and the agreements reached are expected to guide bilateral relations.
Mr Claude Maerten, Head of the EU Delegation, observed that the relationship between the EU and Africa and for that matter Ghana is growing.
He expressed the need for shift from assistance to that of trade and investment to provide security and jobs among other interventions to the people.
The searchlight is being thrown on security, and the EU Delegation Head while condemning the latest atrocities in Abuja, Nigeria, commended President John Mahama, the current ECOWAS Chair for his trip to Guinea Bissau ahead of that countrys general election, next Sunday.
Mr Maerten said the EU would continue to co-operate with Ghana and the ECOWAS to improve security.
Other issues being tackled at the meeting are Ghana-EU trade and investment partnership, EU concerns relating to the fisheries sector in Ghana, West Africa Security and Development Challenges and Regional Economic Partnership Agreements.
Ambassadors or their representatives were from Italy, Britain, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Czech Republic.
From the Ghana side were Ms Hannah Tetteh, Foreign Affairs Minister; Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry; Mr Nayon Bilijo, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development; and Mr Ato Forson, Deputy Minister of Finance.
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