22-point Senchi Consensus is disappointing – Kwesi Pratt Jnr

Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has described the 22-point ‘Senchi Consensus’ put forward by participants of the just ended National Economic Forum as disappointing.

The vociferous Editor of the Insight newspaper says although participants of the three-day economic dialogue were experienced economists who have held major positions in many international organisations, their recommendations on how to improve Ghana’s troubled economy are below expectation.

“If you read the 22-point consensus, you begin to ask yourself is that all they could do? I mean if you bring together all these heavyweights…and at the end of deliberations what they tell us is that..’a long term national interest should supersede all other interests’, what does that mean?” Pratt demanded.

He said the second of the 22-point proposal was a bit vague.

“There is nothing like a national interest which every person buys into”, Pratt argued, adding:”there is an underlying flaw in this supposition”.

Kwesi Pratt made these comments on Alhaji and Alhaji on Radio Gold, Saturday.

“The world can never come to a point where people’s political, economic and ideological background no longer matters. As people’s background and orientation remain different our perspectives of what the national interest is will remain different, and it is not bad”, Kwesi Pratt said.

According to him in a multi-party democracy like Ghana, it is good to hold different perspectives of the national interest.

Recommending a ‘long term national interest that supersede all other interest, in his view, is tantamount to suggesting that there should be one party state or union government state.

“I don’t think that is possible”, he stressed.
Kwesi Pratt Jnr then tackled the first of the 22-point consensus which says “the Directive Principles of State Policy…must continue to guide the national development effort, anchored in a long term national development framework with a compelling vision”

The Insight newspaper Editor said he could not stop laughing when he read that proposal.

“When have we not been guided by the Constitution?”, he quizzed.

He said that point was utterly irrelevant since every government is required to be guided by the Directive Principles of State Policy.

Kwesi Pratt said the 140 participants at the National Economic Forum failed to point out the real issues affecting Ghana’s economy — such as over-dependence on foreign economy.

He said Ghana’s problem is that it is still tied to the economies of its colonial master and other Western countries to the extent that “when they sneeze, we catch cold”.

“Their crisis also have an impact on us, and today all the capitalist countries are in crisis”, he pointed out.

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