Government To Make Public Next Week Detailed Report Of The 22-Point Senchi Consensus—Veep

Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, has stated that next week government would make available to the Ghanaian public a detailed report of the 22-point Senchi Consensus, put forward by participants of the just ended National Economic Forum in Senchi Near Atimpoku in the Eastern Region.

He added that government would make sure that the policies are implemented with a long term measure to help solve the economic problems facing the country.

The Vice President made the statement on Friday 23rd may when a high powered Swiss delegation led by Mrs. Marie‐Gabrielle Ineichen‐Fleisch Swiss secretary of State for Economic Affairs (SECO delegation called on him at the Flagstaff House, at Kanda in Accra.

Mr. Kwesi Bekoe-Amissah-Arthur touched on the warm relations between Ghana and the Swiss government and commended the Swiss for the support over the years, adding that the Swiss government has been faithful partners of Ghana.

He acknowledged that there are challenges with the current economic indicators, but expressed the hope that with time, government will be able to reverse the trend. He said since Ghana has attained a lower middle income country some of the benefits that used to come from organizations like the World Bank and IMF are no more coming, so we have to go to the market thus the private sector, so there’s the need to encourage disciple on the market to encourage growth.

On the energy sector the Vice President cited the problems associated with the West African pipeline as a major constraint on the economy because government have always have to rely on crude import to substitute the gas, something that is expensive ,so with the coming on board with the Ghana Gas the cost energy would come down drastically ,especially with utility services so as to reduce the cost n goods and services, something that would reverse the current economic challenges, and put the economy back on the path of growth.

On her part Mrs. Marie‐Gabrielle Ineichen‐Fleisch Swiss secretary of State for Economic Affairs stated that they were happy to be in a peaceful country with a good democratic credentials, she said they were in the country to explore more investment opportunities and to also strengthen the ties between Ghana and the Swiss government , she further stated that they had already met with the government officials and business groups to discuss the way forward .Adding that Ghana was ranked 8th as their priority country that they want to invest in so the timing was an opportune one.

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