Veep inaugurates post-Senchi advisory group

The Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, yesterday inaugurated the Senchi Consensus Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) and called on the members to work assiduously on the road map designed to achieve national economic stability.

The IAG has been established in accordance with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) Act, (Act 479). Its membership comprises senior management staff of various organisations who have the capacity to make policy decisions on behalf of their institutions.

Members of the IAG are drawn from the NDPC, Office of the President, the Ministry of Finance, Ghana Revenue Authority,  Bank of Ghana, Controller and Accountant-General’s Department, the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and the Ghana Trades Union Congress.

Others include: The Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, African Centre for Economic Transformation and the Private Enterprise Federation.

The IAG is to come up with a co-ordinated and monitoring system for the effective implementation of the Senchi recommendations. 

The group is also mandated to co-ordinate the translation of the recommendations into specific actions and facilitate the removal of institutional and operational bottlenecks that impede their implementation.

It will hold meetings with relevant government agencies and agree on interventions to be implemented within specific time frames.

Mr Amissah-Arthur told the IAG that the fiscal deficit was a problem that needed to be tackled. ‘You need to be able to analyse the problem in a rigorous fashion,’ he charged the group.

He drew attention to the large number of subvented organisations with the same mandate and called on the IAG to come up with measures to streamline their activities.

The President’s Economic Advisor, Dr Nii Moi Thompson, who had earlier outlined the post-Senchi process, noted that the process would set the country on the road map to economic recovery.  

The Director-General of the NDPC, Dr Regina O. Adutwum, earlier, expressed the commission’s preparedness to provide the needed secretarial support to the IAG to ensure effective implementation of the Senchi recommendations.

Economic forum
A national economic forum was held at Senchi in the Eastern Region from May 13 to 15, 2014 with the objective of promoting dialogue and achieving consensus on the policies, strategies and measures required to put the country on a sustainable path to economic development.

The forum was also used to brainstorm the possibility of institutionalising a regular consultative machinery to promote dialogue between the public sector and other social partners, in order to develop a national consensus on some critical economic policy matters.

It, among others, assembled stakeholders from the public and private sectors, political parties, civil society groups, policy think tanks, traditional authorities, faith-based organisations, the media and the security services.

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