General News of Wednesday, 13 June 2018
President Nana Akufo-Addo has called on the country’s private sector to help the government achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The President, who is a Co-Chair of the UN Eminent Advocates on SDGs said Ghana’s private sector stands to gain if the SDGs are attained.
Speaking at a breakfast meeting with Chief Executive Officers from the private sector at the Jubilee House, President Nana Akufo Addo said the private sector must contribute effectively to ensure the country goes “down the path of prosperity”.
The President described the private sector as the “primary promoters of social and economic transformation” with a responsibility to actively participate in Government’s effort to attain the SDG’s.
“You are in today’s world the primary promoters of social and economic transformation. So if there is any important goal of social or national nature which is going to be successfully addressed, it can only be so if one can challenge the private sector to participate,” he stated.
He further urged the private sector to be efficient in finding ways to help address issues of inclusiveness, equity and social justice.
“Be more robust, be more efficient, the market economy in a given country, the more likely that country is to go down the path of prosperity. We are talking about a well-regulated market economy that addresses issues of inclusion, equity and social justice”
Being a recipient of the AU Gender Champion award, President Akufo-Addo said it was time to make gender equality a reality.
“That statement is a statement that affects more than majority of people in Ghana. We know that 52% of our population are women. When we are talking about gender equity, we are talking about what affects all women, young and old,” he said.