By Maxwell Ofori
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has met chief executive officers (CEOs) in the country to solicit ideas toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the set year, 2030.
The meeting took place on Wednesday June 13, 2018, at the seat of Government, Jubilee House, in the form of a roundtable discussion.
The President was of the view that it was necessary that he engaged the primary promoters of social economic transformation, the CEOs, as the goals could not be successfully addressed without the private sector.
He told the CEOs that he was “looking for ideas,” because, best practices, smartness and attitude towards resolving issues could be found in the private sector, thus, the need to bring them on board to achieve the SDGs.
President Akufo-Addo also believes that the marketing economy is the most efficient system of allocating economic and social resources in any given country, thus, a robust marketing economy of a country could translate into prosperity.
In his opening remarks, President Akufo-Addo stated that he was expecting three outcomes from the meeting. The first one on the table was how the private sector and government could work together to bring the SDGs into fruition.
The other reason for the meeting was to know how best the government could mobilise the expertise and knowledge of the private sector towards achieving the said goals.
Again, how both the government and the private sector could ensure that the SDGs did not remain within debates amongst a few political actors and bureaucrats in general, but that the ordinary citizen also recognised that the set of goals affect all.
According to the President, he attaches much importance to his role as the Co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates of the SDGs, because Ghana stands to benefit greatly.
“I have attached a great deal of importance to my role. Especially because, I see it as essentially attempting to mobilise political support on the continent of Africa for the implementation of the goals. I don’t think there can be any doubt that if there is any content on the planet that would most benefit from the successful implementation of the SDGs, it is for obvious reasons for us in Africa, so I’m taking my role seriously,” he opined.
On his part, Mr Eugene Owusu, Advisor on the SDGs, noted that Ghana was privileged to have her President appointed as Co-Chair for the SDGs, constituted by the United Nations Secretary General.
According to him, it was a great delight as a country to move into action to implement the SDGs, and have integrated the goals into the accelerated programmes of the government.
“Secondly, to mention that we have set out a very robust architecture to support our implementation of the goals, with oversight responsibility vested in a 15-member high level ministerial committee…,” he asserted
He continued that the 2018 budget of the country was prepared largely with the SDGs in mind, citing that, perhaps, Ghana was the first country to have done that.