Netherlands’ Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker, has asked the Government of Ghana to pursue a policy of “Ghana beyond corruption.”
He said this in reaction to the government’s policy of a ‘Ghana beyond aid.’
The administration of Nana Akufo-Addo announced the policy as an objective towards achieving self-reliance for the country.
The policy has since caused controversy with many saying that it is ambiguous. A document on the policyon May Day 2019.
Sharing his thoughts on the policy, Mr Strikker said it asked the government to channel its energy to weeding out corruption.
“…Your official policy is Ghana beyond aid; why not Ghana beyond corruption,” he asked in a TV3 viral video.
The diplomat said, “you need a good business climate to attract foreign investment…”
He added that “corruption is a very bad thing” and companies suffer and will stay away if they think that they are going to be harassed by corruption in a certain country…”
Ghana Beyond Aid strategy document launchedSource: graphic.com.ghDate: 02-05-2019 Time: 09:05:14:am
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has unveiled the charter and a strategy document which will guide the nation in attaining the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.
He said the essence was to create a nation that would be self-sufficient and prosperous, governed according to the rule of law, respect for human rights and individual liberties as well as the principles of democratic accountability.
President Akufo-Addo launched the document when he addressed the 2019 National May Day at the Black Star Square. It was on the theme “Sustainable Pensions for All; The Role of Social Partners”.
He explained that with the blessing of the Almighty God and the collective effort of all, Ghana would march boldly from poverty to prosperity and create a nation that the forefathers envisioned, which the current generation aspired to have and would make posterity be proud of.
He commended the various groups from the government, labour , industry and students’ representatives for a good work done in putting together the Ghana Beyond Aid document.
The President stated that the government was determined to consolidate further the relations among its social partners in the post-IMF era.
That was why on April 18, 2019, the government signed a landmark social partnership agreement with organised labour represented by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Ghana Employers’ Association (GEA).
He said these groups, together with government representatives, would provide a medium for building a sense of cohesion, trust, self-management, frank and open discussions to champion the course of development towards realising the vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.
The government, he said, was committed to a new social contract that promoted social dialogue in economic management and in the making of public policy.
It was also to assure workers and businesses, he said, noting “that you are our true development partners, and your ideas are critical in my government’s model for economic management and development”.
He said he would soon inaugurate a social partnership council with equal representation from the three social partners, and expressed confidence that the new approach to economic management and public policy-making would foster even greater cooperation and trust among the partners.