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BAWUMIA LEADS ECONOMIC MANAGEMENT TEAM TO LAUNCH CRUCIAL PUBLIC BRIEFINGS

Business & Economy

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, together with other members of the Economic Management Team (EMT), will today address the public on the economic gains Ghana has made since the New Patriotic Party assumed office in 2017.

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia, together with other members of the Economic Management Team (EMT), will today address the public on the economic gains Ghana has made since the New Patriotic Party assumed office in 2017.

He will also bring Ghanaians up to date on the state of the economy as well as key prospects for the country, as the team meets hundreds of Ghanaians at a landmark town hall meeting. The gathering takes place today in the auditorium of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Accra.

Expectations

In the lead-up to the meeting, Ghanaians have largely welcomed the government’s move to engage directly with the public, describing it as unique and good for the progress of the country.

Many are looking forward to quizzing the economic managers about import duties, the exchange rate, matters relating to energy, the broader economy and the government’s flagship projects.

Hopes are also high that Dr Bawumia will expatiate on how and why the government intends to make Ghana the digital hub of the West African subregion.

Ghanaians believe that if the government is able to address the problems of high import duties and blips in the currency market, this will buttress its efforts to clear the economic morass it inherited in 2017 and help turn the economy around.

According to Dr Gideon Boako, a spokesman for the Vice-President who is also a member of the EMT secretariat, the town hall meeting will be largely interactive. This will give the public a chance to be heard and become part of the government’s decision-making.

The EMT

The EMT is a body, set up by various governments from the time of President Kufuor onwards to steer the affairs of the Ghanaian economy. It is usually chaired by the sitting Vice-President.

With the takeover by the current government, President Akufo-Addo set up the current nine-member EMT in February 2017. Its chair is Vice-President Bawumia and Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo is vice-chair.

Other members are Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance; Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture; John Peter Amewu, Minister of Energy; Professor George Gyan Baffour, Minister for Planning; Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry; and Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation.

Professor Joe Amoako-Tuffour is the team’s secretary.

Direct governance

According to the Ministry of Information, it intends to hold 24 town hall meetings this year to bring the government closer to the people. To this end, state actors such as ministers, metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) and heads of agencies will account to the people.

Members of the public will also get an opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the governance of the country.

“The town hall meetings represent a major shift in the government’s policy to make information easily accessible and usable to the people in Ghana and in the diaspora as well,” Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says.

Presentations at the meetings will include audiovisual illustrations of the first two years of change under the Akufo-Addo government, Mr Oppong Nkrumah says. These will be organised by the Information Services Department.

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