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GHANA BEYOND AID DOES NOT MEAN CUTS TO AID, SAYS SENIOR MINISTER

Business & Economy

The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has explained that the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda does not mean Ghana is cutting off aid altogether, but rather that the country is poised to channel aid to specific areas of the economy to stimulate rapid growth.

The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has explained that the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda does not mean Ghana is cutting off aid altogether, but rather that the country is poised to channel aid to specific areas of the economy to stimulate rapid growth.

He said the policy requires that all aid from Ghana’s partners fit priority areas and align with the Ghanaian development agenda.

“One example is that, as a country, we want to develop the technical and agricultural base of the economy. In this case, attention has been given to technical education to propel the development of the sector.

“We require that any help that is coming in the form of aid be given to this area, but not directed to an area of choice of the donor,” Mr Osafo-Maafo said in an interview with members of the press after he met with Ghana’s development partners at the World Bank offices in Accra yesterday.

Misconception

The Senior Minister said many development partners have misinterpreted the concept to mean that Ghana does not need aid. Development partners’ understanding of the whole idea will be critical, he said.

“Yes, Ghana requires aid. But we are saying that the aid must be directed to suit our development agenda. We want to be in the driving seat,” Mr Osafo-Maafo said.

“We don’t want to be dictated to as to how to develop our country. We decide which area to channel the aid to, and the type of aid, and how to use the aid. We must discuss this with everybody.”

He gave the example that, in terms of education, Ghana must be able to say its priority is technical education, and therefore any support to the country must be for technical, not academic secondary education.

No aid cuts

Asked whether the government wants to cut aid by implementing Ghana Beyond Aid, the Senior Minister disputed this assertion.

He added that co-operation between Ghana and its partners must be such that it meets the country’s agenda for growth, stability and overall economic development.

In response, Germany’s ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff, said Ghana’s agenda is very ambitious. He however expressed confidence in the Ghana Beyond Aid policy, saying it is in the country’s best interests.

Ambassador Retzlaff explained that Germany had shifted its development programme from conventional co-operation to sustainable development to investment in Ghana though job creation.

“So, this is very much in line with what the [Ghanaian] government is trying to do and we are with the agenda,” he said.

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