UNDP and partners reaffirm commitment to support Ghana’s development agenda

22 Apr 2014

imageParticipants of the inception meeting (Photo credit: Bossman Owusu)

The United Nations Development Programme and partners have renewed their determination to respond to the Government of Ghana’s development aspirations in line with the Ghana Shared Growth Development Agenda.

This was during the 2014 Programme Inception and Management meeting held at Elmina in the Central Region where the partners pledged to fully implement this year’s development work plans prepared jointly with the UNDP.

The meeting was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance, which is government’s coordinating agency for the execution of UN-supported programmes under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).

It created a platform for dialogue and engagement with partners on key issues that border on effective and efficient programme implementation in support of the Government of Ghana’s development agenda. It also offered partners an understanding of UNDP programmes, policies and procedures and how they impact on programme implementation in Ghana.
 
The UNDP Country Director, Mr. Dominic Sam reminded partners of the momentous stage of Ghana’s development and assured UNDP’s willingness to support aligned and harmonized government programmes.  “I want to encourage you to recognize the elevated and unique positions you occupy as representatives of your organizations, and to cease this momentous stage to improve the well-being of the ordinary Ghanaian”, he emphasized.

Participants included civil society actors and state-owned institutions including the National Development Planning Commission, Ghana Statistical Services, Energy Commission, COCOBOD, Ministry of Health, National Disaster Management Organisation, Ministry of Finance, Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, National Peace Council and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Gladys Ghartey implored the partners to be efficient and effective in the use of resources, especially, in view of the current economic and fiscal challenges Ghana is experiencing. She expressed appreciation to the partners for their continuous support to the Government of Ghana, and encouraged them to seek assistance from UNDP and the Ministry of Finance on challenges they may encounter in the programme implementation.

The inception meeting comes on the heels of the Government of Ghana giving the green light for the implementation of the 2014 development Work Plans prepared by the United Nations Development Programme and partners in January 2014.

The Work Plans relate to UNDP’s thematic areas of Democratic Governance, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development and derive from the action plans of the UNDAF, which presents the coherent vision and collective programme results.