Former UN Governance Advisor Calls for Unified National Manifesto for Sustainable Growth

Former UN Governance Advisor, Prof Baffour Agyeman-Duah, has urged political parties in Ghana to adopt a unified national manifesto, emphasizing the importance of such an approach for sustained economic growth.

During an appearance on JoyNews’ PM Express, Prof Agyeman-Duah stressed the need for collaboration among political parties and proposed the adoption of the 40-year national development plan crafted by the National Development Plan Commission as a guiding blueprint.

According to Prof Agyeman-Duah, implementing the content and recommendations outlined in the 40-year plan is the most effective way to address Ghana’s development deficit and stabilize the economy.

He criticized the common political practice of making promises without providing detailed implementation strategies, pointing out that this trend hampers genuine progress. Prof Agyeman-Duah noted, “It is the way we run politics; all the parties seeking power would want to demonstrate to the populace that, in fact, we can do ABCD without telling the people how they’re going to do it.”

Advocating for a unified national manifesto, he argued that the 40-year development plan could serve as a consensus document for all political parties. This collective approach, he believed, would enable civil society organizations to monitor and hold political parties accountable for their promises.

Drawing parallels with successful developing nations like Rwanda and Malaysia, Prof Agyeman-Duah underscored the importance of aligning political agendas with long-term development goals. He acknowledged the criticisms of countries like Rwanda for perceived shortcomings in democracy but pointed out their significant strides in development.

The former UN Governance Advisor concluded by highlighting the close relationship between development and politics, cautioning against the pitfalls of political competition that often lead to unfulfilled promises and abandoned projects when parties come into power. He urged Ghana to prioritize a unified vision to overcome development challenges and propel the nation forward.

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