- Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:40
Vice President Paa Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has proposed a national dialogue devoid of partisanship to address the challenges of the economy.
The Vice President made the proposal at the commissioning of a rice mill at Sogakope in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region, where he disclosed Government's decision to organize a national discussion on the way forward for the economy by the end of June this year.
He repeated the Government's determination to address the challenges of the economy and find the way forward.
The mill was established by a joint venture of the Global Agriculture Development Company (GADCO) a rice producing company, and Copa Connect, which is GADCO’s small-holder initiative, with support from Finatrade Sa Ghana Limited, a rice marketing company.
The mill has a three-million-tonne capacity for processing paddy rice.
The Vice President pointed out that better remuneration by private sector employers tended to attract experts from the public sector to the detriment of Government business.
He was of the view that skilled labour had to be maintained in the public sector too to run Government business.
“We want to reverse the decline,” Vice President Amissah-Arthur said, adding that the prevailing situation also affected the competitiveness of the private sector.
He indicated that the nation could not go back to the era of direct control by Government under the current economic circumstances, and that it was important to encourage nonpartisan discussions on how the private sector could also contribute effectively to the growth of the economy.