President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the Ghana Financing Roadmap for the realisation of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
President Akufo-Addo said Ghana’s commitment to the SDGs is borne out of a fundamental belief that the SDGs are at the heart of the development challenges that developing countries face, adding that the SGDs have significant prospects for Ghana’s transformation and development.
At the launch on Tuesday, he indicated that the SDGs will continue to be the driving factors in the formulation of Ghana’s development policy and its overall resource allocation.
To that end, President Akufo-Addo reiterated his determination to enhance the government’s partnership with the private sector to unlock innovative and sustainable financing to bridge the SDGs financing gap, which has been identified in Ghana’s Financing Roadmap which he launched.
“Against the backdrop of the huge financing gap, perhaps more than ever, we need a stronger, mutually beneficial partnership with the private sector. This is because it is you, in the private sector, who generate the wealth, which provides the means for our economic and social investments,” he said.
He, thus, extended an invitation to the private sector, domestic and foreign, to take full advantage of the great SDGs-related business opportunities that presently exist in Ghana, in the areas of infrastructural development, agriculture, industry, energy, health, communication, education, and water and sanitation.
Work, he added, was also ongoing to develop an SDGs Investor Platform, that would provide market intelligence on investment opportunities in the country and related impact data, to identify and increase SDGs-aligned investments.
“We are determined to build a prosperous nation, and, as we seek to do so, we will not relent in our commitment to fiscal discipline, our pledge to dismantling any obstacles to private investment, our determination to ensuring a progressive investor-friendly business landscape, our resolve to enhancing social investments, and, critically, our vision of building a Ghana Beyond Aid, with the private sector at the fulcrum,” he added.
Patience Anaadem, ISD