The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has inaugurated a National Technical Working Group to solicit inputs and create a participatory approach towards developing a human capital development strategy for Ghana.
The primary objective of the strategy is to tackle the persisting issue of underutilization and ineffective exploitation of the country’s abundant natural resources, which has the potential of driving economic growth and enhancing the overall well-being of the nation.
During a media briefing in Accra, the Senior Technical Advisor of the NDPC, Mr Jonathan Azasoo, emphasized the importance of tapping into Ghana’s rich resources sustainably and creatively.
“It is imperative to channel the human capital of Ghana towards its creative and sustainable utilization because it is critical to meeting national aspirations, continental and global goals (Agenda 2063 and SDGs), however, to accomplish this, we must focus on developing our human capital,” he added.
Mr Azasoo stressed that investing in education, skills development, innovation and entrepreneurship is key to unlocking the full potential of Ghana’s abundant resources, leading to transformative growth and sustainable development.
He, however, stressed on the need to ensure that these development endeavours are carried out in a responsible and sustainable manner, taking into account environmental conservation and the well-being of local communities.
The human capital development strategy, which is being coordinated by the NDPC, recognizes the importance of investing in people and their well-being to improve individual and collective performance, productivity and overall contribution to the nation’s development.
It involves assessing current and future workforce needs, identifying skill gaps and aligning human resources with organizational goals and objectives. Achieving this would require a renewed mind and attitudinal change.
Members of the National Technical Working Group on Human Capital are drawn from Conference of Independent Universities; Vice Chancellors Ghana, Vice-Chancellors of Technical Universities of Ghana, National Council for Curriculum Assessment, Pre-Tertiary Education Directorate, Ghana Education Service, Council For Technical And Vocational Educational Training, Ghana Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana Statistical Service, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Finance and Bank of Ghana.
Others include, Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, Association of Ghana Industries(AGI), Ghana Employers Association, National Service Secretariat, Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Council for Persons with Disability, Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), Trades Union Congress, Centre for Democratic Governance, African Centre for Economic Transformation and National Youth Authority.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD