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  • on 31.08.2015
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  • by Naomi Cohen

Experts say Ghana’s 40-year plan should focus on S&T 0

Kumasi – Scientists have called for the involvement of professionals in designing Ghana’s 40-year development to help the country adequately tackle challenges.

The country’s government launched the process for developing the 40-year national development plan this month (4 August).

The move follows the recommendation of Ghana’s Constitutional Review Commission, which presented its 960-page final report on 20 December 2011 to the government.

Experts say the country lacks a long-term strategic plan for development, and that the final document to be developed will be binding on successive governments.

Nii Moi Thompson, the director-general of Ghana’s National Development Planning Commission, which is to oversee the development of the plan, said during the launch that 2018-2057 was chosen to coincide with the 100 years of gaining independence from colonial rule.

At the 1st International Conference on Engineering, Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ESTE 2015) held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana earlier this month (6-7 August), scientists advised stakeholders not to neglect science, technology and innovation (STI) when creating the plan.

Samuel Nii Odai, the pro vice-chancellor of the KNUST, recommends the engagement of engineers, scientists, and other professionals to ensure that the final document can transform the country.

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