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Policy Validation Seminar

The Copenhagen Consensus Centre in collaboration with the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), conducted a Policy Validation Seminar for the Ghana Priorities Project on 27 of June 2019. 

The purpose of the “Policy Validation” seminar was to present the list of policy interventions to Government agencies involved in policy formulation, planning and implementation for discussion, reach consensus and validation of the policy interventions.

35 policy directors from all the ministries participated in the validation seminar. The following presentation was given by Ghana Priorities project coordinator, Raplh E Nordjo.

Participant Testimonials

Mr. Omar Seidu - "The project is critical in mobilizing stakeholder inputs and support for strategic policy interventions. I fully support the approach and look forward to continuing engaging in it."

Kobby Asmah - "Very impressive. Good forum working experience. I think if the Ghana Priorities project is adopted it will help the nation promote smart policies and spend every last Cedi judiciously."

Mrs. Diana Addo – "The project is strategic as it will aid the government to deploy its limited resources to sectors that will generate the maximum needed impact."

Mr. Suleiman Ahmed – "The Ghana Priorities project is a viable project to facilitate rapid attainment of Ghana’s development agenda in an effective and efficient manner."

Mr. Mawutor Ablo – "This project is a laudable initiative which I fully support. It is a new way of thinking which will enable us to prioritize policy initiatives in the face of limited resources. The linkage of prioritization process to the SDGs will enhance our performance in the implementation of the SDGs."

Mrs. Angela Dannson – "The Ghana Priorities project research agenda to evaluate where we could spend our last cedi is very important for evidence-based allocation of resources. The prioritizes of agriculture have been well captivated under poverty and hunger and under other complementary sectors. I look forward to the research results!"

Mrs. Patricia Dovi Sampson – "The premise of what one will spend on his/her last dollar helped shape the discussion and facilitate how to prioritize the research interventions. The learning experience for me has been good. That you for the opportunity."

Mr. Eric Baah – "I agree with the organizers of this validation seminar on policies priority in Ghana to publish the activities that took place at the seminar as a true reflection of proceedings."

Mrs. Lydia Essuah – "Largely agree with the priorities. Extremely excited that the Research and Development was featured under industrialization. Looking forward to the data that will be generated and of the research covering my ministry’s programs."

Mrs. Rita Ohene Sarfo – "It is useful and informative. I believe it will help to realize the critical priorities the country needs for progressive development."

Mrs. Emma Ofori Agyemang – "The components of economic growth and the selected research interventions could help update our understanding of job creation and address decent work deficit."

Mr. Patrick Ofori – "The strategic areas identified as priority areas under agriculture are very critical for development in the sector. They are in sync with the priorities of the government and are very feasible. Great work by the Copenhagen Consensus Center."

Ms. Joyce Bosompreh – "This seminar has been a learning process for me. Having been part of the submissions of colleagues in the other sectors and add my voice to the priorities for my nation. My general observation has been that the evaluations have been very fruitful, and this will go a long way to impact the development of the country if implemented successfully."

Mr. Georgy Osei Akoto – "Project is feasible and viable but some strategic alignment of themes and adjustment to the systemic and strategic issues will be useful."

Mr. Anthony Dzadzra – "The priorities are comprehensive and well researched. Diligent execution of the various activities / projects will have positive effect on the country."

Mrs. Hilde Opoku – "I think the project is good and timely as we need to accelerate on our priorities. I do however think that some of the research interventions could have been more specific while at the same time related to the state of the art elsewhere – as a lot of the relevant practice is ongoing elsewhere."

Dr. Christine Asare – "The greatest achievement of every government is to be able to use the limited resources to satisfy the needs of its citizenry. Priorities project provides that opportunity and must be of great interest to the government."

Kenneth Owusu – "I think this project has come at the right time to support the implementation of the SDGs."

Dr. Emmanuel Odame – "I support the Ghana Priorities project and believe it has come at the right time to assist the implementation of Ghana’s commitments internationally such as the SDGs."

Dr. Felix Addo-Yobo – "The methodology provides a means of identifying priority interventions that have the possibility to accelerate the achievement of the national development agenda."

Mr. Mohammed Alhassan – "With this approach comprehensive priorities can be achieved."

Ms. Rose Tsorhey – "Resources are scarce; therefore, prioritizing is important. This project offers an opportunity for Ghana to make more for less."

Mr. Kwame Baffour Awuah – "This was an excellent program that provides opportunities for Ghana to prioritize its policies."

Mrs. Veronica Sackey – "This project has come at the right time. Engaging brilliant minds from the field of economics both in Ghana and abroad is great."

Rev. Stephen Yaw Osei – "I am excited to know that such a project seeks to provide value for money analysis on policy options."

Mr. Sylvanus Adzornu – "Ghana Priorities is an important project for Ghana. Given the limited resources in a developing country it is critical that the scare resources are focused on polices that have rippling effects. I am therefore in favor of such a project."

Mr. Issac Biney – "The identified priorities for education reflect key investment priorities for education. It is however recommended TVET/ Apprenticeship considered for intervention to build skills in youths."

Dr. Kwadwo Mensah Abrampa – "The project is crucial in directing critical resources to address pertinent socio-economic development issues in the country through research. However, the focus should be directed at very specific intervention areas of attitudinal change to provide sustainable solutions in addressing identified structural challenges. The project is very feasible and very likely to change the narrative."

Samuel Seth Passah – "Ghana Priorities project is good for tracking progress of sectors and research for policy direction."

Mrs. Gladys Ghartey – "In support of the program."

Mr. Ebenezer Dwira – "This is a very good exercise. In a number of countries policy evaluation is done before policy is rolled out in the public domain."

Mr. Daniel Degbotse – "The idea of CBA is good, and the program may go on as planned after the needed correction have been done."

Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim – "Good interventions engaging all stakeholders."