President Akufo Addo’s policy direction for Ghana which he introduced at the beginning of his Presidency “Ghana Beyond Aid”, has gained global attraction as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has adopted same for its policy direction for the entire African continent.

The adoption was manifested in the UNDP High-Level Dialogue with African Influencers held at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel today Thursday the 7th of November 2019 which was themed “Africa’s Money For African Development: A Future Beyond Aid”.

The high-level dialogue is seeking to explore how Africa can optimize the use of its own resources, creativity and innovation to effectively finance Africa’s development. The dialogue will also examine the future of development in Africa and how to capitalize on the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), as well as the opportunities emerging from the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The event is the first of its kind to feature a profound interaction between a select number of Africa’s political, traditional and business leaders. Leading voices in culture, entertainment, media and academia will also be part of the conversation.

UNDP (RBA) Director

In her address to welcome and set the scene for the participants, Ahunna Eziakonwa, the Director Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) UNDP, indicated that President Akufo Addo has clearly shown committed to the Agenda to transform the African continent and make her self reliant.

“I wish to thank President Akufo Addo for sounding the clarion call assiduously and consistently working towards this goal” the UN Envoy noted.

President Akufo Addo

In his opening address, President Akufo Addo said the subject of “Ghana Beyond Aid” and “Africa Beyond Aid” is one that he is passionate about. He noted that the theme for the meeting is the challenge of the current African generation and it is a call to change and realign the economic structure, change our way of doing things and change our attitudes and above all change our mindset towards Africa’s place in the world.

“When I talk about Ghana or Africa Beyond Aid, I am simply insisting that we use our resources to build robust economies that will propel us into the likes of the developed nations of the world. I am insisting that we stop believing that our deliverance will come from benefactors. I am insisting that we take our fate in our own hands and work to bring us to where we do not look for or expect charity” President opined.

Source: Ghana/ Asare