Reforms have placed Ghana on a higher pedestal, Bawumia tells EU confab Featured

By Paul Nyojah Dalafu January 31, 2020 4022 1893 comments
Vice-President Bawumia is flanked by Shirley Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Diana Acconcia, EU envoy to Ghana Vice-President Bawumia is flanked by Shirley Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Diana Acconcia, EU envoy to Ghana

Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has said that the digitisation of state institutions across the country has drastically reduced the incidence of bribery and corruption.

The Digital Ghana initiative has also allowed the government to rake in substantial revenue that will be used for development, he said.

Dr Bawumia was speaking on Wednesday in Accra at the Ghana-EU Dialogue, on the theme “Ghana and EU: Partners for the Future”.

He described how corruption has been curbed at various institutions such as Ghana Post, the Passport Office, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority and National Health Insurance Authority by pursuing the national digitisation policy.

The Vice-President said the introduction of e-justice in the law courts has also curbed challenges presented to the judicial system by documents misplaced, lobbying, bribery, corruption and other nuisances.

“We have increased budgetary allocation of funds to various institutions that are vehicles for the fight against the menace of corruption, and former appointees of government are being prosecuted for the practice of corruption,” he said.

Building blocks

The Vice-President said over the past three years the government has been busy creating and building economic blocks which will help transform the country by industrialising and digitising the economy.

The government, he said, is also ready to maintain fiscal discipline to ensure Ghana’s growth and development.

Focusing on the building blocks of industrialisation, the NPP government has embarked on various flagship programmes to eradicate poverty, Alhaji Bawumia said, including One Village, One Dam and One District, One Factory.

That roughly 70 per cent of all the factories built so far under One District, One Factory are geared towards agriculture is a sign of the government’s commitment to creating jobs in rural areas, he said.

The Vice-President also touched on One Constituency, One Ambulance and Free Senior High School, arguing that both programmes will protect the vulnerable and the poor.

EU bedrock

Diana Acconcia, head of the European Union delegation to Ghana, reiterated that the Africa Union is a natural ally of the EU in matters of peace and development.

She expressed excitement about Ghana taking a greater leadership role in progress on infrastructure, peace and development not only in sub-Saharan Africa, but across the African continent.

In opening remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said Ghana and Europe have been bound together for centuries by a common history and interlocking cultures, which have produced a commitment to shared values.

The Minister said records show that Ghana continues to benefit from the EU in terms of global trade. She noted that, as far as Ghana is concerned, the EU has been a bedrock for national development.

The Ghana-EU Dialogue reaffirmed the high premium placed on the country’s relationship with the Union and discussed ways to elevate the relationship beyond conventional development co-operation.



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