The National Development Planning Commission in collaboration with the National Population Council (NPC),Regional Institution for Population Studies (RIPS),Agence Frrancaise de Development(AFD) and the United Nations Population Fund has held a seminar on Ghana's Demographic dividend.
The 4-day seminar which began today in Accra was attended by Think Tanks, Civil Society Organisations, Research and Training institutions as well as Private individuals and Experts.
The Director General of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr Regina O. Adutwum said, the primary purpose of the seminar was to foster dialogue on Ghana's demographic dividend, present an overview of Ghana's population dividend as well as draw lessons from the AFD sponsored study: "How We Can Capitalise On The Demographic Dividend" and the evidence from the 2010 Population Census on Ghana's Population dynamics.
The United Nations Resident Co-ordinator to Ghana, Miss Harmandip Ruby Sandhu-Rojon said people had the right to development hence empowering people to be part of the development process was important. She added that, there had to be conscious effort to make the demographic dividend beneficial to all. She stressed that, people needed to be economically active and skilled than being dependent in order to contribute to the nation's development.
In a presentation, Mr Jean Pierre Guengant, a Researcher at the French Institute into Research and Development, mentioned that the four main sectors and drivers of the population dividend nexus were Health, Education, the Economy and Governance. He also stated that Ghana, however, was in a position to benefit from this demographic dividend over the next 20 years provided it continued to improve the quality of its human capital.
Mr John Pierre Guengant said since 1960, rural population had increased by a factor 2.3 while urban population had grown by a factor of eight (8) and that of the capital, Accra by a factor of 6. He said "maternal and child mortality are still high in spite progress made in terms of pregnancy monitoring and attended birth". He added that, in 2008 it was estimated that almost all women( 95%) had received pre-natal care from care personnel at least during pregnancy and out of 5 had the recommended 4 visits, however, child birth care remain insufficient.
Source: ISD (Faith Junko & Edith Emefa Akakpo)