President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday inaugurated the Social and Partnership Council, which will oversee and effectively manage the partnership between the government, organised Labour and employers and provide a platform for reaching a national consensus on transforming Ghana's development.
The social partnership is aimed at maintaining industrial peace, promote productivity and growth, engender national and economic competitiveness and ensure shared prosperity.
President Akufo-Addo in his remarks at the inaugural ceremony at Jubilee House in Accra said the establishment of the Council would provide a mechanism for building consensus of cohesion, trust and management through frank and open discussion about mutual sacrifices and contributions from stakeholders, championing the course of Ghana's development.
In Ghana's post-IMF era, the President is of the view that the social partnership would be a key constitutional and institutional pillar towards realising the vision of moving Ghana beyond aid.
"I commend organised labour and employers for their willingness to forge a strong partnership with the government to accelerate national development and applaud you for your sense of patriotism," he said.
It will be recalled that on April 18, 2019, Ghana signed a landmark social partnership agreement with organised labour, represented by the Trades Union Congress, employers, represented by the Ghana Employers Association and the Government, represented by the Ministries of Finance and Employment and Labour Relations.
President Akufo-Addo said after 62 years of independence, Ghana should have been in a better position economically and progressed rapidly with its development if it had effectively managed her affairs well.
"It is unfortunate that we had to run to the IMF 16 times in the past to bail us out of economic mismanagement. I'm sure the entire nation agrees with me when I say there should not be a 17th time and I'm determined to do my part to see to that."
From experience, President Akufo-Addo said countries that had successfully transformed their economics and brought prosperity to their people, had their success, invariably, anchored on a strong partnership between the government, labour and employers.
"Accordingly, it is my pleasure to inaugurate the social and partnership Council, full of eminent persons, upright and distinguished Ghanaians," to champion the economic development of the country, and wished them well in their work."
The chairperson of the Council, who is also the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, expressed the Council's gratitude and appreciation to the President for the honour done them to serve the nation.
"Your believe and support for the social partnership among government, labour and employers, which this council will steer is another important manifestation of your great desire to drive rapidly the nation's development," Mr. Ofori-Atta said.
Source: ISD (Rex Maioo Yeboah))