Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has spoken strongly about the Ghanaian economy, outlining some key policy interventions the administration has rolled out to build a resilient economy that will stand the test of time
The country’s economy has become the center of discussion both on the local and international front following a downgrade to Caa1 by credit rating agency Moody’s.But addressing participants at this year’s Ghana Youth Congress, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia encouraged the Ghanaian people to be hopeful of overcoming the country’s current economic situation, to one with a better outlook as government continues to do what it has to do.“We have to have the mindset of possibilities. The mindset that we can build a nation,” the Vice President said.
Dr. Bawumia who is hopeful of a robust Ghanaian economy going forward explained why there’s no reason Ghana cannot develop to catch up with the likes of Singapore; a country that attained independence around the same time as Ghana.
“Singapore was down but they are now up and I don’t see any reason why Ghana cannot be going and be among the advanced nations in the world ” Dr. Bawumia added and rallied the youth to play their part to help grow the economy.
Outlining key interventions the administration has rolled out to build a more robust revenue generation system, the head of the economic management team listed the issuance of the Ghana Card which will perform a dual purpose of also serving as TIN numbers of holders, with an end goal of bringing in a lot more Ghanaians into the tax bracket, a step to uniquely identify Ghanaians with the introduction of the property address system among others.
“Absence of these systems (Ghana card, property address system) have held the country back. How can you develop a nation when you do not know who is in the nation. How can a country develop without a unique national identity? How can you develop a nation if you don’t have an address system,” Dr. Bawumia queried.
With those interventions and those that are yet to be completely rolled out by the administration, Dr. Bawumia projected that by 2030, 9 million job seekers in Ghana will require digital skills in order to land meaningful jobs in Ghana.
He said this when he addressed participants of this year’s Ghana Youth Congress under the auspices of the Christian Council of Ghana at Gomaa Fetteh in the central region where he encouraged representatives from churches under the umbrella of the Christian Council, to be steadfast and work towards realizing their ambitions regardless of their current situations citing his own humble beginning life experience as an example.
Speaking at the same ceremony, Patron of the ongoing Ghana Youth Congress and wife of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, Prof Angela Ofori-Atta encouraged Ghanaian youth who are nursing the ambition of leaving the shores of the country for greener pastures to be circumspect to avoid falling prey to human traffickers who disguise themselves with juicy packages to deceive and lure unsuspecting and desperate members of the population.
She also urged those who want to stay and develop the country to put Ghana first in whatever their aspirations may be in order to help build a country that they will be proud of.