Accra, 27th November, 2019 - The Minister for Finance Mr. Ofori-Atta, has appealed to both local and foreign business and financial institutions to support the financing of the SDGs by directly partnering with government to leverage all the assets the nation had been blessed with for sustainable economic development.
“Governments across the world are partnering with the Private Sector to close the SDGs financing gap, which is estimated at US$ 2.5 – 3 trillion per year”, he said.
He made this appeal at the opening of the 2019 Accra SGDs Investment Fair in Accra where he addressed a gathering made up of business community, academia, civil servants, and dignitaries across the political divide, think tanks, students and the media.
Enumerating reasons why Ghana was a good country to invest in, Ken Ofori-Atta stated that the government successfully exited the IMF programme, economic indicators inflation, GDP, deficit etc. were all trending in the right direction.
“Agriculture, industry and services have picked up. Our focus on education, free SHS is creating a confident and educated society with enhance social mobility. The AfCTA will be headquartered in Ghana, thus creating a platform to be a regional hub in finance, aviation petroleum etc.”
The critical objective of the government, the Minister indicated was the creation of a self-sufficient economy; one that was capable of withstanding changes both at local and international level
“The conversation and interactions we have at this year’s Accra SDGs Investment Fair are intended to stir up more initiatives and collaborations, which adhere to the precepts of shared values within the sustainable development space. This resonate well with the Akuffo-Addo government and its effort to ensure Shared Prosperity as authored by my colleague Prof. Gyan Baffour in the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies.” The Minister noted.
The 2019 Accra SDGs Investment Fair with the theme: “sustainable Development Financing: Building Mutually Beneficial Partnership” sought to direct private capital into the sustainable development space. END