Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has outlined Ghana’s development priorities as focusing on transforming the economy, creating jobs, cutting poverty and enhancing social inclusion.
According to the Veep, all these must be done whilst still sustaining the integrity of our environment.
Dr Bawmuia revealed this during a speech delivered at the 18th Plenary of the Group of Earth Observations (GEO) Week on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 in Accra.
The Vice President lauded the contributions made by the GEO through the provision of critical data that continues to inform policy formulation, programme design and implementation in Ghana.
He said the provision of such data have been critical in helping government implement some targeted programs such as poverty reduction drives and the fight against illegal mining (galamsey).
“In Ghana, we are applying the products of the Digital Earth Africa programme to monitor landscape changes because of illegal mining activities. Developing an interoperable data ecosystem that combines Earth observations data with other data, including socioeconomic data, citizen data, and statistical data, among others would be more meaningful and impactful”, he said.
“Our development priorities are focused on economic transformation through value-addition to create jobs, reduce poverty, and enhance social inclusion while sustaining the integrity of our environment. Our medium and long-term development plans are underpinned by the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ vision to change the mindsets of our citizens towards an increased reliance on internal resources plus private sector investment to lead economic transformation.
“The application of digital technologies is fundamental to the achievement of the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda, with emphasis on the maximisation of resources, investments in agriculture, improved health, and industrialisation, enhancing critical skills and education and promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.” Dr Bawumia added.