President Nana Akufo-Addo has charged the newly-inaugurated 21-member governing council of the Social Partnership Agreement to support government's efforts aimed at transforming the country into an economically independent state.
The agreement, which was signed between the government, organised labour and employers, is to to help the country be one totally independent of aid and handouts from the developed world.
President Akufo-Addo gave this charge while addressing members of the newly-sworn in governing gouncil of the Social Partnership at the Jubilee House, after administering the Official Oath and the Oath of Secrecy,
"The Social Partnership, provides a platform for reaching national consensus on transformation and development issues. It provides a mechanism for building a sense of cohesion, trust and self-management through frank and open discussions about mutual sacrifices and contributions from all stakeholders to champion the course of Ghana's development," Akufo-Addo said.
The president, in stating the relevance of the council, said the social partnership is a very important institutional mechanism to help the country achieve economic growth and independence in order not to return to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for any form of support or bailout a seventeenth time.
"I am sure the entire nation agrees with me that there should not be a seventeenth time and I am determined to do my part to see to that," the explained.
From the experience of countries that have successfully transformed their economies and brought prosperity to their peoples, the president said they "have invariably been anchored on a strong partnership between the government, labour and employers".
"This relationship is aimed at maintaining industry peace, promoting productivity growth, engendering national economic competitiveness, and ensuring shared prosperity and this is exactly what we seek to do here in Ghana as well", the president stated.
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