CRITICAL POLICY ACTIONS
OF THE JOHN DRAMANI MAHAMA ADMINISTRATION
September to December 2012
1. Mr. Chairman, my very good friend PV, distinguished guests, our development partners, fellow Ghanaians representing the private sector, civil society, and academia, my message to you today is simple: Ghana, our motherland, is getting more united, stronger, and we have come too far to turn back now.
2. Today is exactly 40 days, in traditional Ghanaian computation, since the passing of our beloved President Professor John Evans Atta-Mills, and in that tradition, 40 days is the time to take stock and to announce the decisions that have been made for the future. While we continue to keep the memory of our dear president in our hearts and minds, the surest way to immortalise him is to recommit ourselves to his agenda to create a Better Ghana for all.
3. My task in the four months left of the unexpired term of this administation is to ensure effective completion of the agenda set by the Government of the Late President whom I had the honor of serving as Vice President. The commitment to invest in people, to build a strong economy, to develop infrastructure and to ensure transparency and accountability in governance were the building blocks of the Better Ghana Agenda and I remain steadfast in pursuing that commitment. While this presentation might appear lengthy, I wish to point out that this is not a State of the Nation address and therefore not meant to comment on every sector of national life. What I intend this to be is a policy guide to the nation so that we can together fully maximize our resources and energies towards consolidating the gains that we have made over the last 4 years.
4. Among the priorities that were set for this final year of the first term:
a. Consolidating our achievements in holding down inflation and maintaining macro-economic stability;
b. Maintaining discipline in government expenditure so as to avoid unbudgeted expenditure that can distort the economy;
c. Effectively implementing the single spine salary structure for public services so that improved remuneration for our public servants can lead to increased productivity in their performance;
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