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President Akufo-Addo holds talks with CSOs on economic challenges

The meeting was held behind closed doors at Jubilee House in Accra. Eleven CSOs active in Ghana took part in the session

President Akufo-Addo has held talks with the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Ghana on the economic challenges the nation is experiencing. The president called the meeting to seek the CSOs’ thoughts on steps being taken to restore stability and growth.

The meeting was held behind closed doors in the Banquet Hall of Jubilee House on Friday (4 November 2022). In all, representatives of some 11 CSOs active in the country attended the meeting.

Consultations

In introductory remarks before the meeting moved into an in-camera session, President Akufo-Addo said he had invited the civil society campaigners to seek their input, given that they are an important constituency in the governance process, on steps his administration is taking to resolve the economic crisis.

“All of us are aware of the difficulties that our economy finds itself in, and the efforts that are being made by this government to address these difficulties.

“I don’t think that that effort will succeed unless it is guided and influenced by as broad and consultative process as possible,” the president said.

“It will be difficult after you meet the economic operators, private sector people, [not to meet] those of you [CSOs] who are guarding the morality and public governance of our country,” Akufo-Addo said.

In attendance

CSOs or representatives of organisations who attended the meeting were: Benedict Doh, finance manager at Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Beauty Emefa Narteh, executive secretary for the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), Kojo Asante, director in charge of advocacy and policy engagement at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Emmanuel Akwetey, executive director of the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Ato Bonful, member of the Citizen Movement Ghana CMG) and Edem Senanu, co-chair of the Citizen Movement Against Corruption (CMaC).

The other participants were Patricia Akakpo, programme manager for Netright, Emmanuel Ayifah, deputy country director for SEND Ghana, Kofi Asare, executive director of Africa Education Watch, Bright Amissah, president of the Coalition of NGOs in Health, and Mohammed-Anwar Sadat Adam, head of programmes at Oxfam in Ghana.

Wilberforce Asare

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