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The 40 years development plan of the country would capture sports, culture and tourism as some of the means of creating job and wealth.

This was disclosed by Dr Felix Addo-Yobo of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) at a media interaction by Action 2015, Ghana, at Accra.

Action 2015, Ghana, is a coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations lead by PAYDP which aimed at mobilizing the Ghanaian community to raise public awareness about the end of the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the adaptation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by world leaders.

The SDG was adopted by the United Nations to guide the development of the world for the next 15 years and countries are expected to include the goals set in the SDGs in their development plans.

He explained that, the 40 years development plan of Ghana would incorporate the SDG into the plan, which is suppose to get the country a well defined development target, that would be implemented by all government that come to power.

Mr Addo-Yobo explained that to ensure that the plan was accepted by all, all the political parties had been made to nominate two representatives to the Commission to assist in the drafting of the plan.

He said the plan would be subjected to broader national consultation before adaptation and it would be developed into 10 years segments at which it would be subjected to Parliamentary review.

Dr Addo-Yobo explained that while the MDG was developed for only the developing world, the SDG was designed for all countries in the world and its primary aim is to reduce poverty, create wealth and ensure world peace to sustain the present age and protect the future for the future generation.

He said the SDG has 17 goals and 169 targets and the project requires that nobody is excluded and everybody is mobilized to be involved.

Dr Addo-Yobo said the media was needed to inform people about targets of the SDG, the role of government, and their role for the success of the programme.

Mr Kwame Fredua of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said one important element of the SDG was that is talked about how nations could raise money to fund the implementation of the project.

He said some governments had created the impression that the government alone could always raise funding for development projects.

Mr Fredua said what was evidence on the ground is that government alone could not raise the necessary funding for the development of the country and that government needed a lot of partnership with the private sector if the country is to move its developmental efforts ahead as fast as expected by the people.

The Director of PAYDP, Mrs Arku Xornam Kevi said since January this year, members of the Action 2015, Ghana, had undertaken a series of activities to engage leaders of the country and the citizens to empower them to get involved in the implementation of the post 2015 developmental agenda.

She explained that the leaders of the country and the citizenry needed to commit themselves to ensuring the better future that all were aspiring for.
Source: GNA

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