Chief Executive Officer at Oxy Energy Limit and a staunt member of the National Democratic Congress says political parties should avoid appointing a Vice President to chair the Economic Management Team.
According to him, the Economic Management Team should be chaired by an astute and renowned economic expert with professionals as team members to effectively handle the country’s economic affairs.
He therefore said, there is not aspect of Ghana’s constitution which states that, the Vice President must be the chairman for Ghana’s Economic Management Team, and that, the Chairman must be an economist.
According to Mr. Kofi B. Kukubor It was a convention started by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) under former President Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and was continued by former president John Agyekum Kufour. “However, is it not time to discard this outmoded practice as a nation? In a more progressive country, a politician or a Vice President is never made a Chair of any Economic Management/Advising Team.” He said.
Arguing further, he said such teams are constituted by experts that provide empirical research for the Presidency, and prepares the annual Economic Report of the President. For example, The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in the USA, which was once headed by a renowned and astute Economist, Alan Greenspan, is a USA agency/team within the Executive Office established in 1946, which advises the President on economic policy. The CEA provides much of the empirical research for the Presidency/Whitehouse and prepares the annual Economic Report of the President.
“Is it not time Ghana starts thinking beyond this mediocre partisan debates and thinkings that add no value or contribute to progress? Ghanaians should rather be calling for a more superior and quality a non-partisan Economic Management Team or an Agency within the the Presidency, to be chaired by an astute, and renowned economc expert. This is how progress is achieved.” He said.
“Even if the non-partisan agency cannot be constituted, the political party in power should desist from appointing a Vice President to chair the Economic Management Team. This team should be chaired by an astute and renowned economic expert with professionals as team members” Kofi B. Kukubor said.