The Founding President of the Think Tank, IMANI Africa Mr. Franklin Cudjoe said, they have alternate views on the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) promise on an integrated bauxite and aluminium industry outlined in their 2020 Manifesto document.
Mr. Franklin Cudjoe who lauded the government on two of its Manifesto promises which was proposed by IMANI Manifesto Team to the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at a meeting with him on 12th August, 2020 said, they will share a data and evidence in due course on the controversial aspects of the Manifesto.
On Saturday, 22nd August, 2020, the New Patriotic Party has officially launched its 2020 Manifesto document for the December 2020 polls at the University of Cape Coast in the Central Region. The Manifesto document captured some achievements of the NPP government and has also pit out new promises for the upcoming elections. But IMANI holds a different view on some of promises.
In a statement copied to the front deck of Coverghana.com.gh reads;
Two related and very good promises made by the NPP that I find very crucial to stress-free property acquisition, property registration and revenue generation are:
1. Complete the digitisation of land administration
2. Ensure the completion of property valuation and digitisation of valuation rolls across the country to improve local revenue from property taxation.
These formed part of our conversation last Wednesday when the Vice-President graciously hosted the IMANI team to discuss social inclusiveness of manifesto commitments. The Vice-President and his top aide, Evron Hughes assured us they have been having conversations with the Lands Ministry and its Commission to fix the remaining issues with lands administration.
The above, when aggressively pursued will bolster private sector confidence in our economy, reduce the staggering number of land-related disputes in our courts (almost 60% of all disputes) improve our productivity, and ultimately our ranking on the ‘Doing Business Index’. In its 2020 ‘Doing Business Report’, the World Bank ranks Ghana 118 out of 190 economies. Ghana’s weak performance was in part attributed to severe challenges in property registration (property rights protection), ease of starting a business, enforcement of contracts, resolving insolvency, payment of taxes, trading across borders and dealing with permits.
Ghana ranked 62nd in 2012, 67th in 2013, 112th in 2014, 111th in 2015, 108th in 2016, 120th in 2017, 114th in 2018, 118th in 2019 and 118th in 2020. We can do better.
IMANI will be holding a series of high-level public- private sector policy dialogues, funding willing, to help change the narrative.
We have alternate views on the NPP’s promise of an integrated bauxite and aluminium industry. We will share the data and evidence in due course.