The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, on Tuesday hosted a cross-section of the media in a landmark event that witnessed a meeting of the key officials of the Institute with editors from selected media houses.
All three divisional heads of ISSER - Dr. Charles Ackah, Head of Economics Division who also doubles as the Coordinator for the Institute’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programme, Dr. Nana Akua Anyidoho, Head of Social Division and Dr. Isaac Osei-Akoto, Head of Statistical and Survey division- were present.
Prof. Asante speaking at the programme
Other faculty members at the event included Prof. Robert Osei of the Economics division, Dr. Cynthia Addoquaye Tagoe of the Social division and Dr. Simon Bawakyillenuo also of the Social Division and also Coordinator of the Master of Arts (MA) Programme.
The event, which was held at Alisa Hotel in Accra, sought to forge collaboration and create an avenue to engage each other in the sharing and dissemination of information.
Welcoming the media, the Director of ISSER, Prof. Felix Asante expressed his appreciation to them for making time to attend. He took them through the vision, mission and objectives of the Institute and also shared some highlights of ISSER’s flagship publication, the State of Ghanaian Economy Report (SGER), which has been published since 1992.
Prof Asante announced the launch of the 2015 edition of the SGER scheduled to take place on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at the ISSER Conference Centre on the Legon Campus of the University of Ghana.
All the divisional heads took turns to give major highlights of their work. A documentary on the Measuring, Learning and Evaluation, M.L.E, a flagship unit of ISSER was shown. The M.L.E’s
core business is providing cutting–edge research solutions and technical assistance services to institutions that are implementing development projects in Ghana and the sub-region.
A lively debated was ignited by a suggestion from the media that ISSER commits to releasing the SGER early in the year when it would be more relevant instead of publish a document of a more historical value.
A cross-section of the media and some ISSER Faculty members
In response, the Institute stated that given the academic value of the SGER it was better to put out a more credible document based painstaking investigations and analysis than publish a document based on unsubstantiated claims.
At the end of the lively encounter, the ISSER agreed to grant interviews on pertinent issues of national concern.
Thereafter, it was meal time and the interaction between the ISSER team and the media was very cordial giving credence to their resolve to work together.