The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, ISSER, University of Ghana and Friedrich Egbert Stiftung have jointly launched ‘The Ghana Panel on Economic Development Report (GEPD)’ at a ceremony held at the Institute.
The Ghana Panel on Economic Development (GPED) was jointly initiated by the two in 2011 to start a dialogue on the structural transformation of the Ghanaian economy. A panel was then set up to come up with strategies which would promote economic development and growth but which are at the same time socially inclusive and pro-poor.
Over the period from 2011 and 2014, discussions were held and recommendations made for policy makers, and other stakeholders in areas such as agriculture, informal economy, banking and finance, green economy and oil and gas. Other areas are social protection, industrial policy, structural transformation, education, long term development planning, decentralization and infrastructural development.
In his opening remarks Professor Felix Ankomah Asante, Director of ISSER welcomed guests to the launch and thanked the Friedrich Egbert Stiftung for providing the funds that make the publication of the report possible. Fritz Kopsieker, Resident Director of the Friedrich Egbert Stiftung on his part noted that sustained economic progress and structural economic transformation has still eluded the Ghanaian economy and hoped the dialogue report will help correct it.
The publication was launched by Professor Felix Ankomah Asante of ISSER and Fritz Kopsieker of FES.
The publication is a collection of some of the papers presented at panel discussions and it is hoped that they are useful for policy makers, politicians and other stakeholders concerned about development.