PRESIDENT John Mahama has assured the business community that there will be no disruptions in the government’s economic policy, following the demised of President John Evans Atta Mills.
He said the government would instead, aggressively address factors that caused dislocations to economic stability by taming inflation and reducing interest rates to enable private businesses to realize their targets.
“Government wants the economy to grow to create much more dignified lives for the people, we will, therefore, help Ghanaian industry and enterprises to capture the commanding heights of the economy,” President Mahama said.
This was yesterday when captains of industry, under the umbrella of the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF), called on him at the Castle, Osu, to commiserate with the government and to congratulate him on his elevation to the high office of President.
The delegation led by its president, Mr. Asare Akuffo, included representatives of the Association of Ghana Industries, Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Ghana Association of Bankers and the Ghana Real Estate Developers’ Association.
President Mahama noted that a cornerstone of the late President’s economic policy was to build the capacity of the private sector to enable it to contribute significantly to the country’s economic growth.
That he said was why the late leader established the Economic Management Team, whose duties included holding regular interactions and consultations with the private sector so as to identify and address the challenges facing it.
“You play a tremendous role in the economy, therefore your success is our success,” Mr. Mahama said and underscored the government’s commitment to engender a stable macro-economic environment.
President Mahama said under phase II of the Private Sector Development Strategy, policies were being pursued to ensure that the macro-economic environment was conducive for businesses.
He underscored the government’s commitment to a befitting state funeral for the late President and expressed the hope that the business community would be represented.
Mr. Akuffo said the business community received news of the sudden demise of the late President with shock and had been mourning since then adding “we express our deepest condolences for such a great loss.
He expressed the hope that President Mahama would continue with the regular meetings between industry and the Economic Management Team.
“We know you have what it takes to direct the affairs of the state. As a community, we will work with you to come out with policies to grow the GDP,” he said.