Since adopting the 15-year groundbreaking global Agenda 2030—the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) —and the African Union Agenda 2063, in 2015, Ghana has ensured their systematic implementation by integrating them into the national development framework. Through the President’s Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (CPESDP 2017-2024), the Government has adopted several forward-looking policy initiatives creating a positive policy environment for trade and investment in the country.
The Government also instituted Flagship Programmes and projects under the CPESDP to help address specific challenges in education, agriculture and health among others. Additionally, the Ghana Infrastructure Plan (GIP), which encapsulates Ghana’s long-term vision and strategic direction for infrastructure development and provides the physical manifestation of social and economic ideals of the country, has been formulated.
As a developing country, the government continues to play a major role in the planned socio- economic transformation of the country. However, partnership with the private sector is critical in the mobilisation of adequate resources both technical and financial to drive the implementation and attainment of the SDGs, the AU Agenda 2063 as well as national development aspirations. Indeed, the 2019 Ghana Voluntary National Review (VNR) underscored that financing is one of the critical issues that needed to be addressed for Ghana to achieve the SDGs.
As the government reflects on its past accomplishments over the previous four years and plans for another term in office, there is the need to consider ways of reversing, in the shortest possible time, the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, regaining the momentum for national development in the pre-pandemic era and accelerating the attainment of the SDGs, as articulated in the Ghana COVID-19 Alleviation and Revitalisation of Enterprises Support (2020-2023).
This brochure presents projects at different stages of development compiled from various sectors in Ghana expressly for the 2021 SDG Investment Fair. The brochure provides information on priority projects in railway development, transport, agriculture and education, as well as many other projects, in their early stages of development.
It is our expectation that these projects would generate interest among investors and ultimately lead to the mobilisation of the much needed resources to propel the achievement of the SDGs in Ghana and improvement in the quality of life of the people of Ghana.
These projects have been selected by the Government of Ghana and packaged with technical support from United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office.
We are grateful for their support and look forward to achieving the purpose for which this exercise was undertaken.
Ken Ofori-Atta, Honorable Minister for Finance