Doctor-panelist on Newsfile proposes six solutions to Ghana’s ‘madness’

The Global CEO of the HuD Group, Dr Yaw Perbi, has proposed six solutions Ghana could adopt amid the economic crisis to help alleviate Ghana’s “madness”.

Speaking on the third edition of the ‘Joy-Change Speakers Series’ on Newsfile, he likened Ghana’s current economic situation to an individual exhibiting psychiatric symptons.

According to him, “Ghana is mad”. To treat the condition, Dr. Perbi said that government should adopt a binding national development plan that focuses on six key areas.

“What is different about these thematic areas is that it is a research-informed manner, they are from non-partisan, non-polarised collection of a broad spectrum of prominent individuals, policy think tanks, civil society organisations and government agencies that have reached consensus,” he stated.

Below are the key areas;

Education and skills for the future of work

Dr Perbi said that it is imperative for governments to expand access and improve quality SHS across the state.
He added that there should also be a “balance of the supply and demand of skills, all kinds of skills.”

Youth leadership empowerment

Dr Perbi noted that the strong interest of young Ghanaians in contributing to the country’s development must be nurtured and harnessed.
The country can achieve this by “engaging them in policy formulation and giving them a platform for their voices to be heard,” he said.

A healthy and productive labour force

The Global CEO of HuD Group stated that “establishing effective health institutions, robust insurance schemes, stronger maternal child and adolescent health qualities and better hygiene and children conditions will quickly and vastly improve health outcomes.”

Private sector driven transformation

Dr Perbi stated that out-of-date regulations are holding back businesses in the past few years. “I have been trying to register a few businesses the last few months and it has been a headache,” he revealed.

He explained that reliable basic services, appropriate investment and infrastructure and regulatory reforms can create an environment a more conducive and competitive environment for businesses.

Gender equality as a moral and economic imperative

Dr Perbi said that showing women’s equal voice and participation in society, politics and the private sector is a necessary precursor, for Ghana’s political and economic transformation.

“What is the sense in having a bird with two perfectly healthy wings, trying to fly only one wing? It doesn’t make sense,” he noted.

Climate change adaptation and mitigation

Dr Perbi noted that climate change will have a substantial impact on Ghana and hence the need to take action.

“Ghana is not in a vacuum and it can turn these risks and opportunities by using technology to manage key climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, ecosystems and energy,” he added.

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