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Madam Speaker,

I thank you for the opportunity to be here to perform my constitutional duty.

Article 67 of the Constitution requires the President at the beginning of each session of Parliament to deliver a message on the state of the nation.

I intend to do just that; to deliver a message on the state of the nation which I daresay is stable and in reasonably good health.

The economy is full of promise and in terms of development; we are making substantial progress even though there is still a lot of work to be done.


The Global Economy

Madam Speaker,

Over the past three years that I have been President, much has been achieved in pursuance of our “Better Ghana” Agenda.

Even though we have experienced internal and external constraints, we have reason to be hopeful of Ghana’s future.

Madam Speaker,

A recent report by the World Bank has alerted developing countries of further economic shocks this year and the need for contingency planning.

We are therefore watching developments in the global economy with hope and apprehension.

Hope, because the easing of the global crisis is likely to give rise to economic stability and expansion that will impact on our economy; apprehension, because further weakening of the Highly Indebted Rich Countries (HIRCs) and of the global economy will have serious economic consequences not least on commodity prices.

Notwithstanding the global economic uncertainties, this administration has continued to make progress in the management of the national economy.

The Macro-Economy

Madam Speaker,

Under my watch, Ghana has recorded the highest ever growth rate in the annals of our nation’s history with a provisional growth rate approaching 14%.

In my 2011 State of the Nation Address, I described inflation as the worst economic nightmare any country can go through because it breeds economic and financial difficulties and imposes hardships on the most vulnerable.

I stated then that our success in confronting inflation in the previous year was notable; the challenge was to remain on course.

I am happy to report that indeed we remained on course.

We recorded the most sustained single digit rates of inflation in decades, with the rate of inflation of 8.55% for 2011 being the lowest in 42 years since 1970.

As at the end of September, the budget deficit was 2% of GDP as compared to 14.5% of GDP in 2008.

With the exception of the level of the budget deficit which was higher than anticipated, we have managed to attain the macroeconomic projections contained in the 2008 NDC Manifesto for a Better Ghana.

The credit belongs to all Ghanaians and to the Government as the direct managers of the economy as well as Parliament as its monitors.

The positive economic indicators we have achieved have resulted in increased investor confidence in the economy.

A fortnight ago the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre released figures showing an increase in projects registered at the GIPC amounting to over $7billion in foreign direct investment.

That said, I expect the recently established Inter Agency Task Force to ensure full compliance of provisions of the GIPC Act especially relating to Immigration and tax.

On the revenue side, let me recommend, CEPS, IRS, and VAT, for the good work being done.

There is still a lot of work to be done and I am confident that these Organisations will not let the nation down.


Madam Speaker,

Our achievements in managing inflation, budget deficit and realizing high GDP growth rates have reflected in the progress made in many key areas of national development.

A snapshot of the education sector provides a good example of how far we have come within the short time span of 3 years.

Basic Education

In the city of Accra for example efforts have been made to bring an end to the school shift system which has been a drawback in the fight for quality education.

Several classroom structures have been constructed providing accommodation for hundreds of pupils who now benefit from a full day classroom teaching.

Contracts for the construction of over 1,700 classroom blocks for schools under trees have been awarded throughout the country.

On completion, the 4,320 schools under trees that existed in 2009 would be reduced by about 40%.

We are on course to eradicating the schools under trees phenomenon.

We have distributed over 3 million school uniforms to needy pupils nationwide.

This means that with a basic school population of about 5.2 million, we have supplied school uniforms to three out of every five children in basic school.

Under our free exercise books scheme, over 40 million exercise books have been supplied to all pupils in basic public schools.

On the average, 8 exercise books have been supplied to each pupil per year in both 2010 and 2011.

In respect of the school feeding programme, we have rationalized selection to target more needy communities.

In all, coverage has been expanded.

Second-Cycle Education

Madam Speaker,

As regards the second cycle level of the educational strata, about 672 emergency classroom blocks and dormitories are in various phases of completion nationwide.

Indeed, on my nationwide tour last year, I commissioned many of such completed projects.

In line with our social democratic principles, we aim at making secondary education accessible to every Ghanaian child of school going age by 2016.

The completion of the emergency classroom blocks will make it possible to increase second cycle enrolment.

Between 2013 and 2015, we intend establishing additional community second cycle schools throughout the length and breadth of the country, particularly in under-served districts.

As far as this Administration is concerned, education is the key to giving the youth the skills they need to make the most of their lives.

Investing in the right education and addressing youth unemployment are two sides of the same coin.

Thus, besides emphasizing on formal classroom education, we are using the National Apprenticeship Programme, LESDEP, and other programmes for the teaching of employable skills.

So far, these programmes have made a great impact on youth employment in the informal sector of the economy.

It is expected that the shift of the NYEP focus from traditional paid modules to trade and vocation modules will encourage self-employment.

Madam Speaker, pursuance to a pledge made last year, the School of Fisheries at Anomabo, a satellite college of University of Cape Coast, is underway.

Also, a head office building for the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences is under construction.

Science, Communication Technology and Innovation

Madam Speaker,

Important changes have taken place in the communication industry in Ghana.

In July last year, Mobile Number Portability was introduced offering choice to mobile phone subscribers.

A lot of preparation on digital broadcasting migration has been going on and we are on course to switch over from analogue to digital in December 2014 ahead of the 2015 deadline set for all countries.

Related to this and in line with the imperatives of today’s digital world is the importance of giving Ghanaian youth and students opportunities to gain skills in information and communication technology.

These are the tools for future employment and economic growth.

Under our Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy, provision is made for the distribution of free laptops to schools and students nationwide.

So far close to 60,000 laptops have been distributed and it is expected that by June this year, the number would have doubled.

This surely is good news for our students who hitherto had to write their Basic Education Certificate Examination ICT papers without having ever seen or touched the key pad of a computer.

Tertiary Education

Madam Speaker,

Before Parliament rose from its third and final meeting last year, the bills on the establishment of the University of Health and Allied Sciences in the Volta Region and the University of Energy and Natural Resources in the Brong Ahafo Region, were passed.

Work is seriously in progress as regards putting in place the needed infrastructure for staff and students.

Indeed, the Governing Councils of the two universities have been inaugurated and it is expected that admissions will begin when the new academic year begins sometime in September.

A lot has also been achieved in terms of improved infrastructural facilities for effective teaching and learning in the existing public tertiary institutions.

In the particular case of the University of Development Studies, we have made available funds for the expansion of infrastructural facilities and procurement of laboratory equipment and other projects.

Human Resource Training And Development

In the area of Human Resource Training and Development in foreign universities since 2009, the GETFUND has been providing funding in anticipation of employment in the following areas:






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