Position paper on the lack of infrastructure in the Republic of Ghana

Topics: John Atta Mills, Kofi Annan, Ghana Pages: 2 (540 words) Published: February 8, 2014
Committee : General Assembly Plenary
Topic : Lack of physical, social and economic infrastructure in middle income countries Country : The Republic of Ghana

Roads, power ports, telecommunications, water, basic education and health. the physical and social infrastructure that so many people take for granted. These are the boons that many of us from Ghana are yet to receive. Ghana attained the middle income status last year and it has the largest per capita income in West Africa according to the government statistician, Dr. Grace Bediako. But these figures seemed to have had little effect on the economic, social and physical infrastructure of the country.

The economy of Ghana was listed as The World's Fastest Growing Economy in 2011 in economic research led by Economy Watch with data coming from the IMF's tracker of GDP Growth in constant prices in the national currency. Even though Ghana boasts of one of the highly skilled workforces in the sub-region, successive governments still rely on foreign countries to undertake strategic infrastructural projects in the country, including the very basic projects like house building. Insufficient infrastructure is hampering producers from both regional and international markets, thereby slowing down the growth of economy. These losses directly fall on the citizens, especially the poorest.

According to the data provided by the UNICEF, only 13% of the population have access to improved sanitation facilities. Ghana has been trying to improve these figures. As former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, also a Ghanaian, puts it, "We have the means and the capacity to deal with our problems, if only we can find the political will.” President John Atta Mills has also said that "improving the living standards of especially the rural and the urban poor" is high on his agenda.

The Ghana Health and Education Initiative(GHEI) has been working to promote hygiene and awareness about diseases like HIV....
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