President Mahama delivers State of Nation Speech
President John Dramani Mahama presented his 2014 State of the Nation speech yesterday morning to parliament.
In his speech the president attempted to reassure Ghanaians that better days were ahead and foreign investors that Ghana was still a good place in which to invest. The president cited 7% growth last year despite a severe economic downturn which he blamed on the global economy. Nevertheless, he said that the “economic fundamentals remain sound”.
The president, in a long speech to parliament, said that he wanted to diversify the economy and also announced free secondary schooling, a policy originally proposed by the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP). The president also announced that there would be more support for local investors and he asked people to support their locally manufactured products in order to halt the dependence on imports.
“Mr. Speaker, we will this year launch a broad campaign to encourage Ghanaians to buy Made-in-Ghana goods. Any import items we buy as Ghanaians constitute an export of jobs in this country, especially in respect of the items for which we have comparative advantage to produce.”
You can find the full State of the nation speech here.