ACCRA – Thursday January 18, 2018: The Head of Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur participated in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Ghana Urban Forum (GUF) organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD). The theme for the forum was “Localising the New Urban Agenda: Promoting Spatial Planning as a Pre-Requisite for Ghana’s current Industrialisation Drive”.

The forum highlighted a number of critical issues and notable among them were: the critical place and the need to promote spatial planning in the quest for urbanization; the impact of appropriate urban planning strategies and policies on economic growth, social development, environmental sustainability and resilience; promotion of Local Economic Development through the use of ICT to improve efficiency and productivity of local firms; and the delivery of public goods and services in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

The Ghana Urban Forum creates an annual platform for policy dialogue amongst national government actors, local government functionaries and practitioners, community representatives, civil society entities, private sector interest groups and other stakeholders on relevant urban issues to strengthen urban governance and management. The forum has run consistently since 2012.

The forum was attended by a number of government functionaries including the Deputy Minister of MLGRD, Hon. Osei Bonsu Amoah; the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka-Lindsey, Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Ishmael Ashitey and UN Resident Co-ordinator for Ghana, Chris Evans-Klock.

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