Good afternoon and thank you for making the time to join this media engagement. I am very pleased to be here today representing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on this important visit to Ghana. Earlier today, I had a very fruitful meeting with President John Dramani Mahama and have also had meetings with Finance Minister Seth Terkper, Bank of Ghana Deputy Governor Millison K. Narh, some of the leading economists, business leaders and representatives of civil society organisations.
On behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Ghana, I warmly welcome you to the city of Accra and to the first and largest conference ever in Africa dedicated to the topic of enhancing data for better macroeconomic and financial policies. We are very pleased to be collaborating with the IMF and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) to discuss this important topic and I am particularly delighted to host this gathering of high-level policy colleagues from across the continent. The broad attendance from senior policymakers from all parts of Africa is testimony to how important the topic of today’s discussion is for all of us: Better data for better policies!