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Key Note Address by H.E John Dramani Mahama at the 2012 CG Annual Meeting on Ghana

I recall that two years ago I stood before this same august gathering which sought to rationalize the role of ODA within the context of Ghana’s imminent transition to a middle income country and the prospects of the emerging oil industry. I believe there was much uncertainty on how and to what extent our development partners would be positioned to continue to support Ghana’s development in view of these pending economic gains.

Today, I am privileged to participate in this 17th Consultative Group which has moved beyond the uncertainties to deliberate on the influence our partnership will wield within the changing economic landscape in Ghana.

On behalf of the President of the Republic of Ghana, I extend a special warm welcome to you all, recognizing the influential roles you have played and continue to play in shaping the development and transformation of this country.

Gathered under the theme “Leveraging Partnership in a transitional middle income economy for sustained economic growth”, I expect that deliberations here will conclude with concrete steps on how we can work together in a spirit of mutual cooperation and respect to deliver on the development priorities necessary to consolidate Ghana’s middle income status and accelerated economic growth.

It is always a pleasure to join in a participatory dialogue like this that provides some retrospective account of how far we have come as a country.  Such a dialogue also maps the way we will engage in the future to sustain and enhance the development results achieved.