Ghana: CEOs Advisory Group on SDGs Meets President Akufo-Addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo

Accra, Ghana, May 14, 2019//-The CEOs Advisory Group on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has met Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to present plans of action.

The CEOs Advisory Group was created out of the CEOs Breakfast Meeting on the SDGs hosted by the President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in July 2018.

The Group is made up of eight CEOs of companies in Ghana with the objective to define a core set of practical and joint actions that the CEOs can undertake in support of the national SDG efforts, develop innovative financing solutions (including the use of private sector combined balance sheets) as well as develop policy imperatives that will enable the achievement of the SDGs,  among others.

In their presentation to the President at the Jubilee House, the Group identified six Goals which they believe are Private Sector related and would support government on their implementation.

The prioritized Goals for private sector and government collaboration include Goals 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 which are focused on quality education; clean water and sanitation; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; industry innovation and infrastructure and lastly; responsible production and consumption.

The CEOs Advisory Group intends to create an SDG Delivery Fund for the Private Sector in Ghana to ensure that a percentage of private sector CSR budget is allocated to the fund.

It is through this fund that we can expect to see initiatives that will accelerate the attainment of the selected goals such as reading centers, teacher training, boreholes and support for innovators and intermediaries within the ecosystem.

The Group also proposed the establishment of The Green Fund in Ghana, first of its kind in Africa as a form of innovative financing to meet the SDG agenda.

The Fund estimated to have a total earning of one billion Ghana Cedis in five years will create the expertise lacking in the financial services sector to evaluate and support green projects originating in Ghana and to be implemented in same.

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