Ghana’s former President John Agyekum Kufuor says Ghana still needs international donors to support the economy and drive development at all levels.
He insisted that Ghana’s current phase of development required some form of financial support from international partners to strategically position itself to get the best out of international agreements.
Ghanaian times quoted President Kufuor to have said “it is a matter of phasing, we are in a phase of development and we just do not get up and say no aid.
“They have exploited us enough, we take to empower ourselves, to build ourselves through education, through attracting investment, creating employment, it gets to a point where when they come, they meet their equals”.
“We have to be careful to say that now where we are, we will not go and ask for aid, we will do it, but only as a stage to empower us.
“We need to build our negotiating skills to get a fair share around the negotiating table because whether from the East or West, none of them come because they love us, they come for what they can get, we must also learn what we want from them, learn to negotiate and take it.”
Meanwhile the current Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who has pledged to build a Ghana ‘Beyond Aid’ addressed the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday where he told the global leaders of Ghana’s determination to wean itself of foreign donor support.
While expressing appreciation to foreign donors for their support over the years, he said the development trajectory based on aid and charity was not working for the country and its people.