Mr Speaker, once the President presents this, it becomes a national vision and naturally, it must have all our support. I do encourage Hon Members to support the President on his shared vision of an agenda for jobs -- creating prosperity and economic opportunity for all.
But I am saying that in this vision, those who helped the President did not help him enough. Part of the preamble to this document should have been “Ghana Beyond Aid”.
Mr Speaker, if it is a personal vision -- It is not. I pray and I believe it is not. If it is a personal vision, the President has constitutionally four years to rule Ghana. We are in the one-half of it. We are left with three years. Ghana Beyond Aid -- Nowhere has the President or any Minister shared with the Ghanaian public the time limit for its achievement. Whether it would be four years, eight years, twelve years or in the year 2024, we do not know.
Mr Speaker, therefore it is important that when we set out this vision, there be time limits so that we commit ourselves and we commit resources to work towards its attainment. When I say “time limit”, it means that we would work within the next ten years, because in my view, Ghana Beyond Aid cannot be achieved within four years. Even in years, I shudder and hesitate to support.
Mr Speaker, I was encouraged when I listened to the Hon Member, but coming to his penultimate paragraph, and with your indulgence, I quote --
Mr Speaker, I have raised the issue because in this country, our bane is petty partisanship. Therefore this vision of the President, if he pursues and leads the process to unite the country around him, we owe him that support; and we would give him the support.
So, the President must be encouraged for social inclusion and for more consultation and engagement of stakeholders, including the academic community and the private sector as we walk this vision.
However Mr Speaker, to quote the Hon Member who first made the Statement he reduced it and said -- ‘‘a successful economic development strategy''. The rest of the words are not too important for me, but then he said, “One district one factory, one village one dam”.
You would see the picture of the Hon Alan Kyerematen and his Chinese counterpart looking for money to finance one district, one factory.
Mr Speaker, I have just made a significant point. What is worrying for me --
The Hon Leader would want to see the picture -- US$400 million. To quote his words, ‘‘ Ghana beyond aid' means self-
reliant, self-sufficient, dependable Ghana, which would not look up to foreign support, whether foreign donations or not to finance our development.''
Mr Speaker, every government finances itself through three instruments; through taxes, by way of revenue mobilisation; through public private partnership, or through borrowing. There is nothing more. There is no other source available to the Government of Ghana. Maybe, there could be the sales of assets.
However, the Hon Member who made the Statement, in paragraph 12 -- and there I fundamentally disagree with him. This is what he said, that everyone gets the opportunity of one district, one factory; one village, one dam; free education; tax cut.
One cannot eat his cake and have it. If we have one district, one factory, why are they going to the Chinese? It is the Chinese' tax money they are going to look for. And they want tax cut? No.
So Mr Speaker, in my view, Ghana Beyond Aid means a self-sufficient, self- reliant Ghana, which must raise the resources we need internally to generate our own development. Maybe, the Hon Member who made the Statement --
Mr Speaker, let me bring the Hon Member who made the Statement to paragraph 8. He has been very generous in the paragraph.
He used only Local Government as his basis when he quoted.
Mr Speaker, I am referencing because I must quote him exactly. I am debating his words. Those are words he used. He goes to use not paragraph 8 but paragraph 4 coming to 5, where he used a brilliant reference, GH¢321 million as the annual