The National Democratic Congress (NDC) remains deeply committed to the principles and values of Social Democracy As Social Democrats, we subscribe to a compassionate political philosophy that seeks to create opportunities for all to develop to their fullest potential.
We believe that our pursuit of economic prosperity for all Ghanaians can best be achieved through appropriate regulation and strategic investments.
We are therefore committed to using the legal, fiscal and trade instruments at our disposal, in an inclusive effort to safeguard the jobs of today and create the jobs of the future.
In our quest to build a sustainable society with opportunities for all, we will continue to prioritize education and skills training as the cornerstone to progress.
We rededicate ourselves to the expansion of economic freedom and opportunity by providing incentives for small businesses to grow, by encouraging local community development and building the environment for domestic manufacturing to support job creation.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) is committed to building a just and equitable society in which citizens are empowered to seize on opportunities to improve themselves.
We believe that we can achieve more together than individually, hence our policies and programs are designed to make each one as empowered and
productive as he or she can be.
Ours is an approach anchored in the fact that Ghana’s human resources are our nation’s most valuable assets. This explains why over the years our development priorities are: (a) putting people first, (b) building a strong and resilient economy, (c) providing reliable infrastructure, and (d) improving accountability in governance.
We believe we have succeeded in creating a better foundation for safe and secure conditions for national progress.
“Ours is an approach anchored in the fact that Ghana’s human resources are our nation’s most valuable assets.”
Putting People First is the expression of our relentless effort to invest in sectors of our society with the view of empowering our people through better educational systems and opportunities; providing reliable and dependable healthcare arrangements; ensuring inclusiveness by protecting the most vulnerable in our society, thus creating reliable pathways for our youth to achieve their aspirations.
Our approach to “Putting People First” involves overarching concerns with redistribution, production, reproduction and protection; and synchronizes with our economic policy objectives in the pursuit of economic growth and social progress. We have verifiable achievements in education, healthcare, social
protection, gender empowerment and equality, youth development and sporting opportunities as manifestations of our commitment.
Strong and Resilient Economy represents our desire to build an economy that provides a channel for human creativity that meets the aspirations of Ghanaians to work.
It is an illustration of our commitment to build an economy that nurtures and protects the young, the old and the vulnerable; an economy that is capable of dealing with major adversities such as climate change, while at the same
time enhancing life for our people.
As Social Democrats, we believe that economic growth is important, however, growth alone is not enough to deliver jobs and fair incomes.
Our commitment to build a strong and resilient economy therefore, is one that prioritizes decent and productive work for our people as a means of brightening the prospects for poverty reduction and personal development.
It is precisely because of this belief that we have actively incentivized various industries in the private sector not only to encourage the production of made in Ghana goods, but also to enlarge employment opportunities.
To this end, beyond the continuous focus on maintaining prudent monetary and fiscal policies to attract investment, we will also continue to invest heavily in agriculture, manufacturing and mining to provide support to the private sector.
Expanding Infrastructure is core to realizing economic growth and boosting opportunities for job creation. Our view is that in diverse ways a good infrastructure system has a positive impact on productivity.
For instance, improved roads facilitate private investment, improves access to markets for farmers by reducing transport costs, thus stabilizing jobs and
income levels. The extension of electricity to poor households contributes to lower energy bills that support the expansion of cottage industries. Electricity is also critical for improved communication. Clean or potable water has immense health benefits that contribute to the well-being of all, especially children.
In pursuit of our transformational agenda, we have prioritized infrastructural expansion across several sectors including roads, water supply systems, energy, transport and housing. It is an important economic incentive for both public and private operations. As Social Democrats we view Infrastructural development as a means to enhance productivity, transportation and communication.
Transparent and Accountable Governance reflects our commitment to working to attain a society that encourages citizen participation in affairs of the State. It is our belief that Governments that derive their mandate from the people must not only work for and with the people, but must also be open and accountable
to the people. Our pursuit of transparent governance has opened up considerable space for Civil Society Organizations and Ghanaians to actively engage in the policy debate, formulation and implementation processes.
We belief that through participation we can, as a society and consistent with the norms of democracy, achieve the best political outcomes that reflect the broad judgment of our people.
We remain committed to building a peaceful, safe and inclusive society that respects the diversities of our nation. We will not renege on our commitment to continuously promote the rule of law, the fight against corruption and graft, tolerance, pluralism, national security and cohesion.
In our view, public service imposes an obligation to work in the interest our country. This is the reason for our quest to use innovation and creativity to make public services responsive to the needs of the people from whom we derive our mandate.
In the last four years, we have pursued the pledge we made to Ghanaians, as anchored on the four pillars of our 2012 Manifesto. We have achieved significant infrastructural development providing health facilities, educational opportunities, access to potable water, investments in energy, expansion in
telecommunications, transportation and housing.
We have thus set in motion the process of ‘Changing Lives and Transforming Ghana’. As a party, we seek a renewal of the mandate from the people to enable us extend our transformation agenda.
This document provides a record of our delivery and our commitment
to the people of Ghana for a second term for President John Dramani Mahama.