Professor Sachs visits Ghana

Accra – The UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),Prof. Jeffrey Sachs has ended a six day visit to Ghana at the invitation of the Government.

Prof. Sachs and team held discussions with President John Evan Atta Mills, the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, visited the Millennium Village Project at Bonsaso in the Ashanti Region in the company of the former UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan, UN and Government officials and at ceremonies declared Accra the capital and Kumasi the second largest city in Ghana as part of the Millennium Cities Project and paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfou, Osei Tutu.

Prof. Jeffrey Sachsaddresses UNCT

Back in Accra, Prof. Sachs and his team met the UN Country Team (UNCT) under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Daouda Toure. Prof. Sachs briefed the UNCT on its discussions with Government officials and what they observed during the tour of MDG projects.

Prof. Sachs and team were in turn briefed on the level of assistance the UNCT was giving to the Ghana Government to achieve the targets of the MDGs as it remained only five years to the set date.

Prof. Sachs also met NGOs, civil society organizations and development partners to review the MDGs and to critically examine whether the country was on track to achieving the goals or otherwise.

They also discussed what further assistance they could provide the Government to fully reach the MDG targets. Prof. Sachs was of the view that Ghana with little more efforts could achieve all the targets of the MDGs.