Ghana makes a case for sustainable infrastructure investment in country

Ghana calls for support in its infrastructure development, a key component of the country's transformational agenda during the SDG Investment Fair 2021.

The Ghanaian delegation to the Fair, led by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ken Ofori-Atta, made a presentation on a series of investment-ready project pipelines to potential investors with the aim of identifying appropriate financing instruments. In a press release issued by UNOPS, it notes that the UN supported Ghana’s preparations to make the case for investment opportunities in the sector by providing technical support on the use of its bespoke evidence-based tools, including the National Infrastructure Systems MODel (NISMOD) tool and the Sustainable Infrastructure Financing Tool (SIFT).

In his opening remarks, Dr. Ken Ofori-Atta: “The government of Ghana recognises that we must rebuild and promote the building blocks for an inclusive and sustainable society. Our focus remains to move urgently towards opportunities and solutions that achieve sustainable and broad-based economic growth, without harming our climate or leaving our people in poverty.”  He added that the Government expects that “these projects would generate interest among investors and ultimately lead to the mobilisation of the much-needed resources to propel the achievement of the SDGs in Ghana and improvement in the quality of life of the people of Ghana.”

The Director of the Ghana Country Office of UNOPS, Ifeoma Esther Charles-Monwuba, noted that “UNOPS lends its support to member states to de-risk and attract needed financing through evidence-based analysis of priority projects that would accelerate the attainment of the SDGs.” 

The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Charles Abanda assured the Government of UN’s continued partnership and support in this sector.

The SDG Fair brings together stakeholders from various circles including government, the private sector, academia, international and regional financial, trade and development institutions, including development banks, experts from think tanks, foundations, UN agencies and journalists to discuss the importance of private finance to implement the 2030 Agenda.

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Cynthia Prah
Communications Officer
UNIC
UNIC Accra NIO
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United Nations Office for Project Services