Ghanaian economist and investment consultant, Kwame Pianim is calling for the scrapping of the newly inaugurated FX Development Committee over what he says is its lack of focus.
He said the current nature and composition of the committee seemed to suggest it is only a “PR stunt.”
Speaking to Citi News’ Umaru Sanda Amadu on Monday, Mr. Pianim said most of the members of the committee are busy people with other equally critical duties even in government and must not be bothered with serving on the committee.
“The focus is wrong. The committee is made up of some very competent people but they are too busy. The Minister for Agriculture [Owusu Afriyie Akoto] should be busy transforming agriculture. The Minister for Trade [Alan Kyeremanteng] should be busy sitting down with industry to decide the trade protocols.”
“I cannot see them contributing to anything. Let’s dissolve it,” he said.
Kwame Pianim also said the timing of the inauguration of the committee was wrong as the government should at this time be more interested in taking action for development rather than coming up with new ideas.
“A forty-member committee, are we serious? In the fourth year of this administration? We don’t need ideas… we need action. If I see this committee, it seems like a public relations stunt. We are not interested in PR stunts,” he noted.
He further emphasized that any such committee, especially with regards to the economy, should be handled by technocrats and not people with political interests.