The World University Services of Canada, thorough it’s West Africa Governance and Economic Sustainability in extractive areas (WAGES) Project is supporting the Prestea Huni Valley Municipality to develop a comprehensive medium term development plan.
Pursuant to this, a socio-economic assessment was taken in the municipality to guide the formulation of strategies to harness opportunities abound in the extractive communities for integrative development of the local economy.
Policy Advisor with the Integrated Social Development Center (ISODEC) Dr Steve Manteaw who is also the facilitator for the assembly, tells Skyy News a series of stakeholder consultations have be taken in that regard to inform policy directions.
He noted data collected would have to be validated and consolidated into a Local Economic Development and Close Strategy Paper for the municipality.
He said; “I was brought in to first, facilitate stakeholder interactions in term of determining the municipal development priority for the next medium term. Beyond that a lot information was gathered and so there was a request to consolidate this into a what is now the Local Development and Close Strategy Paper for the Prestea Huni Valley Municipality”
Dr Manteaw clarified that “the project attempts to scan the socio-economic environment, identify the strength and weaknesses of the municipality, and turn this into a strategy that seeks to harness the opportunities afforded by mining activities within the municipality to ensure that the mining itself is integrated into the local economy”
Dr Steve Manteaw believes the local economy would be diversified as a result, and as well job opportunities created outside the mine for the local people.