Institute for Infrastructure Development has chosen to focus on
infrastructure as our contribution to Ghana’s development.
The provision of infrastructure is a prerequisite for inducing investment
and production in any nation, thus for sustaining economic growth.
Good infrastructure encourages additional foreign investment, creates
jobs, drives GDP growth, and improves private sector competitiveness.
Infrastructure services have a direct impact on every individual’s
life because investment in the sector is the foundation on which
economic and social life is built. For example, there can be little
success with rural and agricultural development if farmers are unable
to obtain reliable water and electricity supplies at the appropriate
time, or if roads linking farms to markets are inadequate.
In addition to infrastructure, our organization shall place emphasis
on industrialization to maximize positive applications to infrastructure.
Ghana has comparative advantage for industrialization, and improved
infrastructure will in turn help us extend our limits in agriculture,
manufacturing and services. Industrialization is inextricably linked
to development. Indeed there is almost no country that characterizes
itself as ‘developed’ that has not gone through an industrial
Countries that have advanced in economic power have achieved this
on the foundation of sound infrastructure development, employed
by well-educated local expertise, using advanced technology. Our
support shall help create wealth in the economy and make job creation
the centerpiece of industrial development. Ultimately, we shall
be developing and building the capability of the citizenry, the
real wealth and strength of the country.
We are putting our knowledge at the disposal of the nation because
this country cannot afford to be a bystander, marveling at the technological
phenomena that are creating economic value and transforming other
societies. We need to benefit from late-technology to leapfrog in
our development agenda. In an internationally competitive environment,
we have to run fast even to stay where we are.
In fashioning out our next development agenda, we need to get it
right the last time. There can be no second chances, and nothing
should be left to chance. We aim to spearhead a West Africa alliance
that will expand the market for the advancement of Ghana’s
industrialization programme. Our dream is to help change Ghana for
good and set the country as a shining example for Africa.
Achieving our vision will require hard work and sustained commitment.
We recognize the need to stay focused on results, be innovative
and learn from our experiences. We admit we may not always have
the answer and invite others to join us in this cause. The Institute
represents a new beginning, a new vision and a new way of building
Ghana’s infrastructure. Our vision is to contribute towards
making Ghana an ideal place to live, work and grow. This is because
we know that when we dream it, we can do it. It is precisely this
thinking that drives us to take the road less traveled by many.
This could be the way out for our country and the Institute is
here to pledge ourselves to take the necessary steps on the road
from under-development to an industrialized Ghana.
Charles Kwame Boakye