UEW Hosts 2022 ISSER Roadshow
The University of Education, Winneba (UEW), was the centre of attraction as it hosted the 2022 Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research (ISSER) roadshow dubbed "harnessing stakeholder engagement and feedback for research impact".
The event, organised by the Faculty of Social Science Education (FSSE), UEW, in collaboration with the College of Humanities, University of Ghana (UG), Legon, was held at the Jophus Anamuah-Mensah Conference Centre, North Campus on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
It provided the platform for the discussion of the findings of fresh publications by ISSER along recent developments in the Ghanaian economy. It was on the topic "the State of the Ghanaian Economy Report and Ghana’s Social Development Outlook".
Participants contributing to the topic of discussion
The Director of ISSER, Prof. Peter Quartey, speaking on the topic "Ghana's Economy Today: Options for Stabilising and Boosting the Economy," argued that global commodity price increases resulting from COVID-19, as well as the Russia-Ukraine war and rating agency downgrades, had impacted key fundamentals of the Ghanaian economy.
He added that the government's fiscal response had begun to bear some initial fruit, pointing to the need for long-term measures to stabilise the economy and make it more resilient to stock market fluctuations.
Addressing issues relative to the E-levy by the government, Prof. Quartey established that it would increase revenue mobilisation through digitalisation, broaden the tax base and also introduce efficiency in the nation’s financial sector. He noted that it would also help in expenditure rationalisation and minimise waste that could be eventually invested in the agricultural value chain.
Rev. Prof. Adobea Owusu (standing), Prof. Lucy Attom (left) and Prof. Peter Quartey
Rev. Prof. Adobea Yaa Owusu, a member of ISSER, also addressed participants on "Ghana's Social Development Outlook," which evaluated Ghana's health, education, environment, housing, water and sanitation, work and employment, social values, gender, governance, and energy system in relation to the economy. She made a few suggestions that the government may use to improve those efforts.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UEW, Prof. Andy Ofori-Birikorang, who chaired the occasion on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mawutor Avoke, in his remarks, established that as politicians look at the optimistic and gloomy side of the economy, academicians must look forward to the objective assessment of what is happening in the country so they can make recommendations and bring some kind of ideas for policymaking.
Prof. Ofori-Birikorang indicated UEW’s pride to partner with UG both at the faculty and Institutional levels and indicated Management’s readiness to support the ISSER roadshow annually.
Aerial shot of attendees at the event
Prof. Lucy Effeh Attom, Dean of FSSE, stated in her address that Ghana's plight in the global socio-economic shocks appears to be exacerbating in contemporary times and that academics should channel their contributions towards accelerated development interventions through impactful research to influence policy change as key stakeholders in the national development discourse.
She emphasised that UEW, as a teacher-education university, has a wealth of potential to conduct research and educate Ghanaians on the importance of research in solving the country's current and persistent problems and that she looks forward to working with ISSER on joint projects in the areas of education and social policy in the future.
Exuberant performances by the Department of Theatre Arts, School of Creative Arts, UEW