President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has appointed Professor Stephen Adei as the Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC). He was the Director General and Rector of Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) between January 2000 and December 2008.
Professor Stephen Adei is also a renowned Ghanaian educationist, writer, economist and motivational speaker. He also has expertise in leadership, public management, finance, marketing, governance and even marriage counselling. Since November 2018, he has working as the Chairman of National Development Planning Commission in Ghana.
On the other hand, Stephen Adei is the Executive Chairman of Ghana Christian International High Schools (since August 2014) alongside Professor of Leadership and Dean of Science & Arts and Professor of Economics and Leadership in Ashesi University College and Pentecost University College respectively.
The 71-year old renowned professor was, among others, Head of UN System in South Africa (September 1994 – February 1995), UNDP Resident Representative in Namibia (1995 – 1999), Economist and Chief of the Directorate of Africa Bureau, UNDP, New York (1989 – 1995); Senior Economist of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London (1986 – 1989) and staff of the Ghana Investment Centre rising to Deputy Director and Head Research (1973 – 1985), Ghana Web noted.
In accordance with the provision under Article 87 of the 1992 Constitution, the core mandate of the NDPC is to "advise the President on development planning policy and strategy", and, "at the request of the President or Parliament, or on its own initiative," do the following:
(a) Study and make strategic analyses of macroeconomic and structural reform options;
(b) Make proposals for the development of multi-year rolling plans taking into consideration the resource potential and comparative advantage of the different districts of Ghana;
(c) Make proposals for the protection of the natural and physical environment;
(d) Make proposals for ensuring the even development of the districts of Ghana by the effective utilization of available resources; and
(e) Monitor, evaluate and coordinate development policies, programmes and projects.
The Commission, according to the Constitution, "shall also perform such other functions relating to development planning as the President may direct".