Fortrea Apresenta Solução Abrangente para Aprimorar a Diversidade e Inclusão na Pesquisa Clínica

Utilizando dados do mundo real, insights de pacientes e um processo sistemático para a criação, operação e análise da eficácia dos planos de ação de diversidade em ensaios clínicos

DURHAM, N.C., May 31, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Fortrea (Nasdaq: FTRE) (a “Empresa”), uma organização líder global de pesquisa por contrato (CRO), anunciou hoje o lançamento da sua solução abrangente e integrada para a melhoria da diversidade e inclusão (D&I) dos participantes em ensaios clínicos. A solução de D&I da Fortrea foi projetada para expandir o acesso dos pacientes a participar de ensaios clínicos e atender aos requisitos da Food and Drug Administration (FDA) dos EUA, sob a Lei de Reforma Omnibus de Alimentos e Medicamentos, para aumentar a inscrição de populações sub-representadas em ensaios clínicos.

O processo abrangente da Fortrea integra cinco componentes do planejamento e execução de ações de diversidade:

  • Consultores de evidências do mundo real pesquisam conjuntos de dados relevantes do mundo real para informar o planejamento da diversidade.
  • Especialistas em regulamentação, desenvolvimento e operações clínicas elaboram o Plano de Ação de Diversidade, validam com grupos de pacientes e negociam com os reguladores.
  • As equipes operacionais acessam várias plataformas de dados, o Conselho Consultivo de Locais da Fortrea e soluções habilitadas por tecnologia para implementar o Plano de Ação de Diversidade como parte integrante da execução dos ensaios clínicos da Fortrea.
  • O monitoramento e os relatórios são habilitados pelo exclusivo Painel de Insights de Estudo de Diversidade e Inclusão da Fortrea, fornecendo dados e visualizações acionáveis para o gerenciamento contínuo do estudo.
  • Escritores técnicos de relatórios experientes compilam dados e preparam relatórios para envio regulatório, com suporte regulatório contínuo fornecido como parte da solução de D&I.

“A pesquisa clínica que reflete uma população representativa fornece uma melhor visão de como um tratamento potencial funcionará em um ambiente do mundo real”, disse John Doyle, DrPH, presidente da Fortrea Consulting. “Requisitos regulatórios recentes codificam o progresso dos últimos anos na abordagem biofarmacêutica para aumentar a inclusão de diversas populações nos seus programas de desenvolvimento. A solução da Fortrea traz uma profunda experiência em dados do mundo real para projetar planos de D&I eficazes e realistas, juntamente com mais de 30 anos de experiência em mais de 20 áreas terapêuticas na execução de testes. Também temos um compromisso firme com a D&I, não apenas nos ensaios clínicos, mas em toda a nossa empresa, à medida que buscamos nosso propósito de oferecer tratamentos que mudam a vida dos pacientes mais rapidamente.”

A solução de D&I da Fortrea incorpora uma série de ferramentas proprietárias, incluindo avaliações epidemiológicas e de viabilidade que utilizam uma combinação exclusiva de grandes conjuntos de dados. A solução também integra contribuições de grupos de pacientes para criar insights sobre a tolerância ao protocolo e os requisitos de suporte à conduta do estudo em diferentes populações de pacientes em várias áreas e geografias da terapia. Esses insights informam os planos globais e locais de recrutamento e retenção de pacientes para o alcance de populações de pacientes sub-representadas e abordagem das barreiras à participação de ensaios clínicos.

“Para a garantia da inclusão de diversas populações de pacientes em ensaios clínicos precisamos ir além de um plano, precisamos ter discernimento e agir”, disse Mark Morais, diretor de operações da Fortrea. “Devido ao nosso abrangente programa Voz do Paciente e à nossa colaboração com diversos locais de pesquisa e redes de locais, temos um profundo entendimento do que é necessário para o sucesso no alcance de populações que tradicionalmente têm sido sub-representadas nos ensaios clínicos. Na Fortrea, somos informados pelos dados do mundo real, habilitados pelas tecnologias inovadoras e impulsionados pela nossa paixão em oferecer novas terapias para todos os pacientes.”

Visite Diversidade e Inclusão em Ensaios Clínicos em Fortrea.com para mais informação.

Sobre a Fortrea

A Fortrea (Nasdaq: FTRE) é fornecedora líder global de soluções para o desenvolvimento clínico e acesso ao paciente para a indústria de ciências da vida. Fazemos parcerias com grandes e emergentes empresas biofarmacêuticas, de biotecnologia, de dispositivos médicos e de diagnóstico para impulsionar a inovação na saúde que acelera terapias que mudam a vida dos pacientes. A Fortrea fornece gerenciamento de testes clínicos de fase I-IV, farmacologia clínica, serviços de consultoria, soluções de testes com tecnologia diferenciada e serviços pós-aprovação.

As soluções da Fortrea utilizam suas três décadas de experiência abrangendo mais de 20 áreas terapêuticas, sua dedicação ao rigor científico, insights excepcionais e uma forte rede de pesquisadores. Nossa equipe talentosa e diversificada que trabalha em mais de 90 países é dimensionada para fornecer soluções focadas e ágeis para clientes de todo o mundo.

Saiba mais sobre como a Fortrea está se tornando uma força transformadora de pipeline para paciente na Fortrea.com e siga-nos no LinkedIn e X (antigo Twitter) @Fortrea.

Contatos da Fortrea:
Fortrea para Mídia: Galen Wilson – 703-298-0802, media@fortrea.com
Fortrea para Mídia: Kate Dillon – 646-818-9115, kdillon@prosek.com

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Fortrea lance une solution complète pour améliorer la diversité et l’inclusion dans la recherche clinique

Exploitation des données en conditions réelles, des connaissances des patients et adoption d’un processus systématique pour développer, concrétiser et mesurer l’efficacité des plans d’action en faveur de la diversité dans les essais cliniques.

DURHAM, État de Caroline du Nord, 31 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fortrea (Nasdaq : FTRE), ci-après la « Société », une organisation de recherche contractuelle (ou ORC) leader d’envergure mondiale, annonce ce jour la sortie de sa solution complète et intégrée ciblée sur l’amélioration de la diversité et de l’inclusion des participants aux essais cliniques. La solution « Diversité et Inclusion » développée par Fortrea est conçue pour élargir l’accès des patients aux essais cliniques et répondre aux exigences de la loi fédérale Food and Drug Omnibus Reform Act édictée par l’administration américaine des denrées alimentaires et des médicaments, la Food and Drug Administration, ou « FDA » visant à renforcer le recrutement des populations sous-représentées dans les essais cliniques.

L’approche globale de Fortrea intègre cinq axes de planification et d’exécution d’actions en faveur de la diversité :

  • Recherche des ensembles de données pertinentes en conditions réelles pilotée par les conseillers en vue de contribuer à la planification de la diversité.
  • Mise au point du plan d’action en faveur de la diversité élaborée par les experts en réglementation, développement et services cliniques, validation auprès des groupes de patients et négociations avec les autorités de tutelle réglementaires.
  • Mise en accès à de multiples plateformes de données pour les équipes opérationnelles, ainsi qu’au comité consultatif de site et à des solutions technologiques pour actionner le plan d’action en faveur de la diversité, pleinement intégré à l’exécution des essais cliniques à la main de Fortrea.
  • Suivi et reporting assurés par le tableau de bord exclusif de la solution dédié aux éclairages sur les données relatives aux notions de diversité et d’inclusion des études (Diversity and Inclusion Study Insights Dashboard), fournissant des données et des graphiques exploitables dans le cadre de la gestion continue de l’étude.
  • Compilation des données effectuée par des rédacteurs techniques expérimentés veillant également à la préparation des rapports en amont des dépôts auprès des autorités réglementaires, et appui réglementaire permanent intégré à la solution.

Pour John Doyle, docteur en santé publique et Président de Fortrea Consulting, « La recherche clinique reposant sur une population représentative donne une meilleure idée des modalités de fonctionnement d’un potentiel traitement en conditions réelles. Les nouvelles exigences réglementaires traduisent les progrès réalisés ces dernières années dans l’approche biopharmaceutique visant à améliorer l’inclusion de populations diverses au sein des programmes de développement. La solution de Fortrea apporte une expertise approfondie des données en conditions réelles pour concevoir des plans ciblés sur la diversité et l’inclusion efficaces et réalistes, et plus de 30 ans d’expérience dans plus de 20 disciplines thérapeutiques en matière d’exécution d’essais. Notre engagement sans faille envers la diversité et l’inclusion dépasse les frontières des essais cliniques pour s’étendre à l’ensemble de notre entreprise, à l’heure où nous poursuivons notre objectif de mettre plus rapidement à la disposition des patients des traitements susceptibles de changer leur vie ».

La solution « Diversité et Inclusion » développée par Fortrea intègre une série d’outils exclusifs, notamment des évaluations épidémiologiques et de faisabilité qui s’appuient sur une combinaison exclusive de vastes ensembles de données. Elle intègre également des données provenant de groupes de patients pour fournir des éclairages sur la tolérance au protocole et les exigences en matière de soutien à la conduite de l’étude pour différentes populations de patients, dans plusieurs disciplines thérapeutiques et territoires. Ces éclairages permettent d’élaborer des plans de recrutement et de fidélisation des patients à l’échelle mondiale et locale, d’atteindre les populations de patients sous-représentées et d’éliminer les obstacles à la participation aux essais cliniques.

« Garantir l’inclusion de diverses populations de patients dans les essais cliniques doit s’entendre au-delà d’un plan, ce qui demande de la perspicacité et de l’action », observe Mark Morais, chef de l’exploitation de Fortrea, avant d’ajouter : « Grâce à notre programme complet Voice of Patient (la voix des patients) et à notre collaboration avec divers centres investigateurs et réseaux de centres, nous comprenons parfaitement ce qu’il faut faire pour toucher les populations habituellement sous-représentées dans les essais cliniques. Chez Fortrea, nous nous appuyons sur des données en conditions réelles issues de technologies innovantes, et nous sommes animés d’une passion axée sur la proposition de nouveaux traitements à tous les patients. »

Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter la page Diversité et inclusion dans les essais cliniques sur le site Fortrea.com.

À propos de Fortrea

Fortrea (Nasdaq : FTRE) figure parmi les principaux fournisseurs de solutions de développement clinique et d’accès aux soins pour les patients dans le secteur des sciences de la vie. Nous nous associons à des entreprises émergentes et établies du secteur biopharmaceutique, de la biotechnologie, des dispositifs médicaux et du diagnostic pour stimuler l’innovation dans le domaine de la santé et accélérer la mise à disposition de traitements révolutionnaires pour les patients. Nous proposons des services de gestion d’essais cliniques de phase I à IV, de pharmacologie clinique, de conseil, d’essais différenciés axés sur des technologies habilitantes, et des services post-autorisation.

Nos solutions s’appuient sur 30 ans d’expérience dans 20 disciplines thérapeutiques, une passion pour la rigueur scientifique, des connaissances exceptionnelles et un solide réseau de centres de recherche. Notre équipe talentueuse et diversifiée répartie dans plus de 90 pays est dimensionnée pour fournir des solutions ciblées et agiles à nos clients, partout dans le monde.

Pour en savoir plus sur la manière dont Fortrea est moteur d’influence du pipeline au patient, consultez le site Fortrea.com et suivez-nous sur LinkedIn et X (anciennement Twitter) @Fortrea.

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Relations médias : Galen Wilson – 703-298-0802, media@fortrea.com
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EB5 Capital Receives I-956F Approvals for San Luis Obispo Marriott Hotels (JF31) and SouthFace Village at Okemo (JF36) Projects

WASHINGTON, May 30, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EB5 Capital is pleased to report that its San Luis Obispo Marriott Hotels (JF31) project and SouthFace Village at Okemo (JF36) project were both approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in May 2024. Since the EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022 (RIA) was enacted, EB5 Capital has obtained Form I-956F project approvals across a total of nine EB-5 projects.

These Form I-956F approvals signify that USCIS, the government agency that oversees the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, has assessed, and verified the compliance of the EB-5 project. An I-956F project approval is also required prior to USCIS adjudicating individual I-526E petition approvals, the application for a foreign investor to secure conditional permanent residency in the United States.

“We are happy to see more of these project approvals come through, especially on our first rural deal in this post-RIA landscape,” said Brian Ostar, President of EB5 Capital. “SouthFace Village at Okemo is an exciting project, and we are confident its development is going to further enhance the local Okemo Mountain community and its year-round activities in central Vermont.”

SouthFace Village at Okemo (JF36) is a for-sale luxury ski-in and ski-out residential development on the southeast face of Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont. As a rural Targeted Employment Area (TEA), this project qualifies for priority processing with USCIS. The recent Form I-956F project approval was granted within six months after the application was filed.

San Luis Obispo Marriott Hotels (JF31), the other EB5 Capital project recently approved by USCIS, is a four-story Marriott dual-branded Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites hotel in San Luis Obispo, California. The project is designated as a high unemployment TEA and was one of EB5 Capital’s first EB-5 raises under the new EB-5 legislation. Both JF36 and JF31 are currently under construction and are expected to generate over 1,300 jobs in total.

Now that both projects are approved with USCIS, EB5 Capital is looking forward to receiving individual I-526E petition approvals soon. The firm will continue to track the remainder of the construction process and support its investors with the completion of their immigration journey to the United States.

About EB5 Capital

EB5 Capital provides qualified foreign investors with opportunities to invest in job-creating commercial real estate projects under the United States Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5 Visa Program). Headquartered in Washington, DC, EB5 Capital’s distinguished track record and leadership in the industry has attracted investors from over 75 countries. As one of the oldest and most active Regional Center operators in the country, the firm has raised over $1 billion of foreign capital across approximately 40 EB-5 projects. 100% of our investors’ funds are protected by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance prior to their deployment into our projects. Please visit www.eb5capital.com for more information.  

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Norwegian vessel conducts research on fish stock levels in Ghanaian waters


The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture says a Norwegian Research Vessel, R/V Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, is conducting marine research in Ghana to determine the country’s fish stock levels. 

The research vessel, owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), was built as part of a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) project and jointly operated by the Institute of Marine Research and the University of Bergen to assist developing countries in improving their fisheries management.

It is equipped for operations in developing coastal countries across Africa and Asia with the primary duties of ecosystem studies with a focus on fishery research operations.

Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, announcing this, said the research would go a long way to assist the ministry and the Fisheries Commission to determine the current status of fish stocks and make appropriate policy interventions backed by scientific data to shape the sector.

She said the
research was a new chapter in their commitment to play a role in traditional knowledge and identify emerging issues in the sector, adding that it would also help as a guide in the adoption of societies to cope with the many ways the ocean affected human lives.

‘These will go a long way towards assisting the Ministry in identifying, initiating, and implementing the appropriate policy interventions to address the myriad of challenges that confront the fisheries sector, which, among other things, include depleting stocks. As such, sustainable fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation will be enhanced.’

The minister added that the vessel would also serve as a platform for cutting-edge research, data collection, and capacity building.

‘The research conducted by Dr. Fridtjof Nansen will provide critical insights into the state of our fish stocks, the health of our marine ecosystem, and factors influencing their sustainability. With this knowledge, we can implement evidence-based policies to ensure the long-
term viability and protection of our marine environment.’

She called on stakeholders to reaffirm their dedication to responsible stewardship, sustainable development, and a legacy of prosperity for future generations.

Madam Koomson expressed gratitude to the FAO, international partners, and all those involved in making it possible for the vessel to conduct the research in Ghanaian marine waters.

Meanwhile, the ministry has announced the commencement of this year’s closed fishing season, starting on July 1.

The artisanal and semi-industrial (inshore) fleets will observe a one-month closed season spanning July 1 to July 31, 2024, while the industrial trawl fleets will have a two-month closed season from July 1 to August 31, 2024.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Secondary Education Minister salutes CGCE Board, exam organisation in South West

By Nchendzengang Tatah

The Minister of Secondary Education, Prof. Pauline Nalova Lyonga has praised the Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board (CGCE) for organising effectively the 2024 GCE Examination.

Prof. Nalova Lyonga was speaking at the premises of the Board in Buea, May 30, during a visit to the South West to evaluate the unfolding of the official exams.

She chaired an incamera session with board members of the CGCE Board, after which she lauded their efforts. Minister Nalova who has for the whole week been at various schools through out the country supervising, said ‘everything has gone on well.’

Prof. Nalova Lyonga paid visits to some examination centers in the region and others schools, to evaluate the exam tempo and preparation for the next academic year respectively.

The member of government, debunked rumours of examination leakages circulating on the social media. She noted that, what the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINSEC) is seeing on the ground and what the social media is
saying stand at contrast.

‘The social media are not conducting the exam for us. We are conducting the exams and we know how the exams are going,’ Prof. Pauline Nalova assured.

She also added that; overall, the presence rate amongst candidates was almost complete but for minimal absences.The required spacing in halls was being respected and the clean school philosophy was being obeyed by all the teachers.

‘We are on the verge of showing the standards of Cameroon’s education with these exams going on. Everything standards wise, is just what we want,’ the MINSEC boss emphasized.

The GCE exams for 2024 is organised by an interim team of three, lead by Ndi Bernadette.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Pensions Ministry commences fact finding consultations on alleged sale of SSNIT hotels -Minister


Mr Ignatius Baffour-Awuah, Minister of Employment, Labour Relations and Pensions, says his Ministry has commenced a fact-finding mission on the alleged sale of Social Security and National Insurance Trust’s (SSNIT) shareholding stakes in four hotels.

He said this would enable them to consult widely with stakeholders on the matter and be able him to make a credible assessment.

‘I have begun consultations with various stakeholders to understand the matter and to update cabinet on the issues happening with SSNIT.’

‘This is simply a fact-finding mission. We want to listen to everyone that matters in this case before we come out with our say..,’ he said.

Mr Baffour-Awuah said this after meeting with the leadership of Organised Labour in Accra after the latter had written to him on the alleged sale of SSNIT’s hotels.

He said they had so far consulted with the board of National Pensions Regulatory Authority, SSNIT management and the Organised Labour on the matter.

Meanwhile, Organised Labour earlier in the da
y held a meeting with the board of SSNIT on the sale of the hotels.

Dr Anthony Yaw Baah, Secretary-General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said the board at the meeting assured them it had not sold its hotels yet as it was still receiving proposals from interested parties.

‘Our discussions centred around the issues we raised in our letters to them. They stressed that they have not made a decision to sell 60 per cent stake of the four hotels to anyone and that they are still considering proposals,’ he said.

Dr Baah said they had advised that SSNIT should not sell their stakes in the hotels to anyone, but rather engaged extensively and reach an agreement with stakeholders on the way forward.

‘We want to work as stakeholders – Organised Labour, Employers, Gov’t and SSNIT Board to ensure our investments is sustainable.’

‘So that whoever contributes to SSNIT, when they go on retirement, they have no doubt in their minds that dividends their investments will be paid. We are going to work with SSNIT to ensur
e that it is sustainable,’ he added.

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Africa day, time to reflect on our culture

By Tanaka Chikomo

For some, culture is a distant concept that is only relevant on public holidays or feasts such as Africa Day, Culture Week, religious celebrations, or festivals such as Ngondo and Nyem-Nyem. However, for many writers and cultural enthusiasts, this term represents more than one distinct period of exuberant atmospheres, colourful dressing and assorted traditional meals. It shapes the way of life and the attitudes of a people (Edgerton 1965, 443); it serves as a legacy for communities’ future generations (Elias 1978b, 130) and a mechanism put in place to regulate both the internal and external environments of a community (Turner 1969, 98). However, the existence of various definitions does not necessarily mean the idea of culture is exempted from criticism and uncertainty, as highlighted in Matthew Thomas Johnson’s 2013 assessment of this phenomenon (Evaluating Culture pp 97-119). With the aid of cultures in Côte d’Ivoire, this short writeup aims to embrace the various representations of cult
ure and the power of the latter.

For certain philosophers, culture is a legacy (Elias 1978b, 130). When one thinks of anything legendary, the words long-lasting, established and investment might come to mind. During an encounter with Mama Suza at Pôle Technique, Bingerville, an avid gardener and homemaker, she expressed that culture can easily be passed on from one generation to the next, and that it is important for the current generation to learn from the elements of their grandparents’ cultures to enrich the cultural experience. This is a potent observation to note because the implication is that culture is not only a legacy that needs to be maintained, but a structure that also needs constant revival by the present generation. If a grandmother used to practice the tradition of storytelling with all her grandchildren, then the latter can also continue this activity and reinvent it to compliment the modern digital age. Culture therefore seems to represent something more than just than distinct celebrations
and festivals.

Mama Suzy, a homemaker, and avid gardener

While culture is more than vibrant feasts, it would be unjust to dismiss festivals and parades as an essential part of a people’s culture as they have the capacity to shape the minds of a community. For example, Ivorians partake in the annual SARA (Salon Internationale de l’Agriculture et des Ressources Animales), where business owners and agriculturalists present the process of manufacturing their products, from handbags made from cotton plants to attiéké made from cassava. Even though commercial activity is central to SARA, it is an opportunity to transform the minds of citizens while they get to enjoy dance, music, tasting new products, trying on new jewellery, or simply discussing with experts on the preparation of a particular spice. Thus, Edgerton’s former claim that culture seeks to shape the attitudes of a people’s mind is plausible.

The different types of attiéké made from manioc( Cassava)

Handbags made from cotton plants- SARA exhibition.

M
oreover, the concept of culture is seen as a mechanism to regulate the functioning of societies. In March 2023, representatives of WANEP (West African Network for Peacebuilding) travelled across 11 villages in the Haut-Sassandra and Hambol regions of Côte d’Ivoire. The mission’s objective was to present a project on accompanying 500 residents to obtain their national identification and birth certificates in accordance with the 2018-863 law, through WANEP’s Democracy and Good Governance programme. The team met with the local authorities (chiefs and council members) to take them through the importance of having national identification, before voting for the 2025 presidential elections commences.

Chiefs for the different villages in the department of Niakara,

Hambol, Ivory Coast

This interaction, though it was to encourage a democratic spirit in some of the overlooked regions of the country, highlights the significance of culture and how it coincides with the law. The project could not be presented if the chi
efs and the required participants of the respective regions were absent, indicating that even in external projects, the culture of a village cannot be compromised. One might also argue that this resistance to compromise shows the power of law over communities instead of the inherent force of culture. However, women in villages such as Arikokaha, for example, served the WANEP team a variety of traditional meals such as Agouti and Tchep, reflecting a certain level of cultural control in maintaining hospitality through offering homecooked meals to visitors on mission, regardless of the professional purpose of the mission itself. Given this position, culture is undoubtedly a means to regulate a community and to share its values with those who interact with it.

In conclusion, culture is clearly a multi-faceted concept because it covers a variety of functions in society, some of which have been explained above. While this is not an exhaustive account of what culture represents today, the above examples might give
some insight into the power, importance, and depth of culture on those in society. It is not merely about a single day to celebrate culture, it is also about sharing the culture so that it remains strong for future generations, ensuring that it is somehow regulated and preserved in a world that is ever-changing and developing.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Our ‘collapsed’ economy, better than economy we inherited- Bawumia


Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia says the current ‘collapsed’ state of the economy was better than the economy the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government inherited in 2017.

He said despite the occurrence of the COVID 19 pandemic and the Russia Ukraine War, which globally impacted economies negatively, the flagbearer of the NPP government had been successful at managing the economy.

‘And if you look at what we have done in the last seven years, we are now in our eighth year, It is very clear. If you look at all the routine things that governments do in the area of development, we have done much more and performed much better than his(John Mahama) government,’ he said.

Dr Bawumia made the remarks at the 8th edition of the CEO Summit held in Accra, in response to an address delivered by former president Mahama.

Dr Bawumia explained that the NPP government managed to turn around an economy characterized by high unemployment rate, unstable power supply, declining agricultural growth and low industrial growth.

‘And they had to cancel teacher training allowances. They couldn’t pay. They had to cancel nursing training allowances. They could not pay,’ he said.

Under the current administration, he said the growth rate in agriculture has been twice the rate of the previous government with an average growth rate of 6 per cent.

Moreover, he said 2.1 million jobs had been created in the public sector which was more than what any government in the fourth republic had done.

He also talked about the introduction of the free Senior High School education policy and the construction of more social infrastructure than any government.

These included roads, railway lines, public libraries, airports, 1,500 telephony sites and ambulance vehicles for all constituencies.

‘We are in the process of building 120 court buildings. 80 have been completed…We’ve built more fish landing sites, 11 completed. We’ve done more sanitation facilities, increased the proportion of the population with access to sanitation facilities from 33 per cen
t to 59 per cent.

‘We’ve built more sports facilities in the country than any other government in the fourth republic. When we came in, we had only three astro turfs in Ghana. There are 150 for us in Ghana,’ he said.

Dr Bawumia added that,’ we have built 10 multi-purpose sports stadiums, completed six of them. And the others will be completed soon,’.

Source: Ghana News Agency