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environmental issues are addressed unilaterally based on feedback from stakeholders without incorporating them in the decision-making process. However, it can present challenges that need to be understood and overcome. Given the current state of stakeholder engagement in some public corporations in Ghana, it becomes important to understand the factors that affect the quality of stakeholder engagement processes and their outcomes, especially in the context of local and other ministries departmental units which share a close proximity with their communities. This study, therefore, aims to examine the issues and challenges in stakeholder engagement in corporate firms in Ghana. 4.2 Limited resources. The study discovered that, respondents considered stakeholder engagement as a resource intensive activity because it demanded two critical resources, funding, and staff, to determine the level of engagement and achieve meaningful engagement. Local councils mainly rely on rates and taxes to meet their operational costs. The respondents indicated that the limited financial resources hindered the stakeholder engagement processes and outcomes. Moreover, the time
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involved in the engagement process emerged as a key issue throughout the interview process. For instance, respondent A mentioned that local government’s limited resources could hinder engagement goals. He narrated that: “to engage, you have to spend significant time and resources which are always an issue for local government where they are limited”. The respondent insisted that stakeholder engagement is an efficient tool and can enable the local councils and local government to create and reinforce trust in stakeholders. However, this is only possible when the engagement strategies are implemented effectively and this requires the necessary resources. 4.3 Lack of collaborative effort of key stakeholders to partake in sustainability engagement. It emerged that, all the respondents the researcher interviewed were concerned about lack of interest in stakeholders to engage with them. Unwillingness to participate could hinder an efficient engagement process and affect the quality of the outcome. At ministry of tourism, respondent A made it clear that, some of the stakeholders in the various tourist site communities does not want to assist them undertake sustainable developmental projects and this sometimes hinders their progress to success. This clearly suggests that: “Tourism as an emerging economic activity demands collaboration from all the multiple stakeholders for effective consensus building in tourism planning processes.” At the local level, the key stakeholders are the local government authorities, private sector operators, tourists, and the community members. It emerged from the interviews with the respondents that the assembly does not actively engage in tourism activities. As a result, there is no effort to involve other stakeholders such as community members, and tourists. The
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  • DR MAAME ADWOA GYEKYE JANDO

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