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(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
Analyzing the Ghanaian economy over the last 20 years (1996 till date), the years 2006, 2007,2008 and 2011 are arguably the periods that the economy performed very well, according to selected performance economic indicators compiled by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER). Comparing interest rates, Ghana’s economy recorded the lowest lending rate of 23.75 percent in its history in the year 2007while 24.25 percent,25.02 per cent and 26.95 percent were recorded in 2006, 2008 and 2011 respectively. For the year 2015, the average lending rate stood at 32 per cent. With regard to average inflation, the economy recorded inflation rates of 10.9, 10.7 and 8.58 in 2006, 2007 and 2011 respectively. In...
(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
The Government of the United States of America has committed $11,000.00 oil extraction machinery to support the production of palm oil in Ghana. The fund targeting six communities in the New Juaben Municipality seeks to create employment and sustainable development for various women groups that are in the production of palm oil business. The initiative is under the US Ambassador Self Help Project. It is to be managed by the Peace and Love Association. Jimmy Mauldin, Economic Counselor of the US Embassy in Ghana, inaugurating the Oil Palm Extraction project at Asekesu, a farming community in the New Juaben Municipality said the US Government has since the introduction of the Self Help Project in 1990 committed $1.7million in support of...
(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
The government has been cautioned ahead of its move to raise about $750 million Eurobond later this year due to Ghana’s public debt which hit 71.4 percent in December 2015, as well as its inability to secure an external guarantee. The latest report released by Bloomberg Intelligence pointed out that government may face tougher times as failure to meet its Eurobond target would leave a $750 million hole in the 2016 budget. “It could be expensive to fill. The Treasury...
(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) is appealing to the government to withdraw the Energy Sector Levies Act to address the energy challenges facing the country. Executive Director of ACEP, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adams believes the Energy levy is the cause of the “astronomical and unjustifiable increases” in utilities and not necessarily the billing system by the power distributor. “But if you ask ECG to suspend the billing system, what happens to the consumers because they have to either...
(Myjoyonline 05/26/16)
The Managing Director of CAL Bank, Mr. Frank Adu Junior has expressed optimism in the cedi, predicting the local currency could make some gains against the dollar by close of the year. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the bank’s’ Facts Behind the Figures’ at the Ghana Stock Exchange, Mr. Adu explained the relative stability in the power crisis, coupled with the decline in crude oil prices on the world market will help cut down the demand for dollars...
(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
African young people have been urged to be patriotic and adopt the spirit of Pan-Africanism on African Liberation Day, which falls on May 25 every year. Protais Musoni, commissioner in Pan-Africanism Movement Rwanda chapter, told hundreds of young people gathered at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics in the Capital, Kigali. He was speaking on Wednesday during the celebrations to mark African Liberation Day, an event held to mark the progress of the liberation movement across the...
(Spy Ghana 05/25/16)
Both the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and the Ghana Gas Company are in debt to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) of over US $92 million. TOR’s indebtedness is standing at $58million while Ghana Gas owes the oil firm $33million. Alex Mould, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the GNPC made this revelation when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday May 24, 2016 to answer questions raised by the Auditor General regarding the Corporation’s financial transactions. According to him, payment terms have been reached with the two firms, saying that “We have done two things; we have ensured that we have an agreement in place with each
(Spy Ghana 05/25/16)
Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Ghana Parliament has ordered the Mines and Energy Committee to investigate the recent errors in the billing system of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). ECG has received series of condemnation from the public over the astronomical increases recorded on bills, despite a 50 per cent increment by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission. In parliament, Majority Chief Whip Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak accused the ECG of undermining President John Mahama’s quest to end the erratic power...
(Spy Ghana 05/25/16)
A 14-member high profile Ghanaian-delegation are in Mexico on an investment promotion mission, organised by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana. The delegation, led by Mrs. Mawuena Trebarh, Chief Executive Officer of the GIPC, comprised businesses in the Security, Furniture, Advertising, Trading, Construction, Aviation, Education, Agriculture and the Agric-processing sectors. A statement from the GIPC said the mission, which started on 21 May and would end on 27 May 2016, is part...
(Ghana Web 05/25/16)
Former President, Jerry John Rawlings, has descended heavily on the country’s leaders saying they have done nothing to improve the living conditions of Ghanaians. According to him, those claiming to be living the ideals of the country’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, are doing the opposite of what he stood for, calling such people criminals. The former president ranted in anger while he was addressing a delegation from the Association of Cuban Trained Ghanaian Professionals at his residence on Tuesday...
(Irish Examiner 05/25/16)
MARIA Walsh is no stranger to charity work — the former Rose of Tralee has previously travelled to Calcutta, South Africa, Tanzania, and Chernobyl to support worthy causes. But even with so much patronage already under her belt, Maria admits it was her latest trip to Africa, her first with the girls rights organisation Plan International, which served to truly hammer home the stark realities of life in a low-income country. The Mayo woman returned from Ghana last week. “We...
(Starrfmonline 05/25/16)
Former Ghana international John Paintsil is behind bars for allegedly hitting an eye of the East Legon District Police Commander, DSP Emmanuel Basintale. The spokesperson of the Greater Accra regional police command ASP Effia Tenge has confirmed the news. According to her, the former guardsman of Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv resisted arrest Tuesday after failing to cooperate with the police in a case involving his wife. The 34-year-old was put in cells around 5pm Tuesday. ASP Tenge said Paintsil...
(Gbc Ghana 05/25/16)
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has underscored the need for formal education in the pursuit of academic knowledge and life skills. However, if formal education is not grounded on a solid foundation of morality, aided by the development of personal character, the youth will be unfit to assume the positions of leadership. Speaking at the 2016 Head of State Awards at the Banquet Hall of the Flagstaff House in Accra, Vice President Amissah-Arthur said the award scheme, therefore, provides the framework...
(Xinhuanet 05/25/16)
A Chinese envoy Tuesday called on the United Nations to give more support to the collective security capacity building of the African Union (AU) to help the African continent maintain peace and security. Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, noted that the strengthening UN-AU cooperation in peace and security has played a positive role in maintaining peace and stability in Africa. "The AU is faced with difficulties in human and financial resources in the field of peace and...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has defended its decision to allow mining companies to surrender all their foreign exchange (FX) directly to the banks, explaining that such a move would help improve liquidity while boosting forex trading in the country. It would also help bring relief to the cedi, whose fortunes had been tight, largely to the fluctuating nature of forex supplies in the country, the Governor of the central bank, Dr Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, told journalists in Accra. The...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
Local steel manufacturing companies say they will have no choice but to shut down due to cheap imports and killer electricity tariffs. Local steel factories employ nearly 9,000 workers, comprising 3,000 workforce in the mills and 6,000 indirect workers, representing scrap collectors and dealers, transporters, etc. If the steel companies which recycle locally available scrap metals into iron rods shut down, the country will be importing not less than $125m worth of steel products annually, with its attendant consequences on...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/16)
The Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana says it is ready to start implementing a ruling by the Supreme Court on the status of the electoral register. It has therefore requested the support and collaborative efforts of all stakeholders to be able to present a stable voters’ register for the November 7 polls. These were contained in a press release issued by the commission late Thursday and signed by Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, Deputy Chair in charge of Corporate Services. The statement...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
Frank Adu Jnr, Managing Director of CAL Bank, has called for policy direction in the mobile money sector. According to him, the situation whereby the mobile money sector has been allowed to develop and grow without any policy direction does not auger well for stakeholders and would soon create problems just like what happened in the micro-finance sector. Mr. Adu Jnr, who was speaking to journalists after the bank’s ‘Facts Behind the Figures’ at the Ghana Stock Exchange in Accra...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
The first phase of the coal power plant project of the Volta River Authority (VRA) is estimated to cost US$1.5 billion. The project, which is expected to commerce in April 2017, will produce 700 megawatts of power when completed in three and half years while the second phase would hit 1,300 megawatts, moving to the 2,000 megawatts mark at the peak. The first phase of the project will see the construction of a coal handling bay, networks, turbines, offices and...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
The Cocoa Health Extension Division (CHED) of Cocobod is to begin free distribution of 10.2 million high-yielding and disease-resistant cocoa seedlings to farmers across the Ashanti Region. Mr. Godfred Oduro-Baah, the Regional Technical Manager of the Division, said this would significantly help to revamp the cocoa industry and raise production levels. The target is to supply 60 million seedlings to cocoa growers nationwide, this year. With that, it is envisaged that about 50,000 hectares of land would be put under...

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(Xinhuanet 05/26/16)
African young people have been urged to be patriotic and adopt the spirit of Pan-Africanism on African Liberation Day, which falls on May 25 every year. Protais Musoni, commissioner in Pan-Africanism Movement Rwanda chapter, told hundreds of young people gathered at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics in the Capital, Kigali. He was speaking on Wednesday during the celebrations to mark African Liberation Day, an event held to mark the progress of the liberation movement across the continent. African Liberation Day celebrates African nations' hard-fought freedom from European colonial powers and to symbolize the determination of African people to free themselves from foreign domination, influence and exploitation. The day was marked under...
(Irish Examiner 05/25/16)
MARIA Walsh is no stranger to charity work — the former Rose of Tralee has previously travelled to Calcutta, South Africa, Tanzania, and Chernobyl to support worthy causes. But even with so much patronage already under her belt, Maria admits it was her latest trip to Africa, her first with the girls rights organisation Plan International, which served to truly hammer home the stark realities of life in a low-income country. The Mayo woman returned from Ghana last week. “We went out and it was very much looking at all the initiatives Plan International runs in Ghana. It was my first trip with Plan International. It was a real eye opener,” she said. “We had a huge welcome from everybody...
(Gbc Ghana 05/25/16)
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur has underscored the need for formal education in the pursuit of academic knowledge and life skills. However, if formal education is not grounded on a solid foundation of morality, aided by the development of personal character, the youth will be unfit to assume the positions of leadership. Speaking at the 2016 Head of State Awards at the Banquet Hall of the Flagstaff House in Accra, Vice President Amissah-Arthur said the award scheme, therefore, provides the framework...
(Citifmonline 05/23/16)
The Government, through the Ministry of Health, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom of the Netherlands to accelerate early detection of Tuberculosis (TB). Mr Alex Segbegia, the Minister of Health, signed for the Government, while Mr Marcel Lantinga, the Director of the Dutch company Oldelft Benelux, signed for the Netherlands for the commencement of the project; “Accelerating Tuberculosis Case Detection in Ghana.” Mr Segbefia said the current agreement would allow Delft Imaging Systems, a Dutch Company, to...
(Graphic Online 05/20/16)
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) has given the Ministry of Education (MOE) clearance to employ 2,500 teachers to fill a teacher deficit in mathematics and science in pre-tertiary institutions. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, at a meeting of regional executive members of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) in Accra last Wednesday. He said the MOE had already shortlisted 6,000 applicants in its initial processes. They would be...
(Citifmonline 05/19/16)
The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga says the nation’s poverty reduction strategy implementation will be an exercise in futility if climate change is not tackled head-on. He decried the impact of global warming on food security especially in Northern Ghana where poverty is endemic and thus called for combined efforts to combat the phenomenon. Mahama Ayariga was sensitizing members of the Northern Regional House of Chiefs on the implementation of Ghana’s contribution to the global climate...
(Graphic Online 05/19/16)
The Minister of Transport, Mr Fifi Kwetey, has commended the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) for the massive infrastructure development being undertaken at the two ports in Tema and Takoradi. Mr Kwetey, who visited the Tema Port to familiarise himself with operations of the GPHA, an agency under the Ministry of Transport, expressed delight at the completion of work on a new refrigerated container yard, a transit cargo yard and the bulk handling jetty with the capacity to hold...
(AFP (eng) 05/18/16)
A former number two at the US Department of Homeland Security is forcing the United Nations to confront one of the worst crises in its history: sexual abuse by peacekeepers. Jane Holl Lute, who also served on the White House's national security council, is pushing what she describes as a "get-tough agenda" to end a wave of allegations of child rape and sexual exploitation that has hit UN peacekeeping, in particular the UN mission in the Central African Republic. "It...
(Ghana Web 05/17/16)
The founder and Pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Pastor T.B Joshua predicted the re-arrest of an armed robber who escaped from police custody in the Brong Ahafo region. Kwaku Yeboah, who was receiving treatment under a 24-hour guard at the hospital, eloped on the blind side of the security guards after he was arrested for robbery. He escaped from the Sunyani Regional Hospital on May 5, 2016 compelling the Regional Police authorities to give the police constable...
(Voice of America 05/17/16)
Every year, the World Health Organization reports that some 3 million girls, most under the age of 15, are subject to female genital mutilation. This number adds to the hefty toll of more than 200 million girls and women already living with the harmful consequences of this brutal, inhumane practice. For the first time, WHO is issuing guidelines to help health workers provide better physical and psychological care for these girls and women. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, involves the...
(Ghana Web 05/13/16)
Today, Tuesday, May 10, Ghana holds its first-ever National Forum on Inclusive Development. It is being led by the Government’s National Development Planning Commission with the support of UNICEF and other partners, including the World Bank, UNDP and ActionAid. The aim of the forum is to move us beyond the headlines of Ghana’s development and to look more carefully at who is benefiting and, more importantly, who is being left out. This is important because while headlines might look good,...
(AFP (eng) 05/12/16)
Rwanda and the Netherlands, two countries embroiled in the UN's worst peacekeeping failures, on Wednesday launched a push at the United Nations for blue helmets to more readily use force to defend civilians in conflicts. The initiative seeks to persuade countries that contribute troops to UN peacekeeping to agree to more robust action and more readily intervene instead of staying behind the high walls of their UN compounds. "The blue flag needs to stand for protection and it doesn't always,"...
(Gbc Ghana 05/11/16)
Ghana is on the verge of rolling out a social media policy to streamline social media usage in the country, a Deputy Minister of Communication, Mr Edward Ato Sarpong, has said. He indicated that the drafting of the policy was at an advanced stage and that the final document would soon be ready. Mr Sarpong made the disclosure at the opening of the third Annual Psychology Conference in Accra. The conference, which was on the theme, “Social Media in Contemporary...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
U.S. lawmakers examining the threat that terrorism poses in Africa expressed concern Tuesday that the United States may be overlooking human rights and governance abuses by leaders in the region who provide assistance on counterterrorism issues. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield told a panel of the senators at a hearing convened by the Foreign Relations Committee that countries in the region have critical vulnerabilities and capacities’ gap that must be addressed. Thomas-Greenfield said that terror groups...
(Ghana Web 05/10/16)
When the news about the now popular Panama Papers broke, the names of only two Ghanaians were listed. But today when the ICIJ published a searchable database of the leaked documents, the Government of Ghana is listed in as a shareholder in a shell company, which is listed as active. The government has shares in a company called Gold Coast Resorts International Limited. The company, registered in the British Virgin Islands was incorporated on April 19, 2006, and linked to...
(Ghana Web 05/09/16)
The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, H.E Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley arrives in Ghana today for a four-day visit at the invitation of His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama. The visit is aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries. Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley has been in office since September, 2015. While in the country, Dr. Rowley and his 12-member delegation will hold bilateral talks with President Mahama and members of Cabinet, meet with some Ghanaian businessmen and lay a wreath on the tomb of George Padmore, a Trinidadian Pan-Africanist Journalist
(Citifmonline 05/09/16)
The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, is urging Small and Medium Enterprises in the country to demand government’s commitment to eliminate corruption and foster growth of the sector. His comment follows numerous concerns raised over the stifled growth that has characterized Ghana’s private sector including SMEs for some time now. “The private sector should learn to talk about the obstacles it faces so as to have a policy discussion about how to overcome them,” he said. According to...
(Ventures Africa 05/09/16)
Victoria Tuffoun, a 30-year-old mother of Stephen Nyarkotey was happily surprised when she went to register her baby in Abloma in the GA West District of Greater Accra region. There was no long wait, the process was quick and his birth certificate was picked up within a short time — Stephen’s details have been automatically stored in the national data system of the Births and Deaths Registry for easy analysis. “We are blessed to get the birth certificate. But, I...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/09/16)
Member states of the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) are not meeting until September, but some African countries have already drawn their battle lines on divisive issues such as the ivory trade. Proposals for the meeting in Johannesburg were made public this week, pitting bids by Namibia and Zimbabwe to open up the trade in elephant ivory, against initiatives led by Kenya for a complete global ban on the coveted commodity. Those seeking to open up...
(Caj News Africa 05/07/16)
RAMPANT poverty and declining natural resources have been cited as the major source of conflict and rising incidents of terrorism in the Sahel region. This region is worst affected by terror extremists have over the years perpetrated, resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilians and the displacement of millions. Ministers from African countries North and South of the Sahara and their development partners are meeting in Dakar, Senegal, at a High-Level conference organised by the African Union to address...

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(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
Analyzing the Ghanaian economy over the last 20 years (1996 till date), the years 2006, 2007,2008 and 2011 are arguably the periods that the economy performed very well, according to selected performance economic indicators compiled by the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER). Comparing interest rates, Ghana’s economy recorded the lowest lending rate of 23.75 percent in its history in the year 2007while 24.25 percent,25.02 per cent and 26.95 percent were recorded in 2006, 2008 and 2011 respectively. For the year 2015, the average lending rate stood at 32 per cent. With regard to average inflation, the economy recorded inflation rates of 10.9, 10.7 and 8.58 in 2006, 2007 and 2011 respectively. In...
(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
The Government of the United States of America has committed $11,000.00 oil extraction machinery to support the production of palm oil in Ghana. The fund targeting six communities in the New Juaben Municipality seeks to create employment and sustainable development for various women groups that are in the production of palm oil business. The initiative is under the US Ambassador Self Help Project. It is to be managed by the Peace and Love Association. Jimmy Mauldin, Economic Counselor of the US Embassy in Ghana, inaugurating the Oil Palm Extraction project at Asekesu, a farming community in the New Juaben Municipality said the US Government has since the introduction of the Self Help Project in 1990 committed $1.7million in support of...
(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
The government has been cautioned ahead of its move to raise about $750 million Eurobond later this year due to Ghana’s public debt which hit 71.4 percent in December 2015, as well as its inability to secure an external guarantee. The latest report released by Bloomberg Intelligence pointed out that government may face tougher times as failure to meet its Eurobond target would leave a $750 million hole in the 2016 budget. “It could be expensive to fill. The Treasury...
(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) is appealing to the government to withdraw the Energy Sector Levies Act to address the energy challenges facing the country. Executive Director of ACEP, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adams believes the Energy levy is the cause of the “astronomical and unjustifiable increases” in utilities and not necessarily the billing system by the power distributor. “But if you ask ECG to suspend the billing system, what happens to the consumers because they have to either...
(Myjoyonline 05/26/16)
The Managing Director of CAL Bank, Mr. Frank Adu Junior has expressed optimism in the cedi, predicting the local currency could make some gains against the dollar by close of the year. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the bank’s’ Facts Behind the Figures’ at the Ghana Stock Exchange, Mr. Adu explained the relative stability in the power crisis, coupled with the decline in crude oil prices on the world market will help cut down the demand for dollars...
(Spy Ghana 05/25/16)
Both the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and the Ghana Gas Company are in debt to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) of over US $92 million. TOR’s indebtedness is standing at $58million while Ghana Gas owes the oil firm $33million. Alex Mould, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the GNPC made this revelation when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday May 24, 2016 to answer questions raised by the Auditor General regarding the Corporation’s financial transactions. According to him, payment terms have been reached with the two firms, saying that “We have done two things; we have ensured that we have an agreement in place with each
(Spy Ghana 05/25/16)
A 14-member high profile Ghanaian-delegation are in Mexico on an investment promotion mission, organised by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre in collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana. The delegation, led by Mrs. Mawuena Trebarh, Chief Executive Officer of the GIPC, comprised businesses in the Security, Furniture, Advertising, Trading, Construction, Aviation, Education, Agriculture and the Agric-processing sectors. A statement from the GIPC said the mission, which started on 21 May and would end on 27 May 2016, is part...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has defended its decision to allow mining companies to surrender all their foreign exchange (FX) directly to the banks, explaining that such a move would help improve liquidity while boosting forex trading in the country. It would also help bring relief to the cedi, whose fortunes had been tight, largely to the fluctuating nature of forex supplies in the country, the Governor of the central bank, Dr Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, told journalists in Accra. The...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
Local steel manufacturing companies say they will have no choice but to shut down due to cheap imports and killer electricity tariffs. Local steel factories employ nearly 9,000 workers, comprising 3,000 workforce in the mills and 6,000 indirect workers, representing scrap collectors and dealers, transporters, etc. If the steel companies which recycle locally available scrap metals into iron rods shut down, the country will be importing not less than $125m worth of steel products annually, with its attendant consequences on...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
Frank Adu Jnr, Managing Director of CAL Bank, has called for policy direction in the mobile money sector. According to him, the situation whereby the mobile money sector has been allowed to develop and grow without any policy direction does not auger well for stakeholders and would soon create problems just like what happened in the micro-finance sector. Mr. Adu Jnr, who was speaking to journalists after the bank’s ‘Facts Behind the Figures’ at the Ghana Stock Exchange in Accra...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
The first phase of the coal power plant project of the Volta River Authority (VRA) is estimated to cost US$1.5 billion. The project, which is expected to commerce in April 2017, will produce 700 megawatts of power when completed in three and half years while the second phase would hit 1,300 megawatts, moving to the 2,000 megawatts mark at the peak. The first phase of the project will see the construction of a coal handling bay, networks, turbines, offices and...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
The Cocoa Health Extension Division (CHED) of Cocobod is to begin free distribution of 10.2 million high-yielding and disease-resistant cocoa seedlings to farmers across the Ashanti Region. Mr. Godfred Oduro-Baah, the Regional Technical Manager of the Division, said this would significantly help to revamp the cocoa industry and raise production levels. The target is to supply 60 million seedlings to cocoa growers nationwide, this year. With that, it is envisaged that about 50,000 hectares of land would be put under...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/16)
UN Environmental Program (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner has said renewable energy could transform Africa, where almost half of the people worldwide lacking access to electricity live. The UNEP boss was speaking on Sunday during a World Environment Day event in the Mathare slums in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where a football final between two local under-15 boys teams was played as night fell, under LED outdoor lighting powered by a sustainable solar power unit. Steiner said solar power is...
(Business Day Ghana 05/23/16)
Ghana is to receive some 100 mega watts of power in 2017 to help ease the power challenges confronting the country. It follows the award of a $704,815 grant by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to Ghanaian solar power developer, Home Energy Africa Limited. The grant will also offer technical assistance for the generation of the 100-megawatt solar power to feed the national grid. The photovoltaic (PV) project which is near financial closure is situated in the village...
(Business Day Ghana 05/23/16)
About 5,700 jobs in the oil and gas sector have been created, Minister of Petroleum, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, has said. He disclosed this at Sanzule during the sod-cutting ceremony for commencement of construction of an Onshore Gas Receiving Facility by ENI, the Italian oil company and its partners executing the Offshore Cape Three Points Integrated Oil and Gas Project (OCTP). He explained that all the international oil companies (IOCs), including ENI, have been complying with the country’s local content...
(Graphic Online 05/23/16)
Key stakeholders of the telecommunications industry have discussed two possible regulatory interventions at a Digital Family Forum (DFF) in Accra focused on Domestic Roaming and Over the Top (OTT) services. The DFF, which was organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications and the National Communications Authority (NCA), formed part of activities marking the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which fell on May 17, 2016. Discussants at the forum considered a Domestic Roaming Policy for Ghana in view...
(Huffingtonpost 05/23/16)
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet - and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access to information, they also bring new responsibilities and dangers. It’s remarkably common for classes to be interrupted by both pupils’ and teachers’ phones. Access to pornography as well as...
(The Independent 05/21/16)
The country’s ambassador to Zambia was forced to respond after several news websites helped fuel the rumour. The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores. The government was forced to respond after several African publications reported the allegations, made by Facebook user Barbara Akosua Aboagye in a post which has since been shared 26,168 times. South African websites Msanzi Live and Daily Post...
(Business Day Ghana 05/20/16)
By the close of 2015, statistics indicated that Ghana had 35,283,957 telephone subscribers, which represented a teledensity of 129.63 per cent. Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications has noted who made the information known said mobile data subscribers, as of December 2015 stood at 18,031,188, representing 65.74 per cent. This, he said, provides a big platform for innovative and creative mobile applications to enhance peoples’ daily lives. Dr Boamah was speaking at this year’s World telecommunication Day celebration in...
(Spy Ghana 05/20/16)
Mr Fifi Fiave Kwetey, Minister of Transport on Thursday assured the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) of his readiness to be a lead advocate of competitiveness in the shipping industry. He expressed worry why the country business does not put competitiveness of doing business ahead of its competitors. Mr Kwetey gave the assurance when he pay a working visit to the GSA at its Head Office in Accra. He said the greatest asset of Ghana is its geographical business location in...

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(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
Swansea City attacking midfielder Andre Ayew has says playing in the English Premier League has been his biggest challenge. Ayew joined Swansea City after 11 years at French Club Olympique Marseille. The Ghanaian international made a surprise move to the Walsh Club despite interest from some top European outfits. The 26-year-old who had a fruitless first season at Swansea City after finishing as the top scorer for the Club and also winning the Barclays Premier League player of the month award says playing in the Premier League has been his biggest challenge despite featuring in big competition such as the World Cup and Cup of Nations. “I learnt a lot from playing in big competitions,”...
(Ghana Web 05/25/16)
Ghana’s international friendly against Guinea this Saturday has been cancelled, the Ghana FA has confirmed. The match, which was fixed for Paris, France, was meant to prepare the Black Stars for next month's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. A statement on the Ghana FA website read: "This decision was taken after the Guinean Football Federation pulled out of the game to enable them resolve some internal problems. "The Ghana Football Association will announce further plans for the senior national team before their qualifying match to be played on June 5." The Black Stars need a draw against Mozambique to seal a place in the 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon
(Starrfmonline 05/25/16)
Former Ghana international John Paintsil is behind bars for allegedly hitting an eye of the East Legon District Police Commander, DSP Emmanuel Basintale. The spokesperson of the Greater Accra regional police command ASP Effia Tenge has confirmed the news. According to her, the former guardsman of Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv resisted arrest Tuesday after failing to cooperate with the police in a case involving his wife. The 34-year-old was put in cells around 5pm Tuesday. ASP Tenge said Paintsil...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
Medeama SC face tough matches on their CAF Confederation Cup Group stage debut after drawing MO Bejaia, Young Africans and TP Mazembe in Group B. All three opponents of the Ghana FA Cup champions dropped out from the elite CAF Champions League. The Tarkwa-based will be re-uniting with former coach Johannes Van der Pluijm who is now in charge of newly-crowned Tanzanian champions Young Africans. They will also the Ghanaian quintet at last year's CAF Champions League TP Mazembe from...
(Graphic Online 05/23/16)
Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s resurgence under caretaker coach Michael Osei was given another shot in the arm after the Porcupine Warriors defeated Inter Allies 1-0 yesterday to move up to the third position on the league log. Kotoko are now just two points off Premier League leaders and arch-rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, who played a 1-1 draw away to second-placed Aduana Stars. On a weekend in which the top three sides failed to win, Kotoko leapfrogged Wa All Stars, who...
(Ghana Web 05/20/16)
Ghana female international Elizabeth Addo has won the Hungarian FA Cup title with her Club Ferencvaros FC. The 22-year-old played a crucial role in helping her side to defeat Honved 5-0 in the finals. Addo, former Ghana youth international had propelled her side to the finals after a convincing win over MTK. The Black Queens midfielder has been outstanding for the Hungarian giants since joining from Serbian side Spartak Subotica. The former Athleta Ladies player has been one of the...
(APA 05/19/16)
Ghana's only surviving club in the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup, Medeama Sporting Club (SC), on Wednesday secured qualification to play at the group stages of the competition, with a 2-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa at the Essipong Park in the Western Region. This was after the team had lost 1-3 away in South Africa a fortnight ago, thereby progressing on a 3-3 aggregate courtesy the away goal rule. The reigning Ghana FA Cup Champions' midfielder, Malik Akowuah,...
(Ghana Web 05/18/16)
Sports Minister Hon. Nii Lantey Vanderpujye his hinted his plans to change the norm of paying winning bonuses to the various National teams. The former GBC Sports Broadcaster wants to abolish winning bonuses and introduce the payment of qualification bonuses. The Black Stars for some time have been enjoying wining bonuses of $10,000 in every victory recorded, a situation which raised calls for the monies to be reduced to $8,000 for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique. The...
(Gbc Ghana 05/13/16)
The Deaf Association of Ghana will next month host the rest of the West African sub region in the 6th edition of the West Africa football tournament. Ghana’s team won last year’s edition in Togo after they defeated Nigeria 3-1 in the final. The event which will come off at the Baba Yara Sports stadium from June 24 to July 9 will see countries like Togo, Liberia, Benin, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger all battling for the ultimate. However,...
(Ghana Web 05/12/16)
City’s top gong at Wednesday’s Player of the Year Awards but was named Best Newcomer and joint top scorer. The Ghana international was beaten to the Players’ Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year awards by Icelandic star Gylfi Sigurdsson who scooped four awards. Ayew and Sigurdsson also won the Top Goalscorer award in a joint effort, with both players are tied on 11 goals heading into Sunday’s final league game against Manchester City. He was crowned...
(Japan Times 05/11/16)
Rio de Janeiro-bound Japan defeated Ghana 3-0 behind a trio of well-struck goals on Wednesday in a charity match dedicated to the victims of last month’s Kyushu earthquakes. Shinya Yajima bagged a brace and Cayman Togashi chipped in with one for Makoto Teguramori’s under-23 side, which has just the May 18-29 Toulon International in France and a June 29 friendly at home against South Africa before heading to the Summer Games. Before the game at Best Amenity Stadium, Japan’s two-time...
(Ghana Web 05/10/16)
Argentine and Barcelona super star Lionel Messi has poured praise on Asamoah Gyan, labeling the Ghana captain as 'one of the greatest goal scorers' in the world. Messi, 28, has been hugely impressed by the goal scoring prowess of the former Sunderland and Al Ain hitman. The Barcelona star, perhaps the greatest player on the planet at the moment has passed a massive vote of confidence in the Shanghai SIPG attacker for his unrivaled dedication to both club and country...
(Ghana Web 05/09/16)
Dreams FC manager Charles Akunnor has attributed his side’s 4-0 defeat to Aduana Stars to lack of defensive discipline from the entire team. It was the third away defeat for the Premier League debutants. Akunnor stressed that his side’s good dominance in the game were overshadowed by the poor defensive work by the entire team especially in the first half, conceding three goals in 30 minutes. “Defeats are part of it [football] but once we’re in the game we must...
(Citifmonline 05/09/16)
The Minister of Youth and Sports Nii Lante Vanderpuye will today oversee a wreath laying ceremony at the Accra Sports Stadium to mark the 15th anniversary of the May 9 disaster. A rival league match between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko claimed the lives of 127 supporters following a disagreement over a refereeing decision. To register their displeasure fans threw chairs,bottles of water and other missiles unto the pitch,this prompted the firing of tear gas by the police in...
(Myjoyonline 04/28/16)
Keen on bringing changes in sports administration, Nii Lante Vanderpuye says there will be no more free gate during Black Star games. “Even if there is a Black stars match, President himself will buy a ticket… I myself will buy a ticket” he vowed after barely four months into his appointment. To boost fan turn-out, entrance to watch important football matches are sometimes free. The move was intended to repair lost love between the Black Stars and the fans following...
(Gbc Ghana 04/20/16)
The Senior National Rugby 7s team, the Black Eagles is currently preparing feverishly in a non-residential camping in Accra, ahead of a major international competition. The Ghana National Rugby 7s, team is expected to do battle in the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR), Rugby 7s competition, which starts from 28th of May 2016 in Lome, Togo. Ghana, place second in the last edition and will be expected to win this edition after a successful 2015/2016 league season. A total of...
(Spy Ghana 04/15/16)
Swansea City star Andre Ayew has had an impressive first season in the Premier League. The Welsh side batted off plenty of competition in order to sign the player on a Bosman last summer from French team Marseille. The forward has impressed in a variety of positions and had the likes of Sunderland chasing him in January. Ayew comes from good stock. His father is Ghanaian football legend Abedi Pele and his brother Jordan has been one of the few...
(APA 03/30/16)
Ghanaian soccer fans on Wednesday hailed the Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan for being named among the top 10 richest players in the world. A survey conducted by Forbes official website saw the Ghanaian international rated among the eight richest players on earth with a weekly salary of £227,000 and a yearly wage of £11.8 million after tax. The Shanghai SIPG forward together with Ivory Coast and Manchester City star Yaya Toure were the only Africans named in the top...
(BBC News Africa 03/25/16)
Ghana eased to a 3-1 home victory over Mozambique in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Thursday. Frank Acheampong set the Black Stars on their way with the opening goal after only four minutes had been played. On 56 minutes John Boye, captain in place of the injured Asamoah Gyan, doubled the lead and two minutes later Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew made it 3-0. Apson Manjate pulled a goal back for the visitors but Ghana easily extended their...
(APA 03/24/16)
Ghana's national female Under-17 football team, the Black Maidens, will on Saturday host their Moroccan counterparts at the Accra Sports Stadium in their second leg World Cup qualifier, APA learns here Thursday. The Maidens come into the game with a 4-0 away victory in Rabat and are expected to walk over their opponents. Already the female team has started campaigning at Prampram in the Greater Accra Region and will move to Accra on Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Moroccan team is...

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(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
The host Tonight with Nii Kpakpo Thompson on Viasat1 has cautioned women to be extra careful whenever they are around male celebrities. Nii KpaKpo Thompson, who made his maiden appearance on Ghana’s biggest celebrity and lifestyle show Celebrity Fanzone last Saturday, urged ladies to be careful and smart when they visit their male counterparts in their homes. Nii KpaKpo noted for wits on his Tonight Show wasted no time in delivering a few ‘punch lines’ when he spoke about the recent XO Senavoe's rape accusations. “The ladies have to be a bit careful and smart. If somebody wants to have a go at you, you will see and you will know it, and see it...
(Graphic Online 05/23/16)
Cocoa Brown, a new television series on the true life story of television presenter, Deloris Frimpong Manso, will start airing on some local television stations in the country from next month. Some of the popular faces featured in the series directed by Kofi Asamoah are Eunice Banini, Akorfa Edjeani, Caroline Sampson, Black Boy, Root Eye and Ahuofi Patricia. The others are Shatta Michy, Moesha Boudong, Kwaku Elliot, D Cryme, Nana Boroo and Evelyn Addo popularly known as Nina. In an interview with Showbiz last week, Delay said she conceived the idea to produce Cocoa Brown to correct some of the negative misconception about her and to tell her struggles from “obscurity to the limelight”. “Cocoa Brown is all about me;...
(Ghana Web 05/20/16)
Veteran actress Akofa Edjeani has revealed that acting during her prime wasn’t paying and therefore had to set up a restaurant to make ends meet. According to her, Fali’s Hot Pot in Kanda was set up some 17 years ago to sell food to support her family. In an interview on the Cosmopolitan Mix on Joy FM with Doreen Andoh Friday, May 20, she said she simply “needed to make ends meet.” Akofa explained that she did not establish the...
(APA 05/20/16)
A $150 million solar project from the United States Trade and Development Agency to Ghana on Friday dominated the Ghanaian newspapers.The Daily Graphic said the solar project would provide electricity to 8,000 households in the Upper West Region and help promote economic growth in the area. The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, said at an agreement signing ceremony in Accra Thursday that power crisis was a great constraint to economic growth and the project is to reduce the...
(Ghana Web 05/19/16)
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts on Tuesday launched the third Ghana Carnival 2016 in Accra. The carnival on the theme “my culture rocks” is to promote domestic tourism through culture and the creative arts. The 3-day event would start on the July 1, 2016 with a carnival float from the Obra spot at the Kwame Nkrumah interchange through some principal streets in Accra to the Independence Square for the exhibition and sale of made-in-Ghana goods,...
(Ghana Web 05/18/16)
The “burn the mic” comedy show was held last Sunday at the Ghana College of Surgeons auditorium and Ghana's King of Comedy; Derick Kobina Bonney popularly known as DKB was on the bill to perform. Yeah, your guess is as good as mine; he 'killed' his performance. I think by now we must all agree to the simple fact that Ghana comedy has grown. This was very evident last night as DKB continued to give us reasons not to doubt...
(Ghana Web 05/17/16)
Ghanaian actor James Gardner has described dancehall artiste Stonebwoy as one with a lot of international appeals and therefore believes he can promote Ghana on the international stage. The BET award winner lost out to EL on the Artiste of the Year award at the recently organised Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). He was highly tipped to scoop that particular award though he walked away with the Best Reggae Artiste of the Year. In an exclusive interview with TV3 Network.com,...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(Ghana Web 05/13/16)
On May 11, 2016, it was reported that Reggie Rockstone known as Hiplife Grandpapa revealed on the Zone hosted by Naa Ashorkor on Starr FM, that he’s the person behind the idea of Ghana Meets Naija musical concert. He revealed, albeit jokingly, that the Ghana meets Naija concept was first mooted by him and not the founder of Empire Entertainment, Kwabena Anokye Adisi, popularly known as Bola Ray. “I invented that you know… I was the first to bring that...
(Ghana Web 05/10/16)
Rapper and BBnZ act, E.L was the biggest winner at 2016 Ghana Music Awards taking home a total of five awards including the top most ‘Artiste of the Year.’ Other top winners for the night included Sarkodie and Bisa Kdei with four awards each. The event which is in its 17th year was held at the Accra International Conference Center. Other winners were VVIP ft Sena Dagadu for Collaboration of the Year, Kofi Kinaata won Song Writer of the Year...
(APA 05/10/16)
Ghanaian press on Tuesday focused on the stolen Electoral Commission (EC) items, visiting Prime Minster of Trinidad and Tabago and the arrest of a man who deals in dangerous weapons. Both Ghanaian Times and The Chronicle focused on the stolen of the EC equipment with Times reporting that some equipment of the Electoral Commission in the Savelugu-Naton in the Northern Region, used for the limited registration exercise have been stolen. According to the paper the Northern Regional EC Director said...
(AFP (eng) 05/01/16)
Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first Miss Africa Continent. The 24-year-old dental hygienist beat 11 finalists drawn from an original list of 40 contestants from across the continent in the inaugural pageant at Johannesburg's Gold Reef City casino on Saturday night. Runner-up was Michelo Malambo of Zambia, while South Africa's Jemimah Kandimiri was placed third. The swimsuit contest was also a...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(APA 04/20/16)
A court ruling ordering the transfer of the suspected murderer of the late Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North from Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) cells, on Wednesday dominated the Ghanaian press. The Daily Graphic, Daily Guide and Ghanaian Times, gave the story front-page attention, publishing a picture of Daniel Asiedu, the suspect in handcuffs. They said an Accra Circuit Court on Tuesday ordered the release of Asiedu, the suspected assailant of J. B. Danquah-Adu, the former Abuakwa Legislator,...
(APA 04/19/16)
The seizure of weapons at a funeral in northern Ghana and President John Mahama's admonition of political opponents on Tuesday dominated the Ghanaian press. The Ghanaian Times said the military personnel in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region on Saturday seized about 27 shot guns at a funeral home. In the process, three of the military personnel sustained injuries when one of the shot-guns exploded. The paper said two people have been granted police inquiry bail pending further investigations...
(APA 04/15/16)
The paternity case, Electoral Commission (EC) logo, President Mahama’s response to critics and the arrest of two persons over voters’ registration dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Friday. The Finder reported that the juvenile court in Accra will on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 commence the hearing of a case involving a Catholic Reverend Father, who is accused of being the father of a six-month-old boy, whom he is alleged to have abandoned. The Daily Guide reported that the design...
(APA 04/13/16)
The tour of the Eastern Region by President John Dramani Mahama and the court order of the extradition of arrested British fugitive on Wednesday dominated the Ghanaian media. The Ghanaian Times said President Mahama has stated that the economy of Ghana was resilient due to government's prudent management in the face of global economic challenges. “Because of prudent economic management, even though Ghana is experiencing a drop in the price of the oil that we export, and sustained drop in...
(Gbc Ghana 04/12/16)
Former president of Ghana Actors Guild and veteran actor-Samuel Nii Odoi Mensah is reported dead. Reports say the actor died on Monday evening after a short illness. May His Soul Rest In Peace
(APA 04/11/16)
Assurance from the chairman of the Ghana Load-shedding Management Committee, and confiscation of the assets of convicted cocaine baron on Monday dominated the Ghanaian media. The Daily Graphic said Mr. Mr. William Amuna has stated that going back to electricity load shedding in the midst of current challenges was not an option for the country. The paper quotes him saying that there has been improvement in hydro-generation in the face of some maintenance works on the Floating Storage Production Oil...
(APA 03/29/16)
The ordering of the arrest of a minister by a court and the call for the relish of the country’s successes dominated the Tuesday editions of Ghanaian media. The Ghanaian Times said a High Court judge in Ho in the Volta Region has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr. Kweku Agyeman Mensah. This followed his failure to report to court and respond to a contempt motion filed against him...

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(Irish Examiner 05/25/16)
MARIA Walsh is no stranger to charity work — the former Rose of Tralee has previously travelled to Calcutta, South Africa, Tanzania, and Chernobyl to support worthy causes. But even with so much patronage already under her belt, Maria admits it was her latest trip to Africa, her first with the girls rights organisation Plan International, which served to truly hammer home the stark realities of life in a low-income country. The Mayo woman returned from Ghana last week. “We went out and it was very much looking at all the initiatives Plan International runs in Ghana. It was my first trip with Plan International. It was a real eye opener,” she said. “We had...
(Huffingtonpost 05/23/16)
Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet - and taking them along to school. Phones are often used in school whether they’re allowed or not. Although they can enable valuable access to information, they also bring new responsibilities and dangers. It’s remarkably common for classes to be interrupted by both pupils’ and teachers’ phones. Access to pornography as well as bullying and harassment through phones is widely reported. We have conducted a study of young people’s mobile phone use in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa. Our findings emphasise the central place that mobile phones occupy in many young people’s lives...
(The Independent 05/21/16)
The country’s ambassador to Zambia was forced to respond after several news websites helped fuel the rumour. The Chinese government has issued a statement strongly dismissing reports it is packaging human meat as corned beef and sending it to African grocery stores. The government was forced to respond after several African publications reported the allegations, made by Facebook user Barbara Akosua Aboagye in a post which has since been shared 26,168 times. South African websites Msanzi Live and Daily Post...
(Cnbc Africa 05/20/16)
The BMW Group South Africa announced the construction of its 26 000 square metre bodyshop in Rosslyn, Pretoria, on Thursday. The bodyshop is part of the $377 million the German manufacturer has invested into the country and it will produce and export the next generation of the BMW X3. “This bodyshop will be a state of the art facility, not only just in South Africa but across the world. It means job creation and it will mean upscaling for our...
(Cnbc Africa 05/19/16)
African business leaders are more hopeful about the business operating environment outlook than their peers globally, according to Taiwo Oyedele, Partner at PwC Nigeria. Oyedele said his organisation’s recent survey demonstrated this trend. “This is a survey we carry every year globally, and now for the 5th year we have a survey where we consulted with African business leaders,” he said. “We ask business leaders across industries in the region about the business operating environment. Even though we see challenges...
(Japan Times 05/18/16)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that Japan will provide Ghana with ¥11.2 billion ($102 million) in loans to build infrastructure, including a new bridge, as part of a move to enhance economic ties with the resource-rich country. “The new bridge will improve the logistical environment not only for Ghana but also for the surrounding areas,” Abe told a news conference in Tokyo after his meeting with Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama. Mahama also welcomed the plan to build the...
(The Africa Report 05/18/16)
The World Bank Group has inaugurated a multimillion climate innovation centre to support Ghana's growth strategy to help more than 100 local clean technology businesses develop and commercialise innovative solutions to mitigate effects of climate. The launch of the first technology hub in the country on Tuesday came barely four months after the World Bank approved a financial package of $17.2 million to fund the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre located at Ashesi University College in Berekusu in the Eastern region...
(Voice of America 05/17/16)
Every year, the World Health Organization reports that some 3 million girls, most under the age of 15, are subject to female genital mutilation. This number adds to the hefty toll of more than 200 million girls and women already living with the harmful consequences of this brutal, inhumane practice. For the first time, WHO is issuing guidelines to help health workers provide better physical and psychological care for these girls and women. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, involves the...
(Bloomberg 05/13/16)
Ghana’s new central bank governor, Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, will probably keep policy unchanged at his debut interest-rate announcement after inflation started to slow and the cedi stabilized. Issahaku, 54, appointed last month after the early retirement of Kofi Wampah in March, will probably leave the benchmark rate at 26 percent when he announces the first Monetary Policy Committee decision under his leadership on May 16, according to the median of eight economist estimates compiled by Bloomberg. While Wampah raised rates...
(Bloomberg 05/13/16)
Cape Town - The year after President Barack Obama extended African nations’ preferential access to US markets by a decade, his administration is re-evaluating its trade relations with the world’s poorest continent. “It’s time to start looking at what comes next,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in an interview in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, where the World Economic Forum is holding its annual Africa summit. “Part of what motivates us is that we are hearing from Africans that they want...
(The Africa Report 05/12/16)
Ghana has designed a package and entered discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to mitigate risk of expenditure overruns, particularly on wage bill, as the country heads to crucial polls in November. The move is also planned to keep the West African country's 2016 budget in line with the IMF $918 three-year programme objectives anticipating cash deficit to peak at 4.8 per cent of gross domestic product. Ghana faces a difficult global economic environment, with a slump in commodity...
(Voice of America 05/11/16)
U.S. lawmakers examining the threat that terrorism poses in Africa expressed concern Tuesday that the United States may be overlooking human rights and governance abuses by leaders in the region who provide assistance on counterterrorism issues. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield told a panel of the senators at a hearing convened by the Foreign Relations Committee that countries in the region have critical vulnerabilities and capacities’ gap that must be addressed. Thomas-Greenfield said that terror groups...
(Cnbc Africa 05/10/16)
The fast-growing economies of Africa face headwinds from the pull-back of international banks from the continent, Barclays' erstwhile-chief executive told CNBC, as the bank moves to sell down its business in Africa. Countries like Nigeria, the continent's biggest economy, received a flurry of international trade finance in the build-up to the global financial crisis of 2007-08. Since then, inflows have slowed, increasing the economic challenge for the continent where many people still struggle to access energy supplies or basic education...
(Ventures Africa 05/09/16)
Victoria Tuffoun, a 30-year-old mother of Stephen Nyarkotey was happily surprised when she went to register her baby in Abloma in the GA West District of Greater Accra region. There was no long wait, the process was quick and his birth certificate was picked up within a short time — Stephen’s details have been automatically stored in the national data system of the Births and Deaths Registry for easy analysis. “We are blessed to get the birth certificate. But, I...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/09/16)
Member states of the U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) are not meeting until September, but some African countries have already drawn their battle lines on divisive issues such as the ivory trade. Proposals for the meeting in Johannesburg were made public this week, pitting bids by Namibia and Zimbabwe to open up the trade in elephant ivory, against initiatives led by Kenya for a complete global ban on the coveted commodity. Those seeking to open up...
(Voice of America 05/06/16)
Ghana’s Supreme Court has ordered the country's electoral commission to immediately clean up the voter list to be used in this year’s presidential, legislative and local elections. The court said the current voter list is not credible for use at the polls. Abu Ramadan of the opposition People's National Convention (PNC), and Evans Nimako, a farmer from Ghana’s Eastern region, petitioned the Supreme Court, saying the voter list contains non-citizens and minors. The two asked the court to instruct the...
(Bloomberg 05/06/16)
AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. said it filed a dispute with Ghana at an international investor arbitration panel due to the country’s failure to protect the company’s Obuasi operation from illegal miners. Earlier this year, hundreds of prospectors invaded Obuasi in southern Ghana, once one of the world’s largest gold mines, leaving one person dead and gaining control of the operation’s richest deposits. AngloGold fired most workers in 2014 and halted production while it sought a partner to redevelop the mine after...
(Mining Weekly 05/06/16)
Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has resorted to international arbitration to resolve the worsening illegal mining incursion at Obuasi gold mine in Ghana, where underground mining has been stalled to allow for lower-cost redevelopment. The company, headed by CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan (Venkat), stated in a stock exchange announcement that its Ghanaian subsidiary had been forced to invoke its mining lease dispute resolution provisions at Obuasi, where the security situation continued to deteriorate. Owing to the failure of Ghanaian authorities to...
(Voice of America 05/06/16)
Angola is battling a yellow fever outbreak amid a global shortage of the vaccine. Cases have also been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda and China. Health experts worry about further spread. There is no treatment. Mass immunization is the only way to stop yellow fever, but producing more of the vaccine is not easy. Making of a vaccine The Institut Pasteur de Dakar is one of four places in the world that make the yellow fever...
(Dw-World 05/04/16)
Ghana’s former first lady Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings has been nominated by her party to vie for the presidency in the upcoming general elections. If elected, she says, fighting corruption will be a top priority. Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, 67, aspires to become the first female president in Ghana. However to achieve that goal, she must first convince many Ghanaians that she's better than other candidates including the current president John Mahama. Ghana is scheduled to go to the polls...

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