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Monday 05 December 2016

Ghana

(AFP (eng) 12/05/16)
With just 48 hours left before voters in Ghana head to the polls, presidential candidate Nana Akufo-Addo said the country's democracy was in a "critical space". Akufo-Addo accused the ruling party of fomenting violence as police turn a blind eye, casting doubt on the country's reputation as beacon of democracy in Africa. "We're certainly in a very critical space," Akufo-Addo told reporters at his house in Ghana's capital Accra after a rally. "It's important that these acts of violence being perpetrated by operatives of the ruling party are dealt with according to the rule of law," Akufo-Addo said. "We have definite reservations about the neutrality of the police." Fears about the erosion of Ghana's democracy...
(Bloomberg 12/05/16)
Since the end of military rule more than two decades ago, to many Ghanaians presidential elections have become routine: a close race between the two main parties and disputes settled in court. While two of its West African neighbors have teetered on the brink of civil war and a third, Togo, has been ruled by the same family for 49 years, Ghanaians have come to take their nation’s political stability for granted. “It’s no big deal,” said Solomon Tetteh, a 23-year-old father of two who sells coconuts at a bustling market in the capital, Accra. “Those interested in leadership campaign for votes. Some win, others lose and life goes on.” That doesn’t mean it’ll be smooth sailing for President John...
(CNN 12/05/16)
It flew the American flag, hung a photo of President Obama and issued US visas for more than a decade. But a building that operated as a US embassy in Ghana was a fake, the US State Department says. The enterprise, which issued fraudulently obtained legitimate visas, counterfeit visas, and other false identification documents, was overseen by figures from Ghanaian and Turkish crime rings working in cahoots with corrupt Ghanaian officials, the US State Department said in a statement. It...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/05/16)
Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake U.S. embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the U.S. State Department said. Until it was shut down this summer, the sham embassy was housed in a run-down, pink two-storey building with a corrugated iron roof and flew a U.S. flag outside. Inside hung a portrait of President Barack Obama. "It was not operated by the United States government, but by...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(Citifmonline 12/05/16)
Trade volumes between Ghana and the Netherlands are expected to double within the next three to four years, following increased economic engagements between the two countries. The figure which is currently estimated at six hundred thousand Euros, is expected to hit more than one million Euros within the period. “Anything is possible and I hope that the figures will double within the next three to four years,” the Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker told citibusinessnews.com. “Though I am unsure...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/01/16)
Ghana's main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo skipped the country's only presidential debate on Wednesday, leaving the stage to President John Mahama and four other opponents a week before the election. Aides to the leader of the New Patriotic Party said he decided to stick to his prior campaign commitments, even though it meant missing the chance to present his message at one of the most high-profile events of the campaign. Analysts say Akufo-Addo has a real chance of defeating Mahama...
(APA 12/01/16)
Ghana's state Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), has signed a $40 million agreement with three companies to help it revamp its Crude Distillation Unit (CDU), APA learns here. The facility would be used to increase the capacity of the revamped refinery from 45,000 barrels per day to 60,000 barrels per day. The General Manager of Technical Services of TOR, Mr. Samuel Yeboah Adomako, is reported by the Daily Graphic on Thursday as stating that the refinery was seeking to expand to...
(AfricaNews 12/01/16)
Ghana is headed to a tight general election on December 7, and some of the main issues are unemployment, corruption and a struggling economy. President John Mahama is bidding for a second and final four-year term in office under a National Democratic Congress (NDC) ticket. He has made proposals to boost industry, energy, infrastructure, health and education. An accessories designer and entrepreneur working in the capital Accra, Mabel Simpson said she started her business in 2010 with the equivalent of...
(APA 12/01/16)
About 127,394 electorates are voting in a "Special Voting" exercise currently underway across 275 constituencies in Ghana, APA learns here. They are made up of journalists, security personnel and staff of the Electoral Commission (EC) and other supporting staff, who would be manning the polls on December 7. Reports monitored by APA on Thursday morning reveals that the exercise started exactly at 7 am and while some have been able to vote, others are yet to be given the opportunity...
(Ghana Web 12/01/16)
To mention or list the Top 20 most influential women in Ghana and not enlist Nana Aba Anamoah is a travesty – not to talk about 100, some can argue! This portal, www.entertainmentgh.com has noted that, some astute female personalities were shunned in the compilation of the list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Ghana, organized by WomanRising, a non-profit organization. The omission of Nana Aba Anamoah is a bit confounding, considering how impactful she’s been since moving to...
(Ghana Web 11/30/16)
The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon is urging the presidential candidates of the two leading political party; President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to ensure peace in the country this electioneering period. Secretary General in separate telephone calls placed to the two candidates on Tuesday, November 29 said it was important for them to help maintain an environment of peace and credible elections. He said the two...
(CNN 11/30/16)
Ghana's youth population is exploding and the upcoming elections provide a window of opportunity for them. Digital technology is enabling them to access, share and create information at a lower cost, greater speed and scale than ever before. If citizens harness this power effectively, they can monitor and track election results and irregularities, make informed choices and mobilise young people to vote and vet their leaders. Fun campaigns using hashtags #iRegistered and "Our Vote, Our Voice" - #OVOV are encouraging...
(Ghana Business News 11/30/16)
Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, has urged the media to develop interest in judgement debts issues in its totality and stop being selective over the matter in their discourse. He urged the media to do further investigations on the on-going “Woyome Judgement Debt Saga” and bring the outcome to their listeners and audience. The Minister who was speaking during his turn of the meet-the-press series in Accra, said the media was silent on the numerous judgement debt cases...
(APA 11/30/16)
The press in Accra on Wednesday focused on the call for peace by three eminent Ghanaians and the declaration by President John Dramani Mahama that the elections will be peaceful. The Daily Graphic publishes that three eminent Ghanaians, Togbe Afede XIV, President of the National House of Chiefs, Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Shaributu, and Most Rev. Philip Naameh, the President of Catholic Bishops Conference, have called on voters to preserve the peace of the nation. They made the appeals...
(Starrfmonline 11/30/16)
The Domestic Tax Revenue Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has so far mobilised over Gh¢10 billion in tax collection through the deployment of the Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) this year. This is against the background that even though the countrywide roll out is still ongoing, the offices of the DTRD that are already using Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) to administer their taxpayers, account for about eighty four per cent of all tax revenue of...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women...
(Ghana Web 11/29/16)
Former President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa has been assigned to lead the Commonwealth Observer Mission for Ghana’s December 7, 2016 general elections. Mr Mbeki is expected to arrive in Accra on Tuesday November 29, 2016 and stay for the next two weeks for the elections. Explaining his decision to accept to lead the observer mission, President Mbeki in a statement said he had accepted the Commonwealth assignment because “all of us have a responsibility to do everything possible to...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/29/16)
Some people go to dating websites looking for love. Others look for sex. Thousands of young people in Ghana’s capital use the sites for something else: to find foreign men to rip off. The young people create aliases using profile photos of porn actresses and start chatting online. Once trust is established, they ask for money. Time and again, the scam works. Ghana’s per capita income is $1,700 per year but the fraudsters say they sometimes earn more than that...

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(CNN 12/05/16)
It flew the American flag, hung a photo of President Obama and issued US visas for more than a decade. But a building that operated as a US embassy in Ghana was a fake, the US State Department says. The enterprise, which issued fraudulently obtained legitimate visas, counterfeit visas, and other false identification documents, was overseen by figures from Ghanaian and Turkish crime rings working in cahoots with corrupt Ghanaian officials, the US State Department said in a statement. It operated three days a week in Accra, the capital. The State Department did not say how many people may have entered the United States illegally using documentation issued by the crime ring, nor did it...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/05/16)
Authorities in Ghana have busted a fake U.S. embassy in the capital Accra run by a criminal network that for a decade issued illegally obtained authentic visas, the U.S. State Department said. Until it was shut down this summer, the sham embassy was housed in a run-down, pink two-storey building with a corrugated iron roof and flew a U.S. flag outside. Inside hung a portrait of President Barack Obama. "It was not operated by the United States government, but by figures from both Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime rings and a Ghanaian attorney practicing immigration and criminal law," the State Department said in a statement released late on Friday. Turkish citizens, who spoke English and Dutch, posed as consular officers...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(Ghana Web 12/01/16)
To mention or list the Top 20 most influential women in Ghana and not enlist Nana Aba Anamoah is a travesty – not to talk about 100, some can argue! This portal, www.entertainmentgh.com has noted that, some astute female personalities were shunned in the compilation of the list of the 100 Most Influential Women in Ghana, organized by WomanRising, a non-profit organization. The omission of Nana Aba Anamoah is a bit confounding, considering how impactful she’s been since moving to...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/29/16)
Some people go to dating websites looking for love. Others look for sex. Thousands of young people in Ghana’s capital use the sites for something else: to find foreign men to rip off. The young people create aliases using profile photos of porn actresses and start chatting online. Once trust is established, they ask for money. Time and again, the scam works. Ghana’s per capita income is $1,700 per year but the fraudsters say they sometimes earn more than that...
(APA 11/29/16)
Ghana's Youth and Employment Agency (YEA) has trained 1,000 young men and women as e-Health Technical Assistants to facilitate the provision of health services. Speaking in Accra on Monday, the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, Mr. Kobina Obu Beecham said they have been tasked to collect data at the community level to help ensure that Ghana meets the increasing demand for health services. Beecham said the training would help Ghana meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on health in...
(Ghana Business News 11/28/16)
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says it will continue to support the government of Ghana in its efforts to end food insecurity and malnutrition. The FAO Representative to Ghana Dr. Abebe Haile Gabriel has said that the UN agency will assist Ghana in developing and implementing policies and strategies that will help to create and sustain enabling environments in creating incentives for key sectors and actors so they can make a dent on ending food insecurity and malnutrition, Dr...
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday...
(AFP (eng) 11/26/16)
Back in the 1970s at the height of the Cold War, the small Caribbean nation of Cuba went to war thousands of miles away in the battlefields of Angola and Ethiopia, leaving thousands dead. Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who died late Friday, was convinced that the global stage for the "world revolution" was happening in Africa -- and thus Cuba became the first Latin American nation to go to war outside its own continent. Angola and Ethiopia soon became symbols...
(Agence Ecofin 11/25/16)
To conserve biodiversity and enhance socio-economic growth, governments of sub-Saharan Africa must consider a priority the management of their land resources, said environmental experts at the end of the 10th meeting of ministers of natural resources of East and Southern countries in Kigali on November 21 and 22. “The two-day ministerial conference provided a platform for engagement among government officials in the Eastern and Southern African region involved in land administration and spatial planning on challenges and opportunities in land,...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/24/16)
A mother and her four-year-old daughter who were separated after fleeing the threat of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Ivory Coast may be reunited in Italy before Christmas after a stroke of luck allowed police to trace the woman, authorities said. The girl, identified only as Oumoh, is one of at least 20,000 unaccompanied minors who have reached Italy this year from war-torn and poverty-stricken countries mainly in Africa and the Middle East. She arrived on the southern Italian island...
(Reuters (Eng) 11/22/16)
African states failed on Monday to halt the work of the first U.N. independent investigator appointed to help protect gay and transgender people worldwide from violence and discrimination. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, created the position in June and in September appointed Vitit Muntarbhorn of Thailand, who has a three-year mandate to investigate abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. In an unusual move, African states put forward a draft resolution in the...
(Graphic Online 11/21/16)
The Finance Ministry has granted financial clearance to the Ministry of Health for the recruitment of 8,634 health care personnel at various health facilities across the country. They include 5,400 nursing assistants, 1,500 emergency medical technicians (EMT), 114 nurses and midwives and 505 allied health professionals. A letter signed by the Minister of Finance, Mr Seth Terkper and addressed to the Minister of Health directed the ministry to ensure that the relevant staff have their documents processed in time and...
(AFP (eng) 11/21/16)
The number of HIV-infected people taking anti-retroviral medicine has doubled in just five years, the UN said Monday, while highlighting high infection rates among young African women. A new report by UNAIDS said it was on course to hit a target of 30 million people on ARV treatment by 2020. "By June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to the life-saving medicines, including 910,000 children, double the number five years earlier," UNAIDS said in a statement. But the report...
(AFP (eng) 11/18/16)
All drumming and noisemaking have been banned in part of central Ghana following the death at 111 of the Asante Kingdom's queen mother after a 39-year reign, the palace said in a statement on Thursday. Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II was enstooled in 1977 as the 13th queen mother of the Asante Kingdom (Asantehemaa). She appointed her son Otumfuo Osei Tutu II as the king (Asantehene) in 1999. The traditional rites following her death on Monday were due to...
(APA 11/17/16)
The Chief Justice (CJ), Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, has launched a manual to guide judges in the settlement of electoral disputes, APA learns here on Thursday. Speaking at a ceremony to launch the manual in Accra on Wednesday, the CJ assured of the preparedness of the judiciary to perform its constitutional duties towards the upcoming elections. She said as the people, who guard the rule of law in the country, they were ready to guide the nation to a peaceful,...
(AFP (eng) 11/16/16)
"Don't go!" That was the heartfelt appeal to African nations as the International Criminal Court opened its annual meeting Wednesday under the cloud of a wave of unprecedented defections. Gambia on Monday formally notified the United Nations that it was withdrawing from the court, following in the wake of South Africa and Burundi. "Don't go," pleaded Senegalese politician Sidiki Kaba, the president of the ICC's Assembly of State Parties meeting in The Hague. "In a world criss-crossed by violent extremism.....
(AfricaNews 11/11/16)
South Africa ranks highest in Africa with respect to the use of mobile applications. They are followed by Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda respectively. According to internet company, Opera, a third of South Africa’s population used mobile applications, followed by 31% in Ghana, 28% in Nigeria, 19% in Kenya and 18% in Uganda. This was contained in Opera’s ‘State of the Mobile Web Africa 2016 Report,’ which highlights mobile internet trends across the continent, including consumer browsing behaviour and app...
(The Toronto Star 11/11/16)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. It will...

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(Citifmonline 12/05/16)
Trade volumes between Ghana and the Netherlands are expected to double within the next three to four years, following increased economic engagements between the two countries. The figure which is currently estimated at six hundred thousand Euros, is expected to hit more than one million Euros within the period. “Anything is possible and I hope that the figures will double within the next three to four years,” the Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker told citibusinessnews.com. “Though I am unsure of what may happen, one thing that I am certain of is that the Dutch government, the Embassy and the Dutch private sector will do its utmost to make that happen,” He added. Reports from...
(APA 12/01/16)
Ghana's state Tema Oil Refinery (TOR), has signed a $40 million agreement with three companies to help it revamp its Crude Distillation Unit (CDU), APA learns here. The facility would be used to increase the capacity of the revamped refinery from 45,000 barrels per day to 60,000 barrels per day. The General Manager of Technical Services of TOR, Mr. Samuel Yeboah Adomako, is reported by the Daily Graphic on Thursday as stating that the refinery was seeking to expand to meet the national demand of 85,000 barrels per day. "Our projection is to reduce importation margin of finished petroleum products, improve profitability and further reduce pressure on the local currency," he said, arguing that that is the more reason why...
(Starrfmonline 11/30/16)
The Domestic Tax Revenue Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has so far mobilised over Gh¢10 billion in tax collection through the deployment of the Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) this year. This is against the background that even though the countrywide roll out is still ongoing, the offices of the DTRD that are already using Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) to administer their taxpayers, account for about eighty four per cent of all tax revenue of...
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
Experts in capital markets are advocating the acceleration of the bourses markets across Africa in order to drive economic growth on the continent. Speaking at the opening of Africa securities exchanges conference in the Rwandan capital Kigali on Monday, experts emphasized that capital markets are becoming more important to African economies because they help raise funds for long term investment which will drive Africa into middle income status. Rwanda hosts the 20th African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) annual conference from...
(Business Day Ghana 11/28/16)
A three year project aimed at strengthening Ghana’s institutional capacity for revenue and expenditure management has been launched in Accra The project, the Ghana Economic Management Strengthening Technical Assistance (GEMS-TA) being supported by the World Bank has four components including Strengthening Ghana Revenue Authority’s Business Intelligence Systems; Strengthening Ministry of Finance’s Debt Management; Strengthening the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC); and Improving the Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs). Launching the project, a Deputy Minister for Finance, Hon Mona Helen Quartey...
(Business Day Ghana 11/28/16)
AGOA, first introduced by the administration of former US President Bill Clinton and later signed by George HW Bush, gives African manufacturers tariff-free access to the US market. “It is hard to see how AGOA is sustained in a Trump administration,” Witney Schneidman, senior international advisor for Africa international law firm Covington & Burling, and a key player in the passage and reauthorisation of AGOA, has said, adding that, the act was under threat by the unpredictable Trump. Contributing, the...
(Graphic Online 11/25/16)
Representatives of Ghana and the European Union have met to review progress in implementing the Ghana-EU FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), which seeks to improve forest governance and verify the legality of Ghana’s timber trade. The Ghana-EU VPA Joint Monitoring and Review Mechanism (JMRM) oversees the implementation of the Agreement and includes representatives of all stakeholder groups. The JMRM reviewed the status of developing Ghana’s timber legality assurance system and discussed outstanding issues to be addressed before FLEGT licensing could...
(Ghana Business News 11/25/16)
The Ghana Economic Management Strengthening Technical Assistance (GEMS-TA) project, which is aimed at strengthening Ghana’s institutional capacity for revenue and expenditure management has been launched in Accra. The three-year project, which is being supported by the World Bank, has four components – Strengthening Ghana Revenue Authority’s Business Intelligence Systems; Strengthening the Ministry of Finance’s Debt Management; Strengthening the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC); and Improving the Governance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs). Speaking at the launch, a Deputy Minister for Finance,...
(Myjoyonline 11/22/16)
Two Ghanaian traders resident in Cape Town, South Africa have become perhaps, unofficial ambassadors of Ghana’s textiles industry. Alhaji Ibrahim and Maame Adjoa have been selling African fabrics, with their shops situated at Africa Woman Craft Market becoming the toast of many Africa wear lovers. It is one of the many craft market centres on the busy Long Street in the central business district of Cape Town. Alhaji Ibrahim, a young energetic man in his thirties carefully kneads the treadle...
(Citifmonline 11/22/16)
Tullow Oil is expected to resume its daily 90 million standard cubic feet of natural gas supply to Ghana Gas effective today, November 22, 2016. Tullow, early this month announced a reduction of its daily natural gas supply by 40 million standard cubic feet to allow it complete a “critical turret remediation works upstream.” The exercise was scheduled to last for 21 days. Information available to citibusinessnews.com indicates that Tullow had not ramped up its supplies as at close of...
(APA 11/22/16)
The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has reduced the policy rate from 26 percent to 25.5 percent, APA learns here Tuesday. The reduction, according to the committee, is to facilitate the growth of the economy in the face of subdued inflation that brings out a positive outlook for the Ghanaian economy. The Governor of the BoG, Dr. Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, disclosed this at a news conference in Accra on Monday afternoon. He expressed the hope that the...
(Bloomberg 11/21/16)
Ghana’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than five years after inflation slowed to the lowest rate since 2014. The Bank of Ghana cut the rate by 50 basis points to 25.5 percent, Governor Abdul Nashiru Issahaku told reporters Monday in the capital, Accra. Five of the six economists in a Bloomberg survey forecast the rate would be reduced and one said it would be kept unchanged at 26 percent. “The fact that...
(Ghana Web 11/21/16)
The country’s debt stock has reached GH¢112.4 billion as at September this year a summary of economic and financial data released by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) has revealed. This came to the fore after BoG's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) met last week to review the health of the economy. The new amount, according to the November report shows that from July to September, the public debt has gone up by GH¢6.2 billion. This is because the last time the...
(Graphic Online 11/21/16)
The current macro-economic challenges in the country are posing serious threats to the sustainability of the telecom industry in Ghana, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication, Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Addo has said. He said the industry had been hit with many challenges, key among them being the high energy tariffs which contributed around 60 per cent of the industry’s operating cost. Mr Sakyi-Addo said this at the “Thought leadership breakfast forum” which was organised to commemorate...
(AFP (eng) 11/20/16)
Above the sacks of seeds and coal, three kerosene lamps gather dust in the tiny shed that Kenyan chicken farmer Bernard calls home. He prefers to use solar energy to light up his evenings, listen to the radio or watch television, after abandoning a diesel generator he said was expensive to maintain and burned fuel too quickly. "Solar panels are a good, cheap solution," he told AFP. Across the continent, consumers are opting for their own off-grid solar solutions to...
(Agence Ecofin 11/19/16)
A consortium led by Saudi firm Acwa Power secured a contract to develop 170 MW of photovoltaic solar power plants in Morocco, under the Noor solar project. The projects comprised under the agreement are 70 MW Noor Ouarzazate IV, 80 MW Noor Laayoune and 20 MW Noor Boujdour plants. Power generated by these stations will be bought at 4.8 dollar cents per kWh. “With strength and determination, the Moroccan government is approaching its goal of 42% of renewable energy by 2020, and Acwa Power is proud to contribute to this achievement of such an ambitious project. Being chosen to build other plants
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on...
(Ghana Web 11/16/16)
The Finance Minister, Mr Seth Terkper, has defended the government’s decision to raise a GH¢438-million bond at a rate of 19 per cent, explaining that interest on the 10-year loan is the second lowest in the history of such borrowings. Apart from 2011, when stable macroeconomic conditions forced interest on a similar bond to drop to 18.5 per cent, Mr Terkper said, none of the bonds issued by the country had attracted rates lower than 20 per cent. At 19...
(Ghana Web 11/16/16)
President John Mahama has said there will be no job cuts in the public sector under the three-year $918-million deal between Ghana and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Executive Board of the IMF in April 2015 approved the three-year arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Ghana in an amount equivalent to SDR 664.20 million (180 percent of quota or about US$918 million) in support of the authorities’ medium-term economic reform programme. The programme aimed to restore debt...
(Ghana Web 11/16/16)
Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has commended President John Dramani Mahama and his government for the construction of the Kwame Nkrumah Circle interchange. Speaking on Peace FM's Kokrokoo, Mr. Pratt was pleased with the latest development on the project, claiming the Circle interchange is the biggest ever in the country. According to him, the addition of a Police and Fire Service Posts including other projects being established at the area is worth commemorating. On Monday, the newly constructed Kwame Nkrumah Circle Interchange...

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(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game...
(Ghana Web 11/29/16)
Afcon 2017 title aspirants Ghana could face world champions Germany next year following draw for the upcoming Fifa Confederations Cup held during the weekend in Russia. Germany have been pitted against 2015 Copa America winners Chile in Group B alongside Asian champions Australia and eventual winners of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. Hosts Russia, European champions Portugal, 2015 Concacaf Cup winners Mexico and 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand make up Group A. The African representatives will open their campaign against Chile in Moscow on June 18, 2017 before facing Australia four days later and rounding off against Germany on June 25. Ghana are among 16 teams set to compete at next year's Afcon which is scheduled to...
(APA 11/28/16)
Ghana's former African Cup and Super Cup Champions Accra Hearts of Oak on Sunday dispatched off their arch-rivals Asante Kotoko 7-6 on penalties in their semi-finals berth at the Kumasi Sports Stadium. The 1-1 drawn game produced a very pulsating game as both sides displayed classic football but the game had to be decided on penalty after 90 minutes. The feat means Hearts meets Aduana Stars, who defeated Bechem United 1-0 at the Sunyani Coronation Park in the Brong Ahafo...
(APA 11/23/16)
Sports Cul Ghana Ltd in collaboration with the United Emirates partners have announced a US$44 million sponsorship package for the Ghana Premier League (GPL). The package includes salaries of players, referees and other administrative staff in the Professional League Board to help improve on the league. The Executive Director of Sport Cul, Dr. Kwaku Ofosu, who announced the package in Accra on Tuesday, said the package would extend to media supporters. He noted that the sponsorship is aimed at making...
(AFP (eng) 11/22/16)
Parkins Takyi-Aidoo bobs and weaves around a ragged punch bag, dancing on concrete in a rehearsal for the knockout blow that one day could secure him fame and glory. The Ghanaian is just 13 years old but by training in the Bukom neighbourhood of Accra -- a hotbed for fighters -- he probably has a better chance than most of becoming a contender. The teenager spends hours each day at an outdoor gym close to the Atlantic Ocean's crashing waves,...
(Graphic Online 11/21/16)
Ex Black Stars player, Kuuku Dadzie, has waded into the debate over the future of Black Stars coach Avram Grant and said the coach must be judged based on his performance after next year’s African Nations Cup (AFCON) tournament. According to Kuuku Dadzie, systems of play do not win matches and, therefore, a lot also depends on the players to apply those principles of play to win matches. Sharing his thoughts with the Graphic Sports, particularly after the Stars recent...
(APA 11/17/16)
A 21-member contingent of the female national soccer team, the Black Queens, on Wednesday evening left Accra for Cameroon to participate in the African Women Championship (AWC). The remaining members of the contingent are expected to leave Accra today (Thursday). It marks their 11th participation in the tournament since its inception and they are going into the tourney with an African Olympic gold medal. The coach of the side, Yusif Basigi, told journalists earlier that they would aim at keeping...
(Ghana Web 11/16/16)
Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah is unhappy with Avram Grant's tactical approach to the 2-0 away reversal to Egypt on Sunday. The Black Stars conceded a goal in each half in the matchday two encounter of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Mohamed Salah and Abdallah El-Said the proud scorers. Appiah, who captained Ghana at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments, is particularly disturbed by Grant's substitution of Atletico Madrid star...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
African football giants Algeria and Ghana could have hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia irreparably damaged if they lose difficult away matches this weekend. Algeria, ranked third in the continent behind the Ivory Coast and Senegal, face resurgent Group B pacesetters Nigeria in Uyo Saturday. Fifth-ranked Ghana tackle Group E leaders Egypt a day later in Alexandria with the hosts lifting a security-induced ban on spectators to permit a 50,000 crowd. Should 2014 World Cup qualifiers...
(AFP (eng) 11/10/16)
All CAF competitions will offer increased prize money from 2017, the Cairo-based African football body said Wednesday. The announcement came months after French oil-gas company Total signed an eight-year sponsorship deal with CAF reportedly worth more than one billion dollars (915 million euros). Winners of the biennial Africa Cup of Nations will receive $4 million, up from the $1.5 million pocketed by 2015 champions the Ivory Coast. CAF Champions League title-holders are going to collect $2.5 million -- $1 million...
(Ghana Web 11/08/16)
Liberty Professionals director George Afriyie says Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has decided against buying shares in the club. Gyan, who played for the Scientific Soccer lads during his days in Ghana before departing for Italy, was reported to be pondering a move to own the majority shares of the Dansoman-based outfit. It, however, looks as though the deal will not see the light of day following latest revelation on Monday. “It’s important that when we are with players, you also...
(APA 11/07/16)
Ghana’s senior national football team, the Black Stars on Monday began their training session in Dubai ahead of their titanic 2018 World Cup qualifier clash against the Pharaohs of Egypt in Alexandria scheduled for 13th November, 2016 APA learns here. The Black Stars are facing a huge test against the Pharaohs after dropping points at home to the Cranes of Uganda last month in the northern city of Tamale. Reports say the team initially planned to camp in Turkey but...
(Ahram Online 11/04/16)
Ahly's in-form attacking midfielder Walid Soliman has been called up to join Egypt's squad for a vital World Cup qualifier at home to Ghana on 13 November after Zamalek winger Mostafa Fathi picked up an injury. "Fathi will not be able to feature against Ghana because of his injury. He was excluded from the squad and replaced with Walid Soliman," Egypt's national team director Ihab Leheta said late on Thursday. Egypt coach Hector Cuper called up 23 players for the...
(AFP (eng) 11/03/16)
African champions Mamelodi Sundowns won for the first time in the South African Premiership this season Wednesday and climbed off the bottom of the table. The Pretoria club triumphed 2-0 at Polokwane City thanks to goals from Percy Tau and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, two stars of the 2016 CAF Champions League triumph. Sundowns became African champions for the first time 11 days ago by defeating Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate in the final. But a domestic fixture backlog meant...
(Ghana Web 10/26/16)
An astute sports journalist who is also a legal practitioner has advised the Sports Ministry to stand firm in ensuring Black Stars head coach Avram Grant is strictly handled since his employers [GFA] have failed to do so. According to Moses Foh Amoaning, Grant’s ‘unacceptable behaviour exhibited recently clearly shows the GFA has lost control of the former Chelsea manager. He argues if the FA had been very strict on the 2015 AFCON finalist, he wouldn’t have taken a whole...
(Gbc Ghana 10/25/16)
The Black Starlets of Ghana have been drawn in the same group with hosts Madagascar, Guinea and Cameroon in the 2017 African U-17 Championships. A draw for the final tournament which was held on Monday, 24 October at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo saw the two-time competition winners placed in Group A. Defending Champions Mali are in Group B with Congo, Angola and Niger as all eight teams seek for a place in the semi-finals of the tournament. Ghana qualified...
(Ghana Web 10/25/16)
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Honourable Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has revealed the vision of his Ministry’s future budgetary allocations. The Sports Ministry, in recent years, has lamented the insufficiency of its budget, when few sports disciplines take a large chunk of its scarce resources. The sports minister was unhappy about the pressure exerted on its budget by football activities as it puts other disciplines in a handicapped position. He said: “We are going to change the face of sports...
(Goal 10/25/16)
Ghana is in ecstatic mood after midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah resumed full training on Monday following a month on the sidelines. The Juventus playmaker suffered a knee sprain in a 1-0 win over Palermo last month, ruling him out of the stalemates with Uganda and South Africa, following the announcement of an expected 45-day recovery period. The former Liberty Professionals man is, however, in line to return to the national outfit for the crunch 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Egypt...
(Ahram Online 10/24/16)
Egypt's sports minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz has announced that 75 thousand spectators will be allowed to attend the Egypt-Ghana World Cup qualifier on 13 November in Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium. "Egypt will play Ghana in 20 days; 75 thousand will be allowed to attend," Abdel-Aziz stated on his twitter account Monday, wishing a win for Egypt. The statement came one day after approximately 70 thousand attended the African Champions League second leg final in the same coastal arena, in which Zamalek...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
North Korea coach Jorn Andersen could become Ghana’s next manager, according to his agent Sofian Soltani. The Norwegian's counsel claims Ghana Football Association is in talks with his client to probably replace under-fire Black Stars coach Avram Grant, whose contract runs out after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations early next year. Ghana have gone four games without a win in all competitions under the Israeli, including the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda. Local fans, football administrators as well...

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(Ghana Business News 11/30/16)
Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, has urged the media to develop interest in judgement debts issues in its totality and stop being selective over the matter in their discourse. He urged the media to do further investigations on the on-going “Woyome Judgement Debt Saga” and bring the outcome to their listeners and audience. The Minister who was speaking during his turn of the meet-the-press series in Accra, said the media was silent on the numerous judgement debt cases that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, the flag bearer of the new Patriotic Party vehemently defended in 2011, barely three years after he left the office as the Attorney General. Dr Boamah mentioned Balkan Energy...
(APA 11/30/16)
The press in Accra on Wednesday focused on the call for peace by three eminent Ghanaians and the declaration by President John Dramani Mahama that the elections will be peaceful. The Daily Graphic publishes that three eminent Ghanaians, Togbe Afede XIV, President of the National House of Chiefs, Chief Imam, Sheik Osman Nuhu Shaributu, and Most Rev. Philip Naameh, the President of Catholic Bishops Conference, have called on voters to preserve the peace of the nation. They made the appeals at separate events across the country. They also called on officials to also put in place all the necessary logistics to ensure the smooth running of the polls. The Ghanaian Times on the other hand said President John Dramani Mahama...
(APA 11/17/16)
The Supreme Court of Ghana giving a former attorney general the chance to orally examine a businessman in an effort to recover a controversial judgment debt dominates the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday. The Daily Graphic, Daily Guide, Ghanaian Times and others all gave the story a front page attention with diverse headlines. They said the Supreme Court on Wednesday granted permission to Mr. Martin Alamisi Amidu, to orally examine Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome over his assets. It has...
(APA 11/09/16)
The re-submission of forms by some disqualified candidates and the question as to who gets the nod on Wednesday dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Graphic says the Electoral Commission (EC) will decide the fate of nine (9) disqualified presidential aspirants who re-submitted their nomination forms in conformity with the Supreme Court order to the Commission. They include eight political party leaders and one independent candidate. The Ghanaian Times asked the question as to who will...
(The Guardian 11/09/16)
Kiosk-sized cultural exhibition will travel across the country’s 10 regions in December. An innovative project in Ghana aims to make moveable museums available nationwide by taking a small kiosk-sized gallery on the road to showcase artworks and cultural artefacts. The “kiosk museum” is the brainchild of Nana Oforiatta Ayim, a writer and film-maker, and founder of ANO, a non-profit art space in Accra. She decided to make use of an ubiquitous feature of west African architecture: the semi-legal containers present...
(Ghana Web 11/08/16)
Joke Silva, a veteran actress, has said she’ll never accept a sum lower than her value for a movie role. In a recent chat with TheCable Lifestyle, Silva noted that it took her several years to build a solid brand, adding that it would be a disservice to herself to settle for less. She said: “The simple reason I don’t appear in movies is that when I get offered films, what they are offering to pay is ludicrous. So I’m...
(Graphic Online 11/07/16)
The Musicians Association of Ghana (MUSIGA), raised an estimated GH¢32,000 for the Ageing Musicians Welfare Fund (AMWeF) and the MUSIGA Academy at this year’s edition of the MUSIGA Grand Ball which came off Friday, November 4, at the Banquet Hall of the State House. To raise the funds, MUSIGA auctioned off a number of musical instruments and items belonging to legendary Ghanaian musicians including the Best of Nana Ampadu’ album, PK Yamoah’s guitar, AB Crentsil’ dondo and Rev. Kusi Berko’s...
(APA 11/03/16)
The deportation of 108 emigrants from the United States of America and the inauguration of an Information Communication Technology (ICT) data centre dominate the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Thursday. The Ghanaian Times said the 108 Ghanaians were deported from the USA after serving various jail sentences for drug related and other offences. They arrived at the Kotoka International Airport in the company of some security personnel and were met by some police personnel, the National Disaster Management Organisation and...
(Ghana Web 10/25/16)
Emmanuel Kojo Quayeson, better known by his stage name as Vybrant Faya is a dancehall artiste from Tema. He was born on April 13, 1987 to Mr Samuel K Quayson and Miss Theresah Ackon. Vybrant Faya started singing at early age with the local church groups. With his dream to become a professional musician he pursued his education very determined and after secondary school, he enrolled into a technology college where he gained certificate as an IT technician. Even in...
(APA 10/22/16)
Ghanaian media on Saturday focused on dashing of disqualified presidential aspirants for December 7 general elections to police station following ultimatum from the Ghana Police Service. The Daily Graphic, Ghanaian Times and Daily Guide gave prominence to the story ,with Daily Guide reporting that eight out of the 12 presidential aspirants who were disqualified by the Electoral Commission (EC) for allegedly committing various criminal and electoral offences while filing their nominations have reported themselves to the Department of the Criminal...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(Graphic Online 10/14/16)
Ghanaian born Highlife musician based in the UK, Sister Afia says she is surprised no man in Ghana has been bold enough to propose to her. Although she is based in the UK, Sister Afia visits Ghana often and she cannot believe no man has attempted to hit on her unlike in the UK where she gets guys making advances at her often. “I think Ghanaian men don’t have the balls to walk up to me and propose. All I...
(APA 10/14/16)
The disqualification of 24 parliamentary aspirants in the Ashanti Region and caution of politicians by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Friday makes the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers. The Ghanaian Times said the Ashanti Regional Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Mr. Serebour Quaicoo has said 24 parliamentary aspirants in the region have been disqualified for failing to meet the criteria set by the commission. Quaicoo told the media that there are 240 aspirants from various political parties to contest...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(Graphic Online 10/10/16)
I do not remember the last time any high-profile Ghanaian actor did trend over a movie-related issue. For almost a year, John Dumelo, has captured the headlines for his open support and campaign for President John Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC). In the last weeks, Agya Koo is generating some blabber over his endorsement of Nana Akufo Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP). And just this week, another popular actor, Majid Michel has been trending over his...
(AFP (eng) 10/06/16)
Ghana's government said Wednesday that it wants to relocate a statue of Mahatma Gandhi off of a university campus after professors launched a petition claiming he was racist. A statue of Gandhi was unveiled in June at the University of Ghana campus in Accra by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee as a symbol of close ties between the two countries. But in September a group of professors launched a petition calling for the removal of the statue because they say Gandhi...
(Graphic Online 10/04/16)
The past week was fraught with varied discussions on the NDC manifesto, especially with the aspect concerning Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts. While some questioned the achievements of the government with regards to the Arts as stipulated in the document, others pooh-poohed the many promises that were outlined in the manifesto, which were expected to be fulfilled between 2017 - 2021. What piqued my interest in the 78-page document, among many other things, is the 19th, yes, the 19th commitment...
(APA 10/04/16)
A competition among cement retailers and the ranking of Ghana as the 7th best in governed country in Africa on Tuesday dominate the Ghanaian media. The Daily Graphic says price war in cement retail in the country has driven the prices of cement downwards. It says Dangote was first to reduce the price in September and this was followed by GHACEM, which also reduced its price, thereby bringing the price down. The Ghanaian Times states that Ghana has been ranked...
(APA 09/29/16)
The expected filing of nominations towards the December general elections and a proposal for purging of the judiciary against corruption on Thursday made the newspaper headlines in Accra. The Graphic said the Electoral Commission (EC) would start receiving nomination forms picked by the various presidential and parliamentary aspirants from Thursday (today). Sixteen (16) of them belong to political parties while seven (7) are independent candidates. The Ghanaian Times however said a Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr. Justice William Atuguba,...
(APA 09/24/16)
The Ghanaian press on Saturday focused on the warning fired to the police personnel by Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Kudalor to stay away from partisan politics ahead of the December 7 polls dominated the media landscape in Ghana. The Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times newspapers captured the warning in their front pages with Graphic reporting that with two and -half -months to the general election, IGP John Kudalor has reiterated the commitment of the Police Administartion to sustain the peace and stability of the country before, during and after the December 7 general election.

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(Bloomberg 12/05/16)
Since the end of military rule more than two decades ago, to many Ghanaians presidential elections have become routine: a close race between the two main parties and disputes settled in court. While two of its West African neighbors have teetered on the brink of civil war and a third, Togo, has been ruled by the same family for 49 years, Ghanaians have come to take their nation’s political stability for granted. “It’s no big deal,” said Solomon Tetteh, a 23-year-old father of two who sells coconuts at a bustling market in the capital, Accra. “Those interested in leadership campaign for votes. Some win, others lose and life goes on.” That doesn’t mean it’ll be...
(CNN 12/05/16)
It flew the American flag, hung a photo of President Obama and issued US visas for more than a decade. But a building that operated as a US embassy in Ghana was a fake, the US State Department says. The enterprise, which issued fraudulently obtained legitimate visas, counterfeit visas, and other false identification documents, was overseen by figures from Ghanaian and Turkish crime rings working in cahoots with corrupt Ghanaian officials, the US State Department said in a statement. It operated three days a week in Accra, the capital. The State Department did not say how many people may have entered the United States illegally using documentation issued by the crime ring, nor did it say how the ring may...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward...
(CNN 11/30/16)
Ghana's youth population is exploding and the upcoming elections provide a window of opportunity for them. Digital technology is enabling them to access, share and create information at a lower cost, greater speed and scale than ever before. If citizens harness this power effectively, they can monitor and track election results and irregularities, make informed choices and mobilise young people to vote and vet their leaders. Fun campaigns using hashtags #iRegistered and "Our Vote, Our Voice" - #OVOV are encouraging...
(Voice of America 11/28/16)
The Electoral Commission of Ghana has begun approving local and international poll observer groups to monitor the December 7 presidential and legislative elections. The electoral commission, however, says groups affiliated with political parties would not be allowed to monitor the polls. The criteria that poll observer groups must meet before their applications are considered include the name of the poll monitoring group, the leadership and composition of the group and their experience in election observation together with their passport pictures as well as their contact information.
(Washington Post 11/28/16)
Following his release after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela made sure one of his first trips abroad was to Havana. There, in the Cuban capital in 1991, Mandela lavished his host, Fidel Castro, with appreciation. Castro, said Mandela, was a “source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” The scene might seem paradoxical in some corners of the West. How could the global symbol of African liberation and democracy say such a thing about a man whose death last Friday...
(Voice of America 11/25/16)
Three Ghanaian opposition candidates who were disqualified from running in next month's presidential and parliamentary elections say they are concerned the vote is unlikely to be fair or credible. Edward Mahama of the People's National Convention (PNC), Papa Kwesi Nduom of the Progressive People's Party (PPP) and former first lady Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings of the National Democratic Party (NDP) voiced their concerns about the December 7 vote recently in a joint statement. They blamed the Electoral Commission for what...
(The Guardian 11/23/16)
Rulers of the DRC, Burundi, Zimbabwe and others say tide has turned after Obama’s efforts to promote democracy abroad. As the sun rose over Kinshasa on 9 November, Martin Fayulu was awoken by a phone call from a relative in the US telling him to switch on his television – Donald Trump appeared set to become the next US president. Fayulu, an opposition politician at the forefront of recent protests calling for elections to be held on time in the...
(Bloomberg 11/21/16)
Ghana’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than five years after inflation slowed to the lowest rate since 2014. The Bank of Ghana cut the rate by 50 basis points to 25.5 percent, Governor Abdul Nashiru Issahaku told reporters Monday in the capital, Accra. Five of the six economists in a Bloomberg survey forecast the rate would be reduced and one said it would be kept unchanged at 26 percent. “The fact that...
(The Guardian 11/19/16)
At COP22, the African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina, tells of strategies to improve energy supplies and fight the impact of climate change “We lose 5% of our potential GDP every year, and African industries cannot be competitive without access to electricity,” says Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank. “I believe that’s why we can’t break away from reliance on exporting our raw materials – new industries will only go to where there’s power.” He is speaking on...
(Voice of America 11/18/16)
A new survey conducted by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) shows that a majority of Ghanaians believe the Electoral Commission of Ghana can administer free, peaceful and credible elections December 7. Ghanaians will go to the polls that day to vote in presidential, parliamentary and local elections. In an interview with VOA, Kojo Asante, senior research fellow at the CDD and part of the group that administered the survey, said more Ghanaians now have a positive perception of the...
(Voice of America 11/14/16)
The International Standards Journalist Association (ISJA) has filed a petition at the human rights court seeking to prevent the electoral commission of Ghana from charging media accreditation fees for journalists who plan to cover the December 7 presidential, parliamentary and local polls. Nana Oppong, leader of the journalists group, says the electoral commission is violating the constitution by imposing a fee, which he says also violates the fundamental rights of media professionals who want to cover the elections. The electoral...
(Voice of America 11/14/16)
When Ghana’s voters go to the polls December 7, the economy likely will play a pivotal role. The West African nation is heading into presidential and parliamentary elections amid high inflation, rising public debt and frequent power cuts that have gone on for three years. It has been quite the reversal for a country that, in 2010, was declared one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. That year, it opened offshore oilfields. Today, "money is not moving around and businesses are...
(Forbes 11/14/16)
Africa will have 1-billion mobile subscriptions by the fourth quarter of 2016, while data use will drive the next phase of growth in Africa’s telecoms market, according to researchers Ovum. Mobile subs will reach 1.02-billion by the end of 2016 and will reach 1.33-billion by 2021, says Matthew Reed, Ovum’s practice leader, for the Middle East and Africa. “The take-up of mobile broadband will rise strongly, as operators continue to roll out 3G and 4G LTE networks and as smartphones...
(Bloomberg 11/11/16)
Ghana’s weather agency said cocoa farmers in the world’s second-biggest producer of the beans will benefit from more moderate seasonal desert winds after the nation missed output targets for three straight years due to severe dryness. The Harmattan, winds from the Sahara desert that bring dry weather and coolness to West Africa from December to February,“will be mild” this season, Charles York, chief meteorologist at the Ghana Meteorological Agency, said in an interview in the capital, Accra. Crops, including cocoa,...
(Voice of America 11/11/16)
Hassan Ayariga, the twice disqualified presidential candidate of Ghana's opposition All People's Congress, is calling on the chairperson of the country's electoral commission to step down with immediate effect, before next month's general elections. If chairperson Charlotte Osei does not resign, Ayariga said Ghana's presidential, legislative and local elections on December 7 will no longer be seen as transparent and credible. Civil society groups in Ghana and other members of the electoral commission dismissed Ayariga's demands and defended Osei as someone who has implemented electoral laws without
(The Toronto Star 11/11/16)
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment in Africa that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. Canadian troops headed to Africa will operate in dangerous territory where peacekeepers have been killed, says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. In an exclusive interview with the Star from Vancouver Sajjan said Canada has committed to a three-year deployment that will be reassessed each year to ensure it has an “enduring” impact. It will...
(The Irish Times 11/09/16)
Irish explorer says output at Ten project will reach 15,000 barrels a day, down from 23,000. Irish-founded oil and gas explorer Tullow Oil has cut its production forecast for output at its Ten project, offshore Ghana. Production at the field, which drew first oil in mid-August, is now expected to to reach 15,000 barrels a day this year. This compares to a previous guidance of 23,000 barrels a day. The explorer said production ramp-up to the end of October at...
(The Guardian 11/09/16)
Kiosk-sized cultural exhibition will travel across the country’s 10 regions in December. An innovative project in Ghana aims to make moveable museums available nationwide by taking a small kiosk-sized gallery on the road to showcase artworks and cultural artefacts. The “kiosk museum” is the brainchild of Nana Oforiatta Ayim, a writer and film-maker, and founder of ANO, a non-profit art space in Accra. She decided to make use of an ubiquitous feature of west African architecture: the semi-legal containers present...
(Dw-World 11/09/16)
Africans across the continent followed the US presidential election with keen interest. While some fear that a Trump presidency could have disastrous consequences, others remain cautiously optimistic. Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli was one of the first African leaders to congratulate Donald Trump on his election victory. "Tanzanians and I assure you of continued friendship and cooperation," he wrote on his Twitter account. Burundi's controversial leader Pierre Nkurunziza - the subject of intense US and international criticism for his decision...

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