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Friday 03 July 2015

Ghana

(Bloomberg 07/02/15)
Ghana’s cedi will strengthen in the last six months of the year because of inflows from the sale of a Eurobond and a syndicated loan for cocoa producers, Finance Minister Seth Terkper said. The currency’s 26 percent decline against the dollar in the first half is seasonal and was made worse by the greenback’s strength, Terkper told business executives at a conference in the capital, Accra. The cedi is the worst performer this year of the 24 African currencies tracked by Bloomberg. Ghana’s government is on track to meet its budget-deficit target and the currency will improve in the second half of the year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. Ghana agreed to a...
(Starrfmonline 07/02/15)
The credit from the International Development Association (IDA) supports the First Macroeconomic Stability for Competitiveness and Growth Development Policy Financing (DPF), the first of three development policy financing operations aimed at helping the Government of Ghana stabilize its economy and shore up fiscal control by implementing financial policies and processes that are transparent and predictable. US$400 million for a Landmark Policy-Based Guarantee The Board also approved IDA’s very first landmark Policy-Based Guarantee (PBG) of up to US$400 million for Ghana, which may be used to support Ghana’s future external debt financing. “The proposed credit is the first in a programmatic series that will make policy more predictable and enhance the productivity of public spending.” says Santiago Herrera, World Bank Task...
(Ghana Web 07/02/15)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended to the Ghanaian government the need to completely eliminate tax exemptions it grants to individuals, firms, and institutions wanting to do business with the country to improve revenue performance over the medium term. It further urged the West African country to do more to enhance its tax administration. The pronouncement was made Tuesday after a team from the IMF led by Joël Toujas-Bernaté concluded discussions with Ghanaian officials on the first review of...
(Ghana Web 07/02/15)
The Finance Minister, Seth Terkper has sought to clarify that even though Ghana is going through perhaps its worst power crisis, it is still a shining star in terms of access to electricity on the continent. “Let us remember that even during the period that we coined ‘dumsor’ and all that, Ghana has a record, the country has 72% access to electricity,” he remarked. Speaking at the Graphic Business-Fidelity Bank breakfast meeting in Accra on Thursday, the Minister was optimistic...
(Gbc Ghana 07/02/15)
Parliament has asked the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other Agencies to take prompt steps to stem the spread of the avian influenza also known as bird flu in the Country. The House has implored the Ministry of Finance to release Funds to the Agriculture Ministry to help fight the outbreak. Since January 2015 there have been reports of increased cases of the influenza in many West African Countries. Ghana recorded its first case of the Bird Flu in...
(Ghana Web 07/02/15)
Ghana has been cited as the number one consumer of marijuana in the world, a United Nations’ Report last year has revealed. Whilst the report cited Ghana as being the topmost consumer of marijuana, the three Regions of the north have also been cited as being the highest in terms of marijuana consumption in Ghana. Speaking at a ceremony organized to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking in Wa, Issahaque Bakuri, Upper West Regional...
(Starrfmonline 07/02/15)
Scores of holiday revellers are severely injured in an accident on the Bunso Arboretum Canopy Walkway in the East Akyem District of the Eastern region. Two people are said to be in a critical condition after one of the hooks connecting the canopy walkway to a weak tree reportedly unfastened. According to Starr News’ Eastern regional correspondent Kojo Ansah, a child who is among the injured has been rushed to the Koforidua Government Hospital “for emergency care.” “Some of the...
(RFI(EN) 07/02/15)
Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. "China is becoming aware that the situation is more complicated than it initially seemed in Africa, and it is realising that it has a lot to learn from countries that have experience on the continent," Alice Ekman, of the French Institute for Foreign Relations (IFRI), told RFI.
(Ghana Web 07/01/15)
Citi Business News checks across the capital have revealed some Oil Marketing companies have sanctioned close to a 15% increase in fuel prices at the pumps. The change in prices at the pumps vary from one station to the other. A visit to the Shell pump station at Asylum Down revealed there was a 50.5 pesewas increase in the price of petrol up from 3 cedis 47.4 pesewas to 3 cedis 97.9 pesewas per litre. The price of diesel has...
(Myjoyonline 07/01/15)
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, has stated that, contrary to the propaganda being peddled by political opponents of the NPP, there will never be any form of marginalisation of any ethnic group in Ghana under a future Akufo-Addo government, should Ghanaians give him the mandate in January 2017. According to him, all Ghanaians, regardless of where they hail from, will have a pride of place in Ghana, as development, and the improvement...
(Ghana Web 07/01/15)
Private Legal Practitioner, Victor Kojoga Adawudu has defended President John Dramani Mahama’s appointment of two new Justices to the Supreme Court, saying he followed due process. The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and three others have filed a suit at the Supreme Court praying the court to nullify the appointment of Justice Yaw Apau and Gabriel Pwamang as the apex court’s Justices. The GBA in its suit said the appointment of the two was unconstitutional. The plaintiffs are also accusing President...
(Ghana Web 07/01/15)
Member of Parliament (MP) for the Akrofuom Constituency, Mr Kwabena Appiah-Pinkrah, has condemned the youth’s involvement in illegal mining operations. He has, therefore, called on the youth to refrain from such illegal activities, saying: “It is a dubious means of acquiring wealth.” He has also advised parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards attend school and desist from indulging in illegal mining, popularly known as "galamsey." Mr Appiah-Pinkrah gave the advice when he addressed a congregation at...
(Ghana Web 07/01/15)
The Public Utility Regulatory Commission has suspended a planned increment of electricity tariffs by some 51.73 percent while sticking to that of water, which will still hold at 15 percent effective Wednesday July 1. In a statement issued in Accra Tuesday evening, the utilities regulatory body said it is deferring the increment for electricity due to “the current electricity supply situation.” That of water they add stays because of “notable expansion in water infrastructure and considerable improvement in supply.” The...
(The New Times 07/01/15)
Africa's high growth in the past decade has created only a few jobs and the continent's share of exports in international trade has reduced from 5.9 per cent in 1980 to 3.3 per cent in 2013, the 2015 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) says. The report, launched in Kigali, yesterday, says employment in Africa grew at an annual average of 2.9 per cent from 1991 to 2012, and although comparatively higher than other regions such as Latin America, it's not enough considering that Africa also has the highest population growth rates in the world.
(African arguments 07/01/15)
Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: 'pan-Negrism'. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers...
(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
Ghana is likely to clear the first review of its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund and secure a fresh disbursement of funds aimed at stabilising its economy, sources close to the deal said on Monday. The $115 million due in August is vital to shore up Ghana's currency, which has fallen to record lows, and to convince investors who say they have lost faith in the short-term prospects of an economy that until recently was one of the fastest-growing in Africa. The IMF is due to announce on Tuesday the results of its review of the deal, signed in April, based on a two-week mission to the capital.
(Myjoyonline 06/30/15)
Member of Parliament (MP) for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has urged Ghana's newly appointed Electoral Commissioner to consult the head of INEC in Nigeria to ensure free and fair elections in the 2016. According to her, election observers of the recent elections in Nigeria expressed satisfaction with the commitment and professionalism of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) headed by Attahiru Muhammadu Jega. Mrs Owusu Ekuful believes that the new EC boss can learn some lessons from INEC to safeguard...
(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
Chairman of the Prisons Council Pastor Stephen Wengam has raised concerns that the various prisons are likely to start rejecting convicted persons because the facilities are almost full. This situation, he said, if not checked, could adversely affect Ghana’s reformation and rehabilitation system. “A portion of the constitution gives the prison council the power, with very good reasons, to reject prisoners. If people don’t come to our aid, one of these days, you will hear that the court convicted some...
(Ghana Business News 06/30/15)
President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday called on Ghanaians to avoid any kind of misunderstanding that could escalate into intra and inter-party violence. The avoidance, he said, could be achieved if they eschewed unsavory and unprintable language in the democratic dispensation. President Mahama made the call when he swore-into office, Mrs Charlotte Osei as the new Electoral Commissioner to replace Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan, who is on retirement. Mrs Osei, a lawyer with experience in public service management, and institutional...
(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
Mobile Internet operators in Ghana have quietly raised broadband tariffs by 7.4 percent over the past year as operators’ grapple with increased cost of operations, despite more and more people adopting data high-usage plans. The increment was driven principally by increases in the mobile Internet charges of MTN, Airtel and Glo Mobile. The National Communication Authority (NCA) last week released the tariffs of mobile operators, which showed that the data tariff of the six mobile telephony operators has on average...

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(Gbc Ghana 07/02/15)
Parliament has asked the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other Agencies to take prompt steps to stem the spread of the avian influenza also known as bird flu in the Country. The House has implored the Ministry of Finance to release Funds to the Agriculture Ministry to help fight the outbreak. Since January 2015 there have been reports of increased cases of the influenza in many West African Countries. Ghana recorded its first case of the Bird Flu in May this year on a farm in the Greater Accra region. Since then there have been reported cases in other regions. Since the outbreak as many as eleven poultry farms with a bird population of...
(Ghana Web 07/02/15)
Ghana has been cited as the number one consumer of marijuana in the world, a United Nations’ Report last year has revealed. Whilst the report cited Ghana as being the topmost consumer of marijuana, the three Regions of the north have also been cited as being the highest in terms of marijuana consumption in Ghana. Speaking at a ceremony organized to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking in Wa, Issahaque Bakuri, Upper West Regional Director of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB), said the three northern regions propelled Ghana to that “dishonorable top”. The day was on the theme: “Let us develop our lives, our communities, and our identities without drugs”. Mr. Bakuri in his...
(Ghana Web 07/01/15)
Private Legal Practitioner, Victor Kojoga Adawudu has defended President John Dramani Mahama’s appointment of two new Justices to the Supreme Court, saying he followed due process. The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and three others have filed a suit at the Supreme Court praying the court to nullify the appointment of Justice Yaw Apau and Gabriel Pwamang as the apex court’s Justices. The GBA in its suit said the appointment of the two was unconstitutional. The plaintiffs are also accusing President...
(Ghana Web 07/01/15)
Member of Parliament (MP) for the Akrofuom Constituency, Mr Kwabena Appiah-Pinkrah, has condemned the youth’s involvement in illegal mining operations. He has, therefore, called on the youth to refrain from such illegal activities, saying: “It is a dubious means of acquiring wealth.” He has also advised parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards attend school and desist from indulging in illegal mining, popularly known as "galamsey." Mr Appiah-Pinkrah gave the advice when he addressed a congregation at...
(The New Times 07/01/15)
Africa's high growth in the past decade has created only a few jobs and the continent's share of exports in international trade has reduced from 5.9 per cent in 1980 to 3.3 per cent in 2013, the 2015 Economic Report on Africa (ERA) says. The report, launched in Kigali, yesterday, says employment in Africa grew at an annual average of 2.9 per cent from 1991 to 2012, and although comparatively higher than other regions such as Latin America, it's not enough considering that Africa also has the highest population growth rates in the world.
(African arguments 07/01/15)
Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: 'pan-Negrism'. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers...
(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
Chairman of the Prisons Council Pastor Stephen Wengam has raised concerns that the various prisons are likely to start rejecting convicted persons because the facilities are almost full. This situation, he said, if not checked, could adversely affect Ghana’s reformation and rehabilitation system. “A portion of the constitution gives the prison council the power, with very good reasons, to reject prisoners. If people don’t come to our aid, one of these days, you will hear that the court convicted some...
(Myjoyonline 06/29/15)
Angry residents have described the Ghana Police as dull when they were attacked by armed robbers for close to four hours resulting in causalities. The residents who live in and around Amanfrom near Kasoa in the Ga South Municipality have been injured in a mass armed robbery incident Saturday dawn. More than 20 houses were targeted in the operation which lasted from about 1am to 4am, Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo reported. Areas like Galilee, American Farm and Peace Town...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(Vibe Ghana 06/26/15)
President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday appointed Mrs Charlotte Osei as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission(EC), in accordance with Article 70(2) of the 1992 Constitution. A statement signed by Mr Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff, said Mrs Osei who replaces Dr Kwadwo Afari Gyan who is retiring after almost two decades as Chairman of the EC. A lawyer with considerable experience in public service management, institutional reform, Mrs Osei also has expertise in corporate law, banking, insurance,project financing and public-private...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/15)
Ghanaian demonstrators clashed with security forces in Accra on Monday, burning tires and throwing stones to protest the demolition of hundreds of houses to make way for better flood control, witnesses said. Police fired tear gas and briefly arrested five people in a bid to deter the protesters, hundreds of whom also marched from the impoverished Old Fadama neighbourhood to parliament before turning back when met by soldiers, witnesses and police said. Civil unrest is rare in Ghana, a country...
(Starrfmonline 06/23/15)
African budget airline – Fastjet – has sold its interest in loss-making Fly 540 Ghana for a nominal $1. Fly 540 Ghana, which suspended operations in the West African country in May 2014, incurred a loss of more than $11 million last year. It has been acquired by DWG-G Company. “The disposal of Fly540 Ghana is a great step forward in Fastjet's restructuring plans for our legacy businesses,” Fastjet chief executive Ed Winter said. “Whilst West Africa remains of interest...
(KBC 06/23/15)
Property worth millions of shillings went up in flames earlier Tuesday morning after a fire destroyed parts of the famous Gikomba market. Fire fighters are still struggling to put out the fire with access to the heart of the inferno proving a challenge. The most affected include clothes and shoes vendors. According to St. john ambulance communication Manager Fred Majiwa, no fatalities have been reported in the area but a few people who were injured during the incident were treated...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/15)
Police have used tear gas on residents demonstrating against the demolition of their slum in Ghana's capital Accra. Thousands were protesting in the slum popularly known as Sodom and Gomorrah. They blockaded roads after soldiers and police used earth-moving equipment to clear part of the slum. Authorities say the slum blocks drains taking water to the ocean, causing caused floods at the beginning of June where an explosion at a petrol station killed at least 150 people.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/22/15)
Bulldozers razed hundreds of homes and businesses in the poor Sodom and Gomorrah neighborhood of Ghana's capital on Saturday so the authorities can start widening a lagoon to prevent a repeat of this month's deadly floods. Some residents said security forces sprayed them with tear gas after they threw stones to protect their livelihoods from the bulldozers. By evening, thousands were stranded in the rain amid rubble and household goods strewn for more than a mile. "What they have done...
(AL Jazeera 06/19/15)
We drove fast, our windows open, the car radio blaring, for 10 hours, deep into the Senegalese countryside, the roaring sound of hot dry air blowing into the car. Outside lay the African savannah - and the immense possibilities of escape. Along this road leading to the Sahara Desert, villages are rare. They appear unannounced like an opportunity. A relief from the monotony of what felt like an endless journey. It is in one such village that my cameraman Jose...
(Voice of America 06/19/15)
 
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There’s a new weapon in the fight to stop elephant poaching: genetics. DNA testing, which is frequently used to solve crimes, has pinpointed where most of Africa’s elephants are being slaughtered. The African elephant is the world’s largest land animal and is vital to the environment in which it lives. But the elephant population is shrinking fast, as demand for illegal ivory remains high, especially in Asia. University of Washington biology professor Sam Wasser and his colleagues conducted the ivory...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/18/15)
It's a scandal that any family in a continent as rich as Africa, with its vast oil and mineral wealth, should be so poor they feel forced to sell their daughter, the African Union's (AU) goodwill ambassador on child marriage said. Globally 15 million girls are married off every year - the equivalent of the population of Zimbabwe or Mali - sometimes in exchange for a dowry or "bride price". "It's very painful when families say we have no choice,...
(APA 06/17/15)
Ghana Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan, has been commended for donating $10,000 to the Ghana’s Cardio Centre at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, one of the most renowned Centre in Africa that treats heart patient.He made the donation through his Asamoah Gyan Foundation, a non-governmental organisation he founded to provide social intervention programmes for less privileged in society. Ms. Veronica Wilson, a vociferous supporter of the Black Stars said this was the kind of donation she was expecting from...
(Starrfmonline 06/17/15)
Board Chairman of the Prisons Council, Reverend Stephen Yenusom Wengam has observed that the conditions of the prisons in Ghana end up toughening criminals after they are jailed. According to him, most of Ghana’s prisons were not originally built for that purpose thereby making them impossible to provide the atmosphere needed to ensure the comfort of prisoners. “Another challenge that we are saddled with is our inability to classify the inmates. Per the UN minimum standard rules, you are supposed...

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(Bloomberg 07/02/15)
Ghana’s cedi will strengthen in the last six months of the year because of inflows from the sale of a Eurobond and a syndicated loan for cocoa producers, Finance Minister Seth Terkper said. The currency’s 26 percent decline against the dollar in the first half is seasonal and was made worse by the greenback’s strength, Terkper told business executives at a conference in the capital, Accra. The cedi is the worst performer this year of the 24 African currencies tracked by Bloomberg. Ghana’s government is on track to meet its budget-deficit target and the currency will improve in the second half of the year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. Ghana agreed to a...
(Starrfmonline 07/02/15)
The credit from the International Development Association (IDA) supports the First Macroeconomic Stability for Competitiveness and Growth Development Policy Financing (DPF), the first of three development policy financing operations aimed at helping the Government of Ghana stabilize its economy and shore up fiscal control by implementing financial policies and processes that are transparent and predictable. US$400 million for a Landmark Policy-Based Guarantee The Board also approved IDA’s very first landmark Policy-Based Guarantee (PBG) of up to US$400 million for Ghana, which may be used to support Ghana’s future external debt financing. “The proposed credit is the first in a programmatic series that will make policy more predictable and enhance the productivity of public spending.” says Santiago Herrera, World Bank Task...
(Ghana Web 07/02/15)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended to the Ghanaian government the need to completely eliminate tax exemptions it grants to individuals, firms, and institutions wanting to do business with the country to improve revenue performance over the medium term. It further urged the West African country to do more to enhance its tax administration. The pronouncement was made Tuesday after a team from the IMF led by Joël Toujas-Bernaté concluded discussions with Ghanaian officials on the first review of...
(Ghana Web 07/02/15)
The Finance Minister, Seth Terkper has sought to clarify that even though Ghana is going through perhaps its worst power crisis, it is still a shining star in terms of access to electricity on the continent. “Let us remember that even during the period that we coined ‘dumsor’ and all that, Ghana has a record, the country has 72% access to electricity,” he remarked. Speaking at the Graphic Business-Fidelity Bank breakfast meeting in Accra on Thursday, the Minister was optimistic...
(Starrfmonline 07/02/15)
Scores of holiday revellers are severely injured in an accident on the Bunso Arboretum Canopy Walkway in the East Akyem District of the Eastern region. Two people are said to be in a critical condition after one of the hooks connecting the canopy walkway to a weak tree reportedly unfastened. According to Starr News’ Eastern regional correspondent Kojo Ansah, a child who is among the injured has been rushed to the Koforidua Government Hospital “for emergency care.” “Some of the...
(RFI(EN) 07/02/15)
Trade is the focus of a three-day visit to France that Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang started on Tuesday. Beyond deals with French companies, China and France are expected to sign an agreement on joint infrastructure projects in Asia and Africa. "China is becoming aware that the situation is more complicated than it initially seemed in Africa, and it is realising that it has a lot to learn from countries that have experience on the continent," Alice Ekman, of the French Institute for Foreign Relations (IFRI), told RFI.
(Ghana Web 07/01/15)
Citi Business News checks across the capital have revealed some Oil Marketing companies have sanctioned close to a 15% increase in fuel prices at the pumps. The change in prices at the pumps vary from one station to the other. A visit to the Shell pump station at Asylum Down revealed there was a 50.5 pesewas increase in the price of petrol up from 3 cedis 47.4 pesewas to 3 cedis 97.9 pesewas per litre. The price of diesel has...
(Ghana Web 07/01/15)
The Public Utility Regulatory Commission has suspended a planned increment of electricity tariffs by some 51.73 percent while sticking to that of water, which will still hold at 15 percent effective Wednesday July 1. In a statement issued in Accra Tuesday evening, the utilities regulatory body said it is deferring the increment for electricity due to “the current electricity supply situation.” That of water they add stays because of “notable expansion in water infrastructure and considerable improvement in supply.” The...
(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
Ghana is likely to clear the first review of its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund and secure a fresh disbursement of funds aimed at stabilising its economy, sources close to the deal said on Monday. The $115 million due in August is vital to shore up Ghana's currency, which has fallen to record lows, and to convince investors who say they have lost faith in the short-term prospects of an economy that until recently was one of the fastest-growing in Africa. The IMF is due to announce on Tuesday the results of its review of the deal, signed in April, based on a two-week mission to the capital.
(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
Mobile Internet operators in Ghana have quietly raised broadband tariffs by 7.4 percent over the past year as operators’ grapple with increased cost of operations, despite more and more people adopting data high-usage plans. The increment was driven principally by increases in the mobile Internet charges of MTN, Airtel and Glo Mobile. The National Communication Authority (NCA) last week released the tariffs of mobile operators, which showed that the data tariff of the six mobile telephony operators has on average...
(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
Ghana and the Russian Federation have held discussions on how Russian companies could contribute to the development of the local oil sector. Both countries looked at how Russian companies, such as Lukoil, Gazprom Rosneft and Rosgeologia, could participate in Ghana’s oil sector to develop it. The dialogue took place when the Minister of Petroleum, Mr Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, paid a working visit to Russia where he interacted with the country’s Petroleum Minister, Mr Alexander Novak. The visit, according to a...
(Starrfmonline 06/30/15)
Mobile phone users in some communities in the Agortime-Ziope and Akatsi North districts of the Volta region are having tough time enjoying the services of their network providers. This is due to the rampant interference of services by networks from neigbouring Togo such as 'Togocell' and 'Move'. The situation, according to some frustrated subscribers in the Ave and Agortime communities is affecting them economically, as they are charged international call rates locally. "Whenever, you are making call, there is interference...
(Mining Weekly 06/30/15)
Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has agreed to sell its Ensign Resources subsidiary, which owns the Asheba licence, in Ghana, to private West African exploration business Taoudeni Resources. The disposal would allow Hummingbird to focus on developing its six-million-ounce gold inventory at its core projects in West Africa, including the Yanfolila gold project, in Mali, which was advancing toward construction. Hummingbird would receive 10% of the total share capital of Taoudeni and a discovery bonus of $1/oz in 500 000 oz increments...
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Ghana Web 06/29/15)
MD of Stanbic Bank, Alhasan Andani, says ongoing efforts to stabilize the falling cedi may yield some positives, however, a true remedy for the local currency’s woes is an overhaul of the economy. “[The Cedi’s fall] is a structural thing that Ghana has to think about. Our imports exceed exports. We don’t print the U.S. dollar or any foreign currency for that matter. We’ve got to trade goods and services out of Ghana to receive it”, Mr Andani said. The...
(The Citizen 06/29/15)
Dar es Salaam. Special task force officers of the Anti-Drug Unit at Julius Nyerere International Airport have arrested a Tanzanian man carrying about 40 heroin-filled capsules in his stomach. The suspect, a resident of Dar es Salaam, was arrested on Thursday at around 4pm as he was about to board a Kenya Airways flight to Ghana via Nairobi, according to the head of the Anti-drugs Unit (ADU) senior assistant of police, Mr Godfrey Nzowa. He told The Citizen by phone...
(Gbc Ghana 06/29/15)
President John Mahama has made new appointments at some public institutions and agencies. According to a statement signed by the Chief of Staff, Mr. Julius Debrah, Kingsley Awuah Darko has been asked to take over responsibility for the management of the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR). Mr. Awuah Darko until his appointment was the Acting Managing Director of BOST. Mr. Awuah Darko takes over from Dr. Alphone Kwao Dorcoo who has been reassigned to the Ministry of Petroleum. According to the...
(Ghana Web 06/29/15)
A member of Parliament's Finance Committee is blaming the depreciation of the cedi on the actions of the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Henry Kofi Wampah. According to Dr. Mark Asibey-Yeboah, decisions taken by the Governor have rather quickened the free fall of the cedi. “The Bank of Ghana lacks leadership and I think the only solution is to appoint a new Governor to boost investor confidence,” he told Accra-based Oman FM, Monday. The cedi has depreciated by...
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Citifmonline 06/26/15)
The Sol Group Ltd, a UK based development company managed by Peter Osei-Tutu of Ghana and Joni Sukumaran of the UK, on 24th June 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), India’s largest engineering and manufacturing firm, to build a $400 million, 400 MW capacity power station in Ghana. The Sol Group had previously obtained an invitation to submit a proposal from the Ministry of Power in Accra. The Sol Group is determined to help...

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(Gbc Ghana 07/02/15)
Accra Hearts of oak on Wednesday beat Kotoko 5-4 on penalties after a goalless game in regulation time to win the 2015 President's Cup trophy. Before kickoff, Hearts of Oak were the most successful club in the President’s Cup history with three titles. Now, after Wednesday's win, they have four. Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea have won the competition twice each. Togolese international Foovi Aguidi scored the decisive kick to hand Hearts an unprecedented fourth President's Cup trophy. Kotoko's Michael Akuffo missed the first kick during the shoot outs, but Hearts skipper Robin Gnange, Isaac Oduro, Gilbert Fiamenyo and Foovi made it 5 out of 5 kicks for the Phobians. Eric Donkor, Latif Amadu, Christopher Bonney,...
(Star Africa 07/02/15)
After terminating his contract with AC Milan, Sulley Muntari, could be on his way back to the Premier League after he played for Portsmouth in 2007-08 and on loan at Sunderland in 2011. According to Fanta Gazzetta, English Premier League side Everton are in talks with the 30-year-old to strengthen up their midfield. Muntari has also received offers from few MLS sides alongside the opportunity to finish his career in the UAE or Qatar. Muntari sruggled to get in AC Milan’s starting lineup last season and only had 17 appearences.
(Gbc Ghana 06/30/15)
Preparations began for the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League campaign as the Swans returned for pre-season training at Landore. New signings Andre Dede Ayew and Franck Tabanou have joined up with their new Swans teammates, where Garry Monk’s side yesterday underwent a series of fitness tests ahead of a busy pre-season schedule. The Swans are set to embark on a pre-season training camp in Germany in July, where they will face Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach and German second tier side 1860...
(Starrfmonline 06/30/15)
Ghanaian-born former Dutch international George Boateng has hinted at a possible takeover of the coaching role with the Black Stars in future. The midfielder over the weekend returned to Ghana to grace Stephen Appiah’s testimonial match at the Accra Sports Stadium. The 39-year-old early this year parted ways with Malaysian outfit Kelantan FA as a coach after retiring from active football. He also had stints with English Premier sides Middlesborough, Aston Villa, Hull City and Nottingham Forest. Boateng told Starr...
(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
Renowned British Grandmaster and a former world title contender, Nigel Short, is scheduled to visit the country next Tuesday to open the President’s Cup Championship slated for July 1 at the Accra Sports Stadium. According to the Ghana Chess Association (GCA), Mr Short was invited to give a public lecture on the sport and also host a clinic for both professional and amateur players in the country. He is also due to present 600 chess sets to the GCA on...
(Gbc Ghana 06/29/15)
Staff of the Ghana Water Company Limited, GWSC, emerged as winners in GBC/URA Radio soccer gala competition held at the St Johns Park in Bolgatanga. A pulsating 3-0 win over staff of URA Radio was enough for them to carry the ultimate prize in the grand finale of the competition. The keenly contested gala game which forms part of GBC's 80th anniversary celebrations, saw the Upper East Media XI taking the second position. Speaking to Radio Ghana, the captain for...
(BBC News Africa 06/26/15)
Consider a world in which the England kit man is paid as big an appearance fee as Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart or Raheem Sterling. Tough to imagine? Not so if you worked for Ghana's Football Association at the 2014 World Cup where their "equipment officer" earned $100,000 (£64,000). In a 396-page report which investigates the Black Stars' first-round exit in Brazil, payment for a role also defined as "ball boy" is highlighted. Ismail Hamidu was the lucky recipient of a sum equal to that earned by individual players, doctors, coaches and manager James Kwesi Appiah.
(BBC News Africa 06/26/15)
Consider a world in which the England kit man is paid as big an appearance fee as Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart or Raheem Sterling. Tough to imagine? Not so if you worked for Ghana's Football Association at the 2014 World Cup where their "equipment officer" earned $100,000 (£64,000), according to a government report. In a 396-page report which investigates the Black Stars' first-round exit in Brazil, payment for a role also defined as "ball boy" is highlighted. Ismail Hamidu was...
(Ghana Web 06/25/15)
Italy's charismatic footballers, Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero are expected to arrive in Ghana on Saturday morning to participate in Stephen Appiah’s testimonial match - the same day of the much-respected event. Del Pierro was a teammate with Appiah at Juventus after signing for the Old Ladies from Parma on a €2 million in the summer of 2003, before the ex-Ghana captain joined Roberto Baggio's Brescia on loan for the 2003-04 season. Stephen Appiah’s testimonial match is expected to...
(Citifmonline 06/25/15)
The report of the Dzamefe Commission set up to look into Ghana’s exit from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has revealed that several sums of money given out by the Ministry of Youth and Sports was done so without supporting documentation. The payments amounting to USD 931, 000 were made in respect of the qualifying matches Ghana played in the buildup to the World Cup and according to the Internal Control Findings of an audit done by the...
(Times Live 06/24/15)
Ghana national team captain Asamoah Gyan has requested for a paternity test to confirm whether he is indeed the father of a child of a 22-year-old university student he allegedly had an affair with. Sarah Kwabla is alleging that the Black Stars captain got her pregnant and is therefore demanding financial support from him, according to a Ghanaian radio station Joy FM. The station reported on Wednesday that Police at Odorkor region are investigating claims of a 22-year-old student accusing...
(Ghana Web 06/23/15)
Ghana striker Jordan Ayew is keen to join Lille OSC, claims new coach Herve Renard. The former Ivory Coast coach, who joined the French outfit on a three-year deal has made the Lorient attacker his number one target. Renard is a long time admirer of the Ghana international and has not hidden his desire to bring him to the club. “I can confirm that Jordan [Ayew] wants to come to me [at Lille], but he has a boss. It is...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Ghana Web 06/17/15)
Andre Dede Ayew could make his debut in the English Premier League away to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. That is if the 25-year-old is selected by his new manager, Garry Monk; for the club's first game against the current champions on the weekend of 8-9 August 2015 at Stamford Bridge. Dede Ayew, who is son of Ghana's football maestro, Abedi Ayew Pele; signed on a free transfer for Swansea City after his contract at French side, Olympique Marseille expired. He signed...
(Spy Ghana 06/17/15)
Nana Obiri-Buahen, a legal luminary, has described government’s white paper on Ghana’s 2014 World Cup commission as ‘fraudulent and bogus’, insisting the report is useless and only fit to be used as wrappers for roasted plaintain, groundnuts and doughnuts ‘bofrot’. The leading member of the opposition NPP party launched the astonishing attack on the report claiming it sought to protect leading members of the ruling NDC party involved in Ghana’s campaign in Brazil while witch-hunting the leadership of the Ghana...
(BBC News Africa 06/15/15)
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan scored twice to help his side secure a huge 7-1 victory over Mauritius in their opening 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday. All the Black Stars' big names lived up to their reputations, with Jordan Ayew also scoring twice and Christian Atsu adding one. Jeffrey Schlupp was also on the scoresheet and David Accam struck Ghana's final goal. J. Sophie scored for Mauritius but the visitors were already 4-0 down by then and were...
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...
(Ghana Web 06/12/15)
The Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation has orgnised a selection competition to pick the best boxers who would represent Ghana at the up coming All African Games in Congo. National coach Ofori Asare told our truly time was not on their side, so they had to put up the competition at short notice to the clubs, however most of the boxers from the Greater Accra Region, the home f the sport were present and hey fought very well. Coach Asare praised...
(The Guardian 06/11/15)
The Ghana forward André Ayew has joined Swansea on a four-year deal, subject to international clearance. The 25-year-old was out of contract at Marseille and he will now join the Premier League club who have been looking to strengthen their forward options since Wilfried Bony was sold to Manchester City in January. The deal was confirmed on Swansea’s website. Ayew, who was on target against the United States and Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has won more...
(Vanguard 06/10/15)
Mali, which managed to qualify for the round of 16 as one of the best four third-place finishers, is through to the quarter-finals of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. This was after a shock 3-0 win in Wellington early on Wednesday over former champion’s Ghana. According to the FIFA media outlet, the Malians owe their result to a trio from Diadie Samassekou, Diedonne Gbakle and Aboubabacar Doumbia. Before going ahead in the 20th minute, Mali had...

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(Ghana Web 06/30/15)
GH One presenter Amanda Jissih seems to be in trouble. The TV presenter on her Facebook page did not give out much information but the sorrows she goes through when she is alone. The E-Talk entertainment show host on Saturday afternoon shared some of the bad times she has been through for the past months. According to her “I’ve been in a relationship with pain, sadness, bitterness for far too long. “You wont understand this at all. I quit always but they keep kneeln for me. This is not a man. This life experiences in general. “I wanna date joy n happiness. The smiles and laughter are all for tv n fans. The real me...
(Spy Ghana 06/29/15)
On Saturday 27th June 2015 at the maiden edition of Golden Movie Awards Africa, they were honoured for their impressive contributions to the film industry, at the State Banquet House ,Accra. Nigerian movies 30 Days In Atlanta and Knocking On Heaven’s Door and Ghanaian movies including Devil In the Details, and Made In Agege were the biggest winners at the 2015 Golden Movie Awards. Knocking on Heaven’s Door won the Best Film nod while Devil in The Details bagged the Best Director nod for Shirley Frimpong Manso. Also, top Ghanaian musicians graced the event with their performance as artistes who performed included Legendary Pat Thomas, Irene Logan ,Nana Yaa, Kwame Yeboah , Eazzy and a host of others. Let’s see...
(Spy Ghana 06/29/15)
From Left to Right : Samir JahJah, IMF’s resident representative for Ghana,Deputy Minister of Finance Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson,Mathieu Robbins and James Jukwey- Thomson Reuters foundation The Deputy Minister of Finance, Ghana Hon. Cassiel Ato Forson has said that training of journalists to enhance efficiency and accuracy in reporting economic issues is very critical to enabling citizen participation in the economic development process. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of a two day workshop scheduled for the June 25th,...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore...
(Ghana Web 06/24/15)
Elikem Kumordzie and Zimbabwean, Pokello Nare, could have their white wedding in Ghana in six months time. Elikem, who married Pokello over the weekend, in an interview on Airtel Entertainment News on Drive Time on Joy FM dropped the hint about the wedding, Tuesday. The Big Brother Africa lovebirds had their traditional wedding in Zimbabwe Saturday after dating for two years. Asked when the white wedding will be held, the Ghanaian actor and fashion designer said they are not in...
(Starrfmonline 06/23/15)
Growing up in Ghana, there was not much to watch. Programs like By The Fire Side, Akan Drama, Fun Times were our only option. TV was boring and there were not much local movies for consumption. But these stars you are about to see stood up and made the 90’s and 2000’s worth living with their awesome talents and the movies they worked on. Before the John Dumelo’s and Yvonne Nelson’s, they were the real deal in acting. Brew Riverson...
(Spy Ghana 06/15/15)
Mix MaxtaGarzy cooks up some contemporary Highlife instrumental for the duo Keche on their new single ‘Shame On You’. This song is their second release in 2015 after dropping ‘In His Time’, the group’s first ever gospel tune. Keche has also recorded songs with Edem and Sarkodie for their sophomore album which will be launched somewhere in October. In 2011, the duo released their widely acclaimed debut ‘Pressure’ album with hits like ‘Sokode’, Aluguntugui& ‘Pressure’. The upcoming album under GB...
(Spy Ghana 06/15/15)
The Chinese Film Festival has opened in Namibia’s capital Windhoek and will feature classic Chinese movies on romance, history and war drama. Chinese ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang said, “this event is a chance for Namibian friends to understand Chinese culture, history and society, and could hopefully enlighten us in future cultural exchange and cooperation.” Ambassador Xin said similar functions will be held that undoubtedly contribute “to our cultural and people-to-people exchanges, to create better atmosphere for your cooperation in...
(Ghana Web 05/07/15)
Actress Yvonne Nelson has started receiving abusive phone calls from people who appear to be unenthused by her #dumsormuststop campaign. After a government communicator recently referred to the actress and her other female colleagues championing the anti-power outage campaign as “prostitutes” on social media, Nelson has posted on social media, a recording of an unknown male individual, who yelled abusive words on her on the phone. The caller kept referring to the actress as a prostitute. The actress also wrote...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(Starrfmonline 03/10/15)
Dr. Phil is wading into the fray in the on-going battle between Nick Gordon and the family of Bobbi Kristina Brown. The talk show host recently conducted an emotional, revealing interview with Gordon, and now Dr. Phil is sitting down with ET's Kevin Frazier to talk about the volatile situation. "I went to Atlanta to interview Nick. When I got there, the interview became an intervention," Dr. Phil explained. "When we get to Atlanta, his lawyers, who we were talking...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ghana Web 02/18/15)
Talent Ghanaian child music star, Esi, has said fondly how much she has missed missing music genius Castro. The Hiplife artist, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, went missing, along with friend Janet Bandu in July, 2014. Born Elizabeth Esi Awotwi, the rising star who revealed Castro helped her write her debut single, Dream, is hopeful the musician would “come back soon”. “I don’t know. Uncle Castro was so nice to me and I miss him so much. I want...
(Ghana Web 02/04/15)
The lady with a charming voice on radio, Doreen Andoh, host of Joy Fm’s mid-morning show, Cosmopolitan Mix, has become the latest celebrity to add her voice to the growing complaints over the erratic supply of electricity in the country. Doreen has said the current situation has been giving her “high blood pressure.” She told her listeners on Monday that she had not had electricity for three days with absolutely no explanation from the power suppliers. “…Let’s not deal with...
(The Guardian 01/26/15)
Ghanaian Highlife artiste, Nana Quame visited e.TV’s The Late Nite Celebrity Show to enumerate some of the challenges he is facing after a long hiatus. With seven albums under his belt, Nana Quame revealed “It’s not easy getting artistes to feature on my songs currently. "Many of these artists don’t want to work with me anymore. I want to make myself believe they are busy doing other things or songs. "I called on some artists to feature them and they...
(Ghana Web 01/22/15)
Model, TV Presenter and Singer Deborah Vanessa Owusu, more commonly known in entertainment circles as Sister Debbie, has revealed that she never stated anywhere that she earned $8000 with her nude picture as some media houses have reported. Speaking in an exclusive interview on Neat FM’s “Entertainment Ghana”, Sister Debbie said whoever will believe that story is either ignorant or is up to some mischief. “First of all, the story is a misquotation or misinterpretation. That is not what I...
(Citifmonline 01/08/15)
In 2015, television gets more exciting as a new Nigerian telenovela, Hotel Majestic, births on Africa Magic. The daily telenovela premiered on January 5 on Africa Magic showcase at 7:00PM GMT. Hotel Majestic focuses on the Emeni family as they fight one another and the outside world to protect a hotel that has been in their family for decades. The Hotel, which is situated in a beautiful and flawless riverside community in Nigeria, has been in the family since the...
(Ghana Web 01/08/15)
The President, John Dramani Mahama has jokingly called on ace highlife singer, Charles Kwadwo Ofosu, known in showbiz as Daddy Lumba to grant him the copyright to his hit song, 'Yentie Obiaa'. The President said his call is necessary as his name has become synonymous with the lyrics of the song. “I think Lumba must give me the copyright to the song…,” he joked in an interview Wednesday as part of events marking the two years of his presidency. The...
(Ghana Web 12/30/14)
The organisers of a musical bash dubbed “New Year Bash With Abrantie Amakye Dede”, slated for January 1, 2015 at the Abrantie Spot, have promised music fans that the much awaited event would be full of fun and excitement as there would be hot performances by the highlife legend Abrantie Amakye Dede, Kofi B and Lee Duodu. According to the organisers, music lovers and fans of Abrantie, Kofi B and Lee should expect a fun-packed night at the event which...
(Ghana Web 12/23/14)
Airtel Ghana brand ambassadors, Kalybos, Ahoofe Patricia and DKB will join music giants such as Shatta Wale, M.anifest, Stonebwoy, Guru, Keche, MzVee and Kontihene to thrill fans at the Decemba 2 Rememba concert which will come off at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) on December 24. Both Kalybos and Patricia have won the hearts of many Ghanaians with their hilarious comedy series dubbed ‘Boys Kasa’. DKB, born Derrick Kobina Bonney, was Ghana’s representative at the Big Brother Africa Stargame...

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(Bloomberg 07/02/15)
Ghana’s cedi will strengthen in the last six months of the year because of inflows from the sale of a Eurobond and a syndicated loan for cocoa producers, Finance Minister Seth Terkper said. The currency’s 26 percent decline against the dollar in the first half is seasonal and was made worse by the greenback’s strength, Terkper told business executives at a conference in the capital, Accra. The cedi is the worst performer this year of the 24 African currencies tracked by Bloomberg. Ghana’s government is on track to meet its budget-deficit target and the currency will improve in the second half of the year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. Ghana agreed to a...
(Mining Weekly 06/30/15)
Aim-listed Hummingbird Resources has agreed to sell its Ensign Resources subsidiary, which owns the Asheba licence, in Ghana, to private West African exploration business Taoudeni Resources. The disposal would allow Hummingbird to focus on developing its six-million-ounce gold inventory at its core projects in West Africa, including the Yanfolila gold project, in Mali, which was advancing toward construction. Hummingbird would receive 10% of the total share capital of Taoudeni and a discovery bonus of $1/oz in 500 000 oz increments on discovery at the Asheba licence, which currently had a gold inventory of 176 000 oz at 1.8 g/t. Hummingbird, which acquired the asset from Gold Fields as part of a package of projects in 2014, retained the right to...
(Ips News 06/30/15)
Berlin — In a major paradigm shift, the German government is now placing its bets on digitalisation for its development cooperation policy with Africa, under what it calls a Strategic Partnership for a 'Digital Africa'. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), "through a new strategic partnership in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), German development cooperation will be joining forces with the private sector to support the development and sustainable management of Digital Africa's potential."
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
North America has a population of about 500 million, and two-fifths of them are on Facebook. In Africa, with more than 1 billion people, just 120 million use the social network. That’s an opportunity Facebook Inc. can’t ignore, though the region poses challenges unlike those the company has faced in more developed markets. To spur growth on the continent, Facebook next month is opening an office in an affluent suburb of Johannesburg. The office will be headed by Nunu Ntshingila, 51, chairman of WPP Plc’s Ogilvy & Mather agency in South Africa, who will oversee Facebook’s business in the region.
(Bloomberg 06/29/15)
U.S. intelligence agencies are considering whether to provide information, analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife poaching networks, according to a top official. “We are looking for opportunities” where “we can contribute,” Terrance Ford, the national intelligence manager for Africa in the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, said in an interview last week. “We haven’t settled on” the next opportunity, but “it’s an issue of where we can make a difference,”...
(BBC News Africa 06/26/15)
Consider a world in which the England kit man is paid as big an appearance fee as Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart or Raheem Sterling. Tough to imagine? Not so if you worked for Ghana's Football Association at the 2014 World Cup where their "equipment officer" earned $100,000 (£64,000). In a 396-page report which investigates the Black Stars' first-round exit in Brazil, payment for a role also defined as "ball boy" is highlighted. Ismail Hamidu was the lucky recipient of a sum equal to that earned by individual players, doctors, coaches and manager James Kwesi Appiah.
(BBC News Africa 06/26/15)
Consider a world in which the England kit man is paid as big an appearance fee as Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart or Raheem Sterling. Tough to imagine? Not so if you worked for Ghana's Football Association at the 2014 World Cup where their "equipment officer" earned $100,000 (£64,000), according to a government report. In a 396-page report which investigates the Black Stars' first-round exit in Brazil, payment for a role also defined as "ball boy" is highlighted. Ismail Hamidu was...
(Voice of America 06/26/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Start-ups in Africa often complain about banks being unwilling to lend. In the absence of loans, small businesses often fund themselves through savings and capital from friends and family. But crowdfunding platforms are increasingly bridging the finance gap and offering start-ups in Africa a lifeline. Mira Mehta is co-founder of Tomato Jos, an agricultural company that helps tomato farmers in Nigeria. Using Kickstarter, which claims to be the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, Tomato Jos raised $55,000. Angel investors pledged another $230,000 to Tomato Jos outside the platform.
(Voice of America 06/24/15)
Four U.S. lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation to promote access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The bill establishes a U.S. strategy to support affordable and reliable electricity, which they say is a must in order to improve economic growth, health and education in Africa. Tom Hart, executive director of the nonpartisan, anti-poverty ONE organization in the U.S., applauded the legislation and said improving energy access in Africa was essential. “Seven out of 10 people in Africa have no access to...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Bloomberg 06/19/15)
The floods that devastated Ghana’s capital, Accra, this month have subsided. Now borrowing costs are rising as investors fret that fixing the damage will add pressure to government finances already strained by low oil prices and the smallest cocoa harvest in five years. The West African country’s dollar bonds, which had the best returns after Gabon in the first five months of the year out of nine sub-Saharan African sovereign nations tracked by Bloomberg indexes, have lost 3 percent since June 3, when flooding resulted in almost 200 deaths and left thousands homeless. Only Zambia’s debt performed worse in the period.
(Voice of America 06/19/15)
 
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There’s a new weapon in the fight to stop elephant poaching: genetics. DNA testing, which is frequently used to solve crimes, has pinpointed where most of Africa’s elephants are being slaughtered. The African elephant is the world’s largest land animal and is vital to the environment in which it lives. But the elephant population is shrinking fast, as demand for illegal ivory remains high, especially in Asia. University of Washington biology professor Sam Wasser and his colleagues conducted the ivory...
(Voice of America 06/17/15)
JOHANNESBURG— Heads of state gathered for the African Union summit in Johannesburg say they made great strides in solving the continent's many problems, which include a political crisis in Burundi. But the meeting was overshadowed by the arrival of Sudan's president, wanted on genocide charges. Although Burundi and the violence in South Sudan were discussed, the two-day meeting of African Union heads of state was overshadowed by controversy surrounding the arrival of Sudan’s president, who is the subject of an international arrest warrant for genocide. AU Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma explained the decision not to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
(The New Times 06/17/15)
Raphael Kuuchi, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for Africa, was in Rwanda last week. Kuuchi talked to Business Times’ Peterson Tumwebaze about a range of issues, including how Rwandan and African aviation industry can be improved to become more competitive: RwandAir has now joined the club, what does it mean for Africa’s youngest airline? It means international recognition… IATA provides the airline a powerful, unified, and experienced voice to support and promote its members operations and aspirations. IATA is...
(Ips News 06/16/15)
Melville — Genetically modified (GM) cotton has been produced globally for almost two decades, yet to date only three African countries have grown GM cotton on a commercial basis - South Africa, Burkina Faso and Sudan. African governments have been sceptical of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for decades and have played a key role historically in ensuring that international law - the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - takes a precautionary stance towards genetic engineering in food and agriculture. They have...
(BBC News Africa 06/15/15)
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan scored twice to help his side secure a huge 7-1 victory over Mauritius in their opening 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday. All the Black Stars' big names lived up to their reputations, with Jordan Ayew also scoring twice and Christian Atsu adding one. Jeffrey Schlupp was also on the scoresheet and David Accam struck Ghana's final goal. J. Sophie scored for Mauritius but the visitors were already 4-0 down by then and were...
(IT News Africa 06/15/15)
According to the National Communications Authority of Ghana, the number of mobile data subscribers in Ghana rose from 15,804,608 subscribers at the end of February 2015 to 16,106,218 at the end of March 2015, giving a penetration rate of 59.78 percent. Airtel Ghana’s subscriber base increased 2.39 percent from 2,206,603 in February to 2,259,268 at the end of March, giving it a 14.03 percent mobile data market share. Tigo Ghana had an increase of 147,811 subscribers or 6.42 percent in...
(Bloomberg 06/13/15)
Ghana will lose hundreds of millions of dollars from the damage of flooding that killed more than 150 people, President John Dramani Mahama said. “A lot of people lost their personal properties,” Mahama told reporters in the capital, Accra, on Friday. “It also affected a lot of small- and medium-sized enterprises.” Storm drains and gutters overflowed on June 3 during the heaviest day of rain in six years and dozens of people were killed in an explosion at a gas...
(The Voice of Russia 06/13/15)
 
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JOHANNESBURG— African leaders in Johannesburg for this year’s African Union summit have a unique opportunity to set priorities, policies and reach consensus on important issues like raging conflicts, political problems and more. But critics say this relatively small group of powerbrokers is deciding what the entire continent needs without seeking the input of regular people. While leaders have a lot to discuss this week, Burundi has dominated discussion as its president's efforts to stay in power, which already prompted one...
(Bloomberg 06/12/15)
African nations are taking steps toward creating a free-trade zone with a combined size of $2 trillion, as heads of state meet in Johannesburg this week. Talks on removing the barriers to trade and the movement of people between the continent’s 54 countries will begin on June 15 at the African Union summit and conclude by the end of 2017, Fatima Haram Acyl, the AU’s trade commissioner, said in an interview on Thursday. Progress on creating a continental trade bloc...

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