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Sunday 22 January 2017

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(Reuters (Eng) 01/21/17)
Ghana's new government plans to review its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund because it may need more money for its spending plans, a minister-designate said on Friday. The three-year programme, signed by the previous government in April 2015, imposes strict targets for revenue collection and spending. It aims to reduce inflation, the public debt and the budget deficit and restore rapid growth to Ghana's economy. President Nana Akufo-Addo won December's election in part by promising voters he would give the equivalent of $1 million to each constituency per year for development, build a dam in every village and a factory in every district while cutting taxes. "It (the IMF programme) must be...
(Citifmonline 01/21/17)
Ghana’s total debt stock has reached 119.9 billion cedis as at November 2016, figures from the Bank of Ghana have shown. The debt also represents 71.9 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the Bank of Ghana’s Economic and Financial Data, the country’s debt ballooned from 112.3 billion cedis in September 2016 to the current figure. By this, Ghana added 7.6 billion cedis to its debt stock in October and November 2016. Of the debt, the domestic component amounted to 53.9 billion cedis accounted for 32.3 percent of GDP. Also, the external component amounted to 66 billion cedis and accounting for 39.6 percent of GDP. The development comes at a time that some economic watchers have criticized...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Ghana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday. Avram Grant's side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year's tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday. It was not a vintage performance from the Black Stars...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Ghana defender Abdul Rahman Baba has left the team's Africa Cup of Nations base in Port-Gentil and faces a potentially lengthy absence after suffering a serious-looking knee injury against Uganda on Tuesday. The 22-year-old left-back was forced off in the first half of the Black Stars' opening Group D game in Port-Gentil, which they won 1-0 thanks to an Andre Ayew penalty. A Ghana FA statement on Thursday confirmed the player, who is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Ghana's new president has announced he is sending 205 soldiers to The Gambia as part of a regional force to enforce the result of the country's disputed election. Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement late Wednesday that he had "approved and authorised the deployment of a combat team of 205 troops, backed with the appropriate logistical equipment". Nigeria on Thursday said it was contributing 200 soldiers and air assets, including fighter jets, to the regional force while Senegal, The Gambia's neighbour, said its troops were "on alert". Opposition candidate Adama Barrow won the December 1 election and was due to take office on Thursday.
(Ghana Web 01/19/17)
The International Tribunal sitting on the case between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will determine the case before the end of 2017. A press release issued on the ITLOS website said the date was fixed after Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire had filed their memorials and responses, respectively. The statement indicated that preliminary issues on whether or not Ghana should be stopped from all activities at the disputed area were resolved in April 2015. The dispute was submitted by way of a...
(Ghana Web 01/19/17)
Officials of the Casablanca Stock Exchange have commenced discussions with their Ghanaian counterpart to harmonize the operations between the two markets. This is to ensure traders on both sides get access to each other’s market. A business delegation from Morocco is already in Ghana to initiate moves to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ghana Securities and Exchange Commission to that effect Chief Executive of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, Karim Hajji explains that trade barriers have accounted for their...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/19/17)
Ghana is sending 205 combat troops to Gambia for the regional mission aiming to deploy if President Yahya Jammeh does not step aside when his mandate ends at midnight, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Wednesday. "The objective is to create an enabling environment ... (to) facilitate the inauguration of the President-Elect, Adama Barrow, on Thursday, January 19, 2017," Akufo-Addo said, referring to the winner of December's election. Nigeria and Senegal have also deployed soldiers to the force.
(Graphic Online 01/19/17)
Ghana needs new, bold and systematic policies capable of bringing about fundamental changes to the economy, the Executive Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), Professor Newman Kwadwo Kusi, has stated. According to him, Ghana cannot produce different results based on the same past incremental policy changes. He said the country’s over-dependence on the export of primary commodities, notably cocoa, timber, gold and, recently, oil, was a continuation of the over 60-year-old colonial economic structure, adding: “Exporting these commodities...
(Graphic Online 01/18/17)
The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Ami Mehl, has lauded Ghana for the peaceful and successful conduct of the December 7, 2016 elections. Speaking during a courtesy call on the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Michael Aaron Oquaye, yesterday, Mr Mehl said the successful conduct of the elections had further boosted Ghana’s image as the beacon of democracy in the eyes of the international community. He assured Ghana of the commitment of Israel to assist the country to deepen its democratisation process. Besides, he said, Israel was ready to support Ghana in agriculture and other
(AfricaNews 01/18/17)
Ghana’s powerful Ashanti kingdom escorts its queen mother to the ancestral village. The funeral of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, who died last year at 111 years is a big deal in the gold-rich Ashanti region of the country. The queen, known as the ‘Asantehemaa,’ was the mother of the current overlord of the kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. Nana Afia Kobi, was the 13th Ashanti Queen and reigned for 39 years. But beyond the really colourful and deeply...
(Ghana Web 01/18/17)
Hearing of the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean has been scheduled for hearing from February 6 to 16, 2017. The President of the Special Chamber constituted to deal with the dispute, Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, will preside over the hearing. Other members of the panel are judges Rüdiger Wolfrum of Germany and Jin-Hyun Paik of the Republic of Korea. Ad hoc judges Thomas Mensah, Ghana, and Ronny Abraham,...
(Graphic Online 01/18/17)
The Indian High Commission will hold a “Festival of India-Matri” from January 25 to March 15, 2017 to commemorate 60 years of a strong bond of friendship between India and Ghana. The festival will be held in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, as well as the governments of both countries. The Indian High Commissioner, Mr Birender Singh, announced this at a press briefing held in Accra. He said the festival to be...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Andre Ayew converted a first-half penalty as Ghana started their latest bid to reclaim the Africa Cup of Nations title with a hard-earned 1-0 victory against Uganda on Tuesday. The West Ham United star's 32nd-minute spot-kick was all that separated the sides on an awful pitch in Port-Gentil as Ghana withstood Ugandan pressure in the second half and ended their recent poor record against the Cranes. The Black Stars, who have not won the continental title since 1982 and lost...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/17)
Britain's credit export agency, UK Export Finance (UKEF), signed its first direct loan deal in Africa on Monday, providing $310 million to GE Oil & Gas to supply equipment for an oil and gas project in Ghana. UKEF's loan and credit facility is part of a wider $1.35 billion financing for the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project, developed by Eni, Vitol Ghana Upstream and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. The $7.9 billion project will tap offshore oil and gas resources and provide fuel for gas-fired power plants in Ghana. Oil and gas production from the project is expected to peak at 80,000 barrels of oil
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Runners-up two years ago, Ghana start their latest bid to recapture the Africa Cup of Nations crown when they face Uganda in Port-Gentil in Group D on Tuesday. The Black Stars are in Gabon looking to win a fifth Cup of Nations but a first since 1982, and Israeli Avram Grant remains at the helm after leading them to a defeat on penalties against the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final in Equatorial Guinea. Ghana arrived in the port city...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
It is 35 years since Ghana won the Africa Cup of Nations but coach Avram Grant is looking to use the pressure to end that long drought as a positive. "I don't think you can achieve anything without pressure. We like to use pressure as a negative word but I think it's good," said Grant on Monday, on the eve of the Black Stars' opening match at this year's tournament against Uganda. Grant is still in charge after leading Ghana...

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(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Ghana's new president has announced he is sending 205 soldiers to The Gambia as part of a regional force to enforce the result of the country's disputed election. Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement late Wednesday that he had "approved and authorised the deployment of a combat team of 205 troops, backed with the appropriate logistical equipment". Nigeria on Thursday said it was contributing 200 soldiers and air assets, including fighter jets, to the regional force while Senegal, The Gambia's neighbour, said its troops were "on alert". Opposition candidate Adama Barrow won the December 1 election and was due to take office on Thursday.
(Ghana Web 01/19/17)
The International Tribunal sitting on the case between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire will determine the case before the end of 2017. A press release issued on the ITLOS website said the date was fixed after Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire had filed their memorials and responses, respectively. The statement indicated that preliminary issues on whether or not Ghana should be stopped from all activities at the disputed area were resolved in April 2015. The dispute was submitted by way of a...
(Ghana Web 01/18/17)
Hearing of the dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean has been scheduled for hearing from February 6 to 16, 2017. The President of the Special Chamber constituted to deal with the dispute, Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, will preside over the hearing. Other members of the panel are judges Rüdiger Wolfrum of Germany and Jin-Hyun Paik of the Republic of Korea. Ad hoc judges Thomas Mensah, Ghana, and Ronny Abraham,...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman. The country, which has been on the frontline of migrants arriving across the Mediterranean from North Africa, is pushing for an agreement with Niger and a renewed deal with Tunisia to facilitate returns. "We have saved many lives but we cannot accept rule-breaking. We need to speed up deportations," Foreign Minister...
(Ghana Web 12/30/16)
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) says Ghana is likely to miss out on the January 2017 deadline for the reduction of sulphur content in diesel from 3,300 parts per million (ppm) to 50 ppm. According to the Chamber, although assurances had been given by the standards committee, made up of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), as well as other relevant stakeholders, committing the country to 50 ppm in January, “we are likely to miss these...
(Punch 12/29/16)
Forty-three jumbo bags of cannabis worth N250m smuggled into the country from Ghana have been seized along Agbara/Badagry road by the Nigeria Customs Service. The Western Marine Command of the NCS disclosed this in a statement. It quoted the Controller of the command, Yusuf Umar, as saying that the seizure was made possible following a report made available by some good Samaritans. Umar said on getting the report, he quickly mobilised his officers to the area, where they captured the...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/16)
French border police intercepted 45 African migrants who were trying to enter the country from Italy and arrested the two smugglers involved, local prosecutors said Wednesday. Travelling in two vans, 25 migrants in the first vehicle were stopped while 20 in the second breached a checkpoint at Montgenevre in southeastern France, before later being found. According to the prosecutor's office, the migrants were returned to the border and the two smugglers are to be tried in Italy.
(The New York Times 12/28/16)
Last December, my family gathered at my grandmother’s house for the one-year anniversary of her death. Her house in Akim Oda, a small town in southern Ghana, was filled with well-wishers. I walked into the kitchen to fetch drinks for the guests, and as I opened the fridge, the lights flickered out. “Oooh, light off!” my aunt called out from the living room. Electricity in the entire town had gone out; it did not return until midday the next day,...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/24/16)
A record 5,000 migrants are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea this year, following two shipwrecks on Thursday in which some 100 people, mainly West Africans, were feared dead, aid agencies said on Friday. Two overcrowded inflatable dinghies capsized in the Strait of Sicily after leaving Libya for Italy, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said. "Those two incidents together appear to be the numbers that would bring this year's total up...
(AFP (eng) 12/23/16)
Five people were killed and dozens injured following an explosion and fire at a gas station in Ghana's capital Accra, the police and fire service said Friday. "The situation is very serious," regional police commander Yoosa Bonga told AFP of Thursday night's incident. "We can't immediately say what caused the fire but we took several people to the 37 Military Hospital for treatment but unfortunately five people are dead." A spokesman for the Ghana Fire Service, Billy Anaglatey, said "four...
(APA 12/23/16)
The death toll from Thursday night's explosion at the Louis Gas Station behind the Trade Fair Centre at Labadi in the Ghanaian capital, Accra has risen to nine. The tragic gas explosion was caused by the 'irresponsible human error' of the operators of the gas tanker, according to Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority, Mr. Moses Asaga. He said two bolts which should have been tightened on the lid of the gas tanker were missing resulting in pressure...
(BBC News Africa 12/23/16)
At least five people have died and dozens injured in an explosion at a gas filling station in Ghana's capital, Accra, according to local media. The explosion had been caused by "irresponsible human error", the National Petroleum Authority, (NPA) said. The NPA said two bolts which should have "tightened the lid" of the gas tanker were missing, Joy News reports. Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and saw flames billowing into the sky. Injured persons were reported to have...
(The Globe and Mail 12/23/16)
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope, opening new frontiers in our understanding of the universe. But the builders have to contend with an unforgiving climate and other formidable challenges first, In the desolate rocky plains of the Great Karoo, the dangers are endless. Scorpions and puff adders are underfoot. The harsh sun beats down, interrupted only by occasional lightning storms. Temperatures range from stifling heat to freezing cold. But at night, in the vast...
(BBC News Africa 12/22/16)
A drugs fugitive who was in hiding in Ghana has been jailed for 13 years following his extradition to the UK. David McDermott, 43, originally from Ormskirk, was the last man wanted in connection with a plot to import 400kg of cocaine from South America. The father-of-six was arrested in March the Ghanaian capital Accra where he, his wife and two children lived. It followed an involving National Crime Agency officers and the Ghanaian Bureau of National Investigation. Secret tracking...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/16)
Selma saunters on her stilt-like legs, batting thick lashes as she extends a blackish tongue -- as long as an arm -- to grab pellets offered by an awed tourist. The giraffe is after all, eating for two. Her pregnancy is good news for one of the rarest giraffe species, protected at the Giraffe Centre in the Kenyan capital, but experts warn the outlook for the rest of the world's tallest land mammals is far gloomier. While it is hoped...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/16)
When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer -- a disease she had only heard of on television -- was the last thing on her mind. "To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things," the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases -- along with diabetes and...
(AFP (eng) 12/16/16)
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. In total, 7,189 migrants and refugees have died or remain missing on migratory routs around the world, the International Organization for Migration said. That number is already 1,449 more than in all of 2015. And since it represents an average of 20 deaths per day,...

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(Reuters (Eng) 01/21/17)
Ghana's new government plans to review its $918 million programme with the International Monetary Fund because it may need more money for its spending plans, a minister-designate said on Friday. The three-year programme, signed by the previous government in April 2015, imposes strict targets for revenue collection and spending. It aims to reduce inflation, the public debt and the budget deficit and restore rapid growth to Ghana's economy. President Nana Akufo-Addo won December's election in part by promising voters he would give the equivalent of $1 million to each constituency per year for development, build a dam in every village and a factory in every district while cutting taxes. "It (the IMF programme) must be...
(Ghana Web 01/19/17)
Officials of the Casablanca Stock Exchange have commenced discussions with their Ghanaian counterpart to harmonize the operations between the two markets. This is to ensure traders on both sides get access to each other’s market. A business delegation from Morocco is already in Ghana to initiate moves to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ghana Securities and Exchange Commission to that effect Chief Executive of the Casablanca Stock Exchange, Karim Hajji explains that trade barriers have accounted for their inability to integrate the various markets on the continent but was prepared to engage Ghana on the way forward. “You need also to harmonise listing rules among markets to facilitate listing,” he said. “That is why we are here to...
(Graphic Online 01/19/17)
Ghana needs new, bold and systematic policies capable of bringing about fundamental changes to the economy, the Executive Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), Professor Newman Kwadwo Kusi, has stated. According to him, Ghana cannot produce different results based on the same past incremental policy changes. He said the country’s over-dependence on the export of primary commodities, notably cocoa, timber, gold and, recently, oil, was a continuation of the over 60-year-old colonial economic structure, adding: “Exporting these commodities...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/17)
Britain's credit export agency, UK Export Finance (UKEF), signed its first direct loan deal in Africa on Monday, providing $310 million to GE Oil & Gas to supply equipment for an oil and gas project in Ghana. UKEF's loan and credit facility is part of a wider $1.35 billion financing for the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) project, developed by Eni, Vitol Ghana Upstream and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. The $7.9 billion project will tap offshore oil and gas resources and provide fuel for gas-fired power plants in Ghana. Oil and gas production from the project is expected to peak at 80,000 barrels of oil
(Ghana Business News 01/16/17)
Investors continued to demonstrate optimism in the Ghanaian economy as activities on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) hiked up during the second week (January 9 to 13) trading which translated into the bidding up of equities on the bourse. In effect the benchmark GSE-Composite Index rose by 2.1 per cent on a week-on-week basis to close at 1,735.7 points, which represents a year-to-date return of 2.8 per cent A total of 10.8 million shares exchanged hands, but liquidity however declined...
(Bloomberg 01/11/17)
Ghana appointed investment banker Ken Ofori-Atta as finance minister following elections last month that saw the return to power of the New Patriotic Party. The announcement was made by President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday in comments on Citi FM radio. Ofori-Atta, 57, held the post of executive chairman of the Accra-based investment bank Databank Financial Services Ltd. for 12 years until 2012 and served as director of fundraising during the NPP’s campaign for the Dec. 7 elections. Former finance minister...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be...
(Ghana Web 01/05/17)
Prices of some petroleum products have gone up by 11 percent for the first pricing window in January. Checks by Citi Business News indicate that the price of a litre of petrol has gone up between 8 and 11 percent while the same quantity for a litre of diesel has gone up between 9 and 11 percent. A litre of petrol at some major Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) is now selling between 4 cedis and 4 cedis 15 pesewas. Also,...
(Ghana Web 01/05/17)
President John Dramani Mahama has said that recent developments in advanced economies have led to an adverse economic projection for Ghana. Delivering his last State of the Nation Address in Parliament on Thursday, January 5, in accordance with article 67 of the 1992 constitution, Mr Mahama pointed out: “As the United States of America (USA) makes a slow but steady recovery, the recent increase in the US interest rates means more money is leaving emerging markets and being reinvested in...
(Ghana Web 01/05/17)
The Chinese government has assured Ghana of its readiness to support the country in various ways to create more jobs. This was revealed by China’s ambassador to Ghana, Sun Baohong, during a presentation at Ghana’s parliament on Tuesday, January 4, 2017. Ms Baohong, who handed over security equipment for use by the House indicated: “Apart from conducting more projects to improve people’s livelihoods, China will do more to answer Ghana’s appeal for job creation and industrialisation”. The Chinese ambassador indicated...
(Agence Ecofin 01/03/17)
In Q3 2016, Ghana’s year-on-year gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4%, against 3.6% the year before. This was revealed by the country’s statistics office which explained the increase by a greater oil output. “We saw the resumption of oil production from the Jubilee field [...] and this contributed to the increase in GDP for the quarter,” acting government statistician Baah Wadieh said, adding that starting oil production at the TEN field also contributed to the GDP’s growth. Ghana’s economy for years was booming, stimulated by oil, gold and cocoa exports. However, since 2013, the nation has been experiencing economic slowdown spurred by global commodity price slump.
(Agence Ecofin 01/03/17)
AIM-listed gold miner Goldplat Plc, which operates the Anumso project in Ghana, got its operating licence for the project renewed for three years. The firm can thus continue processing mining residues at its operations to produce and export gold and concentrates. According to the renewal’s terms, Goldplat will pay the Ghanaian government a 5% royalty for all minerals it gets via its operations. Also, the firm is to develop the project which it recently announced regarding an elution plant. The...
(Dw-World 01/03/17)
Ponzi schemes are becoming a big worry for Ghana's financial sector. Ghanaians are on high alert after a Russian-backed Ponzi scheme which was banned in Nigeria is emerging in their country promising huge profits. Ghana's financial sector is currently struggling to recover from a major financial crisis involving Ponzi investment schemes. Millions of Ghanaians have been denied access to their savings after investing in microfinance companies. They had been promised huge returns on their capital over a short period of...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Ghana Web 12/30/16)
Ghana’s gross domestic product (GDP), notwithstanding the discovery of oil, has only increased from $28.5 billion in 2008 to a projected $40 billion in 2016, a 40 percent increase in eight years, according to the New Patriotic Party (NPP). In its analysis of the country’s performance under President John Dramani Mahama, the NPP stated: “In fact, between 2012 and 2016, i.e. during John Mahama’s tenure as president, the economy, in dollar terms, shrunk by 5 percent.” Per capita The NPP...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(Ghana Web 12/29/16)
The Governor of the Bank of Ghana(BoG) Dr. Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku has stated that even though the country is yet to achieve its targeted inflation for the year, the central bank has been able to anchor the inflation expectation of investors. At the beginning of the year, government set an inflation target of 8 percent, plus or minus two percentage point, while figures released by the Ghana Statistical Service(GSS) as at November was 15.5 percent. According to Dr. Issahaku, achieving the...
(Ghana Web 12/29/16)
Finance Minister Seth Terkper has stated that Ghana is likely to miss its budget-deficit target for 2016 due to low oil output, high spending on elections and the energy-industry debts. According to him, Ghana may miss the target of 5.3 percent of gross domestic product by 1.5 to 2 percentage points. Mr. Terkper who made the announcement at press conference in Accra said Ghana’s shortfall in 2015 was 6.3 percent of GDP. “The higher deficit was on account of FPSO...
(AFP (eng) 12/28/16)
Its lower cost has made it popular in commercial food production, but after being blamed for deforestation in Asia, palm oil plantations are now getting a similar rap in Africa. The sheer scale of land required is having an impact in Gabon, Cameroon and the Congo Basin, environmentalists say. With financing coming from American, European and Asian agri-businesses, palm bunches are cultivated then cut from trees and sent to factories where oil is extracted by hot pressing. But the production...
(Vanguard 12/27/16)
The World Bank Group has said it would provide $517 million to Ghana in debt and guarantees to support the $7.7 billion Sankofa oil and gas project being developed by Italy’s oil giant ENI and upstream trader Vitol Ghana. The finance adds to a $700 million guarantee package and brings its total financing to around $1.217 billion for the offshore project, whose gas component is set to open in 2018, a statement said. The Bank’s investment arm, the International Finance...

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(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Ghana can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations with a group game to spare if they beat Mali in Group D in Port-Gentil on Saturday. Avram Grant's side, beaten on penalties by the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final, set themselves up nicely in this year's tournament by edging out Uganda 1-0 courtesy of an Andre Ayew spot-kick in their opening match on Tuesday. It was not a vintage performance from the Black Stars but, on a terrible playing surface, Grant is only interested in winning matches for now, regardless of the manner in which they do it. "In this tournament at the start it's important to take the...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Ghana defender Abdul Rahman Baba has left the team's Africa Cup of Nations base in Port-Gentil and faces a potentially lengthy absence after suffering a serious-looking knee injury against Uganda on Tuesday. The 22-year-old left-back was forced off in the first half of the Black Stars' opening Group D game in Port-Gentil, which they won 1-0 thanks to an Andre Ayew penalty. A Ghana FA statement on Thursday confirmed the player, who is currently on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke from Chelsea, would travel to Germany "to undergo further tests and possible surgery." Tests in Gabon's capital Libreville on Wednesday confirmed that Baba had suffered "a rupture of the meniscus and a particular tear of the anterior cruciate ligament with...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
Andre Ayew converted a first-half penalty as Ghana started their latest bid to reclaim the Africa Cup of Nations title with a hard-earned 1-0 victory against Uganda on Tuesday. The West Ham United star's 32nd-minute spot-kick was all that separated the sides on an awful pitch in Port-Gentil as Ghana withstood Ugandan pressure in the second half and ended their recent poor record against the Cranes. The Black Stars, who have not won the continental title since 1982 and lost...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Runners-up two years ago, Ghana start their latest bid to recapture the Africa Cup of Nations crown when they face Uganda in Port-Gentil in Group D on Tuesday. The Black Stars are in Gabon looking to win a fifth Cup of Nations but a first since 1982, and Israeli Avram Grant remains at the helm after leading them to a defeat on penalties against the Ivory Coast in the 2015 final in Equatorial Guinea. Ghana arrived in the port city...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
It is 35 years since Ghana won the Africa Cup of Nations but coach Avram Grant is looking to use the pressure to end that long drought as a positive. "I don't think you can achieve anything without pressure. We like to use pressure as a negative word but I think it's good," said Grant on Monday, on the eve of the Black Stars' opening match at this year's tournament against Uganda. Grant is still in charge after leading Ghana...
(AFP 01/12/17)
The Black Stars of Ghana will again be one of the favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations as they aim to clinch a fifth title after their last triumph 35 years ago. Ghana are one of the most successful teams in the continent’s football showpiece having won it in 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982. However, they have since fallen short, being beaten in the championship games for the 2010 and 2015 editions and reaching the semi-finals in 2012 and...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(AFP (eng) 01/05/17)
Ghana coach Avram Grant has named his 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving out France-based striker Abdul Majeed Waris for the tournament in Gabon. The 25-year-old forward, who plays for Lorient in Ligue 1, was a surprise omission for the Black Stars, who reached the final of the last edition in 2015 but lost on penalties to Ivory Coast. Asamoah Gyan, of Al Ahly in the United Arab Emirates, will captain the team, assisted by West Ham...
(The Chronicle 01/05/17)
Outgoing Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye has confirmed that the budget for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations has been slashed from US$ 5.4 million to US$ 3.4 million. The budget includes team's training tour of UAE where they will camp for 11 days at the Al Ain training centre. Also factored in are bonuses and appearance fees for the players who will make the 23-man squad. "The Ghana Football Association presented a budget for the AFCON and it was...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
Ghana coach Avram Grant named a provisional 26-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon on Monday, with Leicester City's Jeff Schlupp a surprise omission. Schlupp's Leicester team-mate Daniel Amartey was included as was another English Premier League player, Andre 'Dede' Ayew of West Ham. Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew - Andre's brother - was one of three English Championship players named, alongside Christian Atsu of Newcastle and Andy Diadom of Barnsley. There was no place for Juventus midfielder...
(Ghana Web 12/28/16)
Al Ahly striker John Antwi has been fined for travelling to Ghana without the club’s permission, the club announced on their official website. Antwi missed practice on Monday as he travelled to Ghana, according to Al Ahly director of football, Sayed Abdel-Hafiz. The player’s absence comes as Al Ahly prepares for the Derby against Zamalek, which is set to be played on Thursday. According to Abdel-Hafiz, Antwi reneged on a previous agreement to travel to his home country after the...
(Ghana Web 12/22/16)
Ghana ended 2016 as the 53rd best national team in the world and ninth in Africa in FIFA’s last ranking for the year. The Black Stars remained unchanged on the table after only 15 men’s international ‘A’ games played since the release of the last ranking. Ghana are down eight places in the world ranking to 53rd position and went down four places to ninth in the Africa last month. This was after they lost 2-0 to the Pharaohs at...
(Ghana Web 12/21/16)
Ghana football legend Osei Kofi has revealed that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) have been bribing Sports Ministers in order to get them to their side. Reverend Osei Kofi confidently said he could back his revelation with facts, since he once worked in the Sports Ministry. "I work at the Ministry so I know what goes on there. What the FA does is that whenever any new minister is appointed, the FA bribes them with a big envelope full of...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/16)
Ghana's Daniel Amartey struck late to salvage a draw for Premier League champions Leicester, and African Footballer of the Year Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's 16th Bundesliga goal rescued a point for Bayern Munich. ENGLAND DANIEL AMARTEY (Leicester) The Ghana midfielder capped a thrilling Leicester fightback with the late equaliser that rescued a 2-2 draw at Stoke on Saturday. Amartey had gone 19 games without a goal as he struggled to make an impact with the Premier League champions following his pre-season...
(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...
(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...
(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...

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(AfricaNews 01/18/17)
Ghana’s powerful Ashanti kingdom escorts its queen mother to the ancestral village. The funeral of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, who died last year at 111 years is a big deal in the gold-rich Ashanti region of the country. The queen, known as the ‘Asantehemaa,’ was the mother of the current overlord of the kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. Nana Afia Kobi, was the 13th Ashanti Queen and reigned for 39 years. But beyond the really colourful and deeply traditional event which lasts for days, Ghana’s Twitter space has joined in mourning the queen. The hashtag #RIPAsanteHemaa has been trending since Tuesday. According to our tradition, she is the chief counselor. If Otumfuo has...
(Graphic Online 01/18/17)
The Indian High Commission will hold a “Festival of India-Matri” from January 25 to March 15, 2017 to commemorate 60 years of a strong bond of friendship between India and Ghana. The festival will be held in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, as well as the governments of both countries. The Indian High Commissioner, Mr Birender Singh, announced this at a press briefing held in Accra. He said the festival to be held in Accra, Takoradi, Cape Coast, Kumasi and Koforidua would showcase multifaceted aspects of Indian culture in its various colours and forms. According to him, similar festivals had already been held in Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia and Italy, among several...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
A fancy dress New Year festival that began almost a century ago in Ghana as a searing satire of colonial life is still thriving today, with hundreds of people dressing up and donning masks. On the streets of Winneba, a fishing town a two-hour drive from the capital Accra, a four-metre tall Santa Claus waving Ghana's flag marches past a wolf shimmying to the jazzy beats played by a brass band. Children wearing matching pink and white cowboy outfits decorated...
(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...
(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...

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(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared over the past eight years, with much of the continent living in the shadow of a violent extremist group: al-Shabab in Somalia and East Africa, Islamic State (IS) in Libya, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman, when France's military launched Operation Serval in January 2013 as jihadists allied to Tuareg rebels took control of the north of the country. "I took the necessary steps and we intervened militarily, and what we did there in terms of...
(Bloomberg 01/11/17)
Ghana appointed investment banker Ken Ofori-Atta as finance minister following elections last month that saw the return to power of the New Patriotic Party. The announcement was made by President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday in comments on Citi FM radio. Ofori-Atta, 57, held the post of executive chairman of the Accra-based investment bank Databank Financial Services Ltd. for 12 years until 2012 and served as director of fundraising during the NPP’s campaign for the Dec. 7 elections. Former finance minister...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(Dw-World 01/03/17)
Ponzi schemes are becoming a big worry for Ghana's financial sector. Ghanaians are on high alert after a Russian-backed Ponzi scheme which was banned in Nigeria is emerging in their country promising huge profits. Ghana's financial sector is currently struggling to recover from a major financial crisis involving Ponzi investment schemes. Millions of Ghanaians have been denied access to their savings after investing in microfinance companies. They had been promised huge returns on their capital over a short period of...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
Ghana coach Avram Grant named a provisional 26-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon on Monday, with Leicester City's Jeff Schlupp a surprise omission. Schlupp's Leicester team-mate Daniel Amartey was included as was another English Premier League player, Andre 'Dede' Ayew of West Ham. Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew - Andre's brother - was one of three English Championship players named, alongside Christian Atsu of Newcastle and Andy Diadom of Barnsley. There was no place for Juventus midfielder...
(BBC News Africa 01/03/17)
An electricity grid for the whole village Problem: A total of 1.3 billion people worldwide currently don't have electricity, according to Yale Environment 360. Getting people in rural areas on to the national grid is proving too difficult and traditional solar panels generate meagre amounts of energy. Solution: Steamaco makes solar and battery micro-grids which can work for a whole village. They are small electricity generation and distribution systems that operate independently of larger grids. How it works: Micro-grids are...
(Voice of America 12/30/16)
2016 was predicted to be a tough year for African economies, and it delivered. Traditional economic leaders faltered this year amid a storm of falling commodity prices, unpredictable and destructive weather like droughts and floods across large swaths of the the continent. Slow economic growth in China, a major investor and trading partner, only added to their challenges. “This year, you’ve seen the two Africas: the commodity exporters going through tough times, while the non-commodity exporters being more resilient,” Nigerian...
(The New York Times 12/28/16)
Last December, my family gathered at my grandmother’s house for the one-year anniversary of her death. Her house in Akim Oda, a small town in southern Ghana, was filled with well-wishers. I walked into the kitchen to fetch drinks for the guests, and as I opened the fridge, the lights flickered out. “Oooh, light off!” my aunt called out from the living room. Electricity in the entire town had gone out; it did not return until midday the next day,...
(BBC News Africa 12/23/16)
At least five people have died and dozens injured in an explosion at a gas filling station in Ghana's capital, Accra, according to local media. The explosion had been caused by "irresponsible human error", the National Petroleum Authority, (NPA) said. The NPA said two bolts which should have "tightened the lid" of the gas tanker were missing, Joy News reports. Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and saw flames billowing into the sky. Injured persons were reported to have...
(The Globe and Mail 12/23/16)
The Square Kilometre Array will be the world’s most powerful radio telescope, opening new frontiers in our understanding of the universe. But the builders have to contend with an unforgiving climate and other formidable challenges first, In the desolate rocky plains of the Great Karoo, the dangers are endless. Scorpions and puff adders are underfoot. The harsh sun beats down, interrupted only by occasional lightning storms. Temperatures range from stifling heat to freezing cold. But at night, in the vast...
(BBC News Africa 12/22/16)
A drugs fugitive who was in hiding in Ghana has been jailed for 13 years following his extradition to the UK. David McDermott, 43, originally from Ormskirk, was the last man wanted in connection with a plot to import 400kg of cocaine from South America. The father-of-six was arrested in March the Ghanaian capital Accra where he, his wife and two children lived. It followed an involving National Crime Agency officers and the Ghanaian Bureau of National Investigation. Secret tracking...
(Washington Post 12/21/16)
In the wake of national elections Dec. 7, Ghana’s president, John Mahama, conceded to challenger Nana Akufo-Addo. The election marks the first time an incumbent has stood for reelection and lost since this West African nation became independent in 1957. Power has changed hands between parties before, but only when the sitting president was standing down as a result of term limits and the ruling party was running a first-time candidate. Political scientists see peaceful handoffs of power like this...
(Mining.com 12/20/16)
Shares in Africa-focused Goldplat (LON:GDP) were up almost 6% in London Tuesday morning after the firm announced it had received a three year renewal for its gold recovery licence in Ghana. The permit grants Goldplat’s GRG subsidiary rights to buy and process by-products and export any gold recovered. As part of the renewal, GRG will have to pay the Ghanaian government a 5% royalty on all minerals obtained from its operations. It must also continue with its plans to install...
(Voice of America 12/16/16)
In his first 100 days in office, President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo will implement measures to improve Ghanaians' lives and restore dignity to the presidency, his spokesman said Thursday. It's hoped that Ghanaians "would begin to see a difference," Mustapha Hamid said. Akufo-Addo will "establish the presidency as the embodiment of the spirit and soul and the values of our country." President John Mahama, meanwhile, continued to lead his team in meetings with Akufo-Addo as part of the transition process following the...
(CNN 12/15/16)
In the sleepy, sun-blasted town of De Aar in central South Africa, a mighty force is stirring. The largest solar plant in Africa, Middle East and the Southern hemisphere was inaugurated here earlier this year, a 175-megawatt facility that spreads over almost 500 hectares. The facility is the brainchild of Solar Capital, led by hotel magnate turned solar evangelist Paschal Phelan, which ploughed $400 million into the venture. The plant supplies power to the National Grid, but when the heat...
(Voice of America 12/13/16)
Ghana will have a new president next month when Nana Akufo-Addo takes office following his victory in last week's election. The new president has spent a lifetime immersed in the West African country's politics. Akufo-Addo won the presidency of Ghana by pledging to fix the economy. Despite offshore oil production, the country has struggled with escalating debt, increasing corruption and high unemployment. “We have to recognize one thing. If we do not make a focused, systematic effort to change the...
(AL Jazeera 12/09/16)
Civil society urges election commission to quickly release results, as ruling party rejects opposition victory claims. Ghana's main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo said he was "quietly confident" he had beaten incumbent President John Mahama in the presidential elections, a claim promptly rejected by the ruling party. The electoral commission has yet to release results from this week's elections but the opposition said it had tabulated figures from individual constituencies. Afuko-Addo told hundreds of supporters in the capital Accra on Thursday...
(The Africa Report 12/09/16)
Inside a small building in a quiet part of Accra's beachside Osu neighbourhood, around 40 volunteers gather around a large white screen showing Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook posts in real time. “I can get through at least 1,000 posts in an hour,” says a slightly exasperated volunteer, who is monitoring social media chatter around Ghana's presidential and parliamentary elections. This is Ghana's Social Media Tracking Centre (SMTC), led by Accra-based media organisation Penplusbytes. The centre's chief executive officer, Kwami Ahiabenu...
(Le Monde 12/09/16)
Dozens of politicians, diplomats, military and intelligence chiefs, members of the opposition and leading business figures were wiretapped across the continent. This rare overview of modern satellite espionage could hardly be less technical and abstract, for it not only names the victims of intercepts but also reveals the scale of a surveillance operation spanning an entire continent. That continent is Africa. New documents shown to Le Monde, in collaboration with The Intercept, from the data cache of the former NSA...

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