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Friday 19 December 2014

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(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
Mobile voice subscription figures recorded a 6.81% cumulative growth for the first 10 months of this year to reach nearly 30 million, National Communication Authority data has shown. Between January and October this year, mobile network operators added a little above 1.57 million new voice lines to their networks as they prepare for slowing growth and a renewed focus on customer retention and value-added services. According to the latest NCA figures, the total mobile voice subscription number as at October is more than 29.99 million
(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea -- the new epicentre of piracy in Africa -- are struggling to get their act together. The coastal area extending from Senegal to Angola has stolen the limelight from the Gulf of Aden on the piracy front. From hijacking cargo ships and siphoning their fuel to illegal fishing and transporting contraband, seafaring robbers are squeezing the region's economy. Between January and September the Gulf of Guinea recorded 33 incidents of piracy and armed robbery, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). While an improvement on the 47 attacks recorded in the same period last year, the figure still dwarfed the number of incidents recorded...
(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
Ghana is to save about $300 million a year on fuel costs even with the current slump in oil prices on the world market with the coming on stream of the Atuabo gas plant, a statement said. The Atuabo gas plant is supplying 50 million cubic feet of gas per day to the Aboadze Thermal Plant. It has also produced 3,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas and condensate as byproducts. “Atuabo remains a vital cushion for the current unreliable gas...
(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
Parliament has approved the release of Ghc36 million to the Youth and Sports Ministry to cater for its budget for 2015, DailySoccerGhana.com can confirm. According to 2015 budget statement, the amount will cover expenses for the participation of the Black Satellites at the Senegal 2015 Africa Youth Championship and other sporting national teams as they prepare for the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers. A chunk of the amount will also be invested...
(Human Rights Watch 12/19/14)
New York — African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the court's founding document, African and international organizations present at the session said today. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa's relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates, the organizations said. The ICC's Assembly of States Parties met from December 8-17, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters for its...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
Ghana is set to become the second country in Africa to introduce nuclear energy after South Africa. This follows the International Atomic Energy Agency approval of Ghana’s application after decades of negotiation. The project could have a large impact on Ghana’s power shortfall and raises questions about what safety protocols are in place. Ghana’s nuclear ambitions date back to the 1960s but stalled after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president. Now, with erratic power supply from hydro and...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
ACCRA— Ghana is set to become the second country in Africa to introduce nuclear energy after South Africa. This follows the International Atomic Energy Agency approval of Ghana’s application after decades of negotiation. The project could have a large impact on Ghana’s power shortfall and raises questions about what safety protocols are in place. Ghana’s nuclear ambitions date back to the 1960s but stalled after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president. Now, with erratic power supply from hydro...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah says in the short time President John Dramani Mahama has been in office, he has unveiled policies that will transform the economy. He said, even though the president, “will never say that he has transformed Ghana into paradise, we are working very hard to transform the economy.” Dr. Omane Boamah was speaking at the Greater Accra edition of the Government for the People Forum Thursday. “In less than one year, President Mahama is walking...
(Ghana Web 12/18/14)
An International Finance Corporation (IFC) report has indicated that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) losses about $350 million in revenue every year. It said on aggregate, technical, commercial and collection losses were around 35 per cent, implying an annual revenue loss of $350 million. Each percentage loss is estimated at $1 million. “This implies additional revenue of around $175 million would have been available if the company’s losses were halved,” a former Board Chairman of the State Enterprises Commission...
(PANA 12/18/14)
Togo and Ghana have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a cross-border water project, dubbed 'Drinking water Sogakope-Lome', which will supply about four million consumers in both countries with drinking water, PANA learnt here from official sources Tuesday. The cross-border project, signed last Friday here, will be supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB). It will cost an estimated 2.195 million euros. The MoU, which followed talks initiated in 2005 between the Ghana water limited and La Togolaise...
(Ghana Web 12/18/14)
Former Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Yao Obed Asamoah has told starr news in an exclusive interview that even though he has issues with his former boss, former President Jerry Rawlings, he believes the former Military Leader had a very good vision for Ghana. The former Attorney General, who served under Rawlings told Emmanuel Gbikpo on the sidelines of the launch of his book titled: “The political history of Ghana; the experience of a non-conformist” in...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Parliament is to probe oil marketing giant, Vivo Energy, formerly Shell Ghana, for allegedly operating in the country unlawfully. It follows a question filed under certificate of urgency by Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng, asking the Minister for Energy & Petroleum to appear before the house and explain why Vivo Energy continues to operate in Ghana without complying with regulatory requirements. In May 2013, the National Petroleum Authority approved an application by Vivo Energy to take over...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Government has said it was unable to roll out the national fertiliser subsidy programme for the 2014 cropping season. This, according to Mr Fifi Kwetey, Minister for Food and Agriculture, was because the Government had not been able to pay the fertiliser companies a total of GH¢ 64 million being subsidies on fertilisers they distributed in 2013. Mr Kwetey was answering questions pertaining to the agricultural sector on the floor of the House, in Accra. The question, an urgent one,...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Head of Human Security at the National Security Secretariat, Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah (Retired), has urged government to be bold and cut employment in security agencies. This he says will enable it deal with inadequate funding to the agencies and properly cater for their needs. Speaking to Joy News at a book launch in Accra, General Mensah said “government must be bold enough to take certain bold decisions.” He said even though there is a lot of political pressure on...
(Ghana Web 12/18/14)
Ghana's economy must be changed from one that is dependent on the export of raw materials to one that is dependent on science and technology, a former presidential aspirant of New Patriotic Party (NPP), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has said. “We cannot develop this country when we continue to rely on the export of raw materials for our foreign exchange. We need to change the structure of the economy,” he said. In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the heart surgeon...
(Spy Ghana 12/18/14)
The case between Aggrieved Member of Parliament Emmanuel Aboagye Didieye and the National Democratic Congress has been discontinued by the plaintiff. Counsel for the NDC Kojogah Adawudu told Kwame Sefa Kayi on peace fm’s Kokrokoo that “I got to court and met Didieye’s lawyer Obeng Manu who told me his client has decided to discontinue the case.” He said they went to court to make the decision known to the judge and the Judge ruled that the Member of Parliament...
(Ghana Web 12/18/14)
The sluggish nature of the execution of work by Chinese contractors working on the Eastern Corridor Road Project has angered the Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini. Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, who paid a working visit to the project site on Tuesday, questioned why the China Jiangxi International Corporation, contractors on the Nkwanta-Oti Damanko stretch of the project, had failed to return to work despite being paid. The Eastern corridor road covers a distance of about 695 kilometers, which...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Protesters demonstrating against bad roads in the Eastern Region have charged President Mahama to stop making promises and fix their roads. The demonstrators who call themselves Mass Action for Development are lamenting the terrible road network not only hampers access to health facilities but makes them prone to robberies and other crimes. Speaking to Joy News, leader of the group Ike Gyasi, said pregnant women in critical condition and other critically sick people who are transferred to the regional capital...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said that ECOWAS leaders begged President John Dramani Mahama to accept the offer for a second term. The “unanimous” decision by leaders appoint the Ghanaian leader to chair the sub-regional economic body for the second successive time, Mr. Ablakwa stated, is because of his exemplary leadership and his commitment to working hard to better the lives of citizens of ECOWAS countries. ECOWAS Heads of States and Governments at a summit last week in...
(Spy Ghana 12/18/14)
The Jomoro District Assembly in the Western Region has exceeded its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) for 2014 by over 20 per cent as at October 2014. The District Chief Executive, Mr Sylvester Daddieh, made this known at the Assembly meeting at Half Assini. He said the Assembly proposed a total of 492,225.80 Ghana Cedis for the year 2014, but realised 694,866.16 Ghana Cedis as revenue as at October this year. According to Mr Daddieh, the achievement followed the establishment of...

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(AFP (eng) 12/19/14)
A year after vowing to banish buccaneers from their waters, countries in the Gulf of Guinea -- the new epicentre of piracy in Africa -- are struggling to get their act together. The coastal area extending from Senegal to Angola has stolen the limelight from the Gulf of Aden on the piracy front. From hijacking cargo ships and siphoning their fuel to illegal fishing and transporting contraband, seafaring robbers are squeezing the region's economy. Between January and September the Gulf of Guinea recorded 33 incidents of piracy and armed robbery, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). While an improvement on the 47 attacks recorded in the same period last year, the figure still dwarfed...
(Human Rights Watch 12/19/14)
New York — African countries expressed strong support for the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the court's founding document, African and international organizations present at the session said today. The governments showed a more positive picture of Africa's relationship with the ICC than is often reflected in public debates, the organizations said. The ICC's Assembly of States Parties met from December 8-17, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters for its regular annual session. ICC members approved the court's budget and elected six new judges to the court, in addition to discussing topics such as cooperation with the court. "While a few vocal African governments are intent on portraying the ICC...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Head of Human Security at the National Security Secretariat, Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah (Retired), has urged government to be bold and cut employment in security agencies. This he says will enable it deal with inadequate funding to the agencies and properly cater for their needs. Speaking to Joy News at a book launch in Accra, General Mensah said “government must be bold enough to take certain bold decisions.” He said even though there is a lot of political pressure on...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Protesters demonstrating against bad roads in the Eastern Region have charged President Mahama to stop making promises and fix their roads. The demonstrators who call themselves Mass Action for Development are lamenting the terrible road network not only hampers access to health facilities but makes them prone to robberies and other crimes. Speaking to Joy News, leader of the group Ike Gyasi, said pregnant women in critical condition and other critically sick people who are transferred to the regional capital...
(Ghana Web 12/18/14)
The Ghana Police Service has vowed to sack officers who are caught extorting money from motorists and other road users. According to the service, it constantly receives complaints over the conduct of unscrupulous personnel who demand spot fines from traffic offenders even though the law covering such instant punishment is yet to be implemented. Director General of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department, DSP Awuni Angwutobge explained that the proposed spot fine is yet to be approved, and is therefore...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
A meeting between former HIV and AIDS Ambassador Joyce Dzidzor Mensah and the Ghana AIDS Commission ended inconclusively last Wednesday. The meeting, called at the behest of the AIDS Commission, ended inconclusively. It lasted barely 30 minutes. The embattled former HIV ambassador arrived at the Ghana AIDS Commission at around 4pm yesterday, dressed in an orange polo shirt and a pair of denim trousers in the company of her lawyer. She looked ready to face the AIDS Commission officials who...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
The Police in Kumasi have arrested a man suspected of killing the Manager of the Abrepo Main Branch of Ecobank. Samuel Kwame Boadi is believed to be one of the three masked men who shot and killed the 39-year-old banker, Richard Sallah on Friday, December 5. Luv FM's Erastus Asare Donkor reports, the police retrieved a laptop and a mobile phone stolen from the deceased's house which were in the possession of the suspect. On Thursday, December 18, the police...
(Ghana Business News 12/18/14)
The Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group of the World Health Organisation estimates that Ghana’s maternal mortality rate has gone up from 350 per 100,000 live births to 380. The report also indicates that in 2013, an estimated 3,100 women died from pregnancy related causes and that figures from the District Health Management Information System revealed that 1,012 pregnant women died in 2013 from pregnancy related issues across the country. Mrs Vicky T. Okine, Executive Director of Alliance for Reproductive Health...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(Ghana Web 12/17/14)
Police in Yendi have arrested four persons including a teenager, for allegedly playing a role in the murder of the Chief of Salinkuga in the Zabzugu District of the Northern Region. Naa Sumani Tigu was shot Tuesday night by gunmen and died while being rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Salinkuga is a farming community located about eight miles away from the Zabzugu Township. Reports say the late chief was shot twice in the thigh and one of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/17/14)
Ghana must remove "ghost workers" from its public sector payroll before the European Union resumes budget support suspended a year ago, the EU ambassador to the West African country, William Hanna, said on Tuesday. EU grants worth up to $250m could be crucial as Ghana seeks to recover from a fiscal crisis that has slowed the rapid GDP growth the country enjoyed for years due to its exports of gold, cocoa and oil. Hanna said the EU suspended aid because...
(Spy Ghana 12/17/14)
Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, Minister of Health, says government is spending more than one billion dollars on key health infrastructure projects aimed at increasing health care delivery and accessibility for more people. “This underscores the importance the government places on health care. Upon completion of these projects, it is expected that about 60 per cent of the population will get access to quality health care. “Under the various ongoing programmes, sub-urban Ghana is expected to benefit from 15 facilities, stretching from...
(Spy Ghana 12/17/14)
Ghana has achieved 85 per cent urban water coverage which exceeds the projected 76 per cent target by 2015, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing has said. The projected achievement, which is a year ahead of schedule, was based on the Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) conducted by the United Nations (UN) and the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS). Addressing the ministry’s turn of meet-the-press series in Accra yesterday, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda,...
(Myjoyonline 12/16/14)
With crude oil now selling on the world market at $57.00 per barrel, the Minority in Parliament says it is nothing more than crude and insensitive for government to be selling the commodity at 17.00 cedis a gallon in Ghana. NPP Member of Parliament for New Juabeng South Mark Assibey Yeboah said the time has come for all to rise in unison to demand a quick reduction in fuel prices. Speaking to Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent Elton John Brobbey the...
(Ghana Web 12/16/14)
Executive Director of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), Kwabena Akyeampong, has descended heavily on the Minority in Parliament, saying its position on the National Youth Employment Agency Bill “is flawed”. Kobby Akyeampong, as he is widely known, said the Bill is to get the structures such as the various positions of GYEEDA in place and not to change the mission and vision of the programme. “It is an establishment bill,” he stated on Tuesday, December 16,...
(Spy Ghana 12/16/14)
Ghana will implement an Inclusive Education Policy next year, and pre-service and in-service training enrolled for teachers in special needs and inclusive education to manage children with special educational needs. The Policy is a national document that has a clear cut comprehensive policy document to give guidance to Inclusive Education implementation in Ghana. Under it, community sensitization programmes to educate parents to bring out their children for enrolment, and the right to choose the choice of schools for their children...
(Ghana Web 12/16/14)
Information reaching DAILY GUIDE indicates that the controversial son of Ghana’s first president, Sekou Nkrumah, has been deported from the United States of America. Even though attempts to get a response from the former boss of the National Youth Authority (NYA) with calls and text messages to his phone proved unsuccessful, sources at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) told DAILY GUIDE that he travelled to the United States last Saturday on board a Delta airline flight. But even before Sekou...
(The Voice 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(Ghana Web 12/15/14)
Executive Director of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe is calling on the entire nation to remember President John Dramani Mahama in prayers so he leaves a good legacy as a president. According to him, the president’s recent interview with Al Jazeera clearly shows that he is capable of ruling the nation despite some mishaps in his government. President Mahama in an interview with Al Jazeera over the weekend admitted that the controversial airlifting of 3 million dollars by his government to...
(Spy Ghana 12/15/14)
Credible information reaching the SCANDAL indicate that the recent dismissal of Reverend Ing William Hutton-Mensah as Managing Director of the Electricity Corporation of Ghana was on the blind side of President John Dramani Mahama. “He was totally unaware of the move” our source said. The Chief of Staff, Douglas Prosper Bani on November 21, in a terse Press Statement purported to come from his office said that “President John Dramani Mahama has appointed Robert Dwamena as Acting Managing Director of...

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(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
Mobile voice subscription figures recorded a 6.81% cumulative growth for the first 10 months of this year to reach nearly 30 million, National Communication Authority data has shown. Between January and October this year, mobile network operators added a little above 1.57 million new voice lines to their networks as they prepare for slowing growth and a renewed focus on customer retention and value-added services. According to the latest NCA figures, the total mobile voice subscription number as at October is more than 29.99 million
(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
Ghana is to save about $300 million a year on fuel costs even with the current slump in oil prices on the world market with the coming on stream of the Atuabo gas plant, a statement said. The Atuabo gas plant is supplying 50 million cubic feet of gas per day to the Aboadze Thermal Plant. It has also produced 3,000 tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas and condensate as byproducts. “Atuabo remains a vital cushion for the current unreliable gas supply from Nigeria and would remain in operation for the long haul,” Ben Asante, director of technical operations at Ghana Gas, told Reuters. He referred to the West African Pipeline Company, which has failed to deliver the anticipated supply of...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
Ghana is set to become the second country in Africa to introduce nuclear energy after South Africa. This follows the International Atomic Energy Agency approval of Ghana’s application after decades of negotiation. The project could have a large impact on Ghana’s power shortfall and raises questions about what safety protocols are in place. Ghana’s nuclear ambitions date back to the 1960s but stalled after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president. Now, with erratic power supply from hydro and...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
ACCRA— Ghana is set to become the second country in Africa to introduce nuclear energy after South Africa. This follows the International Atomic Energy Agency approval of Ghana’s application after decades of negotiation. The project could have a large impact on Ghana’s power shortfall and raises questions about what safety protocols are in place. Ghana’s nuclear ambitions date back to the 1960s but stalled after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president. Now, with erratic power supply from hydro...
(Ghana Web 12/18/14)
An International Finance Corporation (IFC) report has indicated that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) losses about $350 million in revenue every year. It said on aggregate, technical, commercial and collection losses were around 35 per cent, implying an annual revenue loss of $350 million. Each percentage loss is estimated at $1 million. “This implies additional revenue of around $175 million would have been available if the company’s losses were halved,” a former Board Chairman of the State Enterprises Commission...
(PANA 12/18/14)
Togo and Ghana have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a cross-border water project, dubbed 'Drinking water Sogakope-Lome', which will supply about four million consumers in both countries with drinking water, PANA learnt here from official sources Tuesday. The cross-border project, signed last Friday here, will be supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB). It will cost an estimated 2.195 million euros. The MoU, which followed talks initiated in 2005 between the Ghana water limited and La Togolaise...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Parliament is to probe oil marketing giant, Vivo Energy, formerly Shell Ghana, for allegedly operating in the country unlawfully. It follows a question filed under certificate of urgency by Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng, asking the Minister for Energy & Petroleum to appear before the house and explain why Vivo Energy continues to operate in Ghana without complying with regulatory requirements. In May 2013, the National Petroleum Authority approved an application by Vivo Energy to take over...
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Government has said it was unable to roll out the national fertiliser subsidy programme for the 2014 cropping season. This, according to Mr Fifi Kwetey, Minister for Food and Agriculture, was because the Government had not been able to pay the fertiliser companies a total of GH¢ 64 million being subsidies on fertilisers they distributed in 2013. Mr Kwetey was answering questions pertaining to the agricultural sector on the floor of the House, in Accra. The question, an urgent one,...
(Ghana Web 12/18/14)
Ghana's economy must be changed from one that is dependent on the export of raw materials to one that is dependent on science and technology, a former presidential aspirant of New Patriotic Party (NPP), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has said. “We cannot develop this country when we continue to rely on the export of raw materials for our foreign exchange. We need to change the structure of the economy,” he said. In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the heart surgeon...
(Ghana Web 12/18/14)
The sluggish nature of the execution of work by Chinese contractors working on the Eastern Corridor Road Project has angered the Minister of Roads and Highways, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini. Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, who paid a working visit to the project site on Tuesday, questioned why the China Jiangxi International Corporation, contractors on the Nkwanta-Oti Damanko stretch of the project, had failed to return to work despite being paid. The Eastern corridor road covers a distance of about 695 kilometers, which...
(Spy Ghana 12/18/14)
The Jomoro District Assembly in the Western Region has exceeded its Internally Generated Fund (IGF) for 2014 by over 20 per cent as at October 2014. The District Chief Executive, Mr Sylvester Daddieh, made this known at the Assembly meeting at Half Assini. He said the Assembly proposed a total of 492,225.80 Ghana Cedis for the year 2014, but realised 694,866.16 Ghana Cedis as revenue as at October this year. According to Mr Daddieh, the achievement followed the establishment of...
(Ghana Business News 12/18/14)
Tullow Ghana Limited has started the construction of a new fabrication facility in Sekondi for the Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) Project to serve as Ghana’s second floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO). The second FPSO being constructed on a land leased from the Ghana Navy is expected to start producing oil from the TEN fields from mid-2016. The 122 tonne, 23 metre high steel cylinders would anchor the FPSO to the seabed, keeping it in place during its...
(African Press Organization 12/18/14)
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday, in Abidjan, Cote d‘Ivoire, launched the 2014 edition of its flagship publication, the African Development Report (ADR). The report, according to a statement posted on the organization’s website, is with the theme “Regional Integration for Inclusive Growth”. It said that Africa’s regional integration has been a key economic and political aspiration since the independence decade of the 1960s. The report is also an important pillar for the work of the AfDB, which is celebrating...
(Ghana Web 12/17/14)
Minority lawmakers have raised alarm about what they call excessive spending by the office of the Chief of Staff at the presidency. A report by the finance committee shows that the Office of the chief of staff spent Ghc48.8 million instead of the Ghc7.4 million allocated to it in the 2014 budget. The amount was spent out of a total of Ghc326.8 million allocated to Government machinery for the year 2014. Chairman of the Finance Committee in Parliament, James Klutse...
(Bloomberg 12/17/14)
The European Union suspended budget support to Ghana and said it won’t resume the aid until the government eliminates so-called ghost workers from its payroll. “It’s crucial to eliminate all ghost workers from the payroll,” William Hanna, the EU ambassador to Ghana, said in an e-mailed statement. “If the EU is to resume its budget support to Ghana, we must be sure that we are paying for real teachers and real health workers.” The London-based Sunday Times reported on Dec...
(Ghana Web 12/17/14)
The price of crude oil dropped on the world market yesterday recording US$54.97. Using the current exchange rate of GH¢3.22, it translates into 44 percent in cedi terms and 50 percent in dollar terms from June 2014 to date. Thus, a gallon of petrol in Ghana should now be selling at GH¢8.52. A former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), John Attafuah, who disclosed this to BUSINESS GUIDE in a telephone interview yesterday in Accra, said...
(Ghana Web 12/17/14)
Three Clearing Agents have been arrested at the Aviance Cargo Village at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country. They were rounded up Tuesday at about 11:30 am by officials of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB). Sources at the airport said the agents were purportedly facilitating the smooth passage of the suspected illicit drug through the cargo village into the country, A fourth person was also arrested but it later turned out that he...
(Ghana Web 12/16/14)
The European Union Delegation to Ghana has refuted claims it attempted to cover up fraud in the country’s public sector payroll system. Head of Delegation, Ambassador William Hanna, says the claims carried by a Sunday Times publication on December 14, 2014 are wrong. In a story headlined, “British aid bankrolls Ghana’s legion of ghost civil servants,” the paper reported that “Millions of pounds of European Union aid — much of it from British taxpayers — has been paid to ‘ghost...
(Spy Ghana 12/16/14)
President John Mahama has said the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is not forcing Ghana to do what the country knows it has to do to rescue its ailing economy. “What I find comforting is that a lot of the things that the IMF see as challenges, we ourselves have identified as challenges,” Mahama told Aljazeera in an interview aired Sunday night.Ghana is currently in talks with the Bretton Wood institution for a three-year programme to help rescue the world’s second...
(Ghana Web 12/16/14)
Some elected assembly members of the Shama District Assembly in the Western Region have accused the District Chief Executive (DCE), Enoch Kojo Appiah, of reckless spending of the assembly’s resources. According to them, because of the DCE’s alleged corrupt practices the district had been retrogressing in terms of both qualitative and quantitative development for the past three and half years. The assembly members claimed that the DCE had used a whopping GH¢70,000 on fuel for the assembly’s grader in constructing...

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(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
Parliament has approved the release of Ghc36 million to the Youth and Sports Ministry to cater for its budget for 2015, DailySoccerGhana.com can confirm. According to 2015 budget statement, the amount will cover expenses for the participation of the Black Satellites at the Senegal 2015 Africa Youth Championship and other sporting national teams as they prepare for the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers. A chunk of the amount will also be invested in the rehabilitation of the Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi and Tamale Sports Stadia, and the construction of 5 new stadia in Ho, Koforidua, Bolgatanga, Wa and Sunyani. Parliament is awaiting the submission of the Ghana FA’s...
(Spy Ghana 12/17/14)
Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has called on the management and technical team of the Black Stars to extend a hand to suspended Sulley Muntari and club mate Michael Essien. The AC Milan duo have been out of Ghana’s squad since the Brazil 2014 debacle in July due to disciplinary reasons. And despite Muntari’s refusal to apologise for his brawl with Moses Parker during the World Cup in Brazil, as instructed by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the ex-Juventus star has suggested the two midfielders be given places for the Equatorial Guinea campaign. He noted at the launch of the Tornado Ball in Accra last Monday that his plea has nothing to do with his alliance with the Milan...
(Myjoyonline 12/17/14)
Juventus and Andrea Pirlo were the big winners in the Gran Gala del Calcio, but Napoli boycotted the ceremony. The votes for the best players of 2014 were provided by the AIC – the Italian Players’ Association. Scudetto winners Juve were voted Team of the Year, while Gigi Buffon, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andrea Barzagli, Paul Pogba, Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez joined the Best XI. Pirlo was singled out as Player of the Year thanks to his performances for the...
(Myjoyonline 12/17/14)
The Black Stars of Ghana could see their earnings slashed by more than half if a proposal by the Ministry of Youth and Sports is approved. Allsports.com.gh understands that the Ministry has proposed a flat match appearance fee of $5000 dollars per game for the AFCON in Equatorial Guinea irrespective of the outcome or stage of a tournament the team get to;meaning the most each player could make is $30,000 if the team reaches a final. Players of the national...
(Ghana Web 12/11/14)
There is an increasing pressure mounting on Randy Abbey, the anchor of Metro TV's Morning Show and a former spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), to unseat the current GFA President, Kwasi Nyantekyi next year when the FA goes to congress to elect its president. Randy Abbey who currently owns a Premier League club, Kpando Hearts of Lions, is being pushed as the best candidate to salvage the dwindling image of the GFA, particularly after its scandalous showing at...
(Citifmonline 12/11/14)
Former Black Stars skipper has urged the nation to throw its weight for the “Tornado Ball”, an initiative of a collaboration between Alive and Kicking Ghana (A&K Ghana) and the Stephen Appiah Foundation (SAF). The Tornado Ball is a football produced in Ghana by Alive and Kicking Ghana, which produces and sells for charity and it will be launched on Monday 15th December at the British High Commission by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga. The Tornado Ball...
(Ghana Web 12/09/14)
When Mr. Kwasi Appiah was named coach of Ghana's senior national soccer team, the Black Stars, the former player of Kumasi Asante-Kotoko, affectionately dubbed "The Porcupine Warriors," had his salary publicly disclosed, if memory serves me accurately. And so it comes off as very strange for Mr. Frederick Crentsil, Vice-President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), to be frantically kicking against the need for the disclosure of the salary package and perks offered Mr. Avram Grant, the former English League...
(Independent Online 12/09/14)
Monaco – An African bid to stage the Olympic Games for the first time will get widespread sympathy in the IOC after its new reforms, Olympic chief Thomas Bach said. With Durban in South Africa considering a run for the 2024 Games, Bach said in an interview that it was up to Africa to make a “feasible” case. “This depends on Africa,” Bach said when asked when the first Olympics would be held in Africa. Reforms passed by the International...
(Citifmonline 12/05/14)
The two have been suspended indefinitely from the Black Stars by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for what the FA described as disrupitive behaviour during Ghana’s participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Responding to questions at Avram Grant’s unveiling in Accra, the Israeli coach said: “The door is open for everyone- they need to show they are willing to play – If they are willing to sacrifice then the door is open to them.” His predecessor Kwesi Appiah...
(Citifmonline 12/05/14)
Black Stars coach Avram Grant has stated his reign will be characterized by a free flowing attacking style of play. Grant faced the Ghanaian media for the first time as he was officially unveiled as head coach of the senior national team. He fielded a range of questions such as his objectives ahead of the 2015 AFCON as well as his playing philosophy. Grant told the press his teams would always go for victories but he would be minded by...
(AFP (eng) 12/04/14)
Ghana's new coach Avram Grant on Thursday warned fans of the burden of expectation after his side was given a tough draw in next year's Africa Cup of Nations finals. The Black Stars line up in Group C with Senegal, South Africa and Algeria for the competition, which gets under way on January 17 in Equatorial Guinea and runs through until February 8. Former Chelsea boss Grant told a news conference in Accra that he was "very happy" to take...
(The Associated Press 12/04/14)
Ghana, Algeria, South Africa and Senegal were drawn together Wednesday in one of two extremely tough groups for next year's African Cup of Nations. In the other, it's Ivory Coast, Mali, Cameroon and Guinea. Host Equatorial Guinea will play Republic of Congo in the opening game of the four-group, 16-team African Cup on Jan. 17. Gabon and 2013 finalist Burkina Faso are the other teams in Group A and also meet on the first day. Group B has 2012 champion...
(Citifmonline 12/03/14)
Juventus and Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah will be out of action for at least three months after undergoing keyhole surgery on Tuesday, ruling him out of the African Nations Cup in January. The Serie A champions and current leaders said the surgery was necessary because of a cartilage problem in the 25-year-old’s left knee. “The recovery time is estimated at not less than three to four months,” said the Turin club in a statement. Asamoah, a left-sided midfielder who can...
(Ghana Web 12/02/14)
Ghana’s national team the Black Stars will be hoping to get a favourable draw when the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) groups are confirmed on Wednesday. The groups for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea will be confirmed on Wednesday, December 3, and Black Stars' in-coming coach Avram Grant will be hoping that his side is handed a favourable draw. The 16 competing teams have been divided into four pots based on their rankings and how...
(AFP (eng) 11/27/14)
Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has officially been appointed as the new coach of Ghana's Black Stars, the country's football federation said Thursday. "All outstanding issues with Mr. Grant have been cleared and we believe he is the right man for the job," the President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi told journalists, announcing the appointment of the Israeli coach which had been widely expected.
(Xinhuanet 11/26/14)
ABUJA, Nov. (Xinhua) -- A Nigeria-born cyclist on Tuesday said he was set to embark on a 1,000 km journey from Ghana to Nigeria to raise funds for the victims of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the fight against the pestilence. Yemi Oyekoya said that he hopes the journey, which will begin on Dec. 19 in the Ghanian capital Accra and end in the Nigerian commercial hub Lagos on Jan. 15, 2015, would generate more awareness in the fight...
(Ghana Web 11/24/14)
Ghana’s Sports Ministry has endorsed Israeli trainer Avram Grant as the next Black Stars coach to lead the team at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. A Ghana Football Association Executive Committee meeting on Thursday will ratify Grant’s appointment and confirm him as Kwesi Appiah’s successor. Local media reports claimed the former Portsmouth and West Ham United manager will earn a monthly salary of US$50,000 and a signing on fee of over US$200,000. The former Chelsea manager was approved on...
(The Daily News 11/24/14)
Letlhakeng — With qualification for the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals settled, a familiar picture has emerged being the dominance of the African soccer scene by the West Africans. For a long time West African Football Union (WAFU) teams have proved to be above par when compared to other regions such as Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA), Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA), Central African Football Federations' Union (UNIFFAC) and...
(Ghana Web 11/21/14)
The fate of Avram Grant as the next Black Stars coach will finally be determined at a high-profile emergency meeting today between the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga. The FA boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi, told the Graphic Sports yesterday that today’s meeting was meant to brief the minister on the agreement reached between the association and the Israeli trainer prior to his expected appointment. According to him, the FA concluded discussions with the...
(Ghana Web 11/19/14)
Black Stars caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu says his charges are ready for today’s Africa Cup of Nations final qualifier against Togo in Tamale. Coach Konadu has mapped out a strategy to deepen the woes of the Hawks who lost heavily to Guinea last Saturday in Lome. Even a draw will see Ghana join the already qualified 10 teams for the Equatorial Guinea tournament, but indications are that the Stars will settle for nothing but a win. The Black Stars, like...

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(Ghana Web 12/19/14)
The 3-day Becca Girl Talk Festival officially commenced with the deputy minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Dzifa Gomashie in attendance. The 3-day festival at the National Theatre started with a workshop yesterday, Thursday 18th December 2014; and continues today with the ultimate show happening on the 20th of December 2014 where musical performances and other entertaining acts will be offered. Becca posed for pictures with students and other patrons.
(Myjoyonline 12/18/14)
Ghanaian actor, Ekow Smith Asante has expressed disappointment at a confession by HIV/AIDS ambassador, Joyce Dzidzor Mensah she lied about her HIV status. In 2013, Ekow Smith Asante starred in a movie about Dzidzor’s real life story of how she contracted HIV and how she did not allow stigmatization, scorn, and molestation to dampen her spirit. The movie, ‘My Cross Roads’, premiered at the National Theatre on Friday, October 4, 2013 and received rave reviews. Apart from Ekow and Dzidzor, other stars who played various roles in the movie are John Dumelo and Vicky Zugah. A year after producing the movie, Dzidzor who has been an HIV Ambassador in Ghana for the past six years, revealed Monday that the movie...
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Xinhuanet 12/15/14)
NAIROBI, Dec. (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said Sunday seven bilateral agreements his government inked with Kenya on Saturday will help spur economic growth between the two nations. Speaking at the end of his four-day visit to Kenya, Mahama said agreements which included trade, education, tourism and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will open up new economic frontiers for mutual benefits. "We can take it (intra-Africa trade) to another level. We have historically cooperated together in the liberation struggle from colonial
(Ghana Web 12/09/14)
Beads are small decorative objects that are formed in a variety of shapes and sizes from materials such as glass, plastic or wood which is pierced together for threading. They are categorised into glass beads, wood beads, base metal beads, mirage beads and gem stones. It is now common knowledge that ladies love to look pretty not sparing any expense in choosing nice clothing, shoes or accessories. Both men and women look amazing with beads especially when worn right, interestingly...
(Spy Ghana 12/08/14)
The 2014 MTN Saminifest, held at the Trade Fair Center last Saturday projected never seen performances from our top musicians. The event was brought to us by MTN Ghana and was supported by Club Beer, Kasapreko Alomo Sankwan, Fiesta Condom and more. It is an event held to celebrate 10 successful music years of BatMan now known as Samini. If you werent at the Trade Fair then you should admit you missed one of the best actions ever. You can...
(Citifmonline 12/05/14)
All is set for the much awaited Citi FM MOGO Dance Party tonight at the plush Alisa Hotel. The legendary Nana Ampadu and the Ramblers International Band will lead the pack of performers; the versatile Okyeame Kwame and the smooth Akwaboah. Highlife, the authentic Ghanaian music genre, has for several decades served the people of the West Africa with timeless melodies. The MOGO Dance Party would see the performers keeping patrons on their feet in a party atmosphere in celebration...
(Citifmonline 12/01/14)
Citi FM’s Music of Ghanaian Origin (MOGO); arguably Ghana’s most authentic highlife musical celebration is set to thrill its numerous patrons once again with a parade of some of the nation’s legendary Highlife musicians. This year’s event, dubbed the MOGO Dance Party, comes off on Friday December 5 – Farmers Day – at the plush Alisa Hotels in Accra. The legendary Nana Ampadu and the Ramblers International Band will lead the pack of performers; the versatile Okyeame Kwame, the smooth...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(Ghana Web 11/17/14)
Versatile Ghanaian Actress and Producer, Yvonne Okoro and Singer Efya Awindor were last Friday November 14, 2014 unveiled as a brand Ambassadors for the Head of State Awards Scheme Ghana (Duke of Edinburgh International Award)at a cocktail reception at the Artist Alliance gallery in Accra. The two young and talented celebrities will use their positions to advocate and serve as role models to young Ghanaians who enroll and participate in the Program. They will act as spokespersons during award presentations...
(Citifmonline 11/12/14)
The long wait is finally over for Londoners—and surely the movie is worth the wait… The much talked about Shirley Frimpong Manso’s movie Love or Something Like That which has received rave reviews and has successfully turned even harsh critics into praise singers will receive a London premiere on 28th November, 2014 at the Odeon Cinema in Greenwich. The’ red carpet’ premiere which will introduce the movie for the first to audience outside Ghana will be attended by the cast...
(Citifmonline 11/10/14)
Under fire female Ghanaian musician, Itz Tiffany has blamed the devil for her current troubles sparked by a leaked sex tape. “I leave all to God. What the devil wants to do is to destroy me but this is not going to stop me from walking into the studio to record. Before anything happens to anybody God knows why it happens to you. It happened, I will deal with it, it’s my past it’s caught out with me but life...
(Ghana Web 11/06/14)
A veteran hiplife artist, Kwabena Otchere Darko known in showbiz as Obrafour, has expressed worry over what he termed the swift perishing of Ghanaian traditions and cultural values in our music. Obrafour in an exclusive interview with Dj Sly on Ark Fm over the weekend said “change is good but the change should be such that our foundations remain original since change is the law of nature”. He said Ghana music is gradually losing its sense of identity and belonging...
(Citifmonline 11/06/14)
In an unprecedented move to help elicit the best from the cast of the Versatile Show slated for Saturday, November 8, at the National Theatre, Phoenix Insurance Company has insured the 70 performers scheduled to be on stage for the production titled, The Beggars. The show’s producers say the private limited liability insurance outfit has agreed to provide an insurance cover of GH¢ 350, 000 for the entire cast. Each member is therefore insured to the tune of GH¢5,000. The...
(Citifmonline 11/05/14)
The Ghana Book Publishers association, is calling on government to fully support the publishing industries in order to help boost the nations economy. The President, Dr Samuel Osafo Acquaah, says government should not only make policies but also put the policies into action by providing an enabling environment for business and support for capacity building into the country’s population. He was speaking at the official opening of the 12th Ghana international book fair with the theme E-Books: a new tool...
(Ghana Web 11/05/14)
Despite being in operations for over 40 years, the Ghana Book Publishers Association (GPBA) faces several challenges which have hampered the growth of the sector, Dr Samuel Osafo-Acquaah, President of GBPA, has said. He was speaking to The Finder during a dialogue to bring stakeholders in the publishing sector to deliberate on the topic ‘The challenges facing the Publishing Sector and the way forward.’ He raised issues about the lack of financial support from banks and financial institutions that stemmed...
(Citifmonline 11/04/14)
The counsel for musician Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as A-Plus, has prayed the Accra High Court hearing the case brought against the musician to strike out the case. According to an motion filed in the court, Lawyer Gary Nimako Marfo argues that “as a matter of law, the writ of summons discloses no reasonable cause of action against the Defendant/Applicant and same ought to be struck out by the Honorable Court.” Maurice Ampaw sued A-Plus for comments allegedly made...
(Citifmonline 11/03/14)
Ghana’s Kacey Moore has been evicted in the ongoing Big Brother Africa HotShots reality show. The fourth live eviction show also saw the eviction of Rwanda’s Arthur and Namibia’s Luis. The eviction show kicked off with a performance from Patoranking. Kacey Moore, 29, was born in Accra, Ghana. Kacey is a married poet and songwriter, with a daughter. He enjoys banku and okro stew and says his favourite books are the Bible, the dictionary, and the thesaurus! Kacey Moore also...
(Citifmonline 10/31/14)
The annual international leadership and empowerment summit/awards, Eagles Summit Africa designed to inspire and equip Africans especially the young ones will this year get to recognize Africans contributing in diverse ways to support the rise of Africa. The summit which is set on the theme AFRICA’S RISE: THE ROLE OF THE CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN will feature Dr. Mrs. Akosua Djangmah and Pastor Abbey Shamoson as speakers. There will also be poetry performances by Fifi Abaidoo and other poets. The Award’s segment,...
(Citifmonline 10/30/14)
Kwabena Kwabena is getting ready to host the second edition of the ‘Save a Life’ Concert. The event, set for November 22, will be held at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra. A formal launch took place at the National Cardiothoracic Center of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra on Monday. Samini, M.anifest, Efya, Becca, Gyedu Blay Ambulley, Pat Thomas, and Okyeame Kwame among other acts, will support him on the night, organizers say. In it’s second year,...

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(Voice of America 12/18/14)
Ghana is set to become the second country in Africa to introduce nuclear energy after South Africa. This follows the International Atomic Energy Agency approval of Ghana’s application after decades of negotiation. The project could have a large impact on Ghana’s power shortfall and raises questions about what safety protocols are in place. Ghana’s nuclear ambitions date back to the 1960s but stalled after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president. Now, with erratic power supply from hydro and thermal energy sources, the country is focused on a more reliable means of power generation. Robert Sogbadji, in charge of nuclear and alternative energy at Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, has high hopes for...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
ACCRA— Ghana is set to become the second country in Africa to introduce nuclear energy after South Africa. This follows the International Atomic Energy Agency approval of Ghana’s application after decades of negotiation. The project could have a large impact on Ghana’s power shortfall and raises questions about what safety protocols are in place. Ghana’s nuclear ambitions date back to the 1960s but stalled after the overthrow of Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first president. Now, with erratic power supply from hydro and thermal energy sources, the country is focused on a more reliable means of power generation. Robert Sogbadji, in charge of nuclear and alternative energy at Ghana’s Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, has high hopes for the project. “Now we...
(Voice of America 12/18/14)
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports 2014 is the deadliest year on record for migrants fleeing conflict, political persecution and economic hardship. As the world marks International Migrants Day, IOM is calling for urgent action to save the lives of migrants and to stop smugglers from exploiting these vulnerable, desperate people. Death has always been an unfortunate part of migration. Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders around the world. This past year...
(Bloomberg 12/17/14)
The European Union suspended budget support to Ghana and said it won’t resume the aid until the government eliminates so-called ghost workers from its payroll. “It’s crucial to eliminate all ghost workers from the payroll,” William Hanna, the EU ambassador to Ghana, said in an e-mailed statement. “If the EU is to resume its budget support to Ghana, we must be sure that we are paying for real teachers and real health workers.” The London-based Sunday Times reported on Dec...
(Ghana Web 12/17/14)
Three Clearing Agents have been arrested at the Aviance Cargo Village at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the country. They were rounded up Tuesday at about 11:30 am by officials of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB). Sources at the airport said the agents were purportedly facilitating the smooth passage of the suspected illicit drug through the cargo village into the country, A fourth person was also arrested but it later turned out that he...
(The Voice 12/16/14)
DAKAR— France urged African nations on Monday to step up cross-border cooperation to tackle security challenges from Islamist groups in southern Libya to Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, as it seeks to scale back its military commitments on the continent. Amid budgetary pressures at home, France is looking to reduce security commitments in Africa. It is scaling back the 2,000 troops it deployed a year ago to curb Christian-Muslim violence in Central African Republic, a former colony.
(Business Week 12/11/14)
Changing how Ghana issues local-currency debt probably won’t help breathe life into the market until the nation’s economic woes are redressed. The central bank will start hiring lenders to sell the securities, Finance Minister Seth Terkper said in his 2015 budget speech last month. That’s after policy makers scrapped auctions in March, May and October amid accelerating inflation, a slumping currency and sputtering economic growth in the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer. While Ghana dollar bonds have gained this year, local-currency debt is facing muted demand as the nation struggles with rising borrowing, power shortages and inflation which reached 17 percent last month amid a 26 percent plunge in the cedi in 2014.
(IT News Africa 12/10/14)
Vodafone Ghana has rewarded the winners of the App Star competition, after the final contest was held in Accra. According to Vodafone, the App Star contest is a mobile app competition that uncover creative and innovative app developers in Ghana. Furthermore, the competitions allows for app developers to compete against international developers. The annual contest, which is categorised into start-up and established developers, is part of efforts by Vodafone to bolster the app developer community in Ghana. Gayheart Mensah, Head...
(Voice of America 12/09/14)
GENEVA— The World Health Organization reports there has been a dramatic fall in the number of malaria deaths since 2000 and the number of cases is also steadily going down. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the brunt of malaria, with 90 percent of global deaths occurring there. But this year’s World Malaria Report says Africa’s population has grown by 43 percent since 2000, with fewer people getting infected. WHO Global Malaria Program Director Pedro Alonso says the number of people infected fell...
(Bloomberg 12/05/14)
Ghana and the International Monetary Fund probably won’t come to an agreement on aid until April and the country will struggle to meet revenue targets next year, according to Fitch Ratings Ltd. The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer turned to the Washington-based lender as it struggles to narrow its fiscal deficit. A target to reduce the gap to 6.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2015 from 9.5 percent is “exceptionally ambitious,” said Carmen Altenkirch, director of the sovereign group at...
(Voice of America 12/04/14)
Scientists have been making rapid advances in studies of genetic variations in European and East Asian populations. Now, populations in Africa, the cradle of the human race, are getting the same treatment. The African Genome Variation Project set out to discover more about how variations in DNA can help in understanding patterns of disease, ultimately leading to better treatments. Working with other institutions, including partners throughout Africa, the Genome Variation Project has collected and analyzed genetic information from nearly 3,000 individuals representing the diversity of the African experience over many millennia
(BBC News Africa 12/04/14)
Neglecting the health of Africa's soil will lock the continent into a cycle of food insecurity for generations to come, a report has warned. The publication by the Montpellier Panel said the problem needed to be given a higher priority by aid donors. It added that soil degradation was also hampering economic development, costing the continent's farmers billions of dollars in lost income. The study has been published ahead of the 2015 international year of soils. The Montpellier Panel -...
(Bloomberg 12/03/14)
Militant insurgencies across West Africa are weighing on Nestle SA (NESN)’s business in the region, adding to the pressures of currency depreciation, high inflation and the Ebola outbreak, the food maker’s regional head said. Islamist rebellions in some countries are undermining consumer confidence, Nandu Nandkishore, Nestle’s 56-year-old head of Asia, Africa and Oceania, said in a Nov. 28 interview at the Swiss company’s factory in Agbara, southwest Nigeria. Militants linked to Al-Qaeda have stepped up attacks against United Nations’ peacekeepers and French soldiers in northern Mali this year, while Nigeria’s government is struggling to contain a rebellion by Boko Haram, which has killed more than 13,000 since 2009.
(Bloomberg 12/02/14)
Ghana said it will cut power to factories including ones run by Unilever NV and Coca-Cola Co. to offset a worsening shortage of electricity. Factories will lose power for 48 hours and then have continuous supply for six days, the Electricity Company of Ghana said on its website. Electricity will be available to residential areas for 24 hours, followed by cuts for 12 hours, the company said. The new schedule runs from yesterday through Jan. 1. Ghana is West Africa’s...
(IT News Africa 12/02/14)
The Government of Ghana has revealed that it has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance. The reason behind the move is to enhance fiscal transparency and promote financial inclusion for all its citizens. By becoming an Alliance member, the Government has committed to transition government programmes from cash to digital and mobile payments. Seth Terkper, Hon. Minister of Finance, stated that: “For Ghana, the transition to electronic payments will bolster the effectiveness of fiscal operations through efficient receipts and payments, and security of government transactions. It will help to eliminate wastes and leakages and ensure a strong transaction audit trail.”
(Bloomberg 12/02/14)
Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), the U.S. carrier with the most service to Africa, is cutting flights to Accra, Ghana, by about 20 percent as the Ebola outbreak in nearby countries damps travel demand. The third-biggest U.S. airline wouldn’t say yesterday whether the epidemic in West Africa was turning away consumers. Airlines including British Airways and Emirates have cited the virus in canceling trips to the hardest-hit regions, which don’t include Ghana. Round trips between New York’s John F. Kennedy...
(Forbes 12/01/14)
Italian energy giant, Eni, continued its energy expansion with the signing of a $6 billion production agreement with the government of Ghana meant to energize the country’s hydrocarbon production efforts. According to a Reuters report, the agreement will focus on offshore efforts in the country’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block, which is expected to begin operations in 2017. For the government of Ghana, the deal is an opportunity to add some momentum to the country’s slow-growing oil and gas...
(BBC News Africa 12/01/14)
The winner of the vote for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 will be revealed today at 1735GMT. Those in contention are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama, Gervinho and Yaya Toure. The list will be trimmed to two players at about 1540GMT online and on Sport Today on the BBC World Service. Your choice of the best footballer on the continent for 2014 will then be revealed across the BBC World Service on TV and radio as...
(BBC News Africa 11/28/14)
Ghana have lost their appeal against the disqualification of their team from the 2015 Under-17 Championship. The Confederation of African Football upheld its decision to penalise Ghana for fielding an over-aged player, Isaac Twum, against Cameroon in a qualifying match. Ghana won the 13 September first-leg tie 2-1 and went on to record a 6-4 aggregate victory. But Cameroon protested and Caf disqualified Twum. It declared the player, who represents the junior side of Kpando Heart of Lions, had failed...
(Voice of America 11/28/14)
ADDIS ABABA— Most African countries will not reach the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015 because of the gap between economic and human development. That is one of the conclusions in this year’s annual U.N. report on the Least Developed Countries, presented Thursday. Junior Davis, U.N. economic affairs officer for Africa, said African countries have not been able to translate their economic growth into structural transformation. “We think that is the case because these countries have not focused efficiently on building what we call their productive capacities," Davis said.

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