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(Spy Ghana 09/22/14)
President John Dramani Mahama arrived in New York on Saturday with his wife Lordina Mahama, to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly session. He is expected to joined his colleagues in the general Assembly deliberations, hold bilateral talks with other leaders and make a case for investment in Ghana and the West African Sub-region as the chair of the Economic Community of West African States. The theme of the 69th General Assembly Session is: “Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.” The President was met on arrival by Ambassador Ken Kanda, Ghana’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Madam Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Volta Regional Minister, Mr Felix Kwakye-Ofosu, a Deputy Minister of Communications,...
(The Chronicle 09/22/14)
The dwindling fortune of Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, one of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential aspirants, took a further nosedive on Sunday, when his main rival, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo went to the very spot he (Alan) launched his campaign the previous day, and succeeded in wooing the delegates to his side. Alan and his campaign team had gone to Abeka Lapaz, a popular suburb of Accra, which falls under the Okaikoi Central Constituency to launch his campaign, but failed to win the hearts of the delegates, who have now pledged their unflinching support to Nana Addo. The 2012...
(Myjoyonline 09/22/14)
The Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, at the weekend commis­sioned a pilot public place of convenience referred to as 'Biofil Toilet Systems' at La, Accra. Amissah-Arthur com­mended the engineers of the Biofil Toilet Systems, K. Anno Engineering Limited, for putting up the facility. The vice president noted that the introduction of the facility into the coun­try had come as a welcome relief to households that are still battling with the provision of public places of convenience for tenants, adding that...
(Myjoyonline 09/22/14)
The Madina Constituency chairperson of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Rejoice Ahiable, has accused Acting General Secretary and some Regional Executives of the party of disregarding a court injunction to go ahead with elections. According to Madam Ahiable, a court injunction placed on the elections makes it contemptuous for anyone to go ahead with it. “We are having issues and the case is in court. I was surprised when I was told that Regional Executives have called elections today", she...
(Myjoyonline 09/22/14)
The banking industry boosted its assets by 39.7% to GH¢44.2billion as at July this year despite challenges in the economy which have seen inflation reach a four-year record high and the cedi plummeting the fastest in a decade, Bank of Ghana data has shown. According to the report of the 61st Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana, the industry continued to experience “steady growth in both nominal and real terms, evidenced by trends in total assets as...
(Spy Ghana 09/22/14)
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Samuel Sarpong has decided to take drastic measures against the District Chief Executives (DCEs) in the region, who have failed to work to improve their districts and the region as a whole. The Minister said he has realized that while some DCEs are working, others too are not doing their work well. “Even though the DCEs have been bringing their report to me every day, I have decided to visit them unannounced to see whether...
(Vibe Ghana 09/22/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday commended the Iran Clinic for services they had over the years rendered to Ghanaians in the Greater Accra Region and beyond. “Apart from supporting education and other sectors, the establishment of the Iran Clinic had over the years helped to provide health services to the people of Adabraka, Nima, Maamobi and Accra New town, areas that are somehow deprived in health services among others,” he said. President Mahama gave the commendation when he inaugurated...
(Spy Ghana 09/22/14)
The United States branch of Friends of Nana Akufo-Addo (FONAA-USA) was officially inaugurated on Saturday September 13, 2014 at a fund raising dinner and gathering of patriots of the elephant fraternity at the A and C banquet hall in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA. The inauguration was graced with the presence of patriotic Ghanaians from all over the USA and NPP top brass: Hon. Freda Prempeh, MP Tano North, Hon. Adwoa Safo MP for Dome Kwabenya, Mr Gabby Otchere-Darko, an attorney at...
(Ghana Web 09/22/14)
Obuasi Methodist Bishop Rt. Rev. Ayensu Bosomtwi says most of Ghana’s leaders after first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, are selfish and only think about themselves but not the nation. He says Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, unlike leaders of today, was a selfless man whose vision for the nation is still relevant today. “Kwame Nkrumah did not become the president of Ghana to do everything for himself; he worked hard for all of us in the country”, Bishop Ayensu declared on...
(Spy Ghana 09/22/14)
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Ghana, has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to abolish its ‘strong room’ system, where representatives of the contesting political parties meet to verify election results. Dr. Ransford Gyampo, a Research Fellow of the Governance Unit of the IEA, as part of the IEA’s Electoral Reform Project, said the idea of a ‘strong room’ with very huge security presence conjured negative and derogatory images that undermined transparency and electoral peace. He said, some people perceived...
(Ghana Web 09/22/14)
A 35-year-old trader, Akua Birago, was last Friday convicted by a Kumasi Circuit Court of inflicting wounds on her two stepsons. Akua Birago, also known as Dorcas Asantewaa, bit the back of her two stepsons, aged six and four, to instil fear into them for continuously defaecating in the room. Also convicted with her was the father of the kids, 36-year-old driver, James Adams, for conniving with his wife to beat the children and inflict wounds on them. He was...
(Ghana Web 09/22/14)
Rehabilitation work on the Adomi Bridge is taking shape with the completion of two out of the three components. The two components include the design, fabrication of steel slabs and the installation of 10 decks, representing 51 per cent of work to be done on the entire project. Scheduled to be completed by October next year, the rehabilitation works involve the replacement of the old decks and the installation of 23 new decks together with the hanger cables. The Project...
(Xinhuanet 09/22/14)
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday met with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, and the two leaders vowed to enhance cooperation in peace and security. During the meeting, the two leaders "discussed the strategic partnership between the United Nations and the African Union and ways to continue to enhance such cooperation in the area of peace and security," Ban's spokesman told reporters here. They also reviewed challenges to peace and security in Africa, including the situation in Libya, Mali/Sahel, Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes Region, said the spokesman.
(AFP 09/21/14)
To Ghana's legions of jobless young men, Eric Bimpong has a money-making proposition: sell your blood. Bimpong spends his days outside schools, bars and on the streets of poor neighbourhoods in Accra, scouring for teenagers and 20-somethings to give blood outside the capital's largest hospital. Commercial blood donors, as the authorities call them, fill a void in a country where blood is often in short supply and cultural and religious beliefs keep some from donating. When a patient needs blood...
(PANA 09/20/14)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire - Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Wednesday on the rise with the BRVM Index 10 inching up from 271.80 to 273.27 points, representing a rise of 0.54%. Also, the Composite BRVM Index gained 0.60% to 256.30 points against 254.77 points recorded previously. The transaction value was set at 849.08 million CFA francs against 353.67 million CFA francs recorded last Tuesday. Market capitalisation of shares added up to 6.222 billion CFA francs while...
(PANA 09/20/14)
Mobile money - Customers of Orange Money and Bank of Africa, in a number of African countries, will be able to transfer money directly between their two accounts within the next few months, telecoms industry global monitor Pyramid Research reported Thursday on its daily update. The France-headquartered company, Orange, said its Money customers would be able to buy goods and pay utility bills, as well as purchase air-time credit, without going to the bank or shop.
(Ghana Web 09/19/14)
Presidential hopeful, Nana Akufo-Addo, has denied ever asking the NPP’s flagbearer in 1998, John Kufuor - whom he lost the flagbearership contest to at the time - to abandon his aspirations in his (Akufo-Addo’s) favour. Akufo-Addo has also denied claims that Kufuor’s brother, Dr Kwame Addo Kufuor, supported his flagbearership bid at the time, against his own kith. The former Attorney General’s office has described the allegations – first made by senior party member, Dr Richard Anane – as an...
(Myjoyonline 09/19/14)
Flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo has denied claims he schemed to have John Agyekum Kufuor removed as the party’s presidential candidate in the run up to the 2000 general elections. Former Minister of Health, Dr. Richard Anane last Saturday alleged at the campaign launch of aspirant Alan Kyeremateng that, Akufo-Addo’s supporters had plotted to force the elected flagbearer of the party in Sunyani in 1998, John Agyekum Kufuor, to step down for him. Candidate Kufuor...
(Myjoyonline 09/19/14)
2012 presidential candidate of the Great Consolidated Popular Party (GCPP), Dr. Henry Herbert Lartey has revealed he will openly campaign for the re-election of Joseph Ade Coker as the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC). The leader and Chairman of the GCPP claims the other aspirants are not qualified enough to compete against Mr. Ade Coker who was once the Board Chairman of Accra Great Olympics Football Club and the incumbent regional chairman. As the...
(PANA 09/19/14)
Accra, Ghana - The decision of the Nigerian-based West African Gas Pipeline to halt gas supplies to Ghana is causing another huge power crisis in Ghana, with industries and businesses expected to be the worst affected. Gas supplies from Nigeria were restored only recently after an eight-month break, caused by the destruction of gas pipelines in Togo by a ship. Now, the cause of the break in supplies is not a destruction of the pipelines but labour unrest, the state-owned...

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(Myjoyonline 09/22/14)
The Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, at the weekend commis­sioned a pilot public place of convenience referred to as 'Biofil Toilet Systems' at La, Accra. Amissah-Arthur com­mended the engineers of the Biofil Toilet Systems, K. Anno Engineering Limited, for putting up the facility. The vice president noted that the introduction of the facility into the coun­try had come as a welcome relief to households that are still battling with the provision of public places of convenience for tenants, adding that it would reduce or eliminate the rampant defecating along beaches and other places. He further mentioned that the Biofil Toilet Sys­tem, being a purely Ghana­ian initiative, has opening for ancillary services or cre­ate job opportunities...
(Spy Ghana 09/22/14)
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Samuel Sarpong has decided to take drastic measures against the District Chief Executives (DCEs) in the region, who have failed to work to improve their districts and the region as a whole. The Minister said he has realized that while some DCEs are working, others too are not doing their work well. “Even though the DCEs have been bringing their report to me every day, I have decided to visit them unannounced to see whether they are truly working,” said the Minister, adding that when he does that all the DCEs will be on their...
(Ghana Web 09/22/14)
Obuasi Methodist Bishop Rt. Rev. Ayensu Bosomtwi says most of Ghana’s leaders after first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, are selfish and only think about themselves but not the nation. He says Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, unlike leaders of today, was a selfless man whose vision for the nation is still relevant today. “Kwame Nkrumah did not become the president of Ghana to do everything for himself; he worked hard for all of us in the country”, Bishop Ayensu declared on...
(Ghana Web 09/22/14)
A 35-year-old trader, Akua Birago, was last Friday convicted by a Kumasi Circuit Court of inflicting wounds on her two stepsons. Akua Birago, also known as Dorcas Asantewaa, bit the back of her two stepsons, aged six and four, to instil fear into them for continuously defaecating in the room. Also convicted with her was the father of the kids, 36-year-old driver, James Adams, for conniving with his wife to beat the children and inflict wounds on them. He was...
(Ghana Web 09/22/14)
Rehabilitation work on the Adomi Bridge is taking shape with the completion of two out of the three components. The two components include the design, fabrication of steel slabs and the installation of 10 decks, representing 51 per cent of work to be done on the entire project. Scheduled to be completed by October next year, the rehabilitation works involve the replacement of the old decks and the installation of 23 new decks together with the hanger cables. The Project...
(Xinhuanet 09/22/14)
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday met with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, and the two leaders vowed to enhance cooperation in peace and security. During the meeting, the two leaders "discussed the strategic partnership between the United Nations and the African Union and ways to continue to enhance such cooperation in the area of peace and security," Ban's spokesman told reporters here. They also reviewed challenges to peace and security in Africa, including the situation in Libya, Mali/Sahel, Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes Region, said the spokesman.
(AFP 09/21/14)
To Ghana's legions of jobless young men, Eric Bimpong has a money-making proposition: sell your blood. Bimpong spends his days outside schools, bars and on the streets of poor neighbourhoods in Accra, scouring for teenagers and 20-somethings to give blood outside the capital's largest hospital. Commercial blood donors, as the authorities call them, fill a void in a country where blood is often in short supply and cultural and religious beliefs keep some from donating. When a patient needs blood...
(PANA 09/20/14)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire - Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Wednesday on the rise with the BRVM Index 10 inching up from 271.80 to 273.27 points, representing a rise of 0.54%. Also, the Composite BRVM Index gained 0.60% to 256.30 points against 254.77 points recorded previously. The transaction value was set at 849.08 million CFA francs against 353.67 million CFA francs recorded last Tuesday. Market capitalisation of shares added up to 6.222 billion CFA francs while...
(Myjoyonline 09/19/14)
Mr. Oteng Gyasi confirmed to Joy Business Friday that he has formally tendered in his resignation for reasons he says are personal. Sources however say the industrialist cited health reasons as grounds for his resignation. He was appointed exactly a year ago to turn around the ECG, a power distributor that has largely been bedeviled with inefficiency. His decision comes at the time the Electricity Company of Ghana is forced to ration power to the chagrin of many consumers especially...
(Spy Ghana 09/19/14)
Some executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Region are alleging that death threats have been issued on them for supporting flagbearer aspirant of the party, Mr. Alan Kyerematen. The executives, who are mainly polling station and constitution executives of the party claim they have received threatening text messages from some unknown persons. The polling station and constituency executives say some regional executives of the party in the central — who most likely support the other two...
(Spy Ghana 09/19/14)
A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Professional Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei has proposed that apart from the President, the Vice President and the Speaker of Parliament, all other public servants must not be accommodated by the State. His comments come after it emerged that the CHRAJ boss, Ms Lauretta Vivian Lamptey was paying the Cedi equivalent of 456.25 dollars per day at a hotel while over US$203,500 has been spent on renovating her official residence...
(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(KBC 09/19/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged African countries to work together in finding solutions to challenges facing the continent. He said African countries must pool their resources together – no matter how scarce they are – into joint efforts that will improve the continent. “We can cry that the world is not helping us but we must first of all realize that nobody has an obligation to help us. The only people that have an obligation to help are ourselves. And...
(Ghana Web 09/18/14)
The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) will on Thursday release a timetable for the ongoing load shedding exercise. The Energy Ministry has disclosed that the power rationing will be intensified due to disruption of gas supply from Nigeria following labour unrest in that country. This means a shutdown of the Asogli Power plant which provides about 180 megawatts of energy to the national electricity grid. This is the third time Nigeria has interrupted its gas supply to Ghana in 2014...
(Vibe Ghana 09/18/14)
The dwindling fortune of Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, one of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential aspirants, took a further nosedive on Sunday, when his main rival, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo went to the very spot he (Alan) launched his campaign the previous day, and succeeded in wooing the delegates to his side. Alan and his campaign team had gone to Abeka Lapaz, a popular suburb of Accra, which falls under the Okaikoi Central Constituency to launch his campaign, but...
(Spy Ghana 09/18/14)
A former Municipal Chief Executive of the Ledzokuku Krowor Constituency(LEKMA), Daniel Amartey has accused the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress(NDC), Ade Coker of negligence and incompetence. According to Mr. Amartey, the series of court injunctions placed on a number of the party’s constituency elections in the Greater Accra region is as a result of Ade Coker’s failure to abide by the laid down rules. “When you are leading a political party, you play by the rules...
(Vibe Ghana 09/18/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday commended the Iran Clinic for services they had over the years rendered to Ghanaians in the Greater Accra Region and beyond. “Apart from supporting education and other sectors, the establishment of the Iran Clinic had over the years helped to provide health services to the people of Adabraka, Nima, Maamobi and Accra New town, areas that are somehow deprived in health services among others,” he said. President Mahama gave the commendation when he inaugurated...
(Vibe Ghana 09/18/14)
The Ghana Chinese Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) has renovated the Kindergarten and Primary School at Ntunkum, a farming community in the Suhum Municipality of the Eastern Region. The Chamber replaced the louver blades of the windows and painted the entire school building. Mr Stephen Shum, the Vice President of the Chamber, said the project formed part of its 20th Anniversary Celebrations. He said the renovation would help to promote a conducive environment for learning and advised the pupils to take...
(Spy Ghana 09/18/14)
Consumers have been asked to brace themselves for longer hours of blackouts starting Thursday morning as the Electricity Company of Ghana is forced to shed a record estimated 500 megawatts of electricity. Following an abrupt cut in the supply of gas from Nigeria, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Grid Company, William Amuna told Joy News, Ghana will from today begin shutting down all gas powered thermal plants across the country. “We are now relying on the gas stored...
(Ghana Web 09/18/14)
Recent happenings in the party have left some of us very distraught. Our angst stems from our helplessness in watching the party destroy itself. This is a party we love with our souls and have committed our lives to working for. Most of us hailed the Tamale congress as a new era in NPP politics. This is a congress that gave us Kwabena and Afoko as General Secretary and Chairman respectively. These are people who are known to be opposed...

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(Myjoyonline 09/22/14)
The banking industry boosted its assets by 39.7% to GH¢44.2billion as at July this year despite challenges in the economy which have seen inflation reach a four-year record high and the cedi plummeting the fastest in a decade, Bank of Ghana data has shown. According to the report of the 61st Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana, the industry continued to experience “steady growth in both nominal and real terms, evidenced by trends in total assets as well as branch expansion across the industry”. The local currency has for the first eight months of the year depreciated by 29.8 percent against the dollar on the interbank market, compared to 3.9 percent in...
(Spy Ghana 09/22/14)
The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Ghana, has urged the Electoral Commission (EC) to abolish its ‘strong room’ system, where representatives of the contesting political parties meet to verify election results. Dr. Ransford Gyampo, a Research Fellow of the Governance Unit of the IEA, as part of the IEA’s Electoral Reform Project, said the idea of a ‘strong room’ with very huge security presence conjured negative and derogatory images that undermined transparency and electoral peace. He said, some people perceived the ‘strong room’ as a place where election results from the regions were cooked or manipulated in favour of a...
(PANA 09/20/14)
Mobile money - Customers of Orange Money and Bank of Africa, in a number of African countries, will be able to transfer money directly between their two accounts within the next few months, telecoms industry global monitor Pyramid Research reported Thursday on its daily update. The France-headquartered company, Orange, said its Money customers would be able to buy goods and pay utility bills, as well as purchase air-time credit, without going to the bank or shop.
(PANA 09/19/14)
Accra, Ghana - The decision of the Nigerian-based West African Gas Pipeline to halt gas supplies to Ghana is causing another huge power crisis in Ghana, with industries and businesses expected to be the worst affected. Gas supplies from Nigeria were restored only recently after an eight-month break, caused by the destruction of gas pipelines in Togo by a ship. Now, the cause of the break in supplies is not a destruction of the pipelines but labour unrest, the state-owned...
(Ghana Web 09/19/14)
The capacity of some local contractors to execute government contracts has come under scrutiny following reports of substandard works. According to the Regional Chairman of the Building Contractors Association of Ghana, AIhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Baba, records of the quality of projects which have been executed show a trend that brings the contractors’ capacity into question. He said the poor works being executed by some contractors could plunge the country into chaos, and called for capacity building exercises to bring them...
(PANA 09/19/14)
Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire - Trading at the West African regional stock exchange, BRVM, ended Tuesday on the rise with the BRVM Index 10 inching up from 267.02 to 271.80 points, representing a rise of 1.79%. Also, the Composite BRVM Index gained 1.36% to 254.77 points against 251.35 points recorded previously. The transaction value was set at 353.67 million CFA francs against 328.62 million CFA francs recorded last Monday. Market capitalisation of shares added up to 6,185.77 billion CFA francs while...
(Ghana Web 09/18/14)
Ghana will spend 150 per cent more to purchase light crude to power its thermal plants to generate power following the suspension of gas supplies from the West African Gas Pipeline Company in Nigeria. According to the Head of Corporate Communications of the Volta River Authority (VRA), Mr Sam Fletcher, it costs more to run power plants on light crude than gas. Labour unrest in Nigeria has forced the West African Gas Pipeline Company to suspend the supply of gas...
(Ghana Web 09/17/14)
The Ministry of Finance (MoF) disbursed US$114 million to support the first phase of the Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (NREG) programme between 2008 and 2012. About US$23 million was disbursed annually to the NREG, while US$1 million went into the civil society organisations facility yearly. Financiers of the programme included the World Bank (US$40 million), the European Commission (US$10.4), the Royal Netherlands embassy (US$45.9 million), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), US$10.7 million, and the Agence Française de...
(Myjoyonline 09/17/14)
Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Kweku Rickets-Hagan is wondering why the minority in Parliament have started painting a gloomy picture of government’s discussion with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) even before it takes place. Reacting to Minority’s claim that going to the IMF will not inure to the benefit of Ghanaians, the former Deputy Finance Minister said “going for an IMF program is good for the economy because it will also give us credibility on the international market”. According...
(Spy Ghana 09/17/14)
The bleeding of the state-owned Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) is still continuing unabated despite incessant revelations of wrongdoing including corruption, sleaze and crony capitalism by this newspaper. The latest revelation from The aL-hAJJ sources is that the Bank has suspended granting loans to its staff due to liquidity crisis facing the beleaguered bank. Government, board and management of the Bank have been nonchalant to the numerous allegations of corruption, sleaze and crony capitalism that seem to have brought the bank...
(Ghana Web 09/16/14)
There are strong sentiments and optimism among financial sector players that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Ghana will keep the policy rate at 19% as a response to recent instability in the forex market, which largely spiked inflationary pressures. The MPC has since yesterday begun a two-day policy meeting to deliberate on developments in the economy and determine the direction of the central bank’s policy rate -- which signals interest rate trends. The last MPC meeting...
(Ghana Web 09/16/14)
The Government of Ghana will today begin the much-anticipated bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund. The Bretton Wood institution was approached by the West African nation to help fix some pressing economic challenges including the fast depreciating cedi. The IMF team has already been in the country for about two weeks. Until recently, Ghana’s economy was touted as among the ten emerging economies following the oil find. But some recent developments in the economy, including the fast depreciating cedi...
(Spy Ghana 09/15/14)
Government last week successfully achieved two major milestones to inject significant capital into the economy ahead of a crunch meeting with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tomorrow. A team from the IMF is scheduled to begin the anticipated bailout talks with government on Tuesday following the oversubscription of Ghana’s third Eurobond auction and the Cocobod syndicated loan, which bring a combined value of almost US$3billion into the economy. Professor Kwesi Botchway, Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission, has been nominated by President John Mahama to lead government’s discussion, which follows a period that many analysts and economists have described as the best week over the last decade.
(Modern Ghana 09/12/14)
Major Dr. Mustapha Ahmed (rtd) cutting the tape for the inauguration of the project supported by Nii Adjei Kraku II and Paul Polman Industrial giant Unilever Ghana Limited has inaugurated a 4.4 million Euro factory and amenities block for its employees. The factory, which is expected to offer 1,000 indirect jobs to Ghanaians, has the capacity to produce 40, 000 tonnes of products per annum. Some brands expected to be produced in the new factory, which is the first of...
(Vibe Ghana 09/11/14)
President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday announced that Ghana has the highest electricity accessibility in the West African Sub-Region. He said although accessibility in Ghana is 76 per cent, the highest in West Africa, government would still pursue measures that would step up access to ensure the sustenance of small and medium scale enterprises. President Mahama made this known during a symbolic inauguration of rural electrification project in Kotingli for 22 communities under the phase one of the Northern Region...
(Bloomberg 09/11/14)
Ghana, the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer, is set to pay more than Ivory Coast to sell a benchmark-sized dollar bond today. The West African nation may price the debt due January 2026 at about 8.5 percent, according to a person with knowledge of the offering who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly. Ivory Coast, which defaulted on Eurobonds after missing a coupon payment in December 2010, sold 10-year notes at 5.375 percent in July...
(AFP (eng) 09/10/14)
Can a long-delayed natural gas plant transform a nation's economy? Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama certainly hopes so, labelling a new facility even more important than the discovery of oil. The plant in Atuabo, outside a village on Ghana's remote west coast, is finally due to open in December, producing a projected 500 megawatts of electricity. It will help save the treasury about $500 million (385 million euros) every year in crude oil imports. In turn it is hoped that...
(Ghana Web 09/10/14)
Finance Minister, Seth Terkper says the decision to turn to the International Monetary Fund is to save the cedi from further depreciation and also to advance the confidence of investors in the economy. Government over the weekend announced the decision to opt for an IMF bailout in order to save the ailing economy from sinking further. Presidential advisor on the economy, Dr Nii Moi Thompson has hinted that although going back to the IMF was being considered, that will hinge...
(Ghana Web 09/09/14)
The Energy Ministry has served notice that the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) will not be sold under any circumstances. Minority in parliament have previously alleged that government was planning to sell the refinery to a private entity to make it efficient. Some economists and energy analysts have also argued for the refinery to be sold because it is creating more debt for government. The sector minister, Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, in his address to the press on Tuesday said: “Tema...
(Business Ghana 09/09/14)
Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, wife of the Vice President, has challenged Ghanaian floweriest to move from just importing flowers to sell to actually growing the plants themselves. She said if Ghanaians started growing the flowers themselves to feed the local industries it would be better than importing them from other countries. Mrs Amissah-Arthur was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show 2014 at the Efua Sutherland Park in Accra. The show, which attracted horticulturist and floweriest...

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(Myjoyonline 09/17/14)
Dismissed coach of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, Kwasi Appiah has said he is still waiting for the official letter confirming his sack. “I am still waiting for my letter to give it to those who know how to interpret it,” the coach told host of Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana last Tuesday. Kwasi Appiah who was sacked last Thursday used the occasion to fend off persistent criticism against him since the World Cup in Brazil in June. The Black Stars were eliminated in the first round failing to progress for the first time since Ghana began participating in the World Cup in 2006. Player revolt saw AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari...
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
ACCRA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Ghana' s minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga on Monday appointed an 11-member committee to work towards securing the right to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017) in Ghana. Additionally, six former Black Stars players and a former world boxing champion have been appointed to serve as ambassadors during the bidding process. The committee members include Ernest Thompson (Chairman), Abedi Ayew Pele, (Vice Chairman), Fred Crentsil, Randy Abbey, Herbert Mensah (Administrator and businessman), Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe, Lepowura Nuru Deen Jawula, and Nana Sam Brew Butler (All former GFA Chairmen). The rest...
(AFP (eng) 09/12/14)
Ghana's football association announced on Friday the firing of national team coach Kwesi Appiah, ending months of speculation about the fate of the controversial coach. The announcement came on the heels of Ghana's disastrous performance at this year's football World Cup in Brazil in which they failed to advance beyond the group stage. The players' high-profile dispute with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) over appearance fees and Appiah's decision to suspend two key players during the tournament made headlines worldwide. "The GFA wishes to thank Mr Appiah for his diligent service to the country as the coach of the Black Stars
(Spy Ghana 09/12/14)
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has been relieved of his position as head coach of the senior national team. The decision was reached today at a board meeting of the GFA. Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac will replace him as head coach of the Black Star. Mr Appiah is being accused of bad faith after he granted a radio interview in which he said that he had not asked for a technical assistant, contradicting the position of the GFA. Sources close...
(Vibe Ghana 09/11/14)
Ghana whipped her journey to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations around after pipping Togo 3-2 in a five- goal thriller in Lome on Wednesday. A late goal by Christian Atsu gifted the Black Stars all three points to move to second place on the log with four points. It was a test of character for the Black Stars who went down early in the first half through Floyd Ayite who beat debutant goalkeeper Stephen Adams at the far post...
(Spy Ghana 09/10/14)
Staff Sergeant Joe Bandu (retd.), father of Janet Bandu, the lady who supposedly drowned with rapper Castro in the Volta Lake at Ada, has called on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to arrest Asamoah Gyan over the disappearance of his daughter and Castro. “The whole thing now is, I don’t know what to do. I am therefore appealing to CDS, the IGP and all those in authority to help me to arrest...
(Citifmonline 09/09/14)
Three Ghanaian athletes have qualified to represent Africa at the upcoming IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco on September 13 and 14. The athletes were selected following their stellar performances at the just ended 19th African Athletics Championships in Morocco, where Team Ghana won its biggest medal haul since 2006. The country’s young athletics contingent won a total of six medals, consisting of four silver and two bronze medals, which was higher than the five medals Team Ghana won at...
(AFP (eng) 09/09/14)
Ghanaian defender John Boye has been ruled out of Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo in Lome because of an ankle injury. The 27-year-old Boye, who plays for Turkish side Erciyesspor, picked up the injury during training on Monday in Accra. In their Group E, Ghana have drawn 1-1 against Uganda while Togo were beaten 2-1 by Guinea in the first qualifier.
(Vibe Ghana 09/09/14)
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah will be sacked if he fails to beat Togo tomorrow, according to sources who have spoken to Citi Sports. Ghana must win against Togo to maintain any control of their AFCON 2015 qualifying group, following a poor showing at the weekend against Uganda in Kumasi. The public approval ratings of the Ghana coach is low after what some sports analysts described as “high profile” failures in the last African Cup and at the world cup...
(Modern Ghana 09/08/14)
Since Ghana's maiden World Cup appearance in Germany 2006 where we earned the respect of the football world, the excitement of our citizens for the Black Stars has known no bounds. Our historic exploits in South Africa in 2010 cemented our status as a global force. However, the debacle of Brazil 2014 has set in motion a chain of events that threaten the very foundations of our game. Our affection for the Black Stars has always been unconditional and that...
(Xinhuanet 09/06/14)
ACCRA, Sept. (Xinhua) -- Ghana's African Cup of Nations qualifying home match against Uganda on Saturday will be opened free to fans to ensure massive support for the national team, Kwesi Nyantakyi, president of the Ghana Football Association, confirmed on Friday. "The Sports minister has passed that the gates are opened for free in tomorrow's game against Uganda," Nyantakyi said. The decision was taken in consultation with the minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga, after fans showed disappointment in...
(Citifmonline 09/04/14)
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has indicated that the team is eager to get in the good books of Ghanaians with a victory against the Cranes of Uganda in their 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium at the weekend. Kumasi, which has been the home ground of the Black Stars in recent years due to the massive support they enjoy there, has been in a sombre and indifferent mood ahead of the game due to...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 09/01/14)
Ghana has qualified for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship (AYC) finals to be held in Senegal, after recording a 4-1 away win over Gabon on Saturday. The Black Satellites, silver medalist at the previous Championship, will join host Senegal and six other African sides at the finals. The two sides drew 0-0 in the first leg played in Accra a fortnight ago. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) reported on its website that 10-man Ghana scored two goals in each half...
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(Citifmonline 08/28/14)
Former Chairman of the Ghana Football Association, Ben Koufie has jumped to the defense of Sulley Muntari and his other colleagues who rebelled in Brazil over their appearance fees. Some senior players of the national team, including Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng were reported to have gotten angry in Brazil over delays in paying their appearance fees and other bonuses. This resulted in the outright dismissal of Sulley Muntari and Kevin Prince Boateng from the senior national team for...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ACCRA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- Ghana's minister of youth and sports Mahama Ayariga on Tuesday presented a cheque for 1.7 million cedis (540,000 US dollars) to ex-players of the Black Stars for winning laurels for the country. The amount will be shared among members of Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations winning squads of 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982. Ayariga said the government in partnership with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) will set up a fund for the ex-players who brought glory...
(Myjoyonline 08/28/14)
Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga has exclusively told Joy sports the search for a technical adviser for the Black Stars is a Government decision but insists it is the responsibility of the FA to look for a competent person for the Job. The Ghana FA has set up a three-man committee to appoint a technical adviser for the team. The ministry initially denied pushing the move for a Technical advice when reports suggested Klaus Topmoller as top candidate to land the...
(Xinhuanet 08/28/14)
ACCRA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- Ghana Minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga has confirmed Ghana's interest in bidding to host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2017. "I am happy to announce that Ghana will bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations," he said on his twitter handle on Tuesday. Libya was billed to host the competition but later withdrew due to the unstable security situation in the north African country. CAF has opened applications until Tuesday,...
(Bloomberg 08/27/14)
Ghana will submit a bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nations soccer tournament after Libya dropped out because of rising insecurity in the North African nation. Ghana will use existing stadiums and won’t need to build any new facilities, Minister of Sports Mahama Ayariga said by phone today. Ghana last held the championship in 2008. The nation’s Black Stars soccer team was eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup played in Brazil this year. “We have...

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(Citifmonline 09/04/14)
The Ghana Theatre Festival has been launched in Accra. The event is being organized by the National Theatre and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and comes off between September 11 and October 4. The event is aimed at promoting the diversity and uniqueness of African music, cultural performances and creative arts. The maiden edition will have various acts from the length and breadth of Ghana to showcase indigenous Ghanaian culture. The deputy Minister of the Tourism, speaking at the launch, explained the need for such an event and urged all and sundry to help make it a success. ‘It is important to appreciate that traditional culture and creative arts have the potential...
(Citifmonline 09/04/14)
The biggest gathering of movie industry players, the Ghana Movie Awards, comes off at the Accra International Conference Centre on December 30, 2014. This year’s event, the fifth in the series, seeks to take the event a notch higher as it brings the crème de la crème of Africa’s movie stars to celebrate with their Ghanaian counterparts. The organizers, the Ghana Movie Award Foundation, has officially called for entries to be submitted for consideration. “We wish to inform all movie producers who are interested in participating in the upcoming 4th Ghana Movie Awards that the official submission for movies starts...
(Citifmonline 08/27/14)
Miss Tourism Ghana 2013, Jessica Jemila Kawra, who will be launching the “Saving the environment through recycling” project, has said, environmental cleanliness has become a very critical issue in Ghana which could affect the tourism fortunes of the nation. According to her, it is possible that Ghana will become the least destination site for tourists and the country’s goal to make tourism the number one income earner will go down the drain. The project seeks to sensitize the youth on...
(Citifmonline 08/22/14)
Contrary to news that had been published on social media platforms that the Ghanaian nominees for this year’s edition of the Big Brother Africa reality show had been dropped due to the Ebola scare, the organisers, Endemol, has come out to give a completely different reason for the no-show. The initial publication said the selected nominees who made it through the selection stage in Ghana were rejected because of the Ebola scare in the West African sub-region. Hence, fresh auditions...
(Citifmonline 08/22/14)
It was William Shakespeare, who wrote in his book Twelfth Night that “some people are born to great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them”. How true this novel is! Ahuofɛ Patri, who is gradually becoming a household name in the comedy industry in our dear country, is an epitome of the latter – she is making giant strides through determination, hard work and perseverance. Teeming up successfully with Kalybos, (the only boss with one S) on...
(Citifmonline 08/21/14)
Nadia Ntanu, Ghana’s representative at this year’s Miss World, has been handed her official car. Officials of Exclusive Events Ghana, organizers of the Miss Ghana event, presented the car to her at a short ceremony held at their offices in Accra. The car would serve her numerous movements a lot of good, as she embarks on pre-planned activities ahead of the world finals. Ntanu, who will be taking on various projects in health and education, gets to keep her official...
(Ghana Web 08/18/14)
Organisers of the Big Brother Africa competition have allegedly rejected the candidates selected to represent Ghana at the contest. According to a source at MultiChoice in South Africa, the four candidates were rejected on the basis of the Ebola scare in West Africa. StarrFMonline.com’s sources at Endemol, producers of the BBA show, said the four candidates who made it through the selection stage in Ghana were rejected because of the Ebola Scare in the West African sub-region. An official revealed...
(Citifmonline 08/13/14)
Despite criticism that she is beautiful and doesn’t need too much makeup to look more beautiful, actress Christabel Ekeh says she is addicted to heavy makeup and there is nothing she can do about it. “Yes I welcome all criticism but I wish there is something I can do about the heavy makeup, my face has become so used to it so I just can’t imagine how I will look without heavy makeup. Whether it is for set, photo shot...
(Ghana Web 08/13/14)
If there is one discipline in our industry in recent times that has been criticized for a longer period without any sign of development; then the gospel music industry will never go scot free because, over the years, it has been criticized for all the wrong reasons one can think of. First of all, many gospel musicians have been tongue lashed when it comes to measuring holiness with their attitude and character, and this started not now. Whilst the female...
(Maravi Express 08/04/14)
Karonga-based Lusubilo Band will, in October this year, conduct a 10 -day music trip to South Korea courtesy of the country’s (Korean) volunteers in that country, it has been learnt. Lusubilo Band’s tour to the Asian country is purposed to expose Malawi’s traditional music and record their second album. Formed in 2010, the youthful grouping is the product of Lusubilo Music Centre, an art institution under St Mary’s Parish of the Roman Catholic Church in Karonga Diocese where young people...
( 08/01/14)
As of July 7th 2014, co-host of The One Show, PY Addo Boateng’s contract expired and shall not be renewed for the next season as the show takes a new format. PY has expressed his appreciation to the producers of the One Show and the entire team of Viasat1 for his time spent with them, he is set to work with Viasat1 on future projects. PY, co-founder of Bless the Mic, Miss Universe Ghana, and the presenter of PY Say’s...
( 07/31/14)
The Ghana Music Right Organization (GHAMRO) has a new board. The board, chaired by Nana Aboagye Da Costa, has Okyeame Kwame and three other members. The Human Rights Court, presided over by Justice Essel Mensah, on July 11 ordered the then GHAMRO board to step aside. The court’s ruling followed an action by legendary musician Nana Kwame Ampadu and ninety nine (99) others who accused Carlos Sakyi, then chairman of GHAMRO, of embezzling funds collected on behalf of music rights...
( 07/31/14)
A journey of a thousand miles, the saying goes, begins with a single step and wannabe big time actress, Promzy, has set her eyes on the nearest future when she will be able to act alongside the Jackie Appiahs, Yvonne Nelsons and Majid Michels. Promzy, real name Promise Naa Momo Okasa, winner of the I’m In Love with Bomaye television reality show, has so far featured in three movies: Victims, Devil in a Dress and Hard Drive. The 23-year-old actress...
( 07/30/14)
Probably Ghana’s most prolific francophone musician, S.K Blinks has endeared himself to many ardent lovers and fans of good music all around the country. His versatility in the music industry has seen him succeed in an industry which has seen lots of high profile casualties. It is therefore unsurprising, that the co-writer of hit song ‘Aha ye de,’ has joined the most acclaimed music genre in Ghana now, Dancehall. SK Blinks, born Sokpo Kwaku Mawuli, has released a song titled...
( 07/29/14)
Citi FM’s Head of Business Desk, Vivian Kai Mensah, is currently in the United States of America to cover the U.S. – Presidential summit for African Leaders as well for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Summit in Washington, D.C. She was nominated by the United States government because of her excellent track record as a business news anchor. Vivian attended the town hall meeting addressed by President Barack Obama Monday July 28 for the five hundred YALI participants. Among the...
( 07/25/14)
Award-winning actor, director, and TV personality Chris Attoh will be hosting the 2014 F.A.C.E. List Awards in New York City, come July 26, 2014. The highlight of Face2Face Africa’s Pan-African Weekend, the F.A.C.E List Awards, is one of the most-prestigious celebrations of pan-African achievements that celebrates African pioneers in Business, Fashion, Entertainment, Health, and other important sectors. Financier Dr. Mo Ibrahim, fashion icon Alek Wek, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti, entrepreneur Bethlehem Alemu, and general manager...
( 07/23/14)
Gospel songstress, Grace Ashy has refuted reports suggesting that she has been suspended from the Methodist University College for examination malpractice. The Razz newspaper report earlier today that the singer, who is a level 400 student at the Methodist University College, Accra was allegedly caught cheating during an end-of-semester examination and has subsequently been suspended from the school for two semesters for her misconduct. The paper claimed that the University has suspended her for two semesters which meant that the...
( 07/23/14)
After the successful first three editions, the August Worship agenda for 2014 just got bigger. August Worship, by the Jeshurun Okyere Global Outreach is a unique event which seeks to reconnect many to God through refreshing worship. Jeshurun Okyere is a young, versatile minister who is noted for his love for, and wonderful ministrations of Christian reggae songs. It is therefore not surprising August Worship has been nominated for “Event of the Year” in the 2014 AFRICA GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS...
( 07/22/14)
Sunday July 20, 2014 was exactly two weeks since popular hiplife artiste Castro, and his friend believed to be Janet Bandu were reported to have drowned in the Volta River at Ada. After the sad incident, many media houses proclaimed the artiste known in real life as Theophilus Tagoe and his friend dead. Many Ghanaians as unprofessional have criticized this assertion by the media since their report is backed with no fact. Popular comedian, Hip-life musician and political satirist, A-Plus...
( 07/22/14)
MTN Project Fame West Africa returns with season 7 and Ghana is looking pretty with three contestants. They include Christian K. Amoah (Krissy O) who is no stranger to reality TV. He first gained public attention on the fourth season of TV3’s singing competition, ‘Mentor’ in 2008, and also won second position on the 2012 edition of Vodafone Icons (Mixed Edition), with his group, Vybz. Also representing Ghana this season are Clement Akuoko and Rauhel Halidu Yakubu (Laami). This is...

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(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(CNN 09/17/14)
(CNN) -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a health crisis of massive proportions -- and one that keeps on growing. So far, the World Health Organization estimates nearly 4,300 people have likely been infected in the latest outbreak, with almost 2,300 deaths. With no proven vaccine or treatment currently available, and a case fatality rate of up to 90%, alarm bells are ringing across the globe. How worried should the United States be? And how can we help respond to this crisis? It's true that while Ebola is deadly and this outbreak is historic, the risk of it...
(BBC News Africa 09/16/14)
Malaysia plans to donate more than 20 million protective rubber gloves to five African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, the government says. They will be distributed among medical workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A shortage of protective equipment has been one factor in the virus spreading. It has killed more than 2,400 people, including many health workers, this year, in the world's worst outbreak. Health workers in Liberia recently went on strike, saying they need more protective equipment.
(Voice of America 09/13/14)
DAKAR— The Ebola crisis in West Africa has closed borders and international airlines have cut flights to the area, but some say the measures aimed at controlling the outbreak also are holding up humanitarian aid deliveries. Senegal and Ivory Coast have closed airports to planes coming from Ebola-affected countries, and many airlines have cut services to the capitals of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia despite World Health Organization calls to keep air traffic moving. WHO officials have discouraged air-transit restictions,...
(Voice of America 09/12/14)
The head of the World Health Organization says more and better-trained medical workers are needed in West Africa to stop the growing outbreak of Ebola. She said officials trying to contain Ebola are short of almost everything, including protective gear, mobile laboratories and body bags, but that the biggest obstacle is a lack of trained health care workers. "Money, materials are important but those alone could not stop the Ebola transmission… Human resources is most important, and especially the needs...
(Voice of America 09/10/14)
NAIROBI— A new report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare, those in Africa harvest just one ton on average. Outdated farming practices combined with inherently low soil fertility has been blamed for the low yields. Many countries in Africa often face food shortages, as farmers struggle to grow enough produce for the entire population. A new...
(Bloomberg 09/05/14)
Ghana’s Finance Ministry will start talks with the International Monetary Fund as early as next week with support from the lender aimed at stemming a slide in Africa’s worst-performing currency this year. A deal on technical support and possible financial aid may be reached by November, Deputy Finance Minister Mona Quartey said in an interview in London today. The world’s second-biggest cocoa producer may consider moving short-term debt to issuances with longer maturities to bring down borrowing costs, she said...
(The Wall Street Journal 09/05/14)
African countries have been selling bonds at a record pace this year, but the latest deal might raise more than a few eyebrows. Just a couple of weeks after seeking a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, Ghana on Wednesday outlined plans to meet bond investors about borrowing cash from them as well. The West African country has been trying to fix a ballooning budget deficit while fighting rising inflation and a tumbling currency. Last month, it finally turned to...
(BBC News Africa 09/05/14)
The blood of patients who recover from Ebola should be used to treat others, the World Health Organization has announced. West Africa is facing the largest Ebola outbreak in history and more than 2,000 people have died. A global group of experts have been meeting to assess the experimental therapies that could contain Ebola. The WHO also announced that Ebola vaccines could be used on the frontline by November. Blood medicine People produce antibodies in the blood in an attempt...
(CNN 09/04/14)
(CNN) -- A highly anticipated test of an experimental Ebola vaccine will begin this week at the National Institutes of Health, amid mounting anxiety about the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa. After an expedited review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, researchers were given the green light to begin what's called a human safety trial, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). It will be the first test of this type of Ebola vaccine in humans.
(Voice of America 09/03/14)
WASHINGTON— The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Tom Frieden, warned that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will worsen in coming weeks “significantly.” Frieden said a “massive” global response is needed now to combat what he calls the world’s first Ebola epidemic. Frieden, who just returned from the most affected West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, said that despite tremendous efforts by health care workers, the number of Ebola cases continues to increase...
(PANA 09/02/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The suspension of flights to the Ebola-affected West African countries has affected the immediate deployment of an emergency military medical mission there, an African Union (AU) envoy said here Friday. Ambassador Alain Nyamitwe, Chairman of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), said the military medical team was deploying to the Ebola-affected areas in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. 'The first part of the mission has gone there,' Nyamitwe, who is Burundi's ambassador to the AU...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
West African health ministers have called for travel restrictions imposed to combat Ebola to be lifted. The ministers followed advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) which said that the restrictions create food and supply shortages and harm efforts to contain the deadly virus. The WHO says the West Africa outbreak could infect more than 20,000 people. It has already killed more than 1,500. It says there could be four times more cases than officially registered. The WHO said it was important that airlines resume "vital" flights across the region, because travel bans were threatening efforts to beat the epidemic.
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(BBC News Africa 08/28/14)
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an "unprecedented" response to bring it under control. Health ministers from across West Africa are due to meet in Ghana to discuss the growing crisis. The World Health Organization says the outbreak has killed 1,427 people. The health body says it is...
(AL Jazeera 08/26/14)
Two enterprising Ghanaians are developing products that they hope will catapult their country to manufacturing stardom. For centuries, African countries have remained as the underdog when it comes to manufacturing. Only a handful of the continent's 54 nations make products that can grab the attention of a consumer. Africans themselves know this full well. They know, for example, that their countries import anything from toothpicks to needles to cars. It is not a hopeless situation though. The "Africa rising" narrative...
(BBC News Africa 08/26/14)
Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have announced their interest in bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya's withdrawal as the host nation. Libya pulled out last week because of ongoing fighting in the country that has delayed plans to build new stadiums for the 16-team tournament. Ethiopia, who hosted the tournament in 1962, 1968 and 1976, say they will submit their proposal immediately. Ethiopia Football Federation president Junedin Basha told BBC Sport: "We already have two ready...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...

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