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(Gbc Ghana 02/06/16)
A Financial Analyst, Isaac Adongo, says Ghanaians must appreciate the Mahama-led government for investing heavily in infrastructure as the basic requirement for economic growth. Speaking to Radio Ghana on why the government is investing in infrastructure instead of formulating policies to ease the economic challenges of the people, Mr Adongo said the investment in energy, good roads, housing and education are important to ensure efficiency in the provision of services and the creation of jobs for the youth.
(Gbc Ghana 02/06/16)
The President John Dramani Mahama on Friday joined the Chiefs and people of Akuapong in the Eastern Region to mourn the late Okuapemhene, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa. President, Mahama in his tribute to the late paramount chief intimated that the late Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa, was more than a father to him and he therefore has an obligation to mourn him appropriately, just like any of Nana’s children. President Mahama said this when he visited Okuapeman to formally pay his tribute to the late Chief as part of the funeral rites for Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa. Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa acceded the throne in 1974 and ruled for nearly 41 years until his death in July last year. President Mahama donated a carton of...
(Myjoyonline 02/06/16)
The Ghana Immigration Service has hinted it will clamp down on hotel managers who violate laws on hotel services to expatriate guests. Hotels managers by law are required to provide, on a weekly basis, details on foreigners who patronise their services but the Controller of Immigration, Head of Public Affairs Francis Palmdeti told JOY BUSINESS operators have for sometime now not complied with this. According to him, they will embark on an exercise to ensure compliance of the law. The...
(Voice of America 02/06/16)
 
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There are no computers, TVs or smartphones in many schools in rural Ghana. In the classroom, teachers talk while students listen. There's very little engagement and virtually no interaction, because many teachers themselves were not formally trained. The private, nonprofit Varkey Foundation — together with co-donor Dubai Cares and the Ghanaian Ministry of Education — wants to change that. "What we're trying to do is leapfrog what they should have received when they first became teachers by providing the latest...
(Myjoyonline 02/06/16)
Three students of New Koforidua M/A JHS in the Ashanti Region died on the spot when their bus collided head-on with a pick-up truck on the outskirts of Konongo-Odumase on Friday. One of several others who were injured was referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, in critical condition, after initial treatment at Konongo-Odumase Government Hospital. The deceased students, all females, yet to be identified, were among others on board the Sprinter bus, travelling from Konongo to New Koforidua, after...
(Huffingtonpost 02/06/16)
The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corrupt, under-developed, and in many other unpleasant ways. However, not all these things present a true reflection of how blessed the continent is. It is true that the continent is faced with immense socio-political and economic challenges. It is also true that the continent has the longest list of leaders who have long overstayed in power and continue to...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/06/16)
From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans. The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in...
(Independent Online 02/06/16)
Addis Ababa - Politicians were to blame for high airfares that prevented Africans from travelling around their own continent, Mossadek Bally, founder, chairman and CEO of the Azalai Hotel group said. Bally, who was part of a panel in the closing session of the three-day US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said it was easier for Africans to take a plane to fly to Dubai or Paris on holiday than within Africa. “Just because we have all these...
(APA 02/05/16)
The total number of deaths resulting from an outbreak of meningitis in Ghana has reached 85 deaths, APA learns here Friday. The Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia, told Parliament on Thursday that 456 cases have been recorded in nine regions of the country, except the Central Region. He revealed that Brong Ahafo Region, which first recorded cases, tops the list with 288 cases resulting in 45 deaths followed by the Northern Region with 58 cases and 19 deaths while Upper...
(APA 02/05/16)
A swoop on motorbike riders who flout traffic regulations in Accra on Friday dominated the Ghanaian media. The Ghanaian Times and Daily Graphic and others published stories on the swoop saying the Ghana Police Service on Thursday impounded over 100 motorbikes and arrested their riders for committing traffic offenses. The Director General of Technical Services, Commissioner of Police (COP) Frank Adu-Poku, said the operation was conducted to help reduce traffic offences committed by motorbike riders, who ride through the red...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the plunge in oil prices will force significant fiscal adjustments on Africa's oil exporters. The IMF said the 70 percent fall in crude prices over the past 18 months has been a "formidable shock" to sub-Saharan African oil exporters like Nigeria and Angola, given their heavy reliance on oil receipts in state revenues. "While most oil producers have low levels of debt and adequate levels of reserves, the massive oil price decline makes adjustment...
(Xinhuanet 02/05/16)
(Xinhua) -- Cooperation in the health sector with China has helped reduce disease burden in Africa while strengthening the continent's capacity to respond to new infections, said a senior African Union (AU) official. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said in an interview with Xinhua Sunday on the sidelines of the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, that China has contributed immensely to modernization of health infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. "China has been a dependable partner...
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- Both the Republics of Ghana and Italy see support for troubled countries such as Libya as well as support for developing countries, as one sure panacea to the sprawling migration crisis Europe has been dealing with in recent years. They both believe that if jobs abounded in these regions and the youth were gainfully employed, the motivation to travel out to seek greener pastures would reduce.
(APA 02/04/16)
The media in Ghana on Thursday focused on a move to eject nomadic herdsmen and the breakdown of ambulances in Accra. The Daily Graphic said the Fulani herdsmen in Ashanti Region are in trouble as a combined team of police and military are to descend on them in a move to drive them out of Agogo, a farming community in the region. The paper published a picture of some herdsmen leading a herd of cattle in the middle of a...
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy may be slowing down in its industrial and manufacturing sectors, but the growth in its consumption and services sector is still adequate to push growth in African countries which depend on trade with China, analysts said Wednesday. Jonathan Stichbury, the East Africa CEO of Pine Bridge Investments, a financial services advisory and wealth management firm, said despite the talk of a Chinese economic slowdown, the 6.9 percent growth rate recorded by China in 2015 still remains much higher by the Asian regional standards.
(Bloomberg 02/04/16)
When then-President Bill Clinton visited Africa in 1998, he praised “a new generation of leaders” as champions of a dawning “African Renaissance.” Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni was one of them: Two years before, he’d been elected president after a decade as a military ruler. Museveni is again running for president -- at the age of 71, after abolishing constitutional limits on presidential terms. He refers to the East African nation’s oil reserves as his own, holds a public holiday to mark...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/16)
(Xinhua) -- Chinese funding to the African Union (AU) that was announced during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held last year in South Africa, is important for establishment of the African Standby Force, a senior UN official Dr. Carlos Lopes has said. "Setting up a force is always very difficult. And if the Chinese were convinced to provide funding for the initial stages, then the whole process will be easy," Lopes who is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told Xinhua in an interview during the 26th AU summit that ended on Sunday in Ethiopia.
(Voice of America 02/03/16)
 
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Investors and power developers from around the world gathered in Washington last week to push ideas and efforts to alleviate the shortages of electricity that plague many African countries. The In-Stream Auger Turbine, which uses flowing water to generate power, was among the technological innovations exhibited at the second annual Powering Africa Summit. “This unit, unlike other hydro-energy projects, doesn't take years to perform,” said Chun Pong Ng of Zoetic Global. “Unlike wind and solar that only deliver when Mother...
(The Economist 02/03/16)
Power corrupts. So too does a resource-rich economy, like Nigeria’s, where easy access to oil revenues opens the door to palm-greasing. Of 168 countries surveyed by Transparency International, an anti-corruption group Germany, in its annual Corruption Perception Index, Nigeria ranks 32nd from the bottom. Whistleblowers sometimes try to estimate how much cash has gone missing from Nigeria’s public purse. In 2014 a respected former central-bank governor lost his job after claiming that $20 billion had been stolen. But this captures...
(Voice of America 02/02/16)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Electrify Africa Act, after nearly two years of trying to get the measure through both chambers of Congress. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill will provide a framework for a major public-private partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries to help millions of people gain access to reliable electricity. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California said the Electrify Africa Act...

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(Gbc Ghana 02/06/16)
The President John Dramani Mahama on Friday joined the Chiefs and people of Akuapong in the Eastern Region to mourn the late Okuapemhene, Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa. President, Mahama in his tribute to the late paramount chief intimated that the late Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa, was more than a father to him and he therefore has an obligation to mourn him appropriately, just like any of Nana’s children. President Mahama said this when he visited Okuapeman to formally pay his tribute to the late Chief as part of the funeral rites for Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa. Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwa acceded the throne in 1974 and ruled for nearly 41 years until his death in July last year. President...
(Myjoyonline 02/06/16)
The Ghana Immigration Service has hinted it will clamp down on hotel managers who violate laws on hotel services to expatriate guests. Hotels managers by law are required to provide, on a weekly basis, details on foreigners who patronise their services but the Controller of Immigration, Head of Public Affairs Francis Palmdeti told JOY BUSINESS operators have for sometime now not complied with this. According to him, they will embark on an exercise to ensure compliance of the law. The Ghana Immigration Service is mandated to inspect the premises of hotels as well as the records they keep on foreigners who dwell in their hotels. Speaking with JOY BUSINESS after an engagement with executives of the Ghana Hoteliers Association and...
(Voice of America 02/06/16)
 
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There are no computers, TVs or smartphones in many schools in rural Ghana. In the classroom, teachers talk while students listen. There's very little engagement and virtually no interaction, because many teachers themselves were not formally trained. The private, nonprofit Varkey Foundation — together with co-donor Dubai Cares and the Ghanaian Ministry of Education — wants to change that. "What we're trying to do is leapfrog what they should have received when they first became teachers by providing the latest...
(Myjoyonline 02/06/16)
Three students of New Koforidua M/A JHS in the Ashanti Region died on the spot when their bus collided head-on with a pick-up truck on the outskirts of Konongo-Odumase on Friday. One of several others who were injured was referred to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, in critical condition, after initial treatment at Konongo-Odumase Government Hospital. The deceased students, all females, yet to be identified, were among others on board the Sprinter bus, travelling from Konongo to New Koforidua, after...
(APA 02/05/16)
The total number of deaths resulting from an outbreak of meningitis in Ghana has reached 85 deaths, APA learns here Friday. The Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia, told Parliament on Thursday that 456 cases have been recorded in nine regions of the country, except the Central Region. He revealed that Brong Ahafo Region, which first recorded cases, tops the list with 288 cases resulting in 45 deaths followed by the Northern Region with 58 cases and 19 deaths while Upper...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the plunge in oil prices will force significant fiscal adjustments on Africa's oil exporters. The IMF said the 70 percent fall in crude prices over the past 18 months has been a "formidable shock" to sub-Saharan African oil exporters like Nigeria and Angola, given their heavy reliance on oil receipts in state revenues. "While most oil producers have low levels of debt and adequate levels of reserves, the massive oil price decline makes adjustment...
(Xinhuanet 02/05/16)
(Xinhua) -- Cooperation in the health sector with China has helped reduce disease burden in Africa while strengthening the continent's capacity to respond to new infections, said a senior African Union (AU) official. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said in an interview with Xinhua Sunday on the sidelines of the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, that China has contributed immensely to modernization of health infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. "China has been a dependable partner...
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- Both the Republics of Ghana and Italy see support for troubled countries such as Libya as well as support for developing countries, as one sure panacea to the sprawling migration crisis Europe has been dealing with in recent years. They both believe that if jobs abounded in these regions and the youth were gainfully employed, the motivation to travel out to seek greener pastures would reduce.
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy may be slowing down in its industrial and manufacturing sectors, but the growth in its consumption and services sector is still adequate to push growth in African countries which depend on trade with China, analysts said Wednesday. Jonathan Stichbury, the East Africa CEO of Pine Bridge Investments, a financial services advisory and wealth management firm, said despite the talk of a Chinese economic slowdown, the 6.9 percent growth rate recorded by China in 2015 still remains much higher by the Asian regional standards.
(Xinhuanet 02/03/16)
(Xinhua) -- Chinese funding to the African Union (AU) that was announced during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held last year in South Africa, is important for establishment of the African Standby Force, a senior UN official Dr. Carlos Lopes has said. "Setting up a force is always very difficult. And if the Chinese were convinced to provide funding for the initial stages, then the whole process will be easy," Lopes who is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told Xinhua in an interview during the 26th AU summit that ended on Sunday in Ethiopia.
(Voice of America 02/03/16)
 
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Investors and power developers from around the world gathered in Washington last week to push ideas and efforts to alleviate the shortages of electricity that plague many African countries. The In-Stream Auger Turbine, which uses flowing water to generate power, was among the technological innovations exhibited at the second annual Powering Africa Summit. “This unit, unlike other hydro-energy projects, doesn't take years to perform,” said Chun Pong Ng of Zoetic Global. “Unlike wind and solar that only deliver when Mother...
(The Economist 02/03/16)
Power corrupts. So too does a resource-rich economy, like Nigeria’s, where easy access to oil revenues opens the door to palm-greasing. Of 168 countries surveyed by Transparency International, an anti-corruption group Germany, in its annual Corruption Perception Index, Nigeria ranks 32nd from the bottom. Whistleblowers sometimes try to estimate how much cash has gone missing from Nigeria’s public purse. In 2014 a respected former central-bank governor lost his job after claiming that $20 billion had been stolen. But this captures...
(Voice of America 02/02/16)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Electrify Africa Act, after nearly two years of trying to get the measure through both chambers of Congress. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill will provide a framework for a major public-private partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries to help millions of people gain access to reliable electricity. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California said the Electrify Africa Act...
(The Christian Science Monitor 02/02/16)
It is unusual for animals to be added to wildlife population counts in Africa, but that is what has happened. By identifying their tracks and using camera traps that were able to snap images of the big cats, conservationists have confirmed reports from residents near a remote national park in Ethiopia that there are lions in the area. This is a welcome thread of good news for the wildlife conservation community, given that the lion population in some African regions...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/01/16)
Statistics indicate that annual malaria deaths in Africa have decreased from an estimated 764,000 in 2000 to 395,000 in 2015. According to a press statement issued yesterday by the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), Ms Johannah-Joy Phumaphi, Africa has achieved historic progress in the fight against malaria over the past 15 years. "Since 2000, malaria mortality rates in Africa have fallen by 66 per cent among all age groups and by 71 per cent among children...
(Xinhuanet 01/30/16)
(Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Friday reiterated its commitment to stop the illegal migration of African youth to developed nations alongside child marriages that are a blot to the continent's image. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said at a press briefing that the continental body has focused on innovative measures to contain illegal migration and eradicate child marriages. "The migration crisis in Africa has reached alarming proportions. Our youth are risking lives to enter Europe...
(Independent Online 01/30/16)
Botswana has maintained its top rating as the least corrupt African country, followed by Seychelles, Rwanda, Mauritius and Namibia which made it into the top 50 least corrupt countries in the world. The rankings are contained in the “Corruption Perceptions Index” of 2015, released this week by global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International which analysed perceptions of public sector corruption in 168 countries. [Read the full list here] South Africa is positioned at 61, on par with Senegal and Lesotho, but...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/16)
Former Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Dr. Joyce Aryee has taken a swipe at a Ghanaian businessman Alfred Woyome for ordering the terms for which he had to refund to the state, GHS51.2 million unlawfully paid to him some few years ago. Dr Aryee who was commenting on the recent Corruption Index on Class Fm could not fathom why “…somebody gets money he’s not supposed to get, and he had the effrontery when he’s told to return...
(Gbc Ghana 01/28/16)
Government says it has taken note of the latest report of the Corruption Perception Index launched earlier today. The report ranks Ghana 56th out of 168 countries with a score of 47. A statement signed by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Omane Boamah, said it acknowledges the singling out of Ghana and Senegal for praise in the report on efforts made by the respective governments on one hand and social partners on the other to combat the menace. It said...
(Gbc Ghana 01/28/16)
The Maternity Block of the Tema General Hospital recorded 41 maternal deaths last year. The figure is said to be the highest in many years. Most of the recorded deaths were due to congestion, lack of equipment and negligence on the part of some expectant mothers. The Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the Hospital, Dr. Sylvia Deganus said this at a presentation of medical equipment to the Maternity Block of the Hospital in Tema. Items donated included wheel...

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(Gbc Ghana 02/06/16)
A Financial Analyst, Isaac Adongo, says Ghanaians must appreciate the Mahama-led government for investing heavily in infrastructure as the basic requirement for economic growth. Speaking to Radio Ghana on why the government is investing in infrastructure instead of formulating policies to ease the economic challenges of the people, Mr Adongo said the investment in energy, good roads, housing and education are important to ensure efficiency in the provision of services and the creation of jobs for the youth.
(Huffingtonpost 02/06/16)
The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corrupt, under-developed, and in many other unpleasant ways. However, not all these things present a true reflection of how blessed the continent is. It is true that the continent is faced with immense socio-political and economic challenges. It is also true that the continent has the longest list of leaders who have long overstayed in power and continue to plunder much needed resources while ignoring the endless needs and complaints of the poor masses. Some of the longest serving power hungry leaders who have tarnished the image of this great continent include President Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea;...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/06/16)
From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans. The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in...
(Independent Online 02/06/16)
Addis Ababa - Politicians were to blame for high airfares that prevented Africans from travelling around their own continent, Mossadek Bally, founder, chairman and CEO of the Azalai Hotel group said. Bally, who was part of a panel in the closing session of the three-day US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said it was easier for Africans to take a plane to fly to Dubai or Paris on holiday than within Africa. “Just because we have all these...
(Voice of America 02/01/16)
A new study about Africa shows the importance of developing roads, electrical grids, health clinics and other forms of infrastructure for promoting development — and reducing poverty. The survey by the polling firm Afrobarometer, a nonpartisan research network, found that more than 20 countries in Africa have improved economic growth and living conditions with active government support. The report found that 22 out of the 33 countries surveyed showed impressive improvements in some of the “development infrastructure” that lifts living standards, such as food, clean water, cooking fuel, health care and income.
(Xinhuanet 01/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) says the mining sector and intra-Africa trade are critical to ensure that trade and industry play a catalytic role in Africa's transformation agenda. Speaking to the press on Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Fatima Haram Acyl, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, recalled that the AU heads of states adopted the African Mining Vision (AMV) in February 2009, with a view to making the mining sector more responsive to African economic and social development needs.
(Xinhuanet 01/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- Africa's positive economic performance is now being put to the test in the face of the challenges posed by current circumstances, noted a senior official of the African Union (AU). Speaking to the press on Wednesday in the framework of the 26th AU Summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Anthony Mothae Maruping, AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs, said drop in commodities prices, interest rate rise in the U.S., severe drought, floods and regional conflicts all have combined to...
(Ghana Web 01/28/16)
Ghana intends to work with India to share best practices and experiences to strengthen the capability of Ghanaians abroad to contribute to our national agenda, the Minister for Environment, Science and technology, Mr Mahama Ayariga, has said. He noted that the government, under the President Mahama administration, continued to engage Ghanaian in the Diaspora, as well as people of Africa descent, who were willing to contribute to national development. Mr Ayariga, who said this when he addressed a well-attended 67th...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/16)
Selected farmers across the Ashanti Region have gathered in Kumasi for a two-day workshop to discuss ways of growing the poultry industry to enhance its contribution to the economy. Budgeting, general farm housing, sanitation and feed management took centre stage. The programme was organized with support from the Council for Technical, Vocational Education and Training (COVET) under its skills development fund. “Biosecurity and farm management for increased productivity” was the theme and it comes amid reported disease attack on farms,...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/16)
The National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers (NASPAWAP) has increased the price of sachet water from 20 pesewas to 30 pesewas effective February 1, 2016. The retail price of the pure water sachet bag at the retail shops would be sold at GH₡ 5.00 and the Ex truck price is GH₡ 3. 00 cedis per bag of 30 500ml. Mr Magnus Nunoo, Chairman of NASPAWAP, at a news briefing said the price adjustment was due to the streamline...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/16)
Citrus growers in Adansi South have appealed to the district assembly to help establish a processing plant to provide ready market for the fresh fruit they have been producing in huge volumes. They said they were finding it difficult to market the fruit, something that had become a big disincentive to increased production. Mr. Isaac Kwabena Sarkodie, Chairman of the Citrus Growers Association, at a press conference held at New Edubiase, expressed worry about the situation where they were not...
(Spy Ghana 01/28/16)
A Ranking Member on parliament’s Finance Committee, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, said he will soon be citing the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) for contempt of Parliament over the withdrawal of the 1% withholding tax on investment earnings in Ghana. The MP believes the GRA erred when it unilaterally withdrew the 1% withholding tax on investment earnings, without recourse to the Law making House of Parliament which which approved it at the first place. Dr Akoto OseiThe GRA had directed all...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/16)
(Xinhua) -- Africa's economic growth has been forecast to grow 4.4 percent in 2016, up from 3.7 percent in 2015, said a UN report released on Tuesday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Increasing domestic demand coupled with an improving regional business environment and increasing public investment, especially in infrastructure, underpin the set economic growth on the continent, according to the report. Africa's growth will rely on other factors including improving macroeconomic management, a buoyant service sector, and increasing trade and investment ties with emerging economies; and these factors are also expected to support regional growth in 2017, said the report.
(Gbc Ghana 01/27/16)
The government is to support the garments sector in the country to make it more competitive in the global market. In view of this, the importation of foreign fabrics into the country will be reduced, since most materials in the industry can be produced locally. The Vice-President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, was speaking during a familiarisation tour of a garment factory, Dignity DTRT Limited, in Accra yesterday where he was conducted round the various production lines. Dignity - Do The Right Thing (DTRT) Apparel was established by a Ghanaian company, Dignity, in partnership with its American counterparts, in 2014.
(The Guardian 01/26/16)
Soaring prices for electricity, water and fuel have triggered protests amid concern that politicians are mishandling Ghana’s economic downturn. Dressed in the red and black clothing traditionally worn at funerals, waving anti-austerity placards and accompanied by drums and bellowing horns, thousands of Ghanaians descended on the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra in mid-January. These workers marching through the capital and other cities were showing their dismay at recent price hikes and taxes, which have increased the cost of electricity by 59%, water by 67% and fuel by 28%.
(Xinhuanet 01/26/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Ghana's central bank announced here on Monday its decision to keep its benchmark policy rate at 26 percent. Henry Kofi Wampah, Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BOG), announced at a press conference that although the Core inflation (CPI inflation excluding energy and utility prices), which reflects underlying inflation, had continued to rise, it was at a slower pace. "Going forward, the Committee expects the slower pace of price changes to continue...
(Bloomberg 01/26/16)
Ghana’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged after raising it three times last year to curb soaring inflation. The Bank of Ghana kept the policy rate at 26 percent, Governor Kofi Wampah told reporters in the capital, Accra, on Monday. That was in line with the forecasts of seven of the 10 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Two predicted an increase of 100 basis points and one said the rate would be cut. “The slower pace of inflation reflects...
(Ghana Business News 01/26/16)
Ghana has continued to record trade deficits even in 2015. The factors for the deficit can be attributed to the falling commodity prices on the world market. According to Bank of Ghana data, total exports amounted to approximately $2.4 billion as at December 2015, and this is from the three main exports – gold, cocoa and oil. Gold exports earned the country $730.5 million, cocoa brought in $659.4 million and oil exports were $429.4 million. Total imports amounted to approximately...
(The New York Times 01/26/16)
Years of rapid economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa fueled hopes of a prosperous new era. To many, the world’s poorest continent was finally emerging, with economies that were no longer dependent on the fickle global demand for Africa’s raw resources. But as China’s economy slows and its once seemingly insatiable hunger for Africa’s commodities wanes, many African economies are tumbling, quickly. Since the start of this year, the outlook across the continent has grown grimmer, especially in its two biggest economies, Nigeria and South Africa. Their currencies fell to record lows this month as China, Africa’s biggest trading partner, announced that imports from Africa plummeted nearly 40 percent in 2015.
(Ghana Web 01/25/16)
A Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs Mona Helen Quartey, has said that the recent tax policy measures being implemented by the government are relevant for nation building and, therefore, must be embraced by the citizenry. She indicated that it was not the government’s intention to unduly burden the citizenry with plethora of taxes, but to raise the required revenue to pursue development agenda. Addressing participants in the 2016 Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) annual management retreat in Ho last Saturday, Mrs...

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(AFP (eng) 01/22/16)
Leicester have signed Ghana international Daniel Amartey from FC Copenhagen for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League title contenders announced on Friday. Amartey, who can play in central midfield or at right-back, agreed a four and a half year contract with Claudio Ranieri's side. "It's a great pleasure to join Leicester," said Amartey, who was also believed to have been a target for Liverpool. "I know the club have been interested in signing me for some time and that was a big part of my decision to come here. Amartey's arrival, for a reported fee of around £5 million ($7 million), will bolster Ranieri's defensive options as he aims to keep Leicester in contention to...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/16)
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Sheikh Salman, South African politician and businessman Tokyo Sexwale and Prince Ali are among five candidates standing in the election, with the Jordanian fearing vote deals had been struck between the two confederations who will have a combined 100 votes in the 209 member poll. "I...
(Ghana Web 01/15/16)
Sports Writers Association of Ghana president Kwabena Yeboah says Avram Grant’s work as Black Stars does not commensurate with his over US$ 40,000 monthly salary. Grant left Accra after organizing a seminar for local coaches in the country two months ago. His continuous absence from the country remains a concern for pundits. And Yeboah thinks the former Chelsea manager has been doing little. “I don’t think that he has done anything special to attract my attention. On the contrary, I...
(APA 01/11/16)
Ghana is expected to host the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B Congress in Accra, the capital, APA learns here. The congress is to elect a president to steer the affairs of the union for the next two years. The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and incumbent President of the WAFU, Mr. Kwasi Nyantakyi, is seeking re-election. Information released by the Ghana FA said FIFA Presidential aspirants are expected to address the congress.
(Gbc Ghana 01/08/16)
Ghana maintained her 33rd position on the latest Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) rankings and third on the continent. Leading the continent on the ranking is Cote D'Ivoire, who are ranked 19th in the world, with Algeria, at the second position on the continent and 28th in the world. Belgium maintained first place in an unchanged top 10 of football's world rankings issued Thursday by the ruling body FIFA. Belgium have 1,494 points to lead the way from Argentina...
(Dw-World 12/22/15)
Joseph Blatter has pledged to fight the eight-year ban handed down to him by FIFA's Ethics Committee with all means at his disposal. He also reiterated earlier assertions that he had done nothing wrong. The FIFA president told reporters at a press conference in Zurich on Monday that he would go to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and to a Swiss human rights court in a bid to get his ban on all football-related activities overturned. "I will...
(Gbc Ghana 12/04/15)
The Black Stars of Ghana have declined three places down to 33 in the World and still third in Africa in the latest official FIFA rankings for December 2015. Avram Grant’s charges have slowly moved down the latest FIFA rankings despite between their recent 1-0 and 2-0 wins over Comoros in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying double header last month. The Black Stars have been on a steady decline since the October, dropping down the rankings from 28 to...
(Ghana Web 12/02/15)
The Ghana FA has hinted it could postpone the tentative start date for the 2015/16 Premier League season due to pending litigation. The GFA had planned to start the league on December 20 but outstanding issues legal with the promotion of Dreams FC and Techiman City FC has left the commencement of the league in uncertainty. Techiman City FC’s promotion from Zone 1 is being challenged after being hit with allegations of bribery. The GFA’s Appeals Committee only recently ordered...
(Xinhuanet 11/25/15)
(Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) believes its officials are targeted negatively in the fight against doping that is bedeviling track and field discipline at the moment. CAA believes embattled International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) former president Lamine Diack is being condemned without trial for abetting doping.
(Ghana Web 11/24/15)
Black Stars coach Avram Grant has stated that very few players can attain the achievements of Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan. He revealed that the exploits of Gyan are unmatched and would take special grace and effort to equal his record. During a special birthday at the Basilica De Baby Jet on Saturday evening, Grant said, “It will be very difficult to break your record, you have done so much for yourself, family and country. “You still have so much to...
(Ghana Web 11/20/15)
Ghana coach Avram Grant has held initial talks with Atletico Bilbao striker Inaki Williams over representing the Black Stars, GFA communications director Ibrahim Sannie Daara has revealed. The 21-year old hotshot has been in superb form for the Basque club this season and represented Spain at U-21 level but Daara told FootyGhana that the Israeli has started what he called preliminary conversations about a potential switch. Williams was born in Spain to a Ghanaian father and Liberian mother and has...
(Gbc Ghana 11/18/15)
The Senior National Football team, the Black Stars Tuesday afternoon defeated the Comoros 2:0 to qualify for the group stage of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup to be hosted by Russia. Midfielder Mubarak Wakasu opened the scoring from a free kick on the edge of the 18 yard box of the Comoros in the first half. The downpour during the second half marred the beauty of the game as ball control became a challenge for the players. The Comoros...
(Ghana Web 11/16/15)
Mariano Barreto says he will jump at an opportunity to coach the Black Stars again. The Portuguese coach infamously quit his job as coach of Ghana just seven months into the job. The Ghana job was Barretos first major crack at international level since going into coaching. But the 58-year-old stunned Ghanaians with his decision to quit just when he was guiding the nation to their first ever qualification to the World Cup back in 2004. Despite moving on to...
(The Namibian 11/10/15)
Ivory Coast and Ghana launch campaigns for their fourth consecutive World Cup appearances with away fixtures this week against much lower-ranked opponents Liberia and Comoros respectively. It is a feat only Cameroon have achieved among the 54 African football nations, qualifying for the 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 tournaments before a saved penalty cost them a 2006 place. Reigning African champions Ivory Coast travel to Liberia - the country that produced 1995 World and European Footballer of the Year George...
(APA 11/09/15)
Ghana’s female football team, the Black Princesses on Sunday put up a spirited fight to beat their Ethiopian counterparts 4-0 to seal their qualification for the 2016 Under-20 Women's World Cup slated for Papua New Guinea, APA learns here. The Princesses went into the match with a 2-2 draw game away in Ethiopia and put up an impressive performance at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi to progress to the elite youth female football tournament. The first goal was recorded...
(Spy Ghana 10/27/15)
The AMA posted a notice on Osei Kuffour’s seven-storey Abena Ateaa Towers building on the Ring Road in Accra, giving him up to October 19, 2015 to settle his indebtedness or risk having the property sold to pay the debt. The building houses a branch of the Access Bank and the Academic City College, formerly known as the Sikkim Manipal University. According to the Director of Finance of the AMA, Mr Samuel Aryee, the debt was settled a day after...
(Ghana Web 10/27/15)
Board member of Accra Hearts of Oak, Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe has told critics of the club 'long certificates don't win matches.' Accra Hearts of Oak sealed a deal to sign Japanese-born American coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi as a permanent successor to Herbert Addo and management of the club has come under flak for appointing an inexperienced coach. Kenichi Yatsuhashi has never managed at the top level but Hearts of Oak deem him as the messiah for the upcoming First Capital...
(Star Africa 10/23/15)
Sulley Muntari offered lately 100 $ to all the workers in his club “Al Itihad”. This act was appreciated by the workers and enhanced the relationship of the Ghanaian star with them. Press reports announced that Muntari decided to offer this amount to each worker before playing the last game of the league with his club. The 31 year old player is actually on the list of the richest African players. Muntari is ranked in the 10th position with a...
(Ghana Web 10/20/15)
The deputy general secretary of the Ghana Football Association, Ibrahim Saani Dara has called on the Sports Ministry to be responsible for all the national teams. This reaction comes after the deputy Sports minister, Vincent Oppong Asamoah suggested that the FA should rely on the attractiveness of the Black Stars brand to seek funding for the team to help cut down on the Sports ministry’s expenses. But Dara in an interview with Starr Sports said government must not shy away...
(AFP (eng) 10/19/15)
Second division footballer Joel Fameyeh delivered a first class performance as Ghana edged Ivory Coast 2-1 at the weekend in a high-profile African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier. The surprise Ghana starter equalised on the stroke of half-time in the central city of Kumasi and snatched the stoppage-time winner in the first leg of a first round tie. Fameyeh plays for Asokwa Deportivo and became the unexpected star of a clash between two of the top three ranked African countries. Ibrahim...

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(APA 02/05/16)
A swoop on motorbike riders who flout traffic regulations in Accra on Friday dominated the Ghanaian media. The Ghanaian Times and Daily Graphic and others published stories on the swoop saying the Ghana Police Service on Thursday impounded over 100 motorbikes and arrested their riders for committing traffic offenses. The Director General of Technical Services, Commissioner of Police (COP) Frank Adu-Poku, said the operation was conducted to help reduce traffic offences committed by motorbike riders, who ride through the red lights, thereby posing danger to other road users. "This operation would be conducted from time to time to send the message to motorists who engage in these unlawful practices", he said. The Director General in...
(APA 02/04/16)
The media in Ghana on Thursday focused on a move to eject nomadic herdsmen and the breakdown of ambulances in Accra. The Daily Graphic said the Fulani herdsmen in Ashanti Region are in trouble as a combined team of police and military are to descend on them in a move to drive them out of Agogo, a farming community in the region. The paper published a picture of some herdsmen leading a herd of cattle in the middle of a tarred road, thereby posing danger to life and property in the area. It said the security personnel were deployed to the area following tension between the Fulani herdsmen and residents of Agogo, who complained about the killing of some residents...
(The Associated Press 01/26/16)
A suspect in the slayings of a British actress and her two young sons has told a Ghana court he will return to the UK voluntarily, the court and his lawyer said Tuesday. On the first day of an extradition hearing Tuesday, the head of Arthur Simpson-Kent's legal team, Justice Srem-Sai, said that his client has decided to return voluntarily and waived his right to challenge the proceedings. Simpson-Kent will remain in custody until a departure date is set, the...
(The Guardian 01/26/16)
Arthur Simpson-Kent, suspected of killing former EastEnders actor and their two sons, tells court he wants to face trial in UK The man suspected of murdering the former EastEnders actor Sian Blake will not fight extradition from Ghana and wants to face charges in Britain, a court in Accra has heard. Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, suspected of killing his partner and their two young sons, had fled to Ghana days after British police spoke to him about their disappearance shortly before...
(APA 01/25/16)
A purported statement from the British government alluding to the fact that the Ghanaian voters register was bloated by 10 percent and the effects of high tariffs on consumers on Monday dominated the Ghanaian press. The Daily Guide newspapers said "the British Government has acknowledged that Ghana's controversial voters register is bloated by at least 10 percent". The paper stated that this was contained in a correspondence dated December 23, 2015 signed by Vicky Morely, Desk Officer for Ghana at...
(APA 01/15/16)
Ghanaian press was on Friday dominated by the stories of a call by the largest opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for a new voters register for the 2016 general elections, High Court demand of voter ID of the daughter of the former Ghanaian President Jerry John Rawlings and the government directive to Ministry of Health to recruit nurses and other health professionals. The Daily Graphic reported that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has reiterated its conviction that the only new...
(APA 01/11/16)
The arrest of a suspected United Kingdom (UK) fugitive by Ghana's Criminal Investigative Department on Monday dominated the Ghana press. The two state-owned newspapers, Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times, published a picture Arthur Simpson Kent, suspected of murdering his girlfriend and two children in Erith, London and later absconded to Ghana to seek refuge. He was arrested by a team of police detectives from the Police Headquarters in Accra. The newspapers reported that the suspect, on realising that the police...
(APA 01/05/16)
A Legislative Instrument (LI) passed by the Ghanaian Parliament to regulate radio content was on Tuesday given prominence by the Ghanaian media. The Daily Graphic reported that the electronic media operators in the country risked closure of their radio stations if they failed to comply with "Content Standards Regulations 2015", legislation passed in December 2015 to empower the Ghana National Media Commission (NMC) to sanitise the airwaves. It said the new regulation allows the NMC to ensure that high quality...
(APA 12/21/15)
The re-opening of an important bridge that connects Accra to Eastern and Volta Regions to pedestrians on Monday dominated the Ghanaian media. The Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times devoted their front-pages to the story, splashing a picture of President John Dramani Mahama and a chief, cutting a tape to signify the completion of repair works on the bridge which was constructed by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first Ghanaian President. The bridge was closed to traffic for barely two years to...
(APA 12/16/15)
The Gambian Minister of Finance and Economic Affair's statement on the need for the government to limit its spending based on the available resources, the sacking of Lands and Regional Administration Minister after less than two weeks in office, were the main headline stories in Gambian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Observer zooms on the Finance and Economic Affairs Minister, Abdou Kolley's warning over public spending, urging all functionaries in the financial domain, especially accountants to adhere to strict fiscal...
(Ghana Web 12/14/15)
The chairman of the National Peace Council, Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante has cautioned the media to be extremely circumspect in their reportage as the country heads for crucial general elections in 2016. According to the outgone Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, even though the media has played a key role in the development of the nation it can easily plunge the country into chaos with unguarded comments ahead of the elections. “Because of the power that the...
(AL Jazeera 12/04/15)
Simply put, Gnawa is the music of formerly enslaved black Africans who integrated into the Moroccan cultural and social landscape, and founded a model to preserve the traditions and folkloric music of their ancestors. Rising to prominence from a marginalised practice to heal people possessed by genie spirits, it is one of the most popular styles of North African music, which not only attracted fans worldwide, but also interested famous European and American musicians such as Randy Weston, Bill Laswell,...
(Gbc Ghana 12/04/15)
The Rector of the National Film and Television Institute, NAFTI, Professor Linus Abraham, has challenged products of the Institute to use their digital device knowledge to develop their own productions beyond lecture room. This, will help them to be on the path of a successful professional media career with the goal of becoming excellent independent and commercial film -makers. He stressed the need to revolutionlize the video-film industry with quality productions. Professor Linus Abraham was speaking at the 17th Matriculation...
(APA 11/10/15)
A campaign waged by the Ghana police on unregistered vehicles and a petition by suspended New Patriotic Party (NPP) national chairman dominated the Tuesday editions of the Ghanaian media. The Daily Graphic said the Ghana Police Service were in a tango over unregistered vehicles. This follows a police exercise to impound unregistered vehicles, an exercise which has been heavily frowned upon by the Vehicle and Asset Dealers Association of Ghana (VADAG). At a press conference in Accra, the general secretary...
(APA 11/09/15)
The suspension and arrest of some members of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region over the weekend dominated the Monday editions of the Ghanaian press. The Daily Guide and Daily Graphic newspapers said four chairmen of the NPP in the Ashanti Region have been suspended for mobilising party supporters to demonstrate against the suspension of their national chairman, Paul Afoko. They were suspended by the Ashanti Regional Executives Committee headed by Bernard Antwi-Boasiako, who is the...
(Graphic Online 11/09/15)
The usual screams and excitement that greets the announcement of a winner was missing when Antoinette Delali Kemavor was announced as Miss Ghana 2015 at the Accra International Conference Centre last Saturday. This was probably because another contestant, Rebecca Asamoah has endeared herself to the hearts of the audience with her on-point delivery in addition to winning three awards earlier in the competition. Many in the audience thought she was the obvious choice but she emerged second runner-up much to...
(Citifmonline 11/06/15)
Come Saturday, November 7, and the Accra International Conference Centre will host all 21 beautiful young ladies vying for the coveted Miss Ghana 2015 crown when the finals of the beauty pageant comes off. The 21 finalists are Adwoa Konadu Somuah-Boateng, Jennifer Ohenewa Asare, Afua Asiedua Akrofi, Alexalyn Naa Adoley Owuadey, Patricia Morkeh, Candy Mills, Charlotte Derban, Wanita, Mavis Nana Ama Ghansah and Daniella Akorfa Awuma. The rest are Eugenia Amponmah Kessie, Gifty Nyamekye Quansah, Larissa Getrude Andre, Eleanor Ama...
(APA 11/03/15)
The suspension of some government workers' salaries and protest filed against one of the judge's sitting on his case in the judicial bribery scandal was on Tuesday the focus of the Ghanaian media. The Daily Graphic said the Controller and Accountant General's Department (CAGD) in Ghana has withheld the salaries of 3,794 government employees for failing to own social security numbers. The employees were not paid October salaries and beyond until they have submitted their social security numbers. The Public...
(APA 11/02/15)
A contempt application filed by three (3) members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) against six executive members and the release of 40,000 drivers licenses on Monday dominated Ghanaian press. The Daily Graphic said three members of the NPP in Ashanti Region are asking the court to jail Mr. Freddie Blay and others for contempt following their decision to hold a steering committee meeting in disregard of an injunction restraining them to do so. They are also challenging the...
(Ghana Web 10/27/15)
Twelve days to the grand finale of the 2015 edition of Miss Ghana, information reaching NEWS-ONE indicates that Exclusive Events, organisers of the pageant, are in a dilemma as to whether to maintain ace broadcaster KKD as the pageant’s resident host or not. The organisers, according to NEWS-ONE’s source, are concerned about public reactions and their brand, should they go ahead to put KDD on stage to host the event for the search for the next beautiful and intelligent Ghanaian...

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(Bloomberg 01/26/16)
Ghana’s central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged after raising it three times last year to curb soaring inflation. The Bank of Ghana kept the policy rate at 26 percent, Governor Kofi Wampah told reporters in the capital, Accra, on Monday. That was in line with the forecasts of seven of the 10 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Two predicted an increase of 100 basis points and one said the rate would be cut. “The slower pace of inflation reflects the tight monetary policy stance and the ongoing fiscal consolidation,” Wampah said. “The committee therefore concluded that the current tight monetary policy stance, supported by continued fiscal consolidation and improvement in the energy situation, would...
(The Guardian 01/26/16)
Arthur Simpson-Kent, suspected of killing former EastEnders actor and their two sons, tells court he wants to face trial in UK The man suspected of murdering the former EastEnders actor Sian Blake will not fight extradition from Ghana and wants to face charges in Britain, a court in Accra has heard. Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, suspected of killing his partner and their two young sons, had fled to Ghana days after British police spoke to him about their disappearance shortly before Christmas. Appearing at the high court in the Ghanaian capital on Tuesday, a fortnight after he was first arrested, Simpson-Kent told the judge Mrs Justice Merley Wood he would willingly go back to the UK. Blake, who suffered from motor...
(Voice of America 01/25/16)
HARARE— Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo say Africa wants to see reforms enacted at the U.N. Security Council and they want the continent to be given at least one spot as a permanent member. The call came at the end of a visit to Zimbabwe by Nguema and ahead of an African Union General Assembly later this month. Mugabe — who is handing over the rotating AU chairmanship — said his Equatorial Guinea...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)This week, the African Union is meeting to discuss human rights, and particularly how the continent can realize the full potential of its women. Naturally, the power of information and communication technologies are on the agenda for discussion. But haven't we been here before? We are more than half way through the "African Women's Decade" launched in 2010. What has happened in the intervening six years? Since 2010, much has been made about Africa's mobile and digital revolution and its...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)Fancy a drink of Sparletta Stoney Tangawizi? Or maybe a glass of Krest Bitter Lemon? Those are two of over 100 drinks that Coca-Cola produces in Africa, many tailored to local taste. The approach in each city may differ, but the company's strategy is the same everywhere: a Coke product should always be within reach. "It is very important that as a business we really ensure that we continue to be relevant to consumers and customers," Nathan Kalumbu, President Coca-Cola...
(Bloomberg 01/20/16)
Ghana’s cocoa purchases rose to 590,000 metric tons in the 2015-16 season that began in October through Jan. 14, according to a person familiar with the data who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Cocoa purchases were 475,000 tons the same period a year earlier, according to KnowledgeCharts, a unit of Commodities Risk Analysis. Purchases by the industry regulator are considered an indication of production in the West African nation.
(The Wall Street Journal 01/19/16)
Barclays PLC was one the few western banks to blaze a trail into sub-Saharan Africa. Now it is preparing to stage a gradual retreat. Barclays executives have concluded that being the majority owner of a sprawling African business no longer fits with the bank’s strategy, according to people familiar with the matter. The bank is drawing up plans to sell some of its 62% stake in Barclays Africa Group Ltd. , the publicly traded entity that houses most of its...
(CNN 01/16/16)
London (CNN)With over 1,000 restaurants in the continent, KFC is the leading fast food chain in Africa. But its dominance is limited to South Africa, home to about 80 percent of them. Despite its success, the company faces many challenges as they try to establish the brand in other regions, for example by making sure its food is relevant and recognizable to Africans. Serving jollof rice, a spicy dish native to West Africa, is one way in which KFC is...
(The Africa Report 01/14/16)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded the second review of Ghana's economic performance, leading to additional approval of $114.6 million to boost growth, jobs and stability. This brings total disbursements to the West African country to $346 million under the extended credit facility arrangement following the fund's initial approval of $114.8 million in April and $116.6 million in August 2015. The IMF also granted a waiver to Ghana for non observance of the performance criterion regarding non-accumulation of external arrears, based on what it described as corrective measures being taken by Ghanaian authorities.
(BBC News Africa 01/14/16)
African exports to China fell by almost 40% in 2015, China's customs office says. China is Africa's biggest single trading partner and its demand for African commodities has fuelled the continent's recent economic growth. The decline in exports reflects the recent slowdown in China's economy. This has, in turn, put African economies under pressure and in part accounts for the falling value of many African currencies. Is China a brake on Africa's progress? Presenting China's trade figures for last year,...
(CNN 01/14/16)
(CNN)In 2014, 100 million people were using Facebook each month across Africa, over 80% via mobile. That figure has now jumped to over 120 million. Four and a half million of those Facebook users are based in Kenya, 15 million in Nigeria and 12 million in South Africa, in statistics first reported by Reuters. Overall, around 9% of Africans use social media, with South Africans among the world leaders in time spent on social networks with an average of 3.2...
(BBC News Africa 01/13/16)
Ghana's president has strongly defended the government's decision to allow two Yemenis freed from Guantanamo Bay to live in the West African state. Opposition and church groups had condemned the decision, saying the men were a security threat. However, Mr Mahama said a Ghanaian was more likely to die in a road accident than at the hands of the Yemenis. The men said they looked forward to living in Ghana, and had followed the national football team in prison.
(BBC News Africa 01/13/16)
The partner of former EastEnders actress Sian Blake has been remanded in custody in Ghana and told he will face an extradition hearing. Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, appeared at Kaneshie Magistrates' Court in Accra. He has been remanded for two weeks. He left the UK on 19 December following the deaths of his former partner Ms Blake, 43, and their two young sons, Zachary, eight, and four year-old Amon. The British government is yet to submit the request for his extradition...
(BBC News Africa 01/13/16)
The BBC's southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen looks at the areas in which Africa can expect big social change this year, some of which have seen campaign groups turn to the internet to state their case. They say information is power and we've seen that demonstrated in the past year, with the protests about quality and access to affordable education right across the continent. Watch out for more developments in the #Feesmustfall campaign in South Africa, as students prepare to...
(Voice of America 01/11/16)
The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has called on lawyers in the country to help explain the electoral laws to prospective voters in a bid to ensure November’s presidential, legislative and local elections are transparent and credible. Some civil society organizations had expressed concern that a lot of people are not aware of their rights and responsibilities during elections as required by law. They also called for intensified voter education campaigns across the country. In his New Year message, Nene Amegatcher,...
(BBC News Africa 01/11/16)
Arthur Simpson-Kent appeared to be in deep thought when he was shown to the media in Accra, Sammy Darko reports The partner of a former EastEnders actress found murdered with her two young sons is being held in police custody in Ghana's capital city Accra. A handcuffed Arthur Simpson-Kent, 48, shook his head and repeatedly said "No" as he was questioned by journalists. The bodies of his partner Sian Blake and two sons were found buried in the garden of...
(CNN 01/09/16)
(CNN) If you've ever been on the receiving end of trolling tweets, you'll know Twitter can be a cruel place. But the social network also provides a platform for disparate voices, helping to amplify them and create online communities. Africans on Twitter have long used 140 characters to celebrate their cultures, air their grievances or just share a good joke and it seems record numbers of people joined in. From #IfAfricaWasABar to #MugabeFalls, here are the very African hashtags of...
(BBC News Africa 01/07/16)
Two Yemeni detainees held at the controversial US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to Ghana. The Pentagon said Khalid al-Dhuby had been approved for release since 2006 and Mahmoud Omar Bin Atef since 2009. Both have been held for more than a decade and have never been charged. Ghana has given permission for the men to stay for two years subject to security clearances, Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh said. The West African nation has not previously...
(Voice of America 01/07/16)
Two inmates from the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba have been transferred to Ghana for resettlement, U.S. Defense Department officials said Wednesday. The two Yemen-born men, Mahmoud Omar Mohammed Bin Atef and Khalid Mohammed Salih al-Dhuby, had been held as enemy combatants, without charge, for nearly 14 years. Following a comprehensive review of their cases, it was determined the two inmates do not pose a security threat, Pentagon officials said. "The United States is grateful to the government of...
(Voice of America 01/06/16)
Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia are most at risk from bat viruses jumping to humans and causing new diseases that could lead to deadly outbreaks, scientists warned Tuesday. Approximately 60 to 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases are so-called "zoonotic events" — where animal diseases jump into people — and bats in particular are known to carry many zoonotic viruses. The tiny animals are the suspected origin of rabies, Ebola, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and possibly MERS (Middle East...

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