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Saturday 02 July 2016

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(Graphic Online 07/01/16)
Parliament yesterday approved an $80-million credit facility agreement between the government and CAL Bank for the procurement of smart prepayment meters and accessories for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). The prepayment meters are expected to improve the financial sustainability of the company through improved revenue collection and a reduction in system losses. The intervention is also expected to improve network system reliability through rehabilitation, expansion and upgrade, as well as network reinforcement to make the ECG more responsive to quality customer service delivery. Rationale for the facility A report released by the Finance Committee of Parliament on the facility
(Spy Ghana 07/01/16)
The President and Spiritual Leader of the Tijaniya Muslim Council of Ghana (TMCOG) Sheikh Abul-Faidi Abdulahi Ahmed Maikano is in Allgeria to grace a Qur’an competition as guest of hounor.As part of the visit the Minister of Religious Affairs of Algeria welcome the Tijaniiya councils delegation to his office in Algiers the capital of Algeria. The council’s entourage includes, Imam Abdul Rahim Gariba, Public Relation Officer Abubakar Baban Yara and the Media relation of the council Muhammed Muhtari Ibrahim. The chairman of TMCOG, Sheikh Tahiru Saeed, applauded the minster for getting time out of his busy schedule to meet them. He also narrated some of the successes chalked by the council and the council’s plan for the future. Sheikh Tahiru...
(Graphic Online 07/01/16)
The Police Administration has expressed its readiness to deploy professional police guards to the various political parties in the country from today as the campaigns for presidential and parliamentary elections heat up. Under the arrangement, flag bearers and their running mates will be protected as part of the police administration’s eagerness to ensure safety and security for all before, during and after the November 7 general election. The Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Dr John Kudalor, who made this known...
(Graphic Online 07/01/16)
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has observed with disquiet that for some time now, various acts of fraud have been perpetrated by some unscrupulous people using the names of senior members of the party. According to a statement from the party, the modus operandi of those fraudsters was to use the names of members of the executive committee of the party and other means, including social media, to dupe members of the public. The statement, signed by General Secretary of...
(Business Day Ghana 07/01/16)
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPECGH) has predicted a three per cent reduction in fuel prices at the pumps for the first pricing window of the month of July, 2016. A press release signed by the Executive Secretary of the chamber, Duncan Amoah, indicated that the reduction is due to expectations that world oil prices would fluctuate and subsequently fall and in the next few days. According to the release, “the current pricing window opened with prices on the...
(Voice of America 07/01/16)
The U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report Thursday and again, Africa continues to be a major source and destination for human trafficking of all kinds — from forced labor to sexual slavery. Again this year, not one African nation made the report’s top tier — which is dominated by developed Western nations like the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. The State Department says the ratings are based more on the extent of government action...
(Bloomberg 06/30/16)
Ghana’s cedi is heading for a second straight month of losses against the dollar as an acceleration in economic growth boosts demand for dollars to pay for imports. The currency of the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer weakened 3 percent in June after sliding 0.7 percent in May, the first instance of back-to-back monthly losses since November. The cedi fell 1 percent to 3.9550 per dollar by 11:55 a.m. on Thursday in Accra, the weakest level on a closing basis since...
(Ghana Web 06/30/16)
President John Dramani Mahama has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to successfully complete the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. He said the government had no intention of quitting the three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) programme, especially when the consolidation and reviews were on course. President Mahama gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace yesterday as part of his “Accounting to the people” tour of the Ashanti Region. He...
(Graphic Online 06/30/16)
Ghana’s successive governments always over-spend the country’s budget during election years, but a Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs Mona Quartey, says the situation will be different this year. She said the country’s experience in 2015, which was a year of low revenue that was met with massive expenditure cuts, should be an indication of less spending of the budget during the 2016 general election. She gave the assurance at the launch of the Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) Survey Report by...
(Myjoyonline 06/30/16)
Government’s indebtedness to Ghana Water Company Limited was GHc151.6 million as at the end of 2014. This came to light at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament hearing yesterday. The Managing Director of the Company, Fred Lokko said that government's failure to pay the bills was affect­ing the operations of his outfit. He told PAC that the company implemented its disconnection policy which proved to be effective in collecting their unpaid bills, adding that the exercise forced government's agencies...
(AfricaNews 06/30/16)
Ghana has been cautioned by the United States to increase its efforts to end modern day slavery or risk losing millions of dollars in aid. The West African country has been listed second year in a row as a Tier 2 Watch List country in the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report released on Thursday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Ghana’s position means its government is not fully meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons...
(Graphic Online 06/30/16)
Peru is to partner Ghana in the fight against Illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, and drug trafficking to strengthen security and bilateral relations. That was because the two countries, according to the Charge d' Affaires of the Peru Embassy in Ghana, Mr Eliot Gaviria Valverde, experienced similar problems and a joint effort was the right approach to address them effectively. Mr Valverde, while speaking to journalists in Accra, said just like Ghana, Peru had challenges of illegal miners degrading...
(The Herald Online 06/30/16)
The blue economy lies at the heart of globalisation. Ninety percent of international trade takes place via the sea and 95 percent of global communication relies on underwater networks. The blue economy encompasses all economic activity in and around rivers, lakes, streams, riverbanks, shorelines, groundwater, freshwater, seas and oceans. The blue economy is mostly unknown, overlooked and underdeveloped in Africa. It could represent a major growth driver. Its potential is not lost on the African Union (AU), which has made...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/16)
ACCRA, June 29 Tullow Oil is set to announce on Thursday how it will repair a ship that is a hub for its most important oil field, and is likely to recommend a fix that will allow output to continue - instead of suspending it for a year, officials said. The 'spread mooring' solution would mean Tullow avoids the need to tow the vessel from its position in the Jubilee field off the coast of Ghana for repairs at a...
(Ghana Web 06/29/16)
The Chairman of National Association of Poultry Farmers, Victor Oppong Agyei has bemoaned continued importation of foreign chicken into the country up to 95% whiles members of the association only produce 5%. This, he noted is having a toll on the industry locally, despite its huge potentials of creating several thousands of job. ‘Poultry started very well in the 70s but as I speak now it’s gone down drastically, now I can say that production for broiler is about 5%,...
(Ghana Web 06/29/16)
President John Mahama has said he is confident God will decide the best person to lead Ghana to come November, as the country prepares for a presidential and parliamentary elections. “It is people who vote but God chooses a king. When the day comes, we will all go and cast our ballot. But God himself will decide who to sit on the throne,” the President told a durbar of chiefs and people at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi where he...
(Ghana Web 06/29/16)
As the volume of trade between Ghana and China hits 6.6 billion US dollars in 2015, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Madam Sun Baohong has told Citi Business News that a number of Chinese investors are set relocate to Ghana to invest in the production of fast consumer goods. The assertion follows an earlier announcement by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah that a number of Chinese manufacturing firms have officially written to government to relocate into...
(Voice of America 06/29/16)
The United Nations says a record number of people caught in conflict and natural disasters are in need of humanitarian assistance. At the same time the world body warns the funding response to these crises falls far short of what is needed. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has just released its 2016 mid-year Global Humanitarian Overview, which says the situation is very worrisome. OCHA reports the number of people worldwide in need of humanitarian assistance has...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(Daily Trust 06/27/16)
Three months to the deadline for West African countries to sign the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union, the government of Ghana says it is considering available options. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and regional Integration, Ms. Hannah Tetteh, at the weekend said the decision would be hinged on stakeholders’ resolution on whether to sign the pact or not. Ms. Tetteh, who at the weekend hosted a stakeholders’ forum of the business community and exporters of Ghana noted that the country was at a cross road on the Interim European Partnership Agreement which elapses on October 1, 2016.

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(Graphic Online 07/01/16)
The Police Administration has expressed its readiness to deploy professional police guards to the various political parties in the country from today as the campaigns for presidential and parliamentary elections heat up. Under the arrangement, flag bearers and their running mates will be protected as part of the police administration’s eagerness to ensure safety and security for all before, during and after the November 7 general election. The Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Dr John Kudalor, who made this known in Takoradi during his tour of some parts of the Western Region as part of preparations towards the general election, said by July 1, 2016 (today), every political party would receive well-trained police officers to...
(Voice of America 07/01/16)
The U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report Thursday and again, Africa continues to be a major source and destination for human trafficking of all kinds — from forced labor to sexual slavery. Again this year, not one African nation made the report’s top tier — which is dominated by developed Western nations like the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. The State Department says the ratings are based more on the extent of government action to combat trafficking than the size of the country’s problem. A significant number of African countries remain at the lowest possible ranking. Migrant crisis Susan Coppedge, a senior advisor to the U.S. secretary of state, said the migrant crisis that...
(Myjoyonline 06/30/16)
Government’s indebtedness to Ghana Water Company Limited was GHc151.6 million as at the end of 2014. This came to light at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament hearing yesterday. The Managing Director of the Company, Fred Lokko said that government's failure to pay the bills was affect­ing the operations of his outfit. He told PAC that the company implemented its disconnection policy which proved to be effective in collecting their unpaid bills, adding that the exercise forced government's agencies...
(AfricaNews 06/30/16)
Ghana has been cautioned by the United States to increase its efforts to end modern day slavery or risk losing millions of dollars in aid. The West African country has been listed second year in a row as a Tier 2 Watch List country in the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report released on Thursday by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Ghana’s position means its government is not fully meeting the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons...
(Graphic Online 06/30/16)
Peru is to partner Ghana in the fight against Illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey, and drug trafficking to strengthen security and bilateral relations. That was because the two countries, according to the Charge d' Affaires of the Peru Embassy in Ghana, Mr Eliot Gaviria Valverde, experienced similar problems and a joint effort was the right approach to address them effectively. Mr Valverde, while speaking to journalists in Accra, said just like Ghana, Peru had challenges of illegal miners degrading...
(Ghana Web 06/29/16)
As the volume of trade between Ghana and China hits 6.6 billion US dollars in 2015, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Madam Sun Baohong has told Citi Business News that a number of Chinese investors are set relocate to Ghana to invest in the production of fast consumer goods. The assertion follows an earlier announcement by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah that a number of Chinese manufacturing firms have officially written to government to relocate into...
(Voice of America 06/29/16)
The United Nations says a record number of people caught in conflict and natural disasters are in need of humanitarian assistance. At the same time the world body warns the funding response to these crises falls far short of what is needed. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has just released its 2016 mid-year Global Humanitarian Overview, which says the situation is very worrisome. OCHA reports the number of people worldwide in need of humanitarian assistance has...
(Voice of America 06/27/16)
Ghana's Inspector General of Police John Kudalor says officers will be ”positively neutral” in the upcoming November general election. Kudalor’s spoke at the official opening of the recently held national police command conference attended by police commanders across the country. The focus of the conference was to ascertain the preparedness of the police before presidential, legislative and local elections. Local media quoted Kudalor as saying, “We are going to be very professional, politically, I am going to be very neutral...
(Voice of America 06/27/16)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled leave Sunday for Africa and Europe to advocate for girls' education. The six-day trip – to Liberia and Morocco, with a final stop in Spain – will highlight Let Girls Learn, one of Obama's core initiatives. The first lady will be joined in her travels by daughters Sasha and Malia, and the girls’ grandmother, Marian Robinson. Let Girls Learn is a global initiative launched by the president and first lady in 2015. The...
(Xinhuanet 06/25/16)
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is keen to further strengthen its relation with China for partnership on humanitarian operation in Africa, said an ICRC official. Jacques Pellet, Special Envoy of the ICRC President on China Affairs, told Xinhua in an interview in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa Friday that ICRC wants to engage China more on its activities related to humanitarian assistance in Africa, where ICRC spends one-third of its budget. The Special Envoy said his visit to...
(AfricaNews 06/24/16)
A five-member panel of Ghana’s Supreme Court have chastised the country’s electoral body, warning that they (judges) would not look on, as the Commission’s actions plunge the country into chaos. The panel, led by the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, bemoaned the lacklustre attitude of the Electoral Commission (EC) towards a key ruling that it had handed down relative to the electoral roll for the upcoming elections in November. Two citizens had filed a case against the EC asking them...
(Ghana Web 06/22/16)
The Administrator at the Achimota Hospital, Accra, Mr Philip Afeti Korto said on Monday that the hospital is yet to receive any case of cholera. He said last year the hospital recorded seven cases without fatalities. Mr Korto in an interview with GNA in Accra revealed that malaria has been the main cause of the many admissions at the hospital during the first quarter of the year. “The hospital recorded 3,430 cases of malaria, 3,037 were referred but 187 patients...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/16)
Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found. I push back the thick, deep red velvet curtains and find myself in complete darkness. Drops of rain come through the ceiling, and hit the floor - hard. Someone turns on a switch. A dim, flickering...
(Xinhuanet 06/21/16)
Ghana's human rights record will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee for the first time on June 24 in Geneva, said a release issued by the UN Information Center on Monday. As one of the 168 states that have ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Ghana is required to undergo review by the Committee on how it is implementing the Covenant. The Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent members, will discuss a...
(Ghana Web 06/21/16)
Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of mishandling the cases against Kenya's leaders. Mr Annan told the Financial Times (FT) that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto should not have remained free during their trials. The ICC dropped charges of crimes against humanity against both men but said witnesses had been intimidated. The cases related to violence after disputed elections in 2007. Some 1,500 people were killed and 600,00 forced from...
(Graphic Online 06/21/16)
The $165 million water project to solve the perennial water problem facing two municipalities and one district in the Eastern and Central regions will be completed in August 2016. The beneficiaries are the Birim Central municipality and the Denkyembour District in the Eastern Region and Effutu municipality in the Central Region. The Exim Bank of Turkey is providing $160 million of the funding with the government supplementing with $5 million. The Project Manager of ARDA Grup, the Turkish firm executing...
(Xinhuanet 06/21/16)
Wenzhou, a city in southeast China's Zhejiang Province has signed a sister-city relations pact with Ghana's Kumasi, the country's second largest city. The new partnership is expected to open up businesses and boost trade between Kumasi, Ghana’s fastest growing city and Wenzhou, one of the Zhejiang Province’s economic and cultural centers. The co-operation focuses on technology transfer, education and infrastructure, according to Xu Liyi, the Party Secretary of Wenzhou Municipal Committee, who visited the West African country recently. Under the...
(The Associated Press 06/21/16)
Experts in Malawi will move 500 elephants 185 miles across the country to a sanctuary that will act as a ‘reservoir’. Wildlife experts in Malawi will next month start moving up to 500 elephants to a sanctuary that they hope could eventually serve as a reservoir to restore some elephant populations in other parts of Africa where the threatened species has been heavily poached. The massive relocation, slated for completion next year, will involve darting the elephants from a helicopter,...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/16)
A "Miss and Mister Albino" contest, heavy sentences for ritual murder and concrete graves to ward off tomb raiders were all discussed at a UN summit on albinism concluding in Tanzania on Monday. During the four-day meeting people with albinism and advocates for their rights discussed ways to safeguard and improve the lives of those who suffer discrimination, health problems and even murder as a result of the condition that leaves their skin without pigment. It is a particular problem...
(Voice of America 06/18/16)
One hundred and fifty South African schoolgirls have started in a project to design and build Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be launched into space later this year as part of a program sponsored by The Meta Economic Development Organization (MEDO) to motivate more teenage girls in African countries to study and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field, widely known by the acronym STEM. The girls kicked off the project Thursday and are tasked with designing...

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(Graphic Online 07/01/16)
Parliament yesterday approved an $80-million credit facility agreement between the government and CAL Bank for the procurement of smart prepayment meters and accessories for the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG). The prepayment meters are expected to improve the financial sustainability of the company through improved revenue collection and a reduction in system losses. The intervention is also expected to improve network system reliability through rehabilitation, expansion and upgrade, as well as network reinforcement to make the ECG more responsive to quality customer service delivery. Rationale for the facility A report released by the Finance Committee of Parliament on the facility
(Graphic Online 07/01/16)
The acting German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Bernhard Abels, has challenged businesses in the country to push more for the government to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) before the October 1, 2016 deadline. According to him, the implications of the country not signing the EPA were not just on its export fortunes, but also impacted negatively on the business relationship among companies within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the European Union (EU). “This is because if the main customer is no longer in business, then of course that is definitely going to affect the suppliers’ business,” Mr Abels said at a business forum organised by the Ghanaian German Economic Association (GGEA) in Accra. The forum...
(Business Day Ghana 07/01/16)
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPECGH) has predicted a three per cent reduction in fuel prices at the pumps for the first pricing window of the month of July, 2016. A press release signed by the Executive Secretary of the chamber, Duncan Amoah, indicated that the reduction is due to expectations that world oil prices would fluctuate and subsequently fall and in the next few days. According to the release, “the current pricing window opened with prices on the...
(Bloomberg 06/30/16)
Ghana’s cedi is heading for a second straight month of losses against the dollar as an acceleration in economic growth boosts demand for dollars to pay for imports. The currency of the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer weakened 3 percent in June after sliding 0.7 percent in May, the first instance of back-to-back monthly losses since November. The cedi fell 1 percent to 3.9550 per dollar by 11:55 a.m. on Thursday in Accra, the weakest level on a closing basis since...
(Ghana Web 06/30/16)
President John Dramani Mahama has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to successfully complete the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. He said the government had no intention of quitting the three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF) programme, especially when the consolidation and reviews were on course. President Mahama gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace yesterday as part of his “Accounting to the people” tour of the Ashanti Region. He...
(Graphic Online 06/30/16)
Ghana’s successive governments always over-spend the country’s budget during election years, but a Deputy Minister of Finance, Mrs Mona Quartey, says the situation will be different this year. She said the country’s experience in 2015, which was a year of low revenue that was met with massive expenditure cuts, should be an indication of less spending of the budget during the 2016 general election. She gave the assurance at the launch of the Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) Survey Report by...
(The Herald Online 06/30/16)
The blue economy lies at the heart of globalisation. Ninety percent of international trade takes place via the sea and 95 percent of global communication relies on underwater networks. The blue economy encompasses all economic activity in and around rivers, lakes, streams, riverbanks, shorelines, groundwater, freshwater, seas and oceans. The blue economy is mostly unknown, overlooked and underdeveloped in Africa. It could represent a major growth driver. Its potential is not lost on the African Union (AU), which has made...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/29/16)
ACCRA, June 29 Tullow Oil is set to announce on Thursday how it will repair a ship that is a hub for its most important oil field, and is likely to recommend a fix that will allow output to continue - instead of suspending it for a year, officials said. The 'spread mooring' solution would mean Tullow avoids the need to tow the vessel from its position in the Jubilee field off the coast of Ghana for repairs at a...
(Ghana Web 06/29/16)
The Chairman of National Association of Poultry Farmers, Victor Oppong Agyei has bemoaned continued importation of foreign chicken into the country up to 95% whiles members of the association only produce 5%. This, he noted is having a toll on the industry locally, despite its huge potentials of creating several thousands of job. ‘Poultry started very well in the 70s but as I speak now it’s gone down drastically, now I can say that production for broiler is about 5%,...
(Bloomberg 06/24/16)
Currencies, stocks and bonds across Africa plunged after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union triggered a slump in oil and other commodities and sent investors scurrying for safe assets. South Africa’s benchmark stock index fell the most since January, led by shares of banks and diversified mining companies. The rand dropped to a record against the yen and by the most since 2008 against the dollar before paring the decline, while yields on dollar bonds from Ghana to...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/22/16)
The West African Gas Pipeline Company (Wapco) said on Tuesday it had suspended the flow of gas from Nigeria to Ghana over unpaid bills by the Ghana government. Ghana's state power producer Volta River Authority owes Nigeria's N-Gas around $180 million, while N-Gas in turn owes the Pipeline Company $104 million, Wapco spokeswoman Harriet Wereko-Brobby said. She said it was the first time the pipeline, a public-private partnership in which a Chevron subsidiary has a 36.9 percent stake, has been...
(Ghana Web 06/22/16)
The country’s expected return to price stability suffered another setback after last week’s publication of the May consumer price index showed a 20 basis points (bps) increase to 18.9 per cent in May-2016. Inflation dropped from 19.2 per cent in March to 18.7 per cent for April. As was widely expected, the five per cent increase in petroleum prices during the May price monitoring window, combined with higher food prices to sustain the upward pressure on inflation. The country’s consumer...
(Ghana Web 06/22/16)
The revamped Komenda Sugar Factory in the Central Region will collapse if government does not institute measures to ensure that the sugar produced at home is less expensive compared to imported sugar, Mr Abraham Koomson, General Secretary of the Textile, Garment and Leather Employees Union (TEGLEU) of the Ghana Federation of Labour, has said. According to him, the trend where imported products including cloths and sugar were less expensive than the locally produced ones, was contributing to the collapse of...
(AfricaNews 06/22/16)
The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says it faces a possible shutdown in the provision of aviation services as a result of the government of Ghana’s takeover of their lands in the capital Accra for residential purposes. The aviation regulation agency in a statement issued on Monday blamed political action in the last 10 years for the unavailability of land for the installation of vital safety equipment for communication, surveillance and navigational aids creating dire consequence on aviation safety. “In...
(Ghana Web 06/22/16)
Management of the Cocoa Processing Company (CPC) has admitted to Citi Business News it is underutilizing the facility. According to the company, its current production levels of about 36,000 metric tonnes of cocoa beans is far below its installed capacity of about 65,000 metric tonnes. Some concerned workers earlier this week told Citi Business News of mass resignations at the CPC following a decline in its production levels. The workers argued among other things the excessive delays in the payment...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/16)
Mobile phones and rising connectivity in Africa will give rise to a new market in mobile financial services, creating explosive opportunities for business on the continent, research has found. The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimated that in three years, 250 million Africans without access to traditional banking services "will have mobile phones and a monthly income of at least $500". That could translate to projected revenues of $1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros) from mobile financial services, the group said in...
(Graphic Online 06/21/16)
Return on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) has plummeted to negative 11.8 per cent in the first six months of the year, prompting fears among stock analysts that the depression on the equity market will end this year worse off than it was in 2015. The sluggish nature of the GSE is a clear reflection of the lackluster performance of the listed companies, whose performance was subdued by a combination of factors, including the fiscal slippages, a tight monetary stance...
(Business Day Ghana 06/21/16)
Director General of Ghana Maritime Authority, Rev. Dr. Peter Issaka Azumah, has expressed his concerns over the standards of maritime infrastructure in the country including the expansion projects of ports in the country and has called on the Ministry of Transport to support his office to push for compliance by all sector stakeholders. Responding to a question a posed during a press briefing if when the Minister of Transport, paid a days working visit to GMA, director general indicated that,...
(Ghana Web 06/20/16)
Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, has charged manufacturers to apply barcodes technologies to their products to be able to compete, secure and maintain an export market the global market. He said increasing competition amongst developing countries for export market means that buyers are able to insist on the application of quality standards as a condition for entry into the market. He said the trend has the potential to margilise many developing countries. He said to avert this,...
(Citifmonline 06/20/16)
Ghana’s decision to accept two ex-detainees from the Guantanamo Bay, has not affected the number and security of investments into the country. As a result, Ghana is still a safe place to do business within sub-Saharan Africa. This is the assurance from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, GIPC. Government early this year accepted two ex-detainees citing solidarity with international protocols. The decision has since been met with numerous reservations with some threatening of a massive decline in investments into the...

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(BBC News Africa 06/27/16)
Former Ghana international defender John Paintsil has been appointed as the new assistant coach of South African Premier League club Kaizer Chiefs. The 35-year-old will now work alongside Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela, who was in charge of Paintsil at Maritzburg United two seasons ago. Paintsil's club career included stints with English sides West Ham and Fulham. He replaces former South African international Doctor Khumalo as Chiefs' assistant. Chiefs finished fifth in the 2015-2016 Premier Soccer League 25 points behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns. The club, who won the title in 2015, also announced the signing of eight new players for the upcoming season including Zimbabweans, Edmore Chirambadare and Michelle Katsvairo from Chicken Inn. One of...
(Ghana Web 06/21/16)
Italian Serie B side US Salernitana 1919 have completed the signing of Ghana youth international Moses Odjer from Lega Promo side Catania. Footballmadeinghana.com can exclusively reveal that the Garnets paid an amount of 800,000 Euros to sign the central midfielder on a four-year deal on Monday Afternoon. Odjer, 20, will continue his development at Stadio Arechi in Salerno until the Summer of 2020 after spending a successful season on loan there. The former Ghana Under 20 star made 26 Serie B appearances for Salernitana last season scoring one goal and providing two assists as they survived the second-tier via play off. Odjer was also on the radar on Lazio before agreeing to sign permanently for Salernitan
(Ghana Web 06/20/16)
Strategic Committee chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, Vincent Sowah Odotei says the team’s first half performance has not been good enough. Accra Hearts of Oak are fourth after 15 matches in the Ghana Premier League. The former Ghana Champions had a good start to the season after winning 13 points in their first five games but failed to continue in that manner, as they accumulated another 13 points in their last ten games. Coach Kenichi Yatuhashi has come under...
(Ghana Web 06/17/16)
It has been another busy week for Blues boss Gordon Boateng as he added two more players to his ever-growing squad. The new man in charge has brought back midfielder Luke Milbourne to the club. The 21-year-old (pictured above) came through the Blues' academy and was part of the first team squad in the 2013/14 season. He spent time at Ryman North sides Tilbury and Brightlingsea Regent, before returning in February, but did not make an appearance under Rod Stringer...
(Ghana Web 06/16/16)
Contrary to claims that captain of the Ghana Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, is hobnobbing with the opposition New Patriotic Party in a bid to topple the John Mahama government, the Shanghai SIPG striker says he works only with parties in government. While parrying allegations that he is in bed with Nana Akufo-Addo and his NPP, Asamoah stated that he does not work with parties in opposition. Speaking on Accra-based Hot Fm, monitored by GhanaPoliticsonline.com, the Black Stars captain cum musician...
(AFP (eng) 06/16/16)
Demarte Pena was too young to fight in Angola's civil war, where his family played a major role, but he has fought his way to a mixed martial arts championship. Instead of an AK47, "The Wolf" as he is known in the ring, uses fists, feet and pure muscle to subdue his opponents in what is seen as one of the fastest growing sports in Africa. Pena is bantamweight champion among the new crop of mixed martial arts fighters in...
(Ghana Web 06/13/16)
Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah is eyeing a return to the Black Stars after a long spell out of the team. The versatile midfielder has been plagued by injuries for the past 18 months forcing him to miss games both for Ghana and Juventus. He has already missed the whole of 2015 with the Black Stars, a year where Ghana lost narrowly to Ivory Coast in the final of the African Nations Cup but with the 2017 edition a few months...
(APA 06/10/16)
The Ghana Under-20 team, the Black Satellites will on Sunday play their Ethiopian counterpart in a second leg of their African Youth Championship qualifier at the newly constructed Cape Coast Sports Stadium in the Central Region of Ghana. The Satellites go into the game with a 1-2 defeat from their opponents, and are poised to overturn the tables to enable them to progress to the next stage of the qualifiers. Satellites coach Yusif Basigi, has said his boys were determined...
(AFP (eng) 06/09/16)
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari has written a letter of apology to his national football federation (GFA) in relation to an assault at the 2014 World Cup that saw him sent home. Muntari was expelled from Ghana's squad ahead of their final group game with Portugal out in Brazil after a scuffle with a member of Ghana's coaching staff Moses Armah. "I write to express my sincere apologies to the Ghana Football Association and the entire nation for any embarrassment that...
(Ghana Web 06/08/16)
Sidelined Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach, David Duncan claims the SWAG Cup has more credibility as compared to the Ghana Premier League title. Duncan who has never won the league title but guided Kotoko to win the SWAG Cup in November last year after the Porcupine Warriors defeated regional rivals Ashantigold by a lone goal in Kumasi thinks the GPL is not credible. The Trouble Duncan without stating reasons insisted that the league title was not credible in an interview with...
(Ghana Web 06/07/16)
Chelsea are closing on the signing of Juventus and Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah, fresh reports have emerged on Tuesday. The Blues are confident of landing their number target ahead of the new season with widespread reports suggesting the Italian champions are prepared to sell the left-sided player. Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who worked with Asamoah during his time at Juventus, is a key admirer of the hugely talented Ghana international. And the Italian believes the 27-year-old’s versatility could be...
(Ghana Web 06/03/16)
Mauritius Football Association president Sohba Mohammad Ally Samir has warned the Black Stars not to write them off in Sunday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations penultimate qualifier. Ghana are seeking to repeat the 7-1 first leg drubbing in Accra last June but Club M are a formidable side at home. Mauritius have won all two previous home matches are bent to add Avram Grant’s side to the list of victims. "Ghana is one of the best football countries in Africa...
(Starrfmonline 05/30/16)
Ghana U-17 female team.the Black Maidens have drawn USA, Paraguay and Japan for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Group D. The draw took place at the Al-Hussein Cultural Center in central Amman, on the evening of Monday 30 May. The Black Maidens qualified with a 10-0 aggregate win over Morocco. Jordan hosted the Arab Games in 1999 but the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is the country’s first major international tournament. Matches will take place in the...
(Ghana Web 05/30/16)
Papa Kwesi Ndoum has asked GN Bank to suspend their sponsorship for the Division One League after the first round of matches this was after the coach of his club Elmina Sharks was beaten to a pulp by irate fans of Proud United. The renowned politician, who is the Executive Chairman of Groupe Ndoum, is fed up with the increasing spate of crowd violence and notoriety at league centres in the second-tier league. This was the second time his club...
(Ghana Web 05/26/16)
Swansea City attacking midfielder Andre Ayew has says playing in the English Premier League has been his biggest challenge. Ayew joined Swansea City after 11 years at French Club Olympique Marseille. The Ghanaian international made a surprise move to the Walsh Club despite interest from some top European outfits. The 26-year-old who had a fruitless first season at Swansea City after finishing as the top scorer for the Club and also winning the Barclays Premier League player of the month...
(Ghana Web 05/25/16)
Ghana’s international friendly against Guinea this Saturday has been cancelled, the Ghana FA has confirmed. The match, which was fixed for Paris, France, was meant to prepare the Black Stars for next month's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. A statement on the Ghana FA website read: "This decision was taken after the Guinean Football Federation pulled out of the game to enable them resolve some internal problems. "The Ghana Football Association will announce further plans for the senior national...
(Starrfmonline 05/25/16)
Former Ghana international John Paintsil is behind bars for allegedly hitting an eye of the East Legon District Police Commander, DSP Emmanuel Basintale. The spokesperson of the Greater Accra regional police command ASP Effia Tenge has confirmed the news. According to her, the former guardsman of Hapoel and Maccabi Tel Aviv resisted arrest Tuesday after failing to cooperate with the police in a case involving his wife. The 34-year-old was put in cells around 5pm Tuesday. ASP Tenge said Paintsil...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
Medeama SC face tough matches on their CAF Confederation Cup Group stage debut after drawing MO Bejaia, Young Africans and TP Mazembe in Group B. All three opponents of the Ghana FA Cup champions dropped out from the elite CAF Champions League. The Tarkwa-based will be re-uniting with former coach Johannes Van der Pluijm who is now in charge of newly-crowned Tanzanian champions Young Africans. They will also the Ghanaian quintet at last year's CAF Champions League TP Mazembe from...
(Graphic Online 05/23/16)
Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s resurgence under caretaker coach Michael Osei was given another shot in the arm after the Porcupine Warriors defeated Inter Allies 1-0 yesterday to move up to the third position on the league log. Kotoko are now just two points off Premier League leaders and arch-rivals, Accra Hearts of Oak, who played a 1-1 draw away to second-placed Aduana Stars. On a weekend in which the top three sides failed to win, Kotoko leapfrogged Wa All Stars, who...
(Ghana Web 05/20/16)
Ghana female international Elizabeth Addo has won the Hungarian FA Cup title with her Club Ferencvaros FC. The 22-year-old played a crucial role in helping her side to defeat Honved 5-0 in the finals. Addo, former Ghana youth international had propelled her side to the finals after a convincing win over MTK. The Black Queens midfielder has been outstanding for the Hungarian giants since joining from Serbian side Spartak Subotica. The former Athleta Ladies player has been one of the...

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(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies and lower economic growth in commodity exporting economies such as Angola, Zambia and Nigeria have hurt business, said Chief Executive Bob van Dijk. "The currency decline has been massive and that really hurts us because...
(AfricaNews 06/22/16)
Young Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attah, who starred in the ‘Beast of No Nation’ film has earned a new role in upcoming American superhero film ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ deadline.com reports. ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is billed as the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise. The film expected to be released in July 2017 would be the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With his new role, Attah joins Hollywood stars like Robert Downey Jr, Laura Harrier, Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya and Tony Revolori. In Beast of No Nation, Attah worked with the likes of Idris Elba and director Cary Joji Fukunaga, as a child soldier. Directed by Jon Watts and from the stables of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Spider-man:...
(Spy Ghana 06/21/16)
In a new Kobi Rana movie, actress Jackie Appiah is playing the role of a blind woman who married a cripple. According to her, it is her first time and very challenging for her. This is my first time playing the role of a blind girl in a film. Challenging and deep. She gets married to a cripple “And they lived happily NEVER after” She was spotted on set with Prince David Osei and Roselyn Ngissah Jackie Appiah has won...
(Ghana Web 06/17/16)
Head of production for Charter House, Nii Ayite Hammond has debunked rumors indicating that the prize money meant for award winners at this year's Vodafone Ghana Music Awards is ready. "Actually I don't think the money is ready and yes the musicians who won awards are yet to receive their prize money which we are frantically working on. I will let you know when it is ready", Nii Ayite told Reagan Mends of razzonline.com The VGMA prize money is an...
(Ghana Web 06/16/16)
Since the establishment of the 1992 Constitution which transitioned Ghana from military rule to a constitutional democracy, Ghana’s political landscape has seen a massive uplift not just in terms of the varied policies and viewpoint by various political parties but also the inclusion of strong-minded women. Here is a collection of the most beautiful female politicians in Ghana calling the shots in the country’s political terrain. 1. Samia Nkrumah No one can ever underestimate the natural beauty of the female...
(Ghana Web 06/13/16)
The newly appointed tourism ambassador Abeiku Aggrey Santana joined the Guba Foundation and other partner agents to donate cleaning items to a number of schools in the James Town area including Happy Days Academy, Christ the King of King Preparatory etc. The move was part of Guba’s vision to provide awareness, support and guidance to families, whereby, ensuring that the communities have access to the right information and learn to stay healthy. Speaking to media; the Tourism Ambassador hinted that...
(APA 06/13/16)
The arrival of the visiting Indian President to Ghana on Monday dominated the media in Ghana. The Daily Graphic and Ghanaian Times gave the story front-page attention and said that President Shri Pranab Mukherjee arrived in the country on Sunday on a two-day official visit to Ghana. He was met on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport by Vice President Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, amidst fanfare. On arrival, Mr. Mukherjee said his visit to the country was to strengthen the cordial...
(Ghana Web 06/03/16)
Ghana's leading hype man and radio presenter, Merqury Quaye has released the highly anticipated inspirational single titled 'Remember'. The Hitz FM presenter and a professional master of ceremonies (MC), who continues to add value to his brand, will blow the minds of many who never knew his song composition and rap abilities, when they listen to the track which is already receiving massive radio airplay in the capital, Accra. The highly inspirational song was premièred by BET Awards nominee, MzVee,...
(Ghana Web 05/30/16)
Diamond Michelle Gbagonah known by all as Shatta Michy has ventured into acting alongside her hair and accessories selling business. Her husband, Shatta Wale has disclosed that his wife, Shatta Michy has always wanted to act and he’s 100% supportive of that but what he's afraid of is the romantic roles she will be playing in the movies. According to the ‘Am Ok’ hitmaker, acting is acting and he can’t be like his wife should be selective of the roles...
(Ghana Web 05/24/16)
The host Tonight with Nii Kpakpo Thompson on Viasat1 has cautioned women to be extra careful whenever they are around male celebrities. Nii KpaKpo Thompson, who made his maiden appearance on Ghana’s biggest celebrity and lifestyle show Celebrity Fanzone last Saturday, urged ladies to be careful and smart when they visit their male counterparts in their homes. Nii KpaKpo noted for wits on his Tonight Show wasted no time in delivering a few ‘punch lines’ when he spoke about the...
(Graphic Online 05/23/16)
Cocoa Brown, a new television series on the true life story of television presenter, Deloris Frimpong Manso, will start airing on some local television stations in the country from next month. Some of the popular faces featured in the series directed by Kofi Asamoah are Eunice Banini, Akorfa Edjeani, Caroline Sampson, Black Boy, Root Eye and Ahuofi Patricia. The others are Shatta Michy, Moesha Boudong, Kwaku Elliot, D Cryme, Nana Boroo and Evelyn Addo popularly known as Nina. In an...
(Ghana Web 05/20/16)
Veteran actress Akofa Edjeani has revealed that acting during her prime wasn’t paying and therefore had to set up a restaurant to make ends meet. According to her, Fali’s Hot Pot in Kanda was set up some 17 years ago to sell food to support her family. In an interview on the Cosmopolitan Mix on Joy FM with Doreen Andoh Friday, May 20, she said she simply “needed to make ends meet.” Akofa explained that she did not establish the...
(APA 05/20/16)
A $150 million solar project from the United States Trade and Development Agency to Ghana on Friday dominated the Ghanaian newspapers.The Daily Graphic said the solar project would provide electricity to 8,000 households in the Upper West Region and help promote economic growth in the area. The US Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, said at an agreement signing ceremony in Accra Thursday that power crisis was a great constraint to economic growth and the project is to reduce the...
(Ghana Web 05/19/16)
Mrs Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, Minister of Tourism Culture and Creative Arts on Tuesday launched the third Ghana Carnival 2016 in Accra. The carnival on the theme “my culture rocks” is to promote domestic tourism through culture and the creative arts. The 3-day event would start on the July 1, 2016 with a carnival float from the Obra spot at the Kwame Nkrumah interchange through some principal streets in Accra to the Independence Square for the exhibition and sale of made-in-Ghana goods,...
(Ghana Web 05/18/16)
The “burn the mic” comedy show was held last Sunday at the Ghana College of Surgeons auditorium and Ghana's King of Comedy; Derick Kobina Bonney popularly known as DKB was on the bill to perform. Yeah, your guess is as good as mine; he 'killed' his performance. I think by now we must all agree to the simple fact that Ghana comedy has grown. This was very evident last night as DKB continued to give us reasons not to doubt...
(Ghana Web 05/17/16)
Ghanaian actor James Gardner has described dancehall artiste Stonebwoy as one with a lot of international appeals and therefore believes he can promote Ghana on the international stage. The BET award winner lost out to EL on the Artiste of the Year award at the recently organised Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). He was highly tipped to scoop that particular award though he walked away with the Best Reggae Artiste of the Year. In an exclusive interview with TV3 Network.com,...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(Ghana Web 05/13/16)
On May 11, 2016, it was reported that Reggie Rockstone known as Hiplife Grandpapa revealed on the Zone hosted by Naa Ashorkor on Starr FM, that he’s the person behind the idea of Ghana Meets Naija musical concert. He revealed, albeit jokingly, that the Ghana meets Naija concept was first mooted by him and not the founder of Empire Entertainment, Kwabena Anokye Adisi, popularly known as Bola Ray. “I invented that you know… I was the first to bring that...
(Ghana Web 05/10/16)
Rapper and BBnZ act, E.L was the biggest winner at 2016 Ghana Music Awards taking home a total of five awards including the top most ‘Artiste of the Year.’ Other top winners for the night included Sarkodie and Bisa Kdei with four awards each. The event which is in its 17th year was held at the Accra International Conference Center. Other winners were VVIP ft Sena Dagadu for Collaboration of the Year, Kofi Kinaata won Song Writer of the Year...
(APA 05/10/16)
Ghanaian press on Tuesday focused on the stolen Electoral Commission (EC) items, visiting Prime Minster of Trinidad and Tabago and the arrest of a man who deals in dangerous weapons. Both Ghanaian Times and The Chronicle focused on the stolen of the EC equipment with Times reporting that some equipment of the Electoral Commission in the Savelugu-Naton in the Northern Region, used for the limited registration exercise have been stolen. According to the paper the Northern Regional EC Director said...

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(Voice of America 07/01/16)
The U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons report Thursday and again, Africa continues to be a major source and destination for human trafficking of all kinds — from forced labor to sexual slavery. Again this year, not one African nation made the report’s top tier — which is dominated by developed Western nations like the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. The State Department says the ratings are based more on the extent of government action to combat trafficking than the size of the country’s problem. A significant number of African countries remain at the lowest possible ranking. Migrant crisis Susan Coppedge, a senior advisor to the U.S. secretary of state,...
(Bloomberg 06/30/16)
Ghana’s cedi is heading for a second straight month of losses against the dollar as an acceleration in economic growth boosts demand for dollars to pay for imports. The currency of the world’s second-biggest cocoa producer weakened 3 percent in June after sliding 0.7 percent in May, the first instance of back-to-back monthly losses since November. The cedi fell 1 percent to 3.9550 per dollar by 11:55 a.m. on Thursday in Accra, the weakest level on a closing basis since Feb. 23. Economic growth in Ghana quickened to 4.9 percent in the first quarter from 4.1 percent in the previous three months as farming output and telecommunication services expanded, according to the statistics agency. The government expects gross domestic product...
(Voice of America 06/29/16)
The United Nations says a record number of people caught in conflict and natural disasters are in need of humanitarian assistance. At the same time the world body warns the funding response to these crises falls far short of what is needed. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has just released its 2016 mid-year Global Humanitarian Overview, which says the situation is very worrisome. OCHA reports the number of people worldwide in need of humanitarian assistance has...
(Voice of America 06/27/16)
Ghana's Inspector General of Police John Kudalor says officers will be ”positively neutral” in the upcoming November general election. Kudalor’s spoke at the official opening of the recently held national police command conference attended by police commanders across the country. The focus of the conference was to ascertain the preparedness of the police before presidential, legislative and local elections. Local media quoted Kudalor as saying, “We are going to be very professional, politically, I am going to be very neutral...
(BBC News Africa 06/27/16)
Former Ghana international defender John Paintsil has been appointed as the new assistant coach of South African Premier League club Kaizer Chiefs. The 35-year-old will now work alongside Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela, who was in charge of Paintsil at Maritzburg United two seasons ago. Paintsil's club career included stints with English sides West Ham and Fulham. He replaces former South African international Doctor Khumalo as Chiefs' assistant. Chiefs finished fifth in the 2015-2016 Premier Soccer League 25 points behind...
(Voice of America 06/27/16)
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled leave Sunday for Africa and Europe to advocate for girls' education. The six-day trip – to Liberia and Morocco, with a final stop in Spain – will highlight Let Girls Learn, one of Obama's core initiatives. The first lady will be joined in her travels by daughters Sasha and Malia, and the girls’ grandmother, Marian Robinson. Let Girls Learn is a global initiative launched by the president and first lady in 2015. The...
(Bloomberg 06/24/16)
Currencies, stocks and bonds across Africa plunged after the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union triggered a slump in oil and other commodities and sent investors scurrying for safe assets. South Africa’s benchmark stock index fell the most since January, led by shares of banks and diversified mining companies. The rand dropped to a record against the yen and by the most since 2008 against the dollar before paring the decline, while yields on dollar bonds from Ghana to...
(BBC News Africa 06/22/16)
Last year, more people fled to Europe from Eritrea than any other African nation. The government in Asmara has recently been accused of crimes against humanity, but when Mary Harper was given rare access to the country she was surprised by what she found. I push back the thick, deep red velvet curtains and find myself in complete darkness. Drops of rain come through the ceiling, and hit the floor - hard. Someone turns on a switch. A dim, flickering...
(Voice of America 06/18/16)
One hundred and fifty South African schoolgirls have started in a project to design and build Africa’s first private satellite. The satellite will be launched into space later this year as part of a program sponsored by The Meta Economic Development Organization (MEDO) to motivate more teenage girls in African countries to study and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics field, widely known by the acronym STEM. The girls kicked off the project Thursday and are tasked with designing...
(AL Jazeera 06/16/16)
Deadly downpours cause widespread flooding along the Cape Coast as the West African wet season intensifies. Four days of heavy and steady rain has left at least 10 people dead in the south of Ghana. The streets of Accra have been left under water after the torrential downpours caused widespread flooding earlier this week. The nation's capital was hit bit 185mm of rain on Sunday, which is more than they would expect for the entire month of June. This is the wettest month of the year with an average rainfall of 178mm. Since the weekend a further 50mm of rain has fallen exacerbating the severe problems already faced.
(Dw-World 06/16/16)
In communities in northern Ghana, women say they would rather bite their tongues than report domestic abuses to the police. But, as Maxwell Suuk reports, police are starting to take action against such violence. 33 year-old mother of two, Alima Musah, showed me her scars from persistent beatings by her husband. When I asked her why she didn't report the matter to the police, she at first remained silent. But a few minutes later she whispered a few words. "It's...
(The Africa Report 06/16/16)
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has come under fire from anti-corruption campaigners and legal experts after he accepted a car gift worth $100 000 from a Burkinabe contractor. According to reports, in 2012 Mahama received a vehicle from Djibril Kanazoe, a Burkinabe contractor, who was awarded a $650 000 contentious deal to build a security wall at Ghana's embassy in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou. A government spokesperson Boamah Omane issued a statement soon after reports about the gift surfaced...
(Bloomberg 06/14/16)
With yields among the highest in Africa, Ghana may find plenty of takers searching for a premium in a coming round of Eurobond sales. The world’s second-largest cocoa grower plans to raise as much as $1 billion after the International Monetary Fund endorsed its efforts to consolidate debt and stabilize a volatile currency. A successful sale hinges on government officials persuading potential buyers that double-digit returns are adequate compensation for concerns over shrinking oil revenue and years of overspending at...
(Cnbc Africa 06/13/16)
Social entrepreneurs are starting businesses in all the major regions of the world, with the most social entrepreneurship activity being undertaken in the US, Australia, Western Europe, and Africa reports the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)’s Special Report on Social Entrepreneurship. The report, released last week, is the largest comparative study of social entrepreneurship in the world, based on interviews with 167,793 adults in 58 economies in 2015. “Social entrepreneurship – which GEM defines broadly as any kind of activity, organisation...
(Dw-World 06/10/16)
Ghana’s education service has started a campaign to ban the use of mobile phones in primary and secondary schools. The move, according to the educationists, will enable students to concentrate more on their studies. Some parents have been enraged by the idea, as they want to be in constant touch with their children. Child rights activists have also raised concerns that this would kill the children's creative ability. In Ghana's high schools, six out of ten students have mobile handsets,...
(Voice of America 06/10/16)
Countries across Africa are actively pushing to integrate more technology into classrooms across the continent. To further this effort, the African Development Bank and the U.N. educational organization UNESCO are hosting a conference in Ivory Coast. Three years after its first edition, the pan-African forum opened this session by highlighting the progress made by countries such as Kenya, and the benefits that have followed. "Five years ago, the government announced that they were going to give laptops to kids,” said...
(The Africa Report 06/09/16)
Ghana's gross domestic product grew by 5.9 percent last year driven by huge investments in health, education and provision of water, the International Monetary Fund has said. According to the IMF's latest World Economic Outlook Report, the West African country's GDP per capita moved up to $1,340.4 from $1,266.1 registered in 2008. The report compiled by experts and released in April this year says Ghana's recent power crises affected the country's economic growth. However, the IMF described the economy's overall performance as inspiring with projection of a 7.7 percent growth by 2017.
(BBC News Africa 06/09/16)
Microsoft founder Bill Gates has launched a campaign to help extremely poor families in sub-Saharan Africa by giving them chickens. The billionaire and philanthropist says raising and selling the birds can be efficient to tackle extreme poverty. He has promised to donate 100,000 chickens, and the project's page has already been shared thousands of times. The UN estimates that 41% of people in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. Mr Gates said a farmer breeding five hens could earn more...
(Bloomberg 06/08/16)
Uber Technologies Inc. started the ride-hailing service in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on Wednesday, continuing an expansion plan that’s seen the company regularly add new markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Ghana is the fifth sub-Saharan African country to get the Uber service, less than a week after the its introduction in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The U.S. startup will expand into Tanzania later this month, the company said earlier this year. Uber began operations in South Africa in 2013,...
(Bloomberg 06/07/16)
Gold Fields Ltd. said it is interested in buying AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.’s Iduapriem mine in Ghana as the precious metal producer seeks to increase output from West Africa by about two-thirds to 1 million ounces. Gold Fields is also looking for opportunities to buy mines in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal, the Johannesburg-based company’s vice president for West Africa, Alfred Baku, said in an interview in Ghana’s capital, Accra. AngloGold said it doesn’t comment on speculation around its assets. “We...

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