Monday 18 December 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is, it is a waste of...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Accra (Ghana) - The Ghanaian capital city, Accra is ready to receive Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on Monday for a two-day working visit, APA learns here. Prior to his arrival, the Ghana Police Service has announced the closure of some ceremonial roads in the capital city, thereby drawing the attention of the motoring public to the visit of the Ivorian leader. The visit is coming barely a month after Ghana emerged victorious in a maritime dispute with Ivory Coast at the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Germany and some political watchers see it as a good move to cement the relationship between the two neighbouring countries. President Ouattara is expected to meet with President Nana...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive the 2017 World Food Prize on Thursday October 19, announced a press release issued by the AfDB on October 16, which also said “the prize is to agriculture what the Nobel Prize is to peace, science and literature.” The World...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Ghana's government has promised the immediate closure of high-risk fuel stations after a tanker carrying natural gas caught fire and caused an explosion that killed seven. A total of 132 people were also injured in the blaze at the liquefied gas filling station in the Legon area of Accra last Saturday, which spread to a nearby petrol station. Ghana's presidency said it was the ninth such incident in the last three years. The deadliest was in June 2015, when more than 150 died in a fire and explosion, also in the capital. Cabinet ministers met on Thursday to discuss tightening regulations and ensuring strict compliance to protect the safety of workers and the public. "High-risk stations will be immediately closed...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Forward Eric Ayiah scored twice as Ghana crushed India 4-0 to knock the hosts out of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup in New Delhi on Thursday. Ayiah scored a goal in each half -- in the 43rd and 52nd minute -- to lead the two-time champions into the last-16 stage of the 24-nation event. After Aiyah's dominating show, strikers Richard Danso and Emmanuel Toku piled on the agony for the hosts with goals in the 86th and the 87th minute. Ghana enjoyed 60 percent posession in the game as inexperienced India, playing their first-ever FIFA World Cup in any division, could hardly breach their defence. It was India's third straight defeat in the first round. They lost to the United...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA-Accra (Ghana) - The President of Benin, Mr. Patrice Guillaume Talon, on Wednesday paid a one-day visit to Ghana to help deepen the ties between the two countries. President Talon, who was received on arrival in Accra by Ghanaian leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, inspected a guard of honour and later proceeded to the seat of government, where they held a closed door meeting. The Ghanaian Times reported on Thursday that the bilateral meeting proposed a closer collaboration between the two countries in the West African sub-region to find lasting solutions to the growing threat of terrorism. President Akufo-Addo expressed the belief that terrorism can be completely dealt with if the organs of intelligence in the various countries work together...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Ghana is facing calls to update its laws on wildlife crime after fears the country has become a transit route for the illegal trade in pangolin scales. More than 31,000 kilograms (68,000 pounds) of scales from the nocturnal mammal have been seized across the world this year, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). In May and June, two major seizures were made in Malaysia, with at least 700 kg found to have been shipped through Ghana. Massive hauls of the scales have also been made in Uganda, Cameroon and Ivory Coast. IFAW's Mark Hofberg said most of the scales from Africa were traded to meet demand in Asia, where they are used in traditional medicine. The docile...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/12/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa is most at risk of fatal haemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, researchers said on Wednesday, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. A study in The Lancet medical journal assessed the likelihood of four viruses - Ebola, Lassa, Marburg and Crimean-Congo - spreading on the continent, charting progress from a first human case through to a potential pandemic. The world’s worst recorded Ebola outbreak ravaged Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone between 2013 and 2016, killing about 11,300 people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The viruses, which are often transmitted by rodents and bats, can cause fever, vomiting and bleeding, are often fatal. By mapping high risk areas, African nations can better...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria contracted by 1.6 percent in 2016, but is predicted to grow by 0.8 percent this year and 1.9 percent next year. The IMF said Nigeria was benefitting from "recovering oil production and ongoing strength in the agricultural sector", but the...
(AFP (eng) 10/08/17)
Ghanaians on Sunday pushed the government to improve safety at fuel stations after four people were killed when a tanker truck carrying natural gas caught fire in the nation's capital, triggering explosions. The fire and blasts gutted a liquefied gas filling station and a nearby petrol station in the Atomic Junction area of the Legon suburb of Accra on Saturday night, sending local residents fleeing. President Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted: "The news of last night's gas explosion at Atomic Junc, resulting in the loss of 4 lives & injuries to several others, has left me devastated.
(AfricaNews 10/05/17)
Ghana’s presidency, Flagstaff House and its lawmaking chamber will soon be depending on solar energy as a source of power. Local media portal, Starrfm quotes the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, as confirming the move saying it was the right signal to the rest of the nation. His comments follow the ratification of a framework agreement on renewable energy by the government. “It makes a lot of sense that in order to utilize our solar and produce the necessary demonstration effect for the rest of the country, that significant buildings adopt solar. He added “So the Ministry of energy building, the Parliament House of Ghana and Jubilee House must all go solar to send the right signal to the rest of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in Sub-Saharan African tourism in the past year, according to data from the U.N. World Tourism Organisation. Hilton said the remaining additions to its 39 existing African properties would be operational within the next five years. “The model of converting existing...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Accra (Ghana) - The Ghanaian press on Thursday focuses on finance minister’s directive to various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on the need to promote good governance. The Daily Graphic says that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has noted that government will not tolerate corruption and wasteful spending at the various MMDAs in an effort to promote good governance. In that light, government will crack the whip on any assembly found culpable of indulging in any activity that has a negative effect on the economy. He gave the directive in a speech read on his behalf at the launch of the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) in Northern Region. The Ghanaian Times states that President Nana Addo Dankwa...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers and reports on agriculture, rural development, water and environment and recommendations and guidance on issues in the 2063 Africa Development Agenda, including agriculture, environment, climate change, and youth engagement. Among the points chosen for the discussions are the assessment of...
(Bloomberg 10/04/17)
Ghana’s banks face a daunting race to meet new capital rules by the end of next year. Lenders will need to raise 9 billion cedis ($2 billion), which the local equity and debt market is too small to supply, according to George Bodo, the head of banking research at Ecobank Capital Ltd. in Nairobi, Kenya. While it may trigger mergers and acquisitions among the West African nation’s 34 banks, many will struggle to meet the requirement or complete deals on time, he said. Accumulating that kind of capital will top the 1.4 billion cedis that has been raised on the Ghana Stock Exchange through initial public offerings, share and rights offers and debt sales since 2012, according to data from...
(AFP (eng) 10/01/17)
Like many people around the world, 80-year-old Kofi Afadi can't start his morning without a cup of coffee. "Every morning when I take coffee I feel happy and go about my day," the farmer told AFP in his village in the green hills between Lake Volta in Ghana and the border with Togo. "When there is no coffee it seems I am the most miserable person around here," he said. In common with many of his fellow coffee farmers, Afadi, whose dark hair and moustache are speckled white, also grows cocoa -- Ghana's biggest crop. The country is the second largest cocoa exporter in the world behind neighbouring Ivory Coast. Production of coffee, which was introduced to Ghana at the...
(Graphic Online 09/29/17)
The Forum for Public Sector Registered Pension Scheme has suspended its intended indefinite nationwide strike slated to begin today. The strike was intended for the forum to press home its demand on the government to transfer funds belonging to it from the Temporary Pension Fund Account (TPFA) with the Bank of Ghana (BOG) into the accounts of the four fund managers responsible for the public sector occupational pension scheme. “The forum has resolved to suspend temporarily the intended September 29, 2017, indefinite nationwide strike communicated earlier through our press release dated September 4, 2017, while the joint technical committee completes its work,” the Chairman of the forum, Mr Isaac Bampoe Addo, told journalists in Accra on Thursday. Membership of the...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Bloomberg 09/28/17)
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara will propose to his counterpart in Ghana that the two neighboring countries and world’s biggest cocoa producers narrow a gap in producer prices to discourage smuggling of beans, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ouattara will call Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday before Ivory Coast announces a new minimum price for cocoa purchases on Oct. 1, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he’s not authorized to speak about the matter. Ivory Coast is proposing payments of 750 CFA francs ($1.31) per kilogram for its farmers for the bigger of the two annual harvests that starts next month, compared with 1,100 francs for the previous main crop, said the...
(Citifmonline 09/28/17)
Ghana’s economy recorded strong growth in the second quarter of this year, much higher than the previous quarter. New figures recorded by the Ghana Statistical Service reveal that Ghana grew by 9.0 percent as compared to the same period last year which had a growth of 1.1 percent. Industry led the growth followed by the services sector. The growth recorded in 2017 second quarter is an astronomical jump from the figure recorded in the first quarter this year. In the first quarter of this year, growth was at 6.6 percent led by the same industry sector. Growth however for the second quarter shot up by 9 %, largely influenced by the industry sector again. According to figures from the Ghana...

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