Monday 24 July 2017
(APA 07/04/17)
Ghana's Cocoa Board is poised to achieve a target of buying 1 million tonnes of cocoa this year, the Board Chairman, Mr. Hackman Owusu-Agyeman, has said. Speaking during a courtesy call on the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, at Kyebi in the Eastern Region, Agyeman noted that it due to innovations put in place by the new management and board to boost crop yields. He said that sooner than later, the board would achieve its target of 1 million tonnes, a feat that has eluded the nation for the past eight years. Ghana produces one of the best cocoa beans in the world and it is a leading exporter of the cash crop, which is one of the mainstays of...
(APA 07/04/17)
One of Ghana's emerging financial institutions, Dalex Finance Company Limited, has extended a warm arm to 10,000 rice farmers in the Northern Region of Ghana, APA learns here Tuesday. The support comes in the form of credit facilities to enable them expand their farms and improve on their livelihoods. The Finder reports on Tuesday that the company, in partnership with the farmers' association, Shinkaafa Buni Rice Farmers Association in the northern region, will provide farm inputs such as fertilizer, improved seeds and combined harvesters to ensure maximisation of produce and profit from rice farms. The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Kenneth Kwamina Thompson, said his outfit was interested in growing the local rice sector and ventured into partnership...
(Voice of America 07/04/17)
GENEVA — The U.N. children’s fund warns tens of thousands of malnourished children are at great risk in Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan, which are on the brink of famine. UNICEF reports an estimated 4.7 million children in the cholera-stricken countries are malnourished. Of these, UNICEF spokesman Christofe Boulierac tells VOA, more than one million are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. “Let me remind you that a child who is suffering from severe acute malnutrition are nine times more likely to die of disease than a well-nourished child," he said. "So, having cholera and diarrhea in countries where so many children are so fragile because of malnutrition among other things because of such a bad access to safe water is...
(RFI(EN) 07/04/17)
New tax rules in Israel could leave hundreds of African migrants worse off than they are. In May, the government introduced a new deposit law, enabling the governemnt to take 20 percent of migrants' salaries each month and place it out of reach. The money can only be accessed once they leave the country. Rights groups say the policy is designed to force them out of the country. "We're not pressuring you to leave but will make your life miserable so you decide to leave," Anwar Suliman, a Darfuri refugee living in Israel since 2008, told RFI . "Every time the state makes a different law, different pressure, but we said we can't go back right now." Suliman fled Darfur...
(APA 07/03/17)
The Ghana Police Service has announced its intention to recruit about 36,000 youths to engage in community policing in the country, APA learns here on Monday. The Police Service would partner the Youth Employment Agency to undertake the exercise through the Community Protection Officer module. The beneficiary youths would be posted to various communities after their training to help combat and prevent crimes. The Deputy Chief Executive of the Youth Employment Agency, Bashiru Ibrahim, said the recruitment exercise would commence from August and end in November this year, while a total of 5,000 youths are expected...
(APA 06/30/17)
Ghana's Gross Domestic Product for the first quarter of 2017 has grown to 6.6 percent. This is against a figure of 4.4 recorded in the same period in the previous year, thereby resulting in a 2.2 difference. Mr. Anthony Amuzu, deputy Government Statistician, told journalists that the industry sector played a major role in the feat, recording a 11.5 percent, followed by the agricultural sector with 7.6 percent. Other sectors contributed significantly to the development, which has been hailed by many watchers of the economy. The current government has indicated that it is focused on making the private sector the engine for growth and is going at all lengths to revamp business atmosphere to make it more investor friendly to create employment for the teeming youth.
(APA 06/30/17)
Ghana's oil and gas sector has been graded the best in revenue management in sub-Saharan Africa, APa learns here. A Resource Governance Index developed by the Natural Resources Governance Institute (NRGI) also rated Ghana's sovereign wealth fund as the second best among 34 other funds assessed under the index. However, the mining sector rather scored low points in the rating owing to poor revenue management in the sector. Speaking at the launch of the Index in Accra on Thursday, a consultant with the NRGI, Mr. Emmanuel Kuyole, said Ghana scored high due to strong taxation system, well-governed state-owned oil company, unlimited demands for accountability by citizens and well-designed regulatory quality. The index assessed the quality of natural resource governance in...
(APA 06/30/17)
A total of 884 people have been reported killed in 5,082 road crashes in Ghana from January to May this year, APA learns here Friday. According to the statistics published by the Ghanaian Times, the total number of injuries recorded in the crashes were 5,099, while 6,596 vehicles were involved in the crashes. The number of deaths is against a total of 888 recorded within the same period last year. In addition to the deaths, 1,464 pedestrians were knocked down by vehicles. The report added that the Greater Accra Region was leading the pact with 1,958 accidents, followed by Ashanti with 862 and Eastern with 553 while Upper West recorded the lowest number of 63. Ghana has stepped up the...
(APA 06/29/17)
Ghana's Statistical Service has announced that producer inflation has eased from 4.4 percent in April 2017 to 3.7 percent in May, APA learns here. Speaking at a press briefing in Accra on Wednesday, deputy Government Statistician, Mr. Anthony Amuzu, who made the announcement, said the Producer Price Index (PPI) measures the average change over time in prices received by domestic producers for the production of goods and services, and the reduction represents a 0.7 percent decrease. He noted that the mining and quarrying sectors recorded the highest PPI rate of 14.3 percent, while the manufacturing sector had a low rate of 2.1 percent.
(APA 06/29/17)
Ghana's National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has assured the fuel consuming public that the country does not have any contaminated fuel on sale to the unsuspecting public as is being alleged by some non-governmental organisations and individuals. The NPA stated categorically that the contaminated fuel in question has not yet hit the market and because their monitoring has revealed that the two companies that the fuel was sold to are yet to release them into the market. Acting Chief Executive of NPA Alhassan S. Tampuli, who gave the assurance in Accra on Wednesday, said: "Our investigations and preliminary report indicate that we don't have any reason to believe that...
(APA 06/29/17)
Ghanaian league leaders, WAFA on Wednesday maintained the top position on the league table with a 1-0 victory over Elmina Sharks at Sogakope, results collated by the Ghana FA has revealed. They lead the pack with 40 points, followed by Aduana Stars 37, who also beat struggling Accra Great Olympics by a lone goal at Dormaa. The rejuvenated AshGold recorded the stunner of the day at the Accra Sports Stadium, by defeating Accra Hearts of Oak by 1-0 to move out of the relegation zone with 25 points. Hearts, however, remained third on the table with 33 points. Kumasi Asante Kotoko lifted their game in Cape Coast to beat stubborn Ebusua Dwarfs 1-0, to maintain their 4th position. Other results...
(AFP (eng) 06/28/17)
The generic version of the most advanced drug against HIV has been introduced in Kenya, a first in Africa where more than 25 million have the disease, the NGO Unitaid said Wednesday. The drug, Dolutegravir (DTG) is the anti-retroviral drug of choice for those living with HIV in developed countries, but its high price has put it out of reach for most struggling with the disease in Africa. "The generic DTG has two advantages: on the one hand, it is very good from a pharmaceutical point of view. On the other hand, it is much cheaper," said Robert Matiru of Unitaid, which works to reduce the costs of medicines treating AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. He described the drug as "the...
(Ghana Web 06/28/17)
The number of Ghanaians visiting São Tomé ad Principe, a twin Island on the Atlantic Ocean that lies on the equator, has increased by about 20percent since 2015, necessitating the increase in flight frequency between the two countries to meet demand. The island nation, which boasts of pristine waters, lush vegetation, and ideal ocean spots for scuba diving, was hitherto mainly patronized by Europeans as a holiday destination until Lisbon-based TAP Portugal introduced a direct flight from Accra to São Tomé. "Before we started operating this route in October 2015, it was mainly Europeans who visited São Tomé and Principe for leisure. But now the dynamics have changed; 80 percent of visitors are Europeans and 20 percent are from Ghana...
(Agence Ecofin 06/28/17)
ASKY, The Pan African Airline is pleased to announce the commencement of daily flights between LAGOS, ACCRA and ABUJA starting July 3rd, 2017 according to the below Schedule in UTC: Schedule for LAGOS-ACCRA v.v. Days Origin Departure Arrival Destination Daily ACCRA 0845 0945 LAGOS Daily LAGOS 1455 1555 ACCRA Schedule for ACCRA-ABUJA v.v. Days Origin Departure Arrival Destination Daily ABUJA 0625 0805 ACCRA Daily ACCRA 1635 1815 ABUJA These new routes offers more capacity and flexibility with a significant reduction in flight time between Lagos, Accra, Abuja and the entire network of ASKY. About ASKY ASKY is the pan-African airline that was created by regional institutions: the Bank for Investment and Development (EBID), the West African Development Bank (BOAD) and...
(APA 06/27/17)
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Monday afternoon left Accra for a three-day official visit to Zambia. APA learned in Accra that he received a tumultuous welcome by the Ghanaian community in the Zambia. A statement from the presidency said President Akufo-Addo will be in Lusaka at the invitation of his counterpart, President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. They will hold bilateral talks aimed at deepening bilateral ties, as well as explore areas of co-operation. Whilst in Zambia, Akufo-Addo will visit Ndola, a city in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province, where he will be the special guest of honour at the 53rd Zambia...
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Former presidents, lawmakers and senior government officials in Ghana will no longer have special privileges for private travel to the United States, Washington's envoy has said. Until now, such individuals were able to take advantage of "protocol services" where they did not have to physically appear at the US embassy to obtain a visa. But on Thursday, US Ambassador Robert Jackson told members of parliament that the process had changed, sources in the legislature said. "If you are travelling for tourism or business that is not related to government business, you will be required to make a personal appearance, even with former presidents," he said.
(AFP (eng) 06/23/17)
Ghana's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the transfer of two former Guantanamo Bay detainees to the country was unconstitutional without parliamentary approval. Ghana had signed an agreement with the US government in January 2016 allowing the two ex-Guantanamo prisoners to live in the country. Later that year, two Ghanaians went to court over the transfer of the men saying that then-President John Mahama had acted unconstitutionally by accepting them. "It is hereby ordered that unless within three months the government submit the agreement to parliament...
(APA 06/23/17)
Ghana's Inspector General of Police (IGP) David Asante Apeatu has urged all police regional commanders to deal ruthlessly with all vigilante groups that break the laws in their respective regions irrespective of their political affiliations. He noted that it was about time the service cracked the whip because such groups have taken the law into their hands, indicating that their action should, however, not deter the police from protecting the citizens. Speaking at the maiden National Police Command Conference at Kumasi on Thursday afternoon, the IGP, said: "The laws of this country do not wear political colours, neither has crime any political affiliation. Let us be firm, impartial, and above all, professional in the discharge of our duties". Mr. Apeatu...
(APA 06/23/17)
Former coach of the Ghana Black Stars Herbert Addo is expected to be laid to rest on Saturday, APA learns here. The coach, who died in March, is expected to be buried in Accra on Saturday. Addo had coached some prominent Ghanaian teams such as AshantiGold, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Accra Hearts of Oak and the WAFA Club, which is currently leading the Ghana Premier League table. He had on two occasions handled the senior national team as substantive and caretaker coach respectively. The soccer fraternity in Accra are gearing up to pay their last respect to the coach, who won three straight league titles with AshantiGold from 1990-1993.
(Reuters (Eng) 06/23/17)
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sadick Thenest remembers how his 8-year-old daughter had a narrow brush with death two years ago, when she contracted cholera after drinking contaminated water. “She was so gaunt, weak and had terrible diarrhea,” said the refugee from Burundi. “A slight delay in rushing her to hospital would have meant something else - but with God’s grace she survived.” The father of four, aged 35, is among thousands of refugees grappling with frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases in the crowded Nyarugusu camp in western Tanzania, due to poor sanitation. “Living in a refugee camp is a constant struggle. You either stick to health rules or contract diseases,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by...

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