| Africatime
Wednesday 29 March 2017
(Xinhuanet 02/16/17)
The British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that his government is committed to ensuring more investments from his country to Ghana. Johnson, who is on a two-nation West African tour that has also taken him to the Gambia, said the British government hopes to have an even deeper friendship with Ghana going forward. "Particularly, we want to make sure that British firms come here in greater numbers and in greater strengths to invest in Ghana and if I may say so take advantage of the fantastic opportunities that are in this wonderful country," Boris told the press after holding a closed-door meeting with
(Reuters (Eng) 02/15/17)
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has taken power with ambitious plans to revive once spectacular economic growth, only to discover a $1.6 billion hole in the budget and a deficit twice as high as expected. He may have a strong sense of deja vu. The country has a vigorous democracy, with voters ready to eject any leader who falls short of expectations. But for a third successive time, the national finances have gone off track before elections, forcing the winner to confront a fiscal crunch. With Ghana more than half way through a three-year International Monetary Fund program, the new government must reveal in its first budget next month how it intends to restore financial discipline while staying true to Akufo-Addo's...
(AFP (eng) 02/15/17)
Sub-Saharan Africa, where more than a half billion people live without electricity, trails the world in government policies that promote sustainable energy, according to a new World Bank report Wednesday. Much of the rest of the world, however, has made strides toward making energy broadly available, developing renewable power sources and increasing efficiency, the inaugural Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy report said. In a survey of 111 countries, the World Bank found that through 2015 nearly 80 percent had begun to adopt policies to expand electrical grids, connecting them to solar and wind generation, and to help make electric utilities creditworthy and financially viable while keeping energy prices down. More than a third of countries, home to 96 percent of...
(Citifmonline 02/14/17)
Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson is expected to visit Ghana tomorrow, February 15, 2017. He will meet President Nana Akufo-Addo during his visit to discuss key opportunities and challenges facing the country. He is also expected to visit the award-winning Blue Skies company, meet business leaders and young entrepreneurs supported by the Department for International Development’s ENGINE project, and meet with “Rising Black Stars,” highlighting both countries’ extensive cultural ties. Ahead of the visit, the Foreign Secretary said:”I’m delighted to be the first Foreign Secretary to visit Gambia this week and delighted to have a chance to meet the newly elected President Barrow
(Xinhuanet 02/14/17)
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Monday announced the death of former Ghana national team coach Sam Arday. Arday, who was well known as the "Multi-system Man", passed away in Accra last Sunday afternoon after a short illness, aged 71. He was the technical director of Ghana premier league side West Africa Football Academy until his demise. He was the coach of the Black Meteors, Ghana's Olympic soccer team that won bronze medal at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain, a feat which made Ghana the first African country to win an Olympic medal in football. He then became head coach of the Ghana national U-17 football team, the Black Starlets, who won the 1995 FIFA juvenile world championship crown...
(AFP (eng) 02/14/17)
Ghanaian international Thomas Partey tied his long-term future to Atletico Madrid by extending his contract with the Spanish giants to 2022 on Tuesday. "Partey has renewed his contract with our club until 2022," Atletico said in a statement. "I am very happy and want to keep improving at Atletico," Partey told the club's website. Partey, 23, joined Atletico in 2011 and made his breakthrough into the first team last season after loan spells at Mallorca and Almeria. He has scored three goals in 31 appearances for Los Rojiblancos and was part of the Ghana side that reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations this month.
(Voice of America 02/14/17)
U.S. President Donald Trump made his first phone calls to African heads of state Monday, speaking with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and South African President Jacob Zuma. Nigeria and South Africa said the calls were made at the request of the U.S. president, who until now has said little about Africa or African issues since assuming office last month. The Nigerian presidency said Trump and Buhari discussed issues of terrorism, and said Trump assured Buhari the United States is ready to make a new deal to help Nigeria "in terms of military weapons." The statement said Trump also commended Buhari for the strides Nigeria is making against Islamist radical group Boko Haram, and invited Buhari to come to Washington at...
(Graphic Online 02/13/17)
The Country Director of Stallion Group, Mr Mahesh Mahtani, says Ghana has the potential to become West Africa’s auto manufacturing hub.He, therefore, urged the government to put in incentives that would attract auto manufacturing companies into the country, which was West Africa’s third biggest economy. In an interview with the Daily Graphic, Mr Mahtani said the country’s business environment and its thriving democracy put it ahead of other countries in the sub-region, on the scale of doing business. “Ghana’s democracy is celebrated and the business environment is not as cumbersome as in some other countries on the continent. The judiciary are also doing a good job. The energy situation has also improved. Those are important benchmarks for investors,” he said...
(AFP (eng) 02/11/17)
Seven women and three children were killed and 11 people injured when a dispute among members of a traditional ruler's family in northern Ghana turned violent, police said Friday. Sounds of gunshots were heard on Thursday in the town of Bimbilla after news that a local king was set to appoint a chief against the wishes of an opposing faction. Traditional rulers are found across Africa and although they often have no formal role in the elected, democratic system, they remain figures of power and influence. They are courted by politicians for advice and support, particularly over local issues, and shape public opinion. In Ghana, kings rule by appointing chieftains to run parts of their kingdom. "This was triggered by...
(Ghana Web 02/10/17)
Cote D’ Ivoire on Thursday, February 9, protested what it describes as a threat from Ghana’s legal team to the President of the Special Chamber during its submission at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Germany. Cote D’ Ivoire is seeking to punch more holes in Ghana’s argument in the ongoing Maritime boundary case as it concludes its oral submission today, February 10. Ghana had already made its oral submission at the ten- day hearing, asking that the case be dismissed. Arguments Making a case for Ghana, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Ms Gloria Afua Akuffo noted that the fairness and goodness of equidistance as a method of delimitation, in the circumstances of the case, made...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
It took a move to the United States from Ghana to convince food entrepreneur Essie Bartels that the world deserved to know more about west African cuisine. "You would always end up having to put on tons of stuff -- hot sauce, lots of salt, pepper. Nothing was well-seasoned," Bartels said about her American food experience. "It was literally whiter than white, there was no dry fish, no palm oil, no chillies." Bartels saw a gap in the market and dedicated herself to creating sauces and spice blends inspired by her childhood in Ghana's capital, Accra, through her company Essie Spice. She remembers the flavours of her mother's kitchen, where she helped cook mouth-watering banku, a filling doughy dish made...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/10/17)
Julius Dorsese is harvesting sweet potatoes from his 2 acre farm in Sogakope, a town in Ghana’s Volta Region. Dorsese has been cultivating the crop for the last four years. He is part of a program in the region that is promoting consumption of a variety known as the orange-fleshed sweet potato. The farmer says he is happy with his harvest. The tuber takes only three months to mature and in a good year Dorsese makes about 4,500 dollars. “Ninety days exactly its mature to harvest and when it is time to harvest we are going to sell the vine and the root, it’s a big difference,” said Dorsese. Sweet potatoes require fewer inputs and less labour compared to other...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
Up to 18 players at the just-completed Africa Cup of Nations could be involved in the new-look CAF Champions League when it kicks off this weekend. Among them is Georges Bokwe, one of two unused goalkeepers in the Cameroon squad that defeated Egypt in the final last Sunday in Gabon. Bokwe was kept out of the starting line-up by the consistent brilliance of Spain-based Fabrice Ondoa, who was included in the team of the tournament. But Bokwe is the first choice for regular Champions League entrants Coton Sport from northern Cameroon cotton town Garoua. Coton qualified for the 2008 final, losing to Al Ahly of Egypt, but have fared poorly recently with first round exits in the past two seasons...
(AFP (eng) 02/09/17)
Ghana's new government has set up a special task force to track down more than 200 missing vehicles that should have been handed back when President Nana Akufo-Addo took office. Presidency spokesman Eugene Arhin told reporters on Wednesday that an audit of vehicles indicated that many appeared not to have been returned. He said officials could only find: - 74 of the presidency's 196 Toyota Land Cruisers - 20 out of 73 Toyota Land Cruiser Prados - 11 out of 24 Mercedes - two out of 28 Toyota Avalons - two out of six BMWs. "The president of the republic currently has virtually only one vehicle at his disposal," said Arhin. "This is the vehicle which was purchased in 2007...
(Myjoyonline 02/09/17)
Minister-designate for Aviation has promised to see to an airline flying the Ghanaian flag in the next one year should her nomination be approved. Cecelia Dapaah said the time is ripe for Ghana to have a national carrier and she cited a feasibility study done by PricewaterhouseCoopers under the immediate past government which revealed that the prospects of establishing a new carrier are promising. Taking her turn at vetting by Parliament's Appointments Committee Wednesday, the former Member of Parliament for Bantama said with other countries making it big in the sector, there is no way Ghana would fail if the right measures are put in place. She said she has already engaged several agencies connected to aviation, the Ghana Civil...
(Ghana Web 02/09/17)
Ghana risks being sanctioned by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for failing to disclose full financial data to the fund at the time it signed onto the three-year Extended Credit Facility (ECF), the Majority in Parliament has said, pointing to the GHS7 billion that it claimed had not been accounted for. The sanction will be similar to a US$39 million fine that the fund imposed on the country in 2000 after accusing Ghana of providing misleading financial information. While insisting that the previous administration intentionally hid some GHS7 billion expenditure from the fund and Ghanaians, the Majority NPP Members of Parliament (MPs) said they feared that what happened in that year could befall the country again if the fund finds...
(Standard Digital 02/09/17)
Hundreds of business and political personalities yesterday attended a German-African economic summit in Nairobi, where German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller talked about his “Marshall Plan” for Africa. The plan is “with Africa, not for Africa,” Mueller (pictured) said, stressing that it would be based on cooperation between equals rather than the principles of traditional development aid. The plan, which Mueller presented to the German parliament’s development committee on Wednesday, is based on fair trade conditions, investment and increasing aid for educational projects. One of the goals of the plan, which the German opposition received with scepticism, is to curb migratory flows from Africa to Europe. Mueller called on German companies to focus on Africa, which he...
(Xinhuanet 02/08/17)
The Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo late Tuesday assured that under his leadership Ghana will back on the path of progress and prosperity. Addressing representatives of chiefs and traditional rulers at the seat of government in Accra, Akufo-Addo said very soon the difficulties in the country's economic circumstances are going to be a thing of the past. He said steps will be taken very soon, in his address to the nation, and in the first budget, to let Ghanaians know that the commitments the governing party made in order to get their mandate were not just hollow words, and that there was every intention to live by those commitments. "Those commitments, in our vision, are the way forward for the progress...
(Xinhuanet 02/08/17)
The president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo Tuesday night sworn into office 12 ministers-designate approved by parliament, charging them to work toward bringing progress and prosperity for the west African country. The ceremony comes 11 days after the first batch of 13 ministers were sworn into office last month. Addressing the ministers at the Flagstaff House, Akufo-Addo said Ghanaians have placed squarely their faith in the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) to engineer the transformation of their social and economic circumstance that will lead to the progress and prosperity of the nation. "We have to be up to the responsibility and work together in the spirit of genuine cooperation to realize their hopes. History demands no less from us," he said...
(AL Jazeera 02/08/17)
The EU must espouse a transnational approach with a clear development agenda that replaces its current security policy. One year ago, 22-year-old Patrick left Douala, the largest city in Cameroon, to become a football star in Europe. A talented midfielder and an ambitious young man, Patrick felt compelled to reach Europe to help him to realise his dreams. But, as he passed through Agadez in Niger, which has become a major transit hub for migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route, reality proved to be grimmer than he had anticipated. Patrick and two of his male relatives, also travelling from Douala, were beaten, robbed and held captive by organised predatory groups. Finally, their tumultuous journey came to an end in Algeria,...

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