Tuesday 27 June 2017
(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.
(APA 06/19/17)
The Ghanaian Parliament on Monday approved the nomination of Justice Sophia Akuffo as the Chief Justice of the country. She becomes the 13th Chief Justice and the second female after Georgina Wood, the immediate past Chief Justice. The approval followed recommendations of the Appointments Committee of Parliament, which she appeared before last Friday. Presenting the report of the committee, Ghana's 1st Deputy Speaker, Mr. Joe Osei Wusu, said the committee approved Justice Akuffo’s nomination unanimously because she exhibited the competence...
(APA 06/16/17)
Ghana's Chief Justice (CJ) nominee, Justice Ms. Sophia Akuffo, is being vetted by the Appointments Committee of the Ghanaian Parliament in Accra on Friday. The vetting, which was scheduled for Monday, had to be pushed to Friday by the Appointments Committee with the explanation that the vetting had to take place in order not to keep the position vacant for a long time. Ms. Akuffo has being quizzed by the legislators on issues bothering on judicial corruption, fairness in judgment,...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability. Netanyahu, who had visited east Africa in July 2016, vowed that they had "no better partner" than his country after he was received by Liberian President and outgoing head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is...
(AFP (eng) 05/31/17)
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said Tuesday the killers of a soldier who was lynched by a mob while out running would be brought to justice for this "heinous crime". Captain Maxwell Mahama died on Monday when he was attacked in the Upper Denkyira district, some 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the central city of Kumasi. According to local media, residents believed he was an armed robber as he was wearing sports clothing and carrying a pistol. Akufo-Addo extended his condolences...
(Graphic Online 05/31/17)
Ghana and Mali have pledged to work to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. In a joint communiqué issued at the end of a day’s working visit to Mali by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last Sunday, the two countries agreed to reinforce their co-operation in the areas of trade, agriculture, security and the process of West African integration. They also re-affirmed their commitment to the implementation of the ECOWAS protocols on the free movement of goods and persons. On...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(APA 05/24/17)
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has joined world leaders to condemn the attack on the United Kingdom that led to the death of 22 people. The Ghanaian Times reports on Wednesday that the President described the act as despicable and cowardly. "I condemn these despicable and cowardly acts and extend my deepest condolences to the affected families," the President said in a tweet. The attack took place on Monday night at the end of a concert by US singer,...
(AL Jazeera 05/16/17)
When John Mahama stepped down as president of Ghana in January 2017, he became the first in his country's history to fail to secure a second term in office. Critics argued that Mahama, who was nicknamed Mr Power Cut because of a series of debilitating power cuts during his term, was unable to meet the expectations of ordinary Ghanaians. But Mahama has also been praised for the role he played during the Ebola crisis, and most recently for helping convince...
(AL Jazeera 05/12/17)
Former Ghanaian president says political problems in South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt will affect the entire continent. When John Mahama stepped down as president of Ghana in January 2017, he became the first in his country's history to fail to secure a second term in office. Critics argued that Mahama, who was nicknamed Mr Power Cut because of a series of debilitating power cuts during his term, was unable to meet the expectations of ordinary Ghanaians. But Mahama has also...
(Ghana Business News 05/12/17)
The government will soon establish a commission of enquiry to facilitate the creation of four additional regions in the country, Mr Dan Kwaku Botwe, the Minister of Regional Reorganization and Development, has announced. The commission would be tasked to organise a national discourse, in accordance with Article five of the 1992 constitution, the sector minister explained, when he addressed the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs at a workshop on Tuesday. Organised by the House with support from the Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung,...
(Ghana Web 05/11/17)
President Akufo-Addo has noted that the belief of his government is that “given an enabling environment, the creativity and sense of enterprise of the Ghanaian will enable us to build a strong, powerful economy which can deliver a good, dignified standard of living to our people”. The President explained that since Governor Guggisberg left the country some 90 years ago, the basic structure of Ghana’s economy has remained largely unchanged. The President made the remarks at the official commissioning of the newly constructed $95million Kumasi City Mall on Wednesday 10 May. He added that Ghana’s economy cannot grow if it remains, primarily, a raw material producing and exporting
(Graphic Online 05/05/17)
Ghana and Togo have resolved to deepen co-operation, as well as strengthen the ties of friendship that exist between them in the sectors of security, immigration, agriculture and water, health, trade, digital economy, environment, energy, transport and the issue of maritime borders. A communiqué issued at the end of the official visit of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to Togo noted that, together with President Faure Gnassingbe, both leaders have indicated their willingness to activate “the High level permanent joint Commission of cooperation between the two countries.” On Wednesday, May 3, 2017, the two leaders visited the Joint Border Post at Noepe and Akanu.
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
Three members of Ghana's parliament and a former lawmaker are facing travel bans to Britain over apparent visa irregularities, according to a leaked document seen by AFP on Wednesday. Britain's High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, wrote to parliament Speaker Mike Oquaye that the four had apparently been involved "in visa fraud directly affecting the United Kingdom". Former MP George Boakye obtained a visa for his daughter, who then overstayed her visa for more than three years and only returned...
(Sudan News Agency 04/26/17)
President of the Republic and Chairman of the National Congress, received Tuesday at the Guest House the visiting leader of the ruling party in Ghana, Hon Faridi, and discussed ways of strengthening the relations between the two countries. Present at the meeting was Deputy Chairman of the National Congress for the Party's Affairs, Engineer Ibrahim Mahmoud Hamid. In a press statement after the meeting, Engineer Hamid said that the meeting comes in the context of the distinguished relations between Sudan...
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(AfricaNews 04/11/17)
Two top United Nations (UN) officials have condemned political vigilantism in Ghana after thugs from the ruling party attacked a court last week. The Delta Force group affiliated to the ruling New patriotic Party (NPP) on April 6 stormed a Circuit Court and freed its members who were on trial for attacking a government appointee on March 24, 2017. They also destroyed some court property in the process. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations...
(Graphic Online 04/05/17)
The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday welcomed Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, to the Flagstaff House in Accra. Princess Anne is on a two-day visit to Ghana to celebrate the unique friendship between the UK and Ghana at a time that Ghana is observing its 60th independence anniversary. President Akufo-Addo and the Princess discussed how to strengthen bilateral ties between Ghana and the UK. The Princess said the UK was interested in helping to improve...

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