| Africatime
Thursday 30 March 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming...
(Citifmonline 03/20/17)
Ghana’s wish to have a new Parliamentary Chamber to accommodate more people could soon materialise, following the decision of the Indian government to extend its assistance in that regard. The 400-seater capacity new chamber will replace the present 275-seater capacity chamber which was configured in 2013 to accommodate more Members of Parliament (MPs). The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, told the Daily Graphic in an interview in India on the sidelines of the just-ended 12th Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) Exim Bank Conclave on India-Africa Partnership in India that an Indian construction firm, Shapoorji Pallonji, which built the Flagstaff House from 2006 to 2008
(AFP (eng) 03/18/17)
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Friday defended his controversial decision to appoint a 110-minister government, calling it a "necessary investment" in the small west African country. The new government nominated Wednesday -- which includes dozens of lower-level and regional ministers -- is a record for Ghana and has sparked a storm of commentary on social media and radio talk shows. "I'm aware that people are concerned about what they see as maybe the cost of this large government," Akufo-Addo admitted in an interview on national television Friday. "It is a necessary investment to make." Akufo-Addo, who was elected in December on a promise to fix a host of economic problems and fight
(AfricaNews 03/16/17)
Just days after Ghana celebrated its 60th independence anniversary, newly elected president Nana Akufo -Addo has come under fire for running what is termed as an “elephant size” government. The government has defended itself against the accusation this after new appointments announced on Wednesday, brought the number of ministers and deputy ministers to 110. Minority leader in parliament, Haruna Iddrisu, came out guns blazing saying that the cabinet will feed on the public purse. But in response, information minister Mustapha Hamid told reporters,” we never promised a lean government.” Adding that the size of the government was necessary
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
Ghana's Information Minister Mustapha Hamid on Wednesday responded to criticism against the long list of ministerial nominees, saying they never made a promise of a lean government. Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo on Wednesday nominated 54 deputy ministers for the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), swelling the size of the minister and deputy minister nominees to 110 and perhaps more. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, General Secretary of the minority National Democratic Congress (NDC), criticized the move, saying Akufo-Addo had gone contrary to a pre-election promise of instituting a lean administration. According to Nketia, the NPP has gone against the number of government appointees in the previous government led by John Dramani Mahama
(Graphic Online 03/15/17)
The leadership of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has accused President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of running a “family and friends” government in the wake of his appointment. Speaking at a press conference last Monday, the National Chairman of the PPP, Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond, took a swipe at the NPP government for its inability to form an all-inclusive government as promised during the 2016 campaign prior to the presidential and parliamentary elections. He also indicated that the outlined policies of...
(Ghana Web 03/08/17)
Chair of the Electoral Commission, Charlotte Osei says she is not perturbed by comments suggesting that she may have traded sex for the position she currently holds. Speaking for the first time on the issue since she was appointed boss of the electoral commission by former president John Mahama, she said the comments don’t bother her. “My sense of self should not come from somebody who does not know me. If the person thinks I got my job through sexual...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/07/17)
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Monday the country had run out of excuses for failing to end poverty and corruption, 60 years after it became the first in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence from colonial rule. Akufo-Addo said Ghana must not sacrifice its environment as it pursues development, in an anniversary speech delivered in the capital where Kwame Nkrumah became the country's founding president after Britain departed. Akufo-Addo beat his predecessor John Mahama in December and his advisors say he must implement his election promises quickly to retain the support of voters who have ejected the government of the day three times since 2000.
(The Citizen 03/07/17)
Black Africa’s first independent nation celebrated its 60th independence anniversary this week. A pioneer in many ways, Ghana was the first country in sub Saharan Africa to secure independence from Britain on March 6, 1957. The Conversation Ghana’s post-independence experience is also in many ways the African post-colonial story. President Kwame Nkrumah was a founding member of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to the African Union. He was also the most influential voice in the Pan-African movement in...
(Xinhuanet 03/06/17)
Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo on Sunday commissioned the presidential museum of Ghana, a legacy project to commemorate Ghana's 60th independence anniversary. The Castle celebrates the achievements and the lives of the presidents, who spent their time working in it. "The vision is to have a state-of-the-art museum, which will house presidential artifacts, presidential papers, waxworks of our presidents, and also have on display personal possessions like books, artworks and items of clothing to allow us to honor appropriately their memories,"...
(Citifmonline 03/03/17)
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that his government intends to build a strong diplomatic and economic partnership with Qatar, and, indeed, with all the countries of the Gulf, as this will draw in the necessary investments to help develop Ghana and return her onto path of progress and prosperity. President Akufo-Addo made this known when Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, an adviser to the Emir of Qatar, paid a courtesy call on him at the Presidency on...
(Graphic Online 02/28/17)
The Mexican Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Maria De Los Angeles Arriola Aguirre, has called for a closer collaboration between Ghana and Mexico in order to foster bilateral trade and commerce between the two countries. Ms Aguirre said both countries had a lot in common and such a collaboration would enable them to share their rich experiences and become strong strategic partners. For instance, Ghana was known for its peacekeeping support operations worldwide, while Mexico was considering sending troops on such...
(Xinhuanet 02/24/17)
An expert in investment, Adu Anane-Antwi, has asserted that Ghana's solid democratic credentials is one major boost for its investment attraction. In an exclusive interview with Xinhua this week, Anane-Antwi, former Director-General of the country's Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), said any investors who put money into Ghana would avoid the risk factors that surrounded some regions and countries. "Because we are a democratic nation, political instability is not here as we change our governments through the ballot box. That is...
(Xinhuanet 02/23/17)
Former Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama is in South Africa to pick up African Political Leader of the Year Award on Thursday. As part of the events leading to the awards, Mahama will also deliver the keynote address at the African Leadership Magazine (ALM) Person of the Year 2016 Awards Program in Johannesburg on the theme "How can Africa win the progress race?", according to a statement signed by his Special Aide, Joyce Bawah Mogtari. The organizers explained that the...
(Graphic Online 02/22/17)
The government has been advised to get to work to realise the aspirations of Ghanaians who are full of expectation. Instead of harping on its Danquah-Busia heritage, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) must work hard and leave a lasting legacy just as J.B Danquah had done. The advice from Rev. Prof. Emeritus John S. Pobee, an Anglican Theologian, also included the need for politicians from all sides of the political divide to continue to work in the collective interest...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said Tuesday that he inherited an economy reeling from huge fiscal deficits, rising inflation and high unemployment despite an IMF programme designed to stimulate growth. Ghana, once hailed as a regional growth model, was forced to turn to the International Monetary Fund in 2015 under the former administration for a bailout as global commodity prices tanked. "The IMF programme negotiated was ostensibly to restore fiscal discipline, debt sustainability and increase economic growth.
(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...
(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
(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...

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