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The Executive Secretary of the anti-corruption campaign group, Ghana Integrity Initiative, says President Mills must sanction all state appointees responsible for ensuring that the proper due diligence was done on the STX housing deal. President Mills yesterday ordered the withdrawal from Parliament of the controversial housing deal after it came to light the House had not been furnished with all relevant documents relating to the deal.
Written Address of Counsel for Petitioners
On the 7th and 8th days of December, 2012, Ghana held its presidential and parliamentary elections. The presidential election was contested by seven (7) candidates who were sponsored by political parties and one (1) other who contested as an independent candidate. The 1st petitioner was the candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). The elections were originally fixed for 7th December, 2012. Polls in certain polling stations were adjourned to 8th December, 2012, owing to the alleged failure of the biometric verification devices (BVD).
Gabby scoffs at govt’s attempt to reverse sinking education standards
The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is mocking government’s attempt to reverse the falling standards in education. Results released by the West African Examination Council show that over half of the students who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Exams failed and could not proceed to the Second Cycle Education. It is reported to be the worst performance in 13 years.
The election petition proceedings were broadcast live for all to follow. The judgment though, has still raised several questions:· "Did a majority of the court say over-voting does not matter?· What is the difference between over-voting and ballot stuffing?· Did the court really ignore an entrenched provision of the 1992 Constitution?· Did the court say voting without biometric verification was okay?"All these and a host of other questions will be answered, at a symposium to be held at the National Theatre, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 25th from 5:30pm. Live on www.danquahinstitute.org
China’s oil trade with Africa is dominated by an opaque syndicate
WHEN the man likely to become China’s next president meets an African oil executive, you would expect the dauphin to dominate the dealmaker. Not, though, with Manuel Vicente. On April 15th this year the chairman and chief executive of Sonangol, Angola’s state oil firm, strode into a room decorated with extravagant flowers in central Beijing and shook hands with Xi Jinping, the Chinese vice-president and probable next general secretary of the Communist Party. Mr Vicente holds no official rank in the Angolan government and yet, as if he were conferring with a head of state, Mr Xi reassured his guest that China wants to “strengthen mutual political trust”. more>>>
Danquah Institute raises concerns over $3bn Chinese loan
Policy think tank, Danquah Institute (DI) has raised an alarm over what it describes as the "strange and dangerous” manner in which the Mills-Mahama led National Democratic Congress government is trying to secure a $3 bn Chinese loan facility to finance a number of projects, including the Achimota-Ofanko Road, a $150 communications infrastructure for the National Security Council and a $100 million capacity building exercise for the Ghanaian SMEs.The Parliamentary Joint Committee of Finance and Poverty Reduction is currently meeting in Koforidua, ostensibly to scrutinise, among others, the US$3 billion commercial term loan facility between the Republic of Ghana and the China Development Bank.
Accountability and transparency initiatives hav e taken democratisation, governance, aid and development circles by storm since the turn of th e century. Many actors involved with them – as donors, funders, programme managers, implementers and researchers – are now keen to know more about what these initiatives are achieving. This paper arises from a review of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives which gathered and analysed existing evidence, discussed how it could be improved, and evaluated how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced. This paper takes the discussion further, by delving into what lies behind the methodological and evaluative debates currently surrounding governance and accountability work. It illustrates how choices about methods are made in the cont ext of impact assessment designs driven by different objectives and different ideological and epistemological underpinnings. We argue that these differences are articulated as methodological debates, obscuring vital issues underlying accountability work, which are about power and politics, not methodological technicalities.
World Bank warns against prospect of $3bn “White Elephant Projects”
The World Bank has urged Ghanaians to expand public discussions on the controversial record loan facility from China to focus more on interrogating the efficient use of the funds and the nature and scope of the projects selected in order to achieve the desired national development results. Speaking at a public forum on the $3 billion Chinese Development Bank loan for infrastructural development, organized by the Danquah Institute, the resident Chief Economist of the World Bank, Sebastien Dessus, warned against the pursuit of “white elephant projects.”
Beware of the Chinese, when they come bearing loans
Ghana’s Parliament has been given effectively two days (today (August 24, 2011) and tomorrow) to approve a $3 billion commercial loan called the Master Facility Agreement (MFA) from the state-owned China Development Bank (CDB). The MFA, once agreed, will be followed by subsidiary agreements (12 mega ones) dealing with a multitude of specific items that the facility is to fund. Government is expected to make its own contribution of15% of the total amount of $3 billion, representing $450 million.
2012 is not a contest of broken promises but performance
Since Nana Akufo-Addo accused President Mills and his government of creating a poverty-owning democracy and limping from one broken promise to the other, the preferred response of the ruling party is to engage forest of trees photocopying the 2000 manifesto of the New Patriotic Party to make the belated point that the NPP also broke promises in their first term. It is as if election 2012 will be fought on which party broke more of its promises. So low have the standards of governance fallen in Ghana today that the NDC want to make it no longer a positive contest of records of performance but rather a negative contest on broken promises.