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I have been asked to try and answer two questions as part of my contribution to the subject we are examining today. The first question is:

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The Executive Director of Danquah Institute (DI), Dr. Kingsley Nyarko, on Tuesday, 1st August, 2017 called on His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, the Former President of Ghana at his official residence at Airport West, Accra to officially introduce himself to him as the New Executive Director of the Institute, seek his blessings and also to pay his respect to him as one of the strong pillars of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia tradition.

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The independence of Ghana, appeared to be a mirage, until the United Gold Coast Convention was birthed on 4th August, 1947 at Saltpond; thankfully, its formation became the springboard towards our attainment of Statehood. The independence of Ghana was not realized on a silver platter; as a matter of fact, it took years of struggle, pain, disappointment, betrayal, and even deaths before we were able to gain freedom from our colonial overlords—the British. The patriots, who sacrificed their energy, resources, and lives deserve commendation, and must be celebrated.

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Multi-party democracy is a fundamental part of nation building in that it offers individuals from diverse backgrounds, different political philosophies and orientations, the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process in a nation or society.

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DaMina Advisors Frontier Markets Elections Forecast: GHANA 2012 general elections
Ghana’s December general elections are on course to yield a dramatic surprise outcome. DaMina’s frontier markets elections statistical model and our on-the-ground surveys predicts an outright first round opposition center-right New Patriotic Party (NPP) win, and a return to opposition of the now ruling center-left National Democratic Congress (NDC) after only four years in power. The NPP are also posed to re-capture a majority of the seats in Ghana’s new 275 seat parliament. Click here for full report
Akufo-Addo's proposal on NDPC lauded
Policy Analyst at Ashesi University, Lloyd Amoah, has lauded the proposal by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, to put his vice president in charge of the National Development Planning Commission, in the event of assuming the nation’s presidency on January 7, 2013. President John Dramani Mahama sought to make the nation believe that there was “confusion in the mind of” Nana Akufo-Addo when the NPP leader made the proposal at Tuesday’s presidential debate organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs at Tamale.
Bernard Anbataayela Mornah vs The Attorney-General
The plaintiff has brought this action invoking the origional jurisdiction of this court The reliefs sought are: i, A declaration that on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 133, 157, 93(2) and 11 of the 1992 Constitution, Rule 71B and part of Rule 69C(5) of the Supreme Court (Amendment) Rules, 2012(C.I.74) are unconstitutional and must be declared null and void of no effect. ii, Any consequential orders the Supreme Court may deem meet Readmore >>
Address by K. B. Amissah-Arthur, Governor of The Bank of Ghana at the Launch of the Guidelines on AML/CFT For Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions, January 4, 2012.
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the launch of guidelines on Anti-Money Laundering and the Combating of the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) for our Banks and Non-Bank Financial Institutions. This document has been jointly prepared by the Bank of Ghana and the Financial Intelligence Centre. This event follows on the launch of AML/CFT guidelines for capital market operators by the Securities and Exchange Commission on 20th December 2011.
Commodity prices decreased by 2.0% in 1H13, according to the IMF’s All Commodity Price Index, of which metals saw the biggest price drop. The metals price index fell by 12.0%, while fuels declined by 1.9% over the period (this decline was muted by an increase in the WTI crude oil price). Conversely, the food and beverage price index increased by 1.8%. However, this was largely due to a 2.9% increase in the food price index, which countered a 10.4% drop in the beverage price index. When the price of a country’s exports is falling relative to the price of its imports, the country’s terms of trade are declining and it is actually becoming poorer. For Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) net commodity exporters, falling commodity prices imply a decline in the volume of imported goods that can be obtained per unit of goods exported (terms of trade), ceteris paribus. This implies that their consumption is likely to have been dampened by falling export commodity prices, particularly of metals, beverages and fuel. Using econometric analysis, we estimate the impact of softer prices for commodities that dominate Ghana, Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria’s trade accounts, on their respective per capita income growth rates.
Report: Universal healthcare in any country requires mandate
WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- The United States is the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world but when it comes to healthcare coverage, it is only on par with developing nations like Ghana and Brazil, a Council on Foreign Relations report states. The CFR conducted a roundtable discussion Tuesday on the findings of its newly released report -- "The New Global Health Agenda: Universal Health Coverage" -- which deals with the economic advantages of universal healthcare.
In 1956, France implemented a series of institutional reforms that effectively allowed its African colonies to opt for integration with France instead of pursuing autonomous existence as independent states. Just two years later, France, under the leadership of Charles de Gaulle, offered the colonies, under the auspices of the Constitution of the French Fifth Republic, free association as autonomous republics within the Communauté française (French Community). Guinea was the only territory in France’s so-called Afrique noire to vote “Non” to de Gaulle’s proposal. Ivory Coast voted “Oui” as its elites saw Guinea’s total rejection of de Gaulle’s offer as not very pragmatic. Of course, within the new community, France would retain senior status and the former colonies would come in as junior partners. Nevertheless, leaders of the Francophone African colonies soon realized that they could opt for independence and still retain close and productive ties with France. Thus, following the lead of the former UN Trust Territory of Cameroons under French administration, which gained independence on January 1, 1960, Ivory Coast withdrew from the French Community and on August 7, 1960, declared its independence. However, it was not until October 31, 1960 that the National Assembly adopted a constitutional draft.
Foresight Africa: Implementing a New U.S.-Africa Policy
2013 ushered in the most significant change in the United States’ Africa policy since the passing of PEPFAR 10 years ago. The unveiling of investment-focused initiatives—Power Africa and Trade Africa—reflects not just a change in how the Obama administration views the continent, but also how foreign investors have prioritized it. But policy rarely achieves its objectives without equal attention to implementation. A number of implementation barriers—old regulations and new policies working at cross-purposes, and limited on-the-ground capacity—threaten to undermine America’s new approach to the continent in 2014. If 2013 was marked by change in U.S. strategy towards Africa, 2014 will be marked by the recognition that 90 percent of the success of that strategy is implementation.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, a year in which the world should be celebrating all that is great about Italian heritage and culture. Instead, newspapers are filled with stories of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hosting orgy parties, patronizing an under-age prostitute, and refusing to repudiate a dictator that massacres his own citizens. In a time of global economic weakness, internal economic challenges in Europe, revolutions along Italy's periphery in North Africa, and NATO struggles in Afghanistan, it is the wrong time for a country as important as Italy to have a leader that has become a national disgrace and a global embarrassment. IN BED WITH QADDAFI: For years, Berlusconi cultivated a close relationship with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Time Magazine assessed that "of all the mutual back-scratching among Europe's rich democracies and North Africa's strongmen, Italy's dependency on Gaddafi stands apart." The relationship was so cozy that, according to Bloomberg News, "Berlusconi shut down the city's biggest park in June 2009 to allow the visiting Libyan leader and his entourage of all- female bodyguards to set up camp by the 16th-century Villa Doria Pamphili." The relationship brought immense economic benefit to both countries.
Why Martin A. B. K. Amidu is not using government or party channels for his advocacy for accountability and transparency
The purpose of this statement following immediately after my opinion of 28th May 2012 stating that the President’s executive judgment in the matter of the Supreme Court decision in the case of Okudzeto Ablakwa and Omane-Boamah against the Attorney-General (Jake Obetsebi-Lampety voluntarily applied and was joined as additional Defendant) is to answer the accusations and spins on why I am not directing my criticisms in-house to the Government or the NDC. The Government spin since I left office has been that I am a disgruntled smokescreen being used by the NPP against the Government.