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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 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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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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Greater Horn Outlook - The Election Train (2010-2012)
The voting season is here once again. Between 2010 and 2012, voters in 10 out of the 11 Great Horn of East Africa (GHEA) countries will go to the polls. The only place where the election train will not stop is Eritrea where elections have been postponed indefinitely since 2001. Who is riding the election train? Will it arrive at a place of increased citizen engagement in the development process? Will it lead to political and economic maturity? Or will the region end up with heightened conflict and polarized polities? Click here for full report
Collateralization Of Ghana’s Future Oil Revenues:- Is This A Convenient Step Towards The ‘Curse’ Of Oil?
Ghana is close to first oil and even before it drops, indications are that the country may be heading towards ‘oil curse’. Parliament is considering the Petroleum Revenue Management Bill which in clause 5 provides for the prohibition of using its petroleum accounts and oil reserves as collateral for loans. However, government has proposed an amendment to the clause to allow it to collateralize 70% of benchmark oil revenues that are earmarked for budget support. This proposal coming from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning which laid the original bill confirms the lack of a clear policy on oil-backed loans and indication that due diligence has not been conducted on the possible options for managing oil revenues.
GII Report: Monitoring of Abuse of Incumbency Project in Ghana’s 2012 Elections
On the 25th of April 2012, GII, CDD-Ghana and GACC launched a project titled “Monitoring Abuse of Incumbency in Ghana’s 2012 Elections”. The project will span over the period February 2012 to January 2013 and is supported by STAR-Ghana with funding from DFID, DANIDA, EU and USAID. The aim of this project is to monitor and expose the extent of both the occurrence and variety, of abuse of incumbency and pre-election political party corruption in Ghana, as a tool for promoting clean and fair elections in the upcoming 2012 elections. Click here for full report
Is Danquah Institute’s Warning/Threat of Legal Action Against the EC is Folly?
The Danquah Institute is reported to have warned the Electoral Commission not to create new constituencies based on the boundaries of new forty two districts that are soon to be created. The Institute further threatened to challenge the Electoral Commission at the court if the EC creates new constituencies based on the new districts (see “DI Warns: EC Cannot Create New Constituencies Based on New District”, Ghanaweb 19 March 2012). The thrust of their argument were that, the government by creating the new districts is compelling the Electoral Commission to create new constituencies based on the boundaries of new districts.
“Those who wish to govern must subject themselves to probing questions by the people to ensure that they understand their concerns and have the capacity to address them,” IEA.As part of The Institute of Economic Affair’s (IEA) efforts to consolidate multiparty democracy and promote issue based elections in Ghana, The IEA is pleased to announce the First President Debate for the 2012 Presidential Debates Series.
Press Release: Monetary Policy Committee - September 2013
Members of the Press, let me once again welcome you to the press briefing on the MPC’s assessment of economic developments over the past eight months of the year, the outlook and the positioning of the policy rate.
From The EU to The AU, Is Greece a lesson for Africa?
Many talk about the possibility of an African Union, similar to that of the European Union we have today. And yes Africa does have an African union, but I am talking more on the functioning and the stability of its institutions in a way that best benefits the continent and people of Africa. When these talks arise passion often merged with frustration engulfs the debate as people from all spectrums, journalists, country men, those from the Diaspora throw into the mix their reasons as to why Africa is not ready to follow in the “golden” footsteps of the EU. And so the tirade begins: “African leaders are too corrupt to even contemplate a viable functioning AU”, “Unlike Europe Africa does not have the institutions to embark on such an ambitious project”, “Africans are too busy fighting one another to even think about working together”, “the West have done everything they can to insure that Africa is not united and will never be” and so the debate proceeds.
Suspicious bank accounts to be frozen — FIC
The Head of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) at the Bank of Ghana, Mr Samuel Essel, has hinted that there are moves underway to freeze the accounts of certain individuals who have lodged huge sums of monies in separate accounts of banks in the country. He said the move has become necessary in view of the inability of the owners of the accounts to disclose the source of the monies.
The EC Lied With the Duplicate Polling Station Sheets- NPP-USA
NPP-USA reaffirms its strong conviction in the ongoing petition challenging the legitimacy of John Mahama’s presidency. We have absolute confidence in the astute NPP legal team, so we have restrained ourselves from commenting on legal issues pertaining to the Supreme Court petition. However, when it comes to matters of common sense and logic, we will not hesitate to comment. It is interesting to note the EC has admitted printing of the duplicate polling station sheets and has advanced the argument that they were duplicates to ensure future candidates are covered. NPP-USA posits three strong arguments to invalidate this statement:
The BOG Anti-Money Laundering-CFT Guideline
The world has experienced phenomenal growth of financial services over the last couple of decades. This globalization has led to increased cross-border activities enhancing global financial intermediation. Unfortunately, this development has been accompanied by a spate of transnational organized crime including Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML/TF) perpetuated by underground economies. Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing affect whole economies, and therefore impacts negatively on economic, political and social development, posing serious challenges to all countries. Click here for full Report