Progress in governance across Africa has stalled since 2011, with deteriorating safety and lack of economic opportunity overshadowing any gains made on the human rights front especially in resource-rich nations, a survey said on Monday.

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Distinguished Guests, the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Danquah Institute was invited by the coalition of pressure groups agitating for a new register to come and share with the general public the doubts we have raised over the last few years on the integrity of the voter registration that took place in 2012 and the way forward. We accepted the invitation and I am happy to say that this is my first public statement since my appointment by the governing board of the institute as its Executive Director on 1st September.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, let me add a few words to the erudite case just made for scrapping the current register and compiling a new one for the 2016 polls.

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Ghana Jubilee oilfield partners buy FPSO vessel: GNPC
Partners in Ghana's Jubilee offshore oilfield, operated by Tullow Oil, have bought a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel from Tokyo-listed Modec, Ghana's state oil company GNPC said on Friday. Sources close to the deal said it valued the "Kwame Nkrumah" vessel, which was leased to the Jubilee partners for its first year of operation, at $750 million.
Since the 2003 FSAP Update, Ghana’s financial system has undergone rapid growth and structural transformation. Although the financial system remains relatively underdeveloped, the number of intermediaries and their scale of operations have increased, most notably in banking, insurance, capital markets, and micro finance. The range of financial services has also broadened and corporate structures are becoming complex, with conglomerates gaining importance. In addition, foreign shareholding, particularly from within Africa, has increased in the banking and insurance sectors. more>>>
Chaotic polling problems lead to calls for e-voting
Voting electronically could prevent future problems at election polling stations, some experts claim. The US is planning to introduce e-voting and India has already had it in place for some time.
Petitioners Accuse EC Of Forging List Of Foreign Voters
The list of the 705 voters submitted by the Electoral commission as being names of Ghanaians registered in various diplomatic missions abroad to vote in the December 2012 polls, “was actually forged and contained several instances of multiple names and fake identities.” This revelation is contained in the main affidavit of the petitioners in the presidential election petition challenging the outcome of the December polls as declared by the Electoral Commission.
NGOs warn Ghana will miss MDGs
A coalition of non-governmental organisations in Ghana has expressed fears that the country might fail to attain the Education for All (EFA) target under Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). The coalition said although the country initiated the draft policy of the Complementary Basic Education (CBE) in 2006, available evidence shows that about 25 percent of school going age children was still out of school.
Obama's Africa Policy
Africans regard the American president very much as one of their own. That much has been evident ever since Barack Obama, the American son of a Kenyan, emerged as a presidential candidate in 2007. And President Obama, to his credit, has a good feel for the Africans. He should. This son of an American-trained African academic spent a lot of vacation time visiting with his Kenyan family long before it became clear that he had eyes for the American presidency. Those visits enabled Obama's African relatives to adjudge him a fine human being for his down-to-earth ways and how easily he adapted to their simple ways.It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that Africans hung so much of their hopes on Obama and greeted his election, in November 2008, as the first African-American president of the United States of America, with pride and euphoria and great expectations. A continent blighted, since the middle of the 20th century, by repeated setbacks resulting from poor governance, corruption and underdevelopment saw possibilities of rescue in the election of President Obama.
PROPERTY OWNING DEMOCRACY –  THE IDEOLOGICAL ROAD MAP TO ECONOMIC SELF-RELIANCE
These are the “days of confused thinking in the field of social doctrine.” – Archbishop Amissah, The Catholic Voice, March, 1962, p. 42 Ladies and Chairman, I find it daunting, even more descriptively, I find it intimidating to be invited by intellectuals of your practical experience and caliber to attempt to address this theme: Property Owning Democracy: the ideological Road Map to Economic Self-Reliance. I am intimidated because since J B Danquah articulated the concept but compendiously in 1960 for the United Party (UP), only a handful of people have dared define it in a Ghanaian setting. Perhaps, that is not strange because since then multi-party democracy has had only a total of 25 years to sow seeds and take root in Ghana. Thankfully, we have over the last 18 years witnessed the longest period of sustained political stability, legal certainty and predictability since independence in 1957. Thankfully, the concept has been, in principle, adopted by the Fourth Republican Constitution, the prevailing basic law of our country. Article 18 (1) stipulates, “Every person has the right to own property either alone or in association with others.” Thus, the Constitution of the Republic even endorses the concept of a property owning democracy. The opportunity and challenge, however, is what the concept of a property owning democracy seeks to address: how to provide an environment which creates opportunities for every person to exercise his or her right to own property either alone or in association with others by their own free will. Thus, Article 36(6),(7) state: “The State shall afford equality of economic opportunity to all… [and] shall guarantee the ownership of property and the right of inheritance.”
DI Calls For National Dialogue On Ghana’s Fast-Racing Public Debt
The Danquah Institute is calling for a critical national dialogue on Ghana’s spiralling public debt stock, which, according to the latest report from Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana, has jumped to nearly 50% of Ghana’s rebased economy. Over the last four years our policy think tank has been vocal in raising concerns about what we consider to be a “mad rush for loans” by Government, and the disturbing absence of real transparency and value-for-money component in several of these loans.
Petitioners Letters to KPMG; demands meeting with referee
The Petitioners in the ongoing Presidential Election Petition are demanding an urgent meeting with the referee appointed by the Supreme Court to audit pink sheet exhibits.The meeting, they insist it to rectify anomalies found after the audit by KPMG.The Referee was expected to complete the audit of the pink sheet exhibits by Friday June 21 and was to provide a final report to the court on Monday.
Cedi flashing Signs of Currency Crisis
If the currency crises in Mexico and Russia ring a bell, then watch the new Ghana cedi. The cedi dropped to a record low of GHc1.77 per dollar and the downfall is accelerating with no support in sight. The cedi versus dollar exchange rate shows the cedi has been in a perpetual fall against the US dollar. President John Kufuor’s administration converted the cedi to a new Ghana cedi and delineated four zeros from the old cedi. The change meant ten thousand of the old cedi became one new Ghana cedi.