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Civil society hails GH¢50m for Biometric Voter Register
THE Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Asare Otchere-Darko, has welcomed government's decision to vote funds for the Electoral Commission to replace the voters register through a biometric registration exercise. This comes after months of uncertainty over the funding for the use of this technology for the 2012 general elections. Kwabena Duffuor made this announcement yesterday when he presented to Parliament the 2011 supplementary budget in his mid-year review of the 2011 budget statement.
John Mahama defends all-die-be-die in his book and yet condemns Akufo-Addo
In his book, ‘My First Coup D’etat’, President John Dramani Mahama concludes in the last paragraph, “All the decisions I have made in my life were regularly plagued with doubt. It can be challenging to sustain that feeling of hope or the belief that things will turn out for the best. Again and again, I have felt like that boy Dramani, on the bicycle going downhill fast, without any brakes and not knowing which way to turn.” He speaks of his father, a man of royal lineage, a former minister of state and a well-to-do capitalist, having six cars, the best house and providing for all of young Dramani’s needs, including cash to go to the disco.
Frank Agyakum: Encounter with BNI fruitful
Ex- Deputy Minister of information under the Kufuor administration has described as fruitful discussion between him and the Bureau of National Investigations.Mr. Frank Agyakum was invited to answer questions pertaining to the award of contract for the renovation of offices within his ministry.
IMF Executive Board Concludes 2013 Article IV Consultation with Ghana
On June 12, 2013, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Ghana. Economic growth continued at a robust pace of 8 percent in 2012 amid rising fiscal and external imbalances. Fiscal pressures came to the fore in a mounting public sector wage bill and costly energy subsidies that pushed the deficit close to 12 percent of GDP. The fiscal expansion led to a significant deterioration in the public debt ratio and contributed to a widening deficit in the external current account, with the latter also reflecting sizeable foreign direct investment (FDI).
The modern state of Ghana was formed in 1957 from several territorial units administered under British colonial authority. These included the Gold Coast Colony, the traditional state of Ashanti, the Northern Territories Protectorate, and the Trust Territory of British Togo land. Early nationalist movements were active primarily within the Gold Coast Colony, which had achieved some measure of indigenous participation in governmental organs by 1946. Prominent in the movement for self-government was J.B. Danquah, instrumental in the founding of the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) in 1946 and Kwame Nkrumah, who formed the Convention People's Party (CPP) two years later.
Kofi Abrefa Busia: Man with a distinct vision
The Ghana Political Tradition and the Men who made it- Kofi Abrefa Busia: Man with a distinct vision Abena Kwatemaa Offeh-Gyimah It is important to discuss Kofi Abrefa Busia in examining the Ghana political tradition. Busia was a Ghanaian political leader, an intellectual in politics, a man concerned about the Ashanti political system but most importantly, a man with a distinct vision for Ghana. Busia was born in Wenchi, in July 11, 1913. He completed his elementary education at Wenchi Methodist School then proceeded to Mfantsipim College at Cape Coast. He trained as a professional teacher between 1931 and 1932 at Wesley College in Kumasi. Later, he became a teacher at Achimota Secondary School from 1936 to 1939 during this period he did a corresponding course to gain a first degree with honors from the University of London in History.
After experiencing inflation of 40.5% plus in 1999-2000, inflation in Ghana is currently 9.08%. The current government is boasting that it has consistently brought inflation down from the highest of 22% from mid 2009. The NPP administration naturally credited itself for bringing inflation down from 40.5% to the 18% in 2008 when they left power. In this paper I intend to look at the policies both administration worked on to bring down the figures. In the developed economies, sound monetary and fiscal policies are the most important tools for maintaining low inflation. The central bank’s monetary policy committees are given an inflation target by the government. The first step is for the central bank to try and predict future inflation. They look at various economic statistics and try to decide whether the economy is overheating. If inflation is forecast to increase above the target, the central bank will increase interest rates. Most central banks have used interest rates to try and achieve inflationary target.
"So you think that money is the root of all evil?" said Francisco d'Anconia. "Have you ever asked what is the root of money? Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears, or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil?
New constituencies to favour NDC – Kyei Baffour
A former President of the National Association of Local Government Authorities (NALAG), George Kyei Baffour, has underscored the fears of the Danquah Institute, which said the Electoral Commission is being coerced by government to create some more constituencies in its favour. According to the policy think-tank, “Ordinarily, the creation of districts, with its apparent purpose of bringing governance closer to the people, would be welcomed.
Why the west should rule out military action against Iran
With tough new sanctions in place, further measures threatened by Iran, naval forces mustering in the Persian Gulf, and state-sponsored terrorism ongoing, we are on the brink of a military conflict. Israel, at this very moment, is contemplating whether to undertake a strike. This would be calamitous, and could lead to regional war. What is desperately needed is a fresh assessment of the situation. The west's approach of sanctions and sabre-rattling are yesterday's failed policies. The fact we are once again on the cusp of conflict is testament to that failure.