The Governing Board of the Danquah Institute announces the appointment of Nana Attobrah Quaicoe as the new Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, effective September 1, 2015.

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US President Barack Obama is prepared to broker peace and power-sharing agreement in South Sudan.

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Ghana's national development planning commission has begun preparations for developing a 40-year plan that seeks to outdo political, ethnic and geographical aspirations of the country, and to bind successive political leaders to following its implementation.

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Nigeria's gross government revenues rose for the second consecutive month in June to 485.95 billion naira ($2.44 billion), up 33 percent from May, the finance ministry said.

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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.
Re: Gov't demands retraction, apology from Gabby over 'chop chop' allegation
My attention has been drawn to a statement issued by the Government of the Republic of Ghana “demanding an immediate substantiation or a retraction and apology from the NPP’s Gabby Okyere Darko [sic] who said in an interview on Joy Fm on the evening of Thursday 25th August, 2011 that ‘some people who arranged it [the loan] will have access to $30 million when the $3billion loan is approved by Parliament.” The statement from Government added that in the said interview, “Mr Gabby Okyere Darko impugned corruption when he made the following remarks: ‘Why is this so called Master Facility Agreement before Parliament because it doesn’t automatically lead to the project being funded? It doesn’t.
Corruption 'costs Africa billions'
Corruption in Africa is costing the continent nearly $150bn a year, according to a new report. The African regional body, the African Union (AU) has drawn up a convention to stamp out malpractices which the study says are hitting the poorest the hardest. Corruption is illegal everywhere in Africa, but everywhere it is woven deep into the fabric of every day life.
ECOWAS must Not Give up on Diplomacy on Cote D'ivoire
Ghana is presently caught in the whirlwind of Africa’s latest political quagmire: the post-election turmoil in Ivory Coast. President Mills has decided against sending Ghanaian soldiers as part of an ECOWAS-superintended military force to oust the ostensibly recalcitrant Laurent Gbagbo. The Ghanaian president’s bold decision to reject a regional plan to employ military action against the leadership of a fellow sovereign African nation-state is the right one, even if the reasons the nation’s public servant numero uno has given his fellow Ghanaians and the international community are not tenable.
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.
Quiet Disobedience
The debut edition of the New Museum Triennial in 2009 was called “Younger Than Jesus,” signaling that the show was very much about age: Everyone in it was under 33. The title of the 2012 Triennial, “The Ungovernables,” shifts the emphasis to attitude. The artists are not only young, the idea is, but they’re also disobedient, mutinous enfants terribles. How true this is of their art turns out to be highly debatable, but the show does look and feel different from its moody, jangly predecessor.
FACTBOX: Political risks to watch in Ghana
The start of commercial oil production in 2010 has helped promote Ghana into the ranks of the world's lower middle-income nations, fuelling hopes of ending a dependence on aid and forging a future as one of Africa's star economies. While President John Atta Mills's government is seen to have done well in knocking public finances into shape since 2008, elections are due in December and the country's deficit is being strained by a high wage and fuel subsidy bill. The Bank of Ghana is tightening monetary policy to fend off mounting inflation pressures and stabilise the sliding cedi currency.
CADA DISCUSSES OVER VOTING
Of late Ghanaians have become obsessed with throwing electoral ‘jargons’ around arising from the recent Election Petition in the Supreme Court of Ghana and most people have overnight turned themselves into Electoral Specialists in view of the enormous interest generated during the petition hearing. However, there are still lack of clarity and understanding in some of the widely used electoral terminologies. The Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA) a ‘Think Tank’ of Election Experts, has taken upon itself the challenge to critically examine some of the terms that created confusion in the minds of people during the court proceedings. One of such terminologies is over voting whose definition is still ambiguous even after the ruling of the Supreme Court. CADA therefore discusses the term Over Voting in the first of its series.
Research International Opinion Poll - March 2011
The results showed a 15% discrepancy between the percentage who claimed to have voted and the actual outturn in 2008. This result is not surprising in view of the general tendency among Ghanaians to over-claim. This is a typical therefore one must always tamper claims with a little bit of caution, whether it is in the consumption of products or relationship to things or individuals. Therefore, the near 90% respondents who said they would vote in 2012 must be looked at carefully since the average over the past three elections is no where near 80%. Click here for full details of report
The Construction Pioneers (CP) Settlement Amounts – The Issues and the Payments
We have invited you here to talk to you about the ninety-four million euro (94,000,000 Euros) settlement money given to Construction Pioneers (CP). The former Attorney-General has issued a statement in which she seeks to absolve herself from blame. Further, the NDC tabloids have been striving, albeit vainly to establish that the payment of settlement amounts to CP has arisen out of negligence or lack of action by the NPP administration. This media encounter is meant to disembowel the (Government of Ghana) GoG – CP saga and let the good people of Ghana know the sequence of events. Click here for full statement