Concerns over Ghana's management of its cocoa sector, hit by a surprise crop failure this season, have undermined its relationship with the industry and threaten its reputation as the world's premier supplier of top-quality beans, traders said.

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We, members of the Electoral Reforms Committee wish to thank the almighty God for the strength, health and travelling mercies granted us throughout our various meetings, discussions and retreat sessions held outside Accra in executing our mandate as spelt out in our Terms of Reference. We thank the Chairman and Members of the Electoral Commission for giving us the opportunity to serve mother Ghana.

To Mr Gabriel Pwamang the consultant to the Committee, we say: “...we are grateful to you for your assistance and for bringing your competence, expertise and legal acumen to bear on the work of the Committee.” Read more >>>

This is the Age Distribution of Ghana’s 2010 population of 24.391 million.

This number includes all persons domiciled in Ghana as at 2010 regardless of citizenship.

Although the elections were held in 2012, the voter register was compiled at a time when these were the population distribution

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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.

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NPP on STX Housing Deal
Over the last couple of months, the Atta-Mills led Government has been working on a US$10 billion affordable housing deal with STX Korea for the construction of 200,000 homes across Ghana in the next five years. That puts the average cost of each house at US$50,000. The NDC Government claims that this deal is the best answer to the over one million housing deficit Ghana faces. For some strange reason, the financial and implementation details of the deal have been shrouded in so much secrecy. Not even the deal agreements currently before Parliament for approval answer the most important questions about this intransparent transaction. And the haste with which the Mills Administration wants to push this deal through before the public is able to discuss its implications on the economy and the country is most disturbing. It may interest the public to know that this was one of the reasons Parliament was recalled from recess recently. more >>>
NDC’s 100 days of ridding filth, left Ghana ridden with cholera – Dr Bawumia
One of the major challenges militating the development of the country, undoubtedly, is the issue of sanitation, and all the four vice presidential candidates who participated in the IEA debate conceded that the prevailing condition is nothing to write home about.Currently, the percentage of persons who have access to good sanitation is hovering around 14%, woefully below the recommended 55% by the Millennium Development Goals.
IMANI Special Report on the STX-Ghana Deal
Introduction Since the STX-Ghana deal took its sour turn towards controversy, many people have asked us, usually privately, what a pro-market organisation such as ours is doing “opposing” a business deal that seems to benefit the private sector more than the public sector. Quite apart from the fact that such a question betrays a woeful lack of understanding of the “free market” it is also unfair to our actual position on the STX-Ghana matter.
IMF July 2012 World Economic Outlook
In the past three months, the global recovery, which was not strong to start with, has shown signs of further weakness. Financial market and sovereign stress in the euro area periphery have ratcheted up, close to end-2011 levels. Growth in a number of major emerging market economies has been lower than forecast. Partly because of a somewhat better-than-expected first quarter, the revised baseline projections in this WEO Update suggest that these developments will only result in a minor setback to the global outlook, with global growth at 3.5 percent in 2012 and 3.9 percent in 2013, marginally lower than in the April 2012 World Economic Outlook. Click here for full report
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.
GOG has agreed to offer the following terms and exemptions to STX: GOG shall provide a sovereign guarantee to enable the STX E&C Ghana to raise over $1.5 billion as financing for the project. GOG has signed an off-taker agreement to purchase at least 90,000 housing units some of which may be allocated to the security services. GOG shall exempt the STX from tax for its imports of materials and machinery GOG shall exempt the Consortium from corporation tax Click Here for More >>>
Flagbearer of the National Democratic Party (NDP), Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has described the free SHS policy being touted by the NPP as “not impossible,” citing the Constitution and explaining it as a right and a duty of all parties and government. This is in sharp contrast with the position held by the party her husband founded, which has rubbished Nana Akufo-Addo’s pledge to extend basic education to the Senior High School level and make it free.
 
{enclose AfariGyanFinalPollsfax.mp3} {enclose AfariGyanFinalPollsfax.mp3} On Joy FM’s Newsfile last Saturday, August 10, 2013, I said that the Chairman of the Electoral Commission had himself told the whole nation, two days before the 2012 general elections, that polling agents of candidates must still sign the ‘Statement of Poll and Declaration of Results’ (commonly known as the pink sheet), even if they have concerns over how the election was conducted in their polling station.
The Tory party has lost sight of its true values
The latest polls will not make for happy reading in No 10. After a torrid post-Budget fortnight, Labour has a strong lead. If there was an election tomorrow, they would be returned with a big majority. In 43 years as a volunteer for the Tory party, I have always believed that the values of our activists have been at the heart of our electoral success. Yet, in recent times, there has been an almost evangelical focus on the “modernisation” or “detoxification” of the Conservative brand. The result has been a growing disconnect between the party leadership and the grassroots, and a loss of clarity, principle and policy direction.
GHANA’S TROUBLED ECONOMY Where are the remedies?
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013 the Minister of Finance came to Parliament to deliver the NDC administration’s Budget Statement and Economic Policy for the 2013 financial year. It was a hogwash of assorted patchworks and propaganda. But it was presented as a set of remedies to give the nation a breakthrough, a new beginning and to provide a bail out from the myriad of problems including the huge public debt; the lamentable fiscal deficit, the humongous arrears, unbridled overspending, worsening unemployment, deteriorating utility services, and failing social services. Somehow, government managed to hope that the 2013 budget statement and economic policy would propel real national development in the various sectors.