The Let My Vote Count Alliance has taken due notice of the decision by President John Dramani Mahama to appoint Mrs. Charlotte Osei, 42, as Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) of Ghana. We wish to greet her with this clarion message: NO NEW REGISTER NO VOTE IN 2016!

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Public policy and governance think tank, the Danquah Institute has expressed grave concern about the Electoral Commission's decision to register all persons in the country who, simply, are in possession of identity cards issued by the National Health Insurance Authority.

At a press conference organised by DI last week, a fellow of the institute, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, explained that “one of the objects of the National Health Insurance Authority” as captured on the NHIA’s website which states that “persons not resident in the country but who are on a visit to this country” can obtain NHIS cards is deeply worrying.

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NPA’s Arrogance or Economics?

On the eve of the New Year, 2015, the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) announced a reduction in ex-pump prices of petroleum products by 10% across board. This was not without drama. Most of the headlines that followed the announcement pointed to price reduction under duress. A number of civil society organizations and political parties put pressure on NPA to reduce the prices due to reasons such as the oil price crush and relative stability in the value of the local Ghanaian currency. Some of the organizations threatened public demonstrations against NPA and the Government; a situation that was expected considering that petro-politics is a feature of petroleum pricing in most parts of the world.

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FITCH Rating’s latest report on Ghana lays particular emphasis on the importance of Ghana’s democracy and stability to the country’s economic prospects. Whiles it gives a negative outlook based on how the economy is being run, Fitch makes the point that Ghana’s credit rating has not, however, fallen below ‘B’ because of the country’s “strong governance record and recent democratic history,” and that, this is “reflected in Ghana’s ability to attract foreign direct investment, which at 7% of GDP is well above that of Nigeria, Gabon, Zambia, Kenya and Angola.”

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The Danquah Institute has predicted that Government is "very likely" to miss its revised end-of-year inflation target of 14.5%, despite projections by the highly reputable Centre for Policy Analysis (CEPA) that inflation could fall to 14.2% by the end of December. The institute also fears that World Bank prediction that another 500,000 Ghanaians would fall below the poverty line by 2010 “may be alarmingly conservative, considering subsequent unimpressive economic indicators since that prediction was made in June.”
Oil Receipts and National development
In less than a year the production of oil on the shores of Ghana would go live. Oil is always a commodity on demand. 85 million barrels is how much we consume everyday. Its effect on human life is like the force of gravity and the energy it provides goes to the very heart of the world economy. In spite of the threat from the green revolution, the global demand for oil energy is expected to double in the next three decades. This makes Ghana’s near entry into the oil industry a big thing for the people of this country. Though the start up production figures suggests Ghana would remain infant on the market for sometime to come, revenues accruing from oil production would be additional source of income for national development.
Ghana hatches start-ups with high hurdles
The Wall Street Journal: MarketWatch — In a light blue, three-story concrete house in the suburbs of Ghana’s capital, young entrepreneurs are developing online applications they hope will make them into the Mark Zuckerbergs of Africa. They spend long days and nights coding, strategizing and preparing to launch new software companies in an environment where competition is becoming stiffer and more Ghanaians are striving to create Web-based offerings they dream might become the next Facebook.
Death threats forced GREDA’s back-traction
The Ghana Real Estates Developers Association (GREDA) may have withdrawn its petition to Parliament on the STX housing deal because its executives were threatened with death. Source close to GREDA tell Joy News some members of the association also became worried that their contracts with government could be abrogated after the association criticized the proposed deal with the Korean company, but GREDA has declined to confirm or deny the reports.
12 years later, Florida comes to Ghana with an Israeli twist
I would like to begin by offering thanks to the Ghanaian readers who offered such passionate comments to my articles during the Presidential campaign. Though I left Ghana shortly after Election Day, I fully enjoyed my experience observing and commenting on the vibrant Ghanaian political scene.
Report: Tackling the $1bn illicit money transfer business to Ghana
The World Bank estimates that for 2010 alone, the total formal remittances worldwide by some 215 million international migrants amounted to $440 billion with $325 billion of this amount going to developing countries. A transfer of funds is any transfer that the payer (sender) makes through a Payment Service Provider (PSP) to make funds available for collection at another PSP if at any stage in the process the money is moved electronically, for example, by email or fax. When a PSP (or Money Transfer Operator) transfers funds they rules stipulate that they must normally send information on the payer and payee (recipient/receiver) with the transfer. more>>>
GIPC Energy Investor Roundtable Meeting Summary 2013-05-02: Held at Ernst & Young More London
The vision for a new GIPC Mrs Trebarh outlined the brief she has received from His Excellency the President to transform the GIPC into an effective ‘gateway’ for investment proposals and enquiries. To deliver this Mrs Trebarh detailed her vision for the new GIPC including a number of fundamental structural and resource changes that are underway, such as: A new GIPC website to act as a dedicated investor resource Increased emphasis on helping investors identify and access local companies Building stronger connection with Ghana’s academic community to identify the capacity needs of the private sector and agree how academia can support these Full Document
How Woyome earned the whopping GH¢51 million: Full Court ruling
On the 19th day of April 2010 the Plaintiff commenced action against the Attorney General and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning by writ issued from the registry of this court. On the 6th day of May 2010, the plaintiff amended the endorsement on the writ and sought the following reliefs. Click here for ruling
It would be correct to say that a number of the policies and actions of democratic governments in the world often run counter to the wishes and desires of a great majority of the people in the nation. This is because those policies and actions are adopted by the government and some lawmakers that comprise a relatively few people, thus exclusive of the inputs, preferences, and wishes of a large majority of the people. It is not enough, surely, for the people to be included—and to participate--only in the periodic election of those who are to govern and to make laws for the state. The consequences of the exclusion of large segments of the population from the decisions of the government that affect the lives of the people have been public demonstrations to protest government policy and action and to indicate the preferences of the people. Political conflict, violence, rancor, and misunderstanding have also resulted from the exclusion of the people from decisions and choices of their government.
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