2011 saw dramatic changes in Africa’s governance landscape. Unprecedented popular demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya led to the overturning of a century of autocratic rule in North Africa.These protests, demanding greater political freedom, economic opportunity, and an end to systemic corruption, have resonated deeply across Africa, sparking calls for change throughout the continent.

Already home to more of the world’s democratizing states than any other region, even modest reverberations from the Arab Spring on Africa’s democratic trajectory will have implications for global governance norms, stability, and development.

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The present number of unanticipated events and further deterioration of the global economic environment could have substantial spillovers to the Ghanaian economy;

Preliminary results from WAMI’s half year surveillance report indicates that the overall economic performance in the WAMZ remained strong with real GDP expected to expand by 8.0 per cent in 2011, compared to 7.7 per cent in 2010.

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In theory, parliaments are one of the key institutions of democracy, playing an important role in terms of legislation, oversight and representation. Regrettably, in many developing countries – as well as in many developed countries – parliaments are weak, ineffective and marginalised.

Parliamentary strengthening aims to enhance the effectiveness of parliaments through institutional development, through building the capacity of parliamentary staff, MPs and committees, and through putting in place the nuts and bolts of infrastructure and equipment

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Madam Speaker, I beg to move that this august House approves the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government for the year ending 31st December, 2012.

Today, I humbly stand before you to present the fourth Budget Statement and Economic Policy on behalf of the President, His Excellency, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills in accordance with article 179 of the 1992 Constitution.

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My take on Arthur K's Elephant book
I decided to purchase a copy of Dr Arthur Kennedy’s book to find out what the entire furore had been about. The book is largely a recount of his experiences as part of Nana Akufo-Addo’s presidential campaign and his input into a campaign that narrowly failed to retain power for the NPP.Throughout the book, one can see that Dr Kennedy is influenced to a large extent by US political practices. This can be seen from the quotations he uses at the beginning of each chapter and the justifications he gives for some of the recommendations he made to the Akufo-Addo campaign. The American influence is so pervading that in quoting from Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of blood’ speech, he described him as an American Conservative Politician instead of a British one. Enoch Powell’s speech in 1968 was considered racist and no one, certainly in Britain, would consciously quote from it. It was a speech that finished Powell off as a politician.
Message by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, on the occasion of the symposium commemorating Dr. Danquah’s death
On February 4, this time in 1965, 47 years ago, a great man, a great African died. He died as a political prisoner, in a 9 feet by 6 feet condemned cell. But, this was after he had successfully, along with other nationalists of his time, led the campaign to liberate Ghana from colonial rule. His name was Joseph Boakye Danquah, the doyen of the Gold Coast, the man whose academic enquiries convinced the rest of our founding fathers to adopt the ancient name Ghana for our independent nation in 1957. The man whose anniversary we are here to observe.
Decisions of the 15 African Union summit
This weekend, 30 to 31 January 2011, the heads of state of the African Union are holding their 16th AU summit in Addis Ababa. The 15th AU summit held in Kampala, Uganda, from 19 to 27 July, 2010, adopted the following decisions: On the Theme of the Summit: “Maternal, infant and child Health and Development in Africa” adopted actions to be undertaken in various Member State, in particular the actions aimed at attaining the MDGs 4, 5 and 6, including the launching of CARMMA, mobilisation of adequate resources for integrated health programmes up to 15% of national budgets, the sharing of best practices within regions, regular evaluation and reporting of progress achieved by Member States;
Lately some elements within the NDC who lack simple knowledge of the history of Ghana have been peddling some revisionist ideas about the reasons and causes of terror during the first republic and completely misinforming unsuspecting Ghanaians while at the same time covering up for the terror that their predecessor the PNDC unleashed on Ghanaians during the 1980s. Following on from the propaganda that was fed to Ghanaians by the then CPP government, which tactics the P/NDC have adopted since 1981, these elements within the NDC are determined to rewrite the history of Ghana but the facts and court proceedings are too strong to give them the credit they are desperately seeking. In this article I intend to set the records straight by giving them an idiot’s guide to the terror history of Ghana.
Ghana one of 10 countries least likely to pay debts – S&P’s
Ghana has been listed as one of 10 countries least likely to pay their debt owed to multilateral agencies, by credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s. Ghana is the only African country on the revised credit rating list, reports CNN.The country occupies the 10th position, beating little known Belize and Argentina which are 9th and 8th respectively on the unenviable list.
Advisory Paper - Ghana Gas Sector Master Plan
As a result of the discovery of commercial volumes of hydrocarbons in 2007, the Government of Ghana set an overall goal for the enery sector focussed on the "the development and sustenance of an efficient and viable energy sector that provides secure, safe and reliable supply of enery to meet Ghana's development needs in a competitive manner." Click here for report
Press Release: Spio-Garbrah’s Disappointing Comments On Cote D’ivoire
After reading Ekwow Spio-Garbrah’s 1,940-word article, “PRESIDENT ATTA-MILLS IS RIGHT ON COTE D’IVOIRE”, I summed up my impression in this wall-posting on my Facebook: “Poor Spio-Garbrah, he manufactures his own version of the NPP stance on La Cote d'Ivoire, damns it and uses it as a basis to spio himself back into Millsian relevance. It must be cold out there - opposition while in government must be hell!” Dr Spio-Garbrah wrote in his article published on Thursday, 27 January: “The same New Patriotic Party (NPP), which in the 1960s called for a ‘constructive engagement’ with Apartheid South Africa, today calls for war on our neighbour Cote d'Ivoire to resolve a simple internal electoral dispute. Such a reckless gun-toting policy of the NPP will not be faithful to the Ghana Constitution or be keeping with either the theory or practice of international relations.”
This short overview report presents the main findings and recommendations of a larger study, prepared in early 2013, that is to be released shortly. We believe that it will help bring about policies and decisions that will ensure that Ghana’s emergence as a middle-income economy is not held back by the energy sector, as at present. We recommend that Government make a concerted effort to ‘think big’ and provide more direct and proactive leadership to the energy sector, given its centrality to boosting economic growth. The report was prepared during a period of electricity shortages and rolling power blackouts. The current power shortfall is particularly serious for two reasons: the frequency of these episodes is increasing – the previous one was just 5 years ago – and the economic damage inflicted is greater, because Ghana’s economy has evolved to become ever more dependent on reliable electricity supply. This review identifies three themes that are common to Ghana’s power and petroleum sectors.
DI holds Press Conference on gas infrastructural project
The Danquah Institute is organising a news conference at the International Press Centre, Ridge, Accra, on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11am prompt. The Danquah Institute will raise issues about the apparent lack of transparency in the Sinopec agreement for the gas infrastructural project, and its implications to the $3 billion CDB loan facility, and an estimated billion dollars of income losses to the state in oil and gas production as a result of policy decisions and inertia.
Ghana to consolidate economic gains with US$100 million budget support from World Bank
The Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank today approved the eighth poverty reduction support grant (PRSG8) of US$100 million for Ghana. This facility was processed within the harmonized Multi Donor Budget Support (MDBS) framework. It supports the implementation of the Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA 2010-2013), which succeeded the second Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS2).