The Executive Director of the Danquah Institute Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko is mocking government’s attempt to reverse the falling standards in education. Results released by the West African Examination Council show that over half of the students who sat for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Exams failed and could not proceed to the Second Cycle Education.

It is reported to be the worst performance in 13 years.

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THINK OF the revolutions in the Middle East as Act 1 in a five-act play that may not conclude for a generation or more. Nearly a year since protests in Tunisia ignited a regional wave of reform and revolt, the euphoria and hope of last January has turned to frustration and cynicism as Egyptians battle their military government in Cairo and sectarian war in Syria intensifies.

The Arab world may be heading for an unpredictable and violent Act 2 in 2012.

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An Accra High Court (Cocoa Affairs, Court 11) presided over by His Lordship Patrick Baayeh has handed down a heavy judgement on the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) and Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) in a case in which three plaintiffs accused the NPAand TOR of inflating fuel prices and using the money for hidden purposes. more>>

The Constitution Review Commission (CRC) has recommended that the presidential and parliamentary elections be conducted in November in subsequent election years after 2012 to facilitate smooth transitional processes.

The commission further proposed the expunging of the indemnity clauses of the 1992 Constitution which provide coup makers immunity from prosecution.

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MPs to approve over $4bn loans before recess
Apart from the $3 billion China Development Bank (CDB) loan approved last August, the Mills administration has lined up some 30 fresh loan agreements for parliamentary approval before the 2012 general elections. Analysis done by The Globe newspaper puts the total value of these new loan facilities at more than US$ 4 billion.
As the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council prepares to hold a special session tomorrow on the situation in Côte d'Ivoire since the 28 November presidential election run-off, Reporters Without Borders urges the council and other international bodies to pay close attention to the press freedom situation there. The publication of newspapers has been obstructed, local retransmission of certain foreign radio and TV stations has been blocked and there has been a disturbing decline in the security of journalists, creating a climate of fear and intimidation for the media.
Diaspora and drug trafficking in West Africa: A case study of Ghana
In a recent, important article on West African Criminal Networks in southern Africa, Mark Shaw highlighted the need for academic research – despite the difficulty in researching crime – to provide a fuller understanding of African criminal networks, ‘not least to provide an independent and strategic overview of developments and the identification of trends’. Much of the existing literature on the trafficking of illicit narcotic drugs (cannabis, heroin, and cocaine) has been from a policy perspective, funded by agencies in consumer countries in the West. more>>>
Parliament shouldn’t approve $3bn Chinese commercial loan
The Parliamentary Joint Committee of Finance and Poverty Reduction is currently meeting in Koforidua (Tuesday, August 16 – Saturday, August 20) ostensibly to scrutinise, among others, a US$3 billion commercial term loan facility between the Republic of Ghana and the China Development Bank (CDB) to finance a series of projects, including the Achimota-Ofankor Road, a $150 communications infrastructure for the National Security Council, and a $100 million capacity building exercise for Ghanaian SMEs.
African NGOs call for greater accountability and win-win in Africa-China relations
More than 300 delegates from non-governmental organisations and political, economic and media sectors of China and 35 African countries, including Ghana’s Danquah Institute, and officials from the AU Commission, met in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province of China, last week to discuss ways of improving the economic and social ties between the governments and 2 billion peoples of China and the African continent. Participants in the second China-Africa People's Forum called for the establishment of a new model for NGO cooperation between China and African countries.
Akufo-Addo's proposal on NDPC lauded
Policy Analyst at Ashesi University, Lloyd Amoah, has lauded the proposal by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, to put his vice president in charge of the National Development Planning Commission, in the event of assuming the nation’s presidency on January 7, 2013. President John Dramani Mahama sought to make the nation believe that there was “confusion in the mind of” Nana Akufo-Addo when the NPP leader made the proposal at Tuesday’s presidential debate organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs at Tamale.
AN Overview of Dr Bawumia's Book on Ghana's Economy
The book inter alia undertakes an in-depth review of Ghana’s monetary policy regimes since independence: Direct Controls, Monetary Targeting, and Inflation Targeting under different governments (including Nkrumah, NLC, Busia, Acheampong, Rawlings, Kufuor). Financial sector development and reforms that have taken place alongside the monetary policy regimes are also placed under the microscope. These include regulatory and legal reforms, capital market and money market reforms, banking reforms, currency redenomination, reforms, payment system reform, rural banking reforms, and Ghana’s debut sovereign bond issue. Why were these monetary policy regimes and financial sector reforms adopted? What role did the political economy play in the reforms and outcomes? What was the impact of the different monetary regimes and financial sector reforms on the performance of Ghana’s economy? more >>>
NPP shouldn’t compete with NDC on who is ‘uglier’, focus on the concerns of Ghanaians
There are growing concerns over the way the opposition New Patriotic Party appears to be allowing itself to be dragged into the arena of ugly contest with the ruling National Democratic Congress. Over the last few weeks, the debate on radio and TV has been about who is uglier, with NPP and NDC recounting the other’s record of violence, ethnocentric remarks, etc. Ugly competition is the most useless strategy ever in a political campaign. It wins the competitor very little or nothing. What it does is to put the public off. The message to the public from a competition of who is the ugliest is that none of the competitors is essentially attractive. It is a no win contest.
Oil production stagnates at 70,000 bpd, falling 50,000 bpd short of 2011 targets as Tullow Oil deploys capital to elsewhere in Africa.
Tullow the operator of Ghana’s Jubilee oil field has fallen six-months short of its own year-end 2011 projections to bring oil production up to 120,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 20,000 bpd in January 2011. In late 2010, before production started at the nascent oil fields, the Anglo-Irish company promised to start production at around 20,000 bpd and ramp up to about 70,000 bpd by mid-2011, and then to 120,000 bpd by the end of 2011. However by mid-2012, Ghana’s oil production is still less than 80,000 bpd. Tullow now promises that Ghana’s oil production will be ramped up to 120,000bpd by 2013, but with lax oversight by the NDC government, that target may prove to be a chimera.
'Let My Vote Count Alliance' Still defiant…. As Madina Police grants them bail
Members of the ‘Let My Vote Count Alliance’ have insisted they will continue with the group’s crusade and activities to educate Ghanaians on the high profiled petition at the Supreme Court involving a challenge of the election of President Mahama by Nana Akufo-Addo and Co. This is in spite of a recent invitation by the Police after the groups hugely attended rally at the Taifa Noway park.