Madam Speaker, I beg to move that this honourable House approves the Financial Policy of the Government of Ghana for the year ending 31st December, 2012. Madam Speaker, in doing so, 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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The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, met with British Prime Minister, David Cameron, MP, last Thursday. Nana Akufo-Addo was in London for the two-day (November 10-11, 2011) 11th Party Leaders’ Meeting of the International Democrat Union (IDU), hosted by the UK Conservative Party.


Electronic democracy (e-democracy) is a necessity in this era of computers and information technology. Electronic election (e-election) is one of the most important applications of e-democracy, because of the importance of the voters’ privacy and the possibility of frauds. Electronic voting (e-voting) is the most significant part of e-election, which refers to the use of computers or computerised voting equipment to cast ballots in an election.

Due to the rapid growth of computer technologies and advances in cryptographic techniques, e-voting is now an applicable alternative for many non-governmental elections. However, security demands become higher when voting takes place in the political arena.

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Coup leaders must seize and hold central authority for at least one week to be considered a “successful” coup d’etat. The names of coup “leaders” listed are those named in reports, accusations, and/or subsequent trials. The date of the coup event is the beginning date for successful or attempted coups and the date of announcement for discovered coup plots and coup allegations.

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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.
Ghana’s Developmental Challenges:  Perspective on the Roles of  Competence, Loyalty and Sycophancy
I am happy to be asked by the Trustees of the Ferdinand Ayim Memorial Foundation to deliver the third lecture in the series in memory of the late Ferdinand Ofori-Ayim, an outstanding journalist, political analyst, a believer in the Ghanaian traditions and, above all, a personal friend.I chose the topic "Ghana's Developmental Challenges: Perspective on the Roles of Competence, Loyalty and Sycophancy" in memory of my friend because Freddy always complained bitterly about sycophants in governments, at palaces and key government institutions and even in the private sector. I also believe that as a nation it is about time we took a closer look at these issues and deal with them effectively. It is my strong conviction that the cost to this economy and our developmental efforts by the misconstruction between loyalty and sycophancy in this country and at times the intentional setting aside of competence in favor of other considerations demands that this topic be discussed to help shape the way forward, thus advancing our constitutional democracy and socio-economic development for the benefit of our individual and collective interests.
Lecture Delivered as Part of the Lecture Series on Electoral Integrity on the Invitation of The Obafemi Awolowo Institute of Government and Public Policy INTRODUCTION 1.1 As was accurately noted in the Report of the Uwais Committee on Electoral Reform, the 85-year old history of elections in Nigeria shows a progressive degeneration of outcomes. “Thus, the 2007 elections are believed to be the worst since the first elections held in 1922”.1 The Report continues with the following gloomy observation. Full Document
Obama announces NEW Africa Strategy
Nearly 3 years ago, I remarked in front of the Ghanaian Parliament that Africa is a fundamental part of our interconnected world. Since that time, we have partnered with leaders, youth, and civil society in Africa to deepen the principles of democracy and human rights, to expand economic opportunity, and to support those who seek peace where war and deprivation have plagued communities. Africa and its people are partners with America in creating the future we want for all of our children—a future that is grounded in growth, mutual responsibility, and mutual respect. Click here for full statement
STX housing project limbo
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana remains neutral as to whether it is leading a syndicate to contribute to raising US$1.5 billion to fund the STX Housing projects in parts of the country. Last week the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Mr. Alban Kingsford Sumana Baggbin, claimed that two large banks, Standard Chartered Bank and another bank in the United States of America (USA), had committed to releasing funds for the project. He will not state how much each of the banks will be releasing, but named the banks as Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana, which he said was leading the syndicate, He also named the Bank of America, which was prepared to release some amount in support of the project. When reached for further details on the syndication, officials of Standard Chartered Bank in Ghana were tight-lipped on the role of the bank in the STX Housing project.
Ghana sits on time bomb – Capt. Koomson
A retired officer of the Ghana Armed Forces, Captain Budu Koomson, believes prevailing conditions in the country make the staging of a coup d’état imminent. This, according to him, was because “the blatant abuse of state wealth by political operatives can trigger something like this coupled with the political stalemate in the society.”
Nkrumah's Celebration Renews Age-Old Debate
The declaration of September 21 as statutory public holiday in honour of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has renewed an age-old debate between adherents of the two dominant political traditions in the country regarding the appropriateness of celebrating Nkrumah as the sole founder of the nation.The debate was carried to the campus of the University of Ghana, Legon,Thursday, during which faithful of the Danquah/Busia tradition argued that it was better to honour all those who contributed to the cause of independence than just one person, while advocates of the Nkrumaist tradition justified the honour bestowed on Nkrumah because he stood tallest amongst the rest in the struggle for independence.
{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.
Anyone against free SHS is a nation wrecker - Osafo Maafo
Former Education and Sports Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo has described those opposed to the New Patriotic Party (NPP's) free Senior High School (SHS) education policy as “nation wreckers”. According to him, such pessimists who do not have the foresight and vision to accelerate the nation development should be ignored.
Supreme Court Judgement “has sent us back  to the stone age”
A Professor of Law and Dean of Research and Graduate studies at the Mountcrest University College has stated that the Supreme Court of Ghana in their judgement handed down in the Presidential Election Petition disappointed Ghanaians and failed to uphold the 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana. Professor Kwame Frimpong, at a symposium organised by the Danquah Institute to critique the judgement of the 9 judges, stated that the judges failed woefully to discharge their constitutionally mandated duty.