New oil, Chinese investment, stable government, highest growth in the world: Ghana is a new success story. But be careful with the exact figures.

While all countries revise their GDP numbers and other accounts, Ghana’s revision of the data takes some beating. The Q2 GDP figure was reported in September as 33.5 per cent. The new figure? 16.4 per cent, less than half. Other numbers given for individual sectors are even further reduced.

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A financial analyst and CEO of SEM Capital, Dr. Sam Mensah, has said that Ghana needs to raise its credit ratings as an alternative to facilitate any form of borrowing especially on the capital market.

He made the assertion during a roundtable discussion organized by the Danquah Institute and partnered by the World Bank and Citi FM on the three billion Chinese loan facility, which has been contracted by the Ghana government for various development projects.

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Voter registration is highly complex and is the single most expensive activity within the framework of elections. Voter registration is not just the technical implementation of an activity; it is a holistic political, administrative and practical process. The role of voter registration is especially important when it comes

to emerging democracies: it can make or break an election. The quality of the process and the product – that is, the voters’ roll – can determine the outcome of an election and consequently the stability of the democratic institutions in acountry.

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It has been revealed that Ghana has an unlimited access to the United States Exim Guarantee Bank and thus can access any amount of loans it requires for embarking on developmental projects of the country.

Mr Ryan Bowles, the Chief of the Economics Section at the US Embassy in Accra made this known in a discussion with the Executive Director of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, at a roundtable discussion organised by DI to discuss the $3 billion Chinese loan facility.

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GHANA BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT’S SPEECH AT THE 2013/2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 16TH SEPTEMBER 2013-HO Nene Abayaateye Amegatcher
Her Ladyship Georgina Theodora Wood, Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Vyacheslav Lebedev, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Russia, Honourable Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Honourable Volta Regional Minister and other Ministers Present, President and members of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs and other Torgbeo and Mamagao, Honourable members of Parliament, my Lords Spiritual and Temporal, Regional Service Commanders, members of the National Executive Committee and Council of the GBA, Distinguished members of the Bar, Invited Guests, the Media, Ladies and Gentlemen.Permit me to add my voice to that of the Honourable Regional Minister and the Regional Bar President to extend a warm welcome to you all for your presence at this Annual Ghana Bar Association Conference in the serene environment of Ho away from the hustle and bustle of the places most of us practice. It is the wish of the Council that each one of us enjoys a welcome change, enjoy a unique learning experience and that together we will leave here more informed, committed and energised to serve our profession and mother Ghana.
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.
HON. OSEI KYEI-MENSAH-BONSU TO ADDRESS 3RD LIBERTY LECTURE
The Danquah Institute will on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 hold its 3rd edition of its flagship event, the Liberty Lecture, with the Minority Leader in Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu delivering a paper on the theme “The Deficit in Parliamentary Scrutiny in the Fight Against Corruption”. The lecture takes place at the Auditorium of the British Council at 5:00pm.
Postponement of Liberty Lecture
The Danquah Institute regrets to announce that the Liberty Lecture scheduled for this evening has been postponed to Wednesday, August 31, 2011. We regret deeply any inconvenience caused by this postponement.
Ruling: Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah, Dr Edward Omane Boamah vrs The Attorney General and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey
The plaintiffs as per their writ claim as follows:1. A declaration that, by virtue of Articles 20(5), 20(6), 23, 257, 258, 265, 284 and 296 of the Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, 1992, the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing in the previous Government of His Excellency, President J.A. Kufuor, did not have the power to direct the sale, disposal of transfer of any Government or public land to the 2nd Defendant or any other person or body under any circumstances whatsoever, and that any such direction for disposal, sale or outright transfer of the said property in dispute or any public land to the 2nd Defendant was unconstitutional and illegal. Click here for Justice Atugubah's ruling Click here for Justice Brobbey's ruling Click here for Justice Dotse's ruling
Supreme Court Judgment on The Presidential Petition
REPUBLIC OF KENYA IN THE SUPREME COURT OF KENYA AT NAIROBI (Coram: W.M. Mutunga, Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court; P.K. Tunoi; M.K. Ibrahim; J.B. Ojwang; S.C. Wanjala; N.S. Ndungu, SCJJ.) PETITION NO. 5 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- RAILA ODINGA ..................................................................PETITIONER -AND- 1. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION 2. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN 3. UHURU KENYATTA 4. WILLIAM SAMOEI RUTO .................RESPONDENTS AS CONSOLIDATED WITH PETITION NO. 3 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- 1. MOSES KIARIE KURIA 2.DENIS NJUE ITUMBI 3. FLORENCE JEMATIAH SERGON ........................PETITIONERS -AND- 1. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN .....................RESPONDENTS 2. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION AND AS CONSOLIDATED WITH PETITION NO. 4 OF 2013 -BETWEEN- 1. GLADWELL WATHONI OTIENO 2. ZAHID RAJAN ............................PETITIONERS 1 -AND- 1. AHMED ISSACK HASSAN 2. THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION 3. UHURU KENYATTA 4. WILLIAM SAMOEI RUTO .....................RESPONDENTS JUDGMENT A. THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF 4TH MARCH, 2013:
Dr Bawumia is Special Guest of Honour at DI Election Petition Symposium
“Did a majority of the court say over-voting did not matter? Did the Court say it was ok to vote without biometric verification? Did the Court really ignore an entrenched constitutional provision? Have the public being helped to understand the decision and what it means for 2016 and other future elections?” These and many more will be answered tomorrow at the National Theatre where the Danquah Institute’s symposium on the Presidential Election Petition judgement takes place.
What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success
Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how? One of the hottest trends in education reform lately is looking at the stunning success of the West's reigning education superpower, Finland. Trouble is, when it comes to the lessons that Finnish schools have to offer, most of the discussion seems to be missing the point. The small Nordic country of Finland used to be known -- if it was known for anything at all -- as the home of Nokia, the mobile phone giant. But lately Finland has been attracting attention on global surveys of quality of life -- Newsweek ranked it number one last year -- and Finland's national education system has been receiving particular praise
REPORT ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PETITION IN GHANA – 23 February 2013 (updated 18 March)
The international community, generally, endorsed Ghana’s 2012 elections as “free and fair.” Ghana, the continent’s star of democracy, had done it once again for Africa. John Mahama, the declared winner, was duly sworn in without any violent protests on January 7, 2013. But, the country’s biggest opposition party filed a petition in Ghana’s supreme court, (the first of its kind in the country’s history), challenging the presidential results. It is noteworthy that since the first election of Ghana’s Fourth Republic in 1992, 2012 was the only other time that a majority of the political parties (5 out of 7) that participated in the contest had come out to raise major concerns about the conduct of the polls. Indeed, the second runner-up and leader of the Progressive People’s Party, Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, is on record as saying, "I have been involved in elections since 1992 and this is the worst in terms of credibility." See link: http://www.theafricareport.com/News-Analysis/ghana-election-results-another-party-backs-npp-fraud-claims.html
 
{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.