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.

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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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NPA’s 10% reduction in Petroleum Prices – “Too Little” or “Too Late”?
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.
Parliamentary Strengthening and the Paris Principles: Ghana case study
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 Click here for report
Report: Tackling the $1bn illicit money transfer business to Ghana
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Ex-President John Agyekum Kufuor has proposed the use of a biometric voting system in the 2012general elections. Ex-President Kufuor made this suggestion during his 72nd birthday celebration at his residence in an interview with Adom FM's Frimpong Manso Adakabre Wednesday.
Supreme Court reverses Ghana’s gain
A founding Dean at the Faculty of Law, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof Kwame Frimpong says the judgement delivered by the nine Supreme Court justices in the just-concluded Presidential Election Petition has taken Ghana back to the Stone Age. “Unfortunately this case has set us so many years back maybe even to the Stone Age,” he said at a symposium organized by Danquah Institute (DI), a policy analysis group to review the Supreme Court’s verdict of August 29 in the landmark presidential election petition.
Full 2012 Budget Statement
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. Click here for full budget statement
Biometric verification in December polls will be
The Managing Editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper, Ben Ephson has predicted it will be suicidal for the Electoral Commission to implement full electronic voter verification in the December elections. Ben Ephson served the warning on Accra-based Radio Gold’s Power Drive morning show on Wednesday and according to him, voter verification would not be a panacea to vote rigging or electoral fraud in the December 7 polls.
DI Governing Board Member appointed to serve on Constitutional Review Team
Mr. Akenten Appiah Menkah, a member of the governing board of the Danquah Institute has been appointed by His Excellency President John Atta-Mills to serve on a 9-man team to review the 1992 consitution of the Republic of Ghana. Mr Akenten Appiah-Menkah is a renowned politician and industrialist, whose work was recognised by ECOWAS when, in 2007, they awarded him the prestigious, "Living Legend of Africa Award”.
If I were one of the big corporate donors who bankrolled the Republican tide that carried into office more than 50 new Republicans in the House, I would be wary of what you just bought. For no matter your view of President Obama, he effectively saved capitalism. And for that, he paid a terrible political price. Suppose you had $100,000 to invest on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated. Why bet on a liberal Democrat? Here’s why: the presidency ofGeorge W. Bush produced the worst stock market decline of any president in history. The net worth of American households collapsed as Bush slipped away. And if you needed a loan to buy a house or stay in business, private sector borrowing was dead when he handed over power.
Commodity prices decreased by 2.0% in 1H13, according to the IMF’s All Commodity Price Index, of which metals saw the biggest price drop. The metals price index fell by 12.0%, while fuels declined by 1.9% over the period (this decline was muted by an increase in the WTI crude oil price). Conversely, the food and beverage price index increased by 1.8%. However, this was largely due to a 2.9% increase in the food price index, which countered a 10.4% drop in the beverage price index. When the price of a country’s exports is falling relative to the price of its imports, the country’s terms of trade are declining and it is actually becoming poorer. For Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) net commodity exporters, falling commodity prices imply a decline in the volume of imported goods that can be obtained per unit of goods exported (terms of trade), ceteris paribus. This implies that their consumption is likely to have been dampened by falling export commodity prices, particularly of metals, beverages and fuel. Using econometric analysis, we estimate the impact of softer prices for commodities that dominate Ghana, Zambia, Kenya and Nigeria’s trade accounts, on their respective per capita income growth rates.