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  • NDC RIGGING MACHINERY IN MOTION …. as DI raises red flags over suspicious NHIS registration numbers -

    Public policy and governance think tank, the Danquah Institute has expressed grave concern about the Electoral Commission's decision to register all persons in the country who, simply, are in possession of identity cards issued by the National Health Insurance Authority.

    At a press conference organised by DI last week, a fellow of the institute, Mr. Boakye Agyarko, explained that “one of the objects of the National Health Insurance Authority” as captured on the NHIA’s website which states that “persons not resident in the country but who are on a visit to this country” can obtain NHIS cards is deeply worrying.

  • GHANA MUST WAKE UP, SHOUT FOR A NEW REGISTER AND SHAKE UP THE EC -

    FITCH Rating’s latest report on Ghana lays particular emphasis on the importance of Ghana’s democracy and stability to the country’s economic prospects. Whiles it gives a negative outlook based on how the economy is being run, Fitch makes the point that Ghana’s credit rating has not, however, fallen below ‘B’ because of the country’s “strong governance record and recent democratic history,” and that, this is “reflected in Ghana’s ability to attract foreign direct investment, which at 7% of GDP is well above that of Nigeria, Gabon, Zambia, Kenya and Angola.”

  • Danquah Institute Reacts to Bogus Polls On NPP General Secretary Race -

    The attention of the Danquah Institute has been drawn to a story making the rounds on social media and now on www.ghanaweb.com, as well, titled “Danquah Institute predicts 64.7% win for Kwabena Agyepong.”

  • The Monetary Policy Committee - November 2013 -

    You are welcome to this Press briefing. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) held its 58th meeting on November 25 to 27, 2013 to review the latest economic developments and the monetary policy stance. I present to you the outcome of the deliberations.

    The latest projections by the IMF indicate a pickup in the pace of global activity from 2.9 percent in 2013 to 3.6 percent in 2014, driven largely by the advanced economies with the impulse to global growth expected to come mainly from the United States against weaker prospects in emerging market economies.

  • Africa’s tax systems: progress, but what is the next generation of reforms? -

    Mick MooreTaxation is zipping up the development agenda, but the discussion is often focussed on international aspects such as tax havens or the Robin Hood Tax. Both very important, but arguably, even more important is what happens domestically – are developing country tax systems regressive or progressive? Are they raising enough cash to fund state services? Are they efficient and free of corruption? This absolutely magisterial overview of the state of tax systems in Africa comes from Mick Moore (right), who runs the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD). It was first published by the Africa Research Institute.

    Anglophone countries have led the way in reforming tax administration in Africa, considerably more so than their francophone peers. The reasons for this are numerous. Networks of international tax specialists are based mainly in English-speaking countries. Many of the modern systems that promote best practice within tax authorities were developed in anglophone countries, especially Australia. International donors, and particularly the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), have directly and indirectly promoted a lot of reform of national tax authorities. In fact, this has been one of the success stories of British aid.

  • TWO DECADES OF FREEDOM: What South Africa Is Doing With It, And What Now Needs To Be Done -

    As the 20th anniversary of the birth of democracy in South Africa, on April 27 2014, approaches, it seems a perfect opportunity to take a step back and get a long-range perspective on the important question: “So, what has Nelson Mandela’s South Africa done with its freedom?”

    Goldman Sachs has produced this report in the hope of contributing to- wards a more balanced narrative on South Africa; one, which in the wake of 2012’s tragic events at Marikana, had become somewhat hysterical, short-term and often negative

  • Shifting Power? Assessing the Impact of Transparency and Accountability Initiatives -

    Accountability and transparency initiatives hav e taken democratisation, governance, aid and development circles by storm since the turn of th e century. Many actors involved with them – as donors, funders, programme managers, implementers and researchers – are now keen to know more about what these initiatives are achieving.

    This paper arises from a review of the impact and effectiveness of transparency and accountability initiatives which gathered and analysed existing evidence, discussed how it could be improved, and evaluated how impact and effectiveness could be enhanced. This paper takes the discussion further, by delving into what lies behind the methodological and evaluative debates currently surrounding governance and accountability work. It illustrates how choices about methods are made in the cont ext of impact assessment designs driven by different objectives and different ideological and epistemological underpinnings. We argue that these differences are articulated as methodological debates, obscuring vital issues underlying accountability work, which are about power and politics, not methodological technicalities.

  • ADVISORY NOTES TO PARLIAMENT ON THE PETROLEUM AGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA, AGM PETROLEUM AND COLA NATURAL RESOURCES -

    The Ministry of Energy has officially laid before Parliament two Petroleum Agreements for ratification following earlier approval by Cabinet. The Agreements are:

    1. Petroleum Agreement among Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, GNPC Exploration and Production Company Limited and AGM Petroleum Ghana LTD in respect of the South Deepwater Tano Contract Area (and shall be called AGM Contract for the purpose of this Analysis).

    2. Petroleum Agreement among Government of the Republic of Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Cola Natural Resources and Medea in respect of East Cape Three Points Contract Area (and shall be called Cola Contract for the purpose of this analysis).

    This Advisory Notes is provided to members of Parliament to enrich debate during the consideration of the Agreements. The Notes are based on analysis by the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) of the Negotiated Agreements and the memoranda accompanying them. These Notes do not cover most of the subjects in the two Agreements as most of them have common provisions. The focus of the analysis therefore covers subjects that show material differences between the Agreements for the purpose of enriching the debate in parliament.

  • CADA DISCUSSES OVER VOTING -

    Of late Ghanaians have become obsessed with throwing electoral ‘jargons’ around arising from the recent Election Petition in the Supreme Court of Ghana and most people have overnight turned themselves into Electoral Specialists in view of the enormous interest generated during the petition hearing. However, there are still lack of clarity and understanding in some of the widely used electoral terminologies. The Centre for African Democratic Affairs (CADA) a ‘Think Tank’ of Election Experts, has taken upon itself the challenge to critically examine some of the terms that created confusion in the minds of people during the court proceedings. One of such terminologies is over voting whose definition is still ambiguous even after the ruling of the Supreme Court. CADA therefore discusses the term Over Voting in the first of its series.

  • A strong Parliament is key to fighting corruption - Minority Leader -

    The Minority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has stated that strengthening Parliament’s financial oversight responsibilities is critical to combating corruption.

    He noted that “the evil enterprise of corruption which has become cancerous in Ghana”, explaining that Parliament has no option than to demonstrate extreme concern about the problems and threats that corruption poses to the stability and security of the country.

    He said corruption undermines state institutions and the values of democracy, as well as cultural and traditional values and the justice system. According to him these work against sustainable development and the rule of law.


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REJECT CORRUPT POLITICIANS  –Presby Moderator urges Ghanaians

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The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Reverend Professor Emmanuel Martey, has cautioned the electorate not to make the mistake of voting to entrust their destinies and the management of the nation’s resources into the hands of corrupt leaders.

Rev Prof Martey has also drawn the attention of the electorate to the fact that Ghana needs leaders who are men and women of integrity to govern the nation, and not leaders who would not care for the wellbeing of the people but rather use the resources and power of the nation to satisfy their selfish interests.

According to a report by the Ghana News Agency, Rev Prof Martey gave the caution while delivering a sermon on the theme “Be Attentive and Active as You Wait for Your Redemption” at Akropong-Akuapem, where 55 newly trained ministers of the church were commissioned.

The caution comes at a time the opposition New Patriotic Party has implicated President John Dramani Mahama in some alleged corrupt deals perpetrated under the ruling National Democratic Congress administration.
According to Yaw Buaben Asamoah, a deputy communications director of the NPP, President Mahama’s inability to confront and fight corruption within the presidency, government and the NDC is because he is unable to offer credible answers to the serious allegations of corruption raised against his person.
Addressing a press conference Monday, Mr Buaben stated among other things that as then vice president, Mr Mahama was willing to underwrite USD264m in political risk insurance to STX; helped Armajaro to get back their suspended cocoa trading licence, whilst in 2010 he secretly wrote to the Pierson Capital Group to commit Ghana to international loan exposures without the knowledge of the late President JEA Mills.
He again reminded the nation about how President Mahama had led the processes that committed Ghana to the purchase of the inflated Embraer 190 Aircraft and hanger for a whopping sum of USD12m, instead of the USD5m that had been negotiated by the Ghana Armed Forces in 2008.
On judgment debts paid by the NDC government, the NPP activist described the various payments as “government sponsored, organised systematic stealing of state funds held in trust by the president.”
The Presby Moderator’s caution to the electorate to reject corrupt politicians also comes at the same time his colleague man of God and General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Otabil, has warned the electorate about the consequence of allowing monetary and other material inducements to influence the choice of people they will vote into power to handle the affairs of the nation when they to the polls on December 7.

President John Dramani Mahama and NDC have again been accused by the opposition parties of vote buying, involving sharing of laptops, money and cars, especially on the campuses of the nation’s tertiary institutions.

According to Pastor Otabil, politicians who decide to buy the votes of the electorate with money have no regard or respect for the sovereignty of the people, stressing that a vote is a sacred choice worth more than money or any other material inducement.

On his part, Rev Prof Martey expressed serious concerns about the high rate of corruption in the country, which is considered the bane of the nation’s development.

He could not understand why many Ghanaians should continue to live in abject poverty on a land that abounds in natural resources, attributing the situation to corruption in all aspects of society which deprives the masses from enjoying the benefits of their God-given resources.

The Moderator, therefore, urged the electorate to vote against politicians perceived to be corrupt when they to the polls on December 7 to elect a new president and parliamentarians to manage the affairs of the nation for the next four years.

“I pray that during the elections, especially the forthcoming one in December, all corrupt politicians... should not be voted into power,” he said.

The admonitions from the men of God to the electorate on what to consider in voting for their leaders has not been taken kindly by some leading members of the ruling National Democratic Congress.

A leading member of the NDC communications team, Kakra Essamuah, for instance, has lashed out at Pastor Otabil, likening him to the tyrant King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, and accusing him of dabbling in partisan politics.

“I go to church for religious instruction not for political reasons. Anybody who thinks that after 20 years he can teach us how to vote in a church is mythical,” he charged on Asempa FM.

According to the leading NDC communications team member, the core mandate of every pastor is to speak against sin and sinners and not to educate his congregation on how to vote, insisting that Pastor Otabil must be condemned for what he described as the ‘political sermon’ he delivered at the weekend.

“To maintain their sacred authority, there is the need for them to withdraw from the arena of partisan politics. Do not get involved in partisan politics; if you do, those political actors will respond accordingly.”

Turning to the newly-trained Presbyterian ministers, Rev Prof Martey drew their attention to the fact that it has now become difficult to preach the unadulterated word of God in view of the insults that usually greet preachers from people who are not comfortable with the truth.

He, however, encouraged them to remain firm and resolute at all times, even in the face of insults, reminding them of the fact that the Lord they serve was also insulted and persecuted.



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