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  • 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.

  • Mike Ocquaye calls for bi-partisan inquiry into Vikileaks -

    Former Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya constituency, Prof Mike Ocquaye, has called for a Parliamentary nquiry into comments made by sacked Deputy Communication Minister, Victoria Hammah, on a leaked tape.

    Prof Ocquaye who is also a former Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament said Parliament is mandated to enquire into allegations of corruption such as those made by Victoria Hammah.

    Miss Hammah said on the leaked tape that has gone viral since last week that the Minister of Gender, Women and Social Protection played a key role in the August 25 ruling of the Supreme Court Judges on the 2012 Election Petition.


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Professor Addo Fening

Throughout his distinguished career Professor Addo-Fening has been a Lecturer in History at the University of Ghana, Legon, from his appointment in 1957 until his retirement as Associate Professor in 1994. Since his official retirement he has continued to work at the History Department, lecturing and assisting with the development of the graduate programme. With numerous publications to his name, Professor Addo-Fening’s main area of focus has been the Akim Abuakwa state, touching on the lives of its most famous son – Dr J.B. Danquah.

Reverend Dr Asante Antwi

Currently the First Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, Reverend Dr Asante Atwi was the co-founder of the Danquah-Busia Trust formed in Kumasi in 1991. A former Member of the Council of State, Republic of Ghana, Rev Dr Asante-Antwi also sat on the University of Cape Coast Council and was Board Chairman of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. He is also at present Chairman of the Korle Bu Neuroscience Project.

Mr Akenten Appiah Menkah

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”. The proprietor of the Apino Soap brand was for six years (1980 to 1986), the President of the Association of Ghana Industries, and has devoted himself to the development of his alma mater, Abuakwa State College at Kyebi. During the Second Republic of Ghana, Mr Appiah-Menkah held the post of Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism and later in the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General. He has also served as Chairman of the Council of Distinguished Alumni of Abusco and was a founding member of the New Patriotic Party and a member of the Party's Council of Elders.

Professor Wayo SeiniProf. Alhassan Wayo Seini is a Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). He is a founding member of the New Patriotic Party and in August 1998, he was elected the Second National Vice-Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP). He is also a twice elected former Member of Parliament.
Dr Arthur Kennedy

Dr. Arthur Kennedy is Physician. He has been an active member of the Danquah-Busia traditional since 1979 and was a strong advocate for the restoration of democracy in the 1980s and 1990s. He has leadership and political experience both in Ghana and the United States. In Ghana, he holds the distinction of being the first Medical student to serve as President of Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana and President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS). In the United States, he served in various leadership capacities including as Chief Executive Officer of a Healthcare corporation, on a county Chamber of Commerce Board, a State-wide board as the Governor’s representative and on three national Healthcare committees in the United States. He has earned numerous honours and awards including a “Resolution of thanks” from the South Carolina House of Representatives, recognition by the South Carolina Senate for leadership in Healthcare, a letter of commendation by US Senator Russ Feingold, the “Resident Teacher Award” by the American Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and as “World University Services of Canada” scholarship.

Professor Yaw Twumasi

Professor Yaw Twumasi is a member of the Danquah Institute’s Board of Governors and a noted academic in the field of political science. Educated at the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford, where he completed his doctorate on nationalism and social discontent, Professor Twumasi has devoted his career to academic research and teaching. After more than a decade at the University of Ghana, Professor Twumasi moved to the University of Michigan where he spent nearly 20 years. His major areas of interest include comparative government, social classes, nationalism, constitutional issues and democracy and governance. He was also founding editor of the Legon Observer.

Ken Ofori-Atta

Executive Chairman of the Databank Group, Ken Ofori-Atta has over twelve years experience in the finance and investment banking industry in both the United States and Ghana building up an enviable reputation of being a market leader. Ken has worked with Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley both in New York, on debt and equity issues and financing for a variety of industries. Ken co-founded Databank in 1990, and the company has since become the leading investment banking firm in Ghana, playing a very significant role in the development of the capital markets and mobilisation of offshore funds to the Ghana Stock Exchange. His contributions to the financial system and commitment to excellence have earned him a nomination as the only black African to be listed in the world’s top fifty financial managers for the 21st century and also Marketing Man of the year for 1996 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Ghana. Ken holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University (US) and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Hon. Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh MP

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh is currently the Member of Parliament for Manhyia, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He is a medical doctor, an epidemiologist and a surgeon. He is also a business executive with special interests in security, energy and communications