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  • REPORT OF THE ELECTORAL REFORMS COMMITTEE SUBMITTED TO THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF GHANA -

    We, members of the Electoral Reforms Committee wish to thank the almighty God for the strength, health and travelling mercies granted us throughout our various meetings, discussions and retreat sessions held outside Accra in executing our mandate as spelt out in our Terms of Reference. We thank the Chairman and Members of the Electoral Commission for giving us the opportunity to serve mother Ghana.

    To Mr Gabriel Pwamang the consultant to the Committee, we say: “...we are grateful to you for your assistance and for bringing your competence, expertise and legal acumen to bear on the work of the Committee.” Read more >>>

  • COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF DR. J. B. DANQUAH -

  • Foresight Africa: Implementing a New U.S.-Africa Policy -

    2013 ushered in the most significant change in the United States’ Africa policy since the passing of PEPFAR 10 years ago. The unveiling of investment-focused initiatives—Power Africa and Trade Africa—reflects not just a change in how the Obama administration views the continent, but also how foreign investors have prioritized it. But policy rarely achieves its objectives without equal attention to implementation. A number of implementation barriers—old regulations and new policies working at cross-purposes, and limited on-the-ground capacity—threaten to undermine America’s new approach to the continent in 2014. If 2013 was marked by change in U.S. strategy towards Africa, 2014 will be marked by the recognition that 90 percent of the success of that strategy is implementation.

  • Statistical Proof of Ghana's Bloated Voter Register -

    This is the Age Distribution of Ghana’s 2010 population of 24.391 million.

    This number includes all persons domiciled in Ghana as at 2010 regardless of citizenship.

    Although the elections were held in 2012, the voter register was compiled at a time when these were the population distribution

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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.

  • 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.

Our Governing Body

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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