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African Markets - Factors to watch today, April 13

Stock Market as at today

NAIROBI, April 13 (Reuters) - The following company announcements, scheduled economic
indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on
Friday.
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EVENTS:
*CONGO REPUBLIC - Finance ministers from the West African
and Central African monetary unions meet in Congo Republic's
capital Brazzaville to discuss the franc currency and other
economic issues.
*MAURITIUS - Bank of Mauritius to auction 364-day Treasury
bills worth a total 800 million rupees.


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CID Calls Bluff Of NDC MPs

CID Boss Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has said that it has not suspended any investigations into allegation of double salaries received by some National Democratic Congress (NDC) former ministers who were also MPs.

That response followed a claim by the minority MPs that the CID boss had embarrassed them by inviting them over the issue.


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Mubarak wasn’t denied Palestine entry – Israeli Amb.

Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Ami Mehl and MP for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak

The Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Ami Mehl, has denied claims that the Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, was denied a visa to enter Palestine.

The lawmaker, who was invited by the Palestinian Authority to give a speech in Ramallah, alleged that his entry permit to Palestine was cancelled at the last minute just when he was about crossing the border into Palestine.


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Economic needs make me date a married man – Moesha Boduong

Moesha Boduong

Actress Moesha Boduong has stirred controversy on social media after admitting to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that her desire to date a married man is due to the economic challenges in the country.

According to her, “In Ghana, our economy is such in a way that you just need someone to take care of you and a single person you can’t make enough money as a woman here,” Moesha said in the interview for the programme, "Sex & Love Around the World" which airs on Saturdays on CNN.


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Parliament approves $50m to complete UG Medical Centre

UG Medical Centre

Parliament has approved $50 million for the completion of the remaining works at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).

According to the Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, although the centre looked complete from the outside, there was much more work to be done to make it fully functional.

Addressing a news conference to commemorate this year’s World Health Day in Accra on Wednesday, he cited, as an example, the absence of a back-up generating set as a major obstacle to the opening of the facility.


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Ghana-US Military Agreement (FULL VERSION)

President Nana Akufo Addo meets with U.S. President Trump

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration
SCR.GH/USA/RELS

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States of America and with reference to the latter’s Diplomatic Note NO. 2015-0990 of 5th February, 2015, has the honour to convey the approval of the Government of Ghana for the deployment of US Marines and Military Aircraft in Accra, for a period of five weeks and within the framework of the terms stipulated in the Note.


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Akufo-Addo launches 7-year devt plan

President Akufo-Addo launching the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies in Accra

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday launched the seven-year Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development policies of the government, saying the agenda for job creation, prosperity and equal opportunity for all was on course.

He said a number of key initiatives captured under the agenda had been implemented and that the rest would be rolled out soon.


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Deputy Sports Minister, Acting NSA DG suspended over visa scandal

President Nana Akufo Addo

The president has suspended from office the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports as well as the Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority.

The suspension which takes immediate effect is in reaction to the visa scandal which has rocked the country in the wake of the Commonwealth games currently underway in Australia.

More soon


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My job is demanding; it goes beyond sitting on Newsfile – Hamid fires

Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid

Information Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, has mounted a strong defence for his position, parrying off suggestions that he may not be delivering adequately on his mandate.

During a discussion on current affairs programme, The Hard Truth, on the Joy News channel on MultiTV, host of the programme sought to pick the Minister’s mind on a claim that the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Kwaku Baako Jr may be better suited for the job of government’s spokesperson.


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