Mahama sees off 1st batch of Hajj pilgrims from Tamale

President Mahama arriving at the Tamale Airport

The first direct commercial flight on Friday August 19, 2016, took off from the upgraded Tamale Airport to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the 2016 Hajj.

President John Dramani Mahama bid the first batch of 500 prospective Pilgrims from the three regions of the north farewell, ahead of their departure.

The rest of the Pilgrims have been scheduled to depart from the Tamale Airport to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday August 20th, and Sunday 21st August.

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GSE composite index drops

Stock Exchange in action

Accra, Aug. 19, GNA – Trading on the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE) on the third week of August bourse ended with transactions in 14 equities, with eight prices changes in an advance to decline ratio of 1:7.

The benchmark GSE - Composite Index dropped by 0.4 per cent to close at 1,824.4 points, stock market analysis made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Friday by Nordea Capital, an investment bank, has stated.

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Mahama: NPP lacks visionary leadership

President Mahama on campaign tour in Western Region

President John Mahama has taken a swipe at the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), describing it as a party that lacks visionary leadership.

Mahama said just as the NPP’s tradition undermined Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, their present leadership is working hard to mislead the public into thinking that the massive investments in infrastructure is a misplaced priority.

Mr Mahama was addressing hundreds of supporters at Kokompe near Takoradi as part of his campaign in the Western region.

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President Mahama calls for renewal of mandate

President John Mahama

Elubo (W/R), Aug 17, GNA - President John Dramani Mahama, has asked the electorate to renew his mandate in the December 7 polls, to enable him complete the numerous development projects initiated by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

He said four years is woefully inadequate to transform a country, adding that his second term in office would enable him to complete all the projects dotted across the country.

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Indigenous enterprises receive one billion worth of contracts

President John Dramani Mahama

Takoradi, Aug. 19, GNA - President John Dramani Mahama has said indigenous small-scale businesses have received one billion dollars worth of contracts from petroleum companies since the commencement of commercial production of crude oil in the country.

He said the award of contracts to local enterprises was in compliance with the country’s Local Content and Participation Policy which had created over 7,000 jobs aimed at ensuring that the hydrocarbon resources benefited Ghanaians.

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Mugabe’s trip to Ghana cancelled

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has cancelled his trip to Ghana.

The 92-year old African leader was expected to deliver a presidential lecture at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, on the occasion of the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize.

Organizers of the event, Millennium Excellence Foundation, say the cancellation is due to reasons beyond their control.

But sources at the Zimbabwean Embassy in Ghana, who want to remain anonymous, have told Citi News the trip was cancelled due to domestic political issues in Zimbabwe.

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AGI urges private sector to support EXIM Bank

James Asare-Adjei, AGI President

Accra, Aug 18, GNA - The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has urged the private sector to support government’s efforts in the establishment of EXIM Bank- Ghana.

Mr James Asare-Adjei, the AGI President, said the activities of the bank would inure to the benefit of industries and businesses in the country.

He said the AGI in its advocacy, as the leading voices of private sector, had been highlighting challenges and difficulties which frustrate growth efforts of businesses and continued to stifle the country's industrialisation drive.

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Trade minister warns against false import declaration

Ekow Spio-Garbrah – Minister of Trade

Kumasi, Aug 19, GNA - Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, the Trade and Industry Minister, has cautioned importers to desist from making false declaration of goods, cleared at the ports.

He said in as much as the government was eager to create a business-friendly environment, anything illegal that denied the state vital revenue for socio-economic development would not be accepted.

The Minister described as deeply disturbing the situation where about 65 per cent of importers engaged in the unhealthy practice.

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We are ready to deliver credible election – EC

EC Briefing Reporters

The Electoral Commission says it is ready to ensure that this year's election is credible.

Speaking at the launch of 2016 Peaceful Election stamps by Ghana Post, Deputy Electoral Commissioner, Amadu Sulley said credible elections were crucial in ensuring peace before and after the elections.

Mr Sulley said the Commission has so far adhered to guiding principles of Electoral practices to ensure that the polls are credible.

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