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Obama lifts economic sanctions Bush imposed on Ivory Coast

President of the United States (US), Barack Obama, has lifted economic sanctions imposed on Ivory Coast in 2006 by the regime of his predecessor, George Bush.

The US president cited advancing democratic credentials of the west African nation as the reason behind terminating the national emergency declared by the US in Executive Order 13396, it was this order that led to the imposition of sanctions.

Thu, Sep 15, 2016 Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Election 2016: MPs divided over new CI which seeks to abolish no-verification no-vote clause

This implies that whilst the CI 75 made explicit instructions for all voters to be verified before voting, which triggered the catch phrase “no verification no vote”, the new document requires all party agents to agree before a voter, who could not be verified, would be allowed to vote.

Some minority Members of Parliament are demanding the withdrawal of a new Electoral Commission Constitutional Instrument (CI) which seeks to indemnify its presiding officers from any form of punishment or prosecution.

Sat, Jul 9, 2016 Sat, Jul 9, 2016

Ghana and Ivory Coast unite against child labour in cocoa production

Two of the world’s leaders in cocoa production, Ghana and the Ivory Coast have signed an agreement to fight against child labour in cocoa production.

The agreement committing the two countries was signed by the first ladies of the two countries, Lordina Mahama of Ghana and Dominique Ouattara of the Ivory Coast in Abidjan on Tuesday.

Wed, Sep 14, 2016 Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Gas export from TEN Fields to be fast-tracked

Operators of the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) offshore oilfields are in discussions with government to fast-track export of gas for electricity generation ahead of schedule.

The discussions are progressing smoothly and TEN partners are hopeful that work would be expedited to ensure that wet gas in delivered to the gas processing plant at Atuabo ahead of schedule, Mr Charles Darku, Managing Director of Tullow Ghana, has said.

Tue, Jul 19, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

We eat roads – Mahama tells critics

President John Dramani Mahama has retorted his critics who downplay his social intervention projects, which they say do not bring food to the table.

The commonly criticised project has been road construction, which has incidentally been a trump card of the government.

Reacting to this criticism that ‘we don’t eat roads’, the President in an interview with Radio Savannah on Thursday in the Northern Region, pointed out to the contrary that roads are literally food that can be eaten.

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 Thu, Jul 14, 2016

IMF Programme…..All Set For Positive Third Review

Ghana is most likely to receive a positive result after the third review of its three-year programme with the International Monetary Fund, IMF.

The staff led by IMF Mission Chief for Ghana, JoëlToujas-Bernaté, were in Accra from Monday, August 29 to Friday September 2, 2016.

The team met with President John Dramani Mahama, Finance Minister Seth Terkper, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Abdul-NashiriIssahaku and other senior government officials and also conducted its own independent checks some key policies being implemented.

Mon, Sep 5, 2016 Tue, Sep 6, 2016

Ghana must fight corruption in order to progress -Batidam

Governance and Corruption Adviser to the President Daniel Batidam has suggested to Ghanaians to fight corruption if they want the country to move progressively.

This, he suggested to politicians to stop the blame game in fighting the menace in society, saying the argument has not chased corruption away.

Mr. Batidam intimated that corruption remains a challenge and that the citizenry must see measures put in place by the government in curbing it.

Wed, Sep 14, 2016 Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Criticisms by political parties over filing fees unwarranted – CODEO

The Coalition of Domestic Elections Observers (CODEO) says the criticism by political parties over the Electoral Commission’s decision to increase the filing fees for presidential and parliamentary nominees is unwarranted.

All the parties are up in arms against the EC after it announced at an Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting last Thursday that parliamentary candidates will have to pay GH¢10, 000 while presidential candidates will be expected to part with GH¢50,000 to file for their nominations.

Mon, Sep 12, 2016 Mon, Sep 12, 2016

Import quality renewable energy products to avoid e-waste in Ghana – Deputy Minister

Importers of renewable energy products into Ghana have been advised to bring in high quality products to avoid littering Ghana with e-waste.

The Deputy Minister of Environment, Bernice Heloo, speaking at the opening of the second Renewable Energy Conference in Ghana Tuesday August 9, 2016, said the conference is an opportunity to challenge Ghanaians to a healthy debate to attain the government’s target of achieving 10 per cent of renewable energy in the national energy mix.

Wed, Aug 10, 2016 Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Nkrumah Interchange delays not for electoral gains – Minister

A section of Ghanaians claim the delays in the completion of the project and its subsequent commissioning was a deliberate ploy by the government to deliver it at the last minute to elections in order to score some political points

But Alhaji Fuseini play down the claims, saying “this is not a way by government to buy votes ahead or during the elections because these projects had been planned already”.

Wed, Aug 17, 2016 Wed, Aug 17, 2016

West Ham United's Andre Ayew to avoid surgery on thigh injury

West Ham United have confirmed that summer signing Andre Ayew will not undergo surgery after suffering a thigh injury while making his debut.

The 26-year-old, who became the Hammers' club-record signing after joining from Swansea City for £20.5m, is expected to be out of action for around three months.

Ayew was forced off the pitch during West Ham's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in their opening Premier League match of the season.

Wed, Aug 24, 2016 Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Price of commodities June inflation drops marginally to 17.1%

Government statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko attributed the drop to non-food inflation such as transport, education, housing, water, electricity and gas which dropped from 25% to 24.1%.

Inflation rate for the month of June this year declined marginally from 18.4 % to17.1%.

Government statistician, Dr. Philomena Nyarko attributed the drop to non-food inflation such as transport, education, housing, water, electricity and gas which dropped from 25% to 24.1%.

Wed, Jul 13, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

IMF concludes review meeting with Ghana, but outstanding questions remain

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has announced conclusion of a third review meeting with the government of Ghana.

In a press statement copied to ghanabusinessnews.com, the IMF said a team led by Joël Toujas-Bernaté, visited Accra from August 29 to September 2, 2016 to continue discussions on the third review of Ghana’s financial and economic programme supported by the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF).

Sat, Sep 3, 2016 Tue, Sep 6, 2016

Pay more for power to save industry—Sorogho

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Mines and Energy, Alhaji Amadu Sorogho has said that there is the need for households to pay more for power than industry in order to save firms from collapse.

In a remark that is set to elicit criticisms from consumers who are already reeling from the recent increment in electricity tariffs, the lawmaker charged households to brace themselves to pay more for power saying: “the time consumers pay cheap for electricity is over.”

Mon, Jul 18, 2016 Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Mahama doesn't need Rawlings' endorsement to win elections – Omane Boamah

Minister for Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah has claimed that President Mahama does not need the endorsement of former President Jerry John Rawlings to win the upcoming elections.

He siad the party is unfazed by reports that former President John Rawlings failed to endorse the candidature of President Mahama at the NDC campaign launch as the former President has never endorsed the President for any elections.

Mon, Aug 15, 2016 Mon, Aug 15, 2016

Ghana is first to complete mechanisms for African passport – Zuma

Ghanaians would wince, roll their eyes and suck their teeth when they hear Ghana is first of the 54 countries of the African Union (AU) to report back to the AU that it has completed mechanisms for the use of the continental passport proposed by the organisation.

Acquiring a passport in Ghana has become a case of a camel passing through the eye of a needle.

Fri, Jul 15, 2016 Fri, Jul 15, 2016

KMA Chief executive resigns

Kumasi, July 12, GNA – The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Kojo Bonsu, has announced his resignation.

This comes amid strained relations between him and the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC).

Mr Bonsu, in a signed statement, said he had communicated his decision to the President.

He thanked President John Dramani Mahama for giving him the opportunity to serve his country.

He also expressed appreciation to the Asantehene, the KTC, staff of the Assembly and the people for their support and cooperation.

Wed, Jul 13, 2016 Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Journalist arrested for taking photos of a Policeman who demanded GHC 5 bribe

A Journalist from the Daily Express Newspaper has been arrested for ‘offensive conduct’ by the police, for taking pictures of a policeman who was allegedly requesting a GHC5 bribe from a bus driver around Tesano in Accra.

FSDetails available as at press time indicate that Fred Sarpong, the Daily Express Journalist and his colleague, Raphael Apetorgbor witnessed a police officer demanding a GHC 5 bribe from a bus conductor around Tesano this afternoon and took his picture.

Mon, Sep 5, 2016 Tue, Sep 6, 2016

Mahama to create 5 more administrative regions of Ghana

President John Mahama has promised to initiate steps towards creating five more administrative regions to bring to 15, the number of regions in the country.

“We currently have 10 regions. We believe that it is possible to increase the number of regions to 15,” he said while giving highlights of the National Democratic Congress 2016 manifesto in Accra Tuesday.

Tue, Sep 13, 2016 Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Theresa May officially appointed British prime minister

* Theresa May is appointed Britain's prime minister by Queen Elizabeth following David Cameron's official resignation on July 13th
* Boris Johnson made foreign secretary, Philip Hammond chancellor

Theresa May has been appointed the UK’s second female Prime Minister in a private audience with the Queen at which she was invited to form a Government.

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 Thu, Jul 14, 2016