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Starlets face familiar foe in semi-finals

Ghana Black Starlets will face Niger in the semi-finals of the u-17 Africa Cup of Nations in Port Gentil.

The game will be the third meeting both sides in the space of a month after Ghana beat their counterparts twice in a double header with a 2-0 margin.

The Stalets have caught the eye of many progressing to the semis in fine fashion scoring nine and conceeding none. Their counterparts finished second in their group scoring four and conceeding four.

myjoyonline.comMon, May 22, 2017 Mon, May 22, 2017

Mahama jets off to India for AfDB meeting

Former President John Dramani Mahama is in Ahmedabad, India to attend the 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, according to a statement issued by Joyce Bawah Mogtari, Special Aide to Mr Mahama.

The AfDB, which works to reduce poverty and improve the living conditions of African people, is meeting on the theme ‘Transforming Agriculture for Wealth Creation in Africa.’

myjoyonline.comMon, May 22, 2017 Mon, May 22, 2017

Front pages of Ghanaian Newspapers Monday, May 22, 2017

Ghanaian Newspaper this morning.

myjoyonline.comMon, May 22, 2017 Mon, May 22, 2017

Ghana's debt stock hits GHS127 billion - BoG

Latest economic and financial data released by the Central Bank puts the country's debt stock at GHS127 billion at the end of March this year.

After it met on Friday to review the health of the economy, the data showed that debt has increased from around GHS122 in December 2016 to GHS127 billion.

This represents an increase of GHS5 billion in the debt stock in three months but sources close to government indicate the increase was not as a result of fresh borrowings.

myjoyonline.comSat, May 20, 2017 Sat, May 20, 2017

Ridge Hospital Medical Director at war with Health Minister over dismissal

The Medical Director of the Ridge Hospital says he will not vacate his position hours after he was dismissed by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu on Wednesday.

Dr Thomas Awuni Naba told Joy News’ Hannah Odame Thursday, the Minister has no right to dismiss him.

“The only person who can terminate my appointment is Ghana Health Council...I still have three years,” he said.

The Health Minister is reported to have dismissed the Medical Director of the Ridge Hospital days to the official opening of the hospital renamed the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.

myjoyonline.comThu, May 18, 2017 Thu, May 18, 2017

Finance Minister sets condition for IMF programme extension

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta says Ghana’s program with the International Monetary Funds (IMF) would only be extended if the country fails to meet all the targets by end of next year.

This is in response to reports that government is currently negotiating with the Fund to extend the program, a development that has been confirmed by World Bank country representative Henry Kerali.

Sources say the push for extension has been influenced by fears that Ghana cannot implement all the needed reforms by April 2018.

World Bank country representative Henry Kerali

myjoyonline.comThu, May 18, 2017 Thu, May 18, 2017

We’re working hard to uplift Ghana’s fortunes – Nana Addo

The path to returning Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity, he indicated, is being pivoted by the revival of the Ghanaian economy.

With the majority of jobs in Ghana created by the private sector, the President indicated that “if the private sector does not have the strength to be able to operate and grow, it becomes difficult to create jobs. So our attitude has been that, let us do whatever we can to strengthen the private sector in Ghana to work and create jobs, especially for our young people in Ghana.”

Citi BusinessThu, May 18, 2017 Thu, May 18, 2017

US Embassy in Ghana 'begging' to pay power bills of 2 years

The United States Embassy in Accra is literally begging the national power supply company to sit with them so that they will settle unpaid bills of 2 years.

The Embassy took to their twitter handle to explain circumstances surrounding its alleged indebtedness to the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG).

Ghana’s sector minister had made comments to the effect that the Embassy owed the ECG, ‘‘The U.S. Embassy in Ghana has not refused to pay any electricity bills. We have been asking for official bills,’‘ one of the tweets read.

Africanews.Thu, May 18, 2017 Thu, May 18, 2017

Ghana Bar Association expresses surprise over release of Delta 8

The Ghana Bar Association says it was shocked by the release of some eight members of pro-NPP vigilante group, Delta Force, who were being tried for attacking a court.

GBA Vice President, Tony Forson told Joy News Wednesday, the Association has decided to study the judge’s ruling to understand what led to the decision.

He said GBA is still committed to its earlier statement that the eight men should be prosecuted for disrupting justice.

myjoyonline.comThu, May 18, 2017 Thu, May 18, 2017

China describes Ghana as an important development partner

Accra, May 17, GNA - Ghana has been described as an important development partner of China on the African continent.
“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ghana and China 57 years ago, the two countries have enjoyed fruitful cooperation in the economic and trade fields, bringing tangible benefits to people of the two countries.”

Sun Baohung, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, said this at the opening ceremony of the China Trade week in Accra on Wednesday.

Ghana News AgencyWed, May 17, 2017 Thu, May 18, 2017

Tullow to drill more oil wells after Ghana-Ivory Coast maritime dispute

Tullow Oil says plans are underway to resume drilling next year to boost output at its Tweneboa, Enyenra, Ntomme (TEN) field once the maritime dispute between Ghana and The Cote d’Ivoire is resolved.

Mr Charles Darku, the Tullow Ghana Managing Director, told shareholders on Wednesday that the drilling of the new wells would help increase production to 80,000 barrels a day from the current expected level of 50,000 barrels for 2017.

3 NewsThu, May 18, 2017 Thu, May 18, 2017

Ghana to export power by 2020 – Energy Minister

Ghana may export power to neighbouring countries by 2020 if current reforms in the energy sector are completed, Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko has said.

The Minister said the country could be generating in excess energy capacity of 1,700 megawatts because of the many power plants being installed.

Speaking on the final day of the National Policy Summit 2017 at the Accra International Conference Centre Tuesday, the Minister said the excess power will be exported for the money to be invested in other sectors of the economy.

myjoyonline.comTue, May 16, 2017 Wed, May 17, 2017

National digital address system will be ready by July – Bawumia

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has indicated that the national digital address system will be rolled out by July 2017.

In his announcement at the National Policy Summit on Monday, Dr. Bawumia stressed that the role of an address system in Ghana was mostly underestimated, but had the potential to be a key component for the growth of the economy

Citi FMTue, May 16, 2017 Tue, May 16, 2017

Alan Kyerematen: We’ll establish ten industrial parks across Ghana

Government has revealed plans to anchor industrialization in the country on the establishment of ten new industrial parks.

According to Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, each of the ten regions would have one park with the requisite facilities and flexible land schemes to facilitate the setting up of industries.

This initiative which draws heavily on similar models from Asia, is expected to create thousands of jobs for Ghanaians.

Citi FMMon, May 15, 2017 Tue, May 16, 2017

‘We remain Ghana’s largest development partner’ – EU Ambassador

The European Union has said it remains committed to the economic development of Ghana.

EU Ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna said the Union will continue its development cooperation with the new government focusing on sustainable development.

At the Europe Day reception in Accra last Tuesday, Mr Hanna said the EU’s bilateral and development programmes will be coordinated to promote prosperity among Ghanaians.

“This year, more and more, we are hearing the phrase ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ [and] I am encouraged by this concept,” he said.

myjoyonline.comMon, May 15, 2017 Tue, May 16, 2017

‘We won’t build Ghana for foreigners’ – Ken Ofori Atta

Government will take measures to protect local businesses from foreign competitors, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta has said.

In response to concerns raised by the President of the Association of Ghana Industries , James Asare Adjei on competition from foreign investors at the maiden National Policy Summit, the Minister said there should be no apologies over government’s desire to see local companies flourish at the expense of foreign ones.

Citi FMMon, May 15, 2017 Tue, May 16, 2017

Nigerian businesses want waivers for investments to Ghana

The Nigerian business community in Ghana wants government to honor its promise to grant waivers to foreign investors in the country.

According to them, the waivers will help them establish new businesses in the country as well as expand already existing ones.

The businesses further believe the move will fall in line with government’s plan of creating a business friendly environment.

Citi BusinessMon, May 15, 2017 Tue, May 16, 2017

Anthony Joshua could face Wladimir Klitschko in Cardiff in October

A rematch between unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko could take place at Cardiff's Principality Stadium in October.

Briton Joshua stopped Klitschko at Wembley last month to add the WBA world heavyweight title to his IBF crown.

Wales' rugby union team will play at the Principality Stadium for most Saturdays in November and December, but 28 October could be a potential date.

"Talks are ongoing over venues," said Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn.

BBC SportsTue, May 16, 2017 Tue, May 16, 2017

Supreme Court judge, Sophia Akuffo confirmed as next CJ

Supreme Court judge, Justice Sophia Akuffo has been confirmed as Ghana’s next Chief Justice.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo told the media at a news conference at the Flagstaff House Friday, he considers the Justice as the best person to lead the judiciary at this time of history.

myjoyonline.comFri, May 12, 2017 Fri, May 12, 2017

Inflation rate for April inches up to 13 per cent

Accra, May 10, GNA - The year-on-year inflation rate went up slightly in April to 13.0 per cent, up by 0.2 percentage points, compared with the 12.8 per cent recorded in March.

The Acting Government Statistician, Mr Baah Wadieh told a press conference on Wednesday that the monthly change rate in April 2017 was 1.6 per cent, while that for March 2017 stood at 1.3 per cent.

The year-on-year non-food inflation rate recorded for April was 16.3 per cent compared with the 15.6 per cent recorded in March 2017.

Ghana News AgencyWed, May 10, 2017 Thu, May 11, 2017