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Parliament’s image dips due to bribery allegation - Report

Accra, Feb. 21, GNA - Parliament has suffered a major blow to its public image due largely to its recent appointments committee bribery allegations, a report by the Centre for Media Analysis (CMA), an independent media monitoring agency, said on Tuesday.
The report, compiled through CMA’s strategic analysis of print media news contents, called on the leadership of the august house and its communication managers to put strategic and pragmatic measures in place to re-affirm its renowned respect and image.

Ghana News AgencyTue, Feb 21, 2017 Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Opuni’s assets frozen; EOCO probes his tenure at COCOBOD

Immediate past Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Dr. Stephen Opuni, has had his assets including his accounts, frozen by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), according to Citi News sources at the presidency.

Although reasons for the seizure have not been officially communicated, the sources have hinted Citi News that EOCO is seeking to investigate the entire period that Dr. Opuni served as CEO of that critical state agency.

Citi FMTue, Feb 21, 2017 Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Ghana seeks additional reserves to support currency – official

Ghana is arranging for additional reserves to intervene sooner than planned in order to prop the local cedi currency which has weakened to new lows this week, two Central Bank sources said on Thursday.

The cedi has been under pressure since early February .

This was so after the new government announced it had uncovered contract arrears of $1.6 billion and a budget deficit close to double digits, compared to the 2016 target of 5.25 per cent of gross domestic product.

VanguardThu, Feb 16, 2017 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

IMF to consider Ghana aid deal

Ghana is likely to receive an extension of its three year deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The lender said that if the West African nation requests for an extension, they will continue assisting it in case of protracted balance of payments problems.

Currently, Ghana has an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) supported by the IMF. The lending agreement provides sustained program engagement over the medium to long term.

The arrangement is of about 900 million US dollars signed in April 2015 which the the government has already utilized more than half.

Africanews.Thu, Feb 16, 2017 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

King of Morocco begins 3-day visit to Ghana

The King of the Kingdom of Morocco, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, accompanied by some members of his government and business leaders have arrived in Ghana for a three-day visit.

This comes a few days after his country was accepted into the African Union.

King Mohammed VI was due in Accra last month but the visit was later postponed. . . .

Citi FMThu, Feb 16, 2017 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Ruling on Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire boundary dispute in September

After two weeks of legal tussle between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) yesterday set the end of September 2017 as the date to deliver judgment on the maritime boundary between two countries.

The tribunal set the date after Cote d’Ivoire concluded its final round of oral arguments at its sitting in Hamburg, Germany yesterday.

The President of the Special Chamber constituted to hear the case, Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, told the parties that the tribunal would deliver its judgement at the end of September 2017.

Graphic OnlineFri, Feb 17, 2017 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Govt will make Ghana leader in democracy, rule of law

President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has stated the resolve of the government to make Ghana a leader in democracy and the rule of law in Africa.

“We are determined to get Ghana once again to lead our continent on two fronts: entrenching democracy and the rule of law and transforming the structure of the African economy into a modern, manufacturing kind that has the capacity to generate jobs for our people and create and spread wealth across the length and breadth of our vast continent,” he said.

Graphic OnlineFri, Feb 17, 2017 Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Ghana presidential fleet 'missing 200 cars'

Ghana's new government is trying to track down more than 200 cars missing from the president's office, a government spokesman has said.

The ruling party counted the cars a month after taking power following victory in December's elections.

After previous transfers of power, state-owned cars have been seized from officials who did not return them.

A minister in the former government said the implied allegation of wrongdoing by his colleagues was false.

BBCThu, Feb 9, 2017 Thu, Feb 9, 2017

I will stop Ghana’s $4bn loss to corruption – Ken Ofori Atta

Confronting the 4 billion dollars loss to corruption should create enough buffers to meet the infrastructure development agenda of the NPP government, Finance Minister Nominee, Ken Ofori Atta has said.

According to him, reducing the high incidences of corruption if not eradicating the canker completely should assist government address the infrastructure deficit facing the country.

Mr. Ofori Atta made the remarks when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Friday.

Citi FMSat, Jan 21, 2017 Sun, Jan 22, 2017

Supporting Ghana’s Development: IAEA Director General Visits Accra

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano congratulated Ghana on the nuclear regulatory framework and legal infrastructure which it put in place earlier this year. “An independent regulatory authority is essential for the safe and secure use of nuclear technology,” Mr Amano told Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama in Accra last week, adding that the IAEA will support Ghana if it decides to embark on a nuclear power programme.

IAEAMon, Mar 21, 2016 Tue, Jan 17, 2017

IAEA Starts Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Mission in Ghana

An IAEA team of experts has started an Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) mission in Ghana. The mission will last eight days and it will evaluate the status of major infrastructure issues against the Agency’s Milestones Approach for the introduction of nuclear power. These issues include legal and regulatory frameworks, nuclear safety and security, radioactive waste management, human resource development, stakeholder involvement, the capacity of the electrical grid and several others.

IAEAMon, Jan 16, 2017 Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Reducing taxes will require more time – Ken Ofori Atta

Finance Minister Nominee, Ken Ofori Atta has told Citi Business News, Government will have to undertake a careful analysis of its tax cuts promise before it implements it anytime soon.

According to him, modalities for implementing the NPP’s promise to cut down taxes will largely be outlined in the 2017 budget.

Citi FMMon, Jan 16, 2017 Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Ghana v Uganda (Tuesday)

Ghana and coach Avram Grant want to go one better than in 2015 when they lost the final to Ivory Coast on penalties.

Striker Asamoah Gyan and West Ham midfielder Andre Ayew were part of the team two years ago, and their experience and quality is expected to help the Black Stars see off Uganda.

Uganda pair Murushid Juuko and Khalid Aucho are both suspended.

The Cranes are at the tournament for the first time since 1978, when they lost to hosts Ghana in the final.

That history adds a little extra spice to the Group D match.

BBC SportsMon, Jan 16, 2017 Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Ghana: Prospects of Ghana's Economy Look Brighter - BoG Boss

With the worst of the energy crisis seemingly over, Ghana's prospects look brighter, despite ongoing global uncertainties, Abdul-Nashiru Issahaku, the Governor of the Bank of Ghana said.

Issahaku told the global publishing firm, Oxford Business Group (OBG) in an interview that improvements in the country's energy supply were evident, while other remedial measures had helped Ghana to address its fiscal imbalances, boost investor confidence and secure macroeconomic stability.

All AfricaThu, Jan 12, 2017 Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Tough times ahead for Ghana's new president Nana Akufo-Addo [Business Africa]

Ghana’s economic challenges

Nana Akufo-Addo has officially began work as president of Ghana, the new head of state will have to tackle enormous challenges facing the economy.

Early last year, Ghana sought some $918 million dollar bailout from international lenders at the height of its challenges.

According to economists in the country, the government will have to implement clear policies to resolve the many issues that lie ahead.

Here is more with Jean David Mihamle and Kenneth Karuri. . .

Africanews.Thu, Jan 12, 2017 Fri, Jan 13, 2017

IMF says plans to meet new Ghana government over aid programme

ACCRA (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) plans to visit Ghana to hear the new government's plans for implementing the country's $918 million aid deal, the Fund said on Thursday.

President Nana Akufo-Addo was sworn in on Saturday pledging to cut taxes, spend on development and boost annual growth to double digits as he seeks to return Ghana to its place as one of Africa's most dynamic economies.

ReutersThu, Jan 12, 2017 Fri, Jan 13, 2017

New portfolios to operate from the presidency – Akufo-Addo

Six of the newly created ministerial portfolios will operate from the Office of the President; President Nana Akufo-Addo has said. According to him, the budgetary allocations of the new portfolios will be captured under the Office of the President.

A total of 36 people have been nominated by the President as of now to handle 36 portfolios.

Some of the portfolios have been carved out of existing ones, whilst others are a re-introduction of some of the portfolios that existed during former President John Kufuor's era.

Graphic OnlineThu, Jan 12, 2017 Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Meet Akufo-Addo's 36 ministerial nominees

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday released the third batch of ministerial nominees for Parliamentary consideration.

The list of 11 nominees adds up to the previously announced 25 nominees bringing the total number to 36 as of now.

Nine of them are females and 27 males. Twenty two of them are already Members of Parliament (MP).

Out of the nine females, six of them are MPs. 16 out of the 27 males are also MPs.

Graphic OnlineThu, Jan 12, 2017 Fri, Jan 13, 2017

Ghana: Nana Akufo-Addo is sworn in as president

Nana Akufo-Addo has been sworn in as Ghana's new president after beating John Mahama in last month's election.

Heads of state from across Africa and thousands of guests and dignitaries watched him take the oath of office at a ceremony in the capital, Accra.

Mr Akufo-Addo, a 72-year-old former human rights lawyer, promised free high school education and more factories.

But critics have questioned the viability of his ambitions.

Third time lucky for Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana profile

BBCSat, Jan 7, 2017 Sat, Jan 7, 2017

UK's lack of negotiating experience may lead to 'very hard Brexit'

Britain’s four-decade membership of the EU has left it lacking experience in international negotiations, which will hamper it in trade talks and may lead to “a very hard Brexit”, Norway’s prime minister has said.

“We do feel that sometimes when we are discussing with Britain, that their speed is limited by the fact that it is such a long time since they have negotiated” on their own, Erna Solberg told Reuters at a meeting of Bavaria’s centre-right CSU party in Germany.

The GuardianThu, Jan 5, 2017 Thu, Jan 5, 2017