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African Economic Outlook: Report on Ghana
The outlook in 2012 and 2013 remains positive with projected GDP growth of 8.3 % (7.6% non-oil) and 7.7 % (6.3 % non-oil) in 2012 and 2013 respectively. A key risk to the fiscal outlook for 2012 is the possibility of higher public spending pressure due to the elections and wage pressures from the implementation of the new pay policy. The population in the 15-24 age group has an unemployment rate of 25.6 %, twice that of the 25-44 age group and three times that of the 45-64 age group. Click here for full report
I don’t believe I am the only one who has noticed the indifference and conspicuous silence of the media on the poor quality telecom services in this country; the silence of the media is so deafening it is not funny anymore. It is about time the media stopped describing us as listeners, viewers and readers; and it is time the telecom companies stopped describing us as subscribers or customers. We are citizens; human beings, whose rights are being blatantly violated, through the indecent flirtation between the media and the telecom operators. The radio stations in particular, are very loud about problems with the other utility services; water and electricity. But they say very little about the daily problems we face trying to make calls on our mobile phones; and it is not as if people do not complain about the problems they face – the call drops, speech mutation, calls not going through, network congestion, wrong voice prompts, no coverage and all the others. There is also the dysfunctional broadband and snail-pace wireless internet services. Due to the age-old network challenges, we lose money directly and indirectly everyday, and sometimes we even lose valuable business and social relationships. The telecom operators make a boast of the ‘supersonic speed’ of their wireless dongles, but our reality is that these dongles are so slow and they suck credit so fast. As for broadband, the least said about it the better.
Ghana gives up on $10bn housing deal with STX
Ghana is seeking "alternatives" to a 200,000-unit housing deal it struck with South Korean conglomerate STX Corp. after failed negotiations over the details, President John Atta Mills said on Monday.The deal, initially announced in 2009, was estimated to be worth $10 billion. "We have some difficulties with the STX project and as a president, I am eating a humble pie to say that we are looking for alternatives," Mills said at a press conference.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, we have called you here to inform the good people of Ghana through you about developments in Parliament regarding the STX housing project. You will recall that on Thursday, July 15, 2010, the NDC government through it’s Parliamentary representatives withdrew from the floor of the House a motion to approve of A Supplier’s Credit Agreement Between the Government of Ghana and STX Engineering and Construction Ghana Limited for an amount of US$1,525,443,468 for the construction of 30,000 units of houses for the security services in Ghana. This withdrawal was ostensibly occasioned by arguments proffered by the Minority side which had started to debate the motion on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. We are here today to tell Ghanaians the reasons why the Minority was asking Parliament to reject the proposal placed before it at the instance of Professor Mills, since the agreement came by Executive approval and not Cabinet approval. It is critically important to let the good people of Ghana know this because, as you may recollect, of the seven people that the Minority had lined up for the debate only two people spoke before the government beat a hasty retreat.
Ghana police criminally prosecute journalist over sources
New York, July 23, 2010—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Ghana ’s attorney general to drop prosecution of prominent journalist Ato Kwamena Dadzie under the 1960 criminal code in an attempt to get him to reveal his sources. The Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service on Monday charged Dadzie, acting editor of Accra-based private station Joy FM, with publishing false news “with intent to cause fear and alarm,” defense lawyer Shadrach Arhin told CPJ. Dadzie is free on a bail bond of 5,000 cedis (US$3,430) and faces a misdemeanor offense carrying a maximum sentence of two years in prison or a fine, according to his lawyer. Police referred the case to the attorney general’s office for legal advice, he said.
Latest Synovate poll: Nana Addo leads Mills
A national opinion poll conducted by international market research organization, Synovate, has the 2012 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, 5 percentage points ahead of his closest rival, President JEA Mills, Presidential Candidate of the ruling National Democratic Congress, in the run up to the 2012 general elections. However, if elections were held today Nana Akufo-Addo would lead but still fall short of the more than 50% mark required for outright victory. The opinion poll carried out in September this year surveyed a total of 1,723 respondents.
Ghana's economic forecast revised downwards
The latest economic report on Ghana by the reputable UK-based companiesandmarkets.com has revised downwards expectations on economic growth. This is primarily driven by the growing likelihood that oil production will begin in the early part of 2011 and not the last quarter of this year as earlier expected. However, according to the Business Forecast Report, Ghana proved robust amid the external headwinds of 2009, boding well for economic expansion going forward. Real GDP growth is estimated to have been 4.7% in 2009 and the report sees it accelerating into double digits by 2011. The onset of domestic oil production will play a major part in this story. Not only will it boost growth, it should also lead to remarkable reductions in the deficits on the current account and fiscal account. In fact, it is expected that both accounts will flip into surplus over the coming years.
Onetime premium is the biggest hoax in Ghana's political history - Akufo-Addo
Flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has scoffed at the proposed one-time premium under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) by government describing it as the “biggest political hoax”.The one-time premium policy promised by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in their 2008 manifesto appears to be a limbo barely two months to the end of its four-year term in office.
Expect fuel price hike soon
A recent decision by an Accra High Court could have misunderstood the use of the Ex-refinery price differential In the calculation of fuel pump prices and this may force Government to raise retail pump prices if the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) loses its appeal and Government is mandated to carry out the court order.
Voter Registration in Africa
Voter registration is highly complex and is the single most expensive activity within the framework of elections. Voter registration is not just the technical implementation of an activity; it is a holistic political, administrative and practical process. The role of voter registration is especially important when it comes to emerging democracies: it can make or break an election. The quality of the process and the product – that is, the voters’ roll – can determine the outcome of an election and consequently the stability of the democratic institutions in acountry. Click here for full article