The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has reiterated the resolve of the Nana Akufo-Addo government to transform Ghana within the shortest possible time through the implementation of policies and programmes designed to make Ghana a modern economy.
According to Vice President Bawumia, after just 20 months in office, the Akufo-Addo Presidency has done more to digitise and formalise the Ghanaian economy and society than what has pertained in Ghana for several years.
“The Akufo-Addo Government is doing things, life transforming activities and reforms, what we haven’t done as a nation over the past 61 years, in just in 20 months. We are implementing reforms that will provide the critical, soft infrastructure that will ensure that Ghana becomes a modern economy.
“In just 20 months, we have implemented policies and programmes designed to formalise the economy and make life easier for both the ordinary Ghanaian and businesses. For instance today, through the use of technology, getting a Drivers’ Licence has been made easier and cut out the need to pay a middleman before accessing an essential service. This is certainly good for the ordinary Ghanaian and business.”
“This government is building a new, confident, modern Ghana through the use of technology and the implementation of critical reforms. We have delivered in this short period, and will continue to deliver in the coming days, months and years,” the Vice President maintains.
Vice President Bawumia touted the achievements of the Nana Akufo-Addo government in its short stay in office when he addressed participants at the UK-Ghana Investment Summit in Accra on Tuesday 16th October, 2018.
Outlining a number of critical building blocks for formalisation such as ensuring unique identification (Ghana Card, to be rolled out nationwide soon), location (National Digital Property Addressing System-GhanaPostGPS implemented), seamless payment system (Mobile Payments Interoperability implemented), justice delivery (E-case tracking ongoing), improved access to education (Free SHS, E-education ongoing), and facilitating business operations (paperless port, E-registration of companies, etc), Vice President Bawumia maintained that the government was committed to moving Ghana beyond aid while creating the environment for the growth of the private sector.
Other reforms, such as a streamlined, online process for passport acquisition, digitisation of all land records, injecting transparency into the procurement processes by making all processes easily trackable online, and the ongoing development of a national Emergency Number linked with the emergency services, fire and police services, and designed to give a caller’s location for faster response times were all part of the jigsaw, Vice President Bawumia stated.
“In the area of health, processes are underway to ensure the speedy supply of urgently required blood and medication to isolated, hard-to-access communities through the use of drones. The processes should be completed soon, and I’m happy to say that Government is not paying a pesewa for this. It is being funded by the private sector,” the Vice President disclosed.
Vice President Bawumia urged the investor-community to take advantage of Ghana’s business-friendly environment to engage their Ghanaian counterparts to set up shop, while pledging Government’s commitment to staying the course of formalisation
“While we strive to make further efforts to make Ghana a leading business destination through the formalisation agenda, I will urge you to talk to your Ghanaian counterparts and explore ways we can work together to make Ghana better. Given what we have been able to do within this short period, you can be rest assured that we are poised to achieve even more.”
Residents of Ofankor in the Greater Accra region have been hit with acute water shortage.
The affected residents have resulted to paying more in search of water, our checks has revealed.
The residents say they are suffering. Students say they are unable to attend school because of the long queues they have to join.
It is unclear what has caused the shortage and efforts to reach authorities to react to the story have not been successful.
Former National Security Advisor, Brigadier General Nunoo-Mensah, has slammed former President John Dramani Mahama, for failing to consult him on any policy direction as his security advisor when he [Mahama] was president.
He revealed at the launch of Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah’s campaign yesterday [Tuesday] that, Mahama did not consult him once on any policy direction he took.
He was at the launch with other former ministers and appointees of Mahama to support Dr. Spio-Garbrah who admonished delegates at the La Villa Botique Hotel in Accra to elect him because he is incorruptible.
Mr Nunoo-Mensah further revealed Mr Mahama failed to consult elders of his party, did things on his own and that alone caused his massive defeat.
‘’I am telling you here that, because he failed to consult the elders of the party, he was abandoned by the elders of the party.He threw all the good ones of the party away and that was why he lost the elections. He replaced us with younger people who he thought were better than the older ones. That was why he lost the elections. That is my explanation.’’’’
He told rainbowradioonline.com that, he chose to support Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah because he believes the diplomat, has what it takes to become leader of the NDC and subsequently become the president of the republic of Ghana.
Speaking exclusively to this website, he said, Dr. Spio-Garbrah has the men, a solid team behind him who has what it takes to lead the NDC to victory 2020.
The former military capo said, the NDC needs something better than a candidate who lost an election and coming back to seek reelection after he was defeated in a humiliating manner in 2016.
‘’If Mahama was good, why did Ghanaians reject him in 2016? Mahama lost because he was not good enough.’’
He opined, the former President did not have a good team behind him to support him. He was a poor leader and didn’t chose the right people to support him to win the elections.’’
The National Concerned Spare Parts Dealers Association has described the Cargo Tracking Note policy (CTN) as bogus.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the association, Techie Addo, said the CTN will rather worsen the plights of importers than the benefits being claimed by the Ghana Revenue Authority.
He accused government of acting in bad faith because it deceived importers after failing to absorb the cost for the CTN.
Government has since introduce a scheme under the CTN where an importer that ships not more than three 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) into the country in a month would be exempted from paying any charges in relation to the CTN.
CTN was introduced to help resolve huge trade malpractices that were orchestrated by government agencies and big firms during the clearing of goods at the country’s ports, the Revenue Officer said the three-TEU per month move would help lessen the burden on smaller importers.
He was speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
A statement issued by the GRA on the CTN before it was started on Monday said: This is to serve notice that the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Note policy begins in earnest on Monday, 15th October 2018. From Monday, importers whose imports, from records, exceed thirty-six (36) Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) per year will be required to obtain a CTN number in the country of export. This means any importer who imports less than 36 TEUs per year is except for CTN compliance. Further, businesses that import more than 36 TEUs per year but can demonstrate that the nature of their imports and their turnovers make them small importers will also be exempt.”
But the PRO for association believes the CTN is bogus and should be rejected by importers and all stakeholders involved.
Speaking on duties, he lamented that, although import duties on spare parts have been removed, the duties have increased.
Comparing the 2016 figures to that of this year, I can boldly state that the duties have increased in the highest proportion.
He explained that, import VAT includes cost, insurance and freight and the VAT is always high and so, abolishing the import duty and the levies are still high, the duties would also go high.
He also revealed custom officers on weekly basis review the exchange rate which is having a serious implication ion their businesses.
The Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr has sued the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, for defamation.
Kweku Baako is seeking reliefs including general damages in the sum of GH₵25million against Mr Agyapong.
In his statement of claim, Kweku Baako states that, on July 18, 2018 and on several occasions thereafter, Mr Agyapong published several statements against him on Oman FM, Net 2 TV, Adom FM and Asempa FM which are defamatory.
According to him, on certain occasions when the hosts of the programmes on which he made those defamatory comments against him asked him to retract or provide facts to back the claims he [Agyapong] made failed to do so.
According to Kweku Baako, Mr Agyapong’s assertions have affected his image and reputation in the eyes of “right-thinking” members of the society.
He is, therefore, asking the court to order Mr Agyapong to retract his comments and render an unqualified apology to him.
He is also asking the court to place a perpetual injunction restraining Mr Agyapong, his agents, assigns and servants from further publishing any defamatory words against him.
Kweku Baako filed the suit at the Accra High Court on Tuesday October 16, 2018.
Meanwhile, ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a mentee of Kweku Baako has also sued Mr Agyapong for defamation and is asking the court to award general damages of GH₵25million against Mr Agyapong.
Communication cum advertising capo and aspiring presidential candidate hopeful, Dr. Ekwow Spio/Garbrah, has revealed he is replacing the late Jewel Ackah, the composer of their anthem as composer.
The man who has served in various state and international capacity in his bid to bear the National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag for Election 2020 has revealed, he is replacing the party's late composer, Jewel Kofi Ackah in order to compose songs for the party.
At Osu in Accra where Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah launched his campaign, he pointed out branding is essential in trading any product or services.
It was in this light that the former Minister for Communication, Education, Trade and Industry plus ambassador said, the NDC needs a real and dedicated personality with the requisite experience to lead it in whisking power from the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Jewel Ackah is known to have composed the NDC anthem, "ARISE FOR GHANA".
In rubbing shoulders to showcase his ability, Dr. Spio did a remix of an old but popular Ghanaian gospel song, "DAA NA ASE" (thank him). This time around, he sung "DA NDC ASE" (thank the NDC).
In what he referred to as Seven Point Agenda, the NDC flag bearer hopeful aim to alleviate the Ghanaian people from all the hardship burdening them by the current NPP leadership.
He chants, the NPP and Nana Akufo Addo are in for a term in government meaning the NDC and for that matter Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah will win the 2020 elections.
By: Daniel Asuku
Presidential candidate hopeful, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has admonished delegates of the opposition National Democratic Congress to give him massive endorsement in order to make it easier for the party to win the 2020 elections.
He said, the delegates should avoid voting for any candidate with a tag of corruption, scandals and financial malfeasance.
At a ceremony to officially launch his campaign, the diplomat said, Ghanaians are looking for someone who is incorruptible, clean and will stand test of integrity, probity and accountability.
According to him, there is a great tsunami of change that is blowing in the NDC and that same wind of change that saw some NDC former executives lose their seats will be recorded in the upcoming flagbearership race which he will massively win.
Dr. Spio-Garbrah told the gathering that, Ghanaians are not looking for a candidate who is only liked by the NDC but looking for a candidate who will also appeal to every Ghanaian voter.
The aspiring candidate was hopeful he will beat all his contenders and emerge as candidate for the NDC.
The delegates of the NDC he said are looking for someone with the requisite kind of experiences, a competent person and a flag bearer who can help to unite the party.
He called on other candidates to focus their message on the internal primaries and stop deviating from the race ahead.
He further called on the party to spend 10 percent of their campaign funds to conduct a research on who Ghanaians would want to vote for as president in 2020 from all the candidates contesting.
The EXIM bank has allocated an amount of GH¢ 416.5 million for the establishment of agro-processing and pharmaceutical industries under government’s ‘One District, One Factory (1D1F)’ programme.
Lawrence Agyinsam, Managing Director of the bank said: “The bank is the major financing institution of government’s flagship ‘One District, One Factory’, and all projects are aimed at creating value addition to raw materials, generating foreign exchange and employment creation”.
Speaking at a seminar for small businesses in the shea-based cosmetics sector, Mr. Agyinsam added that the bank has approved GH¢9.3million for processing shea-nuts into cosmetics for export and local consumption. “This injection is expected to create 300 direct jobs by December 2020,” he said.
The training seminar, organised by the bank in collaboration with the Global Shea Alliance – an organisation that promotes industry sustainability, quality practices and standards, and demand for shea in food and cosmetics – is aimed at equipping participants to gain access into the global shea market.
Mr. Agyinsam added that in recognition of the role shea plays in the livelihoods of several families as well as its significant contribution to the country’s Non Traditional Exports (NTE), the bank has introduced a Shea Empowerment Initiative (SEI) as a special project for economic empowerment of women engaged in the shea value chain.
He explained that the initiative, which is under the bank’s Grass Roots Initiative Development (GRID) is aimed at providing capacity-building and financing sectors which are strategic to development of the rural economy. “Under GRID, rural communities will receive support critical to their development that would ordinarily not be provided by commercial banks,” he said.
He added that the Shea Empowerment Initiative is in line with the bank’s strategic objective of adding value to agricultural produce in the various regions, and increasing the NTE of Ghana to US$5billion by 2022 from the current value of US$2.45billion.
Second Lady, Samira Bawumia who was the guest of honour, noted that the shea tree is a major source of income and important engine of economic growth in the northern part of the country. “Shea trees have always been an important part of life in the north, and produce up to 12 percent of income for women who are usually collectors of the nuts,” she said.
Ms. Bawumia noted that exports have increased by 600 percent over the last two decades and continue to bring stable income to rural West Africa; and in recent years the demand for shea-based cosmetic products has been growing and manufacturers are creating products with African ingredients desirable to global consumers.
“As the world is moving rapidly toward knowledge-based economies, adequate education and access to information can make all the difference in creating a robust industry. Training and seminars provide essential opportunities to expand knowledge and network. As the industry grows, our people must grow with it,” she said.
Aaron Adu, Managing Director of Global Shea Alliance, noted that as part of the Global Shea Alliance promotional strategy to increase markets for shea industry players, the seminar is aimed at training these women-owned small businesses to prepare for and attend international trade shows.
“With support from EXIM Bank today, we are training exhibitors on export strategies, packaging, labelling, preparing for trade shows, and engaging customers. These shows are the Professional Beauty Trade Show in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the Middle East Natural and Organic Trade Show in Dubai. This year, we are supporting 20 exhibitors from Ghana,” he said.
According to COCOBOD, there are about 600,000 women in Ghana who collect shea; and across West Africa, the number is 4 million. Exports of shea reached 350,000 metric tonnes at the end of 2016, and this brought US$200million into West Africa