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  • Government has on several platforms and fora assured the business community that AfCFTA is a game changer and can transform the country’s economy. There has been improved macroeconomic indicators, ...

    Written By Yaw Ohemeng Kyei - The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a novelty by the Africa Union to encourage intra Africa trade. Phase one of its protocol was negotiated in the area of trade in goods; services; working groups and procedures for settlement of disputes. AfCFTA is in line with the vision and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Intra African trade is 16 percent whilst Africa’s share in global trade is two-point six percent. This means Ghana’s share of intra African trade and global trade are approximately 0.3 percent and 0.04 percent.

  • Dagbon today has adopted a new posture and dimension, the purpose of which is to promote unity among its citizens and ensure that nothing but development comes to the people.

    The celebration of the Damba festival attracted a varied range of personalities from all walks of life, including the President of the Republic, Prime Minister of Barbados, government officials, parliamentarians as well as foreign visitors. It was characterised by pomp and pageantry, showing its importance and beauty to everyone.

  • The decision by the Interior Minister is one that has come under severe scrutiny and criticism from security experts and a cross section of the public

    Written By Nana Sifa Twum - The Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery has directed the hierarchy of the Ghana Police Service to arm personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department, MTTD of the service. The directive forms part of plans by the government to arm all police officers including MTTD personnel.

  • One does not have to hold a degree in theology or any related field to know that such divisive and misguided utterances in “churches” must not come from someone claiming to be a leader of a group where women from the Ashanti, Ewe and Fanti ethnic groups are found.

    Written By Nana Sifa Twum - The sole leader and founder of Glorious Wave Chapel International, is reported to have made certain derogatory remarks about certain group of women in Ghana.

  • To worsen matters, rebel groups are operating in various parts of the Northern sector of the country making it extremely difficult for peace to prevail. Thus, as a country, ...

    The political crisis in Mali following the seizure of power by the military is quite worrying. It creates a condition of insecurity and uncertainty in the life of that country. During the consultative meeting in Accra, all sides to the conflict together with stakeholders in the sub-region came up with frank discussions from various viewpoints as a way of ensuring a peaceful return to constitutional rule. The military junta wants to rule the country for three years before handing over power to civilian rule. Other stakeholders to the meeting are of the view that as much as possible the country needs to return to civilian rule without any further delay. It is therefore expected that the ECOWAS chair with the support of other sub-regional leaders will be able to strike a deal with the military leaders so as to ensure peace in Mali.

  • The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has indicated that one of the taxes that would be adjusted during the Mid-Year Review is the luxury tax on vehicles in response to stakeholders’ concerns.

    In accordance with Section 28 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016, Act 921, the Finance Minister is mandated to present a Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review of the Budget to Parliament, not later than the 31st of July of each financial year.

  • This whole episode should encourage us to answer some important questions about Parliament. First, what is the ideal size of our Parliament ....

    For a body whose main activity is communication, our Parliament has been miscommunicating a bit in the last few weeks.

  • Even though touted by many as useful, a number of concerns have been raised against the Free SHS especially what has become known as double track. Under the double track system, ...

    Written By Justice Mingle - The Institute of Economic Affairs, IEA, seems to have stirred the hornets’ nest with its call on government to re-examine the Free SHS policy to determine how to reduce government’s expenditure.

  • This finding underscores the need for the timely and effective implementation of all provisions of the Right to Information Law, recently assented to by the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, who ...

    Written By Raymond Tuvi - When American Reggae and Pop Musician Johnny Nash sang in 1972 that “There Are More Questions Than Answers”, he was lyricizing an age-old human situation.
    That existential situation was given a scholarly validation by British philosopher and Nobel Prize winner, Bertrand Russell, who proposed that, in the eternal effort at unravelling the mysteries of our infinite Universe, we would discover that the questions asked may be of more significance than the answers given. In a simpler expression, he said, “In all affairs, it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” It goes without saying that, questioning is the art of learning. Because, learning to ask important questions is the best evidence there is of understanding a matter.

  • All this goes to point out that we need to come together in peace, whether as political players, economic and social actors or even as religious people. If the contribution of ....

    There is no doubt that every nation requires peace and unity to aspire towards development. No nation in the world, irrespective of the amount of natural resources at its disposal, can progress as fast as possible if the people in that nation do not come together in peace and unity to promote its development.

  • In Akan, there is a fascinating adage which literally means, when a naked person promises you clothing, listen to his name.

     Written By Nana Sifa Twum - There is a saying that, “if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

  • If we are unable to do this, then we have all failed in ensuring that security is upheld to its required and logical conclusion.

     In a comprehensive sense, meaningful security in a country implies the assurance that any person or a group of people, including foreigners, found in any part of a country can have a peace of mind that they deserve to co-exist with one another and contribute their quota to the country’s socio-economic development. In this connection, it is essential for all residents in the country to view security matters within the context of the level of care a nation gives to them rather than over-blowing any one-off or a few incidents out of proportion to exaggerate the reality of the situation. When the report about the three, now four, missing girls in Takoradi came out, painful as it was and it is now, it was politicised to create the impression that the security apparatus in the country was not working as expected.

  • Tier one is the mandatory Social Security and National Insurance Trust, SSNIT, tier two which is ...

    Written By By Dominic Hlordzi - Report that the National Pensions Regulatory Authority, NPRA has begun a process to prosecute 13 companies in the country for failing to honour any of the mandatory schemes for their workers is indeed pleasing to the ear. What are the mandatory schemes? Ghana after the review of the pension laws now has three-tier schemes for workers.

  • Democracy and freedom do not imply unnecessary attacks on others as well as insults that could lead to confusion and fighting in society. When utterances are negative, ...

    Democracy requires that issues of national interest are freely discussed by people so as to create understanding, harmony and socio-economic development. This implies that people must feel free to contribute to issues of national importance and generate consensus for the good of the country.

  • The crux of the matter is, which entity takes delivery of the fertilizers from the national level? Who are those in charge of those entities?

    Written By Alex Blege - In 2017, President Akufo-Addo together with the Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Afriyie Akoto launched the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJs) so as to create the opportunity to boost food production for consumption and export. This initiative involves the provision of support services in the form of seeds and fertilizer to farmers. In spite of the challenges that bedeviled the farming season that year, it was reported that there was bumper harvest and the excess were exported to neighboring countries.

  • A major concern of many observers is that it will allow the influx of sub-standard products into member countries. This concern can be addressed when ...

    The African continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) is aimed at promoting intra-African trade so that member countries will be able to maximize their returns in trade relations among their members. It is in the light of this positive development that entrepreneurs in the country need to seize the opportunity offered by the Free Trade Area to expand their business to meet global standards.

  • On the midnight of January 6 this year, the seventh parliament of the fourth Republic stood dissolved, paving the way for the inauguration of the 8th Parliament. Under the Speakership of Rev. Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye, the seventh Parliament could be described as the busiest and most efficient thus far. That Parliament saw the passage of about 125 Bills out of 196 Bills which were introduced into the House. It was the seventh parliament that saw the passage of the Right to Information Law and it was in that same outfit that the first Private Members Bill was passed.

  • In fact, to have 67 people escorting 17 unwanted guests is in itself a signal that the German government is really serious with its immigration laws.

     Written By By Dominic Hlordzi - Deportation!! Deportation! Tom Tancredo, an American politician once said that “the word nobody wants to use is deportation and once you are in their country illegally, that’s the punishment. You will face deportation.

  • However, those who will not receive the blessings of the electorate will be running into serious debt. With regard to the lamentations of the famous Actor, John Dumelo, ...

    Written By Alhaji Alhassan Abdula - Many people were delighted at the recent peaceful parliamentary primaries organized by the NDC throughout the country. The feat chalked-up by the party is likely to be emulated by the other political parties that are yet to organize their primaries. In spite of the happy turn of events, a few polling stations recorded skirmishes leading to fisticuffs and the destruction of ballot papers at a polling station. This is uncalled-for. It’s believed that the party has taken note of the happenings and would put right what went wrong. A few of the candidates who lost the polls accused the winners of vote buying.

  • The principle of creation and the standards that go with it require all human beings to show interest in standardisation so as to be able to ensure quality products for everyone on earth.

    A careful observation of creation shows that the creator of the universe did not create the universe and all the things in it without conforming to certain requirements that ensure that all created things, natural and man-made, are meant to fulfil certain levels of purpose, quality, usefulness and satisfaction.

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