• Thursday, April 19, 2018

“Ghana Stands Ready To Beat Malaria” – President Akufo-Addo

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the effective execution of the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, as well as the introduction of other innovative strategies, means that “Ghana stands ready to beat malaria.”

Speaking at the Malaria Summit London 2018, on Wednesday, 18th April, 2018, on the sidelines of the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, President Akufo-Addo stated noted that the fight against malaria in Ghana is an age-old one.

“According to the Ghana Health Service, malaria tops Out Patient Department cases, and is responsible for the death of three children, every day, in the country. Indeed, in 2016, 10.4 million cases of malaria were recorded in a population of some 30 million people,” he said.

The President continued, “Although the figure from 2016 represents an improvement over that of 2015, we recognise that a lot of work has to be done in reducing prevalence of malaria to the barest minimum.”

Reiterating the “solid, decade-long work and advocacy undertaken by my fair lady, Rebecca, Ghana’s First Lady, through her Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation”, the President stated that this has reinforced his conviction that Ghana’s aim of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75%, by the year 2020, is attainable.

Ghana’s goal, through the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, he said, is to achieve and sustain near-zero malaria deaths, and, ultimately, a malaria-free Ghana.

Key interventions of this Plan, the President outlined, include integrated vector management; malaria case management, including malaria in pregnancy; integrated community case management; seasonal malaria chemoprevention; integrated support systems, including  advocacy and behavioural change communication; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation; and the strengthening of health systems.

“Additionally, Government is providing tax exemptions on anti-malarial commodities, adopting measures to deal with antimalarial drug resistance, and implementing policies to mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, that impact on malaria transmission,” he added.

Ghana’s strategy, the President told the gathering, is based on innovation, as Ghana is one of the first countries to adopt the new generation of insecticides for indoor-residual spraying, as well being one of the three countries testing the new malaria vaccine.

“I am confident that the effective execution of this Plan and strategy would mean that Ghana stands ready to beat Malaria” he concluded.


Finance Minister Invites Japanese Investors to Ghana

Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana’s Finance Minister has observed that prospects for Ghana issuing a possible Samurai bond in the medium term looked good; judging from the interaction and reception accorded the Delegation on the Non-deal investor road show to Tokyo.

Speaking to selected international journalists in Tokyo at the end of the road show, he explained that this non-deal road show was not tied to the issuance of a Samurai bond immediately.

“What we sought to do was to build relationships and sensitize the market, as you know, portfolio and asset managers are conservative and may want to have all the necessary assurance in place before – and this takes time”.

Ghana’s Parliament in March approved for the government to issue its fifth Eurobond which issuance is planned for the second quarter of this year.

Ken Ofori-Atta said going forward; the government will work on sustaining and improving macroeconomic indicators to improve Ghana’s credit rating, which is rated by Fitch, Moodys, and Standard and Poors at B, B3, and B-.

Indications are that potential Yen issuers like Ghana should have at least a double B rating by the rating agencies before they can acquire a Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) guarantee, a pre-requirement for Samurai bonds.

He said it was important at this stage to sensitise the market about prospects in Ghana and look for partnership in the private sector as Ghana is determine to link any future Samurai bond proceeds to specific green projects in energy (solar) transport (Tema Metro rail) and other transformational projects in telecommunication, construction etc.

The delegation which is in Tokyo for a week’s visit met with several asset and portfolio managers, bankers and investors. They also met government officials to strengthen and chart a new course for bilateral economic and trade relations.

These included meetings with Taro Aso, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Finance;  State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Masahisa Sato and Mr. Hiroshi Kato, Senior Vice President of JICA.

The week long visit ended with an Investment Seminar which attracted over 150 leading Japanese businesses from all over the country as well some companies from Ghana. The seminar was organised by Japan External Trade organisation (JETRO), the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, and the Ghana Embassy in Tokyo.



Source:Emmanuel Odei/wisetvonline.com

“Ghana Is A Haven of Peace, Stability” – President Akufo-Addo to UK Investors

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has told investors and business leaders from the United Kingdom that Ghana is the ideal place in the West African Region, and on the Continent, to invest and conduct business.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “Ghana is a haven of peace, security and stability, a country where the principles of democratic accountability are now firmly entrenched in its body politic, and where the separation of powers is real, to promote accountable governance.”

Delivering the keynote address at the 2nd edition of the UK-Ghana Investment Summit, organized by the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday, 17th April, 2018, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that his government is keen on establishing a business-friendly economy to attract foreign direct investments to exploit Ghana’s great potential on mutually satisfactory terms.

Stressing that investments are protected in fact and in law in Ghana, the President assured that “the rule of law in Ghana is not a slogan, but an operating principle of state development. We want to participate in the global market place, not on the basis of the exports of raw materials, but on the basis of things we make.”

He continued, “We want to bring greater dignity to the lives of millions of people in Ghana. We want to build a Ghana Beyond Aid. I believe very strongly that Ghana is on the cusp of a new, bold beginning, which will repudiate the recent culture of failure.”

Private sector key

President Akufo-Addo indicated that his Government is of the firm conviction that the role of the private sector in the development of our national economy is crucial, adding that “it is the very essence of our economic philosophy, and has been so for 70 odd years.”

In furtherance of this, he stated that over the past 15 months in office, his administration has set about putting in place the measures needed to reduce the cost of doing business and improve the business environment in Ghana.

The President noted that “our actions have resulted in the growing stability of the macro-economy and the cedi, reduction in inflation, and an abolition of nuisance taxes whose aim is to shift the focus of the economy from taxation to production.”

The “effective economic policies” put in place, he said, have ensured that the fiscal deficit, which stood at 9.5% at the end of 2016, has been reduced to 5.6% at the end of 2017, and is projected to go down to 4.5% in 2018.

Inflation, the President added, has declined from 15.6% at the end of 2016 to 10.4% at the end of March this year, and is expected to decline even further to an end-of-year single digit target of 8.9%with economic growth increasing from 3.6% in 2016 to 8.5% in 2017.

The President stressed that “as a result of appropriate policy, and the normalisation of the power situation in Ghana, these interventions have also led to the revival of Ghanaian industry, from a growth rate of negative 0.5% in 2016 to 17.7% in 2017. Interest rates are declining, and we are now witnessing a more stable cedi, our national currency. Our macro-economy is growing stronger.”

At the same time, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that Government has implemented specific measures which are leading Ghana and her economy into the new digital age.

These, he said, include the introduction of an e-business registration system, a paperless port clearance system, a digital addressing system, a mobile interoperability system, and a national identification card system, all of which are designed to formalise the Ghanaian economy, reduce the cost of doing business, and facilitate interaction between businesses and their clients, particularly in a technology-driven era, where connectivity through digital services is an important element in achieving competitiveness.

Infrastructural Development

A key challenge of Ghana’s economy, like many other economies in Africa, the President said, is its infrastructural deficit.

He told the gathering that Ghana is embarking on an aggressive public-private-partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both the country’s road and railway infrastructure.

“We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production centre linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbours to the north, i.e. Burkina Faso, to the west, i.e. Cote d’Ivoire, and to the east, i.e. Togo. We believe that this is an area where British technology and expertise would be very welcome,” he said.

He added that “there are several projects in roads, water transport, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, petroleum and gas, renewable energy, the exploitation of our mineral wealth of bauxite, iron ore and gold, and the ICT sector, amongst others, which are being structured to attract private sector financing.”





Zimbabwe nurses’ unions scoffs at mass firing

The union representing nurses in Zimbabwe has told its members to continue their strike despite being sacked following a government directive.

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga sacked more than 15,000 nurses, saying the decision had been taken in the interest of saving patients’ lives.

A statement from Zimbabwe Nurses Association has been shared on Twitter by a local journalist.

It says, in part, that “nothing has changed thus far with regards to the industrial action”.





Former US First Lady Barbara Bush dies at 92

Barbara Bush, the former US first lady and literacy campaigner, has died at the age of 92.

She was the matriarchal figure of a political dynasty that included two presidents – her husband George HW Bush and son George W Bush.

Mrs Bush, who was first lady from 1989 to 1993, had been in failing health for some time and had declined further medical treatment.

Tributes to her poured in from across the US political establishment.

Her husband, at 93, is the longest-lived US president. Their son, George, was elected in 2000 and served two terms as the nation’s 43rd president.

He said in a statement: “My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was. Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions.”

Mr Bush said his mother had “kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end”, adding: “I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”Barbara Bush with son George W Bush

A statement from the office of her husband described her as a “relentless proponent of family literacy”.

Mrs Bush was also the mother of Jeb Bush, who served as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007 and unsuccessfully ran for the White House in 2016.

As first lady, Mrs Bush went beyond the traditional role of a political spouse, founding the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy to help parents and children from disadvantaged communities to read and write.

She was a fierce advocate of civil rights and went against many of her husband’s Republican party supporters with her more liberal view on abortion rights.

In a statement from the White House, President Donald Trump said Mrs Bush would be long remembered for her devotion to country and family, “both of which she served unfailingly well”.

Barack and Michelle Obama described her as “the rock of a family dedicated to public service” and as “an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit”.

Another former US president, Bill Clinton, said Mrs Bush was “feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes”.

He said he and Hillary Clinton would “never forget the courtesy she and President Bush showed us”.

Mrs Bush was known for her snow-white hair and was dubbed “The Silver Fox” by her family.

She once dismissed speculation that she had influenced her husband during his time in the White House, saying: “I don’t fool around with his office and he doesn’t fool around with my household.”George HW Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush arrive at a dinner at the British Embassy with Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip in Washington, DC

Mrs Bush also sparked a debate on gender equality in 1990 with an address to the all-women Wellesley College.

She told graduates: “Who knows, somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the president’s spouse and I wish him well.”

George HW Bush, who served as the 41st US president, suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a wheelchair.

It was recently announced that Mrs Bush had declined further medical treatment after a series of hospital visits, but the statement did not reveal the nature of her ailments.

She said she wanted to spend her last days in “comfort care” with her family.

Mrs Bush was born Barbara Pierce, the daughter of Marvin Pierce, publisher of McCall’s magazine. She grew up in Rye, New York.

She met her future husband in 1941 at a Christmas party in Connecticut and the couple celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in January this year.

They had six children including a daughter, Robin, who died of leukaemia aged three in 1953.

As well as George and Jeb, the other Bush children are Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.

Mrs Bush was one of only two women whose husband and son became US president, and the only one to have seen them both sworn in.

Abigail Adams was married to the second US president, John Adams, and was the mother of the sixth, John Quincy Adams, although she did not live to see their son elected.






As one of the fastest growing district in the country which was created about ten years ago, the Kwahu East District Assembly has stretched its arms to solve various economic issues in the district.

Just about almost a year in office, the Kwahu East District Chief Executive and Assembly have taken measures to construct  and reshape all feeder roads in the district to enable smooth running of business, ease transportation, curb road accident incurring from poor roads and help in promoting farming activities in the district.

According to the Assembly, 98% of the feeder roads in the district which were in bad state have all been reshaped.

Speaking to Mr. Isaac Agyapong, the DCE of Kwahu East District in an interview, he said, plans are underway to tar the major roads in the district i.e. Kwahu Tafo through Bukuruwa to Pepease, Akwasiho to Suminakesse, Hweehwee to Onyemso and Kwahu Tafo through Nteso to Miaso roads.

Mr. Agyapong added that currently constructors are on site at the Bukuruwa road which shows the readiness and seriousness of the assembly to provide good roads for the good people of the Kwahu East District.




Source:Emmanuel Odei/wisetvonline.com


The Minister for the Interior has on the advice of the Northern Regional Security Council and by Executive Instrument renewed the curfew hours on Bunkprugu Township from 8:00pm to 6:00am effective Tuesday, 17th April, 2018.

Government continues to urge Chiefs, Opinion Leaders, Youth and People of the area to exercise restraint in the face of the challenges confronting them and to use non-violent means to channel their energies into ensuring peace to the area.

Meanwhile, there is a total ban on all persons in the Bunkprugu Township and surrounding areas from carrying arms, ammunition or any offensive weapon, and any person found with any arms or ammunition will be arrested and prosecuted.

This was contained in a press release from the Ministry of Interior signed by the Minister, Mr. Ambrose Derry.





Ursula Warns Initiators and Publishers of Fake News

The Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has expressed her displeasure to a malicious reportage circulating on both social and the mainstream media that, she the Minister has described Muslims as intolerable.

The Communications Minister sees such reportage as a well calculated plot by miscreants to create disaffection between her and the Muslim community and emphasised that she has not uttered and will never subscribe to the views of any person relating to the subject matter.

She is therefore cautioning persons who have made it their preoccupation to publish such falsehood and to create disaffection between her (the Communications Minister) and any religious group to desist from such reckless and tribalistic reports.

Adding, “Persons responsible for such publications should recognise and be reminded that, they are liable to prosecution under the laws of the country”.

This was contained in a Press Release from the Ministry of Communications on her behalf signed by Sandra Frimpong, a Communications Specialist at the Ministry.

Meanwhile, the release acknowledged the apology rendered by ghanacrusader. Com, the initiators of this false news as well as other media houses.

Below is the full Press Release from the Ministry of Communications:












Source:Ishmeal Barfi/wisetvonline.com

Nana Akufo-Addo Approves Action Plan to Address High Rate of Accidents in Ghana

To ensure our roads are safe and void of accidents, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has approved an action plan aimed at reducing the rate of road accidents in the country.

The approved Action Plan is to focus on Sensitization, Law Enforcement and improving road signage across the country to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

This comes at the back of the high rate of accidents which have claimed numerous lives including the winner of this year Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) the late Ebony Reigns and the recent accidents on the Tamale-Kumasi road involving three buses.

Meanwhile, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) earlier this year revealed that, 336 people lost their lives in road accidents in the first two months of 2018 alone and almost 30 of these deaths occurred in the Northern Region alone.

The Commission further publicized that, a total of 2,095 road crashes were recorded in January and February alone, representing a significant rise from the same period in 2017.

In a Press Release from the Ministry of Information signed by its Deputy Minister Curtis Perry Kwabla Okudzeto indicated that, the President constituted a three-man committee to develop a plan to address the critical road safety situation. Upon reviewing the plan developed by the three-man committee, he the President has ordered for its immediate implementation.

The Release further explained that, under the sensitization aspects of the deal, the government will resource the National Road Safety Commission to scale up public education and sensitization on road safety with an additional GHc 6.5 million from the Road Fund.

Adding that, the police will be made to enforce the Road Traffic Laws through spot fines by automation of MTTD operations across the country.

Revealing that, government will also be providing at least GHc 335 million a year to the Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Urban Roads and Department of Feeder Roads “to provide signage and road marks over a three year period.”

The statement also said the committee tasked the police, the Road Safety Commission and others road sector agencies to “immediately commence the enforcement of the action plan as approved by the president.”




Source: Ishmael Barfi/wisetvonline.com

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