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Five important issues that weren’t captured in the 2018 Budget

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta recently presented the 2018 budget on the floor of Parliament and that made the news for a while in the country. The budget was themed “putting Ghana to work.” In the budget, the government measured economic boost between 2018 and 2019.   Among other …

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Land governance is key to Africa’s transformation

The Africa Land Policy Centre (formerly the Land Policy Initiative) in collaboration with partner organizations will hold an International Conference on November 14-17, 2017 in Addis Ababa. In line with the AU Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa, this multi-stakeholder dialogue platform will contribute to knowledge generation and sharing, as well as advocacy on land policy development, …

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The obscure imprints of the German elections 

The German elections of September 24, 2017, due to the country’s specific political, financial and historical strength, have undoubtedly been at the center of international and European interest. Their results were marked by the winning of the Christian Union CDU / CSU led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, even with a …

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Not a fair price for coffee farmers in Ethiopia

How much do small coffee farmers in Ethiopia benefit from Fair Trade and Organic certification? Not as much as you may think. Global trade in Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) such as Fair Trade and Organic certified coffee has seen remarkable growth in nearly two decades, but in Ethiopia the benefits …

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Africa must intensify the fight against illicit financial flows

We know the story: Africa is poor, and it needs the help from rich countries. And if Western powers have exploited the black continent through slavery, colonialism and resource extraction, that’s all in the past. Nowadays, they are all generous, determined to help eradicate poverty and facilitate sustainable development. The …

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Bank of Ghana to keep policy rate above 20% into next year due to nagging inflation

The Bank of Ghana is likely to keep its key rate above 20 per cent well into next year as inflation exceeds its target and economic growth accelerates. Inflation seems to have hit a floor at about 12-13 per cent and faces upward pressure from energy prices in coming months. …

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Telecommunications sector in Africa focusing on pricing

Moves to ensure fair competition and to examine pricing in the telecommunications sector is increasing in key mobile phone jurisdictions on the African continent. The issue of high data costs has recently been under the spotlight in South Africa and that the Competition Commission’s  inquiry into the South African data services market …

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Africa’s must-do, can-do decade

Since 2000 the continent of Africa has recorded impressive rates of economic growth. This remarkable performance has been largely driven by the prolonged commodity boom and development assistance. While the continent shows great diversity in the socio-economic trajectories of its countries, growth rates have generally masked an underlying lack of …

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How strong are Ghanaian banks?

There is no doubt that the banking industry plays a very formidable role in any economy and for it to thrive, it must have a robust system that is well supervised and regulated. Ghana’s banking system has gone through various transformations since the late 1980s and that includes the adoption …

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Four reasons why African States must raise their game in funding capacity for development

As the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) prepares for its Board of Governors’ Meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, (4-5 September), under the theme “Enhancing Access to and Absorption of Development Resources in Africa,” its Executive Secretary, Professor Emmanuel Nnadozie, ponders, in this opinion piece, on the need for Africa …

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