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Galamsey still affecting Ghana’s cocoa production

Ghana is second, only to Côte d’Ivoire, in global production of cocoa – a major foreign exchange commodity, and important ingredient in the confectionery, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. The two West African countries (Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire) jointly account for two thirds of the global cocoa production. …

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Amend COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy Act to ensure funds for public health emergencies

A year into Ghana’s fight to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the country passed the COVID-19 Health Recovery Levy Act, 2021 (ACT 1068) to impose a special levy on the supply of goods and services and imports. This is to raise revenue to support COVID-19 expenditures and to provide for related …

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Offering renewed hope to cocoa farmers through access to credit

Madam Afua Serwaah Akoto, a cocoa farmer and entrepreneur, recently missed an opportunity to buy palm fruits she processes into palm oil to sell due to the late maturity of her cocoa for sale. She was, therefore, cash-strapped, as proceeds from cocoa beans are seasonal. Madam Akoto, a mother of three, is …

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Ghana-Netherlands political consultations: Deepening bilateral relations

The Netherland and Ghana have enjoyed many years of cordial diplomatic relations since 1701 and throughout the political changes in Ghana to date. The Netherlands became one of Ghana’s most important development partners benefiting from the Dutch government’s loans and grants for healthcare, education, the environment, gender advocacy, good governance, …

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Sand winning, a tortuous environmental crime destroying beaches in Central Region

Approximately two hours’ drive west of Accra, is Cape Coast, the captivating capital of the Central Region, which hosts notable tourists’ attractions. The Region remains a firm favourite for holidaymakers craving pristine and disturbance-free time along its beautiful coastal stretch. However, human activities, including sand winning along the coast have …

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I travelled to one country for a week, on returning I’d done 8 COVID-19 tests

Last week I was privileged to be one of the few journalists invited by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to attend and cover the Eighth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, in the Rwandan capital, Kigali. Overall, the Forum was very well attended, and the spirited engagement indicated …

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Ghana at 65 – The successes and failures

March 6, 2022 marks 65 years of the birth of Ghana after gaining independence from British Colonialism. Ghana is an amalgam of the Crown Colony: Ashanti Protectorate; Northern Territories and Trans-Volta-Togoland, crafted to suit the purposes and convenience of the British, who were ruling the country before independence on 6th …

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The state of Ghana in numbers

There are instances where numbers speak with some clarity that words may not. There are numbers that clearly define and reflect the real state of affairs of Ghana, numbers that show where the country is and where it is heading. Some of the numbers speak to how bad things are, …

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