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Ghana parliament Approves Plan to Borrow $750 Million Loan From Afreximbank
  • The Ghanaian parliament has approved a proposal by the government to borrow up to US$750 million from Afreximbank
  • A seven-year portion of the loan is broken up into two parts: one for US$102.19 million with an interest rate of 6.49 per cent overall, including fees, and another for 101 million dollars with a rate of 9.55 per cent overall
  • In June, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta requested parliament to accelerate the authorisation of the loans

The Ghanaian parliament has authorised a proposal by the government to borrow up to US$750 million from the African Export-Import Bank for the 2022 budget.

In June, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta requested parliament to accelerate the authorisation of the loans.

However, differences have held up the process even though the country faces skyrocketing inflation, lacklustre economic growth and a tumbling local currency.

The vote by the deadlocked parliament eliminates a significant obstacle for the government of …

Can financial transactions integrate Africa?

Among the ways that the colonizers slowed down the growth and unity of Africa is through the demarcation of boundaries 60 years ago. These boundaries gave birth to over 41 different currencies on the continent that have complicated intra-African trade.

The continent uses over 5 billion dollars in currency conversion, monies that could have been directed to other economic development projects. African countries' attempts to form a common regional currency have proven futile precisely because of all the frameworks of laws that need to be revised and harmonized in the different countries.…

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Daniel Cates with a dummy cheque for helping the CR Hope Foundation with building a school in Zanzibar.

Dan Cates is a well-known name in the world of high-stakes poker well known as Dan “Jungleman” Cates and he is an ace in the game. 

When Dan Cates found poker in high school, he jumped right in and started playing online. Because of his success in high stakes poker, the man known as "jungleman12" dropped out of college. It's estimated that he has earned more money in high-stakes online cash games than any other player. 

But, this is not the story. 

Dan Cates is venturing into Africa not as a tourist but as an investor in doing good through his Dan Cates Foundation which was founded in 2020 and is a registered non-profit based in Ghana. The Dan Cates Foundation’s goal is to assist construct a world where everyone's basic needs are addressed.  …

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US-Ghana Trade Relations: Symbiotic or exploitative?

Many exports from Ghana to the US benefit from duty-free tariff preferences under the American Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programme. Exports from Ghana to the US that have enjoyed AGOA preferences include yams, apparel and cocoa (beans, powder or paste).

Ghana has exported US$131 million worth of yams to the US since 2012, avoiding a standard import duty of 6.4 per cent under AGOA. Cocoa exported to the US has amounted to US$2.5 billion over the last two decades.

Miss Rosa Whitaker, the President and the CEO of the Whitaker Group (TWG), is significant to the success of AGOA in Africa, facilitating the export of over 9,000 agricultural and manufactured goods to the United States.

Whitaker advocates for African countries to research what the US market is demanding and be alert to new opportunities. She pointed out the success of Ghana’s cocoa…

Ghana to host the 2022 African Development Bank Group Annual Meeting.
  • The annual meeting for the African Development Bank Group will be held in Accra, Ghana, from May 23-27, 2022
  • The theme for the AfDB 2022 meeting is Achieving Climate Resilience and a Just Energy Transition for Africa
  • This year marks the 57th AfDB Annual Meeting of the Bank Group’s Board of Governors and the 48th Meeting of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional arm of the Bank Group
  • The Bank will launch the 2022 report for the African Development Bank’s African Economic Outlook during the annual meeting

The annual meeting for the African Development Bank Group will be held in Accra, Ghana, from May 23-27, 2022.

This is the first meeting in two years to be held in person since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Africa. The previous two meetings have been held virtually. This year, however, will be both physical, which will take place at the Accra International Conference

President of Ghana opens Nissan's Navara assembly plant in Accra.
  • Nissan has opened a new state-of-the-art Navara assembly plant in Ghana
  • This marks the second Nissan assembly plant after the Nissan plant in Rosslyn, South Africa
  • Ghana imports over 100,000 vehicles yearly; 90 per cent of these are used vehicles, with an estimated value of US$1.14 billion annually

Nissan and Japan Motors have grown a keen interest in the automotive industry in countries among the largest economies in Africa.

The president of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, officially opened the brand-new state-of-the-art Nissan Navara assembly plant in Tema, Accra, on March 31, 2022.

This marks the second Nissan assembly plant after the Nissan plant in Rosslyn, South Africa.

Ghana and Nissan started their partnership together in 2018 when the latter became the first mover in the West African country to sign an MoU with the state to work towards creating the Ghana Automotive Development Policy.

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Ghana allocates US$105 million to rehabilitate irrigation schemes.

There are twenty-two irrigations projects under GIDA, covering 6,505 hectares. Additionally, there are twenty-two schemes constructed under the Small Scale Irrigation Development Project (SSIDP) and six schemes under the (Small Farms Irrigation Project) SFIP.

The SSIDP and the SFIP projects are all less than 1,000 hectares in size, except for the Tono and Kpong Irrigation Projects, which have about 2,500 hectares and are overdeveloped.

The primary beneficiaries of the irrigation projects have been indigenous small-scale farmers. However, the outputs have not been very encouraging, and the lack of maintenance of the projects has rendered most of the schemes unproductive.

Moreover, 14 companies have been enlisted and have taken up more than 3,000 hectares of land to cultivate commercial farming operations.…

Ghana hosts largest agricultural exhibition.

Thomas James, Agritech West Africa’s project director, said that the rising demand for food and the targeted food growth in Ghana and West Africa requires innovation and mechanization in agriculture patterns. This could be done by adopting new and modern agriculture technologies, machines, crop care practices, irrigation, warehousing and storage facilities.

Ghana has invested heavily in mechanisation in agriculture, importing Tractors, Spares, Implements, Agrochemicals and Irrigation setups worth US$1 billion. Annually, Ghana imports over 10,000 tractors and their associated implements and parts.

The seminars, pre-fixed meetings and conferences in the exhibition will help Ghanaian and West African agriculture-based companies an opportunity to network with manufacturers and suppliers from across the globe.…

United Kingdom Export Finance boost investments in West Africa.

There were more than 3,000 delegates that participated in the conference this year, boosting trade and investment ties between the continent and the UK.

The UK government is also mobilizing support from the United Kingdom Export Finance (UKEF) to boost exports to Africa. Prime minister Boris Johnson’s administration, provided support worth US$3.04 billion in 2021.

In West Africa, the support has been directed towards a range of significant infrastructural projects, construction of major roads, environmental and social work, medical services and technological equipment.…

Dr. Zanetor Agyeman – Rawlings. She says there still are many challenges of global governance and gender.

The Vienna World Conference on Human Rights in 1993 was forced to address women’s rights as a human rights issues because of the violence and sexual abuse against women occurring in Yugoslavia at the time.

The Fourth International Women’s Conference was held in Beijing in 1995 made human rights and women’s participation in decision making at all levels key. One of the recommendations was for the countries to have gender desks in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies including Security Services. It cautioned against the specific establishment of Women’s Ministries as these would take gender issues to the periphery as that ministry would be saddled with all matters gender-related.

The conference also discussed the eradication of poverty, women in armed conflict and violence against women. …