Government to complete 32 kilometre Kwafokrom-Apedwa dual lane

Suhum (E/R), The Minster for Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah has cut the sod to complete the second lane of the 32 kilometre Kwafokrom �Apedwa section of the Accra to Kumasi highway dualisation.

The GH333 million dualisation project would be undertaken by China International Water and Electric Corporation and is expected to be completed in 24 months.

The Sector Minister in his address urged politicians to respect the citizenry by developing the attitude of continuity as a way of saving the public purse to complete projects started by their predecessors.

He said the Accra -Kumasi Highway dualisation was to have been completed in 36 months after the sod-cutting in 2008 by ex-President Agyekum Kuffour, however, after 10 years the project was yet to be completed.

Mr Amoako-Attah said the initial programme at the Ministry was that after the completion of the Accra � Kumasi dualisation, it will stretch to Paga and the road is one of the Presidents’ top priorities and its completion would drastically reduce road accidents.

He said it was the President’s vision to have Accra – Kumasi – Paga, Accra-Takoradi-Elubo highways made a dual carriage way as well as Accra-Tema- Aflao highway.

Mr Amoako-Attah assured Ghanaians that the first term of President Akufo Addo’s Administration would see a massive road infrastructure upgrade in the country.

”Good roads are the foundation around which economic development evolves, so every government that seeks for development for his people tackle roads’ ‘he added.

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfour urged communities around the road stretch to support in the success of the project since there was time frame for the completion of the project.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Roads and Transport and MP for Ayensuano, Mr Ayeh Paye commended the government for the project and said it would reduce accidents that occur on that stretch.

He said statistics showed that between January to September this year, 1,710 people had died as a result of road accident between Kwafokrom and the Apedwa stretch.

Source: Ghana News Agency

“Becca’s husband is not romantic” – Yaw Berk

Accra, Amoah Randy popularly known in the music industry as Yaw Berk, has described the husband of veteran singer Rebecca Akosua Acheampong’s Becca as unromantic.

“When you meet a romantic guy, you would know from the way he carries his woman along. Becca’s husband is no way close to that from what i have seen from the two love birds,” he stated in an interview with GNA Entertainment.

According to Yaw Berk, women who marry men of their age or are a bit younger than them, experience more romance, because the younger ones are more romantic and exposed to different lifestyles.

Becca is a nice woman and should not have gone in for a much older man.

I think she should have gone in for someone closer her age or even younger, which for me looks more attractive,” he noted.

The Highly Spiritual signed artiste said, Becca got married to an old man which I know per my studies, old men are not romantic because they are not exposed to the modern romantic lifestyle, which we the youngsters are experiencing.

Her husband is old fashioned and I know the kind of women Becca is. She needed somebody cute, young, and sexy to roll with because she is young and energetic and needs someone younger he added.

The Independent Lady hit maker had always expressed his admiration for the veteran singer before she got married to her Nigerian bankerentertainer recently in Ghana

Source: Ghana News Agency

Third edition of Inner City “Leyyah Fest” launched

Accra- The third edition of “Leyyah Fest” has been launched at a colourful ceremony at the Center for National Culture Auditorium, in Accra.

This year’s edition scheduled for October 27, at the “Kawo Kudi Park” in Accra, is under the theme “Peace one day – bridging traditional and religious barriers” seeks to mobilize, harness potential and pool resources for the socio-economic development of citizens in the inner-cities.

Madam Edna Nyame, Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture (NCC) said the festival, would help bridge the gaps between and within various ethnic groups in the country.

“The NCC is committed to actively raise the standards of arts and culture in this country. With this in view, we are most privileged to join the centre for national culture and Inner City Chiefs in organising “Leyyah fest”.

“This year’s festival presents us with the opportunity to bridge the gaps between and within our chiefs in various ethnics groups thus to solve differences that has arisen due to the diversities in our culture,” Madam Nyame stated.

Alhaji Sultan Ahmed Nii Nortey Caesar, President of the Inner City Development Council, said, the rational behind organising “Leyyah Fest” was to create a common platform to share ideas, learn and interact with one another.

“For many years in Ghana, peaceful coexistence has eluded Indigenous Inner City Tribal and Muslims Chiefs and their people. There has been misunderstanding among them and sometimes leads to fights among the youth of the various ethnic groups,” he said.

He added, “This has impended development in these communities and are characterized by high unemployment and social vices.

“It’s in light of this that, the Inner-City Development Council has decided to organise the annual “Leyyah fest” to enable all stakeholders come together to interact and understand each other to foster development.”

The “Leyyah Fest” is being organised by Inner City Development Council in collaboration with the National Commission on Culture and Centre for National Culture.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana’s non-traditional exports records $2.557 billion in 2017

Accra- The country’s non-traditional exports (NTEs) earnings increased from $2.463 billion in 2016 to $2.557 billion, representing an increase of 3.8 per cent, according to the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA).

The analysis of the statistics of the NTEs for the past five years (2013-2017) show that the sector grew at an annual average of 1.22 per cent and contributed 18.37 per cent to the total national merchandise exports in 2017.

Some of the non-traditional exports include: cocoa products, fruits, vegetables, creative arts and crafts, cashew nuts, medicinal plants, beads, ceramic products,

Netherlands was the lead market destination for Ghana’s non-traditional exports, contributing $382.6 million in 2017, an increase of 153.48 per cent over 2016 earnings followed by Burkina Faso with $206,089,622, also as the lead importing country in the ECOWAS and Africa.

The top 10 NTEs markets destinations for Ghana are: Vietnam-$195,432,509 (third), United Kingdom-$179,553,946 (fourth) Germany-$155,927,838 (fifth),Togo-$138,032,270 (sixth), France-$118,938,089 (seventh),USA-$114,776,901 (eight), India-$110,940,446 (ninth) and Belgium-$81,011,046 (10th).

Addressing exporters and stakeholders at the 78thNational Exporters’ Forum in Accra on Wednesday, Mrs Afua Asabea Asare, the Chief Executive Officer of the GEPA, said the high performance of the NTEs in 2017 was largely due to increased exports in cocoa products, which rose by 60.5 per cent from $542.3 million in 2016 to $870.2 million in 2017.

She said the high demand of Ghana’s exports on the global market in recent times would significantly contribute towards achieving government’s ambition of 20 per cent year-on-year growth, which would help to achieve the $5.3 billion value by 2021.

In view of the positive trend for Ghanaian products on the global market, Mrs Asabea Asare said there is the need for Ghanaian exporters to develop new markets globally and increase their export-base in order to reap the required benefit.

Many countries have made significant strides in their economic development on the back of exports. The vital role of exports to the economy of Ghana cannot therefore be overemphasized, particularly at a time when the cedi is under considerable pressure from the major trading currencies.

The signal is clear that we have to work harder to support the export sector to grow and generate more foreign exchange while assisting to increase the current trend of import dependency through import substitution, she said.

The National Exporters Forum since its inception in 1987 serves as a suitable platform for interaction between exporters and other stakeholders.

It also helped to identify and address constraints in the non-traditional export sector and has been an avenue to inform exporters and stakeholders about export activities and programmes in the NTE sector for the year.

Mr Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, used the occasion to launch the Buyer Portal of the Market Hub, which would serve as a one-stop shop with resources and information on international trade for exporters.

The portal will address various market access issues that confront the export community and ensure integration, dialogue, relationship building and simplicity between exporters and buyers.

It will enable exporters to easily find buyers and suppliers for their products, ensure market accessibility, know critical market access requirements, certification and standards, as well as stay tuned into international trade news and events and showcase their companies through the online exporter directory.

Interested exporters could access the portal through www.gepaghana.org which is designed to provide useful links and information on exporter companies to potential importers globally.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AGI members call for review of the warehousing regime

Accra- Members of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), especially manufacturers, have called on government to review the Customs Act regarding bonded warehousing to save their businesses from collapse.

Speaking at a seminar on the warehousing regime and port clearance organised by the AGI, they said the introduction of additional requirements under the law, such as letters of credit and bank guarantees in addition to the insurance bond, was making it difficult for them to operate efficiently.

Parliament passed the Customs Amendment Act, 2017 on December 29, providing additional requirements for the bonded warehousing of goods and other related matters.

The warehousing regime is the situation where imported goods are stored under customs control in a government or private bonded warehouse, without the payment of import duty and other taxes on the goods at the entry point.

The taxes are paid as the goods are removed from the warehouse.

Traders have three months to store perishable goods, 12 months for general goods and two years for raw materials.

Addressing the concerns of the members, Mr Bob Senyalah, Assistant Commissioner, Customs Division of the GRA, said it was not the desire of government to stifle business operations, but some negative practices of some operators led to the introduction of the additional measures to safeguard government’s revenue collections.

He cited the unauthorised removal of goods from bonded warehouses without the supervision of customs officials, thereby denying government of the needed revenue.

Mr Senyalah said companies stood to benefit enormously from the warehouse regime such as direct cost savings and holding of large stock of goods.

In a welcome address, Mr. Seth Twum-Akwaboah, the Executive Director of AGI said the seminar was intended to create a platform for the exchange of information for enhanced understanding of the warehousing processes and procedures and to address the concerns of members,

The seminar was also used to educate taxpayers on tax compliance and trade facilitation systems in their business operations to ensure quality service delivery.

Source: Ghana News Agency