I will continue to play my role as a Unifier-Nana Hwedie II

Accra,- Nana Barimah Osei Hwedie II, Divisional Chief of the Ejura Traditional Council has given the assurance that he will continue to play his role as the Unifier and peace Maker for development irrespective of some provocative utterances in his Traditional area.

“My role as a traditional ruler is to ensure that unity and cohesion prevail to ensure rapid growth and development that the traditional area is seeing now and will therefore not allow myself to be drawn into utterances by individuals.”

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview on the utterances of some individuals concerning compensations paid to families of the deceased in the Ejura crisis last month, Nana Hwedie said he had not delegated and would not delegate anyone to speak for him especially on the Ejura crisis that occurred a year ago

Earlier this week, families of people killed in the Ejura disturbances last year appealed to government through the Ministry of National Security to stop sowing seeds of discord concerning compensations they received from government

They also alleged that one of the individuals spewing accusations claimed that he was a Liaison officer for the traditional council.

They said they had reported the conduct of that individual to the Ejura Divisional police command, and government to step in to avert a possible conflict.

Nana Hwedie however stated that although he had good relations with everyone under his traditional area, it was pointless for a Liaison officer to drag him to unnecessary feud between him and others and called on such individuals to desist from inflaming passions and get onboard the development agenda of the area which they themselves will attest.

He called on the people of the area to respect all recommendations and roadmap the committee made for peaceful co-existence.

Source: Ghana News Agency

CDD-Ghana moves to strengthen Ghana’s data ecosystem to support evidence use in policy-making

Ghana’s policy actors have expressed their readiness to standardize evidence-use in policymaking to improve development outcomes. Thus, they have called for a stronger collaboration among State institutions and agencies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and academia to overcome the challenges and constraints in gathering, accessing, and using data in their work.

This comes after a two-day national multi-stakeholder forum organized by the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) on institutionalizing evidence use in policy and practice.

The forum, held under the auspices of the Center’s Evidence for Development (E4D) project, sought to review existing initiatives that have adopted the use of evidence and data in policymaking and also to explore opportunities and mechanisms to help in proposing a framework for multi-stakeholder collaboration to advance evidence use in practice.

The event brought together representatives from the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), academics, local government officials, CSOs and the E4D project partners.
The E4D is a pilot project initiated by CDD-Ghana to strengthen the capacity and incentives of policy actors to access and use relevant data and evidence to inform policy decision-making and program implementation to improve social development outcomes at the sub-national level in Ghana.

The project, piloted in three (3) project districts, namely, Bolgatanga East in the Upper East Region, Dormaa East in the Bono Region and Sagnarigu in the Northern Region, has significantly contributed to developing capacities, promoting networks and partnerships, and increasing evidence
use in policy and practice.

Awal Mohammed, Senior Research Analyst/Team lead, Social Accountability & SDGs
Programming at CDD-Ghana, stressed the need to allow evidence to drive the State’s decisions towards ensuring actual development.
“The idea of continuously talking about the need for evidence to inform the decisions that we make is important. We have to build the kinds of partnerships and coalitions that allow us to have a bigger voice and leverage on each other’s resources, capacities and social capitals to be able to drive these changes and behaviors that we want to see,” he said.

Patience Ampomah, a Planning Analyst at the NDPC, highlighted the progress made by the Commission regarding evidence-based policy formulation.
“There is a lot of progress that has been made with regards to the acknowledgment of the institution’s roles and how we can help when it comes to implementation of the plans. We are also gradually whipping up the interest of the citizenry and even at our CSOs levels too,” said Ms Ampomah explained.

The E4D project is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Source: Ghana Web

Ghana Naija Connect: D’ Banj heaps praises on Bola Ray

Nigerian singer, rapper, and businessman D’banj, also known as the Kokomaster has mentioned EIB’s CEO and media mogul Bola Ray as his billionaire partner.

In an Instagram video, D’Banj happily hugged Bola Ray and introduced him as his billionaire partner, he said, “This is a billionaire partner of mine”.
The two met at Afrozon Dubai Soundoff, one of a kind travel experience, courtesy of Dubai Tourism and Afrozons Radio.

According to organizers, the trip gives visitors a great experience of the adventure and great fun that is Dubai, with celebrity Radio hosts from several countries.

A post from Afrozon’s website says” By the time the curtain is drawn on the trip, it will increase the awareness of Dubai, among global audiences and once again bring to light Dubai’s position as the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub”

Source: Ghana Web

Stop touting yourselves as kings of genres from the western world — Ambolley speaks

Veteran Ghanaian musician Gyedu Blay Ambolley believes it is wrong for Ghanaian artists to tout themselves as kings of genres that have emanated from the western world.

According to him, one cannot be called a king of a genre he is only copying but can only crown kings to to their original genres.

“Dancehall is from our brothers in Jamaica and so if we sit down here and call ourselves kings I mean we are copying so how do we sit here and call ourselves kings and all that,” he was speaking on Okay FM yesterday.

He blamed the situation on the influx of radio stations in the country.

He posited that these stations have given their platforms to some of these artists to wrongfully declare themselves as kings and queens.

“There are about 200 radio stations and if they all tend to play songs of these self-acclaimed kings of Dancehall, what then are they trying to tell Ghanaians,” he added.

In Ghana, one of the major causal factors of artists’ feuds has been the quest to assume supremacy in certain genres, and notably is the long-standing beef between Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale.

Source: Modern Ghana

COVID-19: Africa must recover together to revive tourism sector

Accra,- Mr Fish Mahlalela, South African Deputy Minister of Tourism says it is important for African countries to share best ways of recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic to revive the tourism sector.

He said, “it has become necessary as a continent to come together, share best ways of recovery, and best practices to put in place, so that we are able to revive the sector. We must begin to showcase Africa, to attract as many businesses as possible from international communities and visitors.”

Speaking at the just ended 16th edition of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions and Events (MICE), dubbed “Meetings Africa 2022,” in the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr Mahlalela said Africa must showcase to the rest of the world its tourism potential.

Meetings Africa 2022 is on the theme “Shared Minds: Shared Economies.”

The key objective of the theme is to demonstrate how African tourism entrepreneurs continue to make strides in reaching economies of scale by leveraging shared resources.

It is a tourism event featuring Africa as a destination spot and aims at providing a comprehensive panorama in the field of the travel industry in Africa.

Mr Mahlalela said, “we must showcase the region as a continent that is ready to welcome businesses and visitors after the effect of the COVID-19, and tell the world that Africa is now safe for travel and business.”

Madam Amanda Kotze-Nhlapho, Bureau Officer, South African Tourism, said Africa was much closer and ready to collaborate to promote its rich tourism, culture, and heritage to the rest of the world.

“We are much closer to that collaboration where we are now actually working together to marketing our activities and promote our tourist sites and attractions. We have now become an inclusive sector, forging ahead by helping small businesses.”

Mr Kofi Atta Kakra Kusi, Deputy Head, Corporate Affairs, Ghana Tourism Authority, said “as we share ideas and collaborate, we get to understand each other, connect the dots and see how best we can push the tourism agenda of the continent forward.”

He noted that through the MICE, the Authority had been able to network with a few tourism partners and businesses towards diversifying Ghana’s tourism economy through public-private partnership.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Parliament to consider E-Levy next week

Accra,– Parliament is likely to consider the Electronic Transaction Bill (E-Levy Bill), 2021 next week. Mr Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, the Deputy Majority Leader, announced that the E-Levy Bill falls under the programmmes proposed for consideration by the House next week.

Accra,– Parliament is likely to consider the Electronic Transaction Bill (E-Levy Bill), 2021 next week.

Mr Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, the Deputy Majority Leader, announced that the E-Levy Bill falls under the programmmes proposed for consideration by the House next week.

Presenting the Business Statement of the House for the Seventh Week of the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, Mr Afenyo-Markin said it was important to bring to the attention of Members of the House that the E-Levy falls under the programmes they had proposed for the seventh week.

“So, as and when it is supposed to be taken, members would be noticed,” the Deputy Majority Leader said.

He added: “So, once we see that papers and response could be laid and motions could be taken; papers and reports include bills that had come and committee works, so it is at large and all that. So, Mr Speaker, members should be rest assured that they will be on notice. There will be no surprises here.

On the proposed scrapping road tolls contained in the 2022 Budget Statement, Mr Afenyo Markin said: “So, if members want to know about road tolls, and why road tolls are not being taken, of course, in the 2022 budget there is zero rate for 2022.

“And then also even as we delay in the E-Levy, you know we’ve already passed the Appropriation Bill, Government is spending, and even as we delay as a house Government has already lost January and February revenues.

“So, I believe that when the time comes, we will do the needful to let the people of Ghana know that we mean business.”

Mr Kofi Iddie Adams, the Member of Parliament for Buem, said the Minority side wanted a specific date on which the E-Levy Bill would be considered by the House.

He said his side had been insisting that the E-Levy Bill be brought to the House for Members to determine; stating that the Minority were not the ones causing the delay on the E-Levy and that the Finance Minister was out there doing consultations on it.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GIPC to mark Ghana Investment Week in Dubai to generate more FDI

Accra,– The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), as part of efforts to increase investment and generate more foreign revenue into the country will mark the “National Day” at the ongoing Dubai Expo.

The weeklong event will be used to put emphasis on opportunities in Ghana’s manufacturing, health, tourism, agriculture and energy sectors to investors across the globe.

Dubbed, the “Ghana Investment Week,” it will also be used to showcase other investment avenues available for investors to leverage through the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, will grace the event, which will see key government officials and major private industry players network and explore areas for collaboration to deepen economic ties with prospective investors.

Available data from GIPC show that the country has $874.01 million worth of investments from 122 projects for the first half of 2021, comprising of US$829.29 million FDIs and US$44.72 million local investment.

The FDI amount represents an increase of 32.15 per cent compared to US$ 627.52 million recorded in the same period last year.

President Akufo-Addo, at the inauguration of the GIPC Board in November last year, charged the members to continue to encourage, promote and facilitate investments, domestic and foreign into Ghana.

He said he was optimistic that the knowledge base of the Board would enable the Centre to increase FDI inflows to accelerate the development of the country.

Mr Grant who described the event During a virtual interaction with journalists on Thursday, Mr Yofi Grant, the Chief Executive Officer of GIPC, said, the event would offer an opportunity for Ghana to engage another set of businesspeople looking forward to investing in the country.

He added that: “We’re not just looking at Ghana focused investors, but investors who have interest in Africa and can use Ghana as a launch pad into the region.”

On Tuesday, March 8, there will be a host of events, “purposed to exhibit the country’s business offers, and cement its position as a top destination for investment in Africa,” Mr Grant said.

The activities will include: an official EXPO 2020 Flag Raising Ceremony and Luncheon at Al Wasl Plaza, and a Presidential Cocktail Event at Address Downtown, 7th Floor Club Lounge Terrace.

This will be followed by a flag lighting ceremony of Burj Khalifa, then a Ghana Colours Concert and Fashion show at Downtown Dubai.

On March 9, there will be a Presidential Breakfast Roundtable, which would be followed by a Ghana Business Forum at the Jafza One Convention Center, for stakeholders to explore viable investment opportunities.

President Akufo-Addo, Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen and UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, will participate in the forum.

From March 10, Ghana’s expo celebrations will continue with presidential engagements, ministerial meetings, a ‘Business Connect’ event, as well as site visits.

Ghana has been participating in the ongoing Dubai Expo 2020 since October 1, 2021.

This year’s event will end on March 31, 2022.

The country’s participation in the expo has been guided by its sub-theme “limitless opportunities,” in the promotion of creativity, and exhibition of huge investment prospects in critical sectors of the Ghanaian economy.

The expo has provided opportunities for people all around the world to connect and experience the best of art, culture, geography, science, technology, innovation and invention.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government to expand infrastructure in medical schools

Accra,- Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, says the Government is committed to expanding infrastructural projects at the University of Ghana Medical School to admit more students to study medicine and dentistry.

He said other medical schools would also have their facilities expanded to absorb the pool of eligible students graduating from the Free Senior High Schools programme to improve the doctor-patient ratio.

That, the Minister explained, was crucial in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal three- “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”

Mrs Gifty Twum Ampofo, the Deputy Minister for Education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, said this in a speech on behalf of the Minister at the 6oth anniversary of UGMS, on the theme: “Building on 60 Years of Quality Medical Education: The Role of Technology.”

Dr Adutwum said the Government recognised that there had not been any major expansion of facilities of the School since its establishment for, which reason it was unable to admit more students.

“I am reliably informed that issues like hostel accommodation, transportation of students and expansion of clinical teaching sites have been some of the challenges hampering teaching and learning in the school,” he said and called on corporates and international organisations to collaborate with the Government to support the expansion drive for medical training in the country.

“We are all potential patients who stand to benefit from these investments for the ultimate benefit of ourselves, families and Society.”

The Minister stated that while the Government was working on the provision of laptops to students and faculty of the University of Ghana, Legon, the Ministry also recognised that advanced simulation was the future for medical schools.

“We are prepared to dialogue to see how we can support the transition so that UGMS becomes the leader in the use of technology for medical education in the sub-region. This will widen its reach to more students interested in studying medicine while leveraging the technological revolution of our time.”

Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, said medical education had evolved with the introduction of electronic platforms for didactic lectures and demonstrations, stressing that the dissection of real bodies for students had now been replaced with simulations in the teaching of anatomy.

Technology, he stated, had helped in diagnosing and sequencing COVID-19 virus and its variants and enhanced automatic interpretation of heart sounds.

He said Artificial Intelligence was now the engine that drove improvement across the care continuum because it allowed humans to gain insights into diagnostics, care processes, treatment variability and patient outcomes.

The Ministry, he announced, would soon launch the e-health project and leverage technology to improve processes at agency levels towards ensuring that no one was left behind in accessing healthcare delivery.

Professor Julius Fobil, Provost, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, said the anniversary would be commemorated with a line of activities, including blood donation, public lectures, symposium, exhibition, awards ceremony and thanksgiving service.

The idea to establish a Ghana Medical School was conceived in 1919 when the Korle-Bu Hospital was built by the then Governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg.

It was, however, shelved when the Governor left office and revived in the 1960s under the Kwame Nkrumah regime.

Korle-Bu became a teaching hospital because it temporarily housed the School.

In 1969, when the School was about to graduate its first batch of students, it became necessary to incorporate it into the University of Ghana to enable it to issue academic certificates to the graduating students and the name became the University of Ghana Medical School.

Source: Ghana News Agency