GEPA urges export strategy technical committees to move country away from imports dependency

Accra, Aug. 5, GNA – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Exports Promotion Authority (GEPA), Dr Afua Asabea Asare, has asked the 10 technical committees tasked to drive the implementation of the National Export Development Strategy (NEDS) to be innovative in ensuring that the country moves away from its dependency on imports.

Speaking at a NEDS-African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) implementation workshop in Accra, Dr Asare said stakeholders needed to help to deliver the country from its current state of dependency on imports through tackling the situation from the grass roots.

“We are charting an integrated approach not only in terms of finding the right mix but also the need for partnerships for a groundbreaking approach to implement the strategy,” she said.

The NEDS was launched to provide a clear direction and intent, to increase non-traditional export (NTE) earnings to US$25.3 billion by 2029.

Dr Asare said after the first year of the NEDS implementation, records indicate a US$3.3 billion revenue from NTEs.

This represents a 17 per cent growth over 2020 earnings of US$2.84 billion, posting an increase in the annual average growth rate of 7.07 per cent.

“Despite this increase a lot more effort would have to be exerted to ensure significant increases for the achievement of the target,” Dr Asare stated.

Dr Asare hinted at plans for a district sensitisation programme on the National Export Development Strategy (NEDS) across the country.

Together with other stakeholders, it is expected that at the end of the sensitisation, stakeholders are not only aware of the content of the NEDS but also know and appreciate their roles and contributions towards attaining the target.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Herbert Krapa called for institutional collaboration to ensure speedy but thorough deliberations in the drive to implement the export development strategy.

“We cannot implement the National Export Development Strategy without institutional collaboration. I mean institutional collaboration in the truest sense of the phrase: which naturally starts with a recognition that parties being invited to the table truly have something to offer, and parties sitting around the table, accepting in similar respectable fashion, that they must give everything they can to make what we do a success,” Mr Krapa stated.

The Deputy Trade Minister noted that “gradually, slowly, surely and steadily, we are shifting gear into full -blown implementation of the National Export Development Strategy. This is perhaps the junction they call ‘a point of no return’, and we cannot afford to retreat at this point. We have built enough momentum for take-off and we must do so with only one outcome in mind: a successful implementation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Real Estate Firm sets up land litigation clinic

Accra, Aug. 5, GNA – Landed property is a very essential asset to nations, businesses, and individuals. It is a cherished asset top-notch investor in the world feel safe to keep their funds.

Nonetheless, owning a piece of land has always come with its challenges.

From time immemorial, conflicts from land litigation have seen people murdered, families torn apart, land guards’ brutalities, siblings fighting and companies dragged to court for settlements. Many people have also fallen ill out of stress, had their pressure risen, and died eventually.

The case is not different in Ghana as there are numerous cases of land issues filed at every court with the mandate to handle land cases.

The problems could be due to greed, ethnic conflict, misunderstanding, mismanagement and lack of education, delays in adjudicating land disputes in court, lack of Customary Lands Secretariats for traditional councils, improper documentation, lack of understanding between tenants and land owners or chiefs.

Other causes are chieftaincy problems, unemployment, default in rent payment to the Administrator of Stool Lands, lack of sensitization programs for tenants, stakeholders and chiefs on stool lands.

Land disputes and litigations have become rampant, causing troubles within and among families, communities and ethnic groups.

This problem may be due to greed, ethnic conflict, misunderstanding, mismanagement and lack of education, delays in adjudicating land disputes in court, lack of Customary Lands Secretariats for traditional councils, improper documentation, lack of understanding between tenants and land owners or chiefs. Among these causes, others may be related to chieftaincy problems, unemployment, default in rent payment to the Administrator of Stool Lands, lack of sensitization programs for tenants, stakeholders and chiefs on stool lands.

And lack of proper dispute resolution mechanisms in our communities compounds the problem.

Before beginning your search for land to buy in Ghana, and to avoid potential land litigation issues, it is important to understand the laws surrounding land acquisition and purchase; especially the law on who owns land in Ghana. The first thing to know is this, no one individual owns land in Ghana! All lands belong to the state, traditional authorities and families and clans. Lands owned by individuals and private entities are simply leaseholds lasting 50 years for expatriates and 99 years for citizens (it’s a 50 to a 70-year ratio where commercial property is involved)

Land Litigation issues in Ghana have the tendency to derail all your efforts in acquiring a prime piece of land. Purchasing land is a fantastic long-term investment to make. The benefits, including low maintenance costs and security, are numerous. You may have read everything you need to know about buying land in Ghana; searched lands for sale in Ghana online; found an ideal piece of land for sale; and taken all the necessary steps you can think of to finally make that purchase.

A recent dispute over the rightful owner of a plot of land in Ghana has led the country’s highest court to ask why people who sell the same land to several buyers in fraudulent deals, are not prosecuted. The judges also expressed their shock at the state of Ghana’s records from which it is often impossible to tell the rightful owners of plots of land. They said such chaos, combined with uncertainty about whether property deals are valid, would deter also foreign investors.

Brainsfield Limited; a real estate brokerage and consulting firm representing sellers, buyers, developers, and renters of properties in Ghana has established a land litigation clinic, a unit that will assist victims of land litigation cases and provide direction to new and prospective land owners so they can avert the pitfalls.

The clinic would invite applicants with landed issues for the following:

Tender any available documents for scrutiny, the clinic would run searches to ascertain the position of the document, the clinic would advise its clients, and if possible, would fund all court cases for its clients depending on case potentials.

Brainsfield Limited is a company well versed in landed issues. Most people go to court unprepared and thus lose their case even though they may have a good case. Brainsfield would take you through property consultative counselling, survey work, that is the technical, and legal which is the court. One needs to be strategically prepared for any court issues and that is what brainsfield is here for.

Come October, 2022, the company will begin to receive issues and complaints from victims for advice and treatment at its litigation clinic.

Processes of the litigation clinic

The clinic is meant to ensure that all disputes in vital aspects in the litigation are attended to and fixed or maintained, a department where victims are given counsel or advice, especially of a specialist nature in land litigation.

The victim of such instances needs to have legit and legal documents of ownership of the given land, based on which the claim of the land can be rested on.

The given land must have all its corners properly measured and accounted for in the case of relevant issues and questions concerning the land.

Concerns on the land and arising issues must clearly be stated to avoid parallel accusations and encourage a rather organized defense and factual reasoning.

The clinic will need to have legal assess to the documents concerning the given land by which protection and retrieval will be possible.

The clinic will ultimately arrange for the case to be handled legally by an internal barrister.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Queues building up at Gas filling stations following rumored shortage

Accra, Aug. 5, GNA – Many Gas filling stations in some parts of Accra are recording long queues of people since the beginning of the weeks as a results of rumored Gas shortage.

The Ghana News Agency visited some Gas filling stations around Teshie in Accra to observe the situation, at the Goil Service Station around the A-Life Junction at Teshie, the gates to the station were closed with a ‘No Gas’ signage boldly mounted at the entrance.

At the Star and Trade Cross filling stations also at Teshie, customer had formed queues and waiting their turn until the attendants told them the gas had finished.

Some of the patrons visibly begged the attendants to do some ‘magic,’ while others carried their cylinders to continue their search.

The rumored Gas shortage has forced some drivers whose vehicles use gas to park their vehicles around the filling stations in anticipation of some coming soon.

Mr Adjetey Annan, a disappointed driver, whose car runs on LPG, said he had used what was left in his car moving from one station to another.

The Ghana National Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association embarked on a strike earlier in the week to expresses concern about some LPG stations which have been closed since 2017.

Source: Ghana News Agency

More than 500 learners receive capacity building in Oil Palm Value Chain

Bunso (E/R), Aug. 5, GNA – More than 500 learners from the Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVET)’s Competency-Based Training (CBT) have received capacity building in the Oil Palm Value Chain.

The six-month training was run at five different agricultural training institutions throughout Ghana, focusing on specific training modules for occupations along the oil palm value chain.

The modules are Nursery Establishment, Land Preparation and Plantation Establishment, Farm Management, Harvesting and Agribusiness Management.

The 591 learners were awarded a certificate of completion at the graduation ceremony organised by Solidaridad West Africa in Bunso in the Eastern Region.

The project was in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’s Ghana Skills Development Initiative (GSDI) Project, and the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES).

The ATVET Programme is co-funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the German government.

Mr Detlev Axel Jahn, the Head of the Programme for Sustainable Economic Development, said the German Government remained committed to supporting the activities of the TVET sector in Ghana.

He said the sector was one of the surest ways to attain the financial and economic independence that the young people were striving for.

Mr Jahn urged all stakeholders in the TVET sector to continue to support the efforts of both the Ghanaian Government and its development partners to make TVET an attractive field for the youth.

“Providing demand-driven training to job-seeking youth, apprentices, workers, and others, builds a confident and job-ready workforce that makes them attractive to the industry, both as skilled employees and highly engaged entrepreneurs,” he added.

Mr Nicholas Issaka Gbana, Programme Manager, Solidaridad West Africa, said the programme was under the nationally accredited curriculum of the Commission for Technical and Vocational Education Training (CTVET).

He said in the first quarter of 2021, Solidaridad with its partner schools, UCAES in the Eastern region, Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture in the Ashanti region and Asuansi Technical Institute in the Central region, trained 506 learners in four out of six competencies of the oil palm curriculum.

Other partner schools are Father Dogli Memorial Technical and Vocational Institute in the Oti region and Kpando Technical Institute in the Volta region.

The Oil palm curriculum had Nursery Establishment, Land Preparation and Plantation Establishment, Harvesting, Agribusiness Management (Oil Palm)

He said based on that initial work, GIZ decided to provide an additional amount of 847,615 Euros to complete the training in the two outstanding competencies, that was Farm Management, and Processing and Quality Assurance.

Mr Gbana said for some of those learners that graduated in March 2021; and train an entirely new batch of learners in selected competencies.

He said the current graduation comprised 237 of the old batch of learners, who have completed all the six competences under the National Certificate 1 and 2.

He said 171 new batch of learners have completed the processing and agribusiness competencies, with 183 new batch of learners completing the farm management and agribusiness competencies.

“Present at today’s graduation ceremonies are the learners from UCAES and KITA,” he said.

He said the goal for the training was to support the learners to find work in the oil palm sector.

Mr Gbana said in March 2022, Solidaridad conducted a sample survey of the 506 learners that graduated last year, and they discovered that 36 per cent had found jobs in the oil palm sector as entrepreneurs or third-party employees, while 16 per cent had found jobs outside the oil palm sector.

He said they would continue to work with the schools and the Technical Examinations Unit of CTVET to conduct the external verification for this year’s training.

As part of the training, the learners underwent practical training sessions at selected agricultural enterprises, such as Ghana Oil Palm Development Company (GOPDC), Volpalm and Volta Red, among others, through workplace experience learning.

WEL is an integral component of CBT training, aiming at equipping young people with practical skills and competences that are in-demand by the industry to facilitate their transition into employment.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chelsea confirm deal for Brighton defender Marc Cucurella

Chelsea are set to complete the signing of Marc Cucurella from Brighton for a fee believed to be over £50m with Levi Colwill set to go in the opposite direction.

Personal terms were agreed on Tuesday before Chelsea met Brighton’s valuation of the player.

Cucurella had originally been a Manchester City transfer target and handed in a transfer request last Friday in a bid to push through a move to the Premier League champions, but Chelsea have ultimately managed to convince the Spaniard to move to London instead.

City had a £30m bid rejected for the full-back earlier this summer with Pep Guardiola’s side keen to find a replacement for the departed Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal. But the Citizens were not intent on making a higher bid.

Chelsea then capitalised on that stalemate, matching Brighton’s asking price in order to sign the defender, who had four years left on his Brighton contract.

The Blues said in a statement: “Following reports from numerous media outlets this week, we can confirm an agreement has been reached with Brighton and Hove Albion for the signing of Marc Cucurella. “

Going in the opposite direction on loan is Blues 19-year-old defender Colwill, who spent last season at Huddersfield Town also on loan.

Head coach Graham Potter said: “Levi has enormous potential and has already shown his ability last season in the Championship and with England at various age group levels up to under-21s.

“I am really looking forward to working with him on the training pitch, and in matches over the course of the season.

“He plays mostly at centre-back, but has also played on the left as a full-back, and he is a player who is comfortable on the ball.”

Cucurella becomes Chelsea’s third major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Raheem Sterling for a total fee of £47.5m from City and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £33m. They have also signed teenager Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa and Gabriel Slonina from Chicago Fire.

Cucurella’s arrival at Stamford Bridge is likely to result in Marcos Alonso moving on with Barcelona reportedly keen to sign the 31-year-old.

Source: Modern Ghana

Malta Guinness signs deal with GFA to pump GHS10 million into Women’s Premier League

The Ghana Women’s Premier League has received a major boost following an agreement between the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Guinness Ghana Breweries.

From the deal signed for a period of three years, Malta Guinness has become the official sponsor of the Women’s Premier League and will pump in a whopping GHS10 million into the women’s game.

“Ghana’s biggest non-alcoholic brewed malt beverage, Malta Guinness has been unveiled as the official Sponsor of the Women’s Premier League.

“The sponsorship, worth GHS10 million, spans a period of three years, starting from the 2022/2023 season,” an official announcement by the Ghana FA has said.

Speaking at an event to make the deal official, Marketing Director of Guinness Ghana, Estella Muzito explained that “Malta Guinness’ decision to sponsor the Women’s Premier League in Ghana is in line with our mission to fuel a world of good.”

She added, “The incredibly talented women who play the game, the officials, the Football Association and the fans will be energized in their support of their favourite teams and Malta Guinness will be there to refresh them all the way.”

Speaking at the event, Ghana FA President Kurt Okraku said he is delighted the sponsorship deal has been reached with Malta Guinness Ghana.

He assured that his administration is committed to growing the women’s game in the country.

“The leadership of the Ghana Football Association has shown commitment to the growth of the Women’s Football for which reason we increased the number of participating teams from 16 to 20. Another timely intervention from the GFA was to supply free footballs and other valuable equipment to these clubs. We enrolled players on the YEA for monthly allowances and also made the matches in the Women’s Premier League available on Max TV.

“I am filled with joy announcing this landmark agreement with Malta Guinness. I would like to thank the management of Guiness Ghana for believing in my leadership and choosing to work with us. The Ghana Football Association will continue to project our brands to make it attractive to corporate Ghana and the world at large. In passing, I want to call on other companies to emulate this example and come on board to help develop and grow the sport,” Kurt Okraku shared.

Source: Modern Ghana

GFA reschedules 28th Ordinary Session of Congress to August 30

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced a new date for the 28th Ordinary Session of Congress.

In a notice of Congress sent to all Members, the Ghana FA says the upcoming session of congress will now be held on August 30, 2022.

“Please take notice that pursuant to Article 31(1) and 31(2) of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Statutes, the Executive Council of the Association has decided that the 28th Ordinary Session of Congress shall be rescheduled to Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 9:00 o’clock in the forenoon at Ghanaman Soccer Centre Centre of Excellence, Prampram,” a statement on the GFA website has said.

It added, “Further take notice that in accordance with Article 31(3) of the GFA Statutes, the former Convocation of Congress (which contains the Agenda, the Activity Report, Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Report and any other relevant documents) shall be made in writing and circulated to the Members of Congress at least seven (7) days before Tuesday, August 20, 2022.”

Subsequently, after the 28th Ordinary Session of Congress, the Ghana Premier League will officially commence on September 9, 2022.

Source: Modern Ghana

Teen makes Ghana unicycling history at championships

Ghanaian-raised teenager, Trey Haun, has won two medals at the Unicycling World Championship, the nation’s first medals in the competition.

Many Ghanaians on social media have been celebrating the rare achievement at the competition held in France.

Trey first won a silver medal in the 30m Wheel Walk Race (15 to 16-year-old male) and then bronze medal in the 50m One-Wheel Race (15 to 16-year-old male).

His father William Haun tweeted: “This boy of mine took two Unicycling World Championship medals for Ghana – the nation’s first. I couldn’t be more proud of him for all his hard work and perseverance!”

Trey is a US citizen who lived with his family in north-eastern Ghana where his mother was a surgeon at a mission hospital.

He moved there when he was eight years old and lived in Nalerigu “half of my life”, he says, but is now living in the US.

The competition allows athletes to represent their country of birth or residence. This was Trey’s 14th appearance at the championship.

He is competing with his friends from North-East Ghana’s Unicycling Youth team.

Source: Modern Ghana