Invest in Dominica for a life in paradise

Roseau, Dec. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The festive season is often a time to reflect on the year that has passed and on plans and goals for the year to come. With gift-giving around the world, the festive season is also a time to think about what one really wants from life.

With the explosion of remote work options around the world, our experience wish lists are no longer restricted by location. And even if your professional and private life requires you to be in a certain location from time to time, the world has opened in ways which may just top your stockings’ list.

Dream island location

The Caribbean is known for its idyllic beaches and island lifestyle. Let alone its dynamic culture and history, it’s offered a hideaway for investors the world over.

Located halfway along the Eastern Caribbean archipelago is the Commonwealth of Dominica, an island-state stretching 751 km² (290 square miles) and boasting 148 km (91 miles) of coastal line. It is not to be confused with the Dominican Republic, also in the Caribbean.

Also known as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean”, its forest landscape is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity and boasts the second-largest hot spring in the world, Boiling Lake. The island boasts nine volcanic peaks.  Morne Diablotins is the highest mountain on the island and the second highest in the Lesser Antilles. One can even view the neighboring islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique from its top.

The country’s climate agenda also makes good use of these natural resources. As part of its aims to become the first climate-resilient country in the world by 2030, as announced by President Roosevelt Skerrit following the devastation ravaged on the island nation by Hurricane Maria in 2017, the nation is actively investing in sustainable development projects. In March 2019, the World Bank approved a US$27 million project to support the construction of a 7MW small geothermal power plant in the Rosseau Valley, which aims to increase the share of renewables, diversify the country’s energy matrix, and identify a clear road map for private sector investment in geothermal development. Development projects outside of the development and enhancement of renewable energy capabilities include sustainable housing, healthcare and educational facilities. The country already obtains 28% of its energy requirements from renewable energy sources such as hydropower and wind.

Cities and spoken languages

English is the official language of Dominica, with French and Spanish spoken in some parts. The capital city is Roseau, which is the most popular place for nomads and expats to settle in Dominica, while others choose to live in Portsmouth, Dominicas’ second-largest city.

Visa and work options

Dominica welcomes digital nomads from across the world. More recently, the government has launched its “Work in Nature” (WIN) campaign. This programme offers digital nomads an extended stay visa for individuals and families to work remotely in Dominica for up to 18 months.

Many affluent investors enjoy life on Dominica so much, that they opt to invest in the country’s Citizenship by Investment (CIB) programme, through which investors gain citizenship, freedom of movement and of doing business in and from the island nation. Citizenship is for life, with the right to hold dual citizenship, so investors don’t need to give up their current citizenship at all. Once citizenship is obtained, it can also be passed to future generations.

Launched in 1993, Dominica’s CBI programme has been ranked as the number one CBI initiative for five consecutive years by the CBI Index. This is a ranking system published by the Financial Times’s Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine. The Financial Times’ PWM publication particularly highlighted the programme’s stringent due diligence, efficient times and affordability. After applicants pass the due diligence checks, citizenship hopefuls then choose to either invest in real estate or contribute to a government fund. The latter is known as the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF), and it sponsors public and private sectors in Dominica that need financial support or have economic potential, such as the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Project.

Is this for me?

The Dominica CBI Programme is a good value for money for both individual applicants and families looking to apply for second citizenship. It is particularly a good fit for single professionals who want to broaden their horizons, families that would eventually like to add dependants such as grandparents or siblings, individuals looking to study abroad and digital nomads who want greater global mobility.

Dominica requires no wealth tax, gift tax, inheritance tax, capital gains tax, foreign income tax or personal income tax. There are also corporate tax incentives, import duty exemptions, tax relief and export allowances.

The programme has no residency requirements for applicants, so there is no need to be present on the island for any duration of time.

As the processing time for a CBI application takes about three months from submission of the application to approval in principle, this is something you’ll be able to bag before next Christmas.

PR Dominica
Commonwealth of Dominica
001 (767) 266 3919
mildred.thabane@csglobalpartners.com

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St Kitts and Nevis introduces raft of changes to its Citizenship by Investment Programme, benefits both locals and an intelligent investor

London, Dec. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The much-anticipated changes to St Kitts and Nevis’ Citizenship by Investment Programme have been announced today by the country’s recently appointed Citizenship by Investment Unit Head, Michael Martin. Setting a bold and new tone for the industry as a whole, St Kitts and Nevis is once again leading the way for the investment immigration industry – adding a new layer of integrity to truly accelerate the country’s economic diversification, empower and prosper local citizens while creating an enriching base for intelligent investors.

“Today, our progressive government brings to fruition these much-awaited and very important changes to our much-loved Citizenship by Investment Programme. Today marks a new era for the investment immigration industry as we boldly declare that a clear strategy will drive our Citizenship by Investment Programme with the sole purpose of benefiting our people and investors who want to see our nation flourish.”

“Today these changes show the international community that we place honesty and integrity above all else as we look to deliver a product that will bring us a positive reputation and send a clear message that we are open for business,” said Michael Martin.

Watch the full video announcement here.

The changes have been gazetted on 23 December 2022 and will take effect on 1 January 2023.

Since his election in August, the Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Terrance Drew, has hinted at upcoming changes to the country’s Citizenship by Investment programme – reiterating multiple times that the revamped programme needs to be mutually beneficial to both Kittians and Nevisians and international investors.

The Prime Minister said at a recent event “While we navigate the complexities of managing a small island developing state in this unpredictable and highly globalized world, we have made it a priority to craft a solution to ensure that the evolution of our citizenship programme will be a sustainable model filled with integrity, transparency and accountability.”

The Programme will be underpinned by three fundamental principles that have guided the administration’s decision making with respect to the evolved version of the twin-island’s Citizenship by Investment Programme – sustainability, good governance and pragmatism.

“We have crafted a sustainable model that will continue to be the envy of the international community by injecting high levels of integrity that will come through administrative improvements. We have also structured our programme to allow for greater transparency and accountability, which make the hallmarks of a good governance framework that solidifies the foundation of any successful endeavour. Lastly, we have tailored our investment options to align with market realities while preserving the platinum brand our proud nation has developed and nurtured for four decades, operating the oldest Citizenship by Investment Programme in the world,” added the Prime Minister.

To achieve this, the most notable change to the programme will be the introduction of a Board of Governors and a Technical Committee.

Effective next year, a professional Citizenship by Investment Board of Governors will be responsible for high level supervisory matters such as providing general oversight of the operations the CBI Unit, developing and implementing policies and procedures for the CBI Unit, ensuring that application processing is completed as swiftly as possible within the time frames advertised without comprising the integrity of the programme and, continuously monitoring the global investor immigration industry to ensure that the country’s Citizenship by Investment regulations align with and adjust to, international market forces.

To further the Programme’s good governance agenda, a Citizenship by Investment Technical Committee will be charged with ensuring that all due diligence background checks are comprehensive and that all citizenship by investment applications are reviewed thoroughly. This committee will also be tasked with making recommendations to the Prime Minister in his capacity as Minister of National Security, Immigration and Citizenship.

The Technical Committee will be comprised of a chairperson, this role will be filled by the recently appointed Head of the CBI Unit, Michael Martin; a senior officer and a secretary – who will be a civil servant assigned by the Prime Minister.

 

Applicants can gain second citizenship in 60 days, but only for a limited time

St Kitts and Nevis is offering applicants a chance to gain second citizenship in as little as 60 days through its Sustainable Growth Fund – the revenue from the fund is aimed to facilitate economic development and social upliftment in the country. The Sustainable Growth Fund will be used to provide financial support to educational institutions, medical facilities, as well as provide additional funding for the construction of infrastructure, the development of local tourism, the preservation of local culture and heritage and support of sustainable growth initiatives in the twin-island nation.

The Sustainable Growth Fund remains the quickest and easiest route to second citizenship in St Kitts and Nevis and from 1 January to 30 June 2023, for a Limited Time Offer, a main applicant, following stringent background checks, can make a minimum investment of US$125,000 to the Fund and receive approval in principle within 60 days of submission of application.

Under the Limited Time Offer, investment options are as follows:

  • Single applicant – US$ 125,000
  • Main applicant and a spouse – US$150,000
  • Main applicant, spouse and two dependants – US$170,000
  • Each additional dependant under 18 – US$10,000
  • Each additional dependant over 18 – US$25,000

From 1 July 2023 onwards, applicants investing through the Sustainable Growth Fund will be charged as follows and can expect approval in principle within 90 days of submission of application.

  • Main applicant – US$150,000
  • Main applicant and a spouse – US$175,000
  • Main applicant, spouse and two dependants – US$195,000
  • Each additional dependant under 18 – US$10,000
  • Each additional dependant over 18 – US$25,000

These changes are part of the government’s tireless efforts to create conditions necessary for sustainable economic growth and diverse business opportunities.

“This is an exciting time because these policies will continue our progressive course in the global investor immigration industry and cement St Kitts and Nevis’ place as a leader in the Citizenship by Investment space. As we move toward a brand-new diversified economy, we remain committed to investing in tangible projects to uplift the country to achieve our goal of establishing a sustainable island state,” continued the Prime Minister.

It is important to note that these additional layers are not meant to hinder the application process but rather ensure multiple aspects including keeping processing to agreed timelines, all approved applicants are of the highest repute and most importantly, that projects meet the requirement of benefitting the local economy.

Another change is that the sustainable model of the Citizenship by Investment programme will now involve the implementation of an improved multi-faceted approved real estate application process, the removal of loopholes and the strict enforcement of escrow and project milestone requirements.

The evolved St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme will invite bold and creative investors to facilitate the development of innovative industries in St Kitts and Nevis including construction of real estate developments pursuant to the new administration’s priority infrastructure list. “All projects must bring substantial benefit to the people of St Kitts and Nevis,” noted the Prime Minister.

The government will approve real estate projects to be developed and of these, a designated number of real estate units will be available to be sold to qualifying investors. Real estate projects will be constructed and completed according to a pre-defined schedule and a designated escrow drawdown process will also be implemented.

Only approved real estate developments will be eligible for the Citizenship by Investment option and most importantly, current “Approved Projects” will lose this designation once the new Citizenship by Investment regulations have been gazetted and approved, meaning stakeholders of these projects will need to apply afresh to become an “Approved Development”.

Minimum investment for approved real estate will remain at US$200,000 but there will be an introduction of penalties for the circumvention of minimum investment sums including:

  • Fines of up to US$200,000 on summary conviction
  • Revocation/suspension of Approved Development status
  • Removal of Authorised Agent licence
  • Blacklisting on the Citizenship by Investment website as a person or entity not authorised to submit a Citizenship b Investment application

A new Public Good Investment Option (PGIO) will replace the Alternative Investment Option (AIO) and will focus on effecting real transformation for the country by investing into areas that will benefit the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis – these projects must maximise local employment, transfer technological skills and increase capacity building. Investors of the PGIO must assume all financial risks associated with the projects and, if the investment results in the development of real estate on State land, investors must agree to transfer all real estate to the State on substantial completion. Investors looking to contribute to the PGIO will be required to apply to the Board of Governors to be designated as a Public Good Investor. To qualify under the PGIO, an applicant must contribute US$175,000, excluding relevant due diligence, processing and Government fees.

Investors can also apply for citizenship through the purchase of a qualified private home, for a minimum investment of US$400 000.00 for each main applicant. Unlike the preapproved real estate option, investing through a private home means a single-family home is sold as one unit and cannot be converted into apartments, condominiums or divided otherwise. The use of shares is also prohibited.

A private home that has been purchased through the Citizenship by Investment Programme cannot be sold for a period of five years after the granting of the citizenship and the property may never be eligible for use in a subsequent Citizenship by Investment application.

Having established the citizenship by investment industry 40 years ago, the progressive government of St Kitts and Nevis believes that these changes to its programme will once again set a much-needed positive tone and direction in the investor immigration industry.

St Kitts and Nevis has created a name for itself as a financial nexus with an attractive citizenship programme underpinned by a sound legal framework and robust multi-layered due diligence.

For nearly 40 years, St Kitts and Nevis has been the pioneer of the global investor immigration industry.

Watch the full video announcement here.

PR St Kitts and Nevis
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
mildred.thabane@csglobalpartners.com

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Huawei Datacom Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei announced that it was named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure, the only non-North American vendor positioned in the Leaders Quadrant. Huawei takes it as a milestone and believes it is yet another testament to the global recognition of Huawei’s full lineup of network offerings. Huawei’s wide range of solutions include the CloudCampus 3.0 Solution, CloudEngine series switches, AirEngine Wi-Fi Access Points (APs), and iMaster NCE automatic and intelligent network management platform.

Huawei Datacom named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure

As an excellent supplier in the global enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure market, Huawei has a host of strengths, including the comprehensive product portfolio, Artificial Intelligence (AI)- and Machine Learning (ML)-enabled network management platform, wireless-first support, and industry-leading “Ability to Execute” and “Completeness of Vision”.

Huawei has a holistic set of enterprise wired and wireless LAN infrastructure offerings. Featured products and solutions include the end-to-end CloudCampus Solution across LANs, WLANs, and WANs, feature-rich CloudEngine series switches, award-winning AirEngine Wi-Fi APs, and field-proven iMaster NCE automatic and intelligent network management platform. To date, these products and solutions have served millions of customers worldwide across industries, gaining high praise in the process.

Huawei remains committed to the global enterprise market, and constantly innovates to set the benchmark for enterprise networks in terms of simplified network architecture, best-in-class hardware design, agile software delivery, and flexible business models.

More specifically, Huawei simplifies the campus network architecture from three layers to two with its solution consisting of the central switch and Remote Units (RUs). Keeping hardware innovation in mind, Huawei has unveiled innovative third-generation Wi-Fi 6 smart antennas and a range of brand-new CloudEngine switches and AirEngine APs. With regard to software innovation, Huawei stands out with the powerful iMaster NCE automatic and intelligent network management platform that underpins the industry’s first L3 autonomous driving network for campuses. When it comes to innovative business models, Huawei differentiates itself from other vendors by launching a leasable and salable cloud management platform model, as well as flexible deployment options, including on-premises, Huawei public cloud, and MSP-owned cloud.

To date, Huawei’s campus network offerings have been widely used by customers in over 170 countries and regions across sectors such as public service, education, healthcare, manufacturing, finance, and energy, helping them build a solid digital bedrock for their digital transformation journey.

To learn more about Huawei’s CloudCampus Solution, please visit: https://e.huawei.com/en/solutions/business-needs/enterprise-network/campus-network

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Africa’s top 29 Best Places to Work for 2022 revealed

LONDON, Dec. 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Best Places to Work organization announced today the top 29 most performing employers in Africa for 2022. The certification program recently compiled its annual list based on the assessment of over 500 organizations operating across the continent.

Findings from this year indicated that the top performing organizations in Africa continued to invest in creating a highly-engaged workforce, with an average engagement score of 83%, compared with a market average of 71%. These organizations are particularly leading the way by creating engaging environments fostering organizational agility, building engaging leaders and demonstrating outstanding people practices and workplace excellence.

The research has also shown that given the present challenges around talent retention in Africa, employees who do not see good career opportunities or agree with their organization’s response to their well-being are three times more likely to leave.

Topping this year’s ranking was Novo Nordisk, the global pharmaceutical company followed by Dell, the American based technology company. Groupe Vipp Interstis, a leading service provider in Customer Interaction operating across different countries in Africa, came in the third position. Webhelp, a leading customer relationship and business process outsourcing company, came in the fourth position followed by Nestle, the leading food producer. To be considered, companies must be identified as outstanding employers at least in one of the countries across the continent.

The ranking was determined based on feedback from employees gathered through anonymous surveys and an HR assessment evaluating the people management practices against the best workplace standards. The top 29 list includes:

  1. Novo Nordisk
  2. Dell
  3. Groupe Vipp Interstis
  4. Webhelp
  5. Nestle
  6. Safran Group
  7. Hilti
  8. Roche
  9. BSH
  10. Comdata
  11. Schneider Electric
  12. Glucode
  13. Eaux Minérales d’Oulmès
  14. Zitouna Takaful
  15. Parkville Pharmaceutical
  16. Asma Invest
  17. eHealth Africa
  18. Zoetis
  19. AstraZeneca
  20. Pharma 5
  21. Groupe Banque Populaire du Maroc
  22. Jamjoom Pharma
  23. EcoBank
  24. Magrabi
  25. Ooredoo
  26. IHS Towers
  27. Alsa
  28. CDG Capital
  29. Elezaby pharmacy

Congratulating this year’s Best Places to Work in Africa, Hamza Idrissi, Program Manager said, “Leading organizations in Africa have demonstrated agility to respond effectively to disruptions while being connected to the needs of their employeesThis recognition validates the commitment of several leading employers in Africa to provide their employees with a positive work environment that challenges and encourages them to develop personally and professionally.”

Every year in Africa, the program partners with many organizations, across different industries, to help them measure, benchmark, improve their HR practices and use data-driven insights to add value, enhance agility, and increase organizational effectiveness.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Best Places to Work is the most definitive ‘Employer of Choice’ certification that organizations aspire to achieve. Every year, the program certifies and recognizes leading workplaces in many countries around the world with a rigorous assessment methodology and a framework which reflects the very latest in workplace trends.

For more information, visit www.bestplacestoworkfor.org

Be mindful of duty to nation-CDS urges soldiers

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, has reminded soldiers to demonstrate high sense of commitment and dedication in the discharge of their duties to the nation.

They must uphold discipline, commitment, and professionalism as a mantle in all their roles of endeavour, he stated.

“Let us remind ourselves that it is our duty to support the Government’s effort by providing an enabling security environment for accelerated national development and growth, and thereby improving the livelihood of the citizenry,” he added.

Vice Admiral Amoama, in his address to troops during his end-of-year reception after a health walk, in Accra, said the uniformed personnel owed it a duty to serve the nation.

He encouraged troops to guard the GAF’s reputation of professionalism both internally and more particularly, during international duties such as peacekeeping operations.

“On the International scene, let us continue to maintain our good image and high professional standards in the various Peacekeeping Theatres such as Lebanon, DR Congo, Sudan, South Sudan, Gambia, Mali and Guinea-Bissau,” he said.

He also commended the troops for their loyalty, professionalism, integrity, and dedication to the cause of the nation.

That, according to him, enabled Ghana to secure the needed peace and stability despite the prevailing national challenges.

Stating his priority for 2023, the CDS said he would stimulate enhanced cooperation within the three services to effectively deal with the myriads of threats, especially terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, and secessionist inclinations.

Naval Commander Benedict Quayson of the Religious Affairs Directorate of the GAF, in an address to the officers and men, after the health walk at the Nicholson Stadium, said the Military High Command, together with his outfit, had commissioned an amusement centre, and also held an exhibition programme in the year.

He said the initiative was part of a programme that offered their spouses and dependents a platform to showcase employable skills acquired with support from the Ghana Enterprises Agency.

The end-of-year event was also used to honour some officers and men who had excelled in this year’s CDS Prize Essay Competition.

The first position within the other ranks category went to Able Seaman First Class, Emmanuel Baah Junior, who took away an ultramodern Samsung flat screen Television.

This was followed by Lance Corporal Theresa Dentaa, who won the second position, and Lance Bombadier Divine Gbada, who came third.

For the officers’ category, Major Ambitious Nazar won the first position in the competition, and received a Samsung flat screen TV.

He was followed by Lt. Col. Awintera Abugri and sub–Lt. Judith Dela Abra Gbenah, who came second and third respectively.

Source: Modern Ghana

Five employees of K. Ofori Enterprise?Limited accused of siphoning GHS2.6 million remanded

Five employees of Kwadwo Ofori aka K Ofori Enterprise Limited have?appeared before an Accra Circuit Court for allegedly stealing building materials worth GHS2,615,011.

The accused persons are Santa Nangba, a 27-year-old Sales Manager, Peter Bawla, a 28-year-old Supervisor, William Dagadu, 27, Michael Jeffery a 28-year-old IT Technician and Felix Ofori -Boafo, a Cashier.

They have pleaded not guilty to the charges of Conspiracy to commit crime namely stealing and stealing.

The Court presided over by Mr Samuel Bright Acquah has remanded them into Police custody to enable the Police conduct further investigations into the matter.

This was after the accused persons respective?lawyers had argued for bail for the accused persons.

Prosecution led by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Augustus Yirenkyi opposed the bail application,?saying the matter was under investigation.

The Court obliged the prosecution’s argument and remanded them into lawful custody.

The matter has been adjourned to January 5, 2023.

The Prosecution narrated that the complainant, Frank Kwadwo Ofori is the Director of Kwadwo Ofori Enterprise Limited, Accra and the accused persons his employees whom he trained to manage his various branches.

It said the accused persons were formally working in Accra and they were later transferred to Cape Coast to manage a branch.

The Prosecution said the accused persons were supplied iron rods, cement, binding wires, and nails to be sold by the complainant in large quantities.

It said the complainant trusted the accused persons, especially?Nangba, his sales manager of the Cape Coast branch.

The Prosecution said on or before September 2022, the accused persons requested for bags of cement to be supplied to them.

It said, the complainant however realised that the accused persons had about 10,000 bags of cement in stock. The complainant therefore became skeptical as to why the accused persons were requesting for bags of cement among others.

The Prosecution told the Court that the complainant through one of his employees got to know that the accused had sold the bags of cement that they had in stock, but they had failed to account for them.

It said the complainant became alarmed and together with his accounting officers conducted stocking at the Cape Coast branch and it was revealed that” a net shortage of stock to the tune of GHS2,615, 011.30.

The Prosecution said he therefore invited the accused persons to the head office in Accra and he interrogated the accused persons.

According to the prosecution, accused persons admitted having stolen items such as iron rods, bags of cement, binding?wires, and nails to the tune of GHS2,568, 770.40 and wrote in an undertaking to refund the money to the complainant.

It said on December 20, this year, he reported the matter to the Police and accused persons were arrested.

The prosecution said the accused persons in their caution statement admitted the offence.

“Investigations revealed that the accused persons had sold the materials which were supplied to them without accounting for them,” it added.

Source: Modern Ghana

Non-release of GETFund allocation is having a serious toll on our finances – KsTU VC

Authorities of the Kumasi Technical University are appealing to government to ensure the timely release of GETFund allocations to the school to ensure the needed infrastructural expansion.

The Vice Chancellor of the school, Prof Osei-Wusu Achaw has attributed the infrastructural deficit facing the school to the case where in recent years, government has failed to provide the school with the allocated GETFund.

According to him, the non-release of the funds is having a significant impact on the school’s finances in the wake of the growing population of the university.

“A challenge we are facing is non-release of GETFund allocation to the university. In the last three and half years or so, out of the over 4 million Ghana cedis allocated to the university in GETFund commitment to fund a 17 million Ghana cedis faculty of creative arts projects, GETFund has paid only 2 million Ghana cedis to the university.”

“The non-release of GETFund allocation is having a serious toll on the finances of the university. This has hampered our ability to expand infrastructure to meet the growing students population of the university,” Prof Osei-Wusu Achaw stated.

Another concern the school wants to be addressed is the issue of recruitment of lecturers.

The Finance Minister, during the presentation of the 2023 budget disclosed that government will freeze the employment of civil and public servants from January 2023.

The decision by the government according to the Finance Minister forms parts of government’s expenditure rationalization in the 2023 budget.

It is on the back of this hiring halt that the management of the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU) has appealed to the government to grant the institution the opportunity to employ more lecturers to replace those who have retired.

According to the management, the university has been making do with very few teachers against thousands of students which may hinder the quality of professionals trained by the institution.

“Among the challenges we face is insufficient staff to run the university’s program. The average staff-to-student ratio of the university now stands at 1 to 41 across all faculties against the standard number of 1 to 18 in some programs such as engineering. The result is that the effectiveness of staff to students interaction in the university is adversely affected which can affect the quality of graduates that we churn out. I am aware that the government in view of the current economic hardship facing the nation has put a freeze on employment for the year 2023. However, we implore the government to grant us leave to recruit to replace retired staff of the university,” Prof Osei-Wusu Achaw added.

The Vice chancellor, Prof. Osei-Wusu Achaw made the appeal when he outlined some challenges facing the institution as part of his speech during the institution’s 18th Congregation.

A total of thousand five hundred and sixty-seven (1567) graduands were awarded with various certificates on Wednesday, 21st December 2023 at the 18th Congregation of the University.

Speaking at the event, the Chancellor of the University, Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor on his part urged the graduands to acquire the requisite skills that will enable them to be self-employed in order to help strengthen the private sector.

“ For the generality of you the graduands, it is our expectation that you acquire skills that will position you to be self dependent and to develop to a level of being able to establish your own businesses so as to strengthen the private sector of the Ghanaian economy,” said Dr. Kwame Addo Kufuor, Chancellor, Kumasi Technical University.

Source: Modern Ghana

Contractors will be paid before the end of year – Amoako-Atta

Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta says government will clear a “chunk” of outstanding debts owed road contractors before the year ends.

Mr Amoako-Atta said this when he addressed a gathering at the 2022 Nine Lessons and Carols of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) which was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Roads and Highways.

“Contractors of this country are doing a yeoman’s job despite all the difficulties, and I want to assure them that government will continue to work in their interest and all their outstanding payments from now onwards will be done from time to time.

“A chunk of outstanding (payments) are going to be effected before the end of the year and it will continue,” he added.

Mr Amoako-Atta said in spite of the economic challenges, the Government did not halt any road project and assured that more investments would be channelled to the roads sector.

He appealed to individuals in areas that were yet to have their roads repaired to remain calm as the Government works to mobilise resources to further expand the country’s road network.

“The people deserve to have good roads. I appeal to all those who haven’t had their turn to be patient and calm,” he said.

Source: Modern Ghana