GOSANET Foundation lauded for contribution to healthcare delivery

Mr Matthew Adam Ayamba, Adaklu District Director of Health has lauded the efforts of GOSANET Foundation, a health non-government organisation (NGO) working in the Adaklu District for its efforts towards improving health care delivery, especially in malaria. He said the Health Directorate would continue to give them the needed support. Mr Ayamba was addressing a review meeting organized by GOSANET Foundation on Community Level Malaria Social Behavior Change Communication activities for 15 participants from the project communities. The review meeting, which was sponsored by Global Fund through the National Malaria Elimination Programme was attended by traditional, religious and opinion leaders and Community Based Advocates (CBAs). Mr Ayamba also praised the CBAs for their untiring efforts despite not being paid for their services. ‘We are also aware of the challenges and public ridicules some of you faced in your communities, but I encourage you to keep up the good work you are doing,’ he said. Mr Ayamba entreated traditional leaders and Assembly Members to give the CBAs the needed support in their communities. He said the Health Directorate was putting measures in place to reward the efforts of committed volunteers and give recommendations on any of them or their wards who would want to enroll in a health institution. Mr Robert Dedi, the District Disease Control Officer who gave an overview of the malaria situation in the district said though malaria had reduced marginally in the district, more needed to be done in its eradication. He called for a collective effort and support from all stakeholders to make it possible. Mr Samuel Yao Atidzah, Executive Director of GOSANET Foundation praised the District Health Directorate and the CBAs for their unflinching support for the Foundation in achieving its programmes and objectives. He said the review meeting was to highlight activities carried out by the Foundation from February to July this year. Mr Atidzah mentioned some of the activities as community engagements in project communities, school-level sensitization on malaria presentation and control, Information Education Communication activities, sensitization sessions in churches, and mosques, community outreach using mobile van and radio programmes. The others he said were monthly monitoring, supervision and evaluation of activities and assessment of CBAs house to house engagements, identification, and follow-up on pregnant women with respect to IPtP (a malaria drug for pregnant women) use and data collection in the project communities.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana to penetrate Gulf Region with Horticultural exports in Expo 2023

Ghana aims to scale up its exports value as it seeks to penetrate the Gulf Region with horticulture products in the International Horticultural Expo, Doha, Qatar 2023. The event which is regarded as the biggest international horticultural platform affords the West African country mileage to attract critical export-oriented investments and showcase high quality products. This was said at the media launch of the international horticultural exhibitions christened ‘Expo 2023 Doha Qatar’ which would take place October 28, 2023 to March 2024, on the theme: ‘Green Desert, Better Environment.’ Participants would create innovative solutions for reducing desertification and establishing a sustainable environment in areas of modern agriculture, technology and Innovation, environmental Awareness and sustainability. In 2021, the global horticulture market was estimated to be valued at USD 20.77 billion and had been projected to reach US$ 40.24 billion by 2026 at a Cumulative Annual Growth Rate of 10.2%. It was announced that advancement and deployment of technology, adoption of sustainable horticulture practices, a growing global and urban population and an increasing demand for fresh and high-quality produce year-round primarily fueled the rapid growth of the sector. Also, the global demand for guavas and mangoes alone was close to US$4 billion in 2022, with data on imports of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other root crops worth US$12.78 billion in 2022. Dr Afua Asabea Asare, Commissioner-General, Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), said if we juxtaposed the above amount with Ghana’s meagre US$3 million export revenue from fruits and vegetables to the Gulf Region in 2022, it was clear that Ghana had long way to go. ‘The Expo provides Ghana the unique opportunity to showcase the potentials of the sector for the needed investment and production infrastructure development, are doing all it takes for our successful participation,’ she said. Dr Asabea Asare urged the private sector especially and Government Agencies to participate fully in all the activities lined up, adding that Ghana wanted to strengthen its image in the international arena and establish new economic contacts. Ghana’s exhibition would be in a pavilion with an area of over 1063 meters comprised of both indoor and outdoor segments. The indoor segment is a built wooden structure with multimedia showcasing graphics, The outdoor zone is a natural landscape designed in the form of Ghana’s map depicting major tree crops such as cocoa, coconut, cashew and shea seedlings. GEPA is the lead organization responsible for coordination, preparation and implementation of the project with strong involvement of relevant agencies like Ghana Investment Promotion Center, Ghana Free Zones Authority, COCOBOD, Ghana Eximbank and Forestry Commission.

Source: Ghana News Agency

The 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference to be held in Accra

The Parliament of Ghana will from Saturday, September 30 to Friday, October 6, 2023, host the 66th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in Accra at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC). Themed: ‘The Commonwealth Charter 10 years on: Values and principles for Parliaments to uphold’, the seven-day Conference would have about 686 delegates including Speakers and Presiding Officers, parliamentarians, Clerks-to-Parliaments, Parliamentary staff, and key stakeholders in the parliamentary governance sector as well as 56 national legislatures. Addressing the Parliamentary Press Corps in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Cyril K.O. Nsiah, the Clerk to Parliament said other 111 sub-national branches (state and provincial legislatures) across the nine geographic regions of the Commonwealth would be participants of the CPC. He said: ‘The adoption of the Ghana as a host country came as a result of the 64th edition held in Kampala. This 66th edition will be held under the patronage of the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, who is also the President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the President of the Ghana Branch of the Association.’ Mr Nsiah said the Conference, which had the goal of fostering dialogue and cooperation among member countries to address pressing global challenges within the context of Commonwealth values would emphasise the importance of Parliamentary diplomacy in addressing the challenges and highlight the role of Parliaments in shaping policies that benefited their citizens. He said the conference would officially be opened on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, under the patronage of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana and the Vice-Patron of the CPA as the keynote speaker. ‘The opening ceremony will be followed by workshops to discuss various topics relating to security, human rights, environment, economy, gender and other cross-cutting issues. ‘Host nation’s workshop will be organised by Ghana to deliberate on the topic: ‘Combating the threat of terrorism to Statehood: The Role of Parliament,’ he said. According to Mr Nsiah, Mr Albert Kan Dappah, the Minister for National Security was invited to lead discussions on the topic. He, therefore, mentioned that the CPC would be held simultaneously with other conferences, meetings, and workshops, which would include the CPA General Assembly; meetings of the CPA Executive Committee; 39th CPA Small branches conference and meetings of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP). Others would be the meeting of Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) networks; 57th meeting of the Society of Clerks at the Table (SoCATT) and the presentation of the 2023 Commonwealth Parliamentarian of the Year awards. Mr Nsiah said as part of efforts to promote Ghana by highlighting the natural resource endowments, history, culture, and traditions of Ghana to the international community, some tourist sites had been specified for visit by the delegates on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. He cited the Cape Coast Castle, the Kakum National Park, a cultural durbar at Manhyia Palace, the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam and boat cruise to the Dodi Island and Bisa Aberwa Museum. The CPC is the annual Conference of the CPA. It is the largest annual gathering of Commonwealth Parliamentarians, who come together to discuss global parliamentary and political issues. Each year, the Conference is hosted by a different Commonwealth Parliament. The CPA, previously known as the Empire Parliamentary Association, is an organisation which works to support good governance, democracy, and human rights. In 1989 the patron of the CPA was the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II. One of the oldest Commonwealth organisations, the CPA was founded in 1911 with the mission to promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance, youth engagement in democracy, gender equality and equal representation. At present, there are 54 Commonwealth Association countries, in which 164 CPA Branches are Parliaments and Legislatures, with a total membership of 18,000 Parliamentarians and Legislators, were established.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Limited Registration: 38, 294 registered in Volta Region in second week

The Electoral Commission has registered a total of 38,294 in the Volta Region in the second week of the ongoing limited voter registration exercise. The Commission registered 19, 461 males and 18, 833 females, with 847 applicants being challenged on grounds of ineligible. This was made known to the Ghana News Agency by the Volta Regional Director of the Commission, Mr Eric Dzakpasu. Mr Dzakpasu advised parents not to encourage their children below age 18 years to register as that was against the law. He said the Commission would start replacement of voter’s card from October 3, 2023, and asked citizens who lost their cards to visit their offices from the said date for replacement of their cards. The Director praised the political parties for their support and cooperation, which he described as smooth, and hoped such cooperation would be maintained to the end of the exercise. He urged eligible Ghanaians to avail themselves to be registered to enable them to partake in the electoral processes of the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Never negotiate for Alan’s come back – New Edubiase NPP executive

The New Edubiase Constituency executive of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it will be unnecessary for the national leadership of the party to negotiate for the return of Mr Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen to the party. Mr Felix Baah Nuako, the Constituency Secretary told the Ghana News Agency, that, the departure of Mr Kyerematen was a good omen for the party. Reacting to the news of Mr Kyerematen’s resignation from the party, he said his absence would not have any negative effect on the party going to the 2024 elections. Mr Kyerematen announced his resignation from the NPP to lead a new movement for change, ahead of the 2024 elections. The decision had generated a lot of debate among the Ghanaian populace with divergent opinions on the possible effects of the resignation on the NPP in the 2024 elections. Mr Nuako said Mr Kyerematen’s influence in the party had waned over the years and there was no need to beg him to return to the party. However, some party sympathizers in the New Edubiase Constituency view the resignation of Mr Kyerematen as suicidal for the party in the 2024 elections. According to them, ‘breaking the eight’ without Mr Keyermaten could be a herculean task and therefore, suggested to the leadership of the party to handle the matter carefully to avoid further divisions in the party. Others also suggested that the pairing of Mr Kyerematen and Mr Kennedy Agyepong for the new independent movement could cause a massive scare in the country’s 2024 elections.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Morocco wins bid to host 2025 Africa Cup of Nations

Morocco has won the bid to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after the initial hosts, Guinea, were stripped of the hosting rights. A vote by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday saw overwhelming support for Morocco’s bid, as they polled all 22 votes. Morocco beat off a bid from Zambia and a joint Nigeria-Benin bid after Algeria pulled out of the race to host the 2025 edition. Morocco, a country with a rich cultural heritage, will host the tournament for the second time in its history, having done so 34 years ago in 1988. The 2025 AFCON is expected to take place at six venues, including Casablanca’s Stade Mohammed V, Rabat’s Stade Moulay Abdallah, Stade de Marrakech, Agadir’s Stade Adrar, Grand Stade de Tanger, and Complexe Sportif de Fès.

Source: Ghana News Agency