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Businesses encouraged to honour tax obligations

Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister

Ghanaian Businesses have been encouraged to honour their tax obligations to propel economic development. “As difficult as it must be taken in, the way forward lies in all of us, every single adult Ghanaian putting our shoulders to the wheel and pushing forward as one. Our businesses must live up to their tax obligations, as many but not all do. ...

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Natural resources critical for Ghana’s economic growth

Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director, Ghana

Ghana’s economic growth and development could be propelled by a prudent management of its natural resource endowment, Mr Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director has observed. Mr Kerali stated, that the country is endowed with abundant natural resources that could provide the basis for its economic transformation. Thus, there is the need to harness the revenues from these natural resources ...

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Food imports cost US$2.4bn annually

Ken Ofori-Atta

The Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta has revealed that food imports cost the nation an average of US$2.4 billion every year. This means that about GH¢10.8 billion (one dollar to GH¢4.5) is used to import rice, sugar, sorghum, frozen chicken and meat, among other food items, for domestic and industrial consumption on annual basis. At US$2.4 billion, the cost ...

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Not educating girls costs countries trillions of dollars – World Bank Report


Limited educational opportunities for girls and barriers to completing 12 years of education cost countries between $15 trillion and $30 trillion in lost lifetime productivity and earnings, says a new World Bank report. According to the report ‘Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls,’ less than two thirds of girls in low-income countries complete primary school, and only ...

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High Duties Killing Our Business – GUTA

Ken Ofori-Atta

Dr James K. Obeng, the President of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), said the introduction of the Common External Tariffs (CET) was affecting their business operations and they were likely to go out of business. Dr Obeng said import and export duties had doubled due to the CET, making importation difficult. The President of the Union stated that even ...

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Pay mining royalties monthly — Steve Manteaw

Dr Steve Manteaw

The Co-Chair of the Ghana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GHEITI), Dr Steve Manteaw, has called for the enforcement of the recommendation that seeks to introduce the payment of royalty monthly, rather than quarterly. He said the recommendation by the GHEII, which was later announced in the 2015 budget statement, had not been followed because all the companies still paid quarterly. ...

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Gov’t Needs Us$50 Billion To Set Up Petroleum Hub – Boakye Agyarko

Hon.Boakye Agyarko,Minister for Energy

Government requires 50 billion dollars to establish a petroleum hub in Ghana, Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko has disclosed. The Energy Minister asserted that government is responsible for raising 5 billion dollars, which is 10% of the investments, for basic infrastructure development. This, he admitted, has necessitated the need to create the conducive environment to attract investors. In August 2017, Mr ...

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Recent Depreciation Of The Cedi Is Temporary – BOG Official


The recent blip in the foreign exchange market that saw a slight depreciation of the cedi against the dollar is short-term and a reflection of a spillover from external developments, an official of the Bank of Ghana has said. Mr Steve Opata, the Director, Financial Markets Department, told a section of the media that changes in global financing conditions, due ...

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Ghana Gas Struggling Due To VRA’s Inability To Pay Debt – Ben Asante

ghana gas

Failure of the Volta River Authority(VRA) to pay some $500 million it owes the Ghana Gas Company is said to be having a toll on the production of gas in the country. The debt which has been lingering on for some years now, accumulated as a result of the supply of lean gas for power generation by the Gas Company. ...

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Ghana remains destination of choice – In upstream oil and gas sector- Egbert Faibille

Egbert Faibille

The Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission (PC), Mr. Egbert Faibille has touted Ghana’s stable political environment as one of the key factors making it a destination of choice in the upstream petroleum industry in Africa. The CEO indicated that the stable political and democratic environment and robust regulatory framework of the oil and gas sector pass as factors ...

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