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Ghana deepens transparency in the oil and gas sector …..as it lifts veil on Petroleum contracts

Egbert Faibille Jnr, CEO, Petrolum Commission

 In a bid to promote transparency and keep Ghanaians  updated on the  happenings  in the  upstream petroleum sector, the Ministry of Energy in collaboration with the Petroleum Commission  launched  Ghana’s first ever Petroleum Register. The development of the register is in accordance with the Petroleum Exploration and Production, Act 2016, Act 919.It is a means to promote transparency especially with ...

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Government gears for ‘one district, one factory’

President Akufo Addo

One District One Factory project which has been one of the strongest policy in the manifesto of the ruling party NPP, is to take full effect in 2018, according to the secretarial coordinator, Madam Gifty Ohene Kunadu. The primary objective of the government for this initiative is to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country, most especially among the ...

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Small scale mining needs government’s maximum attention-TWN

Dr Yao Graham

The Third world  Network –Africa(TWN)  has acknowledged  the  significant  contribution of  the  Artisanal Small scale Mining(ASM) sub sector to Ghana’s economy and  wants government to give  the sector  the needed  attention. The Organization argues  that the  bulk of  the earnings of  the artisanal small scale  mining stays  in the country, yet government policies appear to be favourable towards foreign  investors  ...

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Ghana cautioned to abandon coal power nightmare … As the move breaches global environmental protocols

Environmentalists and critics of Ghana’s coal power project have cautioned government to discontinue its ambitious plan to construct a Supercritical Coal-fired Power Plant in Ghana, arguing that, such a move amounts to violation of International environmental protocols and conventions of which Ghana has signed onto. They believe that government is being adamant in its expedition to construct the coal power ...

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Human trafficking business booms … As security on illegal drug trade tightens

It has emerged that drug magnates around the world including Ghana have shifted their attention to the business of human trafficking after security on illegal drug trade is tightened across various transit points. The shift has come as a result of the low capital investment and less security stress of the human trafficking business compared to drug trade which involves ...

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Govt Prioritises private sector growth …As solution to youth unemployment

Nana Akufo-Addo

Ghana’s  President, Nana  Addo Dankwa-Akufo Addo   has  touted  the significance  of  the private  sector, insisting  that  the  country’s solution to the  current  unemployment crisis lies with small and medium size enterprises that employ three, seven, fifteen and fifty people, and with large-scale industrial enterprises that employ people in their hundreds and thousands. According to the President, the government is “creating ...

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Don’t confuse Plant Breeders Bill with Biotechnology- Ghanaians advised

Dr Richard Ampadu Ameya

Farmers and civil society organizations have been advised not to confuse the Plant Breeder’s Bill with the new Science known as Biotechnology as these two are not entirely related. According to Dr Richard Ampadu –Ameyaw of the Science and Technology Research Institute at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, time is now for Ghanaians particularly those who are confusing ...

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Aftermath of ITLOS ruling… Oil companies rush to pay Surface Rentals

Hon. Boakye Agyarko, Minister for Energy

The judgment delivered by The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) recently has triggered a rush by licensed Oil companies operating at Ghana’s oil production blocks to settle their Annual Surface Rentals. Public Agenda is told that 14 out of the 17 companies in the records of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) have ...

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As Christmas beckons … FDA cautions consumers against expired products

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has cautioned the general public of fake and expired food products smuggled into the market by some traders as Christmas approaches in few weeks. In a telephone interview with Public Agenda in Accra last Thursday, the Head of Communications and Public Education at the FDA Mr James Lartey advised the public to take note ...

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The Libyan slave trade and the hypocrisy of the African elite

Muammar Gaddafi

In the past four weeks, we have all been regaled with stories of the Libyan slave trade. Sad as this is, we should ask ourselves as Africans, how did we get here? How did we create societies in which our young people see the need to take to the Atlantic Ocean, including those who cannot swim, instead of staying back ...

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