A constant refrain of every government of Ghana since independence is that it is its desire to make tourism a huge income earner for the country. Despite the belief in our country’s potential as a tourism superpower, earnings from the sector remain only fair, at best.
It is not a world wonder to see a famous Ghanaian artist die in abject poverty. From musicians to actors and directors, it is not surprising to hear of artists who have dedicated a chunk of their active years to their craft die penniless.
I was all set to write on two or three of our daily living problems such as ‘dumsor’, cleanliness and waste disposal last Wednesday morning when my memory pricked me that was exactly the time Vice-President Bawumia had planned to hold his town hall meeting in Accra.
Last week, there was quite a stir on social media over an announcement by Mr Marricke Gane, a chartered accountant, that he intended to run in the 2020 presidential election as an independent candidate.
In a crisp, historical speech given Friday, March 28, by the Minister for Finance in Parliament, Honourable Minister Ken Ofori-Atta explained Ghana’s successful completion of the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) programme, or bailout, of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Ken Ofori-Atta explains why Ghana applied for it, how it failed under the Mahama Administration, how the Nana Akufo-Addo Administration put it back on track, and how it has now been completed with brio.
All over the world, there are over 2.5 billion adults who do not have access to banking and financial services effectively excluding them from the formal economy, and making them unable to extricate themselves from the poverty cycle.
There are some hopeful signs that Africa is addressing the issue of climate action with greater commitment in support of the Paris Agreement. However, Africa has been relatively absent in the discussion on “stranded assets.”