MR Hisham Seidu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Seidag Limited, a livestock ranging company, has appealed to the government to expand its flagship agricultural programme, Planting for Food and Jobs to include livestock ranging in order to help grow that sub-sector of agriculture.
The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has signed an agreement with the China National Complete Engineering Corporation (CCEC) to support the cocoa industry through a comprehensive cocoa sector development programme.
The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, had a private meeting with His Royal Highness (HRH), Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.
The Okyenhene and The Prince of Wales share a common passion for environmental preservation and sustainable agriculture.
Osagyefuo Ofori Panin was appointed by The Prince of Wales as a member of the Advisory Council of the HRH Prince of Wales Rainforest Project, UK.
The two had previously met privately on a couple of occasions at the St James’s Court in London, UK.
Their discussions centred on a wide range of issues, including the role the traditional leader could play in deepening the ambit of the Prince’s Trust in Ghana, environmental and bio-diversity preservation and interventions to secure the environment and sustainable agriculture to generate revenue, create employment and skill empowerment for the youth.
They also discussed the importance of vocational and technical training in national development and the importance of decentralisation of governance for effective development.
Invitation to Osagyefuo
The Prince of Wales extended an invitation to Osagyefuo to pay him a courtesy call on his next visit to the UK.
The Prince of Wales arrived in Accra on November 2, 2018 for a five-day visit to Ghana.
He was accompanied by his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
French President Emmanuel Macron has urged world leaders marking the centenary of the World War One Armistice to reject nationalism. Addressing leaders in Paris — including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin — he described it as a "betrayal of patriotism".
Economist and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ernest Aryeetey, is projecting that it will cost the country GHS3.3 billion to fund the Free Senior High School (SHS) Policy in the coming academic year.
The Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church, Ghana climaxed its 180th anniversary with a thanksgiving service at the Emporium Stadium in Accra Sunday, at which President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo promised better times for the country.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has appealed to the government of Ghana and the Ghana Police Administration to consider deploying a Formed Police Unit (FPU) contingent to Somalia to advance peace and security efforts in the country.
The Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA), Ghana, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung/Foundation (FES) have organised a media engagement on the Affirmative Action Bill (AAB) in Accra.
The media engagement brought together selected journalists from both the public and private media to discuss the current status of the AAB and the strategies needed to get it passed into law.
Ghana far behind
In her welcome statements, the Acting Executive Director of FIDA Ghana, Mrs Susan Aryeetey, said the AAB was about the rights of all and the recognition of the contribution of both men and women to development.
Quoting the Global Competitiveness Report of 2017/2018, she said Rwanda currently had 68 per cent of its women in Parliament.
She said that contrasted to Ghana, which had just 13. 8 per cent women in Parliament.
The Global Competitiveness Report which measures factors that drive long-term growth and prosperity for over four decades is compiled by the World Economic forum.
“Similarly, Ethiopia’s Prime minister has appointed a Cabinet marked by gender parity, with 10 women and 10 men. The country has gone further to appoint a female as President of that country.
While these two countries have set major milestone in efforts to place more women in high level positions of influence, Ghana is trailing behind at least 12 African countries,” she said.
“Indeed we are so far behind the rankings for women in national parliaments as of October 1, 2018 on the inter-parliamentary union website, which ranks Ghana 143 out of 193 countries.
In 2016, Ghana was ranked 149 and this demonstrates the slow progress that Ghana has achieved,” she added.
A Consultant of the AAB, Mrs Joana Opare, in her presentation on the status of the bill, said the law was necessary in the country because of the low numbers of women in decision-making and the difficult attempts in addressing this without a consideration of the socio-cultural and influences surrounding the issue.
She said since attempts by President Dr Kwame Nkrumah to ensure the representation of women in Parliament through the Convention Peoples Party’s (CPP) Women in Parliament Initiative in 1960, the country had woefully failed to date in reaching the goal.
Currently, she said, the bill had to be approved by the current Cabinet for it to be passed on to Parliament.
Mrs Opare said that was because its submission in Parliament in the last quarter of 2016 did not get the needed attention.
Time had, therefore, elapsed so the bill had to be represented afresh to the current Parliament, she said.
The processes for an Affirmative Action Law in the country started way back in 1998 in line with efforts and ratifications of international protocols for gender equality.