Former Minister of Trade and Industry Alan Kyerematen has indicated that transformational leadership is required in Ghana to stop the country from going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for support.
He indicated that Ghana has been to the Fund seventeen times but the problems have not been solved.
To him, in order to tackle the fundamental economic challenges, Ghana needs a leader who will move it from just achieving growth targets to transformation.
Speaking during a meeting with the Ga Mantse King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II in Accra on Monday, March 13, Mr Kyerematen said he represents that kind of leader who will transform Ghana.
The flagbearer hopeful of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) said “I have no doubt in my mind that you are interested directly or indirectly as to who becomes the next president of our country. In our party, our symbol is the elephant and we know that the symbol of the Ga State is the elephant so all Gas, naturally belong to the NPP. Because there is a spiritual connectivity between our symbols and it is appropriate on occasion like this to recall in memory some of the stalwarts of our party who were subjects of this state.
“We recall Senior Obestsebi Lamptey, Peter Ala Adjetey, Obestebi Lamptey Jnr who was chairman of the party and then many others, Samuel Odoi-Sykes and the much younger ones Ayikoi Otoo, Adjiri Blankson and many others. I think that the role that the Ga Community has played in bringing us to power must be appreciated by our own party.
“And so if it is God’s will that I lead this party and I become President I will make sure that Gas feature very prominently in the government that I will run.”
He further stated that he will do so also for very strategic reasons.
He said “because Greater Accra is the capital of our country and it is the entry point into our country and first impressions are important. So it is in our own interest as a government to lift up the Ga State.
“Secondly, the two most important challenges that confront us as a nation currently are maintaining a strong resilient economy and secondly, creating job opportunities, particularly for our youths. These two challenges cannot be dealt with significantly without transforming our country. Since independence, we have been to the IMF 17 times, and we are currently working towards receiving a package from IMF.
“We have to reverse this trend and the only way we can reverse this trend is to have a transformational leader who can move the country beyond growth to transformation. In all humility and modesty, I believe that I offer that opportunity to move this country forward to the transformation.”
We’ll ensure there are enough funds for 2023/2024 cocoa purchasing season – COCOBOD
COCOBOD has assured that concrete steps have been taken to ensure it is able to secure enough funds to finance its annual cocoa purchases in the 2023/2024 crop season.
Against the backdrop of a reportage by Reuters that the firm had borrowed up to $200 million from cocoa traders to plug its funding gap, COCOBOD said it had adopted a two-prong financing strategy to ensure that it obtained the required funds for the purchasing season.
A statement from COCOBOD in response to the Reuters report indicated that it had had firm assurances from its bankers of making funds available in time for the purchasing season and that a “Cocoa syndicated Loan has been laid in Parliament for consideration and approval.”
Below is COCOBOD’s full statement.
FINANCING OF PURCHASES FOR 2023/24 CROP SEASON
There have been some recent publications in the news media in relation to funds for cocoa purchases for the 2023/24 Crop Season.
We wish to brief our stakeholders on this very sensitive national issue as follows:
COCOBOD planned a two-prong financing for the 2023/2024 Crop Season in an effort to diversify Its source of funding for the annual cocoa purchases.
The strategy was therefore, to use a prefinancing arrangement with the international buyers to raise an amount of US$400 million for purchases at the beginning of the Season in September 2023.
These initial funds were expected to be augmented by an additional US$800 million loan from a syndicate of lenders by the end of November 2023. After engagements with buyers for several weeks, the arrangement was however discontinued.
Thus, since the beginning of the Season, cocoa purchases have been financed with noncollateralized cocoa sales proceeds. COCOBOD is therefore still in the process of securing the syndicated loan for the 2023/24 Crop Season.
As a matter of fact, the Board has so far received firm response from our bankers in this regard, and the Cocoa syndicated Loan has been laid in Parliament for consideration and approval.
We wish to use this medium to assure our stakeholders that the necessary arrangements have been made to secure enough funding for cocoa purchases for the year under review.
ISSUED BY: PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
Ghana is a good place to do business – Bawumia tells Czech investors
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is actively seeking Czech investors for the country.
Dr. Bawumia emphasized that Ghana remains the best country in Africa for investment due to its stability, peace, and growth opportunities for businesses.
He made these remarks during his meeting with the Czech Prime Minister, Peter Fiala, at the Jubilee House in Accra.
“Ghana is an excellent place for doing business. We are the most peaceful country in West Africa and the second most peaceful country in Africa. It is crucial for anyone looking to invest in Africa to consider Ghana as the ideal destination for business.”
“I am confident that this will open up opportunities for our respective business sectors,” he stated.
Mahama’s ’24hr Economy’ project will revolutionize Ghana – Dafeamekpor
South Dayi Member of Parliament, Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, has said that the ’24-hour Economy’ project conceived by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Former President John Dramani Mahama will turn the economy around if implemented.
Mr Mahama proposed the ’24hr Economy ‘ project when he met with officials of the country’s mother workers union on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at the start of his engagement with key stakeholders in a quest to return to power.
Dubbed ‘Building Ghana Tour’, the interactions with the stakeholders is to apprise them of the policies the next NDC administration will implement to transform the economy.
At Tuesday’s engagement, he said “NDC was left alone as the solitary voice seeking to hold the government accountable and speaking up for the voiceless Ghanaian and we were often cast out as spoilt brats who were ranting just because we have lost power.
“Today, the chickens have come home to roost and we are all affected.”
Commenting on this in a tweet, Mr Dafeamekpor said “Some concrete Examples of John Mahama’s ‘24hr Economy’ Projects include Terminal 3 at Kotoka, Tema Port Container Terminal, New Ridge Hospital, Maritime Hospital, Tema, UGMC, Legon, Kejetia Market, Accra Data Centre, the TamaleTeaching Hospital. It’ll revolutionize the economy.”