President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has taken aim at the international system describing it as “morally bankrupt.”
The president, whiles speaking at a UN event in New York on March 29, 2023 said Africa was the biggest loser in the skewed global system.
He stressed that it was time for the continent to cater for itself having historically taken care of the world.
“I echo the @UN Secretary-General: The international system is morally bankrupt. Throughout history Africa has taken care of the world. It is time Africa takes care of itself.
“The state of African economies shows a deficiency in global financial & trading arrangements defined to work against Africa & her people. I support the
@UN SG’s assessment: the international financial system is morally bankrupt as it favors rich countries against the less rich.”
He continued: “All of us have a duty to contribute our quota in changing Africa’s narrative and asserting an African personality that is dignified, respected and treated with equality, globally.”
The president left Accra on March 28 and arrived the same day after a 13-hour journey in the US to participate in the meeting.
He was the keynote speaker at an event themed: “Towards Eliminating Racism and Discrimination Against People of African Descent.”
The UNAIDS boss in her address mentioned the role Ghana under Akufo-Addo continues to play in “strengthening consciousness of people of African descent & mobilising against racism.”
Other speakers in the event were: the United Nations Secretary General and his deputy; Antonio Guterres and Amina J. Mohammed respectively.
The UNAIDS boss, Winnie Byanyima and Majankunyane Gumbi, the Special Advisor for Addressing Racism in the Workplace, United Nations, also delivered addresses.
“Nana Akufo-Addo, we are proud to have you at our side. Ghana has played a historic role in strengthening consciousness of people of African descent & mobilising against racism. ???????? paved the way in decolonisation. You are continuing its commitment to Pan-Africanism,” Byanyima said.
The event at which he spoke was in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
Gov’t to restrict importation of rice, ‘yemuadie’ and other products
The government is set to lay before Parliament today, November 21, a Constitutional Instrument (C.I) seeking to restrict the importation of selected strategic products into the country.
The items, numbering over 20, will include rice, tripe (popularly called “yemuadie” in Ghana), and diapers.
The government said the move is part of efforts to enhance local production.
Speaking during a press briefing in Parliament, the Minister of Trade and Industry, K.T Hammond said, “Stomach of animals, bladder and the chunk of intestines (yemuadie), the country had had to put in an amount of about $164 million towards the importation of these items. We are taking steps to ensure that in terms of rice, there’s no poverty of rice in the country.”
He emphasized, “By these restrictions, we are not going to ensure that there’s no food in the country at all; that is not the point at all. There have to be some efforts by the government to ensure that we go back to Acheampong’s operation feed yourself. There are about 22 items on the list, one of them, I think, is diapers.”
He announced the introduction of the Ghana Standards Authority Regulations 2023, which also seeks to streamline the manufacturing of cement to ensure competitive pricing.
Mahama doesn’t understand 24hr economy; don’t vote for him – Bawumia
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says former President John Dramani Mahama does not understand the 24-hour economy policy he is proposing.
According to the Vice President, that policy is already being implemented in the country, as hospitals, fuel companies, among others, operate a 24-hour system.
Dr. Bawumia, therefore, urged Ghanaians to ignore Mahama during the 2024 polls since he has nothing new to offer and vote for the New Patriotic Party.
“John Mahama says he has a new idea. What is the idea? He says he wants a 24-hour economy. He doesn’t even understand that policy. Today in Ghana, our hospitals work 24 hours, our electricity company works 24 hours, our water company works 24 hours, our fuel stations work 24 hours, and many chop bars work 24 hours. Today because of digitalisation, you can transfer money 24 hours, you can receive money 24 hours… So he doesn’t understand his own policy. It doesn’t make sense.”
“So I want you to vote for me in 2024 because I will bring a new vision, I will bring a new policy. Mahama is the past, Dr Bawumia is the future. If John Mahama was there, we would say we have a dumsor economy, you can’t have a 24-hour economy in dumsor. So, you want to vote for Dr Bawumia in 2024, we will take the country to new heights,” Dr Bawumia stated.
Bagbin rebukes IMF over alleged pressure to pass some bills under certificate of urgency
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has accused the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of pressuring the House to pass a number of bills under a certificate of urgency.
Mr. Bagbin cited bills such as the Affirmative Action Bill, which is allegedly being pushed by the IMF as part of the conditionality for the balance of the $3 billion credit facility for Ghana.
Speaking at the Speaker’s Breakfast Meeting on Monday, Alban Bagbin insisted that the House will not be coerced by the IMF to pass the bill.
“Even in this budget, you can see the arm of the IMF in a lot of provisions in the budget. A critical bill like the Affirmative Action Gender Equality Bill has come to Parliament under a certificate of urgency. Please, it won’t happen; we won’t pass it under a certificate of urgency.”
“There are critical stakeholders we must consult and make sure we go together. We will not be dictated by the IMF; that one, you can be assured. This is a very critical bill that the IMF should know that we need the buy-in of the stakeholders to be able to implement it,” Alban Bagbin said.
The Affirmative Action Bill, when passed into law, would seek to expunge the historically low representation of women in decision-making spaces and promote democracy and development through all-inclusive participation.