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IMANI: Appointment of Governor and autonomy of BoG

A year after Ghana’s independence, an economist called William Phillips published a paper titled, “The Relation between Unemployment and the Rate of Change of Money Wage Rates in the United Kingdom, 1861-1957” in the quarterly journal of Economica. A key observation of the paper was an inverse relationship between money wage changes and unemployment in the UK between 1861 and ...

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We’re already implementing Supreme Court’s order – EC

The Electoral Commission has explained that it has already initiated processes to effect the recommendations of the Supreme Court in its judgement today. The Supreme Court in a judgement today [Thursday] asserted that the current voters’ register is “reasonably inaccurate”, and thus directed the commission to immediately take steps to clean it. The country’s apex court further ordered the Electoral Commission to expunge from the ...

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Untold truths about entrepreneurship; it’s not romantic [Article]

The first venture I started was a property investment and brokerage company called Quadrant 3 Properties, an outfit that provided sale/purchase and rental services to the working class mostly in Accra. I struggled with it for about a year without much traction so I made an exit from that market and went ahead to start a non-profit that provided promotional ...

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Sex tapes and powerlessness [Article]

Some days you wake up and everything you see on the internet makes you angry. Apart from the fact that my dress got ripped on my way to work,  I see Tiwaa Savage is still dealing with the damage after last week’s marital drama. Hang in there, darling.That’s another matter completely.   THEN!!  I go through my facebook feed  and I see ...

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Fish or no fish, NDC will make a bumper harvest on Nov. 7 [Article]

I have been thinking of what I call the romantic relationship between the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration, and most constituencies along the coastal towns of Ghana. Few weeks ago, Citi FM offered its microphones to the fisher folk to have their say on the challenges facing their industry, and subsequently affecting their livelihood. The microphone moved from Jamestown ...

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Tribal politics is in NDC’s DNA; NPP cannot be blamed for it [Article]

For all my life, I’ve attended two political rallies, both in 1992, when I didn’t have a vote. The first one was an NDC rally at the Techiman Methodist School Park. When I heard that President Rawlings was coming to town, I made it to the rally grounds sharpish, taking a position as close to the dais as possible to ...

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Knowing Ghana: An eye on Volta region under Mahama [Article]

As Ghana inches close to election 2016, the debate over how well the various regions have been developed under the Mahama-led administration has begun in earnest. While the government insists that it has fairly distributed the national resources and brought development to the people, the various opposition parties have challenged the NDC government to show proof of actual delivery beyond ...

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IMANI Alert: How Government’s tax regime hurts and what to do about it

Ghanaian businesses make 33 different tax payments a year, spend 224 hours a year filing, preparing and paying taxes amounting to 32.70% of profits- DB Report 2016. Introduction Ghana’s tax regime has experienced some reforms in recent times, particularly between 2013 and 2016. These changes are diverse in nature – from upward adjustments in tax rates to the consolidation of ...

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Wereko Brobby asks: Whose name and welfare is Mahama’s tour in?

The President of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama has embarked on a nationwide tour, ostensibly to account for his stewardship of the last four years and to ask for a fresh mandate on November 7, 2011. The account has consisted largely of inauguration of infrastructure projects ie roads, schools, hospitals, as well as cutting sods for the start of ...

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The ‘monster’ in Ghana’s dollar mortgages

A very good friend who works with one of the housing companies told me about a heartbreaking story of a young couple who lost their home within just 3 years. With one kid, this young family was thrown out of a house they believed their daughter would grow in and they would not worry about moving from one rented apartment ...

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