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IMF approves final disbursement of $185.2m to Ghana


The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund has approved the final disbursement of about US$185.2 million to Ghana. Ghana is scheduled to complete an IMF programme with the fund in April 2019. According to the IMF, its Executive Board completed the seventh and eight reviews On March 20, 2019, under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) supported arrangement. The fund ...

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Cedi depreciation pushes PPI to 5.4 percent


The Producer Price Inflation for February 2019 went up by 5.4 percent. This represents a 2. 0 percentage point increase from the 3.4 percent recorded in January 2019. The Producer Price Index is the price manufacturers and producers sell their products at the wholesale level. The 5.4 percent increase means retailers paid more on goods they purchased at the factory ...

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COCOBOD signs new $300m facility to boost cocoa production


Ghana Cocoa Board (“Cocobod”)has  signed a new 3-year receivables-backed trade finance facility of US$300m. The Facility will be used to refinance Cocoa Bills raised by Bank of Ghana on behalf of Cocobod and/or to finance production enhancement programmes. Cocobod represents various interests of the Ghanaian cocoa industry. It was established in 1947 with the mission to facilitate the production, processing ...

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Energy Commission to sanction homeowners with improper wiring


The Energy Commission has warned it will sanction owners of buildings that are over 10 years that have not been inspected and rewired. The Commission has served notice it has begun the enforcement of the Electrical Wiring Regulations 2008 which was passed in 2012. The law requires that all buildings both commercial and private residents undergo inspection and rewiring every ...

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Ghana to reduce rice import by 50% in 2019—Ministry of Agriculture


The Ministry of Agriculture says plans are in place to reduce the importation of rice by at least 50 percent this year. This is to enhance the growth and consumption of local rice in Ghana. Currently, Ghana imports 331 million dollars of rice annually, a development stakeholders have described as worrying. Speaking to Citi Business News Deputy Minister of Agriculture, ...

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Vodafone launches 4G services; intensifies competition


Vodafone Ghana has officially launched its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service The service represents the next stage of the mobile data revolution. It is designed to work efficiently than any other before it; allowing customers to experience fast speeds, high-end network quality, faster downloads and uploads. The LTE technology operates in the 2x5MHz frequency block in the 800MHz band as ...

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Cedi struggles: We need to focus on structural problems – Nana Addo

Nana addo

President Nana Akufo-Addo has called for broadening of the discussions on the struggling cedi which he previously said has left him “extremely upset and anxious”. Speaking at a meeting with the leadership of the Ghana Bar Association, President Akufo-Addo said the focus should be turned to the structural problems of the economy. “Our public discourse should also begin to focus on much ...

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Gov’t raises 3 billion dollars Eurobond

Ken Ofori Atta

Government has issued 3 billion dollars Eurobond which will mature over three periods of time. The three tranches come at a maturity period of seven years with 8.75 percent coupon rate, 12 years with 8.125 percent coupon rate ,and 31 years with 8.95 percent coupon rate. The bond which was the highest ever for an African sovereign nation was oversubscribed ...

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Women farmers urged to explore other sources of income


Nana Adwoa Dokua, a Member of the Board of Directors of Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) who also doubles as the Ambassador for the Women in Cocoa and Chocolate Network (WINCC) has called on women in cocoa farming to develop their skills to earn additional income from the production of cocoa. The women were entreated to look beyond cocoa cultivation as ...

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3 billion dollars Eurobond could attract high coupon rate—Prof. Bopkin

Prof. Godfred Bokpin - Head, Dept of Finance at UG

Ghana could attract a high coupon rate on its 3 billion dollars Eurobond yet to be issued later this month, that is a verdict from economist, Professor Godfred Bokpin. Professor Bokpin is of the view that recent activities in the banking sector, coupled with other factors could lead to the coupon rate going up. A government delegation comprising the Finance ...

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