The 13 members of the pro-government vigilante group, Delta Force have had charged against them dropped by the Police based on the advice of the Attorney General.
The 13 were earlier charged with conspiracy to commit crime, assault on public officer and causing unlawful damage.
The 13 were arrested and charged after they stormed and chased out the Ashanti regional security coordinator from his office demanding he be replaced by one of their own.
On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the prosecutor, ACP Okyere Darko, applied for withdrawal of the earlier charges in court based on the advice by the AG.
The Circuit court presided over by Mrs. Mary Nsenkyire, accordingly discharged the accused but the Delta Forces 13 were quickly rearrested and charged with rioting.
New Ghana Embassy In Kuwait Timely And Opportune – Ayorkor Botchwey
Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, has stated that the opening of the New Ghana embassy in the State of Kuwait is timely and opportune for the mutual benefit of Republic of Ghana and the State of Kuwait.
Addressing a ceremony in the Kuwaiti capital, Kuwait City, on the 16th of January 2018, to officially open the new Ghana embassy, the Foreign Minister said the opening of the embassy marks an important milestone in the diplomatic relations between the Republic of Ghana and the State of Kuwait which dates back to the period when the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was concurrently accredited to the State of Kuwait.
“Due to the increasing political and economic relations between Ghana and Kuwait, Kuwait opened its Embassy in Accra in 2015. It is for the same reason that Ghana decided last year to establish a Resident Diplomatic Mission in Kuwait at Ambassadorial level in order to accelerate the diplomatic, economic, investment and trade relation between our two countries” the Minister said.
Economic Potential of Ghana, Kuwait Relations
In her speech, Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey observed that the State of Kuwait has made giant strides in economic development and taken concrete steps to strengthen its ties with the rest of the world, particularly African countries. She added that Kuwait having been designated as a strategic partner for Africa’s development by the African Union, offers Ghana a great opportunity that ought to be exploited.
“It is worth noting that in 2013, Kuwait hosted the 3rd Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait City in which Ghana among other African countries, participated. The Summit produced the Kuwait Declaration which paved the way forward towards fruitful cooperation between the Arab countries including Kuwait and Africa.
No doubt that today through the instrumentality and the desire of the Government and people of Kuwait to open up to Africa, many African countries have deemed it expedient to open Resident Diplomatic Missions in Kuwait in order to explore the vast potential and opportunities that exist between our various countries and Kuwait. This move will advance mutually beneficial cooperation in various spheres of endeavour between African countries particularly Ghana and Kuwait” Madam Botchwey underscored .
The Foreign Minister Emphasized that there is a growing population of Ghanaian citizens and Ghanaian students in various parts of Kuwait with the attendant consular and welfare challenges faced by these Ghanaian compatriots. She added that It is her hope that the opening of the Embassy of Ghana in Kuwait would help Ghanaians domicile in Kuwait to be law abiding and worthy Ambassadors of Ghana in order not to mar the friendly relations and cooperation that exist between Ghana and Kuwait.
The Ambassador and Staff of the Embassy
The Foreign Minister expressed confidence in Ghana’s Ambassador-Designate to Kuwait and the Staff of the Embassy to deliver efficient and competent services to enhance Ghana-Kuwait relations and cooperation for our mutual benefit and to justify the resources invested in the opening the new Embassy.
“It is my fervent hope that the opening of the new Embassy will not only foster closer cooperation and collaboration between Ghana and Kuwait both at the bilateral and multilateral level but will also bring the African Embassies and Ambassadors in Kuwait closer to brainstorm and share experiences and best practices” the Minister said.
Akufo-Addo Has Delivered – ISSER Fellow
A fellow at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), Dr Charles Ackah has extolled the government’s management of the economy.
According to him, the economy has made significant gains under president Akufo-Addo in comparison with his predecessors.
“The overall assessment of the Akufo-Addo government from the macro-economic point of view seems to be positive,” he said Thursday at a round table discussion organised by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) to assess President Akufo-Addo’s one year in office.
Dr. Ackah continued, “It…looks commendable [even though] it is just one year and given the background that the economy has had some challenges for some years, we would like to think that this is a good stability.”
“… And we expect that more should be done this year  so that we can actually see more growth and more expansion in job creation,” he added.
His commendation of the government’s economic management comes barely 24 hours after President Akufo-Addo engaged the media Wednesday, enumerating the success chalked under his stewardship.
Speaking during the encounter, the president said his administration, over the course of its first year in office, rose to the challenge, and demonstrated that doing things differently achieves positive results.
He said, “We inherited an economy that was in distress, choked by debt, and with macroeconomic fundamentals in disarray. We had to do things differently, and those were my marching orders to all members of the government.”
Thus, upon assumption of office, his Economic Management Team set to work to sort out the country’s macroeconomic fundamentals, and to find imaginative ways to deal with the oppressive debt situation.
“I am glad to report that the hard work on that front is yielding positive results. The macroeconomic fundamentals have seen improvements through improved fiscal and monetary discipline,” the President said.
“Real GDP growth has rebounded, recording a growth of 9.3% in the third quarter of 2017, against the 3.5% figure for the same period of 2016. Latest information indicates that inflation is at 11.8%, down from 15.6% at the end of December 2016,” he stressed.
Unemployment data to be ready in 3 months – Nana Addo
President Akufo-Addo has said that the government will provide accurate statistics on the country’s unemployment statistics within the next three months.
He said the government cannot currently provide comprehensive information on its labor statistics despite claims his government has created some jobs, and is in the process of adding more.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2016 elections, campaigned among other things on the back of its drive to ensure massive employment.
It argued that the John Mahama administration did very little to improve the unemployment situation, and also accused it of lying about the number of jobs that it said it had created.
However, after over 12 months in office, the government is unable to indicate the number of jobs it has actually created.
Reacting to a question about the number of jobs the government had created at the second media encounter at the Flagstaff House on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo said, “the statistics on the jobs…. I am barely one year in office. Some of these statistics are being collected as we speak now so the labour statistics as to the number of jobs that have been created, those are not statistics that are at hand anywhere. Even for the government, I believe that they are in the process of being assembled, so perhaps in 2 or 3 months, we will be in a better position to answer that question in a more effective manner.”
Meanwhile, a Deputy Minister for Finance, Kwaku Kwarteng, has suggested that the country does not have statistics on its labour because its economy is largely informal.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Thursday, Mr. Kwarteng said existing data used by the government are from sources including the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), and the Ghana Statistical Service, although they are not exactly accurate.
He however stressed that, when the National Identification system becomes fully operational, it will help the government accurately determine the labor dynamics in the country.
“It is wrong to say that because of all these inadequacies, the government is not in the position to design policies to improve the unemployment situation. The strategies to know accurately how many are employed and what kind of employment they are looking for is not something we can do overnight and we cannot wait to do all that before we design policies,” he said.
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