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Akufo-Addo is a transformational leader - Economist

Akufo-Addo is a transformational leader – Economist

Mr Habibu Adam, an Economist, on Friday said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is a transformational leader who’s like is yet to be witnessed in the fourth republic.

“Right from Election 2016 campaigns to his inaugural speech on January 7, 2017 to the first budget of the new administration, the rhetoric of the President has sort to portray him as a transformational leader not seen in the Fourth Republic,” Mr Adam told the Ghana News Agency in an interview.

Mr Adam, who is also a Senior Economist at the Office of the Senior Minister, said this is based on the State of the Ghanaian economy and two years into Nana Akufo-Addo’s Government- “What are the real issues? And Why Ghanaians should be patient”.

He said the President came to meet challenges – coming at a time that the economy was experiencing low growth, rising rate of unemployment, high fiscal deficits, high and rising debt, and increased depreciation of the cedi, high cost of food, housing and utilities and high non-performing loans amongst others.

He said President Nana Akufo-Addo also inherited an economy with symptoms of deeper structural problems that required a wide range of reforms.

“As usual with the United Party (UP) tradition, the agenda was set right from the inaugural speech. However, many doubted the capability of the government in carrying out its ambitious plans considering the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) programme and the declining growth of most of the sectors of the economy.

“It is important to note that virtually all the targets set under the IMF programme have been missed as at the end of December, 2016. For instance, a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth (including oil) of 3.6 per cent was the lowest in 23 years- a deficit target of 5.3 per cent under the IMF programme was missed.

“The actuals were 9 per cent on cash basis and 10.2 per cent on commitment basis,” Mr Adam said.

The Senior Economist said Ghana’s total public debt from independence to 2008 (52years) stood at GH¢ 9.5 billion (33 per cent of GDP).

However, by 2016, the public debt had ballooned to GH¢ 122 billion (73.1 per cent or the revised figure of 56.6 per cent of GDP). Interest payment was about GH¢ 14.1 billion 6.2 per cent of GDP.

Mr Adam said the difficulty faced by Nana Akufo-Addo’s government was that three budget items consisting of wages and salaries, interest payments and amortization and statutory payments consisted 105 per cent of government revenue.

“This means that government had additional 5 per cent to meet the three budgetary items,” he said.

He said the state of the Ghanaian economy was akin to the ‘HIPC’ economy the Former President John Agyekum Kufour’s government inherited in 2001 except that there was no HIPC benefits this time since Ghana is now a Middle-Income Economy.

“The only alternative left for the Nana Akufo-Addo’s government was to borrow initially to stabilize the economy before pursuing its growth agenda.

“This is the most popular option among Keynesian Economists. Hence, the rise in public debt for the first two years of the current administration.

“The good news is that while in the past we could not relate the debts to projects or programmes in proportional terms, the current administration now provides the lists of all the borrowed funds to specific projects and programmes,” Mr Adam added.

Source: GNA

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Suame Municipality generates GH¢1.2 million as revenue

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Suame Municipality generates GH¢1.2 million as revenue

The Suame Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region raked in a total of GH¢1, 213, 040.54 as revenue for the year 2018.

This represented 85.42 per cent of the targeted revenue of GH¢1, 420, 112.19.

Dr John Osei Bobie Boahin, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), who disclosed this said for the first quarter of this year, the Assembly had collected an amount of GH¢625, 179.70 from the various revenue sources.

Addressing the first ordinary meeting of the Second Session of the Assembly at Suame, he indicated that the figure represented 25. 83 per cent of the targeted revenue of GH¢2, 420, 688. 77.

“If the trend proceeds as planned, the Assembly is likely to exceed its revenue target by the end of 2019,” the MCE noted, saying the authorities were determined to mobilize the needed revenue for development purposes.

For that reason, he said, the Assembly had engaged Messrs Heinz Integrated Systems, a private data and revenue collection firm to collect the needed data on all payable properties in the Municipality, using the latest data collection software for effective service delivery.

“As I speak, progress of work on the data collection exercise is at an advanced stage. The consultant is gradually meeting the deliverables within the framework of the project scope and specifications,” Dr. Osei Bobie Bohin noted.

The MCE stated that collection of the data would enable the Assembly to make appropriate projections and forecast regarding the revenue inflows.

On agriculture, he hinted that the Assembly was facilitating access of farmers and agro-processors to processing machines and equipment produced at Suame Magazine.

This is aimed at reducing the importation of agricultural machinery and equipment to mechanics at the Magazine in order to move Ghana beyond aid.

Source: ghananewsagency.org

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SSNIT engages government on GH¢1bn arrears

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SSNIT engages government on GH¢1bn arrears

The Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) says it is confident of accessing claims due it from the government to aid its operations.

As at last year (2018), the outstanding claims that the government was expected to give to the pension management firm, was estimated at one billion cedis.

Some industry watchers have attributed the development to the constraint faced by SSNIT in meeting the needs of its contributors and undertake other investment ventures.

But the Director General of SSNIT, Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang maintains that there are discussions with the Finance Ministry to access the outstanding payments.

He was speaking at a media engagement on the Trust’s operations over the weekend.

“We are engaged with the Ministry of Finance to come up with a solution and that we have agreed would have to involve some kind of cash payments and bonds that are issue…The people in charge of the Trust’s investment portfolio have made a case that there is the need to invest in some fixed incomes and the best issuer of bonds when the yield is right in terms of credit is the government,” he explained.

Dr. Tenkorang added that their ability to redeem the money on time should facilitate the cash flow required for a portfolio of their magnitude.

“So if we get the arrears paid to us in some kind of financial instrument that is acceptable to us, I think it will be okay for us. I am confident that the short term cash flow issues will be resolve and we will get our bonds.”

Meanwhile SSNIT has denied allegations that it is cheating out contributors of their benefits based on the Scheme’s flawed computation system.

A committee of the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) identified gaps in SSNIT’s computation of pension benefits for its contributors.

The Committee reported that SSNIT misinterprets what constitutes annual salary, early retirement reduction factor and annuity factor on lump sum which ultimately affects the contributor.

Though SSNIT admits that there may indeed be a fundamental flaw with the legal regime on pensions, it maintains that the Scheme is not cheating.

“Both parties have acknowledged that and have embarked on a process to correct these and it will probably end up in some list of amendments that we would seek to be legislated so that it governs the way we do things,” Director-General of SSNIT, Dr. John Ofori Tenkorang affirmed in an interview with Citi News.

Source: citibusinessnews.com

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Founder of Angel group ranked among top 100 influential company owners globally

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Founder of Angel group ranked among top 100 influential company owners globally

Founder of Angel group ranked among top 100 influential company owners globally

The President and Founder of the Angel Group of Companies, Dr. Kwaku Oteng has been ranked among the 100 most influential company owners worldwide.

At an event held at Institute of Directors, London by the Achievements Forum, the business mogul was celebrated among the top 100 influential company owners whose activities have affected their countries of origin positively.

Under the auspices of the Europe Business Assembly (EBA) Oxford, UK, Dr Kwaku Oteng was nominated for an award for his influence and contribution to Ghana and the world as a whole.

They were elated for his consistency in growing the Adonko brand within the shortest space of time with other nominees from countries like Canada, USA, UK, Malaysia, Nigeria, India, Philippines, Switzerland, Tanzania, Ivory Coast and China being recognized.

The Achievements Forum is a unique platform for international business and professional communication, sharing of the best practices in managing companies, institutions and cities, as well as promoting goods and services, and the opportunity for a comprehensive improvement of any business processes.

Achievements Forum’ has grown through a combination of international cooperation and positive commercial outcomes. Grounded in, and attracting high profile delegates from the real world of business, the function is a key driver in the development of practical commercial exchanges.

Top executives, business gurus, senior state officials, as well as educational management experts and academic professionals use the motivational opportunity to be present among the figures of their own stature.

Source: mynewsgh.com

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