Oct 6, 2013

Ghana Update

Weather  in Accra this coming week 



Current exchange rate, US Dollars and Ghana Cedis

Politics:  

On August 29th, 2013, Ghana's Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the opposition to annul President John Mahama's narrow victory in last year's December disputed election. The NPP had alleged that Mr. Mahama won the election fraudulently, a charge his NDC party denied.  NPP leader Nana Akufo-Addo told the BBC he was disappointed but accepted the verdict and urged his supporters to do likewise. Ghana is generally seen as a beacon of democracy in the region.
Recent News:
Renowned Ghanaian poet and statesman Kofi Awoonor was among the 59 people confirmed dead in an attack by Somali Islamist militants on a Nairobi shopping mall, Ghana's president said Sunday.


The announcement of his death led to an outpouring of grief in his home country, Ghana. Awoonor, 78, was killed and his son was wounded at the Westgate mall, Ghana's Deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu said. Awoonor had been due to appear at the Storymoja Hay literary festival in Nairobi on Saturday.

Sports: 
The Black Stars, Ghana’s national soccer squad began preparations on Tuesday in Accra for the Brazil 2014 World Cup playoff first leg tie against Egypt at home in a two weeks.

Religion: 

In what is expected to be the largest congregation of people at any Christian outdoor event in Ghana, the Christ For All Nations (CfAN) ministry is set to mount a three-night evangelistic crusade in Accra in November this year. Ministering will be the famous German international evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke.

The planning committee, led by Rev. John Kwesi Darku, Africa Director of CfAN, expects to attract more than one million people to the event which would be the first time in more than two decades that Bonnke would be attempting to win souls for God in Ghana. 

At a press conference in Accra to announce the event, Rev. Darku, said Ghana was chosen by Bonnke for his last crusade in West Africa because he saw the country both as the Gateway to Africa and also for its political stability. More importantly, he added, “God is about to cause a revival in Ghana that will spread to the whole world.”

The prayer of CfAN is that the crusade would result in drawing men and women back to God.

With over one million souls targeted to be saved, he said “this will lead to transformation of lives and reduction in the crime rate”.

Another expected outcome would be national unity and social cohesion, “as millions will come together for the first time without political colouration”.



Technology:
Right now, it's nothing more than an empty plot of land, covered by just a few shrubs and the odd Neem tree. But within a few years, these grass plains just outside Accra, Ghana, could be transformed into a fertile breeding ground for world-class innovation. Earlier this month, Ghanaian president John Mahama launched Hope City, a $10 billion high-tech hub aiming to foster technological growth and attract major players in the global ICT industry to the West African country. The ambitious project is the brainchild of Ghanaian businessman Roland Agambire, head of local technology group RLG Communications. 

"What is lacking in the African continent is a place where you can have well-designed products, backed with concrete research and proper hardware and software developers to be able to create infrastructure for the telecoms industry," says Agambire, 39, whose company has acquired the land where the technopolis will be built.
"So the inspiration behind Hope City is to have an iconic ICT park where ICT players from all over the world can converge to design, fabricate and export software and everything arising from this country," he adds.

Construction is expected to begin by June 2013 and when completed -- within three years, if everything goes as planned -- the technology park could house 25,000 residents and create jobs for 50,000 people. Agambire, one of Ghana's top businessmen, says his company is financing 30% of the project, while the remainder will be funded by a wide array of investors and through purchase of stocks. 



Ghana and surrounding countries