ACCRA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Ghana aims to narrow its budget
deficit to 6.5 percent of GDP in 2015, from a projected 9.6
percent this year, as it seeks a financial assistance deal with
the IMF, Finance Minister Seth Terkper said in his budget speech
Economic growth will also slow sharply to 3.9 percent in
2015 from an expected 6.9 percent this year, Terkper said, a
further sign that lower commodity prices and a fiscal crisis are
hurting the West African state.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Governments must avoid doing anything to deter health workers from coming to West Africa to fight Ebola and quarantine decisions must not be based on hysteria, the head of the U.N. mission battling the virus said on Monday.
The U.S. states of New York, New Jersey and Illinois have issued new quarantine rules for people returning from West Africa in response to fears that U.S. federal guidelines do not go far enough to contain an outbreak centered in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that has infected 10,000 people.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s main opposition New Patriotic Party voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to retain Nana Akufo-Addo as its leader for the 2016 election, setting up a rematch of the last poll when he lost narrowly to President John Mahama.
The election is also expected to be close given that the ruling National Democratic Congress government has faced economic headwinds including rising inflation, a stubborn budget deficit and a currency that has fallen sharply this year.
ACCRA/FREETOWN (Reuters) – A medical official with the U.N. Mission in Liberia has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is receiving treatment, the United Nations said on Wednesday.
Separately, burial teams in neighboring Sierra Leone said they had ended a strike over unpaid bonuses that had left highly infectious bodies piling up, increasing the threat that the virus would spread further.
ABIDJAN/ACCRA, Oct 8 (Reuters) – West Africa appears set for
another strong cocoa crop in the 2013/14 season due to
favourable weather, farmers said on Wednesday, though fears of a
spread of the region’s Ebola epidemic have raised concerns over
Ivory Coast’s harvest.
Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa grower, harvested a
record 1,740,842 tonnes of beans in the 2013/14 season, which
ended last week. Number two producer Ghana also recorded a
strong crop of around 900,000 tonnes of beans.
ACCRA (Reuters) – Pan-African lender Ecobank (ETI.LG: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to wind down its strategy of rapid expansion across Africa and focus on existing businesses, especially in Nigeria, Ghana, Angola and Kenya, its chief executive said on Sunday.
CEO Albert Essien said he aimed to expand existing businesses and make them more efficient, and thus more profitable.
ACCRA, Sept 30 (Reuters) – The U.N. mission to combat Ebola
wants to see significant progress in fighting the deadly disease
within 60 days, including ensuring that 70 percent of cases
receive treatment, its new head said on Tuesday.
At least 3,091 people have died from Ebola since the West
African outbreak was first reported in the remote southeast
forest region of Guinea in March. The other two most affected
countries are Sierra Leone and Liberia.
ACCRA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Ghana opened talks with the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday, hoping to secure
financial assistance to restore its fiscal balance but knowing
the road to success runs through painful public sector reform.
The government is in a stronger position than when it
announced the talks in August because it launched a $1 billion
Eurobond at a rate that surprised the market last week. It has
also secured a record $1.7 billion loan to fund cocoa purchases.
ACCRA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Ghana sold a $1 billion Eurobond
on Thursday at a coupon rate of 8.125 percent, lower than
analysts had expected given the fiscal difficulties faced by the
West African producer of cocoa, gold and oil.
The country is a rarity in West Africa due to its record of
political stability and sustained strong economic growth, but it
is wrestling with escalating inflation, a falling currency and a
stubbornly high budget deficit.
LONDON/ACCRA, July 4 (Reuters) – Tucked in a corner of a
Guinness brewery in a run-down part of Ghana’s capital, flanked
by industrial silos and crates of bottles, stands the Cube, a
gleaming mini-factory that may point the way forward for global
consumer goods companies in Africa.
The tiny blending and bottling plant for Gilbey’s gin,
housed inside five connected shipping containers, gives Diageo
, the world’s largest spirits maker, a way to test demand
for new drinks while minimising capital deployment.