ACCRA, May 21 (Reuters) – Oil brought riches to Nigeria but
also ravaged its economy and fuelled corruption and conflict.
Now nearby Ghana has begun production and wants to take the
wealth but dodge the oil curse.
Ghana is used to resource riches: it is already the world’s
number two cocoa producer and Africa’s second-largest gold
miner. But there are signs it is struggling to manage the new
oil money and some people are disappointed.
ACCRA (Reuters) – The IMF on Tuesday forecast economic growth of 5.4 percent in 2013 and 5.7 percent in 2014 for the economies of sub-Saharan Africa on the back of rising investment and booming extractive industries.
“Sub-Saharan Africa will be among the fastest growing places in the world … second only to developing Asia,” Antoinette Sayeh, director of the IMF’s Africa department, told journalists at the report’s release in Ghana’s capital Accra.
ACCRA (Reuters) – The IMF on Tuesday trimmed its growth outlook for sub-Saharan Africa to 5.4 percent in 2013 and 5.7 percent in 2014 but said economic activity was being supported by rising investment and booming extractive industries.
The International Monetary Fund had forecast sub-Saharan Africa’s growth at 5.6 percent for this year and 6.1 percent for 2014 in its World Economic Outlook in April.
ACCRA, May 14 (Reuters) – Ghana’s bourse is up more than 50
percent so far this year, but the reluctance of key companies to
list in the West African market may be blunting its economic
The country is the world’s second biggest cocoa producer and
the continent’s number two gold miner after South Africa. It
began producing oil in 2010 and investors, accordingly, have
paid increasing attention.
ACCRA, April 16 (Reuters) – Oil-rich Ghana’s effort to slow
rampant public spending may be undone by middle-class
professionals demanding that a generous, 2010 wage policy be
implemented in full.
The strikes – by doctors, professors and pharmacists – pose
the sternest test for President John Mahama since he took office
in January and raise questions over the course of economic
policy in one of Africa’s hottest frontier markets.
JAKARTA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – China’s plan to board and search
ships that illegally enter what it considers its territory in
the disputed South China Sea could spark naval clashes and hurt
the region’s economy, Southeast Asia’s top diplomat warned on
Seeking to ease alarm over the issue, China said it attached
“great importance” to freedom of navigation in waters that have
some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.
JAKARTA, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Southeast Asia’s top diplomat
warned on Friday of great anxiety over China’s plan to board and
search ships that illegally enter what it considers its
territory in the disputed South China Sea and said it could lead
to naval clashes and undermine confidence in East Asia’s
Beijing, however, moved to ease international alarm over the
issue and said it attaches “great importance” to freedom of
navigation in the South China Sea, a day after state media said
police in its southern island province of Hainan will carry out
the new plan.
JAKARTA (Reuters) – China’s plan to board and search ships that illegally enter what Beijing considers its territory in the disputed South China Sea is a very serious turn of events, the head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said on Friday.
“My reaction is (this is) certainly an escalation of the tension that has already been building. And it is a very serious turn of events,” ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan told Reuters in a telephone interview.
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s arrest of 11 suspected Islamic militants it said planned to attack the U.S. embassy and a plaza near Australia’s embassy is evidence that legal extremist groups are turning to violence, analysts said on Sunday.
The arrests could also step up pressure on the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, criticized for doing too little to curb religious intolerance in the country which has the world’s largest Muslim population.
QUETTA, Pakistan/PUNCAK,Indonesia (Reuters) – It was 3 a.m. when Abid Warasi and his friend clambered into an Indonesian fishing boat, joining 300 other migrants packed into the hold. Only a few days away by sea, Australia seemed tantalizingly close.
Six hours into the voyage, the craft overturned. The two teenagers clung to the upturned hull. One by one, survivors lost purchase and drifted away, their dreams swallowed by the warm waters of the Java Sea.