Category archives for: Analysis

The NAFTA mistakes that Africa’s largest trade agreement can avoid

YAW OKYERE THOMPSON The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) could shape globalization for years to come, particularly if its architects are able to learn from history. Skeptics of globalization rightly point out the negative aspects of free trade deals. Economic integration leads to heightened competition and structural changes in economies that participate in liberalized […]

Ghana’s NPP wins Election 2020

Continued from previous issue KWABENA OPONG According to former General Secretary Kwabena Agyapong, the NPP has more than 3000 volunteer groups, most of them young people. If it is true such a force for dynamism exists in the party what must have happened?  In a political climate so contentious and competitive, youth in politics provides […]

Ghana’s NPP wins Election 2020

KWABENA OPONG Ghana’s ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) obtained a renewed mandate to rule the West African nation for the next four years in an historic election. It was a hard won victory for the NPP led by its hard working leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; and a surprise, given the work done by the […]

Ghana’s tourism sector records worst FDI performance in 10 years – Report

By Stephen Kwabena Effah Although FDI constitute about 49 per cent of investments into the sector, its share in the sector has been declin- ing. The development, according to Groupe Nduom Research (GN- Research), could threaten Ghana’s National Tourism Development Plan (2013-2027) that re- quires 1.3 billon dollars annually. “The sector recorded no new project […]

Neglected but not over: Burundi crisis continues to bite

Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intention to seek a disputed third term more than two years ago, spawning a period of unrest marked by extrajudicial killings, a failed coup, and ethnic division. Given repeated assurances from government officials and the dearth of media coverage, you would be forgiven for thinking that period ended some […]

Language of peace hard to find as Cameroon crisis festers

by Mbom Sixtus, BAMENDA It’s a Monday evening in Bamenda, the main city in troubled English-speaking Cameroon. The gates of the Vatican Express bus depot are shut, just like five other coach companies in town. Any other day and there would be at least five long distance buses ready to leave for the rest of […]

NDC than NPP in opposition – Yaw Boateng Gyan

Former President John Dramani Mahama is being blamed for NDC’s defeat in the general election. The simmering tension and anger in the opposition NDC after its defeat last year does not appear to have been tamed by the formation of a committee to probe the humiliating loss. Even before the committee comes out with its […]

Nkrumah stemmed inter religious conflicts

by Kofi Ayim Ghana’s first President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah creatively used religion as a tool to weave a tapestry of political culture. In so doing he laid a foundation that basically spared inter-religious conflicts in Ghana that has been experience elsewhere in Africa and beyond. These observations were made March 26, 2017 by Dr. E. […]

Central African Republic: What’s gone wrong?

There was hope last year that the election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra would bring real change to the troubled Central African Republic. But 12 months on, he has been unable to extend his authority beyond the capital, Bangui, and the rest of the country is as lawless as ever. Fatimatou Issa and her family witnessed […]

Women’s empowerment meets male resistance, sexual exploitation in Nigeria camps

The camps for displaced people scattered across northeast Nigeria are supposed to provide safety from Boko Haram violence. But for many women the threat is no longer the jihadists: The danger is inside the camps, and stems from the attitudes of men in general. Fatima Mohammed* is the “acting women’s leader” in sprawling Bakassi Camp […]