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Startups show promise in Kumasi under GODEP

Posted on 2019-06-23 11:29:45

The Ghana-Oracle Digital Enterprise Program (GODEP), a collaboration between the Government of Ghana and Oracle Corporation to develop and scale up 500 technology startups in Ghana made a stop in the Ashanti region in for the second stop in a seven-stop recruitment drive. The special guest of honour, Baafuor Ossei Hyeamann Brantuo VI Otumfuo Manwerehene, in his keynote address encouraged the participants to not only take advantage of the project but approach it with a view to transform their world and affect their communities. “I seize the moment to encourage all the startups who will get into the program to make the best as much as possible from this opportunity, work hard to distinguish yourselves on this global platform. Don’t only distinguish yourselves, innovate! Unlock, create and develop technology that doesn’t only simplify but makes life more effective for your communities in the various fields of agriculture, medicine, energy etc.”

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As Ghana continues its progress towards becoming a major economic centre in Africa, Valentina Mintah of WestBlue Consulting believes the country could continue on to become a digital hub for the region. She bases her claims off the conducive policy and business environment in the country. Political stability and an increasingly vibrant business environment are driving Ghana towards substantial economic growth. The country has emerged as an attractive destination for tourists and businesses alike, and is currently engaged in efforts towards developing its business environment.The focus has been on developing the domestic business environment, particularly by fostering a supportive environment for the small and m

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Ghana has the requisite capacity and conducive environment to become a strategic and competitive digital hub within the sub-region, Valentina Mintah, Founder of West Blue Consult, has said.

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Ghana has chalked yet another laudable feat in the anti-HIV campaign with the introduction of the Ghana Key Population Unique Identification System (GKPUIS), an initiative that has gained public commendation and endorsement from the Ministry of Health. GKPUIS is an ultra-modern database system to capture, store and analyze accurate data and information on HIV and AIDS services given to key affected population and generally, persons whose lifestyles put them at a higher risk of contracting HIV. Apart from Ghana, India and Morocco are the only countries using the technology that is designed specifically to identify and account for services provided to vulnerable groups which is also referred to as key populations (KPs). “This is a very good news as it will contribute in no small way in ensuring that high-quality data is captured with the objective of minimizing double counting and ensuring that collected and reported KP data is clean and reliable”, Minister of Health, Dr.<

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PS Visits Portal Project Sites

Posted on 2019-02-05 11:14:03

The Permanent Secretary of Mines and Steel Development Ministry, Barr. Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah, MON, has on Tuesday (29th of January 2019) embarked on a facility tour of the Integrated Automated and Interaction Solid Mineral Portal (IAISMP) project of the Ministry, to ascertain the progress that has been made in fast-tracking the completion of the ongoing project for the ease of doing business in the mining sector. The Integrated Automation and Interactive Solid Mineral Portal (IAISMP) is a multi-facet and strategic project envisioned by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) in 2016 as part of its effort to modernize the Mining Sector.  It is an effective and sustainable web-based central repository platform integrated with Geographic Information System (GIS). IAISMP serves as a single entry point for electronic applications submission and processing, data storage and retrieval, dissemination of real-time information in the mining sector with a goal to block revenu

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Ghana will experience the much-needed positive social change only when it pays conscious attention to the quality of family life. Reverend Father Andrew Campbell of the Christ the King Catholic Church, Accra made the assertion at the maiden edition of Glad Tidings Evening of Carols organized this December by Integrity magazine and Krif Media Limited. Parents must make time for their children and the family by spending the festive season together at home, Campbell remonstrated. Glad Tidings 2018 which took place at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel in Accra was attended by the crème-de-la-crème of Ghanaian society from government, the diplomatic community, the security service, the business community, civil society and members of the media fraternity. The theme was O, Ye Ghana, rise.

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On 9 November 2018 the WCO hosted the Global Conference on the Comprehensive Review of the RKC which gathered close to 150 experts from Member Customs administrations, partner international organizations, regional organizations, industry associations, the private sector, development partners and academia.The Conference was organized with the objective to raise awareness of the recently launched process of a comprehensive review of the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (as amended), widely known as the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC). The event also aimed at elucidating the partner entities’ ideas and inputs in that regard with a view to ensuring that the WCO flagship Convention would continue to play a prominent role in trade facilitation, in promoting the role of Customs in the security context and in harmonizing and simplifying Customs procedures.

 

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Port reforms et al draw investors

Posted on 2018-11-05 15:36:46

More investors are choosing to do business in Ghana as opposed to other regional rivals Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal, as the country implements various reforms at its sea ports, construction permits acquisition, and business registration processes.Last year, the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) recorded US$4.91 billion in foreign direct inflows. For the 2018 financial year, the Centre expects to record US$10billion in investments.The increased interest in the country over the past few years, has been aided by the country’s rankings on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report for 2019.The latest report ranked Ghana as the 114th country with the most business-friendly environment, largely on the back of three major reforms—ports, building permits acquisition and business registration.Ghana was ranked 156 in the trading across borders, scoring 54.84 up from 52.3. The feat was achieved as a result of the reforms implemented at the ports.

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Ghana has moved six places up in the latest World Bank report on Doing Business Ranking.The report, which focuses on investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it, described the country's business environment as a rapid growing one.According to the data provided in the report, dubbed “Training for Reform”, Ghana had improved its ranking to 114 out of 190 economies, up six places from 120 in the 2018 Doing Business Report.The improvement was attributed to a number of economic interventions being rolled out by the government, particularly the implementation of the paperless system at the country's port.The report said Ghana had made business at the port easier since the introduction of the single window system.

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AS part of the annual world post day anniversary of the universal postal union which happens every October 9, Ghana Post in collaboration with ministry of communication have this year introduced new and high-level initiatives to improve postal services to customers at easy and affordable rates.This is to revive Ghana Post, especially in this era of technology and innovation, according to the managing director of Ghana Post. Mr. James Kwofie.“Ghana post is revamping its services with heavy technology in networking of all major post offices for effective counter services,” he said, adding that “these new systems and services will make parcel services convenient and easy to access”.
The Valuation center
This system service, which is powered by Westblue Consult with the Ghana Revenue Authority (customs division) has come to replace the manual process where items and parcels that are sent from abroad are required to go through customs assessment and

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