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“The Future Is Africa. – President Akufo-Addo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says African leaders and citizens of the continent, must work to make Africa attractive for the youth, enabling them to see the continent as a place of opportunities, and generate wealth and prosperity.

According to President Akufo-Addo, “the irony is that Africa should really not be in this conundrum. There are good reasons why we should be able to get ourselves out of the hole and onto the path of hope and prosperity. Indeed, as the theme rightly states, the future is African, and properly so.”

Speaking at the Princeton University on Friday, 20th September, 2019, the President indicated that, firstly, Africa is endowed with tremendous natural resources that could form the base for processing industries and allied downstream manufacturing industries.

He added that “there can be no argument that, properly harnessed, and efficiently and honestly managed, there are abundant resources on the continent to finance Africa’s development.”

Secondly, with Africa in possession of over half of the world’s uncultivated arable land, sustained investment in Africa’s agriculture, emphasizing the application of technology, especially digital technology, could yield enormous benefits for the African and global economies in the provision of food stuffs, and diversified, agro-based economic activities.

“Food security for the African peoples would be assured, and the billions currently spent on the importation of food would be freed to spend on other sectors like the serious deficit in infrastructure,” President Akufo-Addo said.

Thirdly, Africa’s youthful and growing labour force is estimated by the United Nations to be, in 2050, about a quarter of the world’s population, and a third of the world’s youth population, i.e. between the ages of 15 to 24 years, will be in Africa.

“The empowerment of this young population, with access to education and skills training, would constitute a very powerful tool for economic development in Africa and the world,” the President said.

Fourthly, as a result of growing industrialisation and the emerging structural transformation of African economies, he explained that African countries are becoming more involved in the high-end of the global value chain, trading in both final and intermediate manufacturing products. Under these assumptions, by 2030, we could be talking of an African export market of some 3 trillion US dollars!

“You don’t need to be an optimist to acknowledge that Africa is where there is room for growth and the future is, indeed, African,” he added.

With the coming into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which will all the 54 markets, covering 1.2 billion people, into a single market, it will be the world’s largest free trade area since the formation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

“The Continental Free Trade Area will provide the vehicle for us to trade among ourselves in a more modern and sophisticated manner; it will offer a huge opportunity to exploit the abundant wealth and resources of our great continent for the benefit of all our people; and it would give us protection in how to deal with other trading blocks,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “I must add that it is a matter of great pride for us that Ghana has been selected by her peers to play host to the Secretariat of the AfCFTA, the first time in our nation’s history we have been given the privilege and responsibility of hosting an important pan-African institution.”

For this free trade area to be viable, he added that there must be peace and stability on the continent.

“For a continent, hitherto, plagued by conflict, we have resolved to end all wars by 2020, and silence the guns. This is an ambitious target, but we are determined to employ all means to realise it. Nothing undermines the possibilities of our continent more than being known as unstable, and, unfortunately, our politics has been the main source of the spark for instability,” he said.

Nonetheless, the President was confident that Africa, in possession of the requisite manpower, resources, and the political will, will work.

“It is time to translate the vision we have for the continent into prosperity. It is time to make the project of continental unification and integration real, and construct the progressive and developed Africa, which has been the perennial dream of Pan-Africanists through the ages,” he added.

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Former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings To Attend The ’30 Black Stars’ Awards Gala In Houston.

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On Friday, November 15, 2019, 30 distinguished African-American business leaders and professionals will be honored at the inaugural 30 Black Stars Conference and Awards in Houston, TX.

Launched earlier this year by Face2face Africa, the initiative seeks to advance diversity and inclusion by recognizing the cultural shift taking place in the country and how businesses and corporations can harness it for innovation and global competitiveness.

This year’s honorees represent over 15 nationalities and come from various industries including finance, technology, healthcare, media, law, entrepreneurship, and more

For the past 8 years, Face2face Africa has been a leader in celebrating black audiences with innovative platforms and events that connect, inform, celebrate and empower communities globally. ‘30 Black Stars’ is a continuation of our commitment, as we champion diversity and inclusion by highlighting the impact of black professionals and business achievers in this country.” said Sandra A. Babu-Boateng, CEO of Face2face Africa.

The event will include a D&I panel discussion, a cocktail/networking reception, and an awards ceremony honoring the 2019 30 Black Stars. Former First Lady of Ghana Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston are a few of the special guests that will be in attendance.

For more information about the honorees, program, and tickets, visit
www.30blackstars.com. or contact 30blackstars@f2fafrica.com

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Energy Minister, Mr. Amewu Collaborates With Stonebwoy To Help Budding Artistes In Volta Region.

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The Honourable Minister for Energy, John-Peter Amewu has in a meeting enjoins Stonebwoy to help up and coming artists in his constituency in the Hohoe Municipality.

In an exclusive meeting yesterday in Hohoe at the minister’s residence, www.asiwomewrites.com gathered the Energy Minister employed Stonebwoy to help develop and build the careers of promising stars in his constituency in the Hohoe municipality as part of his capacity building agenda.

“The message is simple, we need music superstars in the Hohoe municipality. Building capacity is my agenda,” the energy minister, Hon. John Peter Amewu emphasized.

The minister again reassured the youths of helping them attain their heights in their various endeavours.

Hon. John-Peter Amewu by acclamation was also declared by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Hohoe Constituency as the Hohoe Constituency 2020 Parliamentary Candidate.

(Source: asiwomewrites.com)

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J.A.K. Foundation Launches Giant Uplugged Charity Concert, Set To Build An Arts Theatre.

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA - The John Agyekum Kufuor (J.A.K.) Foundation, an independent, non-partisan development oriented institution inspired by the founder’s vision, has officially instituted a musical concert dubbed, Giant Unplugged Charity Musical Concert in honor of the Ex-President, John Agyekum Kufuor and to raise funds for establishing an endowment fund to support the John A. Kufuor Foundation in completing its flagship leadership programs over infinite years, precisely the arts and theatrical projects.

The ultra- modern Kufuor center for Leadership and Governance, a facility under construction on the campus of University of Ghana Legon when completed would seat 500 people in its state-of-the-arts auditorium and other facilities such as conference halls, library, 15 offices plus a presidential suit, 5 seminars and mentoring halls, and recreational and restaurant facilities. This would be the center for all activities of the foundation. From the Kufuor scholars program to the annual lectures among others.

The launch which was hosted at the residence of the former president at Tetteh Quarshie, Accra will see the main event being stage on the 7th of December, 2019 at the Fantasy Dome, La, Accra. The concert is expected to raise funds to complete the project and also help produce leaders imbued with a strong sense of patriotism; leaders who are innovative, problem solvers, creative thinkers and knowledgeable in their respective fields of endeavour. It is a program known for its excellence in grooming transformational leaders of tomorrow.

The event was attended by notable and illustrious creative and art pratictioners, including actors and musicians, thus, Prince David Osei, Kalybos, Bisa Kdei, Captain Smart, Lucky Mensah, Coach Kwesi Appiah, Salma Mumin, Prince Yawson aka Waakye, Kaakyire Kwame Appiah, Bob Smith Jnr, Bismark the Joke, Fiifi Coleman, Harold Amenya, Legendary Kwame Ampadu etc.

The former president envisions an establishment of a peaceful, well governed and economically sustainable society in Ghana and Africa on the pillars of the foundation -leadership, governance and economic development. H.E the Chairman of the foundation believes that “Good leadership results in good governance which leads to good socio economic development” thus the foundations focus to develop good leadership characteristics among the youth of this country through it’s programs.

Last year, in raising 80 million Ghana Cedi’s, the foundation plans to allocate amounts for its projects as follows; 5 million dollars will be used to construct an ultra-modern center for leadership and governance, while the remaining 10 million dollars will be invested into an Endowment fund. The returns on the investment in this fund will be used in the running of various projects of the foundation. These projects include: The Kufuor Scholars Program (KSP), The Kufuor Young Entrepreneurs Network, Annual lecture Series on Governance and Development, The Kufuor Election Observers Groups, andThe Kufuor Prize for Best Community Leadership.

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“Gov’t To Criminalise Bad Social Media Posts. – Ursula Owusu

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The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced that government would soon criminalise the sharing of inappropriate social media content.

Addressing stakeholders on the second day of the National week celebration of the Cyber Security Awareness Month 2019, being held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful cited sexual images as an example of inappropriate content, adding that all should comply with the domestic laws, when passed, to avoid being penalized.

The Minister said there would be sufficient provision in the law to protect children/adolescents from online abuse.

She, therefore, called on the public to be wary of such messages, delete as soon as they received them, and avoid passing them on.

“The Ministry is working with the Attorney General, and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, among others to come up with the framework on child online development and welfare within the shortest possible time,” she said.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful explained that most children had become active users of the internet for learning but are unfortunately facing a lot of challenges, which affects their human rights and, therefore, the need to protect them.

She said most of the laws of Ghana were enacted before child online protection came up, as a result, sufficient laws should be put in place to protect children being abused on the internet.

“Government has increased awareness among children across all the regions and by the end of October, 40 schools would have been reached,” she said adding that cybersecurity policy would be reviewed to meet international standards.

The Minister also called on corporate bodies to support government since it was in their collective interest to protect the children.

On her part, the second lady, Hajia Samira Bawumia, said a collaborative effort was essential to protect children from online predators.

Quoting UNICEF's research done in 2016, she said four out of ten children had seen sexual images and half of the 2000 children used in the survey expressed online abuse by adults.

She, therefore, called on government, educators, civil society organisations, international development partners to come up with policies and legislation to protect young internet users.

Hajia Samira commended the Ministry of Communications for initiating channels whereby victims who feared reporting to the police could report to in order to seek redress.

“Parents have to be abreast with the use of the internet in order to guide their children on its usage as their children mostly were knowledgeable than them,” she advised.

Madam Afisah Zakaria, the Chief Director of Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, called for the monitoring of service providers of sex sites to protect children from accessing those sites, stating that the law would soon be enshrined with strict penalties so that sending, retaining, and sharing of such contents would be punishable by law.

The programme which was in the theme, “Demonstrating Ghana's Cyber Security Readiness,” brought together security agencies, heads of departments, school children and others to discuss Child Online Protection (COP) and develop a framework to curb the risk posed to young people for using the internet.

(Source: citinewsroom.com)

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