High school certificate no longer sufficient – Prof. Owusu Gyapong

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Prof.-John-Owusu-Gyapong-1Professor John Owusu Gyapong, Vice Chancellor, University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) has observed that high school certificate is no longer sufficient as a terminal credential in the current information and technology-based economy.

He said a cursory observation indicated that most fast growing jobs that paid reasonably well required at least a post-secondary education and urged Senior High School graduates to look beyond that level.

Professor Owusu Gyapong said this in a speech read on his behalf at the fourth graduation ceremony of Wallahs Academy Senior High School in Ho on the theme, “After Senior High School Education, What Next?”

He said it was unfortunate that students’ high school experiences too often failed to prepare them for post-secondary education or for the rigours of work in an information-based economy.

Prof. Owusu Gyapong said information received from industry consistently showed that many high school graduates did not meet employers’ standards in a variety of academic areas as well as in employable skills of attendance, teamwork and work habits and blamed it on “disconnections” in the system.

He therefore called for re-alignment of high school curricula with expectations of post-secondary education and work and stressed the need for early transition planning.

Prof. Owusu Gyapong said giving information on activities such as paid and unpaid internships, youth apprenticeship and “job shadowing” would provide realistic exposure to would- be high school graduates.

Mr Maxwell Affram, rector of the school asked the graduands not to be in a hurry to “taste limitless freedom” outside school and asked them to be worthy ambassadors of the school.

He said the school got 100 per cent pass in the 2016 West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and said it was achieving its vision of being a centre of excellence.GNA

Prof.  Owusu Gyapong

Source : Ghanian Times

Private sector to save $1 billion – Pres Akufo – Addo

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President Akufo-Addo(inset) addressing the Ghanaian Community in Senegal.President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the private sector will save about one billion dollars from the government’s policy to remove nuisance taxes.

The policy, he said, would give the private sector the space to expand their businesses, create jobs, and grow the economy.

Addressing the Ghanaian community in Dakar, Senegal on Tuesday, the President said although the state would lose one billion dollars from the exchequer, the decision would have positive impact on the economy.

He said his administration had begun fulfilling the promises made to Ghanaians in the run-up to the election and indicated that Ghanaians would soon reap the benefit of the pledges he made to them.

President Akufo-Addo indicated that he did not make the promises to win votes, as his political opponents sought to portray, but made them to save the future of our country.

“I have said to the Ghanaian people that it is my intention that all these critical commitments are upheld. With correct and honest leadership, we can get to where all of us want to get to. I am confident of that the path we are on,” he said.

The path to returning Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity, he indicated, had begun with the revival of the Ghanaian economy.

“If the private sector does not have the strength to be able to operate and grow, it becomes difficult to create jobs. So our attitude has been that, let us do whatever we can to strengthen the private sector in Ghana to work and create jobs, especially for our young people in Ghana,” he said

President Akufo-Addo described the Free Senior High School Policy as his obsession, indicating that, his government would fund the cost of public Senior High Schools for all those who qualify for entry from the 2017/2018 academic year onwards.

With the restoration of the National Health Insurance Scheme being a major campaign pledge, President Akufo-Addo noted that his government had found it necessary to find the money to stave the scheme off collapse.

“The NHIS was collapsing because it owed so much to the providers, and a lot of the providers were insisting on ‘cash and carry’. We don’t want to go back to ‘cash and carry’. We have begun to claw back the arrears and began now to pay the service providers. So in the months ahead of us, we are going to see the full recovery of the NHIS,” he assured.

Touching on the agricultural sector, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that the “Planting for Food and Jobs” programme launched in Goaso a month ago was the answer to the twin-problem of the migration of youth to city centres in search of non-existent jobs, as well as an end to the disgraceful spectacle of Ghana importing food stuffs from neighbouring countries.

Planting for Food and Jobs, the President explained, would be anchored on the pillars that would transform the Ghanaian agriculture with the provision of improved seeds, the supply of fertilizers, and the provision of dedicated extension services.

Assuring that all the necessary measures had been put in place to guarantee the success of the programme, President Akufo-Addo indicated that to ensure that fertilizer was readily available to the farmer at affordable prices; government had reduced the prices of fertiliser by 50 per cent.

Additionally, with a looming shortage of agricultural extension officers in the next two to three years, and largely as a result of the previous NDC administration’s decision not to employ any of the 3,200 graduates from the country’s five Colleges of Agriculture between 2011 and 2015, President Akufo-Addo said his government had, in the last three months, employed 1,200 of these graduates.

“In 2018, we will employ 2,000 more extension officers, with the solemn pledge of employing more graduates from our Colleges of Agriculture in the subsequent years,” he said.

On the commitments made to protect the public purse, President Akufo-Addo stressed that his government was “bringing back competitive tendering for all transactions in the public sector. Sole sourcing, with one or two people sitting in a room and agreeing on things, is over. We are not going to do that again in Ghana. We are going to make sure that the competitive basis for doing things is restored.”

“We are determined to turn round the fortunes of Ghana. Ghana should not be a poor nation. We are not a poor nation. I refuse the description of Ghana as a poor country. We are a rich nation, and we will make sure that the wealth of the country is apparent in the lives of its people.”

By Times Reporter


Source : Ghanian Times

Goverment to reduce port turn-around time -Veep

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Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia

Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has pledged the government’s commitment to reduce the turn-around time at the ports to avoid punitive charges such as demurrage.

He said although demurrage generated more revenue for the state, they were unfair costs to businesses and stressed the need to remove that burden from businesses.

Speaking on the topic ‘improving port efficiency and trade facilitation in Ghana’ at a conference in Accra yesterday, the Vice President observed that the average turn-around time for vessels at the Tema Port was 103 hours, while Europe and East and North Asia were 25 hours and 17 hours respectively.

The conference was a platform for stakeholders to discuss and outline real and practical ways to address port efficiency issues to the benefit of businesses, grow the economy as a whole, and create jobs.

He said renewed researchers Brian Slack and Claude Comtois, who revealed the statistics in their report on “Ships Time in Ports, an International Comparison,” noted that the average turn-around time in developed African countries such as South Africa was 64 hours.

“Clearly, we have some long way to go. Our Government would work with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and other stakeholders towards the realisation of the objectives of the Tema and Takoradi port expansion projects as these are in consonance with our rapid industrialisation agenda.”

“On the cargo clearance front, the improvements have been very slow. Cargo dwell time is still high compared to ports in South Africa let alone talk about Asia and even Europe. We still have delays in the clearance of goods and the attendant costs such as demurrage and rent.”

“In 2016 shippers (importers) paid an estimated amount of 100 million dollars in demurrage charges. I am told that the last time a similar estimate was conducted in 2013, the demurrage amount was about 75 million dollars,” he said.

According to him, although demurrage charges generated revenue for the government, they were not the kind of revenue needed to build the country.

He said such punitive costs could be avoided if measures were taken for shippers to release their containers to the shipping lines in good time.

Aside demurrage, he observed that there were other inefficient and nuisance costs, including those used in facilitating clearance through the regulatory agencies and Ghana Revenue Authority (Customs Division) itself.

“These contribute greatly to the high cost of goods and services in the country, renders our exports uncompetitive, and most important lead to high dissatisfaction among port clients.”

“These inefficiencies and man-made bottlenecks have direct bearing on the tax revenues collected at the ports. The inefficiencies encourage collusion among some importers, clearing agents, and Customs Officers to exploit the system to the detriment of tax revenue,” he said.

Dr. Bawumia noted that an attempt by government to deal with the issue of inefficiencies in the clearance process was the introduction of the Destination Inspection Scheme, and the single window systems.

Despite those innovations however, he said there were still bottlenecks which had made the problems associated with cargo clearance at the port a major concern to the government.

He said the issue of an ineffective customs valuation system still needed to be addressed and indicated that the coordination of port activities, systems operations and linkages were major concerns.

“Inefficiencies breed corruption and waste. This government is not hiding the pride of place that the private sector and business in general, occupies in our development agenda. We need to catalyse and facilitate the private sector to create jobs, to grow a prosperous economy.”

“It is the revenue from growth that helps to build a better economy and not the revenue from inefficient and punitive port charges. In fulfilment of our promise to be more business friendly and support the private sector for growth, government has removed and where appropriate reduced some taxes payable at the ports. It is however worth noting that if these inefficiencies persist, the benefits expected from the reduction of these taxes will not be realised,” he said.

By Yaw Kyei


Source : Ghanian Times

Abidjan abrite un atelier de formation en direction des Institutions de sécurité sociale

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Abidjan abrite un atelier de formation en direction des Institutions de sécurité sociale
L`institution de prévoyance sociale, Caisse nationale de prévoyance sociale de Côte d`Ivoire accueille du 16 au 18 mai un atelier de formation portant sur “les études actuarielles pour la sécurité sociale”.

L’institution de prévoyance sociale, Caisse nationale de prévoyance sociale de Côte d’Ivoire accueille du 16 au 18 mai un atelier de formation portant sur “les études actuarielles pour la sécurité sociale”.

Cette importante rencontre se tient dans le cadre du programme de travail et du principe de rotation entre les organisations membres, le bureau de liaison pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest en collaboration avec le centre pour l’Excellence de l’Association internationale de la sécurité sociale (AISS).

Ce rendez-vous qui s’est ouvert à Abidjan a lieu dans un contexte où les Institutions de sécurité sociale font face à de nombreux défis. En effet, dans un contexte socio-économique en mutation permanente, les Institutions de sécurité sociale sont confrontées à “une augmentation du nombre de bénéficiaires de prestations et une situation socio-économique en pleine mutation”.

C’est pourquoi, note le communiqué annonçant l’atelier, “le recours à des études actuarielles et statistiques devient dès lors incontournable pour la pérennité desdits régimes afin d’assurer l’équilibre social et participer au développement économique.”

Une quarantaine de participants venus d’une quinzaine de pays francophones et anglophones prennent part à cette rencontre. “L’objectif de ces 3 jours d’atelier, c’est d’abord des échanges d’expériences entre participants ; et ensuite, l’élaboration du processus de la mise en place des Lignes Directrices de l’AISS sur le travail actuariel pour assurer la pérennité des régimes de sécurité sociale”, indique le communiqué.

Dans la capitale ivoirienne, la formation sera donnée par deux experts venus du Canada et de Genève. Au terme de l’atelier, les participants seront mieux outillés “pour un meilleur pilotage des régimes gérés par (les) Institutions.”

L’Association internationale de la sécurité sociale (AISS), à travers ses lignes directrices, a développé toute une série de solutions à l’endroit des Institutions Membres.



Réhabilitation des cités Administratives : Le Ministre Isaac DE s’enquiert de l’état d’avancement des travaux du futur site d’accueil des agents

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Visite du Ministre Isaac DE sur le futur site d`accueil des agents des Tours A et B
Le ministre de la Construction du Logement, de l`Assainissement et de l`Urbanisme, Isaac DE a visité le mercredi 17 mai 2017 le site sur lequel seront relocalisés les agents des Tours A et B qui seront bientôt réhabilitées.

Dans le cadre de la modernisation de l’Administration ivoirienne, le gouvernement a initié une réhabilitation des bâtisses publiques.

Après Postel 2000, c’est au tour des cités administratives de faire peau neuve. A partir du mois de juin 2017, les travaux de réhabilitation des tours administratives A et B seront lancés, pour une durée de 24 mois.

Dans ce cadre, le ministre de la Construction, du Logement, de l’Assainissement et de l’Urbanisme, Claude Isaac DE a effectué le mercredi 17 mai 2017, une visite sur le site dénommée ex-LANEMA sis à Sebroko, réaménagé en vue d’accueillir les agents des tours concernées par les premiers travaux.

‘’Il s’agissait de venir nous enquérir de l’état d’avancement des travaux sur ce site qui doit accueillir 260 personnes qui doivent être relogés ici dans le cadre de la réhabilitation des tours A et B’’, a expliqué le ministre Isaac DE. Le niveau d’exécution des travaux a été jugé ‘’satisfaisant’’ par le ministre, qui a dit espérer le début du processus de relocalisation des agents des Tours A et B pour la fin du mois de Mai.

Ce site, conçut avec des bâtiments modulaires, servira de centre administratif de transit, durant toute la réhabilitation des cités administratives, symbole de l’administration publique construit au lendemain des indépendances. Toutes les commodités de base semblent y être et les normes de construction dûment respectées.

Pour cette visite, le ministre était accompagné de plusieurs de ses collaborateurs en charge du processus de relocalisation et des maitres d’ouvrages, notamment le BTNED et PFO pour ne citer que ceux-là.



Le président Alassane Ouattara a quitté Abidjan pour prendre part au sommet arabo-islamo-américain

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Jeux de la Francophonie: départ du Président Alassane Ouattara à Nice en France
Jeudi 05 septembre 2013, Abidjan. Le Président Alassane Ouattara quitte à Abidjan pour Nice (France) où il doit prendre part la cérémonie d`ouverture des 7e jeux de la Francophonie le 07 septembre.

Le président ivoirien, Alassane Ouattara, a quitté Abidjan, ce jeudi, pour l’Arabie Saoudite où il prendra part au sommet arabo-islamo-américain prévu samedi et dimanche, annonce un communiqué de la présidence parvenu jeudi à l’AIP.

A l’invitation du roi d’Arabie Saoudite, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, le président Alassane Ouattara va participer à Ryad à ce sommet dont l’objectif est d’établir un nouveau partenariat pour faire face à l’extrémisme et au terrorisme, de prôner des valeurs de tolérance en vue de renforcer la sécurité, la stabilité et la coopération au service des peuples, précise le communiqué.

Cet important sommet verra la participation de plusieurs souverains et chefs d’Etat dont l’américain Donald Trump, le nouveau locataire de la Maison blanche, qui a choisi de se rendre dans le royaume wahhabite, berceau de l’islam, pour sa première visite officielle à l’étranger, quatre mois après son investiture.

Le président Alassane Ouattara regagnera Abidjan dimanche.