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Bawumia commissions 1,000 tonne warehouse at Asaam



Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has affirmed the NPP government’s commitment to the introduction of measures to improve the agriculture sector and guarantee food security while making life better for farmers.

In line with this, government will continue to provide the necessary agricultural inputs such as fertilisers and Extension Services while working to reduce post-harvest losses.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia gave the assurance when he commissioned a 1,000-tonne warehouse at Asaam near Mampong in the Ashanti Region on Monday, October 12, 2020.

The Asaam warehouse is one of 80 warehouses being constructed across the country under the One District One Warehouse programme to complement the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

Designed to store the abundant food produced during its season and reduce post-harvest losses, the warehouses are also designed to support agro-processing factories established under the One District One Factory initiative.

Speaking at the commissioning, the Vice President emphasised government’s focus on the agriculture sector.

Our record of innovation since we assumed office in 2017 is there for all to see. We have introduced flagship programmes such as Planting for Food and Jobs.

“We have ensured the regular supply of inputs like fertilizers and seeds to farmers. Cocoa farmers are enjoying enhanced prices for their labour.”

He further added that; “This warehouse, and others like this across the country, will ensure that your hard work and sweat do not go to waste. Excess food will be stored here for use in the lean season.”

“We will continue to implement programmes that will make agriculture attractive to the youth, and diversify the agriculture value chain,” he pledged



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MTN Group partners Telecom Infra Project



MTN Group and Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have joined forces to support the evolution of MTN’s communication transport infrastructure, which will become a platform for future revenue growth and profitability.

MTN Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, Charles Molapisi said “Our partnership with TIP will drive the specific requirements of our network to meet our subscriber demands, setting us apart on our network scalability and adaptability”.

TIP’s Chief Engineer, David Hutton communication transport capacity will be deployed through the partnership to support traffic growth over the next three years.

Also, it will provide support for new services as part of the evolution of 5G and new enterprise services.

It will also reduce the time to market through more focused agile service provisioning.

“Through the use of open protocols and interfaces, and the ability to incorporate specific innovations focused on the performance of each network component, TIP’s open disaggregated, standard-based transport networks can help MTN move closer to its ideal transport infrastructure,” he said.

The TIP community, which aggregates members across the whole transport network value chain, is a key tool for MTN to build its future transport infrastructure.

To achieve the objective of increasing network efficiency, MTN has identified a set of requirements named CASSI that will support its work by:

• Convergent and congestion-free: Delivering on the capacity requirements from all network access technologies, including the most demanding, like accesses to fiber, next-generation radio systems, enterprise, and consumer requirements.

• Always on: Implementing a fully automated resilient transport network, to support high availability as demanded by advanced digital services.

• Scalable: Allowing for an easy/efficient capacity expansion, able to accommodate fast-growing traffic demands at a lower cost.

• Simplified: Making use of standardised network configurations and open protocols, to drive lower unit costs and increase capital expenditure efficiencies.

• Intelligent: Automation of the network operations by using software to optimise network resource planning and management, achieving higher operational efficiencies by enabling use cases such as smart planning, auto-provisioning, network visualisation, and forecasting and network slicing among others.

MTN will work together with the TIP community in the months ahead to build transport products and network configurations addressing the company’s requirements that could be tested and validated in TIP’s community labs and in the field, to create easy-to-use commercial solutions for the CASSI use cases


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Government, Cenpower agree Gas Supply Agreement to Secure Cost Savings of up to $3.0 billion



The Ministry of Finance has said that Cenpower has agreed to switch to natural gas as primary fuel, committing itself to using Ghana’s abundant natural resources.

A statement ny the Ministry said the conversion to natural gas by Cenpower, which will provide cost savings of approximately $3.0 billion, demonstrates significant momentum in this administration’s implementation of the Energy Sector Recovery Programme (ESRP).

Government of Ghana calls on all Independent Power Producers to emulate Cenpower and CENIT in advancing solutions to ensure the long term sustainability of the energy sector.

Below is the full statement;

This week, Cenpower Generation Company Limited (Cenpower) has committed to switching its primary fuel from light crude oil (LCO) to natural gas and signed a gas supply agreement (GSA) with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). Gas operations are expected to begin by the end of this week.

Government welcomes this significant milestone and commitment from Cenpower. The GSA is a key part of the proposal put forward by Government during negotiations with Cenpower and will deliver substantial cost savings, estimated at $3.0 billion over the remaining term of the Cenpower PPA.

Furthermore, conversion to natural gas will have important environmental benefits, as emissions will be lowered and Ghana’s abundant natural gas resources effectively utilised for the benefit of the Ghanaian people and business community.

Additionally, the move to natural gas will alleviate the considerable pressure on Government from its take-or-pay commitments with fuel suppliers and allow

for the substitution of imported fuels with locally available natural gas, thus positively impacting the capital account.

Cenpower is a major power producer in Ghana, providing approximately 10% of Ghana’s total electricity generation. This project is an excellent example of the public and private sectors working together in Ghana to attract private investment while ensuring sustainable development.

Presently, Ghana pays over US$500 million a year for unused electricity. Most of the power PPAs are legacy agreements, entered into under the previous administration in an uncoordinated and short-sighted attempt to end dumsor. The tariffs agreed were not competitive and have contributed significantly to the build-up of debt in the sector and oversupply of energy.

This Government, in collaboration with the World Bank, established the Energy Sector Recovery Programme (ESRP), identifying the policies and actions needed for financial recovery in the energy sector over a five-year horizon (2019-2023). As part of these reforms, Government is taking steps to institute competitive bidding for future additional capacity, so as to ensure that future tariffs are fair and in line with expected pricing benchmarks.

Government has demonstrated its commitment to the ESRP by actively developing whole-of-sector initiatives and reforms, including implementation of the Cash Waterfall Mechanism (CWM) in April 2020, which allows tariff revenues of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) to be distributed in a more transparent manner. As well, Government is managing payment of energy sector arrears, despite the challenging fiscal situation, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government negotiating team, established under the Energy Sector Recovery Task Force (ESRTF), which is helmed by the Senior Minister, is working bilaterally with independent power producers (IPPs) and gas suppliers (GSs) under the ESRP Consultation Process, to secure more favourable agreements for both parties and achieve a balanced energy sector capable of delivering fair, long-term energy

partnerships and solutions. Government has undertaken these discussions in good faith and urges all IPPs to continue working closely with the Government negotiating team to conclude negotiations as soon as possible. In September, Government successfully secured terms for an amended PPA with CENIT Power Limited.

Source: Laud Business


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Partisan politics afflicts COCOBOD transfer from Trade to Agric Ministry



Parliament, by a majority decision has passed a legal proposal to shift ministerial oversight responsibility of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) from the Ministry of Trade to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

However, observers of Parliamentary proceedings were taken aback by the partisan nature of the debate, which concerned a change of administrative structure, rather than one with any significant practical import.

Although, ministerial responsibility is already being exercised by the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), this is yet to be approved by an Act of Parliament.

Therefore, the Ghana Cocoa Board (Amendment) Bill, 2017 simply sought to amend Section 39 of the Provincial National Defense Council (PNDC) Law 81, which established COCOBOD, to vest ministerial responsibility of the activities of the Board in the hands of the Minister of Food and Agriculture as is already being done to all intents and purposes.

Under PNDC Law 81, the Minister of Trade and Industry has been exercising ministerial responsibility over COCOBOD, but that responsibility, in practice has been handled by the Minister of Food and Agriculture.

Mr Ben Abdallah Banda, Chairman of the Committee on Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs justified the amendment, asserting that the intended change in ministerial responsibility under the law is to properly focus cocoa production as the foremost function of the Board.

He said the fact that cocoa production was under the remit of the agriculture sector makes imperative for the Minister of Agriculture to have oversight responsibility over the Ghana Cocoa Board and related matters pertaining to the production of cocoa as an agricultural product.

However, the opposition National Democratic Congess’s representatives refused to back the passage of the bill ostensibly for several reasons.

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini, Ranking Member on the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, complained that the Minority members of the Committee had great difficulty understanding government’s rationale for the amendment.

He cited Article 106(1) (2a) to argue that no Bill shall be introduced in Parliament unless it is accompanied by explanatory memoranda, setting out in detail the policies and principles if the Bill, adding the amendment being proposed did not meet that requirement.

Alhaji Fuseini also stated that the Ministry of Trade and Industries was designated to the supervisory Ministry by PNDC Law 81 more than 35years ago, and that COCOBOD was operating under the ministry all these years without problems.

So, when the Bill was laid by the Attorney General and referred to us, it appeared to us there were other considerations other than the marketing of cocoa, which was informing the realignment of this ministry,” he said.

“So, the only conclusion we came to is that this current amendment does not meet the requirement of Article 106(1) (2a) or motivated by defects in the existing arrangement. That is why we cannot support this amendment,” he added.

Politically neutral observers were left wondering what the two major parties could possibly agree on in the national interest if they could not agree on something as innocuous as this.

Source: Goldstreet Business


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