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As part of efforts towards decentralising its operations, the lands commission says persons who plan on registering their lands in the newly created regions no longer have to go to their former regional capitals to do so.

According to the commission it has established offices in all the newly created regions to help facilitate its service delivery.

Speaking during a management retreat, executive secretary of the lands commission James Ebenezer Dadson, stated that his outfit was making plans to set up district offices to further localize its operations.

“Any region in Ghana that you have acquired land you would only go to the regional capital to register your land so you don’t have to travel, for example from Western north, which used to be part of the Western region, to go all the way to Sekondi to register. The Western Regional office is fully operational. The same way we’ve done for Oti.”

“So instead of moving from Dambai to go to Ho, you can register your land in Dambai to make it convenient for the public. Moving forward, what we are doing is to open district offices so the service will even be much closer to the people.” He added.

Last year the Commission also announced that from October 1, 2021, there will be a one-stop verification system for all land searches conducted at the Commission.

According to the Commission, reports from all of its divisions will be put into one separate report.

The Commission has thus urged the public to use its portal in making search applications.

“Furthermore, from October 1, 2022, all applications for searches should be submitted online through https://onlineservices.lc.gov.gh”.

 



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Ghana needs a comprehensive science policy – Prof Eric Danquah

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Ghana needs a comprehensive science policy that puts science on the top of the agricultural transformation agenda, Prof. Eric Danquah of the University of Ghana has said.

He said, “a food secure and healthy Ghana, ‘a Ghana Beyond Aid,’ can never be attained without huge investments in science, technology, and innovation (STI).” 

Prof. Danquah who is also founding director of the West Africa Center for Crop Improvement (WACCI) told a science communication workshop in Accra; “if we fail to prioritise investments in STI in the agricultural development space, we shall continue to battle with the challenges of food and nutrition security.”

He questioned why government has not fully set up a fund to support science and technology research in the country.

“How long shall it take our government to operationalize the National Research Fund Act, 2019 which was passed in Parliament and has received Presidential assent?” he quizzed.

Prof. Danquah observed Ghana has some excellent agricultural research institutions including WACCI which he founded about 15 years ago, that deserve more support.

“Today, WACCI is one of the finest institutions in the world for training plant breeders at the PhD level. Our past, present and plans for the future provide compelling evidence that Ghana needs more agricultural Centres of Excellence….We need political will from our leaders and investments in first-class Centres of Excellence,” he added.

Prof. Danquah was speaking at a science communication workshop in Accra organised by Alliance for Science, WACCI, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB).

He was speaking on the theme “communication as a tool for science-based evidence in decision making – a case for GMOs.”

The 4-day workshop themed, Speaking Science Ghana, brought together senior and junior scientists with academic institutions and research organisations across the country for training on best practices in science communication.

He said the use of science for sustainable agriculture has been an important subject to him because scientific knowledge allows us to develop new technologies, solve practical problems, and make informed decisions.

“We are still far from putting innovation in the hands of farmers. We know that even before the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian-Ukraine war, Africa was not on track to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 (on zero hunger),” he said.

“I dare say that our efforts today and tomorrow will come to nought if there was no political will for prioritizing the use of STI in our agri-food systems prioritization agenda,” he noted.

Prof. Danquah observed Ghana’s population is currently 32.37 million as of 2022. By 2030, there would be an additional over five million mouths to feed, and by 2063, when Africa is predicted to become the rich continent we desire, our population will be over 61 million.

“This is alarming because crop yields are declining in farmers’ fields as a result of climate change—rains are falling at inconvenient times, floods occur unexpectedly, diseases and pests have become more destructive, and heat worsens issues in farmers’ fields,” he noted.

“Additionally, the soils are deteriorating. Reduced yields will require that we spend more foreign exchange (more than the current over $2.5 billion spent annually) to import additional food for people and animals. This is not efficient and effective, and not sustainable for several reasons.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that self-sufficiency in food production should be a national imperative if we are desirous about ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and sustainable agriculture in our lifetime.

“There is an urgent need for more food to be produced on less land with fewer chemicals. We must, therefore, use new thinking in our development agenda else we risk worsening the plight of a significant number of Ghanaians who go to bed hungry, who are malnourished and stunted,” he added.



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The concerns of Digital Leadership for the Digital economy will be a critical subject matter for conversation among about 500 Chief Executives that will be attending this year’s CEOs summit in Accra.

At a short ceremony to lunch the event, Chief Executive of the CEOs Network, Ernest Egyir, hinted that the country has been moving towards a Digital transformation and there’s the need for Leadership that will deal with challenges of the 21st century business environment.

He has also charged government to take a critical look at difficulties facing businesses in the Ease of Doing Business reports.

“We remain committed to creating an enabling environment for the conduct of business in Ghana. Our call to action at the Summit this year is for the passage of an Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red tape Act. The passage of an Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red tape Act is the way to eliminate rigid conformity to procedures and requirements in government service which only creates redundancy and bureaucracy. Such legislation will require government agencies to promote transparency in their services to the public by improving efficiency and reducing bureaucratic practices.

6th CEOs Summit to focus on Digital Leadership -CEOs Network

The summit will as usual have plenary sessions on numerous areas related to the theme. Notable CEO’s and industry giants, both local and international will also share their expert insights on topics related to the theme for the benefit of participants” he said.

The Ghana CEO Summit is the foremost business conference for decision makers, CEOs, investors, director generals, governors, ambassadors, executive chairs, advisors, managing directors, country directors, ministers, consultants and Policy Makers.

The Summit is committed to unlocking Ghana and West Africa’s economic potential by offering concrete, innovative and actionable solutions, championing private-sector led growth, leading discussions around innovative public policies and best growth-oriented business practices to help the country move forward, build resilient companies and outstanding CEOs.

This year’s edition of the CEO Summit is the sixth edition of since the launch of the initiative in 2016, and is under the theme; “Digital leadership for the digital economy: leading digital business & government transformation. A private-public sector CEO dialogue & learning”.

Speaking on behalf of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council CEO, Head of Communication at the GIPC, Charles Opoku pledged the support of the agency to the summit since it has been a successful platform for many businesses to engage.

According to him, the event has been able to make business registration easier for potential investors since its inception.

The event is slated for 30th May this year 2022 with Deloitte Ghana as Knowledge partners.

Country Manager for Deloitte Daniel Owusu explains that the auditing and consultancy firm will be driving some conversations on the topics for discussion at the summit.



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Some Ghanaian businesses have expressed concern over the current economic situation and how it is impacting businesses in the country.

According to them, factors such as the exchange rate of the cedi, inflation, and levies imposed on imported products are all factors affecting their businesses.

During an interaction with co-hosts of the Super Morning Show, Winston Amoah and Kojo Yankson, on Tuesday, Director of Sales and Marketing at Macland, Anthony Macosby Osei-Bonsu, and Shirley Naa Kowah, a caterer, expressed the fear that their outfits may run out of business if nothing is done about the situation.

Macland is a company that sells computers, laptops, tablets, and software, among others.

“We import the product from the manufacturers abroad, but even though the price in dollar terms is still the same, the exchange rate continues to depreciate. As of March this year, we were buying the dollar close to 9 cedis compared to November when it was 5.9 so we have to spend more cedis to get the dollars so that we can import,” Mr Osei-Bonsu.

He added that this significantly affects their business since they are compelled to increase the prices of the appliances which in turn affects how many products are purchased.

“When we are bringing the things into the country, the levies and the charges at the port are also contributory factors and we are also supposed to sell the product at a VAT rate of 19%. At the end of the day, your profit margin has totally gone and customers continue to complain about the prices of the products. We are really suffering,” he said, expressing the hope that “the economic situation does not completely take us out of business.”

The discussion centered on inflation and how it is impacting businesses.

The other guest on the show, Shirley Naa Kowah, lamented over a dip in her business due to the current economic situation, stressing that most people are no longer patronising her services.

“The economy has affected our business. A lot of people will like to cook at home, they don’t want to contract caterers anymore. I am not losing money, but I am not making much profit as I expected,” she stated.



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