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32nd Meeting of the Convergence Council of WAMZ July 26, 2013

On behalf of the Convergence Council and myself, I will like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Government and People of the Republic of Ghana for hosting the meetings of the West African Monetary Zone(WAMZ).

It need not be over emphasized that over the years, we have expended so much resources and time into the WAMZ project. A lot has been achieved but a lot more still need to be done. If there is any message that needs to be re-echoed in this august meeting, it should be that we have an abiding faith in the WAMZ project.

35th Meeting of the Technical Committee of WAMZ, 22-23 July 2013

Distinguished Delegates ,Ghana remains committed to the WAMZ programme,in spite of the current fiscal challenges we are faced with.Having first attained a lower middle for improved socio-economic infrastructure for a successful consolidation if that status.We are also committed to seeing to it that all bottlenecks in the growth and development process are speedily removed in order to free the economy for rapid expansion,sustainable job creation and enhanced food security for citizens.

Address Delivered by Hon. Dr. Kwabena Duffuor at the Cocoa Trade Finance Agreement Signing Ceremony

I am deeply honoured and indeed privileged to have the opportunity to once again address this gathering for the signing of USD1.5 billion receivables-backed trade finance for the purchase of cocoa in the 2012/2013 cocoa season. On behalf of His Excellency, President John Dramani Mahama, Government, and the people of Ghana, I wish to express my profound gratitude to our financiers, both local and foreign, for the confidence shown in the Ghanaian economy in general and the cocoa industry in particular.

Keynote Address by Hon. Dr. Kwabena Duffuor at the Ghana EITI Breakfast Meeting on the Ghana EITI Draft Bill

I recall, during my inauguration of the expanded Ghana EITI National Steering Committee in September 2010 when the initiative was being extended to the oil and gas sector, that I mentioned that the value EITI can add to the governance of our natural resources sector can be enhanced if its fundamental role of publishin However, I have been reliably informed that earlier EITI Audit Reports have suffered from lack of cooperation from some of the extractive companies and some national revenue management institutions to disclose information for the preparation of the EITI reports.  This constitu

Key Note Address by H.E John Dramani Mahama at the 2012 CG Annual Meeting on Ghana

I recall that two years ago I stood before this same august gathering which sought to rationalize the role of ODA within the context of Ghana’s imminent transition to a middle income country and the prospects of the emerging oil industry. I believe there was much uncertainty on how and to what extent our development partners would be positioned to continue to support Ghana’s development in view of these pending economic gains.

Opening Remarks by Mr. Enoch H. Cobbinah Chairman of GHEITI NSC, Chief Director MoFEP

I wish to commend you all for your hard work, dedication and commitment to the process in 2011. Your hard work was manifested by the many successes this initiative attained in 2011. I wish at this juncture to recap a few of your impressive achievements.

Furthermore, your efforts resulted in the development of draft guidelines for the utilization of mineral royalties by District Assemblies, draft guidelines on corporate social responsibility, and a Draft Natural Resource Bill- 2011. It is my expectation that this year many of these draft documents will be finalized.

Budget Speech for the 2012 Financial Year

There has been a significant growth in real GDP from 4.0 per cent in 2009, to 7.7 per cent in 2010 and 13.6 per cent in 2011 on provisional basis, making Ghana one of the fastest growing economies in the world in 2011.

Since the NDC came to power, I have had the singular honour and privilege to present three Budget Statements and Economic Policies on behalf of His Excellency Prof. John Evans Atta Mills to this august House. The implementation of all these budgets has significantly improved the standard of living of Ghanaians.

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