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Fuel prices to drop as government temporary removes certain taxes for two months

Ghanaians are to enjoy two months of relief of reduced fuel prices as the President of the Republic has approved the temporary removal of certain taxes on fuel to provide some sort of relief to Ghanaians as the global fuel prices go up. This covers the removal of Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies on petrol, diesel, and LPG for a period of two months.

This news was officially released by the communication directorate of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA). The release reads;

 

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) wishes to inform the general public that His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has granted approval to zero the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies on petrol, diesel and LPG for a period of two months.
The above approval follows the advice of the NPA to the Hon. Minister of Energy to seek government’s intervention to mitigate the impact of rising prices of petroleum products on the world market on consumers. Prices of crude oil and refined petroleum products have seen sharp increases on the world market due to a rise in demand for oil globally without a corresponding increase in supply, particularly from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)and its allies.
Because the pricing of petroleum products in Ghana is deregulated, changes in prices of petroleum products on the world market have a direct impact on prices at the pumps. 
The outlook of prices on the global market shows an upward trend and therefore there was the need to seek government intervention to lower the levies to cushion consumers from feeling the full impact of these rising prices. The purpose of the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy (PSRL) is to stabilize prices for consumers and pay for the subsidies on Premix Fuel and Residual Fuel Oil (RFO).
At this time it is important that the PSRL which is currently sixteen pesewas per liter (GHp16/Lt) on petrol, fourteen pesewas per litre (GHp14/Lt) on diesel, and fourteen pesewas per kilogram(GHp14/Kg) on LPG are zeroed to cushion consumers. The NPA will work with the Ministries of Energy and Finance to quicken the legislative processes to give immediate effect to this directive by the President. We are grateful to H.E. the President for granting the request to zero these levies to minimise the effect of rising prices of petroleum products on the world market on consumers in Ghana.
Signed
Corporate Affairs Department
Monday, 11th October 2021
NPA
Ghanaians are expected to enjoy some brief relief after this new development has been implemented.

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World’s richest man Elon Musk buys Twitter in a $44 billion deal

Elon Musk has sealed a deal to buy one of the world’s influential social media companies Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) for US$44 billion cash on Monday 25th April 2022. This landmark transaction transfers the control of the social media platform populated by millions of users made up of celebrities and global leaders to the world’s richest man.

It is a seminal moment for the 16-year-old company, which emerged as one of the world’s most influential public squares and now faces a string of challenges.

Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, has criticized Twitter’s moderation. He wants Twitter’s algorithm for prioritizing tweets to be public and objects to giving too much power on the service to corporations that advertise.

Political activists expect that a Musk regime will mean less moderation and reinstatement of banned individuals including former President Donald Trump. Conservatives cheered the prospect of fewer controls while some human rights activists voiced fears of a rise in hate speech.

Musk has also advocated user-friendly tweaks to the service, such as an edit button and defeating “spam bots” that send overwhelming amounts of unwanted tweets.

Discussions over the deal, which last week appeared uncertain, accelerated over the weekend after Musk wooed Twitter shareholders with financing details of his offer.

Under pressure, Twitter started negotiating with Musk to buy the company at his proposed $54.20 per share price.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement.

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey weighed in on the deal late on Monday with a series of tweets that thanked both Musk and current Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal for “getting the company out of an impossible situation.”

“Twitter as a company has always been my sole issue and my biggest regret. It has been owned by Wall Street and the ad model. Taking it back from Wall Street is the correct first step,” he said.

The Twitter transaction was approved by the company’s board and is now subject to a shareholder vote. No regulatory hurdles are expected, analysts said.

Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush, said the company’s board of directors had its back “against the wall” once Musk detailed his financing package and no other bidders emerged.

Although it is only about a 10th of the size of far larger social media platforms like Meta Platforms Inc’s (FB.O) Facebook, Twitter has been credited with helping spawn the Arab Spring uprising and accused of playing a role on Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol.

After Twitter banned Trump over concerns around incitement of violence following the U.S. Capitol attack by his supporters, Musk tweeted: “A lot of people are going to be super unhappy with West Coast high tech as the de facto arbiter of free speech.”

Trump, whose company is building a rival to Twitter called Truth Social, said in a Fox News interview on Monday that he will not return to Twitter.

The White House declined on Monday to comment on Musk’s deal but said President Joe Biden has long been concerned about the power of social media platforms.

“Our concerns are not new,” said White House spokesperson Jen Psaki, adding that the platforms need to be held accountable. “The president has long talked about his concerns about the power of social media platforms, including Twitter and others, to spread misinformation.”

 


Culled from: REUTERS

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Nigeria commits to pay off US$28.7 million capital arrears in Shelter Afrique

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Nigeria Finance Minister Dr Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed and Shelter Afrique MD Andrew Chimphondah

Abuja – January 11, 2022: The Federal Republic of Nigeria has pledged to pay the full capital arrear of US$28.7m in Shelter Afrique, Nigeria’s Finance Minister Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed disclosed at a meeting with Shelter Afrique Group Managing Director and CEO Mr. Andrew Chimphondah in Abuja.

The Minister further disclosed that the payment will be made in four installments starting January 2022.

In September 2020, the pan African housing development financier received US$$9.4 million from Nigeria. The contribution moved Nigeria to become the second-largest shareholding in the organization with 13.27% of the shareholding, behind Kenya with 17.78%, and ahead of the AfDB at 12.83%.

Lauding the government of Nigeria for its show of confidence in the institution and a stamp of approval for the organisation’s financial turnaround, Mr. Andrew Chimphondah said, “This is a major milestone which is set to propel Nigeria to become the largest shareholder in Shelter-Afrique when the country meets its capital commitment. This is a strong testament of the strong shareholder commitment and support of the Shelter Afrique Board and Management.”

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Shelter Afrique is planning to raise 250 Billion Naira Bond (US$500million) in 2022 to support its affordable housing projects in Nigeria. The Company is set to commence the road shows with prospective investors in January 2022 and is expected to conclude fundraising by end of February.

Shelter Afrique has embarked on a defined strategy of developing and deepening local capital markets so that access to local currency which is competitively priced can be made available to Nigerian Developers from the Real Estate Developers Association of Nigeria (REDAN), Large Developers and Tier 1 and Tier 2 Banks and Primary Mortgage Lenders. The significance of this is that Shelter-Afrique will have been successful in dealing with the foreign exchange exposure risks that have crippled many African countries caused by the weakening of local African currencies against hard currencies such as the United States Dollar and the British Pound Sterling,” Mr. Chimphondah said.

Thanking the Finance Minister Dr. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed for supporting the Bond Issue by the approvals received on critical waivers from the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Chimphondah noted that Nigeria was a critical and strategic market for Shelter Afrique, adding that the fund realized from the bond issue will go a long way in address the affordable housing shortage in the country, now estimated at 17 Million Units against the continent’s 56 million units.

“As a response to addressing this housing shortage, Shelter Afrique will implement a transformative strategy that will crowd in additional capital funding into the low cost large scale affordable housing market in a commercially viable manner,” Mr. Chimphondah concluded.

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Yaw Amoateng Afriyie appointed Deputy CEO of GIPC

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The President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, acting under Section 17 (3) of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 2013 (Act 865), has appointed Yaw Amoateng Afriyie as the acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GIPC.

Amoateng Afriyie’s appointment is subject to the constitutionally required advice of the governing board of GIPC in consultation with the Public Services Commission.

GIPC –  Ghana Investment Promotion Center

GIPC is Ghana’s principal investment agency. Its functional mandate is to attract, promote and retain inward investment into Ghana to stimulate wealth creation and unlock opportunities for the private sector.

Amoateng Afriyie will assist the newly constituted board and the chief executive officer, Yofi Grant, together with the existing management to ensure that Ghana’s post-COVID-19 recovery is anchored on competitiveness, innovation and the board’s broader objectives.

These investment objectives align with Ghana’s international obligations.

Profile of Yaw Amoateng Afriyie

Before his appointment, Amoateng Afriyie worked in various senior capacities in the UK and Ghana as a management and political risk professional. He has considerable experience in commercial, tactical and strategic risk assessment in relation to business and investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Until recently, he was the managing director of Elmina Advisory Ltd, a Ghana-focused government affairs consultancy advising blue-chip companies and global consultancies to assess opportunities and manage the impact of politics and policy, macroeconomics, and security in Ghana.

He has also worked as West Africa head at Africa Matters Ltd (AML), a London-based Africa-focused consultancy; a research analyst in the international office of the campaign headquarters of the Conservative Party UK; a researcher at Africa Practice, London; an external consultant at the global business advisory firm FTI Consulting; and a freelance contributor on anglophone West Africa at the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Amoateng Afriyie holds a postgraduate diploma in global business from the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford, a Master’s degree (MA) in conflict resolution in divided societies from King’s College, University of London, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in politics and international relations from the University of Kent, Canterbury, also in the United Kingdom.

He is an enthusiastic amateur golfer who plays to a handicap of 12. He is equally passionate about the arts, including the music of various genres, current affairs, and sports, including football and Formula 1 racing.

GIPC has recently been adjudged the best investment agency in Africa three consecutive times by Capital Finance International magazine (CFI.co).

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