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President pledges to complete KATH maternity block

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday began a five-day tour of the Ashanti Region, giving an assurance that one of the legacies he will want to bequeath to posterity is the maternity block of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) whose construction has stalled for more than 40 years.

He called on the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll, to work in concert with the government to secure the necessary funds to complete the maternity block project.

The President gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy call on the Asantehene at the Manhyia Palace at the beginning of his five-day tour of the region.

Mother and Baby Unit

Last year, the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, raised more than GH¢10 million to put up a new Mother and Baby Unit to ease congestion at the old ward of the KATH.

According to conservative estimates, about U$100 million is required to complete the maternity block.


As part of the five-day tour, President Akufo-Addo will visit the Manhyia South, Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Bosomtwe, Bantama, Sekyere Central, Nsuta-Kwamang-Beposo, Mampong, Subin, Ahafo-Ano South, Kwadaso, Atwima Kwanwoma and Oforikrom constituencies.

Yesterday, he cut the sod for a facelift of major roads in Kumasi to ease traffic, promote business and reduce flooding.

The works include the asphaltic overlay of 150 km, resealing of 145 km of roads and the rehabilitation and reconstruction of 180 km of roads within Kumasi and its environs.

The works will also cover the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 100km of roads and safety works, including improvement of roundabouts, pedestrian footbridges and walkways.

Vester Oil

At Aputuagya in the Bosomtwi District in the Ashanti Region, the President visited Vester Oil, a private oil-producing company.

He also visited the new site of the factory at Aputuagya to inspect the facility and find out how the government could lend its support to the company.

Interacting with the management of the company, the President said the government was currently studying a proposal from the company to access the equivalent of $5 million to expand its operations.

If successful, Vester is expected to increase its workforce from 100 to 200 and introduce new products.

The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Kwasi Nyamekye, told President Akufo-Addo that the company could help reduce the number of unemployed youth if given the necessary support by the government.

$3-million food processing factory to be established at Afienya

The sod has been cut for the construction of a $3-million food processing factory under the One-district, One-factory (1D1F) initiative at Afienya in the Ningo Prampram District in the Greater Accra Region.

Work on the factory, which rests on a 15-acre land, is expected to be completed and operationalised by the end of this year.

The Leefound Foodstuffs Ghana Limited is a partnership between the Tianjin Food Group Limin Condiment Company Limited and the Ghana Grand Rice Food Limited, both Chiese entities.

The factory, a medium to large-scale entity that will produce tomato paste and spices, will source its raw materials largely from local producers.

Sod cutting

A Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, joined other dignitaries for the sod-cutting ceremony at Afienya yesterday.

 

 

Present were the National Coordinator of the 1D1F initiative, Mrs Gifty Ohene-Konadu; the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Ishmael Ashitey; the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ningo-Prampram, Mr Jonathan Doku; the President of the Chinese Business Association, Mr Tang Hong, and traditional rulers from the Ningo Traditional Area.

Approval

Mr Ahomka-Lindsay disclosed that 57 businesses had been approved for the 1D1F programme in the Greater Accra Region, out of which 14 were ready to start work, with Leefound Foodstuffs being one of them.

“For a start, this factory will directly employ 140 people locally and expand to 500 on completion. It is a medium to large-scale factory and will help small-scale businesses to blossom and create more job opportunities along the value chain,” he added.

He urged the factory to ensure that it stuck to the local content law by sourcing its raw materials from the local market.

Local content

For his part, Mr Doku stressed the need for operators of the factory to employ the youth of the area for the people to feel the real impact of the entity.

He urged the company to ensure that the factory was completed on schedule and became operationalised.

The Deputy General Manager of the Tianjin Food Group Company Limited, Mr Zhang Jun, said the company would adhere to the local content law and also operate within the legal framework in the country.

He called for support from the local community to ensure the successful operations of the company.

Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire agree on guidelines to plot boundaries

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have agreed to develop a document that will show the plotted maritime boundary for both countries.

The document will be developed at the third meeting of the joint committee on the implementation of the decision of the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), scheduled for October 2018 in Cote d’Ivoire.

The agreement was arrived at during the joint committee’s second meeting in Accra to deliberate on outstanding issues holding up the implementation of the ruling by the Special Chamber of the ITLOS on the maritime boundary dispute and the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

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Communiqué

In a communiqué signed by the Senior Minister, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, on behalf of Ghana and the State Mediator for Cote d’Ivoire, Mr Adama Toungara, and issued in Accra after the two-day meeting, Ghana indicated that it had reviewed the chart with the plotted coordinates of the maritime boundary as provided by ITLOS and found them to be acceptable in principle.

The chart was submitted by Cote d’Ivoire at the joint committee’s May 2018 meeting in Abidjan.


The three-point communique also indicated that, “The parties subsequently jointly plotted the seven coordinates and azimuth in accordance with the ITLOS decision and have agreed to execute a document evidencing the plotted maritime boundary at the next meeting scheduled for October 2018 in Cote d’Ivoire.”

Coordinates are a group of numbers used to indicate the position of a point, line or plane, while an azimuth is a horizontal angle or direction of a compass bearing.

According to the communiqué “the parties have also agreed to discuss the draft framework agreement on cooperation in the areas of maritime boundary, hydrocarbons and other natural resources between the two countries at the next meeting.”

 

In 2014, Ghana instituted arbitration proceedings at the ITLOS to ensure the resolution of its maritime boundary dispute with Cote d’Ivoire.

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the Special Chamber of the ITLOS, constituted to hear the dispute, unanimously declared that Ghana had not violated Cote d’Ivoire’s sovereign rights with its oil exploration activities.