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Promotion of tourism in Ghana can generate the country a lot of revenue .

Started Sep 29, 2011 0 Replies

The government of Ghana has neglected the tourism industry in the country and a lot of attention has been given to the oil industry. If the tourism in the country is repackage we can generate so much…Continue


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Ghanas Mining Taxes: Are they New and Adequate?

Posted on December 19, 2011 at 14:25 0 Comments

Wrtten by: Alhassan Atta-Quayson, Third World Network Africa.

  Ghanas 2012 National Budget Statement and Economic Policy proposed, among others, to bring the following changes to mining operations in the country: increase corporate tax rate from 25% to 35%; install a windfall tax of 10%; and implement a uniform regime for capital allowance of 20% for five years. It also sought to review the principle of ring-fencing to prevent companies undertaking a…



Posted on September 29, 2011 at 16:35 0 Comments


Tourism plays a very significant role in poverty alleviation through income generation, employment and infrastructural development for the local communities where tourist attractions are located and generate revenue for the government.

Globally, there is now a demand for better quality product when it comes to tourism. Ghana as a country has many breathtaking tourist attractions as a result of it natural resource endowments and also rich…


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At 12:23 on October 3, 2011, Ahmed Finoh said…


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At 10:19 on October 2, 2011, Ahmed Finoh said…


Now I am hearing an African Perspective on what needs to be done to for the sustainable development on the continent. Grace Appiah's excellent article on how the neglected tourism sector can better contribute to sustainable development undescores a recent frustration by Uganda's president Museveni over his country's obsession with oil-mania. Even before the oil begins to flow Ugandans, according to the President, are so much consumed with everthing petroleum that he wonders whether his countyrmen can reflect back 10 years when oil had not yet been discovered in the country.

So it is in most other African countries. Politicians and the ever blosoming NGO industry are feverishly chewing each other over the new found black gold. Everyone wishes to create the Arab Emirates of Africa overnight. In Sierra Leone, the petroleum bill was rushed through parliament without due deliberation. In Guinea, the new efforts by the government in the name of transparency and anti-corruption measures could cool down legitimate and well-meaning investors.

All the while neglecting the many other naural resources, the exploitation of which are trully sustainable endeavours-tourism, high tech. education, agro-value addition, human resource, etc.

Aside from the potentially lucratic tourism industry, imagine the high returns on her investments if Ghana decides to consider her already current excellent higher institutions of learning as sustainable natural resource for investments and upgrades all to world class standards! Right now there's a very high demand among other West Africans for Ghanian schools from secondary schools to universities.

 Will some one in Ghana please seize on this opprtunity!


Grace, you're right. Ghana and most other African countries can reap so much wealth from such a "harmless" industry as compared with the "curse" that accompanies oil and other extractive industries exploitation.

Thanks, Seth for bringing us Grace's African Perspective on African development issues.

Eng. Ahmed Finoh



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