Congratulations are in order ! The president of the republic of Ghana has been elected as the newly chairman of the ECOWAS today at the current 57th ECOWAS conference held in Niamey.

The ongoing summit will see all heads of state in West Africa brainstorming reports from the 44th Ordinary Session of the Mediation and review issues pertaining Security Council, COVID-19 situation in West Africa, the ECOWAS Single Currency Programme among several others.

President Akufo-Addo is said to have taken over from the outgone ECOWAS chairman President Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.

His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo currently doubling as the chairman of the ECOWAS will be given the platform to give his acceptance speech at the summit later in the day.

Leading the Ghanaian delegates to the ECOWAS summit, president Akufo-Addo left Ghana today and was accompanied by some selected Ghanaian officials including,

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Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance; Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison; the Foreign Ministry and officials of the Presidency.

Following ex-president John Dramani Mahama’s selection as ECOWAS  chairman during the 44th Ordinary Session in 2014. 

He chaired the discussion and took over from Ivorian President Allasane Ouattara, Akufo-Addo becomes the next Ghanaian president to occupy the esteemed position.

Once again congratulations Mr. President on this new chapter for service to humanity.

Photo credit:  President Akufo-Addo (twitter)

Auditing giant, PricewaterhouseCoopers has reaffirmed its commitment to growing and unlocking potentials across the African sub-region by launching a business school.

The institution, which is cast more in the mould of an executive training institution than the traditional business school, will be used as a platform for knowledge sharing and the delivery of innovative thought leadership and skills development programmes.

The launch, which took place on Wednesday, 4th of February 2015 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, saw the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Education and Power as well as many top officials from PwC grace the occasion.

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Launching the school on behalf of President John Dramani Mahama, Education Minister, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman extended congratulatory messages from the President to the organization as well as his gratitude for the $100,000 funding from PwC to ECOWAS which is to be used to combat Ebola.

Speaking to Business World, Partner and Director at PwC Ghana, Vish Ashiagbor stated the school did not have any accreditation as it only sought to be a collaborator and not a competitor—“not intended to be accredited because we will only run short courses”’; the courses offered will however qualify as Continued Professional Development (CPD), as they meet professional and regulatory requirements.

According to Territory Senior Partner PwC Africa, Mr Suresh Kana, PwC recognizes the importance of skills development and knowledge sharing not only in its own business but also in the wider market, and for the benefit of the community—“PwC’s Business School is a place for our people, our clients, our profession and the wider business community to benefit from training”.

The school will offer courses in Accounting, Corporate Governance, IT, Leadership, Marketing, Sales and Services, Capital Infrastructure, Human Resource, Forensic, Finance, and Insolvency/Business Recovery for heads of businesses, managers and policy makers.

Ban Ki-Moon to meet MahamaThe UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon is expected to arrive in Ghana today [Thursday] for bilateral discussions with President John Mahama.

The meeting of the two leaders will center on efforts ECOWAS is making to fight the Ebola epidemic.

Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah said Ban Ki-Moon’s visit to Ghana is as a result of President Mahama’s commanding role in the Ebola fight.

“It was through his advocacy at the United Nations General Assembly that pricked the conscience of the world and broke the yoke of isolation and neglect that Ebola had visited on Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia,” he said.

He added, “Immediately after his [Mahama] speech, the UN itself spoke and acted decisively by deploying the United Nations Emergency response on Ebola to Africa and that is headquartered here in Ghana.”

In September this year, the President in his address at the 69th UN General Assembly in New York admonished world leaders to help West Africa to combat the deadly Ebola disease which was killing citizens at a rapid rate.

He expressed shock at the level of isolation the three Ebola-stricken countries have been subjected to and warned that Ebola “knows no boundaries” therefore, “we cannot afford to let fear keep us away…we must erase the stigma.”

The President told the UN General Assembly that Ebola was not just a “Liberian problem, Ebola is not a Sierra Leonean or a Guinean problem; it is not just a West African problem, Ebola is a problem of the world because it is a disease that knows no boundaries.”

He advised that the fear of the disease should not inform people’s decision to isolate the affected nations, adding that “we cannot afford to let it compromise the very impulses that not only define but retain our humanity; we must erase the stigma.”

The outbreak of the disease in March 2014 in Guinea has claimed about 6, 000 lives.

Source: Efua Idan Osam of citifmonline.com

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