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Young Entrepreneurs Combine Web Savvy, African Tradition, In Kente-Colored Swimwear Line

London-born Yasmeen Opare, 23, lived in Ghana for six years and loved to visit family there. While on vacation, she wanted to wear Kente swimsuits, and that inspired the launch of a business — Ashanti Swimwear. She runs the company with her brother, Dexter Opare, 27. The family-run business venture came about organically and was “not intentional at all,” Yasmeen told Atlanta Black Star via email. “My brother Dexter and I have worked on many other business projects together since we were very young. He encouraged me to pursue this idea and brought his expertise so organically we became partners. We have a very honest and open relationship, which helps us to avoid conflict and challenges.” Once the line moved into the prototype stage, the siblings knew their cousin Anita Atuobi was a no-brainer to develop the designs.

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GE Oil & Gas Opens New Sub-Saharan Africa Facility To Support ENI

GE Oil & Gas opened a new facility in Takoradi Port, Ghana Thursday, expanding its global footprint and supporting Italian oil and gas  giant Eni, Africa’s leading gas producer. Based in London, GE Oil & Gas is a subsidiary U.S.-based conglomerate General Electric. The company says it plans to deliver more than 45,000 training hours for Ghanaian personnel over the next five years as it seeks to build a local team. The GE facility will be the primary service center for deep-water offshore projects in Ghana, GE said in a press release. It has a 1,600-square-meter (17,200-square-foot) indoor test area and 4,000 square meters (43,000 square feet) of indoor and outdoor storage.

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Govt to Re-Brand Ghana

The government of Ghana is exploring strategies to re-brand Ghana and make it 'a unique selling point in the West African sub-region.' To achieve this aim, the government will engage the Advertising Association Ghana (AAG) to conceptualize what Ghana stands for and come out with a re-branding strategy that will give the country 'a uniform look and feel.' The Minister for Information, Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, made the point when the Advertising Association of Ghana (AAG) paid a courtesy call on him Wednesday, to congratulate him on his appointment.

Mr Abdul-Hamid said government was already in talks with some companies to help Ghana get a uniform image and assured AAG that it was going to be a part of that effort to reposition the country, re-brand and make it 'a unique selling point in the West African sub-region.' Earlier, the President of the AAG, Mr Joel E. Nettey, had implored the minister to support the association to get the Advertising Standards Bill reintroduced in parliament and passed, citing the unregulated nature of the industry leading to clutter of billboards all over the capital city.

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Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo 2017 State of the Nation Address

21 February 2017

MESSAGE ON THE STATE OF THE NATION  BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC, NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, ON THE OCCASION OF THE STATE OPENING OF PARLIAMENT ON  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2017.

Mr. Speaker,

It is good to be back here again in this Chamber, where I spent some 12 memorable years as a Member of Parliament. I recollect with nostalgia the vigorous debates of my days here as a Minority MP, and I have very fond memories of being on the Majority side also. I can see some old faces from my first days here – like the 2nd Deputy Speaker, Hon. Alban Bagbin, whom I came to meet in the House in 1997, and who became a good friend of mine; and Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, with whom I entered Parliament on the same side, at the same time.

On December 7th, 2016, the Ghanaian people went to the polls, and voted decisively for change. As a result, today, I am here again in this House, this time as President of the Republic, having secured an emphatic, electoral victory. Mr. Speaker, we have to thank God for His Grace and Favour for a peaceful and smooth transfer of power, in which Ghanaians rose to the occasion, and made our nation the object of world admiration. The Ghanaian people are to be commended for their strong attachment to the principles of democratic accountability. I would like to take this opportunity, Mr Speaker, to express my sincere appreciation to my predecessor, President John Mahama, for his leadership and his role in the transition. His conduct has been a credit to our nation. Mr. Speaker, I am happy to see the presence in this House of two other former Presidents of the Republic, their Excellencies Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor. I am in the enviable position of being the first Ghanaian leader to be able to draw on the experiences of three living, former Presidents. This should, definitely, enrich my tenure of office.

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