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The Department of Economics of the University of Cape Coast has held a roundtable discussion on the country's 2018 budget statement.

Sharing her thoughts on the budget one of the five panelist Dr. Grace Abebrese said the debt strategy adopted by the government is helping solve the challenges the economy is going through.

Ghanaian beaches are noted as a hub for open defecation because of lack of toilet facilities

Ghana has been named among the top 10 countries worldwide with the highest percentage of its population without decent toilets.

Ghana has about 85.7 percent of its population without decent toilets and this equals about 23 million people who suffer the fear and indignity of relieving themselves in the open or in unsafe or unhygienic toilets.

Robert Mugabe

An International Relations Expert, Dr. Yaw Gebe, has said that Zimbabwe needs a transitional government to ensure the stability of governance in the country following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe.

According to him, the transitional government must be tasked to organize an election within the next 6 months to ensure a smooth transition to a substantive government for the country.

Okudzato Ablakwa

In the aftermath of Robert Mugabe’s resignation as President of Zimbabwe after 37 years, the Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, wants Ghana to offer the former President and his family asylum.

Mr. Ablakwa, a National Democratic Congress Member of Parliament, is of the view that Zimbabwe may not be the safest place for Mr. Mugabe, despite no reports of violence before and after his resignation.

The Cape Coast Metropolitan Environmental Health Officer, Iddrisu Shanni says the Metro Assembly has enforced by-laws to curb the sanitation situation in the metropolis.

He explains that the enforcement has led to the arrest of more than 90 culprits of which 48 have been issued with straight fines of GHS 50 each captured in the assembly’s fee fixing resolution.

Mr. Shanni revealed that his outfit has, over the past three weeks, intensified efforts in dealing with sanitation issues. He noted that those who have not met the sanitation requirements such as food vendors without certificates, those selling in unauthorised areas and those without appropriate health clearance were being apprehended.

A former senior vice president at the World Bank, Professor Yifu Lin, has warned that Ghana risk losing out on huge investments if it fails to embark on drastic economic reforms.

Ghana recently dropped 12 places in the latest World Bank ease of Doing Business report. Prof Lin believes such reforms could attract the relocation of light manufacturing firms from emerging economies.

Speaking to Starr Business on the sidelines of a Lecture organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs in Accra, he said: “What is important for investors is not necessary for the whole nation. What investors care about is what kind of condition they have in the places that they operate.”

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