Bundle: Ghana Breakfast Briefing and Ghana Report


This bundle includes the Ghana Report and the audio and slides from the hour-long briefing by Patrick Smith on 27 January 2017.

In particular the presentation addressed:

  • Consolidating power across the country after the election tensions
  • Servicing and managing a ballooning foreign and domestic debt burden
  • Wide-ranging reform of the mining and oil and gas sectors to boost production and processing capacity
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Ghana Report

This in-depth 14 page report covers the elections, inauguration, new government and key figures, post-elections, policies and gas, oil, and mining industries, among other aspects. This document is an addition to the usual Podcast and presentation offering, and has been written specially by Patrick Smith.

Ghana Podcast

The following text sets the context in which the briefing was given. 

After the presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December tested Ghana’s track record of political pluralism and stability, the winning team led by three time candidate Nana Akufo-Addo will have to turn its attention to an economy hit hard by crashing commodity prices, rising unemployment and the regional slowdown. With Ghana signed up to an economic reform programme with the IMF and foreign debts levels at over 70% of gross domestic product, the new government inaugurated in January 2017 will have little room for manoeuvre. But it remains a popular investment destination and a politically progressive force on the continent.


Patrick Smith – Our Lead Ghana consultant is editor and publisher of our monthly Nigeria Focus publication and Africa Confidential, a fortnightly newsletter reporting and analysing political and economic developments in Africa. Subscribers include the UN, the World Bank, the IMF the late Nelson Mandela, African and Western Governments, among others.

He lived in Accra and Lagos throughout the 1980s when he was West African Correspondent for Associated Press. He wrote extensively for the guardian, the Observer, and Economist Intelligence Unit, and filed news and feature reports for BBC television and radio.


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