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Ghana: New Tax on Petroleum Products

(Dec. 2, 2014) On November 19, 2014, Ghana’s Parliament adopted into law controversial legislation that introduces a special petroleum tax of 17.5% on certain petroleum products. The products include “petrol, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas and kerosene.” (Eric Kwaku Kegya, Ghana: Special Petroleum Tax Bill Enacted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Nov. 21, 2014), International […]

Ghana: Parliament Passes Revised Law Governing Investments

(July 30, 2013) On July 18, 2013, Ghana’s Parliament adopted the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Bill 2013, which, if signed into law by Ghana’s President, will introduce changes to the country’s investment laws and institutions. (Parliament Passes GIPC Bill, GHANA BROADCASTING CORP. (July 24, 2013); Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Bill, Parliament of Ghana website (July […]

Ghana: Tax Measures Introduced

(July 18, 2013) Ghana’s government is facing a revenue shortfall and has recently introduced a number of tax measures to deal with the situation. Some of the steps being taken are redeployments of measures used previously. (Kennedy Munyandi, Ghana: New Tax Measures Introduced to Meet Revenue Shortfall (July 15, 2013), IBFD TAX RESEARCH PLATFORM [hereinafter […]

Ghana: Local Content Likely to Be Required in Energy Sector

(Apr. 26, 2011) Speaking on April 21, 2011, in Accra, Ghana, Deputy Minister of Energy Inusah Fuseini discussed the plan to make the country's local content and local participation policy into a legal norm. Once the Cabinet approves the draft, it will be sent for parliamentary review. If it becomes law, Fuseini stated, “we can […]

Ghana: Parliament Approves Petroleum Management Bill

(Mar. 7, 2011) On March 2, 2011, the 230-member unicameral Ghanaian Parliament approved the petroleum management bill, which seeks to establish a legal framework for efficient collection, allocation, and management of petroleum revenue from the nation's oil reserves. (Daniel Nonor, Petroleum Bill Passed, THE CHRONICLE (Mar. 3, 2011).) The bill needs presidential assent before it […]

Ghana; Uganda: Ban on Importation of Used Appliances

(Oct. 12, 2010) On September 28, 2010, the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament passed the Finance (Amendment) Bill 2010 which, among other things, bans the import of used electronics and appliances (including refrigerators, freezers, computers, and television sets) and imposes stringent limitations on the import, manufacture, and sale of plastic bags (House Approves Ban on Importation […]

Ghana: Petroleum Revenue Management Bill Discussed

(Aug. 11, 2010) It was reported on August 9, 2010, that a two-day workshop on the Petroleum Revenue Management Bill, which is currently under consideration by the 230–member unicameral Ghanaian Parliament, was conducted for Members of Parliament and civil society organizations. (Stephen Odoi-Larbi, Stakeholders Discuss Petroleum Revenue Management Bill, THE CHRONICLE (Aug. 9, 2010), […]

Ghana: New Bill Regulating Bauxite Draws Criticism

(Dec. 18, 2008) It was reported on December 15, 2008, that a new bill, the Aluminum Authority and Integrated Aluminum Industry Bill, now being considered by the Parliament of Ghana, is drawing heavy criticism. The bill is designed to establish an authority with regulatory and commercial functions over the aluminum industry. If this bill becomes […]

Ghana: Anti-Terrorism Bill

(Aug. 29, 2008) On July 18, 2008, the Parliament of Ghana passed an anti-terrorism bill into law. According to news reports, the aim of the new legislation is “to suppress and detect acts of terrorism, prevent the territory, resources and financial services of the country from being used to commit terrorism [sic] acts and to […]

Ghana: Human Trafficking

(July 2, 2008) Despite significant efforts, Ghana falls short of complying with minimum, international standards against human trafficking, a U.S. State Department report released on June 8, 2008, stated. The report, which depicts Ghana as “a source, transit, and destination country for children and women trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual […]