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GHANA

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Even through  Ghana was robbed of being the first African nation to reach the semi finals of the World Cup by a last minute goal-line hand  ball the fact of qualifying for the world cup and getting through to the quarter-finals were themselves achievements in a line of successes  that  Ghana has enjoyed in its recent history.  
Emerging from a period of despotism in the 1970s and 1980s Ghana has earned an enviable reputation for stable democratic government.  After decades of military rule, human rights and individual freedoms have been strengthened and the economy has been growing at a steady average of 6% a year.  Ghana has become a model for political and economic reform.  Another plus for Ghana is the fact that with the exception of land disputes in the north of the country during the mid 90’s it has largely escaped the civil strife and violence that has plagued other West African countries.

Yet another potential success is the discovery offshore oil announced in 2007.   It is estimated that this will provide a major economic boost and could provide the government with revenues of as much as $3 billion within a few years.   However, Ghanaians are keenly aware of how oil has corrupted and polluted Nigeria, just down the coast (see articles on Nigeria).  Everybody will now be watching to see whether Ghana can avoid Nigeria’s mistakes.

Despite development, progress and stability Ghana does have the interlinked problems of deforestation, climate change and poverty, especially in the north of the country.   No doubt future oil revenues can help Ghanaians to address these issues although ultimately it is the western countries whose carbon emissions are causing climate change who must play the major role in stopping the global warming that is unjustly causing Ghanaians and other Africans to suffer.

For more information on Climate change in Ghana click next below.