Ghana


Republic of Ghana
Capital: Accra Nationality: Ghanaian Population: 24,791,073
Currency: cedis(GHC) Off. Lang: English Area: 238,533 sq km
Internet DM: gh GDP: $61.97 bil. Life Exp: 61 years
Literacy: 57.9% Location: 8 00 N, 2 00 W Calling Code: 233


Ghana is an african country located in West Africa, bordered by Ivory Coast to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Togo to the east, with a location of 8 00 N, 2 00 W. Ghana occupies an area 238,533 sq km. Accra is the capital. English is the official language.


Demographics 


Ghana has a population of 24,791,073 with a life expectancy of 61 years. Ghana is 45.3% Akan,15.2% Mole-Dagbon, 11.7% Ewe, 7.3% Ga-Dangme, 4% Guan, 3.6% Gurma, 2.6% Grusi, 1% Mande-Busanga, other ethnics 1.4%, and other 7.8%. The country is 68.8% Christian, 15.9% muslim, 8.5% traditional, 0.7% other, and 6.1% none. It has a 57.9% literacy rate, 66.4% for males and 49.8% females.

Indexes


 Index  Value
 Mo Ibrahim Governance Index  68.2(2014)
 Corruption Perception Index  48(2014)
 Ease of Doing Business  70 (2014)
 Human Development Index  .573(2014)
 World Press Freedom  26(2015)


History


The present day country of Ghana was the site of very powerful Akan States( AkyemAsante, Assin, Akuapem, AkuamuBono (Bron),Denkyira, Etsi, Fante, Gyaaman, Kwahu, Twifo, and Wassa) vying with each other, through warfare for dominance of the region. Asante would emerge as the pre-eminent power in the region after 1802.

In 1902, the region was conquered by the British and made a crown colony.

Economy


Ghana Stock Exchange(http://www.gse.com.gh)


Serious consideration of the establishment of a Ghana Stock exchange began in February of 1989 of a 10 member National Committee headed by Dr. G.K. Agama, head of the Bank of Ghana, commissioned by the government of Ghana. The formation of the committee lead to the establishment of the Ghana Stock Exchange in July of 1989, as a private company, under the Companies Code of 1963.  In October 1990, it was recognized as a stock exchange under the Stock Exchange Act of 1971 (Act 384). On November 12, 1990 trading began on the floor. The Ghana Stock Exchange became a public company in 1994. As of 2013, there are 35 official listed companies in Ghana's major economic sectors of finance, mining, manufacturing, trading, brewery, and pharmaceuticals. The exchange is presently located at 5th Floor, Cedi House, Liberia Road, Accra.

Public Companies 
AngloGold Ashanti Limited  (AADs)
African Champion Industries Ltd. 
AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA)
ALUWORKS 
AYRTON DRUGS MANUFACTURING COMPANY LTD (AYRTN) 
BENSO OIL PALM PLANTATION LIMITED (BOPP)
CAL Bank Limited (CAL)  
Clydestone (Ghana) Limited  (CLYD) 
CAMELOT GHANA LTD (CMLT)
Cocoa Processing Company (CPC)
ECOBANK GHANA LTD (EBG)
Enterprise Group Limited (EGL)
Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI)
Fan Milk Limited (FML) 
Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB) 
Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd. (GGBL) 
Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL) 
Golden Star Resources Ltd. (GSR) 
Golden Web Ltd. (GWEB) 
HFC Bank Ltd (HFC) 
MECHANICAL LLOYD COMPANY LIMITED (MLC) 
Produce Buying Company Ltd. (PBC) 
Pioneer Kitchenware Ltd. (PKL)
PZ CUSSONS GHANA LTD (PZC) 
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Ltd. (SCB) 
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Ltd. (SCB PREF) 
SG-SSB Ltd. (SG-SSB) 
SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC) 
Starwin Products Limited (SPL) 
Sam Wood Ltd. (SWL) 
TRUST BANK LIMITED (THE GAMBIA) (TBL) 
TOTAL PETROLEUM GHANA LIMITED (TOTAL) 
TRANSOL SOLUTIONS (GHANA) LIMITED (TRANSOL) 
Unilever Ghana Limited (UNIL) 
UT Bank Limited (UTB) 

Cuisine


Popular Ghanaian dish include dough-like dishes kenkey, fermented cooked corn dough and banku made from mixed corn flower and cassava flower, abe nkwan palm nut soup. Askenkee is a popular beverage made from kenkey. Popular alcoholic drinks include pito, made from sorghum and found in the north; akpeteshie made from the palm tree sap. 




Works Cited

Cia Factbook, Ghana

Ghana Stock Exchange(http://www.gse.com.gh)

Hooker, Ryan. How to Invest On the Ghana Stock Exchange. investinginafrica.net retrieved 2-June-2013