It’s the end of 2015. And, it’s time for reflection. It may be the best time to think backward and forward for Ghanaians. After all, there have been some pretty significant changes over the year and even over the past day.
The first Ghana-made cars are about to hit the streets, and that’s big news for everyone looking to develop the local economy. Still, it is an uphill battle for the Kantanka Group producing these cars. The cars have been road tested by the police and demonstrated that they can handle just about anything. But, the factory producing these vehicles can only produce about 100 cars a month, and they aren’t exactly cheap. That and it will take a lot of convincing for many in Ghana to purchase locally, even if they want to in spirit. It’s just difficult to believe after so many years of being conditioned otherwise. It’s worth trying, though… and certainly worth the dream according to Kantanka’s CEO, Kwadwo Safo Jr.
Ghanaian made cars are hardly the only thing to look forward to. There is also an IMF review scheduled for 13 January. This was initially set to take place on 18 December, and it is unclear why it was postponed. However, the country hopes for a positive review so that monies from this fund are not reduced when they clear into the national bank account at the end of January 2016. The last disbursement of funds from the Austerity Programme occurred in August. Ghana received $115 million, down from the payment of $144.8 million in April.
But, the most incredible news might just be the end of Dumsor. According to the Minister for Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, the pain and suffering caused by power outages is over for Ghanaians. Although he asked for more time just before Christmas to completely rectify the load shedding problem, it has been announced that Dumsor is done.
And, just in time too. The Minister for Power was meant to resign from office if he was unable to bring an end to the load shedding and power shortages before the end of 2015. So really, he just made it.
But, and this is a big but, there is a caveat. The Ghana National Gas Company will shut down from 15 to 22 January for maintenance. And, while this must happen, it likely means that there will be some load shedding during this time. There are assurances that this won’t happen, but given the past few years, no one in Ghana will be surprised if and when it happens.
Still, if it is just a week, it looks like Ghana will have a brighter 2016 than expected. Of course, there are always those elections to deal with.