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Our CTED operations Ghana

by Yaw Nyarko

I am just leaving Ghana to New York. We just opened in Accra a building next to the NYU in Accra campus which we will use as the Ghana office of our Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED). We are hoping that our research will actually improve the lives of poor people. We do […]

Live from the WEF Today

by Yaw Nyarko

I watched a live session of the World Economic Forum today – no I am not in Davos but watching this from computer in freezing New York. I logged on halfway through. Prez Jonathan sounded good and very presidential. President Kagame, in asking a question from the floor, was all over the place – unclear […]

Former Chairman of Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Efforts makes Headlines with New Report; Current Chairman Speaks at NYU Today

by Yaw Nyarko

The Financial Times has just leaked word on a report by Nuhu Ribadu, former head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption efforts, on the effect of corruption in the Nigerian oil industry. Ribadu, currently serving as Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force, reported that Nigeria loses $6.3 billion to oil theft each year, and lost an estimated $29 billion in […]

Ivory Coast – The Contrarian View

by Yaw Nyarko

  Almost every international body has condemned the incumbent and presumed loser of the recent Ivory Coast election: the African Union, the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS), the UN, many African countries, etc.   On the other hand, many of my own African friends and colleagues have voiced alternative views.   They have two main […]

Kgalema Mothlante at NYU – says Ouattara won election

by Yaw Nyarko

The Vice President of South Africa, Kgalema Mothlante, stopped by NYU for a public lecture co-sponsored by Africa House.   As with most events, the really interesting things happen during the Q & A.  One questioner asked why it seems South Africa has been flip flopping so much on Ivory Coast.   (The Economist described SA’s foreign […]

Ivory Coast – Just Say No to the Incumbent and Loser of the Election

by Yaw Nyarko

From all the information coming in, the opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara and his party clearly won the recent presidential elections in Cote D’Ivoire. The incumbent, Laurent Gbagbo lost, so should concede, and hand over power. Thabo Mbeki , the African Union (AU) mediator and former South African President should tell Gbagbo that, NO, he can […]

Mark Twain, Diamonds in Africa and a Fantastic Insider Trading Story

by Yaw Nyarko

I have recently finished reading Mark Twain’s “Following the Equator.” The writing is of course wonderful – what a joy. Twain writes about his journey around the equator around 1896, and provides very insightful observations about the locals and western attitudes to the locals. There are a number of stories I particularly liked and which […]

Kwame the Cabby, Brain Drain and Health

by Yaw Nyarko

I took a cab this morning – it was a Ghanaian taxi driver. He remembered picking me up several years ago. What a memory he has. Anyway, he has 4 children, two older ones one of which is a doctor. He also has two younger kids in private school. All his kids seem to be […]