Guide to current official publications in the British Library.
The government web gateway at http://www.ghana.gov.gh/index.php has information pages on various ministries, the executive, the judiciary, etc, while the Bank of Ghana website at http://www.bog.gov.gh/ has more statistical information on the country's economy.
Ghana (formerly the Gold Coast) became independent in 1957. The first President, Kwame Nkrumah, was overthrown in 1966 and power was assumed by a National Liberation Council.
In 1972 the armed forces overthrew the government in a bloodless coup and established a National Redemption Council (NRC) as the main organ of government. In October 1975 the NRC was superseded as the highest legislative and administrative organ by a Supreme Military Council (SMC). Civilian rule, under the auspices of the military, was restored between 1979 and 1981. On December 31st 1981 a further military coup led by Flight Lieutenant Jerry Rawlings resulted in the suspension of the Parliament and its replacement as the supreme legislative authority by the Provisional National Defense Council.
A new constitution was approved in 1992 according to which the head of state is the President, directly elected for a maximum of two four year terms. The President appoints the Cabinet and the Council of State and chairs the National Security Council. The unicameral legislature is known as the Parliament.
Holdings: No. 635 (2003)-
Holdings: 1960-1971 [Incomplete.]
Bound volumes: CSC.437
Holdings: 1892-1906; 1909-1920; 1924-1957.
Annual departmental reports relating to the Gold Coast and British Togoland, 1843-1956
Reports cover administration, finance, law enforcement, natural resources, education and social welfare, transport and public works, the Post Office, and commerce. The publisher's guide to the microform collection is kept in the open access reference collection in the Social Sciences Reading Room at OPL.966.70043 and on the publisher's website at http://www.microform.co.uk/guides/R97004.pdf
Annual report - Bank of Ghana
Holdings: 1968; 1971; 1974-1978; 1987; 1989/90; 1992-1996; 1998-
Reports from 1996 are on Bank of Ghana website at http://www.bog.gov.gh/ (follow "Publications" link).
The report reviews the economy of the country. There are sections on economic development, public finance, balance of payments, prices, exports and imports. Also includes a section on Bank's operations during the year. There are statistical tables at the end of the report.
Budget proposals - Ghana. Ministry of Finance
Includes the review of the previous year's budget, current revenue and grants, highlights of the current year's developments and budget control measures.
Budget statement - Ghana. Ministry of Finance
Holdings: 1963/64-1970/71; 1977/78-1978/79; 1986-1987; 1989-1991; 1994-1995; 1998-
Online versions of the Budgets from 1998 are available from the Ghana Review International web site at http://www.ghanareview.com/
Decrees - Armed Forces Revolutionary Council
Holdings: 1-7, 9, 11-23, 25-70 (1979).
Decrees - National Liberation Council
Holdings: No. 246-406 (1968-69) [Unbound parts. Incomplete.]
Decrees - National Redemption Council
Holdings: No. 1-360 (1972-1975).
Decrees - Supreme Military Council
Holdings: No. 1-238 (1975-79) [Unbound parts. Incomplete.]
Development plans have been individually catalogued. Please consult the online catalogue for details.
Economic survey - Ghana . Ministry of Finance
The survey incorporates all the relevant statistical data available in the field of money and banking, public finance, agriculture, manufacturing industries, transport, employment and earning, foreign trade and balance of payments.
Economic survey - Gold Coast. Ministry of Finance
Ghana: an official handbook - Ghana. Information Services Department
Holdings: 1971; 1977.
Articles on foreign affairs, defence, law and order, government, banking, economy, revenues, social services, agriculture, trade and tourism are included.
1957-1992; 1996- [Unbound parts. Incomplete but good holdings from 1996.]
Main gazette contains government notices. Supplements to 1960 publish acts, decrees and executive, legislative and constitutional instruments. Thereafter these are issued separately.
Holdings: 1960/61, no. 1-1992, no. 29; 2002, no. 36-
Holdings: 1963, no. 1-1992, no. 1535
Holdings: 2003, L.I. 1719- [Incomplete.]
Holdings: 1969, no. 1-1980, no. 11.
Local government bulletin
Holdings: 1957, no. 10-1992, no. 16; 2003, no. 1- [Unbound parts. Incomplete.]
Contains local government notices and text of bye-laws.
Commercial and industrial bulletin
Holdings: 1963, no. 27-1992, no. 22; 2002, no. 39- [Unbound parts. Incomplete.]
Contains government notices relating to companies.
Land and concessions bulletin
Holdings: 1968-1992 [Unbound parts. Incomplete.]
Contains government notices relating to mining licences
Gold Coast Gazette
Printed version: OGG.80
Holdings: 1885-1957 [Mainly bound vols.]
Main gazette contains government notices only and not legislation.
Local government supplement
Contains local government notices and text of bye-laws, orders and instruments.
Implementation of the Ghana poverty reduction strategy: annual progress report - Ghana National Development Planning Commission
Laws of the Provisional National Defence Council
Holdings: 1981-1990 [Unbound parts. Incomplete.]
Parliamentary debates - Ghana. National Assembly
Holdings: 1957/58-1965/66. [Bound annual volumes.]
Holdings: 1964-1980 [Unbound parts. Incomplete.]
Contains statements of the Speaker, announcements, motions, adjournments, sessional addresses, list of National Assembly members and National Assembly officers.
Legislative Assembly debates - Gold Coast
Legislative Council debates - Gold Coast
Holdings: 1919-1924; 1928-1950.
Censuses are separately catalogued. Please consult the online catalogue for pressmarks.
Holdings: 1921, 1931, 1948, 1960, 1970, 1984.
Each census gives demographic and economic characteristics of the country.
Quarterly digest of statistics - Ghana. Central Bureau of Statistics
Holdings: 1959-1971; June 1981; 1996-
Digest of statistics - Ghana. Central Bureau of Statistics
Statistical tables on money and banking, public finance, external trade, balance of payments, prices, education, transport and population.
Quarterly economic bulletin. Bank of Ghana
[Old series] Vol. 10 (1970)-vol. 18, no. 3. (1978).
[New series] Vol. 1, nos. 3-4 (1991); vol. 2 (1992)-vol. 3, no. 2 (1993); vol. 4 (1994)-. [Volume numbering dropped after vol. 8, no. 2 (June 1998).]
Latest issue on Bank of Ghana website at http://www.bog.gov.gh/
Subsidiary legislation and other legal notifications
Contains proclamations, orders, rules, regulations and other legal notifications.
White papers - Ghana
Holdings: 1958-1979 [Unbound parts. Incomplete.]
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