Global Win-Win Cooperation – “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance Conference Takes Place

JINAN, China, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — With “Global Win-Win Cooperation” as the theme, the “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance Conference was held on November 2 at the Inspur Jinan Science and Technology Park, Jinan, China. Attendees include enterprise representatives Peter Sun, Chairman and CEO of Inspur Group; Owen Chan, Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems, Inc., Chairman of Cisco Greater China and Co-Chairman of Cisco China Board; Charles Kiang, General Manager of Technology Partnership of IBM Great China Group; Stefan Merz, SVP Corporate Strategy & Development of Diebold Nixdorf; and Angel Ruiz, Head of Ericsson Media. Three Chinese national financial institutions, namely the Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank, and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation also attended the event wtih diplomatic envoys from five countries, including Winnie Natala Chibesakunda, Ambassador of Zambia to China, and more than 200 representatives of companies from other countries to witness the establishment of “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance.

The “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance was officially established

In the keynote speech “Global Win-Win Cooperation”, Peter Sun said, “As the initiator of the ‘B&R’ Digital Economy Strategic Alliance, Inspur hopes to partner with top technology companies in the world and Chinese national financial institutions, help countries along the Belt and Road to solve their insufficient funding and technical problems in informatization construction, and bring the benefits of digital economy development to people there.”

As China’s first Belt and Road integrated platform started by companies, the alliance adopts the cooperation mode of “1+4+3”, which means an alliance of Inspur and four global technology giants, Cisco, IBM, Diebold Nixdorf and Ericsson, with support from three of Chinese policy-based financial institutions, the Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation. The platform provides brand new technology and funding solutions of datacenters + cloud services, smart finance, smart home, smart taxation and smart cities for countries along the Belt and Road.

Owen Chan, Charles Kiang, Stefan Merz and Angel Ruiz affirmed the achievements of their cooperations. They said, the alliance will bring out their strengths in technologies, products and markets. They will work with Inspur to provide countries along the Belt and Road with advanced technology solutions and to realize the global win-win cooperation. The three financial institutions also promised to provide sufficient financial support for the alliance to promote the digital silk road.

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Inspur Launches the “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance

JINAN, China, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On November 2, the “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance, initialized by Inspur and co-founded by Cisco, IBM, Diebold Nixdorf and Ericsson, was established in Jinan, China. The Alliance will integrate the world-class IT products, technologies and solutions of its members to accelerate the construction of digital silk road together with three Chinese national financial institutions, namely the Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation.

The launch of the “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance is the exploration and practice for Inspur to fulfill China’s Belt and Road Initiative and develop the digital silk road, as well as the first Belt and Road integrated platform founded by global technology giants. The alliance not only provides a new wide platform to promote the construction of digital silk road and to deepen cooperations among its members, but also allows the cooperations in China among top technology companies to go global.

The alliance adopts the cooperation mode of “1+4+3”, which means that as the initiator, Inspur establishes the alliance together with four global technology giants, Cisco, IBM, Diebold Nixdorf and Ericsson, with support from three Chinese national policy-based financial institutions, the Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation. The alliance will provide the world-class new datacenters, cloud services, smart finance, smart home, smart taxation, smart cities and other total technology solutions, and complete funding solutions for countries along the Belt and Road. The Alliance will firstly carry out projects in South Asian and African countries including Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Kenya, build a series of sample projects, and then promote them in countries along the route.

In the future, the alliance will attract more companies with top informatization products and technologies from all over the world, provide the most complete and advanced informatization total solutions for countries along the Belt and Road together with many financial institutions, and allow more people from those countries to enjoy benefits of the digital economy development.

Intra-Africa trade imperative to promote continent – Deputy Minister

Accra, Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsey, a deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, said breaking the frontiers in intra-African trade is needed to propel the African continent into a higher economic growth and development.

He said Africa should be able to learn lessons from trade reforms in developed and emerging economies to guide the integration and liberalization process.

Mr Ahomka-Lindsay was speaking at the opening of the Kenya Trade Expo Ghana 2017 in Accra.

The three-day event, an initiative of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ministry of Trade and Industry- Ghana, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kenyan High Commission to West Africa, Ghana High Commission to East Africa, is on the theme:Breaking New Frontiers in Intra-Africa Trade.

The Expo would among others explore business opportunities for Ghana and Kenya with some focus on agriculture and agribusiness development, infrastructure investment, energy sector development, export strategy, role of banking and finance in enhancing trade, tourism development, land and real estate development and more.

He said the significance of economic integration as a means to promoting intra-Africa trade and accelerated growth and development in Africa should not be under-rated.

The Deputy Minister said African regional integration through a continental free trade area has become more critical hence the proposition and the conceptualisation of the action plan to implement a number of mega trade deals and agreements.

He said Ghana and Kenya could forge stronger strategic partnership and synergies that could boost intra-Africa trade and this could also deliver opportunities and jobs and prosperity to the people of the two countries.

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, said relatins between Ghana and Kenya dated back to our struggle for independence from British colonization, when the leadership of both countries forged close ties.

She said it was reassuring to note that, this relationship continues to grow and it is having a positive impact on our development including attracting investors from Kenya.

Ms Botchway said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is commitment to the rapid structural transformation of Ghana’s economy and that in August 2017 her outfit launched the Economic, Trade and Investment Bureau to coordinate the activities of the public and private sectors in support of the government’s agenda.

She said a forum such as the Kenya Trade Expo Ghana 2017 is in line with the objectives of the Bureau and it is gratifying to note that the Bureau is part of this endeavour.

Mr Adan Mohammed, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Trade Industry and cooperatives Industry, said this collaboration was borne out of the signing of the Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) between Kenya and Ghana in Nairobi in 2014 to strengthen trade relations between two countries, through the B2B engagements of our entrepreneurs.

He said the Memorandum of Understanding between Kenya and Ghana that led to the subsequent signing of a Bilateral Trade Agreement identified areas of cooperation between our two countries highlighted the following sectors Agriculture, Horticulture, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Aviation, Information, Communication and Technology, among others.

I would like to encourage the entrepreneurs to exploit opportunities per the purpose of wealth and employment creation and poverty reduction, he said

Mr Yofi Grant, Chief Executive Officer of the GIPC, said there is a great potential in Africa and that intra-African trade and partnership is important for the economic growth and development of the continent.

He said the GIPC understands this and has set strategies to contribute towards engaging our African neighbours in the area of foreign direct investment.

With twenty-five Kenyan projects registered by the GIPC in Ghana between 1994 and September 2017, most of which are in the manufacturing sector, there is much room to encourage a stronger partnership for mutual benefit.

Mr Grant said the Centre was aware of the relationship between both countries, dating back to pre-colonial times, and expressed the beliefs that there was no better time than now to concretize this long standing friendship in terms of increased trade and investment.

He congratulated the organizers of the Expo and urged them to engage existing and potential investors during the Expo.

Madam Lee Nduati-lee, Co-Founder of the Kenya Trade Expo Ghana, called for the removal of the protocols that inhibit freedom of movement and trade within Africa in order to facilitate the development of intra-regional business.

Source: Ghana News Agency

My government won’t meddle in chieftaincy issues-President

Accra, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday said his administration was not interested in controlling the affairs of traditional rulers, and as such would not meddle in chieftaincy issues.

He said what was of importance to his government was that all chieftaincy issues and grievances arising from them were resolved peacefully and in good faith, to enable government to prosecute its agenda for the accelerated transformation and development of the country.

President Akufo-Addo made this known when the Bawku Naaba Asigri Abugrago Azorka II, President of the Bawku Traditional Area and his chiefs called on him at the Flagstaff House in Accra

The courtesy call, a reciprocal one, was to enable the Bawku Naaba discuss issues of national importance and that which concerns the traditional area.

President Akufo-Addo told the Bawku Naaba that though he had no interest in chieftaincy matters, he was concerned about the peace of Bawku and surrounding areas, saying, It is very important to note that all of us will derive no benefit from conflict and instability.

What we need to do is to recognise the things we have to do to make sure that the peace is maintained and developed.

When I said that I have no interest in chieftaincy matters, I meant itI am not a chief, I am not a royal of Bawku, he said.

The President continued: I don’t have any interest in meddling in Bawku chieftaincy mattersand that is what I meant by saying that my government has not come here to deal chieftaincy matters.we leave chieftaincy matters to the chiefs.

He said it was important that all sides in the Bawku chieftaincy dispute continue to exercise restraint and comport themselves so that peace we are seeing today in Bawku can continue, adding, There is a lot we can do together to develop the area and develop Ghana. Without peace we cannot do it.

He commended the Bawku Naaba for the efforts he was making to ensure that peace prevailed in the traditional area.

On a request for government to de-couple Tempane from the Garu-Tempane district, the President said the decision to create a district out of Tempane had already been taken and the process was ongoing, hinting that the Local Government Minister Alima Mahama would soon announce the formal constitution of Tempane district.

He also noted the demand for the Bawku West District to be divided into two, saying government would look into the request.

Optimistic of the success of government’s flagship programme of Planting for food and Jobs, President Akufo-Addo asked for the cooperation of the Bawku Chiefs and the traditional authorities country-wide to support the law enforcement agencies to stop the incidence of smuggling of the subsidsed farming inputs across the borders of Ghana.

He said the situation where fertilizers and other farming inputs were smuggled out of the country by criminally-minded people at the expense of the generality of Ghanaians was not acceptable and should not be condoned by any means.

When something good is happening, there is always a few mischievous people with criminal minds, who want to use the good things for their selfish interest. The smuggling of fertilizer across borders to neighbouring countriespeople who are doing that are enriching themselves at the expense of Ghanaians.

I am asking you the traditional rulers to be part of the law enforcement agencies in your area and make sure that those subsidized and important farming inputs are not smuggled out of the country. We need your cooperation to make sure that smuggling stops. The subsidy is for Ghanaian let us keep it that way, he noted.

The Bawku Naaba on his part thanked the President for ensuring peace in the traditional area and for keeping to his promise to fix the roads in the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NSP signs petition to stop implementation of Insurance scheme

Accra, Scores of National Service Personnel on Thursday initiated moves to prevent Executives of the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) from deducting an amount of GH 15.00 from their allowance as premium for an insurance scheme.

The petition dubbed: Say no to compulsory Insurance policy, is to be signed by all service personnel who are against the compulsory insurance premium deduction.

The goal of the petition which was to get about 1,000 signatures of National Service Personnel as at 16: 27 hours on Thursday, received 1,059 signatures against the insurance policy.

The petition which is being coordinated by Angle Three Associates, a social advocate group would be sent to the Acting National Service Director, Mr Mustapha Ussif.

NASPA announced their decision to deduct an amount of GH 15.00 every month from the allowance paid to service persons in the country to aid as an insurance scheme in case of any disaster.

However, most service personnel have received the message with much indifference describing the move as day light robbery, a scheme to rob them of their scanty allowance.

Ms Gloria Amponsah, a National Service Personnel at the Parliament House said that; I do not think they were supposed to be that autocratic, they should have rather sought for our permission before making that decision, I am not in support of it at all, we will not accept it.

This is really confusing and annoying how can a person be signed up for an insurance scheme without their presence? This is a day light robbery, I have not budgeted for any insurance package, and they dare not deduct any Gh 15.00 Ms Helena Boateng of Ghana Oil Company Limited told the Ghana News Agency in an interview.

Mr Gabriel Atuwo at the Registrar General’s Department said he does not see this act by NASPA Executives to be prudent, and that he has not budgeted for any amount to be deducted from his allowance.

Some of us are going to pay our fees with this money, so the little that would be taken out of it might cause us inconveniencies, he added.

The 12- month insurance policy package for all National Service Personnel across the country; covers death, injury, medicals among other serious implications that may affect the wellbeing of personnel during the year of service.

According to a statement from the NSS and copied to the Ghana News Agency explained that as per the terms of the agreement, the insurance company is required to pay a claim of GH 15,000.00 to the next of kin in case of death of any personnel during the period of service.

“Same applies to any critical situation that may render the personnel disabled or any form of implication.” Board Chairman of the scheme, Professor Kofi Osei Akuoko was quoted in the statement.

In the event of personnel becoming temporary disabled for a period not less than one month due to accidental injury, the insurance company would also pay the affected NSP GH3, 000.00.

According to the statement, the board chairman said, provisions of the National Service Scheme Act, 1980, Act 426 approves the package after vigorous and wide scrutiny and consultation.

Prof. Akuoko cautioned insurance companies not to drag their feet when payment is due to any personnel.

He said Personnel, as part of the insurance package would be entitled to other complimentary packages including, a loan facility of GH 500.00, payable within a 6 months period”.

The loan facility, he said, would ease up the financial burden of personnel while waiting to be paid their monthly allowance.

“Free inter MTN calls for service personnel each month. A recharge credit of GH 5.00 for calls to other networks; Free browsing on Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, WeChat, Jobberman website, GLICO website.

A 500 free SMS each month, 100 per cent bonus on all MTN recharge made by personnel and a free movie viewing twice a year at Silver Star Cinema(s). All thes will be enjoyed under a premium of GH 15. he added.

According to the statement, the President of the National Service Personnel Association, Mr Philip Quaye, said, NSPs during the service period goes through life affecting situations that do not only affect their term of service but also affect their lives and that of their families in general.

In the recent Gas explosion at Atomic Junction, a National Service Personnel was among the injured persons.

If this policy had come earlier, the personnel could have enjoyed the package.

Source: Ghana News Agency