Authentix® Selected by Zambia as Technology & Services Partner to Combat Illicit Fuels

ADDISON, Texas, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Authentix, a leading global authentication and information services company, announces The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) of Zambia has selected, after a public procurement tender process, Authentix as its technology and services partner to combat the illicit trade of refined fuels. The program is scheduled to commence February 15, 2018.

The Authentix covert fuel marking program will support the Zambian government’s fuel integrity program and the government’s commitment to ensure a clean and high quality fuel supply to support local commerce. Illicit fuels smuggled into the country or fuel adulterated with inferior products, do not meet the ERB’s high quality standards for fuels and may also include harmful substances that can pose a threat to public health and the environment.

In addition to the positive environmental and societal impact, the Authentix fuel marking program will return positive economic results. “In our experience operating nine fuel marking programs across Africa, the return-on-investment measured by recovered excise taxes far outweighs the operational costs of the program,” stated Kevin McKenna, Chief Sales and Services Officer, Authentix, Inc. “In twenty years of designing and operating covert fuel marking programs, we estimate to have recovered over USD 1 billion to governments.”

Authentix assisted the ERB in assessing the current supply chain, designing a program to meet their goals –including enforcement, and selecting from Authentix portfolio of covert chemical markers and analyzers, to deliver the most effective program tailored to Zambia’s unique needs.

To learn more about Authentix’s fuel supply integrity offering, visit http://www.authentix.com/offerings/vigilant/.

About Authentix:
Authentix assists customers in combating illicit trade and managing the integrity of their global supply chains.  With comprehensive end-to-end authentication solutions we help safeguard customers in refined fuels (e.g., gasoline, diesel, lubes, and LPG) and branded products (e.g., pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and spirits industries) from counterfeiting, product theft, product diversion, and adulteration. In addition, we help protect currencies for many leading central banks.

Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the US, UK, UAE, and Africa serving clients worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.authentix.com.

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La société Authentix® a été sélectionnée par la Zambie en tant que partenaire de technologie et de services pour lutter contre les carburants illicites

ADDISON, Texas, 12 février 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Authentix, une société mondiale de services d’authentification et d’information de premier plan, annonce que le Conseil de règlementation de l’énergie (Energy Regulation Board (ERB)) de Zambie, a, après un processus de marché public, sélectionné Authentix en tant que partenaire de technologie et de services dans le but de lutter contre le commerce illicite de carburants raffinés. Le programme devrait commencer le 15 février 2018.

Le programme de marquage secret de carburant d’Authentix appuiera le programme d’intégrité du carburant du gouvernement de Zambie et son engagement à assurer un approvisionnement en carburant propre de haute qualité pour soutenir le commerce local. Les carburants illicites qui entrent en contrebande dans le pays ou le carburant adultéré avec des produits inférieurs ne répondent pas aux normes de haute qualité de l’ERB pour les carburants et peuvent également contenir des substances nuisibles mettant en danger la santé du public et de l’environnement.

Outre l’impact positif sur l’environnement et la société, le programme de marquage de carburant d’Authentix génèrera des résultats économiques positifs. « Notre expérience après avoir réalisé neuf programmes de marquage de carburant en Afrique a montré que le retour sur investissement mesuré par les taxes d’accise récupérées l’emporte largement sur les coûts opérationnels du programme », a déclaré Kevin McKenna, directeur des ventes et des services chez Authentix, Inc. « Dans les vingt années que nous avons passées à concevoir et mettre en œuvre des programmes de marquage secret du carburant, nous estimons avoir récupéré plus d’un milliard USD pour les gouvernements. »

Authentix a aidé l’ERB à évaluer la chaîne d’approvisionnement actuelle, concevoir un programme répondant à leurs objectifs – y compris l’application et la sélection parmi le portefeuille de marqueurs et d’analyseurs chimiques secrets d’Authentix, pour fournir le programme le plus efficace personnalisé pour les exigences particulières de la Zambie.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’offre d’intégrité de l’approvisionnement en carburant d’Authentix, visiter http://www.authentix.com/offerings/vigilant/.

À propos d’Authentix :
Authentix aide ses clients à lutter contre le commerce illicite et à gérer l’intégrité de leurs chaines d’approvisionnement globales.  Avec des solutions d’authentification complètes de bout en bout, nous aidons les clients à protéger leurs carburants raffinés (p. ex, essence, diesel, lubrifiants et GPL) et leurs produits de marque (pharmaceutiques, agrochimiques et spiritueux) contre la contrefaçon, le vol de produits, le détournement de produits et leur adultération. Nous protégeons également les devises de nombreuses banques centrales de premier plan.

Authentix Inc., qui a son siège à Addison, Texas, aux États-Unis, compte des bureaux aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni, aux Émirats arabes unis et en Afrique qui servent des clients à l’échelle mondiale. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur http://www.authentix.com.

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Professor Agbesinyale appointed Chief Director of Ministry of Lands

Accra- Professor Patrick Agbesinyale, an Educationist and Development Consultant, has been appointed the new Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

Prof. Agbesinyale replaces Prof. Banoeng-Yakubu, who retired from active public service in August 2017.

A statement issued by the Public Affairs Unit of the Ministry and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday said Prof. Agbesinyale had vast experience in mining and natural resource management.

It said until his appointment, Prof. Agbesinyale was an Associate Professor and the Director of the Institute of Development Studies, University of Cape Coast.

He holds a PhD in Development Planning and Management from the University of Dortmund, Germany, and a Master of Science (MSc.) Degree in Regional Development and Planning from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

Prof. Agbesinyale holds Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences (Geography with Political Science and Sociology), from the University of Ghana, and has over 25 years experience in the Public Service.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Make NPP the ultimate winner – John Boadi urges candidates

Accra� Mr John Boadu, the Acting General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Monday urged all members both home and abroad to exercise restraint as the Party prepares for the upcoming constituency, branch and chapter elections.

Addressing a media conference to announce the guidelines and modalities for the elections, Mr Boadi asked the members to be law abiding and united to ensure that the process run smoothly, devoid of acrimony.

The party wishes to once again, make a passionate appeal to all stakeholders, especially the would-be candidates for the various positions in the upcoming primaries and their supporters to respect the rules of engagement and conduct this exercise with the necessary maturity so that we would have incidence-free primaries, he said.

We wish all the aspiring candidates the best of luck in the elections. Let us remain united and committed to the call of our party and government at all times so that we can continue to deliver the needed prosperity to the Ghanaian people.

Once again, let it be said that the NPP come out of the 2018 primaries as a much stronger party.

The National Steering Committee of the Party, he said, at its second general meeting for 2018, which was held on Wednesday, February 6, considered and approved the rules and regulations for the conduct of constituency primaries, scheduled for February 21 to 24, 2018.

He explained to the media: We have invited you here primarily to officially spell out the guidelines for the conduct of the party’s forthcoming constituency primaries to elect constituency executives following the expiration of the mandate of the current constituency officers and in pursuance to Article 7 of the party constitution.

These primaries would of course be held alongside our Chapter and External Branch elections.

He said the elections follows the completion of the Party’s electoral area and polling station elections.

As you would all attest to [the fact that] the exercise has been generally successful. There are, however, a few areas, numbering about seven constituencies where we have some challenges including law suits, he stated.

But the good news is that our legal, team led by Nana Obiri Boahen, the Deputy General Secretary, is competently handling these issues and making significant strides at resolving them.

The Acting General Secretary, on behalf of the Party, extended gratitude to all stakeholders particularly the various aspirants in the elections and their supporters for the cooperation and maturity they exhibited throughout the exercise.

We are also thankful to the media for a generally fair coverage and balance reportage and look forward to receiving a lot more of such cooperation in the remaining primaries, Mr Boadu said.

Mr Boadi outlined the rules as follows:

CONSTITUENCY ANNUAL DELEGATES CONFERENCE

The National Steering Committee of the party, at its second general meeting for 2018, which was held on Wednesday, February 6, considered and approved the rules and regulations for the conduct of constituency primaries scheduled for February 21 to 24, 2018.

As stipulated in Article 7 (26) of our constitution, the Constituency Annual Delegates Conference shall have in attendance, the following delegates;

Members of the Constituency Executive Committee

All electoral Area Coordinators

All the five (5) polling station Executives in the respective constituency

Five (5) members of the council of elders

Five (5) constituency patrons of the party

Any founding member from the constituency who is a signatory to the registration document of the party at the electoral commission.

The rules and regulations for the conduct of the 2018 constituency primaries provide as follows:

1) There shall be constituted, a Constituency Elections Committee (CEC) which shall conduct the constituency Officer’s elections at the scheduled dates (21st – 24th February, 2018) and at a venue as the CEC may determine.

2) The CEC shall comprise the following;

a. One (1) National Representative appointed by the National Steering Committee who shall be the chairperson of the CEC

b. One (1) Regional Representative appointed by the Regional Executive Committee who shall be the secretary to the CEC

c. One (1) Representative appointed by the Constituency Council of Elders

3) A member of the Constituency Elections Committee shall not be eligible to contest for any position in the Constituency elections.

4) A prospective candidate must be an active and known member of the party of good standing for at least two years.

5) A contestant must be a registered voter and a member of the party in the Constituency in which he/she seeks to contest.

6) Electoral Area or Polling Station Officers who wish to contest in the Constituency elections shall resign or vacate their respective positions before filing their nominations.

7) Applicants who wish to contest in the Constituency executive elections shall pay to the chairperson of the Constituency Elections Committee, a non-refundable nomination fee of two hundred Ghana cedis (GH 200.00) for the chairperson position and one hundred Ghana cedis (GH 100.00) for other positions.

8) Only prospective aspirants are entitled to purchase Application Forms from the Constituency Elections Committee.

9) No prospective aspirant shall not be denied access to procure Application Form.

10) If for any reason, an applicant is unable to procure an Application Form from the CEC, he/she may petition the Regional Chairman or General Secretary, for an endorsed Application Form at the Regional or National Secretariat respectively.

11) Vetting results shall be released not later than three days to the elections date

12) An aspirant for any of the Constituency executive elections shall be nominated by one (1) registered member and seconded by five (5) registered members of the party who are known, active and reside in that constituency, all of whom shall be members in good standing.

13) Three passport sized photographs shall accompany each Application Form.

14) The Constituency Album shall be used as the Register for the conduct of the elections.

15) The delegates to the conference shall vote with their party ID cards; but where same is unavailable, National Voters’ ID cards may be admitted by the CEC for the purpose of voting.

16) The CEC shall, at the close of polls; paste photographs of all elected Constituency executives on prescribe Form and hand it over to the Constituency secretariat for compilation of the Constituency Album.

17) For the avoidance of doubt, the elections shall be conducted under the supervision of the Electoral Commission of Ghana as well as the Constituency Elections Committee.

18) The positions to be contested for are;

i. Constituency Chairperson

ii. Constituency 1st Vice Chairperson

iii. Constituency 2nd Vice Chairperson

iv. Constituency Secretary

v. Constituency Assistant Secretary

vi. Constituency Treasurer

vii. Constituency Organiser

viii. Constituency Women Organiser

ix. Constituency Youth Organiser

x. Constituency Nasara Coordinator

Having spelt out these Rules and Regulations on behalf of the party, I now have the singular honour and privilege to declare nominations for the various constituency executive positions duly open.

ELECTION OF CHAPTER EXECUTIVES

1) The Chapter Annual Delegates Conference of the party shall be held from 15th to 25th February, 2018 to, among other things, elect Executives for the various Chapters. There shall be constituted, a Chapter Elections Committee which shall see to the conduct of the elections. The committee shall comprise the following;

i. One (1) Representative appointed by the respective Branch Executive Committee who shall be the chairperson of the committee

ii. One Chapter Representative appointed by the Chapter Elections Committee

iii. One Representative appointed by the Branch Council of Elders and Patrons

2) A member of the Chapter Elections Committee shall not be eligible to contest for any position in the Chapter elections.

3) An aspirant for the Chapter elections must be an active and known member of good standing for at least two years.

4) An aspirant shall be a registered member in the Chapter in which he/she seeks to contest.

5) An aspirant who wishes to contest in the Chapter elections may procure Application Form from the Chapter Elections Committee at a cost determined by the Chapter Elections Committee.

6) No prospective aspirant shall be denied access to procure an Application Form.

7) An aspirant for any of the Chapter executive positions shall be nominated by one (1) registered member and seconded by three (3) registered members of the party who are known, active and reside in that Chapter, all of whom shall be of good standing.

8) In adopting these Rules and Regulations, the Chapter Elections Committee, with recourse to the National Secretariat, can make some necessary modifications in order to suit their peculiar situations.

9) The positions to be contested for are;

a) Chapter Chairperson

b) Chapter Vice Chairperson

c) Chapter Secretary

d) Chapter Treasurer

e) Chapter Organizer

f) Chapter Women Organiser

g) Chapter Youth Organiser

ELECTION OF BRANCH EXECUTIVES

1) The Branch Annual Delegates Conference shall be held from 18th to 30th March, 2018 to, among other things, elect Executives for the various External Branches of the party. There shall be constituted, a Branch Elections Committee which shall see to the conduct of the elections. The committee shall comprise the following;

a. The Branch Council of Elders Chairman or his Representative who shall be the chair of the committee

b. One (1) Representative appointed by the Branch Executive Committee

c. One Representative appointed by the National Steering Committee

2) A member of the Branch Elections Committee shall not be eligible to contest for any position in the Branch elections.

3) An aspirant for the Branch elections must be an active and known member of good standing for at least two years.

4) An aspirant shall be a registered member in the Branch in which he/she seeks to contest.

5) An aspirant who wishes to contest in the Branch elections may procure Application Form from the Branch Elections Committee at a cost determined by the Branch Elections Committee.

6) No prospective aspirant shall be denied access to procure an Application Form.

7) An aspirant for any of the Branch executive positions shall be nominated by one (1) registered member and seconded by three (3) registered members of the party who are known, active and reside in that Branch, all of whom shall be of good standing.

8) In adopting these Rules and Regulations, the Branch Elections Committee, with recourse to the National Secretariat, can make some necessary modifications in order to suit their peculiar situations.

9) The positions to be contested for are;

a) Branch Chairperson

b) Branch 1st Vice Chairperson

c) Branch 2nd Vice Chairperson

d) Branch Secretary

e) Branch Treasurer

f) Branch Organiser

g) Branch Women Organiser

h) Branch Youth Organiser

i) Branch Nasara Coordinator

10) The elected Branch executives shall appoint persons to occupy the following positions;

a. Branch Assistant Secretary

b. Deputy Branch Women Organiser

c. Deputy Branch Youth Organiser

d. Deputy Branch Organiser

e. Deputy Branch Nasara Coordinator

f. Branch Communications Officer

g. Branch Director of Research and Elections

OTHER DECISIONS OF THE STEERING COMMITTEE

The steering committee has directed each of the 10 regional executive committees of the party to, with immediate effect, organise an expanded regional executive committee meeting comprising all the constituency executives in the respective regions. The meeting, which would be held under the supervision of at least one national officer, shall set the stage for the constituency delegates’ conference, where, inter alia, the Constituency Election Committee (CEC) shall be inaugurated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana participate in World Urban Forum 9

Accra – Ghana is participating in the Ninth Session of the United Nations (UN) Habitat World Urban Forum (WUF9) scheduled from February 7 to 13 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The country’s Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLG&RD) and its agencies is set to seek answers to some of her pressing urban management challenges at the WUF9.

The WUF9 is the key platform to discuss the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and the urban dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and it is one of the most open gatherings in the international arena.

It mobilises urban actors in national governments, sub-national and local governments, civil society, private sector and academia to share knowledge and solutions for sustainable urban development; facilitate stakeholders’ inputs to monitoring and reporting on the New Urban Agenda and facilitate strong multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The New Urban Agenda was adopted in October 2016 at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development � Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador and was a result of a unique consensus among all participating states.

The document sets out a common vision and global standards for urban development in the coming decades and comes at a critical moment, when for the first time in history, over half of the world’s population is residing in cities.

The WUF9 which is on the theme: Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda will place the forum’s focus on the New Urban Agenda as a tool and accelerator for achieving Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

The country will for the first time organise three side events and will mount an exhibition booth to showcase some of its successes in its urban management practices, while participants on the Ghana’s delegation will share knowledge with other countries and learn their best practices in urban management.

Ghana’s delegation is led by Hajia Alima Mahama, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (MLG&RD), Mr Akwasi Boateng Adjei, a Deputy Minister, MLG&RD, Mr Ahomka Lindsay, a Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere, Member of Parliament for Tano South and a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives and Urban Development experts.

The New Urban Agenda lays out the vision for future cities based on the science of urban development providing tools in crucial areas.

The WUF was created in 2002 to bring countries together to discuss issues that are critical to the management of urban areas through a sustainable urban development and cities.

It is the world’s premier conference on urban issues, established in 2001 by the United Nations.

Source: Ghana News Agency