Thunes Partners with Ethiopia’s Ethio telecom to Power Cross-Border Transfers for its Mobile Money users

SINGAPORE and ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Nov. 24, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Thunes, a leading global payments platform, today announced a partnership with Ethio telecom, Ethiopia’s largest telecom operator with more than 59 million subscribers. With access to Thunes network, telebirr will become the first telecom operator-led money transfer service in Ethiopia to deliver a fast, transparent and cost-effective money transfer experience to its customer base of over 11 million mobile money users.

This partnership enables users of Ethio telecom’s mobile money platform, telebirr, to receive real-time cross-border payments from anywhere in the world via Thunes’ global partner network, which enables payments to 116 countries in over 70 currencies. This move will significantly expand and enhance international payments in Ethiopia.

“In Africa, mobile operators play a crucial role in driving innovation and adoption of financial services. So we are extremely delighted to collaborate with Ethio telecom on this initiative and enable real-time payments into the telebirr mobile money accounts. Ethiopian people rightfully expect payments to be fast, inclusive, and affordable, and through the power of our technology we hope to address the needs of consumers and businesses in this dynamic market,” said Sandra Yao, Senior Vice President, Africa, Thunes.

To date, over 11 million people in Ethiopia are using telebirr since its inauguration launch on 11 May 2021. The mobile money platform allows users to send and receive money, deposit or take out cash at appointed agents, receive cash from abroad, transfer from bank to wallet and wallet to bank, pay for goods, airtime top up, buy package and pay bills to merchants. Over the last two decades, remittances to Ethiopia have increased substantially, jumping to $5.6 billion at the end of 2018/2019 from $233 million.

”Today, our customers’ mobile phones are not just used to make phone calls and access the Internet. With telebirr, they’re also used to send, receive, and store money, alongside payments for goods, utilities, airtime and other empowering services. telebirr has been in the mobile money business to serve as an engine for financial inclusion and ensure availability, accessibility, affordability, and convenience of financial services to all Ethiopians. To date, we have transacted over 2.2 billion birr using our telebirr since its launch back in May 2021.

Moreover, our engagement with Thunes will enable our customers to easily receive any amount of International Remittance through telebirr. We believe this service will save time and cost for our customers. Ethio telecom, as one of the largest telecom operators in Africa with more than 59 million subscribers, will continue leveraging mobile money and other digital solutions to unlock opportunities to realize our country’s vision for a digital economy,” said Frehiwot Tamru, CEO of Ethio telecom.

Media Contact
Irina Chuchkina
press@thunes.com

Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries Becomes North American Authorized Aftermarket Partner for Tatsuno

TEMECULA, Calif., Nov. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso’s Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (“Nikkiso”) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tatsuno North America, Inc. (“Tatsuno”) to initiate cooperation as the Authorized Aftermarket Partner for their Hydrogen Dispensers in North America to establish a framework for cooperation.

Under the terms of the MOU, Nikkiso will provide spare parts, maintenance and repair services of Tatsuno’s Hydrogen Dispensers from Nikkiso’s network of North America facilities that are near the end user’s hydrogen refilling stations. In addition, Nikkiso will install and commission new dispensers, including the provision of engineering and pre-setup support for Tatsuno’s charging and fleet management systems.

Hydrogen dispensing is a new and developing market and an important component of the Hydrogen fueling station solution. These dispensers provide safe and fast fueling for both light duty and heavy-duty vehicles at 350 barg and 700 barg.

“The newly formed partnership with Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries and Tatsuno strengthens our Hydrogen presence and allows us to better serve the North American markets,” according to Teru Murakami, General Manager, Cryogenic Business Department, Nikkiso Co., Ltd. “We are looking forward to providing Tatsuno’s customers top quality service and support.”

Nikkiso Cryogenic Industries was chosen for this new, long-term partnership because of their relationships and hydrogen experience. They are also able to provide expanded services including complete Hydrogen fueling system solutions. This partnership will also provide new jobs for the local service facility economies.

ABOUT CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (now a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) member companies manufacture engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment and small-scale process plants for the liquefied natural gas (LNG), well services and industrial gas industries. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information please visit www.nikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Anna Quigley +1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Announces Formation of Expanded Marine Facility in Korea

TEMECULA, Calif., Nov. 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group (Group), a subsidiary of Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan), is proud to announce the expansion of our Busan Korea facility to accommodate their new Marine Center. This expansion represents their commitment to and support of the growth of the Korean shipbuilding industry.

The new, larger facility provides full-system Marine solutions, and will serve as the Group’s home base for all marine activities in Korea. As a unified Nikkiso facility, they will provide marine solutions including pump skids, vaporizers, controls, high-pressure fuel gas skids, service and more. The facility includes complete cryogenic testing capabilities and expanded staff including design engineers, production and project managers.

Marine has been a major focus of the Group, and this expansion provides a strong support structure for future growth. The new facility is ideally located within the region to support their key customers and provide anticipated growth of the Marine industry’s focus on clean energy. Approximately 4,000 square meters, the facility is outfitted to manufacture and fabricate cryogenic pumps, FGSS Vaporizer skid, LH2 station skids, process skids, and will feature the latest LN2 pump skid test facility. It also includes a 342 square meter service center.

According to Daryl Lamy, President of Nikkiso Cryogenic Pumps, “Nikkiso ACD has been the preferred supplier for Fuel Gas skids to the Korean shipbuilding industry for over 20 years! With our new skid packaging and testing facility located near the shipyards in Korea, we now have even greater capacity and local support to meet the significant global increase and demand for new build LNG fueled cargo and transport vessels.”

According to Peter Wagner, CEO of Cryogenic Industries and President of the Group, “This is an exciting next step and important milestone for our Group and the LNG powered Marine market and a significant benefit for our Marine customers. Nikkiso CE&IG will now be able to provide complete systems and support our customers with a complete factory supported solution.”

Contact Information:

Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases – Korea
Head office & Factory         : 83, Nosan sanup jung-ro, Gangseo-gu, Busan, 46752, Korea
Branch office                : #1912, 170 Ganggyo jungang-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon,
Gyuenggi 16614 Korea
info@NikkisoCEIG-Korea.com

ABOUT CRYOGENIC INDUSTRIES
Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (now a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.) member companies manufacture engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment and small-scale process plants for the liquefied natural gas (LNG), well services and industrial gas industries. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information, please visit www.nikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Anna Quigley
+1.951.383.3314
aquigley@cryoind.com

Cape Coast MCE sued over Confirmation brouhaha

Cape Coast,- About 23 Assembly members of the Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly have sued Mr Ernest Arthur, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) over misunderstanding relating to his confirmation.

The move by the Assembly members were allegedly based on the fact that the MCE’s conduct during his confirmation was in material breach of Article 243(1) of the 1992 constitution and the Representation of People’s law (PNDC L 284) as amended and section 20(1) of Local Government Act,1993 Act 462.

Also, they said in their statement of claim that the declaration of Mr Arthur as the MCE was fundamentally flawed and must be nullified.

At the Cape Coast High Court II on Wednesday, the plaintiffs, prayed the Court to cancel the MCE’s position and give opportunity to a different candidate to represent the Metropolis.

The Court presided over by Justice Kwasi Boakye adjourned the case to Monday, December 20 to allow the Assembly Members file and go through all necessary documentation and processes for proceedings to commence.

The Presiding Judge told the members to inform the defendant who could not appear before the Court, for not being served.

Mr Kwaku Kangah-Kesse, Counsel for the Assembly Members, said his clients wanted the MCE’s position to be set aside and declared null and void.

Also, the court should order a fresh nomination and further confirmation for any interested candidate.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the adjournment, Mr Usman Abban Egyin, the Assembly Member for Kakumdo Electoral Area, said they were in court to pursue the development of Cape Coast and not their personal interests.

“We are not in court for any personal interest, but for development and the good people of Cape Coast” he said.

He described the confirmation of the MCE as illegal, void and with no legal effect.

On Sunday October 17, the Cape Coast MCE was confirmed amidst chaos and misunderstanding due to an alleged over voting in favor of the MCE.

Source: Ghana News Agency

WR Confederation of Masqueraders lauds GHS COVID-19 vaccination initiative

Takoradi, -The Confederation of Western Region Masqueraders have lauded the Ghana Health Service (GHS) for the innovative strategy it has adopted to vaccinate its members and the public ahead of the masquerade festivities in December.

The Western Regional Directorate of Ghana Health Services (GHS)with support from the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the John Snow Incorporative (JSI) has rolled out a mass vaccination initiative to vaccinate members of the masquerade groups in the Western region, especially in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.

This, it said was to ensure that participants, as well as fans of the masquerade groups, were vaccinated to forestall an upsurge in COVID-19 cases after the festivals.

The masquerade festivals have not been active since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019, but the Confederation is hoping for a massive celebration this year.

This year, the Confederation is expecting over 12,000 masqueraders to participate in the festival scheduled for December as part of the Christmas festivities.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the first day of the exercise, Mr. McDonald Som, Public Relations Officer of the Confederation described the move as timely, strategic, and something that could boost and encourage participation in this year’s festivities.

He said the masquerade festivities brought people together which per COVID-19 restrictions and protocols could not be celebrated without mass vaccination.

“COVID-19 was a big blow to us. We have not really had a feel of the festival since 2019. So, this year, we are hoping for a big festival”, he said.

“The vaccination is good for us. It is very significant and we are happy the GHS is doing this at this time. We hope that more people not just our members will take advantage of it to get vaccinated”, he added.

Mr. Som described the masquerade festivities as a tool that the Region could leverage on to promote tourism and development. Deputy Regional Director in Charge of Public Health, Dr. Gifty Amugi told the GNA that the exercise would continue till the end of the year with the possibility of an extension.

She said the vaccination in the Region was low and urged all to take advantage to get vaccinated.

She said the vaccine did not have severe consequences except the normal side effects such as headache, feverishness among others and only 84,828 people, representing 5.8 percent of the Region’s population were vaccinated whereas a little over 14 percent took the first dose in the Region.

She was confident the initiatives in place would help the Region achieve its 50 percent target of people who had at least taken the first dose.

Mr. Emmanuel Nuworzah, Senior Programmes Specialists with the John Snow Incorporative described the move by the GHS as an innovative strategy which he believed would go a long way to raise the level of vaccination uptake in the region.

He said the JSI would continue to support innovative programmes aimed at increasing the demand for COVID-19 vaccinations, noting that the disease had disrupted the social cohesion and culture of societies and communities.

“The more people are vaccinated, the more immunity is achieved”, he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana records increase in neonatal and maternal deaths

Accra,– Ghana Health Service (GHS), has recorded an increase in neonatal and maternal deaths between January to June 2021, as against the same perid in 2020, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of GHS, has disclosed.

He said “maternal deaths situation worsened as it increased from 392 in 2020 to 427 in 2021, resulting in an institutional maternal mortality rate of 8.93 per 1000 live births in the country.

Still birth rate stands at 11.9 per cent in 2021, a decrease from 12.2 per cent in 2020,” he said.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye revealed this when he gave the mid year performance review at the Ghana Health Service 2021 second Senior Managers Meeting (SMM2) in Accra.

The three-day meeting is on the theme: “Improving Service Delivery in a Pandemic: the Role of Participatory Planning and Budgeting”.

The SMM2 serves as a platform for an in-depth participatory discussion of policies and priorities for 2022 planning and budgeting.

It also seeks to ascertain the fiscal space available for service sustainability and recovery, as well as demonstrate transparency and accountability in the use of COVID-19 resources, among others.

He said inadequate infrastructure, staff, weak clinical emergency response system, inadequate regional offices for the newly created regions, transportation means, as well as inadequate funding in health facilities contributed to the tragic situation.

He called for the need to align to policy changes at the Sectoral level to achieve the needed results and impact on the overall health system performance.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye noted that despite the failures and challenges confronting health delivery especially with the outbreak and spread of the COVID-19, the GHS recorded successes in some health indicators.

He said even though the situation had not stabilized yet, attention needed to be focused on the challenging task of developing credible and equitable plans and budgets that would address the challenges of health service delivery.

The Service during the period under review has been able to widen geographical access to healthcare and health services, overhauled the medical oxygen supply chain system.

It has also recieved more COVID-19 vaccines, the service was honoured with Africa Procurement and Supply Chain award, as well as recruited over 30,000 health professionals among others, he added.

The Director-General said notwithstanding these strides, much remained to be done to offset the impact of the pandemic on health service delivery.

He urged all the managers to keep up with their relentless efforts and contributions to improve the provision of health care services, ensuring that quality Universal Health Coverage was not compromised.

Dr Emmanuel A.Odame, Director, Policy, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Ministry of Health, representing the Minister of Health, called for improved efforts to consolidate the gains made to address challenges confronting the quality of health care delivery in the country.

Mr Patrick Nomo, the Chief Director, Ministry of Finance, charged all health managers to device innovative systematic approaches in the implementation of strategies as well as the use of resources to find solutions to health issues.

Participants at the meeting include GHS regional managers, development partners, stakeholders and the media.

Source: Ghana News Agency

I’m now ready to play for Hearts of Oak — Gladson Awako

Sensational midfielder, Gladson Awako has finally stated that he is now ready to play for his newest club Accra Hearts Of Oak.

Ever since the former Great Olympics’ Captain was signed by Hearts of Oak on 23th August ,2021, he is yet to play a single game for the Phobians.

He was reported to have left the Rainbow club just weeks after joining the club over spiritual and health issues.

Management of Hearts Of Oak issued a statement that the midfield dynamo had been excused to sort out ‘some personal difficulties.’

Speaking in an exclusive interview on Accra-based Hot 93.9FM’s ‘Focal Sports show hosted by Stonchist D’Blakk Soulja, Gladson Awako who was answering a question in line with his future with Hearts of Oak said, “I am now very ready to play for Hearts…. I’m very thankful to Original Nii Martey Laryea (I) who in these difficult times has stood with me and supported me in all endeavours, he is a very good man and may God bless him.”

He added, “Not forgetting Hon Vincent Sowah Odotei, Alhaji Akambi Braimah and Togbe Afede (xiv) my father just to mention a few.”

The 30-year-old who scored six goals and provided seven assists for Great Olympic in 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League Season then thanked the fans of Hearts of oak for their patience

“I am also very grateful to the fans of Accra Hearts Of oak for their patience with me, I am grateful,” he stated.

Source: Modern Ghana

Assemblies urged to prioritise tourism development to shore up revenue

Cape Coast,- The Ghana Heritage ConservationTrust (GHCT) has urged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), to prioritise the development of tourism endowments in their localities.

“There must be conscious efforts by all Assemblies to develop or re-brand the tourism potentials and services in their catchment areas with improved marketing techniques, roadmaps, and documentation to aid visitors, because tourists want to feel the cultural aspects of the people to have that revisiting experience”.

Mr Isadore Armah, Executive Director of the GHCT told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Cape Coast that the Assemblies needed to refocus on developing abandoned and untapped tourist sites to boost the local economy and help create wealth.

MMDAs should not be content with the limited fees, rates, tolls, and licenses they charge, but take bold steps to make sound policies that will identify tourism as a key component of their development agenda.

“There is the need to mobilise revenue to implement their development agenda and it is important that they find innovative ways to fully exploit the endowed resources in their jurisdictions to aid development”, he stressed.

Mr Armah pointed out that the tourism and hospitality industry presented Ghana with a fine opportunity to attract more visitors from across the globe into the country, which eventually would boost its economy.

That makes the sector a major contributor to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP), however, over the years, tourism infrastructure especially at the district level had not seen much facelift or enhancement to ensure growth and development.

“Many interesting tourism and attraction sites are equally in appalling conditions, making them lose their value of attraction.

” The roads leading to our various tourist destinations are in a horrible state, which made internal travels very difficult, hindering the growth of the sector”, he said.

Mr Armah called for continued advocacy on tourism development by drawing the attention of all stakeholders to create an ambiance where tourism becomes a major source of job creation and poverty reduction.

In addition to that, they must engage the services of experts, equip them, and regularly build the capacity of stakeholders to rain in their unalloyed support for sustainable development in their communities.

He challenged stakeholders in the tourism industry especially, traditional authorities to do more to help increase the contribution of the sector to accelerate national growth.

Source: Ghana News Agency