Cobira choisit la solution Dynamic IMSI Manager et la plateforme de gestion des abonnements de Valid

MADRID, 3 mars 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cobira ApS, un fournisseur international de connectivité IoT sécurisée mondiale B2B et d’autres services facilitateurs IoT, a choisi la solution Dynamic IMSI Manager de Valid pour renforcer son offre de services de connectivité IoT. La solution Dynamic IMSI Manager de Valid  offre une connectivité sécurisée de haute qualité et offre une grande flexibilité dans la gestion des abonnements sponsorisés.

De plus, Cobira ApS a choisi d’utiliser la dernière version du service de gestion des abonnements eReach de Valid, permettant à Cobira une solution complète de gestion du cycle de vie eSIM de bout en bout. Les deux solutions combinées fournissent une base très solide pour la fourniture de services de connectivité avancés et à l’épreuve du temps.

GSMA Intelligence prévoit qu’il y aura 24 milliards de connexions IoT en 2025. Les connexions IoT d’entreprise dépasseront celles des consommateurs en 2024 et tripleront presque entre 2019 et 2025. Cela représentera un peu plus de la moitié de toutes les connexions IoT en 2025, selon l’étude de la GSMA.

Dynamic IMSI Manager de Valid, une extension d’OTA Connectivity Suite de Valid, est une solution client-serveur qui inclut une applet Multi-IMSI s’exécutant sur la carte SIM gérée à distance par une plateforme de connectivité OTA. La solution offre une grande flexibilité dans la gestion des abonnements sponsorisés en définissant plusieurs attributs d’abonnement, en reliant des données de profil riches à chaque abonnement et en incluant de nombreuses options de configuration.

De plus, Valid fournit ses services de gestion des abonnements à distance pour gérer la création, le stockage, la personnalisation et le téléchargement de profils eSIM sur les appareils IoT compatibles M2M eUICC. Cette plateforme est exploitée en tant que service par Valid à partir de son centre de données certifié SAS-SM situé près de Madrid en Espagne.

« Les équipes de Valid et de Cobira travaillent ensemble depuis de nombreuses années et nous connaissons Valid comme un partenaire solide dans tous les aspects liés au domaine de la connectivité cellulaire. Avec les produits et services de Valid derrière nous, nous pouvons fournir la qualité requise dans les solutions IoT d’entreprise. » – Allan Dickow, directeur de la technologie chez Cobira ApS.

« Valid aide Cobira ApS dans sa mission d’offrir des solutions IoT fiables et optimisées sur le marché. Avec l’aide de Valid, Cobira ApS est désormais en mesure d’offrir des services de connectivité IoT flexibles avec une solution sécurisée, pratique et adaptable à ses clients », a déclaré Pierre Lassus, directeur international des logiciels et des services chez Valid.

*IMSI est l’identité internationale de l’abonné mobile. Un numéro qui identifie de manière unique chaque utilisateur d’un réseau cellulaire.

À propos de Cobira ApS

Cobira s’efforce d’être le partenaire idéal lorsqu’il s’agit de permettre aux entreprises de devenir des fournisseurs de connectivité. Grâce à nos compétences et à nos connaissances en matière de connectivité, nous aidons nos clients à créer des solutions sécurisées, fiables et évolutives qui font de leur entreprise compatible IoT une réussite. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site www.cobira.co.

À propos de Valid

Valid (B³: VLID3 – ON) propose des solutions sur mesure intégrant des technologies émergentes dans le but d’offrir des expériences sûres et fiables. Des données, des paiements, de l’identité et du mobile à l’IoT, au Track and Trace, à la certification numérique et à l’agritech, Valid offre un large portefeuille de services et de solutions qui accélèrent la transformation numérique des activités de nos clients. Fort de plus de 60 ans d’expérience et plus de 6 000 employés dans 16 pays, Valid est le plus grand émetteur de documents d’identification au Brésil, et figure parmi les 5 principaux producteurs de cartes SIM et les plus grands fabricants mondiaux de cartes bancaires. Pour en savoir plus, consultez le site www.valid.com.

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa opens its doors

The island getaway marks the first IHG Hotels & Resorts in the emirate, and is launched during the Diamond Jubilee of the InterContinental Hotel & Resorts brand.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hospitality companies, has announced the opening of InterContinental® Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa, the first property for the luxury brand in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

Located on the sparkling shoreline of Hayat Island, just a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport, the five-star haven brings the InterContinental life to the Arabian Peninsula, combining idyllic island style living with the warm hospitality of authentic Arabia.

His Excellency Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Zaabi, Chairman of RAK Properties , said : “We are pleased with this qualitative addition to our company, which owns great assets in the world of real estate and luxury. The InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa from IHG, added a new value for lovers of nature, beauty and contemporary authenticity. He added: “We are always keen to improve our business and projects and achieve the highest levels of luxury and distinguished services, and it is no secret to everyone the position that the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has reached in the world of tourism in general, and hotels and resorts in particular.”

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa opens its doors

Haitham Mattar, Managing Director India, Middle East and Africa said:  “InterContinental Hotels & Resorts have been pioneering luxury travel in new destinations for over 75 years and the undiscovered destination of Ras Al Khaimah couldn’t be more perfect for a new, best-in-class InterContinental resort. Ras Al Khaimah’s reputation has grown internationally and has put the Emirate on the world travel map. Its focus on heritage, cultural and adventure activities has a strong appeal to domestic and also international visitors. We look forward to welcoming guests to this exquisite property and offer a level of bespoke hospitality that is befitting of the region”.

The resort’s design is inspired by the three original tribes of the emirate, the Desert, Mountains and Sea, and offers 351 sea facing rooms, suites, and private pool villas, six dining outlets, and an exclusive Club InterContinental offering. The resort is elegant yet lively with its design fusing modern conveniences with Arabian aesthetics, from patterned fabrics to artworks inspired by the wider region.

From Classic Seaview Rooms to Family Villas, all abodes face the sea, complete with discreet private balcony and terrace areas, offering breezy panoramas of blue hues, that are perfectly paired with morning coffees or evenings shared with friends, family or loved ones during the amber twilight.

The One-Bedroom Private Pool Villas are a luxurious sanctuary, equipped with their very own private pool. The 150sqm villas offer a sublime sleeping, living, dining and pool experience in a blissful ambiance where the décor, furniture, and the latest technology create a relaxing environment for travellers and a home-away-from-home experience.

The Presidential Suite is the largest of all accommodations, providing immediate access to the lapping waters just outside your door. Where elegance meets style, the 200sqm suite perfectly captures the island aesthetic of the wider resort.

Club InterContinental guests receive elevated privileges and avail an end-to-end guest experience with a dedicated check-in area and access to the exclusive Club InterContinental Lounge with its own pool, as well as lavish à la carte breakfasts, afternoon teas and a range of evening cocktails crafted by the on-site mixologist.

A dining destination in itself, the resort is also home to six all-new culinary outlets, offering an assortment of venues each with their own unique story.

Levant & Nar delivers Levant influenced delicacies with a modern twist, featuring an open kitchen that emanates aromatic seasonings and spices, quintessential to this part of the world. The restaurant’s terrace is the perfect place to enjoy leisurely al fresco dining alongside a fire pit, with 360-degree sea views, and themed Ottoman nights every weekend.

NoHo, inspired by the artistic streets of North Houston in New York offers a trendy hangout, perfect for sharing platters, enjoying the latest in mixology, and late-night entertainment.

The poolside ShaSha serves alfresco bites, frozen cocktails and sweeping ocean views, and is the perfect place to relax with shisha and take a front seat to nature’s spectacular sunset show. The location for cinema under the stars, sunrise yoga and salsa, ShaSha is a buzzing hub of entertainment.

Whether you choose to while away the hours on the white sandy beach which overlooks the royal blue of the Arabian Gulf, spend warm, sunny days by the infinity pool, enjoy a variety of water sports or take advantage of the resort’s curated activity programme – there’s something for everyone, including little ones.

Younger guests can revel in the Planet Trekkers and Teens Club facilities, equipped with indoor and outdoor spaces. Only available at select InterContinental resorts, Planet Trekkers provides a curated program to actively engage children and enhance their view on the world.

Complete with state-of-the-art equipment, the resort’s light flooded health club is the perfect place to get a workout in, complete with a separate fitness studio, outdoor tennis court, as well as segregated male and female saunas to relax in after.

Spa InterContinental, scheduled to open in April, is replete with a range of soothing anti-ageing and wellness treatments, along with modern remedies to melt away stress and enliven the senses, including a traditional Turkish Hammam.

From the dazzling coastal sands to the far-reaching desert-cloaked topography, the resort’s Concierge Programme – a dedicated hallmark of the InterContinental brand – is on hand with a wealth of knowledge about Ras Al Khaimah’s unique treasures and how to best explore them, curating individual experiences for every guest.

The resort also offers almost 1,000sqm of impressive meeting venues, including a spacious 360sqm ballroom and two large meeting rooms, with bespoke catering options.

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Zoho Takes on Current Low-Code Market Gaps with New Creator Platform to Empower Businesses to Easily Build, Deploy, Manage, and Analyze Custom Solutions

Bringing in the company’s 15 years of expertise in low code, the new unified development platform empowers both IT teams and business users to build sophisticated, modern, and compliant solutions, for a low-code experience that is secure, easy to use, and custom-fit to solve business challenges

Austin, Texas, March 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Zoho Corporation, a leading global technology company, announced the latest version of its low-code offering, Zoho Creator Platform, an all-in-one solution that bridges the gap between business users and IT teams by providing a low-code solution-building experience regardless of technical know-how. Organizations currently face soaring demand for new business software, but existing low-code platforms for business users only facilitate basic app building, lacking the sophistication needed to develop scalable, enterprise-ready end-to-end tools. Existing solutions in the market designed specifically for business users facilitate only basic app building, lacking the complexity needed to develop end-to-end tools, which allow organizations to scale and ensure centralized governance.

Addressing the needs of both business users and IT teams, Zoho Creator Platform supports all levels to build, manage, integrate, and analyze for a complete low-code experience, enabling 10X faster deployment than any other solution on the market. Democratizing access to low-code development tools allows IT and business users to work in tandem to create and deploy apps that are highly customized, while minimizing common interoperability, permissions, and governance challenges.

“Currently there isn’t a low-code solution on the market that allows both business users and IT to truly build end-to-end business solutions,” said Raju Vegesna, Chief Evangelist, Zoho Corporation. “With this update, Zoho’s Creator Platform combines application development, integrations, process automation, business intelligence and analytics into a single platform while simultaneously enabling IT teams to effortlessly manage security, compliance, and governance challenges. Organizations can now leverage a unified solution for all of their low-code needs, extending the ability to innovate to every employee.”

The Zoho Creator Platform integrates digital data and processes to facilitate the creation of truly agile solutions for business users and IT teams alike. Business developers can now easily build scalable low-code solutions which include apps, integrations, analytics, and process automation without heavy dependency on IT teams or time-consuming training. For IT stakeholders, the Platform now provides deeper controls around governance and management, without compromising automation, data-driven insights, customization, and the ability to affect revenue and growth. Together, business users and IT can quickly deploy secure, dynamic solutions built to auto-scale, so that organizations can focus on solving business problems and pursue new opportunities.

“We needed a complete solution to resolve specific operational difficulties, including a lack of streamlined communication and an inability to oversee employees effectively. The Zoho Creator Platform allowed us to build new contextual tools that unify disjointed communication channels, automate processes, and seamlessly integrate into our existing system,” said Gaurav Kakkar, System Process Manager at Emirates Logistics. “Additionally, the new Platform has given specific administrators greater flexibility in implementing new processes through the sandbox and demo user options to keep our data secure while providing important business insights. Together, we’re able to better support employees to be more productive, enabling them to collaborate and spot opportunities to better serve themselves and customers.”

“With this version of Creator, Zoho is shifting its low-code emphasis from applications to business solutions,” said Jason Bloomberg, President of Intellyx, an industry research firm. “Creator helps business stakeholders and IT personnel collaborate to combine applications, business intelligence and analytics, and process automation into end-to-end business solutions. Creator is simple enough for nontechnical staff while also powerful enough to address complex workflow scenarios in a secure, scalable environment.”

Key areas of innovation in the new Creator Platform include:

Expand App Building to Solution Building

Unified Solution Builder – Create, integrate, analyze, and manage custom business solutions at scale from a single dashboard. Seamlessly switch between different elements, with deep interoperability between capabilities, and in-built guardrails for IT teams to drive enterprise-wide citizen development programs.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Zoho’s intelligent AI assistant (Zia) now enables developers to import data from anywhere, cleanse and transform with one click, build data models, and automatically detect data relationships via Smart Import. AI tasks such as predictive analytics, keyword extraction, sentiment analysis, OCR, and object detection are built into the drag-and-drop user interface for easy deployment.

Process Blueprinting – This intuitive drag-and-drop builder graphically constructs an online replica of a business process by specifying each step, assigning responsibilities across stakeholders, and automating actions based on pre-set conditions. Users can now identify bottlenecks and have clarity to facilitate scalability for evolving business needs.

Enhanced Serverless Functions – Developers can now write, store, and execute reusable code blocks in Zoho Creator Platform using Deluge, Java, or Node.js. These functions encourage IT and business teams to work together to build scalable and easily maintainable enterprise-ready apps faster.

Build a Connected Ecosystem of Solutions for a Seamless Experience

Unified Data Modeling (UDM) – Unchecked data points, varied data formats, and evolving app landscapes add layers of difficult-to-solve complexities to data integration, resulting in sub-optimal business results. Universal cloud modeling is now included to help developers establish secure data transfer by automating data integration protocols with unified data architecture and over 600 plug-and-play connectors to make data integration easier for users.

Integration Status Dashboard – Users have complete visibility on how well each integration operates with the new Integration Status Dashboard. Status Dashboard provides key findings on recent executions, success and failure stats, and top connections facilitating early error detection and resolution to enable organizations to discover errors and resolve them quicker.

Embedded BI and Analytics Engine – An industry-first, full-fledged business intelligence and analytics engine is now included in the Zoho Creator Platform, enabling users to derive business insights from the data residing in their applications without worrying about bringing another subscription into the fold. High-end BI functionalities like predictive analytics, data alerts, what-if analysis, data blending, and conversational analytics are all now supported on the low-code platform.

Increased Control for IT with End-to-End ADLM

Environments – Developers can now launch solutions in different environments of choice—development, staging (testing), or production—with a single click based on the readiness of the solution. This allows users to add features continuously or make changes without disturbing the existing app in production. The environments also support role-based access to help business developers simulate user-specific experience validation.

Centralized Governance – To help IT manage low-code development, features such as granular role-based access controls, comprehensive audit trails and backup options, application IDE, dashboards to view and manage users, billing dashboard, personalization options such as localization, branding customization, and more, are now available in the low-code platform.

Integrated Communication and Collaboration Aid – Often, business developers get stuck in the build phase with minor obstacles, especially when new to the platform. In order to enhance communication and collaboration, integrated communication enables messaging, sending files, sharing screens, and the ability to make audio and video calls.

Zoho Creator Platform Pricing 

Pricing starts at $25 USD per employee, with a 15-day trial available. For comprehensive pricing information, please visit: https://www.zoho.com/creator/pricing.html

Zoho Privacy Pledge

Zoho respects user privacy and does not have an ad-revenue model in any part of its business, including its free products. More than 75 million users around the world, across hundreds of thousands of companies, rely on Zoho every day to run their businesses, including Zoho itself. For more information, please visit: https://www.zoho.com/privacy-commitment.html

About Zoho

With 50+ apps in nearly every major business category, including sales, marketing, customer support, accounting and back-office operations, and an array of productivity and collaboration tools, Zoho Corporation is one of the world’s most prolific technology companies.

Zoho is privately held and profitable with more than 10,000 employees. Zoho is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with international headquarters in Chennai, India. Additional offices are in the United States, India, Japan, China, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Australia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, please visit: www.zoho.com/

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STAGWELL (STGW) S’ÉTEND EN AFRIQUE AVEC SES PARTENAIRES AFFILIÉS INCUBETA, SBI MEDIA, ET ORIENT PLANET GROUP

Les nouveaux partenariats étendent la transformation numérique et les capacités médiatiques au service de l’une des populations de consommateurs à la croissance la plus rapide et mettent à l’échelle le réseau mondial de marketing challenger sur six continents.

NEW YORK, 2 mars 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Stagwell (NASDAQ: STGW), le réseau challenger construit pour transformer le marketing, a annoncé aujourd’hui une expansion de ses services de marketing mondial en Afrique via de nouveaux partenariats affiliés avec trois entreprises : Incubeta en Afrique du Sud, SBI Media au Nigéria et Orient Planet Group, dont l’empreinte couvre l’Afrique du Nord, notamment la Libye, la Tunisie, l’Algérie, l’Égypte et le Maroc. Dans le cadre du programme mondial d’affiliation de Stagwell, ces entreprises collaboreront avec des agences du réseau Stagwell pour développer des capacités de médias, de contenu et de production omnicanales pour les grandes marques internationales.

Stagwell is the challenger network built to transform marketing.

« Avec le renforcement de nos partenariats avec Incubeta, SBI et Orient Planet Group, notre programme d’affiliation mondial permet désormais à Stagwell d’étendre son expertise en marketing moderne sur les six continents et de créer davantage de valeur pour nos clients », a déclaré Mark Penn, président-directeur général de Stagwell. « D’ici 2025, deux tiers des ménages africains devraient avoir un pouvoir de consommation accru dans l’économie mondiale. En tant que leader mondial de la créativité qui fait bouger les cultures et des services de marketing moderne, la croissance de Stagwell dans la région guidera les marques mondiales à s’engager de manière authentique avec les consommateurs à travers l’Afrique. »

La nouvelle cohorte d’affiliés représente les meilleurs services de médias numériques et de communication globale :

  • Incubeta est un réseau d’experts en marketing et en technologie, axé sur la transformation numérique, qui s’engage à favoriser la croissance des marques modernes à l’échelle de l’entreprise. Incubeta a piloté la croissance numérique de clients dans de nombreux secteurs, notamment la vente au détail, les voyages, les produits de grande consommation, les jeux électroniques, le divertissement, l’automobile, le développement d’applications, etc.
  • Basée à Lagos, au Nigeria, SBI Media est une agence innovante à service complet, spécialisée dans la planification et l’achat de médias. Les compétences de SBI Media couvrent la stratégie de marque, la stratégie et la planification, la formulation de stratégies de relations publiques, la gestion des médias et le marketing numérique. Grâce à l’expertise de SBI Media, Stagwell pourra profiter d’un environnement médiatique numérique et traditionnel en pleine croissance, avec une approche hyperlocalisée.
  • L’Orient Planet Group est l’un des cabinets de conseil en relations publiques, marketing et communication qui connaît la plus forte croissance en Afrique du Nord et au Moyen-Orient. L’expertise d’Orient Planet en matière de communication créative, associée à une pensée contemporaine, offre des services de communication marketing inégalés à ses clients dans de nombreux secteurs.

« Incubeta est un spécialiste leader sur le marché qui utilise la puissance du numérique pour libérer et amplifier le potentiel de croissance des entreprises. Nous y parvenons grâce à des solutions numériques sur mesure et localisées, alimentées par une expertise mondiale », a déclaré Roan Mackintosh. « L’accent mis par Stagwell sur les solutions de marketing axées sur le numérique est un solide complément à notre expertise, et nous sommes ravis de collaborer avec son réseau pour offrir et permettre la croissance de nos clients. »

« Nous sommes heureux de rejoindre Stagwell, le réseau mondial de marketing challenger. La vision de Stagwell visant à transformer les communications marketing n’est pas seulement en phase avec notre ADN, elle est au cœur de ce que nous défendons chez SBI Media Group », a déclaré Rotimi Bankole, fondateur et PDG de SBI Media Group. « En 2013, nous avons introduit en bourse SBI Media Group, et le paysage médiatique et marketing nigérian a ressenti notre impact. Notre histoire, notre culture et notre impact ont transformé la façon dont les agences existent dans une économie plus large. »

« Les économies croissantes de l’Afrique et l’essor des technologies numériques offrent de forts potentiels pour que les communications innovantes prospèrent dans la région », a ajouté Nidal Abou Zaki, fondateur et directeur général d’Orient Planet Group. « Le Orient Planet Group est bien implanté au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord et possède une connaissance approfondie du paysage local. En tant que filiale régionale de Stagwell and Allison + Partners et ayant maintenu un réseau solide et des partenariats de longue date au fil des ans, nous sommes confiants de voir plus d’organisations s’engager et se connecter avec leurs marchés à travers une population diversifiée. »

Stagwell se concentrera initialement sur les marchés d’Afrique du Nord et du Sud, avec un engagement et une collaboration continus en Afrique centrale, soutenant les besoins localisés des consommateurs.

Le programme mondial d’affiliation de Stagwell est une solution souple à l’expansion mondiale, permettant à Stagwell de s’associer à des experts régionaux afin d’apporter une valeur ajoutée aux clients et d’étendre les capacités de marketing à de nouvelles régions. À ce jour, Stagwell a ajouté plus de 50 affiliés à sa liste, représentant des pays d’Amérique latine, de la région MENA, d’Asie-Pacifique et d’Europe de l’Est.

À propos de Stagwell Inc.

Stagwell est le réseau challenger construit pour transformer le marketing. Nous fournissons une performance créative à l’échelle pour les marques les plus ambitieuses du monde, en connectant une créativité qui fait bouger les cultures avec une technologie de pointe pour harmoniser l’art et la science du marketing. Dirigés par des entrepreneurs, nos plus de 10 000 spécialistes répartis dans plus de 20 pays sont unis par un seul objectif : accroître l’efficacité et améliorer les résultats commerciaux de leurs clients. Rejoignez-nous sur www.stagwellglobal.com.

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Russia-Ukraine crisis: fertilizer shortage likely to worsen – PFAG

Bolgatanga, – Dr Charles Kwowe Nyaaba, Head of Programmes and Advocacy, Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), says the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the economic sanctions on Russia are likely to worsen fertilizer shortage in the country.

The situation, he said, would adversely affect agriculture production if the government failed to take urgent contingency plans to secure enough fertiliser for farmers.

“We are foreseeing that the fertilizer shortage we experienced in 2021 is likely to escalate this year because already the subsidised fertiliser price for the 25kg which was GH₵53.00 in 2021 is GH₵160.00 today. We know that most countries where fertilizer is manufactured get their natural gas from Russia and those countries have already placed economic bans on Russia, which means that the situation is going to be worse,” he stressed.

Dr Nyaaba expressed these concerns in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a gender sensitisation workshop organized by PFAG with support from the International Budget Partnership for women peasant farmers in Bolgatanga, Upper East Region.

In 2021, as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, many fertilizer producing countries like China and Russia could not produce at full capacity, forcing the international market price to increase with a heavy toll on food production and the implementation of the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme, he said.

Dr Nyaaba noted that most of the farmers under the fertilizer subsidy programme were vulnerable such as women, youth and persons with disability and the government needed to pay fertilizer import companies to enable them to secure enough fertilizer before the heat of the sanctions were felt.

“Government needs to encourage companies which are producing organic fertilizer to increase production because we need to start shifting from inorganic fertilizer to organic fertilizer because of the benefits and this will also afford farmers alternatives in case we are unable to get the inorganic fertilizer,” he said.

He said apart from the government needing to put measures in place to support farmers to adopt composting as means of fertilizing farms, farmers needed to produce local crops which did not need much fertilizer to ensure good yields.

“We need to begin to promote our own staple foods such as millet, guinea corn, sorghum, groundnuts, yam, cassava, ‘frafra potato’, plantain, nuts among others, these crops do not require too much fertilizer,” he added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GITFIC supports government’s economic benchmark values

Accra,- The Ghana International Trade and Conference (GITFiC) has appealed for sanity within the trading space of Ghana’s economy by urging the business community to be accommodative and adjust to the government’s policies during the rough and tough periods.

 ‘’We are all involved in building our Motherland.’’ This should not depart from our day to day lives. Let’s trust in the system and be hopeful in our government.

This was in a statement signed by Mr Selasi Koffi Ackom, Chief Executive Office of GITFIC and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday.

The statement added “This is a known fact that until recent times, Ghana had always recorded a trade deficit. A 30 per cent reduction for all goods and a 10 per cent reduction on vehicles is a decisive and satisfactory move to please all stakeholders. Such a pivotal decision by the

Government should be considered by the General Trading Community (GTC) as an interim measure and subject to review in future, depending on Economic-Trade indicators within the Import and Logistics Sectors of Ghana’s Economy.”

The statement said considering the current global economic downturn as a result of the pandemic, economies around the world were critically revising and adjusting policies to keep governance afloat. 

“Any proper, prudent, and competent manager of any economy will now appear to be uncaring and insensitive to its citizens. In Ghana, we have enjoyed free electricity, water, nose masks, food, tax holidays from the Ghana Revenue Authority, collateral-free monies distributed to business communities, free jabs et al. These were unplanned expenditures by Government however, as a matter of necessity; Government had to find the money to provide these amenities at no cost to the citizenry.

“We believe a little bit of demand and a little bit of supply compliment an economy. One cannot pretend to be an advocate of a Single Continental Open Market and be scared of the influx of commodities from the other side of the continent. That is a facade and should not be entertained.”

The GITFiC is a  private sector initiative working closely with the private sectors and the government sectors within the sub-region and the continent at large to drive the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), broader trade and finance development agenda of the continent, as defined in the A.U’s Agenda 2063, global trade issues, and other trade, trade finance, logistics, and finance agreements.

Source: Ghana News Agency

FDA arrests peddlers of unregistered medicines

Accra, Mar. 3, GNA- The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) with the assistance of the Police, has arrested some peddlers of unregistered medicines known as Nkoyo and Nnompe Nnompe Tablets.

The products which are not registered by the FDA, are sold as herbal preparations and claim to treat pain and Inflammatory diseases.

A statement signed by Mrs Delese Darko, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, and made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) advised the public to desist from buying and using the products since it could not guarantee the health and safety of users.

It said laboratory analysis has shown that each container has a steriod tablet and an anti-Inflammatory tablet.

It said the unregistered drugs contained active Ingredients classified as prescription only medicines in unknown quantities.

“The products may also contain other unknown substances and its continuous use without proper prescriptions and guidance could lead to serious adverse health events such as headaches stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness depression, high blood pressure, Indigestion, restlessness, black or tarry stool and Insomnia among others,” it said.

It said the FDA seized large quantities of the products and safely disposed them.

The statement said the FDA is also asisiting the security agencies in investigations to ensure that all persons involved in the peddling of the unregistered medicines are apprehended and dealt with appropriately.

The statement warned the public to be cautious of the operations of drugs peddlers in the open market and other unapproved means and rather deal with only licenced pharmacies for all priscriptions.

It assured the public of continued surveillance to combat the operations of those dealing with unregistered medicines.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Buy pesticides, fertilizers from licensed dealers—Farmers urged

Tamale, – Farmers and the public have been urged to buy pesticides and fertilizers from licensed and approved input dealers and companies to guarantee their safety and ensure food security.

     CropLife Ghana, a non-profit organisation representing the crop protection industry in the country, who made the call, also appealed to farmers and the public to seek proper education on pesticides and fertilizers before, during and after using them to help reduce the negative effects or health implications on society.

     This was in a statement issued by CropLife Ghana and signed by Mr Kadiri Rashad, the Programme Manager, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Tamale on Thursday.

     The statement said, “Counterfeiting is a dangerous and growing problem for all industries, including the plant science industry. Counterfeiting of plant science products brings a range of negative effects for the industry, farmers and the environment.”

     It said, “The proliferation of counterfeits and illegal pesticides and fertilizers in Ghanaian agriculture markets has remained a major challenge affecting farmers, CropLife Ghana member companies, food security and the environment at large.”

     It said, “As we approach the farming season, CropLife Ghana continues to raise awareness of farmers and the general public on the effects of buying counterfeit and illegal pesticides and fertilizers from unlicensed and unapproved input dealers and companies.”

     The statement appealed to relevant institutions such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the security agencies, among others that monitored activities at various border posts, to up their game to combat the canker of counterfeiting in the country.

     It urged the citizenry to report cases of counterfeiting or persons involved in the unlawful act for prosecution.

     It assured that “CropLife Ghana and its member companies, in the interest of the country, will always ensure that farmers get the best products and inputs in the agricultural sector to serve the general public.”

     CropLife Ghana is an association of agrochemical importers and distributors in the country and it is affiliated with CropLife Africa Middle East and CropLife International.

Source: Ghana News Agency