La Fondation Internet Society annonce un financement de 1,5 million de dollars américains pour promouvoir la résilience d’Internet 

RESTON, Virginie27 juillet 2022 /PRNewswire/ — La Fondation Internet Society a lancé une deuxième série de subventions dans le cadre de son programme de résilience, qui vise à aider les communautés à se préparer et à renforcer la résilience d’Internet lorsqu’elles sont confrontées à des événements indésirables. Ce financement soutiendra des projets visant à renforcer la résilience des réseaux dans les communautés sujettes à des catastrophes naturelles ou liées au climat, afin que ces communautés soient mieux à même de se préparer et de résister aux conséquences d’une catastrophe sur la connectivité Internet. Une connexion Internet résiliente est une connexion qui maintient un niveau de service satisfaisant en cas de défaillances et de problèmes de fonctionnement.

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« La connectivité Internet devient un outil vital en cas de catastrophe, tant pour les personnes dans le besoin que pour celles qui répondent à l’urgence, a déclaré Sarah Armstrong, directrice exécutive de la Fondation Internet Society. Ces subventions nous permettent d’aider les communautés à réduire leur vulnérabilité et à renforcer leurs capacités et leur résilience pour faire face aux futures situations d’urgence. »

Voici quelques exemples des types de projets que la Fondation financera : soutien au développement de réseaux temporaires pour les interventions en cas de crise, protection des centres de données et des points d’échange Internet (IXP) contre les menaces environnementales, renforcement des câbles et/ou des stations sous-marines, et soutien aux fournisseurs de services Internet (ISP) pour la mise à niveau des infrastructures.

Parmi les organisations qui mettent actuellement en œuvre des projets dans le monde entier grâce au programme de subventions pour la résilience figurent Help.NGO, NetHope, Inc. et Télécoms Sans Frontières.

Le programme de résilience sera ouvert aux candidatures entre le 25 juillet et le 19 août. Des subventions d’un montant maximal de 500 000 dollars américains seront accordées pour des projets d’une durée maximale de 12 mois.

Pour plus de renseignements sur la subvention, y compris sur le processus de candidature, consultez le site https://www.isocfoundation.org/grant-programme/resiliency-grant-program/

À propos de la Fondation Internet Society :

La Fondation Internet Society  a été créée en 2019 pour promouvoir l’impact positif d’Internet sur les citoyens du monde entier. Animée par notre vision d’un Internet pour tous, la Fondation défend nos idées et permet aux communautés de libérer le potentiel d’Internet pour relever les défis mondiaux en constante évolution. En mettant l’accent sur cinq domaines de programme, la Fondation accorde des subventions aux chapitres de l’Internet Society ainsi qu’aux organisations à but non lucratif et aux personnes qui se consacrent à fournir à tous un accès Internet ouvert, connecté au niveau mondial, sécurisé et digne de confiance.

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Automox Announces Global Expansion into Europe and Australia to Meet Growing Customer Demand for Cloud-Native ITOps Solutions

ITOps leader expands global footprint through new partnership with QBS Group

Boulder, Colo, July 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Automox®, the cloud-native IT operations provider, today announced its expansion into the United Kingdom and Australian markets through a new partnership with QBS Group. Driven by global customer demand for a cloud-native solution that makes it easy to keep every endpoint updated and secure from anywhere in the world, the company also plans to further expand into the Middle East and Singapore.

In a recent survey of global industry professionals, 84% said they rely on five or more endpoint management tools and 60% use more than 10. Realizing this a complex challenge for companies across the world, Automox, in partnership with QBS Group, will bring its modern cloud-native patch management and automated vulnerability remediation to these new markets through resellers and the broader partner community. The expansion also further strengthens Automox’s Rapid7 partnership, as QBS Group is one of Rapid7’s largest partners.

“The UK and Australian markets present a great opportunity for Automox as we continue to grow and expand our customer base,” said Tim Lucas, CEO of Automox. “This move further cements Automox’s position at the forefront of cloud-native ITOps. We have extremely strong relationships with our partner community, including Rapid7, and are excited to broaden that network with our new QBS Group relationship.”

The global expansion marks continued impressive momentum for Automox. Earlier this year, Automox announced the availability of its new Automated Vulnerability Remediation (AVR) solution, synchronized with Rapid7 InsightVM to ingest critical vulnerability data every day, enabling IT Operations teams to automatically remediate vulnerabilities quickly, via patching as well as configuration with Automox Worklets™. QBS Group will now have the ability to better serve its global partners and customers with the availability of AVR and Automox’s full suite of ITOps solutions.

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AGI urges Parliament to use laws to protect industry, sectors

Accra, July 27, GNA -Participants at a forum organized by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) have called on the Parliament to use its powers and laws to protect and develop the various sectors of the country.

 

They said as a key law-making body, Parliament has the role to design policies that could benefit industry and the other sectors of the economy.

 

The participants were speaking at a forum which brought together parliamentarians and industry players to discuss ways to move the country forward.

 

The event was on the theme: ‘Promoting Ghana’s industrial development agenda: The role of Parliament.’

 

Addressing the forum participants, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, said the 1992 Constitution was explicit on the role of the private sector in the country’s economic development.

 

He said the house was committed to passing laws that would help industries grow and contribute more to the economy.

 

He said government was mandated under the constitution to create a conducive environment for the private sector to thrive, adding that the government was doing this through various programmes and initiatives.

 

Mr Emanuel Armah-Kofi Buah, the NDC Member of Parliament for Elembele, said there was a fundamental weakness in the parliamentary structure, noting one of the critical provisions on the role of parliamentarians, which is sometimes linked to the Executive and Legislature at the same time.

 

“Today, when you come to Parliament, half of the MPs are ministers of state and others have become board members of state institutions. If the leader of the majority is a Minister of State, how do you expect him to raise concerns on taxes such as the electronic transaction levy which will impact negatively on businesses,” he noted.

 

Dr Tony Oteng Gyasi, the Chairman of the Tropical Cable and Conductor, one of the country’s major entrepreneurs, had called on Parliament to put in place measures that would transform the current import duties structure in the country.

 

He said the current import duty structure had become problematic for local industries, hence the need for the law-making arm of the state to do something about it.

 

“We believe that Parliament needs to think long-term and, in that process, ensure that every policy being passed concerning duties and taxes was in favour of industries,” he stated.

 

“If taxation can be used to improve industries, Parliament should be able to do that but very often, it focuses more on revenue collection than supporting industries,” he added.

 

For his part, the President of the AGI, Dr Humphrey Ayim Darke, said the forum was being held at a time industry was speaking solutions to challenges thwarting the growth of businesses in the country.

 

He said the current exchange rate situation, fuel price hikes and the external shocks from the Ukraine-Russian war had created turbulent times for industries and the economy in general.

 

He said the situation required both the majority and minority in Parliament to work together at enacting laws to accelerate industrial transformation agenda.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

1D1F to create 282,792 jobs in 2023—Minister

Cape Coast, July 27, GNA – Mr John Alan Kyerematen, the Minister of Trade and Industry (MoTI), has said a total of 282,792 direct and indirect jobs would be created under the government’s One-District, One-Factory (1D1F) industrialization programme by 2023.

 

Presently, about 150,975 direct and indirect jobs have been created in about 125 factories, with 144 under construction and 29 awaiting financing support.

 

Mr Kyerematen disclosed this in a speech read on his behalf by Mr John Hawkins Asiedu, the Technical Adviser in-charge of Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones at MoTI.

 

He gave said this in his address at the opening of the Central Regional Trade, Tourism and Investment Fair 2022 at the Adisadel Park in Cape Coast.

 

The weeklong Fair dubbed “Central Expo 2022”, has more than 200 exhibitors from the 22 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Region.

 

Hinged on wooing investment to the most peaceful region in Ghana, the Expo on the theme: “Promoting Trade, Tourism and Investments in the Central Region: Challenges, Prospects and Solutions,” seeks to showcase the investments potential of the Region.

 

The occasion was graced by Ministers of state, Members of Parliament, Council of State, the Diplomatic Corps, the business community, traditional leaders and religious leaders, among others.

 

Mr Kyerematen commended the Central Regional Coordinating Council and partners for the bold initiative towards bringing business, investors and customers together for mutual gains.

 

He indicated that the fair would provide an excellent opportunity for businesses to engage clients for determined market potential, conduct research and evaluate competition.

 

Also, to develop commercial structures by identifying new agents and distributors, and initiating joint ventures and project partnerships through partnerships, networking, and job creation.

 

Mr Kyerematen said the 1D1F industrial drive was in response to the private sector call to decentralize industrial development and spread job creation across the country.

 

In essence, he said, the 1D1F programme was a government-assisted private sector-led initiative that seeks to provide generous incentives to businesses to set up productive ventures, mainly factories.

 

Again, it is expected that the factories will increase the country’s export earnings, while cutting down on imports due because the factories would produce much of the needs of the country locally.

 

According to the Minister of Trade, the policy has been reinforced by the establishment of various Industrial Parks or Special Economic Zones in every Region in partnership with the private sector to drive industrialization.

 

In addition to that, he said the Ministry has reformed the National Board for Small-scale Industries (NBSSI) Into the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) as the umbrella body for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to support them.

 

Besides, Mr Kyerematen said the country’s industrialization agenda has further received a major boost with the establishment of 37 business resource centres (BRCs) across the country.

 

They were set up by the MoTI under the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP), to support the growth and competitiveness of MSMEs and 1D1F companies.

 

The Business Resource Centres (BRC) under the REPs will provide business development services such as the identification of business opportunities, business plan preparation, facilitation of access to finance/credit and business health check, otherwise known as business diagnostics.

 

Other services include the provision of training in management and entrepreneurship, business counselling and advisory services, productivity improvement programmes and capacity building for institutions.

 

The BRCs, to be run as profit-making entities, are to be managed by private sector operators under a franchising arrangement with the GEA the ultimate owners of the BRCs.

 

This is to ensure the sustainability of operations and maintenance of facilities of the centres and the aggressive and guided promotion of business activities in the country.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

IFC, LMI partner to provide clean power, water to businesses in Ghana

Accra, July 27, GNA – The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group and the LMI Holdings, a diversified Ghanaian company, have signed a partnership to provide clean power and water to manufacturing companies in LMI-operated special economic zones in Ghana.

 

The move will support job creation, greener and sustainable and more competitive industrial development in the country.

 

Under the partnership, LMI will build a 16.8-megawatt rooftop solar plant that will power businesses operating in the Tema Free Zone on the outskirts of Accra, helping to contribute to Ghana’s climate agenda.

 

LMI Holdings will also a build a water treatment and distribution plant, with an initial capacity to treat 4,000 cubic meters per day to serve businesses in the new Dawa Industrial Zone – an industrial enclave intended to host a wide range of light and heavy industries across various sectors located along the Tema-Aflao Road.

 

As part of the partnership, IFC will provide LMI with a loan of up to $30 million from its own account to support LMI’s development plans in the two industrial zones while providing dozens companies with essential infrastructure needed to increase productivity and competitiveness.

 

LMI’s solar plant in the Tema Free Zone, compared with current thermal power on the national grid, is expected, together with the water plant, to reduce Ghana’s emission by approximately 10,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide equivalent annually.

 

The water will be Ghana’s first private production of reliable, high-quality water for industries.

 

Mr Kojo Aduhene, Chief Executive Officer of LMI said the company envisioned to industrialise Africa and that the 16.8-megawatt rooftop solar plant, the biggest in Africa, would supply electricity to the tenants in the Tema Free Zone enclave – a 10 per cent energy requirement in that area.

 

He said the power had been pre-assigned because a lot of companies in the industrial hub were in desperate need of solar, stressing that LMI had a goal of generating 1000-megawatts of solar by 2030.

 

As an indigenous Ghanaian company, Mr Aduhene said LMI was committed to the task of facilitating the country’s industrialisation ambition and boosting exports, and that the partnership with the IFC gave it the means and space to help in Ghana’s industrial drive.

 

He said the biggest challenge in the Dawa Industrial Zone was the lack of water, adding that the project would allow the company to build a water treatment plant to serve the industrial zone and the community as a whole.

 

The CEO said the company was the primary developer of the Tema Free Zone, which had more than 80 companies operating in various sectors, including building materials and agro-processing, adding that it had embarked on developing its second industrial park with a total area of 2,000 acres, as part of a new city development, Dawa City.

 

Mr Kyle Kelhofer, Senior Country Manager for Ghana, International Finance Corporation, explained that the project demonstrated how the private sector could bring effective solutions to development challenges and support job creation.

 

Through the investment, he said, the IFC was funding both infrastructure and water development in an industrial special economic zone in sub-Saharan Africa and particularly the IFC was supporting Ghana’s industrialisation ambitions for a greener and more sustainable future.

 

Over the last decade, Mr Kelhofer stated that the IFC had provided over $4 billion in financing and advisory services to Ghanaian companies in sectors, including agribusiness, education, energy, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, retail, tourism, and transport.

 

The Senior Country Manager said the strategy in Ghana had been focused on three primary pillars; access to finance, including banking and Small and Medium Enterprise finance, Agriculture and higher value-added manufacturing.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

 

Upper Denkyira East woos investors for cocoa by-product processing factory

Cape Coast, July 27, GNA – The Upper Denkyira East Municipal Assembly has rallied investment support for the construction of a cocoa by-product processing factory under the government’s “One District, One Factory” (1D1F) industrialization policy.

 

The 1D1F is a Government of Ghana initiative aimed at creating jobs for Ghanaians through the setting up of factories and industries in all districts of the country, would move the country towards greater industrialization.

 

Cocoa is the most widely grown crop in the semi-equatorial area taking about 50 per cent of the 1020 square kilometres of the total arable land in the municipality and 10 per cent of the total land area of the Central Region.

 

However, after extracting the cocoa beans for export, its by-product (husk or shell) goes waste, hence the Assembly’s appeal to investors to take full advantage of the abundant agricultural resource to transform the Municipality for mutual benefits.

 

Mr Ebenezer Appiah Forson, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), on the sidelines of the ongoing Central Regional Trade, Tourism and Investment Fair in Cape Coast.

 

The weeklong Fair dubbed, “Central Expo 2022”, has brought together more than 200 exhibitors from the 22 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Region.

 

All the Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts will take turns to showcase their investment potentials to attract investors and other businesses to their Area.

 

The Upper Denkyira East Municipality, Upper Denkyira West, Twifo Atti-morkwa and the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese Districts took turns to sell their areas’ rich cultures and potentials on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Pivoted on courting investments to the most peaceful region in Ghana, the expo seeks to showcase the investments potential of the Region on the theme: “Promoting Trade, Tourism and Investments in the Central Region: Challenges, Prospects and Solutions.”

 

Mr Forson said the Assembly’s interest in the development and utilization of cocoa by-products from the fresh pod and farm waste had become prominent as a viable means of job creation.

 

He said processed cocoa pod husks could be put to several uses including animal feed by slicing, partial drying and pelletizing into granules for feeding sheep, pigs, and poultry.

 

The burnt dry cocoa pod husk is also used as the main source of alkaline used by the local soap industry for the production of local soap (Alata Samina) liquid soap.

 

He added that the potash produced from in the husk could be used to formulate dark soap which derived its name from its colour which does not only have a moisturizing effect on the skin but also has curative powers against all manner of skin rashes.

 

Above all, after burning the husk, the resulting ash can be used as potash fertilizer and has a pH of 5.8 with beneficial nutrients to the soil velocity and an attractive top cover for both flower beds and vegetable patches.

 

The MCE assured of reliable raw materials and marketing support interventions, adding that the demand for products containing natural and renewable sourced ingredients was growing very fast across the world, expected to boost the industry.

 

Furthermore, the global soap market has a huge market locally and in the United States and Japan, where it is used for mulching on farms.

 

Highlighting other invisible areas, he said cash crops such as maize, cassava, cocoyam, plantain, vegetables were also grown commercially and to feed households.

 

Also, there are hundreds of commercial farm animals; poultry and Fish farmers and non-traditional farmers of snail, grass cutters and beekeepers form only about two per cent of the farming population.

 

Equally, the peaceful Municipality has its doors opened for other investment opportunities in community mining, quarrying, tourism, clay for ceramics and reserved land for development.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Beneficial Ownership Disclosure will tackle corruption, increase domestic revenue—Akufo-Addo

Accra, July 27, GNA- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged civil society organisations and corporate bodies to fully embrace Beneficial Ownership Disclosure (BOD) as an innovative way to increase domestic revenue mobilisation.

 

He said the implementation of the BOD regime would not only help in tackling corruption but support revenue mobilisation efforts for development.

 

“This will be achieved through the lifting of the veil off the real owners of the companies to ensure that they pay the right amount of taxes, reduce transfer pricing and mispricing, which have the potential of undermining our efforts at domestic revenue mobilization,” the President said.

 

President Akufo-Addo made the call in a speech read on his behalf by Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, at the opening of a one-day conference on Beneficial Ownership Disclosure in Ghana in Accra Wednesday.

 

The Conference was organised by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Secretariat in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar of Companies and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

 

It was on the theme: “Taking stock of progress made and rising to the challenges ahead with the view to reducing corruption and improving domestic revenue mobilisation.”

 

A beneficial owner is a person to whom specific property rights in equity belong even though legal title of the property may belong to another person.

 

Beneficial owners normally have directors or shareholders representing them, even though they are the real persons who will benefit ultimately from the companies.

 

Following the passage of the new Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992), all entities are required to submit their beneficial ownership information to the Registrar General’s Department during incorporation, filing of their annual returns and amendment of existing information.

 

President Akufo-Addo said the establishment of a central register for BOD in 2020 was a key requirement for a number of initiatives that Ghana had signed on to, such as the OGP Initiative, the EITI and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

 

He said the Government considered corruption as a serious issue bedeviling the entire spectrum of the national economy and had over the past few years made various commitments and taken practical steps to promote transparency and accountability with the view to curbing corruption in the country.

 

Among the measures taken, the President said, included the passage of a Right to Information law; the new Companies Act, and the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

 

“Corruption is one of the major factors that affects the sustainable socio-economic development of a country and is, therefore, considered one of the biggest threats to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” President Akufo-Addo said.

 

Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, the Senior Presidential Advisor and Chairman of the National Steering Committee for the OGP Initiative, said Ghana’s membership of the OGP demonstrated the country’s desire to further expand and deepen the scope of open and accountable governance.

 

He said the Government would continue to support and be committed to the achievement of the objectives of the OGP for improved governance and democracy.

 

Mrs Jemima Oware, the Registrar of Companies, said one of the things done to remove Ghana from the European Union’s money laundering list was the establishment of the beneficial ownership register.

 

She said the implementation of the register had so far been successful, adding however, that there were still more to be done to enhance the registration regime.

 

“One of the main challenges is the fact that people don’t really understand the whole beneficial ownership thing. We had to do a lot of sensitisation. So when they come to us and you ask them who the legal or beneficial owner is, it is a bit of a problem,” Mrs Oware said.

 

The BOD regime is in compliance with the commitments Ghana made at the United Kingdom Anti-corruption Summit in 2016 and constitutes part of Ghana’s efforts at combating corruption, illicit financial flows, and improving domestic revenue mobilisation to help finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Parliament concludes debate on 2022 Mid-Year Review Budget

Accra, July 27, GNA – Parliament on Wednesday concluded the debate on the 2022 Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government.

 

Various speakers from both sides of the House gave divergent views on the merits and demerits of the Budget.

 

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, said it was important to admit that the economy was facing some challenges.

 

He said the passage of the Electronic Transfer (E-Levy) sent a bad message to investors and thereby, making them not readily available to invest.

 

He also cited that 40 per cent of the country’s wheat grain was imported from Ukraine but as a result of the Russia-Ukraine war, some factories in Ghana, which use wheat in their production process were shut down, therefore, making the sector’s profits dwindle.

 

“Mr Speaker, three weeks ago we visited Tema, Dzata Cement factory and while Mr Ibrahim Mahama, the brother of former President Mahama is to be applauded, we must be worried that his packaging for the cement comes from Ukraine and the war has retarded his work, which goes a long way to affect other earners,” he said.

 

He, however, praised the New Patriotic Party as the good managers of the economy.

 

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader called for an engagement through a national conversation on how to get Ghana out of her economic crisis.

 

He urged the Finance Minister to make the Daakye bond serve the purpose of the GETFund in supporting the delivery of quality education to the citizenry through dynamic funding policies.

 

The Daakye bond programme invests in Ghana’s future leaders through securitizing future government tax flows.

 

Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister, on July 25, presented the Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2022 Financial Year.

 

It was in fulfilment of Section 28 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921) and Regulation 24 of the Public Financial Management Regulations (L.I. 2378).

 

The Budget Statement was an abridged version of the Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2022 Financial Year.

 

Speaking on the floor of Parliament at the end of the debate, Mr Ofori-Atta, thanked the Members of the House for their contributions during the debate.

 

The Minister said he would follow through to ensure that Ghana benefits from its ongoing engagement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

 

Speaker Alban Bagbin remarked that governance was about the people and lies with the people, hence, the focus should be on improving the quality of the lives of the people.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency