Stevie® Awards Announce Winners in 19th Annual International Business Awards® from Across the Globe

3,700 Nominations Were Submitted from Organizations in 67 Nations

International Business Awards Winners

High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 19th Annual International Business Awards®.

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — High-achieving organizations and executives around the world have been recognized as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie® Award winners in The 19th Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s only international, all-encompassing business awards program.

Winners were selected from more than 3,700 nominations submitted by organizations in 67 nations.

A complete list of all 2022 Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners by category is available at www.StevieAwards.com/IBA.

More than 300 executives worldwide participated on 11 juries to determine the Stevie winners.

The top winner of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards is HALKBANK of Istanbul, Turkey with 32. Other winners of multiple Stevie Awards include IBM Corporation (21), LLYC (20), Deutsche Post DHL (19), Abu Dhabi Ports Group (17), Viettel Group (17), OPET (15), Telkom Indonesia (13), ZER (13), Ayala Land Inc. (12), Ooredoo (12), Globe Telecom (10), PJ Lhuillier, Inc (PJLI) (10), Enerjisa Enerji (9), Wolters Kluwer (9), Strategic Public Relations Group (8), pH7 Communications (8), Tata Consultancy Services Inc. (8), Adfactors PR (8), Jeunesse Global (7), Bank of Montreal, (6), Canadian Tire Corporation (6), HeyMo The Experience Design Company (6), Octopus Energy (6), Sleepm Global Inc. (6), VUMI Group (6), and VNPT VinaPhone Corporation (6).

IBM, a multinational technology corporation headquartered in Armonk, NY USA won nine Gold Stevie Awards, more than any other organization in the competition.

All organizations worldwide are eligible to compete in the IBAs, and may submit nominations in a wide range of categories for achievement in management, marketing, public relations, customer service, human resources, new products and services, technology, web sites, apps, events, and more.

The awards will be presented during a gala event in London, England on October 15, 2022.

About the Stevie® Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

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Expereo acquires Breeze Networks, further enhancing its SD-WAN/SASE practice and presence in the UK market

AMSTERDAM, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The world’s leading provider of managed network solutions, Expereo, has announced the acquisition of Breeze Networks, a managed service provider of SD-WAN/SASE technologies. The acquisition fuels Expereo’s growth trajectory, further enhancing its SD-WAN/SASE practice, building on its expanding range of services to manage SD-WAN solutions at scale to partners and multinational enterprise customers across the globe.

This latest acquisition solidifies Expereo’s ambition to complement its managed network solutions with world-class advisory practice providing guidance to organizations on their global transformation to software-defined and internet-based networking. With the full support of majority investor Vitruvian Partners and minority investor Apax Partners SAS, Expereo intends to continue its acquisition strategy.

Breeze Networks is a managed service provider of cloud-based (SD-WAN) network connectivity and security solutions for enterprises and government agencies. An innovative and flexible network integrator, Breeze sources and manages the best SD-WAN networking and security solutions on the market.

As part of the acquisition, Expereo welcomes Matthew Lea, CTO of Breeze Networks as Technical Portfolio Lead. His expertise will be a great addition to the knowledge base of Expereo’s Technical team, led by CTO, Kristaps Petrovskis. Lea will drive Expereo’s expansion plans for its SD-WAN/SASE practice, solidifying the company’s presence in the UK market in his new role at Expereo.

“This acquisition comes at an exciting time, as we expand our SD-WAN services to address the growing need for agile, cost-effective cloud access and global network solutions in the market. With our shared vision to simplify global connectivity and provide world-class customer experience, the expertise of the team of professionals behind Breeze Networks will contribute great value as we join forces,” comments Irwin Fouwels, CEO of Expereo.

“Having recently worked with Expereo on a global deployment for one of our customers, we witnessed first-hand the shared values of both companies and commitment to providing excellence in delivery and customer service. We are excited about joining the Expereo family and are certain that the global reach and scale of Expereo will be a benefit to all of our stakeholders,” says George Cowan, Managing Director of Breeze Networks.

The rapid adoption of cloud-based applications and SD-WAN technologies puts Internet-based WANs at the center of multinational companies’ business models. Expereo is committed to simplifying the sourcing and management of such network solutions, whilst ensuring exceptional customer experience to cater to the needs of its MSP partners and multinational clients.

About Breeze Networks Ltd
Breeze Networks is a privately owned UK based supplier of SD-WAN based Network and Security Managed Services. Established in 2016 the company has designed and deployed a significant number of SD-WAN based global and regional networks to our customers in both the private sector and UK government agencies. The Breeze team have developed extensive knowledge and experience of best of breed SD-WAN/SASE products which allows us to help our customers on their Cloud transformation journeys.

About Expereo
Expereo is a leading global provider of managed network solutions including, Global Internet, SD-WAN/SASE, and Enhanced Internet. With an extensive global reach, Expereo is the trusted partner of 30% of Fortune 500 companies. It powers enterprise and government sites in more than 190 countries, helping customers improve productivity and empowering their networks and cloud services with the agility, flexibility and value of the Internet, with optimal network performance.

Expereo was acquired by Vitruvian Partners in April 2021. The international growth capital and buyout firm acquired a majority shareholding in Expereo from leading European private equity firm Apax Partners SAS.

Sofia Pensado
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Expereo acquiert Breeze Networks, renforçant davantage ses activités et sa présence sur le marché britannique des technologies SD-WAN/SASE

AMSTERDAM, 15 août 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Expereo, fournisseur mondial de premier plan de solutions de réseau gérées, a annoncé l’acquisition de Breeze Networks, fournisseur de services gérés de technologies SD-WAN/SASE. Grâce à cette acquisition, Expereo poursuit ses perspectives de croissance en s’appuyant sur sa gamme croissante de services pour développer davantage les solutions SD-WAN/SASE et les gérer à grande échelle afin de servir les partenaires et les entreprises multinationales du monde entier.

Cette dernière acquisition renforce l’ambition d’Expereo de compléter ses solutions de réseau gérées en offrant ses services de conseil de classe mondiale aux organisations qui ont besoin d’être guidées sur leur transformation globale vers les réseaux définis par logiciel et basés sur Internet. Bénéficiant du soutien plein et entier de l’investisseur majoritaire, Vitruvian Partners, et de l’investisseur minoritaire Apax Partners SAS, Expereo compte bien poursuivre sa stratégie d’acquisition.

Breeze Networks est un fournisseur de services gérés de solutions de sécurité et de connectivité réseau (SD-WAN) basées sur le cloud à destination des entreprises et des agences gouvernementales. Intégrateur de réseau innovant et flexible, Breeze acquiert et gère les meilleures solutions de sécurité et de réseautage SD-WAN du marché.

Dans le cadre de cette acquisition, Matthew Lea, directeur technologique (CTO) de Breeze Networks, rejoint Expereo en tant que responsable du portefeuille technique. Son expertise enrichira les connaissances de l’équipe technique d’Expereo, dirigée par Kristaps Petrovskis, CTO. Dans le cadre de ses nouvelles fonctions chez Expereo, Matthew Lea dirigera les plans de croissance d’Expereo en matière de développement des solutions SD-WAN/SASE, de manière à consolider la présence de la société sur le marché britannique.

« Cette acquisition arrive à point nommé, alors que nous développons nos services SD-WAN pour répondre au besoin croissant d’un accès au cloud agile et rentable et de solutions de réseau mondiales sur le marché. Grâce à notre vision commune consistant à simplifier la connectivité mondiale et fournir une expérience client de classe mondiale, l’expertise des employés de Breeze Networks apportera une grande valeur ajoutée à notre équipe », a déclaré Irwin Fouwels, PDG d’Expereo.

« Ayant récemment travaillé avec Expereo sur un déploiement mondial pour l’un de nos clients, nous avons pu constater à cette occasion les valeurs communes partagées par les deux sociétés et notre engagement à fournir l’excellence dans la livraison et le service à la clientèle. Nous sommes ravis de rejoindre la famille Expereo et sommes convaincus que la portée et l’envergure mondiales d’Expereo seront un avantage pour toutes nos parties prenantes », a déclaré George Cowan, directeur général de Breeze Networks.

L’adoption rapide des applications basées sur le Cloud et des technologies SD-WAN place les WAN basés sur Internet au cœur des modèles d’affaires des sociétés multinationales. Expereo s’engage à simplifier l’approvisionnement et la gestion de ces solutions réseau, tout en assurant une expérience client exceptionnelle afin de répondre aux besoins de ses partenaires MSP et de ses clients multinationaux.

À propos de Breeze Networks Ltd
Basé au Royaume-Uni, Breeze Networks est un fournisseur privé de services gérés de sécurité et de réseau basés sur la technologie SD-WAN. Fondée en 2016, la société a développé et déployé un nombre important de réseaux mondiaux et régionaux basés sur la technologie SD-WAN, aussi bien pour des clients du secteur privé que des agences gouvernementales britanniques. L’équipe de Breeze a développé des connaissances et une expérience approfondies des produits SD-WAN/SASE de pointe, lui permettant d’aider ses clients tout au long de leurs parcours de transformation du Cloud.

À propos d’Expereo
Expereo est un fournisseur leader mondial de solutions de réseau gérées comprenant l’Internet mondial, la technologie SD-WAN/SASE, et l’Internet amélioré. Avec une vaste portée mondiale, Expereo est le partenaire de confiance de 30 % des entreprises figurant dans le palmarès Fortune 500. L’entreprise alimente les sites des entreprises et des gouvernements dans plus de 190 pays, aidant les clients à améliorer la productivité et à donner à leurs réseaux et services cloud l’agilité, la flexibilité et la valeur d’Internet, avec des performances réseau optimales.

Expereo a été acquise par Vitruvian Partners en avril 2021. La société internationale de capital de croissance et de rachat a acquis une participation majoritaire dans Expereo auprès du cabinet de capital-investissement européen de premier plan Apax Partners SAS.

Sofia Pensado
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Expereo adquire Breeze Networks, aprimorando ainda mais sua prática e presença na SD-WAN/SASE no mercado do Reino Unido

AMSTERDÃ, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Expereo, principal provedora mundial de soluções de rede gerenciada, anunciou a aquisição da Breeze Networks, uma provedora de serviços gerenciados de tecnologias SD-WAN/SASE. A aquisição estimula a trajetória de crescimento da Expereo, aprimorando ainda mais sua prática de SD-WAN/SASE, com base na sua gama crescente de serviços de gerenciamento de soluções SD-WAN em escala para parceiros e clientes corporativos multinacionais em todo o mundo.

Esta aquisição solidifica a ambição da Expereo de complementar suas soluções de rede gerenciada com práticas de consultoria internacional, fornecendo orientação às organizações sobre sua transformação global em redes definidas por software e baseadas na Internet. Com o apoio total do investidor majoritário, Vitruvian Partners, e do investidor minoritário, Apax Partners SAS, a Expereo pretende dar continuidade à sua estratégia de aquisições.

A Breeze Networks é provedora de serviços gerenciados de soluções de conectividade e de segurança de rede baseada em nuvem (SD-WAN) para empresas e agências governamentais. Integradora de rede inovadora e flexível, a Breeze fornece e gerencia as melhores soluções de rede e de segurança SD-WAN do mercado.

Como parte da aquisição, Matthew Lea, CTO da Breeze Networks, passará a ser o Líder Técnico de Portfólio da Expereo. A experiência dele será uma grande adição à base de conhecimento da equipe técnica da Expereo, liderada pelo CTO, Kristaps Petrovskis. Na sua nova função na Expereo, Matthew Lea impulsionará os planos de expansão da prática SD-WAN/SASE, solidificando a presença da empresa no mercado do Reino Unido.

“Esta aquisição ocorre em um momento emocionante de expansão dos nossos serviços SD-WAN para atender à crescente necessidade de soluções ágeis e econômicas de acesso à nuvem e de rede global no mercado. Com nossa visão compartilhada de simplificar a conectividade global e de proporcionar experiência de classe mundial ao cliente, a expertise da equipe de profissionais da Breeze Networks contribuirá com grande valor para a nossa união”, comentou Irwin Fouwels, CEO da Expereo.

“Durante o nosso trabalho conjunto com a Expereo em uma implantação global de um de nossos clientes, pudemos observar os valores compartilhados de ambas as empresas e o compromisso de fornecer excelência na entrega e atendimento ao cliente. Estamos entusiasmados em ingressar na família Expereo e temos certeza de que o alcance e a escala globais da Expereo serão um benefício para todos os interessados”, disse George Cowan, Diretor Administrativo da Breeze Networks.

A rápida adoção de aplicativos com base na nuvem e tecnologias SD-WAN coloca as WANs com base na Internet no centro dos modelos de negócios das empresas multinacionais. A Expereo está empenhada em simplificar o fornecimento e a gestão de tais soluções de rede, garantindo ao mesmo tempo uma experiência excepcional do cliente para atender às necessidades dos seus parceiros MSP e clientes multinacionais.

Sobre a Breeze Networks Ltd
A Breeze Networks é fornecedora privada de Serviços Gerenciados de Rede e Segurança SD-WAN do Reino Unido. Fundada em 2016, a empresa projetou e implantou um número significativo de redes globais e regionais SD-WAN para nossos clientes no setor privado e nas agências governamentais do Reino Unido. A equipe da Breeze desenvolveu amplo conhecimento e experiência dos melhores produtos SD-WAN/SASE, o que nos permite ajudar nossos clientes nas suas jornadas de transformação na nuvem.

Sobre a Expereo
A Expereo é a principal provedora de soluções de rede gerenciada, inclusive de conectividade de Internet Global, SD-WAN/SASE e Internet Aprimorada. Com um extenso alcance global, a Expereo é a parceira de confiança de 30% das empresas Fortune 500. Ele capacita sites empresariais e governamentais em mais de 190 países, ajudando os clientes a melhorar a produtividade e capacitar suas redes e serviços em nuvem com a agilidade, flexibilidade e valor da Internet, com desempenho de rede ideal.

A Expereo foi adquirida pela Vitruvian Partners em abril de 2021. A empresa internacional de capital de expansão e de aquisição adquiriu a participação majoritária da Expereo da Apax Partners SAS, empresa líder europeia em patrimônio privado.

Sofia Pensado
sofia@grammatikagency.com

Some 350 World Leaders From 157 Nations With Diplomatic Relations With North or South Korea Attended the August 11-15, Conference

International Leadership Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom, and New Peace Alliances in Africa and the World

Washington, DC, Aug. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPF International Leadership Summit Addresses Korean Reconciliation, Religious Freedom, and

New Peace Alliances in Africa and the World

Condolences Expressed for late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

 International leaders at the Universal Peace Federation’s (UPF) Summit 2022 and Leadership Conference affirmed their support for global peacebuilding, especially on the Korean Peninsula. Sessions addressed the universal right to religious freedom and called for more education of youth in Africa.

Some 350 world leaders from the 157 nations with diplomatic relations with either North or South Korea attended the August 11-15, 2022, conference, either in person or virtually, at Jamsil Lotte Hotel in Seoul, to discuss “Toward Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Toward a World Culture of Peace.” In his welcoming remarks, UPF Chairman Thomas G. Walsh expressed hope that the focus and vision for peace on the Korean Peninsula could be taken to a broader level, and that “the divided world be reconciled into one humanity and one global culture of peace.”

In addition to calling for peace, the leaders expressed deep condolences for the loss of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. UPF offered a video and floral tribute.

“My grandfather said the one thing people cannot go without is peace,” said Sheikh Mansour Diouf of the Murid Brotherhood in Senegal. “We are supposed to be brothers…” This sentiment was echoed by many of the religious leaders.

Korean reconciliation was a major theme, due to the passion of UPF co-founders, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who were born in what is now North Korea. In 1991, anti-communist Rev. Moon went to Pyongyang to meet communist North Korea leader Kim Il-sung. The two men embraced as brothers and agreed to launch various projects together. That unity underscores the hope to bring peace to the 80 million people on the Korean Peninsula, despite decades of division, said Dr. Michael Jenkins, President, UPF International.

Along with the conference, UPF organized a Fact-Finding Delegation for Peace on the Korean Peninsula with US officials and South Korean leaders. Amb. Joseph DeTrani, Special Envoy to the Six-Party Talks with DPRK (2003-2006); Amb. Harry Harris, a US Navy admiral who served as US Ambassador to South Korea from 2018 to 2021; (Ret.) Gen. Walter Sharp, who led US forces, the UN Command, and ROK-US Combined Forces Command (2008-2011); and Dr. Alexandre Mansourov, Adjunct Professor at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Studies at Georgetown University, offered their assessments. (Full details will be available at UPF.org).

“Idealism must be rooted in realism,” said Amb. Harris. He praised South Korea President Suk-yeol Yoon for his intentions “to make the US-ROK Alliance the centerpiece of his foreign policy,” as that means outreach to Japan as well as military readiness.

Former US President Donald Trump, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Cambodia Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, Dr. Sok Siphana, head of Asian Vision Institute, and former Taiwan Vice President Lu Hsiu-lien offered remarks on the need to achieve peace.

Protecting religious freedom worldwide was another major theme. Religious freedom is “the most important single topic on the planet,” said US House Speaker Newt Gingrich (1995-1999). That is because it presupposes God’s existence and God’s bestowing rights to humanity, and this forms the basis of freedom, he explained.

Religious freedom is key to security concerns, added US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2018-2021), recalling that he always left his Bible open on his desk for inspiration. “Nations that threaten others, like China and Iran” also “have death holds” on religious freedoms, he noted.

From Japan, lawyer Norishige Kondo of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) talked about “a serious crisis of religious freedom in our country.” He spoke of the surreal situation of Japan’s media transferring blame for the brutal assassination of Prime Minister Abe from the shooter to FFWPU. He discussed human rights violations against 4,300 FFWPU members, while FFWPU member Toru Goto talked about his kidnapping, 12-year confinement, and lawsuits against perpetrators.

Hon. Jan Figel, Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion, European Union (2016-2019), noted that while 84% of the world population claims religious affiliation, 79% live in countries “with high or very high obstacles to religious freedom.” Religious prejudice generates three evils—”intolerance, discrimination, and persecution,” said Dr. Massimo Introvigne, Managing Director of the Center for Studies on New Religions in Italy.

A third major highlight was about strengthening peace and prosperity in Africa

The growing power of Africa—where the average age is 20—brings opportunities for education, jobs, encouraging peace, and protecting the environment, especially desertification. “It is imperative for us: We must train our youth so that they can resolutely take charge of their destiny,” said H.E. Brigi Rafini, Executive Secretary of the Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and former Prime Minister of Niger.

At an afternoon International Youth Leaders Conference, leaders from Malawi, Nigeria, Eswatini, Cape Verde, Somalia, DR Congo, and Niger discussed the importance of vocational training and character education for African youth. This was followed by the signing of an agreement to raise “youth for peace.”

In a separate session, Imboni Dr. Uzwi-Lezwe Radebe, founder of the Revelation Spiritual Home in South Africa, joined Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; Hon. Issaka Sourwema, Minister of Religious and Customary Affairs of Burkina Faso; H.E. Rev. Nevers Mumba, Founder of the National Christian Coalition in Zambia; and Dr. Nokuzola Mndende, National Chairperson of the Council of African Religion in South Africa, to discuss a resolution to protect religious freedom in Africa. This resolution was subsequently signed.

Other highlights:

—The 40th Anniversary of The Washington Times. Chairman Thomas P. McDevitt, President and Executive Editor Christopher Dolan, and Opinion Editor Charles Hurt spoke of The Times’ impact and its dedication to accurate news and the ideals of freedom, faith, and family.

—The 60th Anniversary of The Little Angels. The world-famous children’s folk ballet company founded by Rev. and Mrs. Moon gave a beautiful special performance to the delight of conference participants.

Visionary Sessions on Peace, Family, Science, Media, Higher Education, Youth, and Religion. The HJ Academic Foundation hosted more than 50 academicians for stimulating discussions on topics such as a Unity of Science movement, Character Education and the University in the Next 100 Years, the God Conference and Heavenly Parent’s Holy Community, the Women’s Movement and Family, and CEN-SAD Conference on Youth Education.

—Resolutions: Summit leaders signed the Resolution for a Universal Peace Charter; a Declaration on the Universal Value of Religious Freedom; a resolution to promote interfaith cooperation within Africa; and an agreement between the CEN-SAD, UPF, International Association of Youth and Students for Peace (IAYSP) and the Sunhak Educational Foundation to develop vocational training and character education for African youth.

—A special program to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the passing of the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon. North Korean Premier Kim Jong-un sent flowers and a personal message to Mrs. Moon, said UPF International Director-General Dr. Yun Young-ho.

— The 5th THINK TANK 2022 Forum. Experts gathered to discuss concrete ideas on how to achieve reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula. The forum will be broadcast at a future date.

Among the more than 100 distinguished speakers were: Senegal President Macky Sall; H.E. Muhammadu Buhari, President, Nigeria; Hon. Mike Pence, US Vice President (2017-2021); Hon. Dan Burton, US Member of Congress (1983-2013); Beeland Interests Chairman Jim Rogers; Pastor Paula White-Cain, City of Destiny Church; Bishop Don Meares, the Evangel Cathedral; Hee-Taek Chung, President of the Segye Ilbo newspaper; H.E. Boris Tadic, President (2004-2012), Serbia; H.E. Yves Leterme, Prime Minister (2008, 2009-2011), Belgium; H.E. Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister (2006-2009), Israel; Hon. Neziha Labidi, Minister of Women, Family & Children (2016-2020), Tunisia; Hon. German Blanco Alvarez, Senator, Colombia; Hon. Grigore Novac, Member of Parliament, Moldova; Hon. Prof. Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, Nalanda University, India; Mme. Adi Koila Nailatikau, First Lady (2009-2015), Fiji; H.E. Johnson Toribiong, President (2009-2013), Palau; Hon. Patricia Terrazas Baca, Member of Parliament, Mexico; Dr. Ann Higgins, President, World Dance Congress, Bahamas; Hon. Dave Laksono, Member of Parliament, Indonesia; Hon. Ross Robertson, Member of Parliament (1987-2014), New Zealand; and H.E. Jose Manuel Barroso, President, European Commission, (2004-2014).


For media inquiries:

William P. Selig
Communications Director
Universal Peace Federation
Ph: 240-274-1744
Email: wselig@upf.org
www.UPF.org

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‘Consider Ho for Metropolitan status’-MCE

Ho, Aug. 15, GNA – Mr. Divine Bosson, Ho Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) has said the city should be considered for elevation to a Metropolitan status.

He said the population of the Volta Regional capital had exceeded the threshold for metropolitan consideration, noting that about 100,000 of its residents were unmarked during the 2021 housing and population census.

The census placed the city’s population at 197,500 and the MCE, who was addressing leaders of the Volta and Oti Chapters of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), who had called on him, said the count missed a sizable chunk.

Mr. Bosson said the unmarked included workers, and the growing student community that were counted elsewhere yet spent critical time in the city, and that the number could not be ignored in development planning.

“About 100,000 of our population were not counted. The student population were on vacation during the census and were not counted here, yet they come back and use everything we have,” the MCE asserted.

“The Municipality is ripe. We are more than a Municipality status and am sure when the President is granting statuses, he will consider us,” he added.

Mr. Bosson noted that the Municipality’s growth showed in the fast-evolving physical landscape, and that the Assembly was working to expand its structures to par.

The Municipality in recent times has witnessed a boom in development with the establishment of the nation’s prime health university and increased local investment drive.

The MCE, who is barely a year into office had attempted a series of successful ambitious city expansion initiatives, opened roads, and led a sustained sanitation effort.

The MCE said encouraging business investment was part of the Assembly’s strategies towards development and would seek to support the enhancement of potential growth areas, which includes the real estate, agriculture, and tourism sectors.

The Municipality would this year hold the maiden Ho Expo, focusing on promoting tourism, real estate, and investment, and which the MCE said would expose the potentials, and help stimulate business and development collaboration among the private sector and other stakeholders.

Mr. Bosson observed that the real estate remained top of the investment chain, especially with the academic community stimulating focus on urban accommodation and hinted on plans to revisit a 200-unit Spanish housing project for the Municipality, aborted preliminarily in 2011.

He said internal revenue was crucial to the city’s ambitions, and that the Assembly had begun a crusade on clogged revenue streams including property rates, 90 per cent of which had never been paid.

The MCE appealed to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to mainstream the collection of rent taxes by law to boost revenue streams for government and development purposes.

Mr. Emmanuel Agbaxode, Chairman of the GJA, said the media sought to strengthen development collaboration with the various stakeholders, and assured the Assembly of continuous support.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Tasty Tom Headlines GOWA @ 5

Renowned vitamins and fibre enriched tomato mix company, Tasty Tom has signed a sponsorship agreement with organizers of Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA) at the Tang Palace Hotel in Accra.

And per the sponsorship agreement subject to renewal for an undisclosed amount, it makes the Tema-based company the title sponsor for the fifth edition scheduled for September 3 at the plush Tang Palace Hotel.

Brand Manager, Tasty Tom, Ewuresi Krampa, in her address said “Tasty Tom Enriched Tomato Mix has been a sponsor of GOWA since its commencement in 2018. We have always supported GOWA in its bid to celebrate and honour Ghanaian women because our brand Tasty Tom seeks to do the same thing.”

She pointed out that “We know that sometimes women in all spheres of endeavours, especially in the third world in spite of their efforts are not appreciated as much as they should be. We at Tasty Tom everyday celebrate the strength and resilience of our Ghanaian women and encourage them to bring out their best and be strong, and therefore our tagline, “Strength Comes from Within.

“Our product has been strengthened with vitamins and fiber which allow women who use it to cook, to increase the nutritional value of their cooking and this is what sets our brand apart from others. Women in using Tasty Tom Enriched Tomato Mix provide the strength that their families need because we know that that strength is in Tasty Tom Enriched Tomato Mix. Our product is well known for its good colour, taste and thickness.”

The brand manager added, “I have been duly informed that the theme for this year’s GOWA is ‘The Revolution of Women Leaders as a powerhouse for World evolution”. I think that this theme is most appropriate for the times that we find ourselves in. It calls on us as women wherever we find ourselves, in whichever sphere and in whatever role that we find ourselves not just to be leaders but to be revolutionary in our thinking and be innovators.

“ In the company at which I work, Nutrifoods Ghana Limited, we are empowering women and challenging them to bring out their best by having women in leadership positions.

“We are supporting the awards with cash and products. Additionally, the SHERO of the year will get 6 months supply of Tasty Tom Enriched Tomato Mix and Jollof Mix.”

CEO of GOWA Mrs Afua Asantewaa Aduonum expressed profuse thanks to the management of Tasty Tom for their continued support from day one till date saying, “We are indeed grateful for believing in us when no one saw the potential in us. You have been there for us through think and thin and we hope this fruitful marriage will grow as we travel along.”

The GOWA boss promised that plans are afoot to make this year’s event (fifth) an epochal one. Meanwhile, as part of activities marking the fifth-anniversary celebration, Team GOWA has embarked on many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects, the recent being a symposium geared towards empowering women in Cape Coast and donation exercises.

Source: Ghana Web

‘It wasn’t my intention to create this misunderstanding, I apologise’ – Hopeson Adorye

The former NPP Parliamentary candidate for the Kpone-Katamanso constituency, Hopeson Yaovi Adorye has retracted and apologised his widely criticized ethnocentric comments against northerners in the NPP.

A team of Alan Kyerematen loyalists on Saturday, August 13, led by Mr. Adorye hit the streets of the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, for a walk dubbed “Aduru wo so.”

Mr. Adorye, addressing the gathering, claimed that the next flagbearership position of the NPP must go to the Busia gate which is Alan Kyerematen and not Dr. Bawumia who is from the Dombo gate.

The NPP stalwart claimed “there is one thing I am going to say. The NPP has a tradition. Our tradition is Busia, Danquah and Dombo. Danquah represents Eastern Region and the bottom (south), Danquah represents Ashanti Region and the Bono areas, while Dombo represents Northern Region.

He continued, “whenever a Danquah leads the party, the Busia side steps aside but there is a Dombo (for a running mate), and whenever a Busia leads, the Danquah side steps aside but there is a Dombo (for a running mate). As for the Dombo’s they are always there (for a running mate).”

Though he initially clarified, the comment has continuously compelled some members of the elephant fraternity (NPP) to fire verbal attacks at him for what they believe to be tribal bigotry against NPP members in the North.

Mr. Adorye has released another statement explaining that his intention was not to discriminate against the Northerners nor to create upheavals or disunity within the party.

Despite still maintaining his stance that his comments had been miscontrued for political mischief by Alan Kyerematen’s opponents, he takes full responsibility for his actions and sincerely called for peace to prevail.

“Upon reflection, I realise that my statement may either have been misunderstood and offended some patriots or deliberately turned around by political opponents for their misguided intentions.

“As much as it is not my nature, it definitely was not my intention to create this misunderstanding,” he stated.

He adds “I take full responsibility for my actions and sincerely apologise to all who are offended.”

Read a copy of his full apology note below:

I refer to a statement I made on Saturday 13th August 2022 following the successful Alan, Aduru Woso Asanteman Health Walk in Kumasi and the ongoing comments on the statement on social media and some news websites.

Upon reflection, I realise that my statement may either have been misunderstood and offended some patriots or deliberately turned around by political opponents for their misguided intentions.

As much as it is not my nature, it definitely was not my intention to create this misunderstanding.

I take full responsibility for my actions and sincerely apologise to all who are offended.

I take this opportunity to state categorically that I am neither an Operations Director for Alan Kyerematen nor aware of any such campaign team created.

Asanteman has spoken, Alan Kyerematen is NPP’s Unifier and the best choice for victory in 2024, and l am at peace with it.

Source: Modern Ghana