‫يشهد توسع UnionPay International المستمر لشبكتها العالمية إصدار أكثر من 200 مليون بطاقة خارج البر الرئيسي الصيني

10 سنوات من تقديم خدمات الدفع العالمية المبتكرة

شنغهاي، 30 ديسمبر 2022 / PRNewswire / — مع إصدار بطاقات UnionPay التي تتجاوز 200 مليون خارج البر الصيني،   UnionPay International (UPI) تدخل عقدًا جديدًا من تقديم خدمات دفع عالية الجودة وفعالة من حيث التكلفة وآمنة عبر الحدود إلى أكبر قاعدة لحاملي البطاقات في العالم. وقد توسع شركاء UPI من 60 عضوا أوليًا منذ إنشائها في عام 2012 إلى 2500 مؤسسة على الصعيد الدولي مع شبكة قبول تغطي حاليا 181 بلدًا ومنطقة، يُصدر 78 منها حاليا بطاقات UnionPay ، مما يضمن تقديم خدمات محلية ملائمة لعدد متزايد باستمرار من حاملي بطاقات UnionPay العالمية والتجار.

تعمل شركة UnionPay International على تحسين تجربة الدفع عبر الحدود بشكل كبير لحاملي البطاقات المحليين

على مدى العقد الماضي، طورت UPI بلا توقف تقنية الدفع المتطورة لمشاركة تجربة دفع جديدة عبر الحدود مع حاملي بطاقات UnionPay في كل ركن من أركان العالم. في الوقت الحالي، خارج البر الرئيسي الصيني، يقبل 38 مليون تاجر عالمي بطاقات UnionPay ، بزيادة أربعة أضعاف منذ عام 2012، مع إضافة أربعة ملايين تاجر جديد في عام 2022 وحده. بلغت معدلات قبول بطاقة UnionPay في APAC وأوروبا وأمريكا الشمالية 95% و 80% و 80% على التوالي، في حين يستخدم 22 مليون تاجر عبر الإنترنت في 200 دولة ومنطقة الآن UnionPay للمدفوعات.

خلال هذه السنوات العشر، تطور التحول الرقمي لصناعة المدفوعات العالمية بسرعة، وعجلت UPI بتكرار المنتجات وترقيات الخدمة لتلبية عادات الدفع المتغيرة باستمرار للعملاء الدوليين. بالتعاون الوثيق مع البنوك المركزية وشبكات التحويل الوطنية وتحالفات الدفع، شاركت UPI بنيتها التحتية المالية المبتكرة ومعاييره الفنية في بلدان مثل تايلاند والفلبين وأصبح معيارًا موحدًا عبر الحدود لشبكة الدفع الآسيوية.

يعكس التوسع العالمي لشركة UPI ابتكارها التكنولوجي والرقمي المثير للإعجاب

في السنوات الأخيرة، تم إطلاق تطبيق UnionPay الموحد للصناعة المصرفية التي تدعم UnionPay بدون تلامس، ورمز الاستجابة السريعة والمدفوعات في آسيا والمحيط الهادئ، مما يعزز إلى حد كبير تجارب الدفع عبر الهاتف المحمول لحاملي البطاقات. بما في ذلك تطبيق UnionPay ، تم إطلاق أكثر من 170 محفظة إلكترونية قياسية من UnionPay خارج البر الرئيسي للصين، ويمكن لأكثر من 16 مليون تاجر دولي تجربة الراحة التي توفرها مدفوعات رمز الاستجابة السريعة أو “التمرير السريع”.

في عام 2018، تم إطلاق نسخة منطقة هونغ كونغ وماكاو الإدارية الخاصة من تطبيق UnionPay وفي غضون أربع سنوات، أصبحت واحدة من أشهر منتجات الدفع عبر الهاتف المحمول للمقيمين. يشمل الوصول إلى خدمات الدفع عبر الهاتف المحمول من UnionPay خدمة Singapore’s PayLah! ، و Malaysia’s Boost , و Thailand’s K Plus ، فضلًا عن العديد من المنتجات الرائدة الأخرى. تكمن وراء هذه الإنجازات منصات الخدمة الفنية التابعة لـ UPI ، بما في ذلك المطور، وإصدار البطاقة السحابية، ومنصات خدمة السيناريوهات، والتي تقلل من الصعوبات الفنية والتكاليف للشركاء للوصول إلى خدمات الجوال UnionPay ، ودعم المزيد من المؤسسات المالية. كما انضمت شركات الاتصالات والتجزئة وغيرها من الشركات إلى النظام البيئي للدفع عبر الهاتف المحمول في UnionPay لتعزيز تجربة الدفع عبر الهاتف المحمول لحاملي البطاقات الدوليين.

تواصل UnionPay انتشارها العالمي على قدم وساق وستتوسع أكثر في العقد المقبل

توسيع نطاقها العالمي، والابتكار المستمر، وسهولة الاستخدام لحاملي البطاقات في جميع أنحاء العالم، وهو الإصدار الأول الذي  بطاقات UnionPay في زامبيا  تم إطلاقه في وقت سابق من هذا العام حيث أصبحوا بسرعة تفضيلًا جديدًا للدفع. تم إصدار أكثر من 20 مليون بطاقة UnionPay دوليًا منذ بداية هذا العام، مع تجاوز معدلات المعاملات مستويات ما قبل الوباء. في APAC ، واحدة من كل أربع بطاقات مصرفية صادرة حديثًا من UnionPay التي تمثل الآن 95% من بطاقات الخصم في منطقة هونغ كونغ وماكاو الإدارية الخاصة. تم Nilson Report تصنيف حجم معاملات UnionPay في المرتبة الأولى بين كبار مصدري البطاقات الدوليين في منطقة آسيا والمحيط الهادئ لعام 2021.

I have not seen much commitment from gov’t to fight corruption – Special Prosecutor

The Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng is hoping that in the coming years, governments will show more commitment to fighting corruption in Ghana.

Speaking during an engagement with Joy News on Saturday, January 31, the Special Prosecutor disclosed that he is not sure the country is ready to fight corruption.

“We expect so much from the institutions fighting corruption, but collectively, are we ready?”

“A good measure of the reason why I say we are not ready yet, is that more than 60% of persons fear retaliation if they report corruption. And it is very dire. Even law enforcement agencies, even the Office of the Special prosecutor, even the Special Prosecutor himself is not spared this specter of pushback retaliation and that is why I situate it in the question I asked that are we ready. Everyone should ask themselves,” Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng noted.

He further stressed, “on the part of the government, is the government ready? I have not seen much commitment. Let us see that commitment, but from where I sit, I do not see it.”

Meanwhile, Kissi Agyebeng has admonished anti-corruption institutions to join heads to do more in fighting corruption.

According to him, it is the only way Ghana can deal with the canker that sees the country lose millions of cedis every year.

“On the part of anti-corruption institutions, and by this I am referring to the flagship agencies, Office of the Special Prosecutor, CHRAJ, EOCO and other anti-corruption agencies. Are we really doing what the republic has tasked us to do or we are engaging in our own predilections?

“We have done much in collaboration, in forging ahead together, in fighting corruption, but is there more we can do, I believe we can do more, we can win the fight against corruption. So I charge the anti-corruption agencies, let us do so. Let us not disappoint Ghana,” Mr. Agyebeng proposed.

Source: Modern Ghana

Nigel Gaisie gives detailed insights of how true prophets operate

A prophet who has vowed to go against the restrictions from the Ghana Police Service over doomsday prophecies on December 31st watch night services is Prophet Nigel Gaisie.

The founder and leader of the Prophetic Hill Chapel says there are true prophets whose prophecies are not fake.

He, however, noted that no prophet can ever have 100 percent of all prophecies come true.

In an interview with Accra-based Power FM, the prophet said true prophets pray against calamities which is why certain prophecies never come to pass as they say.

“The best way to differentiate between fake and real prophets is whether their prophecies manifest. No prophet has a 100% record on prophecies. It can never be 100% because we pray against some things and we also sometimes see things halfway. The sign of boldness is also another factor,” he stated.

The prophet describes the directive from the Ghana Police as a restriction on God since prophets are the spokespersons of God, who may be speaking to them concerning the possible happenings in future.

Source: Modern Ghana

Don’t consume whale washed ashore at Tema – FDA warns

Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is cautioning the general public against consuming a whale that was washed onto the shores of Tema in the Greater Accra Region.

The FDA warned that consuming such fish may have serious health implications, advising the public not to send the carcass of the whale into their kitchens for any form of food preparations.

In a statement, the FDA said, “the public is advised to stay away from such fishes that are washed ashore as one may not know the cause of death which may have an effect on health”.

The FDA assured that arrangements are underway to safely dispose of the carcass to prevent the public from accessing it.

“The situation has been brought under control and is being monitored to prevent people from having access to the carcass as arrangements are underway to safely dispose the carcass”.

It advised the public to contact the FDA or any of the Food Safety Emergency Response partners, if they come across such incidents.

“The public is advised to contact the FDA or any of the Food Safety Emergency Response partners (i.e., Fisheries and Aquaculture, Local Government and Rural Development, National Security, Customs Division, Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Department (PPRSD), Veterinary Services Department, Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Ghana Armed Forces, and the Ghana Health Services (GHS) if one comes across such an incident,” the FDA urged.

Source: Modern Ghana

Christians advised against idolatry, occultism

Reverend Nyeenyami Etsey Wovenu, the High Priest and Chairman of the governing council of the Church of Apostles Revelation Society (ARS) has advised Christians to shy away from occultism and other forms of idolatry and hold fast to the tenets of their faith as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev. Wovenu gave the advice in a sermon to climax the week-long annual convention of the Church at New Tadzewu in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta region.

According to the clergyman, most Christians have now strayed from the teachings of Christ and the Bible and are venturing into fetishism and occultism, which are against the Christian doctrine, principles, and faith.

“The almighty God is capable of solving all our problems – why then do many Christians these days stray from the path of righteousness and seek solutions to their problems in shrines and other ungodly places as if our heavenly father is now powerless to protect his children,” he wondered.

Rev. Wovenu observed that the youth of today in their burning desire to get rich quick were resorting to occultic practices, which are responsible for the many youthful and untimely deaths being witnessed across the country in recent times.

To this end, the ARS leader admonished the youth to be content with their lot and refrain from acts that would result in their sudden demise with many of them not being able to reach their full potentials to impact society.

He condemned the phenomenon, where television channels were allowed to air content, which encouraged money rituals and called on the National Media Commission (NMC) and other relevant authorities to enact laws to regulate such programming including sanctions to sanitise the airwaves.

The annual convention, which also marked the 83rd anniversary of the Founding of the ARS Church, came off from December 24 to 30, 2022.

It brought together thousands of Church members from across the globe and was on the theme “No King is saved by the multitude of an army- A mighty man is not delivered by great strength” as stated in the book of Psalms chapter 33: 16-19.

Source: Modern Ghana

Police arrest three suspects in Kasoa Mobile Money Robbery

The Police have arrested three suspects for their alleged involvement in a Mobile Money robbery at Kasoa, in the Awutu Senya East District of the Central Region.

However, one of the suspects, Godfred Okine, after his arrest, later complained of ill health and was rushed to the hospital, but died while receiving medical attention, according to an official media release.

The body of Okine has been deposited at the Police Hospital morgue for preservation and autopsy.

The Police explained that the suspects, Michael Otu, alias “Rider”, Godfred Okine and Asaa Faisal alias “Commander”, armed with a pump-action gun concealed in a baby diaper sack, allegedly attacked and shot a mobile money merchant, at his business centre.

The injured victim is in stable condition and receiving medical treatment.

The robbery occurred on Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

The release said efforts were underway to arrest one other suspect who was on the run.

Michael Otu and Asaa Faisal were put before the Ofaakor District Court on Thursday, December 29, 2022, and were remanded into Police custody to reappear in court on January 12, 2023.

Source: Modern Ghana

We’re fortunate to have survived 2022 – Mahama 2023 New Year Message

Former President John Dramani Mahama has said Ghanaians will welcome 2023, knowing that a journey of austerity and sacrifice is just beginning as a result of Ghana’s inability to service its debt leading to an IMF programme and its subsequent conditionalities.

Despite the economic hardships in 2022, Mr Mahama urged Ghanaians not to give up hope.

“We cannot give up on our dear motherland Ghana,” he said in a New Year’s message to Ghanaians on 31st December 2022.

“As we face the future with fortitude, let us remember the solemn words of the hymnist, Johnson Oatman Jr, when he urges us to Count Our Blessings and Name Them One by One.

“We have been fortunate to survive as a nation and are lucky by the grace of the Almighty to be alive to see the dawn of a new year. Once we have the gift of life, which is the most important of all, there is opportunity in the new year to be better versions of ourselves and work even harder towards salvaging our dear nation from the avoidable abyss into which she has been plunged,” Mr Mahama stated.

Below are details of the statement:

My 2023 New Year Message to the people of Ghana

What a year it has been!

Our dear nation, Ghana, defaulted on our debt obligations due to reckless binge borrowing over the last few years.

Ghanaians have been confronted with unprecedented hardships never seen under this Fourth Republic. And our democracy and patience as a people were tested to their elastic limits.

We welcome the new year, 2023, knowing that a journey of austerity and sacrifice is just beginning. But we cannot give up HOPE! We cannot give up on our dear motherland Ghana.

As we face the future with fortitude, let us remember the solemn words of the hymnist, Johnson Oatman Jr, when he urges us to Count Our Blessings and Name Them One by One.

We have been fortunate to survive as a nation and are lucky by the grace of the Almighty to be alive to see the dawn of a new year. Once we have the gift of life, which is the most important of all, there is opportunity in the new year to be better versions of ourselves and work even harder towards salvaging our dear nation from the avoidable abyss into which she has been plunged.

May this new year open the pathway and bring us to the cusp of building the ‘Ghana We Want’— a Ghana of opportunities for all and one in which our individual and collective aspirations are achieved.

I wish you all, my fellow countrymen and women, a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Source: Modern Ghana

EPA caution churches to be circumspect on noise levels during watch night services

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is advising religious bodies to be circumspect on their noise levels in their celebrations crossing over to 2023.

The agency began a monitoring and sensitization exercise before the yuletide by deploying officers to sanction event centres that exceed the required noise levels.

Throwing more light on the plans of the agency to regulate noise pollution on Friday night, the Executive Director of EPA, Dr. Henry Kwabena Kokofu, explained, “we are looking forward to 31st December 2022, which is a traditional period of outgoing.

“Fortunately, much of the night of 31st December 2022 will be church services and all that. We do expect some level of noise, but we will continue to monitor and ask people, particularly those who will be organising church services to moderate the noise”.

Source: Modern Ghana