New World Citizenship Report 2023 shows HNWIs and mass affluent in search of freedom: CS Global Partners

London, April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The second edition of the annual World Citizenship Report, reveals how high-net-worth-individuals (HNWIs) and the mass affluent are in search of greater freedoms – whether that means being able to enjoy better social safety and security for oneself and family, increased access to better employment prospects and business opportunities or being able to live in territories with higher social and institutional stability – the post-Covid ‘normal’ has global citizens looking beyond the confines of their own borders when thinking about their own future, and the future of their families.

With so much change happening so rapidly around us – inflation, broader macroeconomic volatility, geopolitical instability, energy uncertainty – it can be challenging to keep up with how all these disparate factors coming to bear on the prevailing attitudes toward global citizenship.

The World Citizenship Report is the world’s first-ever endeavour in investigating the value of citizenship through the lens of the global citizen. It answers how can we keep abreast of the shifting kaleidoscope of citizenship values and priorities using the World Citizenship Index, an innovative tool that takes a holistic approach to rank the world’s citizenships across multiple dimensions.

The World Citizenship Index is the product of a research-driven approach that goes beyond ordinary concepts of passport strength by placing greater emphasis on the diverse attitudes regarding key facets of citizenship. Unlike other rating tools, the World Citizenship Index ranking is designed to reflect a citizenship’s value through the lens of the newest generation of global citizens: the mass affluent population.

Biggest motivators to invest in alternative citizenship include quality of life, safety and security and financial freedom
The World Citizenship Report measures 188 countries across five motivators that are most relevant among the newest generation of global citizens – Safety and Security, Economic Opportunity, Quality of Life, Global Mobility and Financial Freedom.

This year, the Quality of Life ranked in first position of the five pillars, overtaking both Physical Safety and Financial Freedom.

Quality of Life looks at territories’ ability to provide its citizens with essential services required for a good standard of living, including higher standards of education and healthcare facilities.

Monaco, Denmark and Hong Kong took the top three spots in the Quality of Life pillar.

The United States came in at 29th position. African countries took the bottom 10 positions, with Somalia taking 185th place.

We are unfortunately living through a period where the standard of living is falling at the fastest rate in over a generation.

At the end of 2022, the UK Office for Budget Responsibility reported that UK households are set to suffer a 7.1 per cent fall in living standards over the next two years, the largest decline in six decades. And, according to the latest United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report published at the end of 2022, living conditions in 90 per cent of the world’s countries deteriorated in 2021 – something that hasn’t been seen since the height of the previous global recession caused by the financial crisis in 2007. Moreover, it marked the first consecutive year of decline in the 32-year history of the Human Development Index (HDI).
This data shows why quality of life is so highly coveted among global mass affluents, and indeed all individuals.

The Safety and Security motivator assesses how people in a certain country have the ability to enjoy greater social safety and security for themselves and their families and whether they have a safety net against being trapped in a territory with civil disorder.

Iceland took first place in the Safety and Security motivator, New Zealand came a close second place and Switzerland took third place. Afghanistan scored the lowest in this pillar.

Safety and Security remains an obvious top priority for the average mass affluent global citizen. This comes as no surprise given the uncertain state of the world – one need to look no further than the war in Ukraine as a painful reminder of the relative fragility of peace. Western nations now have a growing preoccupation or sense of danger around the prospect of war, having an active war so close to home compared with conflicts in Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world.

The Financial Freedom motivator measures the ability of a country to provide a favourable and stable regulatory climate for the establishment and functioning of businesses, as well as the holding of personal and business assets.

Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore took the first three spots in this pillar.

The growing desire for citizens to conduct their own financial affairs such as wealth management and estate planning without undue surveillance and burdensome regulations appears to be a feature of the current economic climate. While 43 per cent of World Citizenship Report survey respondents placed the heaviest emphasis on the employment opportunities typically associated with economic performance, those that placed importance on investments, estate planning, and wealth planning combined for a total of 37 per cent.

These sentiments reflect the growing perception that the rising costs of living and broader economic uncertainty are being accompanied by a creeping tax burden as state expenditures continue to escalate due to rocketing debt-servicing costs brought on by a tightening monetary landscape, rapid demographic changes, and other factors.

It must also be noted that governments themselves are being stressed by this tightening fiscal landscape due to the rising costs of servicing their debt – a factor that is fuelling the trend of rising tax burdens globally.

“In the 2022 edition of the World Citizenship Report, we only surveyed high-net-worth individuals (HNWI), this year, we expanded the survey to include a wider audience in order to gain a better perspective of what people prioritise in terms of their own nationality. The expanded audience of over 1000 participants included both HNWIs and the mass affluent from across the globe. Findings from the survey showed that while the research participants came from varied backgrounds and cultures, all with different needs and pain points, they all had one common goal: freedom,” concludes Micha Emmet, CEO of CS Global Partners. 

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Crurated Announces 2023 Exclusive Events

Hosted with renowned Producers and Chefs at some of the most prestigious restaurants, Domaines, and hotels Crurated events connect wine lovers to their favorite winemakers

Crurated Winemaker Dinner Featuring Wines from Domaine Pierre Girardin May 17 in NYC
May 17: Crurated will host an unforgettable evening of fine dining and exceptional wines at Legacy Records in New York City. The team, along with the winemaker Pierre-Vincent Girardin, will be serving a variety of wines from Domaine Pierre Girardin all in Magnum size; including Meursault Les Narvaux 2021, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2021, Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens Bas 2021, Vosne-Romanée 2020, Échezeaux Grand Cru 2019, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2018, and Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2020. Participation in this exclusive event is for paying members and by invite only.
Crurated Winemaker Dinner July 11 with Pierre Vincent Girardin from Domaine Pierre Girardin
July 11: Ecologically inspired Sabina Ibiza welcomes Crurated and 16 attendees to their five-star clubhouse for a delicious lunch-time experience. Food will be served from restaurant La Paloma and guests will meet the producers and taste wines from Domaine Vincent Dancer and Domaine Pierre Girardin.
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October 6: Crurated will host an exclusive winemaker dinner for 12 guests at one of the most celebrated restaurants, Asador Etxebarri, located in the Basque Region, a global gastronomique center of the world. Meet the winemakers and taste a selection of wines from Pomerol’s La Conseillante and Champagne Pierre Péters. Guests will also enjoy a deliciously paired menu from Basque Chef Victor Arguinzoniz.
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June 12-14: Join Crurated for a special trip for only 10 lucky guests to the Champagne region with visits to top estates. Attendees will also dine at family maisons and exclusive restaurants and meet producers that include Mathieu Roland-Billecart, CEO of Billecart-Salmon, Frédéric Rouzaud, owner of Louis Roederer, Alexandre Chartogne of Chartogne-Taillet, Raphaël Bérêche of Bérêche et Fils, Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters. Luxury accommodations will be provided by Residence Eisenhower.
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November 6-11: An exclusive group of wine lovers will have the chance to experience winemaker dinners in either Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Singapore with Vincent Dancer of Domaine Vincent Dancer.
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November 6-11: An exclusive group of wine lovers will have the chance to experience winemaker dinners in either Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Singapore with Vincent Dancer of Domaine Vincent Dancer.
Crurated Winemaker Dinner featuring Arnoux-Lachaux wines November 6 thru 11 in Asia
November 6-11: An exclusive group of wine lovers will have the chance to experience winemaker dinners in either Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Singapore with Charles Lachaux of Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux and Charles Lachaux
Crurated Winemaker Dinner November 6 thru 11 in Asia with Charles Lachaux
November 6-11: An exclusive group of wine lovers will have the chance to experience winemaker dinners in either Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Singapore with Charles Lachaux of Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux and Charles Lachaux

LONDON, April 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Crurated, the London-based membership wine community designed to connect connoisseurs with world-class producers, today announced the 2023 schedule of events. Hosted at some of the most prestigious restaurants, Domaines, and hotels in the world, Crurated events connect members with their favorite winemakers. Event attendees also have the chance to taste tailored menus from world-renowned chefs in luxurious environments. To learn more or register visit https://crurated.com/events/.

“Our events are intimate affairs bringing together world renowned producers and the people who love their wines,” said Alfonso de Gaetano, Founder of Crurated. “Our team carefully crafts experiences that are unlike anything people have previously experienced. From one-on-one chats with winemakers to stays at some of the best locations on the planet and food from award winning chefs, these events are not to be missed.”

  • May 17: Crurated will host an unforgettable evening of fine dining and exceptional wines at Legacy Records in New York City. The team, along with the winemaker Pierre-Vincent Girardin, will be serving a variety of wines from Domaine Pierre Girardin all in Magnum size; including Meursault Les Narvaux 2021, Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2021, Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens Bas 2021, Vosne-Romanée 2020, Échezeaux Grand Cru 2019, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles 2018, and Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2020. Participation in this exclusive event is for paying members and by invite only.
  • June 12-14: Join Crurated for a special trip for only 10 lucky guests to the Champagne region with visits to top estates. Attendees will also dine at family maisons and exclusive restaurants and meet producers that include Mathieu Roland-Billecart, CEO of Billecart-Salmon, Frédéric Rouzaud, owner of Louis Roederer, Alexandre Chartogne of Chartogne-Taillet, Raphaël Bérêche of Bérêche et Fils, Rodolphe Péters of Pierre Péters. Luxury accommodations will be provided by Residence Eisenhower.
  • July 11: Ecologically inspired Sabina Ibiza welcomes Crurated and 16 attendees to their five-star clubhouse for a delicious lunch-time experience. Food will be served from restaurant La Paloma and guests will meet the producers and taste wines from Domaine Vincent Dancer and Domaine Pierre Girardin.
  • October 6: Crurated will host an exclusive winemaker dinner for 12 guests at one of the most celebrated restaurants, Asador Etxebarri, located in the Basque Region, a global gastronomique center of the world. Meet the winemakers and taste a selection of wines from Pomerol’s La Conseillante and Champagne Pierre Péters. Guests will also enjoy a deliciously paired menu from Basque Chef Victor Arguinzoniz.
  • November 6-11: An exclusive group of wine lovers will have the chance to experience winemaker dinners in either Bangkok, Hong Kong, or Singapore with Vincent Dancer of Domaine Vincent Dancer and Charles Lachaux of Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux and Charles Lachaux. More details about these exclusive events will be available in the coming weeks.

Watch the Crurated social media channels and register at Crurated.com to become a member and stay up to date.

About Crurated
Launched in 2021 with an emphasis on France and Italy, Crurated is a membership-based wine community designed to connect connoisseurs with world-class producers. A team of specialists provides personalized services and authentic experiences, while Crurated’s seamless logistics service guarantees quality and provenance thanks to secure wine cellar storage and innovative blockchain technology. To become a member visit crurated.com.

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The gospel musician who ‘suffered in silence’ following bitter marriage experience with a pastor

Her husband did not only cheat on her; he also married another woman while they were still married, that is the story of Agnes Opoku Agyeman, a gospel musician who opened up about her marriage experience in an interview in April 2022.

“I was in my husband’s house when I heard he had married another woman… because of what people will say, I had to keep mute and suffer,” she said in the interview as she explained why she didn’t leave the house having been fed with the information about her husband’s second marriage.

Below is the story as published on GhanaWeb on April 26, 2022.

Popular Ghanaian gospel musician, Agnes Opoku Agyeman, has narrated how her previous marriage to an unfaithful pastor brought her life to a standstill at a certain period.

The renowned gospel singer said contrary to society’s ‘picture perfect’ imagination of being married to a pastor, in her case, it was hell.

Recounting her painful ordeal, Opoku Agyeman said her former husband did not only cheat, but he went ahead to marry another woman while they were still married.

The ‘mensan makyi’ hitmaker said during that particular period, divorce wasn’t an option for her, adding that, she stayed and endured the maltreatment for the fear of being judged by society.

Agnes said she continued to live in her matrimonial home until her ex-husband, who got fed up, divorced her.

“I was in my husband’s house when I heard he married another woman but I had no choice but to stay because of what people will say, I was scared to leave to I had to keep mute and suffer. I cried; I was in pain but I had to endure. I stayed until he went ahead to divorce me. He was a pastor; I married a pastor.

“It got to a point, there were countless rumours about my marriage, but through it all, I prayed to God and asked him to take me out of this. I told myself that divorce isn’t my portion because my mother is 85 years old but she is still married to my 95-year-old father. I wanted to follow in that stead but I wasn’t fortunate. If I wasn’t grounded in the word of God, I wouldn’t have been able to pull through all I went through,” she stated in an interview with Joy Prime and monitored by GhanaWeb.

She also touched on the case of the popular Nigerian gospel singer, Osinachi Nwachukwu, who was recently allegedly battered and killed by her husband.

Likening that particular situation to hers, Agnes Opoku said the only difference was that she wasn’t physically abused, and on her part, she was advised to leave the marriage.

“Recently, with regards to the Nigerian gospel singer that died, I heard her husband usually beats her, and anytime she informed her pastor, he advised her to remain in the marriage. She was informed that a Christian should not divorce under any circumstance. but in my case a lot of pastors advised me to leave the marriage,” she said.

Agnes, who is currently happily married to another man, said it took her nine solid years to move on after her divorce.

“The divorce never affected my career because he wasn’t my manager. I stayed for nine years before re-marrying,” she added.

Source: Ghana Web

Head of WTO urges young Ghanaians to take advantage of thriving digital trade in Ghana

The Head of the World Trade Organisation, Ngozi Nkojo-Iweala has encouraged young Ghanaians to take advantage of Ghana’s booming digital trade, which she said is one of the fastest-rising in the world.

The WTO boss is on an official visit to Ghana and during a meeting with Trade Minister, K.T. Hammond, she commended Ghana’s efforts at expanding her digital space, thus making digital trade thrive in the country, among the fastest in the world.

“One of the most exciting happenings in the world today is the rise of digital trade,” the WTO boss said.

“Digitally delivered services are growing fastest and Ghana is doing quite well from the numbers we can see.”

“Digitally delivered services in Ghana are doing well; whether it is a professional service business, trading, intellectual services or back office functions with others, or digital trading of women and men on the Internet. That is growing very fast.”

“Because Ghana is doing so well, I want to encourage young men and women to do more of digital trade,” she noted.

Ghana’s digital progress is highly regarded internationally, following remarkable gains in several critical areas, including a national identity system, digital property address system, digitisation of government services, and mobile money interoperability, among others.

Ghana’s seamless digital payment system, between mobile money wallets and bank accounts, has boosted online trade, as many public and private services, including petty trading, can be accessed online.

Source: Ghana Web

Suhuyini details how some government officials used military for galamsey protection duties

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, has accused the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) of hypocrisy in its fight against illegal small-scale mining, popularly known as galamsey.

The MP argues that the NPP lost votes in galamsey communities during the 2020 elections not because of its commitment to the fight against galamsey, but because of its failure to address the issue in a fair and transparent manner.

Speaking in a panel discussion on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on April 25, 2023, he asserted that Professor Frimpong-Boateng, who previously served as the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, had recently admitted to the insincerity of the government’s fight against galamsey in his explosive report on the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM) presented to the Chief of Staff.

According to Suhuyini, the community members and chiefs in the affected areas were upset because the government had banned all forms of mining, yet some bigwigs and party people were given protection to mine in forest reserves.

He alleged that soldiers were brought in to provide protection for people to mine in their communities during the supposed ban.

“I said it in 2020 when the president and his communicators went on a rampage saying that they lost in galamsey communities because of their fight against galamsey, that it wasn’t true. Professor Frimpong-Boateng admits to what I said then, the reason why they lost in those areas is because the people were witnesses to the ununiform fight, and the people were angry by that because they had been stopped from mining but there was evidence that, there are big wings and party people who were given protection to mine in those forest reserves, when they had been stopped from mining.

“So, it was as a result of their disappointment, in the way the fight was waged that they punished the NPP, it was not because the NPP was committed to the fight and for which reason they lost votes, no it was the hypocrisy, and that is what Professor Frimpong Boateng admits to, the community members were upset, chiefs were upset…because soldiers were brought to provide protection for people to mine in their communities when there was supposed to be a ban.

“…this has come to confirm what we have always suspected, that there was never a fight in the first place, there was a platform created for people to be protected and for the operation to be limited to a few,” he said.

Source: Ghana Web

GFA, ex-players meet after Stephen Appiah’s outburst

Ghana Football Association (GFA) and the Professional Football Association of Ghana (PFAG) convened a crucial meeting in Accra on Tuesday, April 25.

It is believed this was necessitated by the comments of former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah weeks ago, which criticized the alleged sidelining of former players in football administration.

The main agenda was to deliberate and discuss issues that are vital to the development of football in Ghana.

The meeting focused on player welfare, the standard player contract, funding and support for domestic football and national teams, and the role of former players in the development of Ghana football.

GFA President Edwin Simeon-Okraku urged the PFAG to provide recommendations and proposals on the current GFA statutes. The statutes are under review for possible amendments to make them more effective.

During the meeting, the importance of footballers, both ex-active and active in the football ecosystem, was emphasized, particularly opportunities in coaching and other identified pathways.

“We have a lot to do as stakeholders to push this industry to greater heights. I know the power and influence that you all carry as individuals and as a unit hence this meeting,” said GFA President Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku.

The meeting was attended by top officials of the GFA including GFA President Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku, Vice President Mark Addo, Executive Council Members Dr. Tony Aubynn, Nana Sarfo Oduro, and Samuel Anim Addo, among others.

The PFAG delegation, on the other hand, was led by President Samuel Osei Kuffuor and included Vice President Joseph Tetteh Zutah, General Secretary Anthony Baffoe, and Deputy General Secretary Solomon Torson.

Source: Ghana Web

How to know if your boyfriend is your problem – Socialite ‘schools’ women

Nigerian talent manager cum producer, Soso Soberekon, has shared his thoughts on how ladies can detect if their partners are contributing to their problems.

The talent manager, in an Instagram post, stated that men who leave their girlfriends to figure out problems all by themselves are red flags.

He said male partners are supposed to share their ladies’ problems with them adding then that’s what a real man does.

When a woman tells her partner about her problems and he asks what she intends to do, Soso contends that she should be aware that he is just one of the many issues she has.

He wrote: “When you tell your boyfriend ur problems and he says, “What Are you going To Do”? Just Know You’re Dating One Of Ur Problems.”

The post has since garnered mixed reactions among social media users as they shared varied opinions about Soso’s comments.

Check out the reactions below:

oluwakemi._o: “So true. Even if he no geh money make E geh sense always having a strategy to tackle d problem.”

anike_modupeopla: “My head don full for relationship advice! Make Una give me food chop”

ddashnblushmakeovers: “Him asking what are you going to do might be that he wants to hear your feedback concerning the issue before he shares his idea/opinion. Even as a lady if u get problem and na to just carry am go meet your BF wey no be ur papa, u sef na problem them suppose avoid you. R/ship adviser…”

iamballing1122: “He didn’t lie. Person wey love you no go leave you with you problems. It’s applicable to both genders though.”

wendy_adamma: “Omo! If someone close to shares their personal problem with me. It instantly becomes what are “we” going to do.”

chaaretea: “Haba na , some people are actually honestly clueless, they don’t want to seem like there’re suggesting, so they’ll ask you what you want to do , then possibly work hand in hand with you for positive results .”

gatsegwasi: “I once dated someone like this. He never had any advise for me no matter what the challenge was. Narrate the situation and watch him say so what are you going to do now? Those words annoyed me so much. Imagine going over and beyond for someone and he gives you this response when it’s you.”

Source: Ghana Web

Tema motorway flyover project to be completed by December 2023

Works on the flyover over the Tema Motorway from Flowerpot Roundabout to the East Legon Boundary Road is expected to be completed by December 2023.

The project being undertaken by Messrs. China Railway No. 5 Engineering Ghana Limited and funded by GoG (Afriexim Bank) consists of one mainline bridge (802 m), two ramp bridges (220 m), four auxiliary roads (2.5 km), and ancillary works

The resident engineer for the project, Ing. Emmanuel Doegbotse disclosed this when The Minister of Roads and Highways, Mr Kwasi Amoako-Attah, and a team of Engineers inspected the progress of work at the site.

He revealed that there will be 7 stages of construction across the motorway.

“Stage 1 will not affect traffic flow, whereas Stage 2 through Stage 4 will affect traffic movement, and vehicles will be directed through the central portion of the motorway. With Stage 5, the traffic will be taken to the extreme edges of the motorway. Finally, traffic will be brought back to its original lanes during the Stages 6 and 7 constructions.

“In all stages, maximum vehicle heights will be limited to 4.5 meters as required by law. Vehicles will be stopped by police, and if found to have flouted the required height, they will be made to turn back to their origin using the temporary U-turns created,” he further explained.

The Roads and Highways Minister, Mr. Kwasi Amoako Attah, expressed satisfaction with the progress of the work and charged the contractor to clamp down on vehicles found to have flouted the required height limit.

The general scope of work includes a dual carriageway of the entire flyover with asphaltic concrete surfacing; a ramp from the northbound (Shiashie) onto the flyover towards the southbound (Airport Hills); a ramp from the flyover onto the motorway towards Tema; a slip from the motorway to the Boundary Road roundabout; an additional exit into the cantonments from the Giffard Road Interchange; drains, culverts, streetlights, and road line markings.

Source: Ghana Web