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Barclays Bank Ghana is changing to Absa, All your Frequently Asked Questions answered!!! #journeytoAbsa

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Barclays Bank Ghana will officially and legally change its name to Absa Bank Ghana on 10 February 2020. This is in line with the parent company, Absa Group Limited’s decision to rebrand all its operations to Absa, as announced in July 2018.

Here is what Barclays Bank Ghana customers and indeed the general public need to know about the name change.

  1. Who is Absa?

Absa Group Limited is Barclays Bank Ghana’s parent company, one of Africa’s top three largest banks and top 40 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. With a strong balance sheet of more than 91 billion dollars (as June 2019), we are one of Africa’s largest diversified financial services groups, offering an integrated set of products and services across personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, wealth and investment management and insurance. The Group has a presence in 12 African countries and an international representative office in London and soon to open one in New York. We have approximately 40,000 employees, more than 1,000 branches, and nearly 10,000 ATMs.

The Group’s registered head office is in Johannesburg, and it owns majority stakes in banks in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa (Absa Bank), Tanzania (Barclays Bank Tanzania and National Bank of Commerce), Uganda and Zambia. Apart from offices in London and New York, the Group also has representative offices in Namibia and Nigeria, as well as insurance operations in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia.

The new Absa brand (which Barclays Bank Ghana will adopt on 10 February 2020 represents a uniquely diverse African banking group whose purpose is to bring possibility to life.

  1. Is this the same as Barclays?

We are still called Barclays for now, but will officially change our name to Absa Bank Ghana in February 2020. All our services and products work as they always have throughout this process, and our dedication to you remains the same.

  1. What does Absa stand for?

Absa is a proudly African banking group with operations in 12 countries and an international office in London. We have approximately 40,000 employees, more than 1,000 branches and almost 10,000 ATMs across the continent, and offer an integrated set of banking, investment and insurance operations.

  1. What does the Absa acronym stand for?

The word Absa is not an acronym but rather a brand name that signifies a proudly diverse African backing group with operations in 12 countries, plus an international office in London and soon to also have one in New York. We have approximately 40,000 employees, more than 1,000 branches, and nearly 10,000 ATMs.

The original ABSA began as the amalgamation of several banks and was first registered as the Amalgamated Banks of South Africa, abbreviated as ABSA, back in 1991.  The abbreviation was dropped and the company registered simply as Absa more than ten years ago. Today, the News Absa is proudly diverse African banking brand, reflective of the diversity of all our operations.

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Each of our banks is rooted in local culture and indelibly committed to serving the needs of our local customers and communities. Together we represent a proudly independent African banking group with global reach.

Journey to Absa

  1. Why are you changing?

While Barclays plc continues to have a significant stake of 14.9% in our parent company, Absa Group, it’s no longer our majority shareholder and we’ve begun to separate our operations in Africa from those of Barclays plc. This change gave us the opportunity to roll out a new brand that reflects our uniquely African identity and unite the business in Africa behind a single brand and purpose. We are on our way to embracing our ambition of becoming an independent pan African bank, under a new name: Absa.

  1. Why the colour change?

We are rolling out a new brand that reflects our uniquely African identity, and our new shades of colours has been inspired by the continent. We chose vibrant colours to represent Absa because they are passionate and proud, and inspired by those colours woven through our African land and skies.

  1. Why did you decide on this look?

Our transition has given us the opportunity to roll out a new brand that reflects our uniquely African identity, and unite all Absa-owned companies across the continent behind a single brand and purpose. We chose a vibrant red colours to represent the brand because it’s passionate and proud, and inspired by the colour woven through our African land and skies.

  1. Is Barclays PLC still involved in any way?

Although Barclays PLC is no longer a majority shareholder, they continue to have a significant shareholding in our parent company, Absa Group Limited.

  1. Is there a chance that Absa Bank Ghana will be listed on our stock exchange in the future?

At the moment, our company’s priority is to successfully complete our name change to Absa Bank. We’re currently not considering a local listing. However we will continue to remain a systemically significant bank contributing to the economic growth of Ghana as we have always done.

  • What is Absa Group’s shareholding percent following Barclay’s PLC’s shares sell-down?

Barclays plc remains the largest shareholder with a 14.9% stake in our parent company, Absa Group, although it is not our controlling shareholder. The remaining is held by many other institutional investors across the globe. If you’d like to know more about our shareholders, please visit: www.absa.africa/absaafrica/investor-relations/shareholders

  • Why did Barclays leave Ghana?

Barclays plc remains the largest shareholder with a 14.9% stake in our parent company, Absa Group, although it is not our controlling shareholder.

After the 2008 global financial crisis, UK regulators introduced new rules that had far-reaching effects on the banks. One of the consequences was that it became less attractive for global banks such as Barclays plc to own majority stakes in banks abroad. As a controlling shareholder, Barclays plc carried 100 per cent of the financial responsibility and risk, but received only 62 per cent of the benefits (as per its sharing holding percentage).

  • Is this a merger or a takeover?

This is a change of name for our company. Following the reduction in shares by Barclays PLC (UK) in Barclays Africa Group, our parent company officially changed its name to Absa Group Limited. We are officially adopting our parent company Absa Group’s name and brand. We are officially changing our name to Absa Bank Ghana and under our new name, we have entered a new era as forward looking African bank with global reach.

  • Will the Barclays branding be completely gone after the name change to Absa?

Given the operational complexity of our name change, there will be a short period of time where the blue of Barclays and the red of Absa will co-exist. We have until mid-2020 to fully transition to the Absa brand, but we expect to accomplish this long before this deadline.

  • Why did you decide on Absa as the new brand?

We know how important a decision like this is, and, before coming to any conclusions, we consulted widely with over 130,000 employees, customers, regulators and other stakeholders across the continent. The outcome of these discussions was that we needed one brand to unite all our operations across Africa. The Absa brand was already part of our Group. It was well-established and well-known in parts of Africa, and has strong African and international banking credentials.

  • Is this a South African bank taking over a formerly British bank?

This is an African bank with deep roots and presence in Africa. We have been part of this family since 2013 when the Group was created. This is just a name change due to change in shareholding of our Group. We have taken on a new name: Absa, and we have entered a new era as forward looking African bank with global reach to serve both our local and international clients.

  • Can I have the same confidence in this new brand as I had in Barclays?

As we evolve into Absa Bank, we are not only building on a heritage of over 100 years of banking in Ghana, but we are also joining one of Africa’s top three largest banks, with a strong balance sheet of more than 91 billion dollars.

Absa Group Limited is committed to building on Barclays’ heritage in Africa and the strengths that we already have on the continent. We have a deep history and local knowledge in Ghana. Our main products, services and commitment to you haven’t changed. You can look forward to even more from us. Our customers can bank with us as confidently as they always have.

  • Will my money be safe with this bank?

You can bank with us as safely as you always have. Absa Group Limited is one of the largest banking groups in Africa, with a balance sheet size of more than USD 91 billion (as at 30 June 2019). In Ghana, we were one of the first banks to meet the Central Bank’s new capital requirement, through internally generated funds. We have also been the most profitable bank for the past 3 years and our strong performance as well as contribution to the economy and banking sector has been recognised both locally and internationally.

Journey to Absa – Product and Service related changes

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  • What will change after the name change?

 

What will changeWhat will not change
General
Product names that reference Barclays will change. These will be replaced by Absa (e.g. Barclays Direct Loan will change to Absa Direct Loan).

 

No change to customer account details.
Customers’ underlying information will remain unchanged, but their account statements may look a little different (e.g. Barclays references will be replaced with Absa references).

 

No fee changes associated with the name change.
Frontline branch colleagues will wear our new Absa uniform.No need to re-contract on existing agreements, terms and conditions.

 

No impact on the privacy of customer information.

 

Our branches will operate as usual during our normal banking hours.
Our country SWIFT code – BARCGHAC, address, telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.
Card
All new cards issued from 10 February 2020 will be under the Absa brand.
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Barclays cards will continue to work as normal until their date of expiry.
We encourage customers to visit our branches and pick up their new Absa Debit & Credit Cards from the 10th of February.Both Barclays and Absa cards will continue to work in ATMs, point-of-sale (POS) terminals and online, as usual.
Cheques
All new chequebooks from 10 February 2020 will be issued under the Absa brand.

 

Customers can use their Barclays cheque book until 10 August 2020. After that, only cheques drawn on us with an Absa cheque book will be accepted

 

We encourage customers to visit our branches and pick up to request for their new Absa Cheque book from the 10th of February.

Barclays Cheque books will be valid for 6 months after our official name change in February. Customers can therefore continue to use their Barclays cheque book until 10 August 2020. After that, only cheques drawn on us with an Absa cheque book will be accepted.
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The look and feel of ATMs, internet banking, mobile apps will change, but they will continue to work as normal. Your online banking credentials will remain the same.

 

You will have the opportunity to download our new apps in due course.
Your online banking credentials will remain the same.
Contacting us
For more information, go to gh.barclaysafrica/journeytoAbsa.
Employee email addresses have changed to ………@absa.africa (e.g. Kwesi.Adotey@absa.africa)

 

All phone numbers remain unchanged

 

  • What do these changes mean for me as a customer? Do I need to do anything?

You do not need to do anything as a result of the changes you’re seeing. Your products and services will not be impacted by our name change. You can look forward to a new, refreshed banking experience with us once we’ve changed to the Absa name.

  • Will you be issuing new chequebooks?

All chequebooks issued after our name change will have the Absa brand identity.

You can use your Barclays cheque book until August 2020, after which only cheques drawn on from an Absa cheque book will be accepted.

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  • Will you be issuing new cards?

All new cards issued from 10 February 2020 onwards will bear the Absa brand. Barclays-branded cards will continue to be valid until they expire, at which point we will replace this card with an Absa-branded card.

We encourage customers to visit our branches and pick up their new Absa Debit & Credit Cards from the 10th of February.

  • Will there be staff changes? Will I be dealing with the same tellers/branch manager?

Our people are our strength and they will continue to serve with a greater focus you the customer. Nothing will change in how we serve you on a daily basis, so you can bank with us as confidently as you always have.

  • You will need to invest significant resources in the rebranding exercise. Will I be paying for this?

The cost of implementing and communicating this rebranding has been carefully planned. The cost will be paid by our company, and will not be passed on to you now or in the future.

  • Will these changes affect products and services?

No, our name change will not directly affect your existing products or services. In fact, you can look forward to new and innovative products and services.

  • Will my card/account, etc. still work?

Your account and cards will continue to work as they always have. The process of changing Barclays Bank Ghana to Absa does not affect the functionality of products or services.

  • Will my banking app still work?

Your Barclays branded banking app will work until the name change date after which you will need to download our new Absa branded banking app from your Google Play store or Apple App store.

  • Can I still use my Barclays-branded card in the ATM and at branches and points-of-sale?

Yes, you can continue to use all your Barclays products and services in the same way as you have in the past.

Once we change our name, all new cards issued from that day onwards will bear the Absa brand. Barclays-branded cards will continue to be valid until they expire, at which point we will replace this card with an Absa-branded card.

We encourage customers to visit our branches and pick up their new Absa Debit & Credit Cards from the 10th of February.

  • Will there be any additional transactional charges for using a Barclays-branded card in an Absa ATM or point-of-sale (POS) machine, and vice versa?

There will be no additional bank fees or charges on any of these transactions locally.

  • Will I be able to access all my banking services without interruption?

Our transition period is being carefully managed and will align with stakeholder and regulatory requirements to ensure that the changes are as seamless as possible. We are working hard to ensure a smooth transition of all our systems from Barclays to Absa, with minimal interruption to our customers. We apologise in advance should there be any inconvenience to you whatsoever.

  • Will I be required to change my account details?

No, you will not be required to change your banking details at any point during our name change. We urge you to be particularly vigilant during this time, as fraudsters are always looking for opportunities to obtain important personal information by masquerading as your bank. They may use any opportunity to ask you to change your details. Such messages do not come from us – your bank account details (including account number and branch code) will not change.

  • Is the SWIFT code going to change?

Our SWIFT code [BARCGHAC], address, telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged. From our name change date, all references will be to Absa. You will not be required to do anything as a result of this change. 

  • Will my bank charges/rates be changing?

Bank charges and rate changes happen from time to time in most banks. Any changes to bank charges or rates will not be a result of our brand transition or change, but will happen as part of our normal course of business.

  • Will this affect the current loan agreement I have with Barclays?

There will be no change to your current loan agreement with Barclays. The contracts will not require change now or in the future.

  • If I suspect my account has been compromised, who should I call?

If you suspect that your account has been compromised or If your card is lost, stolen, retained or jammed while using a Barclays or Absa ATM, call our Contact Centre on 0302429150 or Toll free: 0800 222 333.

  • What must I do if I receive an email or link asking me to provide my account details/information?

We will not be asking customers for any information nor will we need you to update any of your personal account information or details as a result of this change.

Report all such incidents to our Contact Centre on 0302429150 or Toll free: 0800 222 333 or nearest branch.

  • Who can I contact for more information?

If you have a specific query or have a question that has not been answered, you can contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0302429150 or Toll free: 0800 222 333, speak to any of our branch staff, or visit gh.barclaysafrica/journeytoAbsa.

  • What measures are being put in place to protect customers from fraudulent activities?

We are proactively notifying our customers to be vigilant and careful with their personal information.

We urge customers to be particularly vigilant during this time, as fraudsters are always looking for opportunities to obtain important personal information. We will not be asking customers for any information nor will we need them to update any of their personal account information or details as a result of this change. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that safety and anti-fraud messaging is included in all our communications around our name change

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  • Questions related to xenophobia

Diversity is a strength that is at the heart of our business. Absa has colleagues and customers from different African countries in all our operations, something of which we are very proud.

As business with a strong diversity and inclusion policies, we will continue to embrace and server people from all nation with respect and in dignity.

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San Diego on a Budget: Your Guide to Affordable Stays

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San Diego, with its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and year-round sunshine, is a dream destination for travelers from near and far. 

However, enjoying all that this coastal city has to offer can sometimes come with a hefty price tag, with 3-star hotels averaging $200 per night.

But, a trip to San Diego doesn’t have to break the bank! 

We’ve put together a guide to help you find the perfect accommodations in America’s Finest City without breaking the bank. 

1. Pick the Ideal Location

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Finding affordable accommodations in San Diego is all about knowing where to look. 

While the city boasts its fair share of luxury resorts and high-end hotels, there are numerous neighborhoods offering budget-friendly options without compromising on convenience or charm:

  • Ocean Beach: Known for its laid-back vibe and eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, Ocean Beach is a great choice for budget travelers. You’ll find a variety of affordable accommodations here, including cozy beachside cottages and motels.
  • Pacific Beach: If you’re looking to be close to the action, Pacific Beach is the go-to place. With its bustling boardwalk, lively nightlife, and wide range of budget accommodations, you’ll never be bored in PB.
  • Hillcrest: Located just a few miles north of downtown, Hillcrest is a vibrant neighborhood known for its diverse dining scene and thriving LGBTQ+ community. Here, you’ll find a mix of budget-friendly hotels, guesthouses, and vacation rentals.
  • Old Town: For a taste of San Diego’s history and culture, look no further than Old Town. This charming neighborhood is home to historic adobe buildings, colorful shops, and some of the city’s most affordable accommodations.

2. Understand the Different Types of Wallet-Friendly Stays

From cozy guesthouses to charming beachside cottages, there’s a budget-friendly abode options are as diverse as the city itself. 

  • Budget Hotels: San Diego boasts a plethora of budget hotels scattered throughout the city, offering comfortable stays at wallet-friendly prices. These hotels often provide essential amenities such as complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and convenient access to local attractions.
  • Hostels: For solo travelers or those seeking a social atmosphere, hostels are an excellent choice. San Diego’s hostels offer dormitory-style accommodations at affordable rates, along with communal spaces where guests can mingle and exchange travel tips.
  • Vacation Rentals: Opting for a vacation rental can be a cost-effective solution for families or groups traveling together. Whether it’s a cozy apartment in the heart of the city or a beachfront bungalow with ocean views, vacation rentals offer the comforts of home at a fraction of the cost of traditional hotels.
  • Hotels with Kitchenette Suites: For travelers looking to save on dining expenses, hotels with kitchenette suites in San Diego are a savvy choice. These accommodations typically include a kitchen area equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, and stovetop, ideal for guests who want to prepare their own meals and snacks.
  • Airbnb: With its wide range of listings, Airbnb provides budget-conscious travelers with the opportunity to book unique accommodations at competitive prices. From private rooms to entire homes, Airbnb offers flexibility and affordability for those looking to experience San Diego like a local.
  • Motels and Inns: Along San Diego’s coastal highways and in its charming neighborhoods, you’ll find a variety of motels and inns offering affordable accommodations. These establishments often provide basic amenities and convenient locations for budget travelers looking to explore the city without breaking the bank.

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Many budget-friendly stays offer in-suite kitchens, equipped for your cooking convenience.

3. Look for the Cost-Saving Features

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When hunting for budget-friendly accommodations in San Diego, keep an eye out for the following features to make the most of your stay: 

  • Free Breakfast: Look for accommodations offering complimentary breakfast to start your day off right without spending extra.
  • Wi-Fi: Ensure that free Wi-Fi is included to stay connected without incurring additional costs.
  • On-Site Laundry: Save on laundry expenses during your stay by selecting accommodations with on-site laundry facilities or services.
  • Free Parking: Look for accommodations offering free parking options to avoid hefty fees that can add up quickly.

Additional Tips for a Budget-Friendly Trip to San Diego

To make the most of your budget-friendly stay in San Diego, consider these tips to save money.

  • Book Off-Season: Traveling during the shoulder seasons or offseason can lead to significant savings on accommodation rates. Aim for periods outside of peak tourist seasons to find better deals. Typically, San Diego hotels will offer lower rates during fall and winter months (excluding holidays).
  • Early Booking Discounts: Take advantage of early booking discounts by securing your accommodations well in advance. Many hotels offer discounted rates for bookings made several months ahead of your travel dates.
  • Special Deals and Packages: Keep an eye out for special deals and packages offered by hotels, especially during promotional periods or holidays. These can include discounted room rates, complimentary upgrades, or added amenities.
  • Membership Discounts: Check if you qualify for any membership discounts, such as AAA or AARP, which often offer savings on hotel stays. Additionally, consider joining hotel loyalty programs to earn points or access exclusive member-only rates.
  • Flexible Travel Dates: Remain flexible with your travel dates to take advantage of fluctuations in accommodation prices. Use flexible date search tools to identify the cheapest days to stay in your desired location.
  • Use Price Comparison Websites: Utilize price comparison websites and booking platforms to compare rates across different accommodations. Look for hidden fees and consider total costs, including taxes and any additional charges.

Takeaways

In San Diego, discovering on a budget is within reach with a little planning. From laid-back Ocean Beach to vibrant Pacific Beach, there’s a neighborhood for every budget. 

Whether you choose a budget hotel, hostel, or vacation rental, affordable options abound. Prioritize essential amenities and seize off-season rates and deals for a quality experience without overspending. Dive into the charm of America’s Finest City without breaking the bank.

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Actress and Activist Akosua Asieduaa Advocates for Youth Empowerment and Gender Equality at USAID Youth Conference

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 Budding Ghanaian actress and activist, Akosua Asieduaa Asare Brewu, took center stage at the recently concluded USAID Youth Conference in Washington, where she passionately voiced her commitment to addressing the challenges facing the most vulnerable  demographic in society – the youth.

As a fervent advocate for youth empowerment and gender equality, Asieduaa highlighted the urgent need for concerted efforts in empowering the girl child and tackling period poverty, particularly prevalent in Ghana. Drawing from her own experiences and observations, she underscored the importance of prioritizing these issues to ensure a brighter and more equitable future for all.

  Discovered and signed in 2019 to Pave; a prominent hub dedicated to discovering and nurturing creative talents in Ghana, Asieduaa has garnered widespread acclaim for her role as “Tilly”, a high school senior who battles the turbulence of adolescence in the popular YOLO TV Series. Leveraging her platform as an actress and activist, she continues to inspire change and drive meaningful dialogue on pressing social issues.

Her impassioned address at the USAID Youth Conference resonated deeply with attendees, igniting discussions and catalyzing action towards building a more inclusive and prosperous society. Asieduaa’s dedication to advocacy serves as a beacon of hope for youth empowerment and gender.

Asieduaa holds a degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Ghana and is currently pursuing her post graduate degree in Environmental Resources Management at KNUST. 

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Asieduaa identifies as a #Paver; a term which is synonymous to an individual who uses their influence to promote positive change in society.

 

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Telecel Ghana CEO Calls for Multilateral Collaboration and Investment in Digital Public Infrastructure

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Chief Executive of Telecel Ghana, Ing. Patricia Obo-Nai has made a clarion call for stronger multilateral partnerships and cooperation between industry, government, and investors to accelerate the growth of digital public infrastructure in Africa. 

Delivering the keynote remarks on ‘Digital Infrastructure and Innovation: Accelerating Africa’s Development’ at the Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D) session of the 3i Africa Summit on Wednesday, Ing. Obo-Nai outlined a roadmap for leveraging technology to fast-track digital infrastructure, innovation and literacy across the continent.

My first call on the topic is for cooperation and partnership between governments, industry, domestic direct investors and foreign direct investors to work together on increasing digital public infrastructure if we are serious about it. Let’s not just discuss, let’s implement” Obo-Nai said.

Ing. Obo-Nai highlighted three key areas that require attention to expedite the integration of technology into public service to benefit every community – infrastructure, innovation, and digital literacy.

Hosted by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications under the auspices of the 3i Africa Summit, the MT4D sessions also hosted multiple panel discussions with experts from the field of technology, innovation and public information, who shared insights and solutions on expanding digital public infrastructure for inclusive development.

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Future-proof infrastructure

Citing a report on the state of mobile internet connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa that showed that15% of people on the continent remain without network coverage, and 59% have coverage but are not connected, Ing. Obo-Nai advocated for expansion of safe, resilient and high-quality communication.

 As a service provider, Telecel, we believe in investing in network infrastructure and will continue to do so. However, we also believe in participating in infrastructure sharing and co-investment programmes to close the gap,” she said. “This will ensure the much-needed progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 9 to provide universal and affordable access to the internet across Africa.

Innovation powers progress

Quoting the e-Conomy Africa report which revealed that Africa’s digital economy is one of the largest overlooked investment opportunities with a potential to add US$180 billion to Africa’s GDP by 2025, Ing. Obo-Nai urged stakeholders to invest in Africa’s innovative capacity and prioritise invention in schools and industry. 

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Innovation is the fuel that powers progress and drives change. We must be more deliberate and invest in tapping into the innovative capacity of our talents and prioritise innovation in schools and industry to drive development at scale.”

Ripple effect of digital literacy

Making the case for the scaling up and adoption of digital literacy programmes in schools to equip African youth with skills for the digital economy, Ing. Obo-Nai said, “If we have the infrastructure and sort out all the innovative solutions, will we have an African population ready to take advantage of it and accelerate our development?”

With Africa’s working-age population projected to increase to approximately 450 million individuals from by 2035, Ing. Obo-Nai believes expanding internet accessibility holds the potential to generate millions of job opportunities and upskill young people for tech opportunities in the digital landscape.

Governments and businesses must invest in digital literacy programmes to equip African youth with the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy, from coding to digital marketing to cybersecurity and data analytics. Instil digital technology knowledge in our young people right from primary school and build their exposure.”

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Crack the code.

In concluding the keynote address, Ing. Obo-Nai advised stakeholders to go beyond the dialogues and implement the shared solutions to ensure the acceleration of Africa’s development through digital public infrastructure.

“Together, we must crack the code to realise the full potential of Africa’s digital revolution and development.”

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Why Are People Raving About Pizzaman’s Food? Watch The Bite Buzz to See!

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Hey food enthusiasts! We’ve got some exciting news for you. Pizzaman Chickenman is launching a brand-new weekly series called “Bite Buzz,” and it’s hosted by the energetic and fun-loving Wizbid. Get ready to dive into a world of flavors and honest reviews with their tagline: “Taste, Review and Join the Buzz.”

Every week, Wizbid will be bringing you lively and entertaining episodes where customers give their honest review on their delicious meals, from Chickenman’s meals paired with Boneless beef and chicken , to their flavorful noodles and their cheesy pizzas. But this isn’t just about us talking – it’s about you sharing your experiences and joining the conversation.

What makes “Bite Buzz” unique? It’s all about community and connection. With Wizbid right there with you as you enjoy your meals at the branch, every bite and every laugh is shared, making the experience even more special. Plus, you’ll discover new favorites and might even see your own review featured!

So, mark your calendars and get ready to taste, review, and join the buzz. “Bite Buzz” is here to celebrate great food and a great fast food chain, and we can’t wait for you to be part of it. Follow Pizzaman Chickenman all Social Media Platforms and let’s make every meal an adventure!


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Francis Afful Gyan Speaks on Veunex At 2024 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

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The Business Development manager for Reservoir Management Group (RMG), Francis Afful Gyan, on Friday, May 17, 2024, detailed the benefits of the company’s digital flagship innovation, Veunex, an Artificial Intelligence Software System tailored for Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSE).
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Custom Tote Bags: A Trendy and Sustainable Choice in Fashion and Marketing

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In a world increasingly attentive to sustainability and personal style, custom tote bags have emerged as a popular and versatile accessory. Whether used for grocery shopping, as a stylish day bag, or a promotional item, these bags combine functionality with a strong fashion statement. This article explores the significance of custom tote bags in contemporary culture, their benefits, and the impact they have on both personal use and as marketing tools.

1. The Rise of Tote Bags

Historical Background

Tote bags were originally used to carry ice from cars to freezers in the mid-20th century. Their simple, sturdy design has since evolved into a fashion statement and a banner for personal expression and environmental consciousness. Today, tote bags are made from a variety of materials, including traditional canvas, recycled plastics, and organic fabrics, reflecting a growing concern for sustainable practices in fashion.

Popularity in Modern Fashion

As fashion increasingly leans towards practicality, tote bags have become a staple accessory. They are celebrated not only for their eco-friendly appeal but also for their versatility and capacity, which make them ideal for a range of activities from shopping to traveling.

2. Benefits of Custom Tote Bags

Environmental Impact

One of the most significant benefits of tote bags is their reusability. Unlike disposable bags, which contribute to landfill waste and pollution, tote bags can be used repeatedly, drastically reducing the need for single-use plastics. They are a practical component of a sustainable lifestyle, encouraging consumers to make eco-friendly choices.

Marketing Advantage

For businesses, custom tote bags serve as an effective marketing tool. They are a practical item that consumers are likely to use regularly, ensuring repeated exposure for the brand. Customizing these bags with a company’s logo or slogan turns an ordinary item into a mobile advertisement, enhancing brand visibility and consumer engagement.

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Versatility and Convenience

Custom tote bags are not only eco-friendly and stylish but also highly versatile. They can be designed to suit various needs, from grocery shopping to serving as a daily carryall. Their spacious design and durability make them suitable for nearly any occasion or purpose.

3. Customizing Your Tote Bag

Design Options

Customization allows individuals and businesses to create tote bags that reflect their style or brand identity. Options can include various colors, graphics, and text. Adding unique designs or messages can transform a simple tote into a statement piece or a personalized gift.

Material Choices

Choosing the right material is crucial for both aesthetics and functionality. Common materials for tote bags include:

  • Canvas: Durable and sturdy, ideal for everyday use.
  • Cotton: Soft, lightweight, and often organic, perfect for casual use.
  • Polypropylene: A recyclable plastic option that’s sturdy and water-resistant, suitable for heavy groceries.

Size and Function

The size of the tote bag should be tailored to its intended use. Smaller bags are great for everyday essentials, while larger ones are perfect for shopping or as beach bags. Features like zippered pockets, adjustable straps, and interior compartments can also be customized to enhance functionality.

4. Using Custom Tote Bags in Marketing

Promotional Events

Custom tote bags are excellent giveaways at trade shows, conferences, or community events. They are practical, which increases the likelihood of them being used by recipients, thereby extending the reach of the brand.

Retail Merchandise

Many retailers offer branded tote bags as part of their merchandise, either for sale or as a complimentary gift with a purchase. This not only enhances the shopping experience but also encourages brand loyalty.

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Corporate Gifts

Custom tote bags make thoughtful corporate gifts. Whether filled with other promotional items or given alone, they are a useful and appreciated token that can foster better relationships with clients and employees.

5. Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Supporting Eco-Friendly Practices

Businesses that use custom tote bags demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, an increasingly important factor for consumers. This commitment can strengthen a brand’s image as environmentally responsible and socially conscious.

Reducing Plastic Waste

By promoting the use of reusable tote bags, companies contribute to a reduction in plastic waste, a critical factor in global environmental conservation efforts.

6. Choosing a Supplier for Custom Tote Bags

When selecting a provider for custom tote bags, it is essential to consider the quality of materials, customization options, and the company’s environmental practices. Vograce, for instance, offers a comprehensive selection of custom tote bags with a focus on quality and customer satisfaction, making them a reliable choice for both personal and professional needs.

Conclusion

Custom tote bags blend functionality, style, and environmental responsibility, making them a smart choice for consumers and businesses alike. They offer an effective way to promote sustainability, enhance brand visibility, and express personal style. As society continues to embrace eco-friendly practices and personalized products, custom tote bags stand out as a practical and stylish solution that meets the needs of modern consumers.

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