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Zeepay to launch inaugural Disrupt 270 conference on International Day of Family Remittances

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Remittances over the last five years have shown a strong resilience and have become a key source of unsolicited foreign direct investment into Africa. On the International Day of Family Remittances, Zeepay is organising a thought leadership series dubbed Disrupt 270 with the theme “Bridging the last frontier – a case for digital remittance post C-19.”

The one-day event will be held on Wednesday June 16, 2021, in a hybrid structure i.e. both in person and virtually to observe Covid-19 protocols.

The day, hosted by seasoned MC Jerry Adjorlolo, will start at 9am with a series of exciting panel discussions from industry leaders, practitioners and innovators for some discussions on the direction and growth of remittances post Covid-19 for the nation and the world at large.

The keynote speaker for the event is the Hon. Ursula Owusu Ekuful. There will be three main panel discussions namely: Migration, Scaling Remittances, and Digital Disruption with networking breaks in between discussions.

Disrupt 270 will celebrate the current strides made in remittance within the fintech sector in Africa while looking ahead to bridge the next frontier and the future of remittances and digital transfers across the African continent and globe plus the role intra-African migration will play.

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The first panel on Migration hosted by Zeepay MD Andrew Takyi-Appiah, will focus on the evolution of migration and its impact on African cross border remittance. The panel will feature renowned experts: Arianna Gasparri of UNCDF, Eric Akomanyi of IOM, Shadrach Frimpong of Cocoa360, and Francine Dove of IFAD.

The second panel, Scaling Remittances, hosted by UNCDF’s Clara Arthur, deals with the question of how do we leverage remittance to improve the livelihood of African consumers? The panelists for this session are Sunkwa Mills of Investcorp, Grace Anim-Yeboah of Absa, Felicity Jafortkuk of Zeepay, and Nashiru Iddrisu of Hollard.

The final panel discussion, Digital Disruption, hosted by SDG expert Leticia Brown, will focus on the next layer of growth in the digitization of remittances in Africa, the Carribeans and Asia Pacific beyond cash to wallet and wallet to wallet. The panelists are Lynette Bushuyu of Intermex, Patrick Appiah of MoneyGram, Dede Quarshie of Zeepay, and Nana Adomako of TapTap.

The final part of the conference will be Demo Day; there will be presentations on innovation within the fintech ecosystem––Insurtech and Lending.

 

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Africa Games Armwrestling: Golden Arms to grab Golden Gold for Ghana, receives boost from NHIS, HD+, KOFATA and others.

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The National Armwrestling team, Golden Arms has set an ambitious target of securing a third of Ghana’s total medal haul at the forthcoming Africa Games scheduled for March 08 to 23,2024.

Coming into the Games for the first time, the Golden Arms are poised and ready to make history again in order to add up to Ghana’s medal haul towards its host and win agenda.

Mr. Charles Osei Asibey, President of the Ghana Armwrestling Federation (GAF) said the team being  in camp since February is unprecedented in their preparation for any major championship thus super ready to deliver at the continental stage on promise.

“We are ready to give the rest of Africa a tough competition as always. We have medals targets for Ghana, my hardworking team has had enough preparations and I am convinced they will show up to put up a good show.”

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Currently in camp at Legon, the Golden Arms have received major boost from the Armwrestling board, development partners National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) through their sports is good health agenda spearheaded by CEO Dr. Oko Boye, SES HD Plus through the Kids Armwrestling future champions program, Kofata Motors, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) through the federations support, Minister and Ministry of Youth & Sports who ensured Armwrestling is well placed, the Local Organizing Committee and friends, all to get the team thrive at the 13th Africa Games in Accra. The various support directed towards training equipment, medics, team preparation, kitting and other logistical needs.

Mr. Osei Asibey urged Ghanaians to rally behind the team as they go in to conquer the rest of Africa on March 15 and  16, 2024 at the Cedi Hall, University of Ghana.

The Ghana National Armwrestling Team, the Golden Arms having dominated the continent for the past yeare, will hunt for Gold and bring Ghana that glory it deserves.

Source www.ghanaarmwrestling.org

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Holy Child alumni illuminate the path forward amidst national school power crisis

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In recent times, the narrative of power challenges in Ghanaian schools has escalated, with numerous public institutions such as Mfantsipim School, Accra Academy, and Mondo Senior High Technical School among others facing abrupt electricity disconnections. 

This persistent issue highlights the dire need for sustainable solutions in powering educational facilities, crucial for maintaining the quality of education.

Stepping into the spotlight with a pioneering initiative, the 1999 alumni of Holy Child School have set a remarkable precedent.

 In a bid to combat these electricity woes, these visionary women have successfully funded the transition of their alma mater to 75% solar energy. This initiative not only addresses the immediate problem of power outages and financial strains on the school’s budget but also serves as a beacon of climate-positive action with the potential for carbon credit benefits.

Founded in 1946 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Holy Child School has long stood as a bastion of educational excellence and societal impact in Ghana. Its alumni include distinguished personalities such as Ghana’s Ambassador to France, Anna Bossman; Goldman Sachs Vice President, Sabina Dankwah; and University of Ghana’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nana Aba Amfo, to name a few.

The Solar Project

This solar project, a gift from the 1999 alumni commemorating their 25th anniversary and coinciding with the school’s 78th speech and prize-giving day, symbolizes a profound act of giving back and forward.

 In an exclusive interview with the Business and Financial Times, engineer Ing. Mrs. Sheila Enyonam Akyea, president of the year group, shared:  “This project builds on the foundation laid by our predecessors. We’re thrilled to extend their initial contribution, ensuring every corner of our school benefits. It’s our way of ensuring current and future students receive the same level of empowerment and opportunity we had.”

Project’s Committee Chair Ing. Mrs. Teresa Kyei-Mensah, mentioned the substantial investment the solar installation demands, emphasizing ongoing fundraising efforts.

she said: “Once completed, the initiative promises significant savings for the school and, by extension, the Ghana Education Service, redirecting funds towards essential educational resources,” she added.

Solar power, increasingly recognized for its affordability and environmental benefits, stands as a viable solution for Ghana’s educational sector and its broader climate goals. With abundant sunshine year-round, Ghana is ideally positioned to harness solar energy, reducing the financial burden on public resources while contributing to global carbon reduction efforts.

The project was completed in January 2024 after a 1-month testing phase. The year group eagerly anticipate the handover ceremony at the 78th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of Holy Child School in Cape Coast on Saturday, 9th March 2024 marking a significant milestone in their commitment to sustainable development and quality education in Ghana. 

This initiative not only lights the way for other schools grappling with similar challenges but also underscores the powerful impact of alumni engagement in shaping a brighter future for the next generation.pastedGraphic.png