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Emirates Celebrates 15 Years Of Connecting Ghana To The World.



Emirates has celebrated a milestone in its operation in Ghana, marking 15 years of service to the country.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Madam Akosua Ogyiri, the Principal Communications Officer of Stratcomm Africa, noted that the first Emirates flight flew into the Kotoka International Airport in January 2004, and the airline has since carried close to 1.6 million passengers between Accra and Dubai and its network.

The airline according to the statement started operations in Ghana with three flights a week, increasing to six flights a week in March 2005.

It said the airline currently operates daily thus, Abidjan – Accra – Dubai flights to over 150 destinations via its Dubai hub but is set to increase to 11 weekly flights from June 2, this year following an announcement of four additional weekly flights to Accra.

For over a decade and a half, Emirates had stayed committed to not only connecting Ghanaians to the world, but also developing Ghana’s aviation industry.

“October 2018 saw Emirates operate the country’s first A380 to Accra, partnering with the Airport to test its operations and infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service,” the statement said.

According to the statement, Ms Cathy Wesley, the Country Manager for Emirates, said: “Africa is one of Emirates’ key growth regions in its global network and Ghana is an important market for Emirates. In 2018, Emirates carried over 180,000 passengers between Accra and Dubai, and we are committed to facilitating trade, tourism and cargo exports in the years to come”.

Top Emirates destinations that Ghanaians travel to include United Arab Emirates, China, USA, Singapore, India and London.

“On all Emirates’ flights, customers can look forward to hours of entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice which offers over 4,000 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment, from the latest movies, music, audio books and games, as well as family friendly products and services for children, including complimentary toys, kids’ meals and movies, the statement noted.

It explained that since 2006, Emirates SkyCargo remained a key enabler in facilitating global trade in Ghana by carrying a total of over 73,000 tonnes of cargo to and from Ghana.

Emirates SkyCargo, according to the statement, has also facilitated the export of over 41,000 tonnes of cargo with majority of them being fruits and precious metals.

It stated that, on the Accra – Dubai route, Emirates operates the B777-300ER Aircraft which is one of the most technologically advanced and efficient aircrafts in the world, adding that the Aircraft’s advanced wing design, efficient engine and light structure makes more efficient use of fuel.

“This means significantly less emissions than similar aircrafts, making it one of the most ‘green’ long range commercial aircraft types”.

Commenting on the milestone, Madam Sylvia Baah, Emirates Airport Service Manager, who has worked with Emirates since 2004, cited the one-off A380 service to Accra in 2018 as one of the memorable moments in her career at Emirates.

She explained that, “the past 15 years have been fulfilling, rewarding and exciting. I feel very proud to be a part of this amazing journey with Emirates, and to know that we are part of a larger team that brings the vision of a ‘better’ travel experience to life for Ghanaians.”

Travelers on board of all Emirates flights get to experience Emirates’ award-winning multinational cabin crew, of which over 120 are Ghanaians, while enjoying a chef prepared regionally inspired meal such as “Waakye” or “Jollof” using the freshest ingredients, accompanied by a wide range of complimentary wines and beverages, the statement disclosed.

It said the Airline currently has a total fleet count of 274 aircrafts and can boast of the youngest fleet in the industry.

Source: Ghana Business News

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AirtelTigo Launches Discount Offer For Hajj Pilgrims.



Telecom operator, AirtelTigo, has launched a discounted offer for its new and existing pre-paid customers travelling to Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage, aimed to enable them stay in touch with family and friends.
Under the “Hajj Offer”, customers will enjoy free incoming calls and discounted rates on voice, SMS and data for browsing the internet when they subscribe the offer.

Announcing the offer in Accra, the Director of Marketing Operations at AirtelTigo, Pius Owusu-Tuffour, said customers will have to recharge their account with a scratch card or AirtelTigo Money (ATM) with GHS50 or GHS100.

He explained that customers can sign-up by dialling 1115*3# to enjoy the offer which is valid for 30-days, adding that pilgrims can subscribe to this offer either in Ghana before travelling for the Hajj or in Saudi Arabia while roaming on Zain or STC networks.

“Our goal has always been to serve our customers better with valuable offerings and make their lives simple. Our pre-paid customers on the holy journey to perform Hajj now have an affordable option to stay connected with their loved ones back home,” he said.

He added this offer shows the company’s continues innovation for its customers. “We will continue to innovate offerings that make it easy for our customers to stay in touch at an affordable cost.

“It is a great time to be on AirtelTigo and we are delighted to meet the communication needs of our customers with great offerings and experience. “

Source: Ghana Web.

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World Bank To Support Ghana On Jobs And Skills In The Next 5-Yrs.



The Government of Ghana with the support of the World Bank has designed a Ghana Jobs and Skills Project (GJSP) to support jobs and skills for individuals in the country.

This is expected to be implemented over a period of five years, according to a Jobs and Skills final report by the Ministry of Finance.

The objective of the project is to support skills development, upgrade human capacity for Ghanaians and it also aims at helping the government to better respond to the imperative of creating more decent jobs for the youth and rapidly growing labour force.

The project comprises multiple activities that promote the employment and productivity of workers, as well as initiatives to strengthen the efficiency and capacity of government agencies for the various activities to be implemented under the project.

The project encompasses four components for skills development and job generation.

The first component deals with the provision of apprenticeship and entrepreneurship support to individuals for jobs while the second component has to do with the provision of competitive grants to private enterprises for expanded employment. The third deals with Operationalization of the Ghana Labor Market Information System , Upgrade of District Public Employment and Skills Development Program ; and the final component is for Capacity Development , Technical Assistance and Project Management Support to Coordinating, Implementing, and Partnering Agencies for Enhanced Skills and Jobs Impact.

Implementation of the Project will trigger World Bank Environmental Assessment Policy (OP 4.01), which has resulted in the preparation of an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) to provide guiding principles for assessment and management of environmental and social aspects of all project delivery processes and activities.

The ESMF will also help to systematically identify, predict and evaluate beneficial and adverse environmental and social impacts of sub-projects and other activities to be financed under the Project. The framework also sets out mitigation, monitoring and institutional measures to be undertaken during implementation and operation of the project to eliminate, off set or reduce any potentially adverse environmental and social impacts.

Source: Ghana Web.

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Bank Of Ghana Not In A Hurry To Collapse Savings And Loans Companies – Governor



The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison has said the central bank will first explore options of rescuing savings and loans companies that have the potential of surviving in the long run rather than revoke their licenses.

After its clean-up of the banking and the microfinance sectors, the central bank served notice of an impending clean up in the savings and loans sector.

But speaking at the monetary policy committee’s press conference to announce that policy rate, Dr. Ernest Addison said the central bank’s first option is to rescue savings and loans companies that are solvent but rather having liquidity challenges.

“We are always very careful about making decisions on license revocations. Without clear data which suggest the institution is insolvent, the bank of ghana does not act. we don’t take license revocation on the basis of liquidity shortages; no institution which is solvent but illiquid has had its license revoked.

We will start to look at that sector on the basis of whether the institutions are solvent and be effectively run in the long-term,” he said.

According to the central bank, it is waiting to receive funds from the Fiance Ministry to enable it undertake the clean up of the savings and loans sector.

There are currently over 30 savings and loans companies; a good number of which are unable to meet customers’ demands for deposits.

Source: Ghana Web

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Ghana’s Corporate Female Icon Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh Of IBM Takes A Bow.



IBM’s first female Country Director in Africa, Angela Kyeremanten-Jimoh has taken a leave of her position as country director of IBM Ghana to take on a new role at IBM's corporate headquarters located in New York, United States of America.

In a letter sent to clients and stakeholders of IBM Ghana, IBM stated that Angela will be taking on a senior role described by IBM as "a great recognition for her hardwork and an exceptional opportunity for her to further hone her skills and provide a deep perspective on Africa at a global level".

As Angela was unavailable to comment on her departure, I got the opportunity to speak to some esteemed clients and associates of IBM who shared their working experience with the company under her leadership.
Speaking to Chief Information Officer of a leading bank in Ghana, he noted that, under Angela’s leadership and supervision for the past 4 years, services rendered to his bank, which include branch network, POS & ATM services have become stronger and reliable across the country.

Theresa Ayaode, CEO of Charterhouse also remarked that Angela has been an extraordinary corporate success story in Africa and it's a testament to her strong work ethics, hardwork, strong faith in God and above all the goodness of her heart!

Speaking to another CEO of a leading business partner of IBM in Ghana, he described Angela as an excellent representative to the IBM brand and the dedication and commitment she shows towards her business partners and customers is a positive example for young and upcoming ladies in business.
Angela joined IBM in 2015 after making a dramatic switch from banking to tech after holding various positions at UBS Investment Bank London, ABN AMRO and GT Bank in Ghana.

In her absence, country director of IBM Nigeria, Dipo Faulker has been appointed to act in the interim as the company waits to make an official announcement on Angela's successor.

Angela has been an inspiration to many young girls on the continent and we are certain she will make Ghana and Africa proud. We wish her great success and await her return to the continent.

Source: Prince Akpah

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