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“Ghana’s Digital Economy Supporting Sustained Growth” – President Akufo-Addo

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The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has stated that, his administration, the New Patriotic Party, since assuming office in 2017, has leveraged on technology to help reform and improve Ghana’s institutional and regulatory processes towards the creation of a digital economy.

According to President Akufo-Addo, the digital economy that has been established, as a result, is supporting sustained economic growth, and improving the wellbeing of the Ghanaian citizen.

Speaking at the 26th Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) African Regional Conference, held at the Kempinski Hotel, Accra, on Tuesday, 18th June, 2019, the President highlighted the immense potential of technological innovations towards the transformation of economies across the world.

He indicated that the national identification system, which requires, amongst others, that, a citizen has a digital property address, is being rolled out adding that, these biometric national ID cards are being linked to other identification systems and databases, such as social security, driver’s license, and passports, to ensure we have a credible national database.

President Akufo-Addo stated that, Government has now completed the cycle of mobile money payments by linking mobile money wallets to bank accounts and the e-zwich card explaining that,this has created a level playing field for persons with or without bank accounts to conduct financial transactions, and is rapidly promoting financial inclusivity in Ghana.

The Commander-In-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, revealed that, the financial industry is witnessing significant growth, and with mobile money penetration in Ghana being the second highest in Africa, evidenced in mobile money transactions worth GH¢213 billion in 2018, up from GH¢78.5 billion in 2016, he anticipated that, with continued reforms to the payment systems, Ghana will have a strong competitive edge in the region for financial innovation and access to credit.

Nana Akufo-Addo also revealed that, Government has committed itself to having digital systems manage all government receipts and payments by 2020. He noted that, this mode of payment is guaranteeing efficiency in the delivery of government services, including caterers employed under the National School Feeding Programme, beneficiaries of the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, and recipients of nurses and teacher trainee allowances, amongst others, as these new trends unfold, and with the emergence of new payment streams in support of the digitisation agenda, the President indicated that steps have also been taken to strengthen the regulatory environment.

The Bank of Ghana recently reviewed, amended and consolidated all existing payment system regulatory frameworks into the new “Payment Systems and Services Act” 2019, an Act which the President assented to. The new legislation is to ensure that banks, non-banking financial institutions, and, especially, rural and community banks, provide services that will bring banking and financial transactions even closer to the public.

President Akufo-Addo urged the Bank of Ghana to make sure that Ghana’s financial sector remains fit for global integration, by ensuring compliance with international standards with Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication(SWIFT) working with Ghana to reduce vulnerabilities to these external risks.

President Akufo-Addo noted that his Government’s agenda of creating a digital economy has naturally been extended to other sectors of the economy, with the introduction of the paperless port system, the e-justice system, and the digitising of land administration services, as he stressed that, there are criminal syndicates who will always be bent on exploiting it for their selfish interests, which have to be relentlessly fought.

However, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that his administration have developed the Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) ecosystem, and instituted cyber security awareness programmes and other initiatives in addition to the establishment of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to oversee and coordinate Ghana’s nation’s cyber security programmes, which have set Ghana on the path to developing a robust national cyber security system.

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DJ Neizer & Kojo Manuel Inspire Kumasi With Music At Road To Detty Rave Concert

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The Road To Detty Rave show in Kumasi, was headlined by Sarkodie, Joey B, King Promise, Shaker , Kojo Cue, Fameye, Tulenkey and many more but one of the big highlights of the night was DJ Neizer’s spiritual yet inspirational session with Kojo Manuel.As an accomplished and working engineer plus DJ, Neizer has combined two very tough lives and is excelling at both, a point the MC for the Road To Detty Rave Concert, Kojo Manuel expressed and used to inspire the students on being whoever they want to be, because they can.

With the lights off and the thousands of students had their phone lights on, DJ Neizer proceeded to play prayerful songs including Kwesi Arthur’s Pray for Me which had everybody singing along with emotion before switching to an energetic back-to-back jams that had the thousands of fans jumping and screaming all night.The 2017 Campus DJ of the Year definitely has the Midas touch

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AK Songstress Release Strictly Dancehall Album, “King Of The Queens”.

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AK Songstress has the record as the first Ghanaian Female to drop a strictly Dancehall Album “King Of The Queens”.

AK Songstress has set another big record as the first female Ghanaian Singjay to release a strictly Dancehall album.

“King Of The Queens” she calls it is a 4 powerful album EP she’s released on this day, Saturday, October 12, 2019.

Buy & Stream Album here: https://backl.ink/77954513

Track 1 on the EP is “King Of The Queens” produced by Nature.

Track 2 is “Stamina” produced by Riddim Boss.

Track 3 is “Slow It Down” produced by B2.

Track 4 is “Change Your Style” produced by Tubahni Muzik.

This arguably makes AK Songstress the first ever to defend Dancehall in Ghana with a strictly rustic Ragga album.

(Source: beeniewords.com)

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Afrochella Renovates School For Orphans

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As part of efforts to support Ghana in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the area of education, Afrochella, an afro music, and cultural festival, is renovating the Genesis Academy.The Genesis Academy is a school for the orphanage.It is located in Jamestown, a suburb of Ghana’s capital, Accra.Spokesperson of Afrochella, Gifty Boakye, told DGN Online in an interview that the renovation would lead to the provision of a “solid roof on the school’s building.”According to her, Afrochella has raised about GH¢ 28,000 for the renovation.

She hinted that additionally, Afrochella would provide about 150 backpacks, books, crayons, pens and papers to pupils of the Genesis Academy.In 2018, Afrochella supported WaterAid Ghana with an amount of GH¢ 10,000 as part of its charity initiatives.Ms. Boakye said this year, Afrochella is interested in supporting the Ghanaian Government’s agenda of providing quality education for all its citizens. She said to develop, it was key for Ghana to achieve the SDGs, noting that there was the need for all stakeholders to support the state in providing quality education.

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Shatta Wale Host 14 Songs On The Wonder Boy Album With No Feature.

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Charles Nii-Armah Mensah, Ghanaian Reggae & Dancehall recording and performing artiste, known within the entertainment industry as Shatta Wale, has released the list of songs or pieces of music in the order in which they appear on his yet to be released music album titled, 'the wonder boy'.

Shatta Wale is set to host the second edition of his annual Reign Concert slated for 19th October, 2019. This time around, there will be an album launch as well; After the Storm Album to the Reign Album, Dancehall act, announced that his upcoming album is very ready and has even gone ahead to mention the name of the album, “Wonder Boy Album”.

The 14 track-list for the album was released on the verified Instagram handle and featured no performing artiste, including the mainstream and budding (Up and Coming) musician. The album collate some released songs, including "Melissa", "Aye Halfcast" and a ten new songs from his catalogue. The new project include, "I Had A Dream", "Jata Bi", "Bad Man", "California", "By All Means".

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Production credit for this wonderful studio album was given to, Da Maker, Bullhaus Entertainment, Paq, Fantasy entertainment, Boogie Down Nima Entertainment, Gold Up Music, SM 4Lyf, and MoG.

Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr., (born October 17, 1984) is a Ghanaian-born producer and reggae-dancehall musician. He is known by his stage name Shatta Wale, formerly Bandana. His best known song is "Dancehall King", which led to winning the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 edition of the Ghana Music Awards. Wale is also an actor, having appeared in the films Never Say Never, The trial of Shatta Wale and Shattered Lives.

Having achieved street credibility in a fairly undeveloped Ghanaian dancehall genre at the time, he achieved popularity with his 2004 single, "Moko Hoo", which features Tinny. Then known in the industry as Bandana, the song earned him a Ghana Music Awards nomination. There afterwards, Bandana went missing in the music circus for nearly a decade until rebranding himself in 2013. He began releasing music under a new name, Shatta Wale, under his own record label (SM For Lyf Records).

In 2014, he peaked number 38 on E.tv's "Top 100 Most Influential Ghanaians" Awards chart. He has since appeared on the chart each year. He was ranked "Most Influential Musician" on social media in 2017.  he won 8 awards at the 3music awards in 2019

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