MTN Group global sourcing and supply chain awards

The Global Sourcing and Supply Chain (GSSC) division of MTN Group has hosted its second Supplier Awards event to recognise suppliers and partners for their hard work and delivery of exceptional services across the MTN footprint.

This year’s virtual event, hosted by Group Executive and Chief Procurement office, Dirk Karl, was centred around three key pillars – Innovation, Collaboration and Excellence.

As we reflect on 2020, and the challenges presented by the spread of COVID-19, I would particularly like to commend our suppliers and partners on their agility and resilience, that ensured uninterrupted service to the MTN Group. It is only through strong partnerships and the support of dependable suppliers that MTN can ensure that everyone has the benefits of a modern connected life,” says Dirk.

MTN Group COO – Jens Schulte-Bockum joined the session where he congratulated the supplier partners and shared MTN’s recently announced Ambition 2025 plan with them. Group Chief Technology and Information Officer Charles Molapisi and Executive Group Consumer Enzo Scarcella –also delivered MTN’s plan around Ambition 2025. They also called out to all the supplier partners for their continuous support and commitment to deliver on MTN’s belief i.e. everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life. Verizon’s Chief Sustainability Officer, James Gowen, also attended the session, speaking on sustainable supply chain.

16 winners across nine categories were announced:

2020 Rise & Shine Award – recognizes our Rising Star Supplier for 2020:

  • Winner – Dell Technologies

2020 Digital Excellence Award: Most supportive of GSSC digital transformation:

  • Winner – Oracle

2020 Most Collaborative Supplier Award: Most responsive and supportive through the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Technology Category Winner – Ericsson
  • Commercial Category Winner – Mobicel

2020 Outstanding Quality & Delivery Performance: Best performance in delivery, support, performance, quality and risk:

  • Technology Category Winner –FLYTXT
  • Commercial Category Winner – ZTE

2020 Commercial Excellence Award: Best provider of competitive pricing and costing transparency:

  • Technology Category Winner –Tecnotree
  • Commercial Category Winner – Valid

2020 Best Account Management Performance Award: Best account management support, flexibility and ease of doing business, including, timely reporting:

  • Technology Category Winner – Huawei
  • Commercial Category Winner – IDEMIA

2020 Supplier Innovation Award:  Most innovative and solutions driven supplier, who demonstrates and shares best practice:

  • Technology Category Winner – Tarana represented by United Wireless
  • Commercial Category Winner – Thales

2020 Performance Excellence Award : Most consistent in terms of delivery throughout the year:

  • Technology Category Winner – Ericsson
  • Commercial Category Winner – Omnicom Group

2020 Supplier of the Year: Best overall performer across several metrics, including quality, delivery & support, account management, performance and innovation:

  • Technology Category Winner – Deloitte
  • Commercial Category Winner – Valid

MTN congratulates all the winners of the GSSC supplier awards and looks forward to greater collaboration and partnership as we focus on our intent to provide leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress.

Source: MTN Blog

Honda beats estimates to post 67% gain in third-quarter operating profit

Reuters – Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co on Tuesday posted a better-than-expected 67% jump in third-quarter operating profit to 277.7 billion yen ($2.65 billion) as car demand gained momentum in the latter half of 2020.

The result for the three months to Dec. 31 was better than an estimated average of 176.72 billion yen profit from eight analysts surveyed by Refinitiv SmartEstimate, and beat the 166.6 billion yen profit a year ago.

Honda revised its full-year forecast for a record operating profit to 520 billion yen, up from the 420 billion yen profit it forecast three months ago.

That projection is higher than an average 463.6 billion yen profit forecast based on predictions from 21 analysts, Refinitiv data shows.

EU electric and plug-in hybrid car sales jump to over 1 million in 2020

Sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the European Union almost trebled to over 1 million vehicles last year, accounting for more than 10% of overall sales, data showed on Thursday.

The jump in sales shows electrified vehicles are becoming more mainstream products after years of being a niche market and it came at a time when overall EU car sales plunged nearly 24% to 9.9 million because of COVID-19 lockdowns.

The data released by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) showed sales of fully-electric and plug-in hybrids surged to 1.046 million vehicles from 387,808 in 2019.

Sales of self-charging hybrid cars climbed 59% to 1.182 million last year while petrol and diesel vehicle sales fell 37% and 32% respectively, the data showed. Petrol cars remained the biggest seller, however, accounting for 48% of all EU sales.

As well as having to meet stringent new EU carbon emissions targets, carmakers benefited from government subsidies for electric vehicles as part of pandemic recovery programmes, especially in France and Germany.

Sales of fully-electric vehicles more than doubled to 538,772 from 247,854 a year earlier.

By: Reuter

Retail sales in 2020 see biggest fall since records began

British retail sales saw their largest annual fall in history last year as the impact of the pandemic took its toll.

Sales fell by 1.9% in 2020, when compared with 2019, the largest year-on-year fall since records began in 1997, official figures show.

Clothes shops were hit hard, with a record annual fall of more than 25%.

The drop came despite a slight pick-up in December, as a brief easing of some lockdown measures meant more stores were able to open.

Retail sales, including fuel, increased by 0.3% last month when compared with November.

Clothing sales also reported strong monthly growth of 21.5%, recovering from a large fall in November when non-essential retailers were closed because of lockdown restrictions.

But some sectors “were able to buck the trend in 2020”, according to the ONS.

“The increased popularity of click and collect and people buying more items from home led to a strong year for overall internet sales, with record highs for food and household goods sales online,” said deputy national statistician for Economic Statistics Jonathan Athow.

Ghana ranked 101 in Global Knowledge Index for 2020

Ghana placed 101 in the Global Knowledge Index for the year 2020, according to a disclosure from the United Nations Development Planning (UNDP).

Conducted at a time when covid-19 has ravaged the global economy, the country’s position was however the 10th best in Africa and 1st in West Africa.

In terms of the sectoral indices, Ghana was ranked 116th in Economy but did better in Information, Communications and Technology, placing 88th.

For General Enabling Environment, it placed 92nd but was ranked lower at 111th in Research, Development and Innovation.

With regard to Pre-Education, it was ranked 109th, whilst it placed 87th in Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

In terms of Higher Education, it was ranked 92nd.

The UNDP actually put Ghana’s population at 31 million even before the takeoff of the 2020 Population and Housing Census later in the year.

The country’s Gross Domestic Product is however estimated at $66 billion.

The 2020 Global Knowledge Index saw Switzerland placing 1st, followed by the United States of America and Finland in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Seychelles is the highest ranked country in Africa but at number 50 globally.

The 4th edition of the Global Knowledge Index was published in an era where knowledge increasingly presents itself as a legitimate source of development and prosperity.

African rankings (1st to 12th)

Country Position (Global)

Seychelles 50

Mauritius 55

SouthAfrica 71

Egypt 72

Tunisia 82

Morocco 83

Kenya 88

Cape Verde 89

Botswana 99

Ghana 101

Algeria 103

Zimbabwe 104

Source: Charles Nixon Yeboah

2020 BECE results released

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC has released the 2020 BECE results.

WAEC in a statement said: “They wish to inform its publics that it has released provisional results of candidates who sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School Candidates, 2020.

The Council will despatch the results to the schools through ‘the Metropolitan/Municipal/District Directors of Education. Meanwhile, the Council has hosted the results online and candidates who so desire may access their results at the Council’s website.

A total of 531,707 candidates made up of 269,408 males and 262,299 females sat for the examination. This figure is 2.78% higher than the 2019 candidature Of 517,332. 

The candidates were from a total of 17,436 schools and the examination was administered at 2,012 centres. Out of the total number of candidates who initially registered, 1.59% were absent.

Following the conclusion of investigations into cases of examination malpractice detected during the conduct of the examination, The Final Awards and Examiners’ Appointment Committee for the BECE has approved:

(1) Cancellation of the Subject Results of 417 candidates for bringing foreign material into the examination hall and engaging in collusion;

(2) Cancellation of the Entire Results of 44 candidates for bringing mobile phones into the examination hall;

(3) Withholding of the Subject Results of 977 candidates pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of alleged examination malpractice.

According to WAEC, the withheld results of candidates may be cancelled or released based on the outcome of investigations.

It added: “The Council wishes to express its most sincere appreciation to all stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, the Security Agencies, Supervisors, Invigilators, Examiners and all who in various ways supported it in the successful conduct of the examination and release of results.”


2020 Presidential Election Results Gazetted

The Assembly Press in Accra has gazetted the 2020 presidential election results declared by Mrs Jean Mensa, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), who is also the Returning Officer of the presidential election.

This gives legal backing to the results as declared by the EC Chairperson and paves way for any person or group of persons interested in contesting it to do so at the law court, a source at the EC told the Ghana News Agency on Tuesday.

The source from the EC said the Commission was mandated by Constitutional Instrument (CI) 127, Regulation 44, Sub-regulation 11, to gazette the results, saying; “Without that, any case from a person or a group about the election results sent to court will be thrown away.”

“An instrument, which is executed under the hand of the Chairman of the Commission and under the seal of the Commission; and states that the person named in the Instrument was declared elected as the President of Ghana at the election, is prima facie evidence that the person named was elected.”

The CI stated that the instrument referred to in sub-regulation 11 shall be published in the Gazette.

The source said any person or group of persons interested in contesting the results had up to December 30, to do so.

“It is a public notice that states that there had been elections and of the 12 candidates that contested, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been duly elected as the President.”

“The process is just like a newly wedded lady who wants to change her maiden name to her husband’s surname. You go to the Assembly press and pay a fee for it to be published,” the source said.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party, was elected the Eighth President of Ghana’s Fourth Republic.

Mrs Jean Mensa declared Mr Akufo-Addo President-Elect on Wednesday, December 09, 2020.

She said at the end of polls President Akufo-Addo secured 51.3 per cent of the total votes cast, compared to his main opponent, former President John Dramani Mahama, Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, who had 47.4 per cent.

A statement from the EC said the NPP secured 137 parliamentary seats while the NDC gained 136 with one independent and one constituency outstanding – Sene West in the Bono Region.

Source: GNA

EC can’t rig 2020 results in anyone’s favour-Jean Mensa

Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Ghana (EC) Jean Adukwei Mensa has rubbished claims that her outfit was plotting with the governing New Patriotic Party to rig the 2020 elections.

According to her, the current processes with elections in the country, makes it impossible for anybody to rig the elections for any candidate.

She said this on Tuesday, November 24, when she interacted with some journalists at a training workshop held at the instance of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).

She asked journalists to question politicians who accuse the EC of a plot to rot the polls.

“And for your attention, since our appointment as the Chair and deputies, or maybe I should speak for myself, I have met the president on two occasions only and those have been official and have been attended by all commission members,” she said.

“Two occasions only. So, please let’s go into and ask some of these questions when they do because even the president’s sister can’t do anything for him when the citizens reject him.

“The process is such that it is the will of citizens that go and I think we have strengthened that process over time.”

“I will be the last person to know [results]. Thankfully, because of technology, the media houses are able to compile the results well ahead of the EC and the whole world is looking.

“So at what point can anything change? And so please let’s be mindful when politicians come to muddy the waters when they try to cause unrest because they will leave us.”

“Believe you me, many of their family will travel out of the country right after voting that same night and sit in London and receive the result or be in the air – and I think on some of the aircrafts you have access to the internet. So, please let’s be mindful. There is no point because you are partners in this. You are monitoring the process, you are collating the results. When a politician comes and says the EC is in bed, you should ask him ‘In what way’?”

By: Kwamed2k

Zeepay wins Best Fintech of the Year at GITTA 2020

Zeepay, a fast-growing fintech company in Mobile Financial Services across Africa, has for the first time been adjudged the Best Fintech of the Year at the 2020 Ghana Information Technology and Telecoms Awards (GITTA).

The company’s CEO, Andrew Takyi-Appiah also won the Best Fintech CEO of the Year at the same event to cement the brand’s position as a leading player in the ever expanding financial technology space.

These awards come on the back of outstanding works done by the fintech company which started as a conduit for major money transfer giants but has metamorphosed into a comprehensive financial technology company.

Andrew Takyi Appiah and his team receiving the award

The company undertake mobile money services, money transfer services straight to mobile wallets across Africa and offers insurance for beneficiaries of money transfer.

Mr Takyi-Appiah, who with some members of his team picked up the awards on the night, praised the tenacity and hard work of his team for helping transform the company from a small one just five years ago to the top of the fintech industry.

“When we started, the plan has been to become the biggest fintech on the continent, deepening financial inclusion with several products and services, but we didn’t see it happening so soon. This goes to show that with the right team and dedication, anything can be achieved.

“This award would spur us on to do better. This is a complete team effort and I am honoured to work with such a visionary board, strategic management team and dedicated staff.

“To our customers who keep believing in us by constantly using our products and services, we dedicate this award to you too,” he said.

Zeepay, earlier this year became the first fintech to be granted a license to operate a full Electronic Money Issuer service otherwise known as Mobile Money by the Bank of Ghana.

The service now allows Zeepay’s subscribers to operate the full bouquet of mobile money services such as Cash In, Cash Out, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Transfers, Payments and Digital Termination of Remittances (DTR).

Since the issuance of the licence the company has launched its services with the short code *270# which allows you to register remotely without needing to visit a branch and begin sending and receiving money, paying bills, buying airtime and undertaking any financial transactions any other mobile money service allows you.

It has partnered over 100,000 mobile money agents across the country to help the platform’s users cash out money or load their wallets with cash.

Via partnerships with several institutions in insurance, money transfer, pensions and banks, Zeepay’s subscribers can undertake seemless remittances, purchase micro insurance, auto insurance, mortgage remit, airtime top-up, bill payment and pension collections.

The GITTA award recognises not only the products and diverse innovations that keep the ICT & Telecom sector thriving but also the companies and people who make the industry great. The award was open to all players and stakeholders in the ICT ecosystem.

GITTA is considered the most celebrated ICT awards, attracting the crème de la crème and top decision makers in the sector. It is organised in partnership with the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications.

Jennifer Lopez says 2020 taught her what ‘matters most’ during E! People’s Choice Award speech

Jennifer Lopez, People’s Icon of 2020, accepts the award onstage for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday. (Photo by Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

(CNN) – Jennifer Lopez summed up 2020 for all of us when she took the stage at the E! People’s Choice Awards Sunday night. “Oh, my God 2020 man, 2020 was no joke, right?” Lopez said while accepting the Icon Award. “I mean, before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award, getting nominated for that award, we were caught up on who sold the most records or who had the biggest box office opening or crazy stuff. This year was the great leveler. It showed us what mattered, what didn’t and for me, reinforced what matters most, people.”

Lopez had a few surprises before she began her speech. Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger and her children were among those who appeared virtually to share their admiration.

“Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch and I realize it’s what I strive for in everything I do, to reach people, to touch people. I believe that’s what we all want, shared experiences, to know that we’re not in this alone,” Lopez went on to say. “Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going and sometimes when I’m tired or beaten down like a lot of us have been this year, it’s my family, my friends, my babies and my fans, you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn’t lift myself.”

Lopez, who began her career as a dancer on “In Living Color” before finding success as an actor, singer and producer, spoke about perseverance.

“As a Latina and as a woman, we have to sometimes work twice as hard to get the opportunity. Sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions made the people around me nervous people would say you’re a dancer, you can’t be an actress. The more they said I couldn’t, the more I knew that I had to,” she said. “So now here I stand, so very grateful, knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold but from the love that I feel from all of you and yes, I feel it.”