Daily Archives: May 29, 2018

MoneyGram Launches Money Transfer Service to All Bank Accounts in Ghana

Gives consumers a new option to receive funds in Africa’s fifth largest remittance recipient market

ACCRA, Ghana, May 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ:MGI) announced today the launch of money transfer service directly to any bank account in Ghana. Funds can be sent via MoneyGram online or at any one of MoneyGram’s thousands of locations around the world. The money can be accessed in minutes either in person, online or through an ATM.

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The new account deposit service in Ghana is a part of MoneyGram’s overall strategy to accelerate its digital growth and provide customers with convenient and accessible, technology-based financial services.

“We see a potential in the increasing adoption of banking services in Ghana and want to drive financial inclusion in the region by offering our consumers more digital money transfer options. Currently our global account deposit network consists of more than two billion bank, virtual and mobile accounts in 48 countries,” said Grant Lines, MoneyGram’s global chief revenue officer.

According to the World Bank, in 2017, $2.2 billion flowed into Ghana, up 4.3% compared to 2016 what makes the country fifth largest remittances recipient in Africa. The inflows come mainly from the United States ($585 million), Nigeria ($395 million), the United Kingdom ($286 million), Italy ($145 million) and Germany ($115 million).

For more information about the service, please visit http://moneygram.com.gh/accountdeposit

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About MoneyGram International
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.

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KT poursuit son développement en Afrique suite au succès de son projet LTE au Rwanda

– LTE présente le projet LTE d’envergure nationale mis en place au Rwanda lors de la conférence KOAFEC 2018 –
– KT s’engage dans le développement la croissance économique basée sur les TIC en Afrique –

SÉOUL, Corée du Sud, 29 mai 2018 /PRNewswire/ – KT Corp. (KRX : 030200 ; NYSE : KT), la plus grande société de télécommunications de Corée, a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elle étendra sa coopération avec les pays africains dans le domaine des technologies de l’information et de la communication en s’appuyant sur le réseau LTE d’envergure nationale qu’elle a mis en place avec succès au Rwanda, ce qui constitue une première en Afrique.

KT, anciennement connu sous le nom de Korea Telecom, a dévoilé ses plans pour soutenir les TIC dans les pays africains lors de la conférence sur la coopération économique entre la Corée et l’Afrique (KOAFEC) 2018 et la 53e assemblée annuelle de la Banque africaine de développement qui se tiendra du 21 au 25 mai au BEXCO à Busan, en Corée. Des projets commerciaux et des modèles de réussite en Afrique ont été présentés au forum de partenariat public-privé (PPP) de la conférence KOAFEC.

En tant que conférencier au forum PPP, Kim Hyung-Joon, responsable de la branche mondiale de KT, a présenté le projet de réseau 4G LTE qui a été mis en place à l’échelle nationale dans le Rwanda et a été achevé ce mois-ci en coopération avec le gouvernement rwandais, et il a souligné l’importance des infrastructures TIC pour le développement économique de l’Afrique.

« Nous allons coopérer avec les pays africains pour développer la croissance économique basée sur les TIC, car ce projet au Rwanda a enrichi notre expérience et nous a permis d’acquérir une meilleure compréhension des choses », a déclaré Kim. « Lors de la conférence, la délégation de KT a discuté avec les représentants de grands pays africains d’un large éventail de sujets concernant la coopération entre les secteurs public et privé dans leur pays. »

La conférence KOAFEC, organisée conjointement par le Ministère sud-coréen de la Stratégie et des Finances, la Banque coréenne d’import-export et la Banque africaine de développement, est le plus grand événement de coopération économique de Corée impliquant l’Afrique. La table ronde ministérielle et le forum PPP sont les points forts de la conférence.

La Banque africaine de développement est une organisation multilatérale régionale créée en 1964 pour promouvoir le développement économique durable et le progrès social sur le continent africain. La Corée du Sud a renforcé sa coopération et ses échanges avec les pays membres depuis son adhésion à l’organisation en 1982.

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On Mali Visit, UN Chief Asks Donors to Back G5 Sahel Force

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to donors Tuesday to provide more predictable support to the G5 Sahel force fighting to contain West African jihadists.

He spoke while on a visit to Mali, the country worst affected by Islamist militants.

A conference in February of about 50 countries including the United States, Japan and Norway pledged 414 million euros ($509 million) for the G5 Sahel force, made up of troops from Mali, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.

But the force has been planned for years, yet has only got off the ground in the past few months as little of the pledge donations appear to have reached the force to keep it afloat.

“The international community must understand the need to provide the G5 Sahel countries with predictable support,” Guterres said, after meeting Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga and leaving flowers to commemorate the roughly 170 U.N. peacekeepers killed in Mali since 2013 � the most endangered U.N. mission anywhere in the world.

“We [United Nations] are working to ensure effective international solidarity by the strength of G5 Sahel,” he added.

The G5 Sahel operation, whose command center is in central Mali, is projected to swell to 5,000 personnel and will also carry out humanitarian and development work.

Rising violence across Mali, especially in its desert north, has cast doubt over the feasibility of elections scheduled for July 29, in which President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced Monday that he would run.

Islamist militants took over northern Mali in 2012 before French forces pushed them back in 2013.

President Emmanuel Macron of France � Mali and the region’s former colonial power with 4,000 troops stationed across the Sahel � has pledged to continue France’s anti-jihadist offensive alongside the G5.

Source: Voice of America

Suspected Islamists Behead 10 in Mozambique

Ten people were beheaded in a village in northern Mozambique, police said on Tuesday, as local sources blamed the attack on Islamists.

The predawn attack on Sunday occurred in two small villages close to the border with Tanzania and not far from Palma, a small town gearing up to be the country’s new natural gas hub in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

“There are 10 citizens who have been hideously killed,” Inacio Dina, the national police spokesman, told a news conference in Maputo, adding that the attackers used machetes.

Two of those killed were 15- and 16-year-old boys, who had set out in the early hours “hunting mice to eat,” said the police. Villagers earlier had said the fatalities included children.

No arrests have been made yet.

‘Scary environment’

Without naming the group of attackers, police’s Dina vowed that “we will hunt and find them and take them to the court as happened with others,” in apparent reference to attacks that occurred elsewhere in the same province in October.

Police reinforcements have been sent to the villages to step up security.

“The environment is scary,” Dina said.

Cabo Delgado province has seen a number of attacks by suspected radical Islamists since October.

In the latest attack, one victim was the leader of Monjane village, a local resident said, withholding his name for fear of reprisals.

“They targeted the chief as he had been providing information to the police about the location of al-Shabab in the forests,” he told AFP, referring to an armed group believed responsible for a deadly October attack on a police station and military post in the town of Mocimboa da Praia.

Two officers died and 14 attackers were killed then in what was believed to be the first jihadist attack on the country.

The group has no known link to the Somali jihadist group of the same name.

In the following weeks, at least 300 Muslims, including Tanzanians, were arrested and several mosques were forced to close.

Alex Vines, a specialist analyst on Mozambique for the London-based independent policy group Chatham House, told AFP that the “new attacks are unsurprising and a reminder of the seriousness of the situation.”

“A number of independent assessments of the situation in Cabo Delgado, conducted over the last three months, have concluded that the security situation [there] remains fragile and continued attacks probable,” he said.

‘Serious situation’

Police suspect the attackers are hiding in the forests surrounding the villages. A local villager said police were called during the attack but “arrived very late and the attackers were already gone. Nothing was stolen.”

“They are becoming much more radical now as they are facing attacks from government,” said another villager.

“This attack is a worrying sign of the deterioration of the situation,” said Eric Morier-Genoud, a lecturer in African history at the Queen’s University Belfast. “On the one hand, the rate of attacks appears to intensify. On the other hand, the methods seem to be radicalized, with decapitations becoming more and more common.”

A study published last week by Mozambican academic Joao Pereira said up to 40 members of the radical group “have been trained by movements” that operate in the Great Lakes region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and Kenya.

The increase in attacks in the country’s north could present a problem for Mozambique, which holds general elections next year and has its eyes set on recently discovered gas reserves.

Vast gas deposits discovered off the shores of Palma could transform the impoverished country’s economy.

Experts predict that Mozambique could become the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

But Morier-Genoud suggested the group won’t pose immediate “significant danger” to the gas project, urging that government engages the northern region from social and religious platforms instead of resorting strictly to a military response.

The country’s north has largely been excluded from the economic growth of the last 20 years, and the region sees itself as a neglected outpost, giving the radical al-Shabab-style ideology a receptive audience.

Mozambique this month passed an anti-terrorism law that punishes terrorism activity with more than 40 years in jail.

Source: Voice of America