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‘Asaba resolution a mere proclamation,’ Sagay challenges Southern govs to enact anti-open grazing law

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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, on Monday, challenged governors in the Southern part of the country to enact a law on open grazing in their various states in a bid to check the frequent farmers/herdsmen clashes in the region.

The PACAC chief, who made the call in a Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, urged the governors to solidify their resolution on the matter by applying the Benue State approach in their individual state.

He described the governors’ resolution at their May 11 meeting in Asba, Delta State, as a mere declaration of intent.

According to Sagay, open grazing has become an existential threat to many communities in the country.

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He insisted that mere declaration would not be as impactful as a law from each state prohibiting open grazing.

The PACAC chief said: “I have been advocating ranching for cattle herding since 2011 as the only way out. I was the first to talk about it until it became an existential threat to many communities, particularly in the South. Frankly, I don’t think a declaration is sufficient, governors have to go back to their individual houses of assemblies and introduce motions. The way Benue State did and actually passed a law banning open grazing and instituting ranching.

“So a proclamation is not enough unless they already have laws which give powers to each governor which I don’t think is the case. There is a need for each state assembly to actually pass a law against open grazing. This is for me legally a declaration of intent but it should be followed up by legislation in the individual state of assembly of the Southern states. They have to pass laws prohibiting open grazing.”

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Vodafone connects its customers with Thales’ Eco-SIM card – The Maravi Post

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  • Thales to supply Vodafone Group with eco-designed SIM cards made from recycled refrigerators.
  • Millions of subscribers in Europe and Africa set to benefit from eco-responsible innovation.

PARIS, France, 21 October 2021,-/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Thales to supply Vodafone Group with Eco-SIM; a product whose card body is made out of 100% recycled plastic from refrigerator interiors. Vodafone initially plans to deploy Eco-SIM in ten countries1 in Europe and Africa.

Over 4.5 billion SIM cards are produced every year2, representing 20,000 tons of plastic – the equivalent weight of two Eiffel towers. Developed in partnership with Veolia, the global leader in ecological transformation, the Thales Eco-SIM was launched in 2020 and is made from 100% recycled polystyrene recovered from discarded refrigerators.

Offering a second life to the refrigerator interiors, Thales enabled an independent and exclusive green plastic supply flow to Vodafone. Thales’ carbon offsetting program also ensures its innovative ‘green SIM’ is certified as carbon neutral3. As a result, the new contract will support Vodafone’s far-reaching plans for cutting e-waste, reducing its carbon footprint, and contributing to a circular economy.

“An individual SIM may be tiny, but in total our Eco-SIM manufacturing program will save nearly 5,000 metric tonnes of virgin plastic every year,” said Emmanuel Unguran, VP Mobile & Connectivity Solutions at Thales. “Just like Vodafone, Thales has developed transformative plans for environmental action. This new contract highlights the determination of both companies to recognize their responsibilities to the planet.”

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Thales.

1 UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, the Netherlands (as VodafoneZiggo), and South Africa.
2 ABI Research – September 2020
3 Thales’ Eco-SIM card is a CarbonNeutral® certified product in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol – the global standard for carbon neutral programmes.

About Thales 
Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global leader in advanced technologies, investing in digital and “deep tech” innovations – connectivity, big data, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and quantum computing – to build a confident future crucial for the development of our societies. The Group provides its customers – businesses, organisations and governments – in the defense, aeronautics, space, transport, and digital identity and security domains with solutions, services and products that help them fulfil their critical role, consideration for the individual being the driving force behind all decisions.Thales has 81,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2020 the Group generated sales of €17 billion.

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Bybit Wins the Most Transparent Exchange at Crypto Expo Dubai 2021 – The Maravi Post

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DUBAI, UAE, 21 October 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Bybit, one of the world’s fastest growing cryptocurrency exchanges, has clinched the “Most Transparent Exchange” award at Crypto Expo Dubai (CED) Awards 2021. The award recognized Bybit for its track record of stellar performance, user feedback, scale and financials. 

“We are honored to receive this distinction, and will work hard to uphold our pledge of transparency and reliability to the crypto lovers who come to Bybit. We invest about 25% of our budget in security to safeguard our infrastructure — this is nearly twice the industry average. We are constantly tweaking our platform mechanisms to optimize for security and customer experience to provide the next level of trading for our clients. Crypto is never down, neither is Bybit. We will continue to revolutionize the industry by fusing the best of cryptocurrency and traditional finance to provide an unmatched trading experience and price transparency for our traders,” said Igneus Terrenus, Head of Com- munications, Bybit. 

“As organizers of CED 2021, the largest crypto event in the Middle East, we witnessed the growth of users in the crypto exchanges recently. We are happy and honored to present Bybit with the award after a thorough evaluation of Bybit’s performance in the past few years.” said Dwain Elias Albores, Project Manager of CED 2021. Other factors considered for this award are customer reviews, online traffic and the cryp- to exchange’s financials. 

Terrenus was also a speaker on the “Best of Crypto Exchanges” panel at the conference, where he shared Bybit’s perspectives on regulations — “Regulations don’t have to be a ‘challenge’ per se — as a crypto exchange, Bybit embraces progressive regulations. Because our vision isn’t so different: We want to protect our customers and we want the industry to thrive. In our experience, regulators do listen to feedback from market participants. For the industry to thrive, we need a regulatory framework that is built on dialogues between regulators and ex- perts and people who understand how decentralized finance works.” 

Crypto Expo Dubai was held on Oct. 14 to 15 at Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City, and was attended by 8,000 industry influencers, market experts, and crypto professionals. 

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of Bybit.

About Bybit
Bybit is a cryptocurrency exchange established in March 2018 to offer a professional platform where crypto traders can find an ultra-fast matching engine, excellent customer service and multi-lingual community support. The company provides innovative online trading services and cloud mining products, as well as API support, to retail and institutional clients around the world, and strives to be the most reliable exchange for the emerging digital asset class.

For more information please visit: https://www.bybit.com/

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First in Malawi-The TNM Mpamba debit card showcased by TNM CEO and RBM Officials

In a country-first for Malawi, mobile money service provider TNM Mpamba Wednesday launched a Mastercard debit card, enabling its customers –even those without bank accounts–to make safe and seamless in-person and online digital payments on the Mastercard network. The card will work like any other bank ATM.

Dubbed “Khadi Mbambande”, the new card is expected to enhance financial inclusion and improve access to the digital economy.

Powered by National Bank of Malawi (NBM), the physical Mastercard debit card is linked to the TNM Mpamba mobile money wallet, giving customers new ways to access and pay for products and services at the millions of retail locations that accept Mastercard in Malawi and abroad. Customers can also withdraw funds from ATMs, as well as use the card in similar manner to the Mastercard virtual Khadi Mbambande payment solution to access to an array of online payments and services like Netflix, Facebook advertising and popular online shopping platforms like Amazon.

Convenience is a key advantage of the debit card as customers can easily manage and track finances, as funds are adjusted directly against a customer’s Mpamba wallet with an electronic record of every transaction carried out.

Reserve Bank of Malawi National Payments Director, Mr Frazer Mdwazika said at the launch the solution will accelerate efforts towards deepening financial inclusion and economic activity. “With the TNM Mpamba Mastercard debit card, there is now certainty to add over nine million people to the national payments system in one fell swoop. Such a development has potential to instantly revolutionize the country’s financial services sector, as millions of people become financially included in one go,” said Mdwazika.

“With potential to instantly add nearly half of the entire population using a mobile money platform such as Mpamba, the dream to achieve financial inclusion is closer to reality than ever,” he added.

TNM Chief Executive Officer Arnold Mbwana said the Mpamba Mastercard debit card is one of the outcomes of the company’s long-term investments in mobile technology and systems and aims to further improve the capacity of Malawi’s national payments ecosystem.

“The introduction of a Mastercard debit card is part of TNM Mpamba’s ongoing program to provide more people with access to financial services and tools that will simplify their lives. With access to Mastercard’s unrivalled network of merchants and ATMs, together with TNM Mpamba’s wide agent network, we are able to increase the ecosystem of locations where the Mpamba mobile wallet can be used, further expanding transaction options and use cases for our mobile money customers. This brings greater convenience, more choice, and an enhanced user experience,” he said.

The rollout of the TNM Mpamba Mastercard payment solutions plays a key role in advancing Mastercard’s worldwide commitment to financial inclusion to bring a total of 1 billion people, and 50 million micro and small businesses into the digital economy by 2025. Amnah Ajmal, Executive Vice President for Market Development, Mastercard Middle East and Africa, said: “To create a powerful ecosystem, partnerships between players are increasingly needed to meet the needs and expectations of the fast-evolving consumer. We are pleased to advance our digital partnerships strategy in MEA with TNM Mpamba, as we support their digital transformation and bring more seamless payment experiences to their customers. This in turn will help increase the adoption and usage of digital payments and services – ultimately leading to a more connected, and inclusive digital economy that benefits everyone.”

Following double-digit growth in 2020, GSMA’s latest data reports over half a billion mobile money accounts in Africa – close to half of the global total. Customers are using their accounts for new and more advanced use cases including person-to-merchant payments, suggesting that more people are moving away from the margins of financial systems and leading increasingly digital lives.

Research has also shown that access to digital financial services and mobile money platforms has allowed previously unbanked Malawians and other Africans to grow their micro-enterprises and businesses.

To boost financial literacy, TNM Mpamba and Mastercard have also collaborated with NBM to contextualize and adapt key card information for the Malawian market. This will ensure that first-time users of physical and virtual debit payment products enjoy a safe and user-friendly payment experience. TNM Mpamba confirmed a simplified onboarding process when registering for TNM Mpamba and applying for its Mastercard payment solutions.

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