Daily Archives: November 22, 2018

KT Partners with Ghana Gov’t for Epidemic Preparedness

  • KT Signs Agreement with Ghana Health Service for Disease Prevention
  • Korean Telecom Leader Brings Technology to Help People Around World

SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — KT Corporation (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT), South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, reached a milestone deal with Ghana to fight epidemics last week to help people in Africa and other parts of the world with the company’s innovative technology.

Officials from KT Corporation, Ghana Health Service (GHS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other related agencies are photographed during a signing ceremony between KT and GHS on the use of Big Data in preventing infectious diseases on November 16.

The Korean telecom leader signed an agreement on the use of Big Data in preventing infectious diseases with the Ghana Health Service on November 16. Attendees at the signing ceremony in Accra, Ghana, included Yoon Jong-Jin, KT’s senior executive vice president in charge of public relations and Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, director-general of Ghana Health Service (GHS).

Other key figures are Kim Sung-Soo, Ambassador of Korean Embassy of Ghana, Michael Melchior, Country Director of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ghana, Dr. Owen Laws Kaluwa, Ghana Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Fiachra McAsey, Deputy Representative of UNICEF Ghana, and Mr. Yukyum Kim, Country Director of KOICA Ghana.

KT Corp.’s agreement on disease control, its first with a public health agency, has drawn attention from the international health community, especially because of Ghana’s location in West Africa. In 2014-16, the region suffered the most widespread Ebola virus epidemic in recorded history, while there is no confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) case in Ghana to date, according to the WHO.

“We will help Ghana take the initiative in healthcare in West Africa,” KT’s Yoon said. “We will go beyond Africa and push for disease prevention in other parts of the world where the infrastructure for healthcare and education is still developing.”

KT’s disease prevention system analyzes location-based information including roaming data that it collects, uses the data to guide its customers on preventing epidemics, and builds a monitoring system that helps health authorities assess infection risk at the initial stage of an outbreak.

KT started working on the system in 2016 with the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Information Society Agency to demonstrate how Big Data can be used in disease control. The project came a year after MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) hit Korea. Now it is regarded as a showcase of collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Based on the project’s success, KT is seeking collaboration with foreign governments and international organizations on the use of Big Data and information technology in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. To that end, the Korean company suggested a Global Epidemic Prevention Platform at the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in January this year.

As a global leader in ICT, KT is also calling on Asian countries to participate in its project. Among the target countries is the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR). KT will seek to launch an epidemic prevention project with both the Lao Ministry of Health and the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH), a public affiliate of South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare.

KT dispatched volunteer IT workers to Laos together with the KOFIH and KT Group Hope Sharing Foundation, the company’s social contribution organization, from November 11-17. The KT employee volunteer group provided IT equipment for quarantine stations at Wattay International Airport and the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge.

The IT volunteers trained officials of the Lao Ministry of Health’s Department of Communicable Diseases Control on using computers, smartphones and software to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. KT volunteers visited an elementary school in Vientiane along with the Africa-Asia Development Relief Foundation, a Korean NGO, where students learned about IT, VR (virtual reality) and other subjects.

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Tunisian Civil Servants Strike, Protest for Pay Raises

Tunisian civil servants have gone on strike around the country to protest the failure of negotiations with the government for wage increases, amid plunging buying power and soaring inflation.

Thousands gathered Thursday in front of parliament with chants of “shame on the government” and calls to be given their “rights.”

Public institutions, including in far-flung regions, were paralyzed by the strike, although minimal services were provided in hospitals. Only the defense and interior ministries worked regularly.

Tunisia has some 670,000 civil servants, and more than 15 percent of the state budget goes to paying their salaries.

The head of the powerful UGTT union which called the strike, Noureddine Tabboubi, vowed that “we will resist until we get our rights.”

He told protesters, “We’ll get the raises.”

Source: Voice of America

EXPLOSION INJURES 10 IN LIBYA’S BENGHAZI

TRIPOLI, Libya- An explosion injured 10 people in a residential neighbourhood, in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, late on Wednesday, a medical source said.

Two of the injured are in critical condition, said Fadia Al-Barghathi, information officer of Al-Jalaa hospital, in Benghazi.

No official statement has yet been made.

Pictures on social media show the explosion site in Salmani neighbourhood, with heavy smoke streaming from a house.

Several cars parked nearby were also damaged in the explosion.

Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city, witnesses repeated explosions in neighbourhoods, mosques and markets.

Suicide bombers also target military checkpoints and sites in the city.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

TUNISIA TO BECOME MEMBER OF AIIB

TUNIS, Tunisia- Visiting President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Jin Liqun, said that, Tunisia will be a member of AIIB.

Received by Tunisian President, Beji Caid Essebsi, Jin stressed the importance that AIIB attaches to cooperation with Tunisia, whose strategic location allows it to be a promising regional platform.

“The accession of Tunisia to AIIB will allow it to benefit from the financing granted by this bank, for the realisation of projects in the areas of infrastructure, transport, renewable energies, environment and water resources management,” said Jin.

Essebsi called for cooperation programmes and future financing, for the development of inland regions, through infrastructure and renewable energy projects.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

KENYA, MOZAMBIQUE SIGN VISA WAIVER DEAL TO SPUR TRADE

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya and Mozambique signed a visa waiver framework, aimed at boosting trade and free movement of people between the two countries.

The agreement will also boost the two countries’ cultural exchanges, said Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, who witnessed the signing of the deal in Nairobi, with his Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.

Nyusi welcomed the signing of the visa waiver, saying, it was a move in the right direction in bolstering cooperation between the two countries.

He said, their discussions mainly focused on economic and other areas of mutual cooperation, including tourism and the energy sector, in which Kenya has excelled.

“We discussed important issues of our economy and finance, as well as, issues of avoiding double taxation, so as to facilitate trade for our business people and for the flow of business between our two countries,” Nyusi said, according to a statement issued by Kenyatta’s office.

He reaffirmed his government’s commitment to work towards enhancing cooperation and bilateral relations with Kenya.

Nyusi is in Kenya for a reciprocal state visit that will see him attend the opening of the world’s first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference that is co-hosted by Kenya, Japan and Canada in Nairobi next week.

Kenyatta noted the tremendous progress made in the growth of gas, coal and oil exploration in Mozambique, saying, Kenya seeks to learn from Mozambique’s best practices, including transfer of technology as it embarks on developing its own extractive industry.

He disclosed that one of the proposals that Kenya is considering is the importation of liquefied gas and coal from Mozambique, starting next year through a government-to-government agreement.

He said, Kenya is also considering opportunities in aviation with a focus on technical training and the establishment of an aviation training organisation.

“As a nation we have the capacity to offer the requisite technical assistance in this field,” he added.

As two ocean-facing countries, the Kenyan leader said, the two countries have agreed to champion the sustainable use of the blue economy resources to accelerate economic growth and development.

Kenyatta said, the port cities of Maputo and Mombasa form an integral part of the trade relations between the two countries.

“I encourage our relevant authorities to work closer together, to see how we can partner and develop our port facilities as a sure way of improving trade linkages between our two countries,” the president said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK