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KT Builds Digital System for National Identification in Tanzania

– South Korea PM and Tanzania Home Minister Visit New Data Center

– KT to Undertake More ICT Projects in Gabon, Botswana and Angola

SEOUL, South Korea, July 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — KT Corp. (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT), South Korea’s largest telecommunications company, completed a new digital system for national identification in Tanzania, marking major progress for the company in Africa as KT continues to tap into new business opportunities throughout the continent.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon (center, seated) and Tanzanian Home Affairs Minister Alphaxard Lugola (second from right, seated) photographed with government officials and representatives from KT and Samsung C&T at the main data center of Tanzania’s new national electronic resident registration system in Kibaha on July 22.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon, Tanzanian Home Affairs Minister Alphaxard Lugola and other officials from the two countries visited the main data center for Tanzania’s countrywide registration system on July 22. The data center is located in Kibaha in eastern Tanzania.

The recently launched registration system is a significant step in KT’s endeavor to expand its cooperation throughout Africa. KT is currently working on various projects to improve the ICT infrastructure in the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent, including high-speed communications networks in Gabon and Botswana and a public security network in Angola.

In May, the Korean telecom leader completed the construction of Africa’s first nationwide LTE network in Rwanda and also won a project to establish a surveillance system that will help prevent illegal fishing in the West African countries Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“Our latest projects in Rwanda and Tanzania will encourage other Korean enterprises to explore promising African markets,” said Yun Kyoung-Lim, head of KT’s future convergence and global businesses. “KT will continue to introduce Korea’s outstanding ICT technologies to the African continent through more scheduled projects.”

The new IT-based public administration system in Tanzania includes the digital national identification data center in Kibaha, a backup center, 13 regional resident registration offices, a fingerprint identification and management system, a network control system and a resident registration website.

KT formed a consortium with Samsung C&T Corp. to undertake the 52.6 billion won (US$47 million) project, which was commissioned by Tanzania’s National Identification Authority. The project began in April 2015 and included the participation of 15 Korean small- and medium-sized companies. KT remains responsible for the system’s repair and maintenance until June 2020.

KT expects that the digital registration system will help boost the economic and social development of the East African country. Tanzania has a population of some 56 million people and a 6 to 7 percent annual economic growth exceeding that of its neighbors.

Tanzania is a mountainous and densely forested country sprawling over a vast territory in the African Great Lakes region, which presented many challenges to the construction of a nationwide digital public administration system. While physical national registration offices were as far as 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) away from one another, they are now connected on the new digital system.

There were particular difficulties constructing buildings and laying optical fiber cables in the northwestern region of Mwanza, also known as the City of Rocks. KT’s vast experience in building and operating data centers throughout different countries helped overcome the acutely challenging obstacles in Mwanza.

The Tanzanian government is expected to soon implement the new digital system for national identification. The nation hopes to use the system to improve public services in education, hygiene and healthcare. The government also expects to use the system to alleviate some of the country’s social problems by targeting certain crimes and tax evasion.

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ABOUT KT CORP. (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT)

KT Corporation, Korea’s largest telecommunications service provider reestablished in 1981 under the Telecommunications Business Act, is leading the era of innovations in the world’s most connected country. The company leads the 4th industrial revolution with high speed wire/wireless network and innovative ICT technology. After installing 4.5 million fixed lines for 20 million users in just 12 years, KT was the first telecom provider to introduce 5G broad-scale trial service in 2018. It is another step in KT’s continuous efforts to deliver essential products and services as it seeks to be the No.1 ICT Company and People’s Company.

For more information, please visit our English website at https://corp.kt.com/eng

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Africa’s Biggest Exchange Golix Adds XinFin’s XDCE Token to Its Currency Lineup

SINGAPORE / ACCESSWIRE / July 26, 2018 / In line with its drive to open Africa to various cryptocurrencies, Golix – the pan African digital currencies trading platform has listed the XDCE token on its exchanges.

This makes XDCE the ninth digital currency to be listed on the exchange. Similar to the other tokens available on Golix, the XDCE token will be tradeable in the 7 African countries where Golix is live, providing a fiat to cryptocurrency trading option.

XDCE is an Ethereum based token launched by XinFin, while XDC is a native fuel to run various network features on XinFin hybrid blockchain and is also using blockchain technology to enable finance and international trade on platform called Tradefinex.org. XDC token can be utilised to power various infrastructure projects at Tradefinex.org platform.

Both the tokens are swappable at 1:1 ratio at alphaex.net digital exchange.

The listing of XDCE on Golix expands XinFin’s global presence to the fast growing African economy. It also extends the company’s use case to a continent whose booming markets have a significant need for efficient, cost-effective transactional solutions.

Yeukayi Kusangaya, Golix’s product manager spoke enthusiastically about the introduction of XDCE into the African cryptocurrency space calling the relationship between Golix and XinFin strategic for global fintech.

“Golix has a strong belief in the extension of financial autonomy to all of Africa and it has embraced blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies as the tools to achieve this. XinFin has displayed similar values, adopting blockchain solutions in the world of fintech. Our objectives and preferred solutions are aligned so it is strategic and befitting for us to work together.”

Enthusiastic on the listing, Chris Neill, Ecosystem Development and Community Manager, XinFin said, “XinFin is really excited to collaborate with Golix and we believe that this partnership will help our growing community in Africa to trade XDCE tokens against other major cryptocurrencies.”

The XDCE can be traded by anyone with an account on Golix. Users in the respective countries in Africa where Golix operates can buy it on golix.com.

About Golix

Golix is a Pan-African fintech startup company that runs a cryptocurrencies exchange with the same name.

Launched in Zimbabwe in December 2014 as BitFinance by Tawanda Kembo and Verengai Mabika, it was the country’s first Bitcoin company. It currently has live exchanges in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Its customers use its platform to buy and sell cryptocurrencies using fiat deposits. The cryptocurrencies traded are used for remittances to and international payments from African countries.

Golix’s mission is to give every person in Africa financial autonomy. It is doing this by providing infrastructure that gives access to cryptocurrencies. It acts as the bridge between conventional payment methods and ubiquitous channels, and the digital currencies that characterise the global economy.

About XinFin

XinFin is a global open source Hybrid Blockchain protocol/platform with independent community contributors comprising of long term backers, network utility and tech developers. XinFin Network [XDCE] (https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/xinfin-network/) is a utility network that lets enterprises deploy real world applications on Hybrid Blockchain Protocol in a conducive, compliant and regulation friendly environment for diverse use cases in trade, finance, remittance, supply chain, healthcare and other industrial areas to improve business efficiency. XinFin has developed TradeFinex, a consortium owned hybrid blockchain platform for the development of IAC i.e. Infrastructure as an Asset Class.

Follow XinFin on Twitter (@XinFinF), Telegram (https://t.me/xinfintalk), Slack (https://xinfin-public.slack.com/) and contribute to GitHub (https://github.com/XinFinorg) channel.

SOURCE: XinFin

Africa’s Biggest Exchange Golix Adds XinFin’s XDCE Token to Its Currency Lineup

SINGAPORE / ACCESSWIRE / July 26, 2018 / In line with its drive to open Africa to various cryptocurrencies, Golix – the pan African digital currencies trading platform has listed the XDCE token on its exchanges.

This makes XDCE the ninth digital currency to be listed on the exchange. Similar to the other tokens available on Golix, the XDCE token will be tradeable in the 7 African countries where Golix is live, providing a fiat to cryptocurrency trading option.

XDCE is an Ethereum based token launched by XinFin, while XDC is a native fuel to run various network features on XinFin hybrid blockchain and is also using blockchain technology to enable finance and international trade on platform called Tradefinex.org. XDC token can be utilised to power various infrastructure projects at Tradefinex.org platform.

Both the tokens are swappable at 1:1 ratio at alphaex.net digital exchange.

The listing of XDCE on Golix expands XinFin’s global presence to the fast growing African economy. It also extends the company’s use case to a continent whose booming markets have a significant need for efficient, cost-effective transactional solutions.

Yeukayi Kusangaya, Golix’s product manager spoke enthusiastically about the introduction of XDCE into the African cryptocurrency space calling the relationship between Golix and XinFin strategic for global fintech.

“Golix has a strong belief in the extension of financial autonomy to all of Africa and it has embraced blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies as the tools to achieve this. XinFin has displayed similar values, adopting blockchain solutions in the world of fintech. Our objectives and preferred solutions are aligned so it is strategic and befitting for us to work together.”

Enthusiastic on the listing, Chris Neill, Ecosystem Development and Community Manager, XinFin said, “XinFin is really excited to collaborate with Golix and we believe that this partnership will help our growing community in Africa to trade XDCE tokens against other major cryptocurrencies.”

The XDCE can be traded by anyone with an account on Golix. Users in the respective countries in Africa where Golix operates can buy it on golix.com.

About Golix

Golix is a Pan-African fintech startup company that runs a cryptocurrencies exchange with the same name.

Launched in Zimbabwe in December 2014 as BitFinance by Tawanda Kembo and Verengai Mabika, it was the country’s first Bitcoin company. It currently has live exchanges in Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Its customers use its platform to buy and sell cryptocurrencies using fiat deposits. The cryptocurrencies traded are used for remittances to and international payments from African countries.

Golix’s mission is to give every person in Africa financial autonomy. It is doing this by providing infrastructure that gives access to cryptocurrencies. It acts as the bridge between conventional payment methods and ubiquitous channels, and the digital currencies that characterise the global economy.

About XinFin

XinFin is a global open source Hybrid Blockchain protocol/platform with independent community contributors comprising of long term backers, network utility and tech developers. XinFin Network [XDCE] (https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/xinfin-network/) is a utility network that lets enterprises deploy real world applications on Hybrid Blockchain Protocol in a conducive, compliant and regulation friendly environment for diverse use cases in trade, finance, remittance, supply chain, healthcare and other industrial areas to improve business efficiency. XinFin has developed TradeFinex, a consortium owned hybrid blockchain platform for the development of IAC i.e. Infrastructure as an Asset Class.

Follow XinFin on Twitter (@XinFinF), Telegram (https://t.me/xinfintalk), Slack (https://xinfin-public.slack.com/) and contribute to GitHub (https://github.com/XinFinorg) channel.

SOURCE: XinFin

Hologic’s Global Access Initiative Increases Availability of Diagnostic Testing in Resource-Limited Countries

–Program focuses on infectious disease assays – including HIV – for countries where critical testing is needed most —

MARLBOROUGH, Massachusetts, July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hologic, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOLX) announced today the launch of the new Hologic Global Access Initiative, in partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and MedAccess (backed by the U.K. government), to increase affordable access to molecular testing for HIV, hepatitis B and C (HBV and HCV) and human papillomavirus (HPV) in nearly 50 nations around the world. These countries, primarily across Africa and Southeast Asia, make up 90 percent of the HIV disease burden globally.1

Unveiled at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, the Hologic Global Access Initiative will offer a single, all-inclusive pricing structure with no upfront cost or capital expenditure, providing access to four crucial molecular diagnostic tests across all eligible countries. This offers resource-limited countries a new, cost-effective way to mitigate the burden of infectious diseases with increased testing supply and superior technology.

“As a global leader in diagnostics, Hologic has the responsibility and privilege to serve people in need by providing accessible testing, which is crucial for managing care and reducing the spread of infectious diseases,” said Tom West, president, Diagnostic Solutions Division at Hologic. “Through this initiative in partnership with the global public health community, we’re determined to make an even greater impact in countries with limited resources and help reduce the burden of global infectious diseases, especially HIV.”

The Hologic Global Access Initiative supports UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 goal, which states that by 2020, 90 percent of people living with HIV will know their status, 90 percent of people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. It also supports the objectives of the Unitaid-chaired Integrated Diagnostics Consortium by optimizing the efficiency of overall lab systems, reducing instrument downtime, and minimizing stockouts and waste.

“This initiative will provide significant savings to our partners that are scaling up HIV viral load testing. It will also enable countries to increase routine screening for hepatitis C and HPV. Since effective treatments are available for these diseases, early detection will save lives,” said CHAI Vice President of Global Markets, Alan Staple.

The Value of the Aptima® Assays on the Panther® System
Expected to launch in August 2018, the program will expand access to Hologic’s Panther system, a market-leading, integrated platform that fully automates molecular testing with true sample-to-result automation, adaptable workflow options, and a consolidated testing menu. Designed to be modular and scalable, the Panther system can accommodate the needs of large, centralized labs and smaller, decentralized labs alike. The Panther system also offers the highest output per square meter of any comparable molecular diagnostic instrument – up to 320 results in 8 hours in less than one square meter of space.2,3

Qualified assays available on the Panther system include:

  • The Aptima® HIV-1 Quant Dx* assay to aid in the diagnosis, confirmation and clinical management of HIV-1 infection.
  • The Aptima® HCV Quant Dx assay to aid in the diagnosis, confirmation and clinical management of HCV infection.
  • The Aptima® HBV Quant assay to aid in the clinical management of HBV infection.
  • The Aptima® HPV assay to detect 14 high-risk HPV types that are associated with the development of cervical cancer.

Where coinfection is prevalent, Hologic’s suite of Aptima virology assays offers the opportunity to simultaneously run multiple assays from one patient’s blood sample, which improves productivity and accelerates results, ultimately enhancing patient care.

Hologic has a long-term legacy in the virology space, beginning two decades ago and spanning development of the first nucleic acid tests to screen the blood supply for HIV and HCV. In the early 2000s, Hologic’s portfolio evolved to include qualitative assays for HIV and HCV, and now also includes quantitative assays for HIV, HBV and HCV. Hologic also has a long-standing market leadership position in cervical cancer screening, including the Aptima HPV assay, which identifies high-risk HPV mRNA that is indicative of the HPV infections most likely to lead to cervical disease.4

About Hologic
Hologic, Inc. is an innovative medical technology company primarily focused on improving women’s health and well-being through early detection and treatment. For more information on Hologic, visit www.hologic.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties, including statements about the Hologic Global Access Initiative and use of the included diagnostic products. There can be no assurance that this initiative or the use of the included diagnostic products will achieve the benefits described herein or that such benefits will be replicated in any particular manner with respect to an individual patient. The actual effect of the initiative and/or the use of the products can only be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular circumstances and patient in question. In addition, there can be no assurance that the initiative and/or the included diagnostic products will be commercially successful or achieve any expected level of sales. Hologic expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements presented herein to reflect any change in expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

Hologic, Aptima, Panther and The Science of Sure are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Hologic, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

*Currently not available for diagnostic use in the United States.

Investor Contact:
Michael Watts
+1 858.410.8588
michael.watts@hologic.com

Media Contact:
Jane Mazur
+1 508.263.8764 (direct)
+1 585.355.5978 (mobile)
jane.mazur@hologic.com

References

  1. WHO. Immunizations, vaccines and biologicals: HIV/AIDS. Accessed June 27, 2018. http://www.who.int/immunization/topics/hiv/en/index1.html.
  2. Hologic, Inc. Data on File.
  3. Ratnam S, et al. Workflow and maintenance characteristics of five automated laboratory instruments for the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections. J Clin Microbiol. 2014;52(7); 2299-2304.
  4. Aptima HPV assay [package insert]. AW-12820-001, Rev. 001. San Diego, CA: Hologic, Inc.; 2015.

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Hanergy Kick-starts its CSR Project, ‘Lighting Africa’ in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Hanergy Thin-Film Power Group, a pioneering multinational clean energy company, launched the “Lighting Africa” project at its first stop Tanzania on July 18th together with China Foundation for Peace and Development and Tanzania-China Friendship Association by promising to donate the first 100 Humbrellas this October.

Minister Song Tao and Dr. Salim. Salim lit up the solar umbrella from Hanergy

“Lighting Africa” is a philanthropic project initiated by Hanergy and joined by China Foundation for Peace and Development this April in Beijing, aiming to provide environmental-friendly lighting devices to African children to improve their reading time and help the electricity deprived populations in Africa.

The event had a fully lit Humbrella demonstration that was witnessed by: Minister of International Department of Communist Party of China, Song Tao, President of Tanzania China Friendship Association, Hon. Dr. Salim.A.Salim, Hanergy Kenya Sales Directors Li Chuan and Zhang Xu, and over 700 local residents from Kagera Region along with teachers and pupils from the Oysterbay Primary School in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that there are 880 million people who are living with insufficient electricity, power shortages have become an important factor that restricts the development of Africa.

Minister Song Tao said, “We hope more NGOs, enterprises, and individuals can join the cause of building a prosperous Tanzania, making the people’s lives better.”

“We hope ‘Lighting Africa’ Project will be a successful program at its first stop in Tanzania,” added Minister Song.

Donating the Humbrella, a path-breaking product from Hanergy, Mr. Li Chuan, Hanergy Kenya, Country Sales Director, said “At Hanergy, we’re steadfast to ensure the all-round development of Africa. We’re confident that the Humbrella will surely light up the lives of African children and facilitate the fast-paced development of Africa. Today’s step to donate Humbrella to Tanzania is a testimony of our commitment to helping the underdeveloped regions of Africa facing power shortages.”

“This is just the beginning of Hanergy’s philanthropy in Africa. We’re poised to bring more Humbrellas to Africa,” he added.

Humbrella is a new thin-film solar product developed by Hanergy. Weighing only 8.8 kilograms and a diameter of 2.7 meters, Humbrella is covered with thin-film solar panels, which is available for power generation on both sunny and cloudy days.

Equipped with integrated functions of off-grid power supply, electricity storage, night lighting and terminal charging, the newly unveiled product is expected to store as much as 40000 mAh, ensuring a 10-hour high-quality reading time for children, or charging more than ten 3000mAh smartphones.

About Hanergy

Hanergy, the world’s largest clean energy company, has a comprehensive clean energy solution, covering hydro-power, wind-power, and solar power. Since 2009, Hanergy has focused on thin-film solar power research and development, and is launching a series of products including solar roof tiles, foldable solar-paper power bank, solar backpack, building integrated photovoltaics, solar roads and many others. With a worldwide staff of more than 16,000, Hanergy is devoted to providing the world a clean energy solution for a better life and sustainable world.

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