Consumers across the globe desire humanized experiences when navigating the insurance industry

Duck Creek Technologies launches the second edition of the Global Consumer Insurance Insights survey of over 2,000 global consumers, aimed at refining the strategies that bring insurers closer to consumers worldwide

Boston / London, May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance, has proudly published its second annual benchmark survey, the 2023 Global Consumer Insurance Insights. The survey reveals strong demand from global consumers for humanized insurance purchasing, switching and communication experiences through digital channels.

The 2023 wave of research – which is being launched at the Duck Creek Technologies Formation ‘23 event for customers and partners from May 8-10, was conducted independently by Research in Finance for Duck Creek Technologies and surveyed over 2,000 policyholders across 13 countries, all of whom held at least one insurance policy.

Aimed at refining the strategies that bring insurers closer to consumers worldwide, this year’s survey is more extensive than the inaugural 2022 edition, with more questions and responses from policyholders across more countries. The survey provides insights for carriers, reflecting consumer preferences and awareness of innovation opportunities, purchasing, and communication methods.

Key findings from the survey include:

 

  • 93% of consumers are confident they have the proper coverage, irrespective of which channel they used to purchase the insurance policy.
  • Once a policy is in place, 44% of consumers prefer human interaction (2022: 35%). At the same time, however, interest in app/WhatsApp usage for buying and switching insurance also increased year-over-year.
  • 46% of global consumers are unaware of embedded insurance. Of those who were aware (37%), almost half said they trust it because of product or retailer quality. Those who do not trust it (26%) find embedded insurance unnecessary and expensive. Those who are unsure (29%) require more information, having had little experience with embedded insurance.

The survey reveals significant positives for insurance providers and clearly shows they are getting it right in many areas. However, it also highlights areas where insurers must reflect and improve further – including bolstering global consumer confidence and trust in insurance.

According to Jess Keeney, Chief Product & Technology Officer at Duck Creek, “As the insurance industry continues to evolve, it is crucial for providers to listen to the needs and preferences of their customers. The 2023 Duck Creek Technologies benchmark survey provides invaluable insights into consumer behaviors and trends, highlighting the areas where insurers can maximize accessibility, accelerate speed to market, and differentiate competitively.”

While the survey shows that carriers around the world are responding quickly to consumer demand for more relevant and timely products and services, it also reveals that a significant number of consumers prefer a humanized experience when interacting with their insurance providers. This emphasizes the importance of exploring ground-breaking and varying communication options to meet the needs of diverse customers.

Keeney adds, “It is encouraging to see that despite the challenging economic environment, people are re-evaluating their insurance needs and considering a wider range of products. Mobile and gadget insurance, travel insurance, and embedded insurance are being purchased more frequently than other types of insurance.

Duck Creek’s 2023 survey is a vital resource for insurance providers, offering unique insights into customer perceptions and highlighting the next opportunities for innovation. We urge providers to delve deeply into the results and continue pushing the frontiers of the insurance industry forward.”

Research in Finance Head of Research, Karen Scott, added, “In the insurance industry, listening to consumers is essential for success. As the Global Consumer Insurance Insights Survey 2023 demonstrates, primary research capturing changing behaviors, user feedback, and satisfaction is invaluable to help inform insurance company strategies, new product development, marketing, and communications plans. Insurers now have access to significant data sets to compare year-on-year, creating a true benchmark series of reports we are proud to support. Ultimately, insurers who prioritize listening to and understanding their consumers will come out on top.”

The 2023 Global Consumer Insurance Insights Survey highlights four key calls to action for insurers:

  1. Maximize accessibility of insurance products to consumers across channels
  2. Accelerate speed to market with the SaaS model
  3. Humanize the consumer experience through digital channels
  4. Leverage the SaaS ecosystem to differentiate competitively

Download the 2023 Global Consumer Insurance Insights Survey here.

About Duck Creek Technologies
Duck Creek Technologies is the intelligent solutions provider defining the future of the property and casualty (P&C) and general insurance industry. We are the platform upon which modern insurance systems are built, enabling the industry to capitalize on the power of the cloud to run agile, intelligent, and evergreen operations. Authenticity, purpose, and transparency are core to Duck Creek, and we believe insurance should be there for individuals and businesses when, where, and how they need it most. Our market-leading solutions are available on a standalone basis or as a full suite, and all are available via Duck Creek OnDemand. Visit www.duckcreek.com to learn more. Follow Duck Creek on our social channels for the latest information – LinkedIn and Twitter.

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African governments harness education data to reverse learning crisis

EkoEXCEL Situation Room

EkoEXCEL Situation Room

LONDON, May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — African education leaders travelling to London to showcase NewGlobe-supported transformational public educational programs at the prestigious Education World Forum (EWF), May 8 – 10.

Harnessing education data to drive learning transformation will be a key takeaway for the global education community at EWF, the biggest gathering of education ministers in the world.

They face what World Bank Education Director, Jaime Saavedra, calls, “the most serious crisis in education in 100 years.”

Data from the World Bank shows global Learning Poverty – defined as the percentage of 10-year-olds unable to read a simple sentence – in low and middle-income countries has increased from 50% to 70% while in Sub-Saharan Africa it is 90%.

Despite such enormous challenges, NewGlobe-supported programs in Nigeria, Liberia, Rwanda, and Manipur (India) are leading the way in the use of education data-led solutions to Learning Poverty.

The success stories of the EKOEXCEL, EdoBEST, BayelsaPRIME, KwaraLEARN, Bridge Liberia, RwandaEQUIP, and STAR Education programs will be on display at EWF. All are seeing huge improvements in learning outcomes.

Underpinning their success is a data-driven structured pedagogy, independently assessed in Kenya in a study led by Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Michael Kremer. It confirmed learning gains among the “largest ever measured in international education.”

The EKOEXCEL program in Lagos State, Nigeria is an exemplary case of using data-driven solutions to reverse Learning Poverty. One of the program’s initiatives, the ‘Situation Room’ will be on display at EWF.

The Situation Room visualizes data from all 1012 primary schools in Lagos State, offering powerful insights. Using NewGlobe’s Spotlight software, gives education leaders access to key data in real time – empowering the government to make informed interventions.

Lagos State Education Commissioner, Folashade Adefisayo said:

“If there are any problems in schools, we are able to track them, so people going there to solve the problem have a lot of data in their hands; they would know how many children and teachers there are, whether the head teacher is at school and whether students are having learning difficulties in a subject.”

Within eight weeks of EKOEXCEL’s launch, literacy learning rates measured three times faster, and numeracy two times faster, than schools not in the program.

EWF promises to inspire governments to harness education data to reshape education and overcome Learning Poverty, with visionary African governments leading.

For additional information, contact: marek.pruszewicz@newglobe.education

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Encryptus Unveils the Largest Payout Network at Coindesk Consensus

LITHUANIA, EUROPE / ACCESSWIRE / May 8, 2023 / Encryptus, a leading cryptocurrency solutions provider, announced during Coindesk’s Consensus event the launch of industry leading payout product, which allows crypto exchanges, wallet providers, Web3, Gaming and other B2C crypto companies to off-ramp to Bank Wires, Mobile Wallets, Mobile Top-ups and Gift Cards with API’s.The payout network has coverage in 79 Countries for Bank Wires in 41 currencies, 39 countries for Mobile Wallets and 115+ countries for mobile top ups and gift cards. There are over 7,500 different types of gift cards and prepaid airtime of 307 Mobile operators globally available with Encryptus’s payouts. Popular Mobile Wallets like AliPay, GoCash and M-Pesa are among the few available.

As part of its commitment to regulatory compliance, Encryptus does not provide off ramps to sanctioned countries and clients. In addition the services are not available to residents and citizens of the US, Canada and Japan due to the regulatory landscape. The payout product is particularly beneficial for users looking to cash out crypto to fiat (national currencies) to their own bank accounts or purchase gift cards or mobile plans in over 100 countries. The payouts combined will be available in 98 currencies. The services are available via APIs but the company will unveil their widget soon.

Encryptus’ payout product is fully automated, with compliance monitoring tools to identify PEP and Sanctioned users and dirty coins via coin monitoring being integrated into its APIs.

“We are excited to launch our payouts; QuickRemit. Our payout network is not just the largest but offers the widest form of payments in the crypto industry. The API offers payout as a service and also keeps compliance as a core offering. Our vision is to further expand our payout coverage with a commitment to reduce the costs of payouts for the users” said Shantnoo Saxsena, CEO of Encryptus.

Shantnoo further explained that true crypto adoption will not happen with good pay-in networks, but with an extension to multiple payouts. Exchanges and crypto companies must not just focus on bringing users to their platform, but they must offer their users enough freedom to cash out.

Encryptus has aggressively priced the global bank wires for a flat fee of 1.5% and have a revenue share reserve from this amount for their partners. The accepted crypto would only be USDT and USDC.

The company promises to simplify global mobile wallet payouts and business payments in the upcoming upgrade.

Overall, the launch of the new payout product by Encryptus represents a significant milestone in the evolution of blockchain-based payments solutions. The need of the hour is to provide a secure, automated, and affordable way to off-ramp crypto holdings into various forms of payments. Encryptus is helping to further expand the adoption of cryptocurrencies and drive innovation in the fintech industry.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EncryptusGlobal
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Please free to contact Abhi@encryptus.io for any queries.

SOURCE: Encryptus

Mosa Meat Prepares for Market Entry by Opening Largest Cultivated Meat Campus in the World to date and Working with Two Michelin-starred Chef Hans van Wolde

MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands, May 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mosa Meat, the pioneers in the cultivated meat space that grow beef directly from animal cells, opened a new 2,760 square metre (29,708 square feet) scale-up facility in Maastricht on Monday. This fourth facility completes the new Mosa C.A.M.P.U.S. or Center for Advanced Meat Production, Upscaling, and Sustainability for a total footprint of 7,340 square metres (79,007 square feet).

Monday’s program included a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Maastricht Annemarie Penn-te Strake, the Governor of Limburg Emile Roemer, and the Mosa Meat team, a cultivated burger cooking demonstration by Chef Hans van Wolde, and tours of the new facility. A select group of 50 investors, journalists and value chain partners from around the world attended the event. The new facility will start the first production runs in a matter of days.

Mosa Meat CEO Maarten Bosch said: “As this scale-up facility comes online next month, we will have the capacity to make tens of thousands of cultivated hamburgers. The facility is designed to grow as demand increases with regulatory approvals and regional market entries, up to hundreds of thousands of cultivated hamburgers per year. And in combination with our contract manufacturer in Singapore, even a lot more. We are excited to debut this great tasting hamburger today that even hardcore carnivores will love.” 

Mosa Meat Co-founder & CSO Dr. Mark Post said: “When we introduced cultivated meat to the world, we predicted it would take 10 years to create a consumer product. Now, almost exactly 10 years later, we have a consumer product that we can start making in larger quantities and that we can start serving to consumers in Singapore, pending regulatory approval” said Mark Post, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Mosa Meat.

Chef Hans van Wolden said: “When I first tried a Mosa Burger as part of the internal development team, I was blown away by the beefy taste and the amazing mouthfeel of the beef fat. It gave me goosebumps. I genuinely believe this new way of making beef can delight connoisseurs and casual beef lovers alike, while enjoying the positive benefits of cultivated beef from a sustainability perspective. I am excited to work with the Mosa Meat team to make future versions even better. 

ABOUT MOSA MEAT

Mosa Meat is a global food technology company pioneering a cleaner, kinder way of making real beef. Our founders introduced the world’s first cultivated beef hamburger in 2013, by growing it directly from cow cells. Founded in 2016, Mosa Meat is now scaling up production of the same beef that people love, but in a way that is better for people, animals, and the planet. A diverse and growing team of 165 food-loving problem-solvers, we are united in our mission to fundamentally reshape the global food system. Headquartered in Maastricht, The Netherlands, Mosa Meat is a privately held company backed by Blue Horizon, Bell Food Group, Nutreco, Mitsubishi Corporation, Leonardo DiCaprio and others. Follow Mosa Meat on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram or visit mosameat.com to learn more about why people #cravechange.

For more information, reach out to press@mosameat.com.

Visual assets from the event will be loaded here by 17:00 CET on May 8th

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/181Qd14IJ9QD55SfwarnohvzO5-rjxtHf

The general Mosa Meat press kit is here:

https://mosameat.com/press-kit

ABOUT CHEF HANS VAN WOLDE

Chef Hans is a Dutch 2-Michelin star chef who converted an old farmhouse outside Maastricht into his restaurant Brut172. Previouslyhe was the chef owner of 2-star restaurant Beluga in Maastricht and has been featured on TV shows like MasterChef and Snackmasters. He has formally joined Mosa Meat’s product development, sensory evaluation and recipe formulation team to complement Mosa Meat’s internal team of food scientists.

www.brut172.com

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Gambian students accuse schools of veil discrimination

Female Muslim students from five schools in The Gambia have taken legal action against their schools at the high court in Banjul, after accusing them of “forcefully” removing their veils.

Some of the schools in the lawsuit are Christian but most of their students are Muslims.

The pupils said the alleged actions of their schools caused them emotional distress and embarrassment and are demanding compensation of more than $300,000 (£238,000).

The students added that the alleged incidents violated their fundamental human rights and subjected them to harassment.

They are also demanding authorities pass a law to allow them to wear veils in schools.

The BBC contacted the principal of one of the schools, but they refused to comment.

The Gambia is a majority Muslim country but also has a minority Christian population.

Source: BBC

Three bodies team up to promote juvenile golf in Obuasi

Mama Love Foundation, an Obuasi-based Non-Governmental Organisation is collaborating with Captain One Golf Society and the Obuasi Golf Club to train children from foster homes, the needy and less privileged in Obuasi to develop interest in golf.

The initiative forms part of the ‘Deprived Kids Project’, introduced by Captain One Golf Society and implemented by the Obuasi Golf club.

Kids from the Mama Love foundation who are already undergoing skills development training in dressmaking, hairdressing, bakeries are the initial beneficiaries.

They are being taken through the rudiments of the game of golf for weeks with the goal of unearthing talents among young girls and nurture them to achieve their potentials.

Mr. Stephen Dapaah, Captain of the Obuasi Golf Club in an interview said the initiative was in line with the objective of the Club to demystify the notion that golf was meant for only the rich in the society and also develop the talent of juvenile golfers in Obuasi.

‘The Obuasi Golf club has established Golf academy which is to train kids, nurture them to be good golfers in future. We are working assiduously to bring more of the kids from different schools here on board to come and learn golf,’ he noted.

Mr. Paul Baah Nuakoh, the Secretary of the Obuasi Golf club said kids from the Mama Love Foundation were currently being trained and that it would be extended to various children homes in Obuasi.

He said golf had social, health, and financial benefits as a sport and expressed the commitment of the Club to groom the young lads to reap the enormous benefits that comes with golf.

Reverend Love Konadu, the President of Mama Love Foundation said she was excited to enrol the kids from her foundation, saying that, it would ensure their holistic development.

She lauded Captain One Golf Society and the Obuasi Golf club for their resolve to train kids to develop interest in golf.

Mr. Pius Ayeh Appiah, Founder and President of Captain One Golf Society said Golf is now played at the Olympic Games, underscoring the need to develop a lot of talents in the country.

He said it was unfortunate that currently only a few played golf in Ghana and majority of them were from the well-to- do class, a situation that must change in order for Ghana to compete at the highest level.

He added that golf clubs and other golf societies were doing a lot to demystify the sport and correct certain misconceptions hindering certain groups of people from participating.

‘It is for this reason that we have the ‘Deprived Kids Project’. We want to have at least one care or vulnerable home attached to a golf club in the country,’ he indicated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Man remanded over torture of son

The Assin-Fosu District Court has remanded 34-year-old Robert Kwame Kobi into police custody over allegedly torturing his 14-year-old son for sneaking to play a game.

Scheduled to reappear in court on Friday, May 19, Kobi pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge of causing harm and assault.

Unmoved by the suspect’s explanation, the court, presided over by Mr Abdul Majid Iliasu, ordered a psychiatric examination to be conducted on the suspect to confirm his mental uprightness.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Benjamin Doe Kuwornu told the court that an anonymous passerby informed the police on Tuesday, May 2, that the suspect had subjected the victim to torture.

This was after the victim had gone missing for two days, only for his father to find him at a game centre.

The Prosecutor said Kobi, after beating the victim at the game centre for some minutes, dragged him home to continue.

On reaching home, the prosecutor said the suspect used a cutlass to beat him and when the child could no longer endure the pain inflicted on him, he used both hands to grab the cutlass.

In the ensuing struggle, Kobi pulled the cutlass from the boy’s hands slashing his palms and thereafter, brought the victim out of the room in a pool of blood.

According to the prosecutor, the suspect then tied both hands and legs with a rope, smeared his body with grinded pepper and put him under the scorching sun.

A passerby saw the cruel act being unleashed on the child by his father and rushed to the police station to file a complaint.

The police hurriedly went to the scene to arrest Kobi.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Statistical Service launches gender-based violence and sanitation apps

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has launched two mobile applications in the Ningo-Prampram District to help in the collection of data on sanitation issues, and gender-based violence.

The two mobile apps are ‘Let’s Talk’ and ‘CleanApp Ghana,’ respectively, for reporting gender-based violence and sanitation.

Mr. Alex Boateng, the Assistant Statistician for the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly (NIPDA), explained that the district was among the 30 selected for citizen-generated data collection using the app.

Mr. Boateng explained that with the app, his outfit would be able to gather the needed information on the two critical issues.

He added that getting data for progress reports and policy formulation purposes was always met either scanty or no appropriate information.

Ms. Abigail Miwornunyie, a member of the technical team for the implementation of apps in the district, gave a demonstration on how the ‘let’s talk’ app works. She said it could be downloaded from the Google Play Store or assessed using the mobile code *800*818#.

Ms. Miwornunyie, who is also a Senior Nursing Officer, Public Health, encouraged the public to report violence against them or those perpetrated against others, adding that the app operates under the Data Protection Act 2021 (Act 843) and the Statistical Service Act 2019.

She said some of the gender-based violence that could be reported in the app included sexual harassment, physical assault, denial of basic needs, restriction of movement, sexual assault, and rape, among others.

She said the report could be done in text or audio in different languages, adding that toll-free numbers of relevant institutions, such as the police, were also available on the app for reporting such cases for redress.

Mr. Samuel Amey, Statistical Planning Officer, Ghana Education Service, and a technical member of the implementation team, on his part, urged residents to use the code *920*58# or the ‘CleanApp Ghana’ app to report waste issues to the district assembly and service providers.

Mr. Amey added that reporting a waste issue accompanied by a picture would enable the local waste issue to be solved while providing information on how bad the waste situation is in an area for a long-term solution to be found.

He said reports of non-collection of refuse could be reported through the app or code on both household and communal waste bins.

Mr. Bernard Mats Yingura, the Ningo-Prampram District Coordinating Director, who launched the apps, said data collections help in shaping policies to improve the situation on gender-based violence and sanitation issues in the district.

He therefore urged assembly members and committee members in the district to own the project and sensitize their community members on the importance of collecting the data.

Mr. Al-Latiff Tetteh Amanor, Ningo-Prampram District Chief Executive, on his part commended the GSS for the apps, saying they would help solve data-related issues, which he noted was one area of concern for his outfit

Source: Ghana News Agency

Gold Fields awards scholarships to 163 brilliant, needy students

Gold Fields Ghana Foundation (GFGF) has presented scholarships worth USD199, 245 to 163 brilliant but needy tertiary students.

The beneficiaries drawn from the 19 host communities of the Tarkwa and Damang Mines comprised; 84 males and 79 females, included two Persons with Disability who would be sponsored to study at the Cape Coast school for the deaf.

The rest are with the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, University of Cape Coast, (UCC), Takoradi Technical University (TTU), University of Ghana (UG), Legon and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KUNST).

The awards were for the 2022/2023 academic year and each beneficiary would receive GHS 7,000 annually for their accommodation and other approved fees.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Robert Siaw, Regional Manager Community Relations, Gold Fields Ghana, said the young men and women were selected with the assistance of their community leaders and the Ghana Education Service (GES) from their host communities through the Scholarship Committee.

To date, the scholarship programme has benefited 2,611 youth in various disciplines, out of these 120 graduated from several institutions in 2023, and they can now boost of mining employees, medical practitioners, lecturers, civil servants, teachers among others.

Sharing some success stories on the programme, Mr Siaw said this year, a beneficiary from Amoanda, a community in the Damang Mine area was adjudged the best female graduating

student in Mineral Resources Engineering at the UMaT with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 85.75.

He stated that another beneficiary, Masha Ahoba Buah from the first batch of 2002 Senior High School scholarship awards, graduated with a PhD in Mathematics from the same University.

The GFGF among other things also invested in health infrastructure and facilities, educational infrastructure, agriculture and agric-businesses, water and sanitation infrastructure, promotion of clean communities, sport infrastructure, roads rehabilitation and construction.

He noted that Gold Fields Ghana having taken note of the new world of work, and the paucity of employment opportunities in the country, have prioritized the formal and informal skill training of the youth in their host communities.

‘The company since the last 25 to 30 years, in collaboration with our community leaders have invested over US$36m in initiatives such as, graduate trainee, host community apprenticeship, mine apprenticeship training, heavy-duty equipment training and precision welding training programmes, benefiting over five hundred host community youths’ Mr Siaw said.

According to the Regional Manager, the object of the initiative was to give hands-on experience to the youth to make them easily employable or to set themselves up in some business.

‘The young generation are our future, and it is the duty of all of us, including the youth themselves, to do whatever we can to encourage them to be the best. The contribution of higher education and skillful youth to economic development need not be over emphasized’.

Mr Siaw revealed that no development agenda would be successful without quality education and a skillful population, adding, that was why Gold Fields, had taken to the path of human development in the area in which they operated.

He said they were proud to support with the development of skilled manpower and believed that, for the huge unemployment challenge facing Ghana to be abated, they must support initiatives that make education more relevant.

Mr Abdel-Razak Yakubu, Executive Secretary, GFGF, emphasized that the scholarship programme was biased by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

He said one of the objectives was to support students in STEM programmes as it was part of Gold Fields’ drive to improve its host community employment numbers.

‘The preference for STEM explains why a candidate who qualifies on the score of their residential status and academic record may not be selected for an award’ Mr Yakubu said.

He charged the beneficiaries to conduct themselves well while on campus and exhibit the values of Gold Fields which included respect.

Professor Anthony Simons, the Pro Vice Chancellor of UMaT, who chaired the function advised them to focus on their books as the scholarship would transform their lives and their families, communities and the country as well.

The Gyasehene of Bosomtwe Divisional Area, Nana Kwasi Asaah, asked the beneficiaries to study hard to motivate the foundation to award more students with the scholarship.

A beneficiary, Ms Judith Obeng Reese, stressed that the scholarship would ease the financial burden on their parents, expressed gratitude to the GFGF and promised to justify the huge investment made in them.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Purposeful Investment in Research Catalyst to Expediting Growth in Africa: Education Ministry

A purposeful investment in research and higher education is an engine to expediting growth, especially to ensuring sustainable development goals in Africa, Ministry of Education underscored.

The 21th international conference on Private Higher Education in Africa kicked off today in Addis Ababa in the presence of prominent educators, and researcher from Africa, Asia, Latin America, America and Europe.

The three day conference is taking place under the theme “sustainable development in higher education: Reality or Hype”

Opening the conference, State Minister of Education Samuel Kifle said the purposeful investment in research and higher education would be an engine for growth, especially for sustainable development.

He added that despite unfortunate occurrence in the continent, the expansion of higher education is showing tremendous progress.

At a country level Ethiopia has made efforts to ensure quality education by putting in place vital instruments, he said citing the recently extremely strict university entrance exam carried out for the first in the country.

Contrary to the previous years, the results of the students who took the school leaving examination under the new rigorous exam showed big differences in enhancing the moral of hard working students.

He noted that the ministry acknowledged the contributions that private educational institutions are making to fill the gaps created by limited capacity of public resources in the country.

St. Mary University President, Wondewosen Tamrat said the conference aims to initiate useful dialogue and discussion to strengthen higher education institutions in Africa.

He added that higher education institution should be active participants in the sustainable development goal.

African higher education institutions need to address the challenges the continent is facing by accelerating the implementation of sustainable development and agenda 2063.

The conference is expected to deliberate on issues pertinent to the enhancement of quality education in African institutions of higher learning.

It is also expected to generate policy relevant recommendations from various research papers, panel discussions and reflections under different themes.

The international conference is jointly organized by St. Mary University, the association of African Universities, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Ethiopia’s ministry of education, African Union, International Network for Higher education in Africa (INHEA) and UNESCO.

Initiated by St. Mary’s university in 2003, the conference has been organized on an annual basis for the past two decades aiming at creating a platform for a wide range of actors, educators, policy makers and higher education leaders among others.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

Bangante: reckless riding kills two students during sports exams

Two students of Government High school (GHS) Bangante have died and one is seriously injured following an accident that occurred on Monday May 8th, 2023 at descente Lycée in Bangante in the Nde division of the West Region.

The students were all in the class of Première D according to reports.

We learn that during sports exams taking place on the school campus, the three students decided to use their free time for a ride. Eyewitnesses say the speeding bike carrying all three students, lost control and hit an electric poll during their ride as a result of recklessness and over-speeding.

“They were three of them on the bike and were joking while accelerating it. That is how they went and hit the poll there. The two who were in front hit their heads on the poll and passed away on the spot while the one who was behind survived,” a witness testified.

“As I was riding pass, I saw three bodies lying on the ground, and the passenger I had on my bike decided that we should carry the one who was injured,” a bike rider explained.

The bodies were taken to the Bangante district hospital mortuary while the injured whose condition was critical, was evacuated to the Bafoussam Regional Hospital for medical attention.

As a result of this accident, youths of the Sagnam neighborhood where the tragic incident occurred, decided to take immediate actions against overloading and over speeding which they say are the main causes of accidents on the road.

“We have decided to spot out stubborn bike riders who overload and who ride on high speed, especially those who overtake at wrong moments. A bike should have two persons and not more,” declared a youth.

Informed of the situation, elements of Bangangte Police Station descended to the site to open investigations. This incident comes in just days after another fatal accident occurred in Bangwa along the national number 4 road. The accident was the result of a collision between a bike and an inter-urban transport vehicle that led to two deaths.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Deputy PM & FM Calls on Addis Ababa City Administration to Intensify Dev’t Projects

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen urged Addis Ababa city administration to strengthen development projects that would improve the livelihood of the inhabitants and sustain its historical legacy in the world diplomatic center.

A panel discussion organized by the Ethiopian News Agency jointly with the Ethiopian Diaspora Service and Ovid Investment Group was held today under the theme: “Addis Ababa is in A New Diplomatic Height.”

The event has brought together government officials, city mayors, senior diplomats, historians, media managers, and other stakeholders.

In his keynote address to the panel discussion and on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen, Ambassador Eshet Tilahun said that successive generations of Addis Ababa city leaders have made a wise diplomatic struggle to make the capital the center of diplomacy of Africa and the world.

Their leadership role alongside leaders of the country was imperative in order to bring continental and international organizations in Addis Ababa like the African Union (AU) and UN Economic Commission to Africa (UNECA), he pointed out.

Furthermore, Addis Ababa has also named several venues and squares in the capital with African countries and achieved other significant improvements for the image of the city.

Eshet also lauded the ongoing development initiatives in the capital adding that a number of works have been carried out on people-oriented development projects to make Addis Ababa a home for all citizens.

“A number of works have been carried out focusing on people-oriented developments to make Addis Ababa a home for all citizens. Many development works have been made and are being done in the capital to make it more attractive, without leaving its base and fame as it is the third diplomatic capital of the world.”

Sheger Park, Unity Park, Etoto Park, and other mega projects that have recently been completed in the city will have a lot of contribution in terms of increasing our city’s efforts, he noted.

However, the city needs to implement more projects that deserve the changing world of the 21st century diplomatic outlook.

According to him, Addis Ababa still needs more development so as to strengthen conference tourism to attract massive global meetings.

Deacon Daniel Kibret, Prime Minister’s Social Affairs Advisor with the Rank of Minister said on his part that Addis Ababa as well as other cities in the country should pursue a better way by taking their potential into account.

Since Addis Ababa is the capital of all Ethiopians as well as the seat of the African and international diplomatic community, it is necessary to make it comfortable for all residents.

“For instance, once a year the African Union summit is held here. All these have an impact on the image of Addis Ababa. But it is necessary to think whether it is compatible with international standards to be a diplomatic hub. Therefore, it should be comfortable for Ethiopians who say Addis Ababa is our capital city, Africans who say Addis Ababa is our diplomatic centre, and the international community considers one of the world’s diplomatic destinations.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopian News Agency, Seife Deribe said that creating national consensus and building a national image are the primary tasks given by the proclamation to the agency.

As a result, he stated the Ethiopian News Agency is doing an effective job by providing access to news and information to the diplomatic and the international communities in various international languages.

The CEO further pledged the agency will reinforce its efforts in creating national consensus by setting up consultation forums that could enable it to achieve the national mission.

“The purpose of this panel discussion is for us to have a consultation on the idea for Addis Ababa, which is the third diplomatic city in the world, to continue strengthening its global activities in a manner that confirms its African presence and safeguards Ethiopia’s national identity”

This theme exactly fits the core mission of the Ethiopian News Agency, he indicated.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency