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KT Corp. dévoile une plateforme internationale de prévention des épidémies au Ghana



– L’accord KT-Ghana est le premier service GEPP en dehors de Corée –

– Le Ghana va moderniser sa capacité à gérer les maladies infectieuses –

– Les technologies de KT répondent aux problèmes mondiaux liés au bien-être humain –

SÉOUL, Corée du Sud, 18 août 2019 /PRNewswire/ — KT Corp. (KRX : 030200 ; NYSE : KT) a déclaré que sa plateforme mondiale de prévention des épidémies (Global Epidemic Prevention Platform, GEPP) est entrée en service au Ghana le 14. Il s’agit du premier projet du genre en dehors de Corée.

From left: Dr. Chastity Walker of CDC, Okoe Boye Bernard, parliamentary of health committee, Lee Dong-Myun, the president, Future Platform Business Group of KT, H.E. Sungsoo Kim, Korean Ambassador to Ghana, Dr Ebenezer Odame, Director of Policy Planning and Evaluation (PPME) at the Ministry of Health (MOH), and DR. Ekua Essumanma Houphouet, Disease Control Prevention Officer are photographed during GEPP Ghana launch ceremony on August 14th (PRNewsFoto/KT Corp.)

KT, le principal opérateur de télécommunications de Corée, a annoncé que la plateforme historique, GEPP Ghana, a été officiellement lancée après une cérémonie qui a eu lieu à l’Accra City Hotel, dans la capitale ghanéenne. Le projet, en collaboration avec le service de la santé du Ghana (Ghana Health Service, GHS), est le premier partenariat public-privé entre la Corée et le pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest.

KT a déclaré que la GEPP permettrait au GHS d’améliorer sa capacité à combattre les maladies de manière plus systématique. La plateforme est le résultat d’un effort conjoint de KT et du gouvernement ghanéen pour faire progresser le système d’information sur la santé du Ghana à l’aide des technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC). Ils ont signé un accord en novembre dernier pour lancer le projet.

GEPP Ghana a trois fonctions : GEPP Public avertit les Ghanéens qui sont en visite dans les zones à potentiel épidémique ; GEPP Clinic permet au public de faire des rapports en temps réel aux bureaux de santé si une épidémie éclate ; et GEPP Gov. permet au gouvernement d’évaluer et de surveiller une crise de santé publique en se basant sur des données recueillies à partir de GEPP Public et GEPP Clinic. Les données sont également collectées à partir des informations nouvellement numérisées d’aéroport concernant l’immigration, qui jusqu’ici étaient compilées manuellement.

La plateforme aidera le public Ghanéen à répondre rapidement à l’actuelle épidémie du virus Ebola en Afrique. Comme il sera beaucoup plus facile de faire un signalement aux autorités de santé durant une épidémie, il y aura une nette amélioration en matière de détection précoce de la maladie et de réponse.

Lors de la cérémonie de lancement de GEPP Ghana, KT a fait un exposé sur la plateforme produite par le partenariat public-privé coréen et ghanéen, le service d’informations de santé de qualité basé sur le big data qui profitera aux Ghanéens et la capacité améliorée du gouvernement du Ghana à se préparer aux épidémies.

Les participants du Ghana à la cérémonie comprenaient Okoe Boye Bernard, membre du comité parlementaire restreint sur la santé, le Dr Ebenezer Odame, directeur de la planification des politiques et de l’évaluation, ministère de la Santé, le Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, directeur général du service de santé du Ghana et d’autres représentants de la communauté de la santé du pays, ainsi que des ministères de l’information, de l’intérieur, de la sécurité nationale et des communications.

L’ambassadeur coréen au Ghana, Kim Sung-Soo, et des responsables d’organismes internationaux tels que les Centers for Disease Control and Prevention des États-Unis, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) et le Groupe de la Banque mondiale comptaient parmi les autres participants.

« Nous sommes heureux que le peuple Ghanéen reçoive des services de santé de haute qualité fournis par le big data grâce aux technologies de la santé et des communications », a déclaré Lee Dong-Myun, le président du groupe d’affaires lié aux futures plateformes de KT.

Lee a également déclaré que KT continuera d’explorer de nouvelles façons d’utiliser ses technologies et capacités variées dans des projets de collaboration internationale qui s’occupent du bien-être de l’homme à l’échelle mondiale.


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PT Expo China 2019 will be held October 31 – November 3



BEIJING, Aug. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Asia’s leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) event, PT Expo China 2019 (PTEXPO19), will be held from October 31 to November 3 in Beijing, China, showcasing a world of 5G and other next-gen ICTs.

The event, hosted by Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, is reputed as the country’s 5G flagship event. With China officially entering the first year of 5G commercialization, the industry looks to the event to highlight practical 5G cases in various industries, their different scenarios, and business models.

More than 60,000 attendees from all of the ICT ecosystem’s sectors are predicted to gather, as well as over 400 leading companies and organizations that will exhibit or speak at the conference sessions, including China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, China Tower, CAICT, China Satcom, Potevio, CICT, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE, Ericson, Qualcomm, Intel, Nvida, Deloitte, iFlytek, UNISOC and more.

An immersive thematic exhibition, Smarter Tech, Better Life, will be set up to showcase 5G’s practices in 4K+8K videos, connected cars, digital health, smart education, smart city and many other intelligent terminals. The thematic exhibition aims to create a lifestyle smarter and better through various and universal technologies, beneficial to all — not based on region, on socio-economic levels, or backgrounds.

The event’s conference program ICT China High Level Forum is known for the release of China’s national 5G trial results over the past three years. This year, more than ten thematic forums, summits and launch events are scheduled around network innovations and next-gen ICTs’ applications in the traditional manufacturing and consumption area. Potential discussions between the ICT industry and the vertical markets are called for to achieve full potential of 5G, AI, Industrial Internet, Big Data, and more.

The registration for PTEXPO19 is already open. Attendees can register through the event’s website to join this big ICT gathering:

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Uganda, Rwanda Leaders Sign Pact Aimed at Ending Standoff



LUANDA – The presidents of Rwanda and Uganda on Wednesday signed an agreement in Angola to end months of tensions after the two leaders exchanged accusations of spying, political assassinations and meddling.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni were once close allies but their relations have turned deeply hostile in a dispute that damaged trade between the east African neighbors.

The signing in the Angolan capital Luanda, was witnessed by the presidents of Angola Joao Lourenco, Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi and Congo’s Denis Sassou Nguesso.

After the signing, Kagame said he did not anticipate any problems in working “more specifically with President Museveni to address what we have agreed to address”.

The Angolan leader Lourenco hailed the agreement saying it illustrated the two presidents’ “willingness to overcome conflict”.

Trade has been severely disrupted since late February when Rwanda abruptly closed the border with its northern neighbor, severing a major economic land route.

In May, Ugandan police accused Rwandan soldiers of entering the country and killing two men, drawing an angry denial from Rwanda.

If not resolved, the row between the two strongmen risks dragging in their neighbors, threatening economic integration and regional stability in an already conflict-prone swathe of the continent.

The standoff escalated dramatically in March when Rwanda publicly accused Uganda of abducting its citizens and supporting rebels bent on overthrowing the government.

Museveni — who has admitted meeting, but not endorsing, anti-Kagame rebels — harbours his own suspicions about his erstwhile ally. His officials have accused Rwandans in Uganda of spying, and some have been detained or deported.

Source: Voice of America

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Liberian President Wants to Shorten Terms for Legislature, Executive



Liberian President George Weah has proposed reducing term lengths for members of the executive and legislative branches of government.

Under his plan, the president and representatives would serve five years instead of six, while senators would sit for seven years rather than nine.

The idea, says Presidential Press Secretary Smith Toby, is to push officials to begin serving the people from the day they assume office, rather than putting off work until the close of their terms.

As he put it, if you start [work] immediately on election day [knowing] that you’ve got five years, you will not play around. They will start work immediately upon their election.

Some legislators welcomed the idea at a meeting Weah called last weekend to introduce laws he’d like to see passed. He unveiled 25 proposed bills, one of which would allow Liberians to hold dual citizenship.

Representative Richard Nagbe Kunn said, We embrace the idea [of this retreat which] was the first of its kind since the President took over.” He said it is meant to foster reconciliation between the branches of government rather than having one group of the government strangulating the other.

Representative Francis Doepoh from Rivergee County thinks the best way to solve some of Liberia’s major issues is to rewrite the constitution.

But his colleague Vincent Willie of Grand Bassa County said reforming the document will take time and resources.

Rewriting the constitution, he said, is very much important but given the time interval, you cannot rewrite the constitution in just six months, you’re talking about a whole year. It’s a process not an event.

This is not the first time the idea of shortening terms has come up.

A Constitutional Review Committee under former president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made similar recommendations several years ago. But after a nationwide consultation, the recommendations went nowhere.

Among the ideas floated then was limiting the president to two four-year terms instead of the two six-year terms currently allowed.

Source: Voice of America

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UN Chief to Travel to Epicenter of DRC Ebola Outbreak



UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo next week.

The DRC is no stranger to periodic outbreaks of the Ebola virus, but this most recent epidemic is the worst the African nation has seen in 40 years.

The World Health Organization says the country has recorded more than 2,800 confirmed cases and at least 1,900 deaths from the virus, which spreads primarily through contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected fruit bats or monkeys.

Guterres plans to visit the country for three days, arriving Aug. 31. His spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters that Guterres wants to assess the situation and mobilize additional support for the response.

“In the province of North Kivu, he is scheduled to meet with Ebola survivors and health workers during a visit to an Ebola treatment center,” Dujarric said.

He also is to meet with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi in the capital, Kinshasa.

In July, the WHO declared the Ebola outbreak to be a public health emergency of international concern.

The majority of cases have been concentrated in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, in the country’s northeast, but cases have emerged in other parts of the country.

At least three cases were also confirmed in June in neighboring Uganda. The people infected with the virus there had traveled from the DRC and had been in contact with a relative who died of Ebola.

Source: Voice of America

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Zimbabwe’s Rights Abuses May Dent Hope of Lifting Sanctions



HARARE, ZIMABABWE – Activists and the main opposition party in Zimbabwe say the country is not ready for the end of U.S. and European sanctions, accusing the government of continued human rights violations. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s sympathizers say lifting sanctions will help country’s ailing economy, but economists disagree.

Tatenda Mombeyarara, the leader of the activist group Citizens Manifesto, opposes planned protests by regional leaders to demand the end of Western sanctions imposed on former President Robert Mugabe and his allies in 2002 for election rigging and human rights abuses.

Mombeyarara � speaking while recovering in a private hospital after being abducted by about 10 armed men who he suspects were members of the security forces � said the recent crackdowns by security forces on protesters and a spate of abductions showed that Zimbabwe’s rights record hasn’t improved.

‘Much worse situation’

So it would be wrong for any body or institution to have sanctions removed on the falsehoods that the human rights situation in Zimbabwe has improved, he said. The reality is that they have worsened. We are in a far, far much worse situation. So if we got sanctions because of human rights abuses, what should actually be happening is tightening those sanctions.”

Racheal Kamangira, a member of a pro-government group called Broad Coalition Against Sanctions, has the opposite view.

Since February, Kamangira and members of her group have been camped outside the U.S. Embassy in Harare, demanding the sanctions be lifted. “Those targeted ones, if they get sick, they go to other countries to get medication, she said. When we get sick, we have no medication. They were targeting our former president. Right now, he is no longer ruling this country. But the ones suffering are ordinary Zimbabweans.”

The 43-year old widow said that once the sanctions are lifted, the economy will improve and she will be able to find a job and send her three children to school.

Spending, corruption

But Daniel Ndlela, a former economics professor at the University of Zimbabwe, said Harare first has to cut expenditures and deal with corruption before there can be any economic improvement.

Sanctions, he said, have little to do with Zimbabwe’s economic problems.

“The idea [is] that if they are lifted, we will immediately have loans coming through, he said. But that won’t happen until we service the debts owed to the IFIs � international finance institutions. The money we owe all around is not due to sanctions.”

Zimbabwe has been mostly cut off from international loans and foreign investment since the early 2000s because of Mugabe’s abuses and policies seen as unfavorable to outside companies.

Source: Voice of America

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