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InMobi Acquires U.S. Based Advertising and Data Company, Pinsight ...

Partnership with former Pinsight parent company, Sprint, will create a U.S. advertising powerhouse

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — InMobi, a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers, today announced the acquisition of Pinsight Media, the mobile data and advertising company formerly wholly owned by Sprint. This all-stock deal is part of a broader strategic partnership between InMobi and Sprint across devices, data, media and marketing.

InMobi is a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers. As a leading technology company, InMobi has been recognized as a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 company and as Fast Company's 2018 Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit

Pinsight Media is a mobile data and brand intelligence company that works with leading U.S. telcos and advertisers across verticals including consumer goods, retail, entertainment and finance. It offers a comprehensive suite of advertising products and services that help businesses uncover new audiences, discover new market opportunities and define more effective customer engagement strategies.

Consumers have very high expectations of how brands engage with them from discovery to purchase and consumption. The acquisition of Pinsight builds on InMobi’s enterprise platforms and enables CMOs to deliver on consumer expectations through improved customer understanding for superior targeting, engagement and retention. By combining network-level mobile data with data from mobile applications and mobile web browsers, InMobi, through the acquisition of PinSight Media, will provide CMOs an integrated end-to-end view of consumers, surpassing other platforms in the industry.

“Sprint’s partnership with InMobi goes beyond this acquisition. We have been looking for a strategic partner that can deliver the latest digital marketing and mobile advertising technologies, besides having a deep appreciation of regulatory, privacy, and data concerns,” said Rob Roy, Chief Digital Officer at Sprint. “This partnership provides Sprint with an innovative partner for driving our marketing success.”

The Pinsight Media acquisition also brings deep insights and a cutting-edge data management platform to the InMobi Marketing Cloud, providing enterprise marketers with a bridge between user behavior and an AI-powered marketing strategy.

“With this acquisition we are creating the most powerful advertising and marketing platform for the U.S. market by unifying online and offline behavior, and providing CMOs with a way to reach and engage consumers, while remaining compliant with privacy and data protection requirements,” said Naveen Tewari, Founder and CEO at InMobi. “This industry-first acquisition allows InMobi and Sprint to work on our respective strengths together, and provides a global template for partnerships between advertising platforms and telcos.”

“InMobi is deeply committed to telco partners and building a unique data ecosystem to support our enterprise platform for marketers,” said Anurakt Jain, VP and GM, Strategic Data Partnerships at InMobi. “The acquisition of Pinsight Media significantly enhances our ability to deliver intelligent consumer insights, audiences and customer engagement for CMOs.”

As a result of this acquisition, InMobi will expand its operations in North America to Kansas City, alongside San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. This move follows InMobi’s acquisition of AerServ for $90 million earlier this year in January, and its recent partnership with Microsoft in June.

About InMobi

InMobi is a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers. As a leading technology company, InMobi has been recognized as a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 company and as one of Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit

About Pinsight Media

Pinsight Media is a mobile data and brand intelligence company. Leveraging verified, first-party mobile data from more than 32 million mobile users straight off the network, Pinsight Media works together with businesses and marketers to provide actionable insights that support smarter business and marketing decisions. This includes analyzing key demographic, behavioral and location-based information that can help businesses uncover new audiences, discover new market opportunities or define more effective customer engagement strategies.

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Huawei Releases High-Accuracy Wireless Location Solutions to Simplify ...

SHANGHAI, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei released the high-accuracy wireless location solutions. Of these, the meter-level accuracy solution for commercial scenarios helps enterprises provide real-time optimal business experience based on customer requirements and improve customer experience in supermarkets, airports, and other scenarios. The centimeter-level accuracy wireless location solution for industrial campuses allows enterprises in manufacturing, logistics, and other fields to keep track of the real-time location of staff, vehicles and assets, helping enterprises improve their productivity through location-based visualized analysis and appropriate optimization.

In the digital era, a growing number of enterprises are deploying Wi-Fi networks to enhance users’ consumption experience. In addition, with the development of wireless location technologies, enterprises expect to have a deep understanding of users’ consumption behavior in stores with users’ consent through anonymous location data, and even manage production tools and valuable assets. Ordinary Wi-Fi location solutions have an accuracy level of 5 m to 8 m, delivering poor results for industrial applications. The conventional positioning accuracy can reach 1 m through the deployment of Bluetooth location beacons, but deploying and managing these extra beacons is complicated. The best solution for enterprises is to use one WLAN solution to provide both wireless network coverage and location services with different accuracy levels.

In the Huawei meter-level accuracy Wi-Fi location solution for commercial scenarios, the AP4050DN-AOA Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) uses wireless signal Angle of Arrival (AOA) technology and works with the Huawei-developed Polit algorithm and an independent location radio frequency to achieve a positioning accuracy of 1 m and simplify network deployment and maintenance. The AP4050DN-AOA constructs a network to implement Wi-Fi coverage and meet application service requirements such as heat map and customer flow analysis. In addition, it supports big data analytics of customers’ behavior of selecting commodities based on their locations to formulate effective marketing strategies.

In the centimeter-level accuracy wireless location solution for industrial campuses, the AP4050DN-E AP integrates Ultra-WideBand (UWB) positioning technology for highly refined tracking. The positioning accuracy of 10 cm can support services including personnel management, material monitoring and scheduling, and security warnings. The device allows visualized production and effectively improves productivity by 30%. In addition, the technology can be used to set virtual fences around hazardous areas to reduce safety risks. The integrated deployment of Wi-Fi and UWB positioning networks in a production area can be implemented by one network, reducing the number of network nodes and lowering the total cost of ownership by 50%.

“The Huawei scenario-based location solutions meet the requirements of wireless access in both commercial and industrial scenarios, and provide accurate location information services without increasing deployment difficulty,” said Zhao Zhipeng, General Manager of Huawei’s Campus Network Domain. “Moreover, together with global partners, Huawei provides end-to-end business application solutions to help enterprises achieve digital transformation and business success.”

Huawei’s WLAN solutions have been widely deployed in industries such as enterprise office, education, business, healthcare, production, and many others, totaling over 5 million APs deployed in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit:

To be available:
The AP4050DN-E with UWB will be available at late 2018.
The AP4050DN-AOA will be available at early 2019.

Huawei is willing to work with enterprise customers in a comprehensive, long-term, and future-oriented way to drive enterprise digital transformation and upgrade by utilizing the power of the platform. Currently, 211 Fortune Global 500 companies and 48 Fortune Global 100 companies have chosen Huawei as their digital transformation partner.

Whale Cloud and Alibaba Partner with Ghana on Innovative City ...

HANGZHOU, China, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Whale Cloud (rebranded from ZTEsoft) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Ghana on innovative city development at the headquarters of Alibaba Group. Mr. Ben Zhou, CEO International of Whale Cloud, and Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister for Communications of the Republic of Ghana, signed the MoU on behalf of each party. This agreement will reinforce mutual cooperation and fuel innovation and smart city development in Ghana, applying the cutting-edge technologies and solutions developed by Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud.

Ben Zhou, Whale Cloud VP for international business, and Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister for Communications of the Republic of Ghana, signed the Ghana innovation city MoU.

Accra, the capital and largest city of Ghana, is undergoing rapid urbanization, causing challenges for city administrators and inconvenience for citizens. Under the MoU, Whale Cloud will form a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Communications of the Republic of Ghana and deliver its Innovative City solutions to resolve these challenges.

Using cloud architecture, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence technology jointly developed by Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud, the Innovative City solutions will help launch rich industrial applications quickly on the platform of a unified operation center, including e-Government, ET City Brain, Mobile Payment and a Unified Media Center, which can help the government solve urban governance issues with the support of machine learning and AI algorithms, improve efficiency of governance and lower the costs of government operations, in order to transform Accra into an innovative and digitalized city.

Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud will also assist in transforming the e-commerce landscape and flourishing the e-commerce business development in Ghana.

“Building connected and tech-driven urban areas is key to Ghana’s rapid urbanization. We look forward to working with Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud to utilise ICT innovations to improve the quality of life of citizens, and promote efficiency, transparency, expedite the provision of services to citizens while reducing the opportunities for corruption. We will work with tried and tested partners like Alibaba to make Ghana a digital and dynamic country for citizens, businesses and investors,” said Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Ministry of Communications of the Republic of Ghana and leverage our expertise and industry-proven solutions to make Accra an innovative city. We will help Ghana lead the way in digital economy and accelerate its journey towards sustainable prosperity,” said Mr. Ben Zhou.

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‘The Africa We Want – A Better Future Now’: Inaugural Early ...

Over 45 countries and 500 participants gather to support enhancing and developing early childhood services in Africa #Istand4children #AfECN2018’The Africa We Want – A Better Future Now’ is supported by Open Society Foundations, UNICEF, World Forum Foundation, ELP, Hilton Foundation, CIFF and Bernard Von Leer Foundation

Nairobi, Kenya, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Representatives from over 45 countries in Africa convene today in Nairobi to discuss one of the greatest challenges, and opportunities, facing the continent: how to support the proper nurturing of children during the most pivotal days of their lives. This historic event on early childhood development, taking place from October 17 – 19 and entitled “The Africa We Want: A Better Future Now” will involve over 500 participants from all over Sub Saharan Africa including government ministers, African Union delegates, NGOs, and regional and local practitioners.

Lynette Okengo, Executive Director of the Africa Early Childhood Network, which is organizing this historic event, said: “By 2050, more than 40 per cent of the children in the world will live in Africa. This population growth offers an economic opportunity for Africa but reaping the benefits of this demographic dividend can only be achieved by nurturing children in the early stages of their development. We must ensure that our children not only survive, but thrive”

Early childhood development is one of the most pressing issues facing the African continent today. Research shows that over 90 per cent of a child’s brain develops by the time they reach age five. In Sub Saharan Africa, 66 per cent of children under the age of 5 risk failing to reach their developmental potential because of poverty, poor health and nutrition, and lack of early stimulation.

“The Africa We Want: A Better Future Now” aims to strengthen advocacy for holistic approaches to early childhood development. It will see the launch of the African Union Commission’s Early Childhood Education and Development Cluster roadmap, and provide a platform to discuss the Nurturing Care Framework, launched during the World Health Assembly in May. With a program of interactive sessions, enlightening talks and inspiring debates this event will provide an opportunity for the exchange of knowledge and the development of skills, with a strong focus on strengthening partnerships and building new collaborations.

Lynette Okengo, Executive Director of the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN), says:

“The huge participation in this event, including everyone from high level Kenyan delegates to early childhood practitioners – from Mozambique to Liberia to Ethiopia – shows that early childhood development is truly on the agenda in Africa. If we are to reach our Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 we need a fully rounded approach to supporting children, families and communities.”

Need further information?Write to the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN) at

Registration and accreditation for a press pass?Please bring your media credentials and identification documents to The Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.


In recognition of the importance of the early years, WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank, in collaboration with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, the Early Childhood Development Action Network and many other partners, have developed the Nurturing Care Framework that was launched during the World Health Assembly in May, 2018. The framework adopts a whole-society approach that guides families, policy makers, public and private practitioners on providing environments that will ensure that children not only survive but thrive and are able to play their part in transforming their communities (For further reading, visit here.) Implementation of the Nurturing Care Framework will play a critical role in advancing achievement of the SDGs 2030 and African Union Commission Agenda 2063.

AFRICA EARLY CHILDHOOD NETWORK:Africa Early Childhood Network is a professional network established in 2015 to serve as a platform for the promotion of excellence and collaboration in protecting children’s rights, influencing policy and practice through advocacy, strengthened partnership and sharing of experience and knowledge. AfECN, a regional coordination group, works closely with Early Childhood Development Network for Kenya.

On 4 September, 2018, AfECN was endorsed as Coordinator for African Union Commission’s (AUC’s) CESA ECED cluster. This was adopted during a convening by AU member states, Regional Economic Communities (REC’s) and key ECD stakeholders at the AUC headquarters in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, to launch the ECED Cluster. A

ECD NETWORK FOR KENYA (ECDNEK)Kenya recognizes that Early Childhood (0-8) years is the most rapid period of development in a human life, serving as the most important years for survival, growth and development. It is within these years that a child develops the building blocks for cognitive, social, moral and emotional development. A child is most vulnerable at this stage to the risks of malnutrition, toxic stress and lack of stimulation, which negatively affects brain architecture and compromises learning and performance in later years.

Kenya’s constitution, under Article 53, guarantees the rights of the child to free and compulsory basic education, nutrition, shelter, health care and protection. The national government has developed robust Early Childhood policy frameworks; service delivery, however, falls under the jurisdiction of each of Kenya’s 47 county governments. More efforts are needed to improve on coordination, human resource capacity development and financing the successful implementation of high-quality, affordable Early Childhood programs across the country.

In this regard, Ministry of Health’s Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health Unit convened the 2nd National ECD Stakeholders‛ Conference in partnership with Ministry of Education (MOE), and Early Childhood Development Network for Kenya (ECDNeK) three months ago. 260 delegates from 26 counties and over 50 organizations, government agencies at National level, UN agencies, private sector, Philanthropists, donor communities and academia congregated at Kenyatta University, Nairobi – Kenya, for the 2nd National Early Childhood Development (ECD) Stakeholders‛ Conference that was held on 25 – 26 July 2018, themed ‘Accelerating Early Childhood Development through partnerships’.

(Endorsed stakeholders communique of 26, July 2018 is attached)

Stella Ndugire-Mbugua
African Early Childhood Network

Denise Sammon
Open Society Foundations

Groundbreaking data project to support smallholder farmers and end ...

Ceres2030 will help donors prioritize investments by evaluating agricultural interventions and investment costs to achieve the U.N.’s sustainable development goal of zero hunger by 2030

Rome, Oct. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — How can donors best invest their money to support the world’s poorest farmers to improve productivity, support their families and end hunger across the globe by 2030?

This is the question driving Ceres2030, an initiative launched at the annual global meeting of the Committee on World Food Security at FAO headquarters in Rome on October 16: How can we use the data we have now to support access to a nutritious diet for the more than 820 million people who face food insecurity, while staying within our planet’s environmental limits? And what do these solutions cost?

Ceres2030 combines state-of-the-art modelling with expert evidence to strengthen the global agricultural development community as it prioritizes investments to achieve the U.N.’s sustainable development goal of zero hunger by 2030. Launched by Cornell University, the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on World Food Day, Ceres2030 is supported by a three-year, $3.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

“We live in an age of abundant research—and yet we don’t know how to apply it effectively to real and urgent problems,” said Jaron Porciello, co-director of Ceres2030 and associate director for International Programs’ research data engagement in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. “As a for instance, does the research data about controlling agricultural pests by using repellent ‘push’ plants and trap ‘pull’ plants to help farmers defeat the fall armyworm that threatens the food supply of 200 million people in 44 countries justify additional investment, and, if so, how much? With answers to questions like that, we can prioritize investments to help achieve zero hunger by 2030.”

Ceres2030 will map the fullest possible range of knowledge in agricultural research, establish protocols for systematic review, create a risk-of-bias tool, and then drill down to find the most powerful interventions that can help end hunger. These tools will be freely available to researchers anywhere.

So far, Ceres2030 has used natural language processing to aggregate more than 25,000 individual articles from 3500 journals and major agency databases (e.g., FAO, CGIAR, World Bank) to see how their content addresses critical issues in agriculture. “By using natural language processing, we are able to bypass the limitations of keywords and content categories and see into the granular conversations science is having, inside and outside the peer-reviewed agricultural literature,” said Porciello. “This, we believe, is the first time anyone is able to visualize the density and relevance of research that applies to smallholder farmers. It is the first step.”

Said Carin Smaller, co-director for Ceres2030 and senior policy advisor at IISD: “Consensus is at the core of our mission. We will work with a broad range of actors, starting with the people attending the Committee on World Food Security, to build a shared vision of what interventions work best, where they work, and under what conditions.”

Farmers and policymakers need to know not just the value of the interventions but the cost, said David Laborde, co-director of Ceres2030 and senior research fellow in the markets, trades, and institutions sivision at IFPRI. “This means we need to know the tradeoffs. While the U.N. has issued a call to action to the world with the sustainability development goals on zero hunger, it has given us a critically important caveat: We must preserve the environment.”

Said Smaller, “Agriculture is a powerful tool to end poverty and an engine of economic growth, but it is also responsible for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and almost 70 percent of freshwater use. Food is also lost to rot because crops can’t be properly stored, processed, or brought to market on time. Ceres2030 is at the nexus of so many critical problems and the path to solving them—and it will provide the donor community with an evidence based on what works, what should the priorities for funding be, and why.”

When asked why the name Ceres2030, Porciello noted that Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, is also the goddess of common people. “So many times, the impact of agricultural research projects that have been funded for lots of money never reaches smallholder farmers,” she said. “We’re going to change that.”



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About IP-CALS: International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS) at Cornell University meets the fundamental challenges of development and food security through teaching, research, and outreach programs that involve undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and mid-career professionals. With innovative research projects and degree programs that focus on food, agriculture and development, IP-CALS positively and sustainably improves global food security.

About IFPRI: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) seeks sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty. IFPRI was established in 1975 to identify and analyze alternative national and international strategies and policies for meeting the food needs of the developing world, with particular emphasis on low-income countries and on the poorer groups in those countries.

About IISD: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an independent think tank that delivers the knowledge to act. Our mission is to promote human development and environmental sustainability. Our big-picture view allows us to address the root causes of some of the greatest challenges facing our planet today – ecological destruction, social exclusion, unfair laws and economic and social rules, a changing climate. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, Toronto and New York, our work impacts lives in nearly 100 countries.

About SDG2 and Ceres2030: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were adopted by countries in 2015, with a vision of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. “Zero Hunger” is the second of the 17 Goals. As the UN notes, the aim of SDG 2 is “to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people – especially children – have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round. This involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices: supporting small-scale farmers and allowing equal access to land, technology and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity.”

A review of SDG2 at the High Level Political Forum in 2017 focused on smallholder productivity and environmental sustainability as the key elements in achieving zero hunger, but noted that each suffered from a dearth of quality evidence and data on how they could be improved and combined to do just that. Ceres2030 was conceived to find that data and evidence through devising evidence synthesis reviews and other analytic tools for agricultural and rural development research, mobilizing experts to reach consensus on interventions, and modeling costs so that resources can be spent wisely to implement the right interventions in the right place at the right time.


Linda McCandless
Cornell University 
International Institute of Sustainable Development

Huawei Releases Next-Generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution

This new solution achieves proactive experience management, automated closed-loop fault resolution, and fast defense against unknown threats by building a more intelligent, simple, and secure enterprise campus network.

SHANGHAI, Oct. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Before the upcoming HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei today announced its next-generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution. This latest campus network offering introduces innovations that include the cutting-edge SmartRadio WLAN performance optimization technology, AI-powered intelligent O&M engine CampusInsight, and AI-powered proactive security protection of campus networks. With these merits, this solution helps build a digital campus network that delivers ultimate experience for each user, in each application, and at each moment.

“We believe that future campus networks will quickly have three distinct characteristics: ubiquitous wireless, intelligent operation and management, and cloud-based management,” said Zhao Zhipeng, General Manager of Huawei’s Campus Network Domain. “To support digital applications, future campus networks will become more intelligent than ever. To bring the future to today, Huawei’s latest Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution uses big data, AI, and SmartRadio WLAN performance optimization technologies to help enterprise users build high-quality networks featuring always-on business, assured user experience, and simplified O&M.”

Huawei’s next-generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution addresses three key challenges affecting enterprise campus networks. First, due to the ever-growing use of mobile office and audio/video applications, user complaints about Wi-Fi instability and low quality are becoming more frequent. Second, network administrators are unable to backtrace and demarcate user- and application-related faults. Third, encrypted traffic such as HTTPS has increased dramatically, and attackers can exploit this traffic to evade traditional detection methods that use signature-based defense. As a result, core enterprise assets are exposed to high-risk environments.

Huawei’s next-generation Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution addresses these challenges with three major innovations:

  • Huawei’s latest WLAN APs (802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11ax) will support SmartRadio technology. This technology provides an easy way to meet the challenge of providing high-quality WLANs for the ever-growing audio and video streaming applications in enterprise offices. Traditional WLAN deployment requires professional network planning and highly skilled O&M engineers. Huawei’s WLAN APs with SmartRadio technology offer a much simpler approach that includes intelligent Dynamic Frequency Assignment (DFA), intelligent roaming and load balancing, intelligent Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA), and other algorithms for optimization. With these capabilities, the WLAN network can automatically adjust and optimize. This optimization typically improves the capacity of the entire network by more than 30 percent and greatly enhances the audio and video experience of each user.
  • AI-powered intelligent O&M engine CampusInsight. This upgraded CampusInsight embeds AI technology into campus network O&M, and achieves root-cause analysis of wired and wireless network faults. CampusInsight also uses SmartPersona technology to proactively predict the root cause of poor-quality users and proactively implement optimizations, accelerating network fault remediation from hours to minutes.
  • Encrypted Communication Analytics (ECA) for AI-powered unknown threat and encrypted traffic detection and defense. This system uses the security probes of switches to capture the features of encrypted traffic. By using cloud-based AI models trained on massive amounts of malicious encrypted traffic, Huawei’s CIS identifies malicious encrypted traffic with a detection rate of more than 99 percent and a false reporting rate of less than 0.01 percent. The threat disposal time is shortened from days to minutes.

Huawei will also release a series of new IDN-ready campus switches that can significantly increase terminal access capacity and support the advanced features of Intent-Driven CloudCampus through software upgrades.

“In the future, each enterprise’s digitalization process will see dramatic changes to the network access layer. Over the past few years, we have been attaching great importance to investments in intelligent, wireless, and cloud-based campus network innovations,” commented Zhong Kaisheng, President of Huawei’s Switch & Enterprise Gateway Product Line. “Huawei’s Intent-Driven CloudCampus Solution supports these changes by building a ‘fertile environment’ and platform for digital services of enterprises.”

Forbes Africa Magazine Honors Benedict Peters With Prestigious Oil ...

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Benedict Peters, CEO and Founder of Aiteo Group was bestowed the accolade of Oil & Gas Leader 2018 by Forbes Africa Magazine at a VIP reception in New York September 27, 2018.

International Recognition: Mike Perlis, CEO and Vice-Chairman of Forbes Media (L), presenting the Africa’s Oil and Gas Leader of the Year Award won by Benedict Peters, Executive Vice Chairman, Aiteo Group, at the “Best of Africa” event by Forbes International, to Francis Peters, Deputy Group Managing Director, Aiteo Group, at Forbes Headquarters in New York recently.

The Forbes Award recognized not only the entrepreneurial achievement of Mr. Peters in building Aiteo Group in the past 10 years since its 2008 formation into one of Africa’s fastest growing integrated energy businesses but also his commitment to bettering the life of people and societies across Africa by philanthropic engagement.

Since 2014, “Benny” has been Chairman of the Joseph Agro Foundation, a community level-based charity aiming to improve the lives of rural farmers through a combination of education and practical assistance. Working with the Face Africa organization he has helped bring clean drinking water and improved sanitation to some 25,000 people in Liberia. A keen believer in the power of sport to motivate and inspire youth, Benny has also provided support to sports, sponsoring the Nigeria Football Federation for a five-year period, providing assistance to the Confederation of African Football Awards and the Aiteo Cup.

Another initiative pursued by Mr. Peters is tackling the issue of internally displaced persons within Nigeria through contributions to the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency. Some 2 million people face economic hardship and poverty which is a barrier to social well-being and economic prosperity which he is determined to champion.

On presenting the award Mike Perlis, Vice-Chairman of Forbes Media said, “recipients are singled out for their work in bringing prosperity to all 55 countries of the African continent.

On Receiving the Oil & Gas Leader 2018 Award from Forbes Benedict Peters commented, “This award motivates us to broaden our vision for the continent, despite all odds, and accelerate her economic transformation. We believe that Africa has what it takes to lead the world and we will continue to push the frontiers of development through our investments in people and technology.

About Aiteo Group
Aiteo Group is an integrated energy, mining, agriculture, infrastructure development, electricity generation and distribution enterprise focused on serving the needs of communities across the African continent by leveraging a unique combination of a strategic asset base, technology and innovation. Aiteo group has rapidly expanding geographic presence in the DRC, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Zambia, Zimbabwe as addition to offices in Geneva and Paris.

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Report by Public Health Experts Laments “Missed ...

Knowledge Action Change criticizes the World Health Organization for endorsing countries that ban e-cigarettes; says organization is ignoring international treaty that approves these lower- harm alternatives to smoking

GENEVA, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As delegates gather for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) biennial conference on tobacco, the authors of a new report, “No Fire, No Smoke: Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction,” are fiercely criticizing the WHO’s record. The public health experts accuse the WHO of failing to comply with international treaty obligations to back reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. They deplore that the WHO instead recommends bans on e-cigarettes—a move that has been implemented by dozens of countries.

The authors of No Fire, No Smoke say that lower-risk alternatives such as e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn devices, and Swedish snus have been hugely successful at reducing smoking. Yet they say that the WHO has displayed a historic hostility to them.

“The WHO ignores its own treaty that obliges signatories to adopt the harm-reduction approach of encouraging safer nicotine products. This is a tragic missed opportunity to stop one billion lives being claimed by smoking this century,” said Professor Gerry Stimson of Knowledge Action Change (London), which commissioned the report.

The report lists the 39 countries where e-cigarettes or nicotine liquids are banned, including Australia, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia. The European Union allows e-cigarettes but bans the pasteurized oral tobacco product snus that is exceptionally popular in Scandinavia.

Following the introduction of snus in Norway, the smoking rate among young women plummeted from 30% to just 1%. In the United States, the rapid growth in e-cigarette use has been accompanied by a decrease in smoking among school-aged children, with numbers dropping by half over the last 6 years. Meanwhile, in Japan, the success of heated tobacco products has seen cigarette sales fall by a quarter over the last 2 years.

“In examining the data, it has been striking how closely tied the availability of these substitutes is to plunging smoking rates. Whatever the motivation for countries banning them, they need to realize that such policies make them the tobacco industry’s best friends,” said Harry Shapiro, the lead author of the report.

While the Europe Union has made snus illegal, in several Asia-Pacific countries, bans on using e-cigarettes cause the most concern.

“Many of the vapers I represent live in fear of getting arrested for trying to save their lives. Their countries allow deadly cigarettes but ban much safer e-cigarettes because the WHO has encouraged bans,” said Nancy Sutthoff of the consumer group International Network of Nicotine Consumers Organisations.

The WHO policy making conference will be attended by representatives of 181 countries. All 181 countries have ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which obliges them to incorporate harm reduction. However, the WHO event is far from inclusive: in previous years, it has banned consumers, journalists, and bodies including Interpol from attending.

The “No Fire, No Smoke: Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction” report and this press release are published by Knowledge Action Change, a private sector public health agency.