King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harvard University — Eight years into Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has made significant strides with digital innovations and enhanced access to quality care. Strategic investments in infrastructure, technology, and talent, have led to advancements revolutionizing patient care delivery and elevating the standards of healthcare locally. These efforts have notably raised the average life expectancy, reduced mortality rates, and enhanced overall well-being across the Kingdom.

Central to these achievements, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC), renowned for its specialized care and treatments across critical fields such as oncology, cardiology, organ transplantation, and genetics has positioned itself as a leader in specialized patient care, taking the charge towards a brighter, healthier future for the Kingdom. Through its commitment to pioneering digital health initiatives, comprehensive educational programs, and novel research endeavors, it is reshaping the local landscape, and setting new standards of efficiency and accessibility.

In an era defined by technological advancements, and with the Kingdom’s push towards digitalization, KFSH&RC stands at the forefront of digital health integration among its local peers, leveraging cutting-edge telemedicine services, virtual consultations, and AI-driven tools such as the ANFAL AI System that transforms patient outcomes through predictive insights and personalized care, ensuring the best outcomes for patient satisfaction.

KFSH&RC’s digital health initiatives extend to addressing broader health threats through technologies such as Whole Genomic Sequencing (WGS) and Advanced Radiation Therapy. The hospital has also pioneered organ transplantation by performing the world’s first fully robotic liver transplant and introduced to the region innovations like the Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV), enhancing patient recovery and experience. These technologies facilitate personalized treatment plans and improve the accuracy and speed of medical diagnostics, contributing significantly to the elevation of patient care standards and a sustainable, resilient healthcare infrastructure in line with the objectives of the Health Sector Transformation Program.

KFSH&RC continues to push the boundaries of medical research addressing pressing health challenges and contributing to Saudi Arabia’s public health landscape, with discoveries like the PfAP2-MRP gene crucial for malaria treatment and the identification of the new Riyadhensis bacteria strain. These discoveries have not only improved diagnostic accuracy but also facilitated early interventions, ensuring timely and effective patient support, in line with the national objectives to reduce chronic disease prevalence.

These comprehensive efforts are supported by KFSH&RC’s robust educational initiatives, which prepare the next generation of medical professionals through training programs and international collaborations.

Recognized by ‘Brand Finance’ in 2024 as the most valuable healthcare brand in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for the second consecutive year, placing 9th in Saudi Arabia and 28th in the Middle East. Additionally, KFSH&RC stands out as the only hospital worldwide to be ranked among its country’s top ten most valuable brands.

About King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC):

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) stands as a leading healthcare institution in the Middle East, envisioned to be the optimal choice for every patient seeking specialized healthcare. The hospital boasts a rich history in the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, organ transplantation, neurosciences, and genetics.

In 2024, “Brand Finance” ranked King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as the top academic medical centre in the Middle East and Africa, and among the top 20 globally for the second consecutive year. Additionally, in 2024, it was recognized as one of the leading global healthcare providers by Newsweek magazine.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, a royal decree was issued on December 21, 2021, to transform the hospital into an independent, non-profit, government-owned entity, paving the way for a comprehensive transformation program aimed at achieving global leadership in healthcare through excellence and innovation.

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Curia and Carterra Partner on Biologics Symposium to Further Biotechnology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Curia & Carterra Biologics Symposium

Biologics symposium slated for May 31 in Seattle, WA

ALBANY, N.Y. and SALT LAKE CITY, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization and Carterra Inc., the world leader in label-free high throughput antibody and small molecule drug discovery, today announced their partnership in hosting a high-throughput biologics symposium slated for May 31 at the Residence Inn at Marriott in Seattle, Washington.

The purpose of the collaboration is to promote the rising biotech focus within the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S and Canada. The symposium will bring together all levels of scientific leadership from the biotech and pharma communities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carterra to organize this antibody discovery symposium, bringing the Pacific Northwest biotech community together and sharing the latest advances in antibody discovery,” said Steve Lavezoli, Vice President of Biologics at Curia. “We are also looking forward to sharing our optimal, high-quality and accelerated antibody discovery workflows to first-to-human antibody discovery, development and clinical manufacturing. Antibodies discovered and/or engineered with Curia’s platform technology are in the clinic and we have over 230 successful antibody discovery campaigns performed for the biotech community.”

Speed, scientific expertise and efficiency can surmount the high attrition rates of early antibody discovery and achieve first-to-market delivery of new therapeutics. The symposium will highlight Curia’s technology platform and integrated services with a focus on the development of enhanced mouse systems for antibody generation and high-throughput single B cell screening. The combination of next generation sequencing (NGS) and rapid recombinant production of milligram to gram quantities of purified monoclonal antibody (mAb) significantly accelerates identification of development candidate leads.

Since 2017, Carterra has been selling its powerful LSA® high-throughput biosensor to analyze and characterize antibodies using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). With the launch of its LSAXT platform last year, Carterra now offers products that can perform small molecule analysis as well as antibody discovery. The LSA platform has been profiled in several peer-reviewed papers in Science, Nature and Cell, detailing the path of multiple therapeutics entering clinical trials. At the symposium, several leading scientists in biopharma will be sharing their insights into their specific areas of drug discovery and will highlight the transformative impact of integrating HT-SPR technology, AI/ML and other new technologies.

“We are excited to be partnering with Curia on our symposium. Carterra symposia are scientific events that we host each year throughout the U.S. and Europe,” stated Chris M. Silva, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Carterra. “These symposia help us to share the latest technology advancements and important data generated from the workflows of scientists using Carterra’s label-free platforms. Coming to the Pacific Northwest is an opportunity to create a deeper understanding of the technology in pharma and biotechs in this region.”

Click here to RSVP for the event. Registration is required as seating is limited.

About Curia:
Curia is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with over 30 years of experience, an integrated network of 27 global sites and over 3,500 employees partnering with Biopharmaceutical customers to bring life-changing therapies to market. Our biologics and small molecules offerings span discovery through commercialization, with integrated regulatory and analytical capabilities. Our scientific and process experts and state-of-the-art facilities deliver best-in-class experience across drug substance and drug product manufacturing. From curiosity to cure, we deliver every step to improve patients’ lives. Visit us at curiaglobal.com.

About Carterra, Inc.:
Carterra, Inc. is a privately held company. Its HT-SPR technology provides large-molecule and small-molecule drug discovery customers with screening and characterization throughput and functionality that scales with omics-level applications, condensing months of work down to days. Our solutions have enabled multiple therapeutics and breakthrough research and helped academic and translational researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, and more.  Carterra is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has Customer Experience Centers in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, Manchester, England, and Munich, Germany. Carterra products are available in Asia-Pacific and Oceania through our exclusive distributor, Revvity. To learn more, visit www.carterra-bio.com or connect with us on LinkedIn or X (Twitter).

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Dr Bawumia to establish equipment pool to support small-scale miners


The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Flagbearer, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has promised to establish common-user processing facilities and equipment in the various mining districts across Ghana if elected as President, to promote responsible and sustainable mining practices.

Dr Bawumia made the pledge during the Third Annual Transformational Dialogue on Small-Scale Mining in Sunyani on Wednesday, organised by the University of Energy and Natural Resources.

The NPP Presidential Candidate emphasised the importance of ensuring that mining activities benefited the country in totality.

‘I will establish common-user processing facilities to facilitate mining in the various districts of the country,’ he said.

‘Additionally, we shall establish Community Environmental Protection Assistants working under the Minerals Commission/Environmental Protection Agency with river wardens and local authorities to augment the safeguarding of our environment/water bodies.’

Common-user processing facilities would help in achieving the envi
ronmental sustainability goal by providing efficient and environmentally friendly processing options for miners.

Those facilities would contribute to the fight against illegal mining activities, commonly known as ‘galamsey’, Dr Bawumia explained.

Dr Bawumia said mining should serve the collective good of the country and not just a selected few and, thus, emphasised the adoption of mining practices that prioritised environmental conservation and community well-being.

The NPP Flagbearer is on a nationwide campaign tour, lasting until the first week of June.

‘Bold Solutions for our Future,’ is the theme for his campaign, focusing on three key pillars: The battle of ideas and character, The Battle of Records, and The Battle of Effective Campaign.

His campaign team is focusing on issue-based electioneering, tackling cogent, practical and tailor-made ideas to deal with issues that are dear to the heart of the Ghanaian people.

Dr Bawumia is meeting a wide range of stakeholders, including traditional rulers, th
e Clergy, youth groups, traders, drivers, farmers and students, and interact with businesses and associations.

He has been visiting market centres and other public places to listen to the concerns of both traders and consumers.

Dr Bawumia also engaged the media, held town-hall meetings and continues with his regular stakeholder engagements with Ghanaians.

Since his election as the NPP Flagbearer on November 4, 2023, for the December 7, 2024 Election, he had been active in undertaking broad consultations and interactions with various groups across the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Zambia explores collaboration with NiDCOM on diaspora engagement

A delegation from Zambia on Thursday visited the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) in Abuja to study its approach in engaging with Nigerians in the diaspora and how that affects the economy of the nation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team, led by Zambia’s Assistant Labour Commissioner, Ms. Mukamasole Kasanda, was also accompanied by some officials of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

She said that the aim was to leverage the experience of Nigeria to strengthen Zambia’s diaspora engagement.

The official applauded NiDCOM for its efforts in the last few years, and said Zambia would learn from its experience.

“We are looking at establishing a migration resort center and in the last two days, this has been our homework.

“Your Constitution now allows for dual citizenship and it is a plus, we also worked on our constitution recently and one of the issues we looked at was to ensure that there was dual citizenship.

“We must commend you in ensuring that you lobby enough t
o have a law on Diaspora because it is very difficult to operate without a law, usually you have a lot of resistance from the general public and even within government itself,’’ she said.

Responding, NiDCOM Chairman Abike Dabiri-Erewa, represented by the Secretary of the commission, Dr Sule Bassi said Nigeria has a population of over 200 million out of which about 20 million Nigerians are in the diaspora contributing to their host communities’ GDP and that of Nigeria.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa gave the visiting delegation from Zambia an account of what Nigerians in the diaspora meant to the world and their country of origin.

“Nigerians in Diaspora are a huge global economy drivers in different fields that they find themselves, which are healthcare, sports, entertainment, entrepreneurship amongst other.

“They remit 20 billion dollars yearly to the Nigeria economy.”

According to her, former U.S President Barack Obama once said when you remove Nigerians from the American healthcare system the medical field will co
llapse.

“We have eight Nigerians in the U.S Congress and also a Nigeria has established an Agege Bread Bakery in Canada.

“This is just a few of what the diaspora are doing and that is how important Nigerians are to their host communities,’’ she said.

The chairman, however, said that the commission was still grappling with the problem of harmonising the Diaspora and the home front for a stronger nation.

Also, speaking, IOM Regional Project Coordinator, Mr Sunday Omoyeni, said that when migration was effectively managed, it can create avenues for development.

According to him, leveraging on diaspora engagement is born out of the desire of Zambian government to exploit the migration dynamics.

“In Zambia, we have intra-regional migration which happens within the region compared to Nigeria where we have more of Nigerians who migrate outside the region.

“I think the region as a whole has come to the realisation of the need for them to leverage the migration dynamics for the development of the country.

“This
also align with the principles of IOM in terms of ensuring that migration is beneficial.

“Migration is not just about problems, when migration is effectively managed it can create an avenue for development,’’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

MP commends constituents for their resilience and determination


Mr. Governs Kwame Agbodza, Member of Parliament of Adaklu, Thursday praised the people of Adaklu for their resilience and determination.

He noted that it was these unique qualities that attracted assistance to the district.

Mr. Agbodza gave the praise at the sod cutting ceremony of a three-unit classroom block with an office, store and a staff common room for the District Assembly Junior High School at Adaklu Seva in the Adaklu district.

The one million Ghana Cedis GETFund project would be constructed by Acado Construction Enterprise and scheduled to be completed in six months.

Mr. Agbodza called on the people to join hands with him ‘to make preparations for future leaders not only for Adaklu but Ghana through quality education.’

He intimated that he was working hard in collaboration with other stakeholders to eliminate schools under trees in the district.

He told the people that the community – one of the deprived communities in the Adaklu district – that the community could only be transformed if pare
nts were willing to invest in the education of their children.

The MP said he would monitor the progression of students from the community on the academic ladder for help.

He reminded them that it was the population of the school that would attract other facilities to not only the school but also the community and asked them to send their children to the school and impressed on adjoining communities to do same to help increase the enrollment in the school.

‘We do not have gold, timber, cocoa, lithium, or oil in Adaklu, our only resource is our youth, who we must develop to take up responsible positions in the country,’ Mr. Agbodza reiterated.

He assured the community that decent accommodation would soon be provided for teachers at the school to enable them to reside in the community.

Mr. Agbodza called on the District Director of Education to liaise with the committee responsible for the Best Teacher Awards he instituted in the district to expand it to include teachers working in the most deprived areas
in the district.

Mr. Mac-Peter Dunatonu, Adaklu District Director of Education, praised Mr. Agbodza for his support for education in the district.

He told the teachers that though the school was in a deprived area they should put up their maximum best to bring the best out of the children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

30,000 marathon enthusiasts run in beautiful Dalian

Dalian of Liaoning is located on the shores of the Bohai Bay in China and enjoys pleasant views in the golden autumn season. On October 15 at 7:30 am, the 33rd Dalian Marathon kicked off with almost 30,000 marathon runners from 25 countries and regions in this beautiful coastal city.

Launched in 1987, the Dalian Marathon is one of the oldest marathons in China. After years of development and accumulation, the international, competitive, mass and comprehensive character of the Dalian Marathon has been continuously improved, becoming the gold medal event of the China Athletic Association and the gold standard event of the World Athletic Federation as well as the “Club of Double Gold Medals” of the highest Chinese marathon events.

Dalian is the city with the longest coastline on the Chinese mainland. Players can enjoy the unique charm of the mountain and sea landscape throughout the competition. A picturesque scroll painting of history and modernity, busy and quiet, magnificent and exquisite, unfolds itself sl
owly along the way.

As a leader and window for opening up to the outside world in Northeast China, Dalian is committed to building an international shipping center in Northeast Asia, international logistics center and regional financial center. It is the permanent host city of the Summer Davos Forum and has hosted international conferences such as the China International Digital and Software Service Fair and the China International Patent Fair. Dalian enjoys pleasant climate and beautiful surroundings. It is one of the 500 cities of the best world according to United Nations and included in the first batch of “China’s Best Tourism Destinations”. It has twice been named “China’s Top 10 Cities of Great Beauty”. Although more than 20 city marathons in China will start simultaneously on October 15, Dalian still attracts many domestic and foreign marathon enthusiasts with its unique urban charm. In addition, 60% of the players come from other cities in China and overseas countries and regions.

The Dalian Maratho
n brings not only a comfortable course experience and scenery to domestic and foreign runners, but also rich seafood from 39° north latitude – at the end of the “full marathon”, participants can enjoy seafood porridge, fish ball soup, dumplings, fish noodles and other seafood specialties from Dalian for free. Beyenu Degefa Begna of Ethiopia, the women’s champion of this year’s event, said excitedly, “Dalian city is beautiful and great! I love Dalian!”

In order to provide participants with a better urban experience, Dalian also introduced a number of cultural and tourist preference policies by the end of October. People can enjoy the pleasure of sea fishing, camping, hot springs, and yachting, as well as skiing, surfing, and rafting in Dalian. National Resort Golden Pebble Beach, Laohutan Dole Aquarium, Sunasia Ocean World, Dalian Forest Zoo etc. are all great attractions for domestic and foreign tourists.

The athlete Lyu Mingming returned to his hometown of Dalian from Vancouver, Canada. “I have competed in
59 marathons both at home and abroad for 6 years, and the Dalian Marathon is the 60th competition, which is particularly significant.” He said, “Dalian is a hospitable city. Welcome to Dalian and let’s run together!”

Contact: Chen Jing

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Email: dl_wxb @ 126.com

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Invest in girls, young women to bridge gender gap in ICT – FAWE Ghana


The Forum for African Women Educationalists, Ghana chapter (FAWE Ghana), a Non-governmental Organisation has called on the government to invest in girls and young women to help bridge the gender gap in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

In a statement to commemorate this year’s International Girls in ICT Day on the theme: ‘leadership’ and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga, it said ICT was a critical tool to bridging the gender digital divide and empowering girls and young women in ICT would ensure a balance in socioeconomic and political development of the country.

‘We recommend that the government, through the Ministries of Education and Communication accelerate the girls in ICT programme and eliminate inequalities in education, employment, and decision-making through the deployment and exploitation of ICTs,’ it said.

According to the statement, the International Technology Union, of which Ghana was a member, revealed that only 21 percent of ICT ministers were women while 32 out o
f 165 ICT regulators were led by women, and 22 percent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) workers globally were women.

In the private sector, women technologists occupy less than a third of positions and faced a pay gap of 21 percent and these gender gaps had become a challenge that needed to be addressed since the statistics do not commensurate with the population of women globally, it added.

‘As we make great strides in digital transformation with the emergence of innovative technological tools, more needs to be done regarding the role girls and women play in this transformation and their inclusivity in policy-making decisions in the ICT sector.

Today as we celebrate Girls in ICT under the theme: ‘Leadership’ and to highlight the critical need for female role models in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, we at FAWE Ghana ask that women vying for leadership roles in ICT institutions, both in the public and private sector, be given equal opportunities and remunerated in equal mea
sure,’ it stressed.

The statement said it was crucial to shift focus to mentoring and empowering more girls and young women in ICT and added that ‘it is not just about equipping them with technical skills but also about nurturing the leadership skills they need, to take up key positions in the industry.

‘Each of us has a role to play in bridging the gender gap in the ICT sector. As we continue to transform the digital space, FAWE Ghana, in our commitment to educating girls and women, will work with stakeholders to make greater strides in the sector’.

Source: Ghana News Agency

5 Strategies For Achieving A Healthy Work-Life Balance in 2024

In the dynamic landscape of 2024, achieving a healthy work-life balance has become more crucial than ever. With advancements in technology blurring the lines between professional and personal life, it’s essential to adopt effective strategies to ensure well-being and productivity. In this blog post, we’ll delve into some practical strategies tailored to the demands of 2024, helping you strike that elusive equilibrium between work and life.

Here Are 5 Strategies For Achieving A Healthy Work-Life Balance

Set clear boundaries:

In today’s interconnected world, it’s easy for work to spill over into personal time. Setting clear boundaries means defining specific times for work and leisure. This could involve designating “work-free” zones at home, turning off notifications during non-working hours, and communicating your availability to colleagues and clients.

Prioritize tasks:

Not all tasks are created equal. Prioritizing your workload based on urgency and importance can help you focus on what truly matters. U
tilize tools like task management apps or techniques like the Eisenhower Matrix to categorize tasks and allocate your time and energy efficiently.

Embrace flexible work arrangements:

With remote and hybrid work models gaining popularity, embrace the flexibility they offer. Negotiate flexible work hours or remote work options with your employer, allowing you to tailor your schedule to suit your productivity peaks and personal commitments. Embracing flexible work arrangements entails adapting to a work structure that allows for variations in time, location, or task allocation. It acknowledges that productivity and performance can thrive outside traditional office settings and rigid schedules. By embracing flexibility, individuals and organizations can leverage technology and modern work methodologies to achieve a better work-life balance, enhance employee satisfaction, and improve overall productivity and creativity.

Practice mindfulness and self-care:

Additional mindfulness techniques, such as deep breathi
ng exercises, can lessen stress and enhance general wellbeing. To refuel and revitalize yourself, make self-care activities a regular part of your schedule. Some examples of these activities include exercise, hobbies, and spending time with loved ones.

Acquire the ability to delegate:

You can work with others. Whether at work or home, assign assignments that others can do successfully. Effective delegation not only lightens your workload but also empowers your team and fosters trust and collaboration.

Explaining the Strategies:

Setting clear boundaries:

When you set clear boundaries, you’re essentially creating a structure that separates work time from personal time. This could mean establishing a designated workspace at home and sticking to specific working hours. By doing so, you signal to yourself and others when it’s time to focus on work and when it’s time to unwind and recharge. Setting clear boundaries is a fundamental aspect of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. It involves defining and com
municating limits to protect your time, energy, and wellbeing.

By establishing boundaries, you create a structure that separates work responsibilities from personal life, helping you to avoid burnout, manage stress, and prioritize self-care. Clear boundaries also promote productivity by allowing you to focus entirely on work during designated hours and unwind without interruptions during leisure time. Ultimately, setting clear boundaries empowers you to create a balanced and fulfilling life where both professional and personal needs are met.

Prioritizing tasks:

Prioritization is about understanding the importance and urgency of each task. Important and urgent tasks should take precedence, while less critical tasks can be scheduled accordingly. This strategy prevents you from feeling overwhelmed and ensures that you tackle essential tasks efficiently.

Embracing flexible work arrangements:

Flexibility in work arrangements acknowledges that productivity doesn’t always adhere to a strict 9-to-5 schedule. By
negotiating flexible work options, you create room for a more balanced approach, where you can optimize your productivity during your most productive hours and accommodate personal responsibilities without compromising on work quality.

Practicing mindfulness and self-care:

Mindfulness and self-care are crucial components of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Practicing mindfulness lowers stress by keeping you focused on the now and enhancing mental clarity. Incorporating self-care activities into your routine ensures that you prioritize your well-being, which eventually supports your capacity to function effectively on a personal and professional level.

Self-care encompasses activities that nurture your physical, emotional, and mental health (https://cbd.co/delta-9/delta-9-vape/). This can include regular exercise, adequate sleep, engaging in hobbies, spending time with loved ones, and setting aside time for relaxation and reflection. Prioritizing self-care allows you to recharge and replenish your e
nergy, leading to greater productivity, happiness, and fulfillment in both your personal and professional life.

Learning to delegate:

The ability to delegate helps your team collaborate and build trust while also reducing your workload. Effective task delegation enables you to concentrate on high-priority duties while allowing others to offer their knowledge and abilities.

Conclusion:

In 2024, achieving a healthy work-life balance will necessitate a multidimensional strategy that includes delegation, self-care, clarity in boundaries, effective prioritization, flexibility, and mindfulness. By implementing these strategies tailored to the demands of modern life, you can cultivate a harmonious equilibrium between work commitments and personal wellbeing, leading to increased productivity, satisfaction, and overall quality of life.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

GhIPSS CEO awarded at the Arab-Afro Digital Payment summit


Archie Hesse, CEO of Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), has received the prestigious Best Leadership in Payment Regulatory Anglophone award at the Arab-Afro Digital Payments Symposium, Exhibition and Awards in Morocco.

The award recognised his exceptional leadership in navigating regulatory complexities, ensuring compliance, and fostering progress in the payment systems landscape.

This honour adds to Mr. Hesse’s extensive collection of awards, underscoring his transformative leadership at GhIPSS, which has garnered global recognition.

Under his guidance, GhIPSS has undergone a remarkable evolution, collaborating with banks and non-bank financial institutions to introduce a variety of electronic payment channels to the public.

Notable innovations include Mobile Money Interoperability, GhQR, GhanaPay, and Direct Credit Near Real Time, among others.

Expressing gratitude for the recognition, Mr. Hesse emphasised his commitment to advancing the cause of payments not only in Ghana but a
lso on a global scale.

He credited the dedicated staff of GhIPSS and the supportive Board for their confidence and cooperation in delivering a modern payment system for Ghana.

Mr. Hesse pledged to continue working with stakeholders to ensure widespread adoption of electronic payment channels, thereby fulfilling the mandate of transitioning Ghana into an electronic payment society.

The Arab-Afro Digital Payment summit aimed to stimulate economic advancement and innovation, particularly addressing issues of the digital divide and limited service access in remote regions, with a focus on the payments domain.

Organised by BII World, the two-day event brought together strategic leaders from the Middle East and Africa’s banking and financial services sector, to share insights and experiences on digital journey excellence, operational excellence in payments, financial services, and succeeding in payment innovations within the realms of PayTech and FinTech.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We must be guided by ethics in adopting Artificial Intelligence – CBCN

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) says the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (Al) must be guided ethical principles, in spite of its enormous benefits.

The President, CBCN, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji said this in Abuja at the Maiden Communication Week (COMWEEK) Public Lecture by Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN).

The theme of the lecture was ” Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities for Evangelisation and Social Development.’’

” Artificial intelligence is a subject of debate and labelling it as artificial suggests a replication or limitation, as it is derived from human intelligence.”

Ugorji, also the Archbishop of Owerri, said that in spite of its versatility and technological prowess, the AI remained a facsimile of the original, namely human cognition

“AI is a term born from advances in computer science and digital technology. It endows machines with the capacity for intelligent behaviour through sophisticated algorithms.

“Today, computers can perform tasks traditiona
lly requiring human intelligence, such as understanding natural language, recognising patterns, learning from data, and making decisions.

“This has turned out to be a cause for joy and a reason for worry at the same time.

“It is a thing of joy because of the enormous positive possibilities as a result of the digital technology and worrisome because of the grave life-defining dangers they pose at the same time,” he said.

” We must strive for a balance that prioritises human welfare alongside technological progress, being mindful of ethical and moral dilemmas as well as risks such as job displacement.”

He said that the church had ceaselessly emphasised that collaboration between Al experts and social development practitioners was crucial.

According to him, Al could significantly contribute to the common good of the people.

“At this gathering, we hope to learn from experts the responsible and ethical use of Al not only to benefit the society but also to support the Church’s evangelisation efforts.”

He sai
d that the Al should be a tool for empowerment and progress and not a source of division or destruction.

He said that the CBCN plans to create a forum for experts to discuss issues concerning not only the church and its mission but also the broader welfare of the society.

The Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, said the position of the Pope had been in line with the constant magisterium of the church.

He said that all scientific progress was gift from God to humanity and to be used for human well-being to the glory of God.

“The latest in the world today is bringing out machines that try to imitate human thinking. We don’t know how far developments in this regard will go.

“But the warning of Pope Francis remains valid: that it is not everything that we can do that we should do. Even scientific progress must be subject to human, moral, and ethical control.

“This is a responsibility that humanity abdicates at its great peril,” he said.

Rev. Fr. Anthony Akinwale, the Deputy Vice-Chancell
or of Augustine University, Ilara-Epe, Lagos, said that artificial was not intelligence because it lacked self-determination.

“My argument so far has been, if it is intelligent, it is not artificial and if it is artificial, it is not intelligent.

“Artificial intelligence is not intelligent because of its privation of self-consciousness and self-volition. That raises a question: Where does this lead us?

“The submission in the preceding section of this paper neither diminishes nor denies the astounding accomplishment of science and technology in the area of computational informatics.

“It only serves to call attention to a misnomer conventionally taken for granted. This misnomer, if ignored, will have, and in fact, already having precautions in the arena of ethics in which we human beings find ourselves, the arena of inter-relationship.

“The pertinence of these remarks stems from the fact that artificial intelligence is a tool and not a substitute for the human person,” he said.

He, however, added that the
technology could be used properly if well understood because communication was not just about dissemination of information.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria