Toast Selects FreedomPay as its Preferred Payments Partner for Global Enterprise Merchants

Toast will now enable enterprise merchants to combine FreedomPay’s best-in-class global Commerce Platform with its leading restaurant digital platform

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FreedomPay, the world’s leading independent commerce platform and Toast, the all-in-one digital platform built for the entire restaurant community, signed a partnership agreement making FreedomPay Toast’s preferred payments gateway partner for select enterprise brands.

Toast will be able to offer its cloud-based digital platform for restaurants to leading enterprise merchants in the U.S. and Canada who are on the award-winning FreedomPay Commerce Platform.

Kelly Esten, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise at Toast stated: “As the restaurant industry rapidly adapts to new service models, Toast continues to deliver the industry’s trusted digital platform to help restaurants of all sizes and types—including franchisees—drive profitability, create the streamlined dining experiences guests expect, and make managing food service operations across properties easier than ever. We look forward to partnering with FreedomPay as we drive our enterprise expansion.”

FreedomPay Senior Vice President, Sales & Digital Development Nate Ware added: “This exciting collaboration between FreedomPay and Toast delivers advanced capabilities to large merchants. We are quite simply ‘unleashing the power of pay’ to thousands more businesses to help support Toast’s growth across enterprise level merchant solutions.”

FreedomPay is one of the world’s fastest growing Fintechs, innovating and transforming commerce to Next Level™ payment solutions. FreedomPay is aggressively expanding in new markets including the Middle East, South America, Africa and APAC. FreedomPay has recently been named one of the Fastest Growing FinTechs to Watch in 2022 and is a finalist for the Best Payment System in the PayTech Awards, London 2023.

FreedomPay and Toast will be exhibiting together at HITEC in Toronto, June 26-29. Visit booth 516/518 to learn more.

About FreedomPay
FreedomPay’s Next Level Commerce™ platform transforms existing payment systems and processes from legacy to leading edge. As the premier choice for many of the largest companies across the globe in retail, hospitality, lodging, gaming, sports and entertainment, foodservice, education, healthcare and financial services, FreedomPay’s technology has been purposely built to deliver rock solid performance in the highly complex environment of global commerce. The company maintains a world-class security environment and was first to earn the coveted validation by the PCI Security Standards Council against Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE/EMV) standard in North America. FreedomPay’s robust solutions across payments, security, identity, and data analytics are available in-store, online and on-mobile and are supported by rapid API adoption. The award winning FreedomPay Commerce Platform operates on a single, unified technology stack across multiple continents allowing enterprises to deliver an innovative Next Level experience on a global scale. www.freedompay.com

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Dominica Ranks as Safest Country in the Caribbean in 2023 World Citizenship Report: CS Global Partners

London, June 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Commonwealth of Dominica has been crowned as the safest place in the Caribbean in the second annual World Citizenship Report published by the world’s leading government advisory and marketing firm, CS Global Partners.

Using data from the World Citizenship Index (WCI), the World Citizenship Report’s data-driven tool which measures 188 countries across five motivators most relevant to the mass affluent, the Nature Isle topped the Safety and Security pillar in the region with a score of 76.9, bringing it to the 38th safest place in the international arena.

In the Caribbean, Grenada (46), St Kitts and Nevis (48), Saint Lucia (50) and Antigua and Barbuda (52) followed Dominica’s safety and security rank of 38. Iceland (1), New Zealand (2) and Switzerland (3) kept their top rankings globally for the second year in a row, while economic giants like the US (65) and China (111) trailed much further behind Dominica.

Dominica continues to place emphasis on physical safety, rule of law, and political stability and ranks high in categories like voice and accountability, where citizens feel empowered to hold leaders accountable to their demands and needs.

The post-pandemic return to ‘normal’ has been marred by generational inflation, broader macroeconomic volatility as well as the geopolitical instability stemming from the crisis in Ukraine – which has threatened to upend the ‘Long Peace’ enjoyed since the end of WWII.

The resultant supply chain, energy, and political pressures have pushed the global economy closer to a recession and are forcing governments to enact monetary and fiscal policy changes that are pressurising households the world over. Perhaps more importantly, the upheaval of the last two years that has engendered both restrictions on local and international movement and increased economic headwinds have compelled the world’s citizens to reappraise their relationship with their own governments with respect to freedom, safety, and opportunity.

The mass affluent and high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) are looking for alternative destinations as a bolt-hole for future crises in countries that offer the freedoms that are lacking in their home nations.

With many parts of the world also experiencing an uptick in violent crime due to ineffective policies and rising inequality, smaller jurisdictions in particular are increasingly prioritising efforts to ensure the rule of law for all as part of efforts to boost tourism and attract digital nomads. In the Caribbean for example, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) data shows that St Kitts and Nevis saw a 50 per cent reduction in its average crime statistics over the past five years resulting in it being ranked among the safest islands to visit in 2023 by well-known tourist guide “Travellers Worldwide”.

Caribbean nations that offer investment migration schemes such as Dominica, offer global citizens access to some of the best travel and economic markets in the world.

Dominica began welcoming foreign nationals to obtain citizenship in 1993. The island remains politically and economically stable, with a low crime rate and rich investment opportunities.

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Cohere Lança Série C de US$270 Milhões para Levar IA Geradora para Empresas

Financiamento irá acelerar a posição de liderança da Cohere e proporcionar para as empresas a capacidade da IA na plataforma de nuvem de preferida, para a manutenção dos dados privados e seguros

SÃO FRANCISCO e TORONTO, June 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  A Cohere, principal plataforma de IA para empresas, anunciou hoje a disponibilização de novo capital no valor de US$270 Milhões como parte de seu financiamento da Série C. A Inovia Capital liderou a rodada, com participação adicional de um grupo diversificado de investidores institucionais e estratégicos globais, incluindo NVIDIA, Oracle, Salesforce Ventures, DTCP, Mirae Asset, Schroders Capital, SentinelOne, Thomvest Ventures e retorno do investidor Index Ventures. Este grupo representa investidores dos EUA, Canadá, Coreia, Reino Unido e Alemanha, e inclui algumas das empresas de tecnologia mais respeitadas do mundo.

“A IA irá impulsionar a próxima década de sucesso nos negócios”, disse Aidan Gomez, CEO e cofundador da Cohere. “Com a empolgação inicial com a IA generativa se transformando em novas maneiras de acelerar os negócios, as empresas estão procurando a Cohere para posicioná-las para o sucesso em uma nova era da tecnologia. A próxima fase dos produtos e serviços de IA irá revolucionar os negócios e estamos prontos para liderar o caminho.”

“Estamos no início de uma nova era impulsionada pela computação acelerada e IA generativa”, disse Jensen Huang, fundador e CEO da NVIDIA. “A equipe da Cohere contribuiu fundamentalmente para a IA generativa. Seu serviço irá ajudar empresas em todo o mundo a aproveitar esses recursos para automatizar e acelerar.”

IA Criada para Empresas
A plataforma de IA da Cohere foi projetada exclusivamente para empresas, oferecendo opções de implantação seguras de dados nos ambientes de nuvem, personalização e suporte ao cliente existentes das empresas. A plataforma inclui também um ecossistema de parceiros de consultoria e integradores de sistemas para ajudar as empresas em qualquer estágio de sua jornada para a IA.

A suíte de IA corporativa da Cohere é independente da nuvem, oferecendo os mais altos níveis de flexibilidade e privacidade de dados. A plataforma foi desenvolvida para estar disponível em todos os provedores de nuvem, implantada dentro do ambiente de nuvem existente de um cliente, nuvem privada virtual (VPC) ou até mesmo no local, para atender às empresas onde seus dados estão abrigados. Isso capacita as empresas a transformar produtos existentes e criar a próxima geração de soluções inovadoras que definem a era, mantendo seus dados seguros.

“Temos por objetivo investir em grandes empreendedores que tenham grandes missões e ambições em todo o mundo”, disse Steve Woods, CTO e sócio da Inovia Capital. “Poucas ideias podem mudar fundamentalmente a sociedade e agregar mais valor à humanidade. Esta é obviamente uma dessas oportunidades e estamos entusiasmados em fazer parceria com a Cohere para poder fazer parte deste empreendimento.”

A notícia de hoje dá seguimento a vários acontecimentos da Cohere em diversas áreas: anúncio recente de colaboração com a Salesforce Ventures para a promoção de uma IA geradora com valor comercial; engajamento com a LivePerson para impulsionar a experiência dos clientes; e uma série de demandas e interesses adicionais por parte do mercado corporativo. Com o avanço da tecnologia líder do setor da Cohere, a avaliação mais recente do modelo de linguagem da Stanford também classificou o modelo de Comando da Cohere com alta precisão em relação aos modelos comparáveis. A Cohere também lançou recentemente o primeiro modelo de compreensão multilíngue publicamente disponível, treinado em dados autênticos de falantes nativos; este modelo tem capacidade para ler e entender mais de 100 dos idiomas mais falados do mundo.

“A Cohere tem uma rara combinação de talentos de primeira linha, a tecnologia mais inovadora e está mais bem posicionada para aproveitar a oportunidade do mercado corporativo global de IA Gerativa e LLMs”, disse Lance Matthews, Diretor Administrativo da DTCP. “Nossa estrutura de fundos e relacionamentos exclusivos nos permitem reunir uma coalizão de investidores institucionais e estratégicos globais, incluindo a Deutsche Telekom, para acelerar a visão da Cohere de oferecer essa tecnologia para empresas de todo o mundo”.

Para mais informação sobre a Cohere e a sua equipa em crescimento, visite cohere.com.

Sobre a Cohere
A Cohere é a principal plataforma de IA para empresas. Sua IA de categoria mundial é unicamente adequada às necessidades dos negócios, desbloqueando a facilidade de uso, acessibilidade e privacidade de dados sem precedentes. A plataforma da Cohere é independente da nuvem, acessível por meio da API como um serviço gerenciado e pode ser implantada em nuvem privada virtual (VPC) ou mesmo no local para atender às empresas onde seus dados estão abrigados, oferecendo os mais altos níveis de flexibilidade e controle. Fundada por ex-alunos do Google Brain e um coautor do seminal artigo Transformer, a Cohere tem a missão de transformar empresas e seus produtos com a IA, desbloqueando uma maneira mais intuitiva do que nunca de gerar, pesquisar e resumir informações. A empresa é apoiada por um grupo de investidores institucionais e estratégicos globais, incluindo DTCP, Index Ventures, Inovia Capital, Mirae Asset, NVIDIA, Oracle, Radical Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Section 32 e Tiger Global, bem como vários luminares da IA, incluindo Geoffrey Hinton, Jeff Dean, Fei-Fei Li, Pieter Abbeel e Raquel Urtasun.

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Cohere annonce une série C de 270 millions de dollars pour mettre l’IA générative à la portée des entreprises

Le financement renforcera la position de leader de Cohere en permettant aux entreprises de bénéficier de l’IA sur la plateforme cloud de leur choix, tout en préservant la confidentialité et la sécurité de leurs données

SAN FRANCISCO et TORONTO, 12 juin 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Cohere, la plateforme d’IA numéro 1 pour les entreprises, a annoncé aujourd’hui un nouvel apport de capitaux de 270 millions de dollars dans le cadre de son financement de série C. Inovia Capital a mené le tour de table, avec la participation d’un groupe diversifié d’investisseurs institutionnels et stratégiques mondiaux, dont NVIDIA, Oracle, Salesforce Ventures, DTCP, Mirae Asset, Schroders Capital, SentinelOne, Thomvest Ventures, et à nouveau l’investisseur Index Ventures. Ce groupe représente des investisseurs des États-Unis, du Canada, de Corée, du Royaume-Uni et d’Allemagne, et comprend certaines des entreprises technologiques les plus respectées au monde.

« L’IA sera le moteur du succès des entreprises au cours de la prochaine décennie », a déclaré Aidan Gomez, PDG et co-fondateur de Cohere. « À l’heure où l’intérêt initial pour l’IA générative s’oriente vers des moyens de renforcer les entreprises, celles-ci se tournent vers Cohere pour se positionner avec succès dans une nouvelle ère technologique. La prochaine phase des produits et services d’IA va révolutionner les entreprises, et nous sommes prêts à ouvrir la voie. »

« Nous sommes au début d’une nouvelle ère portée par le calcul accéléré et l’IA générative », a déclaré Jensen Huang, fondateur et PDG de NVIDIA. « L’équipe de Cohere a apporté des contributions fondamentales à l’IA générative. Son service aidera les entreprises du monde entier à exploiter ces capacités afin d’automatiser et d’accélérer leurs processus. »

Une IA créée pour les entreprises
La plateforme d’IA de Cohere est spécialement conçue pour les entreprises. Elle offre des options de déploiement sécurisé des données dans les environnements cloud existants des entreprises, une personnalisation et un support client. Cela inclut un écosystème de partenaires consultants et intégrateurs de systèmes pour aider les entreprises à chaque étape de leur parcours en matière d’IA.

La suite d’IA pour entreprises de Cohere est agnostique au cloud, offrant ainsi les plus hauts niveaux de flexibilité et de confidentialité des données. La plateforme est conçue pour être disponible chez tous les fournisseurs de services en cloud, déployée dans l’environnement cloud existant des clients, dans un cloud privé virtuel (virtual private cloud, VPC) ou même sur site, afin de répondre aux besoins des entreprises là où se trouvent leurs données. Cela permet aux entreprises de transformer les produits existants et de créer la prochaine génération de solutions révolutionnaires, tout en sécurisant leurs données.

« Notre raison d’être est d’investir dans de grands entrepreneurs qui ont une mission et des ambitions d’envergure mondiale », a déclaré Steve Woods, directeur technologique et associé d’Inovia Capital. « Très peu d’idées peuvent changer fondamentalement la société et représenter une vraie valeur ajoutée pour l’humanité. Il s’agit de toute évidence d’une telle opportunité et nous sommes ravis de nous associer à Cohere pour la mettre à profit. »

La nouvelle d’aujourd’hui succède à des avancées de Cohere dans plusieurs domaines : une annonce récente de collaboration avec Salesforce Ventures pour faire progresser l’IA générative afin d’apporter de la valeur aux entreprises ; un engagement avec LivePerson pour dynamiser les expériences des clients ; et une demande et un intérêt croissants de la part du marché des entreprises. Cohere continue de faire progresser sa technologie de pointe, et selon l’évaluation la plus récente des modèles de langage par Stanford, le modèle Command de Cohere atteint aussi un haut niveau de précision par rapport à des modèles comparables. Entre-temps, Cohere a récemment lancé le tout premier modèle de compréhension multilingue accessible au grand public entraîné à partir de données authentiques provenant de locuteurs natifs ; il est équipé pour lire et comprendre plus de 100 des langues les plus couramment parlées dans le monde.

« Cohere dispose d’une combinaison rare de talents de premier plan et de la technologie la plus innovante. L’entreprise est idéalement placée pour saisir l’opportunité que représentent l’IA générative et les LLM sur le marché mondial des entreprises », a déclaré Lance Matthews, directeur général de DTCP. « Notre structure de fonds unique et nos relations nous permettent de rassembler une coalition d’investisseurs institutionnels et stratégiques mondiaux, dont Deutsche Telekom, afin de mettre en oeuvre la vision de Cohere, qui consiste à rendre cette technologie accessible aux entreprises du monde entier. »

Pour en savoir plus sur Cohere et son équipe en pleine expansion, rendez-vous sur cohere.com.

À propos de Cohere
Cohere est la plateforme d’IA numéro 1 pour les entreprises. Son intelligence artificielle de classe mondiale est spécialement adaptée aux besoins des entreprises et offre une facilité d’utilisation, une accessibilité et une confidentialité des données sans précédent. La plateforme de Cohere est agnostique au cloud, accessible par API en tant que service géré, et peut être déployée sur un cloud privé virtuel (virtual private cloud, VPC) ou même sur site pour répondre aux besoins des entreprises, offrant ainsi les niveaux les plus élevés de flexibilité et de contrôle. Fondée par des anciens de Google Brain et un co-auteur du rapport de recherche novateur Transformer, Cohere a pour mission de transformer les entreprises et leurs produits grâce à une IA qui permet de générer, de rechercher et de résumer l’information de manière plus intuitive que jamais. La société est soutenue par un groupe d’investisseurs institutionnels et stratégiques mondiaux, dont DTCP, Index Ventures, Inovia Capital, Mirae Asset, NVIDIA, Oracle, Radical Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Section 32 et Tiger Global, ainsi que par plusieurs experts de l’IA, dont Geoffrey Hinton, Jeff Dean, Fei-Fei Li, Pieter Abbeel et Raquel Urtasun.

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Moroccan El Kouraji wins 2023 International Cycling Tour of Cameroon

El Kouraji Mohcine is the winner of the 19th edition of the International Cycling Tour of Cameroon, which took place from June 3-11, 2023.

The Moroccan grabbed the yellow jersey after recording the best overall performance in all eight laps. He finished 9th in the final phase of the competition.

“I came to Cameroon to win the tour. I had won my first tour in Cote d’Ivoire. This is the second tour for me. Thanks to all of the organizers of the competition” El Kouraji said.

The best Cameroonian, Michel Boris Tiencheu, was ranked fourth in the general classification. His compatriot Clovis Kamzong Abessolo, finished second in the last lap on Sunday, behind Ed Doghmy Achraf from Morocco, who covered the 118km distance from Bafia to Yaounde in 2 hours 57 minutes and 26 seconds.

45 cyclists thronged the streets of the four cultural zones of Cameroon in this year’s event from the North in Garoua, down South to Yaounde in the Centre region.

Nine teams from eight countries were represented, with cyclists from the Maghreban region of Africa dominating.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

GOIL places high priority on the health and safety of stakeholders

Mr. Kwame Osei-Prempeh, Group Chief Executive Officer of GOIL Company PLC, has revealed the company has placed a high priority on the health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) of its employees, clients, partners, and other stakeholders.

‘GOIL has not stopped working to enhance its HSSE compliance,’ Mr. Osei-Prempeh, who is also GOIL’s Managing Director, told the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of its 54th Annual General Meeting of shareholders.

He said because of the enhanced HSSE, the company recorded zero fatalities in 2022, even though it encountered five events, including two near misses and three minor injuries.

The GOIL aims to adopt ISO Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (ISO 45001:2018) after achieving certification for ISO Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and ISO Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015).

In addition to enhancing the company’s operations and systems, the certifications reassured potential customers of GOIL’s capacity for delivery.

‘To increase workplace safety, GOIL keeps hammering on understanding hazard identification and risk reduction,’ Mr. Osei-Prempeh stated.

He noted the GOIL has embarked on supplier audits of partners, starting with the transporters, to make sure the internal procedures of their businesses meet the company’s standards.

He said the GOIL had also rolled out modalities to ensure that the quality of products and services offered matches the expectations of customers through routine testing of products at the source depots of supply prior to their dispatch.

‘GOIL now has two test vans, which conduct periodic unannounced verification tests of the quality of products reaching our various stations across the country,’ he said.

He said the presence of the test vans and equipment saved the GOIL an estimated GHC4.4 million in terms of payments that would have been made to have the tests performed by third parties.

‘Fuel quality complaints dropped by 40 percent as compared to the previous year, 2021,’ he said.

Additionally, for some of the company’s major clients, like the mining companies, further test equipment and analysers are installed on-site to further assure and prevent any inferior-quality product from being delivered to them.

Mr. Osei-Prempeh, therefore, acknowledged all stakeholders for their enormous contribution to the current success story.

‘I sincerely appreciate the guidance provided by the Ministry of Energy, the National Petroleum Authority, the Ministry of Finance, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ghana Standards Authority, and the Ghana National Fire Service throughout the year.

‘I would also like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the unceasing support and commitment received from our esteemed shareholder family. I acknowledge their unwavering dedication and belief in our vision,’ he said.

Mr. Osei-Prempeh also noted that ‘the steadfast support of each and every shareholder had played an instrumental role in our collective success, and I am

thankful for the trust and confidence reposed in me and the Board.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

St Lucas Hospital performs 84 successful cataract surgeries

A total of 84 residents within and outside the Wiaga community in the Builsa North Municipality of the Upper East Region have benefitted from free successful cataract surgeries conducted by the Saint Lucas Hospital.

A total of 250 clients underwent thorough screening for one month to ensure they were fit for the procedure, which was done in partnership with the Northern Community Eye, an eye facility in Tamale which performs cataract surgeries on outreach basis.

The surgical team, led by a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), was made of Ophthalmic Specialists, Ophthalmic nurses, and other supporting staff of the Hospital.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the exercise, the Acting Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr Bismark Lambon, explained that cataract was a condition in which the lens of the eye became cloudy and led to poor vision, and if left untreated, could lead to blindness.

He said the Hospital, which he described as ‘infant,’ in a bid to extend its services to satisfy the needs of its teeming clients, started eye care services two years ago.

‘As part of the clientele base, we realised that there were a lot of people visiting the facility with cataracts and other conditions of the eye that could be operated upon. Mostly, we refer them to the regional capital or to Bawku or facilities in the Region where eye surgeries are done,’ he said.

Dr Lambon further indicated that some clients declined to honour such referrals, owing to the distance and cost involved and still returned to the Hospital with same conditions.

‘So, when we realised that the numbers were building up, a decision was made by management of the facility in collaboration with the staff of the Eye Unit to have cataract surgeries done here in partnership with the Northern Community Eye. That was the genesis of the surgeries,’ he said.

The Acting Medical Director disclosed that out of the 250 clients screened, 160 had cataract and other eye conditions including pterygium, a conjunctival growth that starts on the clear tissue of the eye and spreads to the cornea.

‘Out of the numbers, all 84 clients with mature cataracts had very successful surgeries. There was no single setback. In fact, most of the equipment that was required for the surgeries was brought from Tamale by Northern Community Eye,’ he said.

Dr Lambon said even though the Hospital was an ‘infant’ facility, it was ready and would be glad to partner with other organisations to perform procedures that would benefit residents in the Builsa land and beyond.

He noted that the present state of the Hospital would be difficult for certain surgical procedures but emphasized that ‘If we get support in the area of infrastructure and equipment, Saint Lucas Hospital can do much more,’ he added.

Some beneficiaries of the surgery who had visited the Hospital for review, expressed gratitude and appreciation to management of the Saint Lucas Hospital for the support and said they had no challenges during and after the surgery.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Shippers Authority trains haulage drivers

The Ghana Shippers’ Authority, has organised a day’s workshop for haulage truck drivers in the Western Region to expose them to industry best practices and the need to promote safety on the road.

The workshop centred on Dangerous goods and the rightful placards or signs, defensive driving strategy, security assessment and management of transit incidences along the corridor.

Mrs. Agnes Asamoah, the Branch Manager at Takoradi, in welcoming the participants said the training would ensure that truck drivers went about their duties in utmost security in accordance with demands of international trade best practices.

Ms. Benonita Bismarck, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana’s Shippers’ Authority pointed out that recent engagement with shippers in Burkina Faso and Niger, revealed the stagnation in the volumes of transit traffic.

This she noted could largely be attributed to a few factors, including, the continued application of VAT on transit goods, the seeming lack of transparent handling of transit cargoes, arbitrary application of exchange rates and harassment by uniformed personnel at the numerous check points along the corridor.

These concerns, she said set a clear agenda on what stakeholders must focused on to grow the transit trade.

According to her, recent reports indicated an upsurge of activities of insurgents along some transit corridors in the subregion.

‘The heightened security concerns and the risks posed to the transit consignment, the trucks and in particular the lives of the drivers and their assistants, have largely informed the emphasis of this event on security matters along the transit corridors. We have accordingly put together an array of resource persons to address these issues’.

Ms. Bismarck said as it had become the tradition since 2018, to effect quarterly fact-finding missions on the main transit corridors in Ghana to drive continuous improvement and address issues of infractions on Road Traffic Regulations, Police Harassment, malpractices at the Axle Load stations amongst others.

The Authority embarked on a fact-finding mission in March this year and the major findings included 67 Police and MTTD stops, eight Customs checkpoints, five Axle Load stations eight forestry and five Immigration check points’ she said.

The CEO noted how the Authority was liaising with relevant agencies to control the situation.

‘The Authority will continue to conduct sensitization seminars with all major stakeholders including the Police Service and Customs on the need to make Ghana’s corridor the preferred choice, thus the hub for transit trade in the West African subregion’ she added.

Mr. Fred Gassese, the Western Regional Manager of DVLA, said there was the need for stakeholders to come together to improve haulage transport, bearing in mind all best and safety practices.

He encouraged the drivers to take the scheduled time of rest and stops while on the road to avoid crashes.

Meanwhile, safe transport of cargoes with due regard to all road safety measures and protocols was a key requirement for international haulage of goods.

Source: Ghana News Agency