Institutional Investor Launches 2023 Developed Europe and 2023 Emerging EMEA Research Rankings

BofA Securities and BNP Paribas Exane share first place as top research provider in the Developed Europe survey

BofA Securities, HSBC and J.P. Morgan share top spot in Emerging EMEA

LONDON, Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  Institutional Investor Research (II Research) surveys are the leading provider of market sentiment in the financial industry. Research budgets remain flat and asset managers are using fewer analysts, but demand for bespoke opinion means that close client relationships and “trusted source” status becomes more important than ever before. With MiFID regulations potentially being rolled back across Europe and UK, the focus on the provision of quality research advisory services may result in a more competitive environment and we may see an increase in research teams across the industry.

There were no changes to the industry and country sector categories this year. The 2023 Developed Europe Research results reflects the opinions of 5,462 portfolio managers and analysts (up from 4,692 in 2022) from 1,813 institutions (up from 1,696 in 2022). The total number of votes has also increased from last year, by 11%. Over 180 firms have submitted centralised or coordinated votes, underscoring the robust nature of the results as an accurate reflection of market sentiment.

Results Highlights

Developed Europe Research

The Leaders’ Board remains intensely competitive, with seven companies competing for the honour of being rated best research house. BofA Securities and BNP Paribas Exane were ranked in first place, both with 38 published positions. J.P. Morgan once again follows in third place taking 31 positions with UBS achieving fourth place with 30 ranked teams. Barclays built on the momentum they gathered in 2022, gaining three published positions and rising to 5th overall; Morgan Stanley places sixth. The largest gain on the Leader’s Board came from Jefferies in seventh, which gained 10 positions from 2022. Citi, Bernstein and Kepler Cheuvreux take the final three places in the Developed Europe Top 10, displacing Credit Suisse that shared joint 11th place with Societe Generale.

BNP Paribas Exane once again claims first place in the analyst-ranked tables with 44 positions, followed by BofA Securities (41), J.P. Morgan (35 positions) and Barclays (31), which climbed two places.

Emerging EMEA Research

HSBC and J.P. Morgan were joined by BofA Securities as joint first place in the Emerging EMEA Leaders’ Table all with 17 published positions. Morgan Stanley took fourth place with 8 positions. Citi and UBS shared fifth.

In the commission-weighted analyst tables, the top three positions were unchanged; HSBC came first with 33 published positions, followed by J.P. Morgan with 22 positions and BofA Securities with 18. Morgan Stanley pushed up seven places to 15 to take fourth and UBS came fifth place with 13 positions to complete the leading winners. Vote participation up 14% this year with 934 voters from 286 companies.

David Enticknap, Head of II Research said “With MiFID regulations potentially being rolled back across Europe and UK, the focus on the provision of quality research advisory services may result in a more competitive environment, and we may see an increase in research teams across the industry. The Institutional Investor rankings represent the gold standard in assessment of quality in equity research, recognised globally for the integrity of the process and depth of coverage.”

The results can be found here: https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/research

For more information, or a demo on how to interrogate the data, contact Augusta McKie, Sales Director Research (EMEA), augusta.mckie@iiresearch.com

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Institutional Investor Launches 2023 Developed Europe & Emerging EMEA Executive Team Rankings

36 companies (Core, Large Cap & Small-Mid Cap) came first in at least five voting areas in their sectors in Developed Europe and 16 companies for Emerging EMEA

LONDON, Sept. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Institutional Investor Research (II Research) surveys are the leading provider of independent performance validation and market sentiment across 8 global capital markets. Executive Team surveys are an independent platform for investment and sell-side professionals to evaluate credibility, communication, financial stewardship and capital allocation of corporate leadership, the quality of IR across multiple activities and the effectiveness of the Board of Directors. The results from the survey, an in-depth capability and benchmark analysis, capture the feeling and trust levels of stakeholders in their equity assets.

This year saw 2,733 CEOs, CFOs, and IROs from 1,266 nominated companies receiving votes in the survey. Combined voters saw 1,872 voters from 851 voting companies. The number of votes increased by over 20% since 2022 for the Developed Europe survey and 46% for the Emerging EMEA survey.

2023 Emerging EMEA Executive Team — Core results

281 companies and 503 individuals were nominated across 11 sectors.

Eight companies clinched a clean sweep first place in the combined rankings in five voting areas for Best CEO, Best CFO, Best Investor Relations Professional, Best IR Company, Best Analyst/Investor Event, Best ESG Metrics, and Best Company Board in their respective sectors:

Al Rajhi Bank (Saudi Arabia, Financials), Coca-Cola Icecek (Turkey, Consumer), Haci Omer Sabanci Holding (Turkey, Industrials), Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (Greece, Technology, Media & Telecommunications), Lamda Development (Greece, Construction & Real Estate), MLP Saglik Hizmetleri (Turkey, Health Care & Pharmaceuticals), Mytilineos Holdings (Greece, Metals & Mining) and Petkim Petrokimya Holding (Turkey, Chemicals).

2023 Emerging EMEA Executive Team — Large Cap results

95 companies and 197 individuals were nominated across 11 sectors.

Six companies clinched a clean sweep first place in the combined rankings five of the seven aforementioned voting areas:

Al Rajhi Bank (Saudi Arabia, Financials), Emaar Properties (United Arab Emirates, Construction & Real Estate), Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (Greece, Technology, Media & Telecommunications), Koc Holding (Turkey, Industrials), Opap (Greece, Consumer) and Turk Hava Yollari (Turkey, Transportation).

2023 Emerging EMEA Executive Team — Small & Midcap results

186 companies and 306 individuals were nominated across 11 sectors.

Ten companies obtained a clean sweep first place in the combined rankings in five of the seven aforementioned voting areas:

Aegean Airlines (Greece, Transportation), Coca-Cola Icecek (Turkey, Consumer), Haci Omer Sabanci Holding (Turkey, Industrials), Lamda Development (Greece, Construction & Real Estate), MLP Saglik Hizmetleri (Turkey, Health Care & Pharmaceuticals), Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries (Greece, Oil & Gas), Mytilineos Holdings (Greece, Metals & Mining), Petkim Petrokimya Holding (Turkey, Chemicals), Piraeus Financial Holdings (Greece, Financials) and Turk Telekomunikasyon (Turkey, Technology Media & Telecommunications).

Amani Korayeim, Director for Europe and Emerging EMEA, says “The Institutional Investor rankings are recognised as an industry benchmark by its stakeholders and determine compensation packages and KPIs for IR teams that are empowered and valued by their leadership teams. Investor Relations is critical in shareholder value creation. In fact, good IR, often recognised through the Institutional Investor’s rankings, can deliver a competitive advantage, and help companies trade at a premium. Conversely, poor IR can lead to the company being traded at a discount, create greater volatility and higher cost of capital. The highest ranked companies in our surveys tend to measure and monitor the effectiveness of their IR activities very closely. These are the teams that take a strategic and deliberate approach to their market engagement, use underlying research data and perception intelligence to continually optimise their IR interaction to close the gap between their competition and lock in prospect targets through a more personalised and targeted outreach. Congratulations to all the top ranked companies this year, we are particularly excited about the new names and regions that are represented in what the market defines as Best in Class IR.”

For the full list of published winners, please visit www.institutionalinvestor.com/research.

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Duck Creek Technologies Nomeia Nova Diretora de Finanças

Teresa M. Kim, executiva experiente em finanças de tecnologia irá supervisionar as funções financeiras e contábeis

BOSTON, Sept. 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Duck Creek Technologies, fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do seguro de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral, tem o prazer de anunciar a nomeação de Teresa M. Kim como Diretora de Finanças. Kim é líder financeira sênior talentosa com sólida experiência e histórico em computação em nuvem, plataformas de tecnologia e auditoria e consultoria “Big Four”. Ela ingressou na Duck Creek após uma carreira de 20 anos na Akamai Technologies (Akamai), empresa mundial de rede de distribuição de conteúdo e serviços em nuvem, onde recentemente foi vice-presidente (VP) de finanças do grupo de tecnologia em nuvem, supervisionando uma receita de mais de US $ 2 bilhões, ajudando a empresa a criar uma plataforma de escala de categoria internacional. Na Akamai ela também foi vice-presidente de finanças da divisão de mídia e operadoras, ajudando a liderar negociações estratégicas de contratos de clientes de mídia. Ela também ocupou o cargo de controladora assistente, supervisionando a contabilidade e operações globais, liderando uma grande equipe de 120 profissionais, criando centros financeiros de excelência na Índia e na Polônia.

Antes da Akamai, Kim atuou como auditora sênior da Ernst &Young (EY), apoiando clientes no setor de tecnologia, comunicações e entretenimento da EY. Ela iniciou sua carreira em funções de consultoria financeira na KPMG e na Economic Analysis Corporation antes de passar para a contabilidade pública.

“Teresa é uma líder dinâmica e ponderada, com forte perspicácia financeira, foco no cliente e experiência em operações de tecnologia de nuvem e plataforma. Com a Duck Creek dando continuidade à sua concentração no crescimento internacional e na maturidade SaaS, ela será uma tremenda adição para ajudar a direcionar nossa própria transformação estratégica e otimizar nossas operações financeiras”, disse Mike Jackowski, CEO da Duck Creek. “Este é um momento empolgante para todos nós da Duck Creek e estou confiante de que seu talento nos ajudará a continuar criando valor para nossos clientes, parceiros e partes interessadas.”

Kim acrescentou: “Estou muito feliz em me juntar à Duck Creek, pois ela fortalece sua posição de liderança no setor global de seguros. Me sinto honrada em ter a oportunidade de trabalhar em estreita colaboração com Mike e toda a equipe da Duck Creek durante um período de crescimento acelerado.”

Kim fez BA com foco em economia e especialização em estudos asiático-americanos na UCLA. Ela fez MBA e mestrado em contabilidade na Northeastern University. Kim está baseada na região metropolitana de Boston.

Sobre a Duck Creek Technologies

A Duck Creek Technologies é fornecedora de soluções inteligentes que definem o futuro do setor de seguros de propriedade e acidentes (P&C) e geral. Somos a plataforma utilizadas como base dos sistemas de seguros modernos, permitindo que a indústria capitalize o poder da nuvem para executar operações ágeis, inteligentes e perenes. Autenticidade, propósito e transparência são fundamentais para a Duck Creek, e acreditamos que o seguro deve estar disponível para indivíduos e empresas quando, onde e como eles mais precisarem. Nossas soluções líderes do mercado estão disponíveis de forma independente ou como um pacote completo disponíveis em Duck Creek OnDemand. Visite www.duckcreek.com para obter mais informação. Siga a Duck Creek nos nossos canais sociais para obter as mais recentes informações – LinkedIn e Twitter.

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Drake Manning
Duck Creek Technologies
drake.manning@duckcreek.com

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Duck Creek Technologies annonce la nomination d’une nouvelle directrice financière

La société désigne Teresa M. Kim, cadre financière expérimentée en technologie, pour superviser les fonctions de finance et comptabilité

BOSTON, 11 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Duck Creek Technologies, le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui définit l’avenir du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD, annonce la nomination de Teresa M. Kim au poste de directrice financière. Mme Kim est une cheffe de file majeure et accomplie dans le domaine des finances, possédant un historique et des antécédents solides en cloud-computing, en plateformes technologiques et en comptabilité publique des « Big Four ». Elle rejoint Duck Creek après 20 années passées chez Akamai Technologies (Akamai), une société de services cloud et un réseau de diffusion de contenu dans le monde entier, où elle était le plus récemment vice-présidente des finances dans son groupe de technologie cloud, supervisant plus de 2 milliards de dollars de recettes tout en aidant l’entreprise à bâtir une plateforme de classe mondiale évolutive. Lorsqu’elle travaillait chez Akamai, elle était aussi vice-présidente des finances dans sa division médias et supports, aidant à mener des négociations de contrats clients stratégiques dans le domaine des médias. Elle occupait auparavant une fonction de contrôleuse adjointe, supervisant la comptabilité et les opérations mondiales à la tête d’une grande équipe de 120 professionnels et bâtissant des centres financiers d’excellence en Inde et en Pologne.

Avant d’arriver chez Akamai, Kim a occupé la fonction d’auditrice supérieure pour Ernst & Young (EY), soutenant les clients d’EY dans le secteur de la technologie, des communications et du divertissement. Elle a débuté sa carrière à des postes de conseil financier chez KPMG et Economic Analysis Corporation avant de passer à la comptabilité publique.

« Teresa est une cheffe de file dynamique et réfléchie associant un puissant savoir-faire financier, une focalisation client importante et une grande expérience dans les opérations technologiques de plateforme et cloud. Alors que Duck Creek continue de se concentrer sur la croissance internationale et la maturité du SaaS, elle sera un atout prodigieux pour aider à diriger notre propre transformation stratégique et optimiser nos opérations financières », a déclaré Mike Jackowski, PDG de Duck Creek. « Il s’agit d’un moment palpitant pour nous tous, chez Duck Creek, et je suis persuadé que son talent nous aidera à continuer à créer de la valeur pour nos clients, nos partenaires et nos parties prenantes. »

Mme Kim a ajouté : « Je me réjouis de rejoindre Duck Creek alors que cette entreprise renforce sa position de leader dans le secteur mondial de l’assurance. Je suis honorée d’avoir l’opportunité de travailler en étroite collaboration avec Mike et toute l’équipe de Duck Creek au cours d’une période de croissance accélérée. »

Mme Kim a acquis sa licence en économie avec option études asio-américaines à l’UCLA. Elle a obtenu son MBA et un master de comptabilité à la Northeastern University. Mme Kim est basée dans le Grand Boston.

À propos de Duck Creek Technologies

Duck Creek Technologies est le fournisseur de solutions intelligentes qui définit l’avenir du secteur de l’assurance générale et IARD. Nous sommes la plateforme sur laquelle les systèmes d’assurance modernes se construisent, permettant au secteur de tirer parti de la puissance du cloud pour mener des opérations agiles, intelligentes et pérennes. Authenticité, mission et transparence sont les mots clés de la philosophie de Duck Creek et, selon nous, l’assurance devrait être au service des individus et des entreprises quand, où et comme ils en ont le plus besoin. Nos solutions faisant figure de leaders du marché sont disponibles séparément ou sous la forme d’une suite complète, et toutes sont disponibles via Duck Creek OnDemand. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur www.duckcreek.com. Suivez Duck Creek sur ses réseaux sociaux pour connaître les toutes dernières informations – LinkedIn et Twitter.

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Drama in court after couple are jailed 25 years for stealing

A businessman aggressively challenged a Circuit court judge after he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment on the charges of conspiracy to steal, abetment of crime and money laundering.

Immediately the Judgement was read, Frank Kwesi Obeng reportedly asked: ‘Please do you know me somewhere, why have you given me 15 years jail term?’

Obeng then took off his shirt and walked aggressively towards the judge.

But with the timely intervention of the prosecutor and a court warrant officer, the trial judge, Mrs Evelyn Asamoah, was escorted to her chambers.

Obeng was then escorted out of the courtroom bare-cheated and without his sandals.

Some sympathisers who thronged the court also objected to the judgement of the court, expressing their doubt over the complainant’s claims.

Also in the dock was Joyce Safowaa, his wife and an accomplice, who was also found guilty on the charges of conspiracy to steal, abetment of crime and stealing GHC 712, 229 belonging one Mavis Toffan, the complainant.

Safowaa is to serve 10 years imprisonment, to which she

shouted amidst tears: ‘God, I am dreaming’! and sat in the chair in apparent disbelief.

The trial Judge, Mrs Evelyn Asamoah at the end of the trial, ordered that all the landed property and a Toyota Venza believed to have been acquired through the crime proceeds were to be given to the complainant.

Additionally, it ordered that the items in a shop belonging to the convicts be released to the complainant.

Again, the convicts are to refund the complainant’s GHC712, 229 to her.

The Prosecution led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Emmanuel Haligah said the complainant, Mavis Toffan was a businesswoman, residing at Accra.

According to ASP Haligah, the complainant is the proprietress of MAVOBED Enterprise, dealers in children’s clothes and babies’ accessories. She owned a big store at Okaishie and also had a warehouse where she kept the bulk of her goods, located behind her store.

The Prosecution said the complainant usually imported goods from China but sometimes she received deliveries from her colleague traders at Okaishie.

The prosecutor said Joyce Safowaa and Frank Kwesi Obeng were lovers and they both resided in Accra.

The Prosecution said Safowaa was employed by the complainant as a salesperson in her shop and had been working with the complainant for the past 13 years.

According to the Prosecutor, Safowaa gained the trust and confidence of the complainant to the extent that whenever the complainant travelled on a business trip to China, she entrusted both the store and the warehouse, with their respective keys in her care.

Safowaa is also responsible for the collection of goods from the warehouse to the store.

The Prosecution said in the course of their love relationship in the year 2013, Obeng convinced Safowaa to steal from the complainant so that they could establish their own store and trade in the same business.

The Prosecutor told the court that pursuant to this agreement, Obeng rented a store at Weija to put their plan into fruition.

Since Safowaa was the custodian of keys to the complainant’s store and the warehouse, it was easy for her to have access to the goods, which she stole with the connivance of Obeng and used them to fill their shop at Weija, according to the Prosecution.

According to the prosecutor, anytime the complainant was absent from the store, Safowaa would quickly pack quantities of goods from the store and warehouse, give same to a head porter only known as B2, who carried them to Obeng in a waiting BMW saloon car at the Rawlings Park.

Prosecution said Obeng then drove the stolen goods to their shop at Weija.

The act continued until the two filled their shop at Weija to full capacity and restocked it when they ran out of goods.

The Prosecution said sometimes Safowaa ordered goods in the name of the complainant but diverted them into their store at Weija.

After operating the Weija store for some time, Obeng suggested to Safowaa that business was not flourishing as he expected and wanted it moved to Kasoa.

Prosecution told the court that during the year 2015, Obeng used part of the proceeds from the sale of the complainant’s goods to rent another store at Kasoa at GHS45,000.00 for a nine-year period.

The couple then closed the Weija shop and transferred the goods into the Kasoa store.

The Prosecution said Obeng again used part of the proceeds to buy a Toyota Venza vehicle with registration number GX 1061-14 at a cost of GHS45,000.00 to facilitate the carting of the stolen goods.

Additionally, Obeng used part of the monies realised to purchase a plot of land at McCarthy Hill at a cost of GHC10,500.

Prosecution said the complainant did not detect the theft until 2016, when she realised that her business was running into debts and the profit margin was rapidly declining.

In January 2018, she began investigations to find out the cause of the declining profit margin and also to know why she was running into debt.

When she took stock in the warehouse and store and realised that she was in debt of GHC600,000.

She then reported Safowaa and Obeng to the Police and during interrogation, they admitted the offences in their investigations caution statement.

The Prosecution said the complainant led the Police to the couple’s shop and identified GHC80,000 worth of goods, with some of the goods embossed with the name of the complainant.

The complainant produced receipts on the items to buttress her claim of theft, but the couple could not produce any documents in respect of any purchase.

An inventory was then taken of the goods at the Kasoa shop.

‘The audit report revealed that between the year 2013 to 2018, Safowaa stole goods worth GHC712, 229.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

GRA seals one shop, invite nine owners over tax infractions

Officials of the Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has invited nine shop owners for questioning and sealed one shop for noncompliance as part of its efforts to ensure voluntary Value Added Tax (VAT) compliance.

The GRA expects that all suppliers of taxable items, goods, or services, issue VAT invoices as required by law, and in the same vein, the customer is required by law to obtain an invoice if such transactions attract VAT.

Mr Joseph Annan, Area Enforcement Manager of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in charge of Accra Central, addressing the media, said it was an infringement of the tax laws if businesses failed to issue the VAT when they were registered with the Authority.

He said the shop owners had clearly violated the regulations of VAT and added that the Authority had expanded its scope by adding general tax compliance test to ensure tax compliance.

The team visited Mauds Finest Clothing Line, La Mirage Skin and Beauty Klinik, A-Z Boutique, The Difference Shop Clothing and Accessories, Heels Lounge, Bharrridan Royal Hotel, AH hotel Ubby Secret, Home Essentials and Aqua Scape Pool Supplies.

Aqua Scape Pool Supplies shop was sealed by the officials and confiscated some documents for assessment of records.

Mr Annan said the shop was sealed due to refusal to honour GRA’s invitation, adding the shop would be locked until the owner resolved the issues with the Authority.

However, if the situation prevails the issue would be handed over to the Court for prosecution.

He said the exercise or operations were part of an ongoing nationwide VAT Invigilation exercise by the Authority to retrieve some taxes due the State.

The Enforcement Officer said all these shops visited failed to issue the VAT invoice when the team performed a test purchase on them hence the arrest and handing over to the Police for investigation and possible prosecution.

He told the Ghana News Agency some of these hotels and shops were selective in the issuance of the VAT invoice to their customers.

He said these individuals would be assessed and made to pay immediately and after that ‘we will commence a full audit on the companies.’

He said the exercise would continue until sanity prevailed or was restored in the system.

Mr Annan said the GRA as part of the nationwide invigilation would continue to embark on mystery shopping exercises across the country to apprehend culprits evading tax.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Al-Haouz Earthquake: Moroccan King Visits Injured, Donates Blood

His Majesty King Mohammed VI on Tuesday visited the ‘Mohammed VI’ University Hospital in Marrakech, where the Sovereign enquired about the state of health of the wounded, and victims of the painful earthquake.

The Earthquake, which occurred on Friday September 8, caused significant human and material losses in several regions of the Kingdom.

His Majesty the King visited the resuscitation and hospitalization departments for earthquake victims, where the Sovereign was informed of the state of health of the injured and the care they were receiving from the medical teams mobilized in the wake of this major natural disaster.

This Royal initiative of great moral support to the injured and their families reinforces the various initiatives and measures taken, in accordance with the High Royal Instructions, to rescue, assist and support those affected by the Al-Haouz earthquake.

Some 2,171 injured people were admitted to various hospitals in the Marrakech-Safi region, including 484 with major injuries and 1,570 with minor injuries. About 248 people are still hospitalized.

On this occasion, His Majesty King Mohammed VI kindly donated His blood, a powerful gesture that also testifies to the Royal benevolence and expresses the Sovereign’s full solidarity and compassion for the victims and their grieving families.

His Majesty the King’s visit to the ‘Mohammed VI’ University Hospital reflects the Sovereign’s great concern for the victims of the Al-Haouz earthquake, and underscores the symbiosis that exists between His Majesty the King and His people in times of hardship and misfortune, enabling the Kingdom of Morocco to manage current crises and look to the future with enthusiasm and determination.

Source: Ghana News Agency

EC directs officers to register voters offline when need arises

The Electoral Commission of Ghana (EC) has directed its officers to register new voters offline if they encounter difficulty with the online registration system in the ongoing Limited Voter Registration exercise.

This followed reports of network connectivity challenges related to the online registration system which delayed the registration process in some centres on Tuesday morning.

The EC had explained that the online registration system would make it possible to immediately detect double registration at the point of registration.

Dr Serebour Quaicoe, Director of Electoral-Services at the EC, told the Ghana News Agency Tuesday evening that there were ‘initial hitches’ with the system on the first day.

He said the situation would normalise as the exercise progressed.

‘We have asked them (officers) to switch offline if they encounter challenges.

‘All those registered offline, the system will review their identities and if their names appear on the multiple list they will not vote,’ Dr Quaicoe said.

Dr Quaicoe said the registration exercise was generally smooth except for some disruptions caused by the rains in most parts of the country.

The registration, which is in accordance with Article 45 of the 1992 Constitution, is underway at the 268 District Offices of the Commission.

The exercise was scheduled to commence at 0800 hours but delays in connecting to the EC’s online registration system in some centres monitored by the Ghana News Agency led to the exercise starting as late as 1000 hours in some of the centres.

The exercise closed at 0500 hours and will continue until October 2, 2023.

Source: Ghana News Agency