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KCB Group rolls out campaign to drive gender parity in financial sector

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KCB Group PLC, East Africa’s largest financial institution by assets is keen to deepen its focus towards the women agenda in the coming years for a gender balanced world.

The Bank has placed prominence in driving initiatives around gender parity and inclusion, in line with its sustainability agenda which is anchored on building a responsible business for the future.

On Friday, to mark the International Women’s Day, KCB rolled out a campaign as a statement that amplifies the Group’s commitment towards gender inclusion.

The highlight of the campaign— themed Hear her Roar—has seen the Bank temporarily refresh its corporate logo from a Lion to a Lioness, marking a significant turning point in the advocacy for more gender inclusion in the region’s financial services sector. The campaign, is running across KCB regional network in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

“We have been deliberate in our operations to ensure that we push for gender parity at all levels within the institution. We are alive to the importance and benefits of a gender balanced world where we have equal opportunities in the working environment” said the KCB Group CEO and MD Joshua Oigara.

“We are taking a bold and sincere step using our brand asset; to reiterate our promise for the advancement of gender equality and the empowerment
of women particularly through financial inclusion solutions and equal opportunities at the corporate and commercial touch points. Through the campaign,” said Mr Oigara.

Through the lender’s Sustainability Agenda and specifically on the Talent management and Diversity action point, KCB has continued to measure progress and adopt initiatives under the Women in Leadership Network (WILN), an internal KCB Group initiative meant to grow women leaders.

The WILN programme so far reached 550 women staff who have gone through a two year programme of self-awareness, mentorship, coaching and leadership skills. In the year 2018, KCB staff complement in terms of gender balance stood at 50:50, a milestone achieved ahead of its 2020 target. Through this programme, over 100 women have been promoted in 2017 and 2018.

In addition, KCB has various initiatives in the business to support women entrepreneurs, credit facilities to women and persons with disability under the KCB Foundation in an effort to build a more inclusive society in our business.

The Women in Business Programme has attracted 1,439 women for capacity building and the Bank extended business support worth Kshs 5.16 billion to this category in 2018. Under community initiatives, the KCB Foundation supported 164 children and youth under the disability programme and 10,000 young women have been trained under the 2jiajiri programme.

Across the region KCB Group has actively engaged in various women empowerment programs and was among the first signatories of the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Findings from the Women Aspiration Survey commissioned by renowned communications agency Oxygène MCL—the firm behind the campaign— for KCB revealed that career advancement and the desire to own a business are the two main aspirational spaces that women under the age of 35 aspire for.

Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps in the world of work are therefore key to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG). The bank adopted eight SDGs of which Goal No. 1- no poverty, Goal No. 8 – decent work and economic growth and Goal No. 10 – reduced inequality, are directly corelated to the gender parity conversation. Evidence of the crucial role that KCB Group advocates for the gender parity agenda.

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The Infinix Hot 7 is hotter than them.

An Infinix Hot 7 gives you what most phones give you (even better). To spin the words, it gives you a hot and an infinite experience. It’s infinity. The rewards are endless.

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Let’s face it, there’s always going to be someone better than you, more educated than you, richer than you, more handsome than you, curvier than you, taller than you. There’s someone with a better car than yours, a better-looking woman/man than yours. There’s someone with a bigger house, fancier house and bigger garage. The pleasures of the world are unquenched. Don’t break your neck while trying to fill up a bottomless pit. So, there’s always someone with a better phone. Against that human truth, where do you then seek redemption, happiness and satisfaction?

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The trick is to admit the fact that there’s something better and then, opening your heart (and arms) and being satisfied with what you have. We shall be honest here. Having an Infinix Hot 7, you’re not trying to impress anyone. In fact, it speaks volumes about who you’re as a person. It simply means, you know what you want and you’re contented with it. An Infinix Hot 7 gives you what most phones give you (even better). To spin the words, it gives you a hot and an infinite experience. It’s infinity. The rewards are endless.

An Infinix Hot 7 owner is a person who’s fully aware about the existence of other phones in the world, but he/she’s very contented with it. It’s like a married person who doesn’t roll in the mud of infidelity. Because with an 8MP with a Front LED Flash and a Rear 13M+ QVGA dual camera with AI beauty, he/she’s able slay without trying so hard like the rest of the people who feel the need to accompany their selfies with a hashtag.

The picture quality is crisp and it barely needs any filters to enhance it. This phone is designed perfectly for those who love selfies and pictures and hanging out with their friends. It fuels your fun moments and oils your bonding times. Plus, you don’t have to worry about space. Nothing irritates like a phone telling you to erase stuff, because there’s no space. The Infinix Hot 7 comes in a range of 16/32GB to store as many files, music, photos and videos as you prefer.

The phone has DIRAC mode speakers that enable you to enhance your sound better than the phone next door. You’re able to blast away while on a trip upcountry without having to carry a bulky woofer. Look, we all love music. So, what’s the point of having great music with poor sound output? With an Infinix Hot 7, you’re able to hit many birds with one stone.

There’s been an endless war between Android and iOS. Let’s get it out of the way. The Infinix Hot 7 runs an Android 8.1 Go edition, which relatively is an older but a trusted and very effective version of Android used on entry level smartphones. The processor of Hot 7, which is the actual brain behind the processing, is a 1.3 GHz 4x Cortex MT 6580 P. The processing is supported by a 1 GB RAM that effectively takes the burden of multitasking and makes everything smooth and hassle free. Hot 7 has an internal memory of 16 GB which is expandable up to 128 GB.

Most phones don’t have a good battery life. And that’s why people jump from phone-to-phone. But with this Infinix Hot 7, you don’t have to worry about the battery life. It has 4000mAh whose massive volume provides for the device to last a longtime. You can use the phone up to 12 hours without recharging it. So, clearly, there’s no contest here. To have a phone that last 2 hours (if you’re lucky) and the one that lasts up to over 10 hours, what would you prefer?

So, with an Infinix Hot 7, you’re not trying to make a statement, because you know what you want. You aren’t trying to show off, because those who do are struggling with self-doubt. You’re not trying to flex, because you’re contented with what you have.

Get yourself the Infinix Hot 7 from any Infinix outlets in town at an affordable price.

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Huawei Sues the U.S. Government for Unconstitutional Sales Restrictions Imposed by Congress

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[Shenzhen, China, March 7, 2019] Today, Huawei announced that it has filed a complaint in a U.S. federal court that challenges the constitutionality of Section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Through this action, Huawei seeks a declaratory judgment that the restrictions targeting Huawei are unconstitutional, and a permanent injunction against these restrictions.

“The U.S. Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products. We are compelled to take this legal action as a proper and last resort,” Guo Ping, Huawei Rotating Chairman said. “This ban not only is unlawful, but also restricts Huawei from engaging in fair competition, ultimately harming U.S. consumers. We look forward to the court’s verdict, and trust that it will benefit both Huawei and the American people.”

The lawsuit was filed in a U.S. District Court in Plano, Texas. According to the complaint, Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA not only bars all U.S. Government agencies from buying Huawei equipment and services, but also bars them from contracting with or awarding grants or loans to third parties who buy Huawei equipment or services, without any executive or judicial process. This violates the Bill of Attainder Clause and the Due Process Clause. It also violates the Separation-of-Powers principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, because Congress is both making the law, and attempting to adjudicate and execute it.

Song Liuping, Huawei’s Chief Legal Officer, stressed, “Section 889 is based on numerous false, unproven, and untested propositions. Contrary to the statute’s premise, Huawei is not owned, controlled, or influenced by the Chinese government. Moreover, Huawei has an excellent security record and program. No contrary evidence has been offered.”

“At Huawei we are proud that we are the most open, transparent, and scrutinized company in the world,” said John Suffolk, Huawei’s Global Cyber Security & Privacy Officer. “Huawei’s approach to security by design development and deployment sets a high standards bar that few can match.”

From Huawei’s perspective, the NDAA restrictions prevent the company from providing more advanced 5G technologies to U.S. consumers, which will delay the commercial application of 5G, in turn, impeding efforts to improve the performance of 5G networks in the U.S. Beyond this, network users in rural and remote regions of the U.S. will be forced to choose between government funding and high-quality, cost-effective products. This will impede the network upgrade process, thus widening the digital divide. Even worse, the restrictions on Huawei will stifle competition, leaving U.S. consumers paying higher prices for inferior products.

Estimates from industry sources show that allowing Huawei to compete would reduce the cost of wireless infrastructure by between 15% and 40%. This would save North America at least US$20 billion over the next four years.

Guo Ping added, “If this law is set aside, as it should be, Huawei can bring more advanced technologies to the United States and help it build the best 5G networks. Huawei is willing to address the U.S. Government’s security concerns. Lifting the NDAA ban will give the U.S. Government the flexibility it needs to work with Huawei and solve real security issues.”

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DStv Uganda to ‘step up’ customers

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L-R; Albert Nga , MultiChoice’s Head of Marketing and Ms Sauya Nakiyaga, MultiChoice Retention Manager , Launch the campaign during a press briefing at the MultiChoice Uganda head office in Kololo.

Albert Nga (L), MultiChoice’s Head of Marketing and Ms Sauya Nakiyaga, MultiChoice Retention Manager, launch the campaign during a press briefing at the MultiChoice Uganda head office in Kololo.

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DStv Uganda has launched ‘Step Up’, a campaign that enables customers upgrade to the next higher bouquet.

In this latest offer, Access customers can Step Up to Family and get Compact. Family subscribers can Step Up to Compact and get Compact Plus while Compact customers can Step Up to Compact Plus and get Premium.

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During a press conference at the MultiChoice Uganda Head Office in Kampala, Albert Nga, MultiChoice’s Head of Marketing emphasised the importance of value addition for the brand towards its customers. He said, “It is vital for us as a brand to consistently offer value to our clients, a reason as to why we have introduced the ‘Step Up’ campaign. Our customers can now experience a variety of content on our premium packages.”

The two months promotion will run from 7th March to 30th April 2019.

Sauya Nakiyaga, the MultiChoice Retention Manager said, “This campaign is running for two months and during this period customers on Access that upgrade to Family will be rewarded with Compact. If you are a Family customer and you pay for Compact you will be upgraded to Compact Plus. Customers on Compact and upgrade to Compact Plus will be rewarded with the Premium package.”

All existing customers that will upgrade during this period will be given a much higher package.

“The offer is only available to existing customers. Customers that join DStv afterwards will not be eligible. Therefore I encourage customers to upgrade now so that they can get the chance to experience even greater entertainment on our higher packages.” Sauya concluded.



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