Quantexa lance Q Assist, une nouvelle suite technologique d’IA générative sensible au contexte

Les récentes avancées en matière d’IA aident les leaders du secteur à préparer leurs données pour l’IA et à avoir un impact

  • HSBC fait partie des entreprises qui prennent part au programme Lighthouse de Quantexa destiné aux primo-adoptants
  • HSBC prévoit que la simplification de l’analyse et l’accélération des processus pourraient entraîner des gains de productivité significatifs au cours de la première année de déploiement
  • Q Assist combine la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa et l’IA générative pour améliorer les décisions des équipes commerciales, du service client et des équipes de conformité dans les services financiers, les TMT et les agences gouvernementales

LONDRES, 11 juin 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lundi, sur la scène centrale du London Tech Week 2024Quantexa, le leader mondial en solutions d’intelligence décisionnelle destinées aux secteurs public et privé, a lancé Q Assist, une suite technologique d’intelligence artificielle sensible au contexte qui aide les organisations à améliorer la prise de décision au sein des équipes de première ligne et des professionnels de l’information. Cette annonce témoigne des progrès réalisés dans le cadre de la feuille de route d’innovation de la plateforme de l’entreprise et intervient près d’un an après que Quantexa a détaillé un investissement significatif dans le secteur mondial de l’intelligence artificielle (IA) et a présenté Q Assist comme copilote autonome et agnostique pour les LLM (grands modèles de langage).

Avec la nouvelle suite technologique Q Assist, les clients de Quantexa seront en mesure de rendre l’IA générative opérationnelle afin d’obtenir des avantages transformationnels sans avoir à investir de manière significative dans une infrastructure, des outils et des ressources qualifiées supplémentaires.

Les équipes de première ligne et les professionnelles de l’information peuvent tirer parti de la puissance des copilotes, des données liées, de la capacité de graphe de connaissances de Quantexa et d’autres fonctionnalités de la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle pour améliorer la précision et la fiabilité des modèles d’IA générative qui interagissent avec toutes les données (structurées et non structurées), le contexte et les informations provenant de l’ensemble de l’organisation. En combinant les LLM avec le contexte riche de la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa, il est possible de mieux comprendre les données, d’ancrer les réponses de manière fiable, d’accroître les performances et la confiance, et de s’assurer que les équipes disposent des informations les plus exactes et les plus récentes en un seul endroit.

Découvrez Q Assist et son fonctionnement avec la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa.
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Assurer la réussite des clients à l’ère de l’IA
HSBC fait partie des organisations qui prennent actuellement part au programme Lighthouse destiné aux primo-adoptants. Chaque organisation participant au programme envisage d’utiliser Q Assist de plusieurs manières, notamment pour :

  • Simplifier les tâches d’analyse, d’enquête et de création de rapports pour les travailleurs de l’information et de la connaissance en vue de gagner en efficacité.
  • Réduire la dépendance aux équipes opérationnelles et de science des données pour les demandes de données ad hoc, afin de concentrer plus de temps aux tâches plus stratégiques.
  • Permettre aux équipes en contact avec les clients d’accéder aux données enrichies et aux informations dont elles ont besoin pour accroître les revenus et améliorer l’expérience des clients.
  • Permettre aux équipes d’une organisation de prendre des décisions fiables, traçables et d’accélérer l’amélioration des processus opérationnels.

BNY envisage actuellement de rejoindre HSBC au sein du programme Lighthouse. Quantexa a collaboré avec les participants au programme Lighthouse afin de prédire sur un, trois et cinq ans les retombées du déploiement de Q Assist au sein de leurs équipes en contact avec la clientèle, de science des données et d’investigation. Elle a constaté un gain de productivité quasi immédiat dans trois domaines essentiels : gain de temps et d’efficacité, identification de nouvelles opportunités et augmentation des taux de conversion.

HSBC prévoit que la démocratisation de l’analyse et l’accélération des processus dans ces domaines pourraient conduire à des gains de productivité dès la première année de déploiement. L’entreprise espère également faire gagner du temps à ses employés, ce qui leur permettra de se concentrer sur d’autres tâches stratégiques.

David Rice, Directeur de l’exploitation au niveau mondial, Commercial Banking chez HSBC, a déclaré : « Cette nouvelle solution peut améliorer l’efficacité et la précision de tâches complexes telles que les enquêtes de lutte contre le blanchiment d’argent et les stratégies commerciales, en fournissant des données fiables et des analyses contextuelles. L’introduction de l’analyse contextuelle et l’innovation permettra à HSBC de concentrer ses ressources de manière plus productive et, en fin de compte, d’aider ses clients. »

Quantexa estime qu’une institution financière mondiale de premier plan, disposant de trois niveaux de défense en matière de criminalité financière et de lutte contre la fraude, générant environ 15 000 alertes par mois, pourrait réaliser des gains d’efficacité et des économies considérables en déployant la suite technologique d’IA générative Q Assist :

  • Plus de 17 millions de livres sterling d’économies réalisées chaque année grâce à l’amélioration et à l’automatisation des processus d’enquête et de signalement en matière de criminalité financière et de fraude.

Le directeur de la technologie de Quantexa, Jamie Hutton, a déclaré : « Le principe d’ingénierie de Quantexa, qui consiste à élaborer des solutions pour proposer une valeur client maximale, a permis à nos clients de formuler des exigences pour Q Assist. Grâce au programme Lighthouse de l’entreprise destiné aux primo-adoptants, nous avons la chance de collaborer avec des leaders du secteur qui nous fournissent des informations précieuses tout au long de notre feuille de route. »

Eric Hirschhorn, Directeur des données chez BNY Mellon, a déclaré : « Nous nous réjouissons de voir Quantexa poursuivre ses innovations. Notre collaboration forte de plusieurs années nous a permis d’éliminer les silos de données et d’unifier nos données avec une précision inégalée. Dans le cadre de la prochaine phase de nos efforts d’innovation, nous envisagerons de permettre aux employés de première ligne de la banque d’utiliser l’IA générative afin d’exploiter en toute confiance les données et de gagner ainsi en efficacité. »

Comment fonctionne la nouvelle suite technologique d’IA générative Q Assist
La nouvelle suite technologique d’IA générative de Quantexa combinera la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa et l’IA générative grâce à une nouvelle couche d’intégration des données, d’un développeur d’invites et d’un copilote qui améliore la capacité des équipes à prendre des décisions commerciales cruciales.

Q Assist offre une IA fiable et extensible, ancrée dans la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa. Cela permet aux équipes non techniques de bénéficier des capacités stratégiques de la plateforme de Quantexa, y compris une base de données connectée, l’analyse des graphes, la modélisation et le scoring pour améliorer et automatiser la prise de décision. La suite technologique Q Assist est composée de trois éléments :

  • Couche d’intégration Q Assist : le centre névralgique de Q Assist. Il s’agit d’un cadre d’outils, de connecteurs et d’API conçu pour associer en toute sécurité la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa aux LLM et aux systèmes d’IA conversationnelle prêts à l’emploi.
  • Développeur d’invites Q Assist : une fonctionnalité extensible de gestion et de partage des invites qui s’intègre facilement aux outils d’ingénierie d’invites externes et aux frameworks, tels que Microsoft Azure Prompt Flow, Semantic Kernel ou AutoGen, afin de donner aux administrateurs le pouvoir de définir et de contrôler les invites et les réponses fondées sur des données contextuelles générées par la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa.
  • Copilot Q Assist : permet aux utilisateurs d’interroger des données volumineuses et disparates via une interface de langage naturel, de comprendre et de résumer des données, des idées et des résultats en temps réel, et d’automatiser les tâches de recherche, d’investigation et de création de rapports.

Aujourd’hui, l’entreprise met les fonctionnalités de la suite technologique d’intelligence générative Q Assist à la disposition d’un nombre limité de clients, avec une disponibilité publique plus large prévue pour le début de l’année 2025.

Pour en savoir plus sur la façon dont Quantexa aide les organisations à préparer leurs données à l’IA, ou pour télécharger le Total Economic Impact™ de la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa par Forrester et de commencer à mesurer le retour sur investissement de l’intelligence décisionnelle, rendez-vous sur https://www.quantexa.com/discover/ai/.

À propos de Quantexa
Quantexa est une entreprise de logiciels d’analyse, de données et d’IA, qui innove dans le domaine de l’intelligence décisionnelle afin de permettre aux organisations de prendre des décisions opérationnelles fiables grâce à des données contextualisées. En utilisant les dernières avancées en matière d’IA, la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa aide les organisations à découvrir les risques cachés et les nouvelles opportunités en unifiant les données en silos et en les transformant en ressources réutilisables les plus fiables. Elle permet de relever des défis majeurs en lien avec la gestion des données, la veille client, la connaissance du client, la criminalité financière, les risques, la fraude et la sécurité, tout au long du cycle de vie de la relation client.

La plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa améliore la performance opérationnelle avec une précision accrue de plus de 90 % et une résolution du modèle analytique 60 fois plus rapide que les approches traditionnelles. Une étude indépendante de Forrester TEI commandée sur la plateforme d’intelligence décisionnelle de Quantexa a révélé que les clients ont enregistré un ROI de 228 % en trois ans. Fondée en 2016, Quantexa compte désormais plus de 700 collaborateurs et des milliers d’utilisateurs de la plateforme travaillant sur des milliards de transactions et de points de données à travers le monde.

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A Quantexa lança o Q Assist, novo pacote de tecnologia de IA generativa com reconhecimento de contexto

Novos avanços em IA estão ajudando os líderes do setor a preparar os dados para a IA e causar impacto

  • O HSBC está entre os vários líderes do setor que participam do Lighthouse Program da Quantexa para os primeiros usuários
  • O HSBC prevê que a simplificação da análise e a aceleração dos processos podem gerar ganhos significativos de produtividade no primeiro ano de implantação
  • O Q Assist combina a Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa e a IA generativa para aumentar as decisões das equipes de vendas, atendimento ao cliente e conformidade nos serviços financeiros, TMT e agências governamentais

LONDRES, June 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nesta segunda-feira, no palco central da London Tech Week 2024, a Quantexa, líder global em soluções de Inteligência Decisória (Decision Intelligence, DI) para os setores público e privado, apresentou o Q Assist, um pacote de tecnologia de IA generativa com reconhecimento de contexto para ajudar as organizações a aumentarem a tomada de decisões confiáveis em equipes de trabalhadores da linha de frente e de informações. O anúncio demonstra o progresso em relação ao plano de inovação da plataforma da empresa e ocorre quase um ano depois de a Quantexa detalhar um investimento significativo no setor global de inteligência artificial (IA) e apresentar o Q Assist como um copiloto autônomo agnóstico de LLM.

Com o novo pacote de tecnologia Q Assist, os clientes da Quantexa poderão operacionalizar a IA generativa para obter ganhos transformacionais sem investimentos significativos em infraestrutura, ferramentas e outros recursos qualificados.

Os trabalhadores da linha de frente e da área de informação podem aproveitar o poder dos copilotos, dos dados vinculados, do recurso de gráfico de conhecimento da Quantexa e de outros recursos da Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão para aumentar a precisão e a confiabilidade dos modelos de IA generativa que interagem com todos os dados (estruturados e não estruturados), o contexto e o insight em toda a organização. A combinação de LLMs com o valioso contexto da Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa permite uma maior compreensão dos dados, fundamenta as respostas com segurança, aumenta o desempenho e a confiança e garante que as equipes tenham as informações mais precisas e atualizadas em um único lugar.

Descubra o que é o Q Assist e como ele funciona com a Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa.
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Como ajudar os clientes a ter sucesso na era da IA
O HSBC é uma das organizações que participam atualmente do Lighthouse Program para os primeiros usuários. Cada organização no programa prevê o uso do Q Assist de várias maneiras, incluindo:

  • Simplificar as tarefas de análise, investigação e geração de relatórios para que os profissionais da informação e do conhecimento alcancem uma maior eficiência.
  • Reduzir a dependência das equipes de ciência de dados e operações para solicitações de dados ad-hoc, permitindo que tenham mais tempo para se concentrarem em tarefas mais estratégicas.
  • Proporcionar às equipes de contado direto com o cliente o acesso a dados aprimorados e insights necessários para aumentar a receita e melhorar a experiência dos clientes.
  • Permitir que as equipes de toda a organização tomem decisões confiáveis de forma consistente, que sejam rastreáveis e acelerem o aprimoramento do processo operacional.

O BNY Mellon já está avaliando a possibilidade de se juntar ao HSBC no esforço do Lighthouse. A Quantexa trabalhou com os participantes do Lighthouse Program para projetar os benefícios de um, três e cinco anos da implantação do Q Assist em suas equipes de atendimento ao cliente, ciência de dados e investigação. Foi constatado um ganho de produtividade quase imediato em três áreas principais: economia de tempo e eficiência, identificação de novas oportunidades e aumento das taxas de conversão.

O HSBC prevê que a democratização da análise e a aceleração dos processos nessas áreas possam levar a ganhos de produtividade no primeiro ano de implementação. A empresa também espera liberar o tempo dos funcionários, permitindo que eles voltem a se concentrar em outras tarefas estratégicas.

David Rice, diretor de operações globais de atividades bancárias comerciais do HSBC, disse: “Essa nova solução tem o potencial de aumentar a eficiência e a precisão de tarefas complexas, como investigações contra lavagem de dinheiro e estratégias de vendas, fornecendo dados confiáveis e análises contextuais. A introdução da análise contextual e da inovação permitirá que o HSBC concentre nossos recursos de forma mais produtiva e, por fim, ajude nossos clientes”.

A Quantexa estima que uma instituição financeira global de primeiro nível, com três níveis de defesa em crimes financeiros e esforços de conformidade contra fraudes, gerando aproximadamente 15 mil alertas por mês, poderia obter ganhos significativos de eficiência e redução de custos com a implementação do pacote de tecnologia de IA generativa Q Assist:

  • Mais de £17 milhões em economia anual, graças ao aprimoramento e à automatização dos processos de investigação e de geração de relatórios sobre crimes financeiros e fraudes.

O CTO da Quantexa, Jamie Hutton, disse: “O princípio de engenharia da Quantexa de moldar soluções para oferecer o máximo de valor ao cliente permitiu que nossos clientes desempenhassem um papel fundamental ao ajudar a moldar os requisitos do produto Q Assist. Por meio do Lighthouse Program da empresa para os primeiros usuários, temos o benefício de trabalhar com líderes do setor que fornecem um valioso feedback durante todo o processo de elaboração do nosso roteiro”.

Eric Hirschhorn, diretor de dados do BNY Mellon, disse: “Estamos entusiasmados em ver a inovação contínua da Quantexa. Nossa colaboração de vários anos nos ajudou a eliminar os silos de dados e a unificar nossos dados com uma precisão sem precedentes. A próxima fase de nossos esforços de inovação nos levará a explorar o potencial de permitir que os funcionários da linha de frente de todo o banco usem a IA generativa para agir com base em insights dos dados com confiança e alcançar novos níveis de eficiência no processo”.

Como funciona o novo pacote de tecnologia de IA generativa Q Assist
O novo pacote de tecnologia de IA generativa da Quantexa combinará a Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa e a IA generativa por meio de uma nova camada de integração de dados, criador de prompts e copiloto que acelera a capacidade das equipes de tomar decisões comerciais críticas.

O Q Assist oferece IA confiável e extensível, apoiada pela Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa. Isso permite que equipes não técnicas se beneficiem dos recursos essenciais da plataforma da Quantexa, incluindo uma base de dados conectada, análise de gráficos, modelagem e pontuação para aumentar e automatizar a tomada de decisões. O novo pacote de tecnologia Q Assist é composto por três componentes:

  • Camada de Integração do Q Assist: o sistema central do Q Assist. É uma estrutura de ferramentas, conectores e APIs projetados para vincular com segurança a Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa com LLMs e sistemas de IA de conversação prontos para uso.
  • Prompt Builder do Q Assist: um recurso extensível de gerenciamento e compartilhamento de prompts que se integra facilmente a ferramentas e estruturas externas de engenharia de prompts, como o Azure Prompt Flow da Microsoft, o Semantic Kernel ou o AutoGen, para colocar o poder nas mãos dos administradores para definir e controlar prompts e respostas baseadas em dados contextuais gerados pela Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa.
  • Copilot do Q Assist: permite que os usuários consultem dados grandes e díspares por meio de uma interface de linguagem natural, compreendam e resumam dados, insights e descobertas em tempo real e automatizem tarefas de pesquisa, investigação e geração de relatórios.

Hoje, a empresa está disponibilizando os recursos do pacote de tecnologia de IA generativa Q Assist para um conjunto limitado de clientes, com disponibilidade pública mais ampla planejada para o início de 2025.

Para saber mais sobre como a Quantexa está ajudando as organizações a preparar seus dados para IA, ou para fazer o download do Total Economic Impact™ da Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa fornecida pela Forrester e começar a medir o ROI dos investimentos em Inteligência de Decisão, acesse https://www.quantexa.com/discover/ai/.

Sobre a Quantexa
A Quantexa é uma empresa global de software de IA, dados e análise, pioneira em Inteligência de Decisão para capacitar as organizações a tomar decisões operacionais confiáveis com dados em contexto. Usando os mais recentes avanços em IA, a Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa ajuda as organizações a descobrirem riscos ocultos e novas oportunidades, unificando dados em silos e transformando-os no recurso mais confiável e reutilizável. Ela resolve os principais desafios de gerenciamento de dados, inteligência de clientes, KYC, crimes financeiros, riscos, fraudes e segurança, durante todo o ciclo de vida do cliente.

A Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa melhora o desempenho operacional, proporcionando um aumento de mais de 90% na precisão e uma resolução do modelo analítico 60 vezes mais rápida do que as abordagens tradicionais. Um estudo de TEI da Forrester, encomendado de forma independente, sobre a Plataforma de Inteligência de Decisão da Quantexa, constatou que os clientes obtiveram um ROI de 228% em três anos. Fundada em 2016, a Quantexa agora tem mais de 700 funcionários e milhares de usuários da plataforma que trabalham com bilhões de transações e pontos de dados em todo o mundo.

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President Lula to Speak at FII PRIORITY Rio de Janeiro Summit at the Copacabana Palace Wednesday

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FII Institute is honoured to announce that Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will speak at the inaugural Latin America FII PRIORITY Summit in Rio de Janeiro on 12 June, marking a significant milestone for the summit.

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FII Institute is honoured to announce that Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will speak at the inaugural Latin America FII PRIORITY Summit in Rio de Janeiro on 12 June, marking a significant milestone for the summit.

President Lula, who will be joined by several high-ranking Brazilian and Latin American government officials, underscores the importance of FII PRIORITY Rio in addressing key global priorities and promoting investment opportunities. His attendance is a testament to Brazil’s integral role in shaping the future of global investment and sustainability.

“We are deeply honoured by President Lula’s decision to join us,” said Richard Attias, CEO of FII Institute. “As a global leader, his leadership and vision will greatly enrich our discussions and initiatives. The theme of our summit, ‘Invest in Dignity,’ was inspired by President Lula’s vision.”

The FII PRIORITY Rio de Janeiro Summit will take place at the Copacabana Palace from 11 to 13 June 2024, featuring a rich and diverse programme with world-renowned leaders and critical discussions on global issues.

For more information, please visit: https://fii-institute.org/Program-Rio. For media enquiries, please email: media@fii-institute.org and fii-institute@fsb.com.br.

About FII Institute
The Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute is a global non-profit foundation driven by data with an investment arm focused on impactful initiatives for humanity. Through its PRIORITY Summits, the institute brings together leading minds to foster innovation and sustainable solutions across the globe.

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Presidente Lula participará do FII PRIORITY Rio de Janeiro Summit no Copacabana Palace na quarta-feira 12 de junho

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FII Institute is honoured to announce that Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will speak at the inaugural Latin America FII PRIORITY Summit in Rio de Janeiro on 12 June, marking a significant milestone for the summit.

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Instituto FII tem a honra de anunciar que o presidente do Brasil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, falará na cúpula inaugural do FII PRIORITY da América Latina no Rio de Janeiro em 12 de junho, um marco significativo para o evento. Sua presença reforça o papel do Brasil na formação do futuro do investimento global e da sustentabilidade.

O presidente Lula, que estará acompanhado por representantes do governo brasileiro e latino-americano, reconhece a importância do FII PRIORITY Rio em abordar prioridades globais essenciais e promover oportunidades de investimento.

“Estamos profundamente honrados pela decisão do presidente Lula de se juntar a nós”, disse Richard Attias, CEO do Instituto FII. “Como líder global, sua liderança e visão enriquecerão enormemente nossas discussões e iniciativas. O tema da nossa cúpula, ‘Investir na Dignidade’, foi inspirado pela visão do presidente Lula.”

O FII PRIORITY Rio de Janeiro Summit acontecerá no Copacabana Palace de 11 a 13 de junho de 2024, apresentando um programa diversificado com líderes de renome mundial e discussões críticas sobre questões globais.

Para mais informações, visite: https://fii-institute.org/Program-Rio.

Sobre o FII Institute
O Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute é uma fundação global sem fins lucrativos movida por dados, com um braço de investimento focado em iniciativas impactantes para a humanidade. Através de seus Encontros PRIORITY, o instituto reúne grandes mentes para fomentar a inovação e soluções sustentáveis em todo o mundo.

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Ghana needs reorganisation to address national issues – Prof Opoku Agyeman


Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman, Running Mate to the Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, says the country needs serious reorganisation to address critical developmental issues.

‘The country will have to be reset so that we stop this back and forth. If one group comes to clean and another comes to destroy, how can we make progress as a country?’

Prof Opoku Agyeman was speaking at the commemoration of the 32nd Anniversary of the NDC and Flag Raising ceremony at the Party Headquarters in Accra.

The event was attended by the Party’s National Executive Committee Members, Members of the Council of Elders, the Zongo Caucus, Youth and party supporters.

Prof Opoku Agyeman also appealed to members of the Party to emulate the examples of past leaders, who sacrificed for the Party over the years.

She said the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), which brought the NDC did so not because they wanted anything for themselves, but to ensure the improvement in the lives of the peo
ple.

‘Those of us here are beneficiaries of those who started it long time ago…’

Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketia, National Chairman of the NDC, said he history of the country could not be written without appreciating the contribution of the NDC to national development.

He stated that although the Party had not performed to its peak, it had not failed in the past 32 years.

‘We are always the Party that comes to clean the mess, and when we leave, some other people will come and destroy everything that we have built and even dig up the foundation to make sure that this country will not survive,’ he said.

Mr Nketia said the Party was ready to come back and be the partners of the masses to rebuild ‘everything that had been destroyed’.

He said the country was getting into a crucial election and urged the electorate to vote massively for the NDC and bring it back to power.

The NDC Chairman also urged all stakeholders to act peacefully before, during and after the polls.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Interference of Party foot soldiers in local government affecting productivity


The Chamber for Local Governance (ChaLoG) says it has uncovered a growing despondency and low morale amongst civil and local government staff working in the Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) due to political interference.

‘This unfortunate turn of events has been occasioned by the unrestrained political interference in the day-to-day functional responsibilities of the staff in the MMDAs,’ ChaLoG stated in a press statement signed by its executives and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

It noted that this highly unacceptable phenomenon had led and continued to lead to growing apathy amongst the local government staff, resulting in low revenue generation and poor service delivery to citizens by the MMDAs.

It stated that the ChaLoG’s nationwide investigations had revealed disturbing observations of the indiscriminate and unjustifiable transfer of staff at the behest of chief executives, presiding members, and party constituency executives.

According to the ChaLog, its investigations
also revealed that such persons pose an open threat to local government staff with the use of transfers by MMDCEs.

‘Constant political interference and issuance of threats to internal auditors who try to stamp their authority for the right things to be done by MMDCEs; excessive political interest and interference in the preparation and award of contracts; and planting party foot soldiers in units and departments to monitor and sometimes usurp the powers and traditional responsibilities of local government staff,’ it stated.

Other observations, the chamber noted, were the deliberate sidelining of local government staff in taking critical decisions within the MMDAs; the forceful takeover and locking up of offices; and the forceful seizure of official vehicles being used by senior local government staff.

It stated that others included the unjustifiable replacement of trained and experienced revenue collectors with inexperienced party foot soldiers who have taken over revenue collection and political interfere
nce in the decision-making processes in the administrative procedures encompassing promotions, postings, transfers, recruitments, conversion, and upgrading of staff.

The ChaLoG indicated that the unrestrained political interference has greatly affected and continued to affect revenue generation and service delivery within the MMDAs as most local government staff, who had been engaged based on their technical expertise and know-how, are virtually adopting a wait-and-see attitude by sitting back to allow the political actors, who for all intents and purposes have little or no technical experience, to have their way, for fear of victimisation and unjustifiable politically motivated transfers.

‘It stated that this unfortunate phenomenon has largely demotivated and demoralised local government staff, so much so that they deliberately report to work late just to allow the political apparatchiks to do whatever they want to do in their absence.’

The ChaLoG, therefore, called on the Minister of Local Government and
Rural Development to urgently take practical steps to nip the needlessly overbearing conduct that has reared its ugly head in the MMDAs in the bud.

The urgent call, they noted, has become extremely necessary to allow well trained and qualified local government staff the freedom to independently perform their legitimate duties and functions, to enhance service delivery and, more importantly, generate revenue for developmental projects in the MMDAs.

Source: Ghana News Agency

My gov’t will not accept LGBTQ+ no matter the consequences – Dr Bawumia


The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, says the government under his presidency, will not accept homosexuality no matter the consequences.

He said it was important Ghana held and protected its culture, traditions and values as sacred devoid of any foreign influences.

Dr Bawumia, who is the flag-bearer of the NPP in the 2024 general elections, was addressing members of the clergy and church leaders in Kumasi, as part of his three-day campaign tour of the Ashanti region.

He stated clearly that, the traditions of the country’s forefathers needed to be protected and hold as sacred and that the LGBTQ+ was not part of it.

‘It is no, no, no for LGBTQ,’ he told the clergymen.

Dr Bawumia pledged what he called ‘golden age’ for faith-based organizations to enable them to strengthen their contributions to the socio-economic development of the country.

He said faith-based organizations would be empowered to manage their schools and shape the character and behaviour of the Ghanaian children.

The Vice President pr
omised to take the country into the fourth industrial revolution, which was the digital age.

He said the world of development was very competitive and Ghana must be prepared to be there as well, adding that, there was the need to put in place pillars such as technological education, digitalization and other innovations to move the country there.

Dr Bawumia said the introduction of the free senior high school policy and the distribution of tablets to students as part of the smart schools project, were all part of strategies to put the country on the global technological map.

He said the use of solar energy to power technologically driven agriculture would be one of his priorities, adding that, he would move the country into a credit economy.

Dr Bawumia said the private sector would be empowered to contribute significantly to the industrial revolution of the country and said flexible tax regimes would be introduced to help ease business operations in the country.

He said he would actively involve chiefs an
d traditional rulers in the fight against illegal miner (galamsey) in the country and promised to fight corruption at all fronts if elected as president in the December general elections.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Election 2024: Many voters in difficult situation – IDEG


The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG) says a ‘significant’ number of undecided voters are in a ‘difficult situation’ deciding on participating in the upcoming General Election.

The Institute said internal works conducted within the regions indicate that ‘a lot’ of voters ‘are not sure’ whether to participate in the December 7 polls as they had lost trust in the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) due to past experiences.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Professor Kwesi Jonah, Senior Research Fellow, IDEG, said the development was dangerous to Ghana’s democracy.

‘Voters say that they have seen the NPP and NDC and they are going through same difficulties all the time. So, the real problem that we face at this moment is that a lot of people who are undecided whether they want to participate in the elections at all.

‘This is a danger to our democracy,’ he said.

Prof. Jonah encouraged politicians to do more to convince voters that they would perform better when
offered the mandate in the upcoming elections.

‘Between now and voting time, this is the time for politicians to convince those people who are sitting on the fence right now that things are going to change, in terms of the ways which politicians have performed in the past.

‘Otherwise, a lot of people have decided that they won’t vote at all,’ he said.

It is barely six months to the 2024 General Election and political parties and aspirants are criss-crossing the country to make a case to various segments of voters, stakeholders, and opinion leaders in a bid to win their support.

The parties appear to have adopted stakeholder engagements and house-to-house campaigns as starting points to the year-long campaign that is expected to intensify in the coming months.

The IDEG observed that the parties had adopted a shift in strategy at the initial stages of the campaign by targeting identifiable groups and people without spending too much financial resources.

Prof. Jonah described the approach adopted by the pa
rties as a ‘very good beginning’ and expressed hope that the parties would adopt measures to reduce the cost of their campaigns.

He said big rallies increased the cost of politics and proposed the allocation of a principal place where politicians could engage with voters directly instead of staging rallies in every district, constituency, and region.

‘If we want to cut down the cost of politics, we should begin a process. Instead of big rallies, having a central place where the leaders can go, talk to people, supporters, we can make more progress in cutting down the cost of politics,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency