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India Unwraps UPI and Aadhaar Service APIs to Foreign Nations



India Unwraps UPI and Aadhaar Service APIs to Foreign Nations, SiliconNigeria

India is making a host of its e-governance tools – including the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and Aadhaar identity service – available to other countries via open APIs.

Available via the India Stack website, the project is “a set of open APIs and digital public goods that aim to unlock the economic primitives of identity, data, and payments at population scale”.

Says the site: “The principles, technologies, and functionality of India Stack can be applied in any country. None of the systems which comprise India Stack require any proprietary technology or intellectual property which would preclude their implementation in any other country.”

In a speech during Digital India Week, prime minister Narendra Modi boasted about the success of the instant payments network, UPI, claiming: “Everyone, including the World Bank, has appreciated it as the best platform.”

Launched in 2016, the UPI has now handled 99 billion transactions, recording 2200 every second in May.

Along with the RuPay card network, UPI has been central to India’s efforts to use digital payments to boost financial inclusion. Modi says this has proved a huge success, noting: “Once, I found that a beggar in Bihar was begging on a platform and he was taking money digitally.”

Says Modi: “Therefore, today digital products like UPI are the centre of attraction for developed countries of the world, or those countries which cannot invest in this type of technology. Our digital solutions have the reach, are secure and have democratic values.”

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Inlaks Wins ICT Company of The Year Award



Inlaks Wins ICT Company of The Year Award, SiliconNigeria

Leading ICT infrastructure, and systems integrator, in sub-Saharan Africa, Inlaks has emerged as the ICT Company of The Year at the fourth edition of the Ghana Business Standard Awards (GBSA).

The Awards organized by KN Unique Communications, to celebrate businesses committed to remarkable standards in their sectors, and industry leaders breaking barriers of excellence across Ghana was held at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel with the theme ‘Celebrating Organisations Committed to Remarkable Business Standards Geared Toward Sustainable Growth’.

The GBSA recognises standard-makers, excellence achievers, responsible organisations, andindividuals who adhere to local business requirements while consistently improving their performance. It provides a platform to enhance standard processes, services, product delivery, and the improvement of existing business practices in Ghana. Inlaks won the award for its outstanding achievements in providing customer-centric IT solutions to its customers while adhering to standard practices.

Speaking on the Award, Chief Executive Officer, Inlaks, Kyari Bukar said:

Inlaks complies with effective business standards and good governance in its operations. This has been impactful in our growth and ongoing success in enhancing the ICT sector. The resilience and passion of the team in serving our customers is a priority and we will not relent in our efforts to thrive on a customer-first platform. The company is appreciative of this award and is grateful to the organisers for recognizing our performance.

Inlaks, partners with Original Equipment Manufacturers in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions. Over the years, the firm has built a reputation for effectively helping its clientele with new markets and service opportunities.

Also, commenting, Country Manager, Inlaks Ghana, Yacoba Amuah said:

This recognition speaks further to our efficiency in our standards of corporate excellence and delivery to our customers. Inlaks is honoured to be recognized for its good performance while enhancing growth for clients.  We appreciate the dedication of our staff and partners who have made this possible. We are future-focused and continue to support businesses to achieve their goals in Ghana and beyond.

The Ghana Business Standard Awards celebrate organisations committed to exceptional business standards in their sectors and industry leaders breaking barriers of excellence across the Ghanaian business region and the world at large.

Inlaks is a leading systems integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. With operations in Nigeria, Ghana, East Africa and other Sub-Saharan African regions, the company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers. 

Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities. 

With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria, and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.

Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities, and the Distribution sectors of the economy.

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Why MTN Made Senior Leadership Changes in Nigeria, Iran, Sudan



MTN Makes Senior Leadership Changes in Nigeria Iran Sudan, SiliconNigeria

MTN Group has made senior leadership appointments to operating companies in Nigeria, Iran and Sudan, all of them internal candidates, as it focuses on executing on its strategy to drive growth, de-leverage faster and reveal value in our fintech and fibre businesses.

The appointments are effective 1 April 2022. “A vital enabler of our strategy is having the best talent, culture and future-fit skills,” says MTN Group President and CEO Ralph Mupita. “Today’s announcement demonstrates the depth of talent within the Group, as well as the strength of our succession planning.” 

Following the recent appointment of MTN Nigeria Chief Operating Officer Mazen Mroue as MTN Group Chief Information and Technology Officer, Hassan Jaber assumes the COO role at MTN Nigeria. He moves from MTN Irancell, where he serves as COO, bringing with him some 25 years of telecoms and digital experience within the MTN Group.

 Jaber’s track record of building and scaling-up telecom operations and developing digital businesses through the power of mobile technology will be instrumental to MTN Nigeria as it plays its part in delivering on the Group’s strategic intent of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress. He has served MTN in numerous markets, including Ghana, Guinea-Conakry, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen.

 Malik Melamu, with over 28 years of managerial and executive experience, will assume the position of MTN Irancell COO, joining from MTN Sudan where he has been  CEO over the last five years. Among other roles at MTN, he previously served as MTN Benin CEO and as Executive for Sales and Distribution and Customer Experience at MTN Group.

 Stepping into the CEO role at MTN Sudan is Ziad Sabah, whose career within MTN spans more than a decade, most recently as MTN Syria CEO and before that as the Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Syria. Ziad is a seasoned business leader and will play a pivotal role in strengthening MTN Sudan’s market position through initiatives to advance digital and financial inclusion. 

 “These appointments demonstrate the depth of leadership bench-strength within the MTN Group, and we remain focused on delivering sustainable growth to our stakeholders. Nigeria, Iran and Sudan are markets with attractive demographics and tremendous potential growth opportunities for digital and financial inclusion,” concludes Mupita.

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Inlaks Computers Retains ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 Certificates



Inlaks Computers Retains ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 Certificates, SiliconNigeria

Inlaks, a foremost ICT infrastructure, and systems integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa has been re-certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (Information Security Management System) and ISO 22301:2019 (Business Continuity Management System). 

In addition to the recertification, Inlaks was also successful at the surveillance audit of her ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management System) and ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 (IT Service Management System).

The managing director and CEO of Africa Operations, Kyari Bukar, said the management recognises the importance of developing, implementing, and maintaining its systems to international best practices hence the renewed commitment to getting the company certified to the different ISO standards.

Achieving ISO certification is a fundamental requirement for businesses in the last decade as new technology for business are changing faster than ever. 

ISO helps in focusing on the important areas of businesses and improving efficiency, thus providing sound foundations that increase productivity and profit.

Bukar said maintaining the PECB MS (MSECB) Management System Certificates proves the dedication of Inlaks leadership and team towards the continual improvement of our processes and services.

Bukar explained that as a leading information technology solution provider in Africa, we remain resolute to the delivery of quality IT services while also ensuring the security of our information system and assets in order to meet the enterprise business objectives and ensure continuity of our operations.

“This commitment to the delivery of business continuity and information security extends to personnel at all levels of the organisation.  We could not have achieved this success without the collective effort of everyone at Inlaks. 

“We do this by observing all applicable statutory, regulatory, contractual, and organisational requirements while providing these services and to minimise the impact of any interruption to our business activities,’’ Bukar further explained. 

“Our Business Continuity management system identifies critical business processes and risks, provides a plan to maintain or restore critical business operations from the effects of major failures or/and disasters and a plan to communicate with key people during the crisis,” Bukar added.

Established in 1982, INLAKS is an Information Technology Systems Integrator specialising in the deployment of dynamic and highly scalable ICT Infrastructure Solutions. 

Its customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. 

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