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Ghana Removed From EU Grey List Of High Risk Third Countries

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“We are delighted that, on 7th January 2022, we received a notification from the European Commission, through the intermediary of the Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness, that Ghana, after the pursuit of some rigorous reforms, has now, formally, been removed from the Grey List of high-risk third countries in money laundering activities.”

These were the words of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo, on Thursday, 13 th January 2022, when he addressed a joint press conference, at Jubilee House, with the visiting President of the Republic of Hungary, His Excellency János Áder, who is on a State Visit to Ghana.

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It will be recalled that, in 2016, Ghana was subjected to a Second Round of Mutual Evaluation by the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in West Africa (GIABA).

Though the round of mutual evaluation showed some progress over an earlier one in 2009, there were still significant gaps that needed to be addressed which led Ghana being placed under observation by the International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG).

Consequently, European Union added Ghana to its list of high-risk third countries with strategic deficiencies in their Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime, in October 2020, as a direct result of Ghana being on the FATF list.

Over the last three years, an Inter-Ministerial Committee led by the Ministry of Finance had been hard at work coordinating key reforms to cure strategic AML/CFT deficiencies.

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Ghana-Hungary Relations

Welcoming His Excellency János Áder to Ghana, President Akufo-Addo described the visit as a landmark one, “as it is the first time since the fall of communism that a President from Hungary is paying a State Visit to Ghana. We are honoured by your presence, Mr President.”

According to President Akufo-Addo, “President Áder and I first had the opportunity of meeting on the sidelines of the R20 Austria World Summit, held in Vienna in May 2019, where we both pledged our commitment to exploring further areas of interest for the mutual benefit of our two countries. This visit reinforces our commitment to engage each other further to this end.”

The bilateral discussions between the two leaders and their delegations centered on the expansion of relations in the sectors of trade, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, ICT, financial services, water management and environmental protection, with an agreement put in place for the commencement of meetings under the auspices of a Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC), which will serve as the platform for accelerating mutually beneficial co-operation between Ghana and Hungary.

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The President revealed that, soon, a number of key agreements will be signed between Ghana and Hungary, including the continuation of the Educational Exchange Programme, the mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service passports between the Republic of Ghana and Hungary, the Memorandum of Understanding on Sports Co-operation between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ghana, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hungary on Co-operation in the field of water management in Kumasi, and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the field of environmental protection and nature conservation.

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Actress Victoria Lebene Launches Skin Pop Spa

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The beauty and cosmetic industry has been given a facelift following the opening of the Skin Pop Spa situated in Accra.
The Skin Pop Spa owned by actress and entrepreneur, Victoria Lebene, was launched at Dome, Pillar 2 in Accra on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

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The Skin Pop Spa is a subsidiary of The Skin Pop Shop which was established 3 years ago and has been serving its customers in Ghana and beyond with the best when it comes to skincare and beauty.

Bringing health, wellness, and beauty together in a luxurious, tranquil, relaxing setting with professional, experienced staff is at the heart of Victoria Lebene’s Skin Pop Spa.

The Skin Pop Spa provides four major services for its clients and they are namely, facials, massage, manicure, and pedicure.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Skin Pop Spa, Victoria Lebene, the services her outfit renders are not just basic spa treatment but they are offering natural-remedy spa treatment.

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She added that Skin Pop Spa is a place for natural wellness that focuses on applying natural elements rather than using chemical products and it applies to their skincare products that are 100% natural and bleach-free.

As part of the launch of the Skin, Pop Spa was the unveiling of three ambassadors who have been mandated to perform influencing duties for the Skin Pop Spa on and off social media.

The influencers include media personality, Abena Moet, IG model, Afia Ansah and beauty queen, Phylis Vesta Boison.
Phylis, after her unveiling, took to her Instagram page to announce the partnership as she shares moments from the session.

“It’s with great pleasure that I introduce you all to my new family; the SKIN POP family…”

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The outfit seeks to become the leading skincare brand in Africa with several branches stationed across the continent whilst it’s being headquartered in Accra and is dedicated to redefining beauty industry standards for products that ride along with its users as they age.

The Skin Pop Shop and Spa are located at Perfect Plaza building, K. Junction on the Dome Pillar 2 road.

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Miss England With Kenyan Heritage Faces Racial Attacks

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Miss England 2021, Rehema Muthamia has opened up on the racist attacks she has faced since being crowned, eight months ago.

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The 26-year-old in an interview with the British tabloid, Daily Mail revealed ever since being crowned, she has been branded derogatory terms such as ‘Miss KFC’ with others questioning why a woman of colour was crowned Miss England.

“I already knew I would face racism as a Black woman in England, not in London so much but being British and Black I am conscious of the fact people will be prejudiced towards me,” Muthamia told the publication.

Muthamia, a genetics graduate from the University of Sussex and health technology consultant in practice, said due to past incidences she was prepared for all the hate.

“I have faced racism in the past and I’m aware of it happening so I was prepared for it, it’s saddening to think people are racist and prejudiced in this day and age. I accepted it for what it was, understood it must be coming from lack of understanding,” she added.

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This is not the first time, she has faced racial discrimination on social media. Muthamia in 2021spoke about her experiences during an appearance on This Morning a popular British morning show.

“People were calling about me having won, telling the Miss England platform, they weren’t happy that I was a black woman… Through press that has been released and there’s been many comments, basically saying that as a black woman, I shouldn’t have won Miss England…I’m ethnically black, but I am British. And I’m so proud to be British,” she concluded.

Aside from being crowned, Muthamia also won the equivalent of Sh300,000 a wardrobe of evening and occasion wear, a photoshoot, a personalised website, luggage, and a glamour mirror for clinching the title.

Muthamia was born in the UK to Kenyan parents. She also spent part of her childhood in Kenya before moving to North West London where she grew up.

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