Ghana: U.S. Embassy Honors Mensah-Kutin, Debra with MLK Awards

In a ceremony held at his residence on March 22, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson honored Dr. Rose Mensah-Kutin and Mr. Yaw Ofori Debra with the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice. Since 2008, the U.S. Embassy has presented the award annually to one or more Ghanaian citizens who exemplify the spirit of American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Mensah-Kutin was recognized for her indefatigable work as a champion for women’s rights. As director of the West African Regional Office of ABANTU for Development since 2000, Dr. Mensah-Kutin has relentlessly pursued gender equality in public policy. One of her hallmark achievements was the creation of the 2004 Women’s Manifesto for Ghana, which articulated concrete steps to address the disparate treatment women still face in their daily lives. Dr. Mensah-Kutin was a leading advocate for the passage of the Local Governance Act of 2016, which included many gender-specific provisions. In the lead-up to the 2016 elections, Dr. Mensah-Kutin led efforts to ensure women voters were given the tools to make educated choices at the ballot box. She has tirelessly advocated for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill, and seeks constantly to empower the next generation of women leaders in Ghana.

Mr. Debra was honored for his lifelong fight for the rights of persons with disabilities. As a student leader in the 1980s, Mr. Debra lobbied the government for payment of reading allowances for visually impaired students in tertiary institutions. In January 2005, he became the president of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations. He mobilized disability organizations to effectively advocate for the passage of the Ghana Disability Act and for Ghana’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He was influential in instituting National Disability Day and coordinating media and parliamentary caucuses to endorse disability advocacy. During the 2016 elections, he urged Ghanaians to assist family members to vote if they face accessibility issues and supported the Ghana Blind Union’s work to improve accessibility of polling sites. Mr. Debra played a critical role in ensuring that all citizens could participate in the democratic process and have their votes counted.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador Jackson praised the award winners for courageously taking a stand for justice.

“Dr. King taught us that the greatness of a nation is not defined and shaped by its government,” Jackson said. “A nation is defined and shaped by its people. People who aren’t afraid to stand up and say, ‘I deserve equal access to my democracy. I deserve equal access to education. I deserve equal access to opportunity.’”

Previous recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Peace and Social Justice include:

  • 2017: Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director, Center for Democratic Development (CDD)
  • 2016: Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu, National Chief Imam of Ghana
  • 2015: Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director, Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG)
  • 2014: Most Reverend Professor Emmanuel Asante, National Peace Council Head and Presiding Bishop, Methodist Church of Ghana
  • 2013: Ms. Afi Azaratu Yakubu, Executive Director, Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA)
  • 2012: Dr. David Abdulai Fuseini, Founder, Shekhinah Clinic
  • 2011: Mr. George Achibra, Director, Partners in Community Development Programme (PACODEP) and Touch a Life Foundation
  • 2010: Mrs. Janet Adama Mohammed, Executive Director, Human Rights and Democratization Project
  • 2009: Mrs. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, Executive Director, Ark Foundation
  • 2008: The Right Reverend Vincent Boi-Nai, Bishop of Yendi; and Alhaji Alhussein, Director, Community Development and Youth Advisory Center (CODEYAC).

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Port Louis ranked best city in Africa for expats, according to Mercer’s 20th Quality of Living Survey

– Port Louis ranks 83rd globally in the overall Quality of Living, making it the best city in Africa
– Durban retains its top position as the best city in South Africa

Mercer (, a global consulting leader in advancing health, wealth and careers, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), ranks Port Louis the best city in Africa, according to their 2018 Quality of Living Survey. Port Louis is in 83rd place in the global rankings and number one in Africa. The Mauritian city is followed by Durban (89), Cape Town (94) and Johannesburg (95).

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Africa’s top city

“Similar to the 2017 rankings Port Louis retains its top position for Africa with Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg ranking just below the island city, according to our Quality of Living ranking. Quality of living is amongst the important factors that companies weigh when they prepare a long-term strategy around where they should expand and locate global staff,” said Carl Van Heerden, Principal at Mercer and Global Mobility Leader for Africa.

Van Heerden added : “A city’s place in the rankings is dependent on local living conditions, which are analysed according to a wide variety of factors which reflect their importance to expatriates. Appropriate infrastructure, health facilities, safety and security are some of the important aspects that make a city attractive to both talent and businesses.”

The Mercer Quality of Living survey, which was first published in 1994, is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

Global ranking

Vienna tops the ranking for the 9th year running and is followed by Zurich (2), Auckland and Munich in joint 3rd place. In 5th place, Vancouver completes the top five and is the highest ranking city in North America. Singapore (25), Dubai (74) and Montevideo (77), are the highest ranking cities in Asia, Middle East and Latin America, respectively.

This year, Mercer provides a separate ranking on City Sanitation, which analyses cities’ waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, water availability and quality, which are equally important to those who choose to work and live in these cities.

Victoria (58th) ranks highest on the African continent for City Sanitation, followed by Durban (73) and Port Louis (80). Johannesburg is in 81st place, while Cape Town is at 84 on the City Sanitation list.

Honolulu tops the City Sanitation ranking, followed by Helsinki and Ottawa in joint second.

Van Heerden concludes: “Mercer’s Quality of Living survey has become a critical point of reference for multinational companies, which need a full view of the conditions on the ground when considering assigning mobile employees. Our methodology allows multinational employers to provide their expatriates with fair and consistent expatriate compensation packages, when looking to expand into other markets.”

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Mercer also helps municipalities to assess factors that can improve their quality of living rankings. In a global environment, employers have many choices about where to deploy their mobile employees and set up new business. A city’s quality of living can be an important variable for employers to consider.

Leaders in many cities want to understand the specific factors that affect their residents’ quality of living and address those issues that lower a city’s overall quality-of-living ranking. Mercer advises municipalities by using a holistic approach that addresses the goals of progressing towards excellence and attracting both multinational companies and globally mobile talent by improving the elements that are measured in its Quality of Living survey.

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Customer from Saudi Arabia is 100,000th visitor to the GROHE Truck Tour

  • With a total of four mobile showrooms, GROHE has been on the road in Europe and the Middle East since March 2017
  • So far, the XXL trucks have covered approximately 150.000 kilometres in 33 countries

GROHE (, the world’s leading manufacturer of sanitary fittings, welcomed the 100,000th visitor to its innovation tour through Europe and the Middle East. GROHE employees congratulated Muneem Al Fashtaki in front of the GROHE XXL truck in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The sales manager of Al Falaj Trading Est., a medium-sized distributor of the region, visited the mobile showroom in order to find out about the latest GROHE innovations. Representing all visitors to the GROHE trucks, he received a small gift of a GROHE Power & Soul shower set that allows switching between four different spray patterns by one click.

Distance Corresponds To More Than Three Circumnavigations Of The World

Since March 2017, GROHE has been on the road in Europe and the Middle East with a total of four mobile showrooms. So far, the trucks have covered approximately 150.000 kilometres in
33 countries. The current route equates to more than three circumnavigations of the world. Inside the trucks, private and professional visitors can gain insights into GROHE’s latest innovations, test the products and take part in open trainings. For 2018, about 800 information events are planned.

Expert Team Advises on How GROHE’s Product Highlights Work

From AquaSymphony, the most luxurious shower in the world, to the GROHE Blue and GROHE Red water systems, to the GROHE Sensia Arena shower toilet and our smart water sensor and control unit GROHE Sense and SENSE Guard: GROHE’s latest product highlights can be found in the XXL trucks. They are there so that the visitors can familiarize themselves with the products and try them out. In addition, a team of specialists gives advice in personal expert discussions on product features and offers useful installation tips.

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Colloquium on the challenges and prospects of political reforms in West Africa (2015-2017)

The United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) is organizing, on 26-27 March 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, a colloquium, on “the challenges and prospects of political reforms in West Africa (2015-2017)”.

This colloquium, which is part of UNOWAS support activities to the countries of the sub-region, will deal with the series of political reforms initiated since 2015. It will address the contexts, causes, and triggers of reforms. It will also make a diagnosis of successful political reforms and those that have failed.

The colloquium will bring together more than 50 experts and participants, representatives of the sixteen West African countries, as well as representatives of regional and international organizations such as the AU, ECOWAS, and the civil society.

Journalists and representatives of press agencies are invited to cover the opening ceremony, which will see the participation of:

  • The Representative of the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire,
  • The Representative of the African Union
  • The President of the ECOWAS Commission
  • The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas,
  • The Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Côte d’Ivoire, Babacar Cissé

Where: Radisson Blu Hotel, Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)

When: Monday 26 march at 9h00

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