PAHO/WHO Commits Support to Reduce Tobacco Use in Jamaica

first_imgRelatedGovernment to Explore All Economic Opportunities at Diaspora Conference RelatedForeign Affairs State Minister Confident of Uptick in FDI RelatedAmbassador Vasciannie Meets with Diaspora Groups Ahead of June Conference FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has committed to continue its support of the Government’s efforts to reduce tobacco use in Jamaica. This assurance comes from PAHO/WHO Representative in Jamaica, Margareta Sköld, who says the organisation stands ready to assist the administration in its quest to, among other things, advance the passage of Tobacco Control Regulations. “PAHO/WHO strongly supports the Government of Jamaica in its efforts to protect and safeguard public health by reducing exposure to the harmful effects of tobacco use, not least, through the passing of new Tobacco Control Regulations,” she said in a message marking World No Tobacco Day on May 31, which was read by PAHO/WHO Health System and Services Development Advisor to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Bermuda, Marilyn Entwistle, at a National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) forum at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew. Ms. Sköld noted that the proposed legislation aims to institute safeguards against unwanted tobacco exposure. Further that it is expected to form an integral part of the government’s bid to address the economic and social impact which the heightened prevalence of non-communicable diseases, partly consequent on tobacco use, currently poses. She advised that the move to initiate the legislation is consistent with obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which Jamaica ratified in 2005. In welcoming the forum’s staging, Ms. Sköld said the event provided stakeholders and other participants with an opportunity to deliberate over practical solutions aimed at reducing tobacco use; improving the health and welfare of persons affected by non-communicable diseases, while seeking to reduce the incidence of these; and stimulating sustainable economic development. Meanwhile, Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, said the government is mindful of the fact that tobacco smoking “remains the most avoidable cancer risk.” As such, he assured that the administration continues to pursue policies and programmes that will reduce tobacco smoking and protect the health of the population. These, he pointed out, include instituting tobacco legislation, “which we are assiduously working on completing.” “Soon, I expect that we will have the legislation in place to ban smoking in public spaces,” the Minister said. On May 31 each year, countries affiliated with the WHO observe World No Tobacco Day, which highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use, and provides a platform advocating effective policies to reduce its consumption. This year’s global theme: ‘Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship’, stems from Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which requires a comprehensive ban of all advertising, promotional and sponsorship activities, that would result in a reduction in tobacco products consumption. The local theme focused on the nation’s young people, and was aptly coined: “Ban Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Save Our Youth’. According to the PAHO/WHO, tobacco use is one of the biggest public health threats globally. It kills nearly six million people each year, of whom more than five million are users and ex users, and over 600,000 are non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke. Data shows that at least one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco, and that this accounts for one in 10 adult deaths. CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDScenter_img PAHO/WHO Commits Support to Reduce Tobacco Use in Jamaica Foreign AffairsJune 3, 2013 Advertisementslast_img read more

Does Singapore really need a 4th operator?

first_img Tags Previous ArticleGoogle unveils Project Fi mobile serviceNext ArticleZTE, Huawei kick off war of words in fresh patent dispute HomeBlog Does Singapore really need a 4th operator? Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Blog: Singapore plots path to 5G leadership Blog: Operators rush to boost data offerings in “competitive” Singapore market NEW BLOG: Last week’s news that an SMRT-funding venture is interesting in biding for a fourth mobile licence next year has raised an important question for would-be mobile service providers in the city-state: Can Singapore support a fourth network operator?The country has a population of 5.6 million and a SIM penetration rate of 145 per cent. More than 70 per cent of mobile users have mobile broadband.Its main public transport provider SMRT was reported to have an option to invest up to SGD34.5 million ($25.3 million) in upstart OMGTel if the latter is successful in obtaining a licence. OMGTel was incorporated in October by Consistel, a local technology group, to bid for the country’s fourth mobile operator licence next year.Local regulator IDA has wanted a fourth player since 1998 (when another licence was awarded, but later withdrawn) to encourage competition, since the government’s view is that the operators have high ARPU and margins, notes Ovum principle analyst Nicole McCormick, who covers the service provider market. “We expect concessions for the potential fourth MNO from the government.”But over the years there has been little interest. Last year’s 4G auction attracted only the three incumbents.Some consultants have said that the optimal number of operators in a single market is usually three. The lack of takers in a fourth licence in the past is testament to that.The barriers to entry in Singapore are particularly high. OMGTel estimates that, in addition to the spectrum cost, it will need to invest about $1 billion to roll out a basic network. And besides the network side, a newcomer needs to spend heavily on marketing to attract customers.“Any new entrant at this stage will face serious challenges with reach,” said Bob Fox, a telecoms consultant and director of Foxcom.McCormick agreed, saying it will be difficult for a new entrant to make significant inroads into Singapore, unless it can find a way to differentiate itself from the established operators.Surprisingly, OMGTel is not alone in its interest. MyRepublic announced last year it plans to bid for the licence and has been raising funds. It tried to take the MVNOs path a couple of years back but was unable to negotiate a viable access deal with a particular mobile network operator.Despite the arguments for the need for additional competition at the service layer, some analysts warn that the entry of a fourth player could actually hurt the market because it would likely need to resort to price cutting to gain market share. That could bring the entire market down. The number 2 and 3 players – StarHub and M1 – would likely be hit the hardest.The MVNO optionFox suggests new players consider other options, such as a domestic roaming arrangement, wholesale use of the country’s NBN or an MVNO.Industry sources say the regulator is now thinking seriously about opening the market to MVNOs and sees a role for them to play in injecting more innovation and competition.A government consultation on allocating new spectrum and enhancing competition, which opened a year ago and drew in responses from 20 companies, has been under review by the IDA since last June.An IDA representative told Mobile World Live that it is in the process of assessing the feedback and is expected to release a proposed plan early next year and then ask for feedback from the industry before finalising the new regulations.Insiders say the final result likely will be that the IDA requires mobile licence holders to give wholesale access to MNVOs. That thinking, of course, is speculation and the future policy won’t be clear until at least next year.The MVNO route certainly would be less risky.To its credit, the IDA seems to have responded to rising complaints over the past few years that the three major mobile operators offer a limited selection of data packages compared to other markets.In its response to the consultation, Liberty Wireless stated that offers in Singapore have converged over time to three to four packages with broadly similar pricing packages. “Such offerings cannot possibly capture the diversity of Singapore’s local and international population.”Liberty’s detailed response to the IDA noted that markets like Hong Kong and London offer more than eight different packages across multiple operators, with most including unlimited voice, generous data packages, and/or tiered pricing by data usage, and ways to customise plans.It goes on to say: “Across most of these package there seems to be more flexibility and transparency for the consumer and no charges for ‘expected’ services like caller ID.”Liberty, a Singapore-based regional MVNO, has plans to offer the fourth mobile service in Singapore with a launch later this year. Liberty, of course, believes MVNOs are a “materially smarter way compared to a new MNO to bring competition to the market and thinks it is important to work on innovation rather than focus on price to win”.The company’s director, Adeel Najam, told Mobile World Live: “We are working to innovate on the service, application and core network layer and believe in bringing consumer benefit while sustaining long-term value for the industry.”Singapore’s mobile operators are no doubt content with the status quo. As the market leader with a 51 per cent market share, SingTel is the least incentivised to offer an MVNO access.But the big three should realise the market is changing, consumers are increasingly demanding and the IDA is likely to mandate at some point that they open up access to stimulate innovation.Instead of blocking their way until legally required to, they need to see it as an opportunity to start innovating their service offerings to prepare for the inevitable increase in competition that is coming.The new environment will not only be better for consumers, but operators will be pushed to develop more sustainable business models, rather than replicate what the competition is doing.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. 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HLS’s East Asian Legal Studies accepting submissions

first_imgThe East Asian Legal Studies (EALS) program at Harvard Law School (HLS) is accepting submissions of papers for the Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize. The prize is awarded to the author of the best paper concerning the law or legal history of the nations and peoples of East Asia or concerning issues of law as it pertains to U.S.-East Asia relations. The author should also embody Yong Kim’s interest in and enthusiasm for fostering U.S.-East Asian understanding, plan a career that will further advance this understanding, and have made contributions to EALS while a student. The paper can be written in conjunction with a course, seminar, or independent study project at the Law School.The prize includes a cash award and will be announced at Commencement.Submissions (two bound or stapled copies) must be received at the EALS office, Pound Hall, Room 426, HLS, by May 2 and should include the student’s name, School, class level, e-mail address, and phone number. Contact Juliet Bowler at [email protected] with questions.last_img read more