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Arrowbwoy and Bensoul brought Eldoret to a standstill at the Nexterfest concert this past weekend.

Performing several of their hit tracks including Arrowbwoy newest track “Uko Nami” the two artists made sure the thousands of fans at the event enjoyed the ultimate musical experience

The NexterFest concert is one in a series of concerts organized by KBL as they mark 100 years in the kenyan market. The music platform has also involved the talents that were unearthed at the recently concluded Tusker Nexters Talent Search audition phase that saw rappers, vocalists, instrumentalists, spoken word artistes, and more, take to the stage and express themselves at a regional level.

Speaking on the Nexterfest proposition, Tusker Brand Manager Catherine Twesigye said the concerts were an opportunity for the brand to mark their 100-year celebration with the people that matter most-their consumers. The musical platform she mentioned was a continued touchpoint where they provided a platform for kenyan musicians to showcase their talent and consumers to enjoy the ultimate musical experience.

“Tusker has always been a brand that gives Kenyan artists a platform to shine. Tusker NexterFest is no different. As we celebrate the new generation of Tusker, we will continue to champion the local music industry as we hold the hands of the bright, bold spirit of future Kenya that we have unearthed at last month’s auditions. We are ready to go again, and we invite all of you to come and support us,” said Twesigye.

She added that through this event, Tusker will be aiming to sharpen these emerging artists’ skills ahead of next month, where the Tusker Nexters national finalists will compete for the ultimate prize both in music and eSports.

The Tusker NexterFest concerts will have a close out event in Mombasa on 28th May at the Yatch Lounge. We expect massive performances from Mejja, Bensoul, Nvirri, Chris Kaiga, Femi One, Fena Gitu who will be headlining the concert.

The festivities will then switch back to the national finals of the Tusker Nexters, a competition that will see the best up and coming musical and e-sporting talent battle it out for the ultimate Nexter national crown. Details for this will be shared in the coming weeks.

Government Asked to give attention to the Industry of clearing and forwarding


The Government has been challenged to give proper attention to the Industry of clearing and forwarding in a bid to spur economic growth and achieve the Nation’s Economic Blueprint, the Vision 2030.
Mr. John Maina, is a successful entrepreneur who doubles up as the proprietor of the reputable Youngline Clearing and Forwarding Company. The Nation sought an inclusive interview with him and shared some of his insights with this writer.

Firstly Mr Maina faulted the government for system inconsistencies especially in the IFMIS system that has been a stumbling block. “The system doesn’t seem to work very well and this greatly affects the clearance of goods at the port.

Another challenge is decentralisation of services whereby one is required to present themselves physically to acquire the certificate of origin.” the eloquent yet humble Mr Maina said.

His company, Youngline Clearing and Forwarding, is among the best and top clearing and forwarding companies in the country due to its startegic disposition in the market. Firstly it handles unique categories of goods which other companies frown at their sight. “We export hazardous substances such as explosives, fuel and gas, vaccines, and highly dangerous chemicals and liquids, additionally we are the only company that handles handicrafts in a bid to promote local production and at the same time supporting local enterprises.”

Mr Maina also thought there’s urgent need for institutions of higher learning to take clearing and forwarding seriously. He said, “At the moment the highest qualification we have is a diploma Certificate of clearing and forwarding. I wonder why varsities aren’t putting up campuses offering faculties such as clearing and forwarding in a bid to create capacity.”

But all is not gloom. The highly respected entrepreneur who is definitely a household name congratulated the government for the seamless system of transportation in the name of the Standard Gauge Railway. The advantages of the railway include security and safety of the consignment, reduction of accidents and also efficiency,” the witty, sharp and polished Mr Maina added.

Maina also thinks that as a country we haven’t exploited our export capacities,h said, “As a country we only do 12% but this can increase upwards of 35% if fully exploited,”
As the Nation Media Group we do wish the very Mr Maina the very best in his professional endeavours to build the Nation and create employment.



Equity Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have signed a partnership agreement in support of the sustainable development of Africa through supporting micro, small and medium sized businesses (MSMEs) from all sectors of the economy including climate-smart businesses.

The partnership has seen IFC and its partners including the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), British International Investment (BII) and Symbiotics, ResponsAbIility from Switzerland commit USD 165 million (approx. Kes 19 billion) towards Equity’s `Africa Recovery and Resilience Plan’ that will see the Group, through its regional banking subsidiaries, finance at least 5 million MSMEs and 25 million households therefore creating 50 million direct and indirect jobs.

The credit facility of USD 165 million includes USD 50 million from IFC, USD 50 million from British International Investment (BII) and USD 65 million from Symbiotic, Responsibility and FMO, the Dutch entrepreneurial development bank and a long-time shareholder in Equity through Arise Investments.

Further to the agreement signing, IFC and the IFC Financial Institutions Growth Fund acquired a 6.71 percent stake in Equity Group, East Africa’s largest banking group. The investment is IFC’s first in Africa that aligns with the corporation’s approach to increase green equity investments in financial institutions.

Through this equity investment, Equity Group commits to zero lending for coal related projects such as the development or expansion of coal-fired power plants, coal mines, transportation assets used exclusively for coal, or infrastructure assets exclusively dedicated to support coal mines and coal transportation, or any utility company that generates more than 20 percent of energy or revenues from coal, or have an annual coal production of 10 million tons or more; or have an installed coal-fired capacity of 5,000MW or more. Further, Equity Group has agreed to allocate USD 80 million equity towards climate related interventions covering all subsidiaries over the next 5 years.

Speaking during the partnership signing ceremony, Equity Group Managing Director and CEO Dr. James Mwangi said, “As Equity Group, we are delighted to welcome IFC, a member of the World Bank Group to the Equity family as our second largest shareholder. With IFC’s reach as the largest global development institution focused on the private sector equity, we will be able to further advance economic development by empowering and catalyzing the transformation of the lives and livelihoods of the African people and will enhance the success and sustainability of Equity’s ‘Africa Recovery and Resilience Plan’.

Equity’s Africa Recovery and Resilience Plan has been built on five key pillars hinged on its twin engine: the social engine and the economic engine. Through its social impact initiatives, Equity will continue investing in the social transformation and environmental impact of communities within East and Central Africa to drive inclusive growth.

On the economic engine, the Group will leverage on its regional footprint, strong financial capability, and brand trust to accelerate Africa’s growth by supporting MSMEs and driving their inclusion into formal value chains, championing access to trade and investment opportunities, leveraging on the region’s productive capacities to catalyze the growth of manufacturing and logistics and promoting investment in agriculture and renewable energy by businesses.

Also speaking at the signing ceremony, IFC Vice President, Risk and Finance, Mohamed Gouled said, “Supporting small businesses, digital financial services and climate-friendly projects is central to IFC’s strategy in Africa to help create jobs, respond to climate change, and leverage the opportunities afforded by the digital economy. IFC’s deepening partnership with Equity Group reflects that strategy and will support economic growth in Africa as the continent recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Speaking on behalf of British International Investment (BII) Head of Financial Services and Africa Coverage, Stephen Priestley said, ” British International Investment is pleased to partner with the IFC in providing a new loan facility to Equity Group. This being our second investment in Equity, this funding will further increase working capital to more local businesses and help to fund climate eligible projects in Kenya. This climate finance facility demonstrates BII’s ambition to scale climate finance across the African continent and our ongoing commitment to support sustainable, productive, and inclusive economic growth in Kenya.”

This new agreement with IFC is the second one within a period of one year that Equity Group has entered into following the signing of a USD 50 million credit facility to EquityBCDC aimed at providing additional local currency loans to underserved MSMEs in the DRC cushioning MSMEs in the country from currency fluctuations.

In January 2021, Equity Group also signed a USD 100 million loan facility with UK’s CDC (now BII) Group, and the Netherlands FMO (which included Germany’s DEG) in its continued commitment to walk with MSMEs to survive the pandemic, recover, repurpose, and thrive during and after the COVID-19 crisis. FMO is also a long-term investor through Equity Group’s majority shareholder Arise Investment.


Farmers in Migori County have receiving the dairy heifers

Farmers in Migori County have received 189 dairy heifers to help them become economically stable and help the region trade and economy to grow.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado said that the initiative that is in its sixth face has received much accolade and positive reception and response from farmers across all the 8 sub counties and 40 wards of Migori County.

He said that the inititiave will make the farmers become economically stable and be able to fend for themselves even when the next regime takes power.

He wanted the extension officers to help the famers realise their dream of becoming self sufficient and stable by offering good services that will enable them have better knowledge on dairy farming and other farming activities as well.

Chief Officer for agriculture Elijah Gambere termed the initiative as a right step towards alleviating poverty to many parts of the rural areas in Migori county and lauded the department for offering many services to dairy farmers in the county.

He said that the dairy breeds will go along way in making sure that they make available services near the farmers and many of the farmers will make a lot of many hence reduce overdependence on politicians for help in times of need.

The director of Livestock Charles Nyaanga said that the initiave is in its sixth face and efforts to make it better are still underway.

He termed it as a right step towards making sure that the farmers and other dairy stakeholders make profits and benefits drastically from the sale of milk and other milk and dairy products in the county.


Hon. Birdi Advocates For Democracy In ODM Party


Following the nullification of Westlands nominations MP ticket to Hon. Tim Wanyonyi by the Political Parties Tribunal, ODM party members and Westlands aspirants Hon. Sunjeev Kaur Birdi, Mr. Tom Wafula Wachiye and Mr. Noel Nyongesa issued a joint today.

The statement was conducted within Westlands in Bidwood Suites. Mr. Noel Nyongesa supported the courts ruling for nominations to be held within 72 hours which was issued on Friday. Hon. Sunjeev Kaur Birdi embodied the position by emphasizing the importance of democratic processes that must be followed and that they were not consulted. Her remarks focused on the representation of Asian minority, as seen by the presence of Asian Community Members of various ethnicities, primarily Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims as the 44th tribe in Kenya.

Her words of encouragement were also to the entire Kenyan public, from every ethnic background vying nationwide. Because it is not easy vying as minority communities. Hon. Birdi exemplified the her support for ODM flag bearer and leader of the Azimio La Umoja movement, Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga. She emphasized his unselfish contribution to Kenya’s independence and the country’s legacy towards economic and democratic liberation struggles, concluding with a strong statement that Hon. Baba Raila Amolo Odinga is the most suitable Presidential Candidate.

We are safe with Baba. When asked, “What would you have done if the ODM party failed or only addressed this issue minimally, how would you deal with it?” The strong reaction from each candidate backs the initiative to pursue legal action in order to preserve citizens’ democracy in voting at the 2022 elections. After all, the public should elect a competent, peoples leader.

Spark of hope for Somalia’s leadership


As the Somali nation’s hope for better leadership continues to gain momentum, a ray of hope is beaming in the candidature of Dahir Mohamud Gelle. The Nation spoke exclusively to the candidate, who strongly believes he is the best suited candidate to save the country from an abyss of misrule, desperation, war and even bloodshed.

The witty PhD Candidate believes he has the trust of the Somali citizens as they perceive him as the man of this period. The Somali people want someone to cure the wounds of the authoritarian practices of Farmajo. During the one-and-a-half-year of Farmajo’s over term and electoral impasse, unlike the other presidential candidates who advocated for force to oust Farmajo, he solely campaigned for peaceful negotiations until he was nicknamed on his slogan “Somali matters end on the table”, which he meant that Somalia problems can only be solved on a negotiation table. His peaceful stance has attracted the Somali public and they are very concerned that if any other candidate wins the election, he/she will become busy on taking revenge from the incumbent president and his team, which they consider as an extension of the prolonged tension in the country and the region.

Top on his political program prioritizes reconciliation, eradication of terror groups and stabilizing the country, improving the economy and the international relations, ratification of the constitution, and holding one-man one-vote elections that attracts the vast majority of the Somali public. The man of integrity who is seeking the top job, proved his transparency and unparalleled integrity by resigning from his ministerial position in Farmajo’s government because he has faithful, constant and consistent principles that is far from selfishness.

His internal policy aims to bring Somalis closer together, which is based on reconciliation, democratization and the elimination of terrorist groups. The man of the moment also has a foreign policy based on cooperation and collaboration since he has a good relationship with accredited envoys to Somalia. He frequently exchanges visits with the Ambassadors of the United States, UK, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and the special envoys of Norway and United Nations.

“Somalia is part of the world, and it needs to deal with the world. I want to create a mature diplomacy that wears silk gloves, that can guarantee for both Somalia and the rest of the world that they can reach their mutual interest based on win-win relations. I want to eliminate the conflicting and suspicious relationship. I want Somalia to be a stable country that pursue its interests peacefully in the world”, the presidential candidate says.

He also wants to amend strained relationship with neighboring countries something he is uncompromised about “I believe that Kenya and the UAE are friends of Somalia and that Farmajo came to power while their friendship with Somalia was in a good condition. I believe that Farmajo has ruined their friendship and neighbourhood. Kenya is a neighbour, and it will be forever, it was our friend and it will be, UAE was a friend of us, and it will be our friend, Qatar is our friend and it will be. I believe that those countries that Farmajo promoted their friendship and those others that Farmajo ruined their friendship are both friends. I believe that it is in our best interest is to deal with the whole world in a peaceful manner. I do not agree with Farmajo’s erroneous foreign policy stance,” he said.

The man who has a wealth of experience in the civil service believes in applying local solutions for local problems. “As Somalis, we have to solve our own problems first and make Somalia a peaceful, stable country that is prepared for international cooperation. I want to implement the statement made by our first president Aden Adde on the night of Somalia’s independence, ‘Somalia is an independent country, that wants to live in peace with the world’”

These three lucky Kenyans are on the way to Sh. 40m from Betsafe


Three lucky Kenyans have already been selected to get into the draw to win the guaranteed Betsafe Super Jackpot worth Sh. 40 million.

Bernard Kanyi a mechanic from Kasarani, Joseph Mutinda a marketing professional from Kahawa Sukari, and Joab Opiri from Bondo, Siaya County, received the call from Betsafe on Monday 2nd May, informing them of their entrance into the draw which puts them on track to winning Sh. 40m on Sunday May 21.

Similar to the other lucky contestants, Joab Opiri expressed his excitement at being selected for the draw, stating that he is on tenterhooks waiting for the final draw.

“I can’t celebrate too loudly yet because I am at work, but when I get back home I will be jumping up and down. If I win the Sh. 40 million, I will open a business, build a home and pay school fees for my children,” said a clearly excited Joab to the Betsafe customer care representative during the call to inform him of his selection.

The three were selected, by a random process overseen by the Betting Control and Licensing Board, from a pool of 111 players who correctly guessed the outcome of 10 out of 17 football matches in the Betsafe Super Jackpot.

Pauline Opal, a representative of the Betting Control and Licensing Board, was present to verify the veracity of the random selection process.

“I have verified that the process is open and transparent, and it suits the requirements of the BCLB for the conduct of such draws,” she said.

Seven more contestants will be picked for a chance at the grand prize, with three to be selected on 8th May and four on 15th May through a similarly random process from players of the Super Jackpot, ahead of the grand draw on 21st May.


Parents protesting

Learning at Nyandago Mixed secondary school in Nyatike Sub-County Migori was paralyzed as parents protested over the school’s poor performance in KCSE exams for the past 2 years putting form ones admission to a halt as the new learners are set to join schools from this week.

On Thursday morning parents and the local community of Nyandago mixed secondary school protested over the poor performance and high-handedness of the school principal.

The parents led by Odhiambo Ojuki said that the school has in the last two years performed miserably while accusing the school principal Mr. James Langi of being responsible for the mess in performance and discipline of the school.
Ojuki said that the best candidates for the last two years had C- while just a few had D’s and over 20 students recorded E’s, while their efforts to address poor performance have not borne any fruit.

Alice Atieno a parent at the same time said that the school principal has been indisciplined and abusive and does not respect both parents and teachers at the school.

The parents vowed to stay put with the protests to make sure that the principal is transferred to another school to pave way for a better principal who will uplift academic performance in the school.

The local administrator Winny Malemba the area chief of Nyandago central location requested the parent and the community at large to calm down and maintain peace.

She however urges parents to talk to their children for better prominence at the same time urges teachers to make sure that they are teaching.

When the press reached Migori County Education director Mr. Jacob Onyiego for the comment, he admitted that Nyandago has been performing poorly and they were holding a meeting at Makalder to address the situation.

According to the school record shown by the media indicates that in the year 2019 the school had a mean score of 4.3, in 2020 it had a mean score of 3.49, and in the last exams of 2021 which result was released this year the school obtained a mean score of 2.66.The parents however vowed to stay put until the issues being raised are addressed amicably.


New Dawn as BPR Bank Rwanda is Launched

KCB Group PLC Chairman Andrew Wambari Kairu with Dr Édouard Ngirente, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda during the launch of BPR Bank Rwanda PLC

KCB Group PLC has launched a new banking subsidiary in Rwanda, BPR Bank Rwanda PLC following the amalgamation of KCB Bank Rwanda and Banque Populaire du Rwanda (BPR).

This follows regulatory approval by the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) earlier in the month to merge the two entities. This means the two banks will now operate as a single entity named bpr Bank Plc, with KCB Group as the majority shareholder.

The combined bank will become the second largest bank in the Rwanda banking industry and gives KCB Group a stronger edge in deepening the ongoing Group strategy to scale regional presence.

Speaking during the launch event, KCB Group CEO and MD Joshua Oigara said: “We are delighted with the possibilities that lay ahead, as this integration has enabled us to buttress our leadership position, giving us a stronger edge to play a bigger role in driving the financial inclusion agenda in East Africa, while building a robust and financially sustainable organization.”

“BPR Bank Rwanda holds a lot of promise. We will continually tap into the strengths of both BPR and KCB Bank Rwanda, to offer our customers additional value. We want to revolutionize the way we do business, guaranteeing ultimate satisfaction to our esteemed customers, as they interact with us,” he added.

BPR Bank will have a range of debit and credit cards to simplify payments for all our customers, a service which was launched today.

BPR Bank Rwanda is now the second-largest bank in Rwanda with an asset base of 648 billion RWF and a network of 154 branches, playing a critical role to support a budding economy to drive financial inclusion in the country by focusing efforts on; inclusive growth, equality, financial opportunities, money management, investment initiatives, the standard of living, and poverty reduction.

“We are excited to see this milestone come through. These two organizations have the right synergies to come together and succeed, especially in this market where there is a need to provide various products and services to our young population to foster not only economic development but also improve quality of life for the population” said Dr Édouard Ngirente, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda while officiating the event.

“We have been presented with a great opportunity to empower the communities and grow the economy of Rwanda,” said the Prime Minister.

In line with KCB Group’s strategy to scale their business in the region, the bank pursued the opportunity to strengthen its international businesses through the acquisition of Atlas Mara Limited Group shares in Banque Populaire du Rwanda PLC and is now pursuing acquisition opportunities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The event was graced by among other guests Dr. Uzziel Ndagijimana, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Hon. Clare Akamanzi CEO, Rwanda Development Board, Hon. John Rwangombwa, National Bank of Rwanda Governor and Dr. Patrick Njoroge, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya.

ITU-UK Kenya Digital Access Programme (UK-KDAP) Partnering for Effective Connectivity and Broader Digital Inclusion


This is our opportunity to congratulate and thank the UK Digital Access Programme Partners who include the Ministry of ICT Innovation and Youth Affairs, Departments, Agencies, Civil Society Organizations, the Private Sector and our Global Partners.

Special thanks also goes to Madam PS. Esther Koimett, for accepting our invitation to officiate at this event.  And to our co-hosts for today’s event; the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – who are one of our esteemed global partners. I also want to acknowledge our UK Government DAP in-house delivery team led by Charles, our DAP Kenya country lead and Digital Access Adviser and Sheena, the UK-Kenya Tech Hub Director.

As you know the theme for today’s event is ‘Partnering for Effective Connectivity and Broader Digital Inclusion’. This is an opportunity for us to consider how we can work collaboratively to harness the power of inclusive digital transformation as an enabler for economic and social development, to improve governance, drive innovation and enable poverty reduction, in particular for those who are often most excluded in society including women, the young and Persons with Disability (PWDs). 

In order to provide some background and context, in 2018/2019, the UK Government designed the Digital Access Programme (or the DAP) in partnership with key stakeholders in five countries following an in-depth diagnosis of digital inclusion barriers and opportunities. The Programme was developed to increase digital inclusion, through the support of systemic enablers and scalable models for affordable last-mile connectivity, digital literacy and skills, and locally-relevant digital content and services.

The main aim of the DAP is to catalyse inclusive, affordable, safe and secure digital access for excluded or underserved populations in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia; and support local digital ecosystems to thrive.  The DAP is structured into three pillars:

Pillar 1 is focused on the ‘Models & Enablers’ needed to facilitate the sustainable expansion of affordable connectivity, digital literacy, skills, locally-relevant content and services for excluded or underserved communities, with an emphasis on gender, disability and broader inclusion. This is facilitated and complemented by key enablers such as enhanced policies and regulatory frameworks, and capacity building of relevant institutions.

Pillar 2 is about building ‘Trust & Resilience’ through partner countries’ capacity to prevent and respond to cyber-security harms affecting governments, businesses and citizens.

And Pillar 3 has created a network of Tech Hubs to support ‘Sustainable Digital Ecosystems’ by stimulating local digital economies and supporting tech entrepreneurs to find solutions for local development challenges – creating skilled jobs, and forging partnerships between local start-ups and the international tech sector.

While these pillars frame all of our interventions, in early 2020, the DAP, like many others, had to pivot to respond to effects of COVID-19. In Kenya, this meant we worked in collaboration with our government partners and a local expert consultancy, Inspire Africa Initiatives, to design eight COVID-19-related projects. This resulted in a number of the projects that have led us to this point today.

For example, with the Communications Authority of Kenya we were able to provide support to review and update the voice and data services access gaps; support work on the licensing and shared spectrum framework for community networks and forthe new Universal Service Strategy.  With the Kenya ICT Authority we were able to support an assessment of gaps and challenges hindering effective delivery of government services to the vulnerable and marginalized citizens during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and to raise awareness of Cyber-hygiene. And together with the COVID-19 ICT Advisory Committee we supported an advisory opinion on the use of digital signatures to facilitate business and Government services during the pandemic and a model for e-learning to support continued teaching and learning during Covid-19 period and beyond.

Through these and other programmes we have collectively reached over 2 million beneficiaries, including more than 5,000 people living with disabilities and 125 marginalised communities in rural and urban areas of Kenya.

Some of these other projects included empowering ‘Community Health Workers’ to offer digitally-enabled services during the pandemic, providing internet access public ‘hotspots’ in informal settlements in Nairobi, supporting learners with visual impairments through digital tools, enhancing digital employability skills for vulnerable women, providing  locally-relevant digital agricultural content to farmers in Laikipia County, and supporting capacity building for local digital innovators in partnership with the ‘whitebox’ at ICTA – among many other great achievements.

We also continued to build the stakeholder relationships required to enhance the sustainability and scalability of these initiatives, engaging 693 stakeholders across government, private sector and civil society.

Today, we are pleased to indicate that alongside ongoing UK DAP projects co-designed and delivered in collaboration with specialised global partners, we will be joining the Principal Secretary in announcing and launching eleven DAP projects delivered through Government Departments, Agencies and local Partners.

I wish to conclude by thanking everyone for joining us today, and once again special thanks to our Partners for their excellent work.  I look forward to the interactive sessions lined up for the whole of the day! 

These are:

  1. Promoting effective regulation, greater investment and innovative models for school connectivity in underserved communities and for broader digital inclusion in Digital Access Programme (DAP) countries, with the International Telecommunication Union ( ITU).
  2. Increasing spectrum availability for affordable connectivity for those that are still unserved or underserved with the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA).
  3. Building sustainable digital capacity through the application of re-usable tools shaped by the Principles for Digital Development in a DAP partner country (Kenya) with the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL).
  4. Skills for Inclusive Digital Participation for Inclusive Digital Participation with the British Council.
  5. Supporting Community-led Approaches to Addressing the Digital Divide with the Association for Progressive Communications
  6. Building Trust & Resilience of Partnering Country’s to supporting Safe and secure Digital Access with KPMG.
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