Coronavirus: United Kingdom, facing worst recession on record, sees GDP drop 20.4% in Q2

The UK has seen its economy, hit by the coronavirus crisis, suffer a "record" contraction of 20.4% in the second quarter, and is officially facing its worst recession on record, agency figures show National Statistics (ONS), published Wednesday 12 August. 
Economists consider that a country enters a technical recession when it accumulates two consecutive quarters of contraction in its economy. According to the ONS, most of the contraction, which began to be felt in March, occurred in April, an entire month of containment and almost total cessation of activity in the country, which saw production collapsed by 20%.

With a very early recovery in construction sites and manufacturing activity, gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded in May by 2.4% (revised figure), followed by an acceleration in June (+8.7 %) thanks in particular to the reopening of all shops. This is the biggest contraction in the UK economy since the ONS began these quarterly statistics in 1955, he said…

Ivory Coast: MTN launches the First ChatBot to perform mobile money transactions via WhatsApp

MTN, the largest mobile operator in Africa, has started a revolutionary service in Cote d'Ivoire by allowing its users to perform Mobile Money transactions via WhatsApp with a ChatBot. This innovation called "Eva de MoMo" is a Chatbot based on artificial intelligence technology. Eva thus plays the role of a virtual assistant, and is able to interact with mobile money subscribers on WhatsApp channels.
Ivory Coast: MTN launches the First ChatBot to perform mobile money transactions via WhatsApp

Different functionalities are also fulfilled by this Chatbot. Indeed :
  • Eva does mobile money (MoMo) operations such as balance consultation, money transfer, credit purchase, bill payment, etc.
  • Eva takes care of forwarding the complaints to the support concerned for an effective treatment.
  • Eva provides advice, tips and information on MoMo services (Prices, Promotions, Terms & Conditions, customer journey).
  • The objective pursued through this innovation implemented by MTN consists in facilitating the access of MoMo users to exact information, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. This, insofar as Eva responds instantly to the various concerns, while adapting to the user's request. Understanding natural language, Eva learns every day and is friendly.

Finally, note that after the WhatsApp application, Eva will also be available on other channels such as Facebook Messenger and SMS at 66 133 133.