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Foundation To Empower 1,000 Women In Rivers

Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Rotary International, District 1914, in collaboration with the Eze-Ikemba 1 Foundation and ECOBANK Plc, are set to provide financial empowerment to 1,000 women who are engaged in petty trading in Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The three organisations are expected to dispense an interest-free loan of N50,000 each to the women to help boost their businesses in the face of the economic downturn in the country.

President, Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Garden City, Rotarian Timi Favour Bubagha, at a women empowerment workshop held at the Obumutonchiri, New Road, in Borikiri, Port Harcourt, said the interest-free loan, which is to be paid back within six months, was designed for community development with a view to positively impacting on women and their families.

Also speaking, President of the Eze-Ikemba 1 Foundation and the Agurushi Etche, His Royal Highness Nyeche Promise Obinna, said the decision to give the loan of N50,000 each to women in the community was to help them start up small businesses that would in turn support their families.

He said the workshop was organised to provide women with the right trading skills, thereby improving on their economic and social well-being.

In their remarks, officials of ECOBANK Plc, expressed their satisfaction since the official unveiling of the empowerment scheme and thanked Eze-Ikemba 1 Foundation for organising the programme.

Earlier, the facilitator and past President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt Garden City, Rotarian Tonye Nria-Dappa, had commended the scheme, saying “it’s going to help the women a great deal.”

According to her, “A lot of women are under stress just like their men. So, if the purchasing power of a woman is a little bit increased by what we are going to do here today, it will go a long way to ease the stress that the women are going through.

“We all know the impact of inflation, and a lot of people around the world are impacted, but what Rotary intends to do here today is to see how they can alleviate some of the sufferings of these women and families”.

This New Money will Destroy the US Dollar

This new money is set to destroy the US dollar — it’s not Bitcoin but will very likely be a form of digital currency, known as a CBDC.

Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, commonly referred to as the BRICS nations have formed an alliance to overtake the US dollar as the new global reserve currency.

These same countries are believed to be the future dominant suppliers of manufactured goods, services, and raw materials by 2050.

These 5 nations represent:

  • 42% of the world’s population
  • 23% of the world’s GDP
  • 30% of the world’s territory, and
  • 18% of global trade

These 5 nations also produce a significant portion of the world’s resources:

  • 26% of Oil
  • 40% of Corn
  • 46% of Wheat

Not to mention a combined population of 3.2 billion people.

BRICS Nations Plan to Create a “New Global Reserve Currency”

Russia and members of the BRICS countries the end of June met at the 14th BRICS Summit to discuss world affairs. During this meeting, it was revealed the leaders of these five major emerging economies are in the midst of “creating a new global reserve currency.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the five-member economies — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa plan to issue a “new global reserve currency.

President Vladimir Putin said,

“The issue of creating an international reserve currency based on a basket of currencies of our countries is being worked out,”

At this point, it’s important to note that due to the conflict in Ukraine, Russia has been cut off from the international SWIFT payment system, it is also pairing with China and the BRIC nations to develop “reliable alternative mechanisms for international payments” in order to “cut reliance on the Western financial system”.

While specifics weren’t offered, it’s highly likely this will be in the form of the digital currency known as a Central Bank Digital Currency.

Central Bank Digital Currency & BRICS

Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) are a new type of digital currency specifically developed for use by Central Banks. The adoption and implementation of these CDBCs are rapidly gaining ground.

China is already piloting its CBDC initiative, Russia and Brazil are in the proof of concept phase and India and South Africa are still in the research phase.

The implementation of CBDCs offers great opportunities to promote financial inclusion while also disrupting the traditional banking architecture in these countries.

For international payments to work (which will replace the 50-year-old SWIFT cross-border payment system), standardized protocols need to be established. These protocols are known as ISO 20022.

What is ISO 20022?

ISO 20022 is a single standardization approach to be used worldwide by all financial standards initiatives. The new standardization is set to officially begin in November 2022 and be fully implemented by November 2025.

There are already ISO 20022 compliant cryptocurrencies that have been established to be part of this system. Whether the BRICS nations adopt an already compliant IS0 20022 cryptocurrency or create their own is still unknown.


US Sanctions have cut off the SWIFT network to Russia. With the BRICS alliance and current sanctions against Russia, these countries are looking to create their own payment mechanism, which is timed well with the new ISO 20022 standard coming into play in November of this year and the forward movement of the implementation of CBDCs around the world for most all central banks.

While the exact “new reserve currency” has not been clearly named or identified, it’s highly likely it will be in the form of a CBDC in which the BRICS nations are part, including their very own version of SWIFT which will likely also be in the form of a CBDC or intermediary digital currency.