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CGI's Asia Pacific Delivery Centers of Excellence appraised at CMMI Level 5 in Version 2.0 for Services

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BANGALORE, India, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) announced that its India and Philippines delivery centers have been appraised at Level 5 in Version 2.0 of the CMMI Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI ®) for Services. The appraisal was performed by KPMG.

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CMMI is a Capability Maturity Improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve performance. CGI's appraisal at Maturity Level 5 indicates that CGI is performing at an “optimizing” level, continually improving its processes by using a quantitative approach to understand the variation in the process and the causes of process outcomes.

“Achieving CMMI® level 5 for Services signifies another major milestone in our commitment to provide the highest quality of service and operational excellence as we work together with clients to help them modernize their IT supply chains,” said George Mattackal, President of CGI's Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centers of Excellence. “Our emphasis on continuous improvement translates to greater operational efficiency and added value for clients as they seek to digitize their operations to become more resilient and provide greater value to their customers.”

In addition to process maturity, CGI's delivery centers in the Asia Pacific provide a robust mix of managed IT and IP-based services. They have co-created with clients innovative methods and tools, such as the Application Services Optimisation Programme (ASOP), an end-to-end framework for the delivery of application services, Sofia, a self-building chatbot platform, and SiteReliability 360, a proactive monitoring and problem resolution platform for hybrid cloud environments.

In Asia Pacific, CGI employs more than 15,000 consultants across major cities in India, Malaysia, and the Philippines to provide global delivery support that accelerate client goals and sustain business outcomes. The appraisal demonstrates the high level of process maturity underlying CGI's service delivery and culture of continuous improvement based on the CGI Management Foundation.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With 76,000 consultants and other professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services, and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. CGI Fiscal 2020 reported revenue is C$12.16 billion and CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.

About CMMI Institute

CMMI Institute is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process and technology. CMMI Institute's promise is to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create sustainable competitive advantage. CMMI Institute offers market-driven solutions that provide insights for baselining and optimizing key organizational capabilities, cyber maturity, and data assets to evaluate business performance.

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KILDE, a Singaporean private debt investment platform, has raised US$450,000 led by Purple Ventures in pre-seed funding round, supported by Startupbootcamp Dubai.

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SINGAPORE, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — KILDE was licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore lately to raise debt capital for digital lending companies from institutional and accredited investors.

KILDE Team, from left Namrata Goswami, Radek Jezbera, Gustavo Leal, Aleksandra Yurchenko, Oleg Kryukovskiy

Securing a sustainable source of debt funding is a number one challenge for digital lenders. Despite the investment boom in alternatives, digital lending is too opaque and non-transparent for most investors. KILDE lifts the opaque veil offering access to an extensive range of deal-ready private debt investments. For digital lending firms, it provides flexible funding at competitive costs.

“Digital lenders allow underbanked consumers and SMEs to get sustainable loans and build their credit history. Transforming these loans into investable assets provides a unique market opportunity. We are here to streamline this process,” said Radek Jezbera, co-founder of KILDE.

KILDE has already opened credit facilities to 8 digital lenders with the overall credit limit of more than US$30m. It will further expand to include more digital lenders from the SEA, MENA, and Eastern Europe.

Purple Ventures is a European private venture capital fund investing smart seed money into early-stage fintech startups with a proven business model expanding their business globally.

KILDE is also backed by the Startupbootcamp Fintech Dubai. “We are extremely excited about KILDE, as we see the enormous potential that the undisrupted private debt market has to offer. We believe KILDE has the right team to execute and grow to become a central player between investors and lenders, and we look forward to working with them over the coming years,” said Mohamad Sabouneh, Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Fintech Dubai.

Singapore with its progressive regulatory regime and easy access to liquidity is preferred headquarters to many Fintech businesses. Fintech investment in Singapore reached US$346 million in 2020, representing 6.2% of all that was raised in Asia according to Singapore Fintech Report 2021. Dubai, on the other hand, is the leading financial hub in the MENA and South Asia, with DIFC being the largest fintech hub in the MENA region. Exposure to both markets creates outstanding opportunities for KILDE and its clients.

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Augusta Gold Grants Stock Options

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VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Augusta Gold Corp. (OTCQB: AUGG) (CSE: G) (FSE: 11B) (“Augusta” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the grant of 5.8 million stock options to officers, directors and employees of the Company, pursuant to the terms of the Company's Stock Option Plan. The Options have an exercise price of C$3.00 per share and expire five (5) years from the date of grant.

The Company has also changed its trading symbol on the OTCQB from BFGCD to AUGG. With the recent name change of the Company it was appropriate that the ticker symbol represented this shift.

About Augusta Gold
Augusta Gold is a rapidly growing exploration and development company focused on building a long-term business that delivers stakeholder value through developing the Bullfrog Gold Project and pursing accretive M&A opportunities. The Bullfrog Gold Project is located in the prolific Bullfrog district approximately 120 miles north-west of Las Vegas, Nevada and 4 miles west of Beatty, Nevada. The Company controls approximately 7,800 acres of mineral rights including the Bullfrog and Montgomery-Shoshone deposits and has further identified significant additional mineralization around the existing pits and defined several exploration targets that could further enhance the Project.  The Company is led by a management team and board of directors with a proven track record of success in financing and developing mining assets and delivering shareholder value. For more information please visit www.augustagold.com.

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CoinGate: Buy most popular Indian E-Gift Cards with Bitcoin & other cryptocurrency

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VILNIUS, Lithuania, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Indian cryptocurrency holders can now buy a wide range (+140) of locally redeemable e-gift cards with Bitcoin or other ten cryptocurrency options on CoinGate.

These e-vouchers include some notable brands in India like Flipkart, BigBazaar, SPAR, Arvind, Lifestyle, ALDO, Central, Shoppers Stop, Homecentre, Bata, Pantaloons and more.

All these vouchers and more are in stock and up for grabs on CoinGate's Gift Card store right now. 

All purchased gift cards are sent to the user's provided email address immediately after payment. Get it for yourself, or send it as a gift to someone else directly and instantly.

Your first time paying with crypto? Use these step-by-step instructions to guide you.

India's endlessly growing gift card industry

In India, the gift card market has spread like wildfire over the last couple of years, growing steadily and recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.5% between 2015 and 2019. 

The use of electronic gift cards accelerated even more during COVID-19 outbreak as they proved to be a convenient way to give presents on special occasions while social distancing, or even transfer value across regions without using costly traditional payment channels like banks or money transfer services. 

Looking forward to 2024, India's market for electronic vouchers is estimated to reach 9.34 billion USD in value by then, compared to 3,44 billion USD in 2019 due to their steadily rising popularity and increasing overall adoption in daily lives.

Indian e-gift cards for Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether & more 

And now, CoinGate is adding fuel to this wildfire by enabling the inventory of more than 140 different e-gift cards for crypto-friendly shoppers from India to obtain using their cryptocurrency portfolios.

Our team is excited to provide India with an opportunity to put their crypto-assets to fair use, knowing that the country is still in limbo about the status of cryptocurrencies which makes them harder to use. 

Now, after almost a year since its Supreme Court struck down RBI banking ban on crypto, Indian traders and exchange operators have new hope for sensible action from the government.

Even though Indian crypto users are struggling to find common ground with traditional payment instruments, we are happy to relieve some pain by providing an easy way to realize cryptocurrency value through gift cards.

Happy spending and hopefully you'll enjoy our service!

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