CryptoDATA Tech devient l’actionnaire majoritaire et stratégique de RNF MotoGP Team

CryptoDATA Tech becomes RNF MotoGP Team majority and strategic shareholder

RNF Racing Ltd. is pleased to announce a new majority shareholder with CryptoDATA Tech, a blockchain-applied technologies pioneer and developer of hardware and software cybersecurity solutions. This strategic investment marks a significant milestone and a beginning of a new era for the fifteen months old RNF MotoGP team.*Ovidiu Toma – CEO CryptoDATA Tech (left), Carmelo Ezpeleta – CEO Dorna Sports (left-center), Razlan Razali – Team Principal RNF MotoGP Team (right-center), Bogdan Mărunțiș – Global Strategy CryptoDATA Tech (right).

BUCAREST, Roumanie, 22 nov. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CryptoDATA Tech, pionnier des technologies appliquées à la blockchain et développeur de solutions de cybersécurité matérielle et logicielle, a le plaisir d’annoncer l’acquisition d’une participation majoritaire dans RNF Racing Ltd. Cet investissement stratégique marque une étape significative et met en avant le début d’une nouvelle ère pour la team RNF MotoGP (comptant 15 mois d’existence) et la holding roumaine.

Après avoir annoncé le partenariat avec la société de cybersécurité Official Premium pour les trois dernières courses de la saison, CryptoDATA est devenu un partenaire qui partage la même passion, les mêmes valeurs et reconnaît la valeur potentielle d’une team MotoGP sur le long terme.

Avec CryptoDATA comme actionnaire majoritaire, la vision et la stratégie consistent à aller au-delà de la course et à étendre l’activité et les services aux sports mécaniques, principalement en MotoGP, mais aussi à prendre en charge les aspects commerciaux et de marque de la team. RNF MotoGP Team continuera à participer en tant qu’équipe indépendante dans la catégorie reine du Championnat du Monde FIM MotoGP. Le directeur de l’équipe, Razlan Razali, reste aux commandes et se concentre sur l’aspect sportif et technique de la team.

À l’occasion de la dernière course de la saison et pour marquer le début de cette étape historique, RNF MotoGP Team et CryptoDATA dévoileront un design spécial le jour de la course au Grand Prix de Valence.

Razlan Razali, fondateur et Team Principal, RNF Racing Ltd,
a précisé « Ce jour marque une étape historique pour l’équipe. J’aimerais remercier CryptoDATA de nous avoir fait confiance, à moi et à l’équipe, pour l’avenir. »

« En peu de temps, les discussions se sont transformées en un engagement à long terme. Nous avons étendu notre partenariat et comme je l’ai dit précédemment, c’est une collaboration fantastique. L’union des deux entreprises permettra non seulement à l’équipe d’être performante en course, mais également de développer les aspects commerciaux de l’équipe et c’est là que les deux parties unissent leurs forces pour partager leur expertise et leur expérience. Mon objectif principal est de veiller à ce que la team se batte pour le championnat tandis que l’équipe de CryptoDATA composée de jeunes talents intelligents, innovants et ambitieux développera des stratégies pour renforcer notre position hors des sentiers battus. »

« Forts de l’expérience de nos précédents succès et grâce à la même équipe soudée et passionnée de notre écurie MotoGP et à notre solide groupe de pilotes, nous sommes prêts pour un retour dans la compétition avec CryptoDATA pour la prochaine saison. »

Ovidiu TOMA, Directeur général et fondateur de CryptoDATA Tech,
a ajouté : « Nous sommes ravis d’étendre notre partenariat et de devenir l’actionnaire majoritaire de RNF MotoGP Team. Le championnat du monde MotoGP est une vitrine exclusive et internationale, un univers particulier où la grille de départ s’apparente à une scène pour les héros dans laquelle CryptoDATA a trouvé sa place en partageant ses valeurs et ses objectifs. Nous sommes devenus la première entreprise roumaine à sponsoriser un Grand Prix Moto sur la piste Red Bull cette année, et nous sommes maintenant plus enthousiastes et motivés que jamais à l’idée de devenir l’actionnaire majoritaire de RNF Team. Cela représente non seulement une étape historique pour CryptoDATA, mais également un nouveau départ et une motivation de taille.

« Nous envisageons l’année 2023 avec optimisme et confiance, car des cadres à la solide formation, sérieux et expérimentés dirigent notre team. Nous ferons tout notre possible pour aider la team à atteindre ses objectifs et à performer au maximum de son potentiel en MotoGP. »

Bogdan Mărunţiş, Responsable de stratégie globale et fondateur de CryptoDATA Tech,
ajoute pour sa part « Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer notre partenariat avec la team RNF, et nous sommes convaincus que nous pouvons aider l’équipe à définir des objectifs stratégiques pour la saison à venir ainsi que des objectifs de performance à long terme, non seulement sur le circuit, mais aussi hors circuit. Nous voulons amorcer la transformation de l’équipe en une entreprise prospère qui offrira des expériences uniques à nos fans et partenaires tout en promouvant les valeurs de notre marque dans la meilleure série de courses mondiales. »

« En tant que représentants de CryptoDATA, nous serons en charge de la gestion stratégique de l’entreprise et nous travaillerons à assurer la stabilité et à renforcer davantage la position de la team dans l’univers du MotoGP et dans le monde de l’entreprise. »

Carmelo Ezpeleta, Directeur général de Dorna Sports S.L,
a declaré « L’accord que Razlan Razali a conclu avec CryptoDATA lui permet de maintenir la viabilité et la présence de son projet en MotoGP. Nous sommes ravis de voir un nouveau sponsor soutenir une team, en particulier celle que Dorna a proposée au championnat. Nous étions heureux de la relation avec CryptoDATA lors du Grand Prix d’Autriche, l’entreprise a le projet de se développer et apporte l’idée de mettre des actions communes en place avec Aprilia pour l’année prochaine, ce qui est un atout de stabilité nécessaire en MotoGP, c’est un accueil très chaleureux pour CryptoDATA dans cet univers. Le fait que les entreprises ne limitent pas leur participation au seul domaine du sponsoring mais à une équipe entière montre le rôle important que jouent le sport mécanique et le MotoGP en particulier. Nous savons que Razlan avait de nombreuses demandes, et nous pensons qu’il a choisi la meilleure option pour l’avenir et pour consolider sa structure. »

À propos de RNF MotoGP Team

Un nouveau départ, une collaboration qui va au-delà de la course. La team RNF MotoGP fera ses débuts dans la catégorie reine du Championnat du Monde FIM MotoGP en 2023 en tant que toute première équipe satellite pour Aprilia. Le pilote MotoGP portugais Miguel Oliveira, quintuple vainqueur de l’épreuve, sera associé au jeune espoir espagnol Raul Fernandez, vice-champion du monde Moto2 en 2021.

L’arrivée de CryptoDATA dans la team RNF MotoGP est synonyme de durabilité sur la piste et en dehors, car cela met l’accent sur le développement et l’amélioration des performances pour la saison à venir. L’équipe collaborera à deux missions, CryptoDATA en tant que fer de lance de l’aspect commercial tandis que la team RNF MotoGP se concentrera sur le sport lui-même.

Notre passion commune pour la performances, les innovations et la technologie apportera une valeur nouvelle et unique au monde du sport mécanique.

À propos de CryptoDATA Tech

CryptoDATA Tech est un ambassadeur mondial de la promotion de l’importance de la sécurité des données et de la confidentialité numérique dans le monde. L’entreprise est pionnière dans le développement de services et de produits basés sur la technologie blockchain qui permet une communication privée et sécurisée, répondant aux exigences de ses collaborateurs ainsi que des utilisateurs de la technologie dans le monde entier. Wispr, l’un des principaux produits développé par l’entreprise, est une application de messagerie en ligne qui permet aux fans de sport mécanique d’échanger des messages sans contraintes, partout dans le monde, alimentant ainsi la passion et la détermination de la communauté du sport mécanique.

Coordonnées de contacts :
Cosmin Bidileci
E-mail : cosmin.bidileci@cryptodata.com
Téléphone : +40750803241

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CryptoDATA Tech torna-se acionista maioritária e estratégica da RNF MotoGP Team

CryptoDATA Tech becomes RNF MotoGP Team majority and strategic shareholder

RNF Racing Ltd. is pleased to announce a new majority shareholder with CryptoDATA Tech, a blockchain-applied technologies pioneer and developer of hardware and software cybersecurity solutions. This strategic investment marks a significant milestone and a beginning of a new era for the fifteen months old RNF MotoGP team.*Ovidiu Toma – CEO CryptoDATA Tech (left), Carmelo Ezpeleta – CEO Dorna Sports (left-center), Razlan Razali – Team Principal RNF MotoGP Team (right-center), Bogdan Mărunțiș – Global Strategy CryptoDATA Tech (right).

BUCARESTE, Roménia, Nov. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A CryptoDATA Tech, pioneira em tecnologias aplicadas à blockchain e no desenvolvimento de soluções de cibersegurança para hardware e software, tem o prazer de anunciar a aquisição de uma participação maioritária na RNF Racing Ltd. Este investimento estratégico constitui um marco importante e o início de uma nova era para a RNF MotoGP Team que nasceu há 15 meses e para a empresa-mãe romena.

Após anunciar que a empresa de segurança cibernética seria a Parceira Oficial Premium para as três últimas corridas da temporada, a CryptoDATA tornou-se numa parceira que partilhava a mesma paixão e valores, reconhecendo o valor potencial de uma equipa de MotoGP a longo prazo.

Com a CryptoDATA como acionista maioritária, a visão e a estratégia é ir além das corridas e expandir os negócios e serviços no desporto motorizado, principalmente no MotoGP, e assumindo o controlo dos aspetos comerciais e da imagem de marca da equipa. A RNF MotoGP Team continuará a participar como equipa independente na primeira categoria do Campeonato Mundial de MotoGP da FIM. O diretor da equipa Razlan Razali continuará aos comandos, centrando-se nos aspetos desportivos e técnicos da equipa.

Juntamente com a última corrida da temporada e para assinalar o início deste marco histórico, a RNF MotoGP Team e a CryptoDATA irão apresentar um novo design exclusivo no dia da corrida, no Grande Prémio de Valência.

Razlan Razali, fundador e diretor da RNF Racing Ltd,
 referiu: “Assistimos hoje a um marco histórico para a equipa. Gostaria de agradecer à CryptoDATA por confiar em mim e na equipa para o futuro.”

“Em pouco tempo, as conversações evoluíram para um compromisso a longo prazo. Estendemos a nossa parceria e, como afirmei anteriormente, esta é uma colaboração fantástica. A união das duas empresas permitirá reforçar o rendimento da equipa nas corridas, mas também expandir os aspetos empresariais da mesma, e é aí que ambas as partes unem esforços para partilhar conhecimentos e experiências. O meu principal objetivo é garantir que a equipa luta pelo campeonato, enquanto a equipa da CryptoDATA, composta por indivíduos jovens, inteligentes, inovadores e ambiciosos, desenvolve estratégias para fortalecer a nossa posição para além da pista.”

“Com base nos nossos sucessos anteriores, no mesmo grupo forte e dedicado da nossa oficina MotoGP e uma sólida equipa de pilotos, estamos prontos para um regresso competitivo com a CryptoDATA na próxima temporada.”

Ovidiu TOMA, CEO e fundador da CryptoDATA Tech,
“Temos o prazer de estender a nossa parceria e nos tornarmos acionista maioritário da RNF MotoGP Team. O Campeonato Mundial de MotoGP é uma montra exclusiva e internacional, um universo especial onde a grelha de partida é um palco para heróis em que a CryptoDATA encontrou o seu espaço, partilhando os seus valores e objetivos. Tornámo-nos a primeira empresa romena a patrocinar um Grande Prémio de Motociclismo na pista da Red Bull deste ano. Agora estamos mais entusiasmados e motivados do que nunca por nos tornarmos o acionista maioritário da RNF Team. Isto representa não apenas um marco histórico para a CryptoDATA, mas também um novo começo e um incentivo importante.

“Olhamos para 2023 com otimismo e confiança, pois a nossa equipa é liderada por gestores qualificados, sérios e experientes. Faremos o nosso melhor para apoiar a equipa a atingir os seus objetivos e o seu potencial máximo no MotoGP.”

Bogdan Mărunţiş, Responsável pela Estratégia Global e fundador da CryptoDATA Tech:
“É com grande satisfação que anunciamos a nossa parceria com a RNF Team e estamos confiantes de que podemos ajudar a equipa a definir metas estratégicas para a próxima temporada e metas de desempenho de longo prazo, tanto dentro como fora da pista. Queremos iniciar a transformação da equipa num negócio de sucesso que proporcione experiências únicas aos nossos fãs e parceiros, promovendo os valores da nossa marca na categoria principal do motociclismo.”

“Como representantes da CryptoDATA, seremos responsáveis pela gestão estratégica do negócio e trabalharemos para garantir a estabilidade e fortalecer ainda mais a posição da equipa no mundo do MotoGP e no mundo dos negócios.”

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO da Dorna Sports S.L:
“O acordo que Razlan Razali celebrou com a CryptoDATA permite-lhe manter a viabilidade e a presença do seu projeto no MotoGP. Estamos muito satisfeitos por ver um novo patrocinador a apoiar uma equipa, especialmente uma que a Dorna trouxe para o campeonato. Ficamos felizes com a associação com a CryptoDATA no Grande Prémio da Áustria. A empresa pretende desenvolver e acertar as agulhas com a Aprilia no próximo ano, que é a estabilidade de que o MotoGP precisa. A CryptoDATA é muito bem-vinda ao MotoGP. O facto de não estarem apenas a limitar a sua participação à área do patrocínio, mas a toda uma equipa, mostra a importância do desporto motorizado e do MotoGP em particular. Sabemos que Razlan tinha muitos pedidos e acreditamos que ele escolheu a melhor opção para o futuro e para consolidar a sua estrutura.”

Sobre a RNF MotoGP Team

Um novo começo, uma colaboração que vai além das corridas. A RNF MotoGP Team estreia-se na primeira categoria da grelha do Campeonato Mundial de MotoGP da FIM de 2023 como a primeira equipa satélite da Aprilia, com o piloto português de MotoGP e vencedor de cinco corridas, Miguel Oliveira, e o promissor jovem espanhol e vice-campeão mundial de Moto2 de 2021, Raul Fernandez.

A união de esforços entre a CryptoDATA e a RNF MotoGP Team traz sustentabilidade dentro e fora da pista, pois dita o ritmo para desenvolver e melhorar ainda mais o desempenho na próxima temporada. A equipa irá colaborar em duas missões, com a equipa da CryptoDATA a conduzir os negócios, enquanto a RNF MotoGP Team se concentra nos desportos em si.

A nossa paixão partilhada em prol do desempenho, inovações e tecnologia trará um valor novo e único ao mundo dos desportos motorizados.

Sobre a CryptoDATA Tech

CryptoDATA Tech é uma embaixadora global na promoção da importância da segurança dos dados e da privacidade digital em todo o mundo. A empresa foi pioneira no desenvolvimento de serviços e produtos baseados em blockchain que permitem uma comunicação privada e segura, satisfazendo os requisitos dos seus colaboradores e de utilizadores de tecnologia em todo o mundo. A Wispr, um dos seus principais produtos, é uma aplicação de mensagens online que permite aos fãs do desporto motorizado trocarem mensagens sem restrições a partir de qualquer lugar do mundo, alimentando assim a paixão e a determinação da comunidade do desporto motorizado.

Dados de contacto:
Cosmin Bidileci
E-mail: cosmin.bidileci@cryptodata.com
Telefone: +40750803241

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Open FIESTA alum Nael Hailemariam brings Shenzhen speed to Ethiopia

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — “No matter where you are, the culture of Shenzhen is a part of you,” said entrepreneur Nael Hailemariam from Ethiopia who completed Open FIESTA’s Internet+Innovation Design program in 2021 at Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School (Tsinghua SIGS). Nael is the co-founder and CEO of Chapa Financial Technologies S.C. His experiences at SIGS and in Shenzhen have shaped his success as an entrepreneur.

In 2018, Nael entered Open FIESTA to study Internet+Innovation Design, which is a master’s program oriented to advanced interdisciplinary fields in information technology and innovative design. “Open FIESTA gave me freedom.” While at Open FIESTA, Nael took advantage of opportunities to combine his background in engineering with management and leadership.

In early 2020, the National Bank of Ethiopia issued a directive allowing non-banks to offer digital financial services. This was Nael’s chance to bring what he learned during his studies in China to a market he knew well, his home country of Ethiopia. This was also the beginning of Chapa. He devoted himself to bringing the advantages of an online payment infrastructure to Ethiopia.

Nael’s company Chapa successfully received a license from the National Bank of Ethiopia to work with private businesses in May of this year. “Shenzhen speed is also part of the value of our company,” said Nael. Moving forward, Nael and his team will continue drawing upon the Shenzhen culture of innovation and efficiency to expand their business into East Africa and eventually to the rest of the continent. His social commitment remains steadfast: he will continue to be an impact-maker and help improve the economy of his country.

Nael Hailemariam from Open FIESTA, Tsinghua SIGS

About

Open FIESTA (Open Faculty for Innovation, Education, Sciences, Technology and Art)was co-established by Tsinghua University and the CRI Paris (the Center for Research and Interdisciplinary, now formally changed name as ‘Learning Planet Institute’ in June 2015). Open FIESTA is dedicated to integrate global innovation resources, work towards the creation of new knowledge, explore complex social and scientific problems, nurture the students with creative ideas and innovation, and inculcate in professionalism and a sense of social responsibility.

Open FIESTA offers two Master’s programs to international students, including Master of Electronic Information (Internet + Innovation Design), and Master of Precision Medicine and Healthcare BIO³ (Biology-Nanobiology-Bioinformatics)

Admission for 2023 Intake is still open.
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Vinamilk Brings the Journey of Building Brand Love to Global Dairy Congress Asia 2022

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vinamilk, Vietnam’s leading dairy brand and the 6th most valuable dairy brand in the world, recently took part in the Global Dairy Congress Asia 2022 held in Singapore. Vinamilk was invited to share its insights and expertise in building up its beloved brand, Dielac, an infant formula brand that has accompanied generations of Vietnamese consumers for 33 years.

Vinamilk's Executive Director of Marketing - Mr. Nguyen Quang Tri at the congress

The Global Dairy Congress Asia 2022 was attended by more than 250 guests from organizations and enterprises in the dairy industry of more than 10 Asian countries, focusing on the latest trends in the dairy industry, new business models, advanced technologies etc.

Setting out to address consumers’ needs and to build trust, Vinamilk has overcome many challenges, such as limited production equipment as well as consumers’ lack-of-confidence in local dairy brands to shape an effective strategy for Dielac launched 33 years ago based on three pillars: product quality, innovation, and love.

To fairly compete with foreign well-established dairy brands, Vinamilk focuses on cooperating with international organizations specializing in the application of micronutrients and microbiology to develop new products, diversifying the product portfolio towards meeting the increasing demands of consumers. Dielac products are also supplemented with various types of nutrients, which are similar to breast milk and suitable for the physical and nutritional needs of Vietnamese children.

Production lines at Vietnam Powdered Milk Factory

To meet consumers increasing demand, Vinamilk established a modern powdered milk factory in Binh Duong in 2013, with a capacity of up to 54,000 tons of products per year, cementing the esteemed position of Dielac in consumer minds.

“Building brand love in the dairy industry requires a great deal of attention because nutritional products for children must adhere to food safety and meet international standards,” shared Nguyen Quang Tri, Executive Director of Marketing at Vinamilk.

The “Dielac brand love” has been built from love – from the hearts of Vietnamese parents wanting the best for their children; from the hearts of the product developers and brand builders as Vietnamese people with a desire to support Vietnamese generations standing shoulder-to-shoulder to their foreign counterpart; and from the heart of Vinamilk – an entrepreneur that determines to build Vietnam dairy industry reaching international level.

Generations of Vietnamese parents have trusted Dielac brand

The importance of building a relationship between the consumer and a dairy processor is through its brand. We know we have effective marketing that builds consumer interest and understanding of the value and health benefits of dairy products. But at the end of the day consumers will buy a product and that’s why it’s so important to have a brand that is strong, recognizable, but trustable.” added Caroline Emond, General Director of the World Dairy Federation.

The journey of Vinamilk Dielac, the first infant formula brand produced by a Vietnamese enterprise, goes hand in hand with the impressive growth of the company. Since its launch back in 1989, the Dielac brand has become a nutritional solution trusted by Vietnamese consumers. These products were the first to be exported and have remained an important SKU in the company’s export portfolio.

About Vinamilk

Founded in 1976, Vinamilk is the leading dairy company in Vietnam which is listed among the top 40 largest nutrition companies in the world by revenue and the top 10 of the world’s most valuable dairy brands. Having grown into a juggernaut of the dairy industry in the past 46 years, Vinamilk is now valued at more than USD$2.8 billion.

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Peaceful coexistence is not ‘utopia’ but reality, says UN official fostering intercultural dialogue

At this transitional moment for humanity, it is important to uphold mutual respect, unity, and solidarity, the senior UN official promoting cross-cultural understanding and cooperation has stated.

Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), was speaking ahead of the start of its 9th Global Forum, which opens in Fez, Morocco, on Tuesday.

The theme this time around is Towards An Alliance of Peace: Living Together as One Humanity.

The Global Forum is the UNAOC’s highest-profile event, and this marks the first time that it is being held in Africa.

Mr. Moratinos said the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, personally selected and recommended Fez as the host city because of its tremendous symbolism, being a strong patrimony of culture and religion.

He told UN News that this latest edition of the Global Forum is taking place at the right moment in human evolution, and also explained why religious leaders, women and youth are critical to building peaceful and just societies.

This interview has been edited and condensed for publication.

UN News: How important do you think it is to hold the Global Forum, and what do you expect from it?

Miguel Ángel Moratinos: Well, I think, we are at a turning point in the evolution of humankind, and we are in a transitional period. And this 9th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations comes at the right moment because there is political controversy, there is a lot of anxiety, there are a lot of, let’s say, question marks. The UN Alliance of Civilizations with the Kingdom of Morocco, and of course with the support and presence of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, want to send a very strong message that living together is not a utopia, it’s a reality.
UN News: This is the 9th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, but the first to be held on the African continent. How significant is the location?

Miguel Ángel Moratinos: Well, that’s a very important element. We are on the 9th Global Forum of the Alliance; we’ve been around the different geographical destinations, and Africa was missing. And I think that was the reason the Kingdom of Morocco decided to propose Morocco as an African territory to be the host of this important event.

It also comes at a turning point when African societies, African governments, African citizens, want to really be much more active in what is going to be the world of the 21st century. And, for sure the very strong presence of African Foreign Ministers, of African youth that are going to be present at this Forum, shows that Africa wants to be a very important actor in what is going to be the next century. So, I think that’s the beginning of Africa being much more involved, much more concerned, and much more represented, and we are extremely happy that it happened here in Fez, in Morocco, in Africa.

UN News: In your opinion, how can advancing interreligious, intercultural, and inter-civilizational dialogue help to build peaceful, cohesive and just societies?

Miguel Ángel Moratinos: You know, sometimes when we address the situation in the world – when we are of course extremely concerned about economic [crisis], financial crisis, or even political crisis, or when we have this common threat and common battle against climate change – sometimes we do not sense the importance that religious leaders, and interfaith and inter-religious dialogue, could contribute as an important asset for the movement in order to achieve our common goals.

Why? Because spirituality, you cannot ignore it. I’m not saying that there aren’t people who are atheists, or non-believers, but there is something that must move humankind. And this “something” is religion. It’s spirituality. When a priest, or imam, or Orthodox church says some message, it goes to the hearts and minds of so many people. So, we have to have them on board, and we have to create this sense that between religions and different faiths, there is an understanding, there is a respect. And I think that is the importance of their presence in this Forum.
UN News: When we talk about mediation in cultural and religious conflicts, we often forget about women. What role, in your opinion, can women play in bringing communities together?

Miguel Ángel Moratinos: Well, let me start with the importance of the culture and religious aspect when we address mediation processes. I’m a former diplomat, I’m now a politician, a High Representative, but I’ve been involved personally in mediation processes. Unfortunately, until just a few years ago, we didn’t incorporate religious and cultural dimensions into any negotiation process, any mediation process. So, that was my experience, and I realized that there was something missing. So, when I took over this new position of High Representative, I decided to include the cultural and the religious element in any mediation process.

But the second most important element is that women were absent, that women were not part of this negotiation process. When there are women negotiating, when there are women with understanding, and there are women engaged, you can find better solutions. And that’s the reason we have proposed a whole session about women’s mediation: how the voice and engagement of women have been missing. And we have the proof, because in the Sahel we have several projects and programmes where women are the ones who, at the community level, are taking important engagement and missions with results. So, women’s involvement in conflict prevention and conflict resolution is absolutely necessary.

UN News: The 9th Forum has several sessions involving youth. How does the UNAOC work with youth to change the current hate narrative, especially through social media?

Miguel Ángel Moratinos: Well, the youth are our main partners in all the work of the UN, because what we are trying to do is to improve conditions in the whole of society, in all the different nations, all the different governments. And how are we going to do this? Well, we are going to do so, of course, with the decision-makers, but mainly with the youth because they… are the main protagonists. So, we have to prepare them to change their values and their principles for the better; so that from the beginning they are sharing and defending diversity, [and understand] that you can have different points of view, but that this doesn’t mean that you have to be enemies or… disrespect the other.

So, I think the youth are our main ally. Without the youth, we will not be able to implement our mandate. And so that is the reason we are putting all our main projects and programmes into the hands of youth, because what I used to say in all my interviews and presentations to the youth is that if they are not the protagonists of the future, they are already the protagonists of today. And we are seeing how they are [calling for action], how they defend their aspirations, their dreams. So, we have to help them, to work with them, in order to have a better world for future generations.
UN News: We have active wars around the world and amidst all of it, we have online hate propaganda and disinformation campaigns. How does UNAOC address these issues?

Miguel Ángel Moratinos: Well, I think that’s going to be the main message of the Forum. It’s a message of peace, of reconciliation, of understanding; that at the end of the day, sooner or later we have to talk to each other, even if there is no way at this moment to see how we can engage in some mediation processes.

So, I think we must underline the importance of sending a strong message of peace. And I think that’s the reason we are now calling ourselves Alliance of Peace, Alliance of Civilizations for Peace. So that is the main element, and I think [that] will be the main message that is going to be added to this 9th Global Forum in Fez.

Source: United Nations

UN chief appoints new resident coordinator for Central African Republic

UNITED NATIONS— UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Mohamed Ag Ayoya of Mali as the new resident coordinator for the Central African Republic.

The resident coordinator is the highest-ranking representative of the UN development system at the country level.

Ayoya is also appointed as the UN secretary-general’s new deputy special representative for the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), and will serve as humanitarian coordinator for the country as well, the UN chief’s press office said in a statement.

He succeeds Denise Brown of Canada who was appointed as the UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator in Ukraine, the statement said. The Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated commitment to recovery, humanitarian, and peacebuilding efforts in the Central African Republic.

Ayoya brings over two decades of professional experience and extensive knowledge of humanitarian affairs, “with a particular focus on complex emergencies and child protection issues in field settings,” the statement added.

Ayoya has served as representative of UN Children’s Fund in conflict settings including in Somalia, South Sudan and Afghanistan.

Ayoya holds a medical degree from the University of Bamako in Mali and a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University in the United States of America. Ayoya is fluent in English, French, Tamasheq, Bamanan and Songhai.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

West African Leaders Seek Solutions to Curb Terrorism from Sahel Region

West African leaders met in Accra Tuesday to discuss terrorism and worsening security in the region. The Accra Initiative members, which include Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Togo, are discussing preventing spillover of terrorism from the Sahel. European forces have been withdrawing from the region while Russian influence has been growing.
The Accra Initiative is a cooperative and collaborative security mechanism between seven West African countries as they face increasing threats and attacks from Islamist militants across their northern borders in Burkina Faso and Niger.
Addressing the maiden high-level counter terrorism conference of the Accra Initiative, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said it has become imperative for member states to collaborate to counter rising levels of terrorism.
“West Africa continues to suffer from the effect of the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism, spreading rapidly across the region,” Akufo-Addo said. “Today, the terrorist groups emboldened by their apparent success in the region are seeking new operational grounds, a development that has triggered the southward drift of the menace from the Sahel to coastal West Africa.”
The goal of the Accra Initiative, the Ghanaian leader said, is to curb that spread of terrorism. He added that member states will own the initiative but will require their foreign partners to support them.
“Our assessment points to the fact that support from members of international community will be needed, but we remain firm in our commitment to shoulder a greater part of the responsibility required while engaging international partners who are willing to respect our status as a home-grown initiative,” he said.
Western nations such as Britain, France and Germany are withdrawing from peacekeeping operations in Mali, a situation likely to exacerbate the porous security situation in West Africa.
James Heappey, the British Armed Forces Minister said Britain and other Western countries will continue to be allies and partners with West African states in fighting violent extremism and terrorism but will not dictate to them how to deal with their problems.
“I am acutely aware that there is a security challenge and the U.K. armed forces already enjoy great relationship with many of the countries within the Accra Initiative and we stand ready to build on that,” he said. “This is a regional problem that you have here in West Africa and it’s right that you seek to provide solutions. But given that the instability and security here so profoundly have a consequence to us in Europe it’s also right that we stand ready to assist you in any way that we can.”
Meanwhile, Adam Bonaa, the international relations and security expert with Accra-based Institute of Security, Safety, Policy and Research, told VOA the fight against terrorism in West Africa will be meaningless unless the leaders involve the ordinary citizens to give tips, among other things.
“We cannot just get up and end it. There has to be proper measures put in place,” Bonaa said. “There has to be the willingness on the part of the leaders, but there is a serious disconnect where the citizens are doing one thing and the executives are doing another thing. You cannot fight terrorism without the involvement of the people … and that is not what they are doing.”

Source: Voice of America

Simplifying aircraft parts’ procurement – how Locatory.com runs a well-oiled online marketplace

VILNIUS, Lithuania, Nov. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With 12 years of market experience under its belt already, Locatory.com is not slowing down. The aviation marketplace for aircraft spare parts and repair capabilities and a family member of Avia Solutions Group, leaders in end-to-end capacity solutions for passenger and cargo airlines worldwide, is talking about its place in the aviation industry and growth plans.

Since its development in 2010, Locatory.com has become one of the leading premium aircraft parts marketplaces in the world, with the userbase growing 20% each month. “We have been seeing steady growth for a few years now,” shared Toma Matutyte, CEO of Locatory.com. “This increase in clientele interest has been driven by the continuous expansion of our spare parts database. Each month it grows by 15% allowing for a wider variety of parts available. And with cost optimization and sustainability on everyone’s mind, the secondary aviation parts market is becoming an increasingly attractive opportunity. In 2022, we have received 5 times more RFQs (Request for Quotes) when compared to last year and are expecting this trend to continue into the next year.”

As a tool for simplified procurement of spare parts, Locatory.com is deeply invested in the digitalisation of the process. “Our mission is to connect aircraft parts’ buyers and sellers, through seamless transactions via an innovative platform that enables our customers to find, buy, and sell aircraft parts or repair services in commercial, OEM, MRO, military, and general aviation segments across the globe,” she explained. “We are focusing on innovation and efficiency therefore we have already successfully introduced a range of innovative features to our marketplace. Amber, the A.I.-based assistant, being one of them.”

Running a well-oiled online marketplace is not an easy task, thus having a strong team behind you is a must. “We have a truly global team, with people from over 10 countries sharing ideas and expertise in improving the company. We have been steadily expanding by around 15 % each month and there are no plans of slowing down,” she said.

By keeping innovation and optimisation as the main driving factors, Locatory.com is constantly working on keeping up and surpassing the ever-changing aviation industry needs. “Improving spare aircraft parts procurement processes can positively impact the whole aviation industry thus we will continue creating tools to do so,” said Toma Matutyte.

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Exposition en ligne sur l’art et l’amitié

Lancement d’une exposition et d’une présentation internationale (Afrique) d’échanges culturels et artistiques

DAR ES SALAM, Tanzanie, 22 novembre 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Le 17 novembre, l’exposition et la présentation de l’échange international d’art et de culture (Afrique) « Découvrir la passion dans le monde », organisée conjointement par le département provincial de la culture et du tourisme de Zhejiang et le gouvernement populaire municipal de Jinhua, ainsi que par le bureau de la culture, de la radio, de la télévision et du tourisme de Jinhua, a été mise en ligne sur les sites Internet des autorités touristiques et des principaux médias de Tanzanie, de Djibouti, du Zimbabwe, d’Éthiopie et d’autres pays africains, sur les sites Internet de quelques centres culturels chinois en Afrique, sur les sites Internet en anglais de Zhejiang China, InZhejiang et sur d’autres grandes plateformes médiatiques de communication à l’étranger.

Cette activité a marqué les débuts de l’opéra Wu, la culture traditionnelle de Jinhua, en Afrique. Elle présente en ligne le patrimoine et les caractéristiques de l’art contemporain de l’opéra Wu, dans le but de renforcer les échanges et la coopération culturels et touristiques entre le Zhejiang et l’Afrique, et de promouvoir la compréhension mutuelle et l’amitié entre ces deux peuples

Sur le thème « Découvrir la passion dans le monde », cette activité signifie que l’Afrique et la Chine ont toutes deux une passion pour l’art et la beauté de la vie. Les quatre parties, à savoir « Percussion entre le ciel et la Terre », « Chanter pour le monde », « Dépeindre toutes les formes de vie » et « Danser pour la vie », présentent, à travers des scènes en direct, le charme de l’opéra traditionnel Wu et des danses africaines sous tous leurs aspects.

La province du Zhejiang et l’Afrique possèdent toutes deux de riches ressources, des cultures diverses et des populations chaleureuses et ouvertes. Bien que l’épidémie actuelle ait freiné les échanges mutuels, la culture et l’art sont le langage universel dans le monde. Le département provincial de la culture et du tourisme du Zhejiang, le gouvernement populaire municipal de Jinhua et le bureau de la culture, de la radio, de la télévision et du tourisme de Jinhua, en organisant l’exposition et la présentation en ligne, partagent la beauté des éléments culturels et des créations artistiques du Zhejiang. Nous espérons qu’après la fin de l’épidémie, les Africains pourront se rendre dans la province du Zhejiang pour y découvrir la culture, le tourisme et l’art.

Lien vers l’exposition et la présentation « Découvrir la passion dans le monde »

http://www.ezhejiang.gov.cn/cultureandartexchange.html

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