Daily Archives: November 2, 2017

Global Win-Win Cooperation – “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance Conference Takes Place

JINAN, China, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — With “Global Win-Win Cooperation” as the theme, the “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance Conference was held on November 2 at the Inspur Jinan Science and Technology Park, Jinan, China. Attendees include enterprise representatives Peter Sun, Chairman and CEO of Inspur Group; Owen Chan, Senior Vice President of Cisco Systems, Inc., Chairman of Cisco Greater China and Co-Chairman of Cisco China Board; Charles Kiang, General Manager of Technology Partnership of IBM Great China Group; Stefan Merz, SVP Corporate Strategy & Development of Diebold Nixdorf; and Angel Ruiz, Head of Ericsson Media. Three Chinese national financial institutions, namely the Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank, and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation also attended the event wtih diplomatic envoys from five countries, including Winnie Natala Chibesakunda, Ambassador of Zambia to China, and more than 200 representatives of companies from other countries to witness the establishment of “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance.

The “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance was officially established

In the keynote speech “Global Win-Win Cooperation”, Peter Sun said, “As the initiator of the ‘B&R’ Digital Economy Strategic Alliance, Inspur hopes to partner with top technology companies in the world and Chinese national financial institutions, help countries along the Belt and Road to solve their insufficient funding and technical problems in informatization construction, and bring the benefits of digital economy development to people there.”

As China’s first Belt and Road integrated platform started by companies, the alliance adopts the cooperation mode of “1+4+3”, which means an alliance of Inspur and four global technology giants, Cisco, IBM, Diebold Nixdorf and Ericsson, with support from three of Chinese policy-based financial institutions, the Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation. The platform provides brand new technology and funding solutions of datacenters + cloud services, smart finance, smart home, smart taxation and smart cities for countries along the Belt and Road.

Owen Chan, Charles Kiang, Stefan Merz and Angel Ruiz affirmed the achievements of their cooperations. They said, the alliance will bring out their strengths in technologies, products and markets. They will work with Inspur to provide countries along the Belt and Road with advanced technology solutions and to realize the global win-win cooperation. The three financial institutions also promised to provide sufficient financial support for the alliance to promote the digital silk road.

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Inspur Launches the “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance

JINAN, China, Nov. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On November 2, the “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance, initialized by Inspur and co-founded by Cisco, IBM, Diebold Nixdorf and Ericsson, was established in Jinan, China. The Alliance will integrate the world-class IT products, technologies and solutions of its members to accelerate the construction of digital silk road together with three Chinese national financial institutions, namely the Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation.

The launch of the “B&R” Digital Economy Strategic Alliance is the exploration and practice for Inspur to fulfill China’s Belt and Road Initiative and develop the digital silk road, as well as the first Belt and Road integrated platform founded by global technology giants. The alliance not only provides a new wide platform to promote the construction of digital silk road and to deepen cooperations among its members, but also allows the cooperations in China among top technology companies to go global.

The alliance adopts the cooperation mode of “1+4+3”, which means that as the initiator, Inspur establishes the alliance together with four global technology giants, Cisco, IBM, Diebold Nixdorf and Ericsson, with support from three Chinese national policy-based financial institutions, the Export-Import Bank of China, China Development Bank and China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation. The alliance will provide the world-class new datacenters, cloud services, smart finance, smart home, smart taxation, smart cities and other total technology solutions, and complete funding solutions for countries along the Belt and Road. The Alliance will firstly carry out projects in South Asian and African countries including Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Tanzania, Zambia, and Kenya, build a series of sample projects, and then promote them in countries along the route.

In the future, the alliance will attract more companies with top informatization products and technologies from all over the world, provide the most complete and advanced informatization total solutions for countries along the Belt and Road together with many financial institutions, and allow more people from those countries to enjoy benefits of the digital economy development.

News in Brief 02 November 2017 (PM)

Assistant UN refugee chief meets with Myanmar officials

A senior UN official has met with authorities in Myanmar in connection with the ongoing Rohingya crisis, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has reported.

Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Turk concluded a two-day visit to the country on Wednesday.

In meetings with top government officials, he called for unrestricted humanitarian access for communities in need, and for the safe and dignified voluntary return of refugees.

More than 600,000 members of the mostly Muslim Rohingya community in Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh over the past two months in the wake of violence in Rakhine state.

Mr Turk urged the government to ensure a safe environment and the protection of all communities in the northern state.

Meanwhile, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, said the rate of Rohingya refugees entering Bangladesh has slowed in recent days, though there are reports that several thousand are believed to be waiting to cross into the country.

Aid delivered to Syrian towns last reached in August

A humanitarian convoy has reached two towns in Syria that were last accessed in August, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Food, nutrition, health, education and other items for more than 92,000 people delivered to Talbiseh, located in Homs, and Tlul El-Homor in Hama.

They were brought there by a joint convoy from the United States, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Stephane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

“We continue to call for safe, unimpeded and sustained access for close to 3 million people in hard-to-reach and besieged areas, including the facilitation of medical evacuations in line with international humanitarian and international human rights law.”

Thomas & Friends to help UN teach children about global goals

The beloved childhood cartoon character Thomas the Tank Engine has joined with the United Nations to help teach pre-school children worldwide about global efforts to create a more just and equitable world.

Information about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be woven into the storylines of the animated children’s television series Thomas & Friends.

A new female character from Africa called Nia will also join the cast and will have a lead role.

The new series will focus on five of the 17 SDGs, including those dealing with education and gender equality.

The UN’s gender agency, UN Women, is supporting the collaboration between the global organization and toy company Mattel, Inc.

UN Women Africa Programme Adviser Tolulope Lewis-Tamoka explained that children form ideas and learn stereotypes very early.

“A lot of this is learned by seeing what’s around them,” she said. “So, reaching them through a popular animated series is a good strategy.”

The series will be shown in more than 110 countries in 33 languages.

Source: United Nations Radio

UN: Give Millions of Stateless People Basic Right of Citizenship

GENEVA The U.N. refugee agency is calling on governments to grant basic rights of citizenship to millions of stateless people who suffer discrimination, exclusion and persecution.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is making this plea on the third anniversary of a 10-year global campaign to prevent, reduce and eradicate statelessness.

The largest stateless minority group in the world right now is the Rohingya.

Although the Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations, the government does not recognize them as citizens. They are forced to live on the margins of society and are denied the most basic rights enjoyed by Myanmar nationals. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape violence and persecution.

The U.N. refugee agency reports there are more than 3 million stateless people around the world, with about 75 percent of them belonging to minority groups. The agency’s IBelong campaign to end statelessness highlights the reality that these individuals do not belong anywhere.

Carol Batchelor is the UNHCR’s international protection division director. She says stateless people are among the most bereft.

If you live in this world without a nationality, you are without an identity, she said. You are without documentation. You are without the rights and entitlements that come, that we take for granted, even just being able to gather here today, having a job, having education, knowing that your child belongs somewhere.

Progress has been made in reducing statelessness since the IBelong campaign began three years ago. Thousands of stateless people have been granted citizenship in places such as Thailand, central Asia, Russia, Kenya and West Africa; but the job is far from over.

The UNHCR urges all states to ease naturalization for stateless minority groups that fulfill certain residential requirements, grant citizenship to children in the country of their birth, and eliminate laws and practices that discriminate against people on ethnic and racial grounds.

Source: Voice of America

Policy to guide provision of sanitary products

The National Treasury says the question of how sanitary products will be funded will be guided by a recently-developed policy framework document.

Yanga Mputa, a Chief Director at the National Treasury’s Tax Policy Unit, said this when briefing the Multi-Party Women’s Caucus at the Old Assembly Chamber on Thursday.

The National Treasury appeared before the Caucus amid mounting calls to have sanitary towels to be exempt from VAT. This is due to concerns that a tax on sanitary products is unfair, it impacts negatively in the cost, which makes them unaffordable to women, especially those from poor backgrounds.

The National Treasury, on the other hand, has since taken a stance that it would rather support that the provision of sanitary products be done from the expenditure side through budget reprioritisation.

On Thursday, Mputa said after the Department of Women hosted a stakeholder meeting and a workshop in July, it went on to develop a policy framework aimed at informing government’s response to the calls.

Cabinet then approved the publishing of the policy framework for public comment on 18 October 2017.

After KwaZulu-Natal took the initiative of distributing sanitary products to school children for free, other provinces have since followed suit.

What is [being presented] is initiatives taken by provinces to provide sanitary towels they have reprioritised some of the money from their budgeting systems to assist with this but now when the policy framework is in place, the prioritisation will be based on the policy framework, she said.

Dr Kay Brow, a Chief Director from the National Treasury’s Budget Planning unit, said the National Treasury supported initiatives aimed at providing free sanitary products to school girls.

There are already allocations specifically from provincial budgets that are going towards the provision of sanitary products.

The National Treasury is part of an inter-departmental task team, led by the Department of Women, which is tasked with coming up and with implementing a policy response to the issue.

According to information provided by provinces on some of the initiatives on sanitary dignity � often done in conjunction with other social relief programmes � Gauteng has allocated R58 million towards sanitary products and other hygiene products, while KwaZulu-Natal has allocated R20 million.

The Free State, North West and Eastern Cape have contributed R6 million, R2.2 million and R1.2 million, respectively.

Source: South African Government News Agency