Daily Archives: July 31, 2019

شركة البلوكتشين الناشئة بلفريكس تستعد لأول جولة تمويل لها

كوالالمبور، ماليزيا، 31 تموز/يوليو، 2019 / بي آر نيوزواير / — تستعد شركة بلفريكس، وهي شركة بلوكتشين ناشئة وشبكة عالمية من مؤشرات الأرصدة الرقمية وحلول بلوكتشين المعتمدة، لجمع مبلغ 30 مليون دولار من خلال جولتها التمويلية الأولى. وبعد أن نشرت أول شبكة بلوكتشين ممتثلة لكي واي سي بنجاح تحت اسم بلريام، أطلقت بلفريكس مؤخرا أول مجموعة من التطبيقات غير المركزية على شبكة البلوكتشين نفسها.

وإذ تعمل من ماليزيا، توسعت شركة البلوكتشين الناشئة بقوة في منطقة آسيا وإفريقيا والشرق الأوسط. وقد أصبحت أول بورصة في الشرق الأوسط تحصل على ترخيص ساندبوكس من بنك البحرين المركزي ووقعت مذكرة تفاهم مع حكومة ولاية أندرا في الهند لتقديم حل بلوكتشين لحكومة الولاية.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_2doz4gxo/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

من خلال نشر شبكة بلريام بلوكتشين، وهي شبكة بلوكتشين هجين خاصة وعامة معتمدة، تعالج بلفريكس جوهر معرفة عميلك، التي تسود في معاملات بلوكتشين.  تدعي شركة بلفريكس أنها البورصة الوحيدة القادرة على الامتثال لمتطلبات إجمالي الناتج المحلي ومتطلب FATF لتحويل البيانات على بلوكتشين. وقعت أكاديمية بلفريكس، الجناح التعليمي للمجموعة، مذكرة تفاهم مع  جامعة دي آي تي، وهي جامعة تكنولوجيا في تنزانيا، لتدريب طلابها على تكنولوجيا بلوكتشين.

وضخ رأس المال الاستثماري أكثر من 4 مليارات دولار أميركي في مشاريع بلوكتشين في العام 2018. ومع بدء الحكومات ببطء وثبات في تقبل عمل الأصول الرقمية، وقفز البنوك وعمالقة وسائل الإعلام الاجتماعية مثل  فيسبوك إلى عربة العملات الرقمية المشفرة، فإن صناعة بلوكتشين تستعد لاعتمادها بشكل كبير في السنوات القليلة المقبلة. من المتوقع أن تظل بلوكتشين من أهم مجالات استثمارات رأس المال الاستثماري للفترة 2019-2020.

بعد تقديمها للحصول على براءات اختراع لحلول كي واي سي القائمة على بلوكتشين والخدمات المصرفية على بلوكتشين، تنتظر بلفريكس موافقة الجهات التنظيمية في اليابان وإسبانيا والولايات المتحدة والمكسيك للحصول على تراخيص التقنية المالية. تجري المجموعة حاليًا مفاوضات مع بعض المستثمرين من المؤسسات وتعتزم إغلاق جولة التمويل قبل نهاية هذا العام.

وقال برافينكومار، المؤسس والرئيس التنفيذي لمجموعة بلفريكس: “بلوكتشين كانت ولا تزال مفهومًا ناشئًا في السوق. كل شخص يتحدث عن بلوكتشين لكن حفنة قليلة فقط تفهم الإمكانات الحقيقية لهذه اللتكنولوجيا. لقد جمعنا بين أسواق المال ومساحة تكنولوجيا دي أل تي لتطوير منتجات ذات مغزى يمكن أن تؤثر على التمكين الاجتماعي والاقتصادي المنطقة التي نعمل فيها”.

وضع تقرير حديث من غارتنر، شبكة بلوكتشين التي طورتها بلفريكس، بين أفضل 10 شبكات بلوكتشين لديها مشاريع في العالم الحقيقي. سيكون العام 2020 عامًا حاسمًا بالنسبة لشركات بلوكتشين الناشئة التي ستتم متابعتها عن كثب من قبل وسائل الإعلام العالمية والمستثمرين لتحقيق النتائج.

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Launch ceremony of the Aberdare High Voltage manufacturing plant

SUZHOU, China, July 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — On July 25, 2019, Hengtong Aberdare Cables held a grand unveiling ceremony for the launch of the Aberdare high voltage manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Mr. Ebrahim Patel, and Ambassador Lin Songtian unveiled the Aberdare high-voltage cable production line.

The total investment of the project was more than ZAR 135 million. This investment expands the product portfolio of Aberdare Cables from the current level of 33kV to a new product offering of up to 132 kV. The new production line is already set for full production capacity, making Aberdare the third African company capable of producing high-voltage cables.

On the day of the ceremony, guests included Mr. Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry and Economic Development of South Africa; Ambassador Lin Songtian of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of South Africa; Mr Fikile Majola, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry; Mr. Mlungisi Mvoko, Eastern Cape MEC for Finance and Economic Development; and Mr. Mongameli Bobani, Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Together with customers, partners and media, more than 140 people were in attendance. The launch of the high-voltage cable manufacturing plant is an important step towards Hengtong’s further internationalization and in direct response to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s campaign to attract investment.

Dr. Song Haiyan, Aberdare CEO, expressed his heartfelt thanks to all the distinguished guests and media friends for attending. He shared that Hengtong’s investment will bring more employment opportunities to local young people and women. In the HV projects, more than 50% of the R135m is spent on locally procured goods, and most of the raw materials will be also be procured locally. He pointed out that Aberdare would adopt a new model to carry out its business, and would work closely with EPC Contractors, Accessories Suppliers and Testing Parties.

Ambassador Lin Songtian spoke highly of the assistance given by the South African government departments to Chinese-funded enterprises in South Africa, and made a systematic analysis of South Africa’s advantages in attracting foreign investment. In his report, he also mentioned that government departments need to relax visas for Chinese technical managers, as well as incentives and tax relief policies from government need to be sustained.

In the speech of Mr. Ebrahim Patel, he mentioned that the investment of Hengtong has brought new employment opportunities to South Africa. At the same time, he responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s localization requirements and confirmed the President’s assertion that South Africa has a strong attraction for foreign investment.

“Wealth and jobs are created by expanding productive capacity. The government will deploy industrial policy measures to support manufacturers, as that opens economic opportunities for the industry and for the country at large,” Patel said.

Proceedings of the day included a factory tour of the high voltage line by customers. Dr. Song Haiyan presented the development of Hengtong and Aberdare. Mr. Ebrahim Patel, and Ambassador Lin Songtian unveiled the Aberdare high-voltage cable production line.

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Bambu Raises US$10 Million in Series B Funding

New funding to accelerate the company’s geographical expansion and scalability of technology.

SINGAPORE, July 31, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bambu (www.bambu.life), a Singapore-based leading global provider of digital wealth technology, today announced the closure of US$10 million in a Series B funding round. Third-time investor Franklin Templeton co-led the investment along with new investor PEAK6 Strategic Capital LLC, which is headquartered in Chicago.

Bambu Team

With the fresh funding, Bambu can take on new opportunities and reach a wider B2B audience through scalable software-as-a-service solutions. In the past three years, Bambu has established product market fit as a robo-advisor technology provider to more than 15 financial institutions globally. Bambu plans to expand the product offering to target new segments within financial services, as well as build up delivery and support teams in key global markets.

Ned Phillips, CEO and founder of Bambu, remarked, “We are committed to working with a global client base to digitize saving and investing so it’s easier and more accessible to investors everywhere. We welcome PEAK6 together with the continued support from Franklin Templeton, in this round. This is a strong confirmation that we have built a unique business and platform for the global market. We see growing demand across all markets, and we are increasing our ability to serve clients globally.”

“As the future of digital wealth grows exponentially, we are delighted to be part of a scalable company that has shown potential in delivering results. We are pleased to support continuously their business growth and partnership in 2019 and beyond,” Harshendu Bindal, Managing Director, Head of Digital Strategy and Wealth Management at Franklin Templeton commented.

“We are excited to partner with Bambu,” said Jenny Just, Co-Founder of PEAK6. “Through our subsidiary Apex Clearing, which has a complementary solution suite in custody and clearing services, we know the digital wealth space well and believe that the team at Bambu is building a tech solution that will continue to empower the next generation of investors and improve overall financial wellness in the markets that we serve.”

The team has grown over the last three years to 70 employees. The company has expanded to have offices in Singapore, London, Hong Kong and representatives in San Francisco, and Johannesburg, with clients in the USA, Europe, UAE and across Asia.

For more information

Bambu: http://www.bambu.life/
Franklin Templeton:  www.franklinresources.com
PEAK6: www.PEAK6.com

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Algerian Justice Minister Fired Amid Anti-Graft Probes

Algeria’s interim president fired the justice minister on Wednesday and named the Algiers public prosecutor to replace him, the presidency said, amid a series of corruption investigations involving allies of former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

Abdelkader Bensalah appointed Belkacem Zeghmati to replace Slimane Brahmi “after consultation with the prime minister,” the presidency said in a statement.

The judiciary has been conducting probes and several former senior officials, including ex-prime ministers Ahmed Ouyahia and Abdelmalek Sellal, have been placed in custody over charges including “dissipation of public funds.”

The investigations followed mass protests that erupted in the North African country on Feb. 22, with demonstrators calling for the removal of the ruling elite and the prosecution of people involved in corruption cases.

Bouteflika resigned under pressure on April 2, but the demonstrations continued as protesters sought the departure of the remaining symbols of the elite that has governed the country since independence from France in 1962.

The army is now the main player in Algeria’s politics, and its chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaed Salah has promised to help the judiciary and protect it from pressure.

The departing justice minister, Brahmi, had been in the job since March 31, when Bouteflika named a new government shortly before his resignation.

Protesters are now demanding the departure of Bensalah, a former head of the upper house of parliament, and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, regarding them as part of the old guard.

Authorities have postponed a presidential election previously planned for July 4, citing a lack of candidates and have not set a new date for the vote. Bensalah last week named a panel to start talks with the opposition over the election.

Source: Voice of America

Fears Growing Congo’s Ebola Could Spread to Neighboring Countries

As the Ebola epidemic in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo enters its second year, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) are voicing concern about the growing risk of the virus spreading to neighboring countries.

Fears that the deadly Ebola virus could spread to Congo’s nine neighboring countries are growing with the death of the second person confirmed to have had the disease in Goma, a city of more than one million people. Goma, the capital of conflict-ridden North Kivu province, borders Rwanda and DRC’s gateway to the rest of the world.

Uganda has had three imported cases of Ebola. While it has successfully contained the spread of the disease, WHO experts warn of the potential dangers should the virus enter South Sudan, which is a particularly vulnerable, unstable country.

This is the 10th Ebola outbreak over the past four decades in the DRC. The executive director of WHO Emergencies, Michael Ryan, finds this current one presents unprecedented challenges.

Ryan notes previous outbreaks were generally small, self-contained, and often confined to remote rural areas. This has changed. He says factors such as a conflict, forced migration, unsafe health facilities, and disease amplification are increasing the risks from emerging diseases.

“So, the risk of an individual disease emerging may not change,” he said. “But, the impacts of those emergencies are changing. In that sense it is a new normal and we need to be readyAbout 80 percent of our high-impact epidemic responses are in fragile, conflict-affected, and vulnerable countries. So, about 30 countries around the world represent around 80 percent of these high-impact epidemics.”

Ryan says African countries need international assistance to help them strengthen their fragile health systems. Without this aid, he warns, Congo and other nations will have great difficulty in tackling future outbreaks of Ebola and other emerging diseases.

The World Health Organization has deployed more than 700 international experts in the field. The U.N. agency says it is scaling up Ebola preparation measures in the neighboring countries, especially Burundi, Uganda, South Sudan and Rwanda, which are most at risk.

It says frontline health workers are being vaccinated against the disease, more Ebola treatment centers are being set up, and more than 3,000 health workers are screening people for the virus at major points of entry.

Source: Voice of America

Pelosi Calls Visit to Ghana Transformative’

Four hundred years after the first ship of enslaved Africans sailed to America, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the “grave evil” of slavery in a speech Wednesday to Ghana’s parliament.

The California Democrat, who was the first U.S. House speaker to address Ghana’s lawmakers, said her and her colleagues’ visit was about acknowledging the past while also looking to the future.

Pelosi and her delegation, which included members of the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus � including Representatives Ilhan Omar and John Lewis � arrived Sunday in Ghana. They have since met with Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and have visited Elmina Castle and the “Door of No Return” at Cape Coast Castle. Both were slave forts where people were shipped in chains to the New World.

Ghana has marked 2019 as “The Year of Return” to encourage people of African descent to visit the nation.

Sitting next to Mike Oquaye, Ghana’s parliament speaker, on Wednesday, Pelosi told the chamber that visiting the two sites was overwhelming, saying they marked the beginning of the journey of the African-American experience.

“Our delegation has been humbled by what we have seen this week, she said. At Elmina Castle, we saw the dungeons where thousands were grotesquely tortured. At Cape Coast Castle, we stood before the Door of No Return, where countless millions caught their last glimpse of Africa before they were shipped to a life of enslavement. Being here has been a transformative experience for all of us.”

Pelosi also spoke about the relationship between the two nations, thanking Ghana for its work in global security, especially its contribution to U.N. peacekeeping missions.

She also acknowledged the fight against discrimination in both nations. Ghana gained its independence in 1957, and it also supported the U.S. civil rights movement.

The visit has had a strong emphasis on economic and trade ties between the two nations, which Pelosi also addressed in her speech, acknowledging the efforts of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“America is strongly committed to economic progress in Ghana � a commitment enshrined and advanced over the course of many years from the Millennium Challenge partnership and the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act, she said. Together, our governments must continue to support smart development strategies that spur sustainable economic growth that lifts up all families in Ghana and throughout Africa.”

For Adwoa Safo, deputy majority leader of Ghana’s parliament and the chair of the female caucus, Pelosi’s visit was pivotal. As one of the few women in parliament, Safo said the speech was “right on point.”

“I believe that with her enormous experience in politics, and having risen from the local level up to speaker of the United States, her visit is very historical and inspiring for most of us, as women,” she said.

Safo said the two nations had a good relationship that should be strengthened.

“Ghana has a lot to offer when you look at stability in terms of our politics � us being the pacesetters in Africa gaining independence and how we are progressing as a country � and the support we always get from the U.S. government, she said. There is a lot for us to offer and a lot they can give in terms of bringing in investment … tapping in on our natural resources and building capacity as well. They have been very, very supportive.”

It was this sense of partnership Pelosi was emphasizing during the visit, along with promoting additional economic and trade ties between the two nations, while underscoring the need to combat climate change, push for female empowerment and provide health care equality.

Source: Voice of America

Sudan Protests Continue as Authorities Close Schools

Hundreds of protestors rallied in the central Sudanese city of Obeid Tuesday after security forces shot and killed six demonstrators, including five students, on Monday.

“Blood for blood, we don’t want compensation,” marchers chanted, according to news agency Agence France Presse.

Protests followed sharp increases in bread prices. Security forces, seeking to quell protests, shot six people dead and wounded dozens more.

A curfew and state of emergency have been declared in the city.

Across the nation, schools have been ordered to shut down.

“Orders have been given to governors of all states to shut kindergartens, primary and high schools from tomorrow [Wednesday] until further notice,” according to Sudan’s Suna news agency.

The killings in Obeid were felt all over Sudan.

After the shootings, talks that were originally scheduled to resume between opposition leaders and military officials were postponed by protest leaders.

“What happened in Obeid is sad. Killing peaceful civilians is an unacceptable crime that needs immediate accountability,” said General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chairman of Sudan’s military council.

Military rulers allege that the killings were not carried out by Sudanese military forces, but rather by unaffiliated militia forces.

Protests against then-President Omar al-Bashir broke out across the country in December. In April, the military deposed Bashir.

Violence peaked in June, when security forces killed around 100 people in a crackdown at a protest camp in the country’s capital of Khartoum.

A power-sharing agreement has been reached between generals and protest leaders that would eventually implement civilian rule. Under the agreement, a joint ruling committee would be in place for 39 months until elections take place.

Source: Voice of America