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شركة كونيكتريا تضيف خدمة السحاب آي آي بي أم وفي أم وير إلى مركز بيانات في أمستردام

سانت لويس، 14 شباط/فبراير، 2020 / بي آر نيوزواير / — أعلنت شركة كونيكتريا، وهي شركة عالمية مزودة لخدمات السحاب المدارة واستضافة خدمات السحاب، أنها وسعت استضافة خدمات السحاب آي من أي بي أم واستضافة سحاب في أم وير وعمليات مركز البيانات في الاتحاد الأوروبي مع إضافة مركز بيانات ممتثل لقوانين نظم حماية المعلومات العامة في مؤشر أعمال إكوينيكس أمستردام مترو الدولي في هولندا.

وقال راستي بوتزلر، نائب رئيس شركة كونيكتيريا ومدير العمليات التنفيذي: “أكثر من ثلث عملائنا لديهم عمليات في الاتحاد الأوروبي أو الشرق الأوسط. لقد اخترناإيكوينيكسفي أمستردام لإضافة مركز بياناتسحاب آي آي بي أموسحاب في أم أويرلأنه واحد من أفضل مراكز البيانات في العالم، ويقع في قلب أوروبا التجاري مع أكثر من 250 من مزودي الشبكات الذين يخدمون مركز البيانات. هذا المركز يوفر مكانا مثاليا للمؤسسات التي ترغب في أن تنشر نظامي آي آي بي أموسحاب في أم أويرالخاصين بهما داخل الاتحاد الأوروبي في مركز بيانات متوافق مع قوانين نظم حماية المعلومات العامة، مدعوم بخدمات آي بي أم آي وفي أم ويرمن كونيكتريا الرائدة في الصناعة.”

وعلق ريتش ويدمان، مؤسس ورئيس مجلس إدارة شركةكونيكتريا: “نحن متحمسون للغاية للتوسع في أوروبا. نحن نخطط لتوسعنا في أوروبا منذ عدة سنوات، وقد مكننا النمو الديناميكي لأعمالنا آي بي أم آي وفي أم ويرمن اتخاذ الخطوة الأولى لإنشاء مراكز بيانات في جميع أنحاء العالم. ٍأتوقع أننا سنتوسع في أجزاء أخرى من العالم خلال السنوات القليلة القادمة أيضًا.”

حول كونيكتريا

إذ تأسستفي العام 1996، صُنفت شركة  كونيكتريافي المرتبة 15 كأفضل مكان للعمل، وتوفر خدمات الحوسبة السحابية الحائزة على جوائز، والخدمات السحابية المدارة، والأمن السحابي، وبرامج إدارة السحاب لأكثر من 1000 عميل في جميع أنحاء العالم. كنا أول شركة استضافة مدارة متوافقة مع أتش آي بي أيه أيه والشركة الأولى التي توفر امتثال أتش آي بي أيه أيه وبي سي آي في أيه دبليو أس و’زور. ونحن أيضا أكبر موزع لـ IBM i (AS/400) cloud provider في العالم.ومن خلال إضافة WSM في العام 2019، أصبحنا أيضًا روادا في توفير خدمات الترحيل والتحول السحابي للمؤسسات من جميع الأحجام.

تكمن فلسفة شركة كونيكتريا في شعار No Jerks Allowed، (لا حمقى هنا) حيث يقطع كل موظف هنا “الميل الإضافي” لرعاية عملائنا. وشعار أننا شركة خالية من الأشخاص الحمقى، فإن هذا الشعار يمتد إلى أبعد من موظفينا. من السهل التعامل مع الأعمال التجارية من خلال شروط مرنة وحلول قابلة للتطوير وأسعار مباشرة لتلبية الاحتياجات التكنولوجية للمؤسسات من جميع الأحجام.

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المشرف على برنامج التنمية والإعمار في اليمن والسفير السعودي الجابر يلتقي بشخصيات سياسية ودبلوماسية في لندن

لندن، 14 فبراير، 2020 / بي آر نيوزواير / — اجتمع سفير المملكة العربية السعودية في المملكة المتحدة صاحب السمو الملكي الأمير خالد بن بندر آل سعود اليوم مع المشرف العام على البرنامج السعودي لتنمية وإعمار اليمن، السفير محمد بن سعيد الجابر، والمتحدث الرسمي باسم تحالف القوات الداعمة للشرعية في اليمن العقيد تركي المالكي، وسعادة وزير الدولة للشؤون الخارجية والكومنويلث ورئيس دائرة التنمية الدولية، الدكتور أندرو موريسون، وعدد من الوزراء والمسؤولين في البرلمان البريطاني.

Amn. Al Jaber and Col. Turki al-Maliki host a joint meeting to discuss Yemen and SDRPY projects there.

 وفي أعقاب المعرض الذي تم تنظيمه في وقت سابق من هذا الأسبوع، استعرض هؤلاء المسؤولون معًا العلاقات التاريخية بين المملكة العربية السعودية والمملكة المتحدة، والشراكة القائمة بين البلدين. وقدم السفير الجابر عرضا للجهود الإنسانية والإنمائية السعودية في اليمن لأعضاء البرلمان البريطاني، بالإضافة إلى مناقشة عدد من القضايا ذات الاهتمام المشترك في مجال التنمية والإنسانية.

وفي وقت لاحق، عقد السفير محمد الجابر والعقيد تركي المالكي اجتماعًا مشتركًا في سفارة المملكة في لندن، بحضور عدد من المسؤولين. خلال الاجتماع، سلط السفير الجابر الأضواء على مجريات الأحداث الأخيرة في اليمن، بما في ذلك عملالبرنامج السعودي لتنمية وإعمار اليمنفي مجالات التنمية وإعادة الإعمار. وأشار إلى الجهود الكبيرة التي بذلها البرنامج من خلال استعراض أكثر من 100 مشروع تنموي في جميع المحافظات اليمنية، وتحدث عن أحدث الآثار الملموسة لهذه المشاريع التي أدت إلى تحسين الحياة اليومية للمواطنين والمساهمة بشكل كبير في دعم الاقتصاد اليمني

.وتحدث السفير الجابر عن القطاعات السبعة الهامة التي يدعمهاالبرنامج السعودي لتنمية وإعمار اليمن:الصحة، التعليم، الطاقة، الزراعة وصيد الأسماك، المياه، النقل (بما في ذلك الموانئ والمطارات)، وقطاع المباني الحكومية.

كما أوضح أن البرنامج يعمل في معظم المحافظات اليمنية بما فيها عدن وحضرموت والجوف ومأرب وحجة وسقطرى والمهرة، في حين يصل تأثير البرنامج إلى جميع أنحاء اليمن من خلال المساهمة النشطة للبرنامج في تحقيق الاستقرار الاقتصادي المستدام.

وأضاف السفير الجابر أن البرنامج يعتزم توسيع نطاق دعمه في جميع المحافظات اليمنية مع افتتاح العديد من المكاتب. من خلال هذه الأهداف، يهدفالبرنامج السعودي لتنمية وإعمار اليمنإلى المراقبة المستمرة للمشاريع قيد التنفيذ والإبلاغ عن تقدم المشاريع ومعالجة أي مشاكل فنية قد تنشأ أثناء التنفيذ. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، ستقوم هذه المكاتب بدراسة مشاريع جديدة وفقًا لاحتياجات المحافظات. سيعقدالبرنامج السعودي لتنمية وإعمار اليمناجتماعات متكررة مع المحافظين ومواطنيها، ثم سينسق مع الحكومة اليمنية من أجل تقديم مشاريع جديدة

.وأضاف أن هناك تعاونًا وثيقًا مع منظمات التنمية الدولية، بما في ذلك الاجتماعات وورش العمل المتكررة بين البرنامج السعودي لتنمية وإعمار اليمن والعديد من هذه المنظمات – حتى يستفيد الجميع من المناقشة وتبادل الخبرات في مجال التنمية المستدامة. وقد استفادت المشاريع الحالية في قطاع الزراعة التي تتطلب الطاقة الشمسية استفادة كبيرة من هذا النهج.

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Premia Partners selected as winner of HKEx Top Performing ETF – Total Return Award for its Premia CSI Caixin China New Economy ETF with 45.2% return for 2019

HONG KONG, Feb. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Premia Partners, a leading ETF issuer in Hong Kong, is delighted to be recognized by the HKEx as Winner of the 2019 Top Performing ETF – Total Return Award for its Premia CSI Caixin China New Economy ETF, which recorded a 45.2% return during 2019.

Premia Partners selected as winner of HKEx Top Performing ETF -- Total Return Award for its Premia CSI Caixin China New Economy ETF with 45.2% return for 2019
  • Premia CSI Caixin China New Economy ETF (Tickers: 3173 HK / 9173 HK) tracks the CSI Caixin Rayliant New Economic Engine Index, which captures ~300 leading new economy sector companies listed in the Mainland. The physically replicated ETF is one of the lowest cost China ETFs with total-expense-ratio (TER) of 0.50% p.a.
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“We are most grateful for the recognition and continued support by the HKEx, as well as our clients and business partners in this journey,” said Rebecca Chua, Managing Partner of Premia Partners. “We have great passion for the Asian ETF markets and look forward to building out more efficient tools for investors to access growth opportunities in Asia.”

The HKEX ETF Awards are dedicated to recognising the achievements of the top performers in Hong Kong’s ETF industry. As of February 14th 2020, Premia Partners which celebrated its third anniversary has 6 ETFs listed on HKEx covering China, Emerging ASEAN, Asia Innovative Technology, Vietnam and US Treasury exposures.

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Kiir Blames Envoys for Lack of Deal on South Sudanese States

JUBA , SOUTH SUDAN – South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has accused several foreign envoys of bias against his government, as the envoys try to help Kiir and the opposition strike a deal on the number of states in the country.

The president wants to keep the current 32 states, a number he imposed unilaterally during South Sudan’s civil war. Opposition parties want to revert to the 10 states that the country had upon independence in 2011.

Speaking Friday at a meeting in Juba, Kiir accused special envoys who attended last weekend’s summit in Addis Ababa of twisting his words and trying to prolong the dispute for their own benefit.

Anything I say, they go and turn it around and give the wrong report to their committee chairpersons, Kiir said. And these are the so-called special envoys who are saying something different to their heads. … One day when we reach an agreement, they will be jobless, and that is why they don’t want to be jobless, so that they continue to survive on the blood of South Sudanese.

Kiir flatly rejected proposals to create 23 states or return to the original 10 and chided the envoys for thinking they know what is best for South Sudan.

There are very funny people, who have fitted themselves among us, to be the ones knowing what we want,” he said.

Jobs at stake, Kiir says

Kiir said his government had built a huge workforce after creating 32 states, and he argued that many South Sudanese would be jobless if the country were to return to 10 states.

The Independent Boundaries Commission, a body tasked with determining the final number of states and boundaries, failed to resolve the matter. Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have met several times in Juba and elsewhere to attempt to resolve the issue but haven’t reached a compromise.

Special envoys Ismail Wais of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, David Mabuza of South Africa, Kalonzo Musyoka of Kenya and Betty Bigombe of Uganda failed to persuade Machar and Kiir last weekend to reach a deal at an African Union-sponsored summit. The AU issued a communique suggesting the dispute over the number of states was a South Sudanese matter.

Friday’s meeting was attended mostly by Kiir supporters, as the opposition SPLM-in-Opposition boycotted the meeting. Most of those in the crowd were governors, ministers, and pro-government youth, women and civil society advocates.

Maridi state Governor Africano Monday said any move to reduce the 32 states would be a mistake.

The number one challenge as well as threat to peace and security in our country is any decision to drastically alter or cancel the current status of states, said Maridi.

Residents’ comments

A 40-year-old Juba resident who preferred to be identified only as Rolda for security reasons said he supported having 32 states and stood by any decision Kiir made.

Any step the president takes now, it is our step all, because he represents us all, Rolda said. He is consulting us to find what our views are. So any step he takes, we will support him.

However, Juba resident Peter Gatkouth said he supported the proposal to create 23 states plus Abyei, a disputed border area, and called Friday’s meeting politically motivated.

The consultation by the president is unnecessary this time because when he declared the 32 states, he did not consult anyone, Gatkouth told South Sudan in Focus. So it is a waste of time to consult people again because they get a benefit of 32 states.

Juba resident Yasin Feki Abdullah suggested the parties return to the original 10 states and agreed that Friday’s meeting was useless.

The consultation is not productive because it was just a one-day process, Abdullah told South Sudan in Focus. The issue of the states was supposed to be handled since 2013, but the parties are not willing to solve these issues. It is just a waste of time.

Abdullah said having 10 states is the only way to create peaceful coexistence among South Sudanese.

Source: Voice of America

Europe Mulls Forceful Presence in Conflict-torn Sahel

PARIS – The European Union is being urged to become more militarily involved in Africa’s Sahel region amid a possible drawdown of U.S. troops and a fast-growing Islamist insurgency.

Fallout from escalating unrest in the arid scrubland edging the Sahara dessert � threatening to push deeper into sub-Saharan Africa and potentially export instability and migration across the Mediterranean Sea � offers a powerful argument for more European action. That is also the message from France, the United States and the EU’s own executive arm.

But it’s not clear whether EU member states have much appetite for more military action. And current EU policy in the region, some analysts say, appears disjointed and scattershot.

We have more than 20 Sahel strategies from European countries, said Bakary Sambe, director of the Timbuktu Institute, a Senegal-based research group. That means there is no coordination � while the terrorist groups are coordinating, are trying to support each other and are multiplying their attacks against the countries.

Creating a cohesive European Sahel strategy will be tested next month, during a Brussels meeting that will involve the five African nations most affected by the conflict, known as the G5 Sahel, and EU leaders.

Adding to the pressure are chances the United States may cut troops in Africa � along with a newly released government report describing a U.S. strategic shift from reducing to containing the armed threat in the Sahel. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger make up the G5 Sahel.

The March meeting with G5 leaders will be the occasion to see how we can have a more effective strategy in the short, medium and long term in the region, European Council President Charles Michel told Radio France Internationale, or RFI, in an interview this week.

Guns not enough

Experts say guns alone won’t solve a spiraling humanitarian crisis that has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and left millions in need of assistance. Attacks in three of the most affected Sahel countries � Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger � have doubled each year since 2015, according to the U.S. government-funded Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

We begin to fear the very existence of the Sahel states is threatened, African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat told Le Monde newspaper, ahead of a recent AU summit that focused on the conflict, among other threats.

For now, former colonial power France is shouldering most of Europe’s military response. Earlier this month, Paris announced it was adding 600 troops to its 4,500-person Operation Barkhane force in the region.

But Barkhane’s presence has fueled public protests in the region � a key subject of a January summit in the French town of Pau between French President Emmanuel Macron and Sahel leaders. Moreover, the deaths of 13 French soldiers in a November helicopter collision has fed criticism at home that France is mired in a conflict it cannot win.

A potential U.S. drawdown in the Sahel would mark another setback. Earlier this month, French Defense Minister Florence Parly headed to Washington to lobby against the possibility.

France’s Operation Barkhane will not collapse if the United States withdraws their military assets, defense expert Elie Tenenbaum told Le Monde, but it would see fewer fighter plane dispatches and reduced intelligence operations, among other changes.

The position of the United States is very clear � they don’t want to be involved in hard strategies, like France, said analyst Sambe. They invest in soft power. They empower West African countries to develop strategies against violent extremism.

Yet for now, at least, hard power is also in demand.

We need very strong military actions to stop the jihadist groups before they reach the coastal regions and link up with criminal networks, drugs and weapons, Sambe said, naming countries like Senegal, Ghana and Guinea.

Some African countries are responding. Chad was mulling deploying a battalion to the tri-border region of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali that is considered the epicenter of the violence.

Mali plans to recruit 10,000 new soldiers � even as President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told RFI his government was in contact with armed groups as a way to explore other avenues to end the violence.

At the same time, the AU announced it would not start using a new fund for security operations until 2023, after it received less than half the contributions it hoped for.

European response

In Europe, France is pushing for greater EU involvement in counterterrorism operations in the Sahel, notably through a new special forces task force called Takuba. But so far, not many EU countries have agreed or expressed interest in joining.

And crucially, analysts say, France is not getting enough buy-in from its most important European partner, Germany.

France believes Germany hasn’t done enough in the Sahel, Le Monde wrote this week, even as the Germans reproach France for not working collectively.

France now wants better engagement from European countries so it can really be seen as cooperation between Sahelian countries and Europe � not just France alone, analyst Sambe said, but I don’t think the European countries are following France in this strategy.

France is not alone in urging greater European participation.

The French are calling on Europe to step up and do more in the Sahel, the head of U.S. Africa Command, General Stephen Townsend, said in January, adding, I absolutely think that is the right thing to do.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell offered a similar message last month, saying Europe must absolutely do more in the Sahel, while adding the bloc had agreed to enhance its strategic cooperation.

To be sure, the EU has not been inactive. The so-called Sahel Alliance, grouping France, Germany, the EU and development institutions, has designated billions of dollars for regional development initiatives. Overall, the EU counts among the region’s biggest humanitarian donors, contributing more than $200 million to the crisis last year alone.

Experts also note that having more boots on the ground is only a partial answer to the jihadist insurgency. What is needed, many say, is better governance and more investment in education and development.

France has a very military approach in the region, analyst Sambe said. But I always say you have never seen a Kalashnikov [rifle] killing an ideology.

Source: Voice of America