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تواصل توسع شركة أركيبيلاغو إنترناشيونال بتوقيع اتفاقية جديدة في دبي

جاكرتا، إندونيسيا، 15 شباط/فبراير، 2020 / بي آر نيوزواير / — أعلنت شركة آركيبيلاغو إنترناشيونال Archipelago International، شركة إدارة الفنادق الأكبر المملوكة بصورة خاصة والمستقلة في جنوب شرق آسيا، عن شراكة استراتيجية جديدة مع ميسون بريفي، وهي واحدة من أسرع شركات المنازل السياحية وشركات إدارة تأجير العقارات نموا في دبي.

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وستسمح اتفاقية الترخيص بدخولآركيبيلاغوإلى سوق الإمارات العربية المتحدة مع علامة ميسون بريفي التجارية لفاخرة التي تدعمها العلامة التجاريةآتسون.ستتيح الصفقة، التي تتضمن دمجميسون بريفي في منصة فنادقآركيبيلاغو، وصولميسون بريفي إلى خبرةآركيبيلاغوفي التوسع والتوزيع والتسويق والبنية التحتية للشركات في جنوب شرق آسيا.

في العام 2018، أعلنتميسون بريفي عن ضمان استثمار رأس المال من الفئةأبقيمة 4 ملايين دولار من قبل مستثمر خاص. يؤمن كل من الاستثمار من الفئة أ واتفاقية الترخيص معآركيبيلاغومنصة مناسبة لـميسون بريفي لتوسيع مخزون الغرف لديها في المستقبل.

وفي معرض تعليقه على الصفقة، قال جيرارد بيرن، المدير الإداري لشركة آركيبيلاغو أوفرسيز، “على الرغم من أنها ليست فريدة من نوعها في السياق الدولي، فإن هذه هي الصفقة الأولى من نوعها في دولة الإمارات، وهي لا تعمل فقط على استكمال أهداف الحكومة الإستراتيجية الخاصة بتوفير غرف الفنادق لزوار معرض اكسبو في دبي 2020، ولكنها أيضًا تتيح لعملائنا من جنوب شرق آسيا خيارات أوسع عند زيارة دبي مباشرةً أو عبر المدن المقدسة في المملكة العربية السعودية، كجزء من حزمة العمرة أو الحج زائد “.

وفي بيان مشترك حول الصفقة قال بول مالي ورامي شماع، المؤسسان المشاركان والمديران المشتركان لميسون بريفي، بعد أن نجحنا في تأمين استثمارات كبيرة خاصة من الفئة أ  في العام 2018، كان من الضروري أن نوفر البيئة المناسبة لذلك الاستثمار للعمل ولمساعدتنا على تحقيق أهدافنا الطموحة للنمو على مدار السنوات الثلاث القادمة. آركيبيلاغوتوفر لنا هذه المنصة، وإلى جانب العلامة التجارية أستون وسمعةآركيبيلاغوبشكل عام، سواء في هذه المنطقة أو في جنوب شرق آسيا، نشعر بالثقة تجاه هذا المرحلة التالية من تطورنا “.

حول آركيبيلاغو إنترناشيونال

تديرآركيبيلاغوإنترناشيونالأكبر محفظة في إندونيسيا تضم أكثر من 150 فندقًا مع 100 عقار جديد قيد التطوير في جنوب شرق آسيا ومنطقة البحر الكاريبي والشرق الأوسط. ومع توفرها على 20,000 غرفة في أكثر من 60 مدينة، تشمل العلامات التجارية الراقية للمجموعة آستون، ألانا، كوليكشن باي آستون، هاكسلي، كامويلا، هاربر، كويست، نيو، فيفهوتيلز ونوماد.

عن ميسون بريفي

تأسست ميسون بريفي في آذار/مارس 2017 على يد بول مالي ورامي شماع، وهي واحدة من أسرع شركات منازل العطلات نمواً في دبي وشركات إدارة تأجير الشركات، مع محفظة تضم أكثر من 200 شقة ذات جودة عالية، وبنتهاوس وفيلات في أفضل المواقع في جميع أنحاء دبي. توفر ميسون بريفي للضيوف نكهة حقيقية لدبي من خلال تقديم تجارب “بعيدة عن الوطن” تمنح الضيوف مساحة وراحة أكبر من الفندق، مع توفير تجربة حجز سلسة ومستوى عالٍ من الضيافة التي تشتهر بها منطقة الشرق الأوسط. تعمل ميسون بريفي على زيادة العائد على الاستثمار لأصحاب العقارات من خلال الاستفادة من الطلب القوي على الإيجار قصير الأجل من قطاعي الشركات والسياحة. كما تقدم للمالك حلولاً مرنة لإدارة وتحسين الأصول العقارية السكنية والعقارية.

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ValueLabs Acquires Iconic Design House, Indi Design

HYDERABAD, India, Feb. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –ValueLabs, a global technology services provider, has acquired one of the most iconic design houses in India, Indi Design Private Limited. With this acquisition, ValueLabs’ offering in the solutions segment expands to include Brand and Business Consulting.

Indi Design was founded in 2009 by Sudhir Sharma. They are very well known for the Brand design work for Bajaj Auto, ICICI Bank, Bajaj Finserv, and Varroc. With partner offices in Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Hanoi and Riyadh, Indi Design has become increasingly involved in management consulting, organizational design and the design of products, services, environments and digital experiences. They also publish India’s only design magazine “Pool / Design India” and host “India’s Best Design Awards.”https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_hlewnszo/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

Sudhir Sharma is a highly reputed thought leader in the Design community. He was on the jury panel of the inaugural Cannes Lions for Design 2008, Adfest, Spikes Asia, Dutch Design Awards, Design Turkey, IXDA New York. He is a member of the India Design Council and is an Alumnus of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Global Council for Design.

Commenting on the acquisition, Sudhir said, “When Design and Tech come together, we create new benchmarks in creativity and innovation. Tech is reorganizing Design thinking in ways that were not possible earlier. My whole team and I are very excited about the possibilities this development throws up.”

Arjun Rao, CEO of ValueLabs said, “Indi Design’s approach fits very well with our Digital Flywheel™, taking our business strategy and UX offerings to a much higher level, enhancing the overall value proposition we offer our clients. With this world class Design & UX capability, powered by all things Tech in Data & Analytics, Automation and Product Development, we now have a package that not many in the world can offer!”https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_17cnc4om/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100011/type/1

ValueLabs’ award-winning in-house UX group has already furthered their position in the Design industry. ValueLabs’ clients now get access to Indi Design’s offerings of Brand thinking along with a comprehensive Design background.

About ValueLabs

ValueLabs is a global technology company focused on Product Development, Data Technology and Digital Services. Powered by The Digital Flywheel™, ValueLabs provides end-to-end solutions in the fields of Customer Experience, Data & Analytics, Product Development, and Automation. Over the last 22 years, the company has expanded to 30 locations, 5500 associates, 150 clients worldwide, and recorded an industry-leading client Net Promoter Score (NPS) of over 75 in 2019.

About Indi Design

Indi Design is an international Brand, Design & Innovation consultancy firm. Founded in Pune, India, Indi Design helps create, manage and communicate an organisation’s vision for their brand. They have partner offices in Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Hanoi and Riyadh. Indi Design has become increasingly involved in management consulting, organizational design and the design of products, services, environments and digital experiences.

About The Digital Flywheel™

The concept of The Digital Flywheel™ was developed using the following four elements: Design, Data & Analytics, Automation and Product Development. We have Business Strategy at the core of The Digital Flywheel™, to stay aligned with our clients’ digital transformation goals. Each element of The Digital Flywheel™ amplifies the other, creating sustainable business momentum.

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Algeria Marks One-year Anniversary of Anti-government Protests

PARIS – Algeria is marking the one-year anniversary this week of its massive popular uprising pretty much the way it started � with more street protests and a sense that demands for fundamental political change remain unmet.

The political landscape has shifted dramatically. Ailing octogenarian leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika � whose quest for yet another term in office triggered the so-called Hirak protest movement � is out. In prison today are former prime ministers and other once-powerful establishment figures, including Bouteflika’s brother, Said.

The current president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, 74, wants to reform Algeria’s constitution, among other areas. Even powerful army General Ahmed Gaid Salah, who orchestrated the ouster of Bouteflika and other members of his regime, is out of the picture, having died suddenly in December.

Yet protesters and analysts believe the fundamental pouvoir, or traditional power system of influential military and business leaders, remains in place. And while some suggest there are options for moving forward, the street and the government, for now, are at an impasse.

Not enough impact

The people in the streets now aren’t enough to pressure the government to meet their demands, said analyst Brahim Oumansour of the French Institute for International and Strategic Relations, referring to the dwindling numbers in recent months.

At the same time, he added, I don’t think the Algerian government can continue failing to answer to their demands. The country cannot support such a political blockage.

In the streets and on social media, protesters claim their movement is as strong as ever, and vow another mass demonstration next Friday.

Fifty-second Friday of protest, the Hirak continues to be mobilized, one Twitter post said, echoing many others.

Establishment figures remain

In other signs of recent changes, an appeals court confirmed this past week a 15-year prison sentence against Said Bouteflika, who was an unofficial “regent” during his brother’s later years in office, along with two intelligence chiefs, on charges of plotting against the army’s authority. Meanwhile, a controversial media boss once close to the ex-president was arrested on corruption charges.

But other establishment figures remain. Topping the list is Tebboune, a former prime minister and favorite of Algeria’s powerful army. He was among a short list of old-regime candidates for Algeria’s December election to replace Bouteflika. Protesters called for a boycott of the vote, and even the official turnout was low at just 40 percent.

Since his election, Tebboune has reached out to protesters, calling for dialogue, freeing some detainees and vowing to amend the constitution to give Parliament and the judiciary more power. After a period of focusing inwardly, Algeria is getting more involved in regional issues, including finding solutions to unrest in neighboring Libya and the Sahel region.

But authorities continue to crack down on largely peaceful demonstrations, along with some independent unions, analysts say.

Meanwhile, the protest movement remains unstructured, and some opposition parties refuse to engage in dialogue with the president.

The Algerian government is functioning but its legitimacy suffers and the country remains at an impasse, wrote expert Robert Ford, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, a Washington-based research organization.

Another combustible mix?

To be sure, the current uprising is radically different from the bloody “Black Decade” of the 1990s, unleashed after the government canceled 1992 parliamentary elections that Islamists were poised to win. The conflict that followed � pitting Islamist militants against the military-backed government � that claimed roughly 150,000 lives was one key reason, analysts say, why Algerians failed to join the wider Arab Spring protests of the past decade.

Today, however, Algeria’s struggling, oil-reliant economy, high unemployment and unmet political grievances could prove another combustible mix. For now, the government has kept sensitive subsidies on basic foods and fuel and other key items to avoid more protests. But it might be squeezed to change that policy, analyst Oumansour said.

If the economic situation leads to thousands of layoffs and inflation, it could perhaps drive the movement into violence, he added, although not on the scale of two decades ago.

Lack of leadership

Complicating the way forward, the protest movement has yet to produce any clear leadership. Some believe that is unlikely to change.

The Hirak is not a political party, and cannot be structured as such, wrote Algeria’s leading independent newspaper, El Watan, in a recent editorial, since the movement reflects all the currents of opinion of Algerian society.

Nor, the newspaper wrote, do Algerian authorities want the protest to become structured, since it would present a potent threat in the next elections.

But Oumansour believes creating a credible opposition through the ballot box may be one key to ending the impasse. That would mean pushing up the next legislative and municipal votes, currently scheduled for 2022.

That would allow the Hirak to have its own legally recognized political leaders, he said. And it gives the government representatives they can negotiate with on the country’s future.

Source: Voice of America

US Hails Senegal as ‘Anchor of Democracy’ in West Africa

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Senegal, where he will hold talks with President Macky Sall focused on strengthening security ties and promoting deeper economic cooperation.

The U.S. officially recognized Senegal as an independent state in 1960, and the two countries have forged a close relationship over the past six decades of diplomatic ties. Senior State Department officials have praised Senegal as a role model for democratic institutions, stability and tolerance in West Africa.

We see Senegal as an anchor of democracy and linchpin of security for West Africa, said Pompeo. The U.S. regards Senegal as a critical ally in U.S. efforts to advance peace and security in West Africa and worldwide.

Washington has obligated more than $106 million in security assistance to support Senegal’s security institutions since 2014. The U.S., via the Departments of State and Defense, helps train and equip the Senegalese military and police to counter the evolving threats of regional terrorism and cross-border violence that spills over from the Sahel region.

The Defense Department is conducting a global force review and has indicated there likely will be a reduction, but not a complete withdrawal, of U.S. forces from Africa. Ahead of Pompeo’s visit, Sall said a drawdown of American troops from Africa would be a mistake, and it would be “misunderstood” by African leaders.

The United States is the largest bilateral health donor in Senegal, with approximately $60 million in bilateral health funding in 2019 to support maternal and child health, nutrition, and efforts to combat malaria and HIV/AIDS.

After leaving Senegal late Monday, Pompeo will travel to Luanda, Angola, and then Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He also will visit Saudi Arabia and Oman before returning to Washington after his nine-day trip.

In Luanda, he will meet with President Joao Lourenco and Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto to reaffirm U.S. support for Angola’s anti-corruption and democratization efforts.

In Addis Ababa, Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Sahle-Work Zewde to discuss joint efforts to promote regional security and to support Ethiopia’s political and economic reform agenda. Additionally, he will meet with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and give a speech.

The chief U.S. diplomat began his trip at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, where he met with a number of foreign leaders, including Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani. A senior State Department official told reporters a reduction in violence deal has been reached with the Taliban, although the terror group needs to show it can deliver on throttling back the suicide bombings and rocket attacks.

Source: Voice of America