Dominica’s E-passport adoption stations to soon be available in the UAE

A permanent office that can facilitate applications for Dominica e-passports will soon be established in the United Arab Emirates, explains CS Global Partners Dominica biometric passports LONDON, Feb. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Commonwealth of Dominica has given citizens, including those who participated in the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, the deadline of August […]

A permanent office that can facilitate applications for Dominica e-passports will soon be established in the United Arab Emirates, explains CS Global Partners

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Dominica biometric passports (Source: CS Global Partners)

LONDON, Feb. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Commonwealth of Dominica has given citizens, including those who participated in the country’s Citizenship by Investment Programme, the deadline of August 30, 2022, to replace their machine-readable passports with a new E-passport. Minister for National Security and Home Affairs Rayburn Blackmoore made the announcement at a year in review press conference for his ministry last month.

According to the Minister, overseas passport stations will also be launched in London, UK and New York, USA. All international offices are forecasted to be operational in the next five months.

What is an E-passport?

An E-passport (also known as a biometric passport or a digital passport) is a traditional passport with an embedded electronic chip containing biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of the passport holder. Digital encryption is used to confirm the data stored electronically in the passport chip, making it expensive and difficult to forge when all security mechanisms are fully and correctly implemented.

Malaysia was the first country to issue biometric passports in 1998. In mid-2019, that number increased to over 150 countries issuing such passports.

How are E-passports different from machine-readable passports?

The new document, which launched in Dominica in July 2021, replaces the machine-readable passports and includes both overt and covert security features that are woven into the design.

Dominica’s biometric passports store the holder’s personal information on a microchip embedded in the document. This includes biometric face, fingerprint, and iris data, all of which can verify the holder’s identity while travelling. The Dominican Government previously noted that the document is compatible with the country’s new e-Gates, which means that holders can use them to pass through border checkpoints more quickly. The e-Gates were part of a $13 million project to update the Dominican border in anticipation of the biometric passports.

Why is Dominica switching to E-passports? 

In a statement announcing the upgrades, Minister Blackmoore said that the move to biometric passports in March 2021 made Dominica the only country, except for the Bahamas, to have those improved passports in the Caribbean.

According to him, migrating from basic machine-readable passports to biometric E-passports is the “most important aspect” in improving the country’s border systems.

“Given the pace at which the world is currently moving and the emphasis internationally for improved security systems as well as the demand for safer and more secure systems, there’s also a universal demand for more efficient and secure travel documents that are acceptable by all and that are in keeping with relevant international standards and protocols.”

At the launch last year, Dominica’s Tourism Minister Denise Charles said that “electronic passports should make the immigration checkpoint process much faster and would allow immigration officers to quickly authenticate travels, first providing protection against identity theft and fraud.”

She also said that the new venture would improve linkages with the CARICOM Joint Regional Communications Centre (CJRRCC) as well as International Police (Interpol).

Who can upgrade to an E-passport?

All citizens of Dominica can replace their machine-readable passports with an E-passport. Biometric passports will also be issued to those who have gained citizenship through Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme. The Programme offers citizenship to foreign nationals who make a qualifying investment in the island’s Economic Diversification Fund or select real estate projects.

Where can citizens upgrade to E-passports?

Minister Blackmoore said that his ministry has developed plans to guide Dominicans during the transition to E-passports in the upcoming months.

Citizens in Dominica:

In Dominica’s capital Roseau, space has been created at the immigration and passport office to ensure additional staff for the smooth transition. The immigration department will also receive extra equipment, which Minister Blackmoore says will enable quicker processing of applications.

He further disclosed that two mobile kits that have the capacity for recognition and data capture from any location will be deployed initially in major communities around Dominica, including Portsmouth, Mahaut, St Joseph, Vielle Case, La Plaine and Grand Bay. The immigration team will be available for two days at each location to afford citizens ample time to get the necessary documents for submission for the new E-passport in the upcoming weeks.

Blackmoore also said that passport application forms will be available at police stations and the government’s website.

Citizens aboard:

Dominicans residing overseas will also be allowed to renew their passport abroad. Citizens can apply through the various international Dominican consulates or the soon to come permanent offices in the UAE, London or New York that will be fully equipped to facilitate all application processes, including data and image capture.

Until the permanent offices are operational, mobile kits will be deployed overseas to Canada, Texas, Florida, and some Caribbean countries to undertake registration.

“A team consisting of police officers have already been selected to travel to the various locations across the globe to ensure that as many Dominicans as possible can be given access to registration for the new E-passports.”

About Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme

Dominica has been ranked best for its Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme for five years by the Financial Times’ PWM magazine. Applicants who pass the necessary due diligence checks receive Dominica’s citizenship and can apply for the country’s passport, which grants global mobility to 75 percent of the world. Being a citizen of Dominica also means living, working, and travelling on the Caribbean island whenever you want and passing the citizenship on for generations to come.

Dominica’s CBI Programme is legally entrenched in law. Since local law does not contain any restrictions on holding dual nationality, obtaining second citizenship through investment in the country is confidential. In addition to having no physical residency obligation, Dominica’s CBI Programme has no language, age, business experience, or educational requirements, and there is no mandatory interview.

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‫ كويك لينك تكشف الستار عن حلول شبكية للمساعدة في توصيل جميع أجهزة إنترنت الأشياء

شنغهاي، 18 فبراير 2022 / PRNewswire / – أعلنت شركة كويك لينك (Queclink) (البورصة: 300590. شنجن (SZ)) – وهي شركة موردة رائدة عالمية لأجهزة إنترنت الأشياء (IoT) والتقنيات – اليوم عن إطلاقها لحلول شبكية لمساعدة العملاء والشركاء في إنشاء ربط شبكي آمن وموثوق للتمتع بإمكانيات جديدة. وفقًا لشركة ستاتيستا (Statista)، تشير التقديرات أن العدد العالمي لأجهزة إنترنت الأشياء […]

شنغهاي، 18 فبراير 2022 / PRNewswire / – أعلنت شركة كويك لينك (Queclink) (البورصة: 300590. شنجن (SZ)) – وهي شركة موردة رائدة عالمية لأجهزة إنترنت الأشياء (IoT) والتقنيات – اليوم عن إطلاقها لحلول شبكية لمساعدة العملاء والشركاء في إنشاء ربط شبكي آمن وموثوق للتمتع بإمكانيات جديدة.

Queclink’s Wireless Industrial Router Series

وفقًا لشركة ستاتيستا (Statista)، تشير التقديرات أن العدد العالمي لأجهزة إنترنت الأشياء المتصلة قد يزيد على نحو ثلاثة أضعاف من 8.74 مليار في عام 2020 إلى أكثر من 25.4 مليار نقطة نهاية نشطة في عام 2030، فكل شيء يمكن توصيله افتراضيًا في عالم إنترنت الأشياء.

تُعد حلول شبكة كويك لينك مناسبة لمجموعة معينة من حالات المستخدمين مثل الأتمتة الصناعية المتمثلة في المصنع الذكي والطاقة والنقل والبيع بالتجزئة. كما أن هذه الحلول تساهم في العديد من حلول المدن الذكية بما في ذلك مراقبة مصابيح الشوارع، والأمن العام، وشبكات المؤسسات، والربط الشبكي في المواقع النائية. تجمع سلسلة الموجهات اللاسلكية بين الاتصال الخلوي عالي السرعة والواجهات الصناعية والمعرفة الفريدة التي تتمتع بها شركة كويك لينك المتعلقة بالمعلوماتية البعدية لإنترنت الأشياء.

هذا وذكر إدوين بينج، النائب الأول لرئيس شركة كويك لينك أن “الطلب العالمي آخذ في التوسع، وقد حان الوقت لتقديم حلول شبكتنا التي تساعد على إنشاء ربط شبكي خلوي خاص ومستقر لإنترنت الأشياء”. “يسهل نشر هذا النوع من الربط الشبكي في بيئة بيانات ضخمة. لقد تميزنا في اتخاذ موقف استباقي في إنترنت الأشياء الذي أطلق بالفعل “الثورة الصناعية الرابعة” التي يتمثل جوهرها في الاستفادة من البيانات الضخمة للإدارة المرنة التفصيلية. كما أن مجال صناعة السيارات خير دليل على هذا الفعل الاستباقي.”

فقد قامت إحدى شركات السيارات الرائدة في الصين بتحديث برنامج التحول الرقمي للمصانع، واختارت مؤخرًا سلسلة الموجهات الصناعية التي توفرها شركة كويك لينك لتمكين حقل الاختبار الأول. ومن خلال الاعتماد على شبكة آمنة وموثوقة، من الممكن جمع العديد من البيانات، والقيام بإجراءات الحوسبة المتطورة التي تشمل تحليل البيانات وتخزينها محليًا وسريًا، واتخاذ قرارات مستندة إلى البيانات وفقًا لذلك.

هذا وتُعد كل من السلسلتين WR100 وWR200 الجاهزتين بالفعل عبارة عن موجهات صناعية لاسلكية تعمل بتقنية التطور طويل الأمد المدعوم بالجيل الرابع (4G LTE). وقد استثمرت شركة كويك لينك سلسلة WR300 (إصدار الجيل الخامس) في السوق الصيني، وستتابع عن كثب الانتقال من الجيل الرابع إلى الجيل الخامس، وستروج لسلسلة WR300 في الخارج.

نُبذة عن شركة كويك لينك

منذ عام 2009، أصبحت شركة كويك لينك للحلول اللاسلكية (Queclink Wireless Solutions) “تقدم إنترنت الأشياء بشكل أكثر ذكاءً”.

وتُعد شركة كويك لينك الجهة المصممة والمصنعة لأجهزة إنترنت الأشياء، وهي تعمل مع العديد من الشركات الصناعية والاستهلاكية المعروفة لتقديم حلول إنترنت الأشياء المبتكرة إلى السوق. هذا وتشمل وحدات أعمالها النقل والأصول والتنقل والشبكات والزراعة. وتعتبر شركة كويك لينك مصدر إلهام للحلول القائمة على البيانات لعملائها في جميع أنحاء العالم، فهي توفر 42 مليون منتج من منتجات إنترنت الأشياء يتم تسليمه إلى أكثر من 140 دولة.

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‫سدكو القابضة تعلن استكمال بيع شركة ترفيه العربية المحدودة إلى شركة الاستثمارات البديلة الخاصة GLD Partners LP

جدة، المملكة العربية السعودية, 17 فبراير / شباط 2022 /PRNewswire/ — أعلنت مجموعة سدكو القابضة، إحدى أكبر الشركات الاستثمارية العائلية في المملكة العربية السعودية، اليوم عن استكمال بيع شركة ترفيه العربية المحدودة (“ترفيه”) لشركة الاستثمارات البديلة الخاصة GLD Partners LP  ومقرها لوس أنجلوس، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. تدير شركة ترفيه 17 مطعماً من فئة كاجوال في […]

جدة، المملكة العربية السعودية, 17 فبراير / شباط 2022 /PRNewswire/ —

أعلنت مجموعة سدكو القابضة، إحدى أكبر الشركات الاستثمارية العائلية في المملكة العربية السعودية، اليوم عن استكمال بيع شركة ترفيه العربية المحدودة (“ترفيه”) لشركة الاستثمارات البديلة الخاصة GLD Partners LP  ومقرها لوس أنجلوس، الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.

تدير شركة ترفيه 17 مطعماً من فئة كاجوال في جميع أنحاء المملكة العربية السعودية، وتُعتبر صاحبة امتياز لسلسلة مطاعم “أبل بيز®“، أحد أكبر العلامات التجارية لمطاعم الكاجوال في العالم.

يمثل بيع شركة ترفيه العربية المحدودة خروج مجموعة سدكو القابضة من قطاع خدمات الأغذية والمشروبات كجزء من استراتيجيتها للتركيز على الأعمال الأساسية.

كما تُمثل هذه الصفقة نقطة انطلاق رئيسية لدخول GLD Partners إلى قطاع الخدمات الغذائية النشط والآخذ بالنمو في المملكة العربية السعودية، وتشكل جزءً من خططها التوسعية الشاملة واستثماراتها في المنطقة، وخاصة المملكة العربية السعودية.

وأثنى السيد عمر ميرزا، المدير العام لشركة GLD Partners في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا، على جهود كلٍّ من سدكو القابضة وداين براندز لتسهيل عملية انتقال حقوق الامتياز لمطاعم أبل بيز في المملكة العربية السعودية إلى GLD Partners LP. وصرح قائلاً: ” يُسعدنا في هذه الأوقات المهمة إضافة علامة تجارية عالمية رائدة مثل أبل بيز إلى محفظة استثماراتنا المتنامية في منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال إفريقيا”.

وساهمت داين براندز غلوبال، الشركة المالكة لحقوق امتياز وتشغيل أبل بيز، بضمان الانتقال السلس لامتياز أبل بيز من ترفيه المملوكة لسدكو القابضة إلى المالكين الجديد GLD Partners.

وصرح السيد غاري مور، نائب الرئيس الإقليمي لعمليات الامتياز التشغيلي في شركة داين براندز غلوبال: “نقدم الدعم الكامل لانتقال هذه الملكية ونؤمن بأن GLD Partners ستواصل في إثراء سلسلة المطاعم والمحافظة على هويتها وإرثها العريق، مما سيعزز نجاح العلامة التجارية في المملكة العربية السعودية.”

Algerian president appoints 2 new ministers

ALGIERS— Algeria’s president has appointed Abderrahmane Raouya as the new finance minister, choosing a veteran politician who has held the post twice before over the past five years.He is well versed in the functioning of the ministry and the taxation …

ALGIERS— Algeria’s president has appointed Abderrahmane Raouya as the new finance minister, choosing a veteran politician who has held the post twice before over the past five years.

He is well versed in the functioning of the ministry and the taxation department where he has held several senior positions, and has worked international financial institutions, having served as an expert for the IMF in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

His reappointment comes as the government’s financial situation is expected to improve as oil and gas prices have risen on the back of post-pandemic demand and political tensions in the Middle East and between Russian and Ukraine.

OPEC-member Algeria relies heavily on energy exports.

Raouya takes over from Ayman Benabderrahmane, who was appointed prime minister in June and has combined the two roles since.

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune announced the appointment of Raouya, who served as finance minister twice between 2017 and 2020, on Twitter on Thursday.

The other appointment is Soraya Mouloudji, the new minister of culture and arts, replacing Wafaa Chaalal.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Africa’s Biggest International Contemporary Art Fair Opens Doors

Africa’s biggest international contemporary art fair has opened its doors to the public for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Investec Cape Town Art Fair went online last year, but this year has nearly 100 artists exhibiting work…

Africa’s biggest international contemporary art fair has opened its doors to the public for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Investec Cape Town Art Fair went online last year, but this year has nearly 100 artists exhibiting works in-person from 20 countries.

“It’s absolutely a joy to be back to almost real life,” said Laura Vincenti, director of the art fair. “I mean, we have had two years that have been very tough, but the art community have been very supportive. And this city and South Africa needed an event to reconnect people, so we are very grateful to everyone.”

This is the ninth year the fair is being held, but was hosted online last year due to COVID-19.

“It’s been a long journey since the beginning, but now the fair is on an international calendar. We got a lot of exhibitors from overseas. Like many, more than a thousand collectors coming just for this week to Cape Town,” Vincenti said.

Franco-Benin ceramicist King Houndekinkou, speaking from Benin, said he was extremely grateful to have his work shown at the fair, which is held in the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

“Wow, well it’s a blessing to be still here, first of all, and to still be having a career and still be showing and to have people wanting to still show the work after this time that we had where everyone was in lockdown — so yeah, it’s great! I’m happy!” he said.

Nigerian art lover Usen Obot flew in especially to see the show.

“I would say it’s like getting back to life because, for me as an artist and a gallery owner, seeing images is OK, but seeing the real thing is the real deal,” Obot said.

Fundraiser Tanya Townsend was there to make connections for a children’s home that runs an art program.

“It’s absolutely amazing. You just realize how starved you’ve been over the last two years. And just to see the buzz here. I didn’t know what to expect and it’s so vast,” Townsend said. “And you know we South Africans just love foreigners and coming to our beautiful city on this gorgeous sunny day. It’s just so thrilling. It’s fantastic.”

Vincetti said the fair is a hybrid event this year, so there is still an online component.

“Of course, with the difficulties of traveling and also the fear for many people especially from Europe and America to travel to South Africa, they have a chance to go online and see the fair online,” she said. “So what we are showing on our digital platform is exactly what you’d find at the fair. The same galleries, the same works. You can purchase or you can browse and see what’s going on.”

The fair ends Feb. 20, 2022.

Source: Voice of America

Conservationists Decry Namibia Exporting Wild Elephants

Namibian authorities have confirmed they are capturing scores of wild elephants that were sold at auction for export. Authorities would not say which countries they will be sent to, only that China is not one of them.Wildlife conservationists have crit…

Namibian authorities have confirmed they are capturing scores of wild elephants that were sold at auction for export. Authorities would not say which countries they will be sent to, only that China is not one of them.

Wildlife conservationists have criticized the government’s secrecy on the deals and the exporting of the animals.

Namibia’s minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism this week defended the government’s capture of wild elephants for export, despite a veil of secrecy on the buyers.

Pohamba Shifeta said Namibia’s growing elephant herds, numbering around 24,000, are causing human-wildlife conflict.

“What we have done is to auction animals that were earmarked because they were causing conflict amongst communities,” Shifeta said. “We identified those herds to be auctioned. They were 170 altogether in different communities because they were destroying properties in the community and even contributing to the loss of human lives.”

Shifeta said Namibia is seeing a surge in human-wildlife conflict. But wildlife conservationists dispute the value of exporting elephants to deal with the issue.

Audrey Delsink, wildlife director for Humane Society International, said the lack of transparency on the elephants’ buyers raises concerns that the sales could violate the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, known as CITES.

“Elephants do not belong in captivity, and we would welcome some transparency on this issue and some evidence from the Ministry to that effect,” Delsink said. “There are humane solutions to mitigate both for human-elephant conflict and for population control of elephants.”

The ministry, in a February 15 press statement, said 20 of the 170 elephants sold were still to be captured, pending permits from CITES.

Shifeta disputed speculation that the elephants would be sold into captivity.

“We are signatories to CITES and we are aware of the international statutes, the international law that governs CITES member states. Our law does not allow an animal to be exported to a country where we know the environment is not conducive for this animal,” he said.

Namibia auctioned off the elephants to three buyers last August, but authorities would not say who purchased the wild animals.

The environment ministry denied that China was one of the buyers, after concerns were expressed about how animals exported to the Asian country were treated.

But the ministry said the buyers would be required to meet certain criteria, such as keeping the elephants in an area with game-proof fences.

Authorities acknowledged the elephants were being rounded up for export after Namibian journalist John Grobler was detained for recording images of the captured animals.

“There is going to be a CITES meeting in Lyon, France, early March where this issue will be addressed but it is a highly contentious one to say the least,” Grobler said. “You do not send wild caught elephants into another continent to a zoo if you are really doing conservation.”

The CITES agreement for Namibia indicates live elephants should stay in African conservation programs but is also subject to interpretation by scientific authorities of importing countries.

Source: Voice of America