Syrian, Iranian talks to develop cooperation in transport sector

Minister of Transport, Transport Minister Zouhair Khzeim, discussed with Deputy of Transport of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, Shahriar Efendizadeh ,the ways of developing the bilateral relations between the two countries, in the domain o…

Minister of Transport, Transport Minister Zouhair Khzeim, discussed with Deputy of Transport of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, Shahriar Efendizadeh ,the ways of developing the bilateral relations between the two countries, in the domain of land, sea, air and railway transport.

The meeting came on the sidelines of the Development Road Conference which kicked off in Baghdad with the participation of Syria.

The two sides talked about activating the agreements and memorandums of understanding signed between the two countries, and developing the agreed works within the work of joint Syrian-Iranian committee, including the tripartite railway connection for transporting passengers and goods between Syria, Iraq and Iran via the Shalamja-Basra railway, in addition to activating the transit and shipping line.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Casablanca Stock Exchange Ends Trading in Green

The Casablanca Stock Exchange closed higher on Friday, with its benchmark index, the MASI, gaining 0.18% to 11,898.62 points (pts).The MASI.20, an index of the 20 most liquid stocks, advanced by 0.24% to 963.86 pts.Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

The Casablanca Stock Exchange closed higher on Friday, with its benchmark index, the MASI, gaining 0.18% to 11,898.62 points (pts).

The MASI.20, an index of the 20 most liquid stocks, advanced by 0.24% to 963.86 pts.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Casablanca Stock Exchange Starts on Balance

The Casablanca Stock Exchange moved close to balance on Friday morning, with its main index, the MASI, gaining 0.04% to 10,817.88 points.The previous day, the MASI had closed with a loss of 0.91%. Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

The Casablanca Stock Exchange moved close to balance on Friday morning, with its main index, the MASI, gaining 0.04% to 10,817.88 points.

The previous day, the MASI had closed with a loss of 0.91%.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

UDST Launches 8 New Programs to Address Industrial Needs, Economic Growth

University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) announced the launch of eight new programs that were created to address the market needs and contribute to economic growth in Qatar and the world, noting that all new programs are available for the F…

University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) announced the launch of eight new programs that were created to address the market needs and contribute to economic growth in Qatar and the world, noting that all new programs are available for the Fall 2023 semester and are open for admission.

The list of programs includes Bachelor’s degree in marine engineering, smart manufacturing engineering, software engineering, and midwifery. In addition to a post-diploma Bachelor in Midwifery, a Master’s program in sustainable tourism management, a post-graduate diploma in interprofessional neonatal intensive care, and a post-graduate diploma in STEM/TVET education.

UDST revealed the uniqueness of some programs shedding light on each and every aspect of them. The marine engineering program is the first, occupationally dedicated undergraduate program in Qatar and exclusive to UDST. While the program meets international standards and accreditation, it relies on a customized curriculum to answer local needs, codes, and practices in Qatar, particularly related to LNG shipping; the marine engineering will support the mega expansion of LNG production and shipping in the State of Qatar.

The smart manufacturing engineering program is also unique and a necessity in a rapidly evolving economy and will prepare students to integrate high-level skills in managing smart manufacturing and design processes. Furthermore, the software engineering program will graduate software experts who are needed in the new era of automation impacting almost all industries and businesses.

The Master’s program in sustainable tourism is designed to attract students who wish to develop specialist skills in managing sustainable tourism, eco-tourism, and heritage tourism. After the successful organization of the World Cup, Qatar is becoming the destination of choice for both business and pleasure and a hub for international tourists, hence, the demand for such a program is very high.

The midwifery program is inaugural to Qatar and addresses the country’s need to develop “homegrown” midwives who can contribute to its vision for healthy women leading to healthy pregnancies.

The program is aligned with the International Confederation of Midwives standards of education that will prepare midwives to provide skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate care for childbearing women, newborn infants, and families across the continuum from pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and the early weeks of life. The interprofessional neonatal intensive care program is developed in response to Qatar’s workforce needs for specialty education to prepare health professionals working with high-intensity care neonates in neonatal intensive care units. The program will be offered through micro-credentialing to support working health professionals to return to upscale their specialized knowledge and skills to care for vulnerable babies.

The STEM/TVET Education program is designed for bachelor’s degree graduates, industry professionals, and qualified professional educators, who are interested in gaining the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as Educators/Trainers/Lab Instructors/Experiential Learning Facilitators in education environments utilizing STEM/TVET curricula and industrial training settings.

Commenting on the announcement, UDST President Dr. Salem Al Naemi said: “At UDST we continuously strive to provide world-class education and offer our students programs that give them real-life experiences and prepare them to lead the careers of the future. We are pleased with our increasing number of students which has reached 7000 so far, and we are happy to see that the new generation and their parents have become more aware of the importance of applied education. Our students learn in simulated environments and get the chance to experience the professional world through our partners’ network as well. It is through a critical and integrative learning experience that UDST builds graduates with employable skills.” UDST has more than 60 programs that fall under five main streams: Engineering Technology, Business Management, Computing and Information Technology, Health Sciences, and General Education.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Economic Forum/ Sports Investment Experts: Qatar Proved its Capability of Managing Sport Investment

Experts in sports investment affirmed that the State of Qatar has achieved huge success in that sector and proved its capability of managing sports investment and using them to provide an inspiring experience to the world in that field.During a discuss…

Experts in sports investment affirmed that the State of Qatar has achieved huge success in that sector and proved its capability of managing sports investment and using them to provide an inspiring experience to the world in that field.

During a discussion session entitled “The Business of Sports,” within the activities of the third edition of Qatar Economic Forum, Powered by Bloomberg, currently held in Doha, the experts pointed out that Qatar’s success in that field was clearly demonstrated by its hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

In this regard, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong said that the aim is to unite everyone as Qatar did in its hosting of the World Cup, as Qatar’s edition was the best among all World Cup editions as Qatar brought the peoples together and united the world.

Chatri added that the capital invested in the field of sports is increasing day by day, pointing out that it is necessary to study the risks of capital, as the sports market is growing from day to day and capital is pumped in an astonishing way in that field because of the large fan base that is united by the passion for sports.

In the same context, Managing General Partner and Co-Owner of Boston Celtics Stephen Pagliuca stressed that the more countries invest in sports, the greater the fan base; and the more people immerse themselves in sports, the more television coverage increases, thus the more revenue from television coverage.

This was also confirmed by Co-Founder and CEO of Dynasty Equity Don Cornwell when he said that the talk about investing in the sports field extends back more than ten years, but that was related to modern technology, noting that there are now more than 20 technological institutions that help immerse fans in sports and create an environment in which there is a lot of harmony between players, owners, and fans.

Don Cornwell added that investment in that field is the best and safest among other investments and that the revenues from these investments have increased a lot in the past ten years, and that during the past five years, they have seen many investors turning to this type of investment. He added that the sports field is the only place in the world where a large number of people and fans can meet at the same time, and this helps increase revenues in the field of sports.

In the same context, Chatri said that it is the fans who motivate investors to invest in that field, pointing out that if we look at the hierarchy of sports investment, we will find that it is the safest investment.

This was confirmed by Stephen when he said that sport is a very easy game and it is natural that we find a billion people talking about it and mastering its laws, and this broad fan base is what helps investors to put their money in that type of investment.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Qatar Economic Forum/ President of Ghana: Several Reform Programs Were Carried Out to Advance Economy After Difficult Repercussions

HE President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo affirmed that his country had reached economic stability and the orientation towards growth prior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, which had a…

HE President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo affirmed that his country had reached economic stability and the orientation towards growth prior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis, which had a catastrophic impact on Ghana’s economy. He revealed that many steps and measures were taken to confront this crisis, which necessitated turning to the International Monetary Fund to confront the repercussions of economic problems that led to high inflation and the return of currency depreciation.

During the second day of the Qatar Economic Forum 2023, His Excellency said that in 2017, his country recorded a growth rate of 3.4 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), the slowest figure over the past 20 years, which generated indicators going in the wrong direction according to high inflation and interest rates, which led to launching comprehensive reform programs to re-advance the economy.

He pointed out that he positively corrected the paths during his assumption of the presidency in 2017 so that the growth rate increased to 7 percent, the currency stabilized, and interest and inflation rates declined, however, the recent crises have led to a regression of matters due to the catastrophic repercussions that they had on Ghana’s economy.

He noted that the package of reforms recently undertaken by his country will contribute to repositioning the economy and restoring its overall stability, hoping to restore Ghana’s economy to be a sector capable of facing shocks during the coming stages.

He added that his country will do everything it can to provide what is required to prepare successful programs, impose systematic controls on public spending, and provide incentives for the development of investments in the private sector.

Regarding the guarantees provided to the IMF, His Excellency stated that guarantees were provided to the IMF, represented by rationalizing government spending and developing models for domestic income, in addition to enacting a financial law imposed on the state to return rates to what is acceptable in the economy.

He pointed out that financial crises and difficult economic conditions have negatively affected most countries, stressing that Ghana has enough time to adopt a disciplined approach that achieves economic positioning, achieves growth, and eases burdens on the people.

In this regard, he added that Ghana’s politics and economy are open to everyone in the spirit of friendship for anyone who wants to build positive relations with it to achieve real advancement, noting that there are many investors in the private sector looking forward to the possibilities available for the production of chocolate in Ghana, which leaves positive things.

He also noted that Ghana is making great efforts to introduce cocoa into the market, as it does not depend on a single market, as there is a major company in Ghana that has established a production facility in the United States to manufacture chocolate there. He stressed the need to redouble efforts to introduce cocoa, which plays an important role in the chocolate industry, in Asian markets, including India and China.

At the end of his speech, HE President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo affirmed that there are attempts to find support and search for infrastructure to expand the agricultural sector, especially many important crops and plants such as cassava and mango.

Source: Qatar News Agency