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Commission sets direction for sustainable fisheries and launches consultations on the 2019 fishing opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 giugno 2018

Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Restoring the health of our seas and oceans is not a choice, it’s an imperative, and the EU must continue to lead by example. The laudable efforts of our fishermen over the last decade are starting to pay off: Many of our fish stocks, though far from all, are returning to sustainable levels. Yet, now is not a time for complacency. 2019 will be a crucial year for achieving our shared objectives. Working hand-in-hand – fishermen, industry, civil society and authorities – let us keep up the efforts and keep our ambitions high for our ocean. I look forward to working closely with all parties.” The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy sets the objective of reaching maximum sustain­able yield (MSY) as soon as possible and by 2020 at the latest. MSY contributes to the sus­tainable conservation of the stocks and allows for maximisation of fish supply from fishing. This in turn contributes to securing a profitable EU fishing industry and thriving coastal areas for the future – and to achieving good environmental status in European seas by 2020. Recent years have seen significant progress towards the CFP objectives, notably in northern and western waters, where overfishing has decreased considerably, whilst biomass has increased and in 2016 on average was nearly 39% above 2003 levels.By contrast, moving towards sustainable exploitation in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas remains challenging. This is largely due to the multispecies nature of fisheries, the fact that several fish stocks are shared with third countries and the low number of fish stocks assessed yearly by scientific bodies. While a small number of stocks are being exploited at sustainable levels – for example, deep-sea pink shrimp and red mullet in the south and central Tyrrhenian Sea – the average biomass in the Mediterranean does not show any improvement since 2003. Nonetheless, important efforts are deployed to reverse the situation, both at the EU level and with our international partners. These initiatives give way to cautious optimism. Only last week, Black with an ambitious 10-year action plan on sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. This followed on from the 2017 Medfish4ever declaration, which commits countries around the Mediterranean to restore fish stocks in this important basin.Over recent years, EU Fleet has also registered significant improvement in its overall economic performance, with record net profits of EUR 1.3 billion in 2016. Average salaries and labour productivity have also increased. The overall improvement in profitability coincides with an increase in the number of stocks fished at rates consistent with the objective of achieving MSY and an associated increase in the biomass of these stocks. This confirms that sustainable fisheries address not only environmental but also social and economic concerns.From 2019, the landing obligation – i.e. the requirement for EU vessels to avoid discards and bring to harbour all catches – must be fully phased in. This will be a key achievement in pursuing sustainable EU fisheries and important progress has been made. For pelagic fisheries and fisheries in the Baltic and Black Sea, the landing obligation is already fully implemented. For demersal fisheries, there has been an overall increase of the scope of the landing obligation in volume from 35% to 44% since 2017. In the Mediterranean, around 66 % of the total landings are currently under the landing obligation. In the Black Sea, since 2017, the landing obligation covers all catches of the species subject to TAC, i.e. sprat and turbot. But additional efforts will be needed to reach the agreed 2019 deadline. The EU stands ready to support fishermen in this process, including through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Likewise, the Commission’s recent proposal to improve the EU’s fisheries control system will among other things, facilitate the implementation of the landing obligation.

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Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! Partner to Increase Play Opportunities for Jacksonville Kids

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 aprile 2018

The Jacksonville community was revitalized thanks to a new playground built at the Winston Family YMCA. In just six hours, more than 200 volunteers from Foresters Financial™, the Winston Family YMCA and the national non-profit KaBOOM! created the new playspace, which will serve more than 6,500 children and their families in the local community for years to come.
“For over 140 years Foresters Financial has focused on our Purpose, which is to help families and strengthen communities,” said Jim Boyle, President and CEO, Foresters Financial. “In 2018 we are excited to complete our 150th playground build with KaBOOM!. This partnership creates safe play areas where families can spend quality time together while developing young bodies and minds. We know the Jacksonville community will use this playground for many years to come.”The design for the new playground is based on drawings created by neighborhood children at a special Design Day event held in February when community members met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters Financial to design their dream playground. The drawings inspired the final playground design.Since 2006, Foresters Financial and KaBOOM! have built 144 beautiful playspaces across 86 cities in 31 states and provinces throughout North America and by the end of 2018, Foresters Financial will have funded more than 150 playgrounds. Thanks to the hard work of over 9,900 Foresters members, sales partners and guests for the last eleven years, we are positively impacting the lives of more than 5 million children by providing them with access to play. Through each new playground, families are better able to spend quality time together right in their own neighborhoods, playing alongside Foresters members and community partners.“We are fortunate to have community partners who make incredible contributions to help us reach more in need,” said Tim Burrows, Executive Director, Winston Family YMCA. “With the support of Foresters Financial and KaBOOM!, the Winston Family YMCA will now be able to serve more families and youth in the Jacksonville community with a safe place to play and grow, helping us move one step closer to building a healthier First Coast.”Play is the business of childhood and is essential to the physical, cognitive, creative, social and emotional development of every kid. It’s how kids build strong muscles and healthy bodies; it’s how they learn problem-solving, conflict resolution and creativity; it’s how they make friends and build strong bonds with adults. Play is critical to a kid’s ability to thrive.Foresters Financial is a KaBOOM! Founding Partner and National Partner. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to ensuring that all kids get the balance and active play they need to thrive.

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I4MS Will Boost Industry 4.0 Opportunities at Hannover Messe

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 aprile 2018

I4MS will be part of the European Commission’s space in Hannover Messe. Together with Fortissimo Project, I4MS, the European Initiative created to foster digitisation for Manufacturing SMEs in Europe, will be presenting their last experiments that demonstrated new technology solutions for SMEs in manufacturing and related segments.
The exhibition is designed to feature the European Commission’s strong aim of helping SMEs to digitise their business, and to promote the current mix of European-scale activities in place through European initiatives like I4MS and Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE), and also specific projects like Fortissimo. To showcase this commitment, the stand will receive institutional visits, such as Mrs. Elzbieta Bienkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and Mr. Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament.
Visitors to the European Commission’s (Hall 6 stand G46) stand will see different innovative experiment’s demonstrations that are industrial applications of the latest advancements in industry 4.0 technology, and also participate in two workshops about competences, funding and other opportunities within the I4MS and SAE ecosystem the 24th and 25th at 10:30. Among the experiments funded by Fortissimo, a modified Lamborghini will be exhibited as a practical test case for the development and implementation of an HPC-cloud-based platform to optimise automatically the shape of a particular mechanical system.The I4MS initiative aims to ensure that SMEs in Europe can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital age’s challenges. The I4MS experiments extend recent advances of ICT beyond the traditional European manufacturing sectors in which efficient use of advanced ICT would enable SMEs to play a stronger role.The Fortissimo Project’s goal is to strengthen the global competitiveness of European industry by offering companies easy, cloud-based access to computationally intensive simulations. Through the usage of High Performance Computing (HPC) simulations via cloud-infrastructure, opportunities for optimisation can be identified saving companies time and money.

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Commission proposes sustainable fishing opportunities in the Black Sea for 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 novembre 2017

Mar-NeroFor turbot, the Commission transposes in its proposal the quotas adopted in the GFCM management plan for turbot (114 tonnes for 2018 and 2019, 50% assigned to Bulgaria and 50% to Romania), including a 2-month closed period (15 April – 15 June) and limitation of fishing efforts to 180 days at sea per year.
The Commission’s proposal will be submitted for discussion and pronouncement by the Member States at the next Fisheries Council (11-12 December, Brussels), to be applied as from 1 January 2018.
The 41st GFCM annual session ushered a new era of cooperative fisheries management in the Black Sea, building on the Bucharest Declaration and the driving force for change created by the adoption of the Malta MedFish4ever Declaration.For the first time, the new management and control measures for two iconic Black Sea species will be implemented by all riparian countries. The EU has been allocated, for 2018 and 2019, a share of the provisional turbot TAC of 114 tonnes, 50% assigned to Bulgaria and 50% to Romania. Complementary to the management measures and enforcing their effective implementation, an international inspection pilot project established with the assistance of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) will contribute to the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the basin. The Commission will also promote training workshops for non-EU inspectors through the EFCA.The Commission will continue promoting a multilateral approach to fisheries management in the Black Sea. Following the adoption of the GFCM multiannual management plan for turbot and the Regional Plan of Action against IUU fishing, new milestones for the next years have been set, in particular regarding the implementation of the GFCM 2017-2020 multi-annual strategy. A high-level conference will be held in June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, to establish a 10-year work plan to improve fisheries and aquaculture in the Black Sea. Lastly, riparian country will work on the implementation of the GFCM ‘BlackSea4Fish’ project for regional cooperation on research and data collection.

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“Worldwide Aortic Aneurysm Market Trends and Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities 2017-2023”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 agosto 2017

Aortic AneurysmThe Global Aortic Aneurysm Market is estimated to witness a CAGR of 6.6% during the forecast period 2017-2023. The aortic aneurysm market is analyzed based on three segments – type, product types, and regions. The increasing lifestyle diseases and smoking population are the factors that increase the chances for aortic aneurysm. Along with this, the growing aging population, favorable reimbursement, and technological advancements in products are driving the growth of the aortic aneurysm market. However, lack of awareness about the disease, stringent regulatory approval procedures, and risk associated with the procedure are hampering the growth of the market. The main unmet need in the market is endoleaking, which increases the mortality rate.Currently, the market players are developing technologically advanced stent grafts for the treatment of complex aortic aneurysm repairs. The EVAR segment contributed more than 70% of the total market share in 2016. A major focus in this segment is expected to drive the growth of the aortic aneurysm market in the future. The market of aortic aneurysm is dominated by Cook Medical, Medtronic PLC, and W.L. Gore and Associates, who occupy around 85% of the market share. Other small players are adopting various strategies to increase their market share. Endologix acquired Trivascular to expand its product portfolio, thereby being able to address the current and future needs in the aortic aneurysm market.

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“Africa is increasingly important to the EU”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 maggio 2017

africa7The recent Business Beyond Borders (BBB) event at African Utility Week was praised by H. E. the Danish Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, Trine Thygesen, as a “project to help EU businesses, in particular SMEs and clusters, to operate internationally by engaging in business opportunities – and our doors are open for Africa”.
The Danish Ambassador represented the voice of the EU at the first BBB event to take place outside Europe – which was held at African Utility Week (AUW), Cape Town (16th – 18th May), and focused on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and clusters in the water, power and utilities sector. Speaking during AUW’s opening keynote session, Ms Thygesen said: “Africa is increasingly important to the EU. Major African markets with strong growth rates represent significant increased cooperation between our continents. May AUW be the platform for engaging in new sustainable and inclusive economic development in Africa as well as the EU.” The Danish Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa also underlined the potential for private investment in energy and water, as Ms. Thygesen believes that “the answer to unlocking more potential lies in the formulation of PPP’s within the water sector”. Joining Ms. Thygesen during AUW’s keynote programme, were high-profile governmental and entrepreneurial personalities such as Dikobe Ben Martins, South African Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises; and Ben Ngubane, ESKOM’s Board Chairman.
During his keynote speech, Dikobe Ben Martins highlighted the fair’s potential to “share content and best practices” in the power and water sector: “The conference comes at a time when Africa is dealing with mounting challenges with regards to access to sustainable, modern energy services, which are a prerequisite for meeting basic human needs and for economic and social development”.
BBB is a European Commission-funded initiative which helps EU businesses to expand regionally and globally. By facilitating a series of Business-to-Business (B2B), Cluster-to-Cluster (C2C), and Business-to-Cluster (B2C) matchmaking events at the top international trade fairs around the world, the aim of the initiative is for new international business partnerships to be formed and deals to be brokered.
Over the course of AUW’s three days, BBB facilitated over 900 matchmaking meetings between more than 729 companies representing 60 countries.
Besides the one-to-one matchmaking sessions at the BBB Connecting Platform, SMEs and clusters also had the opportunity to present their business and technology to a wider audience at the BBB Demo Zone stand. Other BBB-supported activities included a Workshop on Hydropower organised by the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF), and the BBB Social Media Competition, which sought to help participating companies increase their visibility online.
Coming from Finland, the winner of the BBB Social Media Competition, Gregory Neethling of FINNZA, considered the BBB matchmaking sessions to be positive for his company: “I really benefited from being here and having all these business meetings, which can lead to very successful projects”.
The next BBB matchmaking event will take place on 18th-21st September at TEXWORLD, Paris, and will be aimed at companies operating in the textile and apparel industry.

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Women with low skills have fewer opportunities in the EU labour market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 maggio 2017

europeToday’s job market is constantly increasing requirements on competencies across all sectors. This poses a major challenge for the 64 million women and men with low levels of education in Member States. They are more often unemployed or completely out of the labour market, compared to people with middle and high levels of education. Women with low qualifications find it especially hard to access jobs with decent pay. Only 42 % of low qualified women are employed and almost half of these work in a precarious job. These are some of the findings from a new study on gender, skills and precarious work from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) out today.
“European labour market forecasts show the biggest future demand is for high-skilled jobs in the male-dominated areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These job opportunities are not available for people with low levels of education and women in particular, are missing out. That is why equal access to affordable and good quality training is so important to provide new skills needed for the jobs of the future,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s director.
Over 6 million women and 2 million men without upper secondary education across the EU have never been employed. 14 % of women and 5 % of men with low qualifications have been out of the labour market for 10 years or more. As a result of the financial crisis, long-term and youth unemployment, pose serious challenges for the EU in achieving the EU2020 employment targets
“Low qualifications put people at a higher risk of precarious employment, which means very low pay, few working hours and insufficient job security. Almost half of women with low qualifications (45%) work in a precarious job compared to just over a quarter of men with the same level of education (26%). EIGE found that women in general are more likely to work in these types of jobs than men, regardless of their level of education. More than a quarter of women employees in the EU have precarious work,” said Virginija Langbakk, EIGE’s director.
The recently communicated European Pillar of Social Rights aims to improve the working and living conditions of citizens. It stresses the need for equal access to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning. Upskilling can unlock untapped potential in the EU, especially when it comes to women’s participation in the workforce. Opportunities for upscaling skills must go together with fair working conditions that improve the quality of work for all.
The research note ‘Gender, skills and precarious work in the EU’ was prepared at the request of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU (2017). The findings have informed Council Conclusions on enhancing the skills of women and men in the EU labour market.

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Opportunities in Education for Refugees in Europe: Reviewing Research and Good Practices

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 ottobre 2016

-bergamoBergamo 18 November 2016 9 a.m. Aula Magna – Piazzale S. Agostino 3,Department of Human and Social Sciences. The tragic events related to the recent increased wave of migrants arriving in Europe fleeing from war or hard living conditions, have revealed the profound economic and social factors that give rise to the phenomenon of mass migration. Both the sheer number of people escaping hardship and danger and the different types of countries involved highlight the permanent character of these migratory movements. This situation confronts us with the need to make choices that go beyond the current inadequate and unsteady emergency plans and implement systematic policies for resettlement and inclusion on a broader societal level. Promoting systematic inclusion policies means recognizing that the arrival of migrants and refugees, many of whom are children, is a challenge and a great educational opportunity for the European school systems.
Even though a large body of literature on the social inclusion of refugees is available today, investigation into refugee children and their education remains relatively underdeveloped, especially in relation to the implementation of school-based interventions and programmes. Currently, research and good practice in this field have been mainly developed within the boundaries of national educational politics and policies, addressing distinct populations. This fragmentation has stood in the way of a systematic analysis of the question at the European level, which is a necessary condition for the advancement of successful educational interventions that might measure up to the current size of the phenomenon. The seminar will systematically compare and discuss the growing, but still disjointed, body of knowledge that is emerging from European countries.
The seminar will be divided into two sessions: in the morning, invited speakers from Austria, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and UK will present a report of the current situation and future prospect of refugee education in their country;
in the afternoon, contributions from researchers and schools, selected through the call for paper process, will be presented during parallel sessions chaired by young researchers or PhD students from university partners.(font: University of Bergamo Department of Human and Social Sciences)

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Opportunities are there, Now transform words into action says ACT Alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 maggio 2016

istanbulIstanbul. The World Humanitarian Summit has identified key opportunities that exist for more effective collaboration among diverse stakeholders but clear implementation strategies are now needed if we are to better deliver to affected populations in crises, ACT Alliance has said.The alliance, an international faith-based humanitarian and development network of 140 members working in over 100 countries, had a strong delegation of attendees at the Summit which took place on 23-24 May in Istanbul.ACT Alliance General Secretary John Nduna, welcomed the many statements from member states, fellow NGOs and other stakeholders and at the Summit echoing the commitments the alliance has made towards improved humanitarian response, particularly those relating to increasing the involvement of local and national responders in crises.“We are pleased that the WHS has seen such support and leadership particularly around the Grand Bargain which saw commitment to increasing funding to local and national responders as directly as possible, and a real understanding of the importance of cash based systems in meeting people’s needs,” said Nduna. “Local and national responders are the parties that have the closest access to communities, and as ACT Alliance we have also committed to significantly increasing the proportion of our members’ humanitarian funding that goes directly to local and national members and their partners, for both humanitarian response and emergency preparedness.” “The Summit has highlighted the opportunities for collaboration among actors for a more effective humanitarian response, and now we as an international community must transform the discussions at this event beyond words into action, in the form of clear implementation and monitoring strategies,” he said.
ACT Alliance, which through its global membership responds to around 25 emergency situations around the world each year from natural disasters to conflict-related crises, also welcomed views across stakeholders at the Summit supporting the preservation of humanitarian principles and International Humanitarian Law, with Nduna saying: “The WHS has highlighted the importance of maintaining humanitarian action and recognising the uniqueness of humanitarian action in and of itself.”

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Expert comment: Why are China and the UK’s economic ties now flourishing?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

pechinoKamel Mellahi, a Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School who has researched a number of issues on the Chinese economy, has made the following statement:“The UK and China need each other more than ever in confronting their internal economic challenges. But the fact remains that at this point in time the UK needs Chinese investment more than China needs UK investment opportunities. This perhaps explains why the UK is rolling out the reddest of red carpets for the Chinese government delegation.“That said, each country contributes distinct but complementary resources and capabilities to the economic partnership. The UK gets the badly needed investments into its infrastructure, including its nuclear power plants, high-speed rail, and potentially becomes the key trading centre for China’s currency, and China gets the chance to use its outstanding capabilities in mega infrastructure projects, obtain a strong foothold in key infrastructure and energy sectors in the UK and use some of them as ‘shop windows’ to promote its capabilities to other countries, as well as open up an offshore renminbi debt market.“When it comes to trade and economic ties with China, not long ago, the UK was trailing behind major European countries but it has been working flat out to make up for lost ground and get in front of the queue. The UK is the first Western country to seek to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and has been very open and encouraging Chinese investment in the UK economy.“When one cuts through the rhetoric and bombast headlines, two things emerge. First, the new emerging relationship between the UK and China is a strategic response by two major world economies to a changing global economic landscape.“Second, China and the UK are waltzing to the same tune because their economic interests are currently in alignment. Economically, it looks like a win-win economic alliance.”

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Azerbaijan’s rich palette of opportunities brought to the heart of Brussels

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 ottobre 2015

Azerbaijan16On 14 October, more than 100 businesspeople and diplomats from across Europe flocked to the prestigious Diamant Conference and Business Centre, near the diplomatic area of Brussels, for the second Brussels Business Forum to highlight the investment opportunities available in Azerbaijan. Bylined as Azerbaijan Through the Eyes of International Investors, the event was organised by the Benelux office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).Marc Verwilghen, Director, TEAS Benelux and former Belgian Minister of the Economy, Development Co-operation and Justice, acknowledged: “Europe has a new heart ­­– everyone seems to have discovered the ‘new’ Silk Road for which Azerbaijan will, once again, be the epicentre. Azerbaijan has huge investment potential. The objectives of Azerbaijan, Belgium, the whole of Benelux and the EU are the same. If Azerbaijan is in your head, there will be fire in your heart, enthusiasm in your soul, and dynamism in your body.”Herman De Croo, Belgian Minister of State and the longest-serving Belgian MP, spoke from his own experience: “I have visited Azerbaijan twice – in 2011 and this year. Between those dates there was enormous change in the infrastructure, and I noticed there has been an ongoing evolution in the receptiveness of the Azerbaijani people to external business investment from Europe. The successful hosting of the European Games in Azerbaijan is indicative of the drive of the authorities to be anchored to Europe.”
H.E. Fuad Isgandarov, Head of the Azerbaijani Mission to the EU and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg explained: “More than 50 per cent of investment in my country comes from EU countries. TEAS is bringing Azerbaijan to the heart of Europe, and that is very constructive. Despite all the challenges, Azerbaijan has demonstrated that its strong will has enabled it to achieve success.”
The focus of the event was on changing preconceptions about Azerbaijan – a country renowned for its oil and gas reserves. James Hogan, Managing Partner, Dentons Baku explained: “We have been active in Azerbaijan for 25 years. Azerbaijani investment policy is very open and, since independence, a stable legal regime has been implemented. This now includes Special Economic Zones, aimed at stimulating diversification of the economy.” Haji Huseynov, Senior Infrastructure Specialist, World Bank, outlined some of the World Bank-supported projects currently underway in Baku and across Azerbaijan. He said: “The Baku–Tbilisi–Kars (BTK) railway will become functional by the end of this year. The physical infrastructure is already built, and the first train completed its journey in August.” Axel Enthoven, President, Enthoven Associates – designer of the TGV train – ranks amongst the most renowned Belgian designers of the past four decades. He explained: “In order to develop, mobility is extremely important.” He then outlined the options available for constructing urban and countryside infrastructure, and how the chosen concept can impact the relationship of the population to their country and their quality of life.Agriculture is one of the predominant industries in Azerbaijan, employing around 40 per cent of the workforce. Home to 11 climatic zones, and blessed with fertile soil conditions, Azerbaijani farmers produce a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Manuela Traldi, President, Italy–Azerbaijan Trade Institute (ITAZERCOM) commented: “Agriculture has become an extremely important sector in the country. It plays a key role in the process of diversification, and has the potential to become very important to European companies.”
As would be expected, the energy session ­– chaired by journalist Rick Gill, Managing Director, Natural Gas Europe – attracted a great deal of interest. Dr Urban Rusnak, Secretary-General, Energy Charter Secretariat, said: “In the 1990s, Azerbaijan was an importer of oil products, but within a decade was an exporter, and ten years later became one of the leading producers and exporters of oil and gas and will play an important role in the future of the EU.” Vusal Mammadov, Director, State Oil Company of the Azerbaijani Republic (SOCAR), Belgian Office, spoke on the current status of the $45bn Southern Energy Corridor, which will bring gas from the Caspian – and eventually Central Asia and Iran – direct to an Italian interconnector.
Azerbaijan is currently striving to become the information and communications technologies (ICT) hub of the region. The sector has received $3bn of investment over the past three years. It is also central to the UN-mandated Trans-Eurasian Super Highway (TASIM) project, which will bring enhanced-bandwidth services between Frankfurt and Hong Kong, thereby reducing the digital divide between Western and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Zaur Hasanov, Director, TASIM, said: “TASIM is a challenging and strategic project – passing through Azerbaijan – stretching for around 3000km and connecting the West to the East. It is a project of economic and geopolitical significance.” Azerbaijan is currently leading the way regarding the unified provision of public services. The Azerbaijani Service and Assessment Network (ASAN) service, launched just under three years ago, provides access to 280 services from 10 government agencies using e-government services. These are supplied via a network of ASAN Centres, complemented by mobile ASAN services for those in the rural regions. Kamran Agasi, Director of the Innovations Centre, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, explained: “We have served around 6m of the 9.5m people in Azerbaijan, and feedback indicates a 98 per cent satisfaction rate.” The day concluded with a series of lively business-to-business meetings. (photo: Lead)

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Invest in Photonics sees greater funding opportunities for photonics start-ups with corporate ventures

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 ottobre 2014

bordeauxBordeaux, France. Invest in Photonics® 2014, a two-day international business partnering convention focused exclusively on photonics VC investment, today announces that participation at the October 9 – 10 event for business angels, VCs and corporate ventures rose by 13 per cent, to 170 attendees. Robert Bosch Venture Capital and Safran Corporate Ventures participated for the first time. This was also the first year the event welcomed investors from the crowdfunding community and traders, signaling a broadening attraction in alternative funding.Twenty early- to late-stage pan-European photonics firms pitched investors to target a cumulative total of USD 90m (EUR 70m) in funding. This is in line with the 2012 edition funding target.Attendees applauded the overall quality of the companies presenting, who were coached by market research and strategic consultants Yole Finance, a business unit of Yole Developpement. Investors attending the event plan to pursue next phase discussions with 13 companies who presented. Dutch-based Effect Photonics, a developer of DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) System-on-Chip based modules to decrease the complexity and increase the energy efficiency in data centers, won the Invest in Photonics award for most promising company in the photonics market. Finnish firm Valkee, a maker of bright light headsets to dissipate winter blues, and Luxexcel, a Dutch company providing processing technology for 3D printed optics, took second and third place respectively.“We have seen a significant increase in the business relevance and quality of the investment opportunities presented this year,” said Giorgio Anania, chairman of Invest in Photonics 2014. “The key take away for photonics start-ups is to ride the shift from VC to new funding sources such as corporations, business angels and alternative financing that were presented during the event.” The photonics industry is estimated at USD 480bn. According to keynote speaker Steve Anderson, industry and market strategist at SPIE (The international society for optics and photonics), for the core components business close to 2,750 photonics firms span 46 countries. Japan, the US and Germany host the majority. Ten per cent of companies employ roughly 77 per cent of employees. Most companies generate between USD 1m to USD 10m in revenue. The smaller companies produce only 4 per cent of photonics business sales, whereas larger firms (more than USD 1bn) represent 72 per cent of total sales. Japan generates 50 per cent of total photonics revenue.
While many of the VCs attending acknowledged that investment in early stage photonics companies is becoming rare, they recognized that there has been an “explosion of corporate ventures, which are filling the VC gap,” according to Alessio Beverina, venture partner. He has seen the number of corporate deals and partnerships rise steadily from 133 in 2005 to a peak of 330 in 2010, showing an approximate value of EUR 1.5bn in deals.
A new entrant in corporate financing made its appearance at this year’s event. Gregoire Aladjidi, director of Safran Corporate Ventures, announced that the Safran Group has a EUR 1.5bn research and development budget. Safran Corporate Ventures is a strategic investor collaborating with portfolio companies in a number of select areas, including materials, sensors, energy, advanced manufacturing and robotics. It will typically fund series A or B rounds in the vicinity of EUR 5m.This year, Invest in Photonics emphasized four market segments that extensively use photonics: consumer electronics, the life sciences, aerospace and transportation, plus energy and the environment. Speakers who represented these industrial sectors gave examples of the gaps in innovation they are looking to fill.Dieter Kraft, partner at Robert Bosch Venture Capital, who participated in the roundtable on ‘Photonics financing: shift from VC to corporations’ said that Bosch seeks to bring business expansion, disruptive technology as well as new business models to the company. Ticket size investments range from EUR 1m to EUR 4m and up to EUR 10m investments worldwide. Automation control, energy conversion efficiency, signal processing and healthcare are areas of interest.Alcatel Lucent Bell Labs’ Jean-Luc Beylat sees growing market opportunities for silicon photonics in the migration from telecom networks to data centers. Yole Developpement sees a turning point in the silicon photonics device market in 2018, growing from around USD 25m in 2013 to USD 700m in 2024.Biophotonics, used in high-end desktop devices for life science and healthcare applications, stands out as another strong growth area. Yole Developpement indicates that it will expand from USD 23bn in 2012 to USD 36bn in the next three years (Source: Biophotonics Market 2013, April 2013 edition). Leica Microsystems advocated a strong need for more powerful lasers to enable super resolution technology for microscopGreen photonics came up as another expanding area that is garnering investor interest. Beverina says that green photonics is interesting for VCs because it has real problems to solve, offers a huge market size and high growth potential. “VCs will continue to invest in photonics technologies if there is a strong market driver, such as regulations, incentives, needs for lower costs, significant growth in demand etc.”In his presentation on the ‘EU vision on financing photonics’, Wolfgang Boch, head of the photonics unit, European Commission, says that “the EU has, within the Horizon 2020 Program which provides overall funding of EUR 78.6bn, an envelope of EUR 700M earmarked to support photonics research and innovation activities in Europe.” He presented several instruments, like the dedicated SME instrument and pilot actions that go beyond research and development. These include helping companies test technology and products in real life situations and setting up mechanisms to transfer know-how to start-ups at low or no cost.“Photonics is central to driving innovation in the 21st century. To exploit Europe’s full potential in photonics, collaboration along the value chain and networking are crucial,” added Boch.
Invest in Photonics® is the only European partnering convention focused exclusively on leading investments in photonics. 2014 is the fourth Invest in Photonics, the biennial event where investors are presented with the most innovative, credible and profitable business ventures. The two-day event creates strategic investment opportunities by bringing together institutional investors and venture capitalists with the world’s experts on photonics, industry leaders, analysts and photonics entrepreneurs – all within a single venue. Early stage companies seeking seed funding, development and later stage financing can successfully network with qualified international panels of investors and potential partners to further business projects. Featuring recognized speakers from world leading companies, Invest in Photonics’ conferences provide the highest quality data on market trends and engage participants in informational exchanges on photonics developments.

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Turning Global Risks into Sustainable Opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 agosto 2014

osloOSLO/COPENHAGEN A new global initiative launched by DNV GL and Monday Morning Global Institute aims to identify opportunities for sustainable responses to a range of global risks. A series of eight workshops around the globe marks the start of the identification process. The results will be published in the first Global Opportunity Report in January 2015.The first workshop takes place in Johannesburg August 27th. Over the following two weeks, workshops in Abu Dhabi, London, Mumbai, Oslo, Shanghai, San Francisco and Sao Paulo will follow, all gathering unique localized insights into how societies can handle the looming sustainability challenges in ways that not only protects life and property today but also acts as a leverage to create more prosperous and resilient societies for the future.“Seeing sustainability challenges as opportunities rather than risks might seem a bit optimistic at first glance, but it is a necessary change of mindset,” says Bjørn K. Haugland, Chief Sustainability Officer at DNV GL. “We know that we need to act fast and in collaboration if we are to address the problems ahead of us. Looking only at the risks to lifestyles and business as we know it might cloud our vision. The greatest risk we are facing is not seeing the opportunities in the transition to a safe and sustainable future.”The Global Opportunity Workshops will identify opportunities related to five global risks: Extreme weather, Continued Rise in Non-communicable Diseases, Water Scarcity, Urban Breakdown and Lock-in to Fossil Fuels. The workshops – called Opportunity Panels – will gather creative and innovative individuals from business, academia, NGOs, youth organizations and public offices. “We need the input from all sectors to help identify areas of investment with the promise of creating long-term value for society, not just short-term profit,” points out Erik Rasmussen, Founder and CEO of Monday Morning Global Institute.The report and the ensuing Global Opportunity Network will be developed by DNV GL and Monday Morning Global Institute. Following the workshops, a global survey will be carried out to test which of the identified opportunities holds the greatest attraction to stakeholders.“We don’t stop after mapping the opportunities. The Global Opportunity Report will also test the reception of the identified opportunities by rating them with the help of hundreds of stakeholders. This rating will help identify the areas where strong alliances for sustainable action most likely can be forged“, adds Erik Rasmussen.Building on the coming eight workshops, the project will develop the Global Opportunity Network. The aim of this is to provide an arena to share initiatives on how an opportunity-focused mindset can be furthered and how concrete alliances for sustainability can be forged.

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New Year, New Website, New Opportunities: Grow your business with SearchCatalyst

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 gennaio 2012

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London. Welcome to 2012; the year Facebook is predicted to reach 1 billion users, the year the fastest train in the world is set to convey travellers from Beijing to Shanghai at 350 km per hour and the year of some significance in the Mayan calendar. Small business owners might be interested in another prediction: search engine optimisation (SEO) is set to take the lead as 2012’s top marketing strategy. SearchCatalyst, experts in small business SEO are an online marketing agency that specialise in providing search marketing to medium and small businesses. Grow your business, elevate your website above the competition and achieve great online visibility through one of SearchCatalyst’s bespoke SEO and PPC packages. Make 2012 the year your business hits the headlines. SearchCatalyst uses expertise honed over the course of the last decade, where search engine optimisation itself has grown and expanded. SearchCatalyst has developed with the industry and reacted to every change and niche alternation. For this reason only the best SEO and PPC (pay-per-click) packages are offered as well as small business web development and social media consultations. This year, invest in a SEO or PPC package with SearchCatalyst that will revolutionise your website, deliver traffic, leads and sales to your business by targeting the major search engines, Bing, Google and Yahoo.
SearchCatalyst is a Greenlight company, a business that has the distinction of being the fastest growing digital marketing agency in Europe. The Group has grown from one person to over 100 in just seven years with an impressive level of expertise employed at the company. With bespoke SEO, PPC, web development and social media packages available, transform your business today.

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Wealthmonitor brings new opportunities to the wealth management industry as new MENA coverage is launched

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 dicembre 2011

Dubai/London, Monday 5 December 2011 – wealthmonitor, the leading journalist-based intelligence service reporting on current and potential wealth creation and those benefiting from it, is pleased to announce the launch of its MENA coverage. After having successfully started its operations in Western Europe in 2005 and expanded in the US in 2010, wealthmonitor has added a new coverage region to its portfolio of nearly 900,000 individuals and 380 000 companies.
“Launching our MENA operations was an inevitable step”, said Giovanni Amodeo, the editor of wealthmonitor. “In the past few years, we have seen a significant shift in private wealth from the old economies to new areas such as MENA”. Being able to offer to our clients more tailor-made information about liquidity events in the region was a must.” With only 6 years of history, wealthmonitor has a dedicated team of journalists reporting on the strategic intentions of public and private companies including growth initiatives, IPO plans, M&A (companies looking to sell or considered targets), succession issues and director dealings. Through the Executives Tab the user is also able to search for senior level employees by country, region, title, estimated compensation and stock holdings. In addition, the company profiles provide a comprehensive overview of the company and its networks of advisors such as financial advisors, lawyers or accountants so that existing relationships can be used for referrals.Florian Pixner, MD of wealthmonitor, said: “We are excited to expand our operations into the Middle East and Africa. This move allows us to meet the growing needs of our existing clients for coverage of this increasingly important region and also bring our proprietary intelligence to our expanding client base. ”wealthmonitor has intelligence on over 592, 521 global – and 9, 396 MENA liquidity events.

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Investment opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 ottobre 2011

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Abu Dhabi Uae.New job skills and better learning could help curb youth unemployment that is costing the Arab region nearly $50 billion annually With the Middle East suffering from the highest youth unemployment rate in the world at 25%[1], international experts are calling on education stakeholders in the region to focus on helping young people acquire job skills and better learning to improve employment prospects. A report published by the International Finance Corporation titled Education for employment: Realizing Arab youth potential quantifies the economic loss of youth unemployment at $40 -$50 billion annually across the Arab region, equivalent to the GDP of countries such as Tunisia or Lebanon. Svava Lee Bjarnason, Senior Education Specialist, IFC, is among the international experts and featured speakers who will present a paper assessing education for employment initiatives throughout the region.
With the theme Modernising education to create tomorrow’s workforce, and various presentations and panel discussions dedicated to discussing education investment and strategies, Pert believes BFE MENA is the perfect platform for education stakeholders in the region to engage in meaningful discussions to help shape initiatives that will address the challenge of youth unemployment in the region.Other experts who will discuss the subject of investment potential and education strategies include Mourad Ezzine who will discuss the World Bank’s 2020 Education Strategy for the MENA region which underscores the critical need to equip young people with relevant job skills and better learning. As well as Geoff Hancock, Education Reform Director at Bahrain’s Economic Development Board, detailing Bahrain’s Numeracy Strategy.
As well as an interactive exhibition floor, this year’s Building Future Education MENA will include a full free-to-attend conference including world-renowned speakers from the field of education, the public awareness programme, high-level roundtable forums and design my learning space competition.The main conference will bring together those at the forefront of education from ministries, institutions, operators, architects and investors. The conference features in-depth panel discussions, based around specific research studies from BFE MENA’s Knowledge Partners Booz & Company, Parthenon and RAND Corporation, assessing the education market in the GCC and areas of potential investment. The conference will also cover key topics such as world-class facilities and learning environments, curriculum and school improvement, quality assurance, special education needs and sustainable education facilities.
Building Future Education (BFE) MENA in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) is a free-to-attend international exhibition and conference covering educational spaces, management, reform, investment and operation of all educational institutions and programmes in the MENA region; and covers all tiers of education.
BFE MENA attracts strong representation from the MENA region’s education ministries and councils including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Jordon and Lebanon and is organised by UBM Middle East.

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A new tradition

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 settembre 2011

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Letter to editor. Supporters like you are the reason I’m here, and the values we share have always made our organization more than just a political campaign. So whenever I can, I want to take the opportunity to meet you. Last month, that meant I got to talk to folks in Iowa about small-business opportunities, and sit down with a group of volunteers from around the country who helped build this campaign in their communities this summer. Today, I want to ask if you’ll join me and three other supporters for a meal and conversation sometime soon.
If this sounds a bit familiar to you, it’s because we’ve done this before. In fact, my hope is that I’ll be able to keep doing these dinners throughout the campaign. They’re a chance for me to talk one on one with people like you who are taking ownership of this campaign and connect with the work going on every day in neighborhoods across the country. These dinners also set our campaign apart. No matter what our opponents do over the next 14 months, dinners like these are how we will continue to put people at the heart of this campaign — and prove that we don’t need checks from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PAC money to win an election. We can do it person to person, in our neighborhoods and backyards, and over the dinner table. (Barack Obama)

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Food Security

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 settembre 2011

Melbourne, Australia In a new report released today the pro-development NGO, World Growth, exposed the breathtaking ambition of the world’s largest environmental NGO, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to control global supply chains of vital food products. WWF’s strategy threatens to restrict trade and business and undermines efforts to increase global food supplies. The report – “Abuse of Sustainability Standards – An Attack on Free Trade, Competition and Economic Growth,” shows how WWF and major global food corporations like Unilever are working together to capture markets and dictate food standards in developing countries, while limiting consumer choice in rich countries. World Growth Chairman and former Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor to the World Trade Organization) Alan Oxley released the following statement:“WWF is working with major global companies to seize control of global supply chains of vital food stuffs under the guise of improving the environment. As a result, farmers in rich and poor countries alike and consumers in rich countries face the prospect of higher prices and limited choice. At a time when global food production should be expanding to meet burgeoning global demand, this strategy will limit production.
World Growth is a non-profit, non-governmental organization established to expand the research, information, advocacy, and other resources to improve the economic conditions and living standards in developing and transitional countries. At World Growth, we embrace the age of globalization and the power of free trade to eradicate poverty and create jobs and opportunities. World Growth supports the production of palm oil and the use of forestry as a means to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. World Growth believes a robust cultivation of palm oil and forestry provides an effective means of environmental stewardship that can serve as the catalyst for increasing social and economic development. For more information on World Growth, visit

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NATO Commander meets Russian Counterpart in Gulf of Aden

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 gennaio 2011

London: Commodore Michiel Hijmans, commander of the NATO counter piracy mission Operation Ocean Shield, met with Commander Podkopailo of the Russian task group at sea in the Gulf of Aden. The Russian Federation warship Admiral Vinogradov was escorting a convoy of merchant ships and passed the area where the NATO flagship HNLMS De Ruyter was patrolling.    During a constructive meeting both sides shared information on their counter piracy operations, discussed issues and possible opportunities to conduct operations and exercises as partners. Both Commanders showed their willingness to improve communications and tackle the piracy problem together, illustrating the improving relationship between NATO and the Russian federation, following the NATO Summit in Lisbon in November 2010.  The Russian Federation has been sending ships to the Gulf of Aden to protect shipping from piracy for several years now. They focus on escorting convoys from the Red Sea far into the Indian Ocean.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.

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Hult International Business School

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 marzo 2010

London. The rapid replacement of classified ads and traditional media by Facebook, Twitter, blogs and video sharing sites has created a severe shortage of talented professionals who can think innovatively and capitalize on the marketing opportunities presented by digital channels. To fill this large and growing vacuum, Hult International Business School has created a Master of Digital Marketing Program that covers all aspects of digital marketing including best practice methodologies for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), how to acquire and retain customers, how to harness web 2.0 capabilities and how to plan and execute digital publishing strategies. The one-year Master program is offered on Hult’s London campus in conjunction with Econsultancy, a global leader in digital marketing education. The faculty is comprised of digital marketing specialists who have developed the new media and web marketing strategies for blue-chip companies including Coca Cola, HSBC and 3M. Notably, the curriculum also includes an Action Learning Project, during which students analyze a real company’s current business situation and propose innovative and sustainable solutions. Hult International Business School’s president, Dr. Stephen Hodges states, “With the launch of the Master of Digital Marketing program, Hult is once again demonstrating its steadfast commitment to staying on the cutting-edge of business education by offering degrees that are not only relevant today, but also well into the future.”
Hult International Business School (formerly known as the Arthur D. Little School of Management) is the first global business school with operations in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai. The School offers a range of business-focused programs including MBA, Masters and Undergraduate degrees. Hult is ranked 5th for International Mobility and 6th for International Business by the Financial Times, and is among the Top 50 best business schools in the world and Top 25 in the U.S. by the Economist. The School is a fully accredited member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of MBAs.

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