Hisense’s First B2B Showroom Opens in South Africa

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hisense, a leading global home appliance and consumer electronics brand, has announced that its first B2B (business to business) showroom opened in South Africa.

The showroom, located at Johannesburg, will serve as a center to showcase Hisense’s offerings for its B2B segment, such as commercial displays, ultrasonic medical, and smart city solutions. Hisense’s various digital display products and solutions, intelligent traffic system, medical products, as well as Laser TVs, ULED TVs and smart refrigerators will also be displayed in the showroom.

“Many people in South Africa know about Hisense from its household appliances products; however, over the past few years, Hisense has also seen rapid development in its B2B segment by continuously transforming its products and industrial chain to high-end and high technology,” said Patrick, marketing director of Hisense.

One of the core businesses of Hisense’s B2B segment, the Hisense Commercial Display, which witnessed significant growth in 2021, has brought a number of its products and solutions to the showroom, including Interactive digital boards, digital signage displays, video walls,LED Walls, and Outdoor Signage.

Visitors can also learn more about Hisense’s offerings in intelligent transportation. Having been in the field for over 20 years, Hisense now has branched out to many countries and regions around the world, including South Africa, West Africa, UAE, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Slovenia, and Serbia, to name a few. It has also contributed to numerous significant projects in the world, including an intelligent bus system in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, and a pilot project construction for intelligent transportation in Doha.

Backed by Hisense’s decades of expertise in image processing, information processing, and interaction technology, Hisense Medical has successfully built some core products such as the cutting-edge and high-resolution Hisense Ultrasound HD60. Hisense obtained the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) license for the device in January 2022.

Hisense’s continuous investment in innovation and decades of expertise accumulated in the manufacturing of household appliances and consumer electronics have allowed it to grow into not only a B2C brand, but also a global company that can provide compressive solutions to business partners worldwide in more sectors. Regarding the B2B segment as key for the company’s development, Hisense is looking forward to forming strategic partnerships with more business partners in South Africa and beyond.

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Huawei signe l’engagement mondial de l’UIT dans le but d’aider 120millions de personnes vivant dans des zones reculées à se connecter au monde numérique

SHENZHEN, Chine23 novembre 2022/PRNewswire/ — Huawei a signé un engagement mondial en vue de rejoindre l’alliance numérique Partner2Connect de l’Union internationale des télécommunications, qui apportera la connectivité à environ 120 millions de personnes dans des zones reculées dans plus de 80 pays à l’horizon 2025.

Liang Hua, le président de Huawei, a annoncé cette décision lors du forum sur le développement durable 2022 de l’entreprise, Connectivité+: Innover pour avoir un impact. Le forum a étudié comment l’innovation en matière de TIC pouvait libérer la valeur commerciale et sociale de la connectivité et favoriser la durabilité à l’ère de l’économie numérique.

Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei announced the company had joined ITU P2C Digital Alliance

Parmi les intervenants, citons de hauts responsables de l’UIT et des Nations unies, des ministres des télécommunications et des régulateurs du Cambodge, du Nigeria, du Bangladesh et du Pakistan, ainsi que des chefs d’entreprise, des partenaires, des experts et des clients de Chine, d’Afrique du Sud, de Belgique et d’Allemagne.

« De toute évidence, la connectivité à elle seule ne suffit pas. Il doit être abordable, le contenu doit être pertinent et dans la langue locale, et les utilisateurs doivent avoir les compétences nécessaires pour en faire le meilleur usage », a déclaré Malcolm Johnson, secrétaire général adjoint de l’UIT. « Nous remercions Huawei pour son soutien à la coalition numérique Partner2Connect (P2C) et pour ses engagements en faveur du P2C dans les domaines clés de la connectivité rurale et des compétences numériques. »

Siddharth Chatterjee, coordonnateur résident des Nations unies en Chine, a appelé à des « partenariats multipartites » afin de combler « la triste réalité » d’une fracture numérique exclut un tiers de la population mondiale.

« Notre monde dynamique a besoin de toute urgence d’une meilleure coopération numérique pour tirer parti du potentiel de transformation de la technologie, créer de nouveaux emplois, stimuler l’inclusion financière, combler l’écart entre les hommes et les femmes, construire une relance verte et redessiner notre monde pour qu’il soit plus prospère et plus inclusif », a-t-il souligné. « Il est temps d’agir maintenant ».

Dans son discours d’ouverture, le Dr Liang a souligné que l’accès à un réseau stable était une exigence et un droit fondamentaux à l’ère numérique.

« La connectivité sera plus qu’un simple outil de communication pratique, » a-t-il affirmé. « La connectivité, associée aux technologies numériques telles que le cloud et l’IA, contribuera à faire entrer tout le monde dans le monde numérique et à leur donner accès à davantage d’informations et de compétences, à de meilleurs services et à des opportunités commerciales plus larges. En retour, cela favorisera la poursuite du développement social et économique. »

Cao Ming, Président de Huawei Wireless Solution, affirme : « Huawei intègre le potentiel d’innovation technologique complet des équipements, des sites, de l’énergie, de la transmission et des antennes afin de résoudre les difficultés rencontrées lors du déploiement traditionnel des sites, telles que les coûts élevés, les transports limités, le manque d’énergie et les problèmes de maintenance. Nous avons continuellement amélioré les solutions RuralStar et RuralLink afin d’étendre la couverture de qualité aux zones reculées, permettant ainsi à un plus grand nombre de personnes, d’hôpitaux communautaires, d’écoles, de collectivités locales et de petites et moyennes entreprises de bénéficier des mêmes expériences de connectivité à haut débit que dans les villes ».

Grâce à la série RuralStar, plus de 60millions de personnes vivant dans des zones reculées dans plus de 70pays ont pu être connectées.

Au Cambodge, premier pays partenaire P2C de l’UIT, Huawei collaborera avec les services gouvernementaux par l’intermédiaire du ministère des Postes et Télécommunications et des universités dans le but d’offrir 10000 possibilités de formation aux professionnels des TIC au cours des cinq prochaines années.

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Huawei signs global ITU pledge to help 120 million people in remote areas connect to the digital world

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei has signed a global commitment to join the International Telecommunication Union’s Partner2Connect digital alliance, which will bring connectivity to about 120 million people in remote areas in more than 80 countries by 2025.

Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei announced the company had joined ITU P2C Digital Alliance

Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei, announced the decision at the company’s 2022 Sustainability Forum, Connectivity+: Innovate for Impact. The forum explored how ICT innovation could unleash the business and social value of connectivity and drive sustainability in the digital economy era.

Speakers at the event included senior leaders from the ITU and United Nations, telecom ministers and regulators in Cambodia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, and business leaders, partners, experts, and customers from China, South Africa, Belgium, and Germany.

“It is clear connectivity alone is not enough. It must be affordable, the content must be relevant and in the local language, and users must have the skills to make best use of it,” said ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson. “Thank you to Huawei for their support of the Partner2Connect (P2C) Digital Coalition, and for their announced P2C pledges in the key areas of rural connectivity and digital skills.”

Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, called for “multi-stakeholder partnerships” to close “the sobering reality” of a digital divide which excluded a third of the global population.

“Our dynamic world urgently needs improved digital cooperation to capitalize on the transformational potential of technology to create new jobs, boost financial inclusion, close the gender gap, spur a green recovery and redesign our world to be more prosperous and inclusive,” he said. “Now is the time to act”.

In his keynote address, Dr Liang stressed that access to a stable network was a basic requirement and right in the digital age.

“Connectivity will be more than just a tool for convenient communications,” he said. “Together with digital technologies like cloud and AI, connectivity will help bring everyone into the digital world, and provide them with access to more information and skills, better services, and wider business opportunities. This will, in turn, drive further social and economic development.”

Cao Ming, President of Huawei Wireless Solution, said: “Huawei integrates the full-technology innovation potential of equipment, sites, energy, transmission, and antennas to address the difficulties faced by traditional site deployment, such as high costs, restricted transportation, lack of power, and maintenance challenges. We have continuously upgraded the RuralStar and RuralLink solutions to extend quality coverage to remote areas, enabling more people, community hospitals, schools, local governments, and small- and medium-sized enterprises to enjoy the same high-speed broadband connectivity experiences as those in cities”.

The RuralStar series have provided connections for more than 60 million people in remote areas in more than 70 countries.

In Cambodia, the ITU’s first P2C partner country, Huawei will work with government departments through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and universities to provide 10,000 training opportunities for ICT professionals in the next five years.

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Multimillion-dollar boost for small business as more African countries join MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme

Johannesburg, Nov. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — November 2022 – Following the success of the MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme, which secured $16 million (USD) of funding for six emerging businesses last year, the programme has been expanded to eight more countries across Africa.

Many more small businesses in Africa’s technology sector now have the chance to benefit from the 2023 programme, which provides the skills and opportunities needed to attract transformative business funding.

“We’re really excited to be expanding the MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme to more African countries,” said Calvo Mawela, MultiChoice Group CEO, announcing the launch. “It’s part of our long-term commitment to growing and multiplying Africa’s technology potential, which is critical to our future growth.”

The MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme, which kicked off during Global Entrepreneurship Week,  is aimed at established start-ups and small enterprises in specific technology sectors – healthtech, agritech, fintech, edutech, the circular economy and the creative industries.

“There is such incredible business talent across Africa,” said Mawela. “MultiChoice Africa Accelerator is an opportunity for investors and small enterprise to collaborate to multiply the impact of this talent and scale it across Africa.”

Having started in South Africa in 2021, the MultiChoice Africa Accelerator is expanding to Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Angola and Ethiopia. The initiative equips emerging entrepreneurs to secure funding and scale up their businesses, and also provides opportunities to pitch to international investors.

African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina has previously noted that, “the private sector is Africa’s growth accelerator”, and several African nations have backed small-business development as part of their economic strategy. The MultiChoice Africa Accelerator dovetails with these development objectives.

The MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme is an initiative of the MultiChoice Innovation Fund, in collaboration with Dubai-based business incubator Companies Creating Change (C3), which gives entrepreneurs access to the tools, skills and financial support to grow their business. MultiChoice has also partnered with EOH, a tech services company who will bring their expertise to the table especially in terms of tech advisory, development sprint and technical support.

The first phase of the MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme sees public and private-sector partners in each country nominating businesses or entrepreneurs for the programme. From there, 29 of the start-ups embark on an intensive virtual training course. The initiative is aimed at established businesses that are already operating and looking to scale up by attracting further investment.

“Start-up founders get to learn everything from how to properly research your business sector and your market, to how to create a niche for your business,” says Boitumelo Monageng, of Swypa, one of last year’s finalists. “During the workshops we were encouraged to dig deeper and I realised that we have the potential to compete on a much larger scale.”

The virtual training course takes place over several weeks, teaching start-up owners media skills, how best to market their businesses to investors, how to create attractive business plans, and to know what investors are looking for.

Later, the entrepreneurs will come together at a finals event, where 11 start-ups will be selected for the final pitch phase. They will attend a dedicated C3 boot camp to learn how to shape their story for international investors, and to get “pitch ready” before their big presentations.

“We believe SMEs in the technology, sustainability and creative sectors will be fundamental to the next phase of Africa’s growth,” says Mawela. “The MultiChoice Africa Accelerator is geared to finding the most promising start-ups, and empowering them to play this critical role.”

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Special Representative of UN Secretary-General on Violence Against Children Visits Dakhla

During this visit, the UN official was informed of the various infrastructure and different ambitious programs implemented to improve the situation of this social category in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region.

 

On this occasion, Maalla M’jid held talks with the wali of the region of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, governor of the province of Oued Eddahab, Lamine Benomar and the president of the Regional Council, El Khattat Yanja, on ways to accelerate the implementation of the mechanisms put in place for the protection of children and to undertake tangible actions to preserve the rights of this category.

 

In a statement to M24, MAP’s news channel, Maalla M’jid said that this visit is an opportunity to meet with various local actors of child protection.

 

In this context, she called for the translation of public policies into concrete actions, insisting on the harmonization of national laws with the international commitments of Morocco.

 

The UN representative also said that child protection is not dependent on a single sector, arguing that this issue must be integrated into a comprehensive policy of social protection and national, regional and local development.

 

In addition to the cities of Rabat and Dakhla, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children will also visit Tangier and Casablanca.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Morocco’s Migration Policy, Example for World (IOM Chief)

In a statement to the press after his talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, on the sidelines of the 9th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Vitorino congratulated Morocco for the progress made in migration policy, stressing that the Kingdom is a key partner of the Organization.

 

He also said that his talks with Bourita were an opportunity to review the “excellent” cooperation relations between the IOM and the Kingdom.

 

The IOM chief also congratulated Morocco for the success of the 9th Global Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, emphasizing the interest of the Organization in the protection and support of migrants, mutual respect, tolerance and dialogue between cultures and religions.

 

Vitorino also expressed the Organization’s readiness to continue to cooperate with all countries (countries of origin, transit or destination of migrants) to ensure respect for their dignity, regular channels of immigration and fight against human trafficking.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Commandery of Faithful, Essential Actor of Harmony, Respect for Minorities (Serge Berdugo)

In a statement to MAP on the sidelines of the 9th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Berdugo commended the “essential role of HM the King as Commander of the Faithful, in the protection of all believers, not only Muslims but also Jews and Christians and as one of the essential and crucial actors of harmony and respect for minorities in our beautiful country which is Morocco.”

 

This UNAOC event is of paramount importance for Morocco, he noted, adding that the “discourse of brotherhood, of living together that Morocco offers to the world, is a discourse that will cross borders and that will show that our country, for generations and for centuries, has been the country of conviviality, of respect for minorities and of living together.”

 

Berdugo also expressed his joy to participate in an event of such international significance in Fez, emphasizing the role of the city as the spiritual capital of the Kingdom, having given asylum to Jews and Andalusians expelled from Spain and having hosted the philosopher and metaphysician, Moses Maimonides.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

5+5 Defense: FAR Committed to Realizing Initiative’s Various Projects

In a speech delivered on his behalf by Brigadier General Mohamed Haial, on the occasion of the opening of the 35th meeting of the Steering Committee of the 5 + 5 Defense Initiative, Lieutenant General stressed that the FAR will spare no effort for the success of activities included in the action plans jointly agreed, to consolidate the spirit of cooperation that underlies the Initiative.

 

It is only through the synergy of efforts that “we could contribute to anticipate together” the security issues and potential transnational risks in our geographical space, explained Lieutenant General Belkhir El Farouk.

 

The holding of this meeting, organized under the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, Supreme Leader and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, reaffirms the strong attachment of the Kingdom of Morocco to the spirit and founding principles of this Initiative, as well as its sincere commitment to contribute to peace and security efforts in the Western Mediterranean, he said.

 

The Lieutenant General, Inspector General of the FAR has also taken this opportunity to commend the efforts of all member countries that actively contribute to the dynamism of this Initiative which is a privileged space for dialogue, mutual trust, reflection and sharing of experience in security and defense and promotes synergies between the armies of both shores of the Mediterranean.

 

The regional context is characterized by “multiple threats and challenges that weigh on our space” and are related to terrorism, illegal immigration, cybercrime, trafficking of all kinds, pandemics and instability in the Sahel, he said, noting that these are further amplified by the impact of climate change and the repercussions of the war between Russia and Ukraine, particularly in terms of energy and food.

 

This situation “calls us to further coordinate our action to perpetuate the 5 + 5 Defense Initiative,” through the consolidation of cooperation and synergy of efforts to achieve the desired objectives, said Lieutenant General Belkhir El Farouk.

 

Thanks to the determination of its members and in order to adapt to the evolution of security challenges, he stressed, the initiative is part of a process of continuous and progressive evolution through the increase in the number of its activities, the expansion of cooperation to new areas, such as cyber defense, special forces, drones, and diversification of projects adopted.

 

Referring to the 2022 Action Plan, approved at the 17th Meeting of Ministers of Defense, held on December 16, 2021, Lieutenant General, Inspector General of the FAR highlighted the activities of the Kingdom of Morocco, noting that they have been conducted in accordance with the established schedule.

 

Regarding the 2023 Action Plan, Lieutenant General Belkhir El Farouk said that the FAR intends to organize, in accordance with the High Instructions of His Majesty The King, Supreme Leader and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces and following the example of their contribution to the 2022 Action Plan, seven cooperation activities, including a search and rescue exercise, two training modules, as well as three seminars and a meeting of the naval coordination group.

 

This contribution reflects Morocco’s commitment to this Initiative, as well as its commitment to its objectives, “as a fundamental pillar for cooperation between the armies of our respective countries,” he stressed.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Achievements of 5+5 Defense Initiative Under Moroccan Presidency Highlighted in Rabat

Speaking at the opening of this meeting, organized under the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, on November 23 and 24, Colonel Luc Dario, head of the French delegation, commended the efforts undertaken by Morocco for the 5+5 Defense Initiative.

 

The realization, by the end of the year, of about fifty activities in accordance with the Action Plan 2022, “proves the strength of the Initiative, its vitality, flexibility, adaptability and the level of trust and understanding between member countries,” he said.

 

Referring to the “uncertain” regional context, the head of the French delegation said that this Initiative strengthens trust and solidarity, through the sharing of experiences.

 

He called, in this sense, to deepen cooperation to address common threats, including terrorism, organized crime, illegal immigration and climate change.

 

For his part, Brigadier General Ismail Makhlouf Milad, head of the Libyan delegation, highlighted the “continued success” of Morocco during its presidency of the 5+5 Defense Initiative, welcoming the participation of his country in the various activities scheduled in this framework.

 

Reiterating Libya’s commitment to cooperate within the framework of this Initiative to achieve security and stability in both shores of the Mediterranean, the Libyan military official stressed the need to continue joint action in various areas, including the fight against terrorism.

 

Colonel Sidi El Veirick, head of the Mauritanian delegation, lauded the work done by the Kingdom of Morocco for the benefit of the Initiative and the steps it has taken to complete the action plan of the current year, despite the constraints related to the current global context, marked by crises and tensions.

 

He also took this opportunity to emphasize the continuous efforts made by member countries to ensure that the 5+5 Defense Initiative continues its path with dynamism, conviction and firmness to achieve the common goals.

 

Welcoming the rotating presidency held this year by Morocco, Brigadier General Alfonso Garcia-Vaquero Pradal, head of the Spanish delegation, said that this Initiative, based on mutual trust between member countries, aims to share experiences in order to contribute to the stability of the Mediterranean region.

 

“The objective is to enable our societies to grow in peace and security, especially in an international context marked by the multiplication of challenges related, among others, to poverty, terrorism and climate change,” he stressed in a statement to the press.

 

Hailing the ties of friendship that unite Morocco and Spain, the head of the Spanish delegation said that “we are currently experiencing increasing instability, which requires the strengthening of these ties of friendship and cooperation, especially within the framework of the 5+5 Initiative”.

 

The head of the Portuguese delegation, Elisabete Gomes, also took the opportunity to congratulate Morocco for its presidency during the year 2022, describing it as “very dynamic”.

 

She also said that her country, which will hold the presidency in 2023, intends to continue, within the framework of this Initiative, this effort of frank dialogue between the two shores of the Mediterranean on security issues of common interest.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

World Cup 2022: Morocco’s 0-0 Draw against Croatia is ‘Very Positive’ Result (Walid Regragui)

Speaking at a press conference, Walid Regragui stressed that this positive result will be a source of motivation for his players to play their next game with a high morale.

 

He added that this draw against Croatia, vice-champion of the world and a team full of experienced players, will boost the confidence of the players who have made a great game and have shown a good level against a strong opponent.

 

“The players made a good game against a great team, considered one of the best in this World Cup,” he noted, adding that the main thing is to get this valuable point and avoid defeat in the first match.

 

Despite the good performance of the players, he highlighted “some mistakes” that should be avoided in the next game to go further in the competition.

 

Walid Regragui also praised the strong support of Moroccan fans who encouraged the national team until the last minutes of the game.

 

For his part, the coach of Croatia, Zlatko Dalić, said that his team faced a tough opponent who presented a game of good level and managed to break the attacks of his players on more than one occasion.

 

He added that “the Moroccan team has shown good capabilities in this match and is a team to be reckoned with,” noting that “our team had possession of the ball, but without effectiveness. We faced difficulties to carry out attacks while paying attention to the counter-attacks”.

 

The Atlas Lions will face Belgium on Sunday at the Al Thumama Stadium, as part of the 2nd day of group F.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Lebanon Reiterates Support to Morocco’s Sovereignty, Territorial Integrity (Joint Statement)

In a joint statement following his talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, on the sidelines of the 9th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the top Lebanese diplomat also reaffirmed the rejection by his country of all separatist entities threatening the unity and security of States.

 

He also commended the fraternal relations uniting the two countries and Morocco’s continued support to the main Lebanese issues, stressing that the Kingdom, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, always stands by Lebanon and backs its just causes.

 

Bou Habib recalled, in this regard, the generous solidarity initiatives ordered by the Sovereign, following the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, as well as the royal donation to face the economic challenges and the Covid-19 repercussions.

 

Referring to the issue of displaced Syrians in Lebanon, Bou Habib stressed the importance of an international community’s roadmap for a dignified and safe return of the displaced, in the face of the inability of Lebanon to continue to support their presence on its soil, with the economic, financial and social crisis it is experiencing.

 

In this sense, he recalled the UN pact for migration adopted in December 2018 in Marrakech, based on the principle of sharing the burdens.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Steering Committee “CODIR” of “5+5 Defense” Initiative Holds 35th Meeting in Rabat

During this high-level meeting, participants will examine the review of activities scheduled for the year 2022, the finalization of the 2023 action plan and also the finalization of the joint ministerial statement, which will be approved and signed at the 18th meeting of Ministers of Defense of the Initiative’s member countries, scheduled for December 16, 2022 in Rabat, the General Staff of the FAR said in a statement.

 

On this occasion, acting on behalf of Lieutenant General, Inspector General of the FAR and Commander of the South Zone, Brigadier General Mohamed Haial has, in his opening remarks, welcomed “the efforts of all member countries that actively contribute to the dynamism of this 5+5 Initiative Defense.”

 

He also emphasized the efforts made by all member countries for the “successful” conduct of activities scheduled in 2022. These activities include the planning and conduct of various exercises, the execution of training and research conducted by the College “5 + 5 Defense” and the Euro-Maghreb Center for Research and Strategic Studies “CEMRES”, and the implementation of projects of the Initiative, said the same source.

 

The 35th CODIR meeting of the 5+5 Defense Initiative will be marked by the presentation of the results of research of “CEMRES” and an update on the progress of the Cyber Forum and the Training Center on humanitarian demining, and also by sharing a feedback “Retex” in relation to the exercise of maritime surveillance “SEABORDER 2022” and the gender approach in external military operations, added the statement.

 

The proposed action plan, under the year 2023, provides for an increase of about 20% in cooperation activities.

 

In this context, the FAR intend to organize seven activities, including a search and rescue exercise, two training modules, three seminars and a meeting of the naval coordination group. This contribution reflects Morocco’s commitment to the Initiative, as well as its attachment to its objectives, as a fundamental pillar for cooperation between the armies of the member countries of the Initiative.

 

Created in 2004, the “5+5 Defense” Initiative is a forum for consultation and multilateral understanding between the two shores of the Western Mediterranean. This forum constitutes a preferential framework for mutual knowledge and exchanges on relevant topics related, in particular, to maritime security, air safety, the contribution of the armed forces to the management of major disasters and academic research and training.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

AMDH Press Release on “Violations” Committed in DIDH Reports Facts Distorting Truth (Human Right Delegation)

In a response to a press release issued by the AMDH central office in which this association claims that “the DIDH has concealed cases of sexual harassment of which the Delegation’s employees have been victims while exercising reprisals against others who initiated this affair”, the DIDH notes that the remarks contained in the association’s press release are defamatory in that they undermine the dignity of women civil servants and also the image of a public service, especially since they are not based on any evidence and consequently, the DIDH reserves the right to resort to justice.

 

In its statement entitled “No to subversion and concealment in the name of human rights”, the DIDH specifies that it “took the initiative and without any hesitation, a first in the annals of human rights at the institutional and associative levels, to reveal the cases of four women civil servants who declared themselves victims of sexual harassment.

 

In receiving them, the Interministerial Delegate for Human Rights expressed his strong indignation while apologizing to them before informing them of his decision to refer the case to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.”

 

While recalling that it had issued a communiqué on the subject on February 8, 2022, the DIDH questions the existence of an intention to cover up as was mentioned in the press release of the AMDH central office.

 

In its statement, the DIDH says that “it has ensured a direct monitoring of the case, by presenting it a second time in the form of a complaint filed with the prosecutor’s office at the court of first instance in Rabat”, announcing that “it is part of the public opinion that follows this case and this, given the importance of the evidence that would lead to the outcome of the investigation on prosecution.”

 

Justice is the only one entitled to decide in this case and to disentangle the true from the false, before questioning again the existence of any intention of dissimulation as it was evoked in the association’s press release.

 

The DIDH also informed that “it has entrusted the case to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and has not hesitated to qualify the act perpetrated by the respondent as an aggression, which has been reinstated, after being discharged from his duties at his request, his original administration. Consequently, the DIDH has no role in his promotion or his assignment to another administration.”

 

This, according to the same source, shows once again the bad faith that taints the press release of the central office in its distortion of the facts and the link that it evokes between the individual accused of sexual harassment and the Inter-ministerial Delegation for Human Rights.

 

The DIDH also indicates that “the hearing for the presentation of apologies to the complainants took place in the presence of the head of the trade union office in his capacity as the first person to sound the alarm on the commission of acts of harassment”, emphasizing that the Interministerial Delegate welcomed his initiative, as was noted for information when the matter was referred to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and then when the complaint was lodged, whereas the press release from the central office of the aforementioned association, in distorting the truth, evokes reprisals against trade unionists”.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Morocco Reports 219 New COVID-19 Cases over Past 24 Hours

A total of 24,914,976 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while the number of fully vaccinated people (1st and 2nd doses) has reached 23,414,710, the ministry pointed out in its daily COVID-19 bulletin, noting that 6,856,416 people have received the third dose of the vaccine, while 55,894 people have received the fourth dose.

 

According to the same source, the number of COVID-19 cases reported since the start of the outbreak of the virus rose to 1,267,816, while recoveries increased to 1,250,451, i.e. a recovery rate of 98.7%.

 

The new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the regions of Rabat-Salé-Kenitra (79), Casablanca-Settat (63), Marrakech-Safi (30), Fez-Meknes (27), Souss-Massa (8), Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima (4), Guelmim-Oued Noun (4), Beni Mellal-Khenifra (3) and Draa-Tafilalet (1).

 

As for coronavirus-related fatalities, their number remained at 16,283, with zero cases recorded in the last 24 hours.

 

The number of active cases stands at 1.082,

 

with one severe or critical case recorded in the last 24 hours, for a total of seven cases.

 

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse