Upper House Speaker Meets with AU Administrative Tribunal Chairman

Rabat – Speaker of the House of Councillors, Naama Mayara, met on Thursday in Rabat with a delegation of the Technical Committee of the African Union, led by the Chairman of the AU Administrative Tribunal, Sylvester Salufu Mainga, currently visiting Morocco.

During these talks, Mayara discussed “the great achievements made by our country in the judicial field, after the adoption of the 2011 Constitution which considers the judiciary as an independent and autonomous authority, thus enshrining the principle of separation of powers,” the Upper House said in a statement.

The Speaker of the House of Councillors emphasized the constitutional and legal guarantees that the Moroccan constitutional legislator has granted to the judicial authority so that it can perform its noble duties with all the integrity and impartiality required, the same source added.

According to the statement, Mayara also discussed “the sincere return of the Kingdom to the African Union in order to strengthen joint African action for economic and social development, as well as the realization of the aspirations of African peoples to prosperity, security and stability.”

“Under the High orientations of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Morocco is making every effort to strengthen the dynamism of all bodies and institutions of the African Union,” he said, recalling also the central role played by the Moroccan Parliament within the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in order to consolidate its position and operationalize its main functions as a representative institution of the African peoples looking after their best interests.

For his part, Salufu Mainga said that the visit of the AU Technical Committee delegation to Morocco is part of the ongoing consultations and discussions between the African parties to revise the Basic Law governing the action of the AU Administrative Tribunal, which dates from 1966, noting that the content and provisions of this text no longer keep pace with developments in joint African institutional action.

He also reported that the AU Technical Committee is in the process of finalizing a proposal for draft amendments that will soon be submitted to the relevant African authority for approval.



Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Moratinos Calls for Political Will to Serve Mediterranean Region

Rabat – Former Spain’s top diplomat and High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos called, Friday in Rabat, for a political will to serve the Mediterranean, which he called “forgotten sea”.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the annual meeting of the Group of Studies and Research on the Mediterranean (GERM), organized this year around the theme “The Mediterranean in the new geopolitical challenges,” Moratinos deplored “the lack of interest, dynamism and commitment,” especially at the European level, for a prosperous Mediterranean area.

“It is we Mediterraneans who are capable of saving the Mediterranean,” he said, adding this can be achieved through a “personal, collective and active mobilization.”

Moratinos also took the opportunity to welcome the creation of the Euromed University of Fez, which he said reflects a willingness and interest in the Mediterranean that gives hope for a better future.

For his part, GERM chairman, Habib El Malki, said that “the divisions are hardening to such an extent that diplomacy is in crisis,” calling to re-legitimize the political, to launch a new pact between North and South and face the decline of multilateralism during the last twenty years.

Deploring the lack of solidarity and dialogue on several relevant issues at the Mediterranean level, El Malki stressed the need to find new mechanisms for dialogue between East and West, and North and South.

He said that these new mechanisms must be “broadly relevant and useful so that humanity can continue to be what it is.”

Referring to climate change, migration and wars that ravage several countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean, El Malki said that this kind of meeting can remind intellectuals their obligations.

This opening ceremony was marked by the signing of a partnership agreement between GERM and the Institute of Research and Studies Mediterranean Middle East (iReMMO), initialed by El Malki and the iReMMO chairman, Jean Paul Chagnollaud.

Organized by GERM in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, this meeting, which knows the participation of eminent academic, diplomatic and political figures, is held around three major axes, namely, “Forces and geopolitical issues in the Mediterranean”, “Crisis and political instabilities in some countries around the Mediterranean” and “South-South partnership and renewed territorial policies”.



Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Upper House Delegation Participates in OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Autumn Session in Warsaw

Rabat – Morocco participates with a delegation of the House of Councillors in the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), held on 24 and 26 November in the Polish capital, Warsaw.

The delegation is composed of Councillors Mustafa Missouri, from the National Rally of Independents group, and Yahya Adi, from the Authenticity and Modernity group, in the presence of the ambassador of HM the King in Poland, Abderrahim Atmoun, the House of Councillors said in a statement.

The agenda of this session includes an opening session which was marked by speeches by the Speakers of the Polish Parliament, Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the current Chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the President of Ukraine who made a presentation on the latest developments of the war in his country.

This session was also marked by the holding of meetings of standing committees and the organization of a parliamentary forum on the theme: “The war in Ukraine: the role of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and national parliaments.”

The participation of the Moroccan delegation in this event is part of the efforts of the Moroccan parliament to strengthen the channels of parliamentary diplomacy and promote political dialogue and cooperation with partners of the Kingdom, especially European countries.


Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Africa and the Caribbean face similar climate challenges, Dominica gears itself to meet global warming

Roseau, Nov. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The recent  COP27 gathering brought together nations from across the world to tackle climate challenges facing the world. While a lot has been said about the commitments made by leaders of first-world countries such as president Joe Biden of the United States, many developing countries still face challenges similar to what they had before the gathering.

Biden announced that the US is supporting the Global Shield, a G7 initiative to better protect vulnerable countries in Africa and the Caribbean from climate-related losses and to quickly respond to climate-related damages by expanding access to risk-based insurance. The G7-led Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment is said to be working to meet the critical infrastructure needs in low- and middle-income countries with a specific focus on climate.

While the COP27 agreement to set up a fund for loss and damage caused by extreme weather condition is a great milestone in the joint effort to increase climate resilience, developing countries have been pursuing such a facility for decades. As yet, no agreement has been reached as to how the fund will be set up, how it will be funded, and who or which countries will fund it.

Developing nations have also been lobbying for a reform of the World Bank and other publicly funded finance institutions which are seen to be failing to provide developing nations with funding to help adapt to the climate crisis and to help cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2009 wealthier countries agreed that at least 100bn US dollars a year would be provided to developing countries by 2020 from public and private sources, to help these counties with their climate efforts. However, this target remains unmet.

The U.S. is the second-largest CO2 emitter after China, and the largest historically. In 2019, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions totalled 6,558 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents – a two percent increase since 1990, while Dominica represented 0% of the global share of CO2 emissions in the same period according to Worldometer.

In a recent open letter by Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, posted during the run-up to COP27, he refers to what the U.N. secretary general has called “a climate of mistrust” that envelops our world. He wrote, “First, rich countries should direct a greater share of funding to developing nations’ adaptation to the effects of climate change. Most financing currently flows toward mitigation projects, such as renewable energy projects, that reduce emissions. While such projects have their uses, far more money needs to go to helping Africa adapt to the effects of climate change — which seems only fair for a continent that produces less than 3 percent of global emissions.”

Caribbean nations like Dominica face similar challenges. As a small island state that has not been causing global warming to any levels near those of developed nations, Dominica is disproportionately suffering the consequences of adapting to massive changes in weather conditions.

Instead of relying on the financial assistance of foreign countries, Dominica serves as a good example of a Small Developing Island State (SIDS) that has been using funds received through its very successful citizenship by investment (CBI) programme to support climate resilience and green energy programmes.

According to the UN, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a distinct group of 38 UN Member States and 20 Non-UN Members/Associate Members of United Nations regional commissions that face unique social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities.

While COP27 nations have agreed to phase down the use of coal, the same as during COP26, the Commonwealth of Dominica already obtains 28% of its energy requirements from renewable energy sources such as hydropower and wind. In March 2019, the World Bank approved a US$27 million project to support the construction of a 7MW small geothermal power plant in the Rosseau Valley area of Dominica, which aims to increase the share of renewables, diversify the country’s energy matrix, and identify a clear road map for private sector investment in geothermal development.

“The Geothermal Power Plant shows Dominica’s commitment toward resilience. Projects like the geothermal plant are putting the Nature Isle ahead of the world in combatting climate change while relieving the nation of its reliance on imported fossil fuels,” said Micha Rose Emmett, CEO of the world’s leading government advisory and marketing firm, CS Global Partners.

The country’s funding efforts have focused on upgrading and expanding its road network, including the adjustment of bridges to make them higher to allow for overflow of water and debris, building resilience capabilities in the local housing sector, and upgrading healthcare facilities and hospitals. Funds are also directed to supporting climate resilience programmes in agriculture, education, reforestation, community preparedness training and food security.

Dominica’s CBI programme is one of the best in the world, ranking as the number one programme of its kind for five consecutive years by the CBI Index. This is a ranking system published by the Financial Times’s Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine. With a minimum investment of 100,000 US dollars per single applicant, successful applicants obtain citizenship for life, with the right to live and work in the country. Dominica also offers increased global mobility and visa-free access to over 80 countries worldwide, with close proximity to the north American markets for those with business interests. Successful applicants maintain the right to hold dual citizenship and citizenship can be passed on to future generations.  Applicants can choose to invest by either making a substantial contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) or have the option to purchase government-approved property for a minimum of 200,000 US dollars that must be held for a minimum of three years.

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La Conférence sur l’innovation et le développement a eu lieu à Nankin à l’occasion du 120e anniversaire de l’université d’agriculture de Nankin

NANKIN, Chine, 25 novembre 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Après douze décennies d’excellence en constante progression, l’université d’agriculture de Nankin (la NAU) a célébré son 120e anniversaire lors de la Conférence sur l’innovation et le développement qui s’est tenue le 20 novembre dans son centre sportif. Chen Ligen, Secrétaire du Comité du Parti de l’université d’agriculture de Nankin, a présidé la conférence, et le président Chen Fadi y a prononcé un discours. D’anciens élèves, des étudiants et des partenaires de tous horizons ont regardé la diffusion en direct de la conférence sur la plateforme web à l’occasion du 120e anniversaire de l’université d’agriculture de Nankin.

Innovation and Development Conference of Nanjing Agricultural University's 120th anniversary

Depuis longtemps, l’université d’agriculture de Nankin insiste pour s’ouvrir et promouvoir la coopération et les échanges internationaux dans les domaines de l’éducation, de la science, de la technologie et des talents. Elle a noué des partenariats étroits avec plus de 170 universités et instituts dans plus de 50 pays et régions du monde. Gary S. May, président du campus Davis de l’université de Californie, a déclaré dans un message vidéo que UCDavis et la NAU avaient entretenu un partenariat de longue durée et conjointement mis en œuvre le concept pédagogique de « santé mondiale » dans les domaines de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et de la santé animale. Il s’est réjoui de la coopération future entre les deux universités au profit de l’humanité et de contribuer davantage à la santé humaine dans le monde.

Chen Fadi a déclaré qu’au cours des 120 dernières années, l’université d’agriculture de Nankin avait tenu le rythme et pris fermement position pour le peuple en prenant l’initiative de promouvoir la vertu par l’éducation. La NAU a connu de brillants succès et été à l’origine de nombreuses premières fois pour la Chine.

Chen Ligen a déclaré que la NAU avait réalisé 120 ans d’efforts. À l’aube d’un nouveau départ et d’un nouveau voyage, la NAU s’acquittera pleinement de sa tâche fondamentale consistant à promouvoir la vertu par l’éducation, et prendra pour mission de renforcer et de revitaliser l’agriculture, d’accélérer la construction d’une université agricole d’envergure internationale. Elle contribuera à la modernisation de l’agriculture nationale dans les zones rurales et à la revitalisation des campagnes dans leur ensemble en adoptant une attitude et un état d’esprit positifs.

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Hisense ouvre son premier showroom B2B en Afrique du Sud

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 24 novembre 2022/PRNewswire/ — Hisense, l’une des principales marques mondiales d’appareils électroménagers et d’électronique grand public, a annoncé l’ouverture de son premier showroom B2B en Afrique du Sud.

Situé à Johannesburg, le showroom servira de salle d’exposition pour présenter les offres d’Hisense pour son segment B2B, telles que les affichages commerciaux, les appareils médicaux d’échographie et les solutions pour les villes intelligentes. Les différents produits et solutions d’affichage numérique d’Hisense, son système de régulation du trafic intelligent, ses appareils médicaux, ainsi que ses téléviseurs laser, ses téléviseurs ULED et ses réfrigérateurs intelligents seront également exposés dans la salle d’exposition.

« De nombreuses personnes en Afrique du Sud connaissent Hisense grâce à ses produits électroménagers ; cependant, ces dernières années, Hisense a également connu un développement rapide dans son segment B2B en transformant continuellement ses produits et sa chaîne industrielle vers le haut de gamme et la haute technologie, » a déclaré Patrick, directeur marketing de Hisense.

L’un des pôles d’activité du segment B2B d’Hisense, celui de l’affichage commercial, qui a connu une croissance significative en 2021, présentera plusieurs de ses produits et solutions au showroom, notamment les tableaux numériques interactifs, les panneaux de signalisation numérique, les murs vidéo, les murs LED, et la signalisation extérieure.

Les visiteurs pourront également en apprendre davantage sur les offres d’Hisense en matière de transport intelligent. Hisense est sur le terrain depuis plus de 20 ans et a étendu ses activités dans de nombreux pays et régions du monde, notamment en Afrique du Sud, en Afrique de l’Ouest, aux Émirats arabes unis, en Indonésie, en Thaïlande, au Vietnam, en Slovénie et en Serbie, pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns. Il a également contribué à de nombreux projets importants dans le monde, notamment un système d’autobus intelligent à Addis-Abeba, la capitale de l’Éthiopie, et un projet pilote de construction de transport intelligent à Doha.

Fort des décennies d’expertise d’Hisense dans les domaines du traitement d’images, du traitement de l’information et de la technologie d’interaction, Hisense Medical a développé avec succès certains produits essentiels tels que l’échographe Hisense HD60 à haute résolution de pointe. Hisense a obtenu une licence de l’Autorité sud-africaine de réglementation des produits de santé (SAHPRA) pour l’appareil en janvier 2022.

L’investissement continu d’Hisense dans l’innovation et les décennies d’expertise accumulées dans la fabrication d’appareils électroménagers et d’électronique grand public lui ont permis de devenir non seulement une marque B2C, mais aussi une entreprise mondiale qui peut fournir des solutions compressives à des partenaires commerciaux du monde entier dans plus de secteurs. Considérant le segment B2B comme déterminant pour le développement de l’entreprise, Hisense est impatient de nouer des partenariats stratégiques avec davantage de partenaires commerciaux en Afrique du Sud et au-delà.

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