Thursday , 22 November 2018

Government

Better resource allocation with customised computer models

Mathematical models developed in the United States could help developing countries better allocate their limited health resources and improve the provision of life-saving technologies and disaster relief. Case studies of the computer models, which were designed at the Georgia Institute of Technology, were presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, Canada last month (19 February). Julie Swann, …

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Africa: USAID, Islamic Conference to Cooperate On Humanitarian Aid

Washington — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) agreed on March 15 to strengthen cooperation on humanitarian issues and disaster response. In a ceremony at the White House, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu signed a memorandum of understanding to mark the partnership milestone. “USAID is at the …

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TB community releases vaccine research blueprint

A global blueprint on tuberculosis (TB) vaccines that maps out key research and developmentpriorities for the next decade has been published today in a special issue of the journalTuberculosis. TB kills around 1.5 million people and infects 9 million others annually. Researchers hope to eliminate the disease by 2050 but, to do so, they say new vaccines will be needed in addition to better therapies …

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Egypt – steel works: € 70 million in contracts for Danieli

CAIRO, Egypt, March 19, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Italy confirmed its role as Egypt’s top economic-trade partner. After the successes of Ansaldo (€245 million in contracts for an electrical power plant) and Technimont ($520 million in contracts for the construction of a fertiliser plant in Aswan), the Danieli firm signed a contract for €50 million for the construction of …

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Tunisia: “Transforming Partnerships towards a Green and Inclusive Africa”

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will hold its fourth annual Partnerships Forum on 22 – 23 March 2012 at Hotel Ramada Plaza-Gammarth in Tunis. The theme this year is “Transforming Partnerships towards a Green and Inclusive Africa”. Participants will include representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, business sector, private foundations, knowledge institutions and CSOs. The choice of Inclusive and Green …

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Islam Analysis: Reviving a culture of entrepreneurship

The Muslim world and donors should use nongovernmental networks to nurture the dormant seeds of entrepreneurship, says Athar Osama. Entrepreneurship and innovation may look like inherently Western ideas in the twenty-first century. Yet they have been part and parcel of Muslim societies even before the heyday of the earliest Islamic Empire. Mecca, the birthplace of Islam, was long known as being …

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NGOs call for international regulation of synthetic biology

More than 100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have called for greater international oversight of the emerging science of synthetic biology – including a moratorium on the release and commercial use of synthetic organisms and their products until the potential risks are fully understood. Synthetic biology is a broad term covering new approaches to the development of biological functions and systems that …

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SAP announces four-year US $450 million additional spend in MENA

More than 500 new SAP jobs to be created, consultant capability to triple DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 12, 2012 SAP AG SAP +0.43% today announced a four-year plan worth US $450 million (AED1.65 billion) to up-skill local talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The decision highlights the region as a fast-growth market …

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Investors eye UAE prospects as hotel revenues soar

  UAE spends heavily on transport infrastructure to support tourism sector – GDP contribution set to reach US$19.9 billion this year Top industry executives and officials will head to the annual Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2012 (AHIC), which takes place in Dubai on 28-30 April at Madinat Jumeirah, to discuss investment opportunities in the Gulf where governments are ploughing billions …

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India to boost science collaboration with Africa

[NEW DELHI] India and Africa have agreed to boost scientific collaboration at a high-level meeting of science ministers from both countries. At talks in Delhi last week (2 March), the ministers identified four areas for closer ties: capacity building; science, technology and innovation for development; knowledge transfer and adoption; and identifying common research priorities for the future. They agreed to set up a range of collaborative strategies including …

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