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International Contact Group on Venezuela Ministerial Declaration

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 8:01am

The International Contact Group met at Ministerial level by videoconference on 17 September.

Key Points: 
  • The International Contact Group met at Ministerial level by videoconference on 17 September.
  • The Group welcomed the participation for the first time of Argentina as full member and announced that Bolivia would be stepping down from the Group.
  • ICG members concluded that conditions are not met, at the moment, for a transparent, inclusive, free and fair electoral process.
  • All obstacles to political participation must be removed in order for a meaningful electoral process to take place.
  • ICG members welcome the call to the international community to observe the elections, as a fundamental guarantee of transparency, freedom and fairness of any future electoral process.
  • Increased donors support for the humanitarian response, as Venezuela remains one of the least funded humanitarian crises in the world, is much needed.
  • The ICG stands ready to assist the UN HCHR in her efforts to ensure the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Venezuela.
  • The full respect of political rights in the country requires the return of Venezuela to democracy and the rule of law.

Press release - Poland: Council has to “finally act” to protect minorities and the rule of law

Friday, September 18, 2020 - 12:08am

Stop democracy from backsliding

Key Points: 
  • Stop democracy from backsliding

    MEPs are deeply concerned that the situation has seriously deteriorated since the Article 7 procedure was initiated by the Commission in 2017.

  • Noting that the last hearing was held as long ago as December 2018, they urge the Council to finally act [...] in the light of overwhelming evidence thereof.
  • What the Polish government has forgotten is that democracy is not about majority rule, but about respecting EU law, pluralism, the right to dissent and protecting minorities.
  • It is high time that the Council concludes the Article 7 proceedings in a meaningful manner, said rapporteur Juan Fernando Lpez Aguilar (S&D, ES).

Canada Invests in Innovative Technology for the Canadian Mining Industry

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 5:00pm

SASKATOON, SK, Sept. 17, 2020 /CNW/ - Canada's mining and minerals industry is important to communities across the country.

Key Points: 
  • SASKATOON, SK, Sept. 17, 2020 /CNW/ - Canada's mining and minerals industry is important to communities across the country.
  • This will be more important than ever as we reopen the economy and plan our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $1.6-million investment for the development of an active clay analyzer for the Canadian mining industry.
  • This project is funded through Natural Resources Canada's Clean Growth Program , which invests in clean technology research and development projects in Canada's energy, mining and forest sectors.

Press release - Parliament requests more support for regions to make energy transition a success

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:04pm

On Wednesday 16 September, MEPs adopted Parliaments position on the Commission proposal on the JTF with 417 votes in favour, 141 against and 138 abstentions.

Key Points: 
  • On Wednesday 16 September, MEPs adopted Parliaments position on the Commission proposal on the JTF with 417 votes in favour, 141 against and 138 abstentions.
  • This amount should be supplemented by EUR 32 billion in current prices, as proposed under the EU Recovery Instrument.
  • Rapporteur Manolis Kefalogiannis (EPP, GR) said: The EU is aiming, as part of the European Green Deal, to socio-economically transform regions relying on fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industries.
  • On 6 July, the Regional Development Committee successfully approved the draft report establishing the Just Transition Fund as a whole.

Press release - EU arms exports: need for more control and transparency

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:04pm

Setting up an interactive online arms exports database

Key Points: 
  • Setting up an interactive online arms exports database

    MEPs believe that the publication of the two last reports represents progress towards a common EU position on arms exports.

  • The rapporteur Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA, DE) said.. "This report recognizes that increasing European cooperation and EU funding in arms production and development requires EU-level monitoring and control.
  • We simply say: Where EU money is involved in arms development, we also need an enforceable mechanism for EU control of any future exports.
  • This would be based on the restrictive application of the eight existing criteria of the EU Common Position on arms exports and allow for sanctions for cases where member states do not comply with these rules."

Zudy, the Leader in Rapid Digital Transformation, Announces Asian Expansion

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 1:42am

Vinyl is an impressive application development platform that allows businesses to deploy applications in days to solve process and data challenges.

Key Points: 
  • Vinyl is an impressive application development platform that allows businesses to deploy applications in days to solve process and data challenges.
  • This is exactly what businesses have been waiting for the last decade, stated Lim, who leads the expansion of Zudy's presence in Asia.
  • His experience helps companies achieve the agility and cost savings that meaningful digital transformation can bring.
  • Zudy Asia is currently providing sales, support and services in several Asian countries including Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam with plans for future expansion in the coming months.

The US Government is Investing in E-commerce Start-ups in Kenya and Uganda - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 10:48am

Despite its ongoing struggles with poverty and epidemics, there is good news coming out of Africa these days.

Key Points: 
  • Despite its ongoing struggles with poverty and epidemics, there is good news coming out of Africa these days.
  • The US government is investing in e-commerce start-ups in Kenya and Uganda in an effort to boost self-sufficiency in those regions, according to an 11 September article in Quartz magazine.
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ibex Brings 500 Jobs to Ocho Rios With the Country’s First Contact Center

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 3:21pm

ibex (NASDAQ:ibex), a leading global provider of outsourced CX solutions, is bringing hundreds of new jobs to Jamaica launching its 4th contact center in Ocho Rios, a first for the region.

Key Points: 
  • ibex (NASDAQ:ibex), a leading global provider of outsourced CX solutions, is bringing hundreds of new jobs to Jamaica launching its 4th contact center in Ocho Rios, a first for the region.
  • The brand new, custom-built facility is slated to open in the fall of 2020, with ibex occupying two complete floors.
  • With ibexs rigorous Covid-19 protocols in mind, the Ocho Rios location will provide employees with a safe environment and the industry-best standards of every ibex site worldwide.
  • We are very happy to include Ocho Rios as one of our portfolio sites in Jamaica, said Jaime Vergara, SVP of operations and country manager for ibex.

EU-China Leaders’ Meeting: Upholding EU values and interests at

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:06am

An EU-China Leaders' meeting with the participation of leaders of all EU member states was initially scheduled to take place on this date.

Key Points: 
  • An EU-China Leaders' meeting with the participation of leaders of all EU member states was initially scheduled to take place on this date.
  • The meeting was important to maintain the momentum of EU-China high-level exchanges in order to achieve concrete results in line with EU interests and values.
  • The comprehensive agenda of the Leaders meeting covered trade and investment, climate change and biodiversity, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as international affairs and other issues.
  • The EU called on China to step up its ambition on these issues.
  • The EU side emphasised that high-level political engagement would be required within the Chinese system to achieve a meaningful agreement.
  • On other trade and economic issues, the EU reiterated its call on China to engage in future negotiations on industrial subsidies in the WTO.
  • The EU also underlined that the recovery measures should support the transition to a greener and more sustainable economy.
  • They also confirmed their commitment to upholding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the Iran nuclear deal).

Press release - State of the European Union: Tuesday live online event with key MEPs

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 12:06am

The live event will be webstreamed here, as well as on EbS.

Key Points: 
  • The live event will be webstreamed here, as well as on EbS.
  • Background

    The State of the European Union debate is a key moment to demonstrate the European Commissions accountability towards the EUs democratically elected representatives.

  • This annual event is significant to promote a more transparent and democratic European Union.
  • It is an opportunity to bring the European Union closer to the citizens, highlighting the years core action points and challenges.