New Oceana Analysis Finds Tuna Fisheries Are Masking USD $411 Million Blue Shark Industry

Oceana calls on regional fishery management organizations and member states to comprehensively manage the fishing of blue sharks WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new Oceana-commissioned study reveals that vessels authorized to fish in the waters of designated tuna regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) are operating major shark fisheries, propping up a massive […]

Oceana calls on regional fishery management organizations and member states to comprehensively manage the fishing of blue sharks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new Oceana-commissioned study reveals that vessels authorized to fish in the waters of designated tuna regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) are operating major shark fisheries, propping up a massive blue shark (Prionace glauca) commercial fishery with a landing value worth USD $411 million. This first-of-its-kind analysis shows the catch value of blue shark exceeds that of each of the three iconic bluefin tuna fisheries. The report confirms blue shark represents 60% of all reported global shark catches, singularly dominating both the shark fin and meat trade, while direct management of the species remains absent.

Last month at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, world leaders voted to provide protections for 60 shark species, including blue sharks. This decision means these species can only be traded if their stocks are proven to be sustainably managed. Except for a 2019 catch limit set under the jurisdiction of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) RFMO, blue sharks are fished without any limits. “Despite being considered one of the most resilient and abundant shark species, blue shark populations are threatened by poor management,” said Philip Chou, Oceana’s Senior Director of Global Policy. “Without proper management, blue sharks and the ecosystems they balance face a perilous future. Direct and active fishery management of blue sharks must begin immediately.”

This report analyzed global data on the catch, trade, and management of sharks and tuna reported to the Food and Agriculture Organization and RFMOs. Researchers led by Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd. found that nearly 200,000 metric tons of blue shark were legally caught and landed in 2019, amounting to over 7 million blue sharks. Of that catch, 90% was brought in by large-scale commercial fleets, mostly longliners, with 74% flagged to distant-water fishing nations. Spain and Taiwan are responsible for roughly half the total blue shark catch.

To access Oceana’s summary and the full report, visit oceana.org/blueshark. This research was prepared for Oceana’s Transparent Oceans Initiative — an international program that illuminates the global footprint of the world’s distant-water fishing fleets, catalyzing policy change to protect the ocean and the communities who rely on it.

Contact: Anna Baxter, abaxter@oceana.org

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Crurated Launches First of its Kind Virtual Cellars for Gifting French and Italian Wines This Holiday Season and Beyond

Members can gift wines from their Crurated cellars or buy from the platform to send directly to friends & loved ones LONDON, Dec. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With an eye on innovation in the wine industry, Crurated, a blockchain and member-based wine community, has launched virtual cellars for gifting wines this holiday season and […]

Members can gift wines from their Crurated cellars or buy from the platform to send directly to friends & loved ones

LONDON, Dec. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With an eye on innovation in the wine industry, Crurated, a blockchain and member-based wine community, has launched virtual cellars for gifting wines this holiday season and beyond. This first of its kind program lets members gift French and Italian fine wines from the platform that are stored in the Crurated cellar in Burgundy and available virtually. Wines for gifting start at 50 Euro and come with a complimentary Explorer Membership and a virtual cellar that allows the recipient to view their wines and ship to many countries across the globe. The wines are authenticated and traced via blockchain technology and come straight from the Domaine.

“While our members can give from their personal Crurated cellars, we’ve also added a full range of French and Italian wines that are perfect for gift giving,” said Alfonso de Gaetano, Founder of Crurated. “This new program makes last minute gifting easy. No stores to visit or shipping to do because the gift is instantaneously available and can be shipped out when the recipient is ready to enjoy their wine.”

“Our direct-to-consumer partnership with Crurated ensures that any and all wine lovers have the opportunity to gain access to our wines,” said Charles Lachaux, Burgundy’s most forward-thinking winemaker. “This new offering will help to foster a larger community of oenophiles and is the perfect gift not only for the holidays but any time of the year.”

In addition to selections from a member’s personal cellar additional wines are available for purchase from Crurated producers from regions including Barolo and Burgundy to Tuscany and beyond.

Each gift comes with a complimentary and upgradable Explorer Membership with benefits that include:

  • Access to discovery collections that highlight the unique styles of various regions and producers
  • Blockchain certificate on all bottles
  • Complimentary storage up to 50 bottles
  • Maximum Barrel allocation 3L
  • No Buyer’s premium

More details on Crurated Memberships can be found here: https://crurated.com/levels/.

About Crurated
Launched in 2021 with an emphasis on France and Italy, Crurated is a membership-based wine community designed to connect connoisseurs directly with world-class producers. A team of specialists provides personalized services and authentic experiences, while Crurated’s seamless logistics service guarantees quality and provenance thanks to secure wine cellar storage and innovative blockchain technology. For more on Crurated, visit crurated.com.

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فوژو، فطرت اور صنعت، ماحولیاتی اور جدید ترقی کے ہم آہنگ انضمام کے ساتھ ایک گرین سٹی ہے

فوژو، چین، 12 دسمبر 2022ء/ژنہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– حال ہی میں صوبہ فوجیان کے فوژو کی پروموشنل ویڈیو، جس کا عنوان ” فوژو آپکا انتظار کررہا ہے کہ ایکسپلور کریں — گرین اکانومی، غیر ملکی سوشل میڈیا اکاؤنٹس بشمول “پیرس اورینٹل سینٹر”، “ڈسکور فوجیان” اور “ڈسکور فوژو” کے ذریعے جاری کی گئی ہے، جس میں دنیا کو دکھایا […]

فوژو، چین، 12 دسمبر 2022ء/ژنہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– حال ہی میں صوبہ فوجیان کے فوژو کی پروموشنل ویڈیو، جس کا عنوان ” فوژو آپکا انتظار کررہا ہے کہ ایکسپلور کریں — گرین اکانومی، غیر ملکی سوشل میڈیا اکاؤنٹس بشمول “پیرس اورینٹل سینٹر”، “ڈسکور فوجیان” اور “ڈسکور فوژو” کے ذریعے جاری کی گئی ہے، جس میں دنیا کو دکھایا گیا ہے کہ فوژو، فطرت اور صنعت، ماحولیاتی اور جدید ترقی کے ہم آہنگ انضمام کے ساتھ ایک گرین سٹی ہے۔

فوژو، فطرت اور صنعت، ماحولیاتی اور جدید ترقی کے ہم آہنگ انضمام کے ساتھ ایک گرین سٹی

پروموشنل ویڈیو میں شہر بھر میں ہر جگہ ہریالی دیکھی جا سکتی ہے، جیسے جدید بلند و بالا عمارتوں، دریا کے کنارے پارکوں، دیسی فٹ پاتھوں اور قدیم قصبوں اور گھروں میں۔ اس کے ساحل کے ساتھ پھیلی ہوئی ہوا سے بجلی کی سہولیات شہر میں صاف توانائی لاتی ہیں۔ سی پی سی فوژو میونسپل کمیٹی کے پبلسٹی ڈپارٹمنٹ کے مطابق اس کی ای گورننس اور ڈیجیٹل سروسز ایک موثر، آسان اور اسمارٹ شہری زندگی فراہم کرتی ہیں۔

حال ہی میں، چین کی “روایتی چائے بنانے کی تکنیک اور متعلقہ رسم و رواج” کو اقوام متحدہ کی تعلیمی، سائنسی اور ثقافتی تنظیم (یونیسکو) کے انسانیت کے غیر معمولی ثقافتی ورثے کی نمائندہ فہرست میں شامل کیا گیا تھا۔’فوژو کی جیسمین چائے کی خوشبو لگانے کا عمل فہرست کے نمائندہ پروگراموں میں سے ایک ہے ، اور فوژو کی سبز ترقی کی علامتی کامیابی بھی ہے۔

“سنگل آفس سروس” ، جس نے چین میں مرکزی جائزے اور منظوری کی خدمت کا آغاز کیا ، ون اسٹاپ سروس تک ، معیاری اور شفاف گرین ٹریک عالمی معیار کا کاروباری ماحول پیدا کرتا ہے۔گرین پراپرٹی سے لے کر گرین کمیونٹی تک ، فوژو دنیا بھر کے لوگوں کے لئے کاروبار ، رہائش پذیری اور سیاحت کے ایک سبز شہر کی نمائش کر رہا ہے۔

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Fuzhou, a Green City with Harmonious Integration of Nature and Industry, Ecological and Modernized Development

FUZHOU, China, Dec. 12, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Recently, the promotional video of Fuzhou of Fujian Province, titled “The Fuzhou Waiting for You to Explore — Green Economy”, was released through overseas social media accounts including “Paris Oriental Center”, “Discover Fujian” and “Discover Fuzhou”, showing the world Fuzhou, a green city with harmonious integration of nature and […]

FUZHOU, China, Dec. 12, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Recently, the promotional video of Fuzhou of Fujian Province, titled “The Fuzhou Waiting for You to Explore — Green Economy”, was released through overseas social media accounts including “Paris Oriental Center”, “Discover Fujian” and “Discover Fuzhou”, showing the world Fuzhou, a green city with harmonious integration of nature and industry, ecological and modernized development.

In the promotional video, greenness can be seen everywhere across the city, such as in modern high-rise buildings, riverside parks, country footpaths and ancient towns and houses. Wind power facilities scattering along its coast steadily brings clean energy to the city. Its e-governance and digital services deliver an efficient, convenient and smart urban life, according to the Publicity Department of the CPC Fuzhou Municipal Committee.

Fuzhou, a Green City with Harmonious Integration of Nature and Industry, Ecological and Modernized Development

Lately, China’s “traditional tea-making techniques and related customs” was included in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The jasmine tea scenting process of Fuzhou is one of the representative programs of the list, and also a symbolic achievement of Fuzhou’s green development.

From the “single office service”, which pioneered the centralized review and approval service in China, to the “one-stop service”, the standardized and transparent “green track” creates a world-class business environment. From green property to green community, Fuzhou is showcasing a green city of business, livability and tourism for people all over the world.

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‫شینجن گلوبل انویسٹمنٹ پروموشن کانفرنس کا انعقاد، 879 ارب یوآن کی سرمایہ کاری کو اپنی طرف متوجہ کیا

شینجن، چین، 12 دسمبر 2022ء/ژنہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– 9 دسمبر 2022 کو شینجن گلوبل انویسٹمنٹ پروموشن کانفرنس کا انعقاد کیا گیا۔ اس کے نتیجے میں 315 پروجیکٹ کے معاہدوں پر بات چیت اور دستخط ہوئے، بشمول ایمیزون، انٹیل اور مارسک، جس میں 879 بلین یوآن کی کل منصوبہ بند سرمایہ کاری شامل ہے۔ 2019 سے 2021 تک، شینجن […]

شینجن، چین، 12 دسمبر 2022ء/ژنہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– 9 دسمبر 2022 کو شینجن گلوبل انویسٹمنٹ پروموشن کانفرنس کا انعقاد کیا گیا۔ اس کے نتیجے میں 315 پروجیکٹ کے معاہدوں پر بات چیت اور دستخط ہوئے، بشمول ایمیزون، انٹیل اور مارسک، جس میں 879 بلین یوآن کی کل منصوبہ بند سرمایہ کاری شامل ہے۔

2019 سے 2021 تک، شینجن گلوبل انویسٹمنٹ پروموشن کانفرنس نے 600 سے زیادہ پروجیکٹس پر مجموعی بات چیت اور دستخط کا مشاہدہ کیا۔ جس کے نتیجے میں 2 ٹریلین یوآن سے زیادہ کی کل مطلوبہ سرمایہ کاری ہوئی ہے۔ گزشتہ چار سالوں میں، مسلسل بڑھتی ہوئی سرمایہ کاری کے ساتھ ساتھ، اسٹریٹجک ابھرتی ہوئی صنعتوں کے منصوبوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد، جیسے نئی توانائی، الیکٹرانک معلومات، ماحولیاتی تحفظ، بائیومیڈیسن، اور نئے مواد، شینجن میں قائم اور تیار کی گئی ہیں۔

ملٹی نیشنل کارپوریشنز بیرونی دنیا کے لئے چین کی اوپننگ اَپ کی عینی شاہد اور چین کی اقتصادی اور سماجی ترقی میں اہم شراکت دار رہی ہیں۔ اس سال کی کانفرنس میں، غیر ملکی سرمایہ کاری کے منصوبوں نے مختلف شعبوں کا احاطہ کیا ہے جس میں  جدید مینوفیکچرنگ، نئی نسل کی انفارمیشن ٹیکنالوجی، بائیومیڈیسن اور صحت، سمندری صنعت، اور جدید سروسز شامل ہیں۔

مارسک کے گریٹر چین کے مینیجنگ ڈائریکٹر کیرولین وو نے کہا کہ ہم یانتیان جامع بانڈڈ زون کی تعمیر میں سرمایہ کاری کرنے کا ارادہ رکھتے ہیں، ایک اومنی چینل، انٹیلیجنٹ، اور سبز مربوط لاجسٹکس سینٹر جو ایشیا بحر الکاہل کے خطے کو مثبت انداز میں متاثر کرے گا۔ ہم شینجن کے ساتھ مل کر کاربن کے حقوق کی تصدیق، کاربن ٹریڈنگ کی تعمیر کی تحقیقات، اور سبز ایندھن میں بڑھتی ہوئی ان پٹ کے امکانات کو دیکھنے کے لئے کام کریں گے۔

مارسک بہت سے غیر ملکی کاروباروں کی نمائندگی کرتا ہے جنہوں نے شینجن کی ترقی میں اپنا حصہ ڈالا ہے اور جدت کے اس شہر کے ساتھ ترقی کریں گے۔

سرمایہ کاری کانفرنس کے دوران، بین الاقوامی اثر و رسوخ اور بنیادی مسابقت کے ساتھ 48 بڑے منصوبوں پر دستخط کیے گئے تھے۔ بی وائی ڈی کے چیئرمین وانگ چوانفو اور دیگر معروف کاروباری اداروں نے عالمی مارکیٹ پر زور دیا کہ، “شینجن میں سرمایہ کاری کرنا مستقبل میں سرمایہ کاری کرنا ہے!”

پی ڈبلیو سی چین کے علاقائی اقتصادی کلسٹرز اور جنوبی مارکیٹوں کے مینیجنگ پارٹنر جیمز چانگ نے کہا ہے کہ ” ایک سرحدی شہر اور اب ایک بین الاقوامی میٹروپولیس، شینجن معجزے پیدا کرنے کے لئے جاری ہے، آج 173 ممالک اور خطوں سے تقریبا 360 فارچیون 500 کمپنیوں نے شینجن میں سرمایہ کاری کی ہے۔

شینجن کے سرکاری محکمے، کمپنیاں اور ایسوسی ایشنز بھی مسلسل باہر جا رہے ہیں اور عالمی سرمایہ کاروں کے ساتھ گہرے تعلقات استوار کررہی ہیں۔ اس کانفرنس کی سرگرمیاں چین سے باہر 16 شہروں کا احاطہ کرتی ہیں۔

ٹوکیو سیشن کے دوران، جاپان میں شینجن اقتصادی اور تجارتی دفتر اور جاپان چین اقتصادی ایسوسی ایشن کے نمائندوں نے نئی توانائی، توانائی کے تحفظ اور ماحولیاتی تحفظ کے شعبوں میں شینجن اور جاپانی کاروباری اداروں کے درمیان تبادلے اور تعاون کو مشترکہ طور پر فروغ دینے کے ارادے کے ایک خط پر دستخط کیے۔

شینجن میونسپلٹی کے کامرس بیورو کے ڈائریکٹر ژانگ فیمینگ نے کہا کہ “ہم ایک بار پھر عالمی تاجروں کو دعوت دیتے ہیں: شینجن میں سرمایہ کاری کریں، ایک بہتر مستقبل کی تعمیر کریں۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ شینجن غیر ملکی سرمایہ کاری کے تحفظ کو مضبوط بنانے، غیر ملکی سرمایہ کاری کی خدمات کو بہتر بنانے، اور پالیسی پریزنٹیشنز اور سرمایہ کاری کے فروغ سمیت سرگرمیوں کا ایک سلسلہ منعقد کرکے سرمایہ کاری اور تعاون کو آسان اور گہرا کرنے کے لئے جاری رکھے گا۔

اعداد و شمار سے پتہ چلتا ہے کہ 2022 کے پہلے 10 مہینوں میں شینجن نے اصل میں 9.179 بلین ڈالر کی غیر ملکی سرمایہ کاری کا استعمال کیا، جو پچھلے سال کے مقابلے میں 4.3 فیصد زیادہ ہے۔

سائٹ پر دستخط کیے گئے منصوبوں میں نئی نسل کی انفارمیشن ٹیکنالوجی ، ڈیجیٹل فیشن ، سبز اور کم کاربن کی صنعتیں، بائیو میڈیسن اور صحت، اور سمندری صنعت جیسے شعبوں کا احاطہ کیا گیا ہے۔انٹیل چائنا کے چیئر وانگ روئی نے کہا کہ گریٹر بے ایریا میں انٹیل کا سائنس اور ٹیکنالوجی انوویشن سینٹر جلد ہی شینجن میں کھل جائے گا۔

اے بی بی کے ای موبلٹی بزنس کے چیف ایگزیکٹو آفیسر فرینک موہلن کے مطابق، جس نے پہلے شینجن میں سرمایہ کاری کی ہے، شینجن ایک کھلا اور جامع شہر ہے جس میں ترقی پذیر ہائی ٹیک صنعتیں ہیں۔خاص طور پر ان صنعتوں میں، نئی توانائی کی گاڑیاں مضبوط رفتار کے ساتھ ترقی کر رہی ہیں۔

20 اسٹریٹجک ابھرتی ہوئی صنعت کلسٹرز اور8 مستقبل کی صنعتوں میں سے جو شینجن ترجیح دینے کا ارادہ رکھتا ہے، بہت سے لوگوں نے پہلی تین سہ ماہی میں اچھی کارکردگی کا مظاہرہ کیا ہے۔ مثال کے طور پر، انٹیلیجنٹ کنیکٹڈ گاڑیاں (آئی سی وی) 44.5 فیصد، نئے مواد 22.6 فیصد، اعلی درجے کے طبی آلات 14.1فیصد، اور سمندری معیشت 10.1 فیصد میں اضافہ ہوا ہے۔

شینجن میونسپلٹی کے ڈویلپمنٹ اینڈ ریفارم کمیشن کے ڈپٹی ڈائریکٹر وانگ جون کے مطابق، کاروباری ماحول شہر کی بنیادی مسابقت اور کشش کا ایک اہم حصہ ہے، اور شینجن نے ہمیشہ کاروباری ماحول کی اصلاح کو نمبر 1 اصلاحاتی منصوبہ کے طور پر سمجھا ہے۔ اس سال، شینجن نے جدید کاروباری ماحول کی بہتری کے پائلٹ سٹی کے طور پر شینجن کے لئے عمل درآمد کا منصوبہ متعارف کرایا، اور گریٹر بے ایریا مشترکہ بندرگاہ پروگرام کا آغاز کیا۔ اب تک، شینجن بندرگاہ نے مجموعی طور پر 26 مشترکہ بندرگاہ پوائنٹس کھولے ہیں، جو گریٹر بے ایریا کے تقریبا 90 فیصد شہروں کا احاطہ کرتے ہیں۔

کاروبار اور سرمایہ کاری کو اپنی طرف متوجہ کرنے کے علاوہ، شینجن نے ٹیلنٹ کو اپنی طرف متوجہ کرنے کے لئے کوئی کسر نہیں چھوڑی ہے۔ 9 دسمبر کو ہونے والی تقریب میں مہمانوں نے شینجن کو فروغ دیا اور “روڈ شو” میں کاروباری افراد، سرمایہ کاروں اور سائنسدانوں کا خیرمقدم کیا۔ گزشتہ ماہ معروف ساختی ماہر حیاتیات یان ننگ نے شینجن میں اعلان کیا تھا کہ وہ شینجن میڈیکل اکیڈمی آف ریسرچ اینڈ ٹرانسلیشن کی تشکیل میں مدد کے لیے کل وقتی کام کرنے کے لیے بیرون ملک اپنے تدریسی عہدے سے استعفیٰ دے دیں گی۔ اعداد و شمار سے پتہ چلتا ہے کہ 2022 میں، شینجن کے کل وقتی ماہرین تعلیم 12 سے بڑھ کر 86 تک پہنچ گئے، بیرون ملک واپس آنے والوں کی تعداد 190،000 میں 8،384 کا اضافہ ہوا، اور اندرون اور بیرون ملک سے اعلی سطح کے ٹیلنٹ کی کل تعداد 22،000 تک پہنچ گئی۔

چائنا الیکٹرانکس کارپوریشن (سی ای سی) کے چیئرمین زینگ یی کے مطابق، جن کا صدر دفتر گزشتہ سال شینجن منتقل کر دیا گیا تھا، شینجن کو ٹیلنٹ ہائی لینڈ کا فائدہ ہے۔ سی ای سی کے پاس ان کے اصل عالمی اسکول بھرتی پروگرام کے مطابق 11, 000اوپننگز تھے ، پھر بھی تقریبا 130،000 ریزیومے موصول ہوئے تھے، جو اوپننگز سے 12 گنا زیادہ تھا۔ خاص طور پر، مستقبل کے سائنسدانوں کے پروگرام کے لئے درخواست دینے والے اعلی کے آخر میں باصلاحیت افراد کی تعداد، جس کے بارے میں ہم فکر مند ہیں، افتتاحی کے بارے میں 25-30 گنا ہے۔

شینجن میسو اکانومی انسٹیٹیوٹ کے صدر ژو ژانڈونگ نے کہا کہ “شینجن چین کی معیشت کی طاقت، استحکام، لچک اور عظیم صلاحیت کی علامت ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ چین کا اعلیٰ سطحی اوپننگ اپ کو وسعت دینے کا عزم تبدیل نہیں ہوگا اور چین کے اوپننگ اپ کے دروازے مزید وسیع تر ہوتے جائیں گے۔

ماخذ: شینجن میونسپلٹی کا کامرس بیورو

St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister takes lessons from Dubai to position twin-island federation as a business hub

Basseterre, Dec. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Prime Minister Terrance Drew of the island nation of St Kitts and Nevis was in Dubai recently for a state visit that not only aims to strengthen bilateral relations but also glean lessons from the United Arab Emirates that will pivot the island into a sought-after business and […]

Basseterre, Dec. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Prime Minister Terrance Drew of the island nation of St Kitts and Nevis was in Dubai recently for a state visit that not only aims to strengthen bilateral relations but also glean lessons from the United Arab Emirates that will pivot the island into a sought-after business and leisure hub in the Caribbean.

The new prime minister and his delegation had several meetings and engagements over the four-day trip which took place from 29 November to 3 December 2022.

The two regions have enjoyed years of fruitful relations that have resulted in several areas of cooperation in which both countries have achieved together. This includes the signing of a historic Air Services Agreement. The seminal move paved the way for air traffic between the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis and the UAE.

The UAE also expressed previous interest in assisting the twin island Federation in adapting stronger climate change resilient measures, particularly as it relates to infrastructure. As climate related weather patterns become more fierce, St Kitts and Nevis is looking to tap into Dubai’s knowledge and expertise in constructing durable and resilient structures.

Just as recently as the 1960s, Dubai’s economy was merely dependent on the revenues generated from trade and oil exploration concessions. A major chunk of revenue obtained from oil reserves started to flow in 1969 and the rapid development of Dubai began – including major infrastructure like schools and hos­pitals and, over the years, it trans­formed Dubai into the business hub we know today.

St Kitts and Nevis developed and instituted its citizenship by investment programme in 1984 as a way to increase and diversify revenue generation. For nearly 40 years the programme has been instrumental in catapulting the nation from just a small island in the Caribbean to a globally recognized investment destination.

Without this foreign direct investment into the nation, St Kitts and Nevis would have certainly progressed at a much slower pace than desired.

The government of St Kitts and Nevis has made considerable progress in reducing its public debt and is among other countries in the Caribbean that supplement their economic activity through CBI programmes which provide astute investors with the option to obtain citizenship by investing in the country. The new government administration of St Kitts and Nevis believes that residents of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have a lot to benefit from its CBI programme.

The country is looking to build its reputation on the international stage and the CBI programme is one way to direct foreign direct investment to innovative projects across the spheres of education, health, agriculture and tourism.

For example, the travel and tourism sector accounted for one tenth of the gross domestic product (GPD) in St Kitts and Nevis in 2021, dropping for the second consecutive year. Part of the funds channeled the citizenship by investment programme will be used to revitalize the sector and re-establish St Kitts and Nevis as must-visit destination.

Attracting the right kind of developers who will inject cash into developing attractive real estate projects that will charm discerning investors, is one way to grow the tourism sector. Not only that but the upgrading and development of important infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, airports and hotel chains is another way the funds will be used to not only bring up tourist numbers but investors too.

The visit was also aimed at deepening relationships with important stakeholders including international investors and government approved agents, who play a vital role in promoting and supporting the country’s recently upgraded citizenship by investment programme.

St Kitts and Nevis is the first country of the Caribbean Community to establish a formal diplomatic presence in the UAE, recently opening an embassy and consulate in the region.

The members of the delegation which included, Cabinet Secretary, Dr Natta, Attorney General, Mr. Wilkin, Minister of Tourism, Ms. Henderson, Mr. Anthony and Ms. Galloway, were positive following the visit and believe that there were many lessons learned from visit that they could take back home and implement.

The visit also signifies to the world St Kitts and Nevis is open for business. During the visit, business partners, investors and citizens were able to meet the Prime Minister and the accompanying delegation members at an exclusive cocktail event that was hosted by the High Commission of St Kitts and Nevis during the trip.

The visit provided an opportunity for St Kitts and Nevis to attract investors who seek mutually beneficial partnerships with the nation.

Saint Kitts and Nevis administers one of the most successful citizenship by investment programmes in the world. This government delegation was aimed at showing investors, entrepreneurs and families from the UAE that they are all welcome in Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The Prime Minister’s visit has come at a time when the economies of many countries are affected by the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and by the consequences of the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

Prime Minister Drew is on a drive to find and implement solutions that will prosper St Kitts and Nevis and one of those actions included upgrading the country’s CBI programme – the government is taking measures to sustain and enhance the image of the twin-island federation’s CBI programme, so it is more transparent and follows the principles of integrity and good governance.

The St Kitts and Nevis government also recently launched its “Venture Deeper” campaign. This is a branding campaign aimed at highlighting the country’s famous and marked natural environment while introducing elements of introspective self-discovery and intention.

The campaign’s visual assets, showcased at a May 20 media premiere in New York, highlighted St Kitts and Nevis’ lush natural environment, including the territory’s rainforest, abundant historic landmarks and immersive cultural experiences.

St Kitts and Nevis’ revamped citizenship by investment programme is aimed at intelligent investors looking not only to prosper themselves, but those who are sustainability minded in their investment decisions.

PR St Kitts and Nevis
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
mildred.thabane@csglobalpartners.com

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Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference held, attracted investment of 879 billion yuan

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 12, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/–On December 9, 2022, the Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference was held. It led to the negotiation and signing of 315 project contracts, including those with Amazon, Intel, and Maersk, encompassing a total planned investment of 879 billion yuan. From 2019 to 2021, the Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference witnessed […]

SHENZHEN, China, Dec. 12, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/–On December 9, 2022, the Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference was held. It led to the negotiation and signing of 315 project contracts, including those with Amazon, Intel, and Maersk, encompassing a total planned investment of 879 billion yuan.

From 2019 to 2021, the Shenzhen Global Investment Promotion Conference witnessed the cumulative negotiation and signing of more than 600 projects; these have resulted in a total intended investment of more than 2 trillion yuan. In the past four years, along with steadily rising investment, a large number of projects of strategic emerging industries, such as new energy, electronic information, ecological protection, biomedicine, and new materials, have been established and developed in Shenzhen.

Multinational corporations have been the eyewitnesses of China’s opening up to the outside world and important participants in China’s economic and social development. At this year’s conference, foreign investment projects covered various fields, including advanced manufacturing, new-generation information technology, biomedicine and health, marine industry, and modern services.

“We plan to invest in the construction of, in the Yantian Comprehensive Bonded Zone, an omnichannel, intelligent, and green integrated logistics center that will influence the Asia-Pacific region in a positive way. We will work with Shenzhen to explore the confirmation of carbon rights, investigate the construction of carbon trading, and look into the possibilities of increasing input in green fuel,” said Caroline Wu, Managing Director of Greater China of Maersk.

Maersk represents many foreign businesses that have contributed to the development of Shenzhen and will progress along with this City of Innovation.

During the investment conference, 48 major projects, with international influence and core competitiveness, were signed. BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu and other well-known entrepreneurs called on the global market, “To invest in Shenzhen is to invest in the future!”

“Once a border town and now an international metropolis, Shenzhen continues to create miracles,” said James Chang, Managing Partner of Regional Economic Clusters and South Markets of PwC China. Today, nearly 360 Fortune 500 companies from 173 countries and regions have invested in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen’s governmental departments, companies, and associations are also constantly going out and getting deeply linked with global investors. The activities of this conference cover 16 cities outside of China.

Throughout the Tokyo session, representatives, from the Shenzhen Economic and Trade Office in Japan and the Japan-China Economic Association, signed a letter of intent to jointly promote exchange and cooperation between Shenzhen and Japanese businesses in the fields of new energy, energy conservation, and environmental protection.

“We once again extend an invitation to global businessmen: Invest in Shenzhen, Build a Winning Future,” said Zhang Feimeng, Director of the Commerce Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality. He said that Shenzhen will continue to strengthen the protection of foreign investment, improve foreign investment services, and facilitate and deepen investment and cooperation by holding a series of activities, including policy presentations and investment promotions.

Statistics show that in the first 10 months of 2022, Shenzhen actually utilized $9.179 billion of foreign investment, up 4.3% from the previous year.

The projects signed on site cover such fields as new-generation information technology, digital fashion, green and low-carbon industries, biomedicine and health, and marine industry. Wang Rui, Chair of Intel China, stated that Intel’s science and technology innovation center in the Greater Bay Area will soon open in Shenzhen.

According to Frank Muhlon, the Chief Executive Officer of ABB’s E-mobility Business, which has previously invested in Shenzhen, Shenzhen is an open and inclusive city with thriving high-tech industries. Among these industries in particular, new energy vehicles are developing with strong momentum.

Among the 20 strategic emerging industry clusters and the 8 future industries that Shenzhen plans to prioritize, many have performed well in the first three quarters. For example, intelligent connected vehicles (ICVs) grew 44.5%, new materials 22.6%, high-end medical devices 14.1%, and the marine economy 10.1%.

According to Wang Jun, Deputy Director of Development and Reform Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, the business environment is an important part of the city’s core competitiveness and attractiveness, and Shenzhen has always regarded the optimization of the business environment as the No. 1 reform project. This year, Shenzhen introduced the Implementation Plan for Shenzhen as a Pilot City of Innovative Business Environment Improvement, and initiated the Greater Bay Area combined port program. Until now, Shenzhen Port has opened a total of 26 combined port points, that cover nearly 90% of the cities in the Greater Bay Area.

Apart from attracting businesses and investment, Shenzhen has spared no effort to attract talent. The event on December 9 saw guests promoting Shenzhen and welcoming entrepreneurs, investors, and scientists in “road show”. Last month, the well-known structural biologist Yan Ning announced in Shenzhen that she would resign from her teaching position overseas to work full-time to help create the Shenzhen Medical Academy of Research and Translation. Statistics show that in 2022, Shenzhen’s full-time academicians grew by 12 to reach 86, overseas returnees increased by 8,384 to break the 190,000-mark, and the total number of high-level talent, from home and abroad, reached 22,000.

According to Zeng Yi, Chairman of China Electronics Corporation (CEC), whose headquarters were moved to Shenzhen last year, Shenzhen has an advantage of a talent highland. CEC had 11,000 openings according to its original global school recruitment program, yet nearly 130,000 resumes were received, which was 12 times that of the openings. “In particular, the number of high-end talent, applying for the Future Scientists Program that we are concerned about, is about 25-30 times that of the openings.”

“Shenzhen is the epitome of the strength, stability, resilience, and great potential of China’s economy,” said Xue Zhandong, President of the Shenzhen Meso-economy Institute. He said China’s determination to expand its high-level opening-up would not change, and the door of China’s opening-up would only get wider and wider.

Source: The Commerce Bureau of Shenzhen Municipality

President, PM condemn unprovoked firing by ABF at Chaman

President Dr. Arif Alvi has strongly condemned the unprovoked firing by Afghan Border Forces targeting the civilian population in Chaman.In a statement, he emphasized the need for preventing the recurrence of such incidents in the future.President hope…

President Dr. Arif Alvi has strongly condemned the unprovoked firing by Afghan Border Forces targeting the civilian population in Chaman.

In a statement, he emphasized the need for preventing the recurrence of such incidents in the future.

President hoped that the Afghan government would take strict action against those involved in the incident.

He said the protection of the civilian population living on both sides of the border was the responsibility of both countries.

The President expressed condolence over the loss of lives and prayed for early recovery of those injured and sympathized with the victim families.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has also strongly condemned the unprovoked shelling and firing by Afghan Border Forces at Chaman, Balochistan resulting in martyrdom of several Pakistani citizens.

In a tweet on Monday, the Prime Minister said that the Afghan Interim government should ensure that such incidents are not repeated.

Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani has also condemned the unprovoked firing from Afghan Border forces at Chaman.

In a tweet, the Chairman Senate expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of precious lives in the sad incident. He urged the Afghan authorities to ensure the prevention of such incidents in future as it was the responsibility of both countries to protect the citizens living on both sides of the border.

Source: Radio Pakistan