LAGOS, Nigeria--(BUSINESS WIREAETOSWire)-- Gabon Special Economic Zone (“GSEZ”) has gone through a reorganisation that has resulted in the creation of three separate verticals; Arise Port & Logistics (“ARISE P&L”), ARISE Integrated Industrial Platforms and ARISE infrastructure Services. ARISE P&L now comprises of A.P. Moller Capital, Olam International (”Olam”) and AFC. AFC has partnered with Olam since the investment in GSEZ in 2016, while the new investor, A.P. Moller Capital, has substantial experience in operating and developing transport and logistics infrastructure assets.

AFC announces an additional investment of EUR 48 million, increasing its stake in ARISE P&L from 21% to 26%, with A.P. Moller Capital having 43% ownership and Olam having 31%. The initial focus will be on investing in and expanding the ecosystem in existing mineral and general cargo ports in Gabon, as well as developing new infrastructure to support ecosystems in Mauritania, Cote D’Ivoire, Togo and Nigeria. Other projects include starting a new cargo port in Nouackchott (“ARISE Mauritania”) and a bulk terminal in San Pedro, Cote D’Ivoire – both of which are already in advanced stages of development.

Samaila Zubairu, President & CEO of AFC, commented: “This is a significant milestone for the development of AFC’s ecosystem strategy in West Africa. We are very proud of the progress made in diversifying the economy of Gabon to include value addition of forestry and mineral resources. This new platform will enable us replicate this success in other African countries. The combined expertise of AFC, A.P. Moller Capital and Olam will position this new venture as a strategic leader in infrastructure development in Africa. We are excited to see this grow.”

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About AFC -

AFC, an investment grade multilateral finance institution, was established in 2007 with an equity capital base of US$1 billion, to be the catalyst for private sector-led infrastructure investment across Africa. With a current balance sheet of approximately US$5.07 billion, AFC is the second highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution in Africa with an A3/P2 (Stable outlook) rating from Moody’s Investors Service. AFC successfully raised US$1,150 million (US$650 million and US$500 million) in 2019, US$500 million in 2017 and US$750 million in 2015 through Eurobond issuances; out of its Board-approved US$3 Billion Global Medium-Term Note (MTN) Programme. All Eurobond issues were oversubscribed and attracted investors from Asia, Europe and the USA.

AFC’s investment approach combines specialist industry expertise with a focus on financial and technical advisory, project structuring, project development and risk capital to address Africa’s infrastructure development needs and drive sustainable economic growth. AFC invests in high-quality infrastructure assets that provide essential services in the core infrastructure sectors of power, natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications. To date, the Corporation has invested over US$6.6 billion in projects within 30 countries across Africa.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4 February 2020, (AETOSWire): Johnson Controls International, a global leader in building technologies and solutions, has joined the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO) as one of its latest affiliate members under the Private Sector Platform. The company’s commitment to sustainability dates to its inception in 1885, underscored the importance of private sector investments to advance the green economy through research and development, as well as collaboration with governments.


Johnson Controls, which operates in 150 countries, sees its role within the WGEO as a leading strategic partner that will have a positive impact in enhancing the partnership and mutual cooperation between private and public sectors through initiatives that promote innovative solutions involving clean and sustainable energy.


His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of WGEO, said: “The WGEO has always maintained its keenness towards enhancing the private sector’s involvement in finding sustainable solutions that contribute in supporting the global goals of the ‘Green Economy Agenda.’ WGEO welcomes Johnson Controls’ strong commitment and participation to this global goal, while continuously leading many organizations in their quest to energy efficiency through its works. It sets a fine example to the world’s businesses that one can be driving growth while ensuring environmental sustainability through technology and innovation.”


HE Al Tayer added: “The WGEO has a pivotal role in promoting the widespread acceptance of the green economy, and its growing importance across all levels. We believe in the power of change inherent in joint action, especially when all stakeholders have an opportunity to contribute to the efforts and plans for the transition to a global green economy.”


Tomas Brannemo, VP & President, Building Solutions, EMEALA, Johnson Controls, said: “Leading bold change and collaborating on breakthrough projects and technologies is only possible when there is a platform for collaboration, and WGEO provides this platform as an international organization dedicated to facilitating partnerships.  Johnson Controls shares these common values with WGEO. We have a strong commitment to promoting sustainable economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability. It is clear to us that business plays a crucial role in the transition to a green economy by providing environmental benefits in conjunction with economic opportunities.”


Johnson Controls is a company formed by Warren Johnson long before carbon footprint and climate change have become headlines of the day. It was launched to explore new ways to harness and conserve energy resources, and as a result of today, it has developed a culture of customer-focused innovation. The company has implemented over 3,000 energy-saving projects around the world, contributing to billions of dollars of energy savings as well as a reduction of more than 26 million metric tons of carbon emissions from its clients’ facilities.


From his side, Claude Allain, Vice president & General Manager Middle East & Africa, Johnson Controls, said: “The opportunities of the green economy are so widespread across the globe they can be compared to the industrial revolution. However, investments to advance the green economy are required to scale it and Johnson Controls as a company plays an active role by investing in R&D, partnering with universities, and collaborating with local governments to ensure we have the talent and right regulatory framework for the green economy to thrive.”


The company finds it imperative to work on solutions that will enable smart cities and healthy communities to thrive, considering the world’s growing population predicted to live in cities by year the 2050 and thereby integrating sustainability in companies’ operations has increasingly become a priority.


Since inception in 2016, spearheaded by the UAE in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, the WGEO has been working with businesses and other private organizations to catalyze key areas that would drive activities for the green economy such as unlocking green capital, harnessing frontier technologies, facilitating public-private partnerships, and promoting international cooperation and knowledge sharing of innovative and scalable projects.


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- Using Unimoni Kuwait’s mobile app and website, customers can now transfer money anytime anywhere at competitive exchange rates.  


Kuwait City, 08 December 2019: Unimoni Exchange WLL (“Unimoni Kuwait”), a renowned financial solutions provider and a Finablr company, today announced the launch of its online money transfer service as part of its digital offering in Kuwait. With the introduction of the new online service, customers can now send money using the Unimoni Kuwait mobile app or website at competitive exchange rates, seamlessly and securely from anywhere, anytime.


Unimoni Kuwait’s mobile app, available on iOS and Android, comes with a user-friendly interface that includes features such as real-time transaction tracking, rate alert through email and SMS, voice command and secure login options using One Time Passwords (OTP), fingerprint or face recognition. Registered customers of Unimoni Kuwait can directly log in to the mobile app (Unimoni Kuwait) or website ( and send money straight away. New customers have to complete a simple one-time registration process, at any of the conveniently-located Unimoni Kuwait branches before using the online money transfer service.


Commenting on the launch, Pradeep Kumar, Group Chief Executive Officer of Unimoni, said, “Technology continues to seep into human lives to the extent that it adds convenience and provides greater control to individuals. As a group, we are focused on empowering people all over the world to fulfil their aspirations by providing them with cutting-edge financial products and services, delivered through omni-channel touchpoints. The launch of our online service in Kuwait is a significant milestone, one that enables us to elevate our customers’ money transfer experience to new highs through technology.”



Vivek Nair, Country Head of Unimoni Kuwait, said, "Technology-enabled services are making strong inroads into Kuwait, engaging more people through intuitive user experiences. Our new online money transfer service seeks to meet the evolving needs of customers, who prefer to have access to financial services anytime and from anywhere, as part of an enhanced user experience. We are grateful to the Central Bank of Kuwait and our well-wishers for their continued support in our endeavour to bring a wide portfolio of products to the market.”


Unimoni Kuwait operates through 12 retail outlets in the country and offers a range of money transfer and foreign currency exchange solutions for retail and corporate customers.

LONDON, November 16, 2019 –--(BUSINESS WIRE)--  The prestigious World Branding Awards, the ultimate global brand recognition accolade – now in its 10th edition, saw 318 brands from 41 countries named “Brand of the Year” in a dazzling ceremony held at the State Apartments of Kensington Palace today. The brands were nominated by over 230,000 consumers across the globe.

Beijing Tong Ren Tang, CHAI LI WON, CoCo, Heinz, IKEA, LEGO®, Netflix, Neutrogena®, Spotify, and Yakult were celebrated as Global Tier award winners.

Regional Tier winners included Aramex (United Arab Emirates); Elkjøp (Norway); H&M (Sweden); Lancôme (France); Naturgy (Spain); Optical 88 (Hong Kong); LuLu (United Arab Emirates); Isetan (Japan); and ZALORA (Singapore).

Kuwaiti brands honoured as National Tier winners included Al Salam International Hospital (Healthcare – Hospitals), Aqua Gulf (Water), GIG (Insurance), Mabanee (Property Developer), Riva (Fashion Brand), and The Avenues (Shopping Centre/ Mall).

Winners are uniquely judged through three streams: brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting. Seventy percent of the scoring process comes from consumer votes. There can only be one winner in each category per country.


“The Awards are an acknowledgement to the tireless effort of the teams that build and maintain their brand presence in an ever-changing market,” said Richard Rowles, Chairman of the World Branding Forum.


“A good brand needs to offer a meaningful experience to their customers, while remaining relevant and distinctive,” said Julian Andersen, Managing Director, World Branding Forum. “The world is full of brands, but a truly exceptional brand has to ensure that people know what they stand for. Brands that win show that they have set the standard for what is expected of other brands to be at the top of their game.”


Now in its sixth year, the awards are organised by the World Branding Forum, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing branding standards. It organises and sponsors a range of educational programmes. The Forum also publishes branding news on its website that reaches a global audience of over 34.4 million.


The event was hosted by Jemma Forte, presenter for ITV, BBC1, BB2 and Channel 4. For more information and the full list of winners, visit

About the World Branding Forum

The World Branding Forum (WBF) is a registered global non-profit organisation. Its aims and activities are to raise the standards in branding for the good of the industry as well as consumers. The WBF produces, manages and supports a wide range of programmes covering research, development, education, recognition, networking and outreach. For more information, visit


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November 16: International Day for Tolerance 2019



Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 18, 2019, (AETOSWire): Ryan International School, Masdar City held the Ryan UAE Minithon ‘Run for Tolerance’ on Saturday, November 16: International Day for Tolerance.


More than 1000 participants in different categories joined the run beginning from Ryan International School in Masdar City extending within the city of Masdar and ending at My City Centre in Masdar. Coinciding with the International Day of Tolerance, the event supported the National agenda of the Year – Year of Tolerance in association with Masdar City and My City Centre. Runners included a contingent of over 30 schools and over 700 children from across Abu Dhabi. Over 300 people from different corporate firms around Abu Dhabi also took part in the event.


Guests of Honour at the event included representatives of government bodies - Mr. Abdelillah Oudadas, Minister, Plenipotentiary, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of The Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Sandeep Kaushik, Second Secretary, Press, Information and Culture, Indian Embassy and Mr. Geordeon Rendle, National Director for Youth Unlimited in the UAE at the Ministry of Tolerance. Mr. Rendle and Mr. Kaushik also took part in the race. They were joined by Ms. Aliette Esther, Tourism Attache, Seychelles Tourism Board, Embassy of the Republic of Seychelles, Captain Saeed Qasim Al Rashidi from Bani Yas Police Representative and Captain Omar Al Jabri, Lieutenant Mohamed Najem Al Hosani, Captain Hamad Ali and Captain Mohammad Al Buraiki from Khalifa City Police Representative. Mr. Kamaruddhin, President & Founder, Al Etihad Sports Academy also participated in the event along with hundreds of parents and spectators.


Winners in various categories and from different schools were awarded with Championship Trophies, Medals, Certificates, Gifts and Gift vouchers.


CEO, Ryan Group of Schools, Ryan Pinto said,” We support the vision of the Founding Father of the Nation, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan to promote the values of respect and tolerance and to cherish the experience of living in a multicultural society. Ryan Group of Schools has been hosting Ryan Minithon events in India for over 19 years. We organize many of the events through October to commemorate Gandhiji’s birth anniversary as the Father of the Indian nation who is also as a symbol of tolerance. We will host another event in Sharjah on November 23 and look forward to organizing this program on a regular basis in the UAE.”


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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 November 2019, (AETOSWire): In today’s generation, smartphones are more than a necessity and can do just about anything. Smartphones are more than just tech equipment; they have evolved to becoming something of a lifestyle accessory. This is why smartphone consumers are constantly looking to be proud owners of that special device with tremendous features as well as a radiant physical appeal that they can show off.


Gladly, when it comes to the newly launched TECNO SPARK 4, – the device promises to be everything and more!


Although unveiled recently, the TECNO SPARK 4 instantly became a darling to the masses and is already a tremendous hit. It is equipped with the bigger than ever 6.52" Dot Notch Screen. With this unprecedented step, it is goodbye to 6.0-inch screen and Hello to a “BBC” --Bigger, Better and Clearer -- screen. The beauty of a smartphone definitely lies in the extent of clarity the screen is capable of showing. With 90% perfect screen ratio and high resolution, the world the user explores through TECNO SPARK 4 would be much broader and more wonderful, and bringing the user the true super full view experience.


The bigger screen is not the all. The other hot feature of TECNO SPARK 4 is its AI Bright Camera, which enables the user to take brighter and clearer photos even in back light scenarios, avoiding overexposure of the light parts and clearly showcasing dark details. Equipped with 13MP Triple Rear Camera with Aperture F/1.8 and 8MP Front Camera, TECNO SPARK 4 does well in clear photography, bokeh effect and AI portrait mode. Photos and selfies taken by TECNO SPARK 4 would be much more impressive and attractive under any scenarios. Newly upgraded algorithm "AI Camera 2.0" brings AI HDR, AI Scene Detection and more amazing photography functions. Sticking with the essence of AI Bright Camera, TECNO SPARK 4 breaks through the limitation and hides its flashlights in the dot notch screen.


The 4G network enables TECNO SPARK 4 users to be the first ones to know the latest news and trends in this speedy developing era. Using 4G network on TECNO SPARK 4, effectively reduces wait time when surfing social media or watching videos.


TECNO SPARK 4 also supports AI video chat beauty mode-this simply means that users can skip the makeup routine, that is - even when you are not camera ready and you need to appear in a video call, all you need to do is activate the video chat beauty mode on your TECNO SPARK 4 device and you are good to go.


TECNO SPARK 4 will be released 2 colors in UAE, which are Royal Purple/Vacation Blue. The eye-catching color choices would make you easily stand out from the crowds. Priced at AED 459 with 32GB ROM+ 3GB RAM, and AED 529 with 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM for more choices which offers users more space for photos, music, videos and files storage and a faster and more fluent user experience with the system. 2.0GHz Quad-Core processor presents lower power consumption and faster running speed making multitasking easier and smoother. The 4000mAh big battery allows user more time connecting with the world.


About TECNO Mobile

TECNO Mobile is a premium smartphone brand from TRANSSION Holdings. Upholding the brand essence of “Expect More”, TECNO is committed to giving the masses access to latest technology at accessible prices, allowing the consumers to reach beyond their current limitations and uncover a world of possibilities. TECNO understands the needs of consumers from different markets and provides them with localized innovations across a product portfolio featuring smartphones, tablets, and feature phones. TECNO is a major global player with presence in around 60 emerging markets across the world. It is also the global Official Tablet and Handset Partner of Manchester City Football Club. For more information, please visit:



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  • Cohort 7 to commence exploring future-focused solutions; applications open until November 30, 2019
  • Program addresses government-identified challenges across key sectors

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 November 2019, (AETOSWire): Dubai Future Accelerators (DFA), an initiative of Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) and the Government of Dubai, is once again scouting new talent from among the world’s most innovative start-ups and scale-ups to join its flagship program.

DFA is set up as a business development and market-entry accelerator based on specific demands identified by its partners. Start-ups and scale-ups offering software or product-solutions that meet partners’ requirements are invited to submit their applications until November 30, 2019.

Cohort 7 will invite startups to experiment with emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) to brainstorm innovative solutions to the likely challenges facing cities of the future in key industries, such as healthcare, transportation, and safety and security.

With DFA facilitating collaborations, the companies will work hand in hand with government entities to address their industry-specific issues. Participating government partners will include Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Police and Etisalat Digital.

The launch of this year’s edition follows the success of six earlier cohorts that synergized 13 government entities and 219 startups on 97 challenges. Furthermore, 71 percent of these startups have signed agreements with their partner entities to test their solutions through pilot projects or implement them within their organizations.

Dubai Future Accelerators is an intensive nine-week program that forges partnerships government entities and private sector organizations from Dubai and with start-ups, scale-ups and innovative SMEs from around the world to co-create transformational solutions. It offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to use the city as a test bed for their avant-garde prototypes.

Companies selected to join our 7th cohort get invited to an in-residence program where participants will benefit from direct access to senior decision makers, access to a coworking space, paid roundtrip airfare to Dubai and paid accommodation for the duration of their participation in the mentorship program. Furthermore, DFA does not take any equity in the participating start-ups.

Interested startups that are keen to participate in the global challenge and shape solutions for the future can register now at

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