Daily Archives: May 11, 2019

Heads of China’s Science and Technology Community Expect to Deepen International Cooperation and Make More Friends

BEIJING, May 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — By 2018, China’s Beidou navigation satellite system had been widely used in transportation, land planning, precision agriculture, and other civil areas in over 30 countries and regions along the “Belt and Road” route, and it is the information and communication technology that supports the construction of land and sea cables and backbone networks in 12 countries.

During the Innovation Road, a sub-forum of the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, which was held in Beijing on April 25, Science and Technology Daily reporter noticed that the subject was how best to cooperate with international partners and create the future together with innovation.

After China announced the Belt and Road Science, Technology and Innovation Cooperation Action Plan, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST) immediately put it into practice. Wang Zhigang, the Minister of Science and Technology, pointed out that the MOST has organized the implementation by conducting science and technology people-to-people exchange, building joint laboratories, cooperating in science parks and promoting technology transfer. The four actions have already made fruitful results.

China is the participant and the beneficiary of the science and technology globalization, and also the contributor and initiator of promoting broader innovation and cooperation. To build the “Belt and Road” into a road of innovation is the concrete action of how China extends science and technology opening up and shares innovative achievements with other countries. The MOST jointly launching the Innovation Road Cooperate Initiative with related parties is an important measure to promote the “Belt and Road” scientific and technological innovation cooperation genuinely.

Huai Jinpeng, executive vice chairman of the China Association for Science and Technology(CAST), said the scientific and cultural exchanges are the basis for the people-to-people ties. Since 2016, through the implementation of the “Belt and Road International Science and Technology Organization Cooperation Platform Construction Project” and the “Belt and Road Folk Science and Technology Humanities Exchange Joint Plan”, the CAST has promoted pragmatic cooperation with national science and technology organizations along the “Belt and Road” and the UNESCO. Specifically, China and other countries will cooperate in the field of academic exchanges, talents training, mutual certification of engineering capabilities, jointly building international organizations and other aspects.

UAE seeks ICJ’s order to stop Qatar from escalating crisis.

The United Arab Emirates has told the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that the documents and arguments presented to the Court by Qatar against the UAE were either fabricated or outright counterfactual. The UAE requested the World Court to take punitive steps necessary to stop Qatar from its cynical attempts to manipulate the international forums for settling scores with its neighbours.

The submission made by the UAE at the conclusive session of the three-day ICJ hearing stressed that the Qataris whose rights to enter the UAE were allegedly violated had never used the hotline set up for the purpose in June 2017 or apply for entry permits. The UAE pointed out that similar fabrication of names and documents by Qatar happened in the case with Bahrain as well. The hearing on Thursday, May 9 took place to consider the UAE’s request for interim action for protecting its sovereign rights and adjudicating its complaints against Qatar.

The UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands Dr Hessa Al Otaiba said in her conclusive remarks that the submission presented to the Court by the UAE’s legal team showed beyond any shadow of doubt that the UAE had never indulged in racial discrimination as alleged by Qatar. She added that Qatar was continuously escalating the conflict and making resolution of the crisis even harder.

The UAE pointed out that Qatar was actually misusing the Agreement for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with a view to defaming the UAE by lodging two separate cases on the same issue. The documents submitted by the UAE also confirmed that Qatar had used its vast media network to spread lies and falsehoods against the UAE about the issues brought to the Court’s attention.

The UAE also disproved the Qatari allegation that the UAE had expelled Qatari citizens from the country. Interestingly, Qatar admitted before the Court that it had blocked on grounds of security the website through which its citizens could apply for entry permits. This, the UAE asserted, was a ploy to cook up evidence against the UAE and claim it was defying the Court’s decision.

Pointing out that the Court had taken some interim action while it considered the Qatari pleas, the UAE Ambassador said that the UAE expected the same from the Court in respect to the UAE’s pleas.

“All that we are asking is for the Court to protect the UAE’s rights on an equal footing. We request the Court to order Qatar to unblock our website for Qataris to apply for entry permits. Blocking the website is a typical Qatari ploy to prevent us from facilitating the visit of their citizens to the UAE and to create the impression that we were discriminating against them,” she explained.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UAE Embassy overseeing Iftar Sa’em Programme in South Africa.

The UAE Embassy in South Africa is overseeing the distribution of food baskets among eligible households in the country as part of the Iftar Sa’em Programme- 2019.

Funded by a number of UAE charities, the programme has been acclaimed by various departments in South Africa whose officials have expressed sincere appreciation to the UAE leadership for their keenness to extend channels of collaboration between the two friendly countries.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UAE ambassador presents credentials to President of Italy.

Omar Obaid Mohamed Al Shamsi has presented his credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UAE to Italy, to Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

The Italian president wished the UAE diplomat full success in carrying out his duties, assuring him of the full support of the Italian presidency and government.

He hailed the great strides made by the UAE over the past years across all fields thanks to the prudent policy adopted by the country’s leadership, wishing the UAE people greater progress, development and prosperity.

The ambassador conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to President Mattarella, as well as their wishes of progress and prosperity to the people and leadership of Italy.

He underscored the outstanding ties between the two countries, saying the UAE government is looking forward to advancing bilateral relations to a greater level.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

ERC commissions vocational facilities in Beirut.

UAE Ambassador to Lebanon Hamad Saeed Sultan Al Shamsi has commissioned a number of facilities at the Vocational Centre of Beirut after they have been revamped by the Emirates Red Crescent.

The facilities include heating, ventilating and air conditioning units as well as a computer lab. They fall within the ‘Year of Tolerance’ initiatives implemented by the UAE.

“The initiative is part of the UAE leadership’s constant support for the brotherly people of Lebanon,” the ambassador said.

Former Lebanese Minister Khalid Qabani, who is the director-general of the Lebanese Institutions for the Professional Training of Difficult Social Cases, accompanied the UAE ambassador and underlined the prestigious stature enjoyed by UAE in Lebanon and among the Lebanese people “thanks to the country’s honourable stances as well as valuable and sustainable support.”

Attending also were a number of academics, supervisors and the teaching staff of the Vocational Centre of Beirut.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

QOC Ramadan Futsal Tournament enters last four stage

DOHA, The preliminary stage of the prestigious QOC Employees Ramadan Futsal Tournament 2019 was concluded successfully at Qatar SC on Friday.

In the preliminary stage fixtures on Friday, Human resources and administrative Affairs team held Secretariat-General team to a 3-3 draw, while in the second match, sport affairs department team thrashed Purchase department team 4-1.

In the last four stage (semifinals) on Sunday, sport affairs department team will lock horns against Secretariat-General team, while Human resources and administrative Affairs will face Purchase department in the second semifinal.

The Tournament is bringing together six teams pooled into two groups, A includes: Secretariat-General, Human Resources and Administrative Affairs and services team , while the group B includes, President Office team, sport affairs department team and Purchase department team.

QOC organizes the tournament annually in effort to strengthening the social relations between its employees and promoting Sport For All idea.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Qatar defeat Kazakhstan in Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships

Beijing, Qatar Volleyball Team recorded their third victory at the 2019 Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships in Maoming, China when they defeated Kazakhstan 21-12 21-12 on Friday.

The Qatari team including Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan began their campaign in the championships with a straight victory over Japan’s Ikeda Jumpei and Shiratori Katsuhiro on Thursday.

In their second match, the Qatari duo edged past New Zealand’s Nicklin Alani and Hartles Thomas.

32 teams are taking part in the tournament. The Qatari team (1) held a closed training camp in China in preparation for the tournament. The volleyball association received an invitation for international referee Ahmed Hussein to participate in the Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Qatar defeat Kazakhstan in Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships

Beijing, Qatar Volleyball Team recorded their third victory at the 2019 Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships in Maoming, China when they defeated Kazakhstan 21-12 21-12 on Friday.

The Qatari team including Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan began their campaign in the championships with a straight victory over Japan’s Ikeda Jumpei and Shiratori Katsuhiro on Thursday.

In their second match, the Qatari duo edged past New Zealand’s Nicklin Alani and Hartles Thomas.

32 teams are taking part in the tournament. The Qatari team (1) held a closed training camp in China in preparation for the tournament. The volleyball association received an invitation for international referee Ahmed Hussein to participate in the Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee