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PharmaLedger Association Launches Digital Trust Ecosystem in Healthcare

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BASEL, Switzerland, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The PharmaLedger Association™ (PLA), a not-for-profit based in Switzerland, announces the endorsement of its 3-year strategic plan to implement and promote a Digital Trust Ecosystem in healthcare (DTE-H) at its Annual General Meeting held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 March 2023. The member organizations also confirmed the appointment of eight Directors to its board, delivering on PLA’s core value of “Ecosystem Leadership.”

Representing the diversity of healthcare, PLA’s founding members comprise of large and small pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, patient representative organizations, non-profit organizations, technology, and healthcare service providers. PLA has confirmed its mandate as a pre-competition umbrella organization delivering common and interoperable digital solutions in the areas of Product TrustDecentralized Clinical Trials, and Supply Chain Traceability.

  • Products & Project: In Q1 2023, PLA will release the first qualified product, electronic Product Information for implementation by its members.
    In Q2 2023, the Association will continue with the development of new products in its innovation xLab, including of a product digital twin, decentralized identities, and verifiable credentials to facilitate visibility, security, traceability, and trust in all areas of healthcare.
  • Governance & Compliance: PLA will leverage its capability to develop, qualify, launch, and maintain products in healthcare’s highly regulated environment by ensuring continuous adherence to antitrust, intellectual property, data privacy, and Computerized System Assurance guidelines.
  • Ecosystem Engagement & Growth: The association will continue to onboard new members and engage with authorities, trade associations and standards development organizations, ensuring growth and financial viability.
  • Platform Technology & Security: PLA will focus on easing adoption of new solutions with its members and users while maintaining the cybersecurity benefits of its architecture.

The formation of PLA and the endorsement of its mission by diverse members of healthcare is a major milestone. This paves the way for delivery of widely trusted blockchain-based platforms with new open-source healthcare solutions to create value for patients and ecosystem stakeholders. PLA is grateful to its 20 founding members and invites all healthcare related organizations to learn more and engage towards the realization of a trusted Healthcare 4.0.

“Blockchain is a team sport. PLA has started with a diverse and strong team of members with a common vision and who believe in real change. With PLA we have the right vehicle, resources, and roadmap to take patients to a better place in healthcare,” Daniel Fritz, Executive Director, PharmaLedger Association.


PLA is the result of the successful completion of the PharmaLedger research project, a €22 million, 30-member consortium with 12 large pharma companies and 18 public partners, funded under the European Union (EU) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)’s Innovative Health Initiative.

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Secretary-General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Meets Turkish Ambassador

HE Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi met on Monday with HE Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to the State Dr. Mehmet Mustafa Goksu.

During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral cooperation relations.

Source: Ministry of foreign affairs


Ministry of Public Health Launches Healthy Cookbook

Doha, March 13 (QNA) – The Ministry of Public Health launched the ‘Cook Healthy, Live Healthy’ cookbook, which compiles recipes created by those who won the competition organized by the Ministry with the aim of encouraging healthy eating.

The launch of the book comes as part of the Ministry of Public Health’s continuous efforts to raise awareness among the various segments of society in the State of Qatar about the importance of adopting healthy lifestyles in line with Qatar Vision 2030 and to achieve the objectives of the National Health Strategy and the Public Health Strategy which aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity, overweight and the risk factors that increase the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency


Qatar Affirms Digital Transformation Essential to National Vision 2030

The State of Qatar affirmed Monday that digital transformation is essential to achieving Qatar National Vision 2030 and building an advanced country capable of achieving sustainable development and ensuring the continuation of a decent life for its citizens.

This came in the statement of the State of Qatar delivered by HE Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Dr. Hind Abdul Rahman Al Muftah, during her participation in the round table discussion, within the framework of the annual World Summit on the Information Society Forum, held in Geneva from March 13-17.

Her Excellency noted that one of the State of Qatar’s strategic priorities is to increase the information technology sector by 50 percent by 2024, pointing out that the State of Qatar has achieved almost comprehensive broadband coverage, access to every home, 5G coverage, and the nearly 100 percent internet usage for individuals.

Her Excellency recalled the State of Qatar’s commitment to supporting the proposed strategic goals and objectives of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 2024-2027, noting the recent announcement by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of cooperation with technology providers to train 50,000 people by 2025 in advanced digital skills to accelerate digital transformation in the State of Qatar.

HE the Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN Office in Geneva indicated that advanced technology enabled the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to be carbon-neutral for the first time ever and to develop special air-cooling technology inside stadiums to ensure the health and safety of all concerned.

Her Excellency pointed out that the State of Qatar hosted from March 5-9, 2023, the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), noting that one of the critical issues discussed at length during the conference was how to make better use of science, technology and innovation in supporting the efforts of the least developed countries to eradicate poverty, transition to sustainable development, and become able to compete globally.

Her Excellency said that the Doha Program of Action (DPoA) constitutes a promising document for digital development in the LDCs, expressing Qatar’s commitment to work with the ITU to achieve individual and common goals.

Source: Ministry of foreign affairs


Minister of Culture Honors Winners of Arab Award for Social Sciences and Humanities

Doha, March 13 (QNA) – HE Minister of Culture Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al-Thani honored winners of the 9th Arab award to encourage research in social sciences and humanities, held by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.

The coronation of the award winners comes at the end of the work of the 9th session of the Conference on Social and Human Sciences, which was held by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha from March 11 to 13. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency


Global Security Forum Discusses Participation in Shaping Features of New World Order

Doha, March 13 (QNA) – Heads of state, experts, academics and decision-makers stressed the need for solidarity, concerted efforts and collective action in order to face global challenges and address urgent security issues such as wars, conflicts, cyber threats and climate change and awareness of them to create an enabling environment.

During the sessions of the 5th Global Security Forum, which began today under the theme “Reshaping the Global Order: Conflict, Crises, and Cooperation” at the Sheraton Doha Hotel, they stressed the importance of regional and global cooperation, diversification of the economy and participation in shaping the features of the new world order.

Growing global challenges of wars, conflicts, climate change issues and economic pressures all require everyone to think about a solution, HE President of the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame said. We, as parties, states and leaders, must play our role and contribute to solutions before we reach undesired stages, and the major powers should look at it from this perspective, he said.

He added he was disturbed that the world loses its balance, and stakeholders should discuss crises and challenges and convince fanatics of ideas to move towards the future, calling for unification at the national, regional and global levels to confront these growing challenges and crises.

The President of the Republic of Rwanda indicated that the US-African summit, held last December, achieved tangible results and will have more clear results in the future, pointing to his confidence in the efforts of the African Union and leaders in the region in addressing the challenges of the African continent in cooperation with and assistance from the world.

His Excellency highlighted the development in his country and the development of its capabilities in the field of health and development, raising economic growth rates and strengthening governance as well as fairness and equality for women. He also noted his country’s relations with the United Kingdom and the handling of refugee issues.

For his part, HE Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of the Maldives Sheikh Imran Abdulla said that terrorism and security issues rank first in terms of importance due to their negative repercussions on everyone, indicating that his country has drawn up comprehensive plans to combat terrorism and terrorist groups and has raised the pace of attention to meet challenges.

He noted the need to diversify collective action efforts to face global challenges such as the Russian-Ukrainian war, cyber threats and climate change, and awareness of these issues to create a favorable environment as terrorism affects the sovereignty of states and has economic, security and social repercussions.

He pointed to the importance of finding solutions to security challenges and crises in the region and the world, noting that the experience of the Republic of the Maldives shows the importance of regional cooperation and diversification of the economy and the participation of the continent of Asia in shaping the features of the new world order. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency


Military Strategic Partnership Conference 2023 Kicks-off in Doha

Doha, March 13 (QNA) – Hosted by the State of Qatar in cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the events of the five-day Military Strategic Partnership Conference (MSPC) 2023 and Exhibition kicked off on Monday.

HE Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Staff Lieutenant General (Pilot) Salem bin Hamad bin Aqeel Al Nabit participated in the opening session of the conference.

The conference aims to enhance and highlight the State of Qatar’s role as a strategic ally for international peace and security, in addition to strengthening bilateral and multilateral cooperation between NATO and its leaders, and allied and partner countries.

The conference, in which more than 35 of NATO’s partner countries are participating, will address several topics related to the present, future and directions of partnership of NATO, maritime security and building defense capabilities from NATO’s perspective, and a review of current views on partnerships, updates of new systems, the strategic direction of the alliance and developments in its training.

The conference will also highlight partnerships in energy security, cooperation, factors and topics related to cybersecurity, the NATO Social Forum approach to capacity building, considerations and perspectives, as well as good governance and integrity in the alliance and its building initiatives.

The conference will include a range of panel discussions focusing on: NATO advisory support and assistance to partners, education and training and NATO partners, and how access to programs can be improved and designed to meet mutual needs as well as developing flexibility within the world of partnership and strategic communication.

Source: Qatar News Agency


Seoul to bid for 2036 Olympics Games without North Korea’s Pyongyang: Mayor

Seoul, Mar. 13 (BNA): Seoul will pursue a bid for the 2036 Summer Games without reviving efforts to co-host an Olympics with the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon told Reuters.

Amid hopes for better relations with the nuclear-armed North, Seoul sent a proposal for co-hosting the 2032 Olympics with Pyongyang to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2021, before Brisbane was named as host city.

“I think the strategy for 2032 was doomed to failure because of unpredictable inter-Korean relations,” Oh said in an interview.

The 2032 joint bid had sought to build on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics hosted in the South in 2018, during which athletes from both Koreas marched under a unified flag at the opening ceremony and fielded a combined women’s ice hockey team.

IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the joint bid at the time as a “historic initiative”.

But relations have since soured again, and North Korea has tested a record number of ballistic missiles in the past year, Reuters said.

Pyongyang routinely trades threats with Seoul and its allies in Washington, where officials say North Korea may be preparing to resume nuclear weapons testing for the first time since 2017.

Oh said Seoul would remain flexible to the idea of holding a few events in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) or Pyongyang if relations improved enough by that time.

An official with the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee (KSOC) said it had not received formal statements of intent from either Seoul or the southern city of Busan on a 2036 bid.

It would be up to the individual cities in consultation with the national government to decide whether to jointly host with Pyongyang, the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing deliberations.

Among potential rivals for the Games, Qatar is expected to make a push to host the event following its successful staging of last year’s soccer World Cup, while India, Germany and Egypt are also reported to be considering a bid.

Mexico has also thrown its hat into the ring for the 2036 Game

Source: Bahrain News Agency