The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), and the National Company of Transports and Logistics, SNTL, Morocco, Launch a Study to Bridge the Gap between Morocco and Africa

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, signed a partnership agreement with the National Company of Transports and Logistics, SNTL, in the Kingdom of Morocco, under the umbrella of the Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States (AfTIAS), to launch a Study for the Development of Logistical Platforms for Trade & Investment Facilitation between Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The signing took place during the Opening Session of the OIC Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) Meeting, in Casablanca, Kingdom of Morocco on 11 October, 2017 between Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO, ITFC and Mr. Fouad Ktib, Deputy Director General of SNTL.

The opening session was inaugurated by Dr. Zahra, Maarefi, the Director General of Maroc-Export and key note speeches delivered by Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO, ITFC, and Dr. El Hassane Hzaine, the Director General of the Islamic Centre for Development of Trade (ICDT) and Mrs. Anne Chappaz, Chief, Trade and Investment Support Institutions, ITC.

On this occasion, Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO, ITFC emphasized: “We aim at reducing the gap of physical infrastructure constraining Trade & Investment flows between Morocco and Sub-Saharan Africa. This signing is under the umbrella of the AfTIAS, but is also at the core mandate of the Arab Africa Trade Bridges (AATB) Program, which is created for bridging the trade gaps between the Arab and African countries”.

ITFC has identified the importance of developing trade hubs in Africa, therefore its involvement in this project will improve trade solutions in Morocco and some SSA countries by reducing logistical costs, and encouraging trade exchanges amongst them.

Both ITFC, and SNTL agree that trade and investment are among the key pillars of a new collaboration between Morocco and Sub-Saharan Governments.

In adherence to that, this plan will open doors, and create possibilities for investment in infrastructure, develop capacity building skills, and help create private businesses that offers many services to the public, such as, logistics services (transport, storage, cold storage, distribution, and stabilizing the value of agriculture goods). During the last decade 2004-2014, trade exchanges between Morocco and Sub-Saharan African Countries have been rising steadily.

“I am very positive of this agreement & partnership with SNTL, and expecting many encouraging outcomes of it, which will ease the trade routes between them, and flourish their economies” added Eng. Sonbol.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC).

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About the International Islamic Trade and Finance Corporation (ITFC):
The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (www.ITFC-IDB.org) is an autonomous entity within the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group. ITFC commenced operations in January 2008 with the purpose of consolidating all the trade finance businesses that used to be handled by various windows within the IsDB Group. The consolidation of IsDB Group’s trade finance activities under a single umbrella enhanced the Corporation’s efficiency in service delivery by enabling rapid responses to customer needs in a market-driven business environment.

As a leader in Shari’ah-compliant trade finance, ITFC deploys its expertise and funds to businesses and governments in its Member Countries. With the vision of being the leading the provider of trade solutions for OIC Member Countries’ needs, the Corporation helps entities in Member Countries gain better access to trade finance and provides them with trade development programmes in order to help them compete successfully in the global market. Operating to world-class standards, ITFC promotes IsDB developmental objectives through its two main pillars, Trade Finance and Trade Development, to fulfil its brand promise of ‘Advancing Trade & Improving Lives’.

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INTERPOL and Kaspersky Lab strengthen partnership with new threat intelligence exchange agreement

Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.com) has reiterated its commitment to global collaboration in the fight against cybercrime by signing a threat intelligence sharing agreement with INTERPOL. The legal framework is designed to facilitate and develop cooperation between Kaspersky Lab and INTERPOL by sharing threat intelligence data on the latest cybercriminal activities, wherever they appear.

With cyberthreats often borderless in nature, Kaspersky Lab has been a leading proponent of the importance of industry collaboration. Its experts have regularly cooperated with INTERPOL to share fresh cyberthreat discoveries with police in its member countries. For example, Kaspersky Lab participated (http://APO.af/BSRnko) in a groundbreaking INTERPOL-led cybercrime operation that identified nearly 9,000 botnet command and control (C2) servers and hundreds of compromised websites, including government portals, across the ASEAN region.

Kaspersky Lab has also previously assisted in a global operation coordinated by the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore to disrupt the Simda criminal botnet – a network of over 770,000 infected PCs around the world.

Furthermore, cooperating with INTERPOL has helped Kaspersky Lab experts to test and improve a free open-source tool (http://APO.af/hwAM49) that enables quicker and easier cyberthreat research: not only does it enable researchers to cut travel time, it also helps law enforcement quickly discover key artifacts left after a cyberattack.

Strengthening the existing relationship between the two organisations, the new agreement formalises the exchange of data that can support INTERPOL in these types of investigations. The aim is for Kaspersky Lab to share information about its cyberthreat research that can help with full digital forensics to stop cybercriminals in their tracks.

“Sharing intelligence is vital in tackling today’s ever-growing threat landscape and we are proud to enhance our cooperation with INTERPOL in its fight against cybercrime,” said Anton Shingarev, Vice-President Public Affairs of Kaspersky Lab. “Our experts are leaders in the field of cybersecurity research and sometimes we are the only vendor able to detect a particular infection at the time. By further strengthening our relationship with INTERPOL we hope to support law enforcement in new ways by exchanging critical information on specific cybercrime situations in respective countries. With cybercrime becoming increasingly complex and fast-changing, the private sector often stores valuable data about malware that can hold the key to solving a case.”

“INTERPOL’s new agreement with Kaspersky Lab is an additional step in our continued efforts to ensure law enforcement worldwide has access to the information they need to combat cyberthreats,” said Noboru Nakatani, Executive Director of the IGCI.

“We have seen how cooperation with the private sector is essential in effectively tackling this global phenomenon which continues to grow in scale and complexity,” added Mr. Nakatani.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Kaspersky.

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Facebook brings together Kenyan Group leaders to foster new connections

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) today hosted a gathering of group leaders from some of Kenya’s largest and most diverse Facebook Group communities, all representing a wide range of Groups from parenting to leisure, non-profit, and media.

With the aim of listening, learning and connecting, this community meetup forms part of Facebook’s ongoing drive to strengthen its ecosystem in Africa, and to help people share moments and insights that matter most to them. Facebook believes Group leaders play a vital role in this, with their passion and dedication in helping to foster, form and strengthen communities.

“More than 1 billion people use Facebook Groups each month,” says Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships. “More than 100 million of them belong to ‘meaningful communities’ – which are groups that quickly become one of the most important parts of their Facebook experience and an important part of their real-world support structure. Our aim is to help more Kenyans find and join such meaningful communities.”

Groups have become an increasingly popular part within the Facebook universe over the past few years. They are a place for people to share moments and a place to connect about the things that they care about. They bring people together in personal, practical and powerful ways, creating new communities and strengthening existing ones.

“Facebook Groups in Kenya range in focus from parenting and religious support communities to women in business to groups covering nearly every imaginable profession and hobby,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa. “We are thrilled to spend time with group leaders from Kenya to find out how we can do more to support them.”

Okaka Alfred of Group Kenya, one of the largest Kenyan groups with 2.4 million members, says: “We started our group as a place for Kenyans to re-share their posts and interact as a community. We have grown enormously over the years, with Groups helping to give a voice to ordinary Kenyans and sparking some great conversations. Groups mean that it isn’t just celebrities with massive followings who can be heard – it is everyone.”

Other group leaders involved in the day, included:

  • Let’s Cook Kenyan Meals – Founded by Pamellah Oduor, now has a community of 830,000 people who share a passion for cooking.
  • African Farmers Club – Founded by Noah Nasial – has 17,000 people discuss best practices in farming.
  • Friends of Nairobi National Park – Founded by Tanvir Ali – has a community of 17,000 people who care about conservation and the Nairobi National Park.
  • Human Needs Project (HNP) – Founded by Felix Osumo, is a private group that fosters collaboration between members of the HNP Centre.
  • Pregnant and Nursing Mums Support Group – Founded by Thitu Kariba, is a 150,000-strong group for new mothers and mothers-to-be.
  • Kenya Ice Hockey League – Founded by Benard Azegere, is all about inspiring people to take up the sport and providing a place for ice hockey fans and players to hang out.
  • Nairobi Expats Hiking and Travel – Founded by Shiku Waithaka, is a group for people who love hiking and other adventures.
  • Kibera Community Empowerment Organisation – Founded by Joshwa Tambo, aims to empower local residents in need.
  • What’s Good Studios – Founded by Tilo Ponder , is a community where around 2,500 youth and young adults from Kenyan cities engage with each other and great content.
  • SunCulture – Founded by Hannah Muricho, is a group for smallholder farmers and others who use SunCulture’s solar energy solutions.

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AfroMillionsLotto goes live next Wednesday with over N1 Billion jackpot the biggest in Africa

AfroMillionsLotto (www.AfroMillionsLotto.com), the Nigerian Professional Football League’s (NPFL) exciting new lotto, goes live TODAY – allowing people to buy their online tickets for the first big jackpot draw, which will take place on Wednesday 18th October.

Starting at N1 billion, the www.AfroMillionsLotto.com twice-weekly draw features bigger jackpots than all the lotteries in Nigeria combined. What’s more, it will also be the largest jackpot on offer anywhere in Africa. And if the jackpot rolls over because there are no winners, it increases by N100 million with each draw until it reaches a maximum of over N2 billion.

Winners of the jackpot could afford one of the most expensive homes on sale in Nigeria, the wedding of their dreams, a chrome-plated Ferrari and still have money left over!

Another huge benefit of buying your ticket on-line with AfroMillionsLotto is the fact you’ll receive an alert via email if you’ve won. Millions of cash prizes go unclaimed every year as people forget to check whether they have a winning ticket.

The website also offers nine, ‘Candy Crush’ style, Instant Win games, which can be played for fun or to win cash prizes of up to N12 million!

Each NPFL club will have their own lotto website so football fans can support their favourite team. Every time someone buys a ticket or pays to play, that club will receive a percentage of the revenue to help fund player development, contribute to stadium and pitch improvements as well as support community-based projects.

You’ll find a link to all the football clubs’ websites offering AfroMillionsLotto at www.AfroMillionsLotto.com – you don’t have to be a football fan to play, anyone is welcome to join in and have the chance to win a life-changing prize. However, the only way to play is via one of the official sites listed on the AfroMillionsLotto website.

Distributed by APO on behalf of AfroMillionsLotto.

For further information or to arrange an interview with the NPFL’s Shehu Dikko or AfroMillionsLotto’s James Leppard, please email: Media@AfroMillionsLotto.com.

Editor’s Notes:
How it works?
After selecting the football club of your choice and setting up an account on the AfroMillionsLotto website, anyone over the age of 18 can deposit money using their credit or debit card or e-wallet.
They then choose a line of six numbers ranging from 1 – 49 and an additional bonus number between 1 – 9 before buying a ticket costing 0.60 Euros (€) (approx. N250). The winning numbers are based on the twice-weekly German National Lottery draw, which can be viewed live on German television on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
Jackpots and prizes will be displayed on the AfroMillionsLotto website, together with the prizes for correctly predicting 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 matching numbers. The minimum jackpot starts at 2,500,000 Euros (€) (more that N1 billion) and rolls over by 250,000 Euros (€) each time it’s not won until it reaches a maximum of 5,000,000 Euros (€).

Why Euros?
AfroMillionsLotto sells tickets and displays jackpots in Euros (€) because it’s the currency of choice for the lottery industry. However, people pay to play in Naira and when they win, they’ll withdraw money in Naira too. By promoting AfroMillionsLotto in Euros (€), we can offer the biggest jackpots in Africa. It’s as simple as that.

About Ofertas365 Limited:
Ofertas365 Limited is the company behind AfroMillionsLotto and aims to help sports clubs and charities in emerging markets raise money through lotto and Instant Win games.
The publicly-listed, UK company is headquartered in London.

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