Sign and Graphic Imaging Dubai 2018 to attract printing industry stakeholders from Africa

International Expo Consults (IEC) (www.IECdubai.com) stated that the African printing industry stakeholders stand to reap huge benefits by visiting the (Sign and Graphic Imaging) SGI Dubai 2018 (www.SIGNMiddleEast.com) trade show. The 21st edition of the show will unveil a plethora of innovative products and services from various exhibitors from across the globe under a unified platform. Every year several trade visitors from Africa benefit from these global innovations in the industry, which they further deploy in their own markets.

As per the Smithers Pira report, the total printing revenues in the MENA region is forecast to grow to 7.2% per annum reaching $26 billion by 2018. Various industry analysts have estimated the printing ink industry in Morocco, Senegal and Ethiopia to grow at about 18.7% and 11.4%, respectively.

“There is a huge potential in Africa’s printing industry as stakeholders are looking to gradually phase out old equipment to bring in new technology. Regardless of the economic conditions, increasing competition from digital media, changes in printing processes, and emerging concerns for environmental protection, the printing industry in Africa would grow at a steady pace,” added Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO of IEC.

Sign and Graphic Imaging (SGI Dubai) is a key platform where African visitors can reach out to exhibitors who comprise of architects, sign makers, print and production manufacturers, media agencies, real-estate developers, brand and image consultants among others. The show is a globally recognised business forum which entails seminars and workshops led by industry pioneers.

“A focussed approach from the African print industry can consolidate the sector further and take it to greater heights. We are eagerly waiting to welcome the trade visitors from Africa to our show as we have a huge turnaround from the Africa region each year. The African economy is poised to hit a new high and set to grow to the next level. As per our research, there is a tremendous demand for state-of-the-art printing equipment in the growing African markets,” stated Mr.Rahman.

IEC is the driving force behind the 21-year old ‘SGI Dubai show’, one of the most awaited exhibitions in the MENA region within the print, signage and imaging industries.

SGI Dubai 2018 will focus on digital signage, textile printing, LED, digital printing, screen printing and retail signage industry sectors.

SGI Dubai 2018 is roping in exhibitors and trade visitors across the globe including Africa, USA, UK, Germany, China and Japan, among others. The industry’s best kept secrets and trends are set to be unveiled as the 21st edition of the show is touted to receive thousands of visitors from different countries. The SGI Dubai 2018 show would be held at the iconic Dubai World Trade Centre from January 14th to 16th 2018 at the halls 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Landmark projects within the MENA region are in different stages of construction. This region is the only region in the world that is currently investing billions of dollars in large establishments that includes retail, entertainment and largescale infrastructure. The printing industry will definitely set to benefit from these projects as government initiatives across the region are succeeding in diversification of economies. This is similar to the infrastructure growth that some of the African markets are witnessing.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of International Expo-Consults (IEC).

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About International Expo-Consults (IEC):
International Expo-Consults LLC (IEC) (www.IECdubai.com) is an internationally recognized trade show management company with an impressive track record of over 20 years of operations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific region. The Exhibition arm of the Dubai-based conglomerate, the Falak Holding; IEC is the organiser of key exhibitions including Sign and Graphics Imaging (SGI), and the Dubai Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure show (DEAL). Falak Holding has been an industry pioneer for the last 30 years having diversified business interests including real estate development; retail – sports, fashion, home furnishings; exhibitions, medical diagnostics, trading and many more as part of its portfolio. Falak Holding is also a key stakeholder and investor in the prestigious Dubai Sports City project. For more information on DEAL please log on to www.DEALMiddleEastShow.com.

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Modex partners with BlockEx to launch ICO pre-sale for Smart Contract Marketplace

Modex (www.Modex.tech) has announced that the ICO pre-sale for its smart contract marketplace will open today in partnership with BlockEx (www.BlockEx.com), a leader in blockchain digital asset exchange services, currently in an FCA innovation sandbox.

“We are thrilled to open the pre-sale,” comments Modex CEO Mihai Ivascu, “and to partner with BlockEx — the best fit on the market to manage the entire lifecycle of blockchain-based digital assets.”

Modex aims to bridge the gap between businesses and the growing community of creative developers, to accelerate the global adoption of blockchain technology. Given the emerging norm for ‘borderless’ transactions, distributed ledger technology has opened the door for a new world of data exchange, facilitated through Smart Contracts.

As organisations worldwide begin to grasp the vast benefits of blockchain, most are still struggling to implement and engage with the technology. “Given the major changes in a complex landscape such as payments, the adoption of blockchain technology comes with several challenges, notably integration concerns and high costs,” Ivascu adds. “It is Modex’s mission to offer a solution.” Use-cases for companies and organisations applying blockchain technology are quickly growing and each well-implemented tech solution “is providing faster, cheaper transactions, with greater transparency and security,” Modex’s CEO told journalists.

The Modex ICO project aims to develop a blockchain-based ecosystem of solutions, addressing key use-cases to offer individuals and organisations an advanced scope of services.

BlockEx CEO Adam Leonard stated that his company “is pleased to partner with Modex; teaming up with Modex to fund and help develop a smart contract marketplace is truly exciting, as we understand that blockchain adoption has the ability to disrupt numerous industries.”

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Modex.

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Mihaela Becheru
Head of Communications at Modex
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https://Modex.tech
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About BlockEx
BlockEx (www.BlockEx.com) is a Digital Asset Platform (DAxP). The DAxP is an institutional grade exchange with blockchain based digital asset origination and life-cycle management tools. The BlockEx DAxP includes a digital asset creation tool, exchange, clearing, settlement, registry and brokerage software.

About Modex
Modex (www.Modex.tech) is a Smart Contract Marketplace and app ecosystem that allows for easy, user-friendly access to crypto-currencies and smart contracts alike. Developers can leverage Modex to monetize their skills and offer Smart Contract solutions to end-customers and contributors. Modex makes deployment of Smart Contracts significantly easier, faster and more cost-effective, speeding up blockchain technology adoption.

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African Union Commission Awards Thirteen Consortia of Institutions to Implement the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa Support Programme

The African Union Commission (AUC) (https://AU.int) officially awards grants to thirteen successful consortia of institutions that will serve as Regional Implementing Centres for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES and Africa) (http://GMES4Africa.blogspot.in) Support Programme. The award ceremony holds on the margins of the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan, Cote d`Ivoire.

Following a Call for Proposals in May 2017, a number of African institutions operating in the areas of water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas, applied for the GMES and Africa Support Programme Grants. To evaluate the applications and select the most suitable consortia of institutions that submitted proposals, the African Union Commission instituted a committee supported by a team of assessors comprising African earth observation experts.

Thirteen consortia of institutions were finally selected and the award marks the official announcement of their selection.

1. Central Africa: Agence Gabonaise d’Etudes et d’Observations Spatiale (AGEOS) and Commission Internationale du Bassin Congo-Oubangui-Sangha (CICOS) for Water and natural resources service.

2. East Africa:

  • IGAD Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) and Regional Centre for Mapping off Resources for Development (RCMRD) for Water and natural resources service
  • Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI) for Marine and coastal areas service

3.North Africa:

  • National Authority for Remote Sensing & Space Sciences (NARSS) for marine and coastal area service
  • Observatoire du Sahara et du Sahel (OSS) for water and natural ressources service

4. Southern Africa:

  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for marine and coastal areas service
  • Southern African Development Community Climate Services Centre (SADC-CSC) and Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) for water and natural resources service

5. West Africa

  • Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (CSSTE-Obafemi) for water and natural resources service
  • University of Ghana (UG) for Marine and coastal areas service

At the award ceremony, the Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology at the African Union Commission, Professor Sarah Anyang Agbor, felicitated the successful institutions on their selection, which she said was based on their experience and proven capacities. She implored them to deliver the goods, and promised the African Union Commission’s unflinching support.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of GMES and Africa.

For more information
Mr. Adiatou Fattey
Communications Officer GMES & Africa
Email: Fattya@africa-union.org
Mobile: +251912661953
Human Resources, Research, and Technology Department
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Mr. Hailu Wudineh
Communication Expert, TA- GMES & Africa
Email: HailuW@africa-union.org
Mobile: +251 911671683
Human Resources, Research, and Technology Department
African Union Commission
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

About GMES and AFRICA
GMES and Africa (http://GMES4Africa.blogspot.in) Support Programme is a 30 million Euro joint programme co-financed by the European Commission (https://EC.europa.eu) and the African Union Commission. It will use and adapt the Copernicus Programme data and services to the African context. It is designed to specifically respond to African needs with respect to services related to water, natural resources, marine and coastal areas and to address the global needs to manage the environment, mitigate climate change and ensure civil security. It is to enable the implementation of the African Space Policy and Strategy, formulated to harness the continent’s capabilities in utilizing space science and technology for economic growth and sustainable development. In the implementation agreement, the African Union Commission is the ‘delegated authority’ responsible for the management of the programme.

Indeed, GMES & Africa Programme aimed at improving African policy-makers’, planners’, scientists’, business and private sector and citizens’ capacities to design, implement, and monitor national, regional and continental policies and to promote sustainable management of natural resources through the use of Earth Observation data and derived information.

GMES & Africa introduced several key innovations: for the first time, with the inclusion of the North African countries, the Programme is pan African. It is totally managed by the African Union Commission, through the Human Resource, Science and Technology (HRST) Department. It engages the African private sector and national and regional academia.

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Merck Foundation conducts 3rd UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS 2017 in partnership with the Office of the President of Mauritius and their Ministry of Health

  • Merck Foundation partners with the Government of Mauritius, UNESCO, African Union and African Governments for their annual UNESCO-MARS to contribute to empowering Women and Youth in STEM.
  • Third edition UNESCO-MARS 2017 continues to build Research Capacity in Africa with special focus on Cancer and Vaccines Development.
  • Winners of the 2017 MARS “Best Young African Researchers Award” and “Best African Women Researchers Award” to be announced.

As part of Merck STEM program For Women and Youth, Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), a non-profit organization and a subsidiary of Merck (www.Merck.com) KGaA Germany conducts the 3rd edition of their annual “UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit” on the 28th and 29th of November 2017 under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Mauritius, Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and in partnership with Government of Mauritius, UNESCO, African Union and African Governments.

The President of the Republic of Mauritius, Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim emphasized during the inauguration; “We are very happy to partner with the Merck Foundation and UNESCO to empower women and youth in STEM. The UNESCO – Merck Africa Research Summit is a valuable opportunity for all those engaged and interested in health research in Africa to learn about the full spectrum of ground-breaking scientific research currently underway, and prepare the road ahead in Africa’s development as an international hub for research and scientific innovation.”

Speaking on Merck Foundation’s support for Research Capacity building in Africa, “We are keen to support young gifted researchers by passing on the knowledge and experience we have gathered over the 350 years of Merck history. Through our ‘Merck STEM Program’ we aim to promote women and youth in scientific research through providing them with training opportunities to advance their capacity with special focus on Cancer care,” Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of Executive Board and Family Board of E.Merck KG & Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation emphasized.

“For the third year, Merck Foundation continues their long- term commitment towards building Research Capacity in Africa. Supporting the African research community, with special focus on Women and Youth is one of our most important objectives, this year in partnership with The Head of State of Mauritius together with African Governments, we focus on The Role of Scientific Research in responding to Cancer and Vaccines Development – two critical challenges in Africa”, said Dr. Rasha Kelej, Merck Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer.

UNESCO-MARS 2017 was officially inaugurated by; Her Excellency Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius and Dr. the Hon. Mohammad Anwar Husnoo, Mauritius’ Minister of Health and Quality of Life.

Merck Africa Research Summit – MARS Awards 2017

During the Summit Award ceremony, five winners from Cameroon, Nigeria, Rwanda and Mauritius were recognized and awarded respectively for their excellence in research under the category of ‘Best African Women Researchers Award’. Furthermore, three winners from South Africa, Senegal, and Botswana were presented with the ‘Best Young African Researchers Award‘ during the 3rd UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit held in Mauritius.

For the first time, an additional three female researchers from Mauritius, were presented with special “MARS Best Mauritian Women Researchers Award”. “This is to contribute to the Mauritian government’s efforts to promote women in STEM with special focus on scientific research in cancer,” Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation added.

After previous successful editions of the Summit, UNESCO and Merck Foundation join hands for the third time to respond to Africa’s STISA (Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa) 2024, reinforcing the axiom that only through building local capacities can Africa rise again to becoming an equal partner in advancing STEM research and education.

To this, UNESCO–MARS 2017 brings together African researchers to discuss the generation, sharing and dissemination of research data and to prepare for the road ahead in developing Africa as an international hub for research excellence and scientific innovation. These include researchers from Francophone countries such as Benin, Senegal, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Congo, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, and Anglophone countries such as Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Egypt, South Sudan and Ethiopia.

More than 60% of young African Researchers attending this year, are women, emphasizing Merck Foundation’s long-term commitment towards empowering women in STEM with special focus on Scientific Research in Cancer and Vaccines Development.

Key African ministers attending the Summit to participate in the Ministerial Panels

This year’s Summit has attracted many African ministers of Health; Education; Science and Technology; Gender and Social Development to participate in the ministerial high-level panels which will focus on ‘Empowering Women & Youth in STEM – with special focus on Scientific Research – Challenges & Solutions to be considered in the national strategy in developing countries.’

The ministers participating in the panel include: Hon. Sarah Opendi Minister of State of Health, Uganda; Hon. Leela Devi Dookun- Luchoomun Minister of Education and Scientific Research, Mauritius; Hon. Dr. George Kronnisanyon Werner Minister of Science and Higher Education, Liberia; Hon. Dr Anwar Husnoo Minister of Health, Mauritius; Hon. Susan Shabangu Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women, South Africa; Hon. Julia Duncan Cassell, Minister of Gender and Social Development, Liberia; Hon. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health, Zambia; Hon. Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Nigeria; Hon. Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of Gender Child and Social Welfare, South Sudan; Hon. Fidelis Macdonald Molao and Deputy Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Botswana. The panel also includes, Hon. Samuel Mvondo Ayolo, Ambassador of Cameroon to France, and Hon. Christine Nina NIYONSAVYE and Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Burundi to UNESCO.

About Last year MARS Awards Winners:

In 2016, five winners from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Uganda and Ethiopia were recognized and awarded for their excellence in research under the category of ‘Best African Women Researchers Award’ and four winners from Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia and Zimbabwe for ‘Best Young African Researchers Award‘ during the 2nd UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This was the first time the ‘Best African Women Researchers Award’ was launched.

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