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India and Afghanistan Open Air Freight Corridor to Bypass Pakistan

NEW DELHI � Although Afghan businesses have long wanted to exploit the potential of India’s huge market, trade between the two countries has been hampered due to their tense relations with Pakistan.

But a plane loaded in Kabul with 60 tons of medicinal plants landed in New Delhi this week, raising hopes of giving a major boost to commerce between landlocked Afghanistan and India.

The flight flagged off the establishment of a new air cargo corridor between the two countries. Along with another, more long-term initiative to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar, India hopes to ease access to conflict-ridden Afghanistan and eventually to Central Asian countries.

Pakistan is a barrier

Pakistan allows Afghanistan to send a limited amount of perishable goods over its territory to India, through which the shortest and most cost effective land routes lie. However, India is not allowed to send any imports through Pakistani territory.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani decided to establish the air corridor last September after Pakistan rejected fresh calls by the Afghan leader to allow his country to engage in direct trade with India over its territory.

Although India is the second largest destination for exports from Afghanistan, this lack of easy access has been a dampener.

Air corridor trade

In New Delhi, officials hope the new corridor will boost annual trade between the two countries from $700 million to $1 billion in three years and give a lift to exports of Afghanistan’s agricultural and carpet industries.

A second flight is scheduled to land in New Delhi next week, bringing 40 tons of dried fruit from Kandahar.

At a ceremony marking the inaugural flight in Kabul on Monday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he wants to make Afghanistan an exporter country.

As long as we are not an exporter country, then poverty and instability will not be eliminated, he said.

Indian foreign ministry officials say the connectivity will allow Afghan businessmen to leverage India’s economic growth and trade networks for its benefit and give farmers quick access to sell perishable products.

Does the air corridor trade have a viable future?

A prominent trader in New Delhi, Shyam Sunder Bansal, said he stopped trading with Afghan businesses several years ago due to the challenges such as transit routes, banking and currency facilities.

India is hoping to eventually extend air cargo flights to other cities.

But Bansal is skeptical whether it will be commercially viable to sustain imports via air. They cannot continue it forever because that will be unconventional, uneconomical, he said.

However, a South Asia expert with the Indian Institute of Defense Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, Sukh Deo Muni, said since the distance involved is not too long, the air freight corridor could be viable.

He said New Delhi is committed to the project as it will open up access for India to not just Afghanistan but also Central Asian markets. According to Muni, broader significance is to give two messages. We are committed to Afghanistan and we want to tell Pakistan, you cannot obstruct our access to Afghanistan and Central Asia. This is the long term view.

Afghanistan mainly sends fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and oilseeds to India. It also takes a host of products from India — a flight from New Delhi has carried pharmaceuticals, water purifiers and medical equipment to Kabul as part of the initiative.

Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the frequency of the air service would depend on demand. It is, at the end of the day, a commercial venture which is supported very heavily, very strongly and very purposefully by both the governments.

Land corridor through Iran

India has also initiated another key project to develop the Iranian port of Chabahar and open a direct transport corridor to Central Asia and Afghanistan bypassing Pakistan. This would also give Kabul an alternate route to the Indian Ocean, which currently uses the Pakistani port of Karachi for sea trade.

There was optimism last year that the project would take off, but it is barely making headway amid fresh worries that the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump may reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Source: Voice of America

US Urges Bigger Chinese Role to Combat Global Terrorism

WASHINGTON � The United States wants China to become more involved in supporting the global fight against terrorism and efforts to defeat Islamic State, including in Iraq, a senior U.S. official said on Monday ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing.

Susan Thornton, the U.S. acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said that China has taken only a limited role in counter-terrorism efforts, although it appeared to be becoming more interested.

“We would like to see them step up and take more responsibility,” Thornton told reporters as Washington and China’s diplomatic and defense chiefs prepared for a meeting in the U.S. capital on Wednesday.

“They have a lot of interests, for example in Iraq, and we think they should be doing to more to contribute to the efforts of the international coalition to defeat ISIS [Islamic State],” she said.

Thornton said Beijing, which is not a member of the 68-member coalition, was increasingly affected by terrorism, as was seen by the recent killing of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan.

Beijing has sent out “early feelers” about getting more involved, Thornton said.

“We’d like to have a good discussion with them about what more we think they can do, certainly in the way of providing resources to governments that are battling against terrorism and trying to help with capacity-building for governments and security forces in various places,” she added.

Wednesday’s talks will involve U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as well as China’s top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fang Fenghui, chief of state of the People’s Liberation Army.

The State Department says they will focus on ways to step up pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, but also cover areas such as counter-terrorism and territorial rivalries in the strategic South China Sea.

The United States has been at odds with China over the latter’s building and fortifying of islands in the disputed waterway.

Thornton said now that there were moves towards agreeing a code of conduct over the South China Sea, Washington would like to see a freeze on all such construction activity.

She reiterated a call on China to fully implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea and, while praising Beijing for imposing a ban on North Korean coal imports, added: “We would like to see China do more.”

Source: Voice of America

US Urges Bigger Chinese Role to Combat Global Terrorism

WASHINGTON � The United States wants China to become more involved in supporting the global fight against terrorism and efforts to defeat Islamic State, including in Iraq, a senior U.S. official said on Monday ahead of high-level security talks with Beijing.

Susan Thornton, the U.S. acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia, said that China has taken only a limited role in counter-terrorism efforts, although it appeared to be becoming more interested.

“We would like to see them step up and take more responsibility,” Thornton told reporters as Washington and China’s diplomatic and defense chiefs prepared for a meeting in the U.S. capital on Wednesday.

“They have a lot of interests, for example in Iraq, and we think they should be doing to more to contribute to the efforts of the international coalition to defeat ISIS [Islamic State],” she said.

Thornton said Beijing, which is not a member of the 68-member coalition, was increasingly affected by terrorism, as was seen by the recent killing of two Chinese nationals in Pakistan.

Beijing has sent out “early feelers” about getting more involved, Thornton said.

“We’d like to have a good discussion with them about what more we think they can do, certainly in the way of providing resources to governments that are battling against terrorism and trying to help with capacity-building for governments and security forces in various places,” she added.

Wednesday’s talks will involve U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis as well as China’s top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and General Fang Fenghui, chief of state of the People’s Liberation Army.

The State Department says they will focus on ways to step up pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, but also cover areas such as counter-terrorism and territorial rivalries in the strategic South China Sea.

The United States has been at odds with China over the latter’s building and fortifying of islands in the disputed waterway.

Thornton said now that there were moves towards agreeing a code of conduct over the South China Sea, Washington would like to see a freeze on all such construction activity.

She reiterated a call on China to fully implement U.N. sanctions on North Korea and, while praising Beijing for imposing a ban on North Korean coal imports, added: “We would like to see China do more.”

Source: Voice of America

جيمالتو ودسمان تعززان أمن الأقفال الذكية مع الراحة التي توفرها الهواتف الجوالة

أمستردام، 19 يونيو 2017 – تعمل شركة جيمالتو، الرائدة على مستوى العالم في مجال الأمن الرقمي (والمسجلة في بورصة يورونيكست تحت الرمز NL0000400653 GTO)، على تمكين الاتصال الآمن والموثوق لمنصة أقفال دسمان الذكية الجديدة. إذ يتضمن الحل الجديد من الشركة العالمية لتصنيع الأقفال والخزائن الذكية وحدات التعريف الآلي (MIM) والعناصر الآمنة Secure Elements (SE) من شركة جيمالتو، بما يعمل على تمكين المستخدمين من قفل أبوابهم وإلغاء قفلها باستخدام هواتفهم الذكية أو إنشاء سلاسل مفاتيح رقمية لعدة أقفال.http://hugin.info/159293/R/2113878/804195.jpg

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يوفر الحل مستويات أعلى من الأمان مقارنة بالأقفال التقليدية. ويمكن استخدام تطبيق الهاتف الجوال لإنشاء مفاتيح افتراضية احتياطية أو مؤقتة عن بعد كما يمكنه تبسيط خدمات الإقامة المشتركة.

على سبيل المثال، يمكنه تتبع ومراقبة من قام بإلغاء قفل الباب مؤخراً. كما يرسل التطبيق إخطارات فورية في حالة فتح الباب عنوة ويمكنه تفعيل الإنذار المدمج في القفل بشكل تلقائي.

هذا ويرجح أن يتسع نطاق سوق الأقفال الذكية بشكل سريع على مدار السنوات القليلة القادمة. وبحسب شركة Transparency Market Research، تشير التقديرات إلى أن معدل النمو السنوي المركب لهذه السوق سيصل إلى 18.3%, مما يؤدي إلى زيادة كبيرة في القيمة السوقية، من 226.7 مليون دولار أمريكي في عام 2016 إلى 1.01 مليار دولار أمريكي بحلول عام 2024. جدير بالذكر أن منطقة آسيا باسيفيك تتجه بسرعة لكي تكون سوقاً هاماً لصناعة الأقفال الذكية مدفوعة في ذلك بارتفاع مستويات المعيشة وزيادة الوعي بشأن الأمن والسلامة البدنية.

وفي معرض تعليقه على هذه المناسبة قال زو زيلينج، الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة دسمان، “إن الأمن يأتي في جوهر أي تقنية ذكية مبتكرة ولا يزال يمثل أهمية بالنسبة لنا” وأضاف “نبحث باستمرار عن تقنية تكميلية تعزز من أمن منتجاتنا وخدماتنا، وشركة جيمالتو لديها كتالوج من الحلول والخبرات نحتاجه لأقفالنا الذكية الجديدة. كما أن قدرتها على توفير حلول أمنية متكاملة إلى جانب خارطة طريق لاتصالات إنترنت الأشياء المستقبلية المعززة، مثل LTE Cat NB-IoT، جذبت انتباهنا على الفور”.

وفي هذا الصدد أيضاً، قالت سوزان تونغ لي، نائب الرئيس الأول لخدمات الجوال وإنترنت الأشياء لمنطقة الصين الكبرى وكوريا لدى شركة جيمالتو، “يتحول العالم إلى تبني التقنيات الرقمية بسرعة غير مسبوقة، حيث ظهرت المنازل الذكية بسرعة باعتبارها حجر الزاوية الجديد في حياة متصلة” وأضافت “نتوقع أن تصبح الأقفال الذكية المتصلة جزءاً طبيعياً من الحياة اليومية للناس في المستقبل القريب. كما أن مجموعتنا المتكاملة من حلول وخدمات إنترنت الأشياء الآمنة تساعد شركات التصنيع على تحقيق أعلى مستويات الثقة للمستهلكين، وهو أمر بالغ الأهمية لخدمات مثل المفاتيح الافتراضية”.

نبذة

شركة Gemalto (المدرجة في بورصة يورونيكست تحت الرمز NL0000400653 GTO) هي الشركة الرائدة عالمياً في مجال الأمن الرقمي، بعائدات سنوية بلغت 3.1 مليار يورو في عام 2016 وعملاء في أكثر من 180 بلداً. نحن نحقق الثقة في عالم متزايد الترابط.

تمكّن تقنياتنا وخدماتنا الشركات والحكومات من التحقق من الهويات وحماية البيانات كي تبقى آمنة كما أنها تمكّن الخدمات في الأجهزة الشخصية، والكيانات المرتبطة والسحابة الحاسوبية وما بينها.

تقع حلول Gemalto في القلب من الحياة العصرية، من عمليات الدفع إلى أمن المؤسسات وإنترنت الأشياء. فنحن نتحقق من هوية الأشخاص، والمعاملات والكيانات، والبيانات المشفرة ونخلق قيمة للبرمجيات – بحيث نمكّن عملاءنا من تقديم خدمات رقمية آمنة لمليارات الأفراد والأشياء.

لدينا أكثر من 15,000 موظف يعملون انطلاقاً من 112 مكتباً، و43 مركزاً للتخصيص والبيانات، و30 مركز أبحاث وبرمجيات في 48 دولة.

للمزيد من المعلومات، قم بزيارة www.gemalto.com، أو تابعنا على تويتر عبر @gemalto.

مسؤولو الاتصالات الإعلامية في Gemalto:

شينتارو سوزوكي
آسيا باسيفيك
8266 6317 65+
shintaro.suzuki@gemalto.com
كريستيل تيراس
الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا
89 57 01 55 1 33+
kristel.teyras@gemalto.com
فيليب بينيتيز
أمريكا الشمالية
3869 257 512 1+
philippe.benitez@gemalto.com

 

 

Gemalto and Dessmann enhance smart lock security with mobile convenience

Amsterdam, June 19, 2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is enabling security and reliable connectivity for Dessmann’s new smart lock platform. The new solution from the global manufacturer of smart locks and safe boxes incorporates Gemalto’s Machine Identification Modules (MIM) and Secure Elements (SE), empowering users to lock and unlock doors with their smartphones or create digital key chains for multiple locks.

The solution provides increased security compared to traditional locks.The mobile app can be used to create spare or temporary virtual keys remotely and can simplify shared accommodation services.
For instance, it is able to track and monitor who unlocked a door recently. The application also sends instant notifications if a door is forced and can automatically trigger the lock’s built-in alarm.

The smart lock market is likely to expand rapidly over the next few years. According to Transparency Market Research, its compound annual growth rate is estimated to reach up to 18.3%, leading to a substantial increase in market value, from US$226.7 million in 2016 to US$1.01 billion by 2024. Fuelled by rising standards of living and increased awareness regarding physical security and safety, the Asia Pacific region is fast becoming an important market for the smart lock industry.

“Security is at the heart of any innovative smart lock technology and remains important for us. We are constantly on the lookout for complementary technology that enhances the security of our products and services.” said ZHU Zhiling, CEO of Dessmann. “Gemalto has a catalogue of solutions and expertise we need for our new smart lock. Its ability to deliver end-to-end security solutions as well as a roadmap to future IoT-optimized connectivity like LTE Cat NB-IoT instantly won us over.”

The world is turning digital at an unprecedented pace, with smart homes quickly emerging as the new cornerstone of connected living. We are expecting connected smart locks to become a natural part of people’s everyday life in the near future,” said Suzanne Tong-Li, Senior Vice President of Greater China and Korea for Mobiles Services and IoT, Gemalto. “Our complete suite of secure IoT solutions and services help manufacturers achieve the highest level of trust for consumers, which is essential for services like virtual keys.”

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital security, with 2016 annual revenues of €3.1 billion and customers in over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

Our technologies and services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

Our 15,000+ employees operate out of 112 offices, 43 personalization and data centers, and 30 research and software development centers located in 48 countries.

For more information visit www.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

Gemalto media contacts:

Philippe Benitez
Americas
+1 512 257 3869
philippe.benitez@gemalto.com
Kristel Teyras
Europe Middle East & Africa
+33 1 55 01 57 89
kristel.teyras@gemalto.com
Shintaro Suzuki
Asia Pacific
+65 6317 8266
shintaro.suzuki@gemalto.com

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President congratulates nation, team on Champions Trophy triumph

President Mamnoon Hussain

Sunday felicitated the Pakistani nation and national cricket

team on winning the ICC Champions Trophy-2017.

The president also congratulated the Pakistan Cricket

Board on this achievement, said a press release.

He said the national cricket team had attained historic

victory through its commitment and resolve.

Praising the marvelous performance of the players, the

president said that hard work, passion and unflinching resolve

paved the way to great successes.

Pakistan cricket team had achieved tremendous success

with the same commitment, he said, adding like in cricket,

great accomplishments could also be attained in different

fields of life through common resolve and unity.

Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage.