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Anti-Terror Quartet issues statement regarding Qatar’s hosting of 140th Assembly of IPU

ABU DHABI, The Anti-Terror Quartet: UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, has issued the following statement on Qatar’s hosting of 140th Assembly of IPU.

The Arab Quartet has submitted a joint statement to the General Secretariat of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU, during the 139th General Assembly held in Geneva, objecting Qatar’s hosting of the 140th General Assembly of the IPU, which is scheduled to be held in Doha from 6th to 10th April.

The Quartet has announced boycotting of the meeting in case it is held in Doha, unless the State of Qatar responds to the demands of the four countries to cease its support for terrorism and stop intervention in internal affairs of countries of the region.

The Quartet has further stated that Qatar has not responded to the just demands of the four countries and has continued its supportive policy for extremism, terrorism and interference in the affairs of the countries of the region, “we emphasise our non-participation in the General Assembly’s meeting referred to above,” the statement concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE’s leading role in aviation sector has gained trust of international community: ICAO Chair Nominee

ABU DHABI, The UAE plays a leading and influential role in the global civil aviation sector, and its support for the efforts of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, in achieving the sector’s sustainability and growth has enabled Aisha Al Hamli, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the ICAO, to attain the trust of the organisation’s members.

Al Hamli, who was nominated to chair the ICAO Council, stated, to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, on the sidelines of the Blockchain Aviation Summit and Exhibition that began today in Abu Dhabi, that her nomination highlights the international trust in the UAE, as it is supporting and strengthening the aviation sector, through various programmes and initiatives.

“The UAE’s success in winning the elections for the chair of the ICAO Council is a major accomplishment for the civil aviation sector, and will strengthen the country’s leading stature in this vital sector,” Al Hamli said.

“It will also continue the journey of innovation while applying the best international practices in safety, security and air navigation, as part of the UAE’s international commitment to achieving environmental sustainability. The sky is the limit for young Emirati women who aim to succeed in the aviation sector. Attaining senior positions represents the dedication and skills of Emirati women. It is also a model of the UAE’s long-term efforts to empower women. The sector needs you, and the aviation community will be your best supporter,” she added.

Al Hamli also expressed her pride for Emirati women and her belief in the importance of their presence in the national and international civil aviation sector while highlighting the role of the General Civil Aviation Authority in launching many initiatives and programmes to attract and train women.

Al Hamli thanked the wise leadership for supporting Emirati women in their local and international journey, which has made the UAE a leader in many areas, including the international civil aviation sector.

“Emirati women have proven themselves in all areas of science and technology, including in the civil aviation sector, which has contributed to their advancement,” she said in conclusion.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Global trade growth loses momentum as trade tensions persist: WTO

GENEVA, World trade will continue to face strong headwinds in 2019 and 2020 after growing more slowly than expected in 2018 due to rising trade tensions and increased economic uncertainty. WTO economists expect merchandise trade volume growth to fall to 2.6% in 2019 down from 3.0% in 2018. Trade growth could then rebound to 3.0% in 2020; however, this is dependent on an easing of trade tensions.

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said: “With trade tensions running high, no one should be surprised by this outlook. Trade cannot play its full role in driving growth when we see such high levels of uncertainty. It is increasingly urgent that we resolve tensions and focus on charting a positive path forward for global trade which responds to the real challenges in today’s economy � such as the technological revolution and the imperative of creating jobs and boosting development. WTO members are working to do this and are discussing ways to strengthen and safeguard the trading system. This is vital. If we forget the fundamental importance of the rules-based trading system we would risk weakening it, which would be an historic mistake with repercussions for jobs, growth and stability around the world.”

Trade growth in 2018 was weighed down by several factors, including new tariffs and retaliatory measures affecting widely-traded goods, weaker global economic growth, volatility in financial markets and tighter monetary conditions in developed countries, among others. Consensus estimates have world GDP growth slowing from 2.9% in 2018 to 2.6% in both 2019 and 2020.

The preliminary estimate of 3.0% for world trade growth in 2018 is below the WTO’s most recent forecast of 3.9% issued last September. The shortfall is mostly explained by a worse-than-expected result in the fourth quarter, when world trade as measured by the average of exports and imports declined by 0.3%. Until then, third quarter trade had been up 3.8%, in line with WTO projections.

Trade expansion in the current year is most likely to fall within a range from 1.3% to 4.0%. It should be noted that trade growth could be below this range if trade tensions continue to build, or above it if they start to ease.

Nominal trade values also rose in 2018 due to a combination of volume and price changes. World merchandise exports totalled US$ 19.48 trillion, up 10% from the previous year. The rise was driven partly by higher oil prices, which increased by roughly 20% between 2017 and 2018. The value of commercial services trade rose nearly as much, with exports totalling US$ 5.80 trillion in 2018, up 8% from the previous year.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Global trade growth loses momentum as trade tensions persist: WTO

GENEVA, World trade will continue to face strong headwinds in 2019 and 2020 after growing more slowly than expected in 2018 due to rising trade tensions and increased economic uncertainty. WTO economists expect merchandise trade volume growth to fall to 2.6% in 2019 down from 3.0% in 2018. Trade growth could then rebound to 3.0% in 2020; however, this is dependent on an easing of trade tensions.

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said: “With trade tensions running high, no one should be surprised by this outlook. Trade cannot play its full role in driving growth when we see such high levels of uncertainty. It is increasingly urgent that we resolve tensions and focus on charting a positive path forward for global trade which responds to the real challenges in today’s economy � such as the technological revolution and the imperative of creating jobs and boosting development. WTO members are working to do this and are discussing ways to strengthen and safeguard the trading system. This is vital. If we forget the fundamental importance of the rules-based trading system we would risk weakening it, which would be an historic mistake with repercussions for jobs, growth and stability around the world.”

Trade growth in 2018 was weighed down by several factors, including new tariffs and retaliatory measures affecting widely-traded goods, weaker global economic growth, volatility in financial markets and tighter monetary conditions in developed countries, among others. Consensus estimates have world GDP growth slowing from 2.9% in 2018 to 2.6% in both 2019 and 2020.

The preliminary estimate of 3.0% for world trade growth in 2018 is below the WTO’s most recent forecast of 3.9% issued last September. The shortfall is mostly explained by a worse-than-expected result in the fourth quarter, when world trade as measured by the average of exports and imports declined by 0.3%. Until then, third quarter trade had been up 3.8%, in line with WTO projections.

Trade expansion in the current year is most likely to fall within a range from 1.3% to 4.0%. It should be noted that trade growth could be below this range if trade tensions continue to build, or above it if they start to ease.

Nominal trade values also rose in 2018 due to a combination of volume and price changes. World merchandise exports totalled US$ 19.48 trillion, up 10% from the previous year. The rise was driven partly by higher oil prices, which increased by roughly 20% between 2017 and 2018. The value of commercial services trade rose nearly as much, with exports totalling US$ 5.80 trillion in 2018, up 8% from the previous year.

Source: Emirates News Agency

TRA Signs the Agreement of (OneApp OnePortal)

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has signed a collective Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a number of federal and local government entities as well as private sector entities to implement the OneApp OnePortal project, in cooperation with the signatories.

This dynamic project aims to provide fast and easy services through digital channels available to all. The unified portal and application is a modern platform that brings together many government and private sector services in one place.

In his speech on the occasion, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, highlighted that joining government and private entities in one project reflects the directives of the wise leadership, which emphasize on the importance of teamwork including partnership between different sectors. He indicated that the wise leadership wants a creative government that does not rest, works around the clock without bureaucracy. He said: The OneApp OnePortal is considered one of the most important government projects aimed to achieve customer happiness. TRA is privileged to implement this project in partnership with a number of government and private entities, and under the guidance and follow-up of the Prime Minister’s Office in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.

H.E. Al Mansoori indicated that this project is in line with TRA’s goal to enhance the digital lifestyle in the UAE, and to benefit from Artificial Intelligence advantages. He said: At this platform, we considered the four principles set by our wise leadership to develop services provided to the customers, which are: connectivity, satisfaction, quality and utility. The platform uses the integration and SmartPass feature, allowing any participating entity to log users’ data automatically as soon as it is registered so they do not need to submit their data multiple times. This platform enables e-payment transactions using the e-Dirham portal and other e-payment portals available in the UAE.

Users of the OneApp OnePortal can benefit from the services provided by government entities, mGovernment and private sector entities, such as SmartPass, Digital Signature, Khidmaty, the digital wallet and others. This portal provides added value to the customers through the offers of the private sector to the new platform’s users. It is also of a great benefit to the government sector by saving operational costs of happiness centers, and supporting faster and better service provision. The new project is flexible, as it brings together all the services that individuals need, and re-introduces them in an easier and more streamlined way, providing the user with an interactive and happy experience.

This project embodies the principle of partnership between the UAE government and the private sector, which is now a central supporter of the Government’s strategies to accommodate rapid changes and to meet the challenges arising from these changes in order to serve the public and enhance the happiness of society.

This project is one of the advanced projects launched and implemented by TRA, in cooperation with its strategic partners to achieve customer happiness. TRA has already launched Bashr (Doing business in 15 minutes) initiative, which is one of the key strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing the UAE competitiveness in the field of doing business by facilitating starting a business in simple and fast procedures that do not exceed 15 minutes. TRA also launched (Mabrouk Ma Yak) service, which shortens the process of completion of newborn citizen documentation from seven to one visit.

Source: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)

TRA Signs the Agreement of (OneApp OnePortal)

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has signed a collective Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a number of federal and local government entities as well as private sector entities to implement the OneApp OnePortal project, in cooperation with the signatories.

This dynamic project aims to provide fast and easy services through digital channels available to all. The unified portal and application is a modern platform that brings together many government and private sector services in one place.

In his speech on the occasion, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, highlighted that joining government and private entities in one project reflects the directives of the wise leadership, which emphasize on the importance of teamwork including partnership between different sectors. He indicated that the wise leadership wants a creative government that does not rest, works around the clock without bureaucracy. He said: The OneApp OnePortal is considered one of the most important government projects aimed to achieve customer happiness. TRA is privileged to implement this project in partnership with a number of government and private entities, and under the guidance and follow-up of the Prime Minister’s Office in the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and The Future.

H.E. Al Mansoori indicated that this project is in line with TRA’s goal to enhance the digital lifestyle in the UAE, and to benefit from Artificial Intelligence advantages. He said: At this platform, we considered the four principles set by our wise leadership to develop services provided to the customers, which are: connectivity, satisfaction, quality and utility. The platform uses the integration and SmartPass feature, allowing any participating entity to log users’ data automatically as soon as it is registered so they do not need to submit their data multiple times. This platform enables e-payment transactions using the e-Dirham portal and other e-payment portals available in the UAE.

Users of the OneApp OnePortal can benefit from the services provided by government entities, mGovernment and private sector entities, such as SmartPass, Digital Signature, Khidmaty, the digital wallet and others. This portal provides added value to the customers through the offers of the private sector to the new platform’s users. It is also of a great benefit to the government sector by saving operational costs of happiness centers, and supporting faster and better service provision. The new project is flexible, as it brings together all the services that individuals need, and re-introduces them in an easier and more streamlined way, providing the user with an interactive and happy experience.

This project embodies the principle of partnership between the UAE government and the private sector, which is now a central supporter of the Government’s strategies to accommodate rapid changes and to meet the challenges arising from these changes in order to serve the public and enhance the happiness of society.

This project is one of the advanced projects launched and implemented by TRA, in cooperation with its strategic partners to achieve customer happiness. TRA has already launched Bashr (Doing business in 15 minutes) initiative, which is one of the key strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing the UAE competitiveness in the field of doing business by facilitating starting a business in simple and fast procedures that do not exceed 15 minutes. TRA also launched (Mabrouk Ma Yak) service, which shortens the process of completion of newborn citizen documentation from seven to one visit.

Source: Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)