Trade fair to boost SADC-China ties

first_img26 April 2011The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is expecting its biggest ever investment of Chinese money in the region when representatives from China’s major industries travel to South Africa for a trade forum in May.The IMEXPO SADC-China Trade Fair and Investment Forum will take place at the MTN Expo Centre in the south of Johannesburg from 18 to 20 May.The forum will see many Chinese industrialists and investors coming to the country to liaise with their Southern African counterparts and evaluate trade and investment opportunities in the region.The event follows South Africa’s inclusion and formal induction into the BRIC group of rapidly developing nations on 13 April 2011. The increasingly influential bloc includes Brazil, Russia, India and China. After the addition of South Africa, the group became known as BRICS.The expo is the brainchild of Expo International, an events company from Cape Town and its Chinese partner, COIFAIR.Multimillion-dollar investmentsAlthough the trade and investment fair will cement China’s role as South Africa’s biggest single trading partner – after it overtook both the UK and the US – the benefits of it will be felt way beyond the country’s borders.Matthews Malefane, a lobbyist and facilitator for the organisers of IMEXPO, said: “The trade fair and investment forum is highly significant as it follows hot on the heels of South Africa having become a formal member of BRIC.“It will without doubt bring demonstrable, tangible benefits to South Africa and the region. These companies and financiers across the major sectors will be actively looking to invest in those sectors in joint venture partnerships with locals and it could result in one of the biggest injections ever of Chinese money into the region.”The forum will give the 15 SADC member countries a chance to present the investment opportunities within their respective countries to their Chinese counterparts.They will focus on sectors such as energy, water sustainability, health, oil and gas, manufacturing, mining, education, agriculture, low-cost housing, textiles, construction, public transport, road and rail, harbours and pipelines, and telecoms.Malefane said: “The expo is an opportunity for all SADC countries to assemble a portfolio of their high economic impact, job-creating, investment and development projects and bring them to the table for negotiations with potential Chinese joint venture partners and get access to Chinese capital.”Some of the biggest Chinese enterprises attending the forum are the China Coal Group; the Sinopacific Ship-building Group; CRBC International, a major road and bridge-construction company; China Gezhouba, a hydro-electric company; the China International Water and Electric Corp and the China Railway Construction Corporation.There will also be 21 Chinese mining firms at the forum.Development in the regionThe SADC was preceded by the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), which was formed on 1 April 1980 in Lusaka, Zambia.After the signing of the SADC Treaty and Declaration by the heads of government of Southern African countries on 17 August 1992, in Windhoek, Namibia, the SADC became an official body.The objective of the SADCC was the political liberation of Southern Africa, while the scope of the SADC is economic integration of all Southern African countries.The SADC member states are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The SADC aims for regional cooperation to improve living standards, social justice and sustainable economic growth.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Begleite uns auf einer Tour durch das Groundspeak Headquarter

first_img SharePrint RelatedNa klar! – Natürlich lernen die Lackeys DeutschApril 5, 2011In “Deutsch”Nie alleine cachen: Geocaching-Gruppen und -OrganisationenAugust 20, 2019In “Deutsch”Besucht das Geocaching HauptquartierNovember 5, 2019In “Deutsch” Share with your Friends:More Jeden Freitag um 14:00 Uhr kommen Geocacher von Nah und Fern, von den benachbarten Bürogebäuden bis China, um das Groundspeak Headquarter zu besuchen. Egal von wo sie kommen, eines haben sie gemein: eine große Liebe zu Geocaching und eine Geschichte, die sie erzählen möchten. Groundspeak verwandelt sich augenblicklich vom geschäftigen Treiben der Lackeys in eine Empfangshalle voller Geocacher aus aller Welt die sich hörbar vergnügt unterhalten, Trackables ablegen und zusammen sitzen.Sara und NicoleZusammen mit Nicole (Louie Bliss), einer Kollegin aus dem Community Relations-Team bin ich  (gonzogrrl) eine der glücklichen Lackeys, die jedes mal anwesend sind und Cacher begrüßen, wenn sie den epischen HQ Cache, GCK25B suchen. Oft fragen Cacher: “was macht ihr hier”?Wir beantworten täglich E-Mails und Anrufe und helfen den Leuten bei der Lösung von Problemen um ihnen das bestmögliche Geocaching-Erlebnis zu ermöglichen. Wenn Geocacher eintreffen, unterbrechen wir die Arbeit und begleiten sie, wenn sie den Cache suchen, Fotos in der Fotokabine machen, Souvenirs kaufen und auf dem großen Kartendisplay in Echtzeit verfolgen, wie weltweit Caches geloggt werden.Sole SeekerWenn Du vorbeikommen möchtest, kannst Du sehr einfach einen Termin bekommen. Schicke einfach eine E-Mail an contact@geocaching.com. Erzähle etwas über Dich, woher Du kommst und wann Du uns besuchen kannst und wir schicken Dir die Koordinate des Büros (Hinweis: wir befinden uns nicht in der Mitte des Lake Union. Schockierend, ich weiß). Wir haben viel Arbei, deshalb versuchen wir, Besuche auf Freitag, 14:00 Uhr zu terminieren. Manchmal ist auch einer der Gründer oder einer der anderen Lackeys anwesend. Wir freuen uns, die Leute zu treffen, die aus dem Spiel mehr machen als “Tupperware im Wald”!Ich habe sehr viele Cacher getroffen aber ich kann mich immer noch an einige ihrer Geschichten erinnern. Da ist Sole Seeker, der uns besucht hat, um seinen 10.000. Fund zu feiern und der überrascht war, als wir für ihn ein Schild gemacht und Ballons aufgeblasen haben, um mit ihm zu feiern. Und da ist J&J Brown der uns von seinem großen getarnten Cache in seinem Vorgarten erzählt hat, der alle Sucher narrt weil er (Achtung, Spoiler) wie ein Baum aussieht. Und foomanjoo, ein weltreisender Fotograf, der ein paar Caches in Korea gefunden hat und auf dem Weg zu seinem nächsten Abenteuer, Geocaching entlang der Route 66, war.Aber egal wer Du bist und ob das HQ Dein fünfter oder 5000. Fund ist, wir heißen Dich willkommen auf dem Lilypad. Wir hoffen, Du kommst bald.last_img read more

Microsoft’s Best Bet For Next CEO Currently Runs Another Giant Company

first_imgMicrosoft makes money off Windows Phone 8 the same way it makes money off its legacy Windows operating system: by selling licenses to manufacturers for every gadget made using the OS. Microsoft began to change that model last year when it released its own Surface tablets. No longer was Microsoft wholly reliant on manufacturing partners for licensing revenue. That is not the case in smartphones, as Nokia is the de facto manufacturer of Windows Phone devices with its Lumia line of smartphones. Samsung and HTC have made Windows Phone devices in the past, but Nokia makes up about 87% of all Windows Phones sold. See Also After Ballmer: One Microsoft, Or Many?By buying Nokia, Microsoft can consolidate the “devices” portion of its transformation. With devices at the core, Microsoft can extend its services model based on the Azure cloud around the Windows 8 and Windows Phone center. Spreading from that tree would be services like Office and Yammer and its robust security offerings. Given his resume, familiarity with Microsoft and roll as CEO of a leading smartphone manufacturer, Elop would seem to be the perfect person to run that new Microsoft. Given its conservative nature and addiction to its Windows and Office profits, an Elop appointment would likely be approved by Microsoft’s board. To help pay for Nokia (not that Microsoft is short of cash), Microsoft could sell off divisions not relevant to that core such as its Bing search engine and Xbox gaming system. If Not Elop, Then Who?If Microsoft again balks at acquiring Nokia, there are a variety of people that would be well-suited for the role of King of Redmond. Here are four names that could make sense. Related Posts Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia. Here’s why Elop makes perfect sense. From 2008 to 2010, Elop was the head of Microsoft’s Business Division, which oversaw its Office suite of products. So, he understands the legacy cash cow of Microsoft. He was part of Microsoft’s senior leadership team and has worked for Adobe, Macromedia and Juniper Networks. In September 2010, Elop took over the top role at Nokia. By February 2011, Elop had tied Nokia’s future directly to that of Microsoft when he announced that the Finnish gadget manufacturer would exclusively use Windows Phone as its smartphone operating system. See Also Agony And Ecstasy: Steve Ballmer’s Years At MicrosoftMicrosoft and Nokia have deep financial commitments to each other. Earlier this year word leaked out that Microsoft kicked the tires on buying Nokia outright. The talks fell through, but that does not necessarily mean they are dead.Now is the perfect time for Microsoft to buy Nokia and turn Elop into Ballmer’s successor as CEO.Not Convinced? There Are More CluesIn its official press release this morning, Microsoft used one notable phrase twice in its six-paragraph announcement of Ballmer’s retirement.“Transformation to devices and services company.”It appeared in the first paragraph (emphasis added):“In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.”Then again in the second paragraph with Ballmer’s official statement:“We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company.We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has made it clear that its core products are devices running Windows 8 and services tied to its Azure cloud. Microsoft Office is a relevant part of the services aspect of the company and ties into its cloud strategy. The missing piece? A relevant stake in cash flow of smartphones. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Microsoft#Nokia#Stephen Elop#Steve Ballmer#Windows 8 Thorsten Heins, CEO of BlackBerry: Heins is doing his best to man the floundering ship that is BlackBerry, but he may just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Heins understands the need to innovate and market in the gadget realm and the services required to make an enticing product portfolio. Instead of buying Nokia, Microsoft could buy BlackBerry and install Heins into the top role. David Oliver Sacks, founder of Yammer: If there is one internal candidate at Microsoft to take over for Ballmer, it should be Sacks. Microsoft bought Yammer in July 2012 and Sacks is currently the corporate VP in charge of the Microsoft Office division. Sacks is known as a champion of innovation and is a member of the infamous “PayPal Mafia” that is credited with helping the technology industry climb out of the Dot Com bubble burst in the mid-2000s. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img And all across the land, the people rejoice. The King, a resourceful if ineffective leader, has announced his abdication of the throne. His demise is imminent. The citizens of the land, in full huzzah, have begun to imagine what a new kingdom will look like in the new era, with a new King.See also: Ballmer’s Microsoft: All MBA, No Developer SoulMicrosoft’s King—CEO Steve Ballmer—is retiring. Within the next 12 months, a new leader will be chosen to helm the software giant and oversee the transformation of the company from a legacy enterprise and tools company to a device and services company.And there is one man that makes perfect sense to become the new King. A man that has experience in the old Microsoft fiefdom but now controls his own empire, far across the sea. dan rowinski Marissa Mayer, CEO & President of Yahoo: Mayer was essential in helping build Google. She is now stirring the pot at Yahoo and the initial results are intriguing. Mayer is the type of technology executive that could help kick up the stifling culture that Ballmer created at Microsoft during his tenure.Steven Sinofsky, Andreessen Horowitz: He left Microsoft in a controversial move last year, but he understands the product core (in charge of Windows and Office before he left) and was once considered heir apparent to Ballmer. Sinofsky announced that he was joining he board of legendary venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz yesterday, so it is conceivable that he could walk away from that at any time he wanted. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

VT LEAGUE FINALS ACTION

first_imgThe inaugural VT league finals took place last weekend, with some exciting action in both the semi finals and grand finals in both the men’s and women’s division, with two matches heading to drop offs and another totaling an amazing 19 touchdowns. For all the action from the days play view the attached summary. Related Filesvt_league_finals_report-docvt_league1-jpglast_img