Monthly Archives: September 2013

Peace Icon Nelson Mandela Among Global Leaders Honored at 2013 South-South Awards Gala

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — This year’s South-South Awards celebration was held today at the Waldorf Astoria in New York with participation by heads of state, governments, high-level United Nations officials, business leaders and celebrities. More than 700 guests including more than 20 heads of state attended the event, now in its third year, with Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady featured as master of ceremony and stage performance by French music band Les Nubians, African pop diva Yvonne Chaka Chaka, and singer-song writer David Paich.

The theme of the annual event was innovation and technology for sustainable development. The awards seek to highlight the achievements of countries in the Global South, and recognize public and private sector leaders who have contributed significantly to South-South cooperation and sustainable development. Among this year’s public sector award recipients were Costa Rica, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Fiji.

In his remarks to the star-studded gathering, Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, president of the International Organization for South-South Cooperation and co-chair of the award committee, underlined the crucial role of information and communications technologies as a tool for development. The awards, he said, “bring not only the bridge between the public and private sectors, but also give us the opportunity to serve as facilitator” in strengthening cooperation in developing countries.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was presented with a humanitarian achievement award. In accepting the prize on behalf of their father, Ms. Zindzi Mandela and Ms. Josina Machel stressed his dedication to wide-ranging cooperation among developing nations. President Mandela’s wife, Graca Machel, was also recognized for her humanitarian work advocating for culture, children, and women.

Singer-song writer David Paich, of the pop rock band Toto, received a Lifetime Cultural Achievement Recognition. Mr. Paich, who has collaborated with Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Pink, Don Henley and others, also performed some of his most famous songs, including “Africa.”

The South-South Awards 2013 is co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN), the South-South Steering Committee for Sustainable Development (SS-SCSD), the International Organization for South-South Cooperation (IOSSC) and South-South News.

CONTACT: pressinfo@southsouthawards.com

www.southsouthawards.com

 

SOCAR AURORA Fujairah Terminal Announces Commencement of Phase 2 Operations

LONDON, Sept. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SOCAR AURORA Fujairah Terminal FZC (SAFT), the joint venture company between SOCAR, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic, AURORA Progress, the Swiss based commodity trading house, and the Government of Fujairah today announced the completion of the second phase of the 815,000 cubic metre oil products terminal in Fujairah. This phase has added 235,000 cubic metres to the tanks already in operation and has been partly funded with $61 million from APICORP and National Bank of Fujairah.

Ammar Kutait, CEO of SAFT commented “We are delighted to have been able to complete this second phase four weeks ahead of schedule and well within budget. The construction teams from Fujairah National Construction & Transportation for all the civil works, Belleli Energy for tanks and pipelines, Consilium Middle East for the electrical, instrumentation and fire fighting equipment together with our project manager MUC Oil & Gas and the SAFT team have all played their part in a successful delivery of these 11 tanks. We have adopted the latest technology in the construction including having a revolutionary sealing system in place on the domed and internal floating roofs that will minimise the loss of product.”

SOCAR Trading [Vice-President and CFO, Emil Bayramli] said: “The terminal has operated very smoothly since it first opened in March 2012. This expansion will provide customers with additional services such as a road loading facility for supply into the local market. As SOCAR Trading we are looking forward to being able to expand the range of products we ourselves store at the terminal. The terminal benefits from a highly flexible pipeline manifold that allows each tank to hold a different product, if required. We have tanks coated so that they can hold aviation jet fuel and ethanol. We set out to make this a thoroughly flexible terminal that can cater to the changing needs of our customers. We are also fortunate to be able to utilise the new, highly efficient oil berth facilities provided by the Port of Fujairah.”

“The Port is making further investments as well in additional berths that will shortly allow us to accommodate vessels of up to 200,000 tonnes”, added Ammar Kutait, “and with SAFT having some of the highest pumping rates in Fujairah we expect to be handling these larger ships in the future.

“Having completed the first two phases we are focussing our attention now to the construction of the third phase and we are pleased that APICORP and National Bank of Fujairah will be supporting us again in this next phase providing in total $110 million of funding”

SOCAR AURORA Fujairah Terminal: The terminal has a total planned capacity of 815,000m3 and can handle fuel oils, gasolines, naphthas and middle distillates (diesel, gasoil & jet kerosene) and is equipped with both tank-to-tank and in-line blending facilities. SOCAR AURORA is an independent terminal operator offering storage capacity to third parties. The Port of Fujairah has constructed a new multi berth facility for the receipt and loading of oil tankers. The terminal is being constructed in phases — the first 2 phases are now complete and provide 350,000 cubic metres of capacity for customers. The next phase will be 12 tanks totalling 315,000 cubic metres. There is then a final phase of a further 150,000 cubic metres.

SOCAR: the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic was incorporated in 1993 to manage all oil and gas assets and activities on the part of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The company employs more than 80,000 people mainly in Azerbaijan but also in different countries in Eastern and Central Europe. SOCAR is involved in exploring oil and gas fields, producing, processing, and transporting oil, gas, and gas condensate, marketing petroleum and petrochemical products in domestic and international markets, and supplying natural gas to industry and the public in Azerbaijan. Three production divisions, two oil refineries and one gas processing plant, an oil tanker fleet, a deep water platform fabrication yard, two trusts, one institution, and 22 subdivisions are operating as corporate entities under SOCAR.

Headquartered in Geneva, SOCAR Trading is the international marketing and development arm of SOCAR Group. The company markets the bulk of SOCAR crude oil export volumes from Ceyhan, trades significant volumes of third party crude and oil products and assists its parent company with international investments in logistics and downstream.

AURORA PROGRESS S.A. is a privately owned Swiss based company with the trade, supply, transport and storage of refined petroleum products as its core activities. The Group’s roots go back to 1978 when Petrotex S.A. was first established; after acquiring Petrotex S.A and its subsidiaries, Aurora Progress continued to expand becoming a global trading company. Today the Group is active in the trading & supplying of petroleum products, supplying bunkers in ports around the world and through Aurora Aviation S.A. is a provider of aviation services from fuelling to flight support to commercial airlines, cargo fleets and private jets and a Fixed Base Operator at a number of airports.

MUC Oil & Gas Engineering Consultancy FZE, Fujairah is an Engineering Consultancy Firm specialised in providing Consultancy Services in Engineering, Project Management and Safety & Environmental Engineering for the Oil & Gas and allied industries. MUCOG’ s Engineering expertise span all relevant Engineering fields including Process, Mechanical, Piping & Pipeline, Electrical, Instrumentation and Civil/Structural Engineering. MUCOG’s services span the whole project life-cycle including amongst others Conceptual/Feasibility Studies, FEED, Detailed Engineering, Tender Administration, HAZOP studies, Environmental Impact Assessment and Project Management right from the commencement of the construction until the commissioning of the Project.

Websites:

  • www.socar.az/index-en.html
  • http://www.socartrading.ch/
  • http://socar-aurora.com/
  • www.aurora-sa.com
  • www.mucog.com

SOCAR Aurora Fujairah Terminal: http://hugin.info/142982/R/1730051/578119.jpg

CONTACT: For enquiries:
info@socar-aurora.com

Online Retail Giant kalahari.com Speeds Up Market Expansion With hybris

South Africa’s Largest Online Retailer Will Use hybris to Extend Its E-Commerce and Multi-Channel Services Into South Africa and Beyond

MUNICH, Germany, Sept. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — hybris, an SAP company and the world’s fastest-growing commerce platform provider, today announced that kalahari.com, South Africa’s largest online retailer, has selected the hybris Commerce Suite to power its retail vision forward, strengthen its position as an innovative market leader, and fast-track market growth selling both digital and physical goods via its online stores and marketplaces.

A 2013 survey of online shopping habits by MasterCard Worldwide reveals online retail in South Africa is growing by more than 30 percent annually [1]. As Africa’s leading online retailer of electronics, toys, appliances, games and books, Kalahari.com will leverage the hybris Commerce Suite to respond to growth opportunities and further extend its market share in the fast growing Southern African commerce market.

Providing a true omni-channel experience, the scalability of the hybris Commerce platform will enable kalahari.com to support its rapidly expanding online operations, which include consumer-to-consumer (C2C) and business-to-consumer (B2C) retail, and deliver a feature-rich experience to a growing number of mobile shoppers. This will include selling digital goods such as eBooks, via kalahari.com’s own e-reader device the Gobii, and a large expansion of its online catalog of digital and physical goods. According to a recent survey published by kalahari.com, mobile shopping in South Africa is being fuelled by the uptake of tablet devices, with 70 percent of tablet owners now using their devices to shop online [2].

Owned by MIH Internet Holdings, a Naspers company that specializes in e-commerce platforms, kalahari.com realized its existing e-commerce system would not be able to scale to support its fast growing business strategy.

“All our retail businesses and especially kalahari.com are highly customer centric, hence a large part of our IT focus is on delivering core platforms that enable the business to deliver the best customer experiences. At large scale and across a continent, this becomes particularly challenging, but with hybris in place we have a foundation to build upon that will free up up our IT teams to focus on the more innovative edge of our customer offering going forward,” explains Michael Needham CTO MIH E-Commerce Africa and Middle East.

Alongside delivering the capability to cope with rapidly increasing data and transaction volumes, the hybris Commerce Suite will enable kalahari.com to respond quickly to changing market or consumer demands while simultaneously reducing site management and development costs.

“With cloud and mobile technology a strong focus we needed a flexible core e-commerce framework at the heart of our many systems that make up our platform,” continues Needham. “The online technology universe is evolving at such a rapid rate, we needed a platform with a solid architecture, and a strong set of tools that allow the business teams autonomy in controlling the site’s offering without heavy involvement from IT.”

Moritz Zimmerman, CTO of hybris commented: “Retailers like kalahari.com are racing to meet the increasing demands of modern consumers, who are looking to buy both digital and physical goods in one place, and the hybris Commerce suite will enable global merchants to meet these objectives by developing and deploying advanced commerce solutions more quickly and through more touchpoints than ever before. We are delighted that hybris will be a key driver in taking kalahari.com to its next growth plane.”

About hybris, an SAP Company

hybris helps businesses around the globe sell more goods, services and digital content through every touchpoint, channel and device. hybris delivers OmniCommerce(TM): state-of-the-art master data management for commerce and unified commerce processes that give a business a single view of its customers, products and orders, and its customers a single view of the business. hybris’ omni-channel software is built on a single platform, based on open standards, that is agile to support limitless innovation, efficient to drive the best TCO, and scalable and extensible to be the last commerce platform companies will ever need. Both principal industry analyst firms rank hybris as a “leader” and list its commerce platform among the top two or three in the market. The same software is available on-premise, on-demand and managed hosted, giving merchants of all sizes maximum flexibility. Over 500 companies have chosen hybris, including global B2B brands Avid, Checkpoint Software, W.W.Grai

nger, Thomson Reuters, 3M and Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt as well as consumer brands Waterstones, Starbucks, Bridgestone, Toys”R”Us UK, Levi’s, Nikon, Galeries Lafayette, Nespresso and Lufthansa. hybris is the future of commerce(TM). For more information, visit www.hybris.com.

About kalahari.com

kalahari.com is the market leader in South African e-commerce. Established in 1998, kalahari.com is South Africa’s largest online retailer of millions of books, eBooks, eReaders, music, toys, appliances, games, cameras and electronics. With the emergence of the marketplace, which connects buyers and sellers together on one platform, kalahari.com has become one of the biggest online retailers in Africa.

[1] MasterCard Worldwide press release 27 June 2013 http://newsroom.mastercard.com/press-releases/south-africans-highly-satisfied-with-online-shopping-mastercard-survey/

[2] Kalahari.com 2013 Mobile Shopping Survey http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/168/97712.html

CONTACT: Meghan Reilly
Walker Sands Communications
312.445.9926
meghan.reilly@walkersands.com
Kaylee Laudon
hybris
952.200.4806
kaylee.laudon@hybris.com

Ingenico and Tagattitude partner in Mobile Money to boost financial inclusion in Africa

PARIS, Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ingenico (Euronext: FR0000125346 ‐ ING), leading worldwide provider of payment solutions announces strategic partnership with Tagattitude, leading mobile money software vendor, to deliver mobile money solutions in Africa.

This partnership is designed to address the specific mobile money demands of the continent with the objective to establish secured electronic transaction infrastructure which will drive financial inclusion in Africa.

Tagattitude’s mobile money platform, TagPay, supports a full range of financial services such as account management, money transfer, retail transactions, airtime, payroll services, e-commerce, bill payments, gift vouchers and more… Combining Ingenico’s leading experience in the payment industry with Tagattitude’s complete and adaptable mobile money platform, it is now possible for banks, telcos, Payment Service Providers, or other financial institutions to transform any customer’s phone into a secure transaction tool.

Jacques Behr, EVP EMEA, Ingenico, commented: “Ingenico is delighted to partner with Tagattitude to develop mobile money services in Africa and to contribute to the economic growth of the region and the development of emerging countries. This partnership reflects our strategy in supporting financial inclusion initiatives and delivering effective value added services to banks and merchants.”

Ingenico’s commercial partnership with Tagattitude is bolstered by a technical integration allowing mobile payment and branchless banking transactions to be carried out securely and conveniently between a customer’s phone and a merchant’s Ingenico terminal.

“We are thrilled to have the trust and support of Ingenico. Tagattitude has been focused on the African mobile money market from the start. TagPay is already being used by mobile money services over 20 countries. This new partnership with Ingenico will strengthen TagPay’s position as the leading mobile money platform. Ingenico’s market leadership will enable us to accelerate the financial inclusion of all populations equipped with mobile phones.” stated Herve Manceron, COO, Tagattitude.

About Ingenico (Euronext: FR0000125346 — ING)

Ingenico is a leading provider of payment solutions, with over 20 million terminals deployed in more than 125 countries. Its 4,000 employees worldwide support retailers, banks and service providers to optimize and secure their electronic payments solutions, develop their offer of services and increase their point of sales revenue. More information on www.ingenico.com | twitter.com/Ingenico.

About Tagattitude

Tagattitude specializes in MOBILE MONEY. Tagattitude has developed the TagPay mobile money platform, a state-of-the-art brandable platform enabling the fullest range of mobile money services on the market. This platform is used by 20+ mobile money services worldwide and supports each facet of their ecosystem.

More information on www.tagattitude.fr | twitter.com/Tagattitude

CONTACT: Press Contact INGENICO :
External Communication Manager Ingenico Group
Mathilde Ordas : +33 1 58 01 80 80

Press Contact TAGATTITUDE :
H&B Communication
Anne Hardy : +33 1 58 18 32 51

Partnerships key to transport industry development

Pretoria: The Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, says partnerships between government and the private sector are crucial to realising the growth, integration and improvement of the transport industry.

“A good transport system has the ability of redesigning and changing the social landscape. For us to achieve that, partnerships with the private sector as well as investments in transport infrastructure are critical,” Vadi said at the 7th iTransport International Conference and Exhibition, held at the Gallagher Convention Center on Tuesday.

He commended the role played by the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) for their sustained contribution to skills development, capacity building and training in the transport industry.

The MEC said given the shortage of professional engineers, engineering technical and qualified supporting personnel, ITSSA’s contribution to helping to solve current and future transport challenges should be applauded.

He said ITSSA’s partnership with the International Public Transport Association was a good platform for the sharing of ideas, expertise and knowledge.

Vadi said ITSSA’s applications tied in well with Gauteng’s 25-year Transport Master Plan, in that they also include traffic management to ease congestion.

The MEC cautioned that there was a real threat to the future “if we continue on the existing path”.

He called on all the stakeholders in the transport fraternity, town planners, township developers, environmentalists, academics, the private sector and labour unions to work with his department in bringing the plan to fruition.

Held under the theme, ‘Enabling Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Integration’, the conference focused on the role of information, innovation, intelligence and integration in solving transport challenges.

The conference also put emphasis on benchmarking local expertise against international standards and showcased the delivery of transport and ITS projects.

ITS is a multi-disciplinary field of expertise that applies innovative solutions and technology applications to the transport arena.

It represents public and private sector stakeholders in applying ITS solutions.

The aim of ITS applications is to make transport operations more efficient, improve safety and security within transport, make using transport more people-friendly as well as reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector.