Daily Archives: May 25, 2018

XCMG crée XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. et ouvre un centre de pièces détachées à Ankara

ANKARA, Turquie, 25 mai 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, le plus grand fabricant mondial d’engins de construction, a créé une nouvelle société à l’étranger, XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. et un centre de pièces détachées (XCMG Turkey), à Ankara (Turquie), ce qui permettra à l’entreprise de fournir des produits et des services aux clients de ce pays à forte croissance.

XCMG Opens XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. and Spare Parts Center in Ankara.

XCMG Turkey collaborera avec les concessionnaires locaux pour offrir une expérience complète « tout-en-un » aux clients locaux, promouvoir le développement durable de la marque XCMG localement et poser des bases solides pour déborder sur les marchés limitrophes. Lors de l’inauguration de la société, XCMG a signé un contrat de sept millions d’USD avec un concessionnaire turc, une coopération majeure couvrant un nombre important d’équipements, dont des excavatrices, des grues et des chargeuses.

« Nous sommes ravis d’étendre notre présence en Turquie en créant une société sur place », a déclaré Jiansen Liu, le président adjoint de XCMG et directeur général de XCMG Import and Export Co. « La Turquie est un maillon important de l’initiative chinoise ‘une ceinture, une route’ et le marché de ce pays joue un rôle important dans la stratégie de croissance internationale de XCMG, du fait de sa situation géographique et économique dans la région. »

Merih Özgen, le président de l’Association turque des engins de construction, estime que la création de XCMG Turkey fera date en matière de développement du secteur turc des engins de construction mécanique et accélérera le développement de la construction d’infrastructures turques. « L’ancienne route de la soie partait de Chine et allait jusqu’en Turquie. L’initiative ‘une ceinture, une route’ resserre les liens entre les deux pays », a-t-il déclaré.

XCMG est présent sur le marché turc depuis 2000 et les produits de pointe et résistants de la marque, dont les grues, les excavatrices, les chargeuses, les niveleuses, les plateformes de forage rotatives et autres, ont été utilisés dans de nombreux projets de construction dans le pays. À l’heure actuelle, plus de 1 000 machines XCMG sont à l’œuvre en Turquie.

XCMG a gagné des parts de marché dans les 57 pays participant à l’initiative chinoise ‘une ceinture, une route’, les exportations vers ces pays représentant 72 % du volume total des exportations de la société. Tout juste en avril, XCMG a livré des centrales à béton pour soutenir le nouveau projet d’investissement en Égypte.

À propos de XCMG

XCMG est un fabricant multinational de matériels lourds, actif depuis 74 ans. La société se classe actuellement au sixième rang dans l’industrie mondiale des machines de construction. Ses produits s’exportent dans plus de 177 pays et régions du monde.

Pour de plus amples informations, rendez-vous sur www.xcmg.com ou les pages XCMG sur FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn et Instagram.

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XCMG crée XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. et ouvre un centre de pièces détachées à Ankara

ANKARA, Turquie, 25 mai 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, le plus grand fabricant mondial d’engins de construction, a créé une nouvelle société à l’étranger, XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. et un centre de pièces détachées (XCMG Turkey), à Ankara (Turquie), ce qui permettra à l’entreprise de fournir des produits et des services aux clients de ce pays à forte croissance.

XCMG Opens XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. and Spare Parts Center in Ankara.

XCMG Turkey collaborera avec les concessionnaires locaux pour offrir une expérience complète « tout-en-un » aux clients locaux, promouvoir le développement durable de la marque XCMG localement et poser des bases solides pour déborder sur les marchés limitrophes. Lors de l’inauguration de la société, XCMG a signé un contrat de sept millions d’USD avec un concessionnaire turc, une coopération majeure couvrant un nombre important d’équipements, dont des excavatrices, des grues et des chargeuses.

« Nous sommes ravis d’étendre notre présence en Turquie en créant une société sur place », a déclaré Jiansen Liu, le président adjoint de XCMG et directeur général de XCMG Import and Export Co. « La Turquie est un maillon important de l’initiative chinoise ‘une ceinture, une route’ et le marché de ce pays joue un rôle important dans la stratégie de croissance internationale de XCMG, du fait de sa situation géographique et économique dans la région. »

Merih Özgen, le président de l’Association turque des engins de construction, estime que la création de XCMG Turkey fera date en matière de développement du secteur turc des engins de construction mécanique et accélérera le développement de la construction d’infrastructures turques. « L’ancienne route de la soie partait de Chine et allait jusqu’en Turquie. L’initiative ‘une ceinture, une route’ resserre les liens entre les deux pays », a-t-il déclaré.

XCMG est présent sur le marché turc depuis 2000 et les produits de pointe et résistants de la marque, dont les grues, les excavatrices, les chargeuses, les niveleuses, les plateformes de forage rotatives et autres, ont été utilisés dans de nombreux projets de construction dans le pays. À l’heure actuelle, plus de 1 000 machines XCMG sont à l’œuvre en Turquie.

XCMG a gagné des parts de marché dans les 57 pays participant à l’initiative chinoise ‘une ceinture, une route’, les exportations vers ces pays représentant 72 % du volume total des exportations de la société. Tout juste en avril, XCMG a livré des centrales à béton pour soutenir le nouveau projet d’investissement en Égypte.

À propos de XCMG

XCMG est un fabricant multinational de matériels lourds, actif depuis 74 ans. La société se classe actuellement au sixième rang dans l’industrie mondiale des machines de construction. Ses produits s’exportent dans plus de 177 pays et régions du monde.

Pour de plus amples informations, rendez-vous sur www.xcmg.com ou les pages XCMG sur FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn et Instagram.

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XCMG Opens XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. and Spare Parts Center in Ankara

ANKARA, Turkey, May 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG, the world’s leading construction machinery manufacturer, has established a new overseas company, XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. and Spare Parts Center (XCMG Turkey), in Ankara, Turkey, which will allow the company to provide products and services to customers in the rapidly-growing country.

XCMG Opens XCMG Turkey Co., Ltd. and Spare Parts Center in Ankara.

XCMG Turkey will work with local dealers to provide a complete one-stop experience for local customers, promoting sustainable development of the XCMG brand locally and laying a solid foundation for expanding into surrounding markets. At the company’s opening ceremony, XCMG signed a US$7 million deal with a Turkish dealer, a milestone cooperation covering a variety of equipment including excavators, cranes and loaders.

“We are excited to expand our presence in Turkey through the establishment of a local company,” said Jiansen Liu, Assistant President of XCMG and General Manager of XCMG Import and Export Co. “Turkey, is an important node along China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative and the market there plays an important role in XCMG’s international growth strategy thanks to its geographical and economic position in the region.”

Merih Özgen, President of the Turkey Construction Machinery Association, believes that the establishment of XCMG Turkey has epoch-marking significance to the development of Turkey’s engineering machinery industry and will accelerate the development of Turkish infrastructure construction. “The ancient Silk Road started in China and ended in Turkey. The Belt and Road tightens the relationship between China and Turkey,” he said.

XCMG entered the Turkish market in 2000 and the brand’s advanced and endurable products including cranes, excavators, loaders, land levelers, rotary drilling rigs and more have been used by many construction projects in the country. At present, more than 1,000 XCMG machineries are working in the Turkey.

XCMG has expanded its market share in the 57 countries participating in China’s “Belt and Road” Initiative, with exports to those countries accounting for 72 percent of the company’s total outbound volume. Just in April, XCMG delivered concrete mixing plants to assist the new capital project in Egypt.

About XCMG

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks sixth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG’s pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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On Africa’s Terror Landscape, Double Agents Abound

U.S. efforts to combat terrorists based on the African continent are running into a myriad of problems, perhaps none so vexing, or dangerous, as the constantly shifting alliances and aims of the terrorist fighters themselves.

No longer beholden to one group or ideology, or even to the highest bidder, these terror operatives are steadily blurring the lines dividing one group from another.

The result, according to Western and African defense and intelligence officials, is new type of higher-level terror operative, willing to work for competing, brand-name terror groups like al-Qaida and Islamic State, sometimes simultaneously.

“You need a bit of a decoder ring and you really have to keep up on it to figure out what one group of fighters is currently aligned with what other group,” Christopher Maier, director of the Defeat ISIS Core Task Force at the U.S. Defense Department, told VOA.

“They do mergers and acquisitions basically on a regular basis,” he said. “Most of the capability in terms of fighters and leaders moves as it serves their local interests.”

As a result, terror attacks can be harder to attribute, with successes at times possibly the result of help or planning from more than one group, even from both al-Qaida and IS.

Such attributions have even become the source of disagreements among U.S. counterterrorism agencies and officials.

Tunis attack

One example is the March 2015 attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis that killed 22 people.

U.S. defense and intelligence officials pinned responsibility on IS. Two months later, a U.S airstrike targeted a prime suspect, IS planner Noureddine Chouchane, a Tunisian national who had also been moving IS fighters through IS camps in Libya to other countries.

“Chouchane’s removal will eliminate an experienced facilitator and is expected to have an immediate impact on ISIL’s ability to facilitate its activities in Libya,” said then-Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook, using an acronym for Islamic State.

While Chouchane may have been the prime suspect, it was clear he was not working alone.

In the time since the strike targeting Chouchane, some U.S. officials came to believe he had help from another terror facilitator familiar to African counterterror officials, Wanas al-Faqih.

Only that was a problem. Whereas Chouchane was working for Islamic State, Faqih was known for his work for IS’s northern African rival, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

“Wanas al-Faqih is an AQIM associate who planned the March 18, 2015, Bardo Museum attack in Tunis, Tunisia, that killed at least 20 people,” the State Department said in a statement this past January, when he was named as a specially designated terrorist.

U.S. counterterrorism officials outside the State Department quickly pushed back.

“The 18 March 2015 Bardo Museum attack in Tunis was conducted by ISIS-aligned Tunisians operating out of Sabratha, Libya,” a senior counterterrorism official told VOA. “AQIM was not involved with planning the attack.”

Yet State Department officials insisted Faqih was involved, just that he was not acting on behalf of the al-Qaida affiliate.

“Wanas al-Faqih is dual-hatted,” a State Department counterterror official clarified to VOA. “He has worked for both AQ [al-Qaida] and ISIS.”

Fluid terror landscape

The terror landscape in Africa has always been fluid. Some counterterrorism officials have at times described various hot spots on the continent as jihadist resorts, where low-level fighters can rest and resupply before joining up with a new terror group.

Yet even as IS and al-Qaida compete for followers and affiliates, the willingness for higher-ranking jihadists to be “dual-hatted” has taken some by surprise, especially since it has long been discouraged at the very highest levels of both terror organizations.

“It’s been a long-evolving process,” said Joseph Siegle, director of research at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a U.S. Defense Department institution.

That has been especially true in parts Mali and Burkina Faso, where AQIM has been trying to expand since 2012, at one point taking major Malian cities like Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu with the help of seminomadic Tuareg rebels.

Despite that initial success, analysts say, AQIM was never able to solidify support among local jihadists.

“These groups are broken off, they re-form in different configurations, they change names,” said Siegle. “Sometimes there’s rivalry, sometimes there’s cooperation.”

And that fluidity extends up the chain of command.

“We see a lot of exchanges happening, either leaders going from one group to another or creating their own group when they’re not happy with the group they were in,” he said.

Problematic counterterror response

The constant state of flux on the ground has made the fight against the jihadist groups more difficult, both for African states and the U.S.

“Most people actually think that the threat is ended once you close them inside cells. That’s wrong,” Ambassador Mohamed Salah Tamek, delegate general of Morocco’s Penitentiary and Reintegration Administration, said during a visit to the U.S. late last year.

“The point is not to put these offenders in prison but rather convincing them to disengage from religious extremism,” he said, adding the key is not to take on the group or brand but rather the underlying thinking.

“These people are understanding religion differently,” Tamek said. “The religious discourse is misleading them, or they’re being misled by wrong ideas about jihad.”

For the United States, which has about 7,500 troops and contractors in Africa, the challenge is just as daunting, as evidenced by the October 2017 ambush of a U.S. team in Niger by an IS affiliate that left four Army Special Forces soldiers dead.

While a months-long investigation into the incident found the joint U.S.-Nigerien mission was plagued by problems up and down the chain of command, it also revealed a jihadist threat that was more vibrant and capable than previously thought.

Unseen magnitude, capability

“They knew activities went on there, but they had never seen anything in this magnitude numbers, mobility and training,” General Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, told Pentagon reporters earlier this month.

Since the ambush, U.S. Africa Command has not only increased the firepower available to its forces on the ground but also has ramped up its use of drones and other surveillance to get a better sense of the size and composition of the jihadist groups they are facing.

“ISIS-GS [Islamic State Greater Sahel] is one of the many violent extremist groups in that particular region of the Mali-Niger border,” Waldhauser said. “They change allegiances quite frequently, because there’s underpinnings to AQIM and a group called JNIM, Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin.”

The fluid state of play is also forcing U.S. and African forces to put a greater premium on tracking individual leaders, like Doundou Chefou, currently a key player in the IS affiliate in Niger who was being targeted by U.S. and Nigerien forces at the time of the October 2017 ambush.

“These groups tend to combine around personalities and different, more localized interest,” the Defeat ISIS Core Task Force’s Maier told VOA.

The way they identify or brand themselves has increasingly less to do with ideology and more to do with pure convenience.

“Sometimes it behooves them more on what they’re trying to achieve to put the ISIS brand on them, much as in the past it was an al-Qaida-type brand,” Maier added. “Opportunistic is kind of how we tend to think of those groups down there.”

Source: Voice of America

President Ramaphosa outlines review of the size and shape of government

A review of the size and shape of the National Executive and government departments has begun, in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s undertaking in the February 2018 State of the Nation Address that the configuration, number and size of national government departments would be reassessed.

President Ramaphosa said in the State of the Nation Address that growth, development and transformation depended on a strong and capable state. Furthermore, the President said it was critical that the structure and size of the state was optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources.

President Ramaphosa has provided further details on the review process in a written reply to a parliamentary question submitted by the Democratic Alliance.

In his reply, the President says previous and current configurations of the administration is still in progress, with the view to establishing the synergy between the Constitution and legislation on one hand and the national macro-organisation of the national government, on the other.

The full answer by the President is as follows:

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY

1424. Mr D J Maynier (DA) to ask the President of the Republic:

Whether, with reference to his undertaking in his State of the Nation Address on 16 February 2018 in the National Assembly, a process to review the (a) configuration, (b) number and (c) size of national Government departments has been initiated; if not, in each case, why not; if so, (i) who is responsible for the review, (ii) what is the name of the lead department carrying out the review, (iii) what progress has been made with the review and (iv) by what date will the review be completed in each case? NW1526E

REPLY

(a) � (c) Yes, the process of reviewing the size and shape of the National Executive and government departments has begun.

(i) A Technical Task Team of officials from the following departments is currently reviewing the configuration of the national government: The Presidency; the Department of Public Service and Administration; the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; the National Treasury; and the Department of Cooperative Governance.

(ii) The Presidency is the lead department.

(iii) A review of previous and current configurations is still in progress, with the view to establishing the synergy between the Constitution and legislation on one hand and the national macro-organisation of the national government, on the other. A preliminary analysis has been concluded.

(iv) The review will be concluded after due political consultations, in time for implementation in the sixth administration.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa