According to the new SAP and Oxford Economics Digital Transformation Executive Study, digital leaders expect 23 percent more growth by 2019, and already have 85 percent of market share and 80 percent of profitability versus competitors. However, while 84 percent of organisations say that digital transformation is critical, only 3 percent have completed digital transformation,“Middle East and North Africa digital leaders have a running start in the constantly-evolving Digital Economy. In addition, 76 percent of MENA digital leaders rank the Internet of Things as an investment priority in 2017. Only half (52 percent) of all organisations view the Internet of Things as an investment priority in 2017, inching up to 55 percent in 2018. The survey interviewed more than 3,000 executives across 17 countries around the world, including in the Middle East with the UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
October 11, 2017 17:15 UTC
These are hidden prices that hackers and others crybercriminals charge for providing hacking tools and malwares. There are forums for hacking; whatever you can think of cybercrime it's available there. Most commonly available are malwares, fake documentation, drugs and weapons in the dark Web world in this region. In the US, drugs and weapons are most commonly available in this dark world," said Ihab Moawad, vice-president for the Mediterranean, Middle East and Africa at Trend Micro. On the other hand, cybercriminals can also purchase fake documents to perpetrate insurance fraud or prove resident status.
October 11, 2017 16:30 UTC
TEHRAN - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its latest World Economic Outlook titled “Seeking Sustainable Growth: Short-Term Recovery, Long-Term Challenges” predicted a 3.8 percent real GDP growth for Iran in 2018, rising from 3.5 percent in 2017. “In 2018, growth is expected to increase to 3.8 percent, mostly reflecting stronger domestic demand in oil importers and a rebound of oil production in oil exporters,” the report said. The data presented indicates that Iran’s GDP growth will outpace that of Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan which is going to be 3.5 percent in 2018 and 3.8 percent by 2022. Iran’s GDP will increase to 4.1 by 2022, while the country’s consumer price inflation which stands at 10.5 percent in the current year will fall to 10.1 percent in 2018 and to 8.7 percent by 2022.
October 11, 2017 15:33 UTC
Sara and Charles Rippey first locked eyes at their elementary school in tiny Hartford, Wisconsin, close to 90 years ago. The couple, who were 98 and 100 years old, died together on Sunday in Napa when the fast-moving wildfire whipped into their house and they were unable to escape. Sara Rippey was always busy, playing bridge, golf and tennis and taking care of the home while her husband worked. They had lived at their house in Napa for 35 years. She managed to get Sara Rippey into a wheelchair and was trying to get to Charles Rippey’s room.
October 11, 2017 14:37 UTC
The Moroccan government has described as “irresponsible” Catalonia’s unilateral secessionist move and renewed its strong backing to Spain’s sovereignty, national unity and territorial integrity. Thus, the Kingdom of Morocco does not recognize this unilateral process, contrary to international legality”, underlined the foreign affairs press release. The move is a first step towards activating Article 155 to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy. On Tuesday Mr Puigdemont signed a declaration of independence, but halted implementation to allow negotiations. Mr Rajoy accused Mr Puigdemont of creating “deliberate confusion” and said he wanted to restore “certainty”.
October 11, 2017 13:52 UTC
The region also has the lowest proportion of women entrepreneurs, according to an OECD report which examines barriers to their employment in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Nicola Ehlermann, an OECD expert on the region, said girls' education was encouraged but professional aspirations were not. The OECD estimates gender-based discrimination in laws and social norms costs the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region $575 billion a year. Gabriela Ramos, OECD chief of staff, called for countries to embed gender equality in all their laws - and enforce them. "Gender equality is not only good for women, it's good for businesses, it's good for sound economies and it's good for happier societies," she said.
October 11, 2017 13:30 UTC
The region also has the lowest proportion of women entrepreneurs, according to an OECD report which examines barriers to their employment in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Nicola Ehlermann, an OECD expert on the region, said girls’ education was encouraged but professional aspirations were not. The OECD estimates gender-based discrimination in laws and social norms costs the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region $575 billion a year. Gabriela Ramos, OECD chief of staff, called for countries to embed gender equality in all their laws - and enforce them. “Gender equality is not only good for women, it’s good for businesses, it’s good for sound economies and it’s good for happier societies,” she said.
October 11, 2017 13:30 UTC
Oct. 11, 2017 06:00 UTC - Nairobi, Kenya--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hurricane Electric, the world’s leading IPv6-native Internet backbone, today announced that it has added a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Nairobi at the East Africa Data Centre. Additionally, the facility has been designed to meet International Data Centre Standards as outlined by TIA-942. “Hurricane Electric is delighted with the continued growth of our global network through this new Point of Presence and we remain committed to further expanding into even more African countries in 2018,” said Mike Leber, President, Hurricane Electric. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to more than 160 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 6,500 different networks. In addition to its vast global network, Hurricane Electric owns and operates two data centers in Fremont, California, including Fremont 2, its newest 208,000 square foot facility.
October 11, 2017 13:07 UTC
This is so because Lucifer is a fallen angel who was the head of the ministry of music in Jehovah God’s kingdom. According to Isaiah 14:11 confirms this True Gospel: “Your might and power were buried with you. I, for one, I shall continue preaching this True Gospel till my last breathe. This is why Jesus taught us to test such spirits to determine whether they are of Jehovah God or from Hell. To avoid this, a proper church of Jehovah God, not the one being led by Satanists, should dress decently.
October 11, 2017 12:22 UTC
In an explosive 4.5 minute freestyle laced with anger, American rapper Eminem didn’t mince words in telling President Donald Trump how much he hates his administration. The top-selling rapper of all time called Trump all sorts of names including a “racist grandpa,” warning fans not to support the US president. In the video, the rap superstar is seen with a hoodie over his head and an angry undertone in his voice. The latest freestyle, which Eminem revealed on Twitter is called “The Storm.” In the video, rapper Eminem continued to criticise Trump and those who support him. Also Read: The Pussycat Dolls Confirm Their Long-awaited ReunionWatch the full video here;The White House is yet to comment on the video.
October 11, 2017 12:11 UTC
The Government will provide NOK 50 million to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the EU's trust fund for stability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa. 'Norway is participating actively in European cooperation on migration and refugee crises. Increasing employment opportunities, strengthening local communities, improving governance, enhancing conflict prevention and providing protection and assistance to vulnerable migrant groups are some of the EU Trust Fund's key focus areas. The EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa was established at the 2015 Valletta Summit on Migration, which brought together leaders from European and African countries. Norway contributed NOK 30 million in funding to the EU Trust Fund in 2016, and is now providing a further NOK 50 million, of which NOK 20 million will go to projects in North Africa.
October 11, 2017 11:03 UTC
WideCells Group PLC (LON:WDC) CEO João Andrade talks to DirectorsTalk about an exclusive Heads of Terms agreement with multi-sector advisory business White Apex General Trading, to sell and promote the Group’s stem cell services in the Middle East and North Africa and Asia-Pacific territories. White Apex is a multi-sector advisory business with offices in the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait. This team will be led by Dr. Ahmed Alawi, who will become WideCells Group Managing Director of MENA and Asia-Pacific. Other team members include Ahmad Jemain, who will become WideCells Group Chief Operating Officer of MENA and Asia-Pacific. Zakaria Aziz will also join the team as WideCells Group Business Development/ Marketing in South East Asia.
October 11, 2017 10:30 UTC
Counties Fate of Sh35bn Kerio Valley power plant uncertain over land disputesElgeyo-Marakwet County Governor Alex Tolgos from (left), Kerio Valley Development Authority Managing Director David Kimosop, County Commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki during a press conference after a leaders' meeting to deliberate on the planned establishment of Aror power and irrigation project in the county at a cost of Sh35 billion. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NMGThe planned construction of Sh35 billion Arror hydro-electric power and irrigation project in Kerio Valley remained uncertain after a crisis meeting to iron out issues around its establishment ended in disarray. The governor has often accused the KVDA of failing to involve the residents who are set to be displaced by the project. But Governor Tolgos disputed that saying he was not aware of the meetings. Drop court casesAfter the meeting, Mr Tolgos said there will be no project until the court cases were dropped.
October 11, 2017 09:56 UTC
The 4th Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted without a vote a draft resolution reiterating support for the UN Secretary General and his Personal Envoy in their efforts to resolve the Sahara dispute through a consensual solution. The resolution also called on the parties to the Sahara dispute to work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue, in order to enter into a more intensive phase of negotiations. Speaking during the works of the Committee, Morocco’s representative at the UN in New York, Omar Hilale, called the General Assembly to stop examining the Sahara issue, thereby allowing Morocco to conduct the negotiation process leading to a mutually acceptable solution. He explained that the Sahara dispute is not a question of decolonization, stressing that Morocco’s recovery of its territory from colonial Powers had been gradual and based on negotiated agreements. He recalled that the Polisario had not existed in 1965 and hence could not claim any rights over the Sahara.
October 11, 2017 09:45 UTC
The Forum is the fourth of its kind held bilaterally within four years. This edition is held by the federation of Morocco’s employers in partnership with the Russian export center and the Russian-Arab Business Council with the participation of leading Russian companies and businessmen. Moroccan-Russian trade is dominated by agri-food products, which make up 97% of overall trade. Russia imported 18% of Morocco’s overall agri-food production for a total value of 1.8 billion dirhams in 2016. In terms of volume, Morocco exported to Russia a total of 351,000 tons of agri-food products, thus becoming the first supplier of the Russian market with tomatoes and the second with citrus fruits.
October 11, 2017 09:22 UTC