Regional Integration – RR Reading Sun, 02 Jan 2022 15:49:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Regional Integration – RR Reading 32 32 RCEP certificates issued to facilitate the flow of international trade Sun, 02 Jan 2022 11:49:08 +0000

The photo taken on January 1, 2022 shows containers being unloaded at the Port of Muara, Brunei’s largest deep-water port, in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei. [Photo/Xinhua]

The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), China’s foreign trade and investment promotion agency, issued RCEP certificates of origin to 69 Chinese companies nationwide on January 1.

With the certificates, companies can benefit from preferential tariffs when exporting goods to RCEP member countries. The exports of these companies include mechanical and electrical products, textiles and chemicals. The value of these exports amounted to $ 12 million, and RCEP certificates of origin are expected to help reduce tariffs for affected Chinese companies by $ 180,000, the CCPIT said.

After the entry into force of the RCEP on January 1, more than 90% of trade in goods between member countries will ultimately benefit from zero customs duties. These include the immediate reduction of tariffs to zero and the gradual reduction of tariffs to zero over 10 years.

The measures indicate that member countries will keep their promises to liberalize trade in goods within a relatively short period of time, and this will contribute vigorously to strengthening regional economic integration in East Asia as well as fostering economic recovery and growth. in the post-pandemic era, the CCPIT said. .

Currently, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand and Australia have adopted electrical issuance of RCEP Certificates of Origin.

For Chinese companies wishing to export products to these countries, certificates of origin will be issued entirely electronically, and CCPIT will provide online approval and printing services to companies.

For Chinese companies wishing to export products to Brunei, Laos, Vietnam or Cambodia, those countries temporarily do not accept electronic signatures and require manual signatures and stamps on certificates, the CCPIT said.

The CCPIT has issued certificates of origin for various trade agreements and preferential trade agreements. As of December 15, 2021, the CCPIT had issued 1.08 million certificates of origin for Chinese companies, and the number has increased 25.7% year-on-year.

On that date, the value of affected exports reached $ 63.42 billion, up 98.8% year-on-year, and the certificates helped reduce tariffs by at least $ 3.17 billion. for Chinese companies that export goods overseas, the CCPIT said.

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WORLD VISION: Further integration of CARICOM countries cannot wait Fri, 31 Dec 2021 22:50:40 +0000


(The author is the Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United States and the OAS. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and at Massey College at the University. of Toronto, the opinions expressed are his own).

The tornado destruction of Kentucky, a state in the southeastern United States of America (United States), on December 12, has lessons for the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), at dawn 2022 amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and weakened economies.

One of the lessons is that those CARICOM member states that continue to insist that CARICOM remain “a community of sovereign states”, each pursuing distinct policies – sometimes to the detriment of one another – commit to the way of perdition, because the facts of their situation justify.

Many sovereign CARICOM states would not be solvent without the official development assistance they receive. Their sovereignty is limited by the extent of their financial and economic dependence, which they pay the price for. Curiously, some of them prefer to pay a price to outside powers, rather than pooling their individual sovereignty within a common autonomous authority with their CARICOM partners in order to build their strength and resilience.

Why should people in other American states, like Texas or New York, care about the devastation in Kentucky? After all, Kentucky representatives in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, fiercely resist the US federal government. They want to retain power in the governor and legislature of Kentucky, just as some governments in the CARICOM countries insist on their “sovereignty.”

Kentucky is a state within the Union of 50 states that make up the United States. If the U.S. federal government doesn’t use domestic resources to help Kentucky rebuild, the state will fall into unemployment, poverty, and crime. It would eventually become a failed state. People would flee to find livelihoods elsewhere, and investors would move their money to economies that work. The federal government couldn’t allow Kentucky to fail, not even with people like Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul favoring state power over federal authority. If Kentucky were left on its own, it would become a weak link in the American chain, making the country vulnerable and exposing it to security threats.

The federal government has stepped up to provide immediate aid to Kentucky and to commit huge sums of money for its reconstruction and recovery, as the United States is one nation. It is not a group of sovereign states. If the United States were just a community of independent states, like the members of CARICOM, it would not be the greatest economic and military power in the world. Instead, 50 states would exist – some stronger and better endowed than others, but each of them much weaker individually than they are as a single nation, and certainly none of them. they are not a force in the world.

In shaping their independence, the original 13 countries (then the British colonies) debated a union with a strong federal government or a collection of independent and disparate states.

They opted for a strong federal government precisely because they recognized that only by joining their collective resources would they be strong enough to resist England, France, Spain and others. European powers which would have kept them dependent and enslaved.

From the very beginnings of CARICOM, governments, haunted by the collapse of the West Indies Federation caused by ambitious and manipulative local politicians determined to be big fish in small bowls have resisted the Union which would have reduced their vulnerabilities, strengthened their resilience and made them economically stronger.

What is striking about the years 2020 and 2021 is that the greatest success of the “sovereign” states of the Caribbean Community has come from joint institutions and collective action. No CARICOM country would have battled COVID-19 without the Caribbean Public Health Agency; none would have responded quickly enough to natural disasters without the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency; and none would have mobilized insurance relief without the Caribbean Disaster Risk Insurance Mechanism or the emergency resources of the Caribbean Development Bank.

As it stands, despite the help of regional agencies, almost all of them are now in debt and the recovery will be long and difficult, with the exception of Guyana with the addition of oil wealth and gas resources to its traditional resources of agriculture and precious metals.

Recently Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali, speaking to his country’s private sector, said that “regional integration and other ‘fantasies’ cannot be taken seriously until current (trade) barriers exist. are not deleted ”. He’s right about that. CARICOM claims to be a common market, but countries have erected trade barriers against themselves, while opening their markets to the European Union and the UK with little trade benefit in return. After nearly 50 years of existence, CARICOM is still not a common market and is far from a customs union. The much-vaunted “single market and economy” has become a fading aspiration.

But it is not only trade barriers that should be removed. CARICOM and its goals need to be reconsidered, reworked and reoriented. No one should be happy with their current condition; everything should be ready to rearrange it.

It is highly likely that CARICOM governments are still not ready for a more perfect union that could help isolate each CARICOM country from the serious challenges that lie ahead in 2022 and beyond.

However, if the past two decades have proven anything, it is that individual sovereignty is not the answer to economic progress or the resilience of CARICOM member states. Like Kentucky, they lack the financial capacity and resources for effective resilience.

In this regard, the CARICOM Treaty now needs to be revised. The mistakes of its last revision should not be repeated. Implementation mechanisms must be put in place to oversee the completion of a common market, including the free movement of all, just as there is the free movement of capital.

There should also be clear compensation mechanisms for states that dismantle protectionist policies. Countries that cannot adhere to these necessary actions should not delay the integration of others; they should opt out and consider joining later.

If CARICOM is to have meaning in the life of its member countries, further integration cannot wait.

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Your favorite most read stories in 2021 Tue, 28 Dec 2021 11:03:28 +0000

It has been an eventful year, full of ups and downs. As the country tried to combat the adverse effects of the COVID-19 virus, a new government and a new parliament were inaugurated, there was certainly a series of very interesting events.

These were well documented and reported as they occurred. Out of the list, these top the charts on and they have been compiled to give our esteemed readers a recap.

Coronavirus: hydrogen peroxide provides immediate protection – Pr Ayettey

A former rector of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Ghana, Reverend Professor Emeritus Andrews Seth Ayettey earlier this year, in January 2021, recommended the use of hydrogen peroxide as immediate protection against coronavirus.

According to him, the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide had been proven given the fact that some frontline nurses who used it and treated patients had not contracted the virus.

“In our ongoing observational studies, we became even more convinced of the effectiveness of this solution, realizing that eight frontline nurses from the COVID-19 management team at a district hospital using peroxide d hydrogen had not contracted the disease and had tested negative. since May 2020.

In comparison, 62 of their colleagues not using peroxide had contracted the disease by the end of December 2020, ”said Professor Ayettey.

Find the full story as published on January 22, 2021

Hydrogen Peroxide Offers Immediate Protection – Prof Ayettey

Ministerial list: here are those that have been abandoned, maintained and reworked – Report

After some dramatic events to pass after the 2020 elections, President Akufo-Addo had to make a difficult decision on which group of people he would like to join his government as ministers.

So it was a reshuffle, a reshuffle, and in some cases, a kick. Some former ministers were kicked out, others saw their ministries changed, and others got new appointments as ministers.

Prior to the publication of the official list, some names had emerged as possible candidates in the process of reshuffle and reappointment.

Former Minister of Education Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh (Napo) Mr Amewu and former Deputy Minister of Education Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum and Dan Botwe have all been mentioned in this list ministers to be transferred to other ministries.

Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister of Roads, Kwasi Amoako Atta, Ministers of Communication and Information, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and Kojo Oppong Nkrumah respectively, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Trade Minister Alan Kyerematen, and Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey also saw her names emerge as successful ministers at the time.

For freshmen, we had names like Former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, Deputy Chiefs of Staff Francis Asenso Boakye and Samuel Abu Jinapor, Works, Housing and Sanitation , and the ministries of lands and natural resources respectively mentioned as new additions.

Below is the story as published in January 2021

Ministerial list: here are those that have been abandoned, maintained and reworked – Report

Widow of former Ayawaso West Wuogon MP dies of coronavirus

Joséphine Baiden Agyarko, widow of former Ayawaso West constituency deputy Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, died of complications from COVID-19 in the second month of the new year. She was undergoing treatment and appeared to be doing well until a relapse, resulting in her death on February 6.

Family members who spoke to who reported the incident have asked for privacy to mourn.

She was one of the many personalities who succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.

Read the full article as published in February

Widow of former Ayawaso West Wuogon MP dies of coronavirus

The world’s largest plane lands in Ghana

The world’s largest aircraft, “Antonov An-225 Mriya”, landed at Kotoka International Airport in Accra on July 7, 2021.

The Antonov An-225 Mriya, which was one of only two ever built, is the only one in service, according to Aviation Ghana.
The plane took off from Leipzig and landed successfully at KIA shortly after 4 p.m. on July 7, 2021.

The arrival of the aircraft gives credit to the fact that Kotoka International Airport in Ghana is capable of accommodating all types of aircraft.

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The world’s largest plane lands in Ghana

10 government officials not wanted in Akufo-Addo’s 2nd term – NPP group makes the list

On January 1, when the transition to a new government still under Akufo-Addo ended, a pressure group affiliated with the ruling New Patriotic Party, the Patriotic Reform Movement, emerged with its list of officials to be expelled.
According to them, a sample of opinions of 2,500 party supporters across the country suggested that some ministers were wanted on the new government list in order to maintain the prospect of retaining power in 2024.

“Such people will cause widespread apathy and cause members to stay away and, in severe cases, quit the party. 2,500 party members were interviewed in Ghana’s 16 regions and ten particular names were often mentioned, ”the group said in a statement.

Kan Dapaah – Minister of National Security, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye – Minister of Fisheries, Daniel Titus Glover – Deputy Minister of Transport, Anthony Karbo – Deputy Minister of Roads and Highways, Madame Frema Opare – Chief of Staff, Samuel Atta Akyea – Minister of Housing, Kwasi Amoako Atta – Minister of Roads and Highways, Professor Frimpong Boateng – Minister of Environmental Science and Technology, Yaw Osafo Maafo – Principal Minister, Simon Osei Mensah – Ashanti Regional Minister, was on the list.

Find the full story below as published on January 1, 2021:

10 government officials not wanted in Akufo-Addo’s 2nd term – NPP group makes the list

Captain Smart using service passport issued in 2017 – Owusu Bempah alleges

Godsbrain Blessed Smart Yirenkyi, commonly known as Captain Smart, uses a service passport despite being an ordinary citizen who is not entitled to it.

This is an allegation that was made in the August 30 edition of Net2 TV’s “The Seat Show”, where the host and his guests produced the bio page of said passport.

Host Kwaku Annan was in the studio with Ernest Owusu-Bempah of the Ghana Gas Company and Hopeson Adorye, a failed parliamentary candidate from the New Patriotic Party, NPP.

Key details of the document revealed that it was released in November 2017, which assumes it was released under the current government, and is set to expire in November 2022.

“Under what circumstances has an ordinary citizen like Captain Smart obtained a service passport,” Owusu-Bempah asked, threatening to go to the police criminal investigation department for the matter.

Read the full article as posted below on August 31, 2021

Captain Smart using service passport issued in 2017 – Owusu Bempah alleges

Koku Anyidoho’s wife recounts how she was fired and her luggage thrown out of the marital home

The wife of former NDC secretary general Koku Anyidoho in February this year opened up about what she described as unfortunate incidents occurring in her marital home.

Jennifer Boahemaa Yeboah alleged in an exclusive interview with GhanaWeb that after months of emotional abuse and neglect by her husband, Mr. Anyidoho had kicked her out of their home.

It will be recalled that Mrs. Jennifer was involved in a car accident in November last year which resulted in the loss of their 8-year-old daughter.

She added that Mr Anyidoho had abandoned her after the accident, taking their only surviving son because he blamed her for the death of their daughter.

Read the full article as published on February 25 of this year:

Koku Anyidoho’s wife recounts how she was fired and her luggage thrown out of the marital home

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ADP explores opportunities in regional and international markets Sun, 26 Dec 2021 16:23:01 +0000

Abu Dhabi Ports Group supports the national economy, accounting for 13.7% of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP in 2020.

Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Group (ADP), said the group aims to explore opportunities and partnerships in regional and international markets by signing international partnership agreements.

In his statement to the UAE News Agency, Al Shamsi said the group’s investments will help improve the emirate’s stature as a key supporter of international trade and logistics services, in line with the five joint strategic partnerships of the group with Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC) in Jordan.

Abu Dhabi Ports Group supports the national economy, accounting for 13.7% of Abu Dhabi’s non-oil GDP in 2020 and providing more than 200,000 jobs in the United Arab Emirates, as well as managing 55% of the country’s global industrial zones , he added. .

The strategic partnership agreements signed with ADC aim to strengthen the deep-rooted ties between the UAE and Jordan, as well as support Abu Dhabi Ports Group’s global expansion plans by capitalizing on the strategic location Aqaba as a regional Red Sea hub for attracting tourism from Europe, Al Shamsi said, noting that tourists are always keen to visit Aqaba, Wadi Rum and Petra in Jordan.

The CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Group said mutual investments between the UAE and Jordan are valued at nearly $ 20 billion, and new projects will increase the value of Emirati investments in the kingdom.

“Abu Dhabi Ports Group is committed to strengthening its partnership with leading Jordanian companies and helping achieve their aspirations to strengthen Aqaba’s stature as a regional hub for trade, logistics, transport and tourism. We are convinced that these projects are only the beginning of a future fruitful cooperation ”, he added.

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways and ADQ on Thursday announced a proposed transaction that will support the ongoing transformation of Etihad Airways and the future growth of the civil aviation sector in Abu Dhabi. As part of the proposed transaction, a number of Etihad companies providing airline assistance services will be part of a new aviation company ADQ.

Upon completion of the transaction, the airline support services business will benefit from being part of ADQ’s broad mobility and logistics portfolio, which includes Abu Dhabi Airports and AD Ports Group.

The companies included in the proposed transaction are Etihad Engineering, Etihad Airport Services Cargo, Etihad Airport Services Ground, Etihad Aviation Training, Etihad Secure Logistics and Etihad Technical Training.

Additionally, the proposed transaction will see two Etihad companies join Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company (Adnec). Etihad Airport Services Catering will merge with Adnec Capital Hospitality’s catering business, and Etihad Holidays will join Adnec’s tourism promotion business, Tourism 365.

The proposed deal marks the start of a new chapter for Etihad Airways, allowing the airline to focus more on its core business and respond with greater agility to market opportunities as global travel demand rebounds after COVID-19.

Mohamed Hassan Alsuwaidi, CEO of ADQ, said: “With the proposed addition of Etihad’s experienced aviation support activities to our new dedicated aviation company, ADQ is poised to develop a platform of Integrated performance-oriented aviation and a solid financial base through its new business. “

“With an integrated mobility and logistics portfolio that plays a leading role in the development of Abu Dhabi’s global connectivity, we are well positioned to unleash the growth potential of these aviation services businesses. We see the potential to capitalize on growth opportunities, attract a broader airline customer base, and drive the future expansion of Abu Dhabi’s aviation sector.

Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are delighted to partner with ADQ for the next step in our transformation. The past two years have changed the face of aviation and the proposed deal marks an important milestone in how we are repositioning Etihad Airways and our subsidiaries for long term success. “

“This agreement will allow us to focus 100% on Etihad Airways to capitalize on the recovery in travel demand and will benefit our staff, the millions of guests who travel with Etihad Airways each year, and the aviation industry. in the broad sense of Abu Dhabi. We are working closely with the ADQ to ensure the smoothest possible transition.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO of Adnec Group, said: “The inclusion of Etihad Airport Services Catering and Etihad Holidays supports the Abu Dhabi strategy which aims to achieve integration between various business units in exciting economic sectors. This approach will allow us to go beyond customer expectations by building on what has already been done. Our goal remains to reach milestones and continue working to improve competitiveness at regional and international levels, as well as increase contributions to Abu Dhabi’s economy and support sustainable development. ”

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The world is about to ring another pandemic Christmas Fri, 24 Dec 2021 17:55:12 +0000

The rise of the Omicron variant on Friday announced another pandemic-tinged Christmas for billions, with the arrival of Santa Claus and long-awaited family reunions overshadowed by the prospect of even more Covid restrictions.

Party jokes about reindeer having ‘herd immunity’ and millions of ‘home’ insulators may be thin, but the emergence of the ultra-infectious variant of Omicron means the pandemic is not going anywhere .

For the second year, the surge in infections has complicated Christmas plans from Sydney to Seville.

In Bethlehem – the Palestinian city occupied by Christians, according to Christians, the birthplace of Jesus – hoteliers who expected an influx of tourists were disappointed. After an almost total lockdown last year, Israel’s borders are closed again.

Only a few hundred huddled under gray skies in the city’s Manger Square to watch the Palestinian scouts and pipers pass by.

Under heavy police escort, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, arrived at the Church of the Nativity, built on the site where worshipers believe Christ was born.

But this year, like last year, the midnight mass on Christmas Eve will be reserved for a small circle of people by invitation only, and the Friday celebrations have been moderate.

“It’s a bit surreal,” US student Hudson Harder told AFP.

“There’s a selfish part where it’s like ‘Oh I can see this place so empty’ but on the other hand you feel for the stores, all the money they lose, it’s really pretty tragic. . “

“Burst of Hope”

In Europe, governments are reimposing poverty-inducing security measures that deplete Christmas fun for many.

The Netherlands are blocked again while Spain and Italy have made the wearing of masks compulsory outside.

And as Britain hit a record number of Covid-19 infections on Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested getting the vaccine as a Christmas present for loved ones.

In France, the government has urged people to receive booster shots just three months after the first shots, up from the currently suggested five months as it sought to combat the rapidly spreading Omicron.

Yet Christmas gatherings will be easier than a year ago in many other places around the world.

Most Australians are allowed interstate travel during the holidays for the first time in two years, with Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher saying Christmas was “a ray of light” in dark times.

Pope Francis must still deliver the traditional midnight mass on Christmas Eve from Saint Peter’s Basilica.

In an early Christmas giveaway, the United States said it would lift the travel ban on several countries in southern Africa next week when the Omicron variant was first detected.

Millions of Americans are on the move as Christmas approaches, even as Covid infections surpass the peak of the previous wave and hospitals run out of beds.

But thousands of them faced a bleak holiday weekend, with major carrier United canceling 120 flights because the number of infections affected flight crews and other operations.

Operation Present Drop

However, the angst over a seemingly never-ending crisis, long lines for tests, canceled flights, and close contact notifications won’t stop Santa from making his rounds.

The shaggy spreader of holiday cheer was reportedly cleared for travel through Canadian airspace after showing proof of vaccination and a negative Covid test before the flight, the Ottawa transport minister said.

Santa’s flight crew – including the reindeer Rudolph, whose “nose was glowing bright red (but) made sure he had no symptoms of Covid-19 before taking off” – also received the green light.

And Australian authorities have said they are working around the clock to ensure “Operation Present Drop” runs smoothly.

“Our air traffic controllers will guide Santa Claus safely through Australian airspace,” said Airservices, the air safety authority.

“He’s cleared to fly at 500 feet so he can roam the rooftops and deliver his gifts quickly and silently – after all, his magic sled is no ordinary plane.”

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Multilateral cooperation, the key to economic recovery Wed, 22 Dec 2021 20:30:00 +0000

Xie Fuzhan, president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said it had become more “important and urgent” than ever to advocate multilateralism and support the free trade system, as increasing unilateral actions could provoke the isolation and disorder in the global economy.

Xie made the remark on Monday when addressing the Global Strategic Dialogue 2021, an international webinar on the open global economy co-hosted by CASS and China daily.

To promote an inclusive and balanced global economic recovery, major economies should strengthen macroeconomic policy coordination and consider the potential negative spillover effects on other economies when formulating their policies, said Xie.

He also called for more joint efforts to address the challenge of global warming and the establishment of a new system of climate governance allowing different economies to maximize their contributions to carbon reduction.

Naoyuki Yoshino, professor emeritus at Keio University in Japan and former dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, said it is possible to impose taxes on CO2 emissions at the same rate globally to facilitate green development.

Experts attending the webinar also noted China’s potential to further promote an open global economy, address major global challenges, and create new opportunities for cooperation with United States.

Zhou Shuchun, publisher and editor-in-chief of China daily, said China’s strong position is to advocate for economic globalization and make it more inclusive, open and beneficial for all. It should also become a consensus within the international community.

China shares its domestic market with the rest of the world, creating a more internationalized and fairer trading environment, promoting regional economic integration and supporting the multilateral trading system based on the World Trade Organization, Zhou said.

The annual Central Economic Work Conference that set the tone said that promoting openness at the institutional level is one of China’s key tasks for next year, with measures to ensure that domestic enterprises and their foreign counterparts are treated on an equal footing.

Yu Yongding, academician of CASS, highlighted the potential for cooperation between China and the United States in the fight against “common enemies”, including the COVID-19 pandemic, global warming, poverty, terrorism and Pollution.

Yu said he believed that if China and the United States find and fight “common enemies,” the world’s two largest economies could escape Thucydides’ trap, which describes the tendency for conflict when an emerging power threatens to displace an existing power.

Amar Bhattacharya, a senior fellow of the WashingtonThe Brookings Institution’s Global Economics and Development Program, based at the Brookings Institution, said more commitments between China and the United States on climate change could help strengthen the United States’ resolve to fight against the problem.

Ouyang Shijia contributed to this story.

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Lithuanian TSO launches feasibility study on offshore wind integration Tue, 21 Dec 2021 09:25:12 +0000

The Lithuanian electricity transmission network operator Litgrid has started, in cooperation with the Japanese network TEPCO Power Grid, to prepare a study aimed at evaluating the technical and economic alternatives for the integration of offshore wind in the power grid. power supply.

Lithuania plans to auction for the integration of the first 700 MW of offshore wind power into the Lithuanian power system in 2023.

The overall offshore wind potential in Lithuanian territorial waters can reach 3.5 GW, Litgrid said.

For the integration of offshore wind power to take place in a technologically advanced and profitable way, it is necessary to assess the different possible network configurations, their technical parameters, system reliability, new emerging market opportunities, the economic benefits of such projects.

This is exactly what Litgrid, in collaboration with TEPCO, will focus on when preparing for the study, the GRT said.

The main findings of the study are expected to be published in spring 2022. Liutauras Varanavičius, director of Litgrid’s Strategy Department, notes that the implementation of such a study is important not only for the effective implementation of national energy targets, but also for the realistic development of the offshore electricity transmission network in the region.

“The study assesses the alternatives for the development of a hybrid offshore electricity transmission network with neighboring countries, the exploitation potential of existing and newly built interconnections. Litgrid actively participates in initiatives for the development of the offshore electricity transmission network in the Baltic Sea region. Thus, the results of the study will provide more arguments for regional discussions ”, noted Varanavičius.

The study is being carried out taking into account the objectives of Lithuania’s National Energy Independence Strategy, which stipulates that by 2050, 80% of the country’s energy demand should be met by energy produced from non-polluting resources, and 100% of the country’s total electricity consumption will be covered by locally produced electricity. The development of renewable energy sources, with a strong emphasis on the development of offshore wind, is envisioned as one of the key measures to achieve these goals, Litgrid said.

This is the second study prepared by Litgrid in collaboration with TEPCO. This spring, TEPCO, together with the Baltic operators, assessed the recommendations and outlined the minimum requirements for generating electricity from renewable sources.

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Ready to take it to the next level: India with 5 Central Asian countries Sun, 19 Dec 2021 16:22:00 +0000

India on Sunday let the five Central Asian countries know that it was ready to take its cooperation with them to “the next level” and that it would be a “steadfast partner” in their development journey.

The message was delivered by Foreign Minister S Jaishankar during the third India-Central Asia Dialogue attended by his counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

While senior leaders from the five countries are expected to attend Republic Day celebrations on January 26, Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov described the dialogue as preparation for the “next Central Asia-India summit in January” .

India has reached out to all the top leaders of the five countries to honor Republic Day celebrations, a move that comes against the backdrop of New Delhi’s rapidly expanding ties with the region.

“We are very satisfied with the state of our bilateral relations. But we know that the potential is much greater. Each of us today faces the test of rebuilding our economy,” Jaishankar said in his speech. opening speech.

“Our pursuit of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) must also be energized. But together we can do better and India, I assure you, will be your steadfast partner,” he said.

The Foreign Minister referred to the rapidly changing global economic and political situation and stressed the need for the two sides to further expand cooperation in various fields.

“We already have a good history of cooperation. But my message to you today is a willingness to take it to the next level. Our ties must now focus around the 4 Cs: trade, capacity building, connectivity and contacts, ”he said.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi spoke about shared priorities and the commitment to elevate the two-way partnership to a new level.

He said that the strategic partnership between Central Asia and India is developing dynamically, covering new areas of cooperation.

The Foreign Minister praised India’s active role and growing interest in Central Asia, saying it has enormous potential for the region’s development.

In his remarks, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev referred to India’s good relations with the region, describing it as a strategic partner for all Central Asian states.

Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin said his country viewed the India-Central Asia dialogue as the key to developing and strengthening a mutually beneficial partnership.

He said the growing trend of regional integration in Central Asia creates new opportunities to expand cooperation between the region and India. In addition, India is one of the fastest growing economies with a powerful industrial base and considerable scientific and technological potential, he noted.

Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov said the dialogue has become an effective tool to promote interregional cooperation between Central Asia and South Asia.

In recent years, India has focused on expanding comprehensive cooperation with the energy-rich Central Asian countries, seeing them as part of its larger neighborhood.

India’s resumption of engagement in the region followed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s blitz tour of the five countries in July 2015, which resulted in the expansion of two-way ties in various areas.

Recent developments in Afghanistan have heightened the importance of the countries of Central Asia, three of them – Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – sharing borders with this war-torn country.

National security advisers from the five Central Asian countries attended a regional dialogue on Afghanistan hosted by India on November 10. NSAs from Russia and Iran also participated.

The second India-Central Asia Dialogue meeting was hosted by India in October last year as a digital video conference.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Rwanda: regional legal fraternity calls on Kenya to lock Rwandan lawyers Thu, 16 Dec 2021 06:58:14 +0000

The East African Law Society (EALS) has criticized the decision of the National Assembly of Kenya to prevent Rwandan and Burundian lawyers from practicing in the country, describing the decision as a force hindering the unity and integration of the region.

EALS said the ‘unfortunate’ development means Kenya’s blocking of the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) common market, which provides for the free movement of labor. and services in the block.

“Our attention has been drawn to recent press articles regarding the ongoing debate and public consultations by the National Assembly of Kenya on the changes in the law that have had effect on Rwandan and Burundian nationals as capable lawyers. to practice in Kenya, ”read the statement issued by the body. .

The statement added that the decision to block lawyers presented a challenge to the desire of the regional body whose integration has been historically difficult, citing the enactment of legal instruments to curb it.

“Our legal instruments provide, inter alia, for the removal of restrictions on the movement of labor services as well as the commitment of Member States to mutual recognition of academic and professional qualifications (including legal qualifications)”, added the press release signed by Bernard Oundo, the president. of the society.

The EALS then refuted Kenya’s claims that its nationals are not allowed to practice in Rwanda.

“Kenya argues that its national lawyers have not been granted the corresponding privileges to practice in the Republics of Rwanda and Burundi. This is, however, an ill-informed position as Kenyan lawyers are licensed and a good number of them have practiced in the Republics of Rwanda and Burundi. read the statement in part.

Both countries have provisions in their laws to provide for recognition of foreign lawyers as below, the statement said.

“Therefore, Kenya’s decision to ban Rwandan lawyers is backward, not in line with the spirit of integration and does not motivate the acceleration of the conclusion of the relevant MRAs.”

“The EALS therefore calls on the government of Kenya to meet its obligations under the EAC treaty and related protocols, show leadership and lead the movement towards a fully integrated EAC,” the statement noted.

The Rwandan bar speaks out

Contacted for comment, Moise Nkundabarashi, the president of the Rwanda Bar Association, praised the solidarity expressed by the regional body, saying they had also raised similar concerns.