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WTO trade facilitation agreement comes into force 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th February 2017 Having received four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has now obtained the two-thirds of acceptances needed from its 164 members to bring the TFA into force, which could boost global trade by up to $1-trillion each year, with the... 

Ralph Mills

     20th January 2017 This week we feature Ralph Brian Mills, CEO of Paramount Advanced Technologies, a company involved in system integration and mission systems for the defence, land, air, sea and security sectors   

The impending trade facilitation agreement

By: Riaan de Lange     16th December 2016 Two years ago, December 12, 2014 to be exact, my last column for the year was simply titled, ‘Trade facilitation’, and now again, my final column for 2016 is devoted to trade facilitation - the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) that is. This time around, however,... 

IFC study finds climate pact helped open up $23tn in emerging market opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th November 2016 A study released on Tuesday by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of World Bank Group, shows that the historic global agreement on climate change adopted in Paris last year helped open up nearly $23-trillion in opportunities for climate-smart investments in emerging markets... 

Terex Trucks haul deep in Jordan

     11th August 2016 Longstanding customer COMEDAT puts Terex Trucks’ rigid dump trucks to work in phosphate mines in Jordan. With a partnership that dates back to the 1970s, Jordan’s largest phosphate mining contractor, COMEDAT, is using 90 Terex Trucks machines across three sites to mine phosphate in the north and... 

Construction on the largest solar field in S Africa to start in 2017

     29th July 2016 Norwegian power producer Scatec Solar plans to start construction by mid-2017 on three new adjacent solar projects in Upington, in the Northern Cape, which will form the largest solar field in South Africa and one of the biggest in the world with a combined peak capacity of 258 MW. 

Hussein thermal power station (HTPS) – power generation project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd July 2016 The decommissioning period will coincide with the construction and operational phases of the proposed project. 

Al-Rajef wind farm project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     1st July 2016 The wind farm will feed electricity directly into the Ma'an grid. 

Solar may grow sixfold by 2030

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2016 The amount of electricity generated using solar panels stands to expand as much as sixfold by 2030 as the cost of production falls below competing natural gas and coal-fired plants, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Solar plants using photovoltaic (PV) technology could... 

South Africa seen as attractive market amid surging global solar PV deployment

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2016 A new study assessing the future role of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the global electricity system suggests that the technology’s installed base could grow to between 1 760 GW and 2 500 GW by 2030 and identifies South Africa as among the most attractive markets for deployment. Solar PV capacity... 

South Africa edges up a notch in competitiveness

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th June 2016 South Africa’s competiveness has inched back to its former ranking at number 52 in the Institute for Management Development’s (IMD’s) competitiveness index for 2016, recovering from its one-ranking slip to 53 in 2015. Presenting the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016 on Friday, Productivity... 

Wärtsilä enters the solar energy business

By: Dylan Slater     6th May 2016 Complete life cycle solutions company Wärtsilä is entering the solar energy business by offering utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions.  

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals 

By: Ilan Solomons     15th April 2016 Despite hosting more than 30% of global mineral reserves, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region severely lacks exploration and resource development investment. The region’s mining industry is facing several challenges, such as social and environmental pressure from communities living... 

Ost Engages With Lenders And Ipps At 2gw Egyptian Pv Site

     23rd February 2016 OST Energy, a leading technical advisor for wind, solar and energy storage initiatives, is working with a number of major international development finance institutions and independent power producers to provide lender’s engineering and due diligence services at the 2GW Ben Ban solar PV... 

South African astronomer to get Edinburgh Medal

By: African News Agency      8th February 2016 Kevin Govender will become the first South African to receive a Medal at the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival next month, the National Research Foundation announced on Monday. Govender’s contribution took shape through the creation and practical establishment of the IAU office in... 

Obama calls Zuma to discuss meat and the Middle East

By: News24Wire      13th November 2015 US President Barack Obama made a phone call to President Jacob Zuma this week to discuss meat imports and the shooting in Jordan that left one South African dead, among other issues. "The presidency confirms the communication released by the White House about the telephone conversation between... 

Corporate Mentorship Programmes Key To Bridging Skills Gap Amongst Young Engineers

     12th October 2015 The current trend in the South African engineering sector appears to be one of rapidly transitioning young engineers into management and leadership positions without them having the necessary experience that comes from years of working on projects. This is the view of Vernon Joubert, General... 

SA slips further in economic freedom – index 

By: News24Wire      14th September 2015 Continuing a steady decline, South Africa has slipped from forty-second place in 2000 to ninety-sixth in the latest global index which measures economic freedom. The country ranks ninety-sixth out of 157 countries and territories included in 2013, according to the Economic Freedom of the World:... 

Royal Bafokeng Nation hosts second annual East West and Africa Women’s Forum in Phokeng, Rustenburg

     8th September 2015 Under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother of The Royal Bafokeng Nation, Dr. Semane Bonolo Molotlegi, Royal Bafokeng Nation today welcomed a delegation of female leaders from around Africa, the Middle East and the West, to the second annual East West and Africa Women’s Forum in Phokeng,... 

Micromega Company Set To Roll Out Smart Metering In The Middle East

     2nd September 2015 Utility Systems, of which JSE-listed MICROmega Holdings Ltd is the majority shareholder, is South Africa’s premier supplier of water management devices and smart water metering technology, using Standard Transfer Specification pre-payment devices. Established in 2001, the Durban-based company... 

Leaders in water and development gather in Stockholm to discuss world’s water crises

     19th August 2015 Stockholm (19 August 2015) – World leaders, water experts and development professionals will meet in Stockholm 23-28 August to seek solutions to the world’s several escalating water crises. This year, World Water Week is held under the theme Water for Development. The role of water for... 

Building Energy and SES SMART Energy Solutions to install the first off-grid temporary hybrid plant in Saudi Arabia

     15th July 2015 Building Energy, Italian independent power producer from renewable sources, will team up with SES SMART Energy Solutions, a leading rental power provider in the MEA region, to develop the first on-field temporary hybrid plant, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. The 14 MW diesel-solar plant,... 

Two 50 MW solar plants to be built in Egypt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2015 Italian independent renewable-energy power producer Building Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egypt’s New & Renewable Energy Authority for two 50 MW, $200-million, photovoltaic (PV) plants, in Benban, Upper Egypt. The plants, which would be built in 2016, were expected to... 

Who’s who of SAESI 2015 conference speakers

     23rd June 2015 We take a look at the keynote speakers, conference chair, session chairs and topic speakers for the South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI)’s annual conference, to be held in November at NASREC, Johannesburg. Conference chair – Elias Sithole Bongani Elias Sithole entered government in... 

Latest Paramount acquisition boosts group’s production capacity in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     24th April 2015 Early this month South African defence group Paramount announced that it had bought the manufacturing facilities and certain other assets of DCD Protected Mobility (part of South Africa’s DCD industrial and engineering group), as well as taking transfer of selected personnel. Paramount describes... 

Latest Paramount acquisition marks a major consolidation in the SA defence industry

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2015 South African defence group Paramount announced on Thursday that it had bought the manufacturing facilities and certain other assets of DCD Protected Mobility (part of South Africa’s DCD industrial and engineering group), as well as taking transfer of selected personnel. Paramount describes... 

GDF SUEZ and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT sign a solar-powered seawater desalination research contract in Abu Dhabi

     10th April 2015 At the World Future Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, a research contract to study seawater desalination using solar power was signed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, GDF SUEZ and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT in the presence of Ségolène Royal,... 

Paramount signs contracts with Jordanian, Ukrainian companies 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th February 2015 South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has concluded a deal with Jordan’s State-owned defence company King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) for the manufacture of 50 6x6 Mbombe infantry combat vehicles in Jordan and South Africa. KADDB CEO major-general Omar... 

Aluminium Loading Systems – Making Light of Heavy Loads

     18th February 2015 Aluminium Loading Systems, importer & distributor of high quality loading systems based in Alrode, Johannesburg, has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of superior quality light weight CLM aluminium loading ramps to Sub Sahara Africa. The aluminium ramps are designed and manufactured by... 

Fastest growing economies post high levels of corruption – Transparency Intl

By: Sapa     3rd December 2014 Corruption has increased in several of the world's best-performing economies as rising growth has encouraged an abuse of power, corruption watchdog Transparency International said Wednesday in its annual report. "The 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index shows that economic growth is undermined and... 

India’s RCFL seeks to float overseas arm to secure rock phosphate mining assets

By: Ajoy K Das     24th November 2014 Indian government-owned and -managed Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCFL) is considering floating an independent subsidiary for acquiring fertiliser mineral assets and investing in joint ventures (JVs) overseas. Jordan, which exports about 65% of its yearly phosphatic fertiliser... 

PotashCorp reports lower Q3 income on higher taxes, disappointing offshore investments

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2014 The world’s largest fertiliser company PotashCorp of Saskatchewan on Thursday reported lower third-quarter earnings for the three months ended September 30, as increased taxes and a disappointing performance from its offshore investments weighed on results. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based... 

WTO shoots down Chinese restrictions on rare earths exports

By: Callie Lombard     12th September 2014 The World Trade Organisation's (WTO's) Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) informed on August 29  that it had adopted the Panel and Appellate Body (PAB) reports, which found that the People’s Republic of China’s export restrictions on rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum were in breach of China’s WTO... 

Liberalisation seen as key to catalysing Africa’s air transport sector

By: Keith Campbell     5th September 2014 Worldwide, aviation safely transports more than three billion people a year. It is, as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) points out, the safest form of transport there is. Everywhere, aviation has become a key factor in economic growth. Africa is no exception. Across the... 

Liberalisation seen as key to catalysing Africa’s air transport sector

By: Keith Campbell     5th September 2014 Worldwide, aviation safely transports more than three billion people a year. It is, as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) points out, the safest form of transport there is. Everywhere, aviation has become a key factor in economic growth. Africa is no exception. Across the... 

Falcon Ma’an solar photovoltaic power project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     15th August 2014 The project involves the construction of a solar photovoltaic power plant in the Ma’an development area, south of the capital Amman. 

Arabia One solar photovoltaic power project, Jordan

By: Sheila Barradas     8th August 2014 The project involves the construction of a 10 MW solar photovoltaic plant.  

Safeguard duties imposed on frozen potato chips

By: Callie Lombard     8th August 2014 Frozen potato chips safeguard On July 25, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) imposed a final (definitive) safeguard on frozen potato chips (or French fries), classifiable under tariff subheading 2004.10.20, through two Government Gazette notices. The safeguard of 40.92% was imposed from... 

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