Mindray présente ses solutions hospitalières intelligentes à Arab Health 2023

DUBAÏ, Émirats arabes unis30 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Mindray (« l’entreprise »), l’un des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux de dispositifs médicaux et de solutions médicales, participe à l’un des salons les plus importants et les plus respectés du domaine médical, Arab Health 2023 du 30 janvier au 2 février. L’entreprise a présenté ses solutions médicales et sa technologie révolutionnaire à plus de 50 000 visiteurs au Dubai World Trade Centre.

« En tant que partenaire de confiance pour la fourniture de solutions complètes pour les établissements de santé, Mindray repousse les limites de l’innovation pour contribuer à un écosystème médical intelligent. Cette année, nous sommes ravis de présenter nos solutions hospitalières intelligentes à un public mondial. Avec des innovations plus avancées s’adaptant au domaine médical, nous renforcerons les systèmes de santé locaux au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique », a déclaré Kewen Xu, directeur général de Mindray RDM.

L’hôpital intelligent de Mindray vise à créer un écosystème médical où les dispositifs médicaux sont intégrés dans des scénarios cliniques. Ce système relie l’ensemble des parcours préhospitaliers, intrahospitaliers et interhospitaliers des patients et permet aux appareils d’appoint de se connecter et de fonctionner de façon fluide, de faire circuler les données entre les différents services et hôpitaux, et d’améliorer l’efficacité du travail des cliniciens.

Parmi la gamme complète de produits Mindray, des solutions pour les services des urgences, les blocs opératoires, les USI, la RRAC, des solutions d’imagerie médicale et d’orthopédie sont présentées sur le stand ; la solution informatique M-Connect et la solution informatique d’imagerie médicale MiCo+ ont attiré beaucoup d’attention. À l’aide d’une interface standard, la solution informatique M-Connect permet de surveiller le patient tout en optimisant le flux de travail et en améliorant l’efficacité. Toutes les données peuvent être affichées, analysées, associées à des alarmes et communiquées à un système tiers pour obtenir un aperçu plus complet de l’état de santé du patient. De même, la solution informatique d’imagerie médicale MiCo+ relie plusieurs modalités et établissements médicaux, permettant un diagnostic à distance et une consultation en ligne pour fournir un meilleur service d’imagerie médicale.

Le système portable de surveillance des patients mWear, le système de perfusion BeneFusion i/u, le défibrillateur BeneHeart D30/D60 et la lampe chirurgicale série HyLED C ont tous été dévoilés lors du salon de cette année en tant que nouveautés du catalogue de l’entreprise pour la surveillance des patients et la réanimation. De plus, Mindray introduit un certain nombre de systèmes d’imagerie médicale tels que l’échographe portable sans fil TE Air, l’échographe diagnostique de la série TEX 20 et l’échographe diagnostique de la gamme Consona N9.

Les visiteurs du salon peuvent également observer comment les défibrillateurs automatiques externes (DEA) de la série BeneHeart C de Mindray sont déployés dans divers établissements d’une ville et manipulés via le système de gestion à distance des DEA de l’entreprise, qui peut suivre l’état de chaque DEA en temps réel, notamment leur emplacement et leur niveau de batterie, et qui simplifie la gestion de l’ensemble de la flotte d’appareils. Il fait partie des solutions d’urgence préhospitalières et permet d’encourager les initiatives pour la santé cardiaque, telles que l’initiative Dubai Heart Safe City menée par la ville hôte pour promouvoir la santé cardiaque.

Les visiteurs sont invités à s’arrêter au stand Mindray au #S1 A10 pendant la durée du salon pour voir ces solutions médicales et bien d’autres. Après Arab Health 2023, Mindray participera également au Medlab Middle East les 6 et 9 février, où elle présentera ses solutions holistiques en diagnostic in vitro.

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Mindray Demonstrates Its Smart Hospital Solutions at Arab Health 2023

DUBAI, UAE, Jan. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Mindray (“the company”), a leading global provider of medical devices and solutions, is attending one of the largest and most respected exhibitions in the medical field, the Arab Health 2023 from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. The company has exhibited its medical solutions and groundbreaking technology to over 50,000 visitors at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

“As a trusted partner in providing comprehensive solutions for healthcare facilities, Mindray is pushing the boundaries of innovation to contribute to an intelligent medical ecosystem. This year, we’re delighted to present our smart hospital solutions to global audience. With more advanced innovations adapting to the medical field, we will better empower local healthcare systems in the Middle East and Africa region,” said Kewen Xu, General Manager of Mindray ROW region.

Mindray’s Smart Hospital aims to create a medical ecosystem where medical devices are integrated into clinical scenarios. This system links the entire pre-hospital, intra-hospital, and inter-hospital journeys of patients and allows beside devices to connect and perform seamlessly, achieving data sharing between departments and hospitals, and enabling clinicians to work together more effectively.

Among Mindray’s comprehensive product portfolio from ER, OR, ICU, ERAS, Medical Imaging solutions to Orthopedics solutions at the booth, the M-Connect IT solution and MiCo+ Medical Imaging IT solution attract much attention. Utilizing a standard interface, the M-Connect IT solution provides patient-centric monitoring to optimize clinical workflow and improve efficiency. All data can be displayed, analyzed, alarmed and reported to a third-party system for a more comprehensive picture of patient health. Likewise, MiCo+ medical imaging IT Solution connects multiple modalities and medical institutions, allowing for remote diagnosis and online consultation to provide better medical imaging service.

The mWear Wearable Patient Monitor, the BeneFusion i/u Infusion System, the BeneHeart D30/D60 Defibrillator, and the HyLED C series Surgical Light were all unveiled at this year’s expo as new additions to the company’s products for patient monitoring and life support. Additionally, Mindray is introducing a number of medical imaging systems such as the TE Air Wireless Handheld Ultrasound System, TEX 20 Series Diagnostic Ultrasound System, and Consona N9 Diagnostic Ultrasound System.

Expo visitors can also see how Mindray’s BeneHeart C Series automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are deployed in various establishments throughout a city and managed through the company’s Remote AED Management system, which can track each AED’s status in real-time, including its location and battery level, and simplifies management of the entire fleet of devices. As a part of the pre-hospital emergency solution, it empowers heart health initiatives such as the host city’s Dubai Heart Safe City, aiding in the promotion of cardiac health.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Mindray booth at #S1 A10 during the expo to see these and other medical solutions. Following Arab Health 2023, Mindray will also participate at Medlab Middle East on Feb. 6-9, where they will be presenting their holistic solutions in In-Vitro Diagnostics.

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JETEX LONDON WELCOMES THE WORLD

Jetex London welcomes the world as the brand’s newest FBO is now fully operational.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Located at Hangar 510 at Biggin Hill Airport (EGKB/BQH), Jetex London has commenced full commercial operations and is welcoming international private jet flyers to the United Kingdom capital.

London Biggin Hill is a private airport which caters exclusively for aircraft in business and private aviation. 2022 was the strongest year ever for the airport, with more than 26,000 movements (up from 18,900 in 2021). It is recognized as a global center of excellence and the second private jet operation in the U.K. with 23% of London’s market share after Farnborough (31%) and ahead of Luton (22%). The airport typically connects flights to more than 750 destinations across over 70 countries.

Jetex London is conveniently located just nine miles from Canary Wharf and 15 miles from Central London, with helicopter transfers taking passengers to and from the heart of the British capital in just six minutes, with limousine transfers taking less than 50 minutes.

The modern airport runway (1,806 meters) allows most aircraft to operate without payload or range restrictions, including non-stop transatlantic flights.

“We are pleased with our arrival in London. Jetex already has a strong presence in Europe with a flagship private jet terminal at Paris Le Bourget, and the new flagship Jetex London is a natural evolution of our operations. Private flyers will enjoy a seamless travel experience complemented by the greatest levels of luxury hospitality, while employing the latest technology will allow us to minimize carbon footprint.”

Adel Mardini
Founder & CEO, Jetex

 Jetex London will offer a suite of flagship services for passengers and crews traveling through the airport. It is a seamless, intuitive and dedicated route for Jetex customers to begin or end their journey in supreme comfort. The on-site U.K. Border Force and customs control will ensure that passengers and crew enjoy an efficient ground experience, while Jetex will also offer assistance with ground transport, hotel accommodation, catering, concierge services and much more.

Biggin Hill’s green agenda is key to the airport’s future development, and it echoes the global sustainability commitment of Jetex. The airport has been offering sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) since April 2021.

 “We are extremely proud that Jetex has chosen London Biggin Hill Airport as the destination for its latest FBO – the first in the United Kingdom. Jetex is one of the most respected and acclaimed businesses in private aviation, with an ambitious growth roadmap that reflects our own. We stand at the ready to welcome Jetex’s customers to the capital and offer them the very best standards of service they have come to expect.”

Robert Walters
Commercial Director, London Biggin Hill Airport

With natural materials, soft lighting, and floor-to-ceiling windows, Jetex London is designed to feel like a warm, contemporary space. The 1,900 sq.m. private terminal will include several supremely comfortable lounges of understated luxury designed with passenger privacy in mind, retail and entertainment areas, fully equipped boardrooms, shower suites and much more. Crews will appreciate a full range of on-site recreational and flight support facilities.

Jetex London marks the company’s first entry into the U.K. as it looks forward to growing its operations in the market.

About Jetex:
An award-winning global leader in executive aviation, Jetex is recognized for delivering flexible, best-in-class trip support solutions to customers worldwide. Jetex provides exceptional private terminals (FBOs), aircraft fueling, ground handling and global trip planning. The company caters to both owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel. To find out more about Jetex, visit www.jetex.com and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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Les équipements phares de XCMG, fusion de la science-fiction et de l’innovation dans l’industrie lourde, figurent dans le blockbuster de science-fiction « The Wandering Earth II »

XUZHOU, Chine, 29 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Une flotte d’équipements personnalisés phares de XCMG (« XCMG », SHE:000425), fusion de la science-fiction et de l’innovation dans l’industrie lourde, figurent dans le blockbuster chinois de science-fiction « The Wandering Earth II », réalisé par Frant Gwo et sorti dans les salles de cinéma le jour du Nouvel An chinois. Le film sera diffusé à partir d’aujourd’hui dans les pays et régions suivants : Amérique du Nord, Royaume-Uni, Irlande, Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande, etc.

A Fusion of Sci-Fi and Heavy Industry Innovation, Flagship XCMG Machinery Equipment, A Fleet of 61 Units Equipment of 42 Models, Features in Sci-Fi Blockbuster “The Wandering Earth II”, which to be Released on Jan. 28th, 2023 in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc.

De « l’ascenseur spatial » s’élevant à travers la terre et le ciel au palpitant « combat aérien », les équipements XCMG voyagent des coulisses à la scène dans la préquelle du film « The Wandering Earth ». Sorti en 2019, celui-ci est devenu l’un des films non-anglophones les plus rentables de tous les temps. S’appuyant sur sa gamme complète de produits et de solutions dans les domaines du levage, du terrassement, de la route, du travail aérien, de l’assainissement, de la sécurité et des secours d’urgence, XCMG a fourni à l’UEG (United Earth Government) du film une large gamme d’équipements et de machines opérationnelles et transformables.

« En tant que première entreprise de conception industrielle en Chine, nous avons présenté plusieurs propositions de conception de produits deux jours après avoir reçu cette mission, puis nous avons sélectionné la meilleure solution avec les réalisateurs. Nous avons obtenu un résultat idéal, comme vous pourrez le voir dans le film. Ces incroyables pièces d’« équipement du futur » ne sont pas uniquement destinées au cinéma. Elles ont été inspirées par nos produits réels qui innovent chaque jour », a déclaré Zhang Han, le designer industriel de XCMG.

XCMG a fourni 61 unités d’équipement et 42 modèles, plus de 400 ensembles de pièces détachées et d’accessoires d’atelier et 61 ensembles de modèles 3D au cours de la production du film, de la planification à l’opération sur place en passant par la peinture, l’équipement, le personnel et la logistique. Un total de 319 membres du personnel de XCMG ont travaillé sur ce projet.

L’une des pièces d’équipement les plus prisées du film est la pelle-araignée ET120, aussi connue sous le nom de « Mante d’acier ». Conçue pour les opérations de secours d’urgence en environnement difficile et sur des sites sinistrés, la ET120 peut « marcher » sur les plateaux, les bois, les ravins, les marécages et la haute montagne comme s’il s’agissait d’un sol ferme, tout en étant équipée pour installer divers outils permettant d’effectuer différentes tâches telles que l’excavation, le levage, l’abattage, l’extinction d’incendie, le concassage, la saisie et le forage à des altitudes allant jusqu’à 4 500 mètres et des températures descendant à moins 40 degrés Celsius.

En outre, le film présente des dizaines de technologies innovantes que XCMG a développées pour des utilisations dans des conditions extrêmes. Plus d’un tiers des équipements présentés dans le film sont des modèles sans équipage et à énergie nouvelle, comme l’AGV.

« La « Mante d’acier » du film est un vrai « Transformer » et, comme vous pourrez le voir en regardant le film, XCMG transforme la science-fiction en réalité grâce aux merveilles de notre ingénierie industrielle. Je suis très fier de ce que nous avons créé », a déclaré M. Gwo.

De l’introduction de technologies de produits provenant de l’étranger à la maîtrise de technologies fondamentales d’une importance capitale, XCMG a mis en place une R&D redoutable grâce à la collaboration mondiale, afin de devenir l’un des trois premiers fabricants d’engins de chantier au monde.

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at a Joint Press Availability

FOREIGN MINISTER SHOUKRY: (Via translation) Good evening.

I’m glad to welcome my dear friend Secretary Blinken once again in Egypt. I’m happy to receive him here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We value the friendly relations between our countries and we are keen on enhancing these relations on the basis of mutual respect and interests. The variety of issues that have been tackled during our discussions reflected the clear rapprochement regarding our strategic interests and showed also our matching visions towards several issues, and also showed great potential to develop our strategic partnership in many fields.

Secretary Blinken was received this morning by President Sisi, and during the meeting, they tackled the bilateral relations between the two countries, the strategic nature of these relations, and the consistency in visions of the two countries whether in regards to developing the strategic relations or international and regional issues. We greatly depend on the cooperation between Egypt and the United States to achieve stability in the Middle East, and to push forward the development efforts according to the principles of international legitimacy and according to the mutual interests that we’re working to enhance.

The Middle East region took up a large part of the discussions of Secretary Blinken with the president or in our wider discussions as the Palestinian issue was discussed, and the importance of achieving stability and preventing escalation to find the right political framework to reach a permanent, comprehensive, and just solution for the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution. For sure, the latest developments were unfortunate and we are working on containing the situation and reaching calm bearing into consideration the interests of all parties and the stability of the region.

Our meeting also discussed the GERD issue and the importance of continuing the joint action to preserve the interests of all three parties according to international law and legitimate rights to preserve water resources and ensure Egypt’s water security. We also tackled the issues of Libya, and Sudan, and the importance of joint action to face all the challenges that we both work to overcome, like combating terrorism and extremism, which are considered top priorities.

We are working together to convene the joint economic committee this year on the occasion of 100 years of relations, and this has increasing importance in light of the current economic conditions and the pressures facing not only Egypt but also facing many other developing countries. We are looking forward to more U.S. investments and joint actions to face these challenges and overcome these difficulties.

I welcome again Mr. Secretary. I’m happy to be meeting and I consider him a friend. Our meetings are always fruitful and help in enhancing our mutual interests, and we will keep in contact during the coming period to achieve our mutual interests. The floor is yours, Mr. Secretary.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, first of all, good afternoon, everyone. And Mr. Shoukry, Sameh, thank you. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality today, but thank you for the friendship and partnership over many, many years. As the minister said, we have known each other for a long time going back to the days when the minister was ambassador to Washington, and I very much value the relationship that we have that we’ve built over many years. And I also want to express appreciation to the president for receiving us today and for the time that we were able to spend together and the very good conversation that we had.

We’ve had an opportunity to come together many times over the last months and last couple of years, including most recently at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, COP27 of course here in Egypt, the Negev Forum and – in Washington and Cairo separately. And this regular engagement is a reflection of how much our countries, both of us, value the strategic partnership between us, and how important it is to the region and, indeed, to the entire world. Both the United States and Egypt are firmly committed to deepening that bilateral relationship.

A key priority in that relationship is building on the longstanding economic cooperation that we’ve had to the mutual benefit of Americans and Egyptians. Through the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, we are supporting a $600 million project to build an undersea telecommunications cable that will connect Singapore to France through Egypt and the Horn of Africa, delivering high-speed, reliable, secure connections for people across the continents, including Egyptians.

Egypt has some of the best solar and wind energy potential in the world. We recently sent a green economy trade mission to ensure that American companies are competing in this country’s renewable energy market. We’re committed to establishing and moving forward, as you heard the minister say, on the Joint Economic Commission to actually build even greater cooperation on economic and commercial issues. And the goal in all of this, as we discussed today, including with the president, is to produce concrete results, to produce real, new opportunities for people – jobs, livelihoods, a better future. That’s the common objective.

We’re also partnering very closely on the climate crisis, which is also its own opportunity to create good paying jobs for our people. We conveyed the appreciation for Egypt’s leadership during the COP27, as well as the national commitments that it made, including a pledge to quadruple its renewable energy share through the NWFE and adopt an ambitious 2050 emissions reductions target. We in the United States are very proud to support these efforts, including through a new public-private partnership that aims to raise $50 million to preserve the extraordinary Red Sea coral reef.

The climate crisis further underscores the importance of a swift diplomatic resolution to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. We have heard clearly from Egyptian leadership that this is an existential concern for Egypt. We appreciate that fact. We’re committed to working toward a settlement that advances the interests of all parties, that supports the water security, the economic development, and the livelihood of Egyptians, and also their neighbors in Sudan and in Ethiopia. Like all difficult discussions, that process is best served by a spirit of flexibility and compromise from all sides, but we fully recognize and appreciate the quite literally existential issues – interests that Egypt has in water.

Throughout its history, Egypt has spearheaded efforts to address some of the world’s most complex challenges and promoted a more peaceful, a more secure, and a more prosperous region. It continues to play that role, and that role remains as critical – maybe even more critical than it’s ever been. Egypt’s engagement in the Negev Forum is helping to accelerate cooperation between Israel and its neighbors, contributing to a more integrated and ultimately more prosperous region.

Just a few weeks ago, we had delegations from the Government of the United States and Egypt joining those from Israel, Bahrain, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi for the first meeting of the working groups under the Negev Forum, where we’re working together on some of the most important issues affecting the lives and livelihoods of people in all of our countries – food security, clean water technology, health care, regional security. This was the largest gathering of representatives from Arab countries in Israel since the Madrid process.

Egypt has also consistently played a critical role in de-escalating tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, including helping to broker a ceasefire when violence escalated in 2021, and then again last year in 2022. Today, as we see a new and horrifying surge in violence, I discussed with President Sisi and with the foreign minister how we can work together, as always, to reduce tensions, to restore calm.

Egypt’s leadership has been critical in addressing the ongoing crisis in Libya; you heard the minister address that as well. Holding elections this year is the only viable path to a durable solution and to ensuring that the Libyans people – the Libyan people, excuse me, actually have the right to choose their own leaders. The progress on a constitutional basis for elections announced in Egypt earlier this month was an important step forward in that direction. Now, we stand behind the work of the United Nations special representative in forging a credible roadmap to swift and early elections in Libya.

We also discussed our ongoing efforts to support the Sudanese-led political process that’s aimed at restoring Sudan’s transition to democracy. Sudan’s future depends on forging a government that meets its people’s demand for freedom, for peace, for justice. And the stability that will come with that in turn will bring economic and security benefits to people across the region.

Human Rights was also, as it is, a top item on our agenda today, as it is with partners around the world and in our conversations with many other countries. The United States welcomes the important steps that Egypt has taken to protect freedom of religion, to empower women. We welcome the establishment of a national dialogue, the release of hundreds of detainees, the reactivating of a presidential pardons committee. We’ll continue to encourage the Egyptian Government to take further actions to pursue concrete progress, including further releases of prisoners, reforms to pretrial detention, and other law enforcement practices; protecting the essential work of civil society, including journalists, human rights defenders; and making sure that all Egyptians can freely express themselves without any fear of reprisal. That’s the message I shared when I met with leading Egyptian human rights defenders yesterday.

Making tangible and lasting improvements on human rights is essential to strengthening even more our bilateral relationship. It’s a priority for members of our Congress from both of our parties. And it’s fundamentally in the interest of the Egyptian people, which is why I know the President is pursuing these efforts.

Finally, we discussed Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine. Egypt’s votes in the United Nations to condemn Russia’s invasion and reject Moscow’s attempts to illegally annex parts of Ukraine have been a powerful demonstration of support for the principles that are at the heart of the United Nations Charter, to which both of our countries adhere, including the right of every nation to have its territorial integrity respected, its sovereignty respected. When Egypt stands up for the shared principles, countries around the world take notice.

Russia’s war, of course, is exacting severe costs on people here in Egypt, half a world away. Egypt is the biggest importer of wheat in the world, and up to 85 percent of its supplies have traditionally come from Russia and Ukraine. We’ve been working to mitigate the damage that’s been done, the economic strain that’s been imposed on Egypt by supporting its long-term capacity to produce its own food, including a $50 million investment to help support smallholder farmers, which builds on the more than $1.4 billion that we provided to the Egyptian agricultural sector over recent decades. As well, we’re addressing assistance to help try to meet the more immediate, urgent concerns, again, that have been dramatically exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Last year, our countries marked more than – marked, excuse me, a hundred years of bilateral relations. We are proud of this shared history, but ultimately it is our shared future that we’re focused on and that our discussions today and everyday focus on. Yesterday I got a chance to meet with some young Egyptian leaders who are shaping that future in virtually every arena – from journalism to business, from medicine to high technology. And seeing their dynamism, their energy, their vision gives me great confidence that the future of Egypt and the future of our relationship is bright, is strong, and will carry us forward.

With that, I thank you.

MODERATOR: (In Arabic.)

QUESTION: (Via translation) Minister Sameh Shoukry. U.S.- Egyptian relations are strategic and extend over many decades. The current economic crisis in the world is very tough, and Egypt has been affected in many areas. However, there is a feeling among many Egyptians that U.S. economic aid is not up to the standard of the relationship as the United States is the biggest economy. Did you feel during today’s meetings that there will be a change in the level and amount of support? Secretary Blinken pointed out the projects that will be implemented in the energy field and other types of funding. Would you summarize to us what has been agreed upon? Thank you.

FOREIGN MINISTER SHOUKRY: (Via translation) Thank you. Egypt values the economic aspect of the U.S.-Egyptian relationship and the development that we have achieved during the last four decades in this regard, starting from the economic aid which was provided and which was reduced due to U.S. needs, and how Egypt responded to that. We are looking forward to more cooperation and contribution from the United States as it has well-known capabilities and, for sure, the projects mentioned by Mr. Secretary are very important, but they are projects limited to technical aspects.

However, the crisis that we’re facing, and other developing countries are currently facing as well – such as high inflation, food security and energy security pressure, and high prices – are all issues that need more cooperation within the framework of the strategic relationship, and there is a need to make use more of U.S. potential, whether through working with international financing institutions or through the bilateral relations.

I felt that Secretary Blinken understood and appreciated these economic pressures, and there is a desire to contribute to alleviating these pressures. And we hope the coming meetings of the joint economic committee will help create a framework and effective mechanisms that are useful to us, and this is not just limited to the fruitful cooperation between the private sectors in both countries as Egypt host many U.S. company. The U.S. administration also has mechanisms regarding the export guarantee and other U.S. resources that may relieve the burden on the Egyptian people and the Egyptian economy in this critical time.

We have great ambition and our partner should help us cherish this ambition within the framework of the strategic relation and mutual benefit. The stability of Egypt and its strength contribute to realizing the mutual interests of both countries and reaping benefits for both sides.

MODERATOR: (In Arabic.)

QUESTION: Thank you. Good to see you, Mr. Secretary, again. Prime Minister Netanyahu, in his cabinet meeting, threatened to deport Palestinian families of perpetrators of attack against Israel and stripping them of their nationality. Israel has been demolishing Palestinian homes as well. Do you see this as a collective punishment? Is it a violation of international law, and will it lead to escalation?

(In Arabic.)

MODERATOR: (In Arabic.)

QUESTION: Okay.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you very much. First, just very quickly, on the last question – because I just wanted to add very quickly to that on the economic relationship and the work we’re doing. You’re right, of course, that there’s a long history here. Over the course of the last decades, the United States has provided about $30 billion in economic assistance to Egypt. But what we’re focused on now is the current challenge and also the current opportunity.

The current challenge is this: Egypt, like a number of other countries, many of us, is being buffeted by an almost perfect storm of events that are having a direct and clear impact on the day-in, day-out lives of the Egyptian people. Global inflation is having a big impact. Rising food prices, energy prices – much of this exacerbated by events happening half a world away, as I mentioned. The Russian aggression against Ukraine has had an impact on both of those. The effort to rebound from COVID, disruptions to the global supply chain – so many of these things coming together in a perfect storm and having a real impact on people’s lives. We’re very conscious of that, concerned about that, and working closely together to help address that. I mentioned some of the ways we’re working to address food insecurity. There’s much that we’re doing on energy as well.

But I would just highlight both the – some of the projects that I mentioned that are already underway, including the undersea cable, which is significant, but also the work of this Joint Economic Commission, which we’re standing up and, as the minister and I agreed, really needs to focus on concrete, tangible things that can produce opportunity for people. And we’ll have a lot more to say about that in the weeks ahead, but it’s important and it’s a sign of the commitment we have to working together to strengthen our economic relationship, to provide more investment, more trade. I would say also that the work that Egypt is doing, including under the new IMF program in terms of the reforms that it’s making, is very important for the long-term economic success of Egypt.

With regard to the question on Israel, I’ll have a lot more to say in Israel when I’m there and on the West Bank over the next day or so. I want to have an opportunity to hear from everyone concerned, and I’ll be doing that. There is no question that this is a very difficult moment. We’ve seen the horrific terrorist attacks in recent days. We’ve seen over many months rising violence that is affecting so many. As you heard very clearly, the condemnation from the United States of the terrorist attacks – the President, the Vice President, myself. And we deplore overall the loss of innocent civilian life. We’ll be reiterating that message and encouraging the parties to take steps to calm things down, to de-escalate tensions. We, like Egypt, continue to stand behind the importance of working toward a two-state solution. I’ll have more to say about that as well.

And I would just note that throughout all of this, Egypt has played a very important role. As I mentioned, Cairo’s efforts last year and the year before to help diffuse two crises was instrumental in successfully diffusing them. And Egypt, like us, is a stalwart believer in the negotiated two-state solution, the only path to a lasting resolution to the conflict and, critically, equal measures of democracy, opportunity, and dignity for Israelis and Palestinians.

MODERATOR: (In Arabic.)

QUESTION: (Via translation) Omar from Sky News Arabia. A question to the Egyptian foreign minister: From Minister Blinken’s words and what was issued yesterday by the U.S. State Department, which was an affirmation of Egypt’s role in calming and stabilizing the region – so after meeting President Sisi, I mean, did a reaffirmation of this matter happen? Did you discuss with the U.S. side a possible Egyptian role or a partnership between Egypt and Cairo and Washington in this file? Can we hear in the coming days what can be described as an initiative that unites the efforts of Cairo and Washington in this context, especially since Minister Blinken will go today and tomorrow to Palestine and Israel? Will he carry this perception? Can there be a role for Egypt in this context?

FOREIGN MINISTER SHOUKRY: (Via translation) Certainly there is an extended and continuous partnership between Egypt and the United States to deal with all regional issues, especially the Palestinian cause, and to work not only to calm things down and not escalate tensions, but also to find an appropriate political path in accordance with the rules of international legitimacy and in accordance with international consensus on the need to reach a permanent and comprehensive solution through a negotiation process, a political path based on the principle of a two-state solution, Egypt’s efforts, whether in cooperation with the United States and its other partners, or within the framework of its bilateral relations with all parties – whether it is the Palestinian National Authority, Israel, Jordan, the Arab countries – to always work towards achieving stability and achieving interests for all.

The parties coexist together to get out of this crisis and its destructive effects on the security and stability of the peoples of the entire region, and the broad prospects for resolving this crisis and a permanent solution and the establishment of the Palestinian state to completely change the map of the region or unleash its capabilities and capabilities. Certainly cooperation with the United States and coordination in that is necessary and important, and we do this and play supportive roles for each other, and we also formulate a vision in which there is a lot of consensus on the steps which we take considering the two parties to the conflict and any initiatives that are crystallized through consultations and agreement on the best ways to achieve our common goal.

Regarding the question from Al Arabiya, I imagine that it is important to deal with all issues with one standard, but rather we are talking about the importance of not taking unilateral measures, not taking escalatory measures that inflame feelings and are outside the scope of international laws and legitimacy. It is always important that we have credibility by dealing with all measures according to a single criterion and in accordance with considerations of principles established in international law, in international covenants, and rules also related to human rights, all of which are interrelated and cannot be in isolation from each other.

MODERATOR: (In Arabic.)

QUESTION: Secretary Blinken, first, does the U.S. see the attack attributed to Israel on a defense factory in Isfahan as harmful or helpful to its broader goal of containing Iran? And second, the Biden administration has repeatedly raised with Egyptian officials the cases of political prisoners, including Alaa Abdel Fattah, Mohamed El-Baqer, and Mohammed Oxygen. Why do you think Egypt hasn’t listened to the U.S. and other governments’ calls to release them?

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you. I don’t have much to say with regard to what’s been reported in Iran. I’ve seen the reports and I really don’t have anything to add to them at this time. I’ll say more generally, though, that for the United States as well as for many of our partners in the region, it is very important that we continue to deal with and work against, as necessary, the various actions that Iran is engaged in throughout the region – and beyond the region – that threaten peace and security and human life.

We see that in the region with its support for terrorism. We see that for its support for destabilizing actions in a variety of countries. And now, of course, we’re seeing that in a very different part of the world with its support for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, with the provision of drones and potentially other military technology. And of course, we see what’s happening on the streets of Iran as people are simply trying to stand up to be able to voice their views and are not being allowed to do so. So this is something that’s part of the conversation that we’re having across the region, including here in Egypt, as well as, of course, in Israel and with other partners.

With regard to human rights individual cases, I have raised in the past and again raised today individuals. That’s important. So too, though, are – is progress on systemic change, and I mentioned the issue of pretrial detentions. I also again want to point to the fact that Egypt has taken important strides in recent years. I mentioned the protection of religious freedom, the empowerment of women, steps now to stand up a national dialogue, to revive the pardons committee, to also move forward with some releases. But the concerns that we have remain, and in the spirit of candor and the spirit of partnership that we have, we express those very clearly. I can’t answer for you why the government does or does not do certain things. Those are its prerogatives. But we share our views, our concerns, and we look to Egypt to continue to take action.

MODERATOR: (In Arabic.)

FOREIGN MINISTER SHOUKRY: Thank you.

SECRETARY BLINKEN: Thank you, my friend.

Source: U.S. Department of State

Ethiopian Diaspora Affirm Commitment To intensifying Effort in Green Legacy Initiative

Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora have affirmed their commitment to intensifying their contributions in the Green Legacy Initiatives, in addition to other national development activities.

Ethiopian Diaspora visited and provided care to the seedlings they planted at legadadi, about 30 km of Addis Ababa last year in collaboration with the Ethiopian Diaspora Service.

It is to be recalled the Diaspora community planted the seedlings during Great Ethiopian Homecoming call made by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last year for million Ethiopians, Ethiopian origins, and friends of Ethiopia to come to Ethiopia to celebrate Ethiopian Christmas and Eid to Eid home coming.

Members of the diaspora approached by ENA said it is not only necessary to plant seedlings, but it is also essential to provide continuous care and protection to the seedlings to help them grow.

Endris Mohammed Ethiopian Diaspora association president, who came from London said: ”we are visiting the planted seedlings that we planted last year during the home coming call made by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed .

Therefore, we are watering the seedlings as part of providing care and protection until they grow up, he added.

According to him, the Diaspora community shall participate actively in the national activities including in restoration of infrastructures in war affected areas, investment, social responsibility; charity work among others and planting seedlings.

Berhanu Felke, who came from Washington, USA said that a platform has been developed for the diaspora community to facilitate their participation in Green Legacy Initiative—i.e. buy seedlings online, planting, and providing care and protection.

Ethiopian Diaspora Service Director-General Mohammed Endris on his part called on the members of the Diaspora to enhance their participation in the green footprint program by using the newly developed digital system to provide care to the saplings besides other national activities.

Source: Ethiopia News Agency

Global Guinea Worm Infections Continue Downward Trend

CHICAGO — In the 1980s, more than 3 million people worldwide were infected with Guinea worm. At the end of 2022, the number of reported cases globally was down to 13.

There were 15 cases reported a year earlier, “which does not sound like a big reduction, but when you are dealing with very small numbers in very remote areas we take it as a huge step forward,” said Adam Weiss, director of the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program.

Guinea worm, a parasite usually ingested through contaminated water, grows inside the human body, then emerges through open sores creating intense pain.

When Weiss’ organization, founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, began spearheading the effort to rid the world of Guinea worm parasites in 1986, it existed in 20 countries.

In 2022, just four countries reported new Guinea worm infections in humans.

“We had six human cases in Chad, five human cases in South Sudan, and one in Ethiopia and one in the Central African Republic on the border with Chad,” Weiss told VOA during a recent Skype interview.

The Atlanta-based global nonprofit Carter Center is marking continued progress in the global fight against Guinea Worm infections as the World Health Organization recognizes World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day January 30.

Across the globe, from his office in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Dr. Zerihun Tadesse Gebreselassie was pragmatic about the overall eradication efforts.

“It’s both good news and at the same time, not so good news,” he explained during a Skype interview with VOA. Gebreselassie serves as the Carter Center’s senior country representative in Ethiopia, a nation on the cusp of complete Guinea worm eradication.

“We are doing surveillance by moving from house to house in each and every village which has historically been reporting cases. So, we found only one person, and we found him before his clinical manifestation — which means we suspected that this could be a Guinea worm case — we kept him in a facility called a case containment center,” Gebreselassie said.

The Carter Center also provides financial incentives for people to report any potential Guinea worm infections. That, coupled with a robust water source filter education program and continued monitoring efforts in countries where the parasite exists, is helping the Carter Center remove obstacles on the path to complete eradication.

“Since this is a global eradication program, even when you have one case, still you have to continue monitoring,” Gebreselassie said. “We have to get rid of all cases for three consecutive years.”

One of the biggest setbacks to declaring the world free of Guinea worm was its discovery in domesticated animals and wildlife.

“It was a punch to the gut back in 2012 when we started seeing infections,” Weiss said.

But after years of dramatic increases in the number of dogs and cats in remote villages carrying the parasite, 2022 showed encouraging results.

“The last several years we went from several thousand animal infections to this year being just over 600 animal infections in the world,” Weiss said.

But the magic number in the overall eradication effort is zero cases in both humans and animals.

“We have to get rid of it from all hosts in order to meet the definition of eradication,” Weiss said.

Gebreselassie is optimistic that the goal of complete eradication is in sight despite setbacks.

“We are in the last mile, which is the most difficult one,” he told VOA.

If the effort is successful, Guinea worm would be only the second disease eradicated from the planet, but the first through prevention as there is no medicine to treat, and no vaccine to prevent, infections.

Source: Voice of America