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Hub71, Hewlett Packard Enterprise to accelerate development of Abu Dhabi’s Tech Startup Community

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ABU DHABI, 30th November, 2021 (WAM) — Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) to collaborate in a series of mutually beneficial programmes dedicated to nurturing tech start-ups. Founders will benefit from direct access to HPE’s experts, mentorship and opportunities to further develop technologies in collaboration with the global edge-to-cloud company.

Signed by Badr Al Olama, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Hub71 and Ahmad Alkhallafi, Managing Director for UAE at HPE, the collaboration will enable an innovation acceleration ecosystem with real market demand, processes, and technologies – such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Performance Computing (HPC). Participating start-ups can leverage the HPE Digital Life Garage, allowing them to test or develop certain prototypes or solutions that are demanded by customers and run events to demonstrate these solutions.

Al Olama commented, "Partnering with HPE will enable Hub71 start-ups to incorporate domain expertise to deliver cutting-edge solutions to the market. Importantly, founders can collaborate with HPE through our programmes and Community Centre of Excellence that will provide founders with the expert knowledge and access necessary to innovate and increase their commercial viability. Attracting HPE as a strategic partner elevates our value proposition and we look forward to creating impact together for our start up community."

HPE will participate in the next edition of The Outliers, Hub71’s annual partner challenge programme, in partnership with corporate and government partners designed to address industry challenges. Through the new partnership, HPE will set challenges for founders worldwide to solve, with the winning start-up gaining the potential to secure funding from Hub71 to develop the Proof of Concept (POCs) selected by HPE. Successful start-ups will get shortlisted to benefit from Hub71’s broad range of flexible incentives dedicated to easing the growth phase of the start-up journey.

HPE will collaborate with Hub71 to support early-stage founders from Hub71’s venture builder programme, Venture’s lab, with insights on market needs and demands to align their business strategies and product growth management.

Alkhallafi said, "We are proud to partner with Hub71 to nurture tech startups in the UAE and look forward to participating in their latest programme to address industry challenges – a goal that is perfectly aligned with our purpose to advance the way people live and work. The HPE Digital Life Garage will play a key role in providing the startups with access to cutting-edge technology, digital innovation expertise and tools they require to accelerate their innovation agendas."

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Iran gas flow to Turkey cut by technical failure: Officials

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Iran has cut gas flows to Turkey due to a technical failure, prompting Turkish authorities to order gas-fueled power plants to cut gas use by 40 percent, sector officials said on Thursday.

Turkish natural gas distributors were also asked to reduce supply to 60 percent for large consumers except for that used for heating, the Turkish sector officials said, adding that schools and hospitals will be exempted.

Iran notified Turkey of 10-day cut to natural gas flows, but talks are ongoing to start flows earlier, the officials added.

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Turkey, UAE sign FX swap deal worth $5 billion

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Turkey signed a $4.9 billion currency swap agreement with the UAE, boosting dwindling foreign-exchange reserves depleted by the country’s financial turmoil.

The three-year deal reflects a warming of ties that began last year after a decade of frosty relations that rippled across the Middle East. Turkey has already signed swap deals with Qatar, South Korea and China to prop up its reserves, which shrank more than 10 percent in December as the central bank intervened in the foreign-exchange market to stem the lira’s decline.

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Reserves totalled just under $110 billion on Jan. 7, according to official data, but fall significantly below zero when the central bank’s liabilities from swap deals with foreign counterparts or commercial lenders are stripped out. The lira, meanwhile, still lost about 40 percent of its value last month alone, when investors fled lira assets in search of protection against a worsening inflation outlook.

The run on the currency began after the central bank started a cycle of interest rate cuts in September at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s demand. Erdogan argues that lower borrowing costs will curb price pressures, contrary to what most central bankers think.

The size of Wednesday’s swap agreement in local currencies is 18 billion UAE dirhams or 64 billion Turkish liras, according to separate statements by both monetary authorities.

The deal followed a visit by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to Turkey in November.

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UAE energy minister looks ahead to supply 400,000 bpd, ‘not worried’ about short term

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UAE energy minister Suhail al-Mazrouei said on Wednesday that he was “not worried about the short term” when asked about predictions that oil prices will rise above $100.

The price of benchmark Brent crude gained 0.33 percent on Wednesday to $87.76 per barrel, as oil rose for a fourth day as an outage on a pipeline from Iraq to Turkey added to worries about an already tight supply outlook.

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“I will never give a prediction on a price. We will continue to do our work of increasing the supply of 400,000 bpd,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

“I am not worried about the short term,” he said. “I am worried about the long term if there are voices saying we should not invest.”

Analysts are forecasting tight oil supply in 2022, driven in part by demand holding up much better than expected as the highly contagious omicron coronavirus variant spreads, with some predicting the return of $100 oil.

Mazrouei said all producing countries and international oil companies should invest in hydrocarbons to ensure a smooth energy transition.

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