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Sheikh Mohamed, Erdogan meeting marks ‘new dawn’ for UAE-Turkey future: envoy

By Ibrahim Shukralla

ABU DHABI, 29th November, 2021 (WAM) – The official meeting of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed forces, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara last week marked "a new dawn" in the future of the bilateral relations, a top Turkish diplomat told Emirates News Agency (WAM).

Turkey and the UAE have signed 10 agreements in the fields of energy, environment, finance and trade on 24th November during Sheikh Mohamed’s visit. The UAE also announced setting up a US$10 billion investment fund in Turkey, targeting "strategic" sectors such as healthcare, food and energy.

"The visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed was highly significant in terms of reaffirming the mutual will at the highest level to strengthen and diversify the relations between Turkey and the UAE," said Tugay Tuncer, Tukey’s Ambassador to the UAE.

In an exclusive interview with WAM, he added, "Both sides have underlined their shared understanding of the importance of the strategic relationship between the two countries as a means to contribute to the security and stability of the region.

"In that respect, it will not be an overstatement [to say] that a new dawn has been unveiled in the future of Turkey-UAE relations."

The Turkish envoy said the existing cooperation between the two countries would establish new avenues in the fields of energy, finance, industry, trade, logistics, defence infrastructure and advanced technologies, as well as cultural exchanges, education, health and tourism.

"The [new] agreements focused mainly on economic ties, but their swift conclusion, availing of the visit of His Highness, served as a testament to the unequivocal political support. Highly positive statements delivered by the Turkish and UAE leaderships and the officials who partook in the signing ceremony, were indeed self-explanatory in that regard. It became clear that both sides define each other as natural partners," he added.

The UAE is Turkey’s largest trading partner in the region. The non-oil trade between the two countries in 2020 amounted to US$8.9 billion, a 21 percent increase compared to 2019.

Ankara’s ambassador believes there is more potential in the economic relations. "Despite the fact that the Turkey-UAE economic relations have continued unabated in the last decade and the trade activity has shown an increase even during the pandemic, there is still an untapped potential in our economic cooperation."

He said there are more than 650 Turkish companies operating in the UAE and around 200 UAE companies in Turkey.

"Recent meetings of the UAE-Turkey Joint Economic Committee and the UAE-Turkey Business Forum [both held in Dubai] were the reflection of the mutual interest and yielded concrete outcomes. The visits of the [delegations from] Turkish Investment Agency and the Finance Office of the Turkish Presidency to the UAE, which preceded the abovementioned meetings, have also been fruitful," the ambassador explained.

"Therefore, the signing of 10 agreements in the field of finance, investment, trade, health and infrastructure during the visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed have crowned the ongoing developments in the economic dimension of our bilateral relations and set the course for future cooperation."

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is expected to visit the UAE in December, according to Turkish media reports.

"We hope to see the continuation of high-level contacts and visits between our brotherly countries," Tuncer said.

"As we have opened a new chapter in our relations, I believe that other visits and meetings will follow suit," the ambassador said.

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Almarai signs multiple agreements to localize jobs through training and recruitment programs

Almarai signed a cooperation memorandum with the Food Industries Polytechnic, the
Transport General Authority, and the Saudi Logistics Academy to localize jobs in the
food and beverages sector through training and rehabilitation programs ending in
employment. This came within the first international conference on the labor market,
organized by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development on 13 – 14
December 2023 at the King Abdulaziz Convention Center in Riyadh.

‘These agreements are part of Almarai’s corporate program for the social responsibility
to achieve localization in the food industry sector, which is one of the top priorities of the
comprehensive strategic plans in Almarai, especially since the company is one of the
largest working environments in the kingdom, with more than 9,000 Saudi employees,
including more than 900 Saudi female employees.”Fahad Aldrees, Chief Human
Resources Officer of Almarai, said.

He added that the agreements signed to train and qualify young people are part of the
integrated initiatives and training and rehabilitation programs for national human
resources in Almarai. He pointed out that the company provided about half a million
employee training hours during 2022, raising its retention rate to 90% during 2022.

It is worth mentioning that Almarai is the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy
company, and the largest food and beverage producer and distributor in the Middle
East. Almarai was ranked among LinkedIn’s top 15 Saudi companies for professional
career development for 2022.

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SEBA Bank rebrands to AMINA Bank and continues to write its success story

a fully licensed Swiss crypto bank, announced today its new brand identity: AMINA Bank AG. The group operates
globally from its regulated hubs in Zug, Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, offering its clients traditional and crypto banking services.
SEBA Bank made history in 2019 by becoming one of the first FINMA-regulated institutions to provide crypto banking services. This rebrand marks a new chapter for the company, which has proudly been in operation for more than four years. AMINA Bank is inspired by the same trailblazing ambition to lead the way for its clients and to write its own future as a Swiss-
regulated crypto bank offering services to its traditional and crypto savvy clients around the globe. The name ‘AMINA’ stems from the term ‘transAMINAtion’, meaning transference of one compound to another. AMINA is a brand driven by perpetual change, bringing together the various ‘compounds’ of traditional, digital, and crypto banking to unlock new potential and
growth for our clients. This vision of change represents the transformation of our clients’ financial future. Franz Bergmueller, CEO of AMINA, said: “We are delighted to introduce the world to our new brand identity. While we say goodbye to the SEBA name, we remain forever proud of the achievements made by the group under the former brand. “Our brand signifies a new era in the company’s growth and strategy; we are a key player in crypto banking and are here to define the future of finance. With our client-focused approach, our years of traversing traditional and crypto finance, we offer a platform for investors to build
wealth safely and under the highest regulatory standards.” “We are grateful to be encouraged by our supportive and committed investors who have been very helpful, supporting the growth of the company. We thank our employees in all the regions
for their dedication and client focus. As we look forward to 2024, our ambition is to accelerate the growth of our strategic hubs in Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Abu Dhabi, and to continue our global expansion, building on all the successes we have laid down over the past years.” Current clients of AMINA Bank (formerly SEBA Bank) will be unaffected by the rebrand other than encountering the new name; all operations will be business as usual across the board. The branch office based in Abu Dhabi and the subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Singapore will subsequently apply for a name change to align with the head office in Zug.

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Uptime Appoints Mustapha Louni Chief Business Officer

Uptime Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Mustapha Louni to the position of Chief Business Officer, a role specifically created to drive strategic leadership and client success. In this new role, Mr. Louni will assume responsibility for the global Uptime sales and marketing organizations and drive overall business value for all Uptime clients. He will retain his existing responsibilities overseeing operations in the Middle East, India, Africa, and the Asia Pacific regions. In this elevated capacity, Mr. Louni is poised to play a pivotal role in driving Uptime’s next phase of global expansion through strategic initiatives to enhance market awareness of the dramatically expanding global service lines and delivery capabilities of Uptime that uniquely support the global data center industry in its pursuit of ever higher performance through elevated availability, resiliency, sustainability, and cyber-security of digital infrastructure. Louni’s appointment renews and expands Uptime

Institute 39;s 30-year commitment to advancing excellence in the data center sector on a global scale. “Today we are experiencing the next phase of the one-time, planetary transformation from analog to digital. This unprecedented, once-in-a-generation growth in data center demand is primarily driven by continuing cloud adoption, the new promise of AI, and the demonstrable fact
that hybrid digital infrastructure is here to stay for the foreseeable future,” said Martin McCarthy, CEO, Uptime Institute. “These complex and nuanced market demands require a visionary talent like Mustapha Louni. He is someone who cannot only deftly manage specific aspects of the business but also remain ahead of accelerating changes and trends. He continues to earn client
trust and respect by timely delivery on demanding commitments while he also inspires and energizes colleagues and clients alike. I am delighted to announce Mr. Louni’s new position and know that he will continue to expand the impact that he has already brought to Uptime since his arrival.” In 2014, Mr. Louni joined the Uptime organization in the United Arab Emirates, leveraging his extensive experience from roles at Panduit and Schneider Electric in Paris and Dubai. As the company’s first commercial resource in the Middle East and Africa region, Mr. Louni played a pivotal role in expanding Uptime’s presence. Within a year, he successfully established what became and remains Uptime’s fastest growing regional office. Under his leadership, Uptime has
extended his impressive trajectory of growth in MEA to the Asia-Pacific regions, augmenting the Uptime workforce with dedicated team members spanning more than a dozen countries across these regions. A new Uptime office has been inaugurated in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) this year, further fortifying the company’s ability to meet its commitment to sustained
growth and excellence and serve clients in critical, accelerating markets for digital infrastructure.

Uptime Institute began development of its proprietary and now globally recognized Tier Standards and its Tier Certifications 30 years ago to ensure that the mission critical computing needs of all organizations could be met with confidence and understood by executive management. Since that time, Uptime Tier Certification as well as other Uptime offerings including assessments and awards in digital infrastructure for ensuring business performance in areas of management and operations, risk and resilience, sustainability, and more recently cyber- security have gained global adoption. Uptime’s expanding success is based on delivering a
unique business service that is based upon unparalleled engineering excellence and technical mastery, while remaining vendor independent and technology agnostic.

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