Road Accidents Claim 29 Lives in Morocco’s Urban Areas over Past Week (DGSN)

Rabat – Twenty-nine people were killed and 2,760 injured, 115 of them seriously, in the 2,042 road accidents that occurred in urban areas on May 20-26, according to the General Directorate for National Security (DGSN).

These accidents were mainly due to drivers’ inattention, failure to give priority, pedestrians’ inattention, failure to keep a safe distance and speeding, among others, DGSN pointed out in a press release.

With regard to the control and repression of the traffic offenses, the security services drew up 41,428 tickets 7,350 reports submitted to te public prosecutor’s office, while 34,078 transactional fines were collected, according to the same source.

The sums collected from these fines added up to 7,471,925 dirhams, according to a statement, which also mentioned the impounding of 4,263 vehicles, the seizure of 7,350 documents and the withdrawl of 264 vehicules from circulation.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

UAE-Korea Business and Investment Forum in Seoul strengthens bilateral trade, investment ties

SEOUL: Today saw the conclusion of the UAE-Korea Business and Investment Forum, held in Seoul, Korea, on the sidelines of the official visit of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Republic of Korea, heading a high-level UAE delegation.

In the presence of Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, an economic delegation of Emirati public- and private-sector representatives attended the UAE-Korea Business and Investment Forum. Organised by the UAE’s Ministries of Investment and Economy, in collaboration with the UAE Embassy in Seoul and Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Forum sought to expand the two nations’ trade and commercial relations in high-growth sectors such as energy, ICT, logistics and manufacturing.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi said that economic ties between the UAE and the Republic of Korea are witnessing robust growth across all major sectors owing to the joint will of the leaderships of both sides.

During his address to the Forum, Dr.
Al Zeyoudi championed the potential of deeper ties between the UAE and Korea, citing their shared vision for open, rules-based trade, strategic investment and technological development. He said, ‘With an advanced, digitised economy, attractive business ecosystem and world-leading manufacturing sector, Korea is a hugely important trade and investment partner for the UAE as we seek to secure a new era of growth. The UAE-Korea Business and Investment Forum will serve to enhance bilateral ties by promoting bilateral trade, facilitating two-way FDI, and enhancing collaboration across a range of economic sectors, including energy, advanced manufacturing, technology, food security and healthcare.’

‘Our nations are long-standing friends and we look forward to building on today’s conversations and delivering long-lasting benefits for our respective economies,’ he added.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi invited the private sectors in both nations to capitalise on the two nations’ many economic synergies, which include world-class logi
stics infrastructure, connectivity, ease of doing business and specialised free zones. He highlighted the UAE’s recent US$30 billion investment commitment to Korea and the success of the Korean-built Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi as evidence of growing economic integration.

InKyo Cheong, Korea’s Minister for Trade, said, ‘The Business Forum provides an important platform for business leaders from both countries to share insights, experiences and objectives. It allows our private sectors to discover new opportunities for investment and cooperation, and expand and strengthen economic cooperation between our two countries. Our government will continue to support these endeavours and work to ensure that bilateral relations produce tangible results long into the future.’

Abdulla Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the UAE Federation of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said, ‘The UAE and the Republic of Korea have developed a remarkable strategic partnership, fuelled by closely aligned development
ambitions that place knowledge and innovation at the heart of our futures, with investment in education and human resources a key priority. This is reflected in both increasing trade volumes and the increase in bilateral investment flows, which now span a diverse set of economic sectors, including metals, manufacturing, logistics, and information and communications technology. We look forward to expanding economic cooperation and further strengthening what is already a robust relationship.’

While in Seoul, Dr. Al Zeyoudi also held talks with Korean Minister of Trade Inkyo Cheong where the two sides discussed ways to build on the US$5.3 billion in non-oil trade the nations shared in 2023, which maintained the record levels achieved in 2022. The meeting was held in the presence of Al Mazrouei and Juma Mohammed Al Kait, Assistant Under-Secretary at the UAE Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade Affairs.

Hosting over 250 public- and private-sector representatives, the UAE-Korea Business and Investment Forum feat
ured three main sessions to accelerate cooperation across key sectors, including ‘Exploring Clean Energy Partnerships’, ‘Bridging Innovation in ICT and Telecoms’, and ‘Streamlining Trade: Logistics, Manufacturing and Free Trade’. The role of the Forum as a platform for bilateral collaboration was underlined by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the UAE’s TECOM Group and Korea’s Meditox to enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

The visiting delegation to Seoul included over 60 participants, including senior federal and local government officials, in addition to representatives of a number of major UAE companies operating in various sectors, including logistics, industry, energy, technology, healthcare, environment, agriculture, food security and financial services.

Source: Emirates News Agency

JFDA Launches Summer Food Safety Campaign

The Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) has launched a comprehensive oversight and awareness campaign to ensure food safety during the summer months.

This initiative, coordinated through the JFDA branches across the Kingdom, aims to safeguard the quality of food and medicine available to the public.

The campaign focuses on intensifying the monitoring of perishable food items prone to spoilage in high temperatures, such as meat, fish, dairy products, juice drinks, canned foods, chips, chocolate, and mayonnaise used in fast food.

Inspectors will target high-traffic establishments including tourist food outlets, park cafeterias, entertainment centers, children’s play areas, juice and ice cream shops, and shawarma vendors.

The goal is to verify the freshness and safety of food products by checking production and expiration dates and ensuring compliance with proper storage and display practices.

The JFDA will also conduct random sampling of food products for laboratory testing to ensure they meet healt
h standards. Additionally, the agency is hosting awareness workshops for the food sector to highlight common violations and promote best practices.

The JFDA urges the public to be cautious and avoid consuming food that shows signs of spoilage such as changes in taste, smell, or texture, even if it has not reached its expiration date.

Proper storage according to recommended temperatures is essential to prevent bacterial growth and chemical reactions that can lead to food spoilage and loss of nutritional value.

The JFDA welcomes citizens’ comments, inquiries, and complaints via the toll-free line 117114, email [email protected], and WhatsApp at 0795632000.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Hamas demands immediate measures to stop the aggression against Rafah

Gaza – Ma’an – The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas called on the UN Security Council to bear its responsibility regarding the occupation ignoring the international justice order to stop the aggression against Rafah.

She called on the international community and the Security Council to take practical and immediate measures to stop the aggression and indiscriminate bombing of Rafah.

The movement warned of “the worsening humanitarian and health catastrophe in Rafah in light of the occupation army’s targeting of hospitals and health centres.”

Source: Maan News Agency

The Commander of the Customs Police meets the Head of the Financial and Administrative Control Bureau

Ramallah – Ma’an – The Commander of the Customs Police Service, Major General Iyad Barakat, and his accompanying delegation met today, Tuesday, with the Head of the Financial and Administrative Control Bureau, A. Amal Faraj in her office in Ramallah, to enhance ways of joint cooperation between the two parties.

During the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance coordination to ensure the effectiveness of financial and administrative oversight, enhance transparency and credibility in government work, and the importance of developing training programs and improving oversight procedures to ensure compliance with applicable laws and standards to raise work efficiency and achieve the highest levels of integrity in government institutions.

The two parties stressed that this meeting represents an important step towards strengthening joint oversight work and raising the level of institutional performance in a way that serves the interests of the nation and citizens.

At the end of the meeting, Major General Barakat
presented congratulations and congratulations to Mrs. Amal Farag for the high confidence placed in her by President Mahmoud Abbas, may God protect and preserve him, by appointing her as Head of the Financial and Administrative Control Bureau.

Source: Maan News Agency

Qatar launches campaign to send food parcels to Gaza from Jordan

Qatari Ambassador to Jordan Sheikh Saud bin Nasser bin Jassim Al Thani and General Supervisor of Qatar Charity’s office in Jordan Saleh Al Marri participated in the launch of Qatar Charity’s campaign to send food parcels to the Gaza Strip in cooperation with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO).

The Qatari aid to the people of the Gaza Strip, through Qatar Charity, includes 10,000 food parcels that are expected to benefit approximately 50,000 beneficiaries.

The parcels contain basic foodstuffs that are sufficient for one family for a whole month.

During the launch of the campaign, Ambassador Al Thani emphasized the importance of providing aid to the Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip, noting that “it is a humanitarian duty that we always carry out through constant coordination with our brothers in Jordan,” pointing to the importance of the efforts provided by Qatari humanitarian institutions in Jordan, which aim to serve the common interests between Jordan and Qatar.

Source: Jordan News A