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Jordan’s Arab Summit to address cooperation priorities


AMMON: Secretary General of the Arab League Ahmad Abul-Gheit will present three vital reports on cooperation priorities to the 28th Arab Summit in Jordan next Wednesday, said an Arab League official. A statement by the League’s spokesman Mahmoud Afifi indicated that the first report will focus on the Palestinian cause, the war in Syria, Yemen, and Libya, terrorism, as well ... Read More »

Qatar approves draft law on domestic workers


DOHA: Qatar’s cabinet has approved a draft law specifying the rights and duties of domestic workers in an attempt to regulate the industry, the state news agency QNA announced. The new law is a significant step towards regulating the services of domestic workers as they are not currently covered by Qatar’s existing labour law. The law also sets out the ... Read More »

Jordan, Iraq seal economic protocols


BAGHDAD: Jordan and Iraq inked minutes of the Jordanian-Iraqi joint committee meetings which entails boosting trade exchange and speeding up construction of the oil pipeline between the two countries. The protocols also encompassed encouraging Iraqi investors in Jordan and opening the border post of Turabil, the main crossing point between Jordan and Iraq, and identifying fees exempted Jordanian products that ... Read More »

Domestic production may boost national economy


KABUL: In an attempt to find new markets for domestic products, 104 local companies exhibited their products at an expo in Kabul under the name of “It is the best, it is Afghan”. Members of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said research was needed to find out exactly what people need in terms of products, so as ... Read More »

Gulf countries set to drive global 2017 sovereign debt issuance


KUWAIT CITY: Gulf countries are forecast to drive the bulk of 2017 sovereign debt issuance, followed by Latin America, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Its latest GEMs Macro Monthly report said it expects Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Qatar and Kuwait to be the largest gross and net debt issuers in 2017. It said these four issuers could account for ... Read More »

ABIC-Nepal interacts with commercial farmers


KATHMANDU: The newly established Agribusiness Innovation Centre Nepal (ABIC-Nepal) on Thursday held interactions with commercial farmers from various parts of the nation. As many as 47 farmers who have been implementing various agricultural projects with the grant of the Project for Agriculture Commercialisation and Trade (PACT) being run by the Ministry of Agricultural Development had participated in the programme held ... Read More »

Oman’s polypropylene plant to raise capacity to 340,000 tonnes per annum


MUSCAT: Oman Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) said that the capacity of its polypropylene plant will be raised to 340,000 tonnes of high quality polypropylene per annum from 200,000 tonnes a year now. This is considered an achievement for the company, which started operations in 2006. Faisal Al Hajri, Orpic’s regional sales manager for Middle East, Africa and Europe, ... Read More »

Bank of Ireland CEO Boucher to Retire After Crisis Comeback


DUBLIN: Bank of Ireland Plc Chief Executive Officer Richie Boucher, who took over amid the nation’s worst economic crisis in living memory and helped the lender recover from a bailout, intends to step down. Boucher, 58, will remain in charge of Bank of Ireland while the board seeks a new CEO, the Dublin-based company said in a statement Friday. He ... Read More »

Dubai Police sign MoU with bank for fine collection


DUBAI: The Dubai Police have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Commercial International Bank (CIB) to collect the traffic fines from bank’s credit card holders in interest free installments over 3, 6, or 12 months, with a minimum of Dhs500 for the one file. The service is reported to be activated within a maximum of two weeks. Acting Director ... Read More »

Hong Kong developer NetDragon boosts revenues by 120% following strong mobile growth in 2016


HONG KONG: Hong Kong-based developer NetDragon has released its financials for Q4 FY16 and its full year financials for the year ending December 31st 2016. The company posted overall revenues of $359.6 million for the year, an impressive increase of 119.5% year-on-year. Gross profit for the year was up 66% to $204.7 million. Breaking this down, game revenues were $155.8 ... Read More »

Live cattle exports in 2017 up 35% on this time last year


DUBLIN: Live cattle exports in 2017 have increased by 35% on this time last year, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. An additional 10,689 head of cattle have been exported from Ireland so far this year, compared to the same period in 2016, Minister Creed added. 2017 has been a positive year so far for live ... Read More »

HK-mainland trade slumps in first month


HONG KONG:  The Chinese mainland’s trade with Hong Kong totaled $19.81 billion in the first month of this year, down 18.8 percent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Commerce. The value accounted for 6.3 percent of the mainland’s total overseas trade in January, the ministry’s figures show. The mainland’s exports to Hong Kong hit $19.24 billion, a decrease of 15.4 ... Read More »

Govt bans Brazil meat imports


HARARE: Government has temporarily banned the importation of meat and related products from Brazil, with that country already investigating rotten meat exports. In an interview on the sidelines of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s tour of Pamene Farm in Alaska, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made said the position was precautionary. Sanitary and quality levels have come into ... Read More »

UAE halts imports of food products from six Brazilian companies


DUBAI: UAE has taken precautionary measures on imported food products from Brazil, after the Brazilian authorities suspended the activity of number of Brazilian companies on the grounds of unhealthy practices in the production processes. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said that their notification system on food products identified six facilities which export its products outside of Brazil. Preliminary ... Read More »

Sri Lanka, Pakistan should utilize the full potential of FTA


COLOMBO: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka can collaborate to achieve the objectives of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). Prime Minister Sharif made this remark when President Pakistan-Sri Lanka Friendship Trade & Investment Association Iftikhar Aziz, called on the Prime Minister at PM House in Islamabad on Friday. While recalling a ... Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Pan Asia Coloured Yarns awarded OekoTex Standard 100 and ISO 9001:2008 Certification


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s leading producer of Polyester and Nylon Yarn, Pan Asia Coloured Yarns (PACY) was awarded the highest grade of OekoTex Standard 100 certification following a series of stringent tests carried out at the Hohenstein Textile Testing Institute, Germany. At the same time the company was also awarded the only Independent Yarn Dyeing Plant to be certified by ISO ... Read More »

Unpaid, Laing quits troubled $34bn Australian LNG project


CANBERRA: UK-based contractor Laing O’Rourke has become the second major contractor this year to quit a project to build a gargantuan liquid natural gas (LNG) processing facility in Darwin, Australia. Saying it had not been paid in months, the company announced last week that it had demobilised approximately 800 of its people from the US$34bn Ichthys scheme, being developed by ... Read More »

Annual pace of inflation lowers in Feb, declining food prices soften impact


OTTAWA: The annual pace of inflation in Canada ticked lower in February as higher prices for gasoline were offset in part by declining costs for fresh fruit and vegetables. Statistics Canada said Friday the consumer price index rose 2.0 per cent on a year-over-year basis in February. The move compared with a 2.1 per cent increase in January. Economists had ... Read More »

Australia seeks national point of consumption online betting tax


CANBERRA: Australia’s federal government wants to harmonize state-level online sports betting point-of-consumption taxes (POCT), potentially dealing a blow to the Northern Territory’s status as the country’s premier online licensing jurisdiction. On Friday, Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison (pictured) held a meeting with his state and territory counterparts to discuss the upcoming 2017 federal budget. Following the meeting, Morrison told local media ... Read More »

Canada Govt’s ambitious export goals facing big challenges


OTTAWA: The Canadian government wants to boost exports by 30 percent over the next eight years, but experts and analysts say the goal is highly ambitious given a series of major challenges facing exporters. These include low levels of capital investment by Canadian firms, a sluggish export sector and uncertainty over what economic policies U.S. President Donald Trump will introduce. ... Read More »