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Singapore economic agency opens office in Doha

Source: The Peninsula

Singapore is aggressively pushing to strengthen economic ties with Qatar, its fourth largest trading partner in the Middle East, with the official opening of an economic agency office in Doha and key project signings between Qatari and Singaporean companies here yesterday in the presence of visiting Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

“I’m very happy that Singaporean companies are finding opportunities in Qatar and entering into joint ventures with Qatari companies and also working together with Qatari government agencies to develop capabilities in Qatar for the government as well as for the private sector,” PM Lee told reporters on the sidelines of the event.

He also said that although Singapore did not have much expertise in the oil and gas field, there might be some possibilities of cooperation with Qatar in the sector. “Qatar and Singapore have good relationship and is still growing, but the potential is considerable”, he said at the event titled ‘Qatar-Singapore: A New Milestone in Collaboration’ held at the Diplomatic Club.

The event organised by the economic agency, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and Keppel Integrated Engineering (KIE), included the unveiling of the foundation stone for Qatar Integrated Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre (DSWMC) and the signing of key projects between Qatari and Singaporean companies such as ictQatar and Ecquaria, Nuzul Holding BSCC and the Ascott Group in the presence of Lee, who was the guest-of-honour.

“Qatar is currently one of the most exciting markets for Singapore companies in the Middle East”, said Chong Lit Cheong, CEO of IE Singapore, the government agency overseeing the promotion of Singapore-based companies overseas. “We have witnessed growing interest by Singapore companies to explore opportunities particularly in the urban infrastructure and oil and gas supporting infrastructure services sectors”.

The foundation stone for the DSWMC was unveiled by Dr Abdulrahman Al Buanain, Consultant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture and Lim Chee Onn, Executive Chairman of Keppel Corporation.

KIE was awarded two contracts of equal value worth QR 3.9bn by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture last October for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of an integrated solid waste management facility, the first in the Middle East, and the Operation and Maintenance of the facility for 20 years.

The contracts will be undertaken by Keppel Seghers, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KIE. Under the EPC contract, Keppel Seghers will design and build four Waste Transfer Stations and one DSWMC to handle and treat domestic solid waste. Also during the ceremony, ictQatar signed an agreement with Ecquaria Technologies, a Singapore information and communication company to implement the Qatar Services Infrastructure project (QSI).

The QSI will provide the Government of Qatar with a highly integrated centralised platform, which will help accelerate the delivery of public e-services on the Internet.

Meanwhile, Nuzul Hoding BSC awarded Ascott International management contracts for two serviced residences it recently acquired, one each in Qatar and Bahrain to be operational in the first half of 2007. Ascott International will manage the Somerset Corniche in Doha and Somerset Juffair in Manama properties for 10 years with an option to renew the contacts for another 10 years.


Universal Knowledge Solutions takes Giunti Labs' learn eXact deep into the Middle East eLearning market
Giunti Labs | Berlin, Germany

29-Nov-2006 » Training Press Releases » Through Universal Knowledge Solutions - UKS, its Middle East partner, Giunti Labs has managed to establish a very strong and promising market within the Middle East and position learn eXact as the leading LCMS platform.

Giunti Labs' and UKS' presence in the Middle East spans to cover highly reputed higher education institutions as well as schools, corporate and government entities in the region.

Fabrizio Cardinali, CEO of Giunti Labs states: "We are expanding our market presence in the Middle East with Universal Knowledge Solutions with several important client acquisitions this year in the market. Earlier this year Giunti Labs was also selected to implement component 4 of regional EU Project MEDA-ETE for introducing eLearning into African and Middle East Mediterranean countries."

UKS and Al-Ahliyya Amman University (AAU) in Jordan have joined forces to establish an eLearning Center of Excellence at the heart of the university, bringing to the Middle East the latest addition to a set of successful and pioneering projects in education.

In Amman also, the Jordan e-Academy will provide online courses and certificates in both blended and online format, to students from Al Balqaa Applied University and other universities in Jordan, as well as lifelong learning certificate programs to working adults in both public and private sectors in Jordan.

learn eXact was the LCMS of choice for the above two universities.

King Fahed University for petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and King Khaled University in Saudi Arabia, American Creativity Academy in Kuwait, Abu Dhabi Oil Company (ADCO) in UAE are but a few of the new Middle East portfolio added to the Giunti Lab's rapidly expanding international presence in general and its Middle East foot print in particular.

Fadi Abdul Khalek, CEO of UKS comments: "We have been users of learn eXact before we became partners. It is that very strong and solid belief in the learn eXact suite of products that has allowed us to reach such a large client base in our first year of partnership. Through learn eXact and our innovative approach to eLearning we have managed to transform the trend in the Middle East to focus more on content rather than delivery"

About Universal Knowledge Solutions

Universal Knowledge Solutions is a Learning Solutions Enabler with regional presence across the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf. UKS specializes in providing outstanding solutions, services and products to alleviate educational standards across the region, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and instructional innovations. With a successful track-record of ground-breaking academic and corporate achievements such as the Syrian Virtual University, the eLearning Center of Excellence at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, or Pars Online Academy to cite only a few; UKS has established itself as a pioneer in the Arab world, leading the way for world-class educational solutions by blending international standards and breakthroughs with local ethos and beliefs.

Universal Knowledge Solutions is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates, with offices in Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan and Syria and representations in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Iran. UKS is a subsidiary of Al Tanmiya Holding and EDU which is the educational arm of AREF Investment Group.

Please contact:

Jawad Sebaali
Sales Manager, GCC

About Giunti Labs

Giunti Labs ( with EMEA headquarters in Italy and UK office in Milton Keynes, is the provider of the learn eXact suite, Europe's leading eLearning and Mobile Learning Content Management Technology. The company is a major contributor to the European eLearning R&D and standardization arena. learn eXact is interoperable with all major Vendor-driven and Open Source LMS and VLE solutions in the market including Oracle, SumTotal, Saba, WebCT, Blackboard, Sakai, .LRN and Moodle.


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