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Singapore economic agency opens office in Doha
Source: The Peninsula
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
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
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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
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
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.
Sales Manager, GCC
About Giunti Labs
Giunti Labs (www.giuntilabs.com) 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.