Call for Entries Issued for The 21st Annual International Business Awards®

New Technology Solution Awards Categories for Artificial Intelligence

Call for Entries Issued for The 21st Annual International Business Awards®

The Stevie Awards are now accepting nominations for The 21st Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s premier business awards competition, attracting nominations from organizations in over 70 nations and territories each year.

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Stevie® Awards are now accepting nominations for The 21st Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s premier business awards competition, attracting nominations from organizations in over 70 nations and territories each year.

All individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small—may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is 10 April. The final entry deadline is 8 May, but late entries will be accepted through 12 June with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at

Juries featuring more than 150 executives worldwide will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners. Winners will be announced on 14 August and celebrated at a gala banquet in Europe this October (date and location to be confirmed).

The 21st Annual International Business Awards® are Accepting Nominations

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:

There are many new and revised features of The International Business Awards for 2024:

  • There are a variety of new Technology Solution Categories for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Solutions, split into subcategories for Financial, Generative (audio, graphics, text, video), Healthcare, and other solutions. There are additional new technology categories for Cybersecurity, Digital Asset Management, Digital Employee Experience, and Knowledge Center/Help Sites.
  • There are many new Event Categories for Cause & Green Events including CSR Experience, Employee Giving & Volunteerism, Inclusive Events, and other Brand Experiences/Events by type including Gamified Experience, Pop-Up Experience, and Immersive Experience.
  • There are new categories sprinkled throughout the category groups for New Product & Product Management Awards, Mobile Site & App Awards, and Website Awards.

Stevie Award winners in the 2023 IBAs included Ayala Land Inc. (Philippines), Anexa BPO (Mexico), Empire Eagle Food (Taiwan), EY Global Services Limited (USA), IBM Corporation (Worldwide), LLYC (Spain), Ooredoo Group (Qatar), Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia), TalkLife (United Kingdom), Turkish Aerospace (Turkey), HALKBANK (Turkey), The Dubai Digital Authority (United Arab Emirates), Viettel Group (Vietnam), and many more.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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Lantronix Announces Percepxion™, Its New Cloud Software Platform for IoT Devices

Percepxion™ comes pre-configured in Lantronix’s gateways, routers, trackers and switches to accelerate IoT edge device deployments

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lantronix Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of compute and connectivity IoT solutions, today announced Percepxion™, its new Cloud IoT Edge Solutions platform. Percepxion is pre-configured into Lantronix’s award-winning IoT gateways, routers, trackers and switches to provide secure, comprehensive device lifecycle management. The Percepxion platform efficiently scales edge deployments from regional to global and is managed through an intuitive single pane of glass.

“The Percepxion platform provides our customers with an easy-to-deploy IoT solution that comes pre-configured on our connect and compute products,” said Jacques Issa, vice president of Marketing at Lantronix Inc. “Percepxion’s multi-tenant feature enables a B2B solution, generating incremental revenue streams for our end customers.”

Remote installation of Lantronix devices includes zero-touch automated provisioning managed through Percepxion. Site-required firmware, configuration and certificates are remotely loaded to ensure secure data communication and compliant devices. It is ideal for critical infrastructure management, fleet management, smart cities and other end-to-end IoT edge solutions.

Key Percepxion features include:

  • Robust Security. Percepxion simplifies software updates for maintaining robust device cybersecurity. The cloud platform complies with complex security requirements from corporate security offices for devices, data access and users, ensuring integrity and confidentiality across entire solutions.
  • Real-Time Device Operation. Percepxion enables real-time remote access for diagnosing and troubleshooting as well as over-the-air updates with select grouping and automated monitoring that generate alerts and notifications to minimize system downtime.
  • Powerful Data Integration and Analysis. Percepxion’s custom dashboards provide on-demand visibility of device telemetry data. Trend analysis provides edge insights to improve efficiency and create predictive maintenance applications. Enterprise use cases can access data using Percepxion API services for headless operation.

Percepxion’s holistic approach to IoT edge solutions accelerates time to revenue by simplifying edge management and maintenance while providing customers with assistance and long-term assurance.

The Percepxion Service for Lantronix Devices

Delivered as a service, the Percepxion multi-tenant cloud platform provides businesses with comprehensive device lifecycle management through Web and mobile apps. It is offered with bundled Level Technical Support, limited warranty and other optional services

To learn more about Percepxion and review the 60-day free trial offer, visit

About Lantronix

Lantronix Inc. is a global provider of compute and connectivity IoT solutions that target high-growth industries including Smart Cities, Automotive and Enterprise. Lantronix’s products and services empower companies to achieve success in the growing IoT markets by delivering customizable solutions that address each layer of the IoT Stack. Lantronix’s leading-edge solutions include Intelligent Substations infrastructure, Infotainment systems and Video Surveillance, supplemented with advanced Out-of-Band Management (OOB) for Cloud and Edge Computing.

For more information, visit the Lantronix website.

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Un meilleur accès aux soins et une expertise en matière de chaîne du froid renforcée pour Fortrea avec le développement de FortreaRx™

Le redimensionnement de la pharmacie spécialisée non commerciale de Fortrea apporte des solutions flexibles et évolutives à ses clients, et permet de délivrer des médicaments révolutionnaires directement aux patients

DURHAM, État de Caroline du Nord, 21 févr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fortrea (Nasdaq : FTRE), ci-après la « Société », une organisation de recherche contractuelle (ou CRO, de l’anglais Contract Research Organization) mondiale de premier plan, annonce ce jour l’ouverture de FortreaRx™, une pharmacie spécialisée non commerciale de grande surface dans la ville de Lake Mary, en Floride. L’établissement se spécialise dans les solutions avancées d’accès aux patients à travers les États-Unis, et intègre une expertise en produits de la chaîne du froid et à température ambiante assortie de capacités de distribution.

FortreaRx est agréée dans 50 États et territoires américains. Ses solutions flexibles et évolutives visent à répondre aux besoins spécifiques de ses clients, tout en délivrant des médicaments aux patients qui pourraient en être autrement privés. À l’image de FortreaRx, les pharmacies spécialisées non commerciales sont au service d’une clientèle spécialisée en fabrication pharmaceutique. Elles sont essentielles pour assurer le lien entre les industriels et les patients répondant à leurs critères en matière d’aide à la prescription.

Depuis la création de FortreaRx fin 2008, Fortrea a innové dans le champ des services de pharmacie spécialisée non commerciale en se concentrant exclusivement sur la distribution de produits gratuits intégrée au cœur des programmes d’aide aux patients (ou PAP, de l’anglais Patient Assistance Programs) parrainés par les acteurs de l’industrie pharmaceutique, et visant à développer l’accès aux soins pour les patients qualifiés sous-assurés ou n’ayant pas d’assurance santé. Avec ses 3 716 mètres carrés, FortreaRx double la surface de son espace opérationnel et renforce ses capacités, notamment :

  • 167 mètres carrés dédiés au stockage de produits à température ambiante
  • Plus de 557 mètres carrés dédiés au stockage de produits de la chaîne du froid, à savoir que plus de 85 % des ordonnances à la main de FortreaRx sont concernées par cette caractéristique
  • Un espace de traitement et d’exécution des commandes agrandi pour absorber jusqu’à 18 000 ordonnances par jour
  • De meilleures modalités d’expédition, assorties d’options de livraison du jour au lendemain, accélérée ou sous 2 jours

Bill Nolan, vice-président et responsable mondial de la branche Accès aux patients chez Fortrea, observe que « Combinées à la nouvelle dimension de FortreaRx, nos offres de services aux patients bien établies s’entendent désormais de bout en bout, des premières démarches cliniques à la mise en marché et jusqu’à la livraison, garantissant ainsi une expérience globale et personnalisée pour les patients. De notre vaste expertise thérapeutique à notre engagement indéfectible envers l’aide aux patients, Fortrea brille dans la conception de solutions pertinentes et ciblées sur les besoins de nos promoteurs pharmaceutiques en s’efforçant de réduire les enjeux auxquels font face patients et fournisseurs via la simplification du processus de candidature et la pleine intégration d’initiatives d’aide au sens large aux patients ».

Animée par des gestionnaires de cas, la centrale d’appels de FortreaRx gère en toute transparence les demandes des patients, le volet conseil et la vérification des ordonnances. L’équipe Fortrea dédiée à l’accès aux soins aide patients et fournisseurs à comprendre et résoudre les complexités du principe de couverture tout en levant, pour les patients, les barrières de l’accès aux médicaments.

Les solutions FortreaRx constituent une réponse efficace, consultative et économique aux programmes de prescription des industriels pharmaceutiques. Elles représentent habituellement d’importantes économies annuelles pour les patients.

Pour en savoir plus sur FortreaRx et sa gamme de services, rendez-vous sur :

À propos de Fortrea

Fortrea (Nasdaq : FTRE) figure parmi les principaux fournisseurs de solutions de développement clinique et d’accès aux soins pour les patients dans le secteur mondial des sciences de la vie. Fortrea s’associe à des sociétés établies et émergentes du domaine biopharmaceutique, des dispositifs médicaux et des diagnostics pour stimuler l’innovation en matière de santé, et accélérer la mise au point de traitements révolutionnaires pour les patients qui en ont besoin. Nous proposons des services de gestion d’essais cliniques de phase I à IV, de pharmacologie clinique, d’essais différenciés axés sur des technologies habilitantes, et des services post-autorisation. Nos solutions s’appuient sur 30 ans d’expérience dans 20 domaines thérapeutiques, une passion pour la rigueur scientifique, des connaissances exceptionnelles et un solide réseau de centres de recherche. Notre équipe talentueuse et diversifiée d’environ 19 000 collaborateurs répartis sur plus de 90 pays est dimensionnée pour fournir des solutions ciblées et agiles à nos clients, partout dans le monde. Pour en savoir plus sur la manière dont Fortrea est moteur d’influence du pipeline au patient, rendez-vous sur et suivez-nous sur LinkedIn et X (anciennement Twitter) @Fortrea.

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Fortrea Aumenta Capacidade de Acesso do Paciente e Experiência da Cadeia Fria com a Expansão da FortreaRx™

Expansão de farmácias especializadas não comerciais da Fortrea oferece soluções flexíveis e escaláveis para clientes e medicamentos que mudam as vidas diretamente para pacientes

DURHAM, N.C., Feb. 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Fortrea (Nasdaq: FTRE) (a “Empresa”), organização líder global de pesquisa por contrato (CRO), anunciou hoje a inauguração da sua farmácia especializada não comercial expandida, FortreaRx™, em Lake Mary, Flórida, que oferece soluções avançadas de acesso de pacientes nos Estados Unidos, incluindo recursos e experiência de distribuição de cadeia fria e ambiente.

Licenciada em todos os 50 estados e territórios dos EUA, a FortreaRx oferece soluções flexíveis e escaláveis que atendem às necessidades específicas dos seus clientes, fornecendo medicamentos a pacientes que, de outra forma, não teriam acesso a eles. As farmácias especializadas não comerciais, como a FortreaRx, fornecem essas soluções em nome dos seus clientes fabricantes de produtos farmacêuticos, estando posicionadas de forma única para servir como uma ponte entre os fabricantes de produtos farmacêuticos e os pacientes que atendam aos requisitos do fabricante para assistência médica.

Desde o lançamento da FortreaRx no final de 2008, a Fortrea tem sido pioneira em serviços de farmácias especializadas não comerciais, concentrando-se exclusivamente na distribuição de produtos gratuitos como um componente integrado de programas de assistência ao paciente (PAP) patrocinados por fabricantes farmacêuticos, projetados para expandir o acesso à terapia para pacientes qualificados sem plano de saúde ou subsegurados. A FortreaRx, com 40.000 pés quadrados, tem o dobro do seu espaço operacional e reforça seus recursos, oferecendo:

  • 1.800 pés quadrados de armazenamento ambiente
  • Mais de 6.000 pés quadrados de armazenamento em cadeia fria, com mais de 85% das prescrições aviadas pela FortreaRx exigindo esse manuseio exclusivo
  • Maior espaço de processamento e atendimento para até 18.000 prescrições diárias
  • Soluções de envio aprimoradas com opções de entregas noturnas, aceleradas e de 2 dias

“As ofertas bem estabelecidas de serviços ao paciente da Fortrea, juntamente com os recursos expandidos da FortreaRx, oferecem uma abordagem completa, desde os estágios clínicos iniciais até a entrega pós-comercialização, garantindo uma experiência abrangente e personalizada para os pacientes”, disse Bill Nolan, vice-presidente e chefe global de Acesso ao Paciente da Fortrea. “Com a nossa experiência em estados de doença de ampla gama até o nosso compromisso inabalável com a assistência ao paciente, a Fortrea se destaca na entrega de soluções oportunas e impactantes aos nossos patrocinadores farmacêuticos que se esforçam para reduzir os desafios dos pacientes e provedores, simplificando os processos de inscrição e oferecendo total integração com iniciativas mais amplas de suporte ao paciente.”

O centro de gerentes de casos do call center da FortreaRx gerencia integralmente consultas de pacientes, aconselhamento e verificação de dados de prescrições. A equipe de acesso ao paciente da Fortrea ajuda os pacientes e provedores a entenderem e navegarem nas complexidades da cobertura, removendo os obstáculos para levar a medicação aos pacientes.

A FortreaRx oferece soluções eficientes, consultivas e econômicas para programas de prescrição do fabricante, normalmente resultando em economias anuais significativas para os pacientes.

Para mais informações sobre a FortreaRx e seus serviços, visite

Sobre a Fortrea

A Fortrea (Nasdaq: FTRE) é fornecedora líder global de soluções para o desenvolvimento clínico e acesso ao paciente para a indústria de ciências da vida. Fazemos parcerias com grandes e emergentes empresas biofarmacêuticas, de dispositivos médicos e de diagnóstico para impulsionar a inovação na saúde que acelera terapias que mudam a vida dos pacientes que precisam delas. A Fortrea fornece gerenciamento de testes clínicos de fase I-IV, farmacologia clínica, soluções de testes com tecnologia diferenciada e serviços pós-aprovação. As soluções da Fortrea utilizam suas três décadas de experiência abrangendo mais de 20 áreas terapêuticas, sua dedicação ao rigor científico, insights excepcionais e uma forte rede de pesquisadores. Nossa equipe talentosa e diversificada de aproximadamente 19.000 pessoas que trabalham em mais de 90 países é dimensionada para fornecer soluções focadas e ágeis para clientes de todo o mundo. Saiba mais sobre como a Fortrea está se tornando uma força transformadora de pipeline para paciente na e siga-nos no LinkedIn e X (antigo Twitter) @Fortrea.

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Towards meeting 35% of national needs in renewables by 2035

A workshop on the intervention modalities of the Energy Transition Fund was organised on Wednesday in Sfax at the initiative of the National Agency for Energy Conservation (ANME). The workshop is part of a set of regional meetings to introduce the Fund's initiatives and encourage Tunisian companies to join the energy transition process to better manage energy at the national level, Energy Efficency Expert Abdelhamid Ganouni told TAP. The Tunisian State has set itself ambitious energy targets up to 2035, aimed primarily at covering 35% of national needs with renewables, cutting energy demand by 34% and reducing carbon density to 45%, he said. These goals cannot be achieved without the coordinated efforts of all stakeholders, he pointed out, recalling that any energy-related project has the opportunity to benefit from the Fund's interventions. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Deadline for applications to call for projects for Tunisian entrepreneurs and Tunisian investors living abroad extended to March 31

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training announced that the deadline for the applications to the call of projects for the Phase 2 of the Mobi-TRE project "Hajti bik" has been extended to March 31, 2024. The project is aimed to implement joint projects between promoters in Tunisia and Tunisians living abroad (Germany, France, Côte d'Ivoire and Saudi Arabia) in a bid to select 30 projects in regional development zones. Promoters wishing to access funding under this project should apply on platform. the "Mobi-TRE" project Phase 2 "Migration as a resource: mobilising the Tunisian diaspora and stabilising disadvantaged communities in Tunisia." The project is funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) and implemented by IOM, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment as well as institutional partners and authorities in Tunisia at national and regional levels. The Ha jti Bik component of this project aims to mobilize innovative initiatives contributing to Tunisia's economic development, with particular emphasis on regions with high migration potential. This Call for Projects focuses on promoting the effective realization of a Matching between a Tunisian entrepreneur and a Tunisian investor Resident Abroad (TRE). It aims to create sustainable jobs, reduce poverty, and promote the link between migration and development. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

UGTT’s Tabboubi : ” we demand social dialogue be launched ” [Upd 1]

We are not asking for the impossible," UGTT's Nourredine Tabboubi Thursday said in comments on next March 2 worker rally in El Kasbah Square. "We demand social dialogue be launched as it a sign of the development of societies," the SG of the Tunisian General Labour Union further told TAP on the sidelines of the opening works of the conference of the women and working youth committees of the Arab Federation of Petroleum, Mining and Chemical Workers in hammamet. "We demand the trade union right be respected for it is a red line that cannot be crossed," he added. "We are aware the country is going through an economic crisis; the labour union is always accused of suspending production through strikes, thus the move to opt for a day off (Saturday) to stage a protest to demand the launch of a social dialogue," said Tabboubi. The SG said it is necessary to boost investment by means of fostering an entrepreneurial climate. "We are speaking about democracy at a time when Tunisians endure a declining purchase powe r and the shortage of commodities, the SG said. The low voter turnout rate is a key indicator which the power in place did not understand. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Implementing a national strategy to support economic entrepreneurs is now a priority (Minister)

The implementation of a national strategy to support entrepreneurs is now a priority, Minister of Employment and Vocational Training Lotfi Dhieb stressed on Thursday. Speaking at the opening of an interregional conference organised by the National Agency for Employment and Self-Employment (ANETI) on "Public Employment Services and Entrepreneurship: a challenge for inclusive and sustainable economic development", the minister stressed that a number of areas have been identified to support the social and solidarity economy over the period 2024-2026, including digitisation, supporting and amending the legal framework, and strengthening communication with entrepreneurs. The minister also pointed out that the conference aims to map out an equitable and inclusive economic model that develops the entrepreneurial skills of young people. A budget of 40 million dinars has been earmarked to finance projects in the social and solidarity economy, he pointed out. Dhieb acknowledged that the promotion of private entrepre neurship requires the simplification of administrative procedures and the guarantee of support for entrepreneurs to ensure the success of their projects, which in turn will contribute to economic growth and the reduction of unemployment (16% according to the latest report of the National Institute of Statistics). Ferihane Korbi Boussoffara, Executive Director of ANETI, said one of the aims of this interregional conference was to share experiences between 16 countries facing the same employment problems as Tunisia. She emphasised the importance of good monitoring to ensure the sustainability of the project. Many young people encounter numerous obstacles after the creation of their projects, linked in particular to the challenges of the market, marketing and the weakness of the management of financial resources, she added, stressing the role of the Agency in presenting the necessary consultations in this sense. For his part, Mohsen Ben Touati, Head of the General Directorate for Entrepreneurship at the Mini stry of Employment, stressed that the field of entrepreneurship faces challenges related to access to finance, supervision and support, noting that Tunisia has programmes aimed at reducing the difficulties faced by young entrepreneurs. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Ouahigouya march: suspended sentences and acquittalsArab Federation of Petroleum Workers conference: opportunity to debate formulas to help Gazans (Tabboubi) [Upd 1]

The eight defendants arrested following the breakups which took place during the march on January 29, 2024, received suspended sentences and were released with the benefit of the doubt. At the end of the trial of the eight alleged culprits prosecuted for organizing an illicit demonstration, armed gatherings and acts of vandalism caused during the march of January 29, 2024, held at the Ouahigouya High Court, on Wednesday February 21, 2024, the President of the Court requested a 36-month suspended sentence for one defendant, 24 months for 4 and the three others were acquitted for the benefit of the doubt. Started around 8:30 a.m., the trial of the march of January 29, 2024 in Ouahigouya delivered its verdict. Only one defendant received a suspended sentence of 36 months with a fine of 2 million CFA francs firm to pay, four others were sentenced to 24 months suspended with a million CFA francs firm each must pay and the three others were acquitted for the benefit of the doubt. They are Abdoul Aziz Ouédraogo (member of the youth movement committed to the liberation of the North), Souleymane Sawadogo and Issouf Ouédraogo. They were accused of having organized an illicit demonstration, causing armed gatherings and acts of vandalism during the march on January 29, 2024. Which march caused ransacking of public property at the regional branch of Rtb2 North, the palace of the king of Yatenga, Naaba Kiiba, the 12 commando infantry regiment (RIC) and the gendarmerie company. On the stand this February 21, 2024, in a room full of people, the eight defendants appeared to defend themselves. All have pleaded not guilty. Among them, four defendants, namely the vice-president, the organization officer, the communications and information officer and a member come from the Youth Movement Engaged for the Liberation of the North. According to their version of the facts, everything was part of the association of young traders from the Ouahigouya market. 'During a citizen's watch night at the Place de la Nation, we were approac hed to organize a meeting in support of the transition. I therefore informed my president who lives in Ouagadougou. We therefore held a meeting but ultimately the association of young traders withdrew because its president said he had not been informed of the approach. But, we had already informed the population of this meeting through Watsapp groups, the town crier and other channels. », indicated the alleged culprit, the vice-president of the movement. And to continue that on January 28 was the day before the march, all members of civil society organizations were received by the governor of the region in order to postpone the march. 'Back from this meeting, we sent voice messages and made a live video posted on our Facebook page informing the population of the cancellation of the meeting. That same evening, I received threats of violence against me that money had been received from the governor. This is what justifies its cancellation so they will come after us. I informed the rest of the group and asked them to take shelter. This is how me and the communications officer took refuge in Baporé, a neighboring village,' he confirmed. It was only afterwards that they learned that a march took place in Ouahigouya causing damage, according to him. The committed youth movement author of the march Why not use the same information channels to inform the population of the cancellation of the meeting? asked the prosecution. The defendant, responsible for communications, explained that there was little time to call a town crier. 'Our meeting with the governor ended around 6 p.m. So it was difficult to do it,' he replied. Did you have authorization to organize the meeting? asked the prosecutor. And the defendant, vice-president, replied that he did not know that we should have authorization before organizing a meeting. 'We have already organized a meeting but I did not know that authorization was required,' he added. The president of the court explained to him that the city, the country is governed by national, tra ditional, religious laws. 'If there is freedom to come and go, it is because these laws are respected,' said the president. The victims, namely RTB2 North, Naaba Kiiba, the 12th RIC and the gendarmerie company, the judicial agent, Marou Ilboudo request that reparation be made. To do this, he estimated the damages for RTB2 at 4,644,450 FCFA, for the RIC at 2,000,050 FCFA. The king of Yatenga refused to file a civil suit and refused any compensation. Source: Burkina Information Agency This conference is an opportunity to discuss concrete formulas to help the Palestinian people in Gaza in their struggle against the Zionist Entity," said SG of the Tunisian General Labour Union (French: UGTT) Nourredine Tabboubi as he attended Thursday the conference of the women and working youth committees of the Arab Federation of Petroleum, Mining and Chemical Workers in Hammamet. It is also expected to enhance Arab energy solidarity, he further told TAP on the sidelines of an opening session of the two-day gathering. The organisation of the event in Tunisia demonstrates anew the position of the country and the labour union, he added. The UGTT has always pushed for energy solidarity in a bid to ensure self-sufficiency in Arab countries. An active, effective and militant trade union can create new dynamics in bringing views closer together, fostering a climate of Arab cooperation for the interest of Arab peoples and producing a unified Arab stance on a set of issues, mainly the Palestinian cause. SG o f the Arab Federation of Petroleum, Mining and Chemical Workers Imad Hamdi said the conference of youth and women is placed under the solgan "Supporting Palestine" to reaffirm the Arab Federation's solidarity with Palestinians as they endure the barbaric attacks of the Zionist entity. The Arab Federation's Executive Council will hold its forthcoming meeting in Egypt to provide moral and material support to Palestinians. The Federation will also seek to scale up coopeeration in energy as a tool to exert political and economic pressure and achieve prosperity for Arab countries, he added. SG of the General Union of Petroleum and Chemicals Salouane Smiri said the sector of energy is of strategic importance in Tunisia and can help chart a way out of the crisis if efforts are pooled and a social dialogue is set in motion between stakerholders and authorities. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Tunisia to receive two illegal fishing monitoring vessels, Feb.27

Tunisia will receive, on February 27 at the Goulette Port, two vessels to monitor illegal fishing funded by Japan by means of ¥1.2 billion (about TND 25 million). Constructed under a donation project between the Tunisian and Japanese governments, these vessels will provide surveillance operations on the Tunisian coasts in response to national and international requirements, said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in a press release on Thursday. The goal is to provide the Directorate-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture with the resources needed to monitor and surveil fishing vessels flying the Tunisian flag and improve the sustainable management of fisheries resources in Tunisian waters. A trial sailing of the vessels is scheduled, the same source added. The two 27 m long, 100 t surveillance vessels were scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2023, according to a JICA press release on April 2, 2023. This project will contribute to the achievement of Goal 14 'Management of aquatic life' o f the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the same source pointed out. Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse