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SA Companies will exhibit at the China International Import Expo (CIIE)

first_imgA group of South African companies from four provinces will get an opportunity to showcase their products in China when they participate in the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) that will take place in Shanghai from 5-10 November 2019. The group’s participation is organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services, and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.The CIIE is part of the Chinese government’s initiatives to support trade liberalisation and economic globalisation by actively opening the country’s huge market to the world. The CIIE is an open international cooperation platform provided by China for countries to showcase their products. It is also an international public platform provided by the Chinese government for all the countries in the world to discuss major issues of foreign trade, world economy and global economic governance.According to the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Ms Nomalungelo Gina, China is expecting to import products and services valued at more than US$10 trillion and this will provide a massive opportunity for enterprises across the world to enter the huge Chinese market.“Our continuous participation in the CIIE will contribute significantly in helping us to increase the export of value-added products to China. Since 2009, China has been South Africa’s number one trading partner globally as well as in the Asian region. Total trade between South Africa and China grew from R271 billion in 2013 to R332 billion by the end of 2018. However, 86% of our exports basket to China is concentrated on primary products. There are concerted measures underway to promote value-added goods and services by broadening the export base and increasing South Africa’s market share in China,” says Gina.South Africa was among the twelve countries which were invited as guest countries of honour in the inaugural CIIE which was successfully held in Shanghai in November last year. More than 172 countries, districts and international organisations participated in the event. Products and services from more than 3 600 enterprises and companies were exhibited. SA’s participation in the first CIIE also formed part of the South Africa-China 20-Year Celebration of Diplomatic Relations. South Africa had the biggest representation of all countries from Africa and had the largest footprint at the event.Gina adds that South Africa’s participation will also contribute in strengthening both political and economic bilateral relations between South Africa and China. It is also expected to increase trade between the two countries in general, and South African exports of value-add products in particular.“As a fellow member of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) grouping, participating in exhibitions like these will boost intra-BRICS trade and investment,” says Gina.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe-Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.zaIssued by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

Surprise: Samsung’s bada Does Well, But Developers Should be Cautious

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Samsung recently announced it expects to sell around 5 million bada-powered handsets by the end of 2010 and that the total number of application downloads in Samsung’s app store is expected to surpass 50 million by December. That’s an impressive start for a mobile operating system that was only publicly revealed a year ago, where the first bada phone, the Samsung Wave, didn’t ship until June, and where the Wave was the only bada phone available until October when additional models were launched.To put this in perspective, Samsung has been shipping more Wave phones in the past few months since its launch than any other smartphone manufacturer except for Apple with the iPhone. But does that mean developers should now be paying attention to bada?In addition to the solid, if not ground-breaking, sales figures for bada devices comes additional news on app downloads: Samsung Apps, the application marketplace installed on bada-powered phones has also seen increases along with Wave sales. Launched in France, Italy and the U.K. in September 2009, the app store is now available in 118 countries.Samsung says it expects to see the number of app download surpass 50 million by December. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Developers Should be CautiousBada is a proprietary, one vendor OS, says Spektor, but unlike other vendors such as Apple and RIM with their iOS and BlackBerry OS platforms, Samsung has not devoted its entire portfolio to bada. Simply put, Samsung hasn’t shown full commitment and it’s not 100% behind the platform, he says.As for whether it’s time for developers to start paying attention to bada, that depends. If the bada 2.0 SDK (software development kit) makes it easy enough to port apps from leading smartphone platforms over to bada, then developers may as well do so. But if the SDK requires building apps from the ground up, then Specktor advises caution.Forrester mobile analyst agrees that developers should be cautious. “Most developers have limited resources, so they must prioritize their platforms based on where they see the greatest possibilities for revenue, visibility, co-marketing funds, etc.,” he said. “In that equation market share plays a big role and bada is still far behind the other platforms competing for their mindshare.”More details on the SDK and bada 2.0 will likely be revealed at CES or Mobile World Congress next year. Besides the original Wave, Samsung now has other models including the Wave II, Wave525, Wave533, Wave575 and Wave723.Some may wonder why Samsung has developed its own smartphone operating system when it’s already so heavily invested in Android and Windows Phone 7 devices, but that’s par for the course for Samsung, which likes to have several horses in the race, so to speak. In the past, Samsung has released phones running Windows Mobile, Palm OS, LiMo and Linux and was supporting Symbian up until this year when it announced that support would end.Bada represents “a huge opportunity for Samsung to push…into the ‘featurephone’ space where a decent handset range at sensible price points could see the platform flourish,” writes Mobile Business Briefing’s senior editorial analyst, Matt Ablott.bada 2.0: Now It’s a SmartphoneWith bada 2.0, the next version of the mobile operating system (now at version 1.2), Samsung is promising more smartphone-like features, including a better user interface, Near Field Communication (NFC), a smarter homescreen, SDK support for Linux and Mac, SNS integration and more.This update is what has prompted some mobile analysts to concede that bada is a true smartphone OS, whereas before they’ve been cautious to do so. Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics Alex Spektor says that his firm will consider bada a smartphone OS when 2.0 launches, for example, but also thinks the platform faces some challenges going forward.last_img read more

Kashmir separatist leaders detained

first_imgShujaat case suspect a tough nut to crack PDP and BJP: A Bollywood style break-up, says Omar Abdullah Several separatist leaders in Kashmir, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and Yasin Malik, were detained on Thursday to prevent their Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) from holding a protest march and observing a general strike against the killing of journalist Shujaat Bukhari The detentions come amid concerns in several quarters that the Union government was preparing the State administration to carry out an aggressive crackdown in the Valley.Also Read One must not form the government just to wield power: Ambika Soni  While Mr. Malik was detained from his Maisuma residence after the Fajr prayers and taken to a police station, Mr. Geelani, the Mirwaiz and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai were put under house arrest.Political vendetta, says the Mirwaiz“This is nothing but political vendetta. The Hurriyat strongly protests the re-starting of cordon and search operations,” said the Mirwaiz.Governor N.N. Vohra called a meeting of the leaders of all political parties, including the State units of the national parties, on Friday evening “to discuss the situation in the State.”BJP national vice president Avinash Rai Khanna called on Mr. Vohra and discussed “steps required for promoting the welfare of the people in all the three regions.”Also Read  “We have a seen a significant change in the local responses. We have had families celebrating killed militants, including a mother firing in the air to celebrate her son’s death. To me the mood is quite like that of the early 90s,” warned a veteran Kashmir observer within the system. He pointed out that for each local youth killed more would join the militant ranks.‘131 militants are locals’“We are no more dealing with anonymous foreign terrorists. We are dealing with local boys,” he said. Of the 144 active militants in South Kashmir, 131 are locals, according to official data. Only 13 are foreigners. And between January 1 and May 31, almost 90 locals have taken up arms.Several sources in the security establishment say they are expecting a massive jump in violence. “Unless the Centre changes the present tactics, the Valley will go up in flames,” a recently retired intelligence officer said.  Many political appointees in the previous PDP-BJP dispensation, including Advocate General Jehangeer Ganai, resigned from their posts on Thursday.A day after the Central government appointed two key officials involved in anti-naxal operations — Chhattisgarh Additional Chief Secretary (Home) BVR Subrahmanyam and retired IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar who was until recently adviser in the Home Ministry — Mr. Vohra said his priority would be to restore peace and tranquillity on the streets of Kashmir, admitting that the youth of Kashmir are annoyed.However, many within the security establishment believe that the new appointments to steer the Governor’s rule are clear indications of a tougher, more security-oriented approach. They warn that the present localised militancy could produce an unexpected backlash.Also Readlast_img read more