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Azerbaijan : In January-April 2024, legal and natural persons from Azerbaijan conducted trade operations with partners in 156 countries worldwide, exporting products to 100 countries and importing from 148 countries, Azernews reports citing the Statistics Committee. According to the data, Italy accounted for 22.3% of the country’s foreign trade turnover, followed by Turkiye at 14.9%, Russia at 9.6%, China at 7.6%, Israel at 4.7%, India at 4.3%, Germany at 4.0%, Australia at 2.2%, the Czech Republic at 2.1%, and Romania and Georgia each at 1.7%. Thailand stood at 1.6%, the United States at 1.5%, Bulgaria and Greece each at 1.4%,…

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According to the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, ten to fifteen percent of Afghanistan’s petroleum needs are met through the Qashqari oil fields. Afghanistan : Akhundzada Abdul Salam Jawad, the spokesman of the ministry of Industry and Commerce, said that the acting minister met with representatives of an Iranian company about the quality and types of products to be derived from crude oil in the refinery to be constructed. The spokesperson for the Ministry told TOLOnews: “In this meeting, the representative of Vira Energy and Chemistry Company shared the plan to establish a standard refinery using modern technology, in accordance…

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China Railways launches a new high-speed railway loop, fostering connectivity in the East Asia region. High-speed railway rail lines run with a design speed of 380 km/h China has built the world’s longest and most extensively used high-speed rail (HSR) network High-speed railway rail lines run with a design speed of 380 km/h By: Muhammad Arif Shanghai: China Railways launches a new high-speed railway loop linking Shanghai with the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui, fostering connecting in the East Asia region. Spanning more than 1,200 kilometers, the new railway line will start from Shanghai Railway Station in the heart…

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Russian national artistic swimming team won the first gold medals of the BRICS Games 2024 BRICS Games 2024 began in Kazan city, the capital of Tatarstan region of Russia on 11 June June, 2024. Russia is chairing the BRICS in 2024, an economic alliance of emerging markets namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.  The BRICS Games, termed as the innovative Games of the Future, aim to strengthen friendship, dialogue cooperation and connectivity with BRICS nations. By: Muhammad Arif Moscow: Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Alexander Maltsev of the Russian national artistic swimming team won the first gold medals of the BRICS Games 2024…

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Internship Opportunity Opens at UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, South Korea Seoul: UNDP Seoul Policy Centre, a leading UN organization in international development, is recruiting interns for Fall/Winter 2024 in various departments. UNDP works in 170 countries to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change.  Apply now for Internship 2024 at UNDP Location: UNDP office @ International Hall at Korea University, Seoul  Starting Date: 19 Aug 2024 (6 months) Eligibility: Currently in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree or enrolled in a Master’s degree; or have graduated no longer than 1 year ago from a bachelor’s or master’s…

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Kepul of Indonesia and CAS Energy of Vietnam win #Impact Awards Citypreneurs Ulsan 2024 successfully completes its 6-week journey By: Muhammad Arif Seoul : The #Impact Awards were organized by Citypreneurs Ulsan 2024, an impact startup acceleration programme co-hosted by Youth Co:Lab, co-led by United Nations Development Programme – UNDP and Citi Foundation. The organizations marked the finale of its six-week journey to support the SDG alignment of startups from the Asia-Pacific and Korea with its Demo Day held at UNIST, Ulsan city, RoK, on Wednesday. This year’s programme featured 24 innovative startups from the Asia-Pacific and Korea working towards…

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China : Cross-border renminbi transactions in South China’s Guangdong province reached a record high of 7.39 trillion yuan ($1.02 trillion) in 2023, up 25.1 percent from the previous year, according to data from the provincial government. This is a milestone achievement in facilitating smooth and efficient financial transactions across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Zhang Hu, executive vice-governor of the province, said the RMB has become the top settlement currency for cross-border receipts and payments in the GBA. Zhang promised further measures to facilitate the “seamless flow of diverse resources and elements” across the three regions. “We are dedicated…

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Calls for Global Innovators to Promote Clean Freight Toyota Mobility Foundation Announces $9M Sustainable Cities Challenge 2024 Innovator Funding:  Call for Innovators for Sustainable Cities Challenge Detroit 2024 Detroit : Toyota Mobility Foundation, revitalizing a traditional lifestyle with modern mobility, announces $9M Sustainable Cities Challenge 2024 with collaboration of Detroit, Varanasi and Venice, the three cities have been selected to host innovation challenges as part of the Toyota Mobility Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Challenge. The goal of the $9 million global initiative is to help cities accelerate toward sustainable mobility, fostering healthier and safer urban environments while enhancing people’s ability to…

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UN Envoy Pledges Close Cooperation with Azerbaijan for COP29 Presidency Azerbaijan: “We are committed to close cooperation with Azerbaijan under our COP29 presidency,” stated Jennifer Baumvoll, a specialist at the United Nations Development Program – Office of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, Azernews reports. Baumvoll emphasized the UN Development Program’s focus on supporting financial and trade issues: “We will collaborate closely on how to assist member countries in the areas outlined by Azerbaijan for COP29, and we are prepared to engage.” Liva Kaugure, a natural resources specialist from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, affirmed support…

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Azerbaijan: To enhance the efficiency of the Middle Corridor, it’s imperative to address its specific challenges. James Sharp, former British Ambassador to Azerbaijan and a Board Member of the Caspian Policy Centre, highlighted this during his address at the 2nd Caspian Region Connectivity Conference in London, Azernews reports, citing the Caspian Policy Centre. “If we aim to streamline transit times along the Middle Corridor, we must scrutinise key connecting components such as port infrastructure and customs regulations, with a focus on addressing deficiencies in Caspian ports,” he emphasised. Sharp underscored that this approach extends beyond addressing challenges; it’s about seizing…

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