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Global Times: Xi's key visit to C.Asia shows China's strategic vision, charms SCO summit with 'hopes, opportunities and certainty'

BEIJING, Sept. 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Chinese President Xi Jinping is now paying his first foreign visit since the COVID-19 pandemic to Central Asia, and to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit. This major diplomatic activity has drawn attention around the globe and charmed the key multilateral event in Samarkand with frequent bilateral meetings with the leaders of other SCO members and key partners across the Eurasia continent. 

By Thursday, heads of state and leaders of other countries Xi has already met in his ongoing trip include Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, Mongolian President Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The regional partners and key members of the SCO expressed support to China-proposed initiatives on global development and security, and reaffirmed support to the one-China principle.

Experts said the reason why China chose Central Asia as the destination of the first foreign visit by its top leader since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic is that China has attached greater importance on or even prioritizes relations with neighbors, developing countries and the multilateral or international organizations like the SCO.

China is paying great efforts via the head-of-state diplomacy to better form a stable and certain international environment to serve not only its own development but also the shared peace and prosperity of the region and the majority of international community, said analysts.

Popularity and charm

During the meeting with Putin, Xi said China is ready to work with Russia in extending strong support to each other on issues concerning their respective core interests. China is also willing to deepen pragmatic cooperation in such areas as trade, agriculture and connectivity, Xi added.

Thursday’s face-to-face in-depth communication between the top leaders of China and Russia – two neighboring major powers and key SCO members with global influence – is not only important to the stable development of the bilateral relations, but also of great benefits to regional peace and stability, experts said.

In 2013, Xi firstly initiated the Silk Road Economic Belt, a part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), during his visit to Kazakhstan. The initiative has already benefited many countries’ development around the globe in the past 10 years. This time, Xi’s key diplomatic activity to Central Asia will also bring new significant long-standing influence to not only the region but also the world, experts said.

Deng Hao, secretary-general of the China Center for SCO Studies, told the Global Times on Thursday that China and Central Asian countries are friendly neighbors and close partners, and the situation of the region will directly affect the stability and development of China’s western territory, adding it’s also significant to China’s energy security and the construction of the Belt and Road. So China choosing this region for the first head-of-state foreign visit since 2020 proves that China attaches great importance to the ties with regional partners, said Deng.

Since the RussiaUkraine conflict and Kazakhstan’s political turmoil earlier this year, regional peace and stability are under threat, and the conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia in recent years also increase the risks and concerns to the region, it’s important for China, as a major power with notable national strength and economic capability, to play a greater role in promoting cooperation and boosting interconnectivity to better link East Asia, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia, experts said.

“This is why the Chinese president is so popular among the region and countries from other regions with great interests to seek membership or partnership with the SCO, as the frequent bilateral and multilateral meetings showed the great charm of China’s head-of-state diplomacy,” Deng noted.

Xi has received warm welcomes and hospitality with highest respects in both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. On Wednesday afternoon, Xi received the Order of the Golden Eagle, or “Altyn Qyran” Order, awarded by Kazakh President Tokayev at the Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan, Xinhua reported. The Order of the Golden Eagle is the highest order Kazakhstan awards individuals in recognition of their significant contribution to Kazakhstan’s national development and friendly external relations.

Tokayev delivered remarks before awarding the order. He noted that Xi’s visit is a tremendous honor to Kazakhstan, according to Xinhua.

Xi put forward the great initiatives including Belt and Road cooperation and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, and has made outstanding contribution to building a new type of international relations, Tokayev said, adding that the Global Development Initiative and the Global Security Initiative put forward by Xi are of particular strategic significance in resolving risks and challenges faced by today’s world.

On Thursday, Xi received the highest friendship award – Friendship Order – from Uzbek President Mirziyoyev. This is the first time that the order has been awarded since it was set up in March 2020, according to China Central Television.

Mirziyoyev held a grand welcoming ceremony for Xi at the airport on Wednesday evening. Nearly a hundred national flags of China and Uzbekistan were waving in the breeze. The hundred-meter-long carpet was flanked by valiant honor guards, Xinhua reported.

Head-of-state diplomacy

The SCO Summit is an important multilateral international event for the Chinese top leader to attend ahead of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in October and the G20 Summit later this year.

Wang Yiwei, director of the Institute of International Affairs at the Renmin University of China, told the Global Times on Thursday that the SCO is a new type of an international organization that upholds new ideas and views on security, development and international relations.

The SCO is playing a key role for member states to solve border issues, to jointly counter terrorism, separatism and religious extremism, also known as “three evils,” and to boost economic cooperation and interconnectivity, so it’s a great public good for the international community that China and other founding members contributed to, Wang said.

“At the moment, the world is still facing the threat of the old ideas like the Cold War mentality, the bloc-to-bloc confrontation, and decoupling between major economies, so the SCO is offering a significant alternative to the future international order and the ties between major powers,” Wang said, noting that this is also a key reason why the Chinese top leader has chosen the timing of the SCO Summit to conduct his first foreign visit since 2020.

The face-to-face summit allows leaders of member states to have more direct conversations and a full exchange of views, which is of great significance for the members to reach consensus and take joint actions on major international and regional issues in the context of the current unstable international situation, Deng said.

“Popularity of the Chinese head of state during the trip also proves that many countries have great confidence in China’s development, and they hope China could play a greater role to guide the future of the regional development,” Deng noted.



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Ghodawat Consumer awarded – Fastest growing FMCG Company of 2022

KOLHAPUR, India, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ghodawat Consumer Ltd. (GCL), the FMCG arm of Sanjay Ghodawat Group recently was awarded ‘Fastest growing FMCG company of 2022’ at the Globoil India 2022. Globoil, is amongst the world’s leading edible oil & agri-trade conference. GCL was conferred with this coveted title for its constant product innovation, customer-centricity, affordability and quality consumer products.



Since its inception in 2013, GCL’s one-point focus has been to create a unique brand identity for itself. GCL started its journey by manufacturing edible oils. With increasing consumer acceptance, trust and notable success, the company was encouraged to expand and diversify its product portfolio to include Staples, Impulse, Beverages and Home and Personal care categories.

GCL’s ‘Star’ brand atta, edible oil, flavoured milk, ghee, jaggery, pulses, rice, salt, sugar, snacks, assorted namkeen, and water are now household names in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Moreover, ‘Ayurstar’s’ personal care products and the ‘Klemax’ range of homecare products also enjoy the patronage of millions of customers. Carbonated drink ‘Fizzinga’, fruit drink ‘Frustar’, and energy drink ‘Rider’ are among the top-selling products in the beverage category.

The company predominantly focuses on product innovation to ensure it delivers great value to its customers at an affordable price. Its state-of-the-art manufacturing setups make a wide range of products under the supervision of its adept team, following the most stringent manufacturing protocols.

Speaking on the occasion Shrenik Ghodawat, Managing Director – GCL says, “It is an absolute honour to receive the ‘Fastest growing FMCG Company of 2022’ award by Globoil India. Our growth is a testament to the efforts and ingenuity of the entire GCL family. I am proud and thrilled to witness such a response and acceptance by our customers. Throughout its growth, GCL has remained true to its mission – to change and nurture the lives of consumers. Our goal is for the consumer to utilise at least one product from GCL throughout the day. That is why we have invested in modern infrastructure, high-quality packaging & raw materials, and a skilled team to deliver the best possible. With standards that match those of top MNC companies, we aim for consumers to switch to our healthier and higher-quality items by pricing our products cost-effectively.”

GCL recently touched a momentous milestone of INR 1,400 Crore revenue company in FY22 and is moving ahead with a renewed endeavour to cross revenue of INR 2,000 Crore by FY23.

About Sanjay Ghodawat Group 

Sanjay Ghodawat Group (SGG) is a prominent Indian business conglomerate that has a presence in various high-value business verticals. Aviation, Consumer Products, Education, Energy, Mining, Realty, Retail, and Textiles are some of its key business domains. SGG was founded in 1993 and since then it has witnessed impressive growth under the splendid stewardship of its Founder and Chairman- Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat. It has a strong base of millions of customers globally, an employee strength of over 10,000, and a student base of over 16,000. SGG is moving ahead with great vigour and bringing significant changes in people’s lives with its wide range of high-quality products and services.

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Saudi Data, AI Authority (SDAIA) and Ministry of Energy Partner with IBM to Accelerate Sustainability Initiatives in Saudi Arabia Using AI

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia and ARMONK, N.Y., Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today the signing of a strategic agreement to drive adoption of artificial intelligence in the carbon capture and industrial domains across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Announced at the second Global AI summit in the Kingdom, the first use case under this agreement will be in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy in Saudi Arabia. SDAIA, Ministry of Energy and IBM will use artificial intelligence technology to detect, map, and eventually reduce carbon emissions across the country.

Dr. Majid Al-Tuwaijri, the CEO for the National Center for AI, said, “This agreement with IBM will contribute to creating opportunities by addressing key challenges in circular carbon economy, petrochemical and industrial domains, through the development of innovative solutions in the field of data and artificial intelligence, and the exchange of shared experiences and investment opportunities in this vital area to support achieving the goals of Vision 2030.”

“This agreement would allow us to leverage IBM’s expertise in technologies like artificial intelligence,” Eng. Ahmed Al-Zahrani, Ministry of Energy’s Assistant Minister for Development and Excellence, said, “which will play a key role in promoting the adoption of the Circular Carbon Economy, achieving the goals announced during the Saudi Green Initiative.”

The management of greenhouse gas emissions is critical to the Kingdom’s reaching its objective of net zero,” said Dina Abo-Onoq, Managing Partner, IBM Consulting Saudi Arabia. “Using multiple satellites and different types of imaging technologies, we will train an AI model to recognize and pinpoint different forms of gas across the entire country. By doing so, this will help with earlier and better visibility of the problem which has not been possible with conventional measurement approaches.”

As part of the overall agreement, IBM will work with SDAIA to identify high value applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve challenges in public and private sector organizations in the Kingdom, with a focus on supporting the Kingdom’s sustainability and industrialization objectives.

Saudi Arabia is currently undergoing a major transformation program to become a global logistics hub and industrial powerhouse. The Kingdom has also set a target of achieving net zero in emissions by 2060 and to support the global effort to cut emissions. New cities and infrastructure being built in the Kingdom, such as NEOM or the Red Sea, are being designed with sustainability objectives in mind.

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Unstoppable Women of Web3 Launches New Education Streams

First Stream is on Web3, and Partners with Miss O Cool Girls

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Unstoppable Women of Web3 (Unstoppable WoW3), a diversity and education group on a mission to equalize the playing field in Web3, is launching a new way for people to learn about Web3 with focused education streams that will be completely free for all Unstoppable Women of Web3 members. This new series is supported by the founding partner, Unstoppable Domains, the leading platform for user-controlled digital identity on Web3 with more than 2.5 million registered domains. Additionally, Unstoppable Domains’ 130+ collaborators will support the initiative by featuring work created by historically marginalized groups in at least half of all materials used for Web3 education.

Expanding access to Web3 education

Since founding the Unstoppable WoW3 community on March 8, 2022, Unstoppable WoW3 has been exploring how people are deriving the most value from Web3, metaverse and blockchain gaming education. Based on this research, Unstoppable WoW3 is introducing different streams of education that focus on fundamental topic areas, including Web3, Blockchain, and the Metaverse.

Each stream will consist of a variety of content formats including audio and video sessions and written articles produced by Unstoppable WoW3 and its partners. In addition to learning about Web3 theory, participants will also be introduced to real-world examples to learn how these theories are applied to live use cases. The materials are curated in a conversational way that offer a low pressure, friendly environment and allows participants to learn at their own pace. Upon full completion of a stream, participants will earn an Unstoppable Badge that will be attached to their digital identity and viewable via their NFT Domain profile. 

Having more women in the web3 space is critical. Many studies link diversity to indicators of profitability and financial health, including cash flow return on investment, Earnings Before Interests and Taxes (EBIT) margins, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) margins and gross and net margins (Source:  Catalyst, Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter: Financial Performance June 24, 2020).

“I believe that the future of Web3 should be representative of the diversity of our world. Education is the way to create inclusive opportunities for all,” said Sandy Carter, Founder of Unstoppable WoW3. “Web3 is the future of the internet and for innovation, we need more diverse voices being heard.” 

The Web3 Stream, which will contain 40+ sessions conducted by Unstoppable WoW3 and our collaborators from Gemini, Opera, Prasaga, Celsius, Pinata, Lazy Lions, Sandbox, Decentraland, Polygon and others. Additionally, Unstoppable WoW3 collaborator Learnoverse by BitDegree, a web3 learning hub, has partnered with Unstoppable WoW3 and donated educational materials to the community. The topics will be divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of complexity.  

Alina Bajars, a Head of Partnerships at BitDegree said, “Reliable and accessible Web3 education is not just about making sure women don’t fall behind, again. It’s about giving them tools to lead the new generation of internet.”

In addition, Unstoppable Domains is partnering with Miss O Cool Girls for a special Web3 Education Stream for young girls. Miss O Cool Girls is a web3 extension of the successful web2 brand Miss O and Friends, an original media and lifestyle brand to empower and build self-esteem for tween girls. Miss O and Friends have been featured on CNN, Teen Vogue, and Business Insider and are working to change the toxic content narrative for girls. Once completing the classes successfully, the girls will earn a badge that will live in their Unstoppable Digital Identity. This will be an exclusive POAP – an NFT to confirm the completion of the course and free domain credits to encourage them to start their Web3 journey.

“It’s never too early to start to teach girls about web3,” said Juliette Blake, Founder of Miss O Cool Girls. “The future is female and the next generation needs to be ready to take on the challenge. As this new tech evolves, it’s our chance to shape it with the empowering narrative we want to see, which only comes from inclusion, education and involvement. The future is female and the next generation needs to be ready to take on the challenge.”

To learn more about the educational offerings, visit unstoppablewow3.com or unstoppablewow3.x in the Web3 Brave browser. If you run a company, you can join Unstoppable Women of Web3 here or read the pledge to join Unstoppable WoW3 here.

About Unstoppable Women of Web3 (WoW3)

Launched in 2022, Unstoppable Women of Web3 is a diversity and education group focusing on training the next generation of talent, with a mission to equalize the playing field early in the Web3 era. All 130 collaborators have pledged to feature work created by historically marginalized groups in at least half of all materials used for Web3 education.

About Unstoppable Domains

Launched in 2018, Unstoppable Domains is an NFT domain name provider and gateway to the decentralized web. Unstoppable Domains allows anyone to purchase a domain name that is minted as an NFT on the blockchain, giving the owner full ownership and control. The company is backed by Pantera, Draper Associates and Boost VC, and supported by grants from the Ethereum Foundation and Zilliqa Foundation.

About Miss O’Cool Girls

The Miss O Cool Girls are a series of 10,000 randomly generated NFTs. Inspired by drawings Juliette Brindak Blake did when she was 10 and illustrated by co-founder, Hermine Brindak, a mother-daughter duo, the Miss O Cool Girls celebrate that there is no one definition of what it means to be a girl. Featuring unique and diverse traits of young teen girls – acne, braces, gap teeth – the mission is to empower and build self-esteem in girls to continue to offset how current media and social media consumption are leading to toxic bullying, trolling and negative role models.

About Bitdegree and Learnoverse

Bitdegree is developing Learnoverse to solve systematic problems around online learning  through a gamified and socially immersive learning experience

Learnoverse is the first ever open learning Metaverse with a Learn & Earn Token Ecosystem. BitDegree – a mother company of Learnoverse – is an e-learning platform that was originally started in 2017 as an antidote to the broken education-to-employment system to educate Internet users and help them achieve professional success.

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