Hitachi Energy supports long-term operation of largest HVDC-connected wind energy project in U.S.

Multi-year agreement provides service solutions to the SunZia Transmission Project, linking New Mexico’s wind farms to Arizona’s grid, increasing renewable energy to Western States

Zurich, Switzerland, May 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hitachi Energy announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Pattern Energy to support its high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technologies for the SunZia Transmission Project. The link will connect the 3,515-megawatt (MW) SunZia Wind project in New Mexico to Arizona and Western states, which will be one of the world’s largest transmission links delivering renewable energy.

The long-term agreement will provide service solutions for the SunZia Transmission HVDC link, currently under construction1, owned by Pattern Energy, one of the world’s largest privately-owned developers and operators of renewable energy and transmission projects. Hitachi Energy’s HVDC Light® technology will efficiently transfer and integrate huge volumes of wind power over more than 885 kilometers (550 miles) into the regional power grid. This will significantly increase the availability of sustainable energy for homes and businesses throughout the region when it enters operation, which is expected in 2025.

EnCompass™ is Hitachi Energy’s portfolio of partnership-oriented service offerings, signaling a step-change in life cycle thinking. This order underlines Hitachi Energy’s commitment to trusted long-term partnerships and builds on its proven track record of delivering innovative and reliable energy service solutions 2.

When complete, SunZia Wind will have a total power capacity of 3,515 MW, enough clean, renewable electricity to provide power to approximately three million Americans3. The HVDC link will efficiently transmit up to 3,000 MW of this power west to Arizona. The HVDC Light system will be the largest voltage source converter (VSC) installation in the United States, one of the largest worldwide, and one of the country’s longest HVDC connections.

“We’re proud to be selected once again to provide our unique service expertise to keep the important SunZia link operating at maximum efficiency, performance, and reliability,” said Andreas Berthou, global head of the HVDC business at Hitachi Energy. “With our service solutions, we are building a partnership ecosystem to ensure continued support to the HVDC link throughout its lifetime, delivering cutting edge digital service with sustainability and customer-value at its core.”

“The SunZia transmission and Wind projects provide a roadmap to accelerate the transition to renewable energy,” said Paul Haberlein, VP of Operational Excellence at Pattern Energy. “SunZia will play a vital role in delivering clean and sustainable energy to Western states. Pattern selected Hitachi Energy, a global technology leader, as our partner to engineer, manufacture and maintain the HVDC converter stations after they enter operation.”

Service for an HVDC system includes a wide range of activities and support, including scheduled maintenance, cyber services, on-site engineering support and life cycle assessment of the HVDC Light stations.

Hitachi Energy recognizes that the energy transition begins with existing infrastructure and the company is championing the urgency and the pace of change needed to reach Net Zero.  Leveraging on the company’s century of experience and expertise, its dedicated teams deliver exceptional service solutions that cover the entire life cycle of their customer’s assets, ensuring resilient operations. The company offers expert advice at every stage of the process across the whole portfolio, addressing both present and future needs to help customers achieve a sustainable energy future.

Hitachi Energy pioneered commercial HVDC technology 70 years ago and has delivered more than half of the world’s HVDC projects and has the largest installed base of HVDC in the world.

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About Hitachi Energy 
Hitachi Energy is a global technology leader that is advancing a sustainable energy future for all. We are advancing the world’s energy system to be more sustainable, flexible and secure and we collaborate with customers and partners to enable a sustainable energy future – for today’s generations and those to come. Hitachi Energy has a proven track record and unparalleled installed base in more than 140 countries, serving customers in utility, industry, transportation, data centers and infrastructure sectors. With innovative technologies and services including the integration of more than 150 gigawatts of HVDC links into the power system, we help make the energy value chain more efficient, making electricity more accessible to all. Together with stakeholders across sectors and geographies, we enable the digital transformation required to accelerate the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future. Headquartered in Switzerland, we employ around 45,000 people in 90 countries and generate business volumes of around $13 billion USD.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the 3 business sectors of “Digital Systems & Services” – supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” – contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” – connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s revenues as 3 sectors for fiscal year 2023 (ended March 31, 2024) totaled 8,564.3 billion yen, with 573 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 270,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at


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Anaqua Unveils PATTSY WAVE Version 8 IP Management Software

New release empowers IP professionals with enhanced operational efficiency and functionality

BOSTON, May 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, the leading provider of innovation and intellectual property (IP) management technology, today announces the launch of PATTSY WAVE Version 8, the latest release of the patent and trademark management software. With this announcement, PATTSY WAVE Version 8 offers a streamlined IP management experience for IP professionals in corporations and law firms focused on efficient task execution.

Created to simplify workflows, mitigate risk, and elevate accuracy, Version 8’s new components help IP professionals manage their portfolios with greater precision and ease. New capabilities include:

  • Inventor Portal: A cutting-edge tool that enhances collaboration between inventors and legal teams. The Inventor Portal streamlines the invention disclosure process with customizable, no-code questionnaires, intuitive tracking mechanisms for inventor awards, and automated workflows for legal processing.
  • APIs: PATTSY WAVE’s APIs will provide a standard, reliable mechanism to share data with external applications. Clients will be able to retrieve bibliographic and action data from any of PATTSY WAVE’s primary modules.
  • Unlimited Parties & Customizable Roles: Users can now assign an unlimited number of responsible parties to any matter. Teams can also define roles applicable to their organization and create specialized roles associated with Action Categories.

PATTSY WAVE Version 8 also includes enhanced user experience and functionality with expanded data validation to provide global coverage and detailed assignment history, ensuring a comprehensive and intuitive system for all.

“With the release of PATTSY WAVE Version 8, Anaqua continues our commitment to empowering intellectual property professionals with innovative solutions that enhance efficiency, reduce risk, and drive productivity,” said Bob Romeo, CEO at Anaqua. “Version 8 is the ideal solution for IP professionals seeking a modern, integrated tool to drive their IP operations with speed, accuracy and control.”

For more information about PATTSY WAVE Version 8 and its latest features, visit

About Anaqua

Anaqua, Inc. is a premier provider of integrated intellectual property (IP) management technology solutions and services for corporations and law firms. Its IP management software solutions, AQX® and PATTSY WAVE®, both offer best practice workflows with big data analytics and tech-enabled services to create an intelligent environment designed to inform IP strategy, enable IP decision-making, and streamline IP operations, tailored to each segment’s need. Today, nearly half of the top 100 U.S. patent filers and global brands, as well as a growing number of law firms worldwide use Anaqua’s solutions. Over one million IP executives, attorneys, paralegals, administrators, and innovators use the platform for their IP management needs. The company’s global operations are headquartered in Boston, with offices across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. For additional information, please visit, or on Anaqua’s LinkedIn.

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Anaqua présente la version 8 de PATTSY WAVE, son logiciel de gestion de la propriété intellectuelle

Cette nouvelle version permet aux professionnels de la propriété intellectuelle de gagner en efficacité opérationnelle et de bénéficier de fonctionnalités améliorées

BOSTON, 07 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, leader des technologies de gestion de la propriété intellectuelle (PI) et de l’innovation, lance dès aujourd’hui la version 8 de PATTSY WAVE. Il s’agit de la toute dernière version de son logiciel dédié à la gestion des brevets et des marques. Avec cette annonce, la version 8 de PATTSY WAVE offre une expérience simplifiée de gestion de la PI pour les professionnels qui travaillentau sein des entreprises et cabinets de PI, visant à leur faire gagner en efficacité dans l’exécution de leurs tâches quotidiennes.

Conçues pour simplifier les flux de travail, réduire les risques d’erreur et fournir des données de qualité, les fonctionnalités repensées de cette nouvelle version permettent à tous les professionnels de la PI de mieux gérer leurs portefeuilles, de manière plus simple et plus précise. Ces nouvelles fonctionnalités comprennent :

  • Un portail dédié aux inventeurs : outil de pointe développé pour améliorer la collaboration entre les inventeurs et les équipes juridiques. Ce portail standardise les pratiques de divulgation des inventions au moyen de questionnaires personnalisables développés selon une approche no-code et rend plus intuitifs les dispositifs de suivi de récompenses des inventeurs, tout en automatisant les flux de travail applicables à l’instruction des dossiers.
  • Un volet API : Le module d’extension d’API rend le partage des données avec des applications tierces fiable et cohérent, et permet aux utilisateurs de récupérer et de traiter des données bibliographiques depuis n’importe quel module principal du logiciel PATTSY WAVE.
  • Un nombre illimité de parties et des rôles personnalisables : PATTSY WAVE permet désormais aux utilisateurs d’associer un nombre illimité de contractants responsables d’un dossier. Ils peuvent également définir des rôles propres à leur organisation et créer des rôles spécialisés par type d’actions.

La version 8 de PATTSY WAVE offre également une meilleure expérience utilisateur et intègre des fonctionnalités renforcées de validation des données pour donner une vision globale et fournir un historique détaillé des missions légales, mettant ainsi un système complet et intuitif à la disposition de chaque utilisateur.

Pour Bob Romeo, PDG d’Anaqua, « Le lancement de la version 8 de PATTSY WAVE traduit l’engagement continu d’Anaqua à rendre les professionnels de la PI plus autonomes en mettant à leur disposition des solutions au service de l’innovation qui leur font gagner en efficacité et en productivité, tout en réduisant les risques liés à l’exercice de leurs fonctions. Cette nouvelle version répond parfaitement aux besoins des professionnels de la PI en quête d’une solution moderne et intégrée pour mener leurs opérations de propriété intellectuelle avec rapidité, précision, et contrôle personnalisable. »

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À propos d’Anaqua
Anaqua, Inc. est un fournisseur de premier plan de solutions et services technologiques intégrés de gestion de la propriété intellectuelle (PI). Ses logiciels, AQX® et PATTSY WAVE®, combinent les meilleurs outils pour définir une stratégie de PI avisée. Ses technologies, qui reposent notamment sur des workflows et des capacités d’analyses avancés, offre un environnement de travail intelligent conçu pour prendre de meilleures décisions et optimiser les opérations de PI. Aujourd’hui, près de la moitié des 100 premiers déposants de brevets américains et des marques mondiales, ainsi qu’un nombre croissant de cabinets de conseils en PI dans le monde, utilisent les solutions Anaqua. Plus d’un million de décideurs, avocats, juristes, gestionnaires et innovateurs utilisent les logiciels Anaqua pour leurs besoins de gestion de la PI. Le siège de la société est situé à Boston, avec des bureaux aux États-Unis, en Europe, en Asie et en Australie. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter le site, ou la page entreprise d’Anaqua sur LinkedIn.

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Zenas BioPharma Announces Upsized $200 Million Series C Financing to Advance Mid- and Late-Stage Immunology-Focused Clinical Development Programs

Financing led by SR One, NEA, Norwest Venture Partners, and Delos Capital with significant participation from Enavate Sciences, Longitude Capital, and other new and existing investors

Proceeds to support ongoing mid- to late-stage clinical development programs for Company’s lead I&I product candidate, obexelimab

WALTHAM, Mass., May 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Zenas BioPharma, a global biopharmaceutical company committed to becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of inflammation and immunology-directed therapies, today announced the closing of an upsized $200 million Series C preferred stock financing. The financing round was led by SR One along with NEA, Norwest Venture Partners, and Delos Capital with significant participation from Enavate Sciences and Longitude Capital. Additional new investors, the Federated Hermes Kaufmann Funds, and Arrowmark Partners, along with existing investors, Fairmount, Wellington Management, Rock Springs Capital, Pivotal bioVenture Partners, Vivo Capital, Quan Venture Fund, and Superstring Capital participated in the financing. In conjunction with the financing, Jake Nunn, venture partner at SR One, and Tim Xiao, Partner at Delos Capital, joined Zenas’ Board of Directors.

Proceeds will support ongoing mid- to late-stage clinical development programs for the Company’s lead product candidate, obexelimab, a bifunctional monoclonal antibody designed to bind both CD19 and FcγRIIb to inhibit the activity of B cells, plasmablasts, and CD19-expressing plasma cells.

The obexelimab clinical programs include an ongoing Phase 3 registration-directed trial in IgG4-Related Disease, two planned Phase 2 randomized controlled trials in Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and an ongoing open label Phase 2 trial in Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia.

“We are pleased and appreciative of the support we have received from this group of tremendous life sciences investors as we advance the ongoing obexelimab development program across multiple auto-immune diseases,” said Lonnie Moulder, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zenas BioPharma. “Their commitment to Zenas is a testament to our vision to be a global leader in bringing innovative immunology-based therapies to patients around the world. This financing enables us to complete multiple potentially value driving clinical programs.”

“We are excited to support Zenas’ continued progress toward its goal of becoming a global leader in innovative immunology-based therapies, and we are confident in the capabilities of this exceptional team to advance the comprehensive development program for obexelimab across multiple potential indications,” said Jake Nunn, venture partner at SR One. “At SR One, we invest in companies like Zenas whose science has the potential to rewrite the medical textbooks and meaningfully transform patient care. We are proud to serve as lead investor alongside an exceptional syndicate and look forward to supporting Zenas in advancing a pipeline of innovative new therapeutic approaches for patients living with inflammatory and immune-mediated diseases.”

About Obexelimab

Obexelimab is a bifunctional monoclonal antibody designed to bind both CD19 and FcγRIIb to inhibit B-lineage cell activity.  Obexelimab has demonstrated clinical activity and was well-tolerated in five clinical trials, including in several autoimmune diseases, in which 198 subjects were dosed. In these clinical studies, obexelimab demonstrated inhibition of B cell function without depleting the cells, resulting in encouraging treatment effect in patients with various autoimmune diseases. Zenas acquired exclusive worldwide rights to obexelimab from Xencor, Inc. Obexelimab is currently being studied in a global Phase 3 clinical study in patients with IgG4-Related Disease and a global Phase 2/3 study in patients with Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (wAIHA). Clinical development of obexelimab for Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is under way.

More information on the Phase 3 (INDIGO) study for the treatment of IgG4-Related Disease is available at NCT05662241. More information on the Phase 2/3 (SApHiAre) study for the treatment of wAIHA is available at NCT05786573.

About Zenas BioPharma

Zenas BioPharma is a clinical-stage global biopharmaceutical company committed to becoming a leader in the development and commercialization of inflammation and immunology (I&I) directed therapies for patients in need around the world. With clinical development capabilities and operations globally, Zenas is advancing a portfolio of potentially differentiated autoimmune therapeutics in areas of high unmet medical need. Zenas’ experienced leadership team and network of business partners drive operational excellence to deliver potentially transformative therapies to improve the lives of those facing autoimmune and rare diseases. For more information about Zenas BioPharma, please visit and follow us on X at @ZenasBioPharma and LinkedIn.

About SR One

SR One is a transatlantic biotechnology venture capital firm that collaborates with entrepreneurs and investment partners in an effort to build elite biotechnology companies. The Company’s mission is to translate innovative technologies and scientific discoveries into next-generation medicines with the potential to benefit patients with significant unmet medical needs. SR One leadership has worked together to build and invest in biotechnology companies for more than a decade. Working alongside the investment team, SR One’s venture partners bring deep operational experience to help company creation initiatives and support portfolio companies with financing and corporate strategies. SR One has offices in Redwood City, CA, and Philadelphia, PA, in the US and London in the UK. For more information, please visit

About NEA

New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA) is a global venture capital firm focused on helping entrepreneurs build transformational businesses across multiple stages, sectors and geographies. Founded in 1977, NEA has over $25 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2023, and invests in technology and healthcare companies at all stages in a company’s lifecycle, from seed stage through IPO. The firm’s long track record of investing includes more than 270 portfolio company IPOs and more than 450 mergers and acquisitions. For more information, please visit

About Norwest Venture Partners

Norwest Venture Partners is a global venture and growth equity investment firm managing more than $15.5 billion in capital. Since its inception, Norwest has invested in more than 700 companies and currently partners with more than 230 companies in its venture and growth equity portfolio. The firm invests in early- to late-stage businesses across key sectors with a focus on enterprise, consumer and healthcare. The Norwest team offers a deep network of connections, extensive operating experience, and a wide range of impactful services to help CEOs and founders scale their businesses. Norwest has offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, Calif.; Mumbai, India; and Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, please visit

About Delos Capital

Delos Capital is a life sciences investment firm that partners with extraordinary teams pursuing breakthrough medicines that meaningfully improve the lives of patients. We are a collaborative, global team of seasoned biotech investors, company-builders, operators, and industry analysts, and we aim to serve the companies into which we invest by bringing both capital and substantive biotech expertise. We have designed, built, financed, and supported both novel platforms and approved medicines that strengthen hundreds of millions of lives across the world. Our global team is spread across offices in Cambridge, MA and in East Asia, allowing us to blend deep experiences operating at the epicenter of global biotech venture with proprietary insights into innovations from emerging biotech clusters. Delos Capital currently manages three funds, with ~US$600 million in total capital under management. For more information, please visit

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The World’s Wealthiest Cities in 2024

LONDON, May 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — When it comes to the number of resident millionaires with liquid investable wealth of USD 1 million or more, the US leads the pack, with 11 cities in the Top 50, including New York City, which holds firmly onto 1st place in the 2024 World’s Wealthiest Cities Report, published annually by international wealth migration specialists Henley & Partners. The total wealth held by the Big Apple’s residents now exceeds USD 3 trillion — higher than the total wealth held in most major G20 countries — and a staggering 349,500 millionaires, 744 centi-millionaires and 60 billionaires live in the city.

Hot on its heels in 2nd place is Northern California’s Bay Area (encompassing the city of San Francisco and Silicon Valley), which has increased its millionaire population by a whopping 82% over the past decade, and is now home to 305,700 millionaires, 675 centi-millionaires, and 68 billionaires.

Tokyo, which led the pack a decade ago, has suffered a 5% decline in its resident HNWI population, and now sits in 3rd place with just 298,300 millionaires. Singapore climbs two places to 4th on the global ranking following an impressive 64% increase in millionaires over the last ten years — approximately 3,400 HNWIs moved there in 2023 alone and the city state now boasts 244,800 resident millionaires, 336 centi-millionaires, and 30 billionaires.

London’s falling

London, the wealthiest city in the world for many years, continues to tumble down the ranking, and now sits in 5th place with just 227,000 millionaires, 370 centi-millionaires, and 35 billionaires — a decline of 10% over the past decade. By contrast, Los Angeles, home to 212,100 millionaires, 496 centi-millionaires, and 43 billionaires, has jumped up two places over the 10-year period to 6th place, enjoying a notable 45% growth in its wealthy population. Paris, the wealthiest city in mainland Europe, retains its 7th place with 165,000 resident millionaires, while Sydney ascends to 8th position with 147,000 HNWIs after exceptionally strong wealth growth over the past 20 years.

Dr. Juerg Steffen, CEO of Henley & Partners, says a key factor driving growth in the world’s wealthiest cities has been the strong performance of financial markets. “The S&P 500’s 24% gain last year, along with the Nasdaq’s 43% surge and Bitcoin’s staggering 155% rally, has buoyed the fortunes of wealthy investors. Additionally, rapid advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, and blockchain technology have provided new opportunities for wealth creation and accumulation. Yet, even as new opportunities emerge, old risks persist. The war in Ukraine, which has seen Moscow’s millionaire population plummet by 24% to 30,300, is a stark reminder of the fragility of wealth in an uncertain and unstable world.”

China’s millionaire boom

China has established a notable presence on the latest Top 50 Wealthiest Cities ranking, with 5 cities in mainland China making the list, and 7 cities when counting Hong Kong (with 143,400 millionaires) and Taipei (30,200). Beijing (125,600 millionaires) makes it into the Top 10 for the first time following a 90% growth in its millionaire population over the past decade, and although Hong Kong has fallen four places to 9th, Shanghai (123,400), Shenzhen (50,300), Guangzhou (24,500), and Hangzhou (31,600) have all recorded significant increases in their millionaire populations.

Andrew Amoils, Head of Research at New World Wealth, says Shenzhen is the world’s fastest-growing city for the wealthy, with its millionaire population exploding by 140% in the last ten years. “Hangzhou has also experienced a massive 125% increase and Guangzhou’s millionaires have grown by 110% over the past decade. When it comes to wealth growth potential over the coming decade, cities to watch include Bengaluru (India), Scottsdale (USA), and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). All three have enjoyed exceptional growth rates of over 100% in their resident millionaire populations over the past ten years.”

Turning to the Middle East, Dubai easily takes the crown as the wealthiest city in the region, with impressive growth of 78% in its millionaire population over the past 10 years. Currently ranked as the 21st-wealthiest city in the world, the millionaire magnate is highly likely to break into the Top 20 soon, and although the UAE’s oil-rich capital Abu Dhabi hasn’t yet cracked a spot in the Top 50, growth rates of over 75% make it a likely contender in future.

While no African or South American cities make it into the Top 50, the report identifies several rising stars including Nairobi (4,400 millionaires) and Cape Town (7,400), both of whom have enjoyed an increase in resident HNWIs of 25% and 20%, respectively, over the past decade.

Most expensive cities in the world

Monaco, arguably the world’s top safe-haven for the super-rich, where the average wealth exceeds USD 20 million, is also the top-ranked city on a wealth per capita basis. Over 40% of its residents are millionaires — the highest ratio of any city globally. It is also top of the World’s Most Expensive Cities list, with apartment prices regularly exceeding USD 35,000 per m2.

New York City ranks 2nd with the average price of prime real estate being USD 28,400 per m2, followed by London (USD 26,500 per m2), Hong Kong (USD 25,800 per m2), Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in France (USD 25,000 per m2), and Sydney (USD 22,700 per m2).

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Les villes les plus riches du monde en 2024

LONDRES, 07 mai 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Si l’on prend en considération le nombre de millionnaires résidents disposant d’un patrimoine liquide investissable d’au moins 1 million de dollars, les États-Unis sont en tête du peloton, avec 11 villes figurant parmi les 50 premières, dont New York, qui occupe fermement la 1e place dans le Rapport des villes les plus riches au monde en 2024, publié annuellement par les spécialistes de la migration de la richesse internationale Henley & Partners Aujourd’hui la richesse totale détenue par les habitants de la Grosse Pomme dépasse les 3 000 milliards de dollars, soit plus que la richesse totale détenue dans la plupart des grands pays du G20. 349 500 millionnaires, 744 centimillionnaires et 60 milliardaires vivent dans la ville, ce qui est stupéfiant.

À la 2e place, la région de la baie de Californie du Nord (qui englobe San Francisco et la Silicon Valley) talonne de près New York. La baie a vu sa population de millionnaires augmenter de 82 % au cours de la dernière décennie et compte aujourd’hui 305 700 millionnaires, 675 centimillionnaires et 68 milliardaires.

Tokyo, qui était en tête du peloton il y a dix ans, a subi un déclin de 5 % de ses habitants HNWI, et occupe désormais la 3e place avec seulement 298 300 millionnaires. Singapour gagne deux places et se hisse en 4e position du classement mondial après avoir enregistré une impressionnante augmentation de 64 % du nombre de millionnaires au cours des dix dernières années. Environ 3400 HNWI ont déménagé dans la cité-État rien qu’en 2023. Singapour compte désormais 244 800 millionnaires, 336 centimillionnaires et 30 milliardaires résidents.

Londres en chute libre

Londres, qui s’est postionnée comme la ville la plus riche du monde pendant de nombreuses années, continue de dégringoler dans le classement et se retrouve désormais à la 5e place avec seulement 227 000 millionnaires, 370 centimillionnaires et 35 milliardaires, soit une baisse de 10 % au cours de la dernière décennie. En revanche, Los Angeles, où résident 212 100 millionnaires, 496 centimillionnaires et 43 milliardaires, a grimpé de deux places au cours de la période de 10 ans pour atteindre la 6e place, avec une croissance notable de 45 % de sa population fortunée. Paris, la ville la plus riche d’Europe continentale, conserve sa 7e place avec 165 000 millionnaires résidents, tandis que Sydney se hisse à la 8e place avec 147 000 HNWI après une croissance exceptionnellement forte de la richesse au cours des 20 dernières années.

Le Dr. Juerg Steffen, PDG de Henley & Partners, affirme que la forte performance des marchés financiers a été un facteur clé de la croissance dans les villes les plus riches du monde. Il a également ajouté : « les gains de 24 % de l’indice S&P 500 de l’an passé, ainsi que la hausse de 43 % du Nasdaq et le bond impressionnant de 155 % du Bitcoin, ont soutenu la richesse des investisseurs fortunés. De plus, les avancées rapides dans l’intelligence artificielle, la robotique et la technologie de la Blockchain ont offert de nouvelles opportunités de création et d’accumulation de richesses. Pourtant, même si de nouvelles opportunités émergent, les anciens risques persistent. La guerre en Ukraine, qui a vu la population de millionnaires de Moscou chuter de 24 % à 30 300, est un rappel brutal de la fragilité de la richesse dans un monde incertain et instable. »

La Chine et l’essor des millionnaires

La Chine a établi une présence notable dans le dernier classement des 50 villes les plus riches, avec 5 villes de Chine continentale sur la liste et 7 villes si l’on compte Hong Kong (avec 143 400 millionnaires) et Taipei (30 200). Pékin (125 600 millionnaires) se classe pour la première fois dans le Top 10 après une croissance de 90 % de sa population de millionnaires au cours de la dernière décennie, et bien que Hong Kong ait chuté de quatre places pour se classer à la 9e position, les villes de Shanghai (123 400), Shenzhen (50 300), Guangzhou (24 500) et Hangzhou (31 600) ont toutes enregistré des augmentations significatives de leur population de millionnaires.

Andrew Amoils, responsable de la recherche chez New World Wealth, affirme que Shenzhen est la ville dans le monde qui connaît la croissance la plus rapide pour les personnes fortunées, avec une explosion de 140 % de sa population de millionnaires au cours des dix dernières années. « En ce qui concerne le nombre de millionnaires, Hangzhou a également enregistré une augmentation massive de 125 % quant à Guangzhou, elle a atteint 110 % au cours de la dernière décennie. Si l’on se penche sur le potentiel de croissance de la richesse au cours de la prochaine décennie, les villes à surveiller comprennent Bengaluru (Inde), Scottsdale (États-Unis) et Ho Chi Minh-Ville (Vietnam). Ces trois villes ont connu des taux de croissance exceptionnels de plus de 100 % de leur population de millionnaires au cours des dix dernières années. »

Pour ce qui est du Moyen-Orient, Dubaï remporte aisément la palme de la ville la plus riche de la région, avec une croissance impressionnante de 78 % de sa population de millionnaires au cours des dix dernières années. Actuellement classée en 21e position des villes les plus riches au monde, Dubaï en magnat millionnaire a de fortes chances d’entrer bientôt dans le Top 20, et bien que la capitale des Émirats arabes unis, Abu Dhabi, riche en pétrole, n’ait pas encore réussi à se hisser dans le Top 50, des taux de croissance de plus de 75 % en font un candidat probable à l’avenir.

Alors qu’aucune ville africaine ou sud-américaine ne figure dans le Top 50, le rapport identifie plusieurs étoiles montantes, notamment Nairobi (4 400 millionnaires) et Le Cap (7400), toutes deux ayant enregistré une augmentation de 25 % et 20 % respectivement de leur population de résidents HNWI au cours de la dernière décennie.

Les villes les plus chères du monde

Monaco, sans doute le premier refuge mondial pour les super-riches, où la fortune moyenne dépasse 20 millions de dollars, est également la ville la mieux classée en termes de richesse par habitant. Plus de 40 % de ses habitants sont des millionnaires, soit le taux le plus élevé de toutes les villes dans le monde. La cité monégasque figure également en tête du classement des Villes les plus chères du monde, le prix des appartements dépassant régulièrement 35 000 dollars du mètre 2.

New York se classe au 2e rang avec un prix moyen de 28 400 dollars du m2, suivie de Londres (26 500 dollars du m2), de Hong Kong (25 800 dollars du m2), de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat en France (25 000 dollars du m2) et de Sydney (22 700 dollars du m2).

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As Cidades mais Ricas do Mundo em 2024

LONDRES, May 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Em termos de quantidade de milionários residentes com patrimônio líquido investível de US$ 1 milhão ou mais, os EUA lideram o grupo, com 11 cidades no Top 50, incluindo Nova York, que se mantém firmemente em 1º lugar no Relatório das Cidades Mais Ricas do Mundo de 2024, publicado anualmente pelos especialistas em migração de riqueza internacional Henley & Partners. A riqueza total acumulada pelos residentes da Big Apple agora ultrapassa US$ 3 trilhões — maior do que a riqueza total acumulada na maioria dos principais países do G20 — e 349.500 milionários, 744 centimilionários e 60 bilionários vivem na cidade.

Em 2º lugar está a Bay Area, no norte da Califórnia (que engloba a cidade de São Francisco e o Vale do Silício), que aumentou sua população milionária em 82% na última década e agora abriga 305.700 mil milionários, 675 centimilionários e 68 bilionários.

Tóquio, que liderava o grupo há uma década, sofreu um declínio de 5% em sua população residente HNWI, e agora está em 3º lugar, com apenas 298.300 milionários. Cingapura sobe duas posições para o 4º lugar no ranking global após um impressionante aumento de 64% de milionários nos últimos dez anos — aproximadamente 3.400 HNWIs se mudaram para lá apenas em 2023 e a cidade-estado agora possui 244.800 milionários residentes, 336 centimilionários e 30 bilionários.

O declínio de Londres

Londres, a cidade mais rica do mundo há muitos anos, continua a cair no ranking, e agora está em 5º lugar, com apenas 227.000 milionários, 370 centimilionários e 35 bilionários — uma queda de 10% na última década. Por outro lado, Los Angeles, lar de 212.100 milionários, 496 centimilionários e 43 bilionários, saltou duas posições no período de 10 anos para o 6º lugar, desfrutando de um notável crescimento de 45% em sua população rica. Paris, a cidade mais rica da Europa continental, mantém seu 7º lugar com 165.000 milionários residentes, enquanto Sydney sobe para a 8ª posição com 147.000 HNWIs após um crescimento excepcionalmente forte da riqueza nos últimos 20 anos.

Dr. Juerg Steffen, CEO da Henley & Partners, diz que um fator fundamental que impulsionou o crescimento nas cidades mais ricas do mundo foi o forte desempenho dos mercados financeiros. “O ganho de 24% da S&P 500 no ano passado, juntamente com a alta de 43% da Nasdaq e o impressionante rali de 155% do Bitcoin, impulsionou a fortuna de investidores ricos. Além disso, os rápidos avanços em inteligência artificial, robótica e tecnologia blockchain proporcionaram novas oportunidades para criação e acumulação de riqueza. No entanto, mesmo que surjam novas oportunidades, velhos riscos persistem. A guerra na Ucrânia, que fez a população milionária de Moscou despencar 24%, para 30.300, é um lembrete gritante da fragilidade da riqueza em um mundo incerto e instável.”

O boom milionário da China

A China estabeleceu uma presença notável no último ranking das 50 Cidades Mais Ricas com 5 cidades da China continental fazendo parte da lista, e 7 cidades ao contar Hong Kong (com 143.400 milionários) e Taipei (30.200). Pequim (125.600 milionários) entra no Top 10 pela primeira vez após um crescimento de 90% em sua população milionária na última década e, embora Hong Kong tenha caído quatro posições, para o 9º lugar, Xangai (123.400), Shenzhen (50.300), Guangzhou (24.500) e Hangzhou (31.600) registraram aumentos significativos em suas populações milionárias.

Andrew Amoils, Chefe de pesquisa da New World Wealth, diz que Shenzhen é a cidade que mais cresce no mundo para os ricos, com sua população milionária explodindo 140% nos últimos dez anos. “Hangzhou também experimentou um enorme aumento de 125% e os milionários de Guangzhou cresceram 110% na última década. No que diz respeito ao potencial de crescimento da riqueza na próxima década, as cidades a observar incluem Bengaluru (Índia), Scottsdale (EUA) e Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnã). Todas as três desfrutaram de taxas de crescimento excepcionais de mais de 100% em suas populações milionárias residentes nos últimos dez anos.”

Voltando ao Oriente Médio, Dubai facilmente assume a coroa como a cidade mais rica da região, com um crescimento impressionante de 78% em sua população milionária nos últimos 10 anos. Atualmente classificada como a 21ª-cidade mais rica do mundo, a magnata milionária tem grandes chances de entrar no Top 20 em breve e, embora a capital dos Emirados Árabes Unidos, Abu Dhabi, rica em petróleo, ainda não tenha conquistado um lugar no Top 50, taxas de crescimento de mais de 75% a tornam uma provável candidata no futuro.

Embora nenhuma cidade africana ou sul-americana entre no Top 50, o relatório identifica várias estrelas em ascensão, incluindo Nairóbi (4.400 milionários) e Cidade do Cabo (7.400), que tiveram um aumento de HNWIs residentes de 25% e 20%, respectivamente, na última década.

Cidades mais caras do mundo

Mônaco, indiscutivelmente o principal porto seguro do mundo para os super-ricos, onde a riqueza média ultrapassa US$ 20 milhões, também é a cidade mais bem classificada em uma base de riqueza per capita. Mais de 40% de seus moradores são milionários – a maior proporção de qualquer cidade do mundo. Também está no topo da lista das Cidades mais Caras do Mundo, com preços de apartamentos regularmente superiores a USD 35.000 por m2.

A cidade de Nova Iorque ocupa o 2º lugar, com o preço médio de imóveis de primeira linha sendo US$ 28.400 por m2 seguida por Londres (US$ 26.500 por m2, Hong Kong (US$ 25.800 por m2), Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat na França (US$ 25.000 por m2) e Sydney (US$ 22.700 por m2).

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Firm introduces app for ease of doing business in real estate

A Firm, Logic Project Concept Ltd., says it is set to unveil a web and mobile application to enhance ease of doing business and provide affordable real estate for Nigerians.

Mr Ezinwa Nwokorie, the Chief Executive Officer of the firm, made this known while interacting with journalists during the introduction of app in Abuja.

Nwokorie said the app known as Logic Property Market when inaugurated, would also curtail fraud and minimise hike in property charges and rentals among others.

‘The idea is to create a platform for self dealing on property, this is because one of the biggest forms of fraud today is buying and selling property.

‘We looked at the challenge and having years of experience, we were able to create this platform.

‘The idea is to buy, sell at a very reliable and affordable price. Trust is everything when dealing in property, a lot of people have lost their investments in this sector

‘So we are creating a platform that is safe and secure with less charges unlike what is applicable elsewhere,
where people are charged up to 15 to 20.per cent to buy or rent property.’

Nwokorie said the concept is to work with media partners to buttress the authenticity of the project.

He said this would guarantee safety, reliability and affordability for potential investors in the real estate business.

The Logic Project Concept boss said that the service provided would be affordable and save Nigerians money.

‘With what we have been able to put together, our media team and all, it shows that there is no way an organisation like this will defraud anybody.

‘It is not possible because we are being guided by rules and regulations and the presence and the personality of each of the group protects and guides these transactions.

‘I am already a trained money laundering agent with EFCC. I have undergone the training, I understand the Money Laundering Act.’

Nwokorie said with this knowledge, his business transactions would be clean and he would quickly detect when dealing with fraudulent people.

Source: News Agency o
f Nigeria

Stakeholders laud TCF’s fight against GBV, support to survivors

Stakeholders in the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa and Niger, have commended Tabitha Cumi Foundation (TCF) for its determined efforts at ending Gender Based Violence (GBV) and support to survivors.

The stakeholders include communities and beneficiaries of TCF’s goodwill in the two states and the FCT.

They made the commendation at a three-day learning activity for beneficiaries and other key stakeholders of the Flashlight Actions on Girls Safety (FLAGS) project on Monday in Abuja.

The FLAGS’ project is funded by the UN Trust Fund to end all forms of violence, enhance learning in safe spaces for survivors and ensure community involvement in the fight against GBV.

Chief John Gara, a traditional leader representing Masaka Community in Nasarawa noted the reduction in cases of GBV in the area since the commencement of sensitisation, support and advocacies by TCF.

Garage said: ‘this was unlike other programmes that come and make no impact.

‘The TCF has made an enormous impact in the community, especially
the girl-child and even the boys were affected positively.

‘GBV has reduced drastically in Masaka, unlike in the past when we used to have lots of cases due to the support of TCF.’

Gift Emmanuel, a beneficiary, who trains young girls in Durumi Community, said the project had enabled her to educate young girls about GBV, how to respond to it, preventive and referral pathways in their safe spaces.

‘The programme has made me to know a lot of things I really did not know beyond the GBV and how to come out of it.

‘I thought perpetrators could go unpunished, but now I know better.

‘ This project has been impactful in the last three years not just in my life, but also in the lives of my co-beneficiaries.

‘Some of them were unable to speak out and were timid, aside the GBV or sexual abuse and physical abuse in the home.

‘Alot of girls don’t even know that their parents could be a perpetrator and be the one abusing them either physically, emotionally or otherwise.

‘So for the past three years, I can boldly say
that the girls come to tell us what they have been going through, how the project has helped them and even their parents,’ she said.

Similarly, Mary-Peace Sunday, a 16- year old beneficiary of the projects in Kugbo community, said she acquired more knowledge on ways to prevent GBV, where to seek help and also sensitise young girls on their rights and issues around violence.

‘Through this project, I have learnt how to read and write about GBV, I know about safe spaces, perpetrators, survivors.

‘ My friends in school going through various forms of violence, I have taught them and even assisted a friend, who was raped and is undergoing counseling and other supports from the Amintacces in TCF.

Mrs Aisha Saidu, a member of the Community Action Committee (CAC) in Mpape, said: ‘ many people have benefitted from TCF.

‘And as a member of the CAC, we have the responsibility of keeping our community safe from GBV.’

Mrs Tayo Erinle, Executive Director, TCF, said they had been able to reach and support over 40,000 i
n FCT, Nasarawa and Niger states.

Erinle, represented by Mr Adejumobi Fashola, Director of Finance, TCF, added that about 25 young girls had been granted scholarships and enrolled back to school to further their education.

‘In the last three years, we reached over 40,000 persons in Nasarawa, Niger and the FCT with about 121 GBV cases.

‘There is still a lot to do, we need more gentlemen in this fight and members of the CAC.

‘We are here to brainstorm, reflect and think of new solutions on the way forward,’ she said.

Mrs Nendirmwa Ohah, Project Manager, TCF said: ‘ The FLASH has been implemented in the last three years, which started in 2021 and will end in May.

‘ It was implemented in 10 communities in the FCT, Nasarawa and Niger and we worked with 750 beneficiaries, in which some of them are survivors of GBV and all are out of school girls.

‘We have also been able to reach out to 40,000 persons in our communities of practice providing information on GBV prevention and response.

‘And also creating awar
eness on the Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) Act Child Rights Act.

‘We have also supported survivors of GBV access services that would support them, increase their well-being and reintegrate them back to the society,’ she said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Film Piracy: Actor Femi Adebayo raises concern

Nollywood actor, Femi Adebayo, has expressed worry over increasing cases of film piracy in the country.

Adebayo took to his instagram page, @femiadebayosalami, on Tuesday, to narrate his ordeal and how he recently came out victorious in his fight against piracy on one of his movies.

He noted that dividend of the business of filmmaking had not been maximised due to the illegal activities of movie pirates.

Adebayo said: ‘The Nigerian film industry has experienced exponential growth over the years, but we haven’t been able to maximise the true dividends of this business because of dare devil pirates who benefit where they didn’t sow.

‘This is a major reason why investors find it hard to commit their funds to filmmakers. However, through persistence and the use of the legal framework covering intellectual property, we can bring their activities to a gradual halt.

‘Several times, I have been a victim of movie pirates and I never spared them. I recently concluded a legal battle with a notable media company tha
t owns a big radio station and also engages in Youtube content distribution.

‘During the cinema run of ‘Survival of Jelili’ in 2019, my movie was gathering good numbers at that time. They decided to use my movie poster and title to promote a movie on their platform, thereby deceiving fans and diverting revenue accrued to me.

‘It took 3 years, but my trust in the legal and justice system remained unwavering. With the dedication of our legal team, Bola Adebowale and Co Legal Practitioners, who are seasoned professionals with wealth of experience in handling such cases.

‘They presented undeniable evidence, put up a strong argument, and took the case to trial. Their promptness, efficiency, and attention to detail played a huge part in the direction of the case. We won and were awarded a total of Twenty Five Million Naira.

‘This isn’t just my win as a filmmaker and content producer but a win for all of Nollywood.’

According to him, filmmakers must be ready to fight intellectual property theft and piracy at al
l levels.

‘Every win brings us closer to protecting and getting the true economic value of our works,’ he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

We need proper information to improve Nigeria, Emir of Ilorin says

The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, on Monday emphasised the need to continue to properly harness information to address and improve the current situation in the country.

The Emir, while receiving the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Malam Ali Muhammad Ali during a courtesy visit to his palace, noted that information was very important.

He added however, that reporting activities was not an easy task and should therefore not be taken with levity.

‘Our prayer is that Almighty Allah should continue to guide us, have mercy on us and make Nigeria continue to live in unity,’ Sulu-Gambari said.

He noted that NAN has shown the capacity to help the country in the area of utilising information to further develop the nation.

‘NAN has been doing well in this regard, and I am sure that is due to the pedigree of you the Managing Director, especially with what you have done in the media industry so far.

‘I am sure the agency will go a long way in helping the country get better,’ the Emi
r said, praying for more success and breakthrough for the agency.

Speaking on the country Nigeria, Sulu-Gambari noted that a lot of the situation in the country in recent times have been improving.

‘We now have many of our sons and daughters around the country, already married to those of other tribes, while some have settled for the sake of business and job transfers.

‘Nigeria is our father’s land that has come to stay and will not be divided by the special grace of Almighty Allah,’ he said.

The NAN Managing Director, while speaking earlier, had said the ongoing upgrading of the agency’s services would boost their operations and enhance productivity.

He said his major reason for visiting Kwara was to further assess the agency’s facilities.

‘We need to know the challenges and how to provide the necessary equipment to boost production.

‘We will then see how to cover the activities of the state and the Emirate.

‘I am from Kano and we share the same way of life with Ilorin. That is why I have come to fir
st pay my respect to the traditional leader.

‘You are closer to the people and as a great leader and Chairman of traditional rulers in the state, you know more about the activities in the state,’ Ali said.

He then solicited the support of the Emir and assured that the agency would continue to work assiduously in order to supply reliable and current information to the public.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Nigeria, UK’s trade relations currently worth £7bn – Envoy

Dr Richard Montgomery, the British High Commissioner in Nigeria, on Sunday said trade relations between Nigeria and the United Kingdom (UK) currently stands at about seven billion pounds sterling.

Montgomery told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Nigeria and the UK signed a new agreement on enhanced trade and investment partnership and agreed to work on a range of sectors.

He identified the sectors as agriculture, the creative industry, legal, financial services, and education.

Montgomery stated that trade between the UK and Nigeria is balanced.

‘Trading by both countries is relatively balanced because the UK exports about four billion pounds sterling worth of goods and services to Nigeria while Nigeria exports to the UK about three billion pounds worth of goods .

‘We need to do more because if you look at last year’s figure compared to the penultimate, there was not much of an increase in trade volume.

‘It was an increase of about two per cent. So trade in the last few years has changed.

‘And the aim of our enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership is to boost trade and investment between both countries and also to raise these numbers.

‘Nigeria can benefit and take advantage of a new post-Brexit trading agreement that the UK has put in place that is called the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS).

‘This scheme called the DCTS is one of the most generous schemes in the world in the sense that it removes tariffs on thousands of products from across the world to make free trade easier,’ he said.

The envoy said that having visited many parts of Nigeria, the UK realised that Nigeria had at least 3,000, tariff-free products that it could export to the UK.

According to him, the enhanced trade investment partnership signed between the two countries in February is aimed at attracting more investment to the agric sector.

He said Nigeria could boost trade with UK by exporting more of its agric products.

‘In agricultural exports, Nigeria can export cashew, cotton, or cocoa from the middle bel

‘There are lots of commercial farmers involved in vegetables, which can be processed, and there is also timber.

‘And we think that there’s a big potential for commercial agriculture in the future in Nigeria. You have the land you have the people.

‘The new trading scheme should be an opportunity for Nigeria. We can do more in financial and legal services,’ he said.

He said that there were new technologies coming into the financial services sector which will greatly enhance the sector.

He added that Nigeria has a huge creative industry which the UK recognises and is interested in.

‘London is a good place for partnerships in the creative industry. So we are hoping to promote those areas through partnership,’ he said.

He said that two challenges of doing business in the UK that foreigners needed to take cognizance of were lack of knowledge on how to do business and also the standards (non tariff barriers to trade).

He stated that a facility called the growth gateway run by the Department of Business an
d Trade was provided as a source of advice for anyone that intends to export to the UK.

‘When you go onto the internet and search for UK Department for Business and Trade, you will access the growth gateway page where you will get information on trade, depending on what sector you are in. There’s even a page for Nigeria.

‘In the area of standards , if you want to sell some products in the UK, there are safety standards you have to meet, and you will have a certification. Nigeria has its own certification.

‘And Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is working with UK standards organisation to reconcile standards or enable them to certify for the UK market to help ease trade,’ he said .

Montgomery added that he was optimistic that the UK would do more trade in Nigeria because of the bold reforms by the Nigerian government.

He applauded the removal of the ‘crippling fuel subsidy’, tackling oil theft, getting oil revenues that manage the budget better, and also the foreign exchange reforms.

He said that t
hose were critical in encouraging UK investors and banks to come back into the Nigerian market and do more trade, noting that the foreign exchange reforms were absolutely critical in this sense.

‘You all know that the foreign exchange system in the past chased away investors because it is difficult to get your exchange done and you do not know whether you will be able to move money across borders.

‘ But the new exchange rates policy under this government and the very impressive Central Bank of Nigeria leadership team is making investors to say they can come back and invest in the country,’ he said

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NAN must continue positive propagation of Nigeria to enhance investment – Kwara Gov

Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara says the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) must continue in the task of propagating Nigeria well to help attract more investment to the country.

AbdulRazaq said this while receiving the agency’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Malam Ali Muhammad Ali, on Tuesday in Ilorin.

‘NAN has always propagated Nigeria at the sub-national, national and international levels as the voice of Africa, and this is why NAN has never been brought to disrepute.

‘You cannot go wrong by listening to NAN.

‘Obviously, NAN’s mandate then in 1976 when it was set up and up till now is to propagate Nigeria at the sub-national, national and international levels.

‘One will recall that moments after 1976, during the apartheid era, Africa did not have a voice. The voice of Africa then was NAN,” the governor said.

He urged NAN to continue to propagate Nigeria so much as to help in propagating Nigeria to enhance investments and attract more investors to Nigeria.

‘NAN is an investment tool
for Nigeria and we in Kwara in particular are looking forward to working with the agency,” AbdulRazaq added.

He then urged NAN to strengthen its ties and operations across all the levels, assuring that Kwara was ready to collaborate with NAN.

The governor commended the agency for planning to open district offices in Omu-Aran and Kosubosu in the Kwara South and Kwara North senatorial zones of the state, respectively.

‘Who would have thought of Kosubosu, which is next to Chikanda, and from Chikanda the next place is Benin Republic? So, this tells you that NAN’s footprints are all over the place.

‘If you go to the remote places, you will get all the right information,” he said.

Earlier, the NAN Managing Director had commended Gov. AbdulRazaq for his giant strides in developing infrastructure, healthcare and workers’ welfare, among several other projects in the state.

‘Since yesterday (Monday) that we arrived in the state, we have noticed a huge repositioning in the whole state.

‘This means your re-elect
ion is a testimony of what you did in your first tenure.

‘Also, your re-election has helped to lower the political temperature in Kwara,’ he said.

Ali, while explaining more about NAN to the governor, pointed out that the agency is the only News Agency from Africa that is resident in the United Nations.

‘We are present in all the 36 states of the country, and in Kwara we have a 12-man team.

‘We hope that with the support of the state government, our plan to re-open our district offices in Kosubosu and Omu-Aran will come to fruition.

‘We will take you as a natural ally of NAN, which prides itself on the slogans ‘if you talk to NAN, you are talking to all’ and ‘no one knows Nigeria better’.

‘So, with NAN, you can be rest assured that your trumpet which you are reluctant to blow will be blown to a high level,” the NAN Managing Director said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Prof. Monye’s 3 books on national dev’t for public presentation May 14

Red Carpet Protocol has said that all is set for the public presentation of three books covering national development, politics, and civil service, authored by Prof. Sylvester Monye.

Kunle Adebanjo, the spokesman of Red Carpet Protocol, the company coordinating the presentation of the books, disclosed this in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

‘We are delighted to be coordinating this prestigious event, which promises to be a significant gathering of notable personalities in politics, governance, and the civil service.

‘The books to be launched offer valuable insights into national development, politics, and civil service.

‘We believe the launch will contribute meaningfully to the ongoing discourse on these critical issues,’ he said.

The three books to be unveiled are: ‘A Compendium of Development Plans, 1999 – 2020′, `The Concession Of Asaba International Airport’, and `The Ministerial Scorecard’.

Adebanjo told NAN that Monye’s experience, expertise in governance, and bac
kground as a former Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Monitoring, and Evaluation lend credence, credibility, and relevance to the three books to be presented.

According to him, the fact that former presidents Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan as well as former President of the Nigerian Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki are scheduled to be in attendance testifies to the seriousness with which the presentation of the books has been taken.

Delta State Governor, Sheriff Oborevwori, former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha are expected to grace the event, Adebanjo said.

The spokesman for the company coordinating the event explained that the three books to be presented can contribute meaningfully to academic research and development of the country.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

WaterAid unveils rural water, sanitation projects in Bauchi

The WaterAid Nigeria on Tuesday inaugurated a rural water project at Rigar – Jeji, Hardawa Community in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The project was being implemented by the WaterAid Nigeria with support of the Global Supply Chains and the DP World under its Sustainable Climate Resilient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme.

Evelyn Mere, Country Director of the WaterAid Nigeria, said the project aimed at enhancing access to safe drinking water and sanitation services to improve public health.

She said that, ‘millions of women and girls are faced each day with the burden of traveling miles to collect water. Sadly, with the increasing impact of climate change on water, they are faced with a greater workload’.

Represented by Nanpet Chuktu, Head of WASH in the organisation, Mere said the project also focused at promoting women economic empowerment and encourage them to be part of the WASH decision-making processes in their communities.

According to Mere, the organisation is targetin
g 15,000 people with access to basic water supply services; 4,000 with hygiene behavior change interventions and 1,000 others with basic sanitation services in the state.

Also, Andre Bresler, the Managing Director, Logistics of the DP World, said the organisation in partnership with WaterAid Nigeria would address critical challenges militating against enhancing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services.

On his part, Garba Iliyasu, the District Head of Hardawa, lauded the project over the construction of the solar powered borehole in the community.

He said that the Rugar – Jeji community with an estimated 1,000 population, relied on three open walls for water supply..

Iliyasu said the solar-powered borehole and sanitation facilities provided in the community would address water scarcity and poor sanitation as well as improve the livelihoods of the people.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria