Friday, January 22

US Pledges to Join World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Global Vaccination Initiative

Medical
The leading infectious disease expert in the United States says the country will participate in the global initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical adviser to new U.S. President Joe Biden, told the executive board of the World Health Organization Thursday during a videoconference that the U.S. will join the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility, or COVAX, an international alliance led by WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, an organization founded by Bill and Melinda Gates to vaccinate children in the world’s poorest countries. Fauci also said the U.S. would fulfill its financial obligations to the Unit...

Zimbabwe Foreign Minister Dies of COVID-19

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Zimbabwe is mourning the death of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Moyo. The government said the country's top diplomat died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19. Moyo gained international notoriety as an army general, becoming the spokesperson of the 2017 coup that ousted longtime President Robert Mugabe, who was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa. Moyo is the third cabinet minister to succumb to COVID-19 in the past six months. Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Ellen Gwaradzimba died last week, and Agriculture Minister Perrance Shiri died of the disease in July. The 61-year-old Moyo was reportedly getting weekly treatment for a kidney ailment at the time of his death. COVID-19 infections and deaths are on the rise in Zimbabwe, with...

HH Sayyid Shihab Receives GCC Secretary General

General
Muscat,  HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik bin Taimour al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defense Affairs received in his office at Al Murtafaa Camp today Dr. Nayef Falah al-Hajraf, GCC Secretary General.   The meeting exchanged cordial conversations and discussed matters of common concern.   Dr. al-Hajraf praised the Sultanate's role in supporting peace and stability in the GCC region and the world at large. He also commended the Sultanate's endeavours and its constructive stances in extending bridges of understanding and cooperation among various world's countries.   The current visit of the GCC Secretary General to the Sultanate comes to give a lecture at the National Defence College (NDC) in the Ministry of Defence.   The meeting was attended by Air...

Lecture at NDC Discusses GCC Aspirations, Challenges

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Muscat, The National Defence College (NDC) today organized a lecture titled “GCC Aspirations and Challenges”.   The lecture was delivered by GCC Secretary-General Dr. Nayef Mubarak al-Hajraf as part of the curriculum of the NDC’s 8th batch. Air Vice Marshal Eng. Saleh Yahya al-Maskari, Commandant of the NDC, welcomed the GCC Secretary-General and the rest of the gathering.   In his lecture, al-Hajraf outlined the GCC role in tackling regional and international developments, elements of power and challenges influencing the GCC’s methodology of functioning as it performs its mandate of promoting its member states. The lecture also touched on the impact of the GCC moves on regional and international security, as well as the Council’s ability to explore or anticipate f...

MoAFWR, HAEJO Sign Agreement to Implement 2nd Stage of Artificial Coral Reef in Sur

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Muscat,  The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MoAFWR) today signed an agreement with Haejo Engineering and Contracting Company (HAEJO) to award the second stage of the artificial coral reef project in the Wilayat of Sur.   The agreement includes designing, manufacturing and unloading artificial reef modules in the Wilayat of Sur, as well as following up the results of their deployment in the marine environment, at a total cost of RO 90,000. The project is funded by the Oman-India Fertiliser Company.   The agreement was signed by Eng. Yaqoub Khalfan al-Busaidi, MoAFWR Undersecretary for Fisheries and HAEJO General Manager.   The project is part of the strategic plans to develop the fisheries sector. The ministry aims to enhance fish st...

SAI Participates in INTOSAI Working Group Meeting on Environmental Auditing

Politics
Muscat, The State Financial and Administrative Audit Institution (SAI), is taking part in the 20th meeting of the INTOSAI Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA), which is taking place during the period from 19 to 21 January 2021 through video conferencing with the participation of the working group members.   The meeting agenda covers several practical and interactive sessions in matters, such as discussing aspects related to Circular Economy and its effectiveness in reducing resources waste and reviewing international experiences and observations on recycling nutrients and regenerative agriculture.   The meeting will also discuss the action plan for managing plastic waste, review an audit case on agricultural circular economy projects and highlight challenges...