Daily Archives: November 18, 2019

Elin Group passe une commande ferme auprès de De Havilland Canada portant sur l’achat de trois avions Dash 8-400

L’avion Dash 8-400 continue de s’imposer comme le turbopropulseur le plus avancé et le plus productif au monde

DUBAÏ, Émirats arabes unis, 18 novembre 2019 /PRNewswire/ — De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (« De Havilland Canada ») a annoncé aujourd’hui la signature d’un contrat d’achat ferme portant sur trois avions Dash 8-400. Elin Group, dont le siège social est situé au Nigéria, a des intérêts divers dans le développement immobilier, la production d’électricité, le développement agricole, l’industrie gazière, les mines, les activités maritimes et le secteur de l’aviation.

« La vitesse, le confort et la polyvalence de l’avion Dash 8-400 répondent parfaitement à nos exigences à un moment où nous recherchons des occasions de soutenir le secteur des ressources du Nigéria, notamment les activités pétrolières et gazières. Le turbopropulseur Dash 8-400 est déjà en service chez d’autres transporteurs au Nigéria et nous avons vu comment cet avion pouvait répondre à nos diverses exigences opérationnelles », a déclaré Caroline Pritheesh, directrice générale du groupe Elin. « Nous sommes très heureux d’avoir conclu cet accord avec De Havilland Canada et nous sommes impatients de développer nos activités en tirant parti des capacités impressionnantes de l’avion Dash 8-400. »

« En tant qu’entrepreneuse dynamique et dirigeante animée d’une vision, je suis absolument ravie que De Havilland Canada et Elin Group Nigéria aient noué cette formidable relation commerciale qui permettra à Elin Group de fournir des services de pointe à ses clients du secteur de l’aviation », a déclaré Elizabeth Jack-Rich, directrice générale d’Elin Group. « Depuis toujours, j’avais en tête d’entamer une collaboration avec une entreprise reconnue pour ses capacités d’innovation et techniques afin de voir se concrétiser ma vision d’élargir nos services dans différents domaines économiques. Je suis particulièrement fière aujourd’hui de cette alliance avec De Havilland Canada. L’acquisition de l’avion Dash 8-400 pour nos activités au Nigéria est un pas dans la bonne direction et elle n’aurait pas pu se faire à un meilleur moment.

« J’aimerais souligner que notre démarche s’inscrit dans une perspective à long terme et que nous espérons élargir nos horizons dans d’autres domaines pour notre bien-être organisationnel collectif », a ajouté le Dr Jack-Rich.

« Nous sommes ravis d’accueillir Elin Group parmi nos clients et d’annoncer cette commande, la deuxième enregistrée depuis la relance de De Havilland Canada en juin dernier », a déclaré Todd Young, directeur des opérations de De Havilland Canada. « Profitant de l’excitation suscitée par la transition du programme d’avions Dash 8 à De Havilland Canada, nos équipes des ventes et du marketing concentrent leurs efforts sur la constitution d’une réserve de commandes afin d’accroître notre carnet de commandes et d’asseoir la position du Dash 8-400, réputé pour être le turbopropulseur le plus avancé et le plus productif du monde. L’Afrique continue d’être un marché témoin pour le Dash 8-400. La vitesse de l’appareil, ses performances par temps chaud et en haute altitude, ainsi que ses capacités de charge plus élevées sont des atouts majeurs pour les nouveaux marchés émergeant sur le continent. »

La première commande ferme reçue par De Havilland Canada après la relance de la société en juin 2019 a été signée par la république unie de Tanzanie, représentée par l’entreprise publique Tanzanian Government Flight Agency (TGFA).

À propos de De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
En faisant l’acquisition du programme d’avions Dash 8, Longview Aviation Capital a fièrement relancé De Havilland Canada, l’une des marques les plus emblématiques du Canada. Le portefeuille de De Havilland Canada comprend la vente et la production de l’avion Dash 8-400, l’un des plus importants avions commerciaux du monde, ainsi que le support technique de la flotte mondiale d’avions Dash 8-100/200/300/400. La société est déterminée à maintenir la réputation de la marque qui, depuis 90 ans, est reconnue pour son expertise, son excellence et sa fiabilité dans ses activités manufacturières et commerciales, en s’appuyant sur son réseau mondial qui fournit à sa clientèle des services et un support de premier choix. De manière de plus en plus marquée, la société centre ses efforts sur la compétitivité des coûts de ses avions tout au long de leur cycle de vie.
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De Havilland, Dash 8, Dash 8-100/200/300 et Dash 8-400 sont des marques de commerce de De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited.

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US Extends License for Businesses to Work With Huawei by 90 Days

WASHINGTON – The United States on Monday granted another 90 days for companies to cease doing business with China’s telecoms giant Huawei, saying this would allow service providers to continue to serve rural areas.

President Donald Trump in May effectively barred Huawei from American communications networks after Washington found the company had violated US sanctions on Iran and attempted to block a subsequent investigation.

The extension, renewing one issued in August, “will allow carriers to continue to service customers in some of the most remote areas of the United States who would otherwise be left in the dark,” US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.

“The department will continue to rigorously monitor sensitive technology exports to ensure that our innovations are not harnessed by those who would threaten our national security.”

American officials also claim Huawei is a tool of Beijing’s electronic espionage, making its equipment a threat to U.S. national security � something the company denies.

Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the company’s founder and CEO, was arrested in Canada last year and is now fighting extradition to the United States on fraud and conspiracy charges tied to US sanctions.

The battle over Huawei has also landed squarely in the middle of Trump’s trade battle with Beijing.

U.S. officials initially said the two were unrelated as the Huawei actions were strictly law enforcement and national security matters but Trump has suggested a resolution could involve some common ground concerning Huawei.

Following the near-collapse of U.S.-China trade talks in May, Washington added Huawei to a list of companies effectively barred from purchasing U.S. technology without prior approval from the US government.

But, since companies have said they need time to begin to comply with the change, Trump has granted a series of limited reprieves, which officials say allow only “specific, limited” transactions involving exports and re-exports.

Source: Voice of America

Malaysia Readies New Deal for Bangladesh’s Fleeced Migrant Workers

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – Malaysia is edging toward a new deal with Bangladesh to lift a ban imposed on migrant workers from Bangladesh more than a year ago over concerns that recruitment agencies were driving them into forced labor.

Rights advocates are hopeful but wary that the deal being negotiated will break up the “syndicate” they accuse of monopolizing the labor pipeline at the migrant workers’ expense.

Malaysia stopped allowing Bangladeshi migrant workers into the country in September 2018 amid mounting news reports that only 10 recruitment agencies from among hundreds in Bangladesh were being allowed to send workers to Malaysia. They were being accused of driving up the costs of landing a job to $5,000, forcing the workers to take on crippling debts that all but enslaved them to their recruiters or employers.

A joint statement issued by both countries on Nov. 6 said they expected to amend a 2016 memorandum of understanding that established the labor pipeline by the end of the month.

But Amir bin Omar, secretary general of Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry, said tentative plans to sign a deal on Tuesday, and for another joint meeting on Sunday to set a date to lift the ban, would likely be postponed because the details had yet to be settled.

Omar said the ministry has also decided that it wants the full Malaysian Cabinet to approve the deal before the two countries meet, rather than after, but still expects that it will be signed by early December.

“They’ve almost agreed, almost 90 percent. It’s just a little bit [left]. Better to get approval from the Cabinet; I don’t know when. We will try to do it as soon as possible,” Omar said.

“We are talking about who has to [pay], the employer or the employee, how much; that is the thing we need to discuss in detail,” he added.

Omar said migrant workers would very likely still have to cover some of the costs, such as their travel. But he added that Malaysia was intent on taking most of the financial burden off their backs and to open up the recruitment process to more agencies.

“We want to leave it open to the market, but that is subject to our discussions with Bangladesh,” he said.

Bangladesh’s minister of expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment, Imran Ahmad, declined to speak with VOA over the phone and did not reply to requests for comment by email.

Bangladesh’s economy relies on remittances from its migrant workers as much as Malaysia’s depends on migrant workers from Bangladesh and elsewhere to fill its factories and plantations.

Malaysia officially claims to host 1.7 million migrant workers, but the International Labor Organization says the true figure, including many here illegally, may reach 4 million � nearly a third of the country’s workforce. Bangladeshis make up anywhere from 200,000 to 400,000 of them.

Andy Hall, a migrant worker rights specialist based in Asia, said Malaysia and Bangladesh were both under pressure to strike a better deal for the workers.

The United States banned imports from Malaysian rubber gloves maker WRP Asia Pacific in October over suspicion that its factories were using forced labor, and Hall said other factories in the country were at risk of similar sanctions. Bangladesh was placed on the Tier 2 Watch List in the U.S. State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report for the third year running, one step above Tier 3, where it could come under trade sanctions itself.

“So they’re quite tense,” Hall said. “It’s clear that, I think, it’s going to be a lot better than in the past because everyone’s focusing on this now after the last scandal, when workers were … having to pay up to $5,000 each.”

Joseph Maliamauv, co-director of Malaysian rights group Tenaganita, hopes the new deal will benefit Bangladesh’s migrant workers but is skeptical.

“Migration is seen as big business; this commodification of migrants and migration. So there is a lot of money to be made there, and it’s going to take a lot of effort to get people to not take advantage of that,” he said.

“I hope that the costs can be reduced, but I will not be holding my breath until I see the results…Because I don’t see very much changes in anything else in regard to migration, the way immigration is being handled.”

Tenaganita said it would prefer to see the Malaysian government wrest back control of the migrant labor pipeline from the private sector but that the same companies it outsourced the process to remain in charge, leaving the migrants at risk of profit-driven fleecing.

In 2018, Nepal barred its nationals from going to Malaysia to work after accusing the Malaysian companies contracted by their government to process the applications of charging extortionate fees.

Hall said Nepalis started arriving in Malaysia again in September under a new deal in which the costs were placed on employers. But he said some of the new arrivals he has met in Malaysia claim that they are paying many of the same old fees under the table.

It may be too early to say whether their deal will end up working as intended, Hall said, “but the indications are that there are major challenges in enforcing it and…that the kickbacks culture, the corruption that has gone on for so long is still there. It hasn’t gone anywhere.”

Source: Voice of America

US ‘Gravely Concerned’ About Deepening Unrest in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, STATE DEPARTMENT – The United States is “gravely concerned by the deepening political unrest and violence in Hong Kong” as the confrontation between police and protesters has escalated in recent days.

“We’ve repeatedly called for restraint from all parties in Hong Kong. Violence by any side is unacceptable. The Hong Kong government bears primary responsibility for bringing calm to Hong Kong,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday during a press briefing at the State Department.

Pompeo’s remarks came amid a dramatic escalation in unrest, with Hong Kong police threatening to fire live bullets if demonstrators did not stop using weapons in the latest anti-government protests.

“Unrest and violence cannot be resolved by law enforcement efforts alone. The government must take clear steps to address public concerns,” added the top U.S. diplomat.

Senior U.S. officials have repeatedly called on the Chinese government to honor its promises to the Hong Kong people “who want the freedoms and liberties” that they have been promised in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, a U.N.-registered treaty.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hit out at China, pointing to leaked documents that “delineate the government’s chilling, systematic campaign against ethnic minorities in another supposedly autonomous region, Xinjiang.”

“The problem is Beijing’s efforts to erect the same kind of sinister, brutal surveillance state in Hong Kong that China is also trying to set up everywhere else,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. “The protesters are not the problem. It is Beijing and the Hong Kong leadership who must de-escalate.”

The top Republican in the Senate called on the Trump administration to not solely focus on trade, when it comes to China, but also “make Hong Kong’s autonomy a key topic within our bilateral diplomacy.”

Polytechnic University siege

Earlier Monday, police tightened the barricade around the Polytechnic University and prevented dozens of students from breaking through police lines.

The president of the Polytechnic University said he has brokered a truce with police that would allow the hundreds of protesters trapped inside the campus to leave peacefully.

Teng Jin-Guang Teng said he received assurances from police for a temporary suspension of the use of force if the protesters do not initiate the violence.

“We have also received permission from the police for you to leave the campus peacefully, and I will personally accompany you to the police station to ensure that your case will be fairly processed,” Teng said.

It is unclear whether and when the truce was taking effect.

Dozens of student protesters, however, made another frantic attempt to escape the university that has been surrounded by riot police, as the siege on the campus entered a second day.

Waves of students fled on foot late Monday, running through clouds of tear gas as they attempted to break through police lines.

Threat of lethal force

It was the second concerted attempt by students to flee the urban campus, which has been surrounded by police who have repeatedly warned they will use lethal force.

Live feeds showed riot police chasing down students, some of whom were covered in blood. It was not immediately clear how many were arrested and how many may have escaped the campus successfully.

The clashes raised fears that the siege would end in a deadly crackdown.

Students barricaded themselves on the campus, and several others across Hong Kong, early last week, stockpiling homemade weapons such as petrol bombs, slingshots and bricks.

Early Monday, VOA saw police arrest dozens of students, who were detained with plastic wire ties around their wrists. Some were marched in front of reporters as they were taken away toward waiting police vans.

“I can’t imagine this happening in Hong Kong. We are a civilized city and we are witnessing so many uncivilized acts,” said a young man nicknamed Ronald, who came out to witness the campus siege firsthand. “We all have something in common and we all want to achieve the same thing.

“In my opinion, (the students) are not really violent. They are acting in response to the police force,” he said.

Thousands of riot and other police have surrounded the urban campus of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for the past day, warning the students to drop their weapons. But a hardcore group showed no signs of surrender. Earlier, police said they were arresting students on riot related charges.

The number of casualties is not clear. Police on Sunday warned they would use lethal force if they continued to be attacked. Local media reports said live rounds were used in several cases.

The clashes are some of the worst violence since anti-government protests began in Hong Kong five months ago.

Escalating protests

Since June, Hong Kong has seen massive, regular demonstrations, which started in opposition to a proposed bill that would have allowed Hong Kong citizens to be extradited to the mainland. The protests quickly morphed into wider calls for democracy and opposition to growing Chinese influence.

A smaller group of hardcore protesters, many of whom are college students, have also increasingly engaged in more aggressive tactics � clashing with police, destroying public infrastructure, and vandalizing symbols of state power. The students have defended the tactics as a necessary response to police violence and the government’s refusal to accept their demands.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University is one of at least five campuses where students this week barricaded themselves in, blocking roads and collecting makeshift weapons in case of an attack by authorities. Most of the protesters had left the other campuses by Saturday, though a group of hardcore protesters remained at Polytechnic.

The protests escalated in the past week, following the first death of a protester who fell from a building during clashes between protesters and police.

Source: Voice of America