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Whale Cloud annonce des initiatives pour connecter l’Afrique numérique à l’occasion d’AfricaCom 2019

LE CAP, Afrique du Sud, 20 novembre 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Whale Cloud, grand acteur mondial de la transformation numérique, a annoncé ses initiatives « Connecting Digital Africa » (Connecter l’Afrique numérique) qui visent à aider les fournisseurs de services de communication (CSP) et les entreprises du marché africain dans leur processus de transformation numérique à l’ère de la 5G qui s’approche. Whale Cloud a participé à AfricaCom 2019 du 12 au 14 novembre, le plus grand évènement axé sur les technologies et les télécommunications en Afrique.

Dans le cadre de ces initiatives, Whale Cloud s’engage à permettre aux entreprises africaines d’accélérer leur transformation numérique grâce aux technologies et pratiques numériques d’Alibaba et à l’expérience que Whale Cloud a acquise pendant vingt ans en matière de TIC. Whale Cloud va continuer à aider les CSP de cette région dans le développement d’infrastructures numériques, notamment en ce qui est de l’approche et des cadres de la transformation numérique, des plates-formes cloud s’appuyant sur les brillantes pratiques d’Alibaba en termes de cloud computing, des systèmes informatiques intégrés aux technologies d’analyse de données et de renseignements qui sont tirés de celles-ci, ainsi que des solutions de support réseau et commercial prêtes pour la 5G. En plus de l’infrastructure numérique, Whale Cloud peut également fournir des solutions de transformation numérique industrielle spécialement adaptées aux secteurs de la finance, du transport et de la nouvelle vente au détail, dans le but d’accélérer la construction de villes intelligentes dans cette région.

« Nous sommes ravis d’être ici en Afrique du Sud pour partager notre vision sur la construction d’une Afrique numérique aux côtés de nos clients et partenaires africains. Whale Cloud a travaillé avec des opérateurs de télécommunications dans plus de 20 pays de la région, dont Orange, Etisalat, Econet, Libyana, MTN, pour ne citer que ceux-ci. Lors du salon MWC 2019 à Barcelone et du GITEX 2019 à Dubaï, Whale Cloud et Alibaba ont conjugué leurs marques pour présenter des technologies de pointe, ainsi que des pratiques et solutions éprouvées dans le secteur des télécommunications et autres industries verticales. Lors du GITEX de cette année, Whale Cloud et Zain ont signé le projet de collaboration sur le cloud public, et cette collaboration entre Whale Cloud et Zain a attiré une grande attention. Nous nous engageons donc à apporter la technologie et l’expérience d’Alibaba en Afrique et à travailler aux côtés des partenaires africains pour soutenir et favoriser la durabilité de la croissance de l’économie et du développement des communautés en Afrique », a déclaré Mu Ji, PDG de Whale Cloud pour le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique.

Pendant cet évènement de trois jours, Whale Cloud a présenté ses capacités et ses solutions destinées à la fondation numérique (cloud Apsara, analyse des Big data et intelligence artificielle), des solutions pour l’industrie numérique (nouveau commerce de détail, « City Brain » et paiement mobile), ainsi que des solutions et approches destinées aux opérateurs de télécommunications numériques (DTMM, 5G Operation Map).

Whale Cloud Announces Connecting Digital Africa Initiatives at AfricaCom 2019

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Whale Cloud, a global leader in digital transformation, announced its “Connecting Digital Africa” initiatives to help communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises in the African market with their digital transformation journey in the upcoming 5G era. Whale Cloud participated in AfricaCom 2019 on 12th to 14th November, the biggest telecommunication and technology event in Africa.

Under the initiatives, Whale Cloud is committed to enabling businesses in Africa to accelerate digital transformation with Alibaba’s digital technologies and practices and Whale Cloud’s two-decade of ICT experience.  Whale Cloud will continue to help CSPs in this region with digital infrastructure including digital transformation approach and frameworks, cloud platforms based on Alibaba’s successful cloud computing practice,  IT systems embedded with data analytics and intelligence technologies, and 5G-ready business and network support solutions. In addition to the digital infrastructure, Whale Cloud can also provide customized industry digital transformation solutions in finance, transportation, and new retail sectors to accelerate the smart city construction in this region.

“We are delighted to be here in South Africa to share our insights of building a digital Africa with our African customers and partners. Whale Cloud has been working with telecom operators in over 20 countries in this region, including Orange, Etisalat, Econet, Libyana, MTN, etc. At MWC 2019 Barcelona and GITEX 2019 Dubai, Whale Cloud and Alibaba have co-branded to showcase leading technologies and industry-proven practices and solutions in telecom and other vertical industries. At this year’s GITEX, Whale Cloud and Zain signed the public cloud cooperation project, and the cooperation between Whale Cloud and Zain has attracted widespread attention. So we are committed to bringing Alibaba’s technology and experience to Africa and working with African partners to support and boost the sustainability of Africa’s community and economic growth,” said Mu Ji, CEO of Whale Cloud Middle East and Africa.

During the three-day event, Whale Cloud showcased its capabilities and solutions in Digital Foundation (Apsara Cloud, Big Data Analytics, and AI), Digital Industry Solutions (New Retail, City Brain, Mobile Payment) and Digital Telco Approach and Solutions (DTMM, 5G Operation Map).

Toxins Increase in Somali Crops Under Climate Shocks

Somalia is one of the world’s countries worst affected by global warming, suffering near-constant droughts, heat waves and floods. Recent flooding in south central Somalia affected 547,000 people, according to U.N. estimates, at a time when more than 2 million are food-insecure.

Scientists and food safety experts say the climate shocks are not only destroying Somali crops and livestock but are also increasing the levels of toxins in the food that makes it to harvest. The frequent droughts, in particular, have significantly increased toxins in maize, sorghum and wheat, the main staple foods in the country.

“What is making Somalia more vulnerable to these toxins is the climate change, because our farms are rain-fed,” said Abdi Mohamed Hussein, head of plant protection at the Ministry of Agriculture. “The droughts and the heat are creating a conducive environment for the bacteria to grow in these crops, thus damaging the corn trees (stalks)and making it easier for the mold and fungus bacteria.”

A study conducted by Queen’s University Belfast on Somali crops, published earlier this year, found that levels of aflatoxin B1, a toxin linked to development of liver cancer, are dangerously high compared to European Union levels.

Dr. Ewa Wielogorska of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, who supervised the lab work for the study, says the results were “quite shocking.”

“When we looked at the concentrations, unfortunately we found out that the levels of the most dangerous mycotoxin, which is aflatoxin B1, was over 400 times higher than the level permitted by the European Union,” she told “Investigative Dossier,” a VOA Somali program. “The other toxins exceeded European limits from 20 to almost 80 times.”

Queen’s University collected 140 samples from maize, sorghum and wheat in 2014, but the result of the lab work was only released earlier this year.

Wielogorska, who has a doctorate in food analysis, says all of the maize samples and almost all of the sorghum samples were contaminated with various amounts of toxins.

“When we tried to translate the risk to the consumer, we found out that the risk is 700 times higher than the risk that the consumers in (the) EU are faced with when consuming widely available food,” she said.

The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization has not conducted its own study on the problem, but Emma Ouma, an FAO food nutrition expert, concurred with the role of climate shocks in high levels of aflatoxins.

“We just know that because of the environment, that we have the food being stored in terms of the humidity, the soil, the nitrogen stress, the farm, we may have high levels of aflatoxin, but it has not been scientifically proven,” she said. “I do feel that in terms of climate change, it exposes the population to higher levels of aflatoxin.”

There are no statistics proving that liver cancer is on the rise in Somalia, but Dr. Mohamed Mohamoud Fuje, a general practitioner based in Mogadishu, says he sees an increase.

“Liver cancer is increasing in Somalia. The liver is very vulnerable to these toxins,” Fuje said. “The danger is even worse if the person was suffering from hepatitis B.”

Source: Voice of America

Toxins Increase in Somali Crops Under Climate Shocks

Somalia is one of the world’s countries worst affected by global warming, suffering near-constant droughts, heat waves and floods. Recent flooding in south central Somalia affected 547,000 people, according to U.N. estimates, at a time when more than 2 million are food-insecure.

Scientists and food safety experts say the climate shocks are not only destroying Somali crops and livestock but are also increasing the levels of toxins in the food that makes it to harvest. The frequent droughts, in particular, have significantly increased toxins in maize, sorghum and wheat, the main staple foods in the country.

“What is making Somalia more vulnerable to these toxins is the climate change, because our farms are rain-fed,” said Abdi Mohamed Hussein, head of plant protection at the Ministry of Agriculture. “The droughts and the heat are creating a conducive environment for the bacteria to grow in these crops, thus damaging the corn trees (stalks)and making it easier for the mold and fungus bacteria.”

A study conducted by Queen’s University Belfast on Somali crops, published earlier this year, found that levels of aflatoxin B1, a toxin linked to development of liver cancer, are dangerously high compared to European Union levels.

Dr. Ewa Wielogorska of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, who supervised the lab work for the study, says the results were “quite shocking.”

“When we looked at the concentrations, unfortunately we found out that the levels of the most dangerous mycotoxin, which is aflatoxin B1, was over 400 times higher than the level permitted by the European Union,” she told “Investigative Dossier,” a VOA Somali program. “The other toxins exceeded European limits from 20 to almost 80 times.”

Queen’s University collected 140 samples from maize, sorghum and wheat in 2014, but the result of the lab work was only released earlier this year.

Wielogorska, who has a doctorate in food analysis, says all of the maize samples and almost all of the sorghum samples were contaminated with various amounts of toxins.

“When we tried to translate the risk to the consumer, we found out that the risk is 700 times higher than the risk that the consumers in (the) EU are faced with when consuming widely available food,” she said.

The U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization has not conducted its own study on the problem, but Emma Ouma, an FAO food nutrition expert, concurred with the role of climate shocks in high levels of aflatoxins.

“We just know that because of the environment, that we have the food being stored in terms of the humidity, the soil, the nitrogen stress, the farm, we may have high levels of aflatoxin, but it has not been scientifically proven,” she said. “I do feel that in terms of climate change, it exposes the population to higher levels of aflatoxin.”

There are no statistics proving that liver cancer is on the rise in Somalia, but Dr. Mohamed Mohamoud Fuje, a general practitioner based in Mogadishu, says he sees an increase.

“Liver cancer is increasing in Somalia. The liver is very vulnerable to these toxins,” Fuje said. “The danger is even worse if the person was suffering from hepatitis B.”

Source: Voice of America