Risen Energy reconnu comme étant « le plus performant » pour la deuxième année consécutive par le PVEL 

NINGBO, Chine17 juin 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Risen Energy Co., Ltd (Shenzhen : 300118), un des principaux fabricants de produits solaires et photovoltaïques haute performance, a révélé avoir été reconnu comme le « plus performant » pour la deuxième année consécutive dans le PV Module Reliability Scorecard par le PV Evolution Lab’s (PVEL) 2022, pour la fiabilité et la performance exceptionnelles de ses produits.

Les classements sont basés sur les données de performance et de fiabilité du programme de qualification des produits des modules photovoltaïques PVEL, une série de tests en laboratoire et sur le terrain qui permettent de prendre des décisions d’achat et d’investissement dans le domaine de l’énergie solaire.

Tristan Erion-Lorico, responsable de l’activité des modules PV chez PVEL, a déclaré : « Chaque année, plus de 100 fabricants et plusieurs centaines de types de produits participent au classement de PVEL et seuls quelques-uns rigoureusement sélectionnés, parviennent à la reconnaissance finale des du plus performant. Nous sommes heureux de voir à nouveau le nom de Risen Energy sur la liste et nous espérons sincèrement tester d’autres nouveaux produits Risen à l’avenir, car la société continue d’innover. »

B Veerraju Chaudary, directeur des ventes et du marketing (CSMO) de Risen Energy, a déclaré : « La fiabilité et l’innovation sont gravées dans l’ADN de Risen. Nous ne cessons de trouver une meilleure façon de répondre aux besoins des clients en matière de solutions énergétiques de haute qualité, durables et économiques. Par exemple, notre nouveau produit Hyper-ion, qui utilise la technologie de pointe HJT, avec une puissance de sortie de plus de 700 Wp par module, offre le meilleur choix pour les clients qui attendent des performances plus élevées avec un coût d’équilibre du système et un coût d’électricité nivelé plus bas. Nous sommes impatients de le voir figurer dans la liste des plus performants de l’année prochaine. »

« Risen se concentre depuis plus de deux décennies sur l’alimentation du monde avec des modules photovoltaïques de la meilleure qualité et du meilleur rapport qualité-prix. Nous avons réalisé une série de développements en matière d’innovation technologique. Nos produits de la série Titan, qui produisent plus d’énergie et sont plus efficaces, ont reçu une forte reconnaissance du marché depuis leur lancement », a déclaré Danny Song, directeur des produits de Risen Energy. « Il est maintenant encourageant de voir que notre savoir-faire technique avancé est également reconnu par une tierce partie faisant autorité. »

À propos de Risen

Risen Energy est un fabricant mondial de premier plan de produits solaires photovoltaïques à haute performance, classé Tier 1 et noté « AAA », et un fournisseur de solutions commerciales globales pour la production d’électricité. La société, fondée en 1986 et cotée en bourse en 2010, s’efforce de créer de la valeur pour ses clients internationaux, en gagnant des parts de marché remarquables en Chine, au Brésil, en Inde, au Vietnam, en Australie et dans 50 autres pays et régions. Avec une capacité annuelle de modules de 30 GW et 22 subventions du réseau commercial mondial, Risen Energy fournit d’excellents services et des partenariats à long terme à ses clients sur les marchés des services publics, commerciaux et résidentiels.  Pour plus d’informations, rendez-vous sur notre site web. www.risenenergy.com

À propos de PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)

PVEL est le principal laboratoire indépendant pour le secteur de l’énergie solaire et du stockage d’énergie, et est membre du groupe Kiwa. En tant que pionnier des tests de bancabilité, PVEL a accumulé plus d’une dizaine d’années de données mesurées sur la fiabilité et la performance des équipements PV et de stockage. Aujourd’hui, PVEL fournit aux promoteurs, aux investisseurs et aux propriétaires d’actifs un ensemble de services techniques permettant de réduire les risques, d’optimiser le financement et d’améliorer les performances du système tout au long du cycle de vie du projet. Les programmes phares de qualification des produits de PVEL pour les modules PV, les onduleurs et les systèmes de stockage d’énergie mettent les fabricants en relation avec un réseau mondial de plus de 400 partenaires en aval représentant un pouvoir d’achat annuel de plus de 30 gigawatts. Découvrez comment PVEL donne de l’importance aux données sur pvel.com.

Risen Energy Recognized as A “Top Performer” in Second Consecutive Year by PVEL

NINGBO, China, June 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Risen Energy Co., Ltd (Shenzhen: 300118), a leading, Tier 1 manufacturer of high-performance solar photovoltaic products, disclosed today that it has been recognized as a “Top Performer” in second consecutive year in PV Evolution Lab’s (PVEL) 2022 PV Module Reliability Scorecard, for its outstanding product reliability and performance.

Rankings are based on performance and reliability data from the PVEL PV Module Product Qualification Program, a suite of lab and field tests that inform solar energy related market procurement and investment decisions.

Tristan Erion-Lorico, Head of PV Module Business at PVEL, said: “Each year, out of 100 manufactures and many hundreds of product types participate in PVEL’s ranking and only a highly selected few make to the final Top Performers recognition. We are pleased to see Risen Energy’s name on the list again and we sincerely hope to test more new Risen products in the future as the company keeps innovating.”

B Veerraju Chaudary, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO) of Risen Energy, said, “Reliability and innovation are engraved in the DNA of Risen. We never stop finding a better way to support customers’ needs for high-quality, durable and economic energy solutions. For example, our newly released product Hyper-ion, using the cutting-edge HJT technology, with its power output more than 700Wp per Module, offers best choice for customers who are expecting higher performance with lower balance-of-system cost and levelized cost of electricity. We can’t wait to see it be included in next year’s Top Performer list.”

“Risen have been focusing on powering the world with best quality and cost-effective PV module products more than two decades. We have made a string of developments in technology innovation. Our Titan series products, with more power generation and higher efficiency, have received strong market recognition since launching,” said Danny Song, Product Director of Risen Energy, “Now it’s encouraging to see our advanced technical know-how earn the recognition from a renowned authoritative third party as well.”

About Risen

Risen Energy is a leading, global, Tier 1, “AAA” credit rated manufacturer of high-performance solar photovoltaic products and provider of total business solutions for power generation. The Company, founded in 1986 and publicly listed in 2010, compels value generation for its global customers, gaining remarkable market share in China, Brazil, India, Vietnam, Australia and other 50 countries and regions. With annual module capacity of 30GW, and 22 global business network subsidies, Risen Energy provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, and residential markets. For more information, please visit our website: www.risenenergy.com

About PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)

PVEL is the leading independent lab for the downstream solar and energy storage industry and a member of the Kiwa Group. As a bankability testing pioneer, PVEL has accumulated more than a decade of measured reliability and performance data for PV and storage equipment. Today PVEL provides developers, investors and asset owners with a suite of technical services for mitigating risk, optimizing financing and improving system performance throughout the project lifecycle. PVEL’s flagship Product Qualification Programs for PV modules, inverters and energy storage systems connect manufacturers with a global network of 400+ downstream partners representing 30+ gigawatts of annual buying power. Learn how PVEL makes data matter at pvel.com.

 

Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage Wins Best of Show Award at Interop Tokyo 2022

SHENZHEN, China, June 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — At Interop Tokyo 2022, the largest ICT exhibition in Japan, Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage won Special Prize for Best of Show Award in the Server & Storage category. This is the first world-class award won by Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage, demonstrating its high-end and competitive advantages.

Award-winning review: Unparalleled backup storage performance. With rapid backup speeds and high data reduction ratios, the system may revolutionize applications and system designs and propel a new backup storage model into the future.

Interop Tokyo is the largest and most influential ICT exhibition in Japan. Each year, top technology companies from around the world showcase their leading solutions and technical prowess, to compete for Interop’s positive reviews. Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage earned plaudits from IT experts and reviewers with its industry-leading, unique solution and flawless on-site demonstration.

The traditional Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) model for data protection faces problems like long backup window and recovery time, while the new era of Flash-to-Flash-to-Anything (F2F2X) is redefining the model as backup solutions are going flash, further unlocking the value of data. The Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage, as the next-generation intelligent all-flash benchmark product, is built for the F2F2X age, featuring rapid backup and recovery, efficient reduction, and high reliability.

Why Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage was crowned the winner

The first advantage is rapid backup and recovery. At the front end, OceanProtect uses DTOE intelligent network interface card (NIC) to optimize protocol computing and release CPU computing resources, doubling the array bandwidth compared to traditional NIC. Furthermore, OceanProtect supports high-performance SSDs at the back end. The end-to-end full acceleration feature enables up to 155 TB/hour backup and 172 TB/hour recovery bandwidths, respectively.

In terms of efficient reduction, multi-layer inline variable-length dedupe, feature-based compression, and byte-level compaction achieve up to 72:1 data reduction ratio, which contributed to great TCO savings.

Furthermore, 6-nines high reliability is built on the Active-Active redundancy hardware architecture and RAID-TP technology, which can tolerate three disk failures and implement failover within seconds when single controller failure, achieving high availability and reliability.

In the F2F2X age, data protection is embracing a new ecosystem and challenges. Huawei OceanProtect Backup Storage adapts to high-speed backup models in diverse industries and application environments, providing premium backup and recovery to safeguard your data assets in the intelligent world.

For more information about Huawei OceanProtect solutions, please visit:

https://e.huawei.com/en/products/storage/oceanprotect/oceanprotect-x8000-x9000

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China National Silk Museum Hosts International Museum Day Forum with New Vision of Development

HANGZHOU, China, June 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — China National Silk Museum (NSM) announced the successful conclusion of the 2022 International Museum Day Forum, which was held on May 17 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Museum with the theme “The Power of Museums: Research, Collaborations, and Community”.

Dr. Zhao Feng hosts the International Museum Day Forum

Yucai Gu, Deputy Director of National Cultural Heritage Administration in China, Laishun An, Vice President of ICOM, Xudong Wang, Director of Palace Museum, Heather Brown, Deputy Director of Cleveland Museum of Art, Maxwell Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sally Yerkovich, Chair of ICOM Standing Committee on Ethics, and many other academics participated in and gave speeches.

At the end of the event, Dr. Zhao Feng, Director of NSM, delivered a keynote speech to highlight the progress and achievements of the Museum over the past three decades. Also, with the core value of the Museum “Newer, Broader, Deeper”, he introduced the three major aspects – research and digitization, international collaboration, and community integration – that pave the way for it to become one of China’s top museums.

Research and digitization empower NSM

NSM has been building and refining its digital museum platform “Silk Road Online Museum” in collaboration with over forty museums worldwide. This initiative allows general public to participate in the virtual experiences including digital collections, digital exhibitions, digital knowledge, and online curating platform.

International collaborations empower NSM

NSM has also been closely involved in different cross-border collaborations, aiming to foster new ideas that generate innovation and help the museum think out of the box. In 2020, the museum cooperated with scholars and universities abroad to launch the “World Map of Silk”.

Community integration  empowers NSM

For years, NSM has also been engaging with communities to promote and preserve China’s traditional handicrafts. The Museum has partnered with enthusiasts of Hanfu (the traditional styles of clothing worn by the Han Chinese) to host the Hanfu Festival every April.

The forum also offered a unique opportunity for museum leaders from around the world to come together for a sustained exchange of ideas and expertise over this year’s International Museum Day theme ‘The Power of Museums’, aiming to bring positive change to the museum world.

To view the full videos of forum, please visit the Museum Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjF4USuhmJs&list=PLGVlY9SCbAsNj_M4_KouZf6oDc8Ifbzy5

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Outreach renforce son engagement envers la région EMOA en ouvrant un nouveau centre de données en Irlande

Le premier centre de données européen de l’entreprise permet aux clients de la région EMOA d’aller au-delà des exigences du RGPD pour répondre à des conditions strictes en matière de résidence des données, notamment la certification ISO 27701 relative à la confidentialité des données.

LONDRES, 17 juin 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Outreach, la plateforme d’exécution des ventes qui aide les entreprises à assurer une croissance efficace et prévisible, a ouvert un centre de données dédié à l’UE à Dublin, en Irlande, pour aider ses clients de la région EMOA à aller au-delà des exigences du RGPD et à répondre à des conditions strictes en matière de résidence des données. Outreach renforce ainsi son engagement à aider ses clients internationaux à respecter les réglementations strictes en matière de confidentialité.

Grâce à ce nouveau centre de données, Outreach peut assurer la résidence des données de ses clients au sein de l’Union européenne. Hébergé dans le centre de données régional d’Amazon Web Services (AWS) à Dublin, il stocke les données appartenant aux clients et associées aux organes d’Outreach. Il s’agit notamment des prospects, des comptes, des organisations et des données de flux de travail telles que les séquences, les appels et les réunions contenues dans l’infrastructure de l’UE, qui sont toutes traitées par Outreach.

Les clients d’Outreach dans la région EMOA qui adhéreront au nouveau centre de données pourront utiliser Outreach Engage, la plateforme d’engagement des ventes d’Outreach qui permet aux entreprises de maximiser leur productivité en matière de prospection et d’optimiser en permanence leur exécution des ventes. Grâce à des flux d’engagement reconnus qui transforment les informations en actions, Outreach Engage permet aux vendeurs de prendre les meilleures décisions pour faire avancer leurs affaires tout au long du cycle de vente.

Outreach compte mettre en place des fonctionnalités et des services supplémentaires, notamment les rapports Outreach Insights, Outreach Commit et Outreach Guide, dans son nouveau centre de données afin d’optimiser l’exécution des ventes auprès de sa clientèle dans la région EMOA. Les vendeurs de la région EMOA pourront ainsi tirer parti de l’automatisation des ventes et des impressions des acheteurs pour fournir des services sur mesure à leurs prospects.

« Notre nouveau centre de données permet aux responsables commerciaux européens et à leurs équipes de stimuler la croissance grâce à un système intelligent qui répond aux exigences les plus rigoureuses au monde en matière de sécurité et de confidentialité des données, a déclaré Manny Medina, PDG et cofondateur d’Outreach. Au cours des deux dernières années, nous avons ouvert notre bureau au Royaume-Uni et notre centre d’innovation à Prague, et nous avons lancé une série de fonctionnalités axées sur la région EMOA, notamment la prise en charge de 18 langues et de plusieurs devises, ainsi que la configuration des séquences basées sur les horaires locales pour permettre différentes configurations de la semaine de travail et la prise en charge des congés. Notre nouveau centre de données est la preuve la plus récente du soutien que nous apportons à nos clients européens afin qu’ils puissent tirer parti de tout le potentiel de nos produits et services d’exécution des ventes. »

Outreach s’engage à respecter des exigences rigoureuses en matière de sécurité et de confidentialité des données, comme l’attestent les principales certifications de tiers indépendants. La plateforme d’exécution des ventes Outreach répond déjà aux principales exigences du RGPD européen et britannique. Outreach est également une des premières sociétés de sa catégorie à répondre à la certification ISO 27701 relative à la confidentialité des données, ce qui démontre sa conformité au RGPD et aux autres réglementations en matière de protection des données. L’ouverture d’un nouveau centre de données au sein de l’UE permet aux entreprises qui y sont basées et qui exigent que leurs données résident dans la même région géographique dans le cadre de leurs politiques de sécurité et de confidentialité d’utiliser Outreach Engage.

À propos d’Outreach

Outreach  est une plateforme d’exécution des ventes qui aide les entreprises à générer une croissance efficace et prévisible. Nous aidons les entreprises à atteindre leur objectif de croissance en leur fournissant des flux d’exécution des ventes qui s’appuient sur l’intelligence artificielle et l’apprentissage automatique pour combler les écarts d’exécution tout au long du cycle de vente, de la prospection à la gestion des affaires et aux prévisions. Outreach est la seule société à proposer l’engagement des ventes, l’intelligence des revenus et les opérations de revenus sur une même plateforme. Plus de 5 500 entreprises, dont Zoom, Adobe, Okta, DocuSign et SAP, font confiance à Outreach pour optimiser leur chiffre d’affaires. Outreach est une société privée basée à Seattle, Washington, qui possède des bureaux dans le monde entier. Pour en savoir plus, veuillez consulter le site www.outreach.io.

Zoomlion présente son excavatrice vedette au salon Buildexpo Africa 2022 et lance sa tournée de service africaine

NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 juin 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (« Zoomlion »; 1157.HK) a présenté une gamme de produits vedettes, y compris l’excavatrice ZE215E, lors du 23e salon Buildexpo 2022 qui s’est tenu à Nairobi, au Kenya.

Lors du salon, Zoomlion a annoncé le lancement de sa tournée de service africaine 2022 pour rendre visite aux clients locaux, inspecter et évaluer les conditions de fonctionnement de l’équipement, et résoudre les problèmes tout en formant les clients et les opérateurs à l’exploitation et à la maintenance des équipements.  Zoomlion cherche également à mieux comprendre les demandes des clients et à offrir la meilleure assistance. Zoomlion effectue les tournées de service en Afrique depuis 2010.

« La construction d’infrastructures est extrêmement importante pour le développement de l’industrialisation et le progrès en Afrique, a déclaré Li Bin, directeur général adjoint de la filiale étrangère de Zoomlion.  Nous poursuivons notre stratégie de localisation en matière de développement de produits, notamment pour faire face à l’environnement de travail en Afrique. Nous avons adopté diverses solutions technologiques et techniques pour améliorer la capacité d’évacuation thermique des équipements, maximiser la protection des composants clés et assurer la sécurité de l’équipement. »

Zoomlion est entré sur le marché africain en 2007 et a mis en place un réseau complet, suivant une stratégie d’amélioration des produits, de service renforcé et d’assistance pour la gestion des pièces de rechange.  Elle vend maintenant des machines d’accueil, de terrassement, des machines à béton et bien d’autres à travers toute l’Afrique, notamment en Algérie, en Tanzanie, au Kenya, au Nigéria, en Éthiopie, en Namibie, au Botswana, au Mozambique, au Zimbabwe, en Angola et au Cameroun.  À ce jour, Zoomlion a vendu au total 5 000 unités d’équipement en Afrique.

Au cours de la dernière décennie, Zoomlion a participé à de nombreux projets de construction clés en Afrique en soutien aux infrastructures locales, y compris la ligne de chemin de fer Mombasa-Nairobi, les tours Hass (autrefois le plus haut bâtiment d’Afrique) ou le nouveau terminal de l’aéroport Houari Boumédiène en Algérie.

Zoomlion a des filiales enregistrées en Afrique du Sud, des bureaux en Algérie et en Afrique de l’Ouest, des entrepôts de pièces de rechange en Algérie et à Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud, avec une équipe locale composée de dizaines d’employés, de nombreux revendeurs locaux et réseaux de distribution pour fournir aux clients locaux des services tout-en-un de vente, de service, de technologie et de financement.  Fondée en 2017 en Algérie, la coentreprise de Zoomlion est aujourd’hui la première des trois plus grandes entreprises chinoises exportatrices de machines de construction en Afrique.

« En tant que principal fabricant de machines de construction, Zoomlion soutient activement les chantiers en Afrique avec une équipe de vente et de service efficace, qui propose une assistance locale pour assurer le bon fonctionnement de nos produits », a déclaré Li Bin.

Covid-19: Angola vaccinates over 34,000 people

Luanda- Angola has vaccinated, in the last 24 hours, 34,426 people.

According to the daily bulletin released Friday, the provinces of note are Luanda (5447), Huambo (3817), Uige (3526), Huíla (3348) and Cabinda (2878).

The cumulative total is 20 258 928 doses administered, of which 13 088 702 are single doses, 7 080 567 are full doses and 687 636 are booster doses.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

China Defends ‘Zero-COVID’ After US Envoy Warns of Costs

China on Friday defended its tough “zero-COVID” policy after the U.S. ambassador said it was causing serious damage to the global economy and foreign business sentiment.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the Chinese economy is recovering from the effects of the pandemic and “facts prove” the policy mandating lockdowns, quarantines and mass testing is “suitable for China’s national conditions and has stood the test of history.”

“We have full confidence that (we can) contain the epidemic, steady the economy and achieve the goal of safe economic development,” Wang said at a daily briefing.

China has sought to eliminate outbreaks of COVID-19 with tough restrictions, while most other countries are relaxing their anti-coronavirus measures to live with the disease.

Ambassador Nicholas Burns said on Thursday that the zero-COVID policy has “had a major impact” on business sentiment, singling out as especially damaging a two-month lockdown in Shanghai, China’s largest city and key financial hub.

Most of Shanghai’s 25 million people were confined to their homes or immediate neighborhoods, and hundreds of thousands continue to remain under restrictions. Rolling lockdowns have also continued to Beijing and other cities.

Critics say the policy is disrupting global supply chains and hurting employment and consumption in China. The U.N.’s World Health Organization has called it unsustainable. China denounced the remarks as irresponsible.

Burns said in a virtual address to the Brookings Institution think tank that there were 40,000 American citizens in the Shanghai area before the pandemic, but that “lots and lots of those people have gone home.” Diplomats from Europe, Japan and other countries report similar declines, he said.

“We’re quite cognizant of the need, I think the Chinese government is quite cognizant of the need, to try to get back to a situation of normalcy,” Burns said.

He said few American companies are leaving China completely because of its continuing importance, “but from the results that I’ve read, and the conversations I’ve had with lots of business leaders here, I think there is a hesitancy to invest in future obligations until they can see the end of this.”

The U.S. and China recorded $650 billion in trade last year, and around 1,100 American companies are operating in China.

Chinese restrictions have all but ended visits by U.S. government officials and business leaders, while the number of American students has dropped sharply since China suspended issuing student visas.

“It’s difficult to convince any of my colleagues in Washington to come here if I tell them that when they do it, they’ve to quarantine for 14 days before they can have a single meeting,” Burns said. “And I understand their unwillingness to do that.”

Burns said the Chinese government is signaling that the zero-COVID policy will probably be extended at least into the beginning months of 2023.

Burns, who has declared that relations between Washington and Beijing are at their lowest point since former President Richard Nixon visited in 1972, said China’s aggressive foreign policy has intensified competition between the countries. But he said they still have multiple areas in which they can engage constructively, including on climate change, anti-narcotics measures and agricultural trade.

Burns said much of his job is focused on outreach to the Chinese public, a task made more difficult by COVID-19 restrictions and the government’s strict censorship.

A recent speech on China by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken that the embassy posted on China’s Twitter-like Weibo social media platform was taken down within about 2½ hours but drew large numbers of views while it was up, he said.

A second attempt to post it three days later resulted in it being censored within 20 minutes, Burns said.

“So that’s the game that they play,” he said.

Source: Voice of America

Fair tribute to Dr. Agostinho Neto Airport- Eugénia Neto

Luanda – The widower of the first President of the Republic of Angola, Maria Eugénia Neto, considered, this Friday, just the homage to the designation of the new International Airport of Luanda with the name of her husband, Agostinho Neto.

Located in the commune of the Bom Jesus, municipal district of Icolo and Bengo, the new International Airport of Luanda, that received today the first experimental flight, was baptized Dr. António Agostinho Neto, in homage to the First President of Angola.

“It is a just and deserved homage, for being a very important Airport and built in the space where President Agostinho Neto was born”, said the widower, who was delighted for the ceremony, that coincided with centenary of the nationalist.

In the ceremony, held in the terminal two, of the three that compose the Airport, the Presidential Order was read that grants to the airport infrastructure the name of Dr António Agostino Neto.

The document considers Agostinho Neto a historical figure, “whose legacy must be known and perpetuated to future generations, while national, African and international personality.

The first experimental flight of the Boeing 777 type landed at 1 pm in the International Airport Dr. Antonio Agostinho Neto, in an act witnessed by high figures of the Angolan State.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

WTO Ministers Reach Deals on Fisheries, Food, COVID Vaccines

After all-night talks, members of the World Trade Organization early Friday reached a string of deals and commitments aimed at limiting overfishing, broadening production of COVID-19 vaccines in the developing world, improving food security and reforming a 27-year-old trade body that has been back on its heels in recent years.

WTO Director-General Nzogi Okonjo-Iweala, after a pair of sleepless nights in rugged negotiations, concluded the WTO’s first ministerial conference in 4 1/2 years by trumpeting a new sense of cooperation at a time when the world faces crises like Russia’s war in Ukraine and a once-in-a-century pandemic that has taken millions of lives.

“The package agreements you have reached will make a difference to the lives of people around the world,” said Okonjo-Iweala, landing what she called an “unprecedented package of deliverables” after 15 months in the job. “The outcomes demonstrate that the WTO is in fact capable of responding to emergencies of our time.”

The agreements could breathe new life into a trade body that faced repeated criticism from the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump, which accused the WTO of a lack of fairness to the United States and was caught in a growing economic and political rivalry between the U.S. and China. In recent years, Washington has incapacitated the WTO’s version of an appeals court that rules on international trade disputes.

The WTO operates by consensus, meaning that all of its 164 members must agree on its deals — or at least not get in the way. The talks at times took place in backrooms or inside chats because some delegates didn’t want to be in the same space as their counterparts from Russia — as a way to protest President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which has had fallout far beyond the battlefield, such as on food and fuel prices.

Among the main achievements Friday was an accord, which fell short of early ambitions, to prohibit both support for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and for fishing in overtaxed stocks in the world’s oceans. It marked the WTO’s first significant deal since one in 2013 that cut red tape on treatment of goods crossing borders — and arguably one of its most impactful.

“WTO members have for the first time, concluded an agreement with environmental sustainability at its heart,” Okonjo-Iweala said. “This is also about the livelihoods of the 260 million people who depend directly or indirectly on marine fisheries.”

The WTO chief said the deal takes a first step to curb government subsidies and overcapacity — too many operators — in the fishing industry.

More controversial was an agreement on a watered-down plan to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines, which ran afoul of advocacy groups that say it did not go far enough — and could even do more harm than good.

“The TRIPS waiver compromise will contribute to ongoing efforts to concentrate and diversify vaccine manufacturing capacity so that a crisis in one region does not leave others cut off,” Okonjo-Iweala said of the waiver of intellectual property protections.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai hailed a “concrete and meaningful outcome to get more safe and effective vaccines to those who need it most.”

“This agreement shows that we can work together to make the WTO more relevant to the needs of regular people,” she said in a statement.

Her announcement a year ago that the U.S. would break with many other developed countries with strong pharmaceutical industries to work toward a waiver of WTO rules on COVID-19 vaccines served as an impetus to talks around a broader waiver sought by India and South Africa.

But some advocacy groups were seething. Aid group Doctors Without Borders called it a “devastating global failure for people’s health worldwide” that the agreement stopped short of including other tools to fight COVID-19, including treatments and tests.

“The conduct of rich countries at the WTO has been utterly shameful,” said Max Lawson, co-chair of the People’s Vaccine Alliance and head of inequality policy at Oxfam.

He said the European Union, United States, Britain and Switzerland blocked a stronger text.

“This so-called compromise largely reiterates developing countries’ existing rights to override patents in certain circumstances,” Lawson said.

Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, whose tough negotiating stance had frustrated some developed countries during the talks, said the ministerial meeting was a “big boost for multilateralism” and showed progress on issues — like fisheries — that have been lagging for decades.

“India is 100% satisfied with the outcome,” he told reporters in Geneva. “I am not returning to India with any worries.”

The meeting also agreed to lift export restrictions that have weighed on the U.N.’s World Food Program, which is trying to offset the impact of rising food prices and fallout from the war in Ukraine on shipments of wheat, barley and other food staples from the country that is a key producer.

Source: Voice of America