Monthly Archives: December 2015

SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT RECEIVES FINAL REPORT ON 1999 ARMS DEAL

South African President Jacob Zuma has received the final report from the Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 Strategic Defence Procurement Packages (SDPP), commonly known as the Arms Deal Commission.

The President received the report in Durban on Wednesday from Judge Willie Seriti, accompanied by Judge Thekiso Musi, a member of the Commission.

The Commission, chaired by Judge Seriti, was established by the President in September 2011 to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the arms procurement process.

President Zuma expressed his gratitude to Judge Seriti and all members of the Commission for the work done in ensuring the successful conclusion of the work of the Commission.

The President also thanked all witnesses who participated in the Commission and who have contributed to its success.

(Eds note: The Defence Department’s SDPP aimed to modernise its defence equipment, which included the purchase of corvettes, submarines, light utility helicopters, lead-in fighter trainers and advanced light fighter aircraft at a cost of 30 billion Rand).

SOURCE: SABC

Les équipements de construction de XCMG en voie d’appuyer le projet ferroviaire entre la Chine et la Thaïlande

BANGKOK, 29 décembre 2015 / PRNewswire — XCMG, fabricant mondial de matériel de construction et d’exploitation minière s’est joint à la cérémonie officielle du lancement du projet de chemin de fer Chine – Thaïlande, cérémonie qui a eu lieu le 19 décembre à la gare de Chiang Rak Noi dans la province thaïlandaise d’Ayutthaya.

Le projet de voie ferrée à grande vitesse s’étend sur 845 kilomètres à travers 10 provinces en Thaïlande. Les trains pourront atteindre une vitesse jusqu’à 180 kilomètres à l’heure, avec un potentiel d’amélioration permettant d’envisager 250 kilomètres à l’heure. Il est planifié de terminer les quatre tronçons de construction de la voie ferrée pour une mise en exploitation à l’année 2020.

Liu Jiansen, président assistant de XCMG et directeur général de XCMG Import and Export Co., Ltd, a assisté à cette cérémonie exceptionnelle.

« Figurant parmi les 5 premiers constructeurs au monde d’engins et de solutions d’équipement pour la construction, XCMG va fournir la meilleure qualité de machines et de matériels pour venir en appui au projet ferroviaire entre la Chine et la Thaïlande, » a-t-il déclaré. « Notre ligne de production est la plus exhaustive et elle possède des ensembles complets de machinerie et d’équipement pour la construction de lignes et de ponts de chemin de fer. »

Liu a fait observer que l’idée de base dans cette participation au projet ferroviaire Chine – Thaïlande est au départ d’aider à améliorer le niveau d’infrastructure en Thaïlande ainsi que le niveau de vie des personnes dans cette nation. Dans sa détermination à élever la qualité de vie, XCMG a contribué à d’autres projets d’infrastructure autour du monde.

Début 2015, XCMG a exporté des engins, parmi lesquels des épandeurs régleurs, pour apporter son assistance à la construction de la route nationale 6 au Cambodge. En 2011, ce sont 6 025 unités produites chez XCMG, dont des camions-pompes, des tombereaux, des chargeurs et des rouleaux, qui à Caracas au Venezuela ont aidé à lancer les opérations pour la « Mission de logement au Venezuela ».

XCMG appuie également une vaste partie du marché africain avec des commandes majeures telles que la fourniture d’ensembles complets de matériel pour le chemin de fer Mombasa – Nairobi, d’engins pour l’Éthiopie, de même que 100 m de plate-forme aérienne pour camions de pompiers en Angola.

« Nos produits et services sont essentiels pour que les pays en développement réalisent la construction de leurs infrastructures afin de stimuler le développement économique tout en apportant de nouvelles possibilités d’emploi, » a déclaré Liu. « À l’avenir, XCMG continuera à soutenir de tels projets autour du globe pour assurer des moyens de transport plus pratiques et de meilleures conditions d’existence grâce à un matériel de pointe. »

Pour davantage de renseignements, veuillez visiter : www.xcmg.com, ou les pages de XCMG sur Facebook, Twitter et YouTube.

XCMG’s Construction Machinery on Track to Support China-Thailand Railway Project

BANGKOK, Dec. 29, 2015 / PRNewswire — Global construction and mining equipment manufacturer XCMG joined the official launching ceremony of the China-Thailand railway project that was held at Chiang Rak Noi Station in central Thailand’s Ayutthaya province on December 19.

The high-speed railroad project spanning 845 kilometers through 10 provinces in Thailand will allow trains to operate at top speeds of 180 kilometers per hour with potential upgrade possibility to 250 kilometers per hour. The four sections of railroad construction are planned to be completed and put into operation by year 2020.

Liu Jiansen, assistant president of XCMG and general manager of XCMG Import and Export Co., Ltd, attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

“As one of the top 5 construction machinery manufacturers and equipment solution suppliers in the world, XCMG will be providing the best quality machinery and equipment to assist the construction of China-Thailand railway project,” he said, “our most comprehensive production line possess complete sets of machineries and equipment for railroad and bridge construction.”

Liu remarked that the initial idea behind participating in the China-Thailand railway project is to help improve the infrastructure level of Thailand as well as people’s living standards in this nation. Committed to boosting quality of life, XCMG has also been assisting infrastructure projects around the world.

Early in 2015, XCMG has exported machineries including pavers to assist the construction of the National Highway 6 in Cambodia. In 2011, 6,025 units of XCMG products including concrete pump trucks, dump trucks, loaders and rollers launched operations for the “Venezuela Housing Project” in Caracas, Venezuela.

XCMG also sustains the largest share of the African market with major orders such as supplying complete sets of equipment to the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway, machinery to Ethiopia as well as 100m aerial platform fire trucks to Angola.

“Our products and service are essential for developing countries to complete their infrastructure construction, which can stimulate the economic development as well as bringing new job opportunities,” Liu said. “In the future, XCMG will continue to support such projects around the world to provide more convenient transportation as well as better living conditions with state-of-the-art equipment.”

More information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Nanda Muruttettuwegama assumes duties as Lankapuvath Chairman

Dec 24, Colombo: The Incumbent Chairman of Sri Lanka Broadcasting   Corporation (SLBC) Attorney-at-Law and Legal Educationist, Mr. Nanda Muruttettuwegama assumed duties as the new Chairman of the Lankapuvath Ltd, the National News Agency of Sri Lanka on Wednesday (23).

Expressing his views at the occasion, Mr. Muruttettuwegama stressed that he will do his utmost best to restore the National News Agency of Sri Lanka to its former glory which had weakened due to various reasons in the past.

Mr. Muruttettuwegama, who is the Managing Director of Centre for Professional Studies (CfPS) Law School, has solidified his role as one of the most prominent lawyers in the island-nation. He also holds the position as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) in addition to the Chairmanship of the Lankapuvath Ltd.

Lankapuvath Ltd. was established parallel to National News Agencies of India (Press Trust of India), Malaysia (Bernama News Agency), People’s Republic of China (Xinhua News Agency) etc. and commenced operations in 1978 as a result of an idea generated at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Since then, Lankapuvath Ltd. has remained and operates under its agreement with the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media in Sri Lanka, as the National News Agency.

Late Veteran Journalist Esmond Wickremesinghe, father of the incumbent Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has served as the first Chairperson of Lankapuvath Ltd.

The company has five shareholders and primary national media establishments are among them. Namely; Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), The Independent Television Network (ITN), Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (ANCL) and The Express Newspapers (Ceylon) Limited.

Lankapuvath National News Agency currently operates as an international news provider for AsiaNet Pakistan (Pakistan), Factiva Dow Jones & Company (United States), New Delhi Television Ltd. (India), Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA, Russian Federation), and Sputnik News Agency (Russian Federation).