Sunday, June 30, 2019

Zulekha Hospital launches home care services

 Enhancing Dubai’s medical tourism experience

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, -Sunday 30 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

Dubai medical tourism is strengthening its presence by expanding its range of services to offer the best possible provisions in healthcare. One such facility includes providing patients with medical treatment at the comfort of their homes or in some cases even in their hotel rooms.

Zulekha Hospital and The Health Bank (THB) have successfully entered into an agreement that guarantees access to quality home nursing services for patients of Zulekha Hospital. Committed to providing superior patient care coupled with clinical excellence, Zulekha Hospital and THB’s partnership helps create a seamless transition from the hospital to the comfort of the patient’s home without compromising on providing optimal clinical care during the process.

THB’s Home Health Care caters to patients of all age groups fighting simple or chronic health conditions. Based on a treatment plan designed by the medical team at Zulekha hospital, the health care center administers the required services that ensure timely and speedy recovery at home.

This partnership will help Zulekha Hospital and THB address the healthcare system’s current and future needs and bridge the gap by introducing innovative and personalised methods of enhancing the patient’s healthcare experience. 

Salman Arif, CEO of THB Home Health Care said, “THB Home Health Care’s partnership with Zulekha Hospital, a renowned and reputable brand in the UAE, promotes the transformation in the home health care landscape by providing innovative, compassionate and quality care. All our medical teams are fully licenced and carry the necessary qualifications required by the regulatory bodies to treat these patients.”

Taher Shams, Managing Director of Zulekha Healthcare Group said, “We are happy to join hands with THB Home Health Care for the provision of post-operative and home care services. Our hospitals provide multidisciplinary tertiary care facilities under one roof and we are here to serve the residents with what they need at their weakest moments to ensure a speedy recovery and a healthy life ahead. The move will catalyse our efforts in achieving this goal.”

THB’s position as a holistic health management home nursing provider, allows for a comprehensive and seamless experience for individuals during their treatment lifecycle and beyond. This along with the expertise and quality care offered by the staff at Zulekha Hospital, ensure patients access to exceptional treatment facilities.

About THB Home Health Care

THB Home Health Care is a leading provider of in-home care for residents of Dubai. Its uniquely integrated, compassionate and science-based approach to care delivery supports individual lifestyles and quality longevity, enabling all persons served to live happier and healthier lives from the comfort of their own home. For more information, please visit

About Zulekha Healthcare Group

Zulekha Healthcare Group is among the forerunners in UAE healthcare. Today the Zulekha Healthcare Group includes two multidisciplinary hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah, as well as four UAE medical centres and four pharmacies providing specialised treatments in over 30 disciplines. The Group has a multidisciplinary Hospital in India - Alexis. Zulekha Hospital has received extensive recognition for its commitment towards quality care and sustainable business practices, and recently received the prestigious Dubai Quality Award for the second time in four years, highlighting their commitment to providing high quality healthcare to patients and society. For more information, please visit -


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Brookstone Partners announces the dismissal of Mr. Omar Belmamoun from his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brookstone Partners Morocco

NEW YORK -Tuesday 25 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Brookstone Partners announces the dismissal of Mr. Omar Belmamoun from his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its Moroccan affiliate, Brookstone Partners Morocco.

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The dismissal was decided during the company's ordinary general meeting held on May 20, 2019 in Casablanca and motivated by the mismanagement that marred Mr. Omar Belmamoun's mandate.

The general meeting was attended by Mr. Omar Belmamoun and Mr. Michael Toporek, representatives of the shareholders, assisted by three bailiffs, a sworn translator and two legal counsels.

The minutes of the said general meeting, accompanied by two sworn testimonies drawn up by the bailiffs, were registered with the clerk's office of the Commercial Tribunal of Casablanca, recording the removal of Mr. Omar Belmamoun in an effective manner1.

Pursuant to this decision, Mr. Omar Belmamoun is no longer a member of the Board and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brookstone Partners Morocco.

Brookstone Partners reiterates its commitment to work diligently to manage the interests of its Moroccan affiliates. The company remains at the disposal of all Moroccan and international media which would be interested in discussing further its activity in Morocco.

Brookstone Partners also hereby confirms its full confidence in the professionalism of its legal counsels.

1 Appendix 1: Extract from the commercial register dated 19 June 2019 (after revocation)

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Promedica International and Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals Form Strategic Alliance

New collaboration will allow for expansion of ophthalmology clinical research services

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -Saturday 29 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Promedica International (PMI) and Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals (AEH) have formed a new partnership to conduct clinical trials in India, which they announced at the OCTANe Ophthalmology Technology Summit. PMI and AEH emphasized that this alliance will enable them to collaboratively enroll and manage clinical studies in an expanded patient population, while conforming with global and FDA qualification standards and regulations.

PMI, as a professional contract research organization based in the US, will lead in the design of studies that meet or exceed global Good Clinical Practice and medical quality standards. AEH, which is an international ophthalmic healthcare system, will provide clinical expertise and facility access in India.

With its extensive background in clinical research, PMI offers services that include project management, study management and monitoring, data management, statistical services, clinical quality assurance, medical writing and global regulatory support.

“For PMI, this partnership will initially augment our resources for enrollment and management of FDA clinical trials. At the same time, AEH gains the opportunity to significantly improve their quality and volume of clinical research with timely execution of studies,” said Shannon Stoddard, President/CEO of PMI. “Over the longer term, we believe this collaboration will enable both parties to build a global organization for conducting ophthalmic studies, and foster the development of proprietary models for multiple disease states,” said Ms. Stoddard.

“AEH and PMI are a winning combination because we share complementary goals and a vision of how to best deliver on the promise of clinical research,” said Dr. Ashvin Agarwal, Executive Director, Chief of Clinical Services at AEH. “Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals welcomes the opportunity to work with PMI because of their success and the brand they have built performing their clinical study services on a global level.”

About Promedica International

Promedica International (PMI) is a privately held corporation with headquarters in Costa Mesa, California. Founded in 1985, the Company provides specialized clinical research services to the medical device, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries. ISO 9001:2015 certified and servicing a range of medical specialties and therapeutic areas, PMI offers extensive experience in clinical study services, as well as flexibility in accommodating a variety of project requirements and budgets.

For more information, please visit

About Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospitals

Founded in 1957 by Jaiveer Agarwal and his wife Tahira Agarwal in Chennai, India, AEH is a global ophthalmology hospital group that has been a pioneer in eye care services for more than six decades. AEH now comprises more than 75 centers across 11 countries and serves the eye care needs of millions of patients, world-wide.

In their flagship hospital in Chennai and in all of their hospitals in India and Africa, the treatments offered by AEH are standardized to meet global benchmarks. All medical practitioners in AEH centers have been certified by the core clinical team. The ethos of a constant and rigorous training and development process ensures knowledge transfer and skill advancement among the medical personnel throughout the institution.

Reliance on best-in-class biomedical technology and continuous quality improvement ensures that the treatments AEH provides are truly cutting-edge. AEH and its biomedical partners share a passion to raise the bar of medical innovation.

For more information, please visit

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World's Best Automatic Foreign Currency Exchange Machine Company from Japan, ActPro, to Begin Offering Franchises Worldwide in Earnest

TOKYO -Saturday 29 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ActPro Co., Ltd. has launched a global recruitment of franchisees of "SMART EXCHANGE", an automatic currency exchange machine for 12 different currencies.

"SMART EXCHANGE" is made in Japan with the world's highest quality. The machines underwent repeated movement tests by skilled Japanese engineers.

Above all, "Counterfeit Bill Discrimination" which is a big opportunity loss can be dealt with automatically at the currency exchange shop, enabling "Automation of shop operation" and "Long-time business" by unmanned operation.

In addition, the compact size makes it possible to "Shorten LEAD TIMES significantly" from the location selection of a currency exchange shop to the opening of the shop, and realize a currency exchange shop with the lowest cost.

The operator can control any machine to change rate setting, to check balance and sales information, to stop for emergency by secured Internet Technologies in real time from the office.

"SMART EXCHANGE" and its management know-how are at the world's highest level. The machines are made in Japan and examined through many operation tests by Japanese expert staff, and are currently operating in more than 400 locations in Japan.

Specifications of the machine

    Operating Method: 15 inch LCD Touch Panel
    Number of Pay-out Cassette: Maximum 3 notes cassette, Maximum 4 Coin cassette
    Multilingual Display: 10 languages (English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, 6 other languages)
    Available Currencies: 12 foreign currencies out of 113 upon request

About ActPro Co., Ltd.
CEO: Manabu Shintani
3-6-7, Kanda-kaji-vho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Global Launch of S BLOCK, Kicked Off in Singapore on June 22nd

BERN, Switzerland-Tuesday 25 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- The globally renowned 2019 WBF Singapore Technology Conference was held in Marina Bay Sands Hotel on June 22nd, 2019. S BLOCK, the conference co-host, unveiled itself and announce its mission to “Unleash your digital assets” for the first time. The conference brought together numerous industry elites and blockchain enthusiasts from all around the world, including more than 500 industry veterans from over 30 countries, such as Switzerland, Germany, France, Russia, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Australia, Argentina and Canada. Insiders shared profound global industry insights. This conference draws great attention from across the global blockchain industry.

S BLOCK Kicked Off in Singapore

In the morning of June 22nd, Ivan - President of S BLOCK Global Foundation, was invited to deliver a keynote speech, “Next Generation Digital Currency Wallet”. At this conference, S BLOCK was officially launched in more than 30 countries around the world, and opened up the way to a global future without borders. At the same time, S BLOCK also signed a strategic agreement with DUSD and WBFex in this event, which will accelerate the development for S BLOCK.

In the evening of June 22nd, S BLOCK exclusively sponsored the “Fortune Night” after party. The big guns in the industry gathered together to share industry insights, and made unique points about the new trend of the industry development in 2019.

S BLOCK’s Global Journey

As the highlight of the WBF World Tour Singapore Technology Conference, it invited Paul Brody – Head of Blockchain Technology of Ernst & Young, Franklyn Richards – Co-founder of LiteCoin, Dr. Daniel Diemers – PwC Strategy & Partner, Tom Menner - EMEA and many other industry executives, focused on “regulatory technology practices” and digital future to convey the trends in the blockchain 2.0 era. Two days of gatherings, including 4000+ industry experts, 500+ media partners and 100+ speakers definitely made it an enjoyable event which will be well received blockchain users and enthusiasts.

In order to further improve the ecosystem layout and enhance the competitiveness of the products, S BLOCK will continue to develop digital finance business in the world, and finally form a complete global digital financial ecosystem. S BLOCK will gradually aim to achieve the mission of “making assets more free” and expand globally to create a better future.

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GSMA Announces Winners of 2019 Asia Mobile Awards

SHANGHAI -Friday 28 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The GSMA has announced the winners of the 2019 Asia Mobile Awards (AMO Awards), which were presented at the AMO Awards Ceremony and Networking Reception at MWC19 Shanghai. The awards honour the key achievements and innovations driving the mobile industry across the Asia Pacific region.

“We congratulate all of the winners and nominees of the Asia Mobile Awards here at MWC19 Shanghai,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “The AMO Awards recognise the most innovative mobile technologies, products and services, while showcasing the positive impact of mobile on individuals, business and society across the Asia Pacific region. We thank all of our entrants, judges and partners for supporting the 2019 Asia Mobile Awards.”

The winners of the 2019 Asia Mobile Awards are:

Best Mobile Technology Breakthrough in Asia

SK Telecom for Innovative Roaming Technology 'baro'.

Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks in Asia

Telstra Corporation Limited, Ericsson for world’s first implementation of a nation-wide long-range NB-IoT network reaching up to 100km.

Asia 5G Innovation Award

KT for Worldwide Pioneer in 5G.

Best Smartphone in 2019

Huawei for Huawei P30 and P30 Pro.

Best Mobile service for Connected Living in Asia

ZTE for Air to Ground Broadband Service for Airline Connected Living.

Best Mobile Innovation for Smart Cities in Asia

China Mobile, Huawei, Tendency, Zhengzhou Public Security Bureau for Large-scale NB-IoT Electric Bike Protection and Management.

Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDGs in Asia

China Mobile, Huawei & China’s 301 Hospital for The World’s First Successful 5G Remote Surgery on a Living Human Patient Enabled by 5G DN.

Outstanding Contribution to the Asia Mobile Industry

Takashi Tanaka, Chairman of KDDI

Women4Technology – Asian Industry Leadership Award

Xinmei Cai, Google Japan

4YFN Award Shanghai 2019 To Be Unveiled

On Friday, 28 June, “4YFN Award Shanghai 2019” will be presented at 4YFN in Hall E7, SNIEC, starting at 14:00, the five finalists will be invited to present in front of a panel of judges as well as investors and the audience to compete for the award. The winner will be announced live.

The winners of the 2019 AMO Awards were chosen from 150 entries and nominations across six categories, and judged by more than 70 world-leading independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics and, in some cases, mobile operator representatives.

Supporting Partners for the AMO Awards include 36kr, Asia Pacific Daily, AVING News, Smart Cities Association and Yesky. Space and Tomato is the sponsor of the Mobile Technology award category. For further information on AMO Awards winners please visit:

Get Involved at MWC19 Shanghai

Follow developments and updates on MWC19 Shanghai through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter at @GSMA and use #MWC19, get regular updates through our LinkedIn Showcase Page at, and follow us on Facebook at In China, you can follow us on Sina Weibo or search “GSMA_MWCS” in WeChat.

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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Military Veterans Experience the Thrill of Ferrari F1 with Philip Morris International

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -Friday 28 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Philip Morris International (PMI) (NYSE:PM) today joined with veterans’ charities to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for U.S. and U.K. veterans who have endured life-changing injuries and illnesses. PMI’s support made it possible for eight former soldiers to ride in an exclusively designed three-seater Formula 1 racecar to reach speeds of 160 mph on the iconic Fiorano Circuit—Ferrari’s test track in Italy.

In support of U.S. veteran charity Home Base and U.K. veteran charity Walking With The Wounded, PMI flew veterans who suffer from service-related life-changing injuries and illnesses to Maranello, Italy, where they were able to take a breathtaking lap in the three-seater Formula 1 car piloted by professional driver Davide Rigon on Ferrari’s own 1.82-mile-long track.

“Being surrounded by the courage and resilience of people here today who, in their service, risked their lives and everything they held dear is inspiring to many of us at Philip Morris,” said Miroslaw Zielinski, chief new ventures officer at PMI. “They are models of bravery and strength, and we are honored to have met them and so happy that we were able to play a role in this special event.”

“You form strong bonds with people when you share extraordinary experiences,” said Armando Fernandez, 34, a former U.S. Marine from Fort Myers, Florida and Program Director of Home Base Southwest Forida. “The Marine Corps embodies the values of honor, courage and commitment: All the veterans here today demonstrate these values. This has been an adrenaline-packed event and coming together to share it has allowed wounded veterans from both sides of the Atlantic to connect and discuss our journeys to recover from injuries sustained during our service.”

PMI is honored to work with Home Base and Walking With The Wounded on the Formula 1 experience. It is one of the exciting events being facilitated by the organizations over three days that includes a fundraising gala and providing tickets for injured and ill veterans to attend a first-of-its-kind sporting event at the London Stadium.

Philip Morris International: Delivering a Smoke-Free Future
We are a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States of America. We’re building our future on smoke-free products and electronic devices that are a much better consumer choice than continuing to smoke cigarettes. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the art facilities and scientific substantiation, we aim to ensure that our smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. Our vision is that these products ultimately replace cigarettes to the benefit of adult smokers, society, our company and our shareholders. For more information, see and

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Friday, June 28, 2019

L’Oréal Rewards Social Initiatives Led by Dermatologists at World Congress of Dermatology in Milan

MILAN -Friday 28 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

International Awards for Social Responsibility in Dermatology 2019

“Caring to Inspire Skin Confidence”

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(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In partnership with the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) and the 24th World Congress of Dermatology (WCD), L’Oréal announced the laureates of the third International Awards for Social Responsibility in Dermatology: “Caring to Inspire Skin Confidence”.

This aims to reward social initiatives led by dermatologists, improving patients’ physical and psychological well-being, self-esteem, social integration and skin health, and enabling patients to re-engage socially.

Brigitte Liberman, President of L’Oréal’s Active Cosmetics Division, said: “Social responsibility is a priority for L’Oréal and we are proud to partner with the ILDS and the WCD to reward iconic dermatologists having positive actions on people’s lives”.
Professor Harvey Lui, President of the ILDS, added: “Beyond the day-to-day activities of dermatologists in managing patients with skin issues, there is a vital social role, which is exemplified through our partnership for these awards and lies at the heart of the ILDS philosophy to promote skin health for the world.”

A total of 123 projects across the world were evaluated by a panel of experts. Dermatological projects fulfilling at least one of the following three categories were accepted for assessment:
– Prevention and education on skin health;
– Improved quality of life and self-esteem for people facing skin issues;
– Access to care, coverage and surgery.

An independent jury of dermatologists representing the ILDS selected the top five projects (see list below and in our Press Kit). Professor Giovanni Pellacani, President of WCD and jury member, said: “We are very pleased to give the awards in front of the dermatological community in the context of the World Congress of Dermatology.”

International Awards for Social Responsibility in Dermatology 2019
“Caring to Inspire Skin Confidence”

For Africa & Middle East: Prof. Dalia Gamal Aly & Dr. Ragia Hany Weshahy from Egypt
For a Better Life after Burns.

For Asia: Dr. Sabina Bhattarai from Nepal
Dermatology Patient Care in Rural Nepal: Reaching the Unreached

For Europe: Prof. Kathrin Giehl from Germany
Besonderhaut – Initiative for Children with Rare and Genetic Skin Diseases

For North America: Dr. Mark Holzberg from the United States
Volunteer Dermatologist Dermatology Clinic for Atlanta’s Homeless at the Mercy Care Clinic at the Gateway Center

For South & Central America: Dr. Carolina Reato Marçon from Brazil
Pró-Albino Program: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Actinic Skin Damage, Emotional Support and Social Inclusion in Albinism

For videos of the 2019 awarded projects:

To discover more on the initiative and the other top projects per region coming from Lebanon, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Canada, Mexico and Argentina: click on the press kit.

About L’Oréal For more information:

About the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) For more information:

About the World Congress of Dermatology (WCD

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Takeda Selects Five New Partnerships for Annual Global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program, Supporting Disease Prevention to Improve Health in Developing and Emerging Countries

OSAKA, Japan -Friday 28 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

Takeda’s founding mission to serve patients, wherever they are, drives its increased commitments to disease prevention, capacity building, and access to healthcare in developing and emerging countries, in partnership with the global community.
Through its annual Global CSR Program, approximately 20,000 employees worldwide cast their votes, selecting City Cancer Challenge, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), SeriousFun Children’s Network, UNICEF, and the UN Foundation as 2019 partners.
With these programs, Takeda's contributions through its unique Global CSR Program total 10.5 billion yen for a total of 14 programs since its 2016 launch.
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TOKYO:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced the addition of five partners to its Global CSR Program for 2019, which contributes to the long-term health of people through disease prevention and capacity building in developing and emerging countries. Approximately 20,000 employees worldwide cast their votes, selecting five new, large-scale programs run, respectively, by City Cancer Challenge, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), SeriousFun Children’s Network, UNICEF, and the UN Foundation. All five programs are being launched by the aforementioned organizations in partnership with Takeda. This year, Takeda has increased its commitment to 4.6 billion yen to accelerate change for tackling some of the biggest global challenges.

Takeda's Global CSR Program, its flagship CSR activity, makes multi-year commitments in partnership with key global stakeholders. The Program is rooted in the company’s patient-centricity and dedication to disease prevention and the improvement of access to healthcare that transforms people's lives in developing and emerging countries. Since its launch in 2016, Global CSR Program partnerships have been delivering tangible results, contributing significantly to global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).* Results range from expanding patient’s access to quality diagnosis and treatment, including immunization, in disease-endemic countries to training health workers and strengthening health systems worldwide.

"We look forward to helping change more lives for the better, working closely with these creative, high-impact organizations to accelerate progress toward the SDGs," said Haruhiko Hirate, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Officer. "We know that long-term commitments matter, and currently have nine programs in operation, running between 3 and 10 years. Each program is carefully selected by employees in our 80 countries of operation. It means a lot to all of us that Takeda is contributing to the health of people in communities across the globe."

As a pharmaceutical company that is committed to improving people’s lives, Takeda strives for Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Its vision is of a world with accessible healthcare for all, where prevention measures are exponentially advanced and billions are freed of disease. Takeda is committed to achieving the SDGs together with the global community.

In addition to the following 14 programs, Takeda also supports public-private partnerships that aim to improve health worldwide, together with the Government of Japan, such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Global Heath Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

Program Outlines and Partner Organizations in FY2019


Program Outline



Budget (yen)


SeriousFun Children’s Network

Transforming the Lives of Children with Serious Illness and Their Families

United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean

5 years

1 billion



Global Access Program for the Most Neglected Patients

16 countries across Africa, Asia, and South America

5 years

1 billion


City Cancer Challenge

City Health Financing Lab


5 years

1 billion


UN Foundation

Immunization and Universal Health Coverage

Sub-Saharan Africa

5 years

550 million



Investment in Innovation and Frontier Technology


5 years

1 billion

The following nine programs which were selected by Takeda employees in FY2016, FY2017, and FY2018 respectively are making good progress.

Program Outlines and Partner Organizations in FY2018


Program Outline



Budget (yen)


Last Mile Health

A Health Worker for Everyone, Everywhere


3 years

400 million


Seed Global Health

Training 5,000 Health Professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

5 years

500 million



Health System Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa

Angola, Guinea, and Togo

5 years

500 million

Program Outlines and Partner Organizations in FY2017


Program Outline



Budget (yen)



"The First 1000 Days": Health and Nutrition Program

Benin, Madagascar, and Rwanda

5 years

1 billion


Plan International

Holistic Support Program for Refugees of South Sudan and Syria

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and Ethiopia

5 years

1 billion



Protecting the Lives of Pregnant Women in Africa

Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia

5 years

750 million

Program Outlines and Partner Organizations in FY2016


Program Outline



Budget (yen)


UN Foundation

Global Measles Vaccination for Children

Approximately 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America

10 years

1 billion


World Vision

Community Health Workers Training for Maternal and Child Health

India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan

5 years

500 million


Save the Children

Maternal and Newborn Health for Ethnic Minorities

Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos

5 years

250 million

* Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): On September 25th 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations adopted a set of 17 goals, comprising 169 targets, for sustainable development.

Partner Organizations and Program Outlines

1. SeriousFun Children’s Network: Transforming the Lives of Children with Serious Illness and Their Families
- Outline: This program aims to develop and expand new and innovative programming for the global Network of specialized medical camps and programs that deliver life-changing experiences to children with serious illnesses and their families; carry out research and evaluation efforts to track the impact of camp on the lives of children and families and further improve programs to meet their needs; and build medical capacity throughout the Network.
- Areas: United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean
- Period: 5 years
- Budget: 1 billion yen

2. DNDi: Global Access Program for the Most Neglected Patients
- Outline: This program aims to expand neglected patient’s access to quality diagnosis and treatment in disease-endemic countries, including in peripheral settings, and consequently prevent disease progression while saving lives. DNDi targets five Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis and mycetoma that are characterized by significant morbidity and/or mortality and have been prioritized due to the current limited availability and accessibility of effective diagnostics and treatment.
- Areas: 16 countries across Africa, Asia, and South America
- Period: 5 years
- Budget: 1 billion yen

3. City Cancer Challenge: City Health Financing Lab
- Outline: City Cancer Challenge’s participatory, inclusive approach brings together private sector, civil society, and governments to advance quality cancer care and treatment, and strengthen health systems. By supporting 10 cities with the design, planning, and implementation of sustainable cancer solutions, City Cancer Challenge will impact 80 million people by 2023.
- Areas: Global
- Period: 5 years
- Budget: 1 billion yen

4. UN Foundation: Immunization and Universal Health Coverage
- Outline: Takeda and Shot@Life’s partnership aims to strengthen health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa through improved disease surveillance and data utilization enabling effective immunization planning and outbreak response. Stronger immunization programs will reach more children, strengthening primary health care and bringing these countries closer to achieving universal health coverage.
- Areas: Sub-Saharan Africa
- Period: 5 years
- Budget: 550 million yen

5. UNICEF: Investment in Innovation and Frontier Technology
- Outline: This program will invest in 25 health-focused and drone startups to develop, realize, and scale cutting-edge solutions for children, as well as scale artificial intelligence-based epidemiological modeling to predict and help prevent infectious disease outbreaks in 3 countries.
- Areas: Global
- Period: 5 years
- Budget: 1 billion yen

About SeriousFun Children’s Network

SeriousFun Children's Network is a global community of 30 camps and programs serving children with serious illnesses and their families, always free of charge. The Network is the leader in the field of medical specialty camps, delivering more than one million life-changing experiences to children and families from more than 50 countries. Each member camp is an independent, not-for-profit organization dependent upon private funding to serve all children at no cost to their families. To learn more about SeriousFun, visit

About DNDi

A not-for-profit research and development organization, DNDi works to deliver new treatments for neglected diseases, including leishmaniasis, filarial infections, human African trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease, and mycetoma, and for neglected patients, including pediatric HIV patients and people living with hepatitis C virus who cannot access treatment due to high costs. DNDi has delivered eight new treatments to date, including new drug combinations for visceral leishmaniasis, two fixed-dose antimalarials, and DNDi’s first successfully developed new chemical entity, fexinidazole, approved in 2018 for the treatment of both stages of sleeping sickness.

About City Cancer Challenge

City Cancer Challenge’s mission is to create a global community of cities and partners working together to design, plan and implement cancer solutions to save lives. Our aim is to improve access to quality cancer care in countries around the world by transforming the way stakeholders at the city, regional, and national levels collectively design, plan, and implement local cancer solutions. The approach is built on the core principle that cities can drive impact at national level by crafting data-driven solutions with the support of a network of global, regional, and local partners that reflect an understanding of the unique local context.

About UN Foundation

In our interconnected world, our shared future rests upon our ability to act together with common purpose. The United Nations was created to strengthen the bonds of international cooperation around shared interests and values. It is the one place where all countries and citizens can unite behind collective action to address our greatest challenges and deliver a better world for all. The UN Foundation supports the UN’s ability to tackle these challenges and harness opportunities for the benefit of all humanity. As we head deeper into the 21st century, this task is more urgent than ever. We work by building communities and incubating initiatives to support the UN and its priority issues, including achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.
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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Supports Principles of Open Sharing of Data

IRVINE, Calif. -Friday 28 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, supports the principle of openly sharing data through efforts like the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s Open Data Pledge. Creating a healthcare system that embraces data liquidity will help empower patients to actively engage in the development and evaluation of medical devices, enable medical device surveillance to help identify and prevent adverse events from occurring, and enrich the understanding of the benefits and risks of technology utilization.

By signing the Patient Safety Movement’s Open Data Pledge, leaders in the healthcare technology industry commit to openly sharing non-proprietary data output from their devices and systems without interference or cost. When the data is pulled together into algorithms, it can then be used to reduce preventable patient harm and deaths.

“We are grateful for FDA’s recognition of our work and thank the nearly 100 enlightened companies that have signed the Open Data Pledge. Patient harm can be avoided with predictive algorithms and decision support using data from the myriad of products that touch the patient,” stated Joe Kiani, Founder of Patient Safety Movement Foundation.

About Patient Safety Movement

More than 200,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals and 4.8 million worldwide in ways that could have been prevented. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation is a global non-profit which creates free tools for patients and hospitals. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number of preventable deaths to ZERO. Improving patient safety will require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation works with all stakeholders to address the problems with actionable solutions for patient safety. The Foundation also convenes the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. The Summit brings together some of the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas to challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation is working toward ZERO preventable deaths. Visit

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Standard & Poor’s Reaffirms IGI’s A- Rating With Stable Outlook

LONDON-Thursday 27 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has confirmed the financial strength rating of A- with a stable outlook for International General Insurance (IGI), the global specialist commercial insurer and reinsurer.

IGI also had its long-term issuer credit rating of A- reaffirmed by S&P. Both ratings remain unchanged from 2018.

“We are delighted to have our A-/Stable rating confirmed,” said Wasef Jabsheh, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at IGI. “IGI works hard to maintain a truly global company, with strong results, excellent management and sensible underwriting, matched with an increased adoption of technology and innovation.”

In March, IGI reported a solid set of full-year results for 2018. The company saw gross written premium (GWP) rise by 9.5% to US $301.56 million in 2018, compared to US $275.3 million the year before. The Group also announced a 237% increase in net profit to US$ 26.47 million from US $7.86 million as at 31 December 2017. The combined operating ratio was 88.97%, down from last year’s figure of 103.08%.

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About IGI:

International General Insurance Holdings Limited is registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) with operations in Bermuda, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, Morocco and a wholly owned subsidiary in the U.K.

IGI Bermuda is a class 3B (re)insurer regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA). This subsidiary is the principal underwriting entity for the Group. The Group also has a branch in Labuan, Malaysia, registered as a second-tier offshore reinsurer.

Both IGI Bermuda and IGI UK are rated A- with a stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s and A- (Excellent) with a positive outlook by A.M Best Company.

IGI Group of companies underwrites a worldwide portfolio of energy, property, engineering, casualty, legal expenses, directors and officers, financial institutions, general aviation, ports & terminals, marine liability, political violence, forestry and reinsurance treaty business.

International General Insurance Holdings Limited had assets in excess of US$ 907 million as at 31 December 2018.

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Mass Deployments of IoT Solutions Transforming China, Says GSMA

Chinese Mobile Operators Leading Global Roll-out of Mobile IoT Based Solutions Using Mobile Networks; China is the World’s Largest IoT Market With Nearly 1 Billion Connections

SHANGHAI-Thursday 27 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Chinese mobile operators are leading the world in the deployment of transformative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, the GSMA announced today. By connecting the estimated 960 million1 devices via cellular networks, the country is realising the value of the IoT and transforming society through mass market deployments of smart home, smart industry and smart city solutions. According to GSMA Intelligence, China is the world’s largest IoT market with 64 per cent of the 1.5 billion global cellular connections including the rapidly growing Mobile IoT licensed LPWA technologies2.

“Backed by proactive government support, China is now at the forefront in the development and mass deployment of innovative and transformative IoT based solutions based on Mobile IoT technology,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “These new technologies are being implemented across multiple different vertical sectors fundamentally altering the way we live and work, delivering real-time information and making our cities smarter and our lives easier and more productive.”

Mass Mobile IoT Deployments

There are a wide variety of different examples of large scale deployments in China across a number of different sectors. For example, Sunsea AIoT with partner, China Telecom has installed over 500,000 NB-IoT sensors covering over 37km in the Jing’an District, turning the area into a truly smart community. The devices monitor fire hydrant water pressure sensors as well as gas and smoke detectors and environmental monitors. Connected manhole covers also monitor gases and underground assets. An integrated platform centralizes, monitors and analyses the data to help with real-time improvements. China Mobile has installed over 100,000 NB-IoT intelligent fire alarm systems including fire alarms, temperature sensors, smoke and gas detectors across China; China Unicom has installed over 25,000 gas and water meters utilising an NB-IoT solution that combines the IoT with big data to make energy management more intelligent.

Internet of Things Programme at MWC Shanghai 2019

The GSMA’s Internet of Things programme is hosting a number of activities including workshops and seminars at this year’s MWC Shanghai 2019. This includes the GSMA Future IoT Convention, which brings experts from governments, mobile operators and enterprises to demonstrate and discuss the latest developments in IoT, 5G and big data. They will also host the interactive GSMA Mobile IoT Developer Day to help companies start building devices and get to market using NB-IoT technology. The IoT programme will also have a number of interactive demonstrations at the GSMA Innovation City in Hall 5 showcasing the latest innovative solutions in mobile. For further details or to register for these activities, please go to:

Connected China Spotlights Cost Effective Mobile IoT Technologies

Located in Hall E7 in 4YFN, Connected China will put the spotlight on three key IoT vertical markets; Smart Industry, Smart Cities and Smart Home. Chinese operators and industry players, including Ericsson and Huawei, will partner with innovative developers and start-ups to demonstrate a range of cost effective consumer IoT solutions ranging from door locks, facial skincare diagnostics, pet tracking, gas sensing to fire alarms, and much more. For more information about Connected China, visit:

Get Involved at MWC19 Shanghai

Follow developments and updates on MWC19 Shanghai through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter at @GSMA and use #MWC19, get regular updates through our LinkedIn Showcase Page at, and follow us on Facebook at In China, you can follow us on Sina Weibo or search “GSMA_MWCS” in WeChat.

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2.) Q419 (GSMA Intelligence)

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The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

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Gemalto Instant Connect Signals New Era in Effortless Mobile Connectivity for Consumer eSIM-equipped Devices

PARIS LA DÉFENSE -Thursday 27 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

    Thales launches its new solution, Gemalto Instant Connect, a true out-of-the-box mobile subscription experience for eSIM-equipped devices.

    Users can now benefit from an automatic connection to a mobile network without the need of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

    OEMs and mobile operators will reduce costs and gain time as this new solution simplifies logistics, manufacturing and processes.

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Thales announces the launch of Gemalto Instant Connect, a pioneering connectivity solution to simplify the connection of eSIM-enabled devices on a mobile network. While users are spared the inconvenience of establishing a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection to kick-start their mobile experience, OEMs and mobile operators can now provision devices with mobile connectivity at their first use, and not during manufacturing, saving both time and cost.

Connected PCs and laptops will be the first devices to integrate this faster and more efficient approach to out-of-the-box connectivity for eSIMs. Going forwards, a wide array of OEMs and mobile operators stand to benefit from the solution, which is fully compliant with the latest GSMA Remote SIM Provisioning specifications. Between 2018 and 2022, an estimated 2.3 billion eSIM-compliant consumer devices will be shipped worldwide1.

To date, eSIM-equipped devices have had to rely on some form of primary connectivity before they are able to activate a full mobile subscription, either via a Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or other temporary connections. These solutions were naturally inconvenient for either customers or manufacturers.

In contrast, Gemalto Instant Connect leverages a revolutionary connectivity mechanism which allows mobile operators to remotely and automatically provide a mobile subscription to any genuinely offline eSIM-enabled device. Users can now activate their device in the same way as they are used to with conventional smartphone SIM cards. OEMs can in turn simplify their supply chain and shorten production time. This solution is compliant with existing remote eSIM management solutions, such as Subscription Management Discovery Service2.

“Qualcomm is excited to see the Gemalto Instant Connect solution eSIM and its potential to simplify eSIM sourcing for OEMs and the ability to quickly connect Snapdragon powered Always connected PCs and other devices for consumers and enterprise.”
Miguel Nunes, Sr. Director Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies3

“PCs with LTE connectivity improve a user’s experience by giving them productivity wherever they are, and we have a longstanding relationship with Thales to help realize this goal. Extending this collaboration will enable easy integration of truly instantaneous mobile connectivity into all Windows PCs. We look forward to the first wave of devices incorporating Instant Connect technology accelerating this exciting transformation.”
Shai Guday, Partner Group Program Manager, Microsoft Corp

“We’re excited to be supporting the innovation behind the Gemalto Instant Connect solution today, as we’ve been a front-runner in the industry for nearly four years already, offering eSIM based secure cellular connectivity for laptops and tablets worldwide. Consumers will discover Ubigi4, their personal instant-on connectivity service, brought to them by Transatel!”
Jacques Bonifay, CEO, Transatel a member company of NTT group

“By sparing OEMs and operators the need to pre-load a bootstrap, and users the hassle of having Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection when they first turn on their new device, Gemalto Instant Connect sweeps aside the final obstacles to seamless mobile subscription activation via an eSIM. As a result, it is even easier to seed consumer markets with devices characterized by their effortless mobile connectivity.”
Emmanuel Unguran, EVP Mobile Connectivity Solutions, Thales

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Gemalto solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. Gemalto’s technologies and services authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software – enabling businesses and governments to deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

About Thales

The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster - mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales reported sales of €19 billion in 2018.


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2 Based on GSMA's "Root Discovery Service" concept, Subscription Management Discovery Service (SM-DS) aims at enhancing the eSIM connectivity activation for consumer devices.
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SES Successfully Renews EUR 1.2 Billion Credit Facility

New 5-year facility strengthens SES’ liquidity profile while the strong bank interest received underscores the attraction of SES as a strong investment grade company.

LUXEMBOURG -Thursday 27 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SES S.A. is pleased to announce the successful renewal of the company’s EUR 1,200,000,000 Committed Revolving Credit Facility.

Following strong support from existing lenders, the facility was considerably oversubscribed having received a high level of early bird commitments from a number of banks.

The facility is for general corporate purposes and has been structured as a 5-year, multi-currency revolving credit facility with an option to extend until 2026 (5+1+1). The margin for the new facility is 40 basis points (for a Baa2/BBB rating) above EURIBOR and is 5 basis points inside the pricing of the former syndicated and committed credit facility closed in January 2014.

Andrew Browne, Chief Financial Officer of SES, commented: “This financing further strengthens our liquidity profile and has been secured at improved terms. I am particularly pleased with the strong level of support received from existing lenders which highlights SES’ strong investment grade credit fundamentals and demonstrates our continuing and ongoing ability to secure funding on attractive terms”.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Phunware Offers Phun Utility Token Globally

AUSTIN, Texas-Thursday 27 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Phunware, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHUN) (the “Company”), a fully-integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides products, solutions, data and services for brands worldwide, announced that Phun utility tokens are now available for purchase in international markets.

“Phun is a new utility token that enables the international community to participate in our blockchain-enabled data exchange and mobile loyalty ecosystem as we drive towards mainstream global adoption and future exchange listings,” said Randall Crowder, Chief Operating Officer of Phunware.

Phunware is an Austin, Texas, headquartered Company with 10 years of success working with the world’s largest organizations. Whether it is enabling immersive gaming and movie experiences for Paramount Pictures International, powering Juniper, Cisco or HP Aruba hardware for app-enabled location services or integrating Electronic Health Records (EHRs) like Epic or Cerner for patient experiences in healthcare, Phunware’s Multiscreen as a Service (MaaS) offerings have been helping Global 1000 companies standardize and optimize their engagement, management and monetization initiatives for iOS and Android devices and audiences across hundreds of thousands of app transactions per second worldwide.

“Our MaaS platform reaches over 1 billion unique devices per month and processes an average of over 4 billion events per day worldwide,” said Alan S. Knitowski, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Phunware. “Prior to going public at the end of last year, our major strategic investors included Cisco Systems, Samsung, WWE and PLDT, while our mobile solution set addressed the software, data and app needs of organizations as far ranging as the NFL, NASCAR and the Olympic Games in sports to their equivalent peers in verticals including retail, real estate, healthcare, technology, aviation and hospitality.”

To comply with the current regulatory landscape, Phunware recently launched its dual token structure. While Phun is a utility token that enables consumers to monetize their digital activity as they engage in profitable behavior with brands, PhunCoin remains a compliant security token that enables consumers to monetize their digital identity and offers token holders a PhunCoin dividend.

Given the current regulatory environment, Phun will initially only be available outside the United States and Canada. Investors outside the United States and Canada can purchase Phun by registering on

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Modern Governance 4.0: Global Compliance Is Now Integrated with the World’s Leading Board Platform

Diligent has integrated Blueprint OneWorld’s industry-leading entity management application, providing a single source of truth for global compliance

NEW YORK -Thursday 27 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- With its second major product announcement this week, Diligent today introduced the integration of its trusted entity management technology into the Governance Cloud with new powerful reporting and dashboard functionality. Diligent Entities, formerly Blueprint OneWorld, greatly improves transparency and decreases the burden and risks for subsidiary and entity management in a fast-paced, digital environment. This launch positions Diligent as the first of its kind to provide a holistic technology platform that can power modern governance, offering leadership and the board the most effective tools – from a board portal to secure file sharing to entity compliance – accessible in one place.

Business today is global and decentralized, adding layers of regulatory and ethical compliance complexity. Such distributed business interests – with various entities and subsidiaries – are often spread across multiple jurisdictions and subject to increasing regulatory obligations that make reporting and compliance a significant burden.

Diligent Entities addresses these growing risks, core to entity and subsidiary management, and mitigates governance deficits by creating a single source of truth that extends the reach of governance from the scope of a single organization to a group of connected enterprises. With highly-configurable dashboards and extensive, detailed report generation, Diligent Entities offers an efficient way to ensure compliance and deliver global insights for all entities and subsidiaries. Organizational leadership can now more easily identify and respond to new opportunities with a way to better inform decision-making throughout the group structure.

“Modern governance demands an end-to-end suite of secure applications that provide real-time insight across the full scope of a multi-entity, multi-subsidiary or multi-jurisdictional enterprise,” said Brian Stafford, CEO of Diligent. “Diligent Entities is a key part of our evolving Governance Cloud offering to provide visibility and integrity across the whole of today’s complex enterprise environment, helping organizations turn entity governance from a web of complexity into a competitive weapon.”

Diligent Entities was developed from the solid foundation of technology proven by Blueprint OneWorld, the leading global entity and subsidiary management provider, which was acquired by Diligent in 2017. Over the last two years, Diligent has invested significantly in the product, people and processes to modernize Blueprint as a part of its suite of governance solutions and now launch a fully integrated application.

With its collection of integrated, vetted and highly secure governance applications, Diligent supports modern governance practices in the boardroom and beyond, through the executive team and the broader organization, to turn governance into a competitive advantage. Diligent Governance Cloud™ transcends the notion that leaders and board members must settle for piecemeal tools that don’t work together.

To learn more about how modern governance is powered by Diligent Governance Cloud, visit

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Diligent is the pioneer in modern governance. Diligent empowers leaders to turn governance into a competitive advantage through unparalleled insight and highly secure, integrated SaaS applications, helping organizations thrive and endure in today’s complex, global landscape. The company’s trusted, cloud-based applications streamline the day-to-day work of board management and committees, support collaboration and secure information sharing throughout the organization, manage subsidiary and entity data, and deliver the insights and information leaders need to mitigate governance deficits and seize new opportunities.

The largest global network of corporate directors and executives, Diligent is relied on by more than 16,000 organizations and 650,000 leaders in over 90 countries. With award-winning customer service across the globe, Diligent serves more than 50% of the Fortune 1000, 70% of the FTSE 100, and 65% of the ASX.

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Results of the MSCI 2019 Market Classification Review

LONDON-Thursday 27 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

MSCI will reclassify the MSCI Kuwait Index to Emerging Markets status, subject to availability of omnibus account structures and same National Investor Number (NIN) cross trades for international investors

MSCI to consult on the potential reclassification of the MSCI Iceland Index to Frontier Markets status

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MSCI Inc. (NYSE:MSCI), a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, announces today that it will reclassify the MSCI Kuwait Index to Emerging Markets status, subject to omnibus account structures and same National Investor Number (NIN) cross trades being made available for international institutional investors before the end of November 2019. MSCI will communicate its final decision by December 31, 2019.

“Kuwait’s Market Development Project has set the path for the seamless implementation of numerous regulatory and operational enhancements in the Kuwaiti equity market. These enhancements have significantly increased the accessibility level of the Kuwaiti equity market for international institutional investors and resulted in broad positive feedback from these investors on our reclassification proposal,” said Sebastien Lieblich, Global Head of Equity Solutions and Chairman of the MSCI Equity Index Committee.

Mr. Lieblich added, “During the consultation, international institutional investors highlighted the criticality of omnibus account structures and same NIN cross trade capabilities to avoid frictions in their investment process. We welcome the Capital Market Authority’s public commitment to deliver these market features by November 2019. We will closely monitor their implementation before making the final decision.”

On June 12, 2019 the Capital Market Authority publicly announced that omnibus structures, as well as same NIN cross trading will be made available to international institutional investors no later than November 2019. Currently, only local licensed entities are allowed to trade using omnibus accounts and same NIN trading is available for only certain exempt ‘non-discretionary’ local accounts. Assuming the above-mentioned market features are delivered by November 2019, MSCI would include the MSCI Kuwait Index in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index in one step coinciding with the May 2020 Semi‐Annual Index Review. This would lead to an inclusion of nine stocks in the MSCI Emerging Market Index having a pro forma index weight of approximately 0.5%. The constituent list of the pro forma MSCI Kuwait Index as of April 17, 2019, based on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index thresholds, has been made available on

The implementation of Kuwait’s Market Development Project, started in 2017, has brought numerous enhancements to the infrastructure of the market that have significantly opened the domestic equity market to international institutional investors. Among these enhancements were the removal of foreign ownership restrictions on listed banks and simplification of requirements for investor registration. In addition, the settlement cycle in the Kuwaiti equity market moved to T+3 for both local and foreign investors, a new delivery versus payment (DvP) settlement provision was introduced and a proper failed trade management process was initiated. The Project is expected to continue with the planned introduction of a central clearing counterparty and availability of stock swaps, stock lending and short selling facilities, among other improvements. These enhancements have now been reflected in the MSCI 2019 Global Market Accessibility Review report available at

MSCI also announces today the launch of a consultation to potentially reclassify the MSCI Iceland Index from Standalone Markets to Frontier Markets status. MSCI welcomes feedback from market participants on this proposal prior to October 31, 2019 and will announce the results of this consultation on or before November 29, 2019.

Finally, MSCI is announcing today that, if the MSCI Peru Index falls short of the required three constituents for the Emerging Markets, it will immediately launch a consultation to potentially reclassify the MSCI Peru Index from Emerging Markets status to Frontier Markets status. The MSCI Peru Index currently includes the minimum of three constituents.

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5G Arrives in Asia as Operators Invest Billions Rolling out Next Generation Networks, Finds New GSMA Study

5G to Contribute Almost $900 Billion to Asia’s Economy Over Next 15 Years

SHANGHAI -Thursday 27 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Asia’s mobile operators are set to invest $370 billion building-out new 5G networks between 2018 and 2025, according to the latest Asia Pacific edition of the GSMA’s Mobile Economy series, published at MWC19 Shanghai today. The world’s first nationwide 5G networks went live in South Korea earlier this year, and it is anticipated that 24 Asia Pacific markets will have launched 5G by 2025. It is forecast that 5G will contribute almost $900 billion to the region’s economy over the next 15 years.

China is currently testing 5G across all major cities and provinces, including Shanghai, ahead of commercial launches next year. It is forecast that 28 per cent of China’s mobile connections will be running on 5G networks by 2025, accounting for about a third of all 5G connections globally by this point.

“Although 4G still has plenty of headroom for growth across Asia, operators in the region are now investing billions in building-out advanced 5G networks that are facilitating an array of new services for consumers, transforming industry and manufacturing, and driving economic growth,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA. “As 5G becomes a reality, we call on governments and regulators in the region to actively shape a favourable business environment that encourages investment in advanced networks and allows operators to extend next-generation digital services to all Asia’s citizens.”

The report reveals that:

Mobile operators are forecast to invest $574 billion (capex) on new networks between 2018 and 2025, almost two-thirds of which ($370 billion) will be spent on new 5G networks. China alone is forecast to invest $184 billion on 5G by 2025.
4G became the most dominant mobile technology in Asia in 2018 (52 per cent of connections1), and will grow to account for more than two-thirds of regional connections by 2025. Around 18 per cent of connections will be running on 5G networks by this point.
More than four in five mobile connections in Asia will be smartphones by 2025, up from 61 per cent in 2018.
There were 2.8 billion unique mobile subscribers2 in Asia at the end of 2018, equivalent to 67 per cent of the region’s population. The number of subscribers is forecast to increase to 3.1 billion by 2025 (72 per cent of the population), though the growth rate is slowing as many key markets approach saturation.
Almost all new subscribers to be added in the region between 2018 to 2025 will come from six countries: India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
Last year, mobile technologies and services in Asia Pacific generated $1.6 trillion of economic value, equivalent to 5.3% of regional GDP3. This contribution is forecast to surpass $1.9 trillion by 2023.
Asia Pacific’s mobile ecosystem directly and indirectly employs more than 18 million people, and last year contributed $165 billion in public sector funding via general taxation (excluding regulatory and spectrum fees).
The new report ‘The Mobile Economy, Asia Pacific 2019’ is authored by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the GSMA. To access the full report and related infographics, please visit:

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA

1 There were 4.2 billion SIM connections Asia Pacific at the end of 2018, excluding cellular IoT, forecast to rise to 4.8 billion by 2025.

2 A unique mobile subscriber represents an individual that can account for multiple SIM connections.

3 GDP contribution comprises mobile operators (0.9% of GDP); remaining mobile ecosystem (0.8%); indirect contribution (0.6%); and productivity improvements (3.0%).

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75-year-old British expat undergoes successful cornea transplant surgery in the UAE

A corneal endothelial transplantation was performed to correct a previous surgery and restore the patient’s vision

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Wednesday 26 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

M.J., a 75-year-old British expat who has been living in the UAE for 50 years, suffered from a blinding condition that led to glare, cloudy vision and eye discomfort. A successful cornea transplant has sharpened her vision.

“When M.J. first visited us, we noticed that there had been a complication with her recent cataract surgery, which caused the blurry vision. Her cornea was damaged during the surgery and the only possible solution was a corneal endothelial transplantation, which we performed with the patient’s consent,” said Dr Sandip Mitra, Specialist Ophthalmologist at Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity.

Dr Mitra performs at least three cornea transplants per month. A new transplant surgery, corneal endothelial transplantation has a 90 percent success rate and it can be repeated if a cornea fails after 10 years. Doctors take around 10 percent of the graft from a donor and leave 90 percent of the recipient cornea intact.

“A corneal endothelial transplantation is not easy; it requires the skills of an expert,” commented Dr Walid Achi, Chief Operating Officer, Emirates Healthcare.

Dr Mitra added, “This patient also suffered from arthritis and hypertension. Although the surgery took one hour, she was discharged the same day. We are glad that we had the opportunity to work on such a complicated case within a year of our Center’s opening. After the surgery, her vision improved dramatically; in three to four weeks, her reading and sight improved and she experienced reduced eye pain and tearing.”

Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity arranged for the patient to receive a cornea from an eye bank in Florida, which delivered it to the hospital in two days. Dr Mitra explained that the selection of the cornea is key to the success of the surgery. In his opinion, the cornea from a healthy young person yields the best result.

In the UAE, 1 in 100 people suffers from cornea-related problems caused by allergies, rubbing one’s eyes and hereditary diseases. Not every problem requires a surgical solution; Dr Mitra said that he receives visits from more than 10 patients with keratoconus eye diseases each month and their treatment does not involve surgery.

Additional information about Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity

An asset of Emirates Healthcare, Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity was launched in May 2018 to provide patient-centred care and improve the quality of life for patients and the community. Its core values are Simplicity, Accessibility, Agility and Empathy.

Located in Dubai Motor City, Emirates Hospital Day Surgery and Medical Center, Motorcity is home to some of the world’s leading medical professionals. The Center provides premium medical services and facilities, and includes an 8-bed Day Surgery, state-of-the-art surgical theatres, an endoscopy suite and a Centre of Excellence for Ophthalmology and Eye Care.

Emirates Healthcare is a subsidiary of KBBO Group. A leading holding company headquartered in Abu Dhabi, KBBO Group invests in healthcare to safeguard the region’s communities, and to help deliver world-class medical outcomes powering an inclusive and improved quality of life.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Modern Governance 3.0: Modern Governance Extends Beyond the Boardroom to Allow Secure Sharing of Files and Collaboration with Auditors, Regulators and Other Third Parties

Diligent announces the integration of Brainloop technology to offer Secure File Sharing and Meeting Workflow for its clients, including more than 50% of the Fortune 1000 

NEW YORK -Wednesday 26 June 2019 [ AETOS Wire ]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In its next major extension to support modern governance, Diligent announced today the launch of Secure File Sharing and Secure Meeting Workflow applications, as part of the Diligent Governance Cloud. These groundbreaking applications enable completely secure collaboration not only between board members and executives, but also reaching beyond the boardroom including auditors, regulators and other key third party stakeholders. This significantly raises the bar on security and information governance for organizations operating in this digital, mobile and social era.

In today’s fast-paced world, threats come at light speed – from every angle. Leading organizations must set increasingly higher standards to protect against cyber attacks and leaks, while at the same time work collaboratively with more outside parties. Even competent leaders can have blind spots when it comes to the handling of highly sensitive files, specifically in preparation for a board meeting, sharing documents haphazardly with limited controls and visibility into who has access. Modern governance demands another level of security for data within your organization – one that goes beyond even normal file storage systems.

Diligent Secure Meeting Workflow and Secure File Sharing enable secure, controlled collaboration that helps organizations level up their security and lock down risk – supporting the practices of leading CISOs and CIOs. By offering Secure Meeting Workflow and Secure File Sharing applications as integrated components of the Governance Cloud offering, Diligent enables a comprehensive communication framework for critical documents and facilitates their use in collaboration beyond the board and executive team, down through the organization and even outside of the organization where necessary.

“In today’s high-stakes environment, board members and leadership teams need a closed-loop solution that enables them to effectively collaborate on critically sensitive documents, not just their board materials, without exposure to leaks or attacks,” said Brian Stafford, CEO of Diligent. “And while our solutions have always provided the utmost security within the boardroom, I am proud to expand the Governance Cloud to support file sharing and collaboration outside of the boardroom – down through the organization and with auditors, bankers, regulators and other third parties. Modern governance requires protecting a company’s most important data at an even higher standard, and we now enable that secure, controlled collaboration, during board meeting preparation and beyond.”

Diligent Secure Meeting Workflow enables a structured and totally secure board meeting preparation process, including the ability to confidently share and collaborate on ultra-sensitive files with a carefully controlled group of internal and external stakeholders. By operationalizing and securing the meeting preparation process within a straightforward, easy-to-use application, Secure Meeting Workflow comprehensively displaces the use of non-secure email and messaging applications to communicate sensitive information to the board.

Diligent Secure File Sharing gives leaders a completely trusted private space, available exclusively to them for the distribution and storage of sensitive documents. This private space – including IT shielding that is lacking in standard file storage systems – supports sharing and collaboration on documents confidentially with specifically selected individuals or groups.

"AEGIS has been a Diligent customer for several years. For us, Diligent Boards is an essential tool for confidentially and reliably disseminating board materials and related information. We are very pleased to learn that Diligent is now able to support secure collaboration during our board meeting preparation process.” said Mark A. Walsh, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc. “We look forward to having a tool for our meeting preparation process that will deliver the same standards of efficiency, innovation, and ease of use that we have come to rely on from Diligent."

These new applications are built from the mature technology acquired from Brainloop AG, the leading supplier of board portal and secure collaboration solutions used within the enterprise for high-security collaboration on confidential documents. Providing secure cloud storage for enterprises in Germany and throughout continental Europe, Brainloop is used by 70% of Germany’s DAX 30-listed companies.

Learn more about the security required by modern governance here.

About Diligent

Diligent is the pioneer in modern governance. Diligent empowers leaders to turn governance into a competitive advantage through unparalleled insight and highly secure, integrated SaaS applications, helping organizations thrive and endure in today’s complex, global landscape. The company’s trusted, cloud-based applications streamline the day-to-day work of board management and committees, support collaboration and secure information sharing throughout the organization, manage subsidiary and entity data, and deliver the insights and information leaders need to mitigate governance deficits and seize new opportunities.

The largest global network of corporate directors and executives, Diligent is relied on by more than 16,000 organizations and 650,000 leaders in over 90 countries. With award-winning customer service across the globe, Diligent serves more than 50% of the Fortune 1000, 70% of the FTSE 100, and 65% of the ASX.

Visit to learn how modern governance helps organizations outperform their peers and the competition.

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Greg Nyhan, 646-215-6884

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