MPs in Somalia have voted to declare a contract with the United Arab Emirates null and void – endangering plans to develop a port in the Horn of Africa. Dubai-based shipping giant DP World wants to enlarge the port of Berberra in the breakaway state of Somaliland. Somalia's parliament has voted to ban the Emiratis. But representatives of Somalia's six federal states in the Senate can’t agree on what to do next. Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow reports from Mogadishu. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
Authored by James Holbrooks via TheAntiMedia.org, China is the rising world power. This much is clear, but nowhere is that reality felt more than behind closed doors in Washington, D.C. The global hegemony of the United States is being challenged, and the contest is perfectly encapsulated in what’s happening now in the small African nation of Djibouti. Strategically located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal, Djibouti is home to both U.S. and Chinese military bases, and the two are only miles apart. The U.S. base houses around 4,000 military personnel and is used as a launching pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia. On Tuesday, Reuters highlighted how the situation at a key port in Djibouti has U.S. officials worrying over China’s growing reach: “Last month, Djibouti ended its contract with Dubai’s DP World, one of the world’s biggest port operators, to run the Doraleh Container Terminal, citing failure to resolve a dispute that began in 2012. “DP World called the move an illegal seizure of the terminal and said it had begun new arbitration proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration.” It also described the reaction in Washington at a session of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee: “During a U.S. congressional hearing on Tuesday, which was dominated by concerns about China’s role in Africa, lawmakers said they had seen reports that Djibouti seized control of the port to give it to China as a gift.” Speaking before lawmakers, Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, the top U.S. commander in Africa, warned that the military’s ability to resupply and refuel ships would be greatly affected if China restricted access to the port: “If the Chinese took over that port, then the consequences could be significant.” He also suggested there would be “more” such power projections from China in the coming days: “There are some indications of (China) looking for additional facilities, specifically on the eastern coast…So Djibouti happens to be the first — there will be more.” For China’s part, the country’s Foreign Ministry has rejected the notion that China would exclude a third party from having access to the port and asked the U.S. to keep an open mind. “We hope that the U.S. side can objectively and fairly view China’s development and China-Africa cooperation,” ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a press briefing. At the congressional hearing on Tuesday, General Waldhauser pointed out that the U.S. was entering new territory in terms of physically competing with China over resources on the ground: “China has been on the African continent for quite some time, but we as a combatant command have not dealt with it in terms of a strategic interest.” And it’s territory the military is entering slowly. “We are taking baby steps in that regard,” Waldhauser said. All this cautiousness speaks directly to what’s happening here. One power, the United States, is sensing a legitimate threat from another, China. And in the case of Djibouti, the proximity is forcing tensions out into the open. While giving a talk on U.S.-Africa relations at George Mason University on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Djibouti “a very critical trading route for the world’s economy and a critical partner in securing that trading route.” He also compared the United States’ and China’s approaches toward African nations: “The United States pursues, develops sustainable growth that bolsters institutions, strengthens rule of law, and builds the capacity of African countries to stand on their own two feet. We partner with African countries by incentivizing good governance to meet long term security and development goals.” Tillerson said this model “stands in stark contrast to China’s approach, which encourages dependency using opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that mire nations in debt and undercut their sovereignty, denying them their long-term, self-sustaining growth.” This depiction settles nicely into the grander narrative of China as one of the world’s “revisionist powers” that “seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models.” That’s the picture painted by Secretary of Defense James Mattis back in January. He was unveiling a broad new strategy at the Defense Department, one that shifted focus away from terrorism. “We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we are engaged in today,” Mattis said, “but great power competition — not terrorism — is now the primary focus of US national security.” The defense secretary’s comments echo those of President Donald Trump in a speech on national security in December. In that speech, Trump noted that “whether we like it or not, we are engaged in a new era of competition.” Indeed, and the fact of it is very much on display at the south end of the Red Sea.
The government nationalised the port a week earlier, claiming that the deal struck with Emirati company DP World was one-sided and harming the country.
The government of Djibouti has seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal operated by United Arab Emirates-based DP World, saying that the contract between the two parties was damaging the sovereignty of Djibouti. DP World - the world's fourth largest port operator - is now launching a case in the International Court of Arbitration, seeking damages. Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall reports. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: http://www.aljazeera.com/
The East African nation of Djibouti seized a container terminal run by one of the world’s largest ports operators, as the country seeks to exploit a scramble among rivals to control an important commercial corridor.
Djibouti has seized control of a container terminal run by Dubai-based port operator DP World, the latest move in a long-running legal dispute in the East African nation over the facility.
РФПИ ОЖИДАЕТ ОДОБРЕНИЯ СДЕЛКИ ПО ПОКУПКЕ ПАКЕТА АКЦИЙ FESCO СОВМЕСТНО С DP WORLD КОМИССИЕЙ ПО ИНОСТРАННЫМ ИНВЕСТИЦИЯМ - ГЛАВА ФОНДА
РФПИ ОЖИДАЕТ ОДОБРЕНИЯ СДЕЛКИ ПО ПОКУПКЕ ПАКЕТА АКЦИЙ FESCO СОВМЕСТНО С DP WORLD КОМИССИЕЙ ПО ИНОСТРАННЫМ ИНВЕСТИЦИЯМ - ГЛАВА ФОНДАИнформационное агентство России ТАСС
ТАСС: РФПИ ОЖИДАЕТ ОДОБРЕНИЯ СДЕЛКИ ПО ПОКУПКЕ ПАКЕТА АКЦИЙ FESCO СОВМЕСТНО С DP WORLD КОМИССИЕЙ ПО ИНОСТРАННЫМ ИНВЕСТИЦИЯМ - ГЛАВА ФОНДА
ТАСС: РФПИ ОЖИДАЕТ ОДОБРЕНИЯ СДЕЛКИ ПО ПОКУПКЕ ПАКЕТА АКЦИЙ FESCO СОВМЕСТНО С DP WORLD КОМИССИЕЙ ПО ИНОСТРАННЫМ ИНВЕСТИЦИЯМ - ГЛАВА ФОНДАИнформационное агентство России ТАСС
Согласно отчету компании, рост по итогам года был обусловлен высоким спросом на услуги терминалов компании на Ближнем Востоке, в Европе и Африке
Authored by Ag Metal Miner via OilPrice.com, Silicon Valley and the modern-day entrepreneurs it has spawned cannot be accused of lacking blue sky thinking. Some of their ideas appear whacky and subsequently disappear from the news almost as soon as they are proposed. Others, however, have gone on to become real success stories, challenging our lack of vision and belief. Take Elon Musk, for example. While he had his supporters for Tesla, there were many more detractors in the early days. Those detractors said he would never get his niche electric car company to a scale able to challenge the incumbents. Here we are just a few years later and Tesla is worth more than Ford (optimistically in our opinion, but still in the market’s eyes). SpaceX was ridiculed even more as a rich man’s ego trip, but the firm has achieved more in its few short years – on a much smaller budget — than the lumbering giant that is NASA. So, before we write off the following, think on the above. Elon Musk’s 2013 paper on the future of the Hyperloop (a futuristic, high-speed train running in a vacuum tube) seemed so much hot air back then. It has since been quietly gathering support, and undergoing tests, such that now results suggest that while his original Los Angeles to San Francisco route may not happen anytime soon, other routes and applications could be viable. It is the nature of people with big ideas to project them onto the largest stage. As such, Hyperloop One’s new backer Richard Branson has suggested a London to Edinburgh Hyperloop would be much better value than the ruinously expensive and widely criticized High Speed Train (HS2) project getting underway this year. According to The Telegraph, the journey from London to Edinburgh, currently four and a half hours by train, would be cut to 45 minutes. But the U.K.’s Department for Transport scoffed at the idea, saying regulatory hurdles would make any such project at least two decades away. Specifically, the department is said to have cited potential problems with emergency braking, power failures and cyberattacks, as well as the need for largely straight routes, as presenting a number of “technical challenges.” (Click to enlarge) The article describes the Hyperloop as a series of pods magnetically levitating on a track, traveling through tubes in a near vacuum at speeds of up to 700 mph. Compressor fans would displace air from the front to the back of the pod, making journeys practically frictionless and energy-efficient. Instead of a train of carriages that have to stop at multiple points, small pods would travel as little as 10 seconds behind each other, allowing them to arrive directly at their destination. Tests on a 500-meter test track in the Nevada desert have achieved 240 mph speeds in part because the pods have to start breaking not soon after they have set off, but the project backers are confident 600-700 mph is entirely possible in a full-scale structure. Nor is their faith in the idea unsupported. The project has attracted almost $300 million in funding, from the likes of GE’s venture capital arm, the shipping giant DP World and SNCF, France’s state-owned railway company. Its leaders include former executives at Google, SpaceX, Jaguar Land Rover and NASA with the CEO Rob Leith (the late head of Cisco’s international business). A first project, though, probably needs a state backer with vision as adventurist as the backers. The Gulf states have open spaces and open minds enough to embrace such ideas — be they the world’s tallest buildings or the world’s fastest transportation systems — so maybe it is no surprise that Dubai signed a deal last year with Hyperloop One to explore the possibility of connecting the city to Abu Dhabi. Another idea, probably even more fraught with regulatory hurdles but for which the logic is tantalizingly solid, would be to link London’s three airports – Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted — with a hyperloop. The firm says moving passengers from Heathrow to Gatwick would take five minutes, and just seven to Stansted — no more than terminal to terminal in the same airport at present. For government and local communities, it would avoid the building of a hugely expensive proposed third runway at Heathrow while maximizing the potential of existing facilities at all three airports. Dazzling as the concept is, a 500-meter test track does not a viable concept prove and for sure locations like the U.K., or the U.S. West Coast, are quite possibly a decade or more away from realizing such a project. However, assuming technical issues are not insurmountable, you could see somewhere like Dubai going for it, as much for its showcase status as any economic necessity to travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in a matter of minutes.
Арабская DP World рассматривает несколько проектов для инвестиций в России, в частности, заинтересована в логистическом бизнесе, рассказал РИА Новости глава компании Ахмед бин Сулайем.
Один из крупнейших мировых портовых операторов DP World начнет работать в двух украинских портах в 2018 году.
На этом этапе тестирования компания экспериментировала с использованием нового шлюза, который помогает проверить переход с атмосферного на вакуумное давление в системе.
Теперь, когда Ричард Бренсон стал почётным председателем совета директоров компании, последняя надеется доминировать в этой технологии транспорта в будущем
Илон Маск со своим новым партнером сэром Ричардом Брэнсоном продолжают совершенствовать технологию скоростного туннельного транспорта Hyperloop. Правда, испытания все так же проводятся на относительно небольшом участке пути длиной в 500 метров. Тем не менее, пока что этого вполне достаточно для проверки скоростных характеристик капсулы. На этот раз ее разогнали вплоть до 386 километров в час. Кстати, это событие ознаменовалось назначением Ричарда Брэнсона главой совета директоров Virgin Hyperloop One. Плюс ко всему, компания получила $50 млн в виде дополнительных инвестиций. Их вложили в скоростной «поезд» такие компании, как Caspian Venture Capital and DP World. Читать дальше →
Венчурный фонд Caspian VC (совладельцем фонда является основатель и акционер «Суммы» Зиявудин Магомедов) и один из крупнейших портовых операторов мира DP World в ходе очередного раунда финансирования вложили в проект сверхскоростного поезда Hyperloop $50 млн. Об этом сообщается в пресс-релизе группы «Сумма».Таким образом, с...
ТАСС: ЗАКРЫТИЕ СДЕЛКИ ПО ПОКУПКЕ АКЦИЙ FESCO АРАБСКОЙ КОМПАНИЕЙ DP WORLD ДО КОНЦА ГОДА МАЛОВЕРОЯТНО - МАГОМЕДОВ
ТАСС: ЗАКРЫТИЕ СДЕЛКИ ПО ПОКУПКЕ АКЦИЙ FESCO АРАБСКОЙ КОМПАНИЕЙ DP WORLD ДО КОНЦА ГОДА МАЛОВЕРОЯТНО - МАГОМЕДОВИнформационное агентство России ТАСС