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Uzbekistan and DP World sign framework agreement for strategic trade and digital partnerships

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Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, DP World signed a Framework Agreement that will enable it to expand its presence in Uzbekistan, boosting global trade flow and supporting the development of digital infrastructure.

The Framework Agreement was signed by Shukhrat Vafaev, Deputy Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade, Republic of Uzbekistan DP World’s Chairman, Sultan bin Ahmed Sulayem, in the presence of Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The agreement covers a broad areas of cooperation, all which will boost Uzbekistan’s trade networks, and position DP World as a strategic partner in boosting international trade. Prioritising the flow of trade in the country, the agreements include the establishment of a new inland logistics network, supporting the expansion of the Navoi Free Economic Zone, and the cargo terminal at Navoi International Airport, launching new consumer e-commerce and fintech platforms in the country, and streamlining customs operations.

DP World will also deploy its advanced Port Community System by CARGOES, to provide stakeholders in trade and logistics with seamless, paperless access to services including dry ports, logistics parks, ICDs, railway stations and depots.

Sultan bin Ahmed Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World, said: “DP World is committed to being a strategic partner for Uzbekistan enabling trade. Our agreements signed today will help design and shape a world-class trading ecosystem in the country. The Uzbekistan economy continues to grow at a strong pace, making it an attractive destination for long-term investments.”

“We look forward to working with the Ministry of Investments and Foreign Trade to promote economic growth and prosperity for the people of Uzbekistan, leveraging our capabilities across trading, logistics, infrastructure and digital technology.”

The World Bank is predicting that Uzbekistan’s economy will grow by 5.6% in 2022. The country is Central Asia’s largest consumer market, and a leading exporter of cotton and textile, automotive, fruits and vegetables. With its growing economy driving domestic consumption complemented by demand for exports, the country’s trading ecosystem is set to unlock numerous benefits.

Sardor Umurzakov, Deputy Prime-Minister, Minister of Investments and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, said: “Uzbekistan is keen to cooperate with DP World on facilitating the development of logistics sector of the country through implementation of portfolio of projects in key regions of the country.

DP World is a world class ports and free zones operator. Combination of DP World’s experience and capacity with Uzbekistan’s unique geographical location and favorable business environment will boost regional trade and contribute to further improvement of regional connectivity”.

Developing new trade infrastructure

DP World will establish a state-of-the-art, rail-linked and road-linked, inland logistics network offering customers efficient solutions across all major distribution and consumption centers in and around Tashkent. The company will develop a 100-hectare road-and-rail linked greenfield site in Uzbekistan’s recently established Special Economic Zones.

The agreement will see DP World becoming a strategic partner for the growing Navoi FEZ and the connectivity of the Navoi air cargo terminal linking it to major international hubs, leveraging the company’s expertise in developing, owning, and operating the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the world’s largest free zone, in Dubai.

Additionally, DP World will advise and facilitate Uzbekistan Customs streamline processes with its proven expertise and next generation digital solutions to reform and modernize processes, supporting digital transformation of the overall trade facilitation.

New consumer e-commerce and fintech platforms

The MIFT and DP World also agreed for the company to facilitate the development of a consumer e-commerce platform, leveraging its experience from launching DUBUY.com, an e-commerce platform empowering SMEs and microbusinesses to expand their business and penetrate new markets. The company aims to build the most preferred online shopping destination of the region powered by DP World’s cutting-edge technology.

The new e-commerce platform will be complemented with a consumer fintech platform, giving consumers access to finance and banking solutions through their mobile phones. aims to be the payment option of choice for consumers, helping to facilitate faster, cheaper, and reliable P2P payment and lending opportunities. DP World’s investment in a fintech platform for Uzbekistan in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Uzbek Investment.

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Uzbekistan had previously joined the WLP as a Gateway earlier this year to boost global trade networks and partnerships. The WLP will bring increased traffic and revenues for Uzbekistani traders, will increase visibility of Uzbekistan to the WLP global network and will boost global connectivity. MIFT will also be on hand to facilitate and support traders in Uzbekistan to register as WLP members.

As a Gateway, Uzbekistan will be able to access the benefits of the WLP when trading via the UAE, where it joins a network of 24 Hub countries and many other Gateways that span Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Other countries that are part of the WLP network include India, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Brazil, Senegal, South Africa, the UAE, amongst others.

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Konecranes to deliver first hybrid RTGs to Africa

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Konecranes has received an order from the Matadi Gateway Terminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for four hybrid RTGs. These will be the first hybrid RTGs operated in Africa by the Congo River in the city of Matadi. As a world first in the container handling industry, Konecranes now delivers hybrid and electric RTGs to customers as carbon neutral. Carbon emissions are minimized wherever possible in the manufacture of the cranes and the remaining emissions are compensated with re-forestation, up to the point of hand-over to the customer. This order was booked in the first quarter of 2022 and the hybrid RTGs will be delivered by March 2023.

International Container Terminal Services and La Société De Gestion Immobilière Lengo jointly run the Matadi Gateway Terminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The new hybrid RTGs will enable MGT to handle increasing container traffic. “This is a breakthrough for both DR of the Congo and Africa as a whole, where container terminals are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprints. These are their first RTGs and a big step forward in their container handling ability that will help them to reach their growth goals,” said Matti Talala, Sales Manager, Port Solutions, Konecranes. This hybrid choice of MGT is fully in line with MGT’s ongoing environmental policy.

MGT opened for business in 2014 and has since grown to reach 175,000 TEU of capacity. The new hybrid RTGs will handle containers with high eco-efficiency thanks to their hybrid drives. A hybrid Konecranes RTG is operated with electrical power from batteries and a diesel generator. During normal use, power is drawn from the batteries. During peak use, power is drawn from the batteries and diesel generator together. The hybrid RTGs for MGT will have built-in readiness for fully electric operation and they will have the smart features Auto-steering and Stack Profiling with a lifting capacity of 40t. This design and configuration will increase MGT’s capacity to 400,000 TEU by doubling the yard area.

This is part of Ecolifting, Konecranes’ continuous work to decrease the carbon footprints of our customers. From eco-optimizing diesel drives to hybridization and fully electric fleets, we will continue to do more with less.

A strong focus on customers and a commitment to business growth and continuous improvement make Konecranes a lifting industry leader. This is underpinned by investments in digitalization and technology, plus our work to make material flows more efficient with solutions that decarbonize the economy and advance circularity and safety.

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Kongsberg Digital to provide vessel insight to Floatel International

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Floatel International provides top-quality offshore Floatels for extreme conditions, and will now become a part of and benefit from Kongsberg Digital’s digital infrastructure Vessel Insight.

Floatel is currently operating in the North Sea region, Australia, Gulf of Mexico and Brazil and have a fleet consisting of five semi-submersible accommodation and construction support vessels. The company is systematically working to reduce its emissions and optimize its operations. As a part of Kongsberg Digital´s infrastructure Vessel Insight, the goal is to gain better control and smarter solutions through digitalization. Vessel Insight will be deployed on all of Floatel International´s operational rigs.

“We are excited to be a part of Floatel International on their digital journey. They are experts in working under extreme conditions, and we are proud they have chosen us to support them in reducing emissions and proving optimal operations through digitalization.” said Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President of Digital Ocean in Kongsberg Digital.

“One of our main focus areas is data-driven decarbonization. We hope to get the most out of apps such as Maress and will hopefully get better use of our fuel management data. With the Vessel Insight infrastructure and the Kognifai ecosystem, we have all our digital solutions in the same place and greater opportunities for further digitalization.” commented Alexander Östberg, Technical Manager at Floatel International.

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RUSCON implements its multimodal service between Russia and Israel

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In June 2022, a logistics operator RUSCON, successfully implemented the first shipment of 90 40-foot containers, as part of its new multimodal service between Russia and Israel. The shipment was sent by sea from Novorossiysk to the port of Ashdod. The purpose of these shipments is to link the regions of our country with the Israeli ones through the seaports of the two states.

Transportation within Russia is provided by RUSCON regular services. The consolidation points in Novorossiysk are RUSCON ‘s own terminal and the NUTEP Container Terminal. The sea transportation shoulder is fully organized by RUSCON.

Currently the frequency of calls to Novorossiysk for this service is once in two weeks. Last mile service is available to RUSCON customers in Israel.

Commenting on the new service Andrey Chernyshev, the Senior Vice-President of RUSCON, said: “Under the conditions of partial uncertainty of the situation in the world, RUSCON is doing its best not only to maintain the existing logistic chains, but also to create new ones. Undoubtedly, the launch of the new service in Israel is a significant progress in expanding the geography of RUSCON ‘s multimodal services on the Black and Mediterranean seas.”

He continued, “Such development makes it possible to offer our clients secure solutions for transportations in import-export directions. High demand for the service is evidenced by the loading of cargoes of Israeli manufacturers to Russian cargo owners already in the first call. Partaking of several Delo Group’ assets in the Russia-Israel service allows us to achieve a significant synergy effect and minimize the impact of the current negative factors”.

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