In line with the company's core pillars of innovation and diversification, Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com) has joined forces with Systhen to further enhance digitization services, such as process automation and cloud solutions, which was presented at Digicloud Morocco from June 21 to 23. 2022; Digicloud Morocco is the Cloud and Digital Transformation B2B meeting dedicated to African decision makers that brings together more than 40 publishers, manufacturers, consulting companies, experts in the field of Cloud and Digital Transformation, to support decision makers African IT decisions. Canon will exhibit its innovative and industry-leading hardware and software solutions that are a prerequisite in the first stage of the digital transformation journey.
Canon Central and North Africa announced its participation in the Digicloud Africa Forum 2022 at Mazagan Beach Resort in El Jadida, Morocco, together with its partner Systhen. This event that invited leading experts in the field of cloud and digital transformation saw Canon showcase its Digital Transformation Services that offer hardware and software designed to help businesses achieve enhanced productivity, collaboration, security, compliance and sustainability. Event attendees had the opportunity to experience the end-to-end enterprise, from hardware to software, that enables organizations to digitally transform and achieve efficiencies through better information and content management, without the need for implementations complex and expensive IT
Canon's partner Systhen, which specializes in the field of document management in Africa, will further enable the company to distribute its pioneering digital transformation solutions in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Ivory Coast and Senegal, thereby raising the marketing penetration and the presence of Canon. Canon showcased its full range of input-to-output solutions, including hardware that is disruptive to the first stage of any digital transformation journey and software that can further augment digitization and process automation while being equipped with capabilities in the cloud. Some of the products on display included document scanners like ImageFormula Scanners (https://bit.ly/3OGfrKT) that are exceptional for digitizing and enhancing photos, along with the next-generation Iris Scanner series (https://bit. ly/3a3TsyD) which has also been rated the world's best A3 document and book scanner, with HD video capabilities and AI technology for advanced, automated document scanning.
MOMENTUM AND DEMAND FOR DIGITIZATION
“Today we live in a digital world and it is becoming almost impossible to escape digitization in any field or lifestyle, making it imperative that brands and businesses embrace the digital transformation journey. Canon has always been at the forefront of innovation, progress and development and therefore we want to support this digital transformation journey by combining Managed Print Services and Workspace Collaboration solutions, helping you achieve transparency and control over the entire document lifecycle and related processes. Digicloud Morocco 2022 was a great opportunity for us and our partner Systhen to bring to light these innovative solutions, services and products that help companies adopt, accelerate and master digital transformation,” commented Ota San, Business Unit Director of Canon Central and North Africa.
As businesses transform, organization-wide digitization remains the ultimate goal for most companies, with 52% of employees recognizing resistance to change as a key barrier to digital transformation in their business . However, this journey to digitization is continually driven by stringent information management and security regulations, needs for process automation and mobility, and demand for faster adoption of cloud and managed services. Canon's digital transformation services support this journey by integrating paper and digital, using combined print and information management services delivered on-site, via the cloud or in a mixed environment. Canon's cloud process automation solutions come out-of-the-box with pre-configured applications to enable users to improve core business processes, such as HR digitization, invoice processing or contract management, and for advanced users , the solution also allows self-configuration and design of other applications tailored to specific business needs. Canon Cloud Process Automation Solutions are a comprehensive integrated content management solution that enables businesses to replace multiple solutions with a single platform, minimizing IT spend.
TRUSTED PARTNER FOR YOUR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY
“We are delighted to represent a partner like Canon that has a long history and heritage of bringing innovation-driven solutions to Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal. We will focus efforts to bring a unique efficiency-driven approach to the government and banking sectors with hardware and software products and services together as an end-to-end solution to drive valuable change, without interrupting daily flow. of these businesses. What sets Canon apart from other solution providers is its expert understanding of digital transformation and its distinctive, ready-to-deploy market solutions that can greatly accelerate the pace of digital adoption in Africa. Canon's ImageFormula scanners, Iris products and Canon solutions such as Scan2X and Workspace Collaboration are instrumental in harmonizing document and content management processes across multiple departments and locations, thereby improving the business processes of efficient and fast way. We are very excited to bring these robust solutions and products from Canon to the Digicloud Morocco Forum 2022 so that industry leaders and decision makers can witness the show for themselves,” said Said Kharabouche, Director of Systhen.
To support Africa's ongoing digital transformation journey, Canon has introduced a wide range of products, from portable to rugged, that can help handle different types of documents for different industries. Plus, its pre-integrated cloud connectivity solutions enable secure and efficient scanning and printing from a variety of cloud storage services, including Google Drive, One Drive and Dropbox, for frictionless remote collaboration. Canon's cloud process automation solutions are designed and built on a robust infrastructure that complies with Canon's security standards and policies, including: Canon's ISO27001, Canon PCI and GDPR protocols, vulnerability and policy assessment, synthetic, application and infrastructure monitoring, host-based antivirus, all tested in accordance with Canon's security policies. The company's patented technology can deliver high-quality compression up to 50 times the document size, while its OCR (Optical Character Recognition) is available in up to 137 different languages, making it a dynamic all-in-one solution. one.
Powered by an efficient, sustainable and future-ready print infrastructure with the added value of automation, advanced capture and cloud connectivity, Canon aims to power Africa's digital transformation journey.
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The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) confirmed its upcoming visits to Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador and Turkey in the second half of this year, and announced plans to visit Croatia, Madagascar, Nicaragua and the State of Palestine during the first half of 2023.
“Visiting States Parties is essential to fulfilling our mandate to protect persons deprived of their liberty in a variety of settings, for example, not only in prisons, but also in police stations, psychiatric institutions, closed refugee camps and detention centers. of immigrants,” said Suzanne Jabbour, President of the SPT.
During each visit, the SPT will also meet with and assist the country's independent torture prevention watchdog, formally called the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM). “Another key part of our mandate is to strengthen the already designated NPM and support the establishment of the mechanism in countries where it does not yet exist,” added Jabbour.
The Subcommittee visited Brazil, Tunisia, Argentina and Lebanon in the first half of 2022. It will continue its program of visits during the rest of the year, inspecting places of deprivation of liberty and measures to prevent torture in Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ecuador and Turkey.
The Subcommittee also announced that it would plan to visit Croatia, Madagascar, Nicaragua and the State of Palestine in the first half of 2023. These decisions were made at its last confidential session held in Geneva in June. The SPT will announce more visits for 2023 after its next meeting in November.
During the June session, the SPT met with representatives of the signatory States, a delegation from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the UN Special Rapporteur on Migrants and the UN Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan, among others.
The SPT also recommended different projects in relevant regions of the world for the OPCAT Fund to support. The Fund helps finance the implementation of the suggestions made by the Subcommittee after its country visits and sponsors various educational programs conducted by NPMs.
In addition, the SPT decided to add the Central African Republic, which ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture in 2016, to the list of States Parties that do not comply with Article 17. Burkina Faso and Mongolia were removed from that list. , as these States designated their National Preventive Mechanisms, which is a positive step for the prevention of torture.
The article 17 list lists States parties that are far behind in establishing their national preventive mechanisms. The list currently consists of Belize, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nauru, Nigeria, the Philippines, and South Sudan. Under the Optional Protocol, states are required to establish their NPM within one year of ratification.
The State of Qatar participated by videoconference in the 120th session of the Permanent Council of the Francophonie, which was held in the French capital, Paris, under the presidency of HE the Secretary General of the International Organization of the Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo.
The State of Qatar was represented at the session by H.E. Ambassador of Qatar to the French Republic and Qatari representative to the International Organization of La Francophonie Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al-Thani.
The political situation in some Francophone countries was discussed at the meeting.
Her Excellency the Secretary General expressed her concern about the situation in the world today, adding that peace and security are subject to turmoil. She reviewed developments in the political and security situation in various countries, including Burkina Faso, Mali, Lebanon, Tunisia, Haiti, and the transition process in Chad in particular.
His Excellency praised the mediation led by the State of Qatar in the framework of the preparatory dialogue between the Chadian government and the political and armed opposition groups, praising the efforts of the State of Qatar and expressing his sincere appreciation for it.
He expressed his hope that the negotiations in Doha would achieve their goals by reaching an agreement and called on all parties involved to do everything necessary to reach an agreement that would allow the restoration of constitutional order, reconciliation and lasting peace.
His Excellency noted that the Organization will continue its efforts to keep pace with the transition process, through the two experts it appointed, to support the Chadian government in the transition phase from August 2021, and that they are closely following the Doha negotiations.
Launch of the Technical Assistance initiative for Pollution Hot Spots in the Mediterranean of the Global Environment Facility; prepare projects to reduce marine and coastal pollution; focus on Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) today launched the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Mediterranean Pollution Hotspots Technical Assistance initiative, the aim of which is to is to reduce pollution in the marine and coastal environment of the Mediterranean.
As part of the USD 4 million Hot Spots Pollution project (https://bit.ly/3y2Mhyj), the initiative aims to promote proper and healthy management of water, wastewater, solid waste and industrial emissions in the southern Mediterranean region, thus reducing health. risks and improve access to drinking water and sanitation services.
The initiative was launched on the sidelines of the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon by EIB Vice President Ricardo Mourinho Félix and Susan Gardner, Director of UNEP's Ecosystems Division. The two agreed to support the preparation of priority investment projects to reduce pollution in the marine and coastal environments of the three southern Mediterranean countries, namely Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia.
“Untreated wastewater discharges represent a major problem for Mediterranean ecosystems and the health of the population living in the region. Many large coastal cities still lack a wastewater treatment system and many of the existing systems are based on outdated and inefficient technologies,” said Susan Gardner. "This joint GEF-EIB-UNEP project will pool resources to reduce pollution and improve marine ecosystems and the health of people living in the Mediterranean region."
According to the 2021 State of Finance for Nature report (https://bit.ly/3a07zF2), a total of USD 8.1 trillion is required for the world to meet its climate change, biodiversity and land degradation goals between now and 2050. The Technical Assistance initiative is a step forward to close this gap.
The Mediterranean basin is one of the most valued seas in the world. The region encompasses a vast array of coastal and marine ecosystems that provide valuable benefits to all of its 250 million coastal inhabitants. But the Mediterranean Sea is facing multiple pressures caused by human activities, including chemical pollution, eutrophication, marine litter pollution and overexploitation.
The technical assistance provided under the Mediterranean Hot Spot Investment Program (MeHSIP) will be geared towards helping developers accelerate the preparation of bankable projects in the water and environment sectors that address these pressures.
Ricardo Mourinho Félix (https://bit.ly/3Ns0D0X), Vice President of the European Investment Bank, said: “The state of the Mediterranean Sea is crucial for the conservation of biodiversity, the availability of clean water resources and for maintaining jobs. that depend on it. The EIB is one of the largest lenders in the global water sector. I am very pleased to intensify our long-standing cooperation with UNEP to support the clean-up of the Mediterranean. It will contribute to the goals of the Clean Ocean Initiative established to improve the health of the oceans globally.”
The USD 4 million Mediterranean Pollution Hotspot Investment Project is one of the sub-projects of the MedProgramme (https://bit.ly/3I4yOe7) funded by the GEF (https://bit.ly/3I4yOe7) of USD 42 million implemented by the UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan – Barcelona Convention.
The launch of the Technical Assistance initiative marks an advance towards the fulfillment of the commitments (https://bit.ly/3QRbWCW) assumed at the 22nd Meeting of the Contracting Parties (COP 22) of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols on measures regions for the prevention and reduction of pollution from wastewater treatment plants.
Tunisia’s interior ministry said on Friday it had information about serious threats to the life of the president and that it had foiled what it called a separate attack near a synagogue, adding to concerns over a mounting political crisis.
The ministry said both internal and external elements were involved in plans targeting the president. Spokesperson Fadhila Khelifi said in a news conference that “the goal was to undermine Tunisian public security”.
In what the ministry said was a separate incident, an attacker was arrested after injuring two police while targeting a security point outside a Tunis synagogue overnight, a security official said.
President Kais Saied’s opponents accuse him of a coup for seizing most powers last summer to rule by decree and preparing a new constitution that he plans to put to a referendum next month.
Opposition to Saied’s moves has broadened over recent months as nearly all major political parties as well as the powerful labour union have come out against his plans, holding street rallies against him.
However, while critics of the president say his moves have raised concerns over rights and freedoms won in the 2011 revolution that brought democracy, there has been no widespread crackdown on the opposition.
Saied says his moves are legal and were needed to save Tunisia from years of political paralysis and economic stagnation.
Tunisia has a small Jewish minority and hosts an annual pilgrimage to one of Africa’s oldest synagogues, on the island of Djerba.
An al Qaeda attack there in 2002 killed 21 visitors. (