France and Germany to propose bitcoin regulations

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire (R) addresses a joint press conference with Germany's interim Finance Minister Peter Altmaier following their meeting at the Economy Ministry in Paris on January 18, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 18 January 2018
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France and Germany to propose bitcoin regulations

PARIS: France and Germany said Thursday plan to make a joint proposal on regulating bitcoin at a meeting of finance ministers from the G20 countries in March.
“We have the same concerns and we share the goal of regulating bitcoin,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Peter Altmaier.
Le Maire has tasked a former deputy governor of the Bank of France to come up with proposals.
“These proposals on regulation will be submitted as joint French-German position to our G20 counterparts” at their mid-March meeting in Buenos Aires.
The Group of 20 club of nations, which was born during the 2008 financial crisis, has focused on the global economy.
For his part, Altmaier said “we have a responsibility to our citizens to explain the risks and reduce the risks by regulations which are needed.”
Their promise to develop regulations came a day after a sharp drop in the value of bitcoin, which fell through the $10,000 level for the first time since November after authorities in China and South Korea cracked down on cryptocurrencies.


Mo-Salah to raise DHL flag in the MENA region for developmental and charitable causes

Updated 24 May 2018
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Mo-Salah to raise DHL flag in the MENA region for developmental and charitable causes

LONDON: DHL Express, the world’s leading express logistics provider, has signed a strategic partnership with Egyptian football superstar Mohamed Salah to become brand ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for the next two years.
The new collaboration will see the parties working together on a series of marketing activities and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives that reinforce the synergies between the core values of DHL Express as a business and Mohamed Salah as a sportsman and youth-inspirer.
The announcement made late on Wednesday in northern England comes just weeks ahead of Salah’s campaign to lead the Egyptian national team at the World Cup in Russia.
DHL’s CEO in the Middle East and North Africa, Nour Suliman, told Arab News that he was very proud of collaborating with Salah.
“Our partnership with Mo Salah is unique as it is the first contract with an individual player, but also it is a testament to the synergy of core values DHL Express and Mo Salah share — leadership, commitment, teamwork, precision, agility, determination,” he said.
When asked by Arab News about the meaning of this partnership, Salah said: “I am very proud to be the first player to partner with DHL, and I am happy to collaborate with an international brand.”
DHL did not disclose the funds earmarked for its CSR initiatives to be spent in the MENA region, and its region’s CEO said the initialtives to be developed are still a work in progress.
However, DHL said it has already significantly contributed to the development of the countries they operate in within the MENA region.
The company’s work includes supporting charities, working to help orphans, youth development, care and education among other causes.