PISJ-ES hosts its first Model UN conference

Twenty-nine delegates highlighted some of the emerging global issues including the UN’s Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and SDGs (sustainable development goals).
Updated 09 February 2018
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PISJ-ES hosts its first Model UN conference

Pakistan International School Jeddah — English Section (PISJ-ES) held its first model United Nations conference recently — a simulation of the UN intended to give students some insight into diplomatic norms and global issues.
The program formally began with a recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an, followed by the national anthem of Pakistan.
The auditorium was designed to replicate the solemn, professional setting of the United Nations.
Twenty-nine delegates, representing countries including Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, China, America and Iran, highlighted some of the emerging global issues including the UN’s Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and SDGs (sustainable development goals), with the slogans “Unite in Peace; not in pieces” and the “Humanitarian situation in developing countries,” respectively.
The president of the NPT agenda was Shifa Ashar, while the agenda for SDG was headed by Anusha Khawaja. Wajeeh Khalil from the Commerce Club played the role of stage secretary.
During his opening address, school principal Adnan Nasir said: “The idea behind holding such events is not only to provide students a platform to express their thoughts and opinions, but also to inculcate in them the attributes of patience, wisdom, discipline, and acceptance of differing viewpoints, as today’s young delegates are the future’s mature ambassadors and diplomats.
“In order to create a world which is secure, prosperous and healthy, we must understand global issues which intertwine in such a way that all and everyone feel the impact,” he continued. “Change begins from within and enthusiastic youth are being counted on for positive change across the globe. Regardless of your age, your aspirations, your interests, your fields, your hobbies, your likes and dislikes, you all are responsible for making this world a better place.”
The principal also congratulated the Commerce Club for presenting such a well-thought-out program, and the senior school administration for all their hard work and flawless coordination to organize the event.


Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

Updated 15 October 2018
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Ascott debuts in Africa with Kwarleyz Residence

The Ascott Limited has cemented its footprint on the African continent with the opening of its first property in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Kwarleyz Residence, which is managed by Ascott, will be the first upscale international -class serviced residence to enter the flourishing Ghanaian market.
Thomas Wee, Ascott’s deputy managing director for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India, said: “Ascott has been managing world-class serviced residences globally for over 30 years. The opening of our first property in Africa, Kwarleyz Residence, enables our worldwide network of corporate clients and the growing international travelers to experience Ascott’s award-winning hospitality on another continent.
“Africa is the world’s second fastest-growing economy after Asia and we see great potential in the region’s hospitality market. Africa’s huge economic growth is fueled by massive infrastructure development, favorable investment policies, and a young population.
With our strong expertise in hospitality management, Ascott aims to set the benchmark in the region by offering business and leisure travelers world-class extended stay accommodation and superior customer service.”
Wee added: “In addition to Kwarleyz Residence, we have secured a contract to manage Ascott 1 Oxford Street which will open in the heart of Accra in 2019.”
Located in the upscale airport residential district, Kwarleyz Residence is surrounded by embassies and the headquarters of gold mining companies. About a five-minute drive from the Kotoka International Airport, the property is within easy access to the Marina Mall at Airport City and Tema Industrial City, via the motorway.
Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional general manager for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, said: “We are proud to partner with Wonda World Estates to bring the first-of-its-kind hospitality offering to the Ghanaian capital and introduce sophisticated living in Accra with the opening of Kwarleyz Residence.”
Nana Kwame Bediako, president for the Kwarleyz Group of companies, which includes Wonda World Estates, said: “We see this collaborative project with our colleagues at Ascott as another example of Wonda World Estates, Kwarleyz Group, Cola Group and Kensington Residential Partners showcasing, either individually or as a collective, a commitment to the improvement of emerging markets across the African landscape.”
The 40-unit serviced residence provides a variety of studio and one- to three-bedroom apartments.
The property includes facilities such as a restaurant, coffee lounge, sky bar, rooftop garden and basement parking. Guests can relax and rejuvenate in the gymnasium, outdoor pool or spa.
The International Monetary Fund forecasts that Africa’s economy will be the second fastest growing in the world with an annual growth rate of 4.3 percent from 2016 to 2020. Ghana is ranked Africa’s fifth most attractive investment destination. Its foreign direct investment increased by nine percent to a record $3.5 billion in 2016.