Dubai launches UAE’s first Waqf focused on supporting women and children

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation has launched the UAE’s first Waqf focused on supporting women and children, in collaboration with the Dubai Foundation For Women and Children, WAM reported.

The residential Waqf, a Sharia-compliant charitable endowment, aims to generate a sustainable income to contribute to the care and rehabilitation of women and children and meet their needs by giving them shelter and protection and direct support in line with international human rights principles. A key project of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, the Waqf also provides free services to children of different nationalities across the UAE in accordance with the Foundation’s inclusive ethos.

A housing project in Al Warqaa in Dubai that serves as the centre for the services facilitated by the Waqf was opened at an event attended by a host of senior officials including Abdulla Mohammed Al Basti, Secretary-General of Dubai Executive Council; Ali Mohammed Al Mutawa, Secretary-General of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation; Ahmed Darwish Al Muhairi, Chairman of the Board of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children; Sheikha Saeed Al Mansouri, Acting Director-General of Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, and board members and representatives of the two foundations.

Al Basti said the humanitarian initiative reflects the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to ensure the protection and care of vulnerable segments of society, particularly women and children, and the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, to provide a high standard of living to all sectors of society. Initiatives that enhance the level of care and support services provided to vulnerable sections of society play a vital role in promoting the growth, prosperity and wellbeing of the community, he said.

He expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the support services provided by Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation of Dubai, which have contributed significantly to advancing Dubai’s humanitarian objectives, including empowering women, caring for children and equipping people with the skills and resources needed to create a bright future.

Al Ghurair, Chairman of Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation, said the launch of the new Waqf is in line with Dubai government’s strategies aimed at taking care of women and children. The Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation seeks to strengthen the participation of women in society and provide support through sustainable investment projects that enhance the stability and security of the community, he added.

Ali Al Mutawa reiterated the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation’s keenness to actively participate in various philanthropic initiatives aimed at supporting all segments of society. Women and children are among the social groups that the Foundation is strongly focused on, he said. Al Mutawa further stated that since its establishment, the Foundation has contributed to supporting women and children in cooperation with many institutions and centres specialised in sponsorship, rehabilitation, skills development and integrated care for children and women according to their needs so that they can participate in social development.

Ahmed Darwish Al Muhairi thanked the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation for its role in realising the project, which will support the programmes of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children. He stressed that the protection of this segment of society is the responsibility of all stakeholders.

For his part, Al Mansouri said the Foundation’s objective of providing protection and support services for women and children reflects the commitment of the nation’s leadership to safeguard the welfare of vulnerable sections of society and the country’s commitment to provide social services that are aligned with international human rights standards and principles.

Dubai’s Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation works to raise the role of endowments in Dubai’s social and economic development as well as the growth of the humanitarian, culture, education, health and scientific research sectors. The total number of the Foundation’s registered endowments reached 761 at the end of 2021, representing a total value of AED7.71 billion.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kyrgyz trade house opened in Seoul

A Kyrgyz trade house is opened in Seoul (South Korea) in order to intensify trade and economic cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan said.

The trading house is established on the initiative of the Kyrgyz Embassy in South Korea with the assistance of Kyrgyzstani, president of NAG Group Gulshaiyr Nadyrbekova, who expressed her intention to promote Kyrgyz products in the Korean market.

The official ceremony was attended by Kyrgyz Ambassador to South Korea Aida Ismailova, President of the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA) Kim Bying-kwan, honorary consuls of Kyrgyzstan in Korea Kim Jong Gu and Kim Hosong, as well as Kyrgyz citizens living in Korea.

In her speech, Ambassador Ismailova noted the importance of enhancing trade and economic cooperation with Korea and expressed hope that soon Kyrgyzstan’s products will be sold in major shopping centers in Korea.

In turn, KOIMA President Kim Bying-kwan said that Korean businessmen appreciated the quality of Kyrgyz products and expressed interest in establishing supply of organic products to the Korean market.

The Kyrgyz trade house features organic products from Kyrgyzstan, including felt products, natural honey, jams and other products of domestic companies that participated in the Import Goods Fair 2022 on June 23-25.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Traditional International Festival of Shyrdak held in Naryn

The traditional International Festival “Kyrgyz Shyrdagy – XII” was held in Naryn town of Kyrgyzstan from June 28 to June 29.

More than 100 artisans from all the regions of Kyrgyzstan took part in the festival. Within the framework of the festival, various competitions, a scientific and practical conference on the history of Kyrgyz Shyrdak, exhibitions of national dishes and crafts were held.

The purpose of the festival is to preserve the cultural heritage, revive the continuity of traditional knowledge, develop crafts and industry based on cultural heritage, and turn Kyrgyzstan into an international zone of environmentally friendly cultural tourism.

Shyrdak is a stitched, and often handmade colourful felt floor-covering. It is made using mosaic technique, which is one of the most difficult, while one of the most important qualities of shyrdak is durability. The average service life of a shyrdak is about 100 years, sometimes even more.

Making one shyrdak carpet is a laborious process, so it takes 2 to 6 months for craftswomen to make one carpet, provided that she only deals with this carpet, but most often Kyrgyz women work in groups, which mainly include representatives of the same family.

Among the Kyrgyz, the shyrdak carpet is one of the most valuable household items.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Minsk to host Indonesia-EAEU forum in 2023

Belarus and Indonesia will hold a series of video conferences on cooperation in various fields, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Center for Marketing.

Director of the National Center for Marketing Nikolai Borisevich met with Ambassador of Indonesia to Russia and concurrently to Belarus Jose Antonio Morato Tavares in Moscow.

The parties agreed to organize a series of video conferences in 2022 to discuss Belarusian-Indonesian cooperation in various fields.

The parties also agreed to hold the Indonesia-EAEU forum in Minsk in the first half of 2023 to be co-organized by the National Center for Marketing. The idea of holding the forum was also supported by the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kyrgyz president: We must show determination in solving problem of external debt

“We must show determination in solving the problem of external debt,” President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov said speaking in the Parliament.

Addressing the deputies, the president noted that there is a big problem: the peak of payments on the country’s external debt and finding sources of financing.

“Fate decreed that this big problem fell on my term. According to previous data, this year we need to pay 23 billion soms on external debt, next year – 25 billion soms. Over the next 10 years, we will have to pay off the debts that we have accumulated in 30 years. If we don’t pay, as we know, the country’s independence will be in jeopardy.

But while in power, we must make a promise to our people and show determination in dealing with such serious problems as external debt. Of course, I hope that we will resolve such serious issues with your support,” Zhaparov said.

According to data of the Ministry of Finance, the public debt of Kyrgyzstan as of February 28, 2022 amounted to USD 5 billion 119.15 million. Of this amount, the domestic debt is USD 817.31 million, while external debt has reached USD 4 billion 301.84 million.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Kazakhstan sees rise in COVID cases for first time since March

Kazakhstan is experiencing a daily increase in coronavirus cases for the first time since March 2022, Azattyq reports. Earlier, the Ministry of Health stated that over the past day, the virus has been found in 110 people, Qazmonitor.com reported.

Worsening epidemiological situation

Of the 110 new cases, 56 occurred in Almaty and 29 in the capital. Seven cases were registered in Shymkent and six in the Karagandy Region. The rest of the cases have been recorded in several other regions.

The Vice Minister of Health – Chief State Sanitary Doctor of Kazakhstan Aizhan Esmagambetova – said that Nur-Sultan and Almaty are approaching the “yellow” zone in terms of the epidemiological situation, according to Tengrinews.

“It started out gradually with 50 cases per day. Yesterday, 110 cases were registered. If we look at the trend, week to week, there is a 3.6-fold increase. The increase in cases is mainly in the cities of Almaty and Nur-Sultan”, said the chief sanitary doctor.

The last time Kazakhstan registered more than 100 cases of infection with the coronavirus in one day was in March of this year, according to local media. Starting from the middle of June, sanitary doctors have noted an increase in the incidents of coronavirus in Kazakhstan.

In the course of the epidemiological study, it was found that 80 percent of those who fall ill are those who have not been vaccinated, or those whose last vaccination or revaccination was more than six months old, Esmagambetova specified.

She also noted 56% of the population vaccinated with the first component. Revaccination also continues – almost 4.8 million people have been vaccinated, which represents 68% of all who are eligible.

“Today, the epidemiological situation is worsening. So far, there are no plans to introduce any additional or new restrictions, because all regions still remain in the “green” zone. But Nur-Sultan and Almaty are approaching the “yellow” zone, according to the epidemiological situation assessment matrix.”

Aizhan Esmagambetova, Chief State Sanitary Doctor

Yerzhan Baitanaev, an official representative of the Ministry of Health’s Committee for Sanitary and Epidemiological Control, told Khabar 24 TV channel that alarm bells will need to be set off if more than 100 cases of infection with COVID-19 are detected in a day in any region of the country. This will mean a return to the “red” zone with strict COVID restrictions.

A total of 1,306,471 cases of COVID-19 infection had been confirmed in Kazakhstan as of June 29.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Fly Dubai increases frequency of flights from UAE to Bishkek

Additional flights from Dubai to Bishkek were launched by Fly Dubai in June 2022, Manas International Airport reported.

The report said that the frequency of flights has been increased to 10 flights per week.

The flight time is 4 hours 20 minutes.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

President attends final session of 7th convocation of Kyrgyz Parliament

President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov took part in a final session of the 7th convocation of the Jogorku Kenesh held on Thursday.

During the session, First Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers Adylbek Kasymaliev and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet Bakyt Torobaev took the oath.

Further, the president delivered a speech, noting a significant increase in the volume of tax and customs revenues for six months compared to the results of 2021, a significant increase in budget financing of the social sphere, strengthening of energy security of the country, construction of schools, medical institutions and other social facilities.

Sadyr Zhaparov stressed that these results were achieved due to coordinated work of the legislative and executive branches of power.

He urged to leave political squabbles and intrigues and to keep up with the world trends, stressing that Kyrgyzstan sets priority task to put order in the economy and its further development.

The Kyrgyz leader raised an important issue in parliament – the peak of payments on external debt. Over the next 10 years, the country needs to repay debts that have accumulated over 30 years of independence.

He noted the need to be resolute in such serious problems as the external debt.

Zhaparov expressed hope that such issues would be resolved with the support of the people’s representatives.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency