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More than 200 still missing

More than 200 still missing in California's deadliest wildfire on record

November 12, 2018 - More than 200 people were missing early on Monday in California’s deadliest and most destructive blaze on record, one of two fires raging in the state which have killed at least 31 people and forced more than a quarter of a million evacuations.

The so-called Camp Fire 40 miles northwest of Sacramento burned down more than 6,700 homes and businesses in the town of Paradise, more structures than any other wildfire recorded in California, Reuters reported.

The fire had burned more than 111,000 acres and was 25 percent contained by late Sunday, officials said. Its death toll of 29 now equals that of the Griffith Park Fire in 1933, the deadliest wildfire on record in California.

At least 228 people were still missing, according to Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea.

In southern California, the Woolsey Fire has scorched at least 85,500 acres and destroyed 177 structures. The blaze was only 15 percent contained. At least two people have died in that fire, according to officials from the statewide agency Cal Fire.

The blaze has forced the authorities to issue evacuation orders for a quarter million people in Ventura and Los Angeles counties and beachside communities including the Malibu beach colony.

Celebrities at the People’s Choice Awards Sunday night in Santa Monica, CA, asked for prayers and donations for residents and first responders.

Hot, dry winds were expected to whip up the fires burning in both tinder-dry southern and northern California until Tuesday, officials said.

Officials urged residents to heed evacuation orders.

“Winds are already blowing,” Chief Daryl Osby of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Sunday. “They are going to blow for the next three days. Your house can be rebuilt but you can’t bring your life back.”

Governor Jerry Brown asked US President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster to bolster the emergency response and help residents recover.

Trump has criticized the California government in Tweets this weekend, blaming poor forest management for the infernos.

Source: http://www.iran-daily.com/News/234163.html

Hisarcıklıoğlu explains key

Hisarcıklıoğlu explains key points of entrepreneurship at G3 Forum

08.11.2018 / İstanbul- TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, in his speech at the 8th Entrepreneurs Power of the Future Forum (G3), said, “You must keep your eyes on the world and try to learn a foreign language. Learn to work together. Every job starts with a dream; imagine and go after your dreams.”​

Explaining the key points of entrepreneurship at the 8th Entrepreneurs Power of the Future Forum, moderated by journalist Vahap Munyar the TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu said, pointing out that this forum is one of the most institutional entrepreneurship activities in Turkey and said, “It is easy access to information in this age. I mean, there's no problem with know-how. The main point is to get to know the right people, to set up a network. That is the where we provide know-how. We introduce Turkey's star with entrepreneurs with candidate entrepreneurs.”

While thanking those who contributed to this event, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “I would like to thank Ali Sabancı, the Chairman of the Young Entrepreneurship Board, Gülden Yılmaz, G-3 Platform President, HABITAT President Sezai Hazır and TURKCELL. I would also like to congratulate the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, women and young entrepreneurs, and all of our chambers-exchanges, who supported this event.”

- Transformation throughout the world

TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu said: “There is a great transformation in the world. The borders of a country used to mean a lot. Today, the borders of a country have lost their old meaning. It is possible to reach anywhere with internet. Everybody's connected. In other words, everyone has become part of a whole. Global value chains were formed.” Hisarcıklıoğlu, giving an example of iPhone, pointed out that although it was a US company, parts were produced in 30 different countries. “This provides an opportunity for developing countries. In their own countries, production capacity is established. The shift of the center of gravity of the global economy from the west to the east is related to this,” said Hisarcıklıoğlu and pointed out the second big change was experienced in companies.

- Intellectual labor has replaced physical labor

Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that intellectual labor has replaced physical labor, and that companies of old have left their places to the new generation. The TOBB President stated that in the last 10 years, energy companies were replaced by tech companies throughout the world, “So what is happens to those who cannot keep up with this change? They fall, unable to keep up with change. The lesson must be learned: those who can’t keep up with the change, lose. While all of this is happening in the world, what are we busy with? The world is discussing artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, clean energy and genetics research, but people in Turkey are talking politics, sports, gossip and TV series. What people focus on is what they’ll make progress in. The world discusses the 21st Century issues and prepares itself for a post-industrial revolution. We need to keep up with all this. We can't produce technology if we don't produce science. We are experiencing some difficulties in the economy. But remember this. In the last 25 years, we have experienced five important economic crises. We've overcome them all; we've moved on. We will not be outdone this time either. Trust your country and yourself. We will overcome this troubled period and continue on the road.”

- Recommendations from Hisarcıklıoğlu

Speaking at the forum, TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “The know-how business is sorted, what is important know is reaching the right person, that is, the know-who.” Sharing his own entrepreneurship story at the forum, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “When I was 7 years old in primary school, my father wanted to send me to a boarding school in Ankara. He asked me to learn English. I was the only child and nobody wanted me to go. I came to Kayseri during the holidays. I spent 3.5 months apprenticed at the pharmacy. When the school opened, all my friends were telling me about their beach vacation. I worked every summer during my education.” Hisarcıklıoğlu stating that when he finished university, his father set up a job for him at a bank, “I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I did not want to be a salary-man, I wanted to be rich.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu went on, “Turkey had met natural gas for the first time. I observed that pipes are imported from England. Natural gas business would from Ankara to all over Turkey. I said, we should be producing these pipes. We made it, developed it and sold it. No need to be emotional. The idea was mine, I established the company but after it reached its value, we sold it and entered other fields. We made one of the first shopping centers in Ankara. I always work with experts of any given field. I keep those smarter than myself with me. My friends that I worked with when starting up are currently CEOs in large companies in Turkey. Imagination, courage, confidence and a good team: If you can build it, success comes. My father wanted me to be a good public servant, but I did not.”

- Istanbul Commodity Exchange (ISTIB) Chairman Ali Kopuz

Istanbul Commodity Exchange (ISTIB) Chairman Ali Kopuz stated that calling entrepreneurs the “power of the future” is correct insufficient, stating that entrepreneurs are not only the power of the future, but also the past.

Kopuz, highlighting the importance of the existence of the legal infrastructure to improve free entrepreneurs, enterprise and business environment, said they are making great efforts for the creation of an environment in which Turkey's entrepreneurs can grow.

- G3 Platform Chair Gülden Yılmaz

G3 Platform President Gülden Yılmaz said that they met with more than 7,000 entrepreneurs and entrepreneur candidates at the G3 Forum in the 7 years behind them and said, “Thousands of new business ideas sprouted here. Some of our participants have already begun to implement their business ideas and write their own success stories.”

- Founding Chairman of Habitat Sezai Hazır

Habitat Founding President Sezai Hazır said that as Habitat, they have provided 1.5 million people with face-to-face training with the projects they have carried out so far, and there are more than 5,000 volunteer trainers in 81 provinces.

Source: https://tobb.org.tr/Sayfalar/Eng/Detay.php?rid=23950&lst=MansetListesi

Iran’s capital city of history and civilization, Hamedan, holds the 40th UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)..

Worlds biggest tourism

World’s biggest tourism event commences in Iran’s Hamedan

Hamedan, Nov 12, IRNA – Iran’s capital city of history and civilization, Hamedan, holds the 40th UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Affiliate Members Plenary Session on Monday to be the country’s tourism flagship in the world.

Hamedan governor Mohammad-Nasser Nikbakht, head of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran Ali-Asghar Mounessan made the opening speeches.
The Secretary-General of UNWTO Zurab Pololikashvili will hold a press conference after the meeting.
More than 80 members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the organizer, from 30 countries attend the 40th edition of the conference.
Devising information exchange solutions and developing services and inter-continental collaborations are among the topics to be discussed.
Nine TV channels and over 100 international journalists and photographers cover the world’s most prominent tourism meeting, including the Hamedan’s provincial channel’s live TV program, said the head of the conference’s information center Maryam Moghaddam to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
Member of the directing board of the conference Hamid-Reza Yari told IRNA that four technical panels with the attendance of Deputy of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization as well as nine renowned international tourism university professors and experts, and hundreds of tourism activists will take place during the three-day conference.
This is the first time that an Iranian city hosts such a conference.
Selecting Hamedan as the 2018 Asian Tourism Capital is a great opportunity for this city to take advantage of its potentials in tourism, the world’s third lucrative industry.
During the last year’s UNWTO Executive Council meeting, Hamedan’s municipality was the first municipality in the world to become UNWTO member.
The UNWTO Affiliate Members Plenary Session is underway on November 12-14.

Source: http://www.irna.ir/en/News/83096875

Secretary General ECO Calls on 1

Secretary General ECO Calls on Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour paid his first visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan as the Secretary General ECO on 25-26 October, 2018 and held meeting with H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister to discuss ways and means to enhance economic cooperation in the ECO region.

The Honurable Minister highlighted that the ECO member states might benefit from the projects initiated jointly and observed that there are immense opportunities for cooperation between the Member States especially in the areas of trade, transport, information and communication technologies, tourism, energy, etc and it can yield dividends for all economies in the region.

While appreciating the Honourable Minister to receive the ECO delegation, Secretary General informed Excellency about Azerbaijan's active role in ECO activities. He apprised about the latest developments at the ECO and exchanged views on the prospects of the relations for socio-economic development in this resource-rich region. He underlined ECO’s institutional reforms for more ownership of the organization to perform its effective role in realization of the ECO Vision 2025 and emphasized on coordinated efforts to get more concrete results in main priority areas.

During the Meeting, Secretary General touched upon organization's core agreements such as ECO Trade Agreement (ECOTA), Agreement of Protection and Promotion of Investment (APPI), Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA) and its potential impact on the Republic of Azerbaijan. especially as a transit country. He appreciated brilliant idea of ECO Research Centre (ERC) from the Republic of Azerbaijan which is under process. Both parties also discussed the significance of tourism in the region and agreed to work more closely on some new ideas to tap immense potential of the region. Considering accelerated effort and closer cooperation as imperative, both sides agreed to further intensify constructive engagements for regional development.

 

Meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister

Prior to this Meeting, Secretary General also met H.E. Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan and discussed in detail matters relating to Azerbaijan role in enhancing organization efficiency and reform process and issues related to trade, investment, ECO-TDB, transport and communication potential as corridor hub, etc which were later discussed with the Honourable Foreign Minister. Deputy Minister underlined that Azerbaijan assigns special significance to ECO affairs due to its great contribution in the regional development.

Both meetings concluded with appreciation of the host government for their great hospitality and excellent arrangements.

Secretary General Calls on Azerbaijan's Minister of Economy in Baku
Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, Secretary General ECO called on H.E. Shahin Mustafavyev, Minister of Economy, Republic of Azerbaijan on 26 October, 2018 to discuss with the honourable Minister the latest developments at ECO and exchange views on means to improve the economic conditions and trade prospects between the ECO and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Honouable Minister updated Secretary General ECO on economic performance of the country and touched its future prospects. Excellency gave a brief overview of Azerbaijan's economic growth, trade and investment and its role in ECO-Trade and Development Bank (ECO-TDB) and expressed his hope to improve it benefitting the whole region through diversification of economy and better connectivity.
Secretary General expressed deep appreciation for the Honourable Minister to receive the ECO delegation and informed him about the active participation Azerbaijan in ECO activities. He highlighted current status of cooperation between ECO and the Republic of Azerbaijan with focus on future plans for realization of the ECO Vision 2025. He highlighted Azerbaijan’s trade volume with its neighboring countries and emphasized to enhance it to its potential through more meaningful cooperation within the ECO framework especially through ECO Trade Agreement (ECOTA) for enhanced market access. He appreciated Azerbaijan's role in the ECO-Trade and Development Bank and need to enhance its contribution in future .
During the Meeting, ECO's some vital agreements such as Agreement of Protection and Promotion of Investment (APPI), Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA) also came under discussion. Secretary General also touched upon ECO's connectivity projects for its favourable impact for Azerbaijan' s economy to help make it a Transit corridor/hub to increase its trade and overall development in the region. Secretary General also discussed the ECO Electricity Market initiative.
Both sides agreed on the significance of increasing trade, investment, energy and tourism in the region through enhanced connectivity and to enhance commercial viability of projects through increased trade. Establishment of ECO Research Centre (ERC) in Baku and its envisioned role as a regional think tank was also discussed benefitting the region in multiple ways. Both sides also discussed on-going and future projects in the area of research and praised the contribution of Azerbaijan in its furtherance. Both sides agreed to further deepen cooperation in the time ahead to help utilize Azerbaijan's development potential and to improve the pace of in regional development.

Secretary General Meets Azerbaijan's Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies in Baku

Secretary General ECO was warmly received by H.E. Ramin Namiq Oglu Guluzade, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies during his official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan on 25-26 October, 2018. The Meeting discussed importance of connectivity and communication for the Republic of Azerbaijan which has immense potential as a transit hub. Also, significance of the proximity of the Republic of Azerbaijan to huge market of the ECO Member States and its beneficial role in fostering economic growth and development through enhancing volume exports was deliberated. In this background, various ways and means to enhance economic cooperation particularly through improving regional connectivity were considered in the meeting.
Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour after warm reception informed the Honourable Minister about the current state of various road and rail connections and projects passing through Azerbaijan. Both sides concurred that better connectivity, physical and electronic, is imperative for result-oriented cooperation by providing a strong base for enhancing intra-regional trade and commercial activities in the region through better inflow of investments.

He underscored that more projects will be launched in future in priority areas including Transport and Communications in the light of the ECO Vision 2025. In this context, overarching legal framework of Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA) and its potential impact on the Republic of Azerbaijan came under discussion. Current state of the main road and rail routes connecting the North-South, East-West of the Region particularly (Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) and its possibility of connectivity with the eastern part of the ECO region was also discussed. The developments with regard to infrastructure project connecting Azerbaijan and Iran through Astara which is the part of ECO project" Gazvin -Rasht -Astara (Iran) -Astara (Azerbaijan) was also discussed. The Honourable Minister emphasized on the need to work together and make Azerbaijan a transit and electronic hub and benefit the region.

Future plans of the road and rail projects came under consideration and both sides agreed to further intensify efforts for mutual and collective gain of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as the region.

Source: http://www.eco.int/news/87236-Secretary-General-ECO-Calls-on-Foreign-Minister-of-the-Republic-of-Azerbaijan.html?t=News

Secretary General ECO Calls on 1

Secretary General ECO Calls on Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour paid his first visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan as the Secretary General ECO on 25-26 October, 2018 and held meeting with H.E. Elmar Mammadyarov, Foreign Minister to discuss ways and means to enhance economic cooperation in the ECO region.

The Honurable Minister highlighted that the ECO member states might benefit from the projects initiated jointly and observed that there are immense opportunities for cooperation between the Member States especially in the areas of trade, transport, information and communication technologies, tourism, energy, etc and it can yield dividends for all economies in the region.

While appreciating the Honourable Minister to receive the ECO delegation, Secretary General informed Excellency about Azerbaijan's active role in ECO activities. He apprised about the latest developments at the ECO and exchanged views on the prospects of the relations for socio-economic development in this resource-rich region. He underlined ECO’s institutional reforms for more ownership of the organization to perform its effective role in realization of the ECO Vision 2025 and emphasized on coordinated efforts to get more concrete results in main priority areas.

During the Meeting, Secretary General touched upon organization's core agreements such as ECO Trade Agreement (ECOTA), Agreement of Protection and Promotion of Investment (APPI), Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA) and its potential impact on the Republic of Azerbaijan. especially as a transit country. He appreciated brilliant idea of ECO Research Centre (ERC) from the Republic of Azerbaijan which is under process. Both parties also discussed the significance of tourism in the region and agreed to work more closely on some new ideas to tap immense potential of the region. Considering accelerated effort and closer cooperation as imperative, both sides agreed to further intensify constructive engagements for regional development.

 

Meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister

Prior to this Meeting, Secretary General also met H.E. Mahmud Mammad-Guliyev, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan and discussed in detail matters relating to Azerbaijan role in enhancing organization efficiency and reform process and issues related to trade, investment, ECO-TDB, transport and communication potential as corridor hub, etc which were later discussed with the Honourable Foreign Minister. Deputy Minister underlined that Azerbaijan assigns special significance to ECO affairs due to its great contribution in the regional development.

Both meetings concluded with appreciation of the host government for their great hospitality and excellent arrangements.

Secretary General Calls on Azerbaijan's Minister of Economy in Baku
Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour, Secretary General ECO called on H.E. Shahin Mustafavyev, Minister of Economy, Republic of Azerbaijan on 26 October, 2018 to discuss with the honourable Minister the latest developments at ECO and exchange views on means to improve the economic conditions and trade prospects between the ECO and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The Honouable Minister updated Secretary General ECO on economic performance of the country and touched its future prospects. Excellency gave a brief overview of Azerbaijan's economic growth, trade and investment and its role in ECO-Trade and Development Bank (ECO-TDB) and expressed his hope to improve it benefitting the whole region through diversification of economy and better connectivity.
Secretary General expressed deep appreciation for the Honourable Minister to receive the ECO delegation and informed him about the active participation Azerbaijan in ECO activities. He highlighted current status of cooperation between ECO and the Republic of Azerbaijan with focus on future plans for realization of the ECO Vision 2025. He highlighted Azerbaijan’s trade volume with its neighboring countries and emphasized to enhance it to its potential through more meaningful cooperation within the ECO framework especially through ECO Trade Agreement (ECOTA) for enhanced market access. He appreciated Azerbaijan's role in the ECO-Trade and Development Bank and need to enhance its contribution in future .
During the Meeting, ECO's some vital agreements such as Agreement of Protection and Promotion of Investment (APPI), Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA) also came under discussion. Secretary General also touched upon ECO's connectivity projects for its favourable impact for Azerbaijan' s economy to help make it a Transit corridor/hub to increase its trade and overall development in the region. Secretary General also discussed the ECO Electricity Market initiative.
Both sides agreed on the significance of increasing trade, investment, energy and tourism in the region through enhanced connectivity and to enhance commercial viability of projects through increased trade. Establishment of ECO Research Centre (ERC) in Baku and its envisioned role as a regional think tank was also discussed benefitting the region in multiple ways. Both sides also discussed on-going and future projects in the area of research and praised the contribution of Azerbaijan in its furtherance. Both sides agreed to further deepen cooperation in the time ahead to help utilize Azerbaijan's development potential and to improve the pace of in regional development.

Secretary General Meets Azerbaijan's Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies in Baku

Secretary General ECO was warmly received by H.E. Ramin Namiq Oglu Guluzade, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies during his official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan on 25-26 October, 2018. The Meeting discussed importance of connectivity and communication for the Republic of Azerbaijan which has immense potential as a transit hub. Also, significance of the proximity of the Republic of Azerbaijan to huge market of the ECO Member States and its beneficial role in fostering economic growth and development through enhancing volume exports was deliberated. In this background, various ways and means to enhance economic cooperation particularly through improving regional connectivity were considered in the meeting.
Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour after warm reception informed the Honourable Minister about the current state of various road and rail connections and projects passing through Azerbaijan. Both sides concurred that better connectivity, physical and electronic, is imperative for result-oriented cooperation by providing a strong base for enhancing intra-regional trade and commercial activities in the region through better inflow of investments.

He underscored that more projects will be launched in future in priority areas including Transport and Communications in the light of the ECO Vision 2025. In this context, overarching legal framework of Transit Transport Framework Agreement (TTFA) and its potential impact on the Republic of Azerbaijan came under discussion. Current state of the main road and rail routes connecting the North-South, East-West of the Region particularly (Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) and its possibility of connectivity with the eastern part of the ECO region was also discussed. The developments with regard to infrastructure project connecting Azerbaijan and Iran through Astara which is the part of ECO project" Gazvin -Rasht -Astara (Iran) -Astara (Azerbaijan) was also discussed. The Honourable Minister emphasized on the need to work together and make Azerbaijan a transit and electronic hub and benefit the region.

Future plans of the road and rail projects came under consideration and both sides agreed to further intensify efforts for mutual and collective gain of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as the region.

Source: http://www.eco.int/news/87236-Secretary-General-ECO-Calls-on-Foreign-Minister-of-the-Republic-of-Azerbaijan.html?t=News

Kazakhstan Hosts Orientation

Kazakhstan Hosts Orientation Program for Diplomats from OIC Member States on Trans-national Threats and Terrorism

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) | November 11, 2018- The General Secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan will organize an Orientation Program for Diplomats from OIC Member States on Trans-national Threats, Terrorism and Security Challenges from 12-14 November 2018 at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan.

“Terrorism has affected OIC Member States the most. Human and material losses that our peoples have suffered are immense. The scourge of Daesh, Boko Haram, Al Qaida ,Taliban and the likes continue to play havoc in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Sahel region and many other places,” said Ambassador Askar Musinov, head of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit in the OIC General Secretariat.
“State sponsored terrorism such as against the innocent Palestinians, Kashmiris, Rohingyas is yet another serious form of terrorism,” he added.

OIC has a principle position against terrorism and condemns it in all its forms and manifestations. OIC is one of the first organizations to introduce a comprehensive Convention on Combating Terrorism and a Code of Conduct on Combating Terrorism. The Organization also operates Sawt Al-Hikmah Centre, to counter messaging and develop authentic narrative to delegitimize the extremist discourse and project the true message of Islam through the social media and the Internet.

Source: http://iccia.com/?q=mediacenter/news/28243/details

Hisarcıklıoğlu met with President of Turkmenistan

Hisarcıklıoğlu met with President of Turkmenistan Berdimuhamedov

06.11.2018 / Ashgabat- The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu was received by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.​

TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu and Berdimuhamedov exchanged views on the development of economic relations between the two countries.

During the meeting, it was decided to establish the Turkish-Turkmen Chamber of Commerce Forum between Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and TOBB and in 2019 and that the General Assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECO CCI) and ECO Exhibition and Business Forum will be held in Ashgabat.

TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu also met with the Turkish Ambassador to Ashgabat, Mustafa Kapucu.

Source: https://tobb.org.tr/Sayfalar/Eng/Detay.php?rid=23942&lst=MansetListesi

Monday, 12 November 2018 12:31

Helt Canyon: The Most Amazing in Iran

Helt Canyon 1

Helt Canyon: The Most Amazing in Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - There is a river flowing between the rocky and towering mountains of Zagros in Iran’s western province of Lorestan which has artistically carved them downwards creating a wonderful canyon called Helt.

November, 10, 2018 - The unique combination of Zagros Mountains, oak trees and Zal River has created the spectacular canyon close to the city of Pol-e Dokhtar.

Upon arriving in the canyon, you have the chance to have an enjoyable bath in its wild nature. It also gives you an opportunity to make a semi-professional canyon trekking without being equipped with expensive and professional tools.

Helt Canyon is about 4 kilometers in length and it takes between 3 to 4 hours to walk through it and return with an average pace. You cannot locate the unique and wild canyon through a simple search in the Internet.

Helt is located along a highway connecting Lorestan to Andimeshk in Pol-e Dokhtar town between Khargooshan 1 and 2 Tunnels. The name Helt is taken from a Lor tribe’s accent called Najafvands in Held region of Lorestan. The locals call the canyon “Helt”.

The creation of a natural phenomenon like Helt Canyon is highly time-consuming. It takes millions of years for a river to delicately carve a mountain’s hard stony peak day by day and open its way into its heart to create such a wonderful scene. It’s said that the entrance of the canyon used to be like a dam or lake but it turned into the current entrance after several heavy floods.

Source: https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2018/11/10/1870221/helt-canyon-the-most-amazing-in-iran

Afghanistan jumped 16 grade

Afghanistan jumped 16 grade above according to World Bank DBI survey

31 October 2018 08:29 - World Bank in their recent report announced, that Afghanistan in DBI (Doing Business Indicators) ranking is better than last years. On 31th October 2018 Mr. Ajmal Ahmadi president advisor in finance & banking affairs and Mr. Atiqullah Nusrat CEO of Afghanistan chamber of commerce & industries announced this issue in a press conference held at GMIC (Government Media & Information Center)

Mr. Ajmal Ahmadi said “Afghanistan’s ranking in Doing Business—a World Bank report that measures business regulations across 190 economies—jumped up from 183 in 2018 to 167 in 2019 and he says, this achievement wouldn’t be possible without private sector engagement, and as well some government reforms and actions which has been conducted in this regard, such as – business registry, licensing, SMEs support, insolvency procedures and access to finance was the key elements that changed Afghanistan ranking in current report.

Mr. Atiqullah Nusrat, congrats this achievement to the people & private sector of Afghanistan and said current betterment in the ranking of Afghanistan in DBIs was the result concrete reforms and measures was taken by the National Unity government of Afghanistan and added, DBIs could play a big role and it shows the economic development of each country in contrast to each others, and it also play an essential role in attracting foreign investors, every single foreign investors prior to start business in a country, they will approach to DBIs ranking of that specific state to find out, if it’s a reliable place of their business and investment destination or not.

Mr. Nusrat, said” Afghanistan jumped to 16 grade above according to doing business indicators and it’s a remarkable achievement in economic affairs, and it’s the result of government and privates sector proper cooperation and implementation of private sector 11 priorities, he added  bringing simplicity in the process of licensing, establishment of ACBR in the capital and provinces caused the ranking of Afghanistan to improve from 107th to 49th in it’s related indicator, investment support, approval of new insolvency law in order to  simplify the procedure of related disputes as well changed relevant ranking from 160th to 74th grades and relatively the ranking of Afghanistan in access to finance indicators has been promoted from 105th position to 99th grades, since some reforms taken place in this section.

He said” the above implemented reforms caused Afghanistan to get the highest scores, among 190 countries in the world”.

Source: http://www.acci.org.af/component/content/article/38-news/788-afghanistan-jumped-16-grade-above-according-to-world-bank-dbi-survey.html

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