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Global Debut of Art of Conquest on HiGame gives international players first access to experience the game.

BEIJING, June 24, 2017/PRNewswire/ — June 23rd, 2017, Lilith Games introduced Art of Conquest alongside Huawei HiGame in its global release. With this release, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian players will be able to experience the game and receive exclusive in- game gifts.

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After 3 years of undivided dedication, Art of Conquest became Lilith Game’s 2nd self-developed strategy game, following Soul Hunters. After its release on June 6, Art of Conquest received praise from gaming media across the board. In over 140 countries, both iOS and Google Play featured Art of Conquest on their homepage under the Top Game Recommendations.

As a real-time strategy mobile game, Art of Conquest features its own European and American styled graphics, unique combat techniques, and supports 600 independent battles that give players a never before “pre-battle formation and real-time battle operation” experience. In addition, players can collect and train over 20 different heroes. Each with their own skills and abilities, providing a completely new strategic experience.

Once integration, global distribution , Huawei Games Services Quietly Go Online.

Following Apple and Google, Huawei became the third company to provide a platform for games and apps worldwide. Huawei has been setting up its services for the HiGame platform overseas over a long period of time. It provides developers with professional, convenient, and comprehensive game integration services. It also has technical support, allowing the developers to achieve quick integration to global distribution with ease. By 2017, their services are projected to cover over 30 countries and regions around the world.

Combined with Huawei’s global advantage, Huawei HiGame provides developers with an abundance of free online and off-line resources. In 2016, Huawei exceeded the industry average growth with an increase of 29%, shipping 139 million smartphone units. Huawei’s B2C services made huge sales revenue growth by achieving 100% growth in 40 countries. This includes coverage over HiGame clientele, Huawei’s own of�ャ…ial array of media, mobile phone marketing, and joint events with retail locations worldwide. With Art of Conquest as an example, HiGame provided a wealth of marketing resources such as client side banner, of�ャ…ial Facebook push noti�ャ…ations, Huawei mobile phone themes, and more.

Based on Huawei’s global platform and Lilith’s high-quality content, we believe that Art of Conquest’s global debut on HiGame will have exceptional results,” HiGame said. “[We] will also mark this as a beginning, to continuously provide global developers technical support, online traf�ャ… support, and business operations, in hopes to achieve a win-win atmosphere.

About Huawei’s HiGame

HiGame is the global brand for Huawei’s gaming center. As the game distributor for Huawei’s market, HiGame has coverage over all of Huawei’s global mobile regions including China, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Western Europe, Latin America and Africa.

About Lilith Games

Founded March 2015, Lilith games has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Following their debut mobile smash hit Soul Hunters, which spawned a new genre, Lilith has continued bringing their style, quality, and innovation to the mobile games market by once again pushing the MMORTS genre forward with Art of Conquest.

Investing in Africa’s Future: Opportunities for Youth

Africa Day 2017 Celebration

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) in Washington, DC came alive with music, dance and ceremony Thursday, May 25th in celebration of the 54th anniversary of Africa Day. Approximately six hundred attendees, representing the 55 countries of the African Union (AU) and the African Diaspora, observed in awe as the African Group of Ambassadors made a grand entrance into the atrium during a ceremony that began an evening of pageantry and joy. The evening was a culmination of day-long activities, which focused on AU’s commitment to investing in its most important natural resource, its youth.
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Setting the stage for tomorrow at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (PRNewsFoto/RRBITC)

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Evening highlights included:

  • The Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, H.E. Serge Mombouli, Ambassador of the Republic of Congo stated “Let us celebrate Africa Day 2017 by investing in African Youth–their success is the world’s success!”  
  • H.E. Arikana Chihombori Quao, the new Ambassador of the African Union Mission to the USA, remarked “supporting our youth—the future leaders–will provide a guarantee for sustainable peace, community stability and cohesion within the African countries.”
  • The evening’s co-chair, H.E. Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, hopes “the AU will be able to transform Africa’s youth into an innovative and competitive labor force that will contribute to the economic growth of the continent.”
  • Co-chair, H.E. Carlos dos Santos, Ambassador of the Republic of Mozambique, believes “Africa is positioned to becoming one of the biggest contributors of youth globally makingour responsibility to involve our youth more urgent.”
  • State Department Peter Henry Barlerin, Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, offered strong supportive remarks celebrating Africa’s importance in the world today.
  • Andrew Gelfuso, Vice President, TCMA, RRB/ITC summed it up best, “Africa is on the move and we are thrilled for the first time in our history to be hosting the Africa Day celebrations!”

Exciting entertainment included the exhilarating Vivalda Dula, Angolan “Queen of Drum,” the popular Kweku Amoako (aka DJ Kweks) of Ghana; and lively Sahel Band representing African culture around the world!

The evening’s great success was due to the sponsors including Sasol (Double Platinum).  Other platinum sponsors included Chevron, Exxon Mobile, Anardarko, Team South Africa (South African Airways, South African Tourism, Brand South Africa, and Wines of South Africa) and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Silver Sponsors included Aetna,Caterpillar, Ethiopian Airlines and Sahouri Insurance. Diplomatic Duty Free Stores of New York, Drumpulse Entertainment were two of the most prominent Partners.

African Ambassadors Group (AAG) in Washington DC
The African Ambassadors Group are all African Ambassadors station in Washington, DC accredited to the United States of America.

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC)
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center is a dynamic hub for government, business, commerce, and the community, in the heart of the nation’s capital. As the first and only federal building dedicated to both public and private use, the Reagan Building is DC’s premier venue for hosting influential conferences and events and as the World Trade Center Washington, DC, offers a powerful forum for international trade promotion. It is the place where leaders come to lead, where nations and cultures come to connect, and where events matter. Visit www.itcdc.com.

About TCMA (A Drew Company)
TCMA is the exclusive manager of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC). TCMA’s team excels in delivering unparalleled service and expertise in Real-Estate Development, Leasing, Building Operations, Hospitality Services, and International Trade Promotion. For more information, please visit www.drewcompany.com.

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KHC acquires 7% stake in Careem for $62M

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) chaired by HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, acquired a 7% stake in Careem through a Secondary Share purchase as well as participating in the latest Primary Round E-1 Capital Raise amounting to a total transaction value of $62M. The transaction makes KHC one of the largest holders of Preferred Shares in Careem and will grant KHC a board seat on Careem’s board of directors.

KHC’s CEO Eng. Talal Ibrahim Al Maiman: “Our investment in Careem is a continuation of our strategy to invest in new technologies as we have done with our investments in Twitter, JD.com and Lyft. As the leading ride hailing company in the region, and positioned with excellent growth prospects, Careem sets an example for regional businesses by providing employment opportunities to locals and developing talent.”

Eng. Al Maiman continued: “KHC has nominated its current CFO Mohamed Fahmy Soliman to represent KHC on Careem’s board.”

Operating in more than 80 cities in the broader region, Careem’s growth trajectory has continued over the past six months: the ride-hailing service launched operations in Turkey, doubled its number of operational cities in Pakistan, is operational in more than 50 cities in KSA and has re-entered Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. In addition to expansion, a series of strategic innovations has seen Careem integrate with Google Maps and Digital Barriers – world leading facial recognition software and global surveillance, collaborate with Dubai-based regulator RTA to enable Dubai Taxi booking via the App, as well as extend its international reach through global ride-hailing sharing service Splyt by enabling users to seamlessly connect with platforms in Russia and China.

About Kingdom Holding Company :

Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) is one of the world’s foremost value investment firm that is internationally renowned for its interest in both high performance global brand and strategic regional interests. Based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, KHC is led by its Founder and Chairman, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.  Founded in 1980 and publicly traded since 2007, KHC has achieved three decades of exceptional investment success and is renowned for its diversified portfolio of global powerhouse brands and high performance regional investments.

Although one of the largest foreign investors in the United States, KHC’s disciplined investment approach stretches around the globe and includes leading market segments such as mobility solutions, digital technology and social media (Lyft, JD.com, Twitter), media and entertainment (NewsCorp, 21st Century Fox, Euro Disney S.C.A., Time Warner), and finance (Citigroup).  KHC is also a global leader in luxury hotels and hospitality management with ownership or significant interests in marquee properties such as the George V in Paris, the Plaza Hotel in New York and London’s Savoy Hotel.  KHC’s global hotel brands include the Four Seasons, Fairmont Raffles, Movenpick, Swissotel and Accor. In Saudi Arabia, KHC’s real estate interests include the famed Kingdom Tower in Riyadh and the highly anticipated Jeddah Tower that once completed will be the tallest tower in the world with a height exceeding 1000 meters.  KHC also has investments in petrochemicals (Tasnee), education (Kingdom Schools), health care (Kingdom Hospital) and aviation (NAS Saudi Arabia).

For more information contact:
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XCMG Completes Water Cellar Project in Ethiopia, Bringing Clean Water to 4,000 Local People

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia, June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — XCMG has held a completion ceremony in Amhara, Ethiopia to celebrate the successful construction of 41 water cellars that will provide access to clean drinking and irrigation water for 4,000 people.

Over the past 11 months, Chinese engineers have joined hands with locals to build 41 practical water cellars in five villages in Oromia region, one of which is set in a primary school to help more than 300 students and faculty.

In partnership with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), XCMG invested 750,000 yuan (US$110,355) from the 1.85 million yuan (US$ 268,743) BlueDream Foundation to provide solutions to Ethiopia’s severe drought problems. The project is part of XCMG’s “For A Better Life” global public welfare campaign that is comprised of 14 targeted projects.

Anils Awon, director of irrigation for the Ethiopia Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, congratulated the successful completion of the project and expressed gratitude for the timely help from CFPA and XCMG.

“Ethiopia has made great progress in infrastructure, education and culture since strategic partnerships with China were established. What’s touching is that more and more Chinese companies like XCMG are shouldering social responsibilities in Ethiopia. We also appreciate that Chinese organizations like CFPA are playing influential roles in Ethiopia’s social development.”

Abebayehu Tarekchen is an Ethiopian who will benefit from a water cellar completed this month. Tarekchen used to travel four hours every day by camel to carry water from a nearby community and spend 1,800 birrs (500 yuan, US$73) annually to buy water during the dry season. The unclean water also poses risks of diarrhea and dysentery, especially for children. Now he has more time to work on the farm and can provide a better future for his family.

“This is our first international public welfare project with CFPA; our goal is to provide continuous contributions to those in need of help and to pass love and warmth to people around the world,” said Wang Min, Chairman of XCMG.

About XCMG:

XCMG is a multinational heavy machinery manufacturing company with a history of 74 years. It currently ranks ninth in the world’s construction machinery industry. The company exports to more than 177 countries and regions around the world.

For more information, please visit: www.xcmg.com, or XCMG pages on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

CNH Industrial presents its Tunisian sustainable water management project at the European Development Days

The Company and its global agricultural equipment brand, New Holland Agriculture, were prominent participants in this year’s edition of the European Commission’s forum on development, owing to an important sustainability initiative launched in North Africa.

LONDON, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — This year’s edition of the European Development Days saw CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) and its global agricultural equipment brand, New Holland Agriculture, present a three-year sustainable water management project that was launched in Tunisia in 2016. Organized by the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium since 2006, the European Development Days event is Europe’s leading forum on sustainable development and growth issues.

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The water management initiative is part of a cooperation agreement signed with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and benefits the Governorate of Kebili, one of the country’s most arid areas. The project’s numerous objectives include building and repairing traditional water collection systems, creating vegetable gardens for families, improving pastoral activity, and developing orchards and new wooded areas. The overall aim is to ensure the fully sustainable management of water, a resource that is especially valuable in an area at risk of desertification.

CNH Industrial and New Holland Agriculture are contributing USD $50,000 of funding per year for the duration of the project, which is running from 2016 to 2018, on top of some USD $200,000 allocated by the Tunisian government and smaller sums donated by other patrons. At the same time, the active involvement of the local population is a key aspect of the initiative, which is intended to benefit not only infrastructure but also education, social and community services.

The project’s latest developments were presented at the European Development Days by Hassen Chourabi, General Director of the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia; Daniela Ropolo, Sustainable Development Initiatives Manager for the EMEA region at CNH Industrial; and Lars Skjoldager Sørensen, New Holland Agriculture’s Head of Harvesting Product Line.

Also in attendance was special guest Elisabetta Lattanzio Illy, a freelance journalist and photographer who has been compiling a photographic record of the initiative. Her high-impact images, which were previewed in Brussels, underline the project’s importance to the local population and document the positive changes that are taking place.

The first results from this project have been made possible thanks to close cooperation between the public and private sectors, an approach that has always been at the core of CNH Industrial’s sustainable strategy and is in line with the United Nations’ 17 Goals to Transform Our World, which include “clean water and sanitation”, “sustainable cities and communities” and “responsible production and consumption”. Even in the most arid parts of Tunisia, these aims can be achieved thanks partly to the crucial support of CNH Industrial and New Holland Agriculture.

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI /MI: CNHI), is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com

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CNH Industrial CNH Industrial
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De jeunes responsables africains débattent et proposent des solutions aux difficultés que rencontre l’Afrique australe

JOHANNESBURG, 8 juin 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Plus de 100 jeunes responsables africains se sont réunis à Johannesburg (Afrique du Sud) les 7 et 8 juin afin de trouver des solutions aux graves difficultés qui touchent les communautés à travers la région en exploitant l’innovation et le leadership des jeunes.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders logo

De jeunes responsables africains de 14 pays, à savoir l’Angola, le Botswana, les Comores, le Lesotho, Madagascar, le Malawi, Maurice, le Mozambique, la Namibie, les Seychelles, l’Afrique du Sud, le Swaziland, la Zambie et le Zimbabwe, ont participé à la Southern Africa Regional Conference organisée dans le cadre du Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders proposé par le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis.

« C’est merveilleux de rencontrer d’autres jeunes responsables qui veulent apporter le changement à travers toute l’Afrique australe », explique Bongekile Radebe, un Mandela Washington Fellow d’Afrique du Sud. « Cette rencontre est l’occasion d’échanger des idées et les meilleures pratiques avec d’autres qui créent de nouvelles entreprises ou qui développent celles qui existent déjà, qui défendent les droits de l’homme ou qui font appel à la technologie pour améliorer la vie des gens dans leur communauté ».

Pendant cette conférence, les Fellows ont débattu de la question « l’Afrique peut-elle financer l’Afrique », et ils ont partagé leurs projets, leurs idées, et proposé des solutions avec d’autres Fellows et des partenaires comme Impact Hub. Le public rassemblait des chefs d’entreprise, et d’autres jeunes pionniers africains ont donné leur avis grâce à un processus permettant aux Fellows de trouver des solutions.

Depuis 2014, le Mandela Washington Fellowship, qui est financé par le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis, a réuni 2 000 jeunes professionnels africains de l’ensemble du continent sur des campus d’universités américaines pendant six semaines de formation en leadership. Un millier d’autres Fellows se rendront aux Etats-Unis en 2017. Les Fellows sont sélectionnés de manière compétitive et représentent pour le continent la nouvelle génération d’entrepreneurs, de chefs de communauté et de fonctionnaires qui œuvrent en faveur de l’avenir de l’Afrique.

Le chargé d’affaires de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis en Afrique du Sud, Jessica Lapenn, a souligné que les jeunes responsables doivent envisager leurs objectifs et leur passion autrement qu’en se concentrant sur eux-mêmes. « Instaurez un réseau de soutien pour vous aider les uns et les autres et travaillez ensemble pour réaliser les objectifs que vous vous êtes personnellement fixés dans votre pays d’origine ».

En Afrique du Sud, juin est le mois de la jeunesse, et le conférencier invité, Lebogang Chaka, PDG d’Afro Visionary Legacy, a réaffirmé qu’il était important que les jeunes responsables africains collaborent afin d’améliorer les conditions sociales et économiques dans des communautés vulnérables dans toute la région.

La Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) a organisé une réception pour les Fellows et les partenaires de la conférence comme Microsoft, qui continueront à fournir un appui aux jeunes entrepreneurs sur l’ensemble du continent.

Le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis soutient le Fellowship initial, ainsi que ses activités de suivi en Afrique. USAID, avec son partenaire IREX, apporte son concours pour les initiatives de perfectionnement professionnel, de mentorat, de prise de contact et de formation visant à aider ces jeunes responsables à mener à bien leurs projets professionnels à l’heure où ils construisent un meilleur avenir pour l’Afrique et où ils renforcent les liens avec leurs pairs aux Etats-Unis.

« Le Fellowship a créé un magnifique réseau de responsables qui s’attachent à promouvoir la paix, la prospérité et une administration plus efficace », explique Kathy Evans, vice-présidente adjointe d’IREX. « Il profite non seulement aux habitants du continent, mais il permet de créer des liens entre les personnes et entre les gouvernements qui profitent tant aux Etats-Unis qu’à l’Afrique ».

Photos  et vidéo de la conférence disponibles en ligne.

Alex Cole, directeur des communications stratégiques, IREX
acole@irex.org

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Young African leaders debate and propose solutions to challenges facing Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — More than 100 young African leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 7 – 8 to identify solutions to tough challenges in communities throughout the region by tapping youth innovation and leadership.

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Young African leaders from 14 countries, including Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe attended the Southern Africa Regional Conference as part of the U.S. government’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

“It’s powerful to meet other young leaders creating change throughout Southern Africa,” said Bongekile Radebe, a Mandela Washington Fellow from South Africa. “This gathering is an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices with others launching new businesses or scaling existing ones, advancing human rights, or using technology to improve the lives of people in their communities.”

During the conference, Fellows debated whether “Africa can fund Africa” and shared their projects, ideas, and proposed solutions with other Fellows and partners like the Impact Hub. The audience comprised of business leaders, and other young African trailblazers provided feedback through a facilitated process to help Fellows identify solutions.

Funded by the United States government, the Mandela Washington Fellowship has brought 2,000 young African professionals from across the continent to U.S. universities for six weeks of leadership training since 2014. An additional 1,000 Fellows will travel to the United States in 2017. The Fellows are competitively selected and represent the continent’s emerging generation of entrepreneurs, community leaders, and public officials working to shape the future of Africa.

Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in South Africa Jessica Lapenn remarked that youth leaders need to align their purpose and passion to something bigger than themselves. “Create a network of support among each other and to work together to achieve the goals you have set for yourself in your home countries.”

In South Africa, June is youth month, and the keynote speaker, Lebogang Chaka, CEO of Afro Visionary Legacy, reinforced the importance of young African leaders working together to improve the social and economic conditions in vulnerable communities across the region.

Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) hosted a reception for Fellows and conference partners such as Microsoft, who remain committed to supporting young entrepreneurs across the continent.

The U.S. government supports the initial Fellowship as well as follow-on activities in Africa. USAID, with its partner IREX, assists with continuing professional development opportunities, mentoring, networking, and training to advance these young leaders along their professional endeavors as they build a brighter future for Africa and forge deeper bonds with counterparts in the United States.

“The Fellowship creates an inspiring network of leaders committed to advancing peace, prosperity, and more effective government,” said Kathy Evans, Associate Vice President of IREX. “That benefits not only people on the continent, but forges people-to-people and government-to-government relationships that benefit both the U.S. and Africa.”

Photos  and  video  from the conference are available online.

Alex Cole, Director of Strategic Communications, IREX
acole@irex.org

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