Zoom Expands Developer Platform with Launch of Zoom Apps SDK

Zoom Apps SDK enables developers to build new applications that transform the meeting experience

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZM) announced the general availability of the Zoom Apps SDK, which provides developers with the resources and support infrastructure needed to build Zoom Apps within the Zoom client. By building on the Zoom Apps SDK, developers can reach Zoom customers, and users can discover and add new apps within the same client they use every day. Over 100 Zoom Apps have been published by developer partners to enrich meeting experiences ranging from meeting productivity, team collaboration, and social networking to gaming.

“To meet customer expectations, organizations continue to look for ways to evolve their businesses and scale workflows, which leads to an increased need for developers to have access to develop innovative app capabilities and features,” said Brendan Ittelson, Chief Technology Officer at Zoom. “With the launch of the Zoom Apps SDK, the Zoom Developer Platform continues to expand and offer developers new ways to incorporate video communications and collaboration into their creations, transforming business workflows forever.”

“The ability to leverage APIs to enable application integration and innovation is a critical digital transformation need,” says Irwin Lazar, President and Principal Analyst at Metrigy. “More than 84% of IT professionals in our research say that API availability is important for employee and customer engagement use cases. General availability of the Zoom Apps SDK will make it easier, and faster, for developers to deliver business benefits through a variety of ways.”

Zoom Apps SDK broadens developer capabilities by:

  • Increasing the reach of new applications by tapping into Zoom’s global and diverse audience, listing apps on the Zoom App Marketplace and in the Zoom client where apps can be installed even during a Zoom Meeting
  • Extending new apps to create collaborative experiences across Zoom Meetings
  • Creating engaging experiences for customers both within and outside of Zoom Meetings

Zoom Apps SDK is a JavaScript SDK that provides access to client features such as setting the Virtual Background while also providing the app context for the interaction. Fundamentally, it uses a method to get the meeting context, with identifiers for the user and meeting. These identifiers can be used with a comprehensive set of API endpoints from the Zoom Developer Platform, including REST APIs and Webhooks to enrich the app experience.

With the Zoom Apps SDK, companies are able to create engaging experiences within Zoom Meetings, and in the Zoom desktop window for asynchronous collaboration.

“In this new era of hybrid work, businesses are using more apps than ever to collaborate and get work done from anywhere,” said Ketan Kittur, Vice President, Product Management at Box. “We know that customers want all of their favorite apps to work securely and seamlessly together. With the Zoom Apps SDK, we created the Box app for Zoom which empowers our thousands of joint customers to work frictionlessly across our two platforms.”

Getting Started with Zoom Apps SDK
Building with Zoom Apps SDK is simple. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Build the app: Utilize the Zoom Apps SDK to develop and customize an app.
  2. Complete the submission checklist: Before submitting an app for review, ensure all items are completed in the Submission Requirements. The checklist covers marketing, privacy, legal, support, and technical information.
  3. Submit the app for review: All apps submitted for publication undergo a thorough review, including functional and usability testing, and security and compliance review.
  4. Publish on App Marketplace: Once published, the app will be available to all users through an embeddable button.

To learn more about the Zoom Apps SDK, please read our blog.

About Zoom
Zoom is for you. Zoom is a space where you can connect to others, share ideas, make plans, and build toward a future limited only by your imagination. Our frictionless communications platform is the only one that started with video as its foundation, and we have set the standard for innovation ever since. That is why we are an intuitive, scalable, and secure choice for large enterprises, small businesses, and individuals alike. Founded in 2011, Zoom is publicly traded (NASDAQ:ZM) and headquartered in San Jose, California. Visit zoom.com and follow @zoom.

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NetSPI Expands Global Footprint with Strategic Leadership Appointments in EMEA

Security industry leaders join NetSPI’s EMEA team to fuel growth and meet increased demand for pentesting services in EMEA

MINNEAPOLIS, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NetSPI, the leader in enterprise penetration testing and attack surface management, today announced the expansion of its global footprint in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to meet growing international demand for its offensive security solutions.

“NetSPI’s technology-powered services and customer-first focus has solidified the company’s leading position within the North American offensive security industry,” said KKR’s Paul Harragan, a London-based investor in NetSPI. “The team’s specialised skill set, tech acumen and white glove delivery model will resonate with the European market and should drive continued growth and expansion as the team develops and delivers critical offensive security solutions.”

“We’ve experienced a record volume of demand from EMEA organisations needing to improve their security posture through a proven, holistic approach to pentesting, and now, we’re well positioned to deliver this in the region,” said Aaron Shilts, CEO, NetSPI. “We’ve hired a team of  extremely talented, energising security leaders who align with our customer-first approach to business. Establishing our EMEA beachhead with this incredible group will ensure NetSPI is destined for accelerated growth and continued success in the region.”

The company has appointed security industry veterans Steve BakewellSteve Armstrong, and Eric Graves to strategically lead NetSPI’s EMEA team and drive further growth in the region. Bakewell joins NetSPI as Managing Director of EMEA and brings over 23 years of experience in cybersecurity and risk management across organisations including Central Government & Defence and Royal Bank of Scotland, as well as with security vendors such as CipherCloud, RiskIQ and Citrix.

“The pentesting space is highly competitive in the UK, but vendors in the region simply do not have the pedigree that NetSPI has,” Bakewell said. “NetSPI already provides its penetration testing services to nine out of the top 10 U.S. banks and many of the Fortune 500 – I’m looking forward to the opportunity to serve end users in EMEA during a time when security is high on the business agenda.”

Bakewell will work closely with Armstrong, who has been appointed Regional Vice President for EMEA. Armstrong has two decades of experience in sales and security, spanning companies including Bitglass, CyCognito and Avira. Graves will work alongside Armstrong as NetSPI’s Regional Sales Director for EMEA, leveraging his extensive experience in cybersecurity sales for organisations such as Pentera, TrendMicro and Spok, to meet global demand and provide NetSPI’s award-winning pentesting solutions to EMEA customers. The three leaders will work closely alongside Shilts and oversee NetSPI’s growing team in EMEA.

NetSPI will be at InfoSecurity Europe from June 21-23, 2022 at ExCel London. Participate in a live demo and meet the company’s security experts at Stand M-12. For more information or to schedule a meeting with NetSPI at InfoSecurity Europe, please click here.

About NetSPI
NetSPI is the leader in enterprise security testing and attack surface management, partnering with nine of the top 10 U.S. banks, three of the world’s five largest healthcare companies, the largest global cloud providers, and many of the Fortune® 500. NetSPI offers Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS) through its Resolve™ penetration testing and vulnerability management platform. Its experts perform deep dive manual penetration testing of application, network, and cloud attack surfaces, historically testing over 1 million assets to find 4 million unique vulnerabilities. NetSPI is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN and is a portfolio company of private equity firms Sunstone Partners, KKR, and Ten Eleven Ventures. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Media Contacts
Tori Norris, NetSPI
victoria.norris@netspi.com
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NetSPI élargit son empreinte mondiale avec des nominations stratégiques à la direction de la zone EMEA

Les leaders du secteur de la sécurité rejoignent l’équipe EMEA de NetSPI pour alimenter la croissance et répondre à la demande croissante de services de pen test dans la zone EMEA

MINNEAPOLIS21 juin 2022/PRNewswire/ — NetSPI, leader dans les tests de pénétration d’entreprise et la gestion des surfaces d’attaque, a annoncé aujourd’hui l’expansion de son empreinte mondiale en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique (EMEA) pour répondre à la demande internationale croissante pour ce qui est de ses solutions de sécurité offensives.

« Les services de NetSPI axés sur la technologie et le client ont consolidé la position de leader de l’entreprise au sein de l’industrie nord-américaine de la sécurité offensive », a déclaré Paul Harragan de KKR, un investisseur londonien dans NetSPI. « L’ensemble de compétences spécialisées de l’équipe, son sens aigu de la technologie et son modèle de prestation de premier ordre trouveront un écho sur le marché européen et devraient favoriser la croissance et l’expansion continues à mesure que l’équipe développe et fournit des solutions de sécurité offensives critiques. »

« Nous avons connu un volume record de demandes de la part des organisations de la zone EMEA qui ont besoin d’améliorer leur posture de sécurité grâce à une approche holistique éprouvée du pen test, et maintenant, nous sommes bien positionnés pour offrir cela dans la région », a déclaré Aaron Shilts, PDG de NetSPI. « Nous avons embauché une équipe de leaders de la sécurité extrêmement talentueux et dynamiques qui s’alignent sur notre approche d’affaires axée sur le client. L’établissement de notre chef de file EMEA avec ce groupe incroyable garantira que NetSPI est destiné à une croissance accélérée et à un succès continu dans la région. »

La société a nommé les vétérans de l’industrie de la sécurité Steve Bakewell Steve Armstrong , afin Éric Graves de diriger stratégiquement l’équipe EMEA de NetSPI et de stimuler la croissance dans la région. Bakewell rejoint NetSPI en tant que directeur général de l’EMEA et apporte plus de 23 ans d’expérience dans la cybersécurité et la gestion des risques au sein d’organisations telles que Central Government & Defence et Royal Bank of Scotland, ainsi qu’avec des fournisseurs de solutions de sécurité tels que CipherCloud, RiskIQ et Citrix.

« L’espace de pen test est très compétitif au Royaume-Uni, mais les fournisseurs de la région n’ont tout simplement pas le pedigree que possède NetSPI », a dit Bakewell. « NetSPI fournit déjà ses services de tests de pénétration à neuf des dix premières banques américaines et à un grand nombre des entreprises du Fortune 500. J’ai hâte de pouvoir servir les utilisateurs finaux en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique à un moment où la sécurité est une priorité pour les entreprises. »

Bakewell travaillera en étroite collaboration avec Armstrong, qui a été nommé vice-président régional pour la région EMEA.  Armstrong possède deux décennies d’expérience dans les ventes et la sécurité, couvrant des entreprises telles que Bitglass, CyCognito et Avira. Graves travaillera aux côtés d’Armstrong en tant que directeur régional des ventes de NetSPI pour la région EMEA, mettant à profit sa vaste expérience dans les ventes de cybersécurité pour des organisations telles que Pentera, TrendMicro et Spok, afin de répondre à la demande mondiale et d’octroyer le prix NetSPI des solutions de pen test aux clients EMEA. Les trois leaders travailleront en étroite collaboration avec Shilts et superviseront l’équipe NetSPI en pleine croissance en EMEA.

NetSPI sera à InfoSecurity Europe du 21 au 23 juin 2022 à ExCel London. Participez à une démonstration en direct et rencontrez les experts en sécurité de l’entreprise au stand M-12. Pour plus d’informations ou pour organiser une réunion avec NetSPI à InfoSecurity Europe, veuillez cliquer ici .

À propos de NetSPI
NetSPI est le leader des tests de sécurité d’entreprise et de la gestion de la surface d’attaque, en partenariat avec neuf des dix plus grandes banques américaines, trois des cinq plus grandes entreprises de soins de santé au monde, les plus grands fournisseurs mondiaux de cloud computing et de nombreux membres du Fortune® 500. NetSPI offre des tests de pénétration en tant que service (PTaaS) grâce à sa plateforme de test de pénétration Resolve™ et de gestion des vulnérabilités. Ses experts effectuent des tests de pénétration manuels en profondeur des surfaces d’attaque des applications, des réseaux et des clouds, testant historiquement plus d’un million d’actifs pour trouver 4 millions de failles uniques. NetSPI est basée à Minneapolis, MN et est une société de portefeuille de sociétés de capital-investissement Sunstone Partners, KKR, et Ten Eleven Ventures. Suivez-nous sur  Facebook ,  Twitter et  LinkedIn .

Contacts pour les médias 
Tori Norris, NetSPI
victoria.norris@netspi.com
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Cypher Capital, Huobi Ventures, GSR Capital, and LD Capital Invest in $2M Round for Blockchain Gaming Platform ‘MetaOne’

SINGAPORE, June 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — MetaOne, the largest SAAS to onboard massive games and guilds onto blockchain gaming, has recently announced the close of its first private round for the development of their platform’s guild analytical tools and transformative smart contract for NFT management.

Cypher Capital, Huobi Ventures, GSR Capital, and LD Capital Invest in $2M Round for Blockchain Gaming Platform 'MetaOne'

Despite the current market situation, the total of $2 million funding raised was supported by entities such as Huobi Ventures, Cypher Capital and GSR Capital, who are passionate about contributing to the Web 3.0 advancement by identifying strategic opportunities to support blockchain projects.

“We are beyond enthusiastic about our new investment, MetaOne, the service platform that enables massive gamer communities,” says Vineet Budki, Managing Partner and CEO of Cypher Capital.

“MetaOne is solving key problems in the current Web 3.0 GameFi market by creating a single platform that attracts Web 2.0 gamers to Web 3.0 GameFi and empowers the gaming guilds to take data-backed decisions. By leveraging on our strong influence in the region, MetaOne is looking to tap into the Middle East market to convert more gamers into GameFi,” Vineet concluded.

With more than 242 guilds, over 72,000 gamers onboarded, 33 GameFi titles partnership in the pipeline and NFT asset management across 7 chains, the platform is eager to work with more partners to realize the vision of GameFi empowerment and to become the mainstream adoption platform from Web2 gaming to Web3 GameFi over the globe.

Furthermore, MetaOne hopes to localize the platform through their relationship in East-Africa as a MOU has been recently signed with East-African partners who are associated with Mpesa and Sports-Pesa. The partnership looks forward to providing a seamless onboarding experience for the gaming communities in the region.

“We are so excited about communicating this vision to all geographical regions and realizing it into real executable plans where guilds, gamers, GameFi studios and the retail investors can see and feel the tangibles.” said Marrtin Hoon, CEO of MetaOne.

They recently partnered with Yup.gg, the leading esports gaming marketing group in Singapore, which owns 6,000 and more KOLs in their ecosystem. To that extent, the partnership is looking to convert ex-twitch KOLs of Yup.gg to become MetaOne guild masters and recruiting their followers as gamers.

The project is expected to have its official platform roll and utility token launch by year 2022.

 

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La solution de stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei remporte le prix Best of Show au salon Interop Tokyo 2022

SHENZHEN, Chine, 20 juin 2022/PRNewswire/ — Lors de l’Interop Tokyo 2022, la plus grande exposition de TIC au Japon, la solution de stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei a remporté le prix spécial du Best of Show Award dans la catégorie Serveur & Stockage. Il s’agit du premier prix de classe mondiale remporté par le stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei, ce qui démontre son caractère haut de gamme et ses avantages sur la concurrence.

Critique récompensée : Des performances de stockage de sauvegarde inégalées. Avec des vitesses de sauvegarde rapides et des ratios de réduction des données élevés, le système peut révolutionner les applications et les conceptions de systèmes et propulser un nouveau modèle de stockage de sauvegarde dans le futur.

Interop Tokyo est le salon des TIC le plus important et le plus influent du Japon. Chaque année, les meilleures entreprises du secteur des technologies du monde entier présentent leurs solutions de pointe et leurs prouesses techniques, afin de se disputer les critiques positives d’Interop. La solution de stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei a été saluée par les experts en informatique et les critiques grâce à sa solution de pointe et unique, et à une démonstration sur site sans faille.

Le modèle traditionnel Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) pour la protection des données est confronté à des problèmes tels que la longueur de la fenêtre de sauvegarde et le temps de récupération, tandis que la nouvelle ère du Flash-to-Flash-to-Anything (F2F2X) est en train de redéfinir le modèle, car les solutions de sauvegarde deviennent flash, ce qui libère davantage la valeur des données. Le stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei, en tant que produit de référence intelligent intégralement flash de nouvelle génération, est conçu pour l’ère F2F2X, avec une sauvegarde et une récupération rapides, une réduction efficace et une grande fiabilité.

Les raisons pour lesquelles le stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei a été désigné vainqueur

Le premier avantage est la rapidité de la sauvegarde et de la récupération. En amont, OceanProtect utilise une carte d’interface réseau (NIC) intelligente DTOE pour optimiser les calculs du protocole et libérer les ressources de calcul du processeur, doublant ainsi la bande passante de la matrice par rapport à une carte NIC traditionnelle. En outre, OceanProtect prend en charge les disques SSD haute performance en arrière-plan. La fonction d’accélération complète de bout en bout permet d’atteindre une bande passante de 155 To/heure en sauvegarde et de 172 To/heure en récupération.

En termes de réduction efficace, la déduplication en ligne multicouche à longueur variable, la compression basée sur les caractéristiques et le compactage au niveau de l’octet permettent d’atteindre un taux de réduction des données de 72:1, contribuant à réduire considérablement le coût total de possession.

En outre, la haute fiabilité de 6-nines repose sur l’architecture matérielle de redondance active-active et la technologie RAID-TP, qui peut tolérer trois défaillances de disque et effectuer un basculement en quelques secondes en cas de défaillance d’un seul contrôleur, ce qui permet d’obtenir une disponibilité et une fiabilité élevées.

À l’ère du F2F2X, la protection des données embrasse un nouvel écosystème et de nouveaux défis. Le stockage de sauvegarde OceanProtect de Huawei s’adapte aux modèles de sauvegarde à grande vitesse dans divers secteurs et environnements d’application, fournissant une sauvegarde et une récupération de qualité supérieure pour protéger vos actifs numériques dans le monde de demain.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur les solutions OceanProtect de Huawei, consultez le site web suivant :

https://e.huawei.com/en/products/storage/oceanprotect/oceanprotect-x8000-x9000

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Student exam support, hospital supplies and food packages – a year of Concern Worldwide in Burkina Faso

1.9 million people have fled their homes amid extreme violent instability over the last two years in the west Africa country. 80% of those are women and children.

The security situation, particularly in the north and east of the country, continues to deteriorate with frequent attacks and killing of civilians. In January 2022 a military coup led to the country being suspended from the West Africa regional union.

“Food insecurity is increasing significantly, there’s been a 50% rise in the price of cereals in the last few months which is a very large increase for a country where most people are living on or below the poverty line,” said Katelyn Buisman, Concern’s country director in Burkina Faso.

“Staples such as wheat, oil, bread have all gone up by a lot. There’s increased pressure on fewer resources as so many people are displaced by the conflict so they haven’t been able to cultivate crops. Production last year was significantly lower than the five year average and due to the increased displacements I expect that it’ll be even lower this coming growing season.”

A poor rainy season has also contributed to low producing harvests. 80 to 90% of Burkinabés rely on agriculture for food and to earn a living.

It’s estimated that more than 3.5 million people in Burkina Faso currently require humanitarian assistance, a 60% increase in the last year.

However, the international funding response to the humanitarian situation remains vastly underfunded. Just 15.4% of the US$590 million required to meet humanitarian needs has been received.

Concern started its response in the centre-east of Burkina Faso as many internally displaced people travelled there from the East and Sahel regions due to its current relative security. Concern has supported 87,000 people through cash transfers for essentials such as food and water; hygiene and dignity kits that included items such as soap, buckets and sanitary items.

The major influx of people into new areas has put huge pressure on services in host communities. Concern has been supporting local health services by providing essential health service training, along with supplying hospitals and health centres in the region with beds, medical and non-medical equipment and medicines.

Concern has recently expanded operations to the north of the country, where the conflict is active, launching an emergency programme that is providing food items to 400 households (2,800 people).

As Irish Junior Certificate students were getting ready to sit their exams, so too were their Burkinabé peers. Concern supported 500 students aged 14 and 15 years old from rural, insecure areas of the North Region of Burkina Faso to sit their exams in the regional capital city, Ouahigouya through providing cash transfers to cover their room and board while there. Many of the students either had had seen their schools close due to insecurity, had moved away from their schools due to conflict or they no longer felt safe attending school. Also, due to the security situation, education officials were unable to travel to the north region to supervise the exams so the only option was for the students to travel to the regional capital.

“It’s a crisis that’s not getting a lot of attention globally,” said Ms Buisman. “A lot of the malnutrition cases that present themselves aren’t because parents don’t know the right foods to give their children or how to treat them for malnutrition; it’s because they just don’t have the food or money to feed their families.”

The next priority for Concern is to prevent it getting to the stage where people are facing extreme hunger by supporting them to earn money; through cash-for-work, small business training or kitchen gardens, so they can be independent and grow or buy food for their families.

Source: Concern Worldwide

President Cyril Ramaphosa participates in virtual 14th BRICS Summit, 23 to 24 Jun

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead South Africa’s participation in the virtual 14th BRICS Leaders’ Summit hosted by the People’s Republic of China from 23 to 24 June 2022.

The Summit will be chaired by President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, as Chair of BRICS for 2022, under the theme “Foster High-quality BRICS Partnership; Usher in a New Era for Global Development”.

BRICS is a grouping of five major emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – which together represent about 41% of the world’s population, 26% of the planet’s land mass across four of the continents, 25% of global GDP and 20% of world trade.

The grouping was established as a forum of like-minded, progressive emerging market and developing countries.

This association is committed to restructuring the global political, economic, and financial architecture to be more inclusive, fair, representative, and democratic with meaningful and greater participation of developing countries.

The Leaders will focus on strengthening intra-BRICS relations and mutually beneficial cooperation across the BRICS pillars of cooperation, namely, political and security, economic and finance, social, and people-to-people partnership.

The Summit will also receive reports from the BRICS National Security Advisors, the Chair of the BRICS Business Council, the Chair of the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance, and the President of the New Development Bank.

The Summit will also consider for adoption the BRICS 2022 Beijing Declaration that emphasises the priorities of the Chinese Chairship in 2022.

These priorities entail the three BRICS pillars of cooperation; enhancing trust, communication and coordination on global and regional issues; deepening practical cooperation in all fields, and enhancing dialogue and cooperation with other emerging markets and developing countries to broaden South-South cooperation for common development and prosperity.

Among the expected outcomes for this Summit are a standalone BRICS High-level Meeting on Climate Change; the adoption of an Action Plan for the Implementation of the Agreement between the Governments of the BRICS States on Cooperation in the Field of Culture, as well as the adoption of a BRICS Digital Economy Partnership Framework.

Others include a BRICS Initiative on Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, a BRICS Initiative on Enhancing Cooperation on Supply Chains, a BRICS Strategy on Food Security Cooperation, a BRICS Initiative on Denial of Safe Haven to Corruption and Implementing Procedures of Joint Observation for the BRICS Remote Sensing Satellite Constellation.

The BRICS grouping engages in the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, equality, solidarity, consensus, and mutually beneficial cooperation.

In this regard, President Xi Jinping, as Chair of BRICS 2022, has invited Leaders from a number of emerging markets and developing countries to join the BRICS Leaders for a virtual High-Level Dialogue on Global Development under the theme: “Foster a Global Development Partnership for the New Era to Jointly Implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

South Africa’s membership of BRICS enables the country to employ additional and powerful tools in its fight to address its domestic triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality through science, technology and innovation, energy, health, and education cooperation, as well as through BRICS financing for infrastructure development, capacity building, research, educational and skilling, trade, investment, and tourism opportunities.

South Africa has made concerted efforts to place the African Continent and the Global South on the agenda of BRICS and to harmonise policies adopted in regional and international fora particularly Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

President Ramaphosa will on Wednesday, 22 April 2022, deliver a pre-recorded message at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum, scheduled for 13h00 SAST.

The President will also participate at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Leaders’ Summit on Thursday, 23 June 2022, as well as the BRICS High-level Dialogue on Global Development scheduled for Friday, 24 June 2022. Both programmes are scheduled for 14h00-16h00 SAST and opening remarks are open to the media.

President Ramaphosa will lead a delegation comprising Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Mr Mondli Gungubele, Minister in The Presidency; Mr Enoch Godongwana, Minister of Finance; Mr Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, and Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, Minister of Small Business Development.

Information about the Summit will be posted on the official website of the BRICS 2022 http://brics2022.mfa.gov.cn(link is external) and the PresidencyZA will live stream the proceedings on all its digital platforms.

Source: Government of South Africa

Africa’s COVID-19 Cases Pass 11.73 Million: Africa CDC

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 11,731,495, as of last night, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialised healthcare agency of the African Union, said, the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 253,772.

Some 11,108,885 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease so far, according to the Africa CDC data.

South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt are among the countries with the most cases in the continent, according to the agency.

South Africa recorded the most COVID-19 cases with 3,984,646 cases, while the northern African country, Morocco, reported 1,185,990 cases as of last night, it said.

In terms of the caseload, southern Africa is the most affected region, followed by the northern and eastern parts of the continent, while central Africa is the least affected region in the continent, according to the Africa CDC.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK