Calgon Carbon Reactivation Study Shows Removal and Destruction of PFAS

Peer-reviewed journal article details Calgon Carbon study findings

Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new study by Calgon Carbon Corporation (“Calgon Carbon”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (“Kuraray”), has provided a definitive response to a persistent question about the fate of PFAS during reactivation of activated carbon. Reactivation is a high temperature thermal process that is commonly used by municipalities and industrial users to recycle their used activated carbon and destroy contaminants it has removed.

“The single-biggest conclusion from the study is that PFAS compounds are effectively removed from spent carbon through the reactivation process, as well as showing greater than 99.99% destruction of PFAS through our furnace and abatement system,” explained Rebecca DiStefano, Senior Applications Engineer at Calgon Carbon.

Remediation-The Journal of Environmental Cleanup Costs, Technologies, & Techniques, featured the findings of Calgon Carbon’s study in a peer-reviewed article published in the autumn issue of the esteemed quarterly journal that focuses on the practical applications of remediation techniques and technologies.

“The data detailed in our article effectively demonstrated the removal of PFAS compounds from granular activated carbon (GAC) and greater than 99.99% destruction of PFAS compounds through the furnace and off-gas abatement system,” said DiStefano, the lead author of the Remediation article.

The study’s findings come at a time of growing concern and increased focus about the impact of PFAS, often referred to as “forever chemicals” because of their inability to break down over time in the environment.

“This is research that no one else in the industry has published.,” DiStefano said. “We don’t want to have these unknowns stay out there and linger in people’s minds. We wanted to answer these questions and move the industry forward and continue promoting GAC as the best available treatment (BAT) technology for removing PFAS.”

Calgon Carbon’s FILTRASORB® GAC, sourced from bituminous coal, has demonstrated superior PFAS-removal capabilities compared to other carbons for two decades.

GAC is the most widely used and well-established treatment technology for the removal of PFAS contaminants from drinking water and wastewater. Thermally treating GAC at the end of its useful service life – known as spent carbon – is called reactivation, a process that vaporizes and destroys adsorbed contaminants at extremely high temperatures and restores the GAC to a near-virgin state so it can be reused.

In the first stage of Calgon Carbon’s proprietary reactivation process, PFAS-laden GAC is heated in a furnace for several hours at temperatures of up to 1750 degrees Fahrenheit, imparting enough energy to break down PFAS’s carbon-fluoride bonds, the strongest in chemistry.

The off gas from the reactivation furnace then moves into an abatement system, which features a thermal oxidizer/afterburner designed to destroy any organics that were not destroyed in the furnace. From there, it proceeds through a scrubber to neutralize any acid gases, such as hydrogen fluoride, and remove them from the abatement air. Finally, it passes through a baghouse to eliminate particulate matter.

“It’s a combination of our reactivation furnaces and the abatement systems that achieves these very high levels of destruction,” said John Matthis, Global PFAS Team leader at Calgon Carbon. “With other technologies, you may be removing PFAS from the water, but the question is, what do you do with that media once it has PFAS on it? Activated carbon and reactivation are unique because not only are we removing the contaminants from your water, we also are effectively removing them from the carbon – and from the environment as well.”

For its study, Calgon Carbon enlisted the services of an independent, third-party vendor to test air samples for 36 PFAS compounds. Another third-party vendor analyzed well water and treated motive water samples for PFAS, as well as analyzing samples of spent carbon, reactivated carbon, abatement dust, and bicarbonate raw material for extraction and targeted PFAS.

Since creating the first activated carbon products from bituminous coal in the 1940s, Calgon Carbon has been a pioneer in developing high-performing granular activated carbon products for water purification.

Jenalle Brewer, Senior Vice President – Drinking Water, Innovative Carbon Tech & Global Business at Calgon Carbon said, “PFAS is portrayed in the media as a relatively recent problem. However, we’ve been offering treatment solutions for PFAS for more than 20 years. Our FILTRASORB activated carbon products help to ensure that ‘forever chemicals’ are forever no more. It’s a problem people thought they had to live with, but as our study has proven, they really don’t.”

To learn more about Calgon Carbon’s study and the FILTRASORB product, visit NoMorePFAS.com.

About Calgon Carbon
Calgon Carbon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (Kuraray), is a global leader in the manufacture and/or distribution of innovative coal-, wood- and coconut-based activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – to meet the most challenging purification demands of customers throughout the world. Calgon Carbon provides purification solutions for more than 700 distinct applications, including drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon employs approximately 1640 people and operates 20 manufacturing, reactivation, innovation and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron. Calgon Carbon was acquired by Kuraray in March of 2018.  With complementary products and services, the combined organization will continue to focus on providing the highest quality and most innovative activated carbon and filtration media products, equipment, and services to meet

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Bâtir une passerelle vers l’avenir : la « journée portes ouvertes sur le cloud » des entreprises de Chine et d’Afrique du Sud s’est déroulée avec succès

JOHANNESBURG et PÉKIN, 6 décembre 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Le 1er décembre, « passerelle vers l’avenir », une activité thématique de la « journée portes ouvertes sur le cloud » des entreprises de Chine et d’Afrique du Sud, organisée conjointement par NEC Longyuan Power, l’Association économique et commerciale de Chine du Sud et le Quotidien du Peuple en ligne d’Afrique du Sud, s’est tenue simultanément en Chine (Pékin, Gansu) et en Afrique du Sud (Johannesburg, Cap Nord) par vidéoconférence en direct. Cet événement commémorait le 25e anniversaire de l’établissement des relations diplomatiques entre la Chine et l’Afrique du Sud.

De Aar Wind Farm

Cet événement a permis d’encourager les interactions interpersonnelles dans le cadre de l’initiative « une ceinture, une route », de souligner l’importance de la coopération en matière d’énergie propre dans la mise en œuvre de cette initiative et de mettre en évidence la réputation internationale positive des entreprises chinoises par le biais d’échanges culturels transfrontaliers.

Cedric Thomas Frolick, président des commissions, du contrôle et des TIC à l’Assemblée nationale du Parlement de la République d’Afrique du Sud, Liu Guoyue, président de National Energy Group, S.E. Siyabonga Cwele, ambassadeur d’Afrique du Sud en Chine, et Wang Wen’an, président de l’Association économique et commerciale de Chine du Sud, ont tenu des discours, et Chen Xiaodong, ambassadeur de Chine en Afrique du Sud, a diffusé un message vidéo.

Lazarus Mahlangu, directeur du suivi du programme IPP, ministre plénipotentiaire de l’ambassade de la République d’Afrique du Sud en Chine, Mogamat Mahdi Basadien, Yusuf Timol, ministre économique de l’ambassade d’Afrique du Sud en République populaire de Chine, Gary Smith, directeur général adjoint du bureau de propagande du SASAC, Conseil d’État, et M. Hou Wenan, inspecteur de première classe.

M. Hou Jie, directeur général adjoint et premier inspecteur du bureau de la publicité de la SASAC, M. Zhang Bin, directeur général adjoint du département Afrique du ministère des affaires étrangères, figuraient parmi les nombreux invités de marque conviés à assister à l’événement en ligne.

« La Chine découvre l’arc-en-ciel », « Bienvenue aux énergies nouvelles » et « Parlons de l’avenir à faible émission de carbone » étaient les trois segments qui constituaient le thème de l’événement « Un arc-en-ciel vers l’avenir ».

Le parc éolien de Yumen, dans la province du Gansu, dont le climat et le paysage ressemblent à ceux de l’Afrique du Sud, et le parc éolien de De Aar, en Afrique du Sud, premier projet éolien chinois à intégrer l’investissement, la construction et l’exploitation, ont été les étapes de ce voyage commun dans le cloud, de la Chine à l’Afrique du Sud.

Cette « journée portes ouvertes sur le cloud » est la troisième édition consécutive, depuis 2020, de la journée portes ouvertes organisée par NEC Longyuan Power pour le public dans le pays où se situe le projet.

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Yumen Wind Farm

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H3C AD-WAN Solution Helps LiveCom’s Global SD-WAN Operation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to Omdia’s report, the compound growth rate of the global SD-WAN market will reach 11.9% from 2021 to 2027, and the market size will exceed USD 10 billion by 2027, continuing to lead the enterprise network service market. In recent years, as the epidemic accelerated the digital transformation of the industry, more and more enterprises have chosen cloud, and the demand of enterprises for campus networks, data centers and wide area networks has increased rapidly. The SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) has attracted the attention of more enterprises and service providers because it helps enterprises to achieve quality cloud in a more flexible connection mode, while reducing the cost of WAN.

Although the SD-WAN has a broad market prospect, in fact, the existing SD-WAN solutions cannot fully meet the customer demands. Presently, in Chinese market, most manufacturers lack the capability to optimize end-to-end network resources, so it is difficult to provide a complete set of solutions. In the international market, the solutions of some manufacturers are realized through mergers and acquisitions, which causes problems such as high prices, difficult operation and maintenance, long development cycle, etc., which greatly affects the deployment progress of the SD-WAN.

Based on the insight into the industry pain points, H3C AD-WAN solution, with the concept of “application-driven network”, carries out innovative explorations around technical architecture, business experience, security protection and control, operation and maintenance management, business model and other fields, offers new features such as new service modes, WAN optimization, multi-cloud connection, end-to-end SRv6, SASE business automation, etc., and helps the customers build full-scenario, whole-domain and full-lifecycle intelligent WANs, which can better meet the requirements of the operators in the “post-epidemic” era for end-to-end control, operation, and maintenance for SD-WAN construction. This solution has now been applied to overseas market.

H3C and LiveCom Cooperate Closely to Explore New SD-WAN Modes

In March, 2021, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the Action Plan for Coordinated Development of the “Double Gigabit” Network (2021-2023), proposing to adopt the SD-WAN technical solution to optimize network transmission quality. As encouraged by this policy, the three major domestic telecom carriers have invested in the research and development of SD-WAN intelligent dedicated lines, and the WAN architecture has also turned to SD-WAN in an all-round way.

LiveCom is an international carrier that has long been dedicated to cross-border communication information services. With the global business expansion of LiveCom, the number of POP nodes deployed overseas and the volume of business carried by the backbone networks increase. Therefore, the forwarding delay, site deployment, network resource optimization, business operation and maintenance management of its global network are facing greater challenges. In order to further enhance its competitiveness in the global market, LiveCom needs a powerful partner to help upgrade its SD-WAN services in an all-round way, and it is just the right time to cooperate with H3C.

After testing SD-WAN products of several manufacturers, LiveCom made a long-term cooperation decision with H3C in less than three months due to the strong advantages of H3C, such as advanced and steady products, professional technicians, and comprehensive service coverage.

In the cooperation mode in which H3C provides overall solutions and products, and LiveCom provides lines and technical support, both parties have finally provided customers with high-quality bandwidth operation services based on SD-WAN solutions. At the application level, in the headquarters and branch scenarios, H3C provides hardware  products and SD-WAN controllers for deployment, which help LiveCom to establish multiple POP points around the world and deploy branch routers for enterprises. In addition, through the northbound API interface of the SD-WAN solution provided by H3C, LiveCom can customize the display interfaces according to the actual needs of customers, and comprehensively improve the customer experience in operation and maintenance.

During the cooperation, both sides have gradually formed a benign and interactive cooperation mode through joint efforts. In the early stage, with deep experience in hardware and solutions, H3C organized pre-sales and after-sales training for LiveCom’s technicians in operation, troubleshooting, and calling northbound interfaces of the routers, so as to help them enhance their experience in operating large and medium-sized SD-WAN networks. Besides, H3C provided mature cases for LiveCom, and engineers from both sides jointly deployed the SD-WAN platform. LiveCom was responsible for giving feedbacks of new customer demands to H3C, and both parties jointly analyzed customer demands to provide improved SD-WAN functions and services and solve the problems of the customers.

Five Advantages Help LiveCom in Global SD-WAN Operation

With the joint efforts of both parties, LiveCom has launched the global SD-WAN network access service, which is based on the global SD-WAN network infrastructure built at global POP nodes of LiveCom’s high-speed backbone network, helping enterprises to quickly build high-quality cross-border communication networks to reduce WAN expenses and improve business access experience.

Based on the AD-WAN solution, H3C has formed five advantages to help LiveCom provide global SD-WAN operation services:

I. Relying on advantageous global POP networking, access to the nearest points. LiveCom’s extensive deployment of global POP points can adapt to mainstream Internet access in various regions, and users of multinational enterprises can access the nearest points. Besides, the Overlay between POP points adopts Full-mesh connection, which does not need transit traffic and reduces forwarding delay.

II. Simple deployment, quick launch of business. H3C’s AD-WAN solution has a variety of automatic start-up capabilities, allowing customer sites to be operated without professional IT personnel; the equipment replacement is convenient and plug-and-play, and all business configurations can be automatically deployed with the controller after the new equipment is launched. It also supports the rapid deployment of vCPE on mainstream public clouds of the world. The site launch time is shortened from 3-5 days to 10 minutes, which greatly improves the efficiency of network administrators.

III. Intelligent path selection to improve resource utilization. Through “Internet+MPLS” hybrid link networking, it supports bandwidth bundling and multiple links carrying the same session; working with multi-link intelligent scheduling and QoS strategy, it can ensure SLA for critical application, improve link utilization, and reduce repeated purchases by customers.

IV. Centering on customer scenarios to realize centralized control and targeted optimization of applications. Based on the DPI configuration strategy, the centralized Internet access of designated applications and local Internet access of other applications can be realized, which can optimize enterprise applications in a targeted manner and enhance user experience; The one-click escape setting ensures uninterrupted cross-border access, and the DNS management realizes application access control, which ensures smooth and stable internet access without affecting business access.

V. Unified management to realize intelligent operation and maintenance. The AD-WAN solution provides the northbound interfaces, which help LiveCom realize customized Portals; the VPN isolation strategy is implemented for multiple tenants, with decentralized, multi-level management; Visual applications and automatic generation of a variety of reports ensure users to view the operating conditions at a glance, thus greatly improving the efficiency of operation and maintenance.

H3C Joins Hands with LiveCom to Achieve a Win-win Situation of SD-WAN Overseas

So far, H3C and LiveCom has jointly completed a number of SD-WAN projects, set up SD-WAN headquarters and branch network deployment in many countries around the world, and provided services to dozens of overseas Chinese-funded enterprises.

The cooperation between LiveCom and H3C demonstrates the strong strength of H3C’s AD-WAN solution. In addition, H3C’s SD-WAN projects have passed tests and been successfully implemented in many countries, and have been recognized by more and more overseas customers. As one of H3C’s overseas solutions, the AD-WAN solution has witnessed the process during which H3C and LiveCom jointly built a benchmark for overseas practice. It is the SD-WAN capability, which is leading in the industry, and rich practical experience that have laid the foundation for the in-depth cooperation between both parties.

Based in China, going global in the digital journey. In the future, H3C will continue to consolidate its own advantages, continuously export advanced SD-WAN technologies, and work with LiveCom to provide more professional and efficient SD-WAN services to global customers.

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Vinamilk présente sa démarche de promotion de la marque au Global Dairy Congress Asia 2022

HÔ CHI MINH-VILLE, Vietnam, 6 décembre 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vinamilk, première marque de produits laitiers du Vietnam et sixième marque de produits laitiers au monde, a récemment participé au Global Dairy Congress Asia 2022 qui s’est tenu à Singapour. Vinamilk a été invité à partager ses idées et son expertise dans la constitution de sa marque fétiche, Dielac, une marque de lait maternisé qui accompagne des générations de consommateurs vietnamiens depuis 33 ans.

Vinamilk's Executive Director of Marketing - Mr. Nguyen Quang Tri at the congress

Plus de 250 invités représentant des organismes et des entreprises de l’industrie laitière de plus de 10 pays asiatiques ont assisté au Global Dairy Congress Asia 2022, qui était axé sur les dernières tendances de l’industrie laitière, les nouveaux modèles commerciaux, les technologies avancées, etc.

Soucieux de répondre aux besoins des consommateurs et d’instaurer une relation de confiance, Vinamilk a surmonté de nombreux défis, tels que des équipements de production limités et le manque de confiance des consommateurs dans les marques de produits laitiers locales, pour élaborer une stratégie efficace pour Dielac, lancé il y a 33 ans et reposant sur trois piliers : la qualité des produits, l’innovation et l’amour.

Pour concurrencer équitablement les marques de produits laitiers étrangères bien établies, Vinamilk se concentre sur la coopération avec des organisations internationales spécialisées dans l’application des micronutriments et de la microbiologie pour mettre au point de nouveaux produits, en diversifiant son portefeuille de produits pour répondre aux exigences croissantes des consommateurs. Les produits Dielac sont également enrichis de divers types de nutriments, qui sont similaires au lait maternel et adaptés aux besoins physiques et nutritionnels des enfants vietnamiens.

Production lines at Vietnam Powdered Milk Factory

Pour répondre à la demande croissante des consommateurs, Vinamilk a établi une usine moderne de lait en poudre à Binh Duong en 2013, avec une capacité pouvant atteindre 54 000 tonnes de produits par an, ce qui a consolidé le prestige de Dielac dans l’esprit des consommateurs.

« Développer un amour de la marque dans l’industrie laitière demande beaucoup d’attention, car les produits nutritionnels pour enfants doivent respecter la sécurité alimentaire et répondre aux normes internationales », a confié Nguyen Quang Tri, directeur exécutif du marketing chez Vinamilk.

L’« amour de la marque Dielac » est né de l’amour : du cœur des parents vietnamiens qui veulent ce qu’il y a de mieux pour leurs enfants ; du cœur des concepteurs de produits et des créateurs de marques en tant que Vietnamiens désireux de soutenir les générations vietnamiennes qui se tiennent aux côtés de leurs homologues étrangers ; et du cœur de Vinamilk, un entrepreneur déterminé à construire une industrie laitière vietnamienne de niveau international.

Generations of Vietnamese parents have trusted Dielac brand

« L’importance d’établir une relation entre le consommateur et un producteur laitier passe par sa marque. Nous savons que nous disposons d’un marketing efficace qui suscite l’intérêt des consommateurs et leur fait comprendre la valeur et les avantages des produits laitiers pour la santé. Mais en fin de compte, les consommateurs achètent un produit et c’est pourquoi il est si important d’avoir une marque qui soit forte, reconnaissable et fiable », a ajouté Caroline Emond, directrice générale de la Fédération mondiale de laiterie.

Le parcours de Vinamilk Dielac, la première marque de lait maternisé produite par une entreprise vietnamienne, va de pair avec la croissance impressionnante de la société. Depuis son lancement en 1989, la marque Dielac est devenue une solution nutritionnelle à laquelle les consommateurs vietnamiens font confiance. Ces produits ont été les premiers à être exportés et sont restés une UGS importante dans le portefeuille d’exportation de la société.

À propos de Vinamilk

Fondée en 1976, Vinamilk est la première entreprise laitière du Vietnam. Elle figure parmi les 40 plus grandes entreprises de nutrition du monde en termes de revenus et parmi les 10 marques de produits laitiers ayant le plus de valeur au monde. Devenu un poids lourd de l’industrie laitière au cours des 46 dernières années, Vinamilk est aujourd’hui évalué à plus de 2,8 milliards de dollars américains.

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Sweegen announces growth capital investments and manufacturing partnership ahead of Food Ingredients Europe 2022

Momentum from global regulatory approvals and customers’ product launches drives strong valuation and investment demand.

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Dec. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sweegen announced its strategic investment and partnership snapshot ahead of the FI Europe 2022, where it will exhibit zero sugar solutions in immersive food experiences, displaying consumers’ favorite foods and beverages with zero sugar solutions in Paris, France, Dec. 6-8.

In the wake of the 2022 company developments of major customer launches, a growing global footprint, and regulatory approvals on its sweeteners and stevia technology, Sweegen is attracting major partners and moving forward with additional growth capital raised from current shareholders, Pasaca Capital and Sumitomo Chemical Co. (Sumitomo), reaching the “unicorn” status.

“Our growth is meaningful in the world of sweetener innovation as we are bringing wellness solutions to food and beverage brands and consumers in new global regions where sugar reduction is not only a major health trend and need but also a movement for a wellness lifestyle,” said CEO Steven Chen. “We’re grateful that these shareholders continue to have confidence in our vision to open new markets with our global regulatory plans and explore exciting wellness technologies for food and beverages.”

Largest CPG Companies as Customers

Sweegen’s Signature Bestevia® Reb M was the first new-generation stevia technology to receive approval from the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA).

This landmark approval in 2021, combined with the approval of the regulatory framework for steviol glycosides by the international food safety authority CODEX in 2022, is opening new markets and creating significant opportunities for Sweegen’s customers to launch new products.

The world’s largest food and beverage producers, including top brands for beverage (non-alcoholic and alcoholic), condiment, dairy, and plant-based products, have entered into commitments, contracts, and purchase orders with Sweegen.

Manufacturing Alliance

With Sumitomo, Sweegen entered into a strategic alliance in which Sumitomo will contribute one of its manufacturing factories in Asia to a joint venture between the two companies.

Sumitomo will assist in quality assurance and quality control at both the Asian facility and Sweegen’s manufacturing site in Europe.

“Our manufacturing alliance with an exceptional partner like Sumitomo gives Sweegen’s customers the added security and benefit of multiple production facilities and is expected to accelerate Sweegen’s market penetration greatly,” said Chen.

New Technologies

In addition to the industry’s widest range of non-GMO better, tasting Signature stevia ingredients, Sweegen is introducing more advanced sugar-reducing products, such as the sweet proteins Ultratia™ brazzein and thaumatin.

Sweegen’s disruptive peptide technology enables industrial-scale production of brazzein for great cost savings to CPG customers. The commercialization of brazzein has already begun, and Sweegen anticipates a first regulatory approval for the product in 2023.

Thaumatin is 100,000 times sweeter than sugar on a molar basis. The high sweetness factor can translate into a strategic, cost-effective sugar reduction solution for brands seeking to get the most out of natural sweeteners. Sweegen has recently announced the successful scale-up production of these high-intensity sweeteners, and the company expects to receive regulatory approval in the near future.

The Market

The global sugar market is currently at $160 billion. Many global food and beverage companies are currently incorporating Sweegen’s products to replace artificial sweeteners, reduce sugar, and launch branded products containing these Sweegen products.

Contacts at FIE

At the FI Europe 2022 trade fair in Paris, Sweegen’s booth will be at Stand #7.1D20, where Sweegen’s management and global food and beverage applications teams will welcome all food and ingredient customers and business partners.

About Sweegen

Sweegen provides sweet-taste solutions for food and beverage manufacturers around the world.

We are on a mission to reduce sugar and artificial sweeteners in the global diet. Partnering with customers, we create delicious zero-sugar products that consumers love. With the best modern sweeteners in our portfolio, such as Bestevia® Rebs B, D, E, I, M, and N, and sweet proteins brazzein and thaumatin, along with our deep knowledge of flavor modulators and texturants, Sweegen delivers market-leading solutions that customers want, and consumers prefer. Well. Into the Future.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1996. Sweegen’s actual results may differ from the estimates, assumptions, and other illustrative material contained herein, and consequently, a reader should not rely on these forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, illustrative information regarding Sweegen’s bottom-up assumed market potential, assumed hit rate, and the resulting revenue based on these model inputs. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the expected results.

Industry, Market, and Other Data
In this press release, we rely on and refer to information and statistics regarding market participants in the sectors in which Sweegen competes and other data. We obtained this information and statistics from our own internal estimates and third-party sources, including reports by market research firms and company filings. We do not expressly refer to these sources. All of this information involves a number of assumptions and limitations, and the sources of such information cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of such information. The industry in which Sweegen operates is subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk due to a variety of important factors, any of which could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the estimates made by Sweegen or third parties.

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Des jeunes partager leurs réflexions sur la Chine et le monde lors du Forum Génération Z 2022 à l’Université Tsinghua

Pendant le Forum, un étudiant, Liu Dibo, partage ses expériences de bénévolat aux Jeux olympiques d’hiver à Beijing

BEIJING, 6 décembre 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Liu Dibo, étudiant de l’Université Tsinghua (« Tsinghua »), a partagé ses expériences de bénévolat aux Jeux olympiques d’hiver de Beijing 2022 lors du Forum mondial Génération Z 2022 (« le Forum »). Le Forum, co-organisé par l’Université Tsinghua et China Daily, a invité les participants chinois et étrangers de plus de 30 pays à partager leurs histoires et leurs réflexions sur l’orientation de la Chine et du monde. Il était possible de participer au Forum à distance et en présentiel.

Liu Dibo, qui étudie à l’École dédiée aux questions environnementales de Tsinghua, a parlé à l’auditoire de son expérience de bénévole aux Jeux olympiques et paralympiques d’hiver 2022, au cours desquels il a été assistant de Francesco Ricci Bitt, président de l’Association des fédérations internationales olympiques des sports d’été. Liu Dibo a parlé de la façon dont il a entretenu une « amitié intergénérationnelle » avec Francesco Ricci Bitt. Il a évoqué leurs échanges sur la Chine, au cours desquels il a pu dire combien le pays avait changé depuis que Pékin avait accueilli les Jeux olympiques d’été 2008. Il a également pu présenter la culture chinoise et lui faire part de lieux d’intérêt à Pékin. Après son retour dans son pays d’origine, Liu Dibo a été ravi de recevoir une lettre de remerciements de Francesco Ricci Bitt, remerciant son « ami exceptionnel » pour avoir rendu son « séjour à Beijing 2022 agréable et facile » et l’invitant aux prochains Jeux olympiques d’hiver, qui se tiendra en Italie en 2026.

Des jeunes venant de pays comme la Russie, l’Inde, l’Afrique du Sud, la France, l’Égypte, la Géorgie et les États-Unis, ont prononcé des discours. En réunissant des jeunes du monde entier, le Forum a mis en valeur les expériences positives des jeunes qui s’efforcent de réaliser leur potentiel.

Qu Yingpu, éditeur et rédacteur en chef de China Daily, a prononcé un discours lors du Forum pour encourager les jeunes du monde entier à promouvoir la construction d’une « communauté ayant un destin partagé pour le bien de l’humanité » et a encouragé les jeunes à essayer de mieux comprendre la Chine.

Qiu Yong, secrétaire du Comité de l’Université Tsinghua du PCC et président du Conseil de l’Université Tsinghua, a déclaré dans son discours d’ouverture : « Les jeunes représentent l’espoir et sont les architectes de l’avenir. Un meilleur avenir partagé dépend des amitiés des jeunes qui se perpétuent de génération en génération. »

Lors du Forum, d’autres jeunes ont pris la parole, notamment Nik Gu, étudiant russe en relations internationales et ambassadeur mondial à l’Université Tsinghua. Nik Gu a parlé du développement rapide qu’il avait pu observer en Chine au cours de ces dernières années. Ayant vécu en Chine pendant 17 ans, Nik Gu a déclaré avoir été profondément influencé par le concept culturel « d’harmonie sans uniformité » et a appelé les jeunes à unir leurs forces dans le monde entier afin de promouvoir une « communauté avec un destin partagé pour le bien de l’humanité”.

Tamar Kvlividze, une vlogger géorgienne vivant en Chine, a raconté lors du Forum qu’elle hébergeait des vidéos sur les plateformes de réseaux sociaux en Chine et en Géorgie sur ses expériences de vie en Chine. Ses chaînes sont devenues très populaires en Chine et en Géorgie, a-t-elle indiqué, et a exprimé son espoir de participer au renforcement des liens culturels entre les deux pays.

Minh Thao Chan, doctorant français se spécialisant en conduite autonome à l’Université Tsinghua, a fait part de ses réflexions et de sa compréhension de la « voie chinoise vers la modernisation ». Il a indiqué admirer comment la Chine avait mis l’accent sur le développement des domaines de la science, des technologies et de l’éducation.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le site Tsinghua University.

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Their money, their rules: how rural women in Nigeria are improving their livelihoods through affinity groups

Rural women are pooling resources to grow their businesses and Women Affinity Groups have helped more than 350,000 women improve their standards of living.

Women affinity groups across six states have saved over 2.6 billion naira ($6 million) for their collective use. Training sessions in social, financial, and business skills are helping women access larger markets and improve their livelihoods.

“We had our group cash-out yesterday and decided to use the balance to buy a piece of farmland. We have paid 50,000 naira as a deposit to the landowner, and the tillers are already clearing the land,” Victoria Aderupakun, a 54-year-old farmer and member of a Women Affinity Group established with the support of the Nigeria for Women Project, told her group in Bale Ogunbayo, a village in the Odeda Local Government Area of Ogun State, in southwest Nigeria.

The members applauded Victoria’s announcement as the new farmland will increase their cassava yield. They will also plant other cash crops such as cashew, oil palm, coconut, and rice.

At the close of the meeting, the women counted the remaining money in their social fund purse and handed it to Victoria, their group leader and finance officer. Increased income from the new farmland is expected to help their economic situation.

The training on financial education and business skills has helped the women to start and manage their businesses. Gender-based violence training also helps women live peacefully with their husbands.

Vivian Akatuobi a Women Affinity Group facilitator in the Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State

In Osa Okwu village, a farming community in Abia State, eastern Nigeria, Chidinma Enyinnaya, a 42-year-old civil servant, was inspired to start cassava farming after attending a Women Affinity Group meeting. Her goal was to increase her income and create financial stability for her family. Thanks to the group’s support, Chidinma now grows cassava on a 250 square-meter farmland.

Victoria and Chidinma are among the many Nigerian women who have benefited from Women Affinity Groups. Over 16,000 groups serve more than 350,000 members in six states of Nigeria. They have been set up by the Nigeria for Women Project, a Government of Nigeria program financed by the World Bank with IDA resources. The groups enable women to pool resources, loan each other money from their joint savings and set up emergency funds. They also combine resources such as food and labor to support each other during hardship.

Without access to finance, women are disproportionately excluded from the formal economy and struggle to earn and save money, expand their businesses, and lift their families out of poverty. The Nigeria for Women Project is helping fill this gap.

Women Affinity Groups make their own rules on how much they save, how much each member can borrow, the repayment period, and the loan administrative fee. Selection does not consider political, religious, or ethnic affiliation. All women above 18 are welcome. The groups practice rotational leadership, and each member is expected to participate in savings and credit. Profit is shared. The women also access additional funding as grants to start or expand their businesses. Some women previously participated in a lending system that failed because of the high-interest fees.

Thus far, members of Women Affinity Groups across Nigeria have saved 2.6 billion naira ($6 million).

Skills training for better livelihoods

The program is also offering targeted skills training so that women receive the tools for economic sustenance and business longevity.

Chidinma is one of 18 women in her affinity group. Soon after joining, she started saving between 200 naira and 1,000 naira weekly. During her second month, she sought a loan to acquire land to start cassava farming. She also bought fertilizer to boost her yield. Her land had a good harvest, and Chidinma repaid the loan from the sales of cassava. As her income increased, she was able to continue saving larger sums. Chidinma has also learned saving and investing basics, and she is now better equipped to grow her business into a very profitable venture.

“The training on financial education and business skills has helped the women to start and manage their businesses,” says Vivian Akatuobi, a Women Affinity Group facilitator in the Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State: “Gender-based violence training also helps women live peacefully with their husbands.”

Women entrepreneurs in Nigeria face many obstacles in male-dominated professions like agriculture. In addition to gender biases, discriminatory policies, and other forms of harassment, women often have limited access to land, funding, networks, and the education available to men. Nigeria for Women is helping overcome these challenges and improve the standards of living in rural communities.

Source: World Bank

Minimum Expenditure Basket in Malawi: What it Costs for a Household to Survive a Month – Round 63 : 05 -10 September 2022

The average cost of a typical household’s Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket (SMEB) in Malawi decreased by 1.0 percent to MK 78,398 in early September 2022 from MK 79,200 in the previous round of data collection two weeks earlier.

The slight decrease in the SMEB was largely driven by lower food and non-food prices in the urban cities and rural Central and Southern Regions. However, the rural Northern Region recorded a marginal SMEB increase of 0.5 percent as non-food costs such as soap and milling went up.

The cost of the urban SMEB was the highest at MK 94,699 per month compared to the cost in the rural areas. Among the rural areas, the cost of the SMEB was the highest in the Southern at MK 77,868 per month followed by the monthly cost in the Central and Northern Regions of MK 70,793 and MK 70,232, respectively.

The price of maize grain increased by 0.9 percent to MK 328 per kg in early September, up from MK 322 two weeks prior. The price of beans increased to MK 1,443 per kg an increase of 1.1 percent and that of cowpeas to MK 853 per kg (increasing by 4.0 percent). Pigeon peas sold for MK 584 per kg, a 2.3 percent decrease.

Source: World Food Programme