شركة emovis توقع عقد تمديد لمدة عامين لتشغيل الطريق السريع M50 الذي يفرض رسومًا على المرور في أيرلندا

 

إيسي ليه مولينو، فرنسا، 15 أكتوبر 2018، (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – وقعت شركة emovis عقد تمديد لمدة عامين مع وزارة البنية التحتية والنقل الأيرلندية لتشغيل طريق M50 بنظام التحصيل بلا حواجز حتى مارس 2021.

هذا وتحتفل emovis هذا العام أيضًا بمرور عشر سنوات على تشغيل أول طريق بنظام التحصيل بلا حواجز في أيرلندا، حيث شهدت حركة المرور -منذ إنشائه في عام 2008 إلى الآن- نموًا بواقع 63 ٪ لتصل إلى 143,000 رحلة في اليوم، ومن ثم حصلت شركة emovis مبلغًا يربوا على مليار يورو لصالح وزارة البنية التحتية والنقل، لتستثمره الوزارة مرة أخرى في البنى التحتية في أيرلندا.

نبذة عن emovis

يعمل لدى الشركة أكثر من 650 موظف حول العالم، وتدير مجموعة من أكبر البنى التحتية التي تعمل بنظام تحصيل الرسوم الإلكتروني بالكامل في المملكة المتحدة وأيرلندا والولايات المتحدة وكندا.

كما يعمل لدى الشركة أكثر من 150 موظف في أيرلندا- وهي أول شركة تطرح نظام تحصيل الرسوم الإلكتروني بالكامل في أوروبا (المعروف أيضًا بـ"نظام التحصيل بلا حواجز").

وفي الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، تشارك الشركة مشاركة فعالة في مشروع "تحصيل رسوم الطرق في ولاية أوريغون" (www.myorego.org) وولاية واشنطن (www.waroadusagecharge.org). وفي يوليو 2018، نجحت الشركة في إنشاء أول مكتب دعم أمريكي لتحصيل رسوم المرور من الشاحنات لصالح وازرة النقل في جزيرة رودس (RIDOT).

الشركة مملوكة بالكامل لشركة Abertis، الشركة الرائدة على مستوى العالم في مجال الامتيازات على الطرق السريعة (5000 ميل من الطرق): www.abertis.com

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Benoît ROSSI | رئيس قسم التواصل والإعلام بالشركة communication@emovis.com

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شركة emovis توقع عقد تمديد لمدة عامين لتشغيل الطريق السريع M50 الذي يفرض رسومًا على المرور في أيرلندا

 

إيسي ليه مولينو، فرنسا، 15 أكتوبر 2018، (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – وقعت شركة emovis عقد تمديد لمدة عامين مع وزارة البنية التحتية والنقل الأيرلندية لتشغيل طريق M50 بنظام التحصيل بلا حواجز حتى مارس 2021.

هذا وتحتفل emovis هذا العام أيضًا بمرور عشر سنوات على تشغيل أول طريق بنظام التحصيل بلا حواجز في أيرلندا، حيث شهدت حركة المرور -منذ إنشائه في عام 2008 إلى الآن- نموًا بواقع 63 ٪ لتصل إلى 143,000 رحلة في اليوم، ومن ثم حصلت شركة emovis مبلغًا يربوا على مليار يورو لصالح وزارة البنية التحتية والنقل، لتستثمره الوزارة مرة أخرى في البنى التحتية في أيرلندا.

نبذة عن emovis

يعمل لدى الشركة أكثر من 650 موظف حول العالم، وتدير مجموعة من أكبر البنى التحتية التي تعمل بنظام تحصيل الرسوم الإلكتروني بالكامل في المملكة المتحدة وأيرلندا والولايات المتحدة وكندا.

كما يعمل لدى الشركة أكثر من 150 موظف في أيرلندا- وهي أول شركة تطرح نظام تحصيل الرسوم الإلكتروني بالكامل في أوروبا (المعروف أيضًا بـ"نظام التحصيل بلا حواجز").

وفي الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، تشارك الشركة مشاركة فعالة في مشروع "تحصيل رسوم الطرق في ولاية أوريغون" (www.myorego.org) وولاية واشنطن (www.waroadusagecharge.org). وفي يوليو 2018، نجحت الشركة في إنشاء أول مكتب دعم أمريكي لتحصيل رسوم المرور من الشاحنات لصالح وازرة النقل في جزيرة رودس (RIDOT).

الشركة مملوكة بالكامل لشركة Abertis، الشركة الرائدة على مستوى العالم في مجال الامتيازات على الطرق السريعة (5000 ميل من الطرق): www.abertis.com

www.emovis.com
Benoît ROSSI | رئيس قسم التواصل والإعلام بالشركة communication@emovis.com

الصورة المرفقة بهذا الإعلان متوفرة على الرابط التالي http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/03a913db-c544-4d9c-955f-7624d4126162

شركة emovis توقع عقد تمديد لمدة عامين لتشغيل الطريق السريع M50 الذي يفرض رسومًا على المرور في أيرلندا

 

إيسي ليه مولينو، فرنسا، 15 أكتوبر 2018، (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – وقعت شركة emovis عقد تمديد لمدة عامين مع وزارة البنية التحتية والنقل الأيرلندية لتشغيل طريق M50 بنظام التحصيل بلا حواجز حتى مارس 2021.

هذا وتحتفل emovis هذا العام أيضًا بمرور عشر سنوات على تشغيل أول طريق بنظام التحصيل بلا حواجز في أيرلندا، حيث شهدت حركة المرور -منذ إنشائه في عام 2008 إلى الآن- نموًا بواقع 63 ٪ لتصل إلى 143,000 رحلة في اليوم، ومن ثم حصلت شركة emovis مبلغًا يربوا على مليار يورو لصالح وزارة البنية التحتية والنقل، لتستثمره الوزارة مرة أخرى في البنى التحتية في أيرلندا.

نبذة عن emovis

يعمل لدى الشركة أكثر من 650 موظف حول العالم، وتدير مجموعة من أكبر البنى التحتية التي تعمل بنظام تحصيل الرسوم الإلكتروني بالكامل في المملكة المتحدة وأيرلندا والولايات المتحدة وكندا.

كما يعمل لدى الشركة أكثر من 150 موظف في أيرلندا- وهي أول شركة تطرح نظام تحصيل الرسوم الإلكتروني بالكامل في أوروبا (المعروف أيضًا بـ"نظام التحصيل بلا حواجز").

وفي الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية، تشارك الشركة مشاركة فعالة في مشروع "تحصيل رسوم الطرق في ولاية أوريغون" (www.myorego.org) وولاية واشنطن (www.waroadusagecharge.org). وفي يوليو 2018، نجحت الشركة في إنشاء أول مكتب دعم أمريكي لتحصيل رسوم المرور من الشاحنات لصالح وازرة النقل في جزيرة رودس (RIDOT).

الشركة مملوكة بالكامل لشركة Abertis، الشركة الرائدة على مستوى العالم في مجال الامتيازات على الطرق السريعة (5000 ميل من الطرق): www.abertis.com

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True Cost of a Plate of Food Around the World

This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16
 
Herve Verhoosel is Senior Spokesperson at the UN World Food Programme (WFP)

By Herve Verhoosel
GENEVA, Oct 15 2018 (IPS)

How much would you expect to pay for the most basic plate of food? The kind of thing you might whip up at home – nothing fancy, just enough to fill you up and meet a third of today’s calorie needs. A soup, maybe, or a simple stew – some beans or lentils, a handful of rice, bread, or corn?

Credit: World Food Programme

In the rich Global North – say, in New York State, USA – such a meal would cost almost nothing to make: 0.6 percent of the average daily income, or US$1.20.

In parts of the developing world, by contrast, food affordability can shrink to the point of absurdity: in South Sudan, a country born out of war and disintegrating into more war, the meal-to-income ratio is 300 times that of industrialized countries.

It is, in other words, as if a New Yorker had to pay nearly US$348.36 for the privilege of cooking and eating that plate of food.

How do people in South Sudan afford it? It’s simple. They don’t.

This is not a unique issue to South Sudan. Across the board, food is becoming ever less affordable in poorer countries that are subject to political instabilities.

Lack of access to food, and the costliness of it, have many causes: climate extremes, natural disasters, post-harvest losses, or bad governance, all of which can damage- or even shatter- farming supply chains and markets.

But, one overriding cause stands out: conflict. At WFP, we’ve long known that hunger and war are tragically symbiotic. Which makes it that much harder to eradicate the one without ending the other.

The 2018 edition of WFPs Counting the Beans: The True Cost of a Plate of Food Around the World index, now spanning 52 countries, underscores this clear correlation between food affordability costs and political stability and security.

The index looks at whether food costs for the original 33 countries analyzed in 2017 have risen or fallen, and compares costs for the same meal in some of the world’s poorest places with one of its richest, by using a New York baseline to highlight vast gaps in global food affordability.

In many countries, it was found that food affordability measured in this way has actually improved since 2017. This is situational, thanks to strong economic growth, political stability, and/or a better rainy season- or in the case of southern Africa- humanitarian assistance helping to offset the effects of severe drought.

Though despite such progress made in many countries through the past year, food costs are often still intensely disproportionate in relation to income. This is the case across much of Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and, to a lesser degree, of Latin America.

Among the countries surveyed for the study, Peru tops the list with the most affordable plate at the NY equivalent of US$ 3.44, just 1.6 percent of per capita income, vs. what that same plate would cost in New York, amounting to 0.6 percent of per capita income.

While Laos and Jordan are close runners-up to Peru, other countries have deteriorated. Almost invariably, these are nations where peace has been (further) eroded by violence, insecurity or political tension, including South Sudan- where the cost of a plate of food has soared from the exorbitant 155 percent of daily income in 2016 (USD $321.70) to 201.7 percent of daily income in 2018 (USD $348.36).

It now costs twice the national daily income to buy a plate of food in South Sudan. Northeast Nigeria took second to last place, at USD $222.05, or 128.6 percent of daily income in 2018, up from USD $200.32, or 121 percent of daily income in 2016.

These abysmal numbers highlight the vast gaps in global food affordability, where 821 million people go hungry while elsewhere one can get a simple nutritious meal with a just a handful of change.

The fact that this still occurs defies both reason and decency, and it’s why we – the World Food Programme and other humanitarian partners – are there.

However, the impact of WFP and other humanitarian actors in saving and changing lives cannot be sustained without political investment, good governance, transparent markets, and wider partnerships.

Societies cannot lift themselves out of the poverty trap if families are continuously priced out of providing their children with the nutritional meals essential for them to develop into healthy and productive adults, if climate degradation continues to threaten food security and development gains, and if protracted conflicts continue to destroy societies and force young talent elsewhere.

With a concerted global effort, the international community can achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and end hunger and malnutrition. Governments must engage with and support their developing country counterparts in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and disaster risk reduction.

The private sector must embrace that turning a profit can go hand in hand with advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through employing young people to boost incomes, sourcing from smallholder farms, and through working alongside leaders to strengthen supply chains.

The shocking and outraging numbers in this year’s “Counting the Beans” index highlight that peaceful societies and affordable food go hand in hand. We have the modern technological capacities to end world hunger, but first we must end the conflict that fosters it.

Together, we can work towards reversing the figures in this year’s index, and ensure that in the future, nobody will have to work a day and a half to afford a simple meal.

Sex Offender Registry is Not Enough to Curb Sexual Violence Against Women

Protesters gather at a candlelight vigil in New Delhi. Credit: Sujoy Dhar/IPS

By Elsa D’Silva and Quratulain Fatima
Oct 15 2018 (IPS)

India recently launched a sex offender registry to deter sex offenders from perpetrating crimes against women and children by indicating that the government is keeping track of them. The personal details of 440,000 sex offenders who have been convicted for various crimes like “eve-teasing”, child sexual abuse, rape and gang rape will be registered in this database and accessible to law enforcement.

The creation of the registry is hailed by many as a welcome move in India, where violence against women and girls is pandemic. Recently, the Thomson Reuters Survey stated that India is the most dangerous country in the world with regards to sexual violence. From the start of this year, there has been a series of gang rapes of little girls ranging from babies to teenagers in all parts of the country –  NorthSouth, WestNorthEast and Central India

Neighbouring country Pakistan does not have a sex offender registry but is equally bad when it comes to violence against women and sex offences. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), in Pakistan an incident of rape occurs every two hours and 70 percent of women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime by their intimate partners and 93 percent women experience some form of sexual violence in public places in their lifetime.

Measures to prevent sex offenses are needed in both countries and each country can learn from each other’s successful prevention programs. However, only workable solutions should be replicated, and a sex offender registry is not one.

Evidence suggests that sex offender registries have failed to reduce sex crimes and have made rehabilitation of offenders difficult. In fact, registries might work for other forms of crime but not for the sexually deviant

Sex offender registries exist in many countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Israel and the Republic of Ireland. Sexual violence is a problem in each of those countries, too, but studies have shown that sex offender registries have little or no effect on crime prevention or recidivism. Furthermore, evidence from these countries suggests that sex offender registries have failed to reduce sex crimes and have made rehabilitation of offenders difficult. In fact, registries might work for other forms of crime but not for the sexually deviant.

Further, we think making the details public, which is how it works in the United States and is what some people in India want, is dangerous as it would further increase the risk for women and girls rather than protect them. Though the government has assured that the registry would have multiple layers of security, there are doubts that the names and identities of the victims would be revealed. The Indian authorities are planning to link the details of the perpetrators to the Aadhar database which has biometric information of the person. Reports have indicated that the Aadhar database is itself not secure and for as little as $8 one can access personal information of people.

Moreover, Googling and knowing that a sex offender lives next door does not ensure that you can google your way to safety since safety from sex offences entail more than sex offender registration laws and a registry. Research shows that most sex offenders are relatives or people known to their victims but systems that put in place sex offender registry assume that sex offenders are strangers.

Many sex offenders are not even reported – particularly in South Asia due to the cultural stigma, faulty police procedures and lengthy court cases – and they aren’t included on any registration/notification system.

Instead of implementing a sex offender registry and seeing that as a solution, more efforts should focus on addressing the underlying issues, like patriarchy and improving the effectiveness of the justice system. Specifically, we recommend the governments of India and Pakistan concentrate on the following measures:

  • Sex education in school curriculum to educate people about sex offences and teach them ways to have responsible, healthy and consensual relationships.
  • Advocacy efforts to break down social taboos around this topic and make it easier to discuss and have a dialogue in the family and community about sex offences.
  • Allocation of public resources toward the rehabilitation of sex offenders with a high risk of repeating their crimes. Research suggests that psychological treatment and cognitive behavioural treatment can reduce recidivism amongst sex offenders.
  • Including women in all policy formulation, including the passage of any relevant laws. They are the stakeholders most at risk of sexual violence and they are in a better position to provide guidelines for policies aiming to stop sex offences.
  • Training police officers to be sensitive to the needs of victim and knowledgeable about the relevant laws so they can be a resource to individuals who want to report crimes. For example, Sweden has a high reporting of sexual violence because the creation of a strong eco-system, a feminist mindset and sensitive police have made it easier to break the silence.
  • Ensuring quick and swift punishment for convicted sex offenses. Long court cases in the face of lingering social stigma puts many victims off reporting sex offences. Policy makers must take a hands-on approach to swiftly dispense justice in sex offences.

Elsa D’Silva is the Founder and CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) and works on women’s rights issues in India. She is a 2018 Yale World Fellow and a 2015 Aspen New Voices Fellow. Follow  her on Twitter, @elsamariedsilva. 

Quratulain Fatima is a policy practitioner working extensively in rural and conflict-ridden areas of Pakistan with a focus on gender inclusive development and conflict prevention. She is a 2018 Aspen New Voices Fellow. Follow her on Twitter, @moodee_q.

A New IFC Vision for Greening Banks in Emerging Markets

The Benban Solar Park will provide fast-growing Egypt with the clean energy it needs to drive economic growth sustainably. Credit: Dominic Chavez/World Bank

By Philippe Le Houérou
WASHINGTON DC, Oct 15 2018 (IPS)

The International Finance Corporation is rapidly greening its portfolio.

This past fiscal year, 36 percent of our own accounts and mobilization supported climate-smart projects — up from 12 percent a decade ago. Since May, we have been applying a carbon price to all project finance investments in the cement, chemicals, and thermal power sectors, at $40-80 per metric ton.

And in less than a decade we, along with other development finance institutions, have become a global leader in creating the green bond market, helping to start a market that didn’t exist in 2007 and that last year totaled more than $150 billion in investments.

Yet we should do more. Over the past few years, civil society groups have been critical of IFC for supporting financial intermediaries that have coal exposures. We do not lend for the purpose of financing coal-related activities.

In the past, we have made equity investments in banks that may have exposures to such coal projects, and we have given general purpose loans to banks and those funds may have inadvertently been invested in coal projects.

In response, we have changed our policy in the past two years to vastly reduce our direct and indirect exposure to coal in new financial intermediaries projects.

For one thing, we have eliminated our general-purpose loans to any financial intermediaries; we now ring-fence about 95 percent of our lending to financial intermediaries to ensure that the financing only supports targeted areas, such as projects promoting energy efficiency, renewables, women business owners, or small and medium-sized enterprises.

We will certainly continue to lend to financial intermediaries with targeted credit lines going forward, and take equity in banks that are not engaged in financing coal projects, in support of our development mandate. We also have stepped up our work with emerging market banks on green bonds.

But the broader discussion around the vast need for climate finance and action has spurred a lot of thinking inside IFC. We have asked ourselves, how can we have a bigger impact? Would it be to never invest in, or divest ourselves of, all equity investments in financial intermediaries that have invested in coal in the past? That, indeed, is one way.

I believe there’s a different new and more impactful approach. I want to proactively seek financial intermediaries that would like our help in greening their portfolios and reducing their exposure to coal projects, which are not only bad for the environment but could also become stranded assets in the future.

I want to develop a green equity investment approach to working with financial intermediaries that formally commit upfront to reduce or, in some cases, exit all coal investments over a defined period.
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In the coming months, we will work to define the parameters of this new approach, including a framework for transparency and disclosure as well as time-bound commitments.

I strongly believe that transparency is essential to promoting accountability and ensuring good development outcomes.

On this front, I also plan to introduce a number of improvements. We will require new equity financial intermediary clients exposed to coal projects to publicly disclose their total exposure in this sector. We will also require all new financial intermediary clients exposed to high-risk projects to disclose a summary of their environmental social management systems.

In addition, we have decided to pilot a voluntary initiative with our financial intermediary clients exposed to high-risk projects for the next two years to promote disclosure of such high-risk sub-projects initiated from IFC lending, including the name, sector, and host country of the project.

I believe we must also push transparency from the regulatory angle. In this regard, we will seek to put disclosure on the agenda of the Sustainable Banking Network, which brings together banking regulators and associations from 35 countries to transform their financial markets toward environmental and social sustainability.

The experience gained through the pilot program, discussions with clients, and feedback from regulators will help us define a much better way forward on transparency.

It is our intent that this twin strategy aimed at creating incentives for financial intermediary equity clients to reduce or exit coal projects, as well as improving transparency, will result in fewer of these investments. There are no guarantees, of course.

But I believe that IFC and other development finance institutions must move urgently with new ideas to preserve our planet. We have no choice but to be bold.

Rural Migration: An Opportunity, Not A Challenge

Women and children caught in a dust-laden gust at an IDP settlement 60km south of the town of Gode, reachable only along a dirt track through the desiccated landscape. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

Women and children caught in a dust-laden gust at an IDP settlement 60km south of the town of Gode, reachable only along a dirt track through the desiccated landscape. Credit: James Jeffrey/IPS

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 15 2018 (IPS)

While it can be a challenging issue, migration must be seen as an opportunity and be met with sound, coherent policies that neither stem nor promote the phenomenon.

A new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) examines rural migration and urges countries to maximise the contribution of such migrants to economic and social development.

“We cannot ignore the challenges and costs associated with migration,” FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva said.

“The objective must be to make migration a choice, not a necessity, and to maximise the positive impacts while minimising the negative ones,” he added.

FAO’s senior economist and author of the report Andrea Cattaneo echoed similar sentiments to IPS, stating; “Migration, despite all the challenges that it may pose, really represents the core of economic, social, and human development.”

Though international migration often dominates headlines, the report shows that internal migration is a far larger phenomenon.

More than one billion people living in developing countries have moved internally, with 80 percent of moves involving rural areas.

Migration between developing countries is also larger than those to developed countries. For instance, approximately 85 percent of refugees globally are hosted by developing countries, and at least one-third in rural areas.

Cattaneo additionally highlighted the link between internal and international migrants, noting that in low-income countries, internal migrants are five times more likely to migrate internationally than people who have not moved.

A significant portion of international migrants are also found to have come from rural areas. FAO found that almost 75 percent of rural households from Malawi migrate internationally.

Abdul Aziz stands with his child in Dhaka's Malibagh slum. He came to Bangladesh’s capital a decade ago after losing everything to river erosion, hoping to rebuild his life, but only to find grinding poverty. Credit: Rafiqul Islam/IPS

Abdul Aziz stands with his child in Dhaka’s Malibagh slum. He came to Bangladesh’s capital a decade ago after losing everything to river erosion, hoping to rebuild his life, but only to find grinding poverty. Credit: Rafiqul Islam/IPS

Why all the movement?

While human movements have long occurred since the beginning of time, many migrants now move out of necessity, not choice.

Alongside an increase in protracted crises which force communities out of their homes, it is the lack of access to income and employment and thus a sustainable livelihood that is among the primary drivers of rural migration.

In China, significant rural-urban income gaps drove rural workers to abandon agriculture and migrate to cities.

Between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of China’s population living in urban areas increased from 26 percent to 56 percent, and an estimated 200 million rural migrants now work in the East Asian nation’s cities.

However, such rapid urbanisation increasingly seen around the world is posing new challenges in the availability of resources.

Poor environmental conditions and agricultural productivity have also driven rural workers away.

A recent study revealed that a 1 degree Celsius increase in temperature is associated with a 5 percent increase in the number of international migrants, but only from agriculture-dependent societies.

In other countries such as Thailand and Ghana, migration is prompted by the lack of infrastructure and access to services such as education and health care.

This points to the importance of investing in rural areas to ensure migration is not overwhelming and that residents have the means to live a prosperous life.

However, it is very important to consider the right type of investments and development, Cattaneo said.

“The type of development matters. Development per say is not going to reduce migration…but if you have the right type of development and investments in rural areas, you can make the case that you can reduce some of this migration,” Cattaneo told IPS.

A forward outlook

In the report, FAO advocates a territorial development approach to reduce rural out-migration  and thus international migration including investments in social services and improving regional infrastructure in or close to rural areas.

For instance, investments in infrastructure related to the agri-food system—such as warehousing, cold storage, and wholesale markets—can generate employment both in agriculture and the non-farm sectors and provide more incentive for people to stay instead of move to already overburdened cities.

Policies should also be forward-thinking and context specific, Cattaneo noted while pointing the consequences of climate change. This could mean investing in new activities that are viable to a particular region while another region moves towards more drought-resistant crop.

While migration may still continue, it will not be driven by the lack of economic opportunities or suitable living conditions.

“Migration is a free choice but if you put in place good opportunities at home, many people may decide not to migrate. Some will still want to migrate and that’s fine—that’s actually the type of migration that works. It’s not out of need, it’s out of choice,” Cattaneo told IPS.

In fact, migration often plays a significant role in reducing inequalities and is even included as a target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, which aims to reduce inequality within and among countries.

Whilst reducing their own inequalities, migrants also contribute to economic transformation and development around the world.

“We focus on the challenges without looking at the opportunities that can come with migration because at the end of the day, people are a resource for society,” Cattaneo said.

“If we can find a way to put them into productive use, then that’s an added value for the destination or host country,” he added, pointing to Uganda as an example.

In recent years, Uganda has seen an influx of refugees from conflict-stricken nations such as South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

With its open-door policy, the East African country now has 1.4 million refugees, posing strains on resources.

Despite the challenges, its progressive refugee policy allows non-nationals to seek employment, go to school, and access healthcare. The government also provides a piece of land to each refugee family for their own agricultural use.

“This is a country that has looked beyond the challenges to see the opportunities, and they are making these people be productive part of society,” Cattaneo said.

With certain rhetoric that has cast migrants in a negative light, the international community still has a way to go to learn how to turn challenges into opportunities.

“Much remains to be done to eliminate poverty and hunger in the world. Migration was – and will continue to be – part and parcel of the broader development process,” Graziano da Silva concluded.

emovis signs a two-year extension for the operation of Ireland’s M50 toll road

ISSY LES MOULINEAUX, France , Oct. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — emovis has signed a two–year extension with Transport Infrastructure of Ireland (TII) for the operation of the M50 free–flow tolling up until March 2021.

This year emovis celebrates also its tenth year of operating Ireland’s first free–flow toll road. Since inception in 2008, the traffic has grown by 63% to 143,000 passages a day which has resulted in emovis collecting funds of over €1billion euros for TII to invest back into infrastructures of Ireland.

About emovis
With over 650 employees worldwide, the company operates some of the world’s largest All Electronic Tolling infrastructures in the UK, Ireland, U.S. and Canada.

With over 150 employees in Ireland, emovis was the first company to introduce All Electronic Tolling (also known as Free–Flow Tolling) in Europe.

In the U.S., emovis is actively involved in Road User Charging in Oregon (www.myorego.org) and in state of Washington (www.waroadusagecharge.org). In July 2018, it successfully delivered the U.S. first Truck Tolling Back Office to Rhodes Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT).

The company is 100% owned by Abertis, the world’s leader in highway concessions (5000 miles of roads): www.abertis.com

www.emovis.com
Benoît ROSSI | Head of Corporate Communication
communication@emovis.com

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