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Leading in Chinese Auto Market, GAC Motor Refreshes Sales Record in First Half of 2017

GUANGZHOU, China, July 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — China’s fastest growing auto brand GAC Motor has reported record-breaking sales volume in the first half year of 2017. Relying on leading innovation and quality, the company sold 250,878 cars worldwide, a 57 percent year-on-year increase that’s significantly greater than the industry average and exceeded the sales target. A total of 43,360 vehicles from all lines have been sold in June, marking a 39.2 percent year-on-year increase.

GAC Motor Refreshes Sales Record with 250,878 Vehicles Sold in First Half of 2017

The sales of the flagship luxury seven-seat SUV GS8 has reached 50,622 from January to June. The signature SUV GS4 has secured its position as a leader in Chinese SUV market and sold 180,725 cars.

Meanwhile the sales volume of the sporty GA6 sedan has marked a 251.9 percent year-on-year increase in June, and the new generation luxury sedan GA8 continues to lead the sales volume of domestic brand C-Class luxury sedan.

“Thanks to our persistence in quality, GAC Motor has achieved breakthroughs in production and sales as well as maintaining balanced development of SUV and sedan, we’ve delivered satisfactory progress and demonstrated the legendary ‘GAC Motor speed,’” said Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor.

Through prioritizing positive research and development (R&D), adhering to international standards and constructing an effective innovation mechanism, GAC Motor has forged a world-class auto empire centered on its global R&D network, advanced manufacturing and international supply chain.

By establishing strategic partnerships with the world’s top 10 auto suppliers including Aisin Seiki and Michelin, GAC Motor is fulfilling the commitment of making the best quality vehicles. The auto brand now ranks 5th in J.D. Power Asia Pacific’s 2016 China Initial Quality Study, the highest among all Chinese brands for the fourth consecutive year.

The company has also been centered on high-standard R&D. Its signature luxury SUV GS8 received a five-star safety score and is top-ranked by C-NCAP (China New Car Assessment Program) among all mid- to large-sized SUVs in the Chinese market since 2015, in the safety test.

Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor, is presenting in English at Michelin Movin’On, the global sustainable mobility summit in Montreal, Canada in June

Setting a goal of achieving 1 million in sales volume by 2020, GAC Motor has structured a sustainable development strategy to upgrade from a high-end vehicle manufacturer to intelligent automaker, leading the Chinese automobile industry by engineering environmental-friendly quality vehicles with premium design, performance and reliability for global customers.

“GAC Motor is not focusing on selling cars but reinventing the way people travel,” noted Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor, at Michelin Movin’On, the global sustainable mobility summit in Montreal, Canada in June. “This is a result of our joint efforts to make such achievements, but also the choice of the market. We will keep expanding our global R&D network to develop more vehicles with cutting-edge technology and advance sustainable mobility.”

The flagship luxury seven-seat SUV GS8

The company’s global sales and service network now covers 14 countries with prominent presence in the Belt and Road Initiative countries such as Middle East area. The company is adding more distribution channels in top markets such as North America to build a high-end brand image as a world-class automaker that excels in research, manufacturing and sales and sets to enter the US market no later than 2019.

GAC Motor will introduce more high-end models into the market this year, offering customers a wider choice with premium driving experience. Apart from the GS8 that has landed in global markets, the upcoming vehicles include the five-seat SUV GS7 which was praised as “A New Generation Blockbuster SUV” by New York Times, and its first electric vehicle GE3. The GS8 will also be landing in Nigeria and Paraguay soon. The company is aiming to achieve annual sales volume of 500,000 in 2017.

About GAC Motor

A subsidiary of GAC Group, GAC Motor develops and manufactures premium quality vehicles, engines, components and auto accessories, achieving a year-to-year growth rate of 96 percent in 2016, the highest among all Chinese brands in the corresponding period. GAC Motor has now ranked the highest among all Chinese brands for four consecutive years and 5th among all global brands in J.D. Power Asia Pacific’s 2016 China Initial Quality Study.

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UAE, SAUDI ARABIA, BAHRAIN AND EGYPT ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT AFTER RECEIVING QATAR REPLY

The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have issued the following statement after receiving the Qatari reply from the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah.

Pursuant to the statement released on 5th of July 2017, The United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt affirm that the obstinacy of the Qatari Government and their rejection of the demands submitted by the four countries, reflect Qatar’s connections to the terrorist group and that it continuous its quest to undermine security and stability in the Gulf and the region and to intentionally harm the interests of the peoples of the region, including the Qatari people.

The four countries stress that the Government of Qatar worked to thwart all diplomatic endeavours and efforts to resolve the issue, showing its obstinacy and refusal to ant settlement, which again reflects its intention to continue its policy that is aimed at destabilising and undermining the security of the region, contrary to the aspirations and interest of the brotherly people of Qatar.

The four countries express their thanks and appreciation to Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, for his efforts and endeavor to resolve the crisis with the Government of Qatar, as part of his keenness on the unity of the Arab ranks.

The four countries also express their resentment to the lack of decency and respect for the diplomatic principles expressed by the Qatari government towards the Kuwaiti efforts, which leaked the list of demands, in order to thwart the efforts of the sisterly State of Kuwait and to return the crisis to the starting point, in a clear disregard for all diplomatic norms and respect of the mediator, and to respond to it in a familiar contexts, not through the media.

The four countries affirm that the justified demands came as a result to the hostile practices of the Qatar Government and its ongoing violation of commitments, especially the Riyadh Agreement, signed by Qatar in 2013, and its supplementary arrangement and executive mechanism in 2014.

While surprised by Qatar’s unjustified rejection of the legitimate and reasonable demands, aimed at fighting terrorism, preventing its sponsoring and combating extremism in all its forms in order to achieve global peace and to maintain Arab and international security, the four countries emphasise that the 12th point of the list states: Agree to all the demands within 10 days of it being submitted to Qatar, or the list becomes invalid. The document doesn’t specify what the countries will do if Qatar refuses to comply. The four countries will take all necessary political, economic and legal measures as seen appropriate and in timely manner, in a way that will serve their rights, maintain their security and stability and protect their interests from the Qatari Government’s hostile policies.

The four countries further emphasise that such demands are aimed at fighting terrorism, preventing its sponsoring and combating extremism in all its forms in order to achieve global peace and to maintain Arab and international security.

The four countries also emphasized that the Qatari people are an integral part of the Gulf and Arab system. The measures taken by the four countries are directed at the Qatari government to correct its course, which seeks to break up the GCC system and Arab and international security, destabilize the countries of the region and interfere in their affairs.

Sovereignty guaranteed by international law in accordance with the Statute of the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Charter of the League of Arab States, the Charter of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Charter of the United Nations and the norms of relations between States, all stipulate not to interfere in the internal affairs of the states of the region or to destabilize their security and stability, with the aim of spreading chaos and destruction, undermining their internal security, supporting and financing regional and international organizations as terrorist entities, in a flagrant violation of international law and the outcomes of the American-Islamic Summit held in Riyadh in the presence of 55 Islamic countries, the United States of America, represented by President Donald Trump, the presence and approval of all countries of the historic summit outcomes, including the Government of Qatar.

Source: NAM News Network

Anti-terror Quartet: Intransigent Qatar rejected all diplomatic efforts

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, the four countries calling for combating terrorism, said that the Qatari government has worked to thwart diplomatic efforts and endeavours to resolve the crisis.

The anti-terror Arab quartet, after receiving the Qatari response to their demands from the Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, issued the following joint statement:

Further to the statement issued on July 5, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arab Republic of Egypt confirm that the Qatari government’s intransigence and rejection of the demands presented by the four countries reflect the extent to which it is linked to terror groups, its continued attempt to sabotage and undermine security and stability in the Gulf and the region, and its deliberate harm of the interests of the peoples of the region, including those of the fraternal people of Qatar.

The four countries stress that the Qatari government has thwarted all diplomatic efforts and endeavours to resolve the crisis, which confirms its intransigence and its rejection of any settlement and reflects its intention to continue its policy aimed at undermining the stability and security of the region and opposing the aspirations and interests of the brotherly people of Qatar.

The four countries extend their thanks and appreciation to His Highness Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, the Emir of the State of Kuwait, for his efforts and endeavours to resolve the crisis with the Qatari government within his keenness on the unity of the Gulf and Arab ranks.

The four countries also deplore the lack of discretion and respect regarding the diplomatic principles by the Qatari government towards the laudable Kuwaiti efforts by leaking the list of demands in a bid to thwart the efforts of the sisterly State of Kuwait and to take back the crisis to the starting point in a clear disregard for all diplomatic norms that require respect for the mediator and responding via the recognised channels and not through the media.

The four countries assert that the justified demands that were presented were the result of the hostile practices by the Qatari government and its continued violation of agreements, particularly the Riyadh Agreement signed by Qatar in 2013 and the Supplementary Agreement and its Executive Mechanism in 2014.

The four countries express their deep surprise over the unjustified rejection by the Qatari government of the list of the legitimate and logical demands aimed at combating terrorism, preventing supporting and financing it and fighting extremism in all its forms for the sake of world peace.

Seeking to safeguard Arab and international security, the four countries stress that Article 12 of the demands stipulates that ‘all demands should be approved within ten days from the date of their submission and that otherwise they shall be null and void.’

“The four countries will take all political, economic and legal measures and procedures in the form they deem appropriate in due time and in a manner that preserves their rights, security, stability and protects their interests from the hostile policy of the Qatari government.

The Quartet affirms that these demands are aimed at combating terrorism, preventing supporting and financing it and fighting extremism in all its forms in order to achieve world peace and to preserve Arab and international security.

The four countries also emphasise that the Qatari people are an integral part of the Gulf and Arab entities and that the measures they have taken are directed at the Qatari government to correct its policy that seeks to break up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), undermine Arab and international security and destabilise the countries of the region.

This policy by the Qatari government constitutes a flagrant violation of the sovereign rights guaranteed by international law in accordance with the Charter of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Charter of the League of Arab States, the Charter of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Charter of the United Nations and the norms governing relations between states.

Violations include interference in the internal affairs of the states of the region, undermining their security and stability with the aim of spreading chaos and destruction, destabilising their internal security, supporting and funding regional and international organisations listed as terrorist entities in a flagrant breach of the international law calling for close cooperation in fighting terrorism and implementing the relevant regional and international agreements and the outcomes of the Islamic American Summit held in Riyadh and attended by 55 Islamic countries and the United States of America represented by President Donald Trump.

All participating countries, including the government of Qatar, approved the outcomes of the historic summit.

Source: Kingdom of Bahrain Ministry of Foreign Affairs

THE NATIONAL OIL AND GAS AUTHORITY AND THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF PETROLEUM ENGINEERS ORGANIZE THE CAREER DAY EXHIBITION IN THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR

The National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) in collaboration with the International Society of Petroleum Engineers organized the engineering career day exhibition at Western City Centre on Tuesday morning, 7 March 2017, with extensive participation by male and female students from the University of Bahrain and the trainees of Bahrain Training Institute, besides noticeable participation by national universities and training institutes in various engineering disciplines from different GCC states and in the presence of officials of NOGA, the International Society of Petroleum Engineers and other concerned organizations and stakeholders .

The event was organized in tandem with the 20th Middle East Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (MEOS 2017), which was hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain under the auspicious patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Prime Minister, during the period 6 to 9 March 2017 at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre, in recognition of the prominent and important role of the oil industry intended to inspire the next generation of engineers and professions to get engaged and work in the oil and gas field.

The purpose of this professional exhibit is to attract and galvanize the interest of university male and female students of engineering faculties to explore an assortment of a set of the various employment opportunities available in the oil and gas industry. It is hoped by this event to help expand the knowledge and awareness of the participating students and maximize knowledge of the career paths in this vital and important field.

Engineer Hamad Al-Sa’ati, from Baker Hughes Company and engineer Farah Al-Ghamdi, from Rawabi Oil and Gas Holding Company gave speeches in the meeting on their professional experiment with their respective companies and the professional and engineering roles and capacities within their respective organizations. The participants viewed the speeches as an opportunity to closely acquaint themselves with the experiments of the young engineers in national and international oil companies as well as an opportunity to exchange practical expertise, a foundation for transfer of knowledge and acquisition systems and investment thereof in favour of building and boosting their capacities and expansion of their knowledge relative to work and employment in the oil and gas sector.

The engineering career day exhibition in the oil, gas and energy sector offered a high level opportunity to students and fresh graduates to speak in an informal environment and setting to a number of youth who work in various industrial and oil positions and energy fields from various national, local, regional and international companies. Several companies, including Baker Hughes, Rawabi Oil and Gas Holding, EBDC of Nigeria, local and Gulf universities, including the University of Qatar, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and other various companies participated in the engineering career day exhibition thanks to the proactive interactive environment offered by the exhibition and the opportunity to directly raise questions and discuss momentous issues with the representatives of the companies. Then the participants in this event moved on to the 20th Middle East Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition (MEOS 2017) to meet with the 188 participating companies from some 25 countries from around the globe.

On its part, the National Oil and Gas Authority lauded great efforts exerted by the International Society of Petroleum Engineers in organizing this event, which accompanied the conference and exhibition MEOS 2017 and the close coordination and cooperation with the NOGA in producing this cycle of the events in highly professional standards that honours and befits the sterling reputation attained by the Kingdom of Bahrain of Bahrain in hosting and organizing specialized oil and gas events, conferences and exhibitions. The Authority highly valued the positive participation in this vital event by Bahrain University, Bahrain Training Institute, Gulf universities, exhibitors and keynote speakers and hoped that all participants gain benefit and realize the objectives sought by all parties.

Source: National Oil & Gas Authority

Qatar’s support for terrorism, extremism exposed

Vienna: The Global Campaign against the Qatari Financing of Terrorism has staged a series of activities across European capitals to expose Qatar’s policies in support of extremism ad terrorism.

The campaign was launched last week outside the Qatari embassy in Vienna, spreading to Germany, Yemen, Libya, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

The international anti-terror movement has been launched recently in major European capital cities, including London, Paris, Vienna and Bonn, as well as in Yemen and Libya.

The movement, in a statement, said that its activists had distributed statements, documents, posters, videos and other materials in various European languages, highlighting the facts and figures about Qatar’s funding of global terrorism.

The campaign has received a significant response from various community groups and figures, who expressed their full rejection of all forms of terrorism, and demanded a collective international state against states that harbour, foster and financially support terrorists.

Source: Bahrain News Agency