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GISI Completes Strategic Merger With The LiRo Group

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Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc. (GISI) and Rocco Trotta, founder of The LiRo Group (LiRo), today said that their previously announced merger has closed, advancing the companies shared strategy for growth in the construction-management and engineering industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The merger strengthens both organizations, according to John Dionisio, GISI Vice Chairman and Co-Founder. Rocco has led LiRo to a prominent market position in construction management, engineering and related services for institutional and public-works projects, Mr. Dionisio said. LiRo represents our initial building block in GISIs new Global Engineering and Consulting Platform and complements what we have achieved in Construction Services with STO Building Group (STOBG) which merged with us in January 2017.

LiRo has approximately 1,000 employees and is ranked 11th on the 2019 list of top 100 construction management-for-fee firms by trade journal Engineering News-Record. LiRo has worked on numerous prominent projects, including the post-9/11 rebuilding of Lower Manhattan, The Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge, East Side Access, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, New York City coastal resiliency, transit, terminal and other infrastructure improvements at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and High Line Park. LiRos industry awards include Best Transportation Project from Engineering News Record and NY/NJ Project of the Year Honorable Mention from CMAA NY/NJ for its work on the Number 7 MTA Subway Line extension.

As with GISIs prior mergers, LiRo will retain its brand as a way to honor its legacy, said GISI President, CEO and Co-Founder Rick Newman. As a result of the merger, Rocco has become a substantial shareholder in GISI. His key employees join the more than 2,000 GISI employee-shareholders as partners in our enterprise. The remaining LiRo team members will have the opportunity to become shareholders, as we join together to create value for clients, fellow employees and GISI.

About Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc.

GISI provides the resources its partner firms may require to gain the competitive advantage for success. Today, GISI partner companies comprise the largest privately-owned construction manager in the building and manufacturing market place, with approximately 3,300 employees, annual revenues of more than $8 billion and a project backlog of more than $10 billion. Our management teams and employees as shareholders are invested in contributing to and benefitting from our growth and results. Learn more at www.GISI.com.

About The LiRo Group

Founded in 1984, The LiRo Group is an award-winning engineering, program and construction management firm. LiRo has extensive expertise in transportation, infrastructure and public-works projects and serves public and private-sector clients throughout the northeast United States and in California. Visit www.liro.com for more information.

Jeff Kissel, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

(213) 640-8147

[email protected]

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Ape Tron Launches New Website and White Paper

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LONDON, Nov. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ape Tron, a U.K. registered company, announced the launch of their new website and white paper at Apetron.com. Ape Tron is a Decentralized Financial (DeFi) platform, built on the Tron Blockchain and offering an interconnected eco-system of individual products, Dapps and socioeconomic experiments including the first Tron Blockchain based charting, tracking and trading tools alongside the Ape Dice Casino, Ape DeFi and Ape Swap platforms.

Ape Tron will be launching products to complement all the needs within the digital market creating an Interconnected Ecosystem of Individual Products, Dapps, and Socioeconomic Experiments. The Ape Tron White Paper explains that by developing and structuring their products, they will expand the use of the Ape Tron (APE) token to increase in its value and utility. The Ape Tron (APE) token economics are modeled to grow in value with Ape Dice, Ape DeFi, and Ape Swap. APE tokens can be used to access advanced features within the Ape Tron ecosystem and providing holders with opportunities to generate greater yield through the use of trading tools such as charting and tracking. It is expected that with the increase in the complexity of mining and the spread of the use of the Ape Tron (APE) token, its value will grow. With the expansion of the Ape Tron Ecosystem, token holders will be able to receive dividends from all projects in the APE ecosystem and participate in network governance.

With the launch of Ape Dice, token holders will be able to receive rewards from gambling Dapp profits, and with the launch of Ape DeFi and Ape Swap, receive rewards for participating in liquidity pools and mining the DeFi token. The rewards will depend on users' share of the total value and turnover in the Ape DeFi platforms. This will incentivize users to participate in different instruments of the Ape Tron ecosystem.

To harness the power of authentic word-of-mouth and to attract more users to Ape Tron, users will be rewarded for every user they refer to the platform. The referral reward will be 10% of the number of tokens mined by referrals. The referral program will only take place during the Ape Tron (APE) and Ape DeFi (CHIMP) token mining phase.

Ape Tron smart contracts will be 100% Open Source, Verified, and Audited. For more information, visit www.ApeTron.com, https://apetron.com/whitepaper.html, https://twitter.com/ApeTronOfficial or https://t.me/ApeTronOfficial.

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Social Enterprise Summit 2020 Concludes Successfully

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 23 November 2020 – The 13th Social Enterprise Summit (SES 2020) concluded successfully today, after three days of strong online engagement. COVID-19 not only highlights the value of social innovation it underscores the value of each and every one in our community.  Increasingly corporations and investors are prioritizing social impact as a core business strategy for growth and sustainable development. Social enterprises instill solid social values and innovative ideas into the ecosystem while creating changes in the private sector over time.

This year’s call for action “Envision Citizens’ Innovation Towards 2030” was announced at the Concluding Session. Participants were given a list of words and were asked to select one that best described the kind of society they would like to see in ten years’ time. The most frequently chosen word was “Empower”.

At the closing ceremony, Mrs Rebecca CHOY YUNG, Chair of the Organising Committee of the Social Enterprise Summit said “SES is becoming a social innovation movement where cross sector change makers gather collective power to combat the increasingly unpredictable worldly challenges.  Participants were eager to establish stronger networks and many resolves to taking action while adopting a long-term vision.”.

The concluding session was titled “Yesterday’s Heritage; Today’s Transformation; Tomorrow’s DYNAMIC INNOVATION”. It was hosted by Tony HUNG, artist and Founder of Travel Kind (HK), with other speakers including Ren WAN, Co-founder of JupYeah (HK), Rap CHAN, Co-founder and Illustrator of Dustykid (HK). They curated the session as a narrative with a script telling the story behind various initiatives for social good. Each story spoke of a social innovator’s mission, explained the targeted social impact of their work, and showed how “taking action” could create dynamic changes through collective power. Moreover, five student groups shared their award-winning social innovation projects to the audience.

On Saturday morning, the Asia Youth Entrepreneurship Exchange opened with a moderated Panel Discussion between six renowned social innovators from across Asia, namely Anya LIM, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ANTHILL Fabric Gallery (Philippines), David CHRISTIAN, Founder and CEO of Evo & Co (Indonesia), John MAK, Co-founder of MM Community (Myanmar), Peter PARK, Founder of Angelswing (Korea), Somsak BOOKAM, Founder and CEO of Local Alike (Thailand), and Yi LUO, Founder of Lao Tu (Mainland China). They were joined by six young changemakers from Hong Kong, namely Eric CHEUNG, Co-Founder of Dyelicious, Peann TAM, Co-Founder and Business Development Director of Eco-Greenergy, Himphen HUI, Co-founder of Collaction, Lawrence LUI, Co-founder and Executive Director of Longevity Design House, Eva WONG, Co-founder of WEDO GLOBAL, and Tsz Wai LOONG, Chief Executive of the Land Education Foundation. Each local social entrepreneur paired up with a regional counterpart and they discussed issues and shared stories across the important areas of rethinking sustainable fashion and textiles, innovating eco-friendly consumables, promoting civic engagement through community crowdsourcing, developing technology for human and urban resilience, building inclusive communities through cultural tourism, and reimagining urban-rural cultural connections.

The three-day SES 2020 online International Symposium brought together over 80 speakers from 15 locations to contribute to thirteen seminars, two thematic sessions, a workshop, a keynote speech, a policy dialogue, an exchange session, and a concluding session. Four sub-themes were featured in parallel sessions, namely “Community Empowerment”, “Digital Social Innovation”, “Sustainability and Business”, and “Education Innovation”. Meanwhile, an online social innovation exhibition showcased the latest work and the most recent accomplishments of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund, including the new batch of intermediaries, the Food Support Flagship Project, the first “Pay-for-Success” project, etc. A series of short films on social innovation and stories about Hong Kong social innovators were also shown to help participants learn more about social innovation initiatives. The social innovation exhibition is open for one month until 18 December. Register here  http://bit.ly/SES2020Reg to visit the online exhibition.

About Social Enterprise Summit

Social Enterprise Summit (SES) is a cross-sector platform to inspire and empower social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The flagship International Symposium builds on the experiences of over 80 speakers from 15 locations to inspire, innovate, connect and collaborate with delegates from the civic society, businesses, government and academic sectors from Hong Kong, China; Asia Pacific region and beyond to advance positive societal changes.

2020 Theme: “new normal · collective power” ︱ 19-21. 11. 2020 ︱ Online ︱

The turn of the decade 2020 begins with a pandemic affecting people around the world, raising attention to health and changing the way people work, study, commute or socialise. Everyone in our society will require some shifts to come out of the current situations. Collective efforts are needed to re-focus on fostering mutually reinforcing solutions, continuous communication towards common agendas and making swift decisions based on current data and measurement. This International Symposium will examine the process through 4 thematic tracks: Community Empowerment, Digital Social Innovation, Sustainability and Business as well as Education Innovation.

 

Community engagement activities are held in eight different districts in Hong Kong during the year to expand the participation and reach beyond the conference rooms, applying knowledge, social entrepreneurship and innovative mindsets to various day to day life settings.

 

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Round Table for the Financing of CEMAC Integration Projects – Paris, 16 & 17 November 2020

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CEMAC takes up the Challenge and Mobilizes 3.8 Billion Euros to Finance Integration Projects in the CEMAC zone

 PARIS, FRANCE – EQS Newswire – 20 November 2020 – After two days spent in Paris meeting with representatives of the French Government, heads of community institutions, representatives of international institutions, donors and private investors, CEMAC can boast of significant economic success.

Under the leadership of HE Mr. Clément MOUAMBA, Prime Minister, Head of Government of the Republic of Congo, the institution has succeeded in raising 3.8 billion euros to support the financing of integration projects for the economic development of the region.

Organized by the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC) under the very high patronage of HE Mr. Denis SASSOU N’GUESSO, President of the Republic of Congo, President dedicated to the Economic and Financial Reform Program of CEMAC (PREF-CEMAC), represented by HE Mr. Clément MOUAMBA, Prime Minister, Head of Government of the Republic of Congo, the round table on the mobilization of financing for integration projects of CEMAC, was held on November 16 and 17, 2020 in Paris.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the round table took place in a hybrid format with 60 participants present, and more than 400 video conference participants over both days.



The objective of this round table was to mobilize donors and private investors to raise funds for the effective implementation of eleven (11) integration projects in the CEMAC zone, which specifically focus on: facilitation of transport and trade, production and interconnection of electricity and communications networks, the common market and economic diversification, and human capital.


At the opening of the ceremony, the opportunities of the CEMAC zone and the importance of the implementation of integration projects for the strengthening of regional integration and the acceleration of the diversification of economies were reminded by Prof. Daniel ONA ONDO, President of the CEMAC Commission.


BDEAC, ADB, BADEA and other CEMAC partner institutions welcomed the initiative and expressed their commitment to support the implementation of projects, while emphasizing on the potential of the CEMAC zone.

The speeches were completed by the intervention of HE Mr. Clément MOUAMBA, Prime Minister, Head of Government of the Republic of Congo, who declared the workshop open and expressed his gratitude and that of all the populations of CEMAC to the French people and their authorities who, despite the international environment marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, have exceptionally agreed to authorize the organization of this meeting on French territory. The day ended with a session dedicated to PPPs during which six private institutions (Club PPP, Meridiam, STOA, Fidal, Olam and Sogea Satom), champions in their field, shared their experiences and success stories of PPPs in Central Africa. The IDB also made a presentation on Islamic finance (SUKUK) as an important mode of financing structuring and integrating projects. 

The second day mainly focused on B to B exchanges between Ministers, donors and economic institutions on the specific characteristics of certain projects, the issue of foreign exchange regulations and the financial environment in CEMAC, and details of the intentions and modes of donor funding. The Governor of BEAC had an enriching exchange with donors and private investors on the regulation of trade and the financial environment in CEMAC. The President of BDEAC also examined with partners their intentions and modes of financing. 

During the two days of the event, several panels bringing together directors of bilateral and multilateral agencies, government authorities and representatives of economic institutions in the area, took place one after the other.

The Ministers of the CEMAC countries made detailed presentations on the eleven (11) projects, presenting the content, objectives, financial evaluations, modes of financing and expected results of each of these projects.

Out of a need for 3.4 billion euros expressed, 3.8 billion euros were mobilized with the support of Afreximbank, BDEAC, the African Development Bank, the World Bank group, the Scandinavian Chamber of Commerce and SX Capital Holdings. The financing of 8 out of 11 projects has been fully completed.

“This round table has had the undeniable merit of taking CEMAC a further step forward on the road to providing it with the infrastructure necessary for its development,” said H.E. Gilbert Ondongo, Chairman of the Steering Committee of PREF-CEMAC, Minister of Economy, Industry and Public Portfolio of the Republic of Congo.

To read the full version of the final press release:  click here  (https://bit.ly/3kMXIlk

For more information on the Round Table and CEMAC, visit the websites  https://bit.ly/2ULfR8g   and  http://www.CEMAC.int/  

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