China pledges $20 million contribution to UNCTAD


BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a $20 million contribution to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) over the next five years, China Global Television Network (CGTN) reported.

The pledge was made during a video speech at the opening ceremony celebrating the 60th anniversary of UNCTAD.

In his address, Xi emphasised that the contribution is aimed at supporting the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring that no country is left behind.

Source: Emirates News Agency

5.9-magnitude earthquake hits Kamchatka coast, Russia


MOSCOW: An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of Kamchatka, eastern Russia.

The Geophysical Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences stated that the earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ocean off the eastern coast of Kamchatka, 87 kilometers from the village of Ust-Kamchatsk.

The Centre indicated that the depth of the epicentre of the earthquake was 52 kilometers below the seabed.

The Centre confirmed that there were no injuries or damages.

Source: Emirates News Agency

HH the Amir Congratulates Mexico’s President-Elect on Winning Presidential Elections


Doha: HH the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani congratulated HE President-elect of the United Mexican States, Claudia Sheinbaum, on her victory in the presidential elections.

This came during a telephone conversation HH the Amir held on Thursday with HE the President-elect of the United Mexican States.

They also discussed bilateral cooperation relations between the two friendly countries and ways to bolster them, and the latest regional and international developments of common interest.

Source: Qatar News Agency

MOPH’s International Accreditation in Inspection and Sampling of Foods Renewed


Doha: For the third consecutive year, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has received the renewal of international accreditation from the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB).

This renewal applies to the specialized inspection sections within the MOPH’s Food Safety Department, covering the inspection and sampling of imported foods at Hamad International Airport, Hamad Port, Al Ruwais Port, and the Abu Samra border crossing, as well as the inspection and sampling of local foods from food factories, restaurants, hotels, markets, and all food handling establishments in Qatar, in accordance with the ISO 17020 standard.

The international accreditation confirms that the inspection standards and methods implemented by the Ministry comply with international standards.

Director of the Food Safety Department at MOPH, Wasan Abdullah Al Baker stated that obtaining such accreditation enhances the trust and credibility of the inspection results conducted by the ministry on a global level. It also serves as officia
l recognition of the integrity and technical competence of the inspection authorities, boosting the confidence of clients and beneficiaries in the efficiency and quality of services provided in accordance with the ISO 17020 standard.

Wasan Al Baker explained that the Food Safety Department’s sections specializing in local and imported food control underwent thorough audit by experts from the ANAB at the beginning of June and met the standards and requirements for accreditation renewal without any non-conformities being recorded.

The renewal of the accreditation confirms that the food control system at the Ministry of Public Health operates according to the best relevant international standards. This accreditation is part of a series of projects aimed at improving the food safety system in Qatar by following global food control approaches to achieve the highest possible level of food safety across the entire food supply chain.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Bids Farewell to Ambassador of Vietnam


Doha: HE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi met Thursday with HE Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the State of Qatar Tran Duc Hung on the occasion of the end of his tenure.

HE the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs thanked HE the Ambassador for his efforts in enhancing and promoting the bilateral relations

Source: Qatar News Agency