PharmaLedger Association Launches Digital Trust Ecosystem in Healthcare

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BASEL, Switzerland, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The PharmaLedger Association™ (PLA), a not-for-profit based in Switzerland, announces the endorsement of its 3-year strategic plan to implement and promote a Digital Trust Ecosystem in healthcare (DTE-H) at its Annual General Meeting held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 March 2023. The member organizations also confirmed the appointment of eight Directors to its board, delivering on PLA’s core value of “Ecosystem Leadership.”

Representing the diversity of healthcare, PLA’s founding members comprise of large and small pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, patient representative organizations, non-profit organizations, technology, and healthcare service providers. PLA has confirmed its mandate as a pre-competition umbrella organization delivering common and interoperable digital solutions in the areas of Product TrustDecentralized Clinical Trials, and Supply Chain Traceability.

  • Products & Project: In Q1 2023, PLA will release the first qualified product, electronic Product Information for implementation by its members.
    In Q2 2023, the Association will continue with the development of new products in its innovation xLab, including of a product digital twin, decentralized identities, and verifiable credentials to facilitate visibility, security, traceability, and trust in all areas of healthcare.
  • Governance & Compliance: PLA will leverage its capability to develop, qualify, launch, and maintain products in healthcare’s highly regulated environment by ensuring continuous adherence to antitrust, intellectual property, data privacy, and Computerized System Assurance guidelines.
  • Ecosystem Engagement & Growth: The association will continue to onboard new members and engage with authorities, trade associations and standards development organizations, ensuring growth and financial viability.
  • Platform Technology & Security: PLA will focus on easing adoption of new solutions with its members and users while maintaining the cybersecurity benefits of its architecture.

The formation of PLA and the endorsement of its mission by diverse members of healthcare is a major milestone. This paves the way for delivery of widely trusted blockchain-based platforms with new open-source healthcare solutions to create value for patients and ecosystem stakeholders. PLA is grateful to its 20 founding members and invites all healthcare related organizations to learn more and engage towards the realization of a trusted Healthcare 4.0.

“Blockchain is a team sport. PLA has started with a diverse and strong team of members with a common vision and who believe in real change. With PLA we have the right vehicle, resources, and roadmap to take patients to a better place in healthcare,” Daniel Fritz, Executive Director, PharmaLedger Association.


PLA is the result of the successful completion of the PharmaLedger research project, a €22 million, 30-member consortium with 12 large pharma companies and 18 public partners, funded under the European Union (EU) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)’s Innovative Health Initiative.

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ALC’s Scientific Committee holds first meeting in 2023

ABU DHABI, The Scientific Committee of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), held its first meeting in 2023. The meeting explored the Centre’s strategy and plans for the year ahead, discussed the committee’s objectives and responsibilities and highlighted the ALC’s accomplishments over the past year. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Chairman of the ALC, with the members of the Scientific Committee in attendance. “The Scientific Committee of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre is a notable addition to the Centre’s development of the projects and initiatives,” said bin Tamim. “It presents innovative visions and scenarios that support this mandate and the Centre’s vision to cement Abu Dhabi’s role in championing the Arabic language across all cultural, creative, and educational fields.” The meeting’s agenda covered several topics, most notably, discussing the committee’s responsibilities and objectives, and going over the ALC’s most significant achievements in 2021 and 2022. The meeting also discussed the execution plan for upcoming projects, which include the 32nd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, to be held from 22nd to 28th May 2023; the second International Congress of Arabic Publishing and Creative Industries on 21st May 2023; and the ninth Abu Dhabi Translation Conference, which is set to be hosted on the side-lines of the ALC’s participation in the 2023 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Esraa Esmail/ Rola AlGhoul

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abu Dhabi Chamber to optimise procurement opportunities

ABU DHABI, The Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI), in cooperation with the National Marine Dredging Group (NMDC Group), is set to organise the “Let’s Grow Together” event on 16th March at the Chamber’s building, to bolster the business opportunities of Abu Dhabi-based suppliers and match them with mega projects in the UAE. The business matchmaking event comes following the launch of the Abu Dhabi Chamber’s new strategy in February 2023, which centres on solidifying the Chamber’s position as the “Voice of the Private Sector”, and enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector in Abu Dhabi, to make the Emirate the first choice in the MENA region for doing business by 2025. s per its new strategy, one of Chamber’s key roles is being a Networker between different stakeholders with the aim of uncovering opportunities within the business ecosystem, where the Chamber organises focused events that promote networking across the most relevant sectors. Mohamed Helal Al Mheiri, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Chamber, said, “The Chamber’s focus on networking aims to create new business opportunities for our members, while driving the growth of the local economy. As such, by providing Abu-Dhabi based suppliers with the chance to work with some of the UAE’s biggest projects, we provide them with the opportunity to take their business to new heights and contribute to propelling the country’s economic growth.” The event follows the signing of the MoU between the Abu Dhabi Chamber and NMDC Group to launch the initiative, which centres on uncovering growth opportunities in the private sector, maximising value across the supply chain, and exchanging knowledge and expertise to ensure proper communication of the requirements to the potential suppliers of NMDC Group’s projects.

Following the business matchmaking event, suppliers will still have the opportunity to register for NMDC Group’s projects on 17th and 20th March at the Abu Dhabi Chamber’s business centre.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UNHCR’s Grandi urges more support for survivors of Turkiye and Syria earthquake

ISTANBUL,13th March 2023 (WAM) — UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, concluded a five-day visit to earthquake-devastated areas of Syria and Turkiye, visiting survivors and affected people, as well as humanitarian staff on the ground providing urgent support to people in need. The earthquake has claimed 54,000 lives in the two countries and caused massive destruction to an area where more than 23 million people live, including many who had been displaced either within Syria or across the border into Turkiye as refugees. “The level of destruction and devastation is shocking and in many places it is apocalyptic,” Grandi said. “Millions have suffered loss, injury and trauma, and many others have been displaced by this tragic and terrible event.” While surveying the damage, Grandi also reviewed and discussed the immediate humanitarian response with authorities in the two countries. In addition to Ankara, Grandi visited Hatay and Gaziantep in Turkiye. In Syria, he visited Latakia, Hama, and Damascus and undertook a cross-border visit to earthquake-affected and other displaced people in northwest Syria. UNHCR and humanitarian partners, especially national and local responders, continue to step up their assistance in the two countries, something that requires greater and urgent international support. Since the earthquake, UNHCR alone has delivered tens of thousands of tents, beds, mattresses, thermal blankets and other desperately needed support. “The needs on the ground in both countries are enormous and the response must be better resourced,” Grandi added. “While it is critical to think about and support longer-term efforts, much more humanitarian aid and early recovery resources are needed so that people can begin to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.” “I have been coming to Syria regularly for almost 20 years, but never have I seen such levels of deprivation and desperation — everywhere I have been. It is unconscionable that so many people have been left with so little for so long. They need and deserve much more support. Stepping up our relief and early recovery activities throughout the country today is a humanitarian imperative. Access to all those in need wherever they are is critical,” the UN official said. The UN has asked for $1 billion for the humanitarian response to the earthquake in Turkiye and nearly $400 million for Syria. UNHCR’s part of the response plans totals $201 million. The appeals are just 2 percent (Turkiye) and 10 percent (Syria) funded.

Source: Emirates News Agency 2023-12-21 00:00:00

The Islamic Resistance issued a statement, saying: ‘In support of our steadfast Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip, and in support of their valiant and honorable resistance, the Mujahideen of the Islamic Resistance targeted at 1:30 pm on Thursday 12/21/2023, Al-Jardah point with appropriate weapons.’
Source: National News Agency – Lebanon