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Experts done successful clinical trial of 1st Chinese medicine in Pakistan as alternative of antibiotics – Technology Times Pakistan

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Pakistani and Chinese experts have done the successful clinical trial of the first traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Yinhuang Qingfei Capsules in Pakistan as a revolutionary step in the countrys healthcare system.

He shared the details of clinical confirmatory trials that they were conducted by the Center for Bio equivalence Studies and Clinical Research (CBSCR), which works as a component of Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi to introduce the effective treatment strategies and drugs for patients with chronic bronchitis in Pakistan.

He mentioned that the clinical trial was carried out by using randomized, double-blind, double-simulation positive control study to assess the efficacy and effectiveness of Yinhuang Qingfei Capsules on patients with acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis in Pakistan.

He informed that total of 212 patients (aged 18 to 65) with an acuteattackof chronic bronchitis were selected and diagnosed and evaluated according to the criteria of western medicine.

The press conference held at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi was attended by number of medical experts from Pakistan and China

Yinhuang Qingfei Capsules was a natural herbs preparation developed by Hunan Anbang Pharmaceutical for the treatment of an acuteattackof chronic bronchitis.

Chronic bronchitis is a common disease related to chronic inflammation, which is caused by a variety of pathogenic factors, such as air pollution, smoking, and pathogen infection.

Director of the ICCBS Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary said the trial of a traditional Chinese medicine for the first time in Pakistan is a historic step which will open new opportunities of cooperation in the field of medicine between the two countries.

He further said Because of its satisfactory clinical efficacy, as the main component of complementary and alternative drug therapy, herbal preparation of natural medicine has drawn more attention from all over the world, which has also played an important role in the prevention and treatment of chronic bronchitis.

Chairman of the Hunan Federation of Industry and Commerce Zhang Jian told the audience that the success of the clinical trial shows that Chinese patent medicine has officially entered Pakistan.

Chairman of Anbang Pharmaceutical Chen Feibao said the effectiveness of Yinhuang Qingfei capsule to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is higher than its competitor western medicine but its price is only 5 percent of that which will reduce the financial burden on Pakistani patients.

Chinese experts present on the occasion said the traditional capsule was a natural herb preparation developed for the treatment of acuteattackof chronic bronchitis.

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Arthritis pain may be relieved by prolotherapy – Chicago Daily Herald

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Q: I'm a 66-year-old man whose right knee really hurts from arthritis. My sister keeps talking about something called prolotherapy. What is it, and can it help?

A: Prolotherapy is an injection-based approach to treating pain in the soft tissues of the joint. Specifically, a small amount of a liquid irritant is introduced at the site where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone. The idea is that the irritant will set off a localized inflammation reaction, which will then trigger the release of growth factors that promote the healing of soft tissues.

The roots of prolotherapy date back to the ancient Greeks, who believed that deliberately causing inflammation in a certain area of the body could stimulate the tissues to repair themselves. In the 1930s and 1940s, several physicians expanded on the concept. They experimented with various solutions and developed techniques -- sometimes referred to as "needle surgery" -- to target connective tissue in the joints.

Today, prolotherapy injections typically consist of sugar- or salt-based solutions to which a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, is added. Patients seek the treatment to help with joint pain and stiffness resulting from injury, overuse or inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Areas of the body targeted by the practice include the knees, back, hips, ankles, shoulders and hands.

Treatment protocols usually consist of a series of three to eight injections given over weeks or months, depending on the specific case. The injections can be moderately painful, and patients often use Tylenol or stronger medications to manage localized aches and tenderness. Patients are advised to limit activity for several days after each injection, and they may be asked to supplement the therapy with specific exercises that focus on range of motion.

Since creating inflammation is the point of prolotherapy, the use of NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, to address the resulting pain and discomfort is not recommended. Possible side effects of the procedure include bleeding, bruising or swelling at the injection site. These can last for a week or more. Allergic reactions to the injected solution, infection and nerve damage are possible, but rare.

Does prolotherapy work? In some case studies, patients report improvement in pain and strength in the affected areas. But studies of the treatment have yielded mixed results. Some have argued that the studies showing benefit have been too small and not scientifically rigorous. The one area of agreement appears to be the need for large and scientifically rigorous studies.

Although prolotherapy is gaining in popularity, the National Institutes of Health identify it as a complementary and alternative medical treatment. And since it's considered an experimental therapy, many insurance companies won't cover it. Costs can range from $400 to $1,000 per treatment, depending on the provider.

As with all alternative therapies, we think it's wise for you to check with your doctor to see whether prolotherapy may be helpful for you.

Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Elizabeth Ko, M.D., is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Send your questions to askthedoctors@mednet.ucla.edu.

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Elevate CBD Providing Opioid Alternative and Treatment for Chronic Pain – Midas Letter

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Senior Medical Advisor of Elevate CBD, Dr. Murdoc Khalegi joins Midas Letter for an informative conversation regarding CBD an alternative to opiates and effective treatment for chronic pain.Dr. Khaleghi is a Board-Certified Emergency Physician and has degrees in Bioengineering, Medicine, and Business from UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and Columbia University. At Elevate CBD, Dr. Khalegi works to educate the public on both the benefits and safety of CBD. As an emergency physician, Dr. Khalegi witnesses opiote overdoses on every shift. This he believes is far too many. Dr. Khalegi and James discuss a future where CBD will hopefully replace opiotes and become a more prominentpart of the US pharmacopeia.

James West: Im joined now by Dr. Murdoc Khalegi, who is the Senior Medical Advisor to Elevate CBD. Dr. Khalegi, welcome.

Murdoc Khaleghi: Thanks so much for having me.

James West: Yeah, sure. Dr. Khalegi, you have quite a deep medical history with CBD, more so than most people Ive ever talked to, and you are an advocate for CBD for chronic pain and as an opiate alternative. Can you give me a background on how you came to arrive at that sort of mindset?

Murdoc Khaleghi: Absolutely. So Im an emergency physician; I work in the Emergency Department, and heres what I see in the Emergency Department: I see opiate overdoses every single shift, some of them deadly. And so seeing that, it made me wonder, are there alternative, better therapies for pain? We do have other therapies for pain, but unfortunately, a lot of them dont work in certain groups. For example, we have anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or Aleve, but that can cause increased bleeding, it can cause problems in the gut, it can cause impaired blood flow to the kidneys.

We have things like Tylenol, which most people dont consider that strong a pain reliever, but that can also cause inflammation in the liver. So in exploring what are other options, I became increasingly interested in CBD, and I became interested in it for various reasons, one of which is, while Ive seen every kind of overdose in the Emergency Department, including even marijuana overdoses, fairly frequently, actually, if people dont have a tolerance or they unintentionally take a higher dose like an edible I have yet, a single time, to see a CBD overdose.

Meanwhile, Ive talked to hundreds, maybe thousands of people at this point who swear by CBD has helped their pain. And when you combine all those people that have found benefit with the increasing amount of research demonstrating a benefit, well then, that made me start to pay attention.

James West: Yeah, okay, interesting! Theres been a lot of research to suggest in areas where CBD is widely available, theres a correlated decrease in the incidence of death from opiate overdose. So, is that because CBD, where its available, is appealing to people who might be having abuse issues with prescribed opiates?

Murdoc Khaleghi: The way I think about it is this: no one wants to be dependent on opiates. No one wants to be addicted to opiates. The reason it happens is because, as I mentioned, we just havent had that many good therapeutic options for acute or chronic pain. So what I think were seeing is more and more people are finding another option, CBD, which is helps with pain, partly through an anti-inflammatory mechanism so a lot of people are also experiencing decreased inflammation, such as people with arthritis. And so, because theyre finding that alternative, they dont necessarily need to go to what had become such a common therapy for pain, and that was opiates.

And so, with less use of opiates, yeah, I think were seeing less overdoses.

James West: Okay, so do you see a future where CBD replaces opiates for the treatment of pain, post-operative pain, inflammation-related pain? Do you see it becoming a bigger part of the US pharmacopeia over time?

Murdoc Khaleghi: Well, with the proliferating amount of research, I think were certainly going to see that. Unfortunately, medicine has been a little slow on the uptake, partly because of the stigma around CBD. Because CBD can be derived from a couple different sources; one of those sources is marijuana. So a lot of people, when they hear CBD, they think marijuana, and so they think, controlled substance. They think it will get them high; they think maybe they can become addicted to it. They think of it like a drug.

But CBD is not the component of marijuana that causes all those things. CBD is a separate component, and its actually found in other sources. Part of the reason its legal in so many places now, because it can also be derived from hemp. And the CBD derived from hemp is the exact same as the CBD derived from marijuana, meaning, it has the exact same benefit.

So I think as some of the stigma and misconception goes away, yeah, were going to start to see this uptake in medicine. Last week was the first time we saw a national health organization, the Arthritis Foundation, actually put guidelines around CBD use, because they recognize hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of arthritis sufferers, are already taking and experiencing benefit from CBD; maybe its time to at least have some guidelines around the use, so this can be more programmatic in its prescription and use in therapy.

James West: Sure. The FDA has started to hold hearings looking, seeking, consulting with the public, essentially, and other stakeholders in the hemp industry, and theyre trying to, you know, arrive at a sort of policy towards CBD. Is there a risk to the current availability of CBD should the FDA decide that it needs to become more of a regulated substance than it is now?

Murdoc Khaleghi: While theres always a theoretical risk, I dont think thats going to happen, and the reason why is, as I mentioned, CBD can be arrived from different sources. One is marijuana, and while, you know, on the Federal level and in many states, marijuana is still regulated, not fully legal, hemp is fully legal in all 50 states. And so I do not anticipate seeing increased restriction on the use of hemp-derived CBD. In fact, I believe as a lot of the misconception goes away about CBD and that it can be derived from hemp, and that it doesnt come with all these effects like getting you high, I think were going to continue to have the legality in all 50 states like we do now, but I think well also have, with that, increased use by consumers, as well as increased prescription use by healthcare practitioners.

James West: Sure. And Ive noticed in the media that youve been a rather vocal proponent of CBD for use in treating pain associated with professional sports injuries, and in fact, I read a piece earlier where you were commenting on the participation of Rob Grankowski, the former star of the New England Patriots, as having become an advocate for CBD. How does CBD play into the treatments for professional sports where, if Im not mistaken, its still more or less a banned substance?

Murdoc Khaleghi: So the one important thing to understand is, its being used, CBD, very widely in professional sports. As I mentioned, CBD derived from hemp is legal in all 50 states, and so ideally, thats the type thats used; if its marijuana-derived, its still the same CBD substance. So it is being used, and I think what athletes are finding is, its a better alternative than a lot of the things they were doing, because athletes were already experiencing pain, injury, inflammation. That was already, has always been the case. And theyve been using things to deal with that.

I think some of those options have been less than ideal. For example, taking injections of anti-inflammatories, which can cause all those side effects that I mentioned about bleeding and damage to the kidneys and gut. And so now, theyre finding this better anti-inflammatory option without those side effects.

So part of the reason Im an advocate, as you mentioned, is not because Im saying CBD good/bad, Im saying, lets compare it to the alternatives that people are already doing, which is opiates, anti-inflammatory injections, and theres no doubt in my mind that CBD is a better alternative in terms of the risks it presents. It has a far lower risk profile.

James West: All right. Well, thats great input, Dr. Khaleghi. Were going to leave it there for now. Well hope to come back to you soon. Thank you very much for joining us today.

Murdoc Khaleghi: Thanks again for having me.

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Contract Pharmaceutical Packaging Market 2020 Size, Development Prospects, Supply, Demand, Applications, Sales Analysis And Research Forecast Report…

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With changes in the business trends, the pharmaceutical industry is also opting for new trends in terms of patents, developments, corresponding equipment, and third party involvement for packing activities. The pharmaceutical companies save time and expenses by subcontracting the non-core services like packing. In recent years, the movement of conventional, as well as alternative medicines, are moving fast to meet the patient's demands. Pharmaceutical companies outsource the medicine packing to specialized companies to save time and additional investment required for packing activity. The global market for contract packagers is expected to grow due to the rise in the number of senior age population, growing consumer's interest in innovative packing, and governing agencies pushing stricter regulations. The demand for polypropylene (PP) and polymers used for packing medicines is expected to dominate the global market.

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Palmarosa Oil Market – Valuable Growth Prospects, Key Country Analysis, Trends and Forecast till 2026 with Top Players – Montana Ledger

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Market outlook: Palmarosa Oil

The blooming era of a healthy lifestyle has led to an increased demand for the products derived from natural sources be it food, oil or cosmetics. The development in the contemporary market has ushered the demand for essential oils. The essential oils usually derived from distillation have found great use since history due to their enrichment with therapeutic and medicinal benefits. The aroma of these oils is surmised to induce an uplifting effect in the human sensory system. The evolution in the market has shepherded the development of different types of essential oils such as: Lavender oil, Peppermint oil, Tea Tree oil,Palmarosa oil, Frankincense oil, among others. Cymbopogon martini commonly known as Palmarosa oil has an enhanced importance in the market not only due to its rich aroma but also its multi-benefit profile involving health and skin benefits. The advancement in the field of alternative medicine has revived Aromatherapy wherein Palmarosa oil is highly recommended for the improvement in the psychological well-being.

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Palmarosa oil derived from the native grasses of India is known for its enriched contribution of volatile oils. The stress buster properties in the aroma of Palmarosa oil is a boon for Ayurvedic treatments. Apart from Ayurveda Palmarosa oil is umpteen with benefits involving sepsis prevention, inhibition of bacterial growth, digestion improvement and its cytophylactic property help in wound healing. Over the past few years, the demand of Palmarosa oil has seen a significant elevation in the cosmetics industry. Its moisturizing properties have provided it with the efficiency for treatment of skin disorders such as: eczema, psoriasis, boils, acne, and abscesses. These benefits have resulted in a soaring demand of Palmarosa oil in the market. The easy blending property of Palmarosa oil along with its ability to stimulate cell growth has made it an important remedy for the treatment of animal skin disorders as well.

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Isaac and Associates law firm nets a 10-year landmark – WeekendPost

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Home News GeneralIsaac and Associates law firm nets a 10-year landmark

Publishing Date : 16 December, 2019


A leading commercial law firm in the Central Administrative District Isaac and Associates celebrated its 10th year anniversary this past weekend in Kasane. The law practice was established by Jost Isaac in 2009 and since its opening, the firm has grown in leaps and bounds offering legal services to its customers, and efficiently doing so.

When speaking at the Anniversary celebrations in Kasane, Justice Mpaphi Phumaphi said the firm has been committed to bringing and developing the Kazungula region. Isaac has been involved in corporate community initiatives aimed at developing the Kasane region. He used his generosity to donate chairs to schools, photocopying machines and computers to be used by students. This is a noble gesture because as the country, we strive to move from a resource based economy to knowledge based one so these donations came at the right time

He further said Isaac understands a biblical expression that a blessing one gets while they still alive, are given and used wisely, adding that they should be shared with those in need such as less privileged, especially those in the Kasane region that is poverty- stricken. Indeed I am very proud to see Isaac back home here in Kasane. I therefore urge the community to support his business and I can promise that he will deliver a great service to them. He is coming to a different place now and he should have courage to remain still.

That can probably help you grow into a big firm and never leave your office without a professional who can lead the firm. I believe a professional will be able to solve issues in your absence. Learn to charge appropriately and make sure everything stays in place. Keep your two offices under constant surveillance to see where your weak points are

Justice Phumaphi indicated that Isaac has walked the path that is highly commendable and appreciated. Its a pity that he did not do his internship at my firm, because those who did I taught them money is not everything. One important thing in legal practice is that you should do your homework, be Honest to your clients and that will lead you into the right track. He however expressed disappointment to law firms operating unlawfully, saying they over charge clients, probably because clients can afford to pay so.

For his part, Attorney Isaac noted that his firm offers extensive coverage of Palapye and surrounding areas in terms of legal assistance. The firm deals mostly with the field of expertise in conveyance and notarial work, criminal law, civil litigation and commercial debt collection. We also offer services in contracts and agreements, labour disputes, land issues, divorces and maintenance, insurance and taxation, sectional title scheme management as well as wills and administration of estates he said

Held under the theme liberalisation of legal services the event also incorporated the opening of a satellite office in the Kazungula region. We live in a global world, and as we do so, we have major projects operating in the region that are operated by Korean companies and the reason why I came up with this theme was, you will find out that they will financing these projects, and most legal issues are out there were financers are. As local law firms, we will be just here and big contacts will jump in and sign these projects. These big companies can not only practice here, but they can have an influence over us.

Attorney Isaac said the firm was started from humble beginnings, adding that he identified a niche market, something that worked on his favour. This dream started while I was still at school. I genuinely believe my poor background motivated me to work extra hard, and it started with just a camera at school, snapping pictures and getting paid for it.

It was a great opportunity at the time and the project became a success. I successfully managed to buy two cars while at University Attorney Isaac holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the university of Botswana, Certificate of proficiency in Short Term Insurance from the Insurance Institute of South Africa and a Certificate in Sectional Title Scheme Management from the University of Cape Town.

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‘Oilsands of sun and wind’ – Lethbridge Herald

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By Mabell, Dave on December 14, 2019.

Dave Mabell

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Now being described as the oilsands of sun and wind, southern Alberta is receiving a $1.5-billion boost from its fast-growing alternative energy industry.

Overseas investors continue to underwrite new Alberta projects, a just-released report confirms, due to strong demand around the world for energy from renewable resources.

International investment is moving into this industry right now, says Trevor Lewington, chief executive officer at Economic Development Lethbridge.

When Albertans are looking for good-news stories and economic wins, they can look right here, he says.

These projects also inject money into the economy, creating more wealth and opportunities for everyone in our region.

Commissioned by the Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership, the new report reveals just how significant alternative energy investments have become for Albertas economy.

Renewable Randolph Consulting examined the economic impact of nine utility-scale projects that are either being built or have been approved for construction from 2019 to 2022.

Theres been a lot of discussion lately about the role of alternative energy in the economy, explains Peter Casurella, executive director of SouthGrow Regional Economic Development.

Our partnership wanted to quantify the economic impacts of these projects to show how important this sector is for southern Alberta,

The total capital expenditure of the nine projects six solar, three wind is reported at $1.56 billion. And that includes hundreds of millions in local spending on things like construction, annual land lease revenues, tax assessment for municipalities and ongoing operations jobs.

Its important to note that we only looked at nine projects out of dozens that have already been built, or are being applied for now, says Bev Thornton, executive director of Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance.

It has been said that southern Alberta is the oilsands of sun and wind and the pace of investment is growing, she says.

Alberta has a richness of both resource-based and renewable assets which, taken together, can tell a strong and balanced energy story.

With the global demand for energy continually growing, the report says Albertas wind and solar resource potential offers plenty of opportunity, particularly as utility-scale battery storage projects come online.

Southern Alberta is well-served by high solar potential and some of the best conditions for wind generation in North America, the report points out.

Today, southern Alberta is recognized globally as a top destination for new alternative energy projects, and investment is pouring into the region.

While focusing on the impact of nine current projects, the report notes there are many more projects that have both preceded this window, or which are currently waiting for approval.

Many industry experts regard 2017 as the break-even year for alternative energy technology, it says the year when the input costs fell low enough for large-scale projects in Canada to become profitable without subsidies.

Input costs continue to fall, and we anticipate that the rate of growth should accelerate.

One of the issues holding back growth of the industry is transmission capacity, it observes.

This problem can be largely mitigated by the incorporation of emerging battery technology into generation projects in the coming years, and a sustained effort in this direction should yield more integration capacity.

The report was based on the researchers assessment of five southern Alberta projects already underway or about to begin, including the Enel North America CRR2/Riverview Wind Projects totalling 146 megawatts, the Greengate/Potentia Renewables Stirling Wind Project with 113 MW, the Innogy/Belectric Solar Canada Vauxhall and Hull Solar Projects with 57 MW of alternating current, the EDF Vulcan Municipal Solar Project with10 MW of AC current and the Canadian Solar Hays Solar Project with 23 MW of AC.

It also included four construction ready projects which have received regulatory approval.

They are the Greengate/Potentia Renewables Travers Solar Project to produce 400 MW of AC power, the EDF Vulcan Solar Energy Centre Project with 78 MW of AC, the TransAlta Windrise Wind Project generating 207 MW of direct current, and the Perimeter Claresholm Solar Project for 130 MW of AC.

The Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership is a collaboration between Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance, Economic Development Lethbridge and SouthGrow Regional Economic Development which has been supporting the development of alternative energy since 2007.

Over recent years, the report says, The results of this effort have been one of the largest economic development successes that southern Alberta has seen.

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A Sustainable Energy Plan Will Help Put Egypt Among The Top Ten Global Economies – Forbes

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The oil industry is not dying, but it must change. For Tarek El-Molla, Egypts Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, the main goal is to align the industry to Egypts 2030 Vision for the sustainable development of the countrys economy, society and environment.

So, what lies ahead for a sector that is under pressure to limit carbon emissions and create a different future for hydrocarbon-based businesses?

For starters, theres no point in visionary planning for 2030 or worrying about efficiency and productivity in the oil and gas sector unless steps are taken to prevent catastrophic climate change in the same time period. His Excellency, the Minister, is keenly aware of the need to address this issue now.

We are focusing on gas in the interim as we work to fill 40 percent of our energy needs through wind and solar by 2030, he says. In addition to meeting the demands of the domestic market, the Ministers vision is to help Egypt become a clean energy hub for the region. Thanks to a clear strategy and massive efforts undertaken by the Ministry since El-Mollas appointment in 2015, that long term goal has every chance of success.

Its this ongoing strategy for sustainable economic reform and the discovery of the offshore Zohr gas field in the Mediterranean that are behind the prediction by Standard Chartered Bank that Egypt will be one of the top ten global economies in just ten years,ranked number seven ahead of Russia, Japan and Germany.

Providing an outlook

El-Molla, who spent 24 years in various operational and executive positions at Chevron, recalls the turbulent times during the early part of the decade when two revolutions were followed by a period of instability and insecurity for Egypts 120 year-old oil and gas sector. The Ministry is responsible for securing refined products for the entire country and for maintaining and ensuring production through joint partners, but during that time, it was facing the practical problems of shortages and a decline in production.

Stability returned under the current President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who realized the need for someone with El-Mollas experience to lead necessary change.

One of El-Mollas first steps was to reach out to partners, vendors and suppliers. During difficult times it is easy for investors and multinationals to just shut down and leave, he explains. Its critical to keep them engaged. They need to feel confident that their investments are protected, and that the government is a stable, reliable partner.

The next steps were more difficult.

Modernizing for change

Becoming the regional energy hub requires massive changes, so the Ministry created a comprehensive modernization strategy addressing key areas such as production performance, refining and distribution, and enterprise resource planning. But the core area for overhaul was human resource development.

The Ministry is a fragmented organization comprising different holding companies, joint ventures, public sector entities and investment groups. Over 240,000 people are part of it, but they were not connected to each other.

The last organizational change was twenty years ago, says the Minister. We need to communicate our vision of change, we need to connect people to the vision, and we need the right people to make it happen.

Pulling it together requires one global system, one consolidated balance sheet, and mostly importantly, ONE team. First, the Ministry created an intranet to facilitate unified updates and messaging and get buy-in from employees. El-Molla knew from previous experience that people often feel threatened when new systems are implemented. They only accept change once they realize the system will help them work more efficiently and save time for more fulfilling tasks.

Creating a diverse workforce

Then, together with his team, El-Molla identified key competencies and announced internal openings for subject matter experts and core business disciplines like finance and administration. Out of 3,000 applicants, they selected the 700 most motivated and ambitious and then whittled that group down to 400. Those selected were sent abroad for on-the-job training and given mid-management roles upon their return, ready to fast track the organization into the future.

We now have the most diverse, highly qualified, dynamic team to take us to the next level, says El-Molla proudly.

With the right people in place, El-Molla can focus fully on the modernization process which requires the right technology. SAP S/4HANA ERP was his first choice not only because he was familiar with it from his Chevron days, but because he believes it is the right solution for preparing a national industry to work more efficiently with minimum losses at higher productivity rates.

El-Molla believes in leading by example. The Ministry of Petroleums modernization program will not only set an example for the nation, but as it begins to show results, it will help unlock the potential of the entire region by improving the economy, empowering people and creating sustainable sources of energy for generations to come.

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Ooredoos Successful Year of Public and Private Sector Partnerships – Al-Bawaba

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Ooredoo is looking back on a strong year, as it continued to create and build its relationships with the public and private sectors. Providing support and expertise to a number of initiatives, the company signed a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with Ministries and government entities aimed at the overall enhancement of key administrative areas. The agreements helped reinforce Ooredoos position as the Sultanates data experience leaders and its contributions to the Sultanates digital transformation.

Raed bin Mohammed Dawood, Director of Government Relations and Corporate Affairs at Ooredoo, said, This years successful partnerships have not only fulfilled our commitment to build a stronger community, but have enabled us to establish long-lasting relationships with the public and private sectors. Through them we are able to provide our wide range of services and innovative products to more companies, as well as help Oman become a digital knowledge-based economy.

At the start of this year, Ooredoo joined forces with the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development Ithraa, a partnership that enabled Ooredoo to share valuable experiences and expertise with local businesses, provide them with better access to information and communication services, all the while helping them gain a competitive edge. A similar agreement was also signed with the Public Authority of Craft Industries (PACI), to help home-grown artisans develop and grow their businesses.

The telecoms company also extended its support to the education sector, signing an agreement with the General Directorate of Education in Northern Al Batinah to provide a range of schools in the governate with technical equipment and training opportunities. Other notable agreements pertaining to training and development were made with the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Civil Service, and the Al Rafd Fund to support SMEs.

Dawood added, Were extremely proud of our achievements this year, which we will continue to build on. Next year we are looking to engage more partners to help prepare Oman for technological and digital advancement.

Strengthening its commitment to the community, Ooredoo also joined hands with the Ministry of Social Development, supporting various Omani womens associations around the country, as well as aiding the creation of sensory and resource rooms at several branches of the Al Wafa Centre for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Children. Another agreement was signed with the Ministry of Higher Education to provide new graduates with training, workshops, lectures and conference opportunities in technical and service fields.

On a community level, Ooredoo signed MoUs with the Ministry of Health, the Public Authority for Consumer Protection, the National Committeefor Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, and Oman Charitable Organisation to support them in raising awareness on their causes through nation-wide text messages. Committed to enriching the lives of people across Oman, Ooredoo continues to collaborate with various organisations to deliver its message of 'care' and translate it into reality.


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Cloud-based Contact Center Infrastructure Market Report, 2019-2020 – Number of CBCCI Seats to Increase by 23% in 2019 & 2020, by 21% in 2021 &…

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DUBLIN, Dec. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The "2019-2020 Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Market Report" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The cloud has become the preferred delivery model for contact center solutions. Companies large and small are taking advantage of the market-changing innovation and automation that the cloud-based solutions provide. On-premise solutions will continue to be available, but a hybrid approach that combines cloud and on-premise applications are enabling companies to migrate gradually to the cloud.

A Strong and Innovative Sector with Sustained Growth and Momentum

CBCCI offerings have reached functional parity with their on-premise counterparts, and companies of all sizes are benefitting from the advanced capabilities of cloud-based solutions. The innovations in the current generation of solutions include vastly improved user interfaces and experiences (UIs and UXs), agent desktops, enhanced routing capabilities, new key performance indicators (KPIs), and better analytics and reporting. The CBCCI vendors are offering out-of-the-box interfaces to make it easier to integrate cloud-based solutions with all types of contact center applications. They have also started to push a "digital-first" agenda by delivering omnichannel solutions to address customer demands in an increasingly digital economy. AI is being incorporated into the new generation of solutions as a foundational layer, through acquisitions, or via partnerships with vendors offering sophisticated AI capabilities.

The CBCCI market is performing well and continuing to pick up momentum: Sales of CBCCI solutions are coming from replacements of on-premise solutions, switching from one CBCCI provider to another, and small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) purchasing their first contact center systems. Growing demand is being driven by the classic CBCCI benefits as well as new features being delivered by the vendors who are striving to differentiate themselves in a crowded market. The number of CBCCI seats in the market grew by 20.1% between 2017 and 2018 (as of July 31, 2019). The publisher expects the number of CBCCI seats to increase by 23% in 2019 and 2020, by 21% in 2021 and 2022, and by 20% in 2023.

The Leading Resource for the CBCCI Market

The report provides the most thorough, authoritative analysis of this explosive market. The report examines the competitive landscape as well as the business, market and technology trends and drivers that are shaping the cloud-based contact center infrastructure (CBCCI) sector. The 2019-2020 edition analyzes the servicing, business and management trends and innovations that are transforming the way enterprises are interacting with customers, prospects and employees. It provides detailed information about the offerings, as well as market share, projections, adoption rates, benefits, return on investment (ROI), pricing, and implementation best practices. The report also presents the results of a comprehensive customer survey that measures satisfaction with the vendors and their product offerings.

The report features 9 leading and contending vendors: 88, Cisco, Content Guru, Five9, Genesys, NICE inContact, Serenova, Sharpen and Twilio. Vonage, who acquired NewVoiceMedia in November 2018, is covered at a high level. The report also includes a comprehensive Vendor Directory that lists providers of cloud-based contact center infrastructure systems and applications for contact centers and customer service organizations worldwide.

The report includes:

Key Topics Covered

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction

3. Research Methodology3.1 Report Participation Criteria

4. Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Functional Overview4.1 Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Functional Components

5. Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Market Trends

6. Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Market Challenges

7. CBCCI Market Innovation7.1 New Product Features7.2 Future Enhancements

8. Digital Transformation Initiatives for Contact Centers

9. The Changing Workforce

10. AI-Enabled WFO: Interaction Centers of the Future10.1 Recording10.2 Quality Management10.3 Analytics-Enabled Quality Management10.4 Gamification10.5 Contact Center Performance Management10.6 Surveying/VoC10.7 Workforce Management10.8 Knowledge Management10.9 Interaction (Speech and Text) Analytics10.10 Desktop Analytics10.11 Customer Journey Analytics10.12 Predictive Analytics10.13 Robotic Process Automation10.13.1 RPA Building Blocks10.13.2 Attended and Unattended Automation

11. Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Market Activity Analysis

12. Adoption of Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Solutions

13. Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Market Projections

14. Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Competitive Landscape14.1 Company Snapshots

15. Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Core Functionality: ACD, CTI, IVR/IVA, Dialing

16. CBCCI Functional Analysis16.1 High-Level Functional Summary16.2 CRM16.3 User Interface16.4 Dashboards, Reporting and Business Intelligence

17. CBCCI Technical Analysis17.1 High-Level Technical Summary17.2 Security17.3 Compliance Management

18. Implementing and Managing a CBCCI Solution18.1 Vendor Implementation Analysis18.2 CBCCI Decision Framework18.3 Service-Level Agreements18.4 Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity

19. Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Vendor Satisfaction Analysis19.1 Summary of Survey Findings and Analysis: Vendor Categories19.1.1 Vendor Satisfaction by Sub-Category and Customer19.2 Summary of Survey Findings and Analysis: Product Capabilities Satisfaction Categories19.2.1 Product Capabilities Satisfaction by Category and Customer19.3 Summary of Survey Findings and Analysis: Product Features19.3.1 Product Features Satisfaction by Sub-Category and Customer19.4 Summary of Survey Findings and Analysis: WFO Components19.4.1 Workforce Optimization Satisfaction by Category and Customer19.5 Customer Background and Insights19.5.1 Channels Supported19.5.2 Digital Transformation Support19.5.3 Engineering a Better Customer Experience19.5.4 Pain Points Being Addressed with CBCCI Solutions19.5.5 CBCCI Challenges19.5.6 Additional Comments

20. Pricing20.1 Pricing Structure20.2 Pricing for a 250-Seat CBCCI Solution

21. Company Reports21.1 88, Inc.21.2 Cisco Systems21.3 Content Guru21.4 Five921.5 Genesys21.6 NICE inContact21.7 Serenova21.8 Sharpen Technologies21.9 Twilio, Inc.21.10 Vonage Holdings Corp.

22. Appendix: Cloud-Based Contact Center Infrastructure Vendor Directory

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