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Get SAT’s new In-Flight Connectivity ESA Terminal was chosen by Safran Passenger Innovations, as part of the RAVE AeroConnect Ku IFC solution


19 September 2023 - Get SAT, an innovator in compact satellite communication terminals for ground, airborne, and maritime applications, today announced that it has been chosen by Safran Passenger Innovations (SPI) to supply an innovative Ku-band terminal as part of SPI’s “RAVE AeroConnect” inflight connectivity (IFC) products. RAVE AeroConnect Ku is a new flexible satellite connectivity solution, which will be provided to airlines as linefit and retrofit options on all major aircraft platforms. The antenna will add Ku-band capability in addition to SPI’s existing Ka-band offering. With RAVE AeroConnect, airlines will be able to choose between various satellite services and multiple constellations. Notably RAVE AeroConnect will be available on Airbus aircraft as SFE* line-fit and retrofit catalogue option as part of Airbus’ Airspace HBC plus (targeted offer ability for 2024 and EIS in 2026) and enable airlines to connect to a choice of service providers. RAVE AeroConnect Ku is part of a complete IFC solution with a radome, adapter plate and various modem options. Get SAT Aero LESA represents state-of-the-art, low profile ESA (Electronically Steered Antenna) technology operating in the Ku-frequency band. It allows simultaneous connection with both Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations, to enable simultaneous multi-beam multi-orbit operation. This small, versatile terminal will provide airline passengers with unparalleled connectivity experience through true global coverage by its multi-orbit performance and higher bit rates with its multi-beam simultaneous links. Built specifically for airborne operations, RAVE AeroConnect Ku solution, which includes Get SAT Aero LESA, supports both in-flight connectivity and entertainment. The new RAVE AeroConnect Ku terminal from SPI, that was selected by Airbus for its HBCplus solution, leads to significant reductions in operating costs and boosts the user experience. This enhanced connectivity solution will ensure faster, more reliable passenger connectivity with greater flexibility. Passengers can look forward to a remarkable, seamless in-flight connectivity experience. Offering high-speed connectivity, the terminal delivers enhanced data rates, reduced drag and latency, and increased performance, thus boosting productivity, reliability and decreasing operational costs. This innovative solution, which allows data exchange as a unified aircraft system, is ideally tailored to support future capacity growth and digital services demand. It empowers airlines to offer passengers an exceptional connectivity experience. Get SAT CEO, Benjamin, said: "SPI has recognized our expertise in navigating complex SATCOM challenges, highlighting our contribution to evolving airborne communication solutions. Together with SPI and Airbus, we're gearing up to amplify the RAVE AeroConnect IFC offering using our innovative communication terminals, which are specifically designed to cater to airline demands. It's a matter of pride for us to be a part of such transformative steps in commercial aviation." Matt Smith, CEO of SPI said: “Safran Passenger Innovations is delighted to select Get SAT as the Ku-band ESA provider for our various airline and OEM programs. We are excited to disrupt the industry by providing agnostic and open terminals supporting the Airbus vision, giving airlines the freedom of choice for their future connectivity services. Get SAT has demonstrated their ability to meet the needs of demanding government customers and we are excited to bring this technology to the commercial airline market.” About Get SAT Get SAT is at the forefront in supplying Micronized Satellite Terminals, which come in a compact form and are suitable for ground, air, and maritime applications. The company's groundbreaking antenna technology delivers the highest level of efficiency in the most compact size. The LESA antenna technology is a leap forward in capability and form factor, enabling Get SAT to provide truly portable, integrated, full-duplex, wide-band satellite communications. Get SAT terminals operate in multi- orbit satellite constellations, in GEO, MEO and LEO. For more information visit Press Contacts Get SAT Ayala Pinhasi +972-76-5300-700 #122 +1-571-501-5150 About SPI Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 83,000 employees and sales of 19,0 billion euros in 2022 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and innovation roadmap. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices. Safran Passenger Innovations creates innovative in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems using the latest in consumer and avionics technology to provide best in class hardware, software, and services for a premium, connected flying experience. For more information: Press Contacts Jared Siqueland +1-714-203-0525 SFE* = Supplier Furnished Equipment Contact Details Get SAT Ayala Pinhasi +972 76-530-0700 Company Website

September 19, 2023 11:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

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Velocity Global Appoints Jeff Woolard as Chief Financial Officer

Velocity Global

Velocity Global, the world’s expert on work, today announced the appointment of Jeff Woolard as Chief Financial Officer. Effective immediately, Jeff will drive the overall financial execution, strategic planning, and create a financial growth strategy for the company. “Jeff’s financial, strategic, and operational experience will make an immeasurable impact that will help Velocity Global take new heights. His proven track record will be critical in helping us achieve strategic initiatives aimed at providing our customers with the best possible experience,” said Frank Calderoni, CEO at Velocity Global. “Jeff’s experience as a CFO provides a unique perspective in that he understands better than anyone the challenges associated with scaling a global team. His insights will allow us to build a more scalable and strategic offering that enhances the customer journey and grows our footprint across the industry.” With nearly 3 decades of experience in both finance and technology, Jeff will provide in-depth experience in driving strategy to execution, growth, and profitability. He most recently served as Chief Financial Officer at Solidigm, providing him with not only the experience needed to grow a company at scale, but also a lens into the challenges faced by global CFOs as they grow their teams in efficient and compliant ways. Jeff also spent more than 25 years in various leadership positions with Intel, including its manufacturing and technology organization, Foundry and Intel Capital, and has led and overseen large M&A transactions, including Intel's acquisition of Mobileye. “I am excited to be joining Velocity Global at a critical time in its trajectory,” says Jeff Woolard, Chief Financial Officer of Velocity Global. “As a CFO, I can attest to the criticality of the type of service the company provides and what a difference it can make in scaling a company in a compliant way. I’m looking forward to working with the team at Velocity Global as we grow the business and help leaders build their teams in ways they never thought possible.” Jeff’s announcement comes shortly after the appointments of Chief Transformation Officer Susan McDonough and Chief Customer Success Officer Frank Lucier, who both joined the company last month. Chief Revenue Officer Ann-Christel Graham and Chief People Officer Linda Lee were both brought on earlier this year by CEO Frank Calderoni, who took on the role in April. For more information on how Velocity Global makes opportunity borderless for people everywhere, visit About Velocity Global Velocity Global gives you the power to build your team everywhere—combining seamless technology and local expertise in 185+ countries. We make it simple to compliantly hire, pay, and manage talent anywhere. With Velocity Global, the world is yours. Start hiring across borders at Contact Details Media Contact Company Website

September 19, 2023 08:00 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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AmeriLife Wealth Announces New Distribution Growth and Wealth Transformation Division


AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”), a national leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities, and retirement planning solutions, today announced the formation of Distribution Growth and Wealth Transformation, a newly created division within AmeriLife Wealth designed to support business development and organic growth, and accelerate the integration of its network of leading distribution companies and wealth advisory firms. “As we break through traditional distribution models and provide holistic solutions to the market we serve, it’s critical that we focus the right talent and resources to help us fundamentally transform the way in which we deliver value,” said Mike Vietri, Chief Distribution Officer of AmeriLife Wealth. “This team will spearhead our strategic focus and enhance our Wealth Distribution Platform, while also capitalizing on selling synergies and opportunities to leverage best-in-class solutions across our platform, better supporting those we serve.” Andrew “Andy” Sheen, most recently senior vice president and head of AmeriLife’s BizRev Group (BRG), will lead the Distribution Growth and Wealth Transformation team, reporting to Vietri. In this newly created role, Sheen will also leverage his considerable industry experience to lead all efforts surrounding AmeriLife Wealth’s market positioning while collaborating with AmeriLife Wealth leaders to deliver best practices, business development strategies, and sales and resource synergies. Sheen joined AmeriLife in December 2020 from Saybrus Partners, where he oversaw product development for the company’s annuity and life distribution. Prior to Saybrus, from 2009 to 2012, Sheen served his first stint with AmeriLife as its director of Financial Services, managing annuity and life product development for the company with its carrier partners. He began his career at CDA of America in various, and increasingly senior, product development, sales, and marketing roles. “I’m thankful to Mike for this opportunity and excited to bring my nearly 20 years of experience on the both carrier and distribution side to this new endeavor,” said Sheen. “‘Growth’ and ‘transformation’ are two sides of the same coin and essential to both accelerating the success of our affiliated partners, but also ensuring they remain one step ahead of consumer demands and the constant changes in our industry.” AmeriLife Wealth Continues to Grow Its Leadership Ranks The establishment of the new division and Sheen’s elevation builds upon significant strategic changes to AmeriLife’s Distribution structure as well as leadership changes within both its Wealth and Health Distribution organizations. In addition to Sheen’s appointment, the following senior roles within AmeriLife Wealth were also announced: Kelly Atkinson has been named Senior Vice President of Distribution Operations and Chief of Staff for AmeriLife Wealth, an expansion of her current role with a strategic focus on supporting Wealth’s growing executive leadership team and priority initiatives. In this expanded role, Atkinson will also continue to support enterprise campaigns and initiatives that span AmeriLife’s Wealth and Health distribution organizations. With Atkinson’s elevation, Crystal Santillanes has assumed an expanded role as Vice President of Distribution Operations. With a focus on driving action and alignment with Distribution goals, Santillanes is accountable for overseeing a variety of enterprise-wide Distribution initiatives and campaigns, in partnership with various functional areas across the company. Santillanes and her team is also responsible for Distribution meetings, events, and incentive programs. Bob Yates has been named Vice President, Distribution Business Analytics. In his new role, Yates will focus on partnering with Wealth and Health Distribution leadership and AmeriLife’s affiliates to maximize the value of available data, providing financial and market analysis, interpreting production results, and forecasting and developing business trend insights to support data-driven strategic planning, business development, and decision making. Yates will continue to collaborate with AmeriLife’s Enterprise Data and Analytics (EDA) team to support enterprise level data collection and reporting as well as ad hoc Distribution analysis needs. Lastly, Christy Appleang, CPA, joins the organization as Vice President, Financial Operations, responsible for leading all budgeting processes as well as developing strategic budgetary policies and guidelines to help meet short and long-term financial goals. Appleang brings 20 years of financial planning and analysis experience to AmeriLife Wealth, most recently serving as Senior Director of Finance for national grocer, Kroger, in its Health & Wellness Specialty Pharmacy Retail Division. Prior to Kroger, she served as Chief Financial Officer for Northwestern Mutual’s Southeast region. “We’re incredibly grateful for Andy’s, Kelly’s, Crystal’s and Bob’s continued dedication to our business, and are excited to welcome Christy to our team, as we continue our mission of transforming Wealth distribution for our affiliated agents and advisors,” added Vietri. “The growth of our team is a testament to what we’re building here at AmeriLife, and I look forward to working with each of them in their new roles.” ### About AmeriLife AmeriLife’s strength is its mission: to provide insurance and retirement solutions to help people live longer, healthier lives. In doing so, AmeriLife has become recognized as the leader in developing, marketing, and distributing life and health insurance, annuities and retirement planning solutions to enhance the lives of pre-retirees and retirees across the United States. For more than 50 years, AmeriLife has partnered with top insurance carriers to provide value and quality to customers served through a distribution network of over 300,000 insurance agents and advisors and 120 marketing organizations and insurance agency locations nationwide. For more information, visit, and follow AmeriLife on Facebook and LinkedIn. Contact Details Media Jeff Maldonado +1 321-297-1112 Partnership Inquiries Patrick Nichols +1 727-726-0726 Company Website

September 19, 2023 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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B2B Video Visibility & Monetization Platform VideoXRM’s Beta Launch Surpasses 5,000 Video Uploads; Expands Content Sourcing and Audience Engagement with Launch of “Company Advocate”


VideoXRM, the pioneering B2B video platform that utilizes precise subject indexing and granular search capabilities to drive greater return on investment from video assets, announced today that its Beta launch has surpassed 5,000 video uploads to its platform from a growing base of companies. VideoXRM also announced the launch of its “Company Advocate” functionality to accelerate the growth of its video library through expanded audience engagement. There is no cost to upload or search for content on VideoXRM. The VideoXRM platform provides 75 search parameters including 25 different video/audio characteristics to identify and index the unique attributes of each video, including subject, industry, specialty, participants, roles, geography, corporate status, management, etc. “Company Advocate” VideoXRM’s new “Company Advocate” functionality enables business content creators, customers, partners, media outlets or fans to upload content on behalf of a company. This new feature is designed to expand the reach, engagement, and growth of content on the VideoXRM platform. David Baker, VideoXRM’s Founder and CEO, commented, “We are excited by the growing engagement and constructive customer comments and suggestions we have gained through our Beta launch. This feedback loop has already contributed to new features such as the ‘Company Advocate’ functionality that substantially expands potential content sources and value for our platform.” VideoXRM brings the “X factor” to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) by expanding it ALL stakeholders including partners, constituents, employees, analysts, suppliers, researchers, recruiters, marketers, journalists, investors, citizens, bankers, etc. Given the growing user preference for video and rich media, VideoXRM provides a powerful new medium for exposure and precise searches. About VideoXRM ( ) VideoXRM is a global, searchable video and audio sharing and networking platform connecting corporate rich media content with all potential stakeholders. The platform and smart search technology creates value and knowledge from mountains of unstructured digital media, delivering greater ROI from content investments. VideoXRM’s mission is harnessing the enhanced communicative power of rich media through a new distribution and discovery paradigm. VideoXRM was Co-founded by David N. Baker, who formed Revere Data LLC (Sectorbase) which was acquired by FactSet Data Systems, Inc. His Co-founders are Vadim A. Tarasov, Byron Kwok, and David Guzy. Connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter and Facebook. Contact Details Catalyst IR David C. Collins +1 212-924-9800 Company Website

September 19, 2023 08:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Trust & Will Proudly Achieves B Corporation Certification

Trust & Will

Trust & Will, the leading digital estate planning and settlement platform, is proud to announce its official certification as a B Corporation. With a mission to help every family leave a legacy, this recognition highlights Trust & Will's commitment to sustainability, social responsibility, and ethical business practices. Trust & Will joins the global movement that business can be a force for good led by B Lab, a nonprofit network aimed to reshape the incentives around doing business—prioritizing people, communities, and the planet in addition to profit. “Six years ago, we set out on a mission to make estate planning affordable and accessible to every family in order to create legacies that span multiple generations,” said Cody Barbo, CEO and Founder of Trust & Will. “Becoming a B Corp was a conscious decision and massive undertaking to ensure that we also leave this world a better place than we found it and hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of ethics, governance, and responsibility.” Based on the B Impact Assessment, Trust & Will earned an overall score of 97.7, outperforming the required score of 80. The company was also recently named to Inc.’s list of “The 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies in America,” and routinely is recognized as an Inc. Best Workplace. Trust & Will joins the ranks of businesses, such as Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, and Athleta, that are using their influence to create a positive impact beyond financial gains. B Corps are a global community of companies that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. ABOUT TRUST & WILL Trust & Will is simplifying estate planning and settlement with attorney-approved, legally valid documents and processes designed to adhere to individual state guidelines. Since 2017, we’ve helped hundreds of thousands of Trust & Will members leave their legacy with an affordable way to create an estate plan or settle the estate of a loved one. Our platform uses bank-level encryption that protects customer data and complies with the highest security standards, including SOC 2 and HIPAA. Trust & Will is a certified B Corporation and is the official estate planning benefit provider for AARP members, along with several leading financial institutions, who all believe in our mission of helping every family leave their legacy. Contact Details Trust & Will Danielle Nuzzo +1 631-807-7772 Company Website

September 19, 2023 07:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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SMX® Commits to Advancing Contract Management Excellence with Adoption of NCMA Contract Management Standard

National Contract Management Association

SMX®, a trusted contractor in advanced technology solutions, proudly announces its adoption of the National Contract Management Association's (NCMA) Contract Management Standard (CMS™). This strategic move underscores SMX's unwavering dedication to fostering profession-wide best practices, contracting principles, terminology, processes, and cultivating professional career development within the field. The NCMA Contract Management Standard serves as a global language for contract management professionals across various industries and organizations. It provides thought-leading organizations, like SMX, a unified framework to articulate and discuss contract management phases, domains, competencies, and skills. As SMX incorporates the CMS as a cornerstone of its corporate Quality Management System, customers can expect enhanced contract management services, increased operational efficiency, and a more transparent and streamlined experience throughout their contract lifecycle. "SMX takes immense pride in being an early adopter of CMS, a testament to our commitment to delivering unparalleled service to both our internal stakeholders and valued clients," remarked Rick Schutz, Vice President, Corporate Counsel at SMX. "This adoption reflects our pursuit of excellence in every facet of contract management." Kraig Conrad, Chief Executive Officer of NCMA, emphasized, “the SMX adoption of the CMS™ embodies our unwavering pursuit of a common language for contract management across organizations and around the world.” With the integration of the CMS into the frameworks of Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) and the Department of Defense framework (DAWIA), SMX's embrace of the NCMA CMS aligns seamlessly with the evolving landscape of contract management. As SMX embarks on this transformative journey, they look forward to not only exceeding their customers' expectations but also contributing to the evolution and standardization of contract management practices worldwide. For more information on NCMA's Common Language Adoption, please visit: The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) – – stands as the premier contract management organization whose mission is to collaborate towards a globally recognized contract management profession that strengthens its nexus with related acquisition communities. Serving approximately 20,000 members in both the public and private sectors, NCMA propels the growth, advancement, and impact of practitioners through a steadfast commitment to serve through the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. About SMX SMX is a leader in next-generation mission support, digital transformation and IT solutions operating in close proximity to clients across the U.S. and around the globe. SMX delivers scalable and secure solutions combined with the mission expertise needed to accelerate outcomes for the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, Public Sector, Fortune 1000, and other public and private sector clients. For more information on our solutions, please visit Contact Details NCMA Holly DeHesa +1 281-865-3296 Company Website

September 19, 2023 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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September is Cholesterol Education Month


September is Cholesterol Education Month and for people with unsafe levels of high LDL (bad) cholesterol, there are many options in the treatment toolbox. Recently, Preventive Cardiologist Dr. Seth Baum participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss high LDL cholesterol, best treatment options, and tips for patients navigating challenges with their health coverage. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States and LDL-cholesterol, what we call the “bad” cholesterol, is a major risk factor which can lead to a heart attack or a stroke. While many can lower their LDL cholesterol with a heart healthy diet, some will need medication to reach their Safe Zone. Statins are often the first-line of treatment for individuals with high LDL cholesterol, not all patients reach their recommended LDL cholesterol levels with statins alone. In these cases, lipid-lowering medications, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, are often recommended to help lower cholesterol levels. Unfortunately, individuals who are prescribed PCSK9 inhibitors are facing significant hurdles in accessing and using these potentially life-saving drugs, despite their proven efficacy in reducing LDL cholesterol. One major obstacle is insurance company denials or rejections. Data published in the November 2022 Journal of the American Medical Association found that for commercially insured patients prescribed a PCSK9 inhibitor, only 42% of initial rejections were overturned. Sadly, nearly 75% of patients rejected for a PCSK9 inhibitor ended up on no therapy, which is not a win for anyone. Research from the Family Heart Foundation shows that compared to individuals who were able to obtain their prescribed PCSK9 inhibitor, those whose prescription was rejected or abandoned experienced more heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events within 12 months. For more information and resources that can help, visit About Seth Baum, MD, FACC, FACPM, FAHA, FNLA, FASPC Dr. Seth J. Baum is Chief Scientific Officer at Flourish Research, and clinical affiliate professor of Cardiology at FAU Medical School. He actively consults in Clinical Lipidology and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and continues to offer lipoprotein apheresis for patients in southeast and central Florida. Dr. Baum has practiced Preventive Cardiology and Clinical Lipidology since 2000. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the National Lipid Association, and the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. Dr. Baum is a past President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC). He currently serves on both the ASPC and Family Heart Foundation Advisory Boards. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and abstracts as well as two books. In 2013, he was awarded Cleveland Heart Lab’s “Heart Award” for lifelong dedication to Preventive Medicine. In 2019, Dr. Baum received Mended Hearts’ biennial Dwight Emary Harken Award. Dr. Baum is the Founder of Excel Medical Clinical Trials, LLC, a consortium of clinicians dedicated to the safe and professional conduct of high-level scientific trials. He has served as Principal Investigator in over 100 clinical trials covering a broad range of disease states. Dr. Baum is the Chief Scientific Officer of Flourish Research, a leading national clinical research company. Dr. Baum is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed training in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, and Electrophysiology Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

September 18, 2023 10:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Vietnam’s NA Chairman delivers opening remarks at 9th Global Young Parliamentarians Conference

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HA NOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 15 September 2023 – On behalf of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people, I am pleased to warmly welcome the President, the Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the President of the IPU Board of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians, member and observer parliamentary delegations, and invited guests to the the 9th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians held in Hanoi - the city for peace, the capital of thousands of years of Vietnamese culture. Vietnam proposed the initiative and was very honoured and proud to be chosen by the IPU as the host country of the 9th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. Inheriting the success of the 132nd IPU Assembly in 2015, the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in 2016, and the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in 2020, the Vietnamese National Assembly's hosting of this event continues to affirm Vietnam's active and responsible participation in the IPU. At the same time, it shows Vietnam's priority and concern for young people and global current issues of the youth. After 37 years of implementing Doi Moi (Renewal) process, since 1986, Vietnam has gained important, comprehensive and historically significant achievements. Vietnam has obtained miracles in building new-style rural areas and sustainable poverty reduction, being a bright spot in implementing the Millennium Goals and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs) towards 2030, and has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The country's annual economic growth reaches a high level of about 6 per year. The scale of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2022 at current prices ranked 38th in the world. Based on purchasing power parity (PPP), according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Vietnam ranks 10th in Asia and 24th in the world. Total import-export turnover in 2022 topped nearly US$735 billion, making Vietnam among top 20 countries with the largest foreign trade turnover in the world. Vietnam has also been successful in attracting Foreign Direct Investment with so far more than 37,000 investment projects from 143 countries and territories worth a registered capital of nearly $450 billion. Vietnam has made efforts to realise two 100-year goals: By 2030 which falls on the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Vietnam looks to become a developing country with a modern industrial base and middle-income population; and by 2045, which falls on the 100th anniversary of the country's establishment, Vietnam will be a developed and high-income country. We are entering the third decade of the 21st century with countless unpredictable events. For the first time, the whole world experienced the COVID-19 pandemic with unprecedented scale and incurring losses far exceeding all predictions. It can be said that never before has the political, economic and international security environment faced so many difficulties and challenges at the same time as today. The persistent and complex impact of the pandemic, combined with geopolitical tensions and conflicts, competition, strategic separation, fluctuations and instability in the food, energy, financial and monetary markets, decline in investment, disruption of supply chains have erased many achievements of poverty reduction and development over the past decades. These all have posed enormous, multi-dimensional difficulties, both in the immediate and long term for many countries around the world. The implementation of the UN's SDGs is slowing down, making it difficult to complete the goals. In addition, non-traditional security issues, especially the negative impacts of climate change, are directly affecting the people, security and development of every country. But we still have the right to be optimistic and hopeful about the future. Peace, cooperation and development are still the main flow and big trend. The world has overcome the pandemic. The pandemic does not make us collapse, but makes us more united and stronger. The trends of digital transformation, green transformation and innovation are being widely promoted. While globalisation faces difficulties, a series of new economic linkage and cooperation initiatives at both regional and global levels continue to be accelerated. A world without war and a society without hunger and poverty are a wish and a common goal of global cooperation efforts. With the theme "The Role of Young People in Promoting the Realisation of Sustainable Development Goals via Digital Transformation and Innovations " and thematic discussion sessions on digital transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship and promoting respect for cultural diversity for sustainable development, I recommend delegates discuss the content as follows: First, what needs to be done and how to comply with and ensure international law and the UN Charter, which serves as a key condition to preserve and cultivate peace, cooperation and sustainable development? Second, the role of developed countries, international organisations, the business community and young people in addressing global issues, for example, sustainable and safe digital transformation; equitable energy transition, adaptation to climate change and strong diffusion of entrepreneurship and innovation. Third, in order to make people and businesses to truly be the centre of all decisions in the development process, both the goal, the driving force and the basic resource in all resources, what and how do we need to continue to do in planning, implementing laws and organising actions towards the happiness of the people? Fourth, promoting cultural and human values in sustainable development, promoting respect for cultural diversity in the context of the 4th industrial revolution; tightening cooperation in innovating ways to operate the economy, sharply increasing labour productivity, creating new driving forces for economic growth, and at the same time, helping State agencies operate more transparently, effectively on the digitalisation roadmap, to narrow the development gap and ensure national sovereignty as well as personal privacy in cyberspace. Fifth, I suggest that IPU research and establish a network of global young parliamentarians on innovation to exchange and learn from each other's experience. Late President Ho Chi Minh - the genius leader of the Vietnamese people and the world cultural celebrity - used the image of spring - the most beautiful season of the year to describe the youth: "A year begins in the spring. A life begins in youth. Youth is the spring of society". He also said: "Youth are the future owners of the country. In-deed, prosperity or decline, strength or weak-ness of the country all come from youth." Youth and young people are the force taking on the mission and historical responsibility in the integration and development of each country and the common prosperity of the world. I believe that every young parliamentarian from member parliaments will promote their intelligence, youth, creativity, responsibility and enthusiasm to actively contribute to the success of the conference. With that strong belief, I would like to declare the opening of the 9th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. Wishing you good health and happiness. Wishing the young parliamentarians have productive working days as well as interesting and memorable experience in our beautiful and hospitable country! Contact Details Media Contact

September 15, 2023 10:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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9th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians opens in Ha Noi

Viet Nam News

HA NOI, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - 15 September 2023 – The 9th Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians, hosted by the National Assembly of Vietnam and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), has opened in the capital city of Ha Noi, Vietnam, on Friday (September 15, 2023). The event, held between September 14-18, gathers nearly 500 delegates, including 300 international delegates from 70 IPU member parliaments and international organisations, making it the biggest one since the conception of the Global Conference of Young Parliamentarians. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Vo Van Thuong, and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh have sent congratulatory bouquets to the conference. The co-chairs of the opening ceremony included Vietnam's National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, IPU President Duarte Pacheco, Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Thanh Man, IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong, Member of the UK Parliament and President of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians Dan Carden, Chairman of the Vietnamese Young Parliamentarians Group Nguyen Anh Tuan, Member of Parliament from Namibia and member of the Leadership Team of the IPU Forum of Young Parliamentarians Emma Tangi Muteka, and representatives from the IPU Secretariat. The delegates will be discussing experiences and ideas under the theme "The role of youth in accelerating the achievement of the SDGs through digital transformation and innovation," with three main sessions: "Digital Transformation," "Innovation and Startups," "Promoting Respect for Cultural Diversity in Support of Sustainable Development." The conference takes place as political, economic and societal upheavals have set back the progress of fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) commitments and climate change response in many countries. The trends of digital transformation, green transition, and innovation are increasingly given priority and promoted around the world. ​Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, in the opening address, said the organisation of this conference affirms Vietnam's "active, proactive, and responsible participation in the IPU" and highlights "Vietnam's priority and concern for youth and global youth-related issues of today." The Vietnamese top legislator also quoted President Ho Chi Minh, the late founding father of Vietnam, in saying that "Youth is the future master of the nation. The prosperity or decline of the nation largely depends on youth." "Young people are the driving force and the bearers of "historical responsibilities" in the international integration and national development efforts of each country as well as global prosperity," Chairman Hue said, asking the young parliamentarians to utilise their intelligence, youth, creativity, and enthusiasm to contribute positively to the success of the conference. National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue asked the delegates to pay attention to five key points: First, what needs to be done and how to comply with and uphold international law and the United Nations Charter, as a crucial condition for the maintenance and nurturing of peace, cooperation, and sustainable development. Secondly, the role of developed countries, international organisations, business communities, and youth in addressing global issues such as sustainable and secure digital transformation, just energy transition, adaptation to climate change, and robust promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation. Thirdly, making people and businesses truly the centre of all policies in the development process, both as the objective and as the motivation and fundamental resources. Fourthly, leveraging the values of culture and human beings in sustainable development, promoting the respect for cultural diversity in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and enhance cooperation in innovating the operation of the economy, increasing labour productivity, and creating new momentum for economic growth. At the same time, this will help government agencies become more transparent and efficient on the digitalisation path, narrowing the development gap, and ensuring national sovereignty and individual privacy in cyberspace. Fifth and lastly, Chairman Hue also proposed that the IPU explore the establishment of a global network of young parliamentarians dedicated to innovation, allowing them to exchange experiences and learn from one another. IPU Duarte Pacheco in his remarks thanked the Vietnam National Assembly for "providing an exceptional setting for the IPU meeting," and expressed his appreciation towards Vietnam's "commitment to leading by example on youth empowerment." "While we are behind with the SDGs, we are supercharging progress in technology. We need to link this progress in technology with the work being done to achieve the SDGs. Digitalisation and innovation are important opportunities." He also urged the responsible use of technology and innovation. "Technology should not force us into a one-size-fits-all model. Our global community has many traditions, languages, and perspectives. This diversity makes our lives richer and can also take us to greater innovation When we combine the power of technology with cultural diversity and ethics, we open up creativity and problem-solving." "As members of parliaments, we must promote inclusivity, intercultural dialogues, and respect for diversity as drivers of sustainable development and peace." Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the IPU, underscored the the significant roles of young parliamentarians, and the young people that they represent, can play. "You can be a driving force for progress, injecting fresh perspectives, energy, and innovative solutions into parliamentary processes. Sharing practices, amplifying your voices on the issues that concern you most, and better connecting you to youth, is what this Conference is all about." He remarked that the young's "passion, enthusiasm, and dedication to accelerating the SDGs through digital transformation and innovation are a guiding light for us all." Contact Details Media Contact

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