News ChinaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionInternet December 9, 2017 RSF opposes spread of China’s Internet surveillance model The concept was reaffirmed again this week at China’s annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, whose participants included Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pinchai.China is “willing to work with the international community to respect cyberspace sovereignty and promote partnerships,” President Xi Jinping said in a message to the conference.What Beijing wants is for the world’s governments to follow its example and impose a strictly controlled and monitored Internet in their own countries. RSF calls for no concessions to China’s repeated demands for a clampdown on cyberspace, a space intended to be free and borderless.“Using sovereignty as a pretext, China is trying to legitimize the online control and surveillance of its citizens although, until now, the Internet was a way of escaping censorship,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia desk. “If a majority of states adopted this vision of the Internet, it would mean the end of the free flow of information worldwide.”Held annually for the past four years in Wuzhen, the World Internet Conference was dreamed up by the Chinese government with the aim of exporting its censorship model and, at the same time, reminding the world’s Internet giants that it is the Communist Party and not the market that determines how things are done in China.Although the bosses of Apple and Google took the trouble to go all the way to Wuzhen, President Xi signalled who is boss in China by not attending himself and having his message read out by party propaganda chief Huang Kunming.Repressive and protectionist modelChina has 751 million Internet users – more than any other country and a fifth of the world’s total Internet user population. According to a report published to coincide with the conference, the digital sector now constitutes a third of the Chinese economy, the highest proportion in the world after the United States.Thanks to a protectionist and strictly regulated model, China has spawned firms such as Baidu, Tecent, Alibaba and smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi that are extremely powerful in the domestic market.Although banned in China, Google and Facebook are actively wooing the regime in the hope of one day being granted access to its fabulous internal market. Apple recently caused an international outcry by ridding its Chinese store of secure communications apps that journalists need to protect their sources and by withdrawing VPNs, which can be used to circumvent the “Great Firewall.”RSF condemned these concessions to the Chinese government, as did David Kaye, the United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion.Ever since becoming president, Xi Jinping has proved to be a determined enemy of freedom of information, fine-tuning a sophisticated Internet surveillance system that employs more than 2 million people.The world’s biggest prison for journalists and civil rights activists, China is ranked almost at the bottom, 176th out of 180 countries, in the RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the international community and the world’s Internet giants to resist China’s use of the concept of national “cyberspace sovereignty” as a pretext for exporting its Internet surveillance model. Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Freedom of expressionInternet April 27, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on China Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts RSF_en News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more PHOTO AFP
Bringing the largest global investment funds in Zagreb – was the brave vision of Marina Franolić, organizer of the Adria Hotel Forum (AHF). And despite everything and everyone, she succeeded! Thus, Zagreb, and thus Croatia, has strongly positioned itself among the leading European destinations. The hotel industry in Southeast Europe has faced a variety of changes over the past year The Croatian market is facing strong competition from Greece and Turkey, while other destinations such as Montenegro, Albania and Slovenia continue to attract investors in the hotel industry due to stronger tourism growth. “AHF presents regional development opportunities in a promising industry, it’s wonderful to be a part of it. Bench Events has worked hard to build business events that truly impact the industry and economies in which they take place. With AHF and IDEEA, we continue to deliver on our promises and look forward to an exciting series of 2020 eventsSaid Jonathan Worsley, president of Bench Events. That too often we do not know how to appreciate the successes and achievements of our people, says the fact that just recently, AHF acquired by a world-renowned hotel conference organizer Bench Events (global organizer of business conferences for hotel investments and aviation in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America) and the AHF will now be organized as an event as part of a new series of hotel investment conferences called “IDEEA” focusing on Central regions, Southern and Eastern Europe and the CIS. / / / ADRIA HOTEL FORUM WILL BE HELD IN BELGRADE FROM NEXT YEAR. REASON? LACK OF INTEREST IN CROATIA According to the organizers of the Adria Hotel Forum, international investors are most interested in key city markets Adria Hotel Forum 2020 is focused on the growth opportunities of the growing offer of new hotel products coming to the regional market. Discussions at the conference are designed to involve the exchange of knowledge between decision-makers about investing in hotels, while discussing transformative trends and future implications for regional industry. However, due to the lack of interest, both from domestic hotel experts and hoteliers, sponsors and cities, counties and ultimately the State, last year the Adria Hotel Forum was held in Belgrade. More on that topic in the attachment. Thus, the conference attracts reputable international hotel owners, investors, company management and experts in the field of finance and consulting. If you are in the hotel business, then this is the place to be. But the news of the day, if not the year, is that the Adria Hotel Forum (AHF), the leading hotel investment conference in Southeast Europe, is returning to Zagreb! The last AHF in Zagreb brought in investors who manage a total of more than $ 500 billion, but even that was clearly not good enough for our reality. Data for 2019 in the competitiveness index for travel and tourism (Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index) show that Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania have moved several positions in the last year. A very important element of the Adria Hotel Forum is the interconnection and networking of hotel owners, investors and operators from key markets in the region, which will gather at the AHF for agreements, networking and discussions during the two-day event. Marina Franolić, the founder of the Adria Hotel Forum and now the director for Central and Eastern Europe at Bench Events, pointed out that she was glad to be returning to Croatia because of its dynamism as a developing destination. “Participants, sponsors and investors will certainly benefit from the global approach to AHF in the future. As part of the IDEEA platform, we expect greater visibility of international players in the region. ”Pointed out Franolić and added that the leading conference within the IDEEA will be held in Prague in May 2020, and it is expected that other related conferences will be announced soon. Capital goes where it is desirable and where it can be developed, and therein lies one of the answers to why we do not have greenfield investments in our tourism as well as a number of global hotel brands. Obviously, for whatever reason, we are not fertile ground for the development of domestic investments, let alone foreign ones, of course with rare exceptions. Which is an interesting parallel. In Croatia, you are not interesting and worthy of attention, although you bring to Zagreb some of the top people from the hotel industry in Europe as well as potential investors, but that is why foreign capital knows how to recognize our quality and potential. Another classic and sad Croatian story. Adria Hotel Forum, the largest and only international hotel and investment conference in Southeast Europe, built its journey with quality and long-term, raising the scale of performance from year to year. However, there is interest in Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro and in coastal tourism projects. There are more local than international investors who stimulate the underlying interest, despite the fact that the profits of hotel companies are higher compared to the rest of Europe. Also, many portfolio transactions have taken place over the last three years and it is therefore expected that the new transactions will be mainly individual real estate transactions. For more information on the Adria Hotel Forum 2020, visit adria-forum.com I sincerely hope to see you in person at the Adria Hotel Forum.
13Jun Rep. Huizenga applauds House approved budget plan Categories: Huizenga News,News Legislator commends savings, accountable government and spending in key areasState Rep. Mark Huizenga this week voted to approve a state budget plan for the upcoming year that keeps government small while investing in areas that increase individual opportunities.The House budget plan costs taxpayers about $1.3 billion less than the plan recommended by the governor. The proposal injects needed money into roads, schools, clean drinking water and environment initiatives along with skilled trades.“This is about ensuring our state government delivers positive outcomes for residents and that it’s serving customers properly as they do business with Michigan through living here and paying taxes here,” said Huizenga, of Walker.The plan raises the state’s minimum per-pupil foundation allowance by $180 per student in a majority of Michigan school districts. All school districts would get at least $90 more per student, coming on top of the largest annual per-student increase of the past 15 years within the current budget year.Early literacy and career training are special focuses as the overall school aid fund would surpass $15 billion. Skilled trades will also see support by shifting funds and adding nearly $750,000 for additional grants in the Going Pro initiative that will increase the viability, versatility and potential of Michigan’s workforce.“As we educate the next generation, we must put them in a position to have success across a wide variety of fields so they are able to support themselves and their families,” Huizenga said. “Unemployment has dropped from nearly 15 percent in mid-2009 to about 4 percent now. It is important to continue on that trajectory and we need to continue to emphasize career training in our schools and programs such as Going Pro. This keeps Michigan at the forefront of job readiness and will help retain and attract talent.”The Michigan Legislature has committed $125 million in statewide resources to PFAS detection, investigation and cleanup efforts since 2017 and the budget plan ensures proper environmental protection across the board – including a prioritized, sustained commitment to combating PFAS and invasive species.The measures now move to the Senate for consideration.