GPSSA updates information and data for 29,762 registered pensioners and beneficiaries during 2022

ABU DHABI, 12th March, 2023 (WAM) –The General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) has updated 99 percent of its data for 29,762 eligible registered pensioners and beneficiaries during 2022 as part its quest to provide quick and reliable services to its stakeholders.
The upgraded service is catered to pensioners and/or senior Emirati nationals over the age of 60, as well as for widows and unmarried females who are entitled to receive a retirement pension in a proactive manner without the need to visit GPSSA’s Customer Happiness Centers to request a service. This has resulted in flexibility and a shorter time span when obtaining GPSSA’s services even at the level of customer happiness centers where responding to inquiries reduced to 2.21 minutes and the waiting time for pension and bonus calculation services to 2.83 minutes.
The proactive service was developed in cooperation with the UAE’s unconventional ministry known as the Ministry of Possibilities – to provide integrated, reliable and speedy data and documentation between government bodies to Emiratis. Due to being linked with other authorities, the GPSSA is continuously notified of any update or modification in the data of pensioners or beneficiaries, such as joining a job, marriage (for women), death, exceeding the legal age for entitlement to a retirement pension or reaching the legal age for entitlement to a retirement pension (for those who retired early), as well as other changes such as amending the bank account number to which the pension is being transferred, whether it is in the same bank or from one bank to another. The Authority does not request an update on the rest of the cases, as they are completed without the need to visit any of the customer happiness centers.
In some entities the validity extends until the end of the month, therefore the pensioner or beneficiary does not need to visit GPSSA’s centers or its website in order to complete a particular transaction.
The provision of these services, in accordance to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, contributed to redesigning government work concepts and practices, while creating an updated generation of services that facilitate services for customers in a timely manner and without effort.
dditionally, the services provided by the GPSSA have contributed to the development of its work structure with more emphasis on providing advanced services that result in elevating the entire Emirati family life, especially with the advantages provided by GPSSA’s pension scheme which has impacted a wide segment of society.
The UAE’s Pension Authority affirmed its responsibility to continue providing innovative and progressive technical services in order to cater to the previous, current and futuristic generations equally, with the aim of continuing to seek long-term sustainable solutions that elevate the confidence of insured individuals, employers, pensioners and beneficiaries.


Source: Emirates News Agecny

Egypt’s exports to China up by nearly 21% in 2022: CAPMAS

CAIRO, 12th March, 2023 (WAM) Egyptian exports to China rose by 20.8 percent to $1.7 billion in the first 11 months of 2022, up from $1.4 billion in the same period in 2021, according to a statement released by Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).
The trade exchange between Egypt and China increased by 2.6 percent during the first 11 months of 2022, hitting $14.9 billion compared to $14.5 billion during the same period in 2021, Ahram Online reported, quoting the CAPMAS.
Fuel, mineral oils and distillate products, cotton, and fruits made up the top 10 categories of goods that Egypt shipped to China in the first 11 months of 2022, totalling $1.3 billion, $104.3 million, and $76.8 million respectively.
Meanwhile, Egyptian imports from China totalled $13.2 billion in the first 11 months of 2022, up from $13.1 billion in the same time in 2021, representing a 0.6 percent rise.
The top 10 commodity categories that Egypt imported from China in the first 11 months of 2022 include organic chemical goods worth $868.5 million, and equipment and electrical gadgets worth $2.6 billion.
During the fiscal year 2021/2022, Chinese investments in Egypt totalled $563.4 million, a 16.1 percent rise from the fiscal year 2020/2021’s $ 485.2 million.
Tariq Al Fahaam

Source: Emirates News Agecny

IOM Director General appeals for ‘long haul’ support on visit to earthquake zone in Turkiye

NKARA,12th March, 2023 (WAM) The international community must strengthen its efforts to ensure aid keeps reaching the millions of people who have been affected by the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkiye and Syria last month, according to the Director General of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) while in the affected areas.
“In the ruins of historic Antakya city today, I met proud and brave people whose past has been eradicated, whose present is full of suffering and whose future is uncertain,” said Antonio Vitorino, after his two-day visit to the Turkiye, which included meetings with Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavuolu and Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.”I am in awe of IOM colleagues and our many partners who began responding within hours of the earthquake, despite being affected themselves. But now comes the long haul; standing in solidarity and action with Turkiye as it rebuilds and creates a new future for the millions whose lives have been torn apart,” added Mr Vitorino.
While in Ankara the IOM Director General also held a briefing with Ambassadors representing the international community where the latest information on the earthquakes’ impacts were detailed, along with IOM’s response and capacity to reach even more people in need, should appropriate funding be secured.
IOM’s appeal for USD 161 million to support response efforts in Turkiye and northwest Syria is currently less than 30 percent funded. As urgent funds are needed, IOM will continue to advocate and call the international community to back its vital response which has already including the dispatching of more than 1 million emergency aid items in Turkiye in just over one month.
Tariq Al Fahaam

Source: Emirates News Agecny