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Russia insists on tech transfer in French warship deal

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

Russia’s top naval commander Saturday insisted its purchase of French warships would only go ahead if there were a transfer of technology, warning that otherwise there was “no point” in the deal.

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier

The comments by Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky come a day after French President Nicolas Sarkozy assured workers at a French shipyard that the decision to go ahead with the deal was “certain”.

“What is important here is to obtain the possibility of a transfer of key, fundamental technologies… not just in ship building but in several other areas,” Vysotsky told the Echo of Moscow radio.

“This is without doubt the main condition for this transaction. If this does not happen then there is no point in undertaking this,” he added.

“We do not need the ship but we do need its possibilities.”

Russia has been negotiating with France for months to buy the Mistral-class helicopter carriers but the deal has yet to be finalised, with the issue of technology transfer apparently the main sticking point.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told AFP last month that Moscow would only go ahead with the deal if it included a transfer of the technology that makes the Mistral one of the most powerful in the French fleet.

The deal would be the first sale of advanced military hardware to Russia by a NATO country.

Source: SGGP

Italy funds technology transfer project

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

Italy funds technology transfer project

QĐND – Thursday, June 17, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

Opportunities are open for Vietnamese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to receive technology transferred from Italian partners in a 3 million Euro project funded by the Italian Government. 

The project, co-sponsored by the Enterprise Development Department under the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), kick-started in 2009 to tap potential of enterprises from the two countries. 

Italian Ambassador Andrea Perugini said at a workshop in Hanoi on June 16 that Italian business circles have advantages in product designing and quality, as well as marketing skills and mastery of technology in various industries. Meanwhile, Vietnamese enterprises can offer abundant workforce and low-cost labour, he pointed out. 

These elements have revealed a prospect of win-win cooperation, said the Italian diplomat, adding that Italian enterprises would take this opportunity to effectively transfer technology and experiences to Vietnamese partners. 

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

US summons Syria diplomat over Hezbollah arms transfer

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:44 am

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2010 (AFP) – The United States summoned a senior Syrian diplomat Monday and demanded an “immediate” end to arms transfers to Hezbollah, criticizing any such shipments as an impediment to peace.

“The most senior Syrian diplomat present in Washington today, Deputy Chief of Mission Zouheir Jabbour, was summoned to the Department of State to review Syria’s provocative behavior concerning the potential transfer of arms to Hezbollah,” department deputy spokesman Gordon Duguid said in a statement.

He said the United States condemns the transfer of any arms, “especially ballistic missile systems such as the Scud, from Syria to Hezbollah.”

“We call for an immediate cessation of any arms transfers to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations in the region,” he added.

“Syria’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism is directly related to its support for terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah.”

The diplomatic quarrel is likely to put a damper on President Barack Obama’s administration’s year-long campaign to engage Syria, a former US foe, and energize its thwarted push for a broad Arab-Israeli peace, particularly between Israel and the Palestinians.

US Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, visited Damascus April 1, and after a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad he described Syria as “an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region.”

Obama in February appointed the first US ambassador to Damascus in five years, a move Kerry said was “evidence that engagement with Syria is a priority at the highest levels of our government.”

The Senate approved envoy Robert Ford as the new ambassador last Tuesday.

But a day later, Washington expressed alarm to Syria over its possible sale of Scud missiles to Hezbollah militants, warning it would put Lebanon at “significant risk.”

Washington expressed renewed concern Saturday over possible Scud missile supplies to Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militant group backed by Syria and Iran. The United States has labelled Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Duguid warned Monday that such arms transfers “can only have a destabilizing effect on the region, and would pose an immediate threat to both the security of Israel and the sovereignty of Lebanon.

“The risk of miscalculation that could result from this type of escalation should make Syria reverse the ill-conceived policy it has pursued in providing arms to Hezbollah,” Duguid said.

“The heightened tension and increased potential for conflict this policy produces is an impediment to ongoing efforts to achieve a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.”

Duguid stressed this was the fourth time such concerns had been raised with the Syrian embassy in recent months.

“Our dialogue with Syria on this issue has been frank and sustained. We expect the same in return,” he said.

According to Arab media and some think-tanks, Syria has been sending some of its own arsenal of Scuds to Lebanon, an allegation denied by Damascus.

Hezbollah and Israel in 2006 fought a 34-day war that killed 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mainly soldiers.

Source: SGGP