Call for Entries Issued for The 21st Annual International Business Awards®

New Technology Solution Awards Categories for Artificial Intelligence

Call for Entries Issued for The 21st Annual International Business Awards®

The Stevie Awards are now accepting nominations for The 21st Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s premier business awards competition, attracting nominations from organizations in over 70 nations and territories each year.

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Stevie® Awards are now accepting nominations for The 21st Annual International Business Awards®, the world’s premier business awards competition, attracting nominations from organizations in over 70 nations and territories each year.

All individuals and organizations worldwide—public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small—may submit nominations to The International Business Awards. The early-bird entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is 10 April. The final entry deadline is 8 May, but late entries will be accepted through 12 June with payment of a late fee. Entry details are available at

Juries featuring more than 150 executives worldwide will determine the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners. Winners will be announced on 14 August and celebrated at a gala banquet in Europe this October (date and location to be confirmed).

The 21st Annual International Business Awards® are Accepting Nominations

The International Business Awards recognize achievement in every facet of the workplace. Categories include:

There are many new and revised features of The International Business Awards for 2024:

  • There are a variety of new Technology Solution Categories for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Solutions, split into subcategories for Financial, Generative (audio, graphics, text, video), Healthcare, and other solutions. There are additional new technology categories for Cybersecurity, Digital Asset Management, Digital Employee Experience, and Knowledge Center/Help Sites.
  • There are many new Event Categories for Cause & Green Events including CSR Experience, Employee Giving & Volunteerism, Inclusive Events, and other Brand Experiences/Events by type including Gamified Experience, Pop-Up Experience, and Immersive Experience.
  • There are new categories sprinkled throughout the category groups for New Product & Product Management Awards, Mobile Site & App Awards, and Website Awards.

Stevie Award winners in the 2023 IBAs included Ayala Land Inc. (Philippines), Anexa BPO (Mexico), Empire Eagle Food (Taiwan), EY Global Services Limited (USA), IBM Corporation (Worldwide), LLYC (Spain), Ooredoo Group (Qatar), Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia), TalkLife (United Kingdom), Turkish Aerospace (Turkey), HALKBANK (Turkey), The Dubai Digital Authority (United Arab Emirates), Viettel Group (Vietnam), and many more.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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Lantronix Announces Percepxion™, Its New Cloud Software Platform for IoT Devices

Percepxion™ comes pre-configured in Lantronix’s gateways, routers, trackers and switches to accelerate IoT edge device deployments

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lantronix Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a global provider of compute and connectivity IoT solutions, today announced Percepxion™, its new Cloud IoT Edge Solutions platform. Percepxion is pre-configured into Lantronix’s award-winning IoT gateways, routers, trackers and switches to provide secure, comprehensive device lifecycle management. The Percepxion platform efficiently scales edge deployments from regional to global and is managed through an intuitive single pane of glass.

“The Percepxion platform provides our customers with an easy-to-deploy IoT solution that comes pre-configured on our connect and compute products,” said Jacques Issa, vice president of Marketing at Lantronix Inc. “Percepxion’s multi-tenant feature enables a B2B solution, generating incremental revenue streams for our end customers.”

Remote installation of Lantronix devices includes zero-touch automated provisioning managed through Percepxion. Site-required firmware, configuration and certificates are remotely loaded to ensure secure data communication and compliant devices. It is ideal for critical infrastructure management, fleet management, smart cities and other end-to-end IoT edge solutions.

Key Percepxion features include:

  • Robust Security. Percepxion simplifies software updates for maintaining robust device cybersecurity. The cloud platform complies with complex security requirements from corporate security offices for devices, data access and users, ensuring integrity and confidentiality across entire solutions.
  • Real-Time Device Operation. Percepxion enables real-time remote access for diagnosing and troubleshooting as well as over-the-air updates with select grouping and automated monitoring that generate alerts and notifications to minimize system downtime.
  • Powerful Data Integration and Analysis. Percepxion’s custom dashboards provide on-demand visibility of device telemetry data. Trend analysis provides edge insights to improve efficiency and create predictive maintenance applications. Enterprise use cases can access data using Percepxion API services for headless operation.

Percepxion’s holistic approach to IoT edge solutions accelerates time to revenue by simplifying edge management and maintenance while providing customers with assistance and long-term assurance.

The Percepxion Service for Lantronix Devices

Delivered as a service, the Percepxion multi-tenant cloud platform provides businesses with comprehensive device lifecycle management through Web and mobile apps. It is offered with bundled Level Technical Support, limited warranty and other optional services

To learn more about Percepxion and review the 60-day free trial offer, visit

About Lantronix

Lantronix Inc. is a global provider of compute and connectivity IoT solutions that target high-growth industries including Smart Cities, Automotive and Enterprise. Lantronix’s products and services empower companies to achieve success in the growing IoT markets by delivering customizable solutions that address each layer of the IoT Stack. Lantronix’s leading-edge solutions include Intelligent Substations infrastructure, Infotainment systems and Video Surveillance, supplemented with advanced Out-of-Band Management (OOB) for Cloud and Edge Computing.

For more information, visit the Lantronix website.

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XPENG announces dealer partnerships in UAE, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Jordan and Lebanon

  • XPENG, a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle company, announces dealer partnerships in UAE, Egypt, Azerbaijan, Jordan and Lebanon.
  • Through the partnerships, XPENG will bring its EVs to local consumers within each region with branded showrooms and start-to-end customer support throughout the buying process.
  • The partnerships mark several “firsts” for XPENG on its road to globalisation as it aspires to become a leading player in the EV sector.

GUANGZHOU, China, Feb. 22, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — XPENG Motors (“XPENG” or the “Company,” NYSE: XPEV and HKEX: 9868), a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle (“Smart EV”) company, today announces its latest long-term strategic partnership with UAE dealership group Ali&Sons.

XPENG established partnership with Ali&Sons for UAE market
XPENG established partnership with Ali&Sons for UAE market

Brian Gu, Vice Chairman and President of XPENG with H.E. Ali bin Khalfan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Founder and Chairman of Ali&Sons.

As part of XPENG’s international expansion plans, a growing list of new partners from XPENG’s strategic markets have joined XPENG in bringing the brand’s latest smart EVs to local consumers, including:

  • Egypt, RAYA
  • Azerbaijan, SR Group
  • Jordan, T Gargour and Fils
  • Lebanon, Gargour Asia SAL
XPENG established partnership with RAYA for Egypt market
XPENG established partnership with RAYA for Egypt market

From right: Medhat Khalil, Chairman Raya Holding, and Mohamed El Naggar, CEO Raya Auto From left: Ahmed Khalil, CEO Raya Holding, and Wang Ke, GM Xpeng MEA Region

XPENG global market dealer strategy focuses on establishing partnerships with local dealers to create a first-class distribution, sales, and service network in various regions. The partnerships will enable XPENG to bring its latest smart EVs to local consumers with branded showrooms, after-sales support, and comprehensive guidance through each stage of the buying process.

XPENG G9 flagship SUV
XPENG G9 flagship SUV

G9 features 800 V Silicon Carbide (SiC) platform for ultra-fast charging of up to 300 kW, fully complemented by an immersive cabin experience, with a five-star 2023 safety rating from Euro NCAP

XPENG will offer the G6 SUV and G9 SUV models in UAE from Q3 2024. Developed for global markets, both the G6 and the G9 are underpinned by XPENG’s evolutionary Smart Electric Platform Architecture (SEPA) 2.0 platform, which sets the foundation for future production models while reducing development and manufacturing costs.

XPENG started P7 sedan and G9 SUV deliveries in Israel and Azerbaijan in late 2023. This year, XPENG will start delivering these vehicles in Jordan and Lebanon from Q2, and in Egypt from Q3. The P7 is XPENG’s bestseller, with over 100,000 sales in two years since its global launch.

Alex Tang, GM of International Markets, XPENG, said: “The new markets we are announcing today are recognised globally as the nucleus for EV growth, which makes this the natural and forward-thinking next step in our expansion into the EMEA market. At XPENG, our ambition is to become a leading player in the smart EV sector. We are committed not only to developing products that address local customer needs but also to bringing leading technologies and high quality to global customers.”

The partnerships mark several “firsts” for XPENG on its road to globalisation, with the UAE being the first market XPENG entered in the Gulf region, along with Azerbaijan as the company’s first in Central Asia and Egypt as the first in Africa. Expansion into additional European markets including Germany, the UK, Italy, and France is also set in parallel for this year.


XPENG is a global smart electric vehicle company founded in 2014 in Guangzhou, China, developing clean, intuitive, and creative mobility solutions. With industry-leading R&D facilities, XPENG is bringing vehicles with superior safety, electric efficiency, and on-road performance to markets across the globe. The company is constantly working to advance its core technology offering, including autonomous driving capabilities, SEPA 2.0, and captivating in-car infotainment systems. XPENG has headquarters in Guangzhou and Amsterdam, with additional offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Silicon Valley.

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UN Security Council to meet on Palestinian issue Thursday

New York: The UN Security Council will meet on Thursday on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, followed by a consultation session.

The Council members are scheduled to listen to a briefing from the UN Secretariat on the latest developments in Gaza and the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem.

It is noteworthy that the Security Council failed last Tuesday to adopt a resolution that would have demanded an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza owing to a negative vote of a permanent member of the Council.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Timing of King’s visit to Washington appropriate, important – US ambassador

Amman: US Ambassador in Amman, Yael Lempert, said that the timing of His Majesty King Abdullah II’s visit to Washington was very suitable and that his meeting with President Joe Biden was very essential.

In an interview with Jordan Television on Thursday, she added that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the best course of action. It was noted that President Biden was the most frequent guest of His Majesty the King, who also met with Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and numerous Democratic and Republican members of the US Congress.

She said that His Majesty and President Biden talked about the most recent events in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the area as a whole.

Lempert noted that the two leaders had reaffirmed their commitment to cooperating in order to put an end to the current crisis, find a long-term solution, and work toward achieving a thorough and durable peace within the framework of the two-state solution.

They reaffirmed their commitment to facilita
ting and boosting the amount of humanitarian supplies going to the Gaza Strip and went into great detail about how it will get there.

President Biden emphasized the need of maintaining the Al-Aqsa Mosque’s historical status quo and said that Jordan has always had a significant historical role on the Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem.

Speaking on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic relations’ establishment, the US ambassador noted that the two nations are allies and partners bound by a deep friendship after 75 years of strategic partnership, which bears witness to their shared goals of pursuing regional peace and prosperity.

She reviewed the areas in which the two friendly nations collaborated together in a number of fields as they inked numerous agreements, such as the 2022 memorandum of understanding, which is the longest-term agreement the two have ever signed with this amount of aid, spanning seven years and containing ten billion dollars in US aid. It focuses on assisting
the Jordanian government and regional organizations and shows how committed the US is to Jordan’s success.

The accord additionally advances the growth of the private sector, fosters and expands economic prospects for women and youth, bolsters Jordan’s financial stability, and supports the health, education, and tourism industries. This reaffirms what President Biden emphasized to His Majesty the King on his visit to Washington: that America’s support for Jordan is unwavering and solid, and that the two nations have a strong and lasting partnership.

The US ambassador said that the foundation of the two nations’ partnership is supporting Jordan’s development and economic growth, including the creation of job opportunities and the improvement of Jordan’s economic circumstances. This pertains to the relationships that have grown over time to enhance economic growth and develop economic relations.

She noted that the two nations signed the first free trade agreement between the United States and an Arab nation i
n 2000. She also noted that since then, trade relations have developed remarkablely, with Jordanian exports to the US reaching a record 24 years after trading began. Following the agreement’s signature, Jordan’s export volume climbed by 20 percent, with the US ranking as its third-largest trading partner.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Industrial Policy Document 2024-2028 promotes ‘high-value’ sectors-Official

Amman: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply announced that the Industrial Policy Document 2024-2028, which was approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday, features the “five high-value” food, pharmaceutical, textiles, chemical, and engineering industries set by the Economic Modernization Vision.

In a statement Thursday to “Petra,” the ministry spokesperson, Yanal Baramawi, said the policy 2024-2028, which was drafted by the government, in partnership with the private sector, is a “strategic” document aimed to set framework for promoting Jordan’s industrial development.

He added that the new policy lays foundation for an action plan in the target period, based on “comprehensive analytical” evidence and a series of public consultations.

Additionally, he pointed out that the policy’s vision seeks to realise “an integrated Jordanian industry, a greater capability to produce goods with high added value, provide comprehensive job opportunities for Jordanians, and achieve a faster transition towards sustainable produ

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jordan, Oman ink 3 MoUs for attracting investments

Amman: Jordan and Oman, on Thursday, inked three memoranda of understanding (MoU) meant to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the areas of luring direct investment, investment opportunities, and promoting and assisting foreign commerce.

The first MoU, which was signed by the Ministries of Investment of Jordan and the Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Investment Promotion, called for cooperation between the two parties in luring direct investment, in the sectors and activities that are open to investment, in compliance with the rules and laws that apply to both nations, and in a manner that benefits both parties.

The second MoU between the Jordan Chamber of Commerce and the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry stated that both parties wished to expand their business ties and foster economic cooperation while also promoting and enhancing trade promotion and support of foreign trade within their nation. Additionally, the memorandum encouraged the establishment of partnerships
for investment and trade between the two business sectors.

The third one, was also signed between the Jordanian and Omani private sectors in the field of supply and trade.

Jordan exported $70.2 million worth of goods to the Sultanate of Oman in 2022, while Jordan imported $57.4 million worth of goods from Oman.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Amman Stock Exchange Sees Modest Increase in Trading Activity

Amman: The Amman Stock Exchange concluded Thursday’s trading session with a 0.19 percent uptick, reaching 2,465 points.

A total of 3.4 million shares were traded, valued at approximately JD3.6 million, facilitated through 2,443 transactions.

Among publicly traded firms, 30 witnessed an uptrend in their share prices, while 29 experienced a decline, with 38 maintaining stable prices.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Foreign Ministry receives credentials of Georgian ambassador

Amman: Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates for Diplomatic Affairs Ambassador Majid Qatarneh Thursday, received a copy of the credentials of Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia, Archil Dzuliashvili, as accredited and resident ambassador to Jordan.

Source: Jordan News Agency