The 13th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum Concludes in Macao with Aggregate Investment Value of US$15 billion Cooperation Agreements Signed

MACAO, Sept. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The two-day 13th International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum (“IIICF”, “the Forum”), co-organized by China International Contractors Association and Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute, successfully concluded in Macao on September 29. Forty-one events were held at this year’s Forum, attracting more than 1,300 leaders and executives from over 600 organizations including governmental agencies, financial institutions, contractors and companies on the industry chain from around the world who participated in the Forum onsite, as well as over 500,000 visitors who watched the live video stream of the Forum online.

As the most influential annual exhibition in the global infrastructure investment and construction sector, the Forum has achieved fruitful results in promoting international cooperation and business matchmaking. Some 210 business meetings and matchmaking activities were held during the Forum, which led to the signing of 19 cooperation agreements on housing and infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, iron ore projects in Kazakhstan, photovoltaic power plants in Argentina, and hydroelectric power plants and supporting transmission and substation projects in République démocratique du Congo, with an aggregate investment value of US$15 billion, an increase of 550 percent over last year. The exhibition area of the Forum was expanded by 20 percent compared with the previous edition, focusing on the exhibition of new technologies, products and services of the industry and leaders in related industries.

At the Forum, the Belt and Road Infrastructure Development Index (2022) and the Belt and Road Infrastructure Development Index Report (2022) were issued. The “Mechanism for International Sustainable Infrastructure Promotion” was launched, while Huawei released the “Smart Road Partner Go Global Program” and the Smart Highway White Paper, detailing Huawei’s comprehensive solutions to the international community for investment in as well as construction, operation and management of smart highways.

Fang Qiuchen, Chairman of the China International Contractors Association (CHINCA), said that the forum will further strengthen cooperation among all parties involved and expand the space for international cooperation, both of which are of great significance to the furthering of the Belt and Road initiative, the implementation global development initiatives and the facilitation of the build-out of a community of human destiny.

For more information, please visit http://en.iiicf.org/.

Madison Newbond Hotel Lending Platform Originates $20 Million Loan for the Balfour Hotel in Miami Beach

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Madison Newbond, the institutional lending platform of Madison Realty Capital and Newbond Holdings that provides first mortgages, mezzanine loans and preferred equity to hotel owners and developers nationwide, today announced that it has provided a $20 million loan to FullG Capital’s equity sponsorship group for the acquisition of the Balfour Hotel Miami Beach (the “Balfour”), an independent boutique hotel located at 350 Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida.

Located within Miami’s famed South Beach Art Deco District and situated less than one block from the beach, the Balfour contains 82 guestrooms across two towers, as well as an upscale restaurant and bar, an outdoor plunge pool, complimentary beach services, and approximately 1,300 square feet of rooftop terrace space. The hotel is managed by Driftwood Hospitality Management under a third-party hotel management agreement.

Josh Zegen, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Madison Realty Capital, said, “Miami is no longer just a top destination for domestic and international leisure travel, but has rapidly become a growing hub for corporations and financial firms seeking to relocate their headquarters. We are pleased to provide a flexible financing solution to facilitate the acquisition of a superbly well-located hotel in one of the most liquid and dynamic hospitality markets in the country.”

Drew Coles, President of FullG Capital said, “Madison Realty Capital is a highly experienced lender in the Miami hospitality market with a reputation for certainty of execution. We are thrilled to leverage Madison Newbond’s attractive financing capabilities to complete the acquisition of the Balfour.”

Neil Luthra, Founding Partner at Newbond, added, “Madison and Newbond’s extensive operating experience enables us to efficiently underwrite hospitality lending opportunities and provide borrowers with a reliable financing partner in today’s choppy credit environment.  The Balfour perfectly exemplifies this, and we are excited to work with the FullG Capital team to bring their business plan to life.”

Madison Realty Capital has significant experience investing in hotel and luxury condominium developments in Miami and across South Florida. Notable transactions include an $85 million loan to The Related Group, BH Group, Teddy Sagi’s Globe Invest, and Wanxiang Group Corporation for the acquisition and pre-development of a luxury condominium project on Fisher Island in Miami Beach, a $76 million loan to The Related Group for the development of District 225, a 343-unit luxury condominium project in Miami, a $210 million loan to Fort Partners for the construction of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Fort Lauderdale, and a $105 million loan to Fort Partners for the acquisition and modernization of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami.

Madison Newbond launched in November 2021 with approximately $500 million of initial lending capacity and has plans to add scale in line with existing opportunities.

 

About Madison Realty Capital 

Madison Realty Capital is a vertically integrated real estate private equity firm that, as of August 31, 2022, manages approximately $9.5 billion in total assets on behalf of a global institutional investor base. Since 2004, Madison Realty Capital has completed approximately $21 billion in transactions providing borrowers with flexible and highly customized financing solutions, strong underwriting capabilities, and certainty of execution. Headquartered in New York City, with an office in Los Angeles, the firm has approximately 70 employees across all real estate investment, development, and property management disciplines. Madison Realty Capital has been named to Commercial Observer’s prestigious “Power 100” list of New York City real estate players. To learn more, follow us on LinkedIn and visit www.madisonrealtycapital.com.

About Newbond Holdings

Newbond Holdings, founded by Neil Luthra and Vann Avedisian in 2021, is a real estate investment and operating platform focused on debt and equity investments across multiple real estate product types with a hospitality focus as well as investments in related operating businesses and technology platforms. The partners at Newbond have completed over $15 billion of debt and equity transactions. As a vertically integrated operating and investment platform, Newbond is uniquely positioned to create significant value beyond the typical investment process through creative structuring, operations and the development of single and multiple asset brands.

Nathaniel Garnick/Grace Cartwright
Gasthalter & Co.
(212) 257-4170
madisonrealty@gasthalter.com

CFA ethics challenge 22 “School of Management Sciences is among the finalist”

Swabi, September 30, 2022 (PPI-OT):Yet another accomplishment for GIKI School of Management Sciences! We are proud to announce that the A Team from SMGS GIKI was among the four finalists of the CFA Ethics Challenge Pakistan. 26 teams from different universities across Pakistan battled it out to determine Ethical Dilemmas and violations from a given case study. Among these, only 4 were selected to compete in a rigorous final round, and the A Team, under the guidance of Dr. Bushra Sarwar, was as one of them.

We commend our students for their hard-work and dedication towards this competition. Congratulations Mahnoor Nadeem, Usaeed Ullah, and Zunaira Nasir!

For more information, contact:
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI)
Topi 23640, District Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Tel: +92-938-281026
Fax: +92-938-281032, +92-938-281041
Website: https://www.giki.edu.pk/

Women Engineering Society Secured 2nd Position in URRAAN: Gender, Tech, and Mobility Hackathon at LUMS 

Swabi, September 30, 2022 (PPI-OT):Team WES participated in the URRAAN: Gender, Tech, and Mobility Hackathon held by LUMS. The competition required us to come up with a solution for different problem statements given.

Our problem statement was Walkability: How women face issues when walking on the footpaths, waiting for busses, and just going about their normal life while being in a public space. To cater to the issues, we proposed a device that could alert the authorities and people nearby in case of any inappropriate doings.

The device was a microprocessor chip that could be attached to anything that a woman was wearing, a watch, necklace, bracelet, or even tie up as a band under her sleeve. The chip would be activated through speech recognition.

Open buying the chip, the person who was going to use it could customize it and feed a safe word that would later activate the chip. When the chip is activated, it will send the location coordinates to the nearest Police Station while also ringing an alarm and a very high-intensity light. This will be done to startle the intruder.

Our proposed solution was able to secure the second position in the competition with a monetary prize of 30,000Rs. The following members participated in the competition:

Erum Iftikhar (Batch 29)

Imtesal Ameena (Batch 30)

Afiya Rehman (Batch 31)

Rafay Mustafa (Batch 31

For more information, contact:
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI)
Topi 23640, District Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Tel: +92-938-281026
Fax: +92-938-281032, +92-938-281041
Website: https://www.giki.edu.pk/

AIChE Intra GIK Event

Swabi, September 30, 2022 (PPI-OT):AIChE GIK Chapter under the Student Affairs Department organized an Intra GIK Event on 28th September 2022 in the Cafe Lawn of GIK Institute. Mini games and food stalls were arranged for the students and GIK Institute staff. Some of the games included Riddle Challenge, Darts Game, Sooper Challenge, Balls in the Cup, Chess etc.

The participants included both the students and GIK Staff. The main theme of the Intra GIK event was to interact with the batch 32 students and give them a general view about the AIChE Society and GIK Institute in general.

For more information, contact:
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI)
Topi 23640, District Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Tel: +92-938-281026
Fax: +92-938-281032, +92-938-281041
Website: https://www.giki.edu.pk/

A Delegation from French Embassy visited Capital University

Islamabad, September 30, 2022 (PPI-OT):Office of External Linkages and International Collaborations (ELIC) organized a meeting of the departments which are offering French language for their students, with the representatives from French Embassy / Alliance Francaise who are dealing with the French language teaching, on Tuesday 13 September at 10:00 am in Workshop Room at CUST.

The departments discussed their objectives of offering French language course to their students and the problems faced. The French embassy representatives discussed how they can help in updating the course contents, providing course materials, arranging an instructor for the course, preparing the students to pass the DELF exam, training of the instructors, awareness session for French language benefits, etc.

For more information, contact:
Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST)
Islamabad Expressway, Kahuta Road, Zone-V, Islamabad, Pakistan
UAN: +92-51-111-555-666
Tel: +92-51-4486700-4
Email: info@cust.edu.pk
Website: https://cust.edu.pk