CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

African Development Bank excludes Sinotec Company Limited for 36 months for fraudulent practices

The African Development Bank Group announced the exclusion of Sinotec Company Limited, an energy solutions company registered in China. Under a decision of the Bank’s Appeals Board, the company will be kicked out for 36 months for engaging in fraudulent practices.

An investigation by the Bank's Integrity and Anti-Corruption Bureau found that Sinotec Company Limited made fraudulent statements about the value and dates of its benchmark contracts and its relationships with other bidders. These false statements were made during the company's participation in three calls for tenders financed by the Bank in the context of the Rusumo hydroelectric power plant project in Rwanda, the rural electricity access project in Uganda and the “Last Mile” connectivity project in Kenya.

 
African Development Bank excludes Sinotec Company Limited for 36 months for fraudulent practices

During this exclusion period, Sinotec Company Limited and its subsidiaries will be ineligible for contracts financed by the Bank. In addition, this sanction can also be enforced by the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank under the Mutual Application Agreement. exclusion decisions.

At the end of this exclusion period, Sinotec Company Limited may again be eligible to participate in projects financed by the Bank subject to the implementation of an integrity program that complies with the guidelines of the institution.

The Rusumo hydropower project was funded by the African Development Fund, an entity of the African Development Bank Group, and aimed to develop sustainable energy infrastructure to increase electricity production and access to electricity through the construction of a hydroelectric plant, transmission lines and substations.

The rural electricity access project in Uganda was funded by the African Development Bank. The objective of this project was to support the long-term and short-term development strategies of the Ugandan government by improving access to electricity through low and medium voltage distribution networks and last-mile connections.




The Kenya Last Mile connectivity project, also financed by the Bank, aimed to ensure increased access to electricity through the provision of distribution equipment, the construction of low-voltage distribution lines and strengthening activities. capacities.

The Integrity and Anti-Corruption Office of the African Development Bank is responsible for the prevention, deterrence and investigation of corruption, fraud and other punishable practices in operations financed by the Group of the African Development Bank.