Rabat – Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono has reiterated his country’s official position of non-recognition of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).On August 28, at the opening of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on Development in Africa (TICAD VII), Kono said, in front of an audience of African leaders, that the “the presence at the TICAD-VII of any entity that Japan does not recognize as a State does not in any way affect the position of the country regarding the status of this entity.”The statement reaffirms Japan’s position on the Western Sahara conflict and its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. Japan’s position also shows its commitment to the UN-led political process as the the only party to have the legitimate rights to find a mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict. Kono echoed his country’s repeated position in favor of Morocco’s cause. On August 27, on the eve of the official opening of the symposium, Kono said that the presence of the delegation from the separatist group does not affect his country’s position on the self-proclaimed entity.The Japanese government also reaffirmed that it has no intention to change its stance regarding SADR.On August 25 chief of the MENA division of the Japanese foreign affairs ministry, Katsuhiko Takahashi said that Japan will does not and will not recognize “Western Sahara as a state. This is Japan’s constant and immutable position and we have no intention of changing it.”Maghreb Arab press reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attended the opening session of the TICAD symposium.Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita is also attending the three-day event along with minister delegate for African Cooperation, Mohcine Jazouli, and Morocco’s ambassador to Japan, Rachad Bouhlal.
Newtrax Technologies Inc – a leading provider of safety and operations management systems for underground hard rock mines – has been selected by Fresnillo PLC’s Fresnillo mine to provide an advanced Personnel & Vehicle Tracking system and Mobile Equipment Telemetry solutions.This is Newtrax’s fourth deployment in a Fresnillo PLC mine, after Saucito, San Julian, and Cienega. The Fresnillo operation, located in Zacatcas, Mexico, is one of the world’s oldest continuously operating mines; producing 33% of the Group’s total silver in 2015 and generating 20.1% of total adjusted revenue.The Newtrax Safety system will be deployed on 2566 Personal Safety Devices and Bi MET will be installed on 260 Mobile Equipment.“Fresnillo PLC, has made a commitment to its employees and contractors that all their operations will be safe and productive, with zero incidents. To achieve this goal, we decided to apply innovative technologies such as Newtrax to fulfill our promise of having the safest and most productive underground mine possible” said Carlos Vidales, General Manager, Fresnillo mine.The Safety and Productivity solutions that will be deployed at Fresnillo mine include:Proximity warningPersonnel & Vehicle trackingMan DownMine-wide Evacuation notificationAnti Collision Emergency Stop systemMobile Equipment Telemetry system“It’s fantastic to see Fresnillo’s flagship mine finally join the Newtrax journey. We’ve seen our products and solutions bring significant value to Fresnillo’s sister mines so we are confident that this deployment will only strengthen their mission to becoming the safest and most productive mine in Latin America” said Boris Burgos, Sales Director, Newtrax Latin America.Deployment of the mine-wide system will start in Summer 2018.