Question: Can I convert a date time string into a form I can work with it in Maple

This is most likely a simple question for the power users of this forum, but I do not manage to find a solution. I have date in an Excel file. The first column consists of dates (mm/dd/yyyy) and the second of time (hh:mm). I can easily concatenate both in Maple using cat("9/7/2023", "10:22") but how can I convert the obtained string into a date+time that Maple understands? 

Thank you in advance for your help.

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