Huawei, NYP to set up first Huawei ICT academy in Singapore
Feb 24, 2018

SINGAPORE, Feb. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) agreed to set up the first ICT Academy in Singapore as part of Huawei's global initiative to support ICT skills development.

The partnership places a strong emphasis on addressing the shortage of ICT professionals in Singapore by joint research, education and training programmes. It will also see the two parties set up a platform for technical collaborations between industry and government partners.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the not-for-profit academy, titled Huawei Authorised Information Network Academy (HAINA), allows NYP to deliver Huawei Certification training to their students.

This partnership creates a bridge between academia and industry to nurture ICT talent, equip students with ICT skills necessary for employment and cultivate a future workforce to fill the global ICT skills gap.

It is expected to benefit about 300 students at NYP's School of Engineering and School of Information Technology in the initial term of two years.

Mr Aaron Wang Shaotong, Managing Director of Huawei's Enterprise Business Group in Singapore, and Mr Lee Youn Kay, Director of NYP's School of Engineering signed the agreement in Huawei's OpenLab today (Feb 23), witnessed by Mr Edward Ho, NYP's Deputy Principal (Development).

The academy will let NYP students gain practical hands-on experience and get industry certification in networking technologies, security, cloud computing technologies, IT storage systems and big data. Students will also be able to download a personal copy of Huawei's eNSP (Enterprise Network Simulation Platform) networking simulator, an essential learning tool that helps enhance their professional skills and lets them experience Huawei's enterprise network equipment.

Mr Zhou Danjin, President of Southern Pacific Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, said: "Huawei has a strong focus on helping the next generation develop the skills needed to drive innovations in technology. Huawei's HAINA programme is part of our wider commitment to STEM education as well as research and development. We are confident that our partnership with Nanyang Polytechnic will give students the opportunity to learn new and relevant industry skills, enabling them to fulfil their ambitions in science and technology and contribute to Singapore's digital economy."

Mr. Lee Youn Kay, Director of NYP's School of Engineering, said: "We believe this collaboration will allow our students to be better equipped with industry relevant ICT skills to meet the industry's strong demand for trained expertise. With this edge, they are well-poised to help transform the industry and work towards our vision of a Smart Nation."

Huawei is currently cooperating with over 350 universities to open Huawei ICT academies around the world, with about 200 in China. Last year, the Academy trained over 12,500 students globally. Among them, 4000 students received certifications for their skills. Under the HAINA programme, Huawei also runs a global annual 'Skills Competition' for students, giving local country winners the opportunity to visit China for the finals and compete with students from across the globe.

About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 180,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

About Nanyang Polytechnic

Established as an institution of higher learning in 1992, Nanyang Polytechnic's (NYP) seven academic schools offer quality education and training through more than 40 full-time diploma courses. NYP also has a full suite of continuing education (CET) options for lifelong learning, ranging from specialist and advanced diplomas, to SkillsFuture modules and courses. NYP's Asian Culinary Institute and the Singapore Institute of Retail Studies are CET institutes set up in partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore to champion and transform Singapore's F&B and retail sectors respectively.

Through its strong network of industry connections, NYP empowers learners for work and life through relevant curricula and deep capabilities. NYP strives to be the innovative polytechnic, creating a nexus of future-ready learners, ready to take on new challenges and contribute to growth and sustainability. Nanyang Polytechnic is a recipient of Singapore's top organisational and business excellence awards: the Singapore Quality Award, the Innovation Excellence Award and the People Excellence Award.

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Sanli secures New EPC Contracts worth S$18.1 Million
JCN Newswire
Feb 21, 2018

- Order book grows to S$121.3 million
- Contribution to revenue for the next three years from FY2018

SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - Sanli Environmental Limited ("Sanli" and together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), an environmental engineering company with more than ten years of experience and over 1,000 completed projects in the field of water and waste management under its belt, has announced that it has secured four new Engineering, Procurement and Construction ("EPC") contracts ("Contracts") worth a total of S$18.1 million, bringing the Group's order book to S$121.3 million.

The Contracts secured are projects from the public sector and involve the replacement and enhancement of high tension electrical equipment, the replacement of aged equipment at high lift station and electrical network upgrading, the replacement of switchgears, switchboards, transformers cables and ancillaries, and the supply and installation of water handling equipment.

Mr Sim Hock Heng, Chief Executive Officer of Sanli said, "The recent contract wins have greatly encouraged and motivated the team. The Group will continue to tap on the demand for water and waste management solutions and work hard to secure new contracts to grow the business further."

The Contracts are expected to contribute to the Group's revenue for the financial year ending 31 March 2018.

About Sanli Environmental Limited

Sanli is an environmental engineering company in the field of water and waste management. It has more than ten years of experience and over 1,000 completed projects under its portfolio.

The Group's expertise is in the design, supply, delivery, installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair and overhaul of mechanical and electrical equipment as well as process, instrumentation and control systems in wastewater treatment plants, water reclamation plants, NEWater plants, waterworks, service reservoirs, pumping stations and incineration plants.

The Group has two main business segments: Engineering, Procurement and Construction ("EPC") and Operations and Maintenance ("O&M"). Under its EPC segment, Sanli provides services within the field of water and waste management, including process upgrading of existing water treatment plants, upgrading of pumping station capacities, replacement of aged equipment, and design and build of various treatment process systems. Through its O&M segment, the Group provides corrective and preventive maintenance services to ensure reliability and minimal disruptions to customers' operations.

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OCOIN (OCN), Cryptocurrency of ODYSSEY, Enters South Korean Exchange, FUNCoin
Feb 16, 2018

SINGAPORE - 16 February 2018 - OCOIN (OCN), the cryptocurrency of ODYSSEY, has gone 'live' on South Korean exchange, FUNCoin, today, marking its successful entry into the South Korean market for the first time. This means that investors and traders alike are now able to trade across any country or region due to FUNCoin's global cryptocurrency trading platform.

FUNCoin is one of the few exchanges in South Korea that meets the KMC real-name certification system required by its government. This puts FUNCoin in the same league as exchanges such as Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone and Korbit. Just two weeks ago, ODYSSEY, the Singapore-based Foundation, behind OCOIN (OCN), announced that its official cryptocurrency got listed on six major cryptocurrency exchanges, Huobi Pro, Gate.IO, Bit-Z, Kucoin, Bjex and Cobinhood.

Launched two months ago, ODYSSEY has already become one of the most talked-about blockchain platforms within the sharing economy. It promises to build the next-generation decentralized sharing economy and Peer-to-Peer ecosystem. Currently, ODYSSEY is based on the Ethereum protocol, but it will also be collaborating with Qtum, leveraging on its interoperability to deliver a universal, seamless and open-source system to all users.

Sophie Guan, Project Lead of ODYSSEY, enthused, "We are ecstatic to be listed on FUNCoin. It opens up an additional yet authentic trading platform for all interested parties. South Korea is an important market to us and represents our commitment to operate and reach out to not only its citizens, but also to users across the globe. As one of the few exchanges to be awarded the KMC real-name certification system, we are confident that this will help safeguard and ensure a responsible code of conduct among traders."


The ODYSSEY FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit organization that aims to build the next-generation decentralized sharing economy and Peer-to-Peer ecosystem. The foundation, subject to the laws of Singapore, is a legal entity that has no commercial interest in supporting or engaging in activities for public or private benefits. Members of the foundation shall not partake in any distribution of profits. Any "profits" shall be retained for the foundation for organization and execution of activities and events.

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Cosima Foundation Launches Digital Advertising Blockchain DATx, in Collaboration with QTUM and Avazu
Feb 16, 2018

SINGAPORE - 16 February 2018 - DATx, a new blockchain initiated by Cosima Foundation, and in collaboration with QTUM Foundation, a Singapore-based blockchain and Avazu, a leading advertising platform with global coverage aims to help advertisers cut through all the fragmented clutter of user behavioural data to accurately target users and deliver advertisements that are meaningful to them.

DATx which is based on a decentralised protocol, is built on blockchain technology combined with artificial intelligence and big data solutions. It strives to resolve challenges that are specific to the digital advertising sphere by veering away from a generic one-for-all approach. DATx has the capability to showcase complete user behavioural patterns, including the time they received the advertisement, how long they viewed the advertisement and whether they made the purchase. Leveraging on this transparent, multi-stakeholder record of end-to-end user behaviour data, advertisers can then refine their audience targeting tools, delivering precise advertising only to relevant users.

Thanks to QTUM's platform which bridges the compatibility differences among various blockchain systems, DATx will be able to leverage on it to deliver a universal and seamless open-source system to all users in the advertising space. Respectively, Avazu, the first advertising platform to be compatible with DATx, will enable DATx to customise native advertisements and acquisitions of its customers.

DATx's incentive mechanism encourages users to participate and provide feedback, which helps advertising platforms to enhance their user targeting algorithms in delivering relevant advertisements to their target audiences. This promotes active and dynamic interactions among users, publishers and advertisers within the ecosystem.

At launch, DATx will establish itself as a user-oriented behaviour archive for advertising needs but will upgrade its protocol to one that recommends content by next year. It aims to eventually evolve to an advertising ecosystem that enhances value creation in its five-year roadmap.

DATx's core team members comprise over 80 engineers, product managers, architects and UEX experts, while other key members for the development of DATx include senior executives from Avazu. Its official cryptocurrency, DATx token, is now open for sale to institutional investors, with a total of 10 billion DATx tokens for circulation.

Institutional investors who are keen to participate in this token sale, can contact via Telegram.

About DATx

DATx is dedicated to developing a favourable unified protocol for the entire advertising ecosystem. It aims to build an all-encompassing set of effective, secure and benefit-maximized advertising ecosystem, leveraging on blockchain technology, and combined with artificial intelligence and big data solutions to resolve industry -specific challenges.

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IFFS 2018 Hands CARTE BLANCHE to Chantal Hamaide & ARRO Studio
Feb 15, 2018

Singapore, 15 February 2018 — In exactly 21 days, trade professionals from the furniture, interiors, industrial design, architecture, hospitality, and lifestyle industries will be treated to a spectacular multi-faceted experience at the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2018 and its co-located shows, the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia 2018, held from 8 - 11 March at the Singapore EXPO. This year, in an inaugural collaboration with design consultancy TANKE.LONDON/, IFFS will present the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, curated by Chantal Hamaide, with scenography by ARRO Studio.

Fresh Content Through Strategic Global Partnerships

Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, said, “An integral part of our event’s vitality is in ensuring we deliver original content and exciting showcases to the audience. The team is always open to exploring new partnerships, and those familiar with IFFS may have noticed it’s very much a part of our DNA. We’re delighted to have TANKE.LONDON/ come on board this year, and I look forward to seeing the curator’s vision come alive at the exhibition.”

Located in the Piazza Hall, CARTE BLANCHE is an exclusive showcase of high-end, international brands presented in a creative and coherent manner. Comprising both renowned and emerging brands, this inaugural edition of CARTE BLANCHE will see Chantal Hamaide — founder of iconic French design magazine, Intramuros — team up with founders of ARRO Studio, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth, who will manage scenography and artistic direction.

Maiden Opportunity for ARRO Studio

Often remembered for their award-winning revamp of the Clarks Originals HQ in the UK, ARRO Studio is a creative, multi-disciplinary design agency based in Paris, with activities across the globe including the UK, USA, China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, and Morocco.

CARTE BLANCHE marks two ‘firsts’ for ARRO Studio — first ever exhibition in Singapore and first collaboration with Hamaide. Commenting on their experience so far, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth expressed, “Indeed, we are particularly glad about this opportunity! The ‘Little Red Dot’ boasts a vibrant design scene, and its fast pace and cultural setting have attracted our attention for some time now, so we were delighted when IFFS approached us. Also, we are lucky to collaborate with Chantal Hamaide. It’s an honour for us, as she has always been passionate about putting design talents in the limelight, and it’s been a pleasure to work with her.”

18 Prominent Brands to be Featured

Revolving around the theme of ‘New Traditions’, this edition’s CARTE BLANCHE will feature an outstanding selection of brands — most of them never-before-seen — hailing from China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and Spain. The participating brands hand-picked by the curator include:

  1. Bensimon (Maison & Gallery, France)
  2. Coédition (France)
  3. Colos (Italy)
  4. Designerbox (France)
  5. Elliptic Circle (Hong Kong)
  6. Grafunkt (Singapore)
  7. Maison Fragile (France)
  8. Maxdesign (Italy)
  9. Moustache (France)
  1. Petite Friture (France)
  2. Pierre Frey (France)
  3. Sammode (France)
  4. Sancal (Spain)
  5. Studio MVW (China)
  6. Studio GGSV x EGE (France x Denmark)
  7. Treku (Spain)
  8. Varian by Culture In (France)
  9. Versant Edition (France)

Sharing her thoughts on the eclectic ensemble of brands and items to be displayed, Hamaide declared, “In their diversity, all the selected pieces have something in common: a boundless creative streak and a tremendous amount of dedication, which each designer has put into the conception, unveiling some revered and specific know-hows. Beyond the trends and cultural expectations, this coherent body of work also evokes a dialogue between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. I believe this is the very dialogue that breathes meaning and strength into the global industry.”

Industry professionals keen on visiting IFFS to view the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, as well as other exciting and exclusive highlights, should pre-register before 23 February 2018 to enjoy free admission and to avoid waiting in line at the show.

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Asia's largest commercial aviation event -- Meet Scoot, Vanilla Air, Spring Airlines, VietJet Air, Finnair and 100 more airlines and airports
Feb 12, 2018

SINGAPORE, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia's aviation industry is the fastest growing in the world, with big forecasts for the passenger numbers in the region. This presents big opportunities for the players in the aviation space, be it airlines, airports, technology and solution providers.

Aviation Festival Asia 2018 will bring you 150 expert speakers across 7 tracks: World Low Cost Airlines, AirXperience, Aviation IT, Air Retail, Aviation Marketing, Aviation Human Capital, and brand new for 2018, Airport T.EX, focusing on technology and experience for modern airports.

On 27 February 2018 at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore, Aviation Festival Asia 2018 opens with a series of Keynote Interviews by Bloomberg, followed by a boardroom level panel discussion on How can airlines guarantee future success? We welcome the following panelists for the morning session:

  • Joe Leader, Chief Executive Officer, APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association)
  • Skúli Mogensen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, WOW air

    Day one of the premium conference will close with 2 panel discussions. Firstly, we present some of the top airlines in a discussion -- "India's aviation: Towards a sustainable growth". Moderated by Rahul Kapoor, Asia Pacific Transportation Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence, he will be joined by:

  • K Shyam Sundar, Chief Executive Officer, Air India Express
  • Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Bangalore International Airport
  • P. S. Nair, Chief Executive Officer, Corporate, Airports Sector, GMR Airports
  • Satyendra Pandey, General Manager, Strategy & Planning (CEO's office), Go Air
  • Bharath Mahadevan, India's Head, Scoot

    Secondly, we discuss on China's growing aviation industry and how its impact globally . Hosted by TravelDaily China, we will have the following experts speaking:

  • Shen Zeyou, Director, Marketing Division, China Southern Airlines
  • Yang Haijun, General Manager of Marketing & Sales Department, China West Air
  • Li Bing, Chief Finance Officer, Juneyao Airlines

    On 28 February 2018, the focus is on Low-Cost Carriers which are gaining increasing attention globally. The morning keynote session will be moderated by IATA and some of Asia's top players:

  • Stephen Wang, Chairman, Spring Airlines
  • Mio Yamamuro, Deputy CEO / Senior Executive Vice President, Vanilla Air
  • Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, Vice President, VietJet Air

    Across 2 days and 7 premium conferences, we will have over 150 speakers to discuss strategic issues on passenger experience, IT solutions, ancillary revenue, marketing and big data, human resource, airport management and low-cost airlines' business models.

    A small sample of the confirmed speakers include:

  • Dieter Vranckx, Vice President, Sales Asia Pacific, Lufthansa Group Airlines
  • Robecta Ma, Vice President of Marketing, Americas, Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair
  • George Liu, Chief Marketing Officer, Hong Kong Airlines
  • Steven Greenway, Chief Executive Officer, reward-U, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, U-FLY Alliance
  • Gautier Parfait, Flight Operations Training Coordinator, British Airways
  • Anthony Doyle, Senior Director - Global Sales Corporate Development & Operations, Air Canada
  • Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Bangalore International Airport
  • Hervé Gueusquin, Chief Executive Officer, SAGA - Sahel And Gulf Airlines
  • Curtis Willmore, Manager - Distribution Corporate Strategy, United Airlines

    Besides the conference, the exhibition will see over 50 solution providers, 20 exhibiting airlines and an Airline University and Technology Showcase Sessions. Some of the exhibiting companies includes OpenJaw, MasterCard, Heineken, JR Technologies, Aeroprofessional, Airfree, KIU, Media Carrier, Moleskine, Conxxe, GoQuo and more. The exhibiting airlines and airports include Air Astana, Japan Airlines, Fiji Airways, Central Japan International Airport, Changi Airport, Turkish Airlines and more.

    The two-day conference and exhibition is expected to gather over 1,000 aviation stakeholders from Asia-Pacific and beyond.

    About Aviation Festival Asia 2018

    Date: 27 - 28 February 2018
    Conference opening hours: 09:00 am
    Exhibition opening hours: 10:30 am
    Venue: Level 4, Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

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    CoreNet Global Summit 2018 to Drive the Asia Pacific Corporate Real Estate Sector's Future-Readiness
    JCN Newswire
    Feb 08, 2018

    - Industry gathering to focus on best practices sharing around innovation and corporate real estate strategies, and how to navigate uncertainties brought about by geopolitical and economic risks
    - Regular Registration Ends February 12

    SINGAPORE - (ACN Newswire) - CoreNet Global, the world's leading corporate real estate (CRE) association, will be staging the CoreNet Global Summit 2018 from 12 to 15 March 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore to discuss global and regional trends impacting the corporate real estate (CRE) profession as well as frontier technologies and business strategies CRE practitioners can leverage to turn uncertainty into opportunity. The summit is expected to tackle developments around regulation, security and innovation. Summit attendees will include senior executives, influential technologists, architects and service providers leading the
    global corporate real estate industry.

    According to a study, 57 percent of enterprises across Asia Pacific have a digital strategy in place and are actively digitising their business processes, placing them one step ahead of their European and North American counterparts. Throughout the region, enterprises working across borders are starting to decentralise their office functions with multiple regional satellite offices and schemes that support workplace agility and flexibility. Progressive technologies such as Internet-of-Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence are now signalling the dawn of a new era of smart office buildings, presenting organisations with new challenges, including optimising flexible spaces and managing globally dispersed teams.

    The growing recognition of CRE as a catalyst for business sustainability and success serves as a timely backdrop for CoreNet Global Summit 2018 whose theme, "What's Next? Exploiting Uncertainty", crystallises the strategic role of CRE amidst enterprises' digital-first approach adoption and Asia Pacific's evolving geopolitical climate.

    The summit hopes to help CRE practitioners realign their goals and strategies to cope with broader business implications in light of strengthened intra-regional and inter-regional business relationships stemming from economic initiatives such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and One Belt One Road (OBOR).

    "Corporate real estate is increasingly becoming a key strategic resource for enterprises hoping to build smart and sustainable offices. The summit represents an invaluable opportunity for CRE professionals across Asia Pacific to learn how to leverage and integrate progressive technology in office and building designs to optimise innovative thinking and employee satisfaction in the workplace," said Tim Venable, Senior Vice President at CoreNet Global.

    Interested parties may view more information about the summit on the event website, or register their attendance here


    CoreNet Global is the world's leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace executives, service providers and economic developers. CoreNet Global's more than 10,000 members, who include 70% of the top 100 U.S. companies and nearly half of the Global 2000, meet locally, globally and virtually to develop networks, share knowledge, learn and thrive professionally. For more information, please

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    Grab and IFRC call for solidarity with people in need through Southeast Asia's largest loyalty programme
    Feb 07, 2018

    • Partnership with Grab is IFRC’s first fundraising initiative globally using a smart phone app
    • Grab customers can convert GrabRewards points to a donation to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
    • Following earlier 2016 partnership, the organisations continue to find innovative ways to respond to emergencies and disasters

    Singapore, 6 February 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Grab and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today announced a partnership to raise additional funds for supporting vulnerable communities, including those affected by disasters. The collaboration between the world’s largest humanitarian network and Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform will enable Grab users to convert their points into donations to the IFRC. Allowing donations via smartphone app is a first globally for the IFRC. This is the the next chapter of Grab and the IFRC working together to find innovative ways to support the disaster-prone Southeast Asian region, following an earlier partnership in 2016.

    “Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions for disasters while a wide number of people are still struggling to access food, safe water, health services or basic livelihoods. Working together with the Red Cross and Red Crescent to fund their programmes and help people in crisis or despair echoes our mission to drive Southeast Asia forward. Grab wants to stand together with IFRC in responding to disasters and making vulnerable people more resilient. Using GrabRewards as a platform makes donating as easy as a tap on your phone. The points our passengers earn from their rides will now give them not just access to a wide range of retail and lifestyle products, but also create a deeper sense of purpose with every ride that they take with Grab,” said Jason Thompson, Managing Director, GrabPay Southeast Asia.

    From 31 January onwards, Grab users in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam can visit their GrabRewards catalogue and convert their points into donations, with just a tap on their everyday app. Grab customers in Singapore can do a donation starting at 5 SGD in exchange for 2,200 GrabRewards points.

    Pierre Kremer, IFRC Head of Partnerships for Asia Pacific said, “Grab’s history as a homegrown tech company and its extensive reach across Southeast Asia make it a natural partner for the IFRC. This is the first time we’ve partnered with a smartphone app to raise funds. We have in common a commitment to expand people-to-people connections and solidarity and contribute to build resilient communities, cities and countries. This is the commitment of the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and hundreds of thousands of volunteers working within communities in need. We are excited to work with Grab to explore new ways to tackle suffering and demonstrate the power of humanity in Southeast Asia.”

    The IFRC will redistribute each country’s donation to the local Red Cross or Red Crescent Society, for use on that country’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Programmes include disaster risk reduction, improving safe water supplies, responding to volcanic eruptions, floods, cyclones or typhoons or epidemics, encouraging voluntary blood donations, and enhancing the protection of marginalised or vulnerable groups such as children or migrants.

    The organisations have previously explored innovative ways of working together. In 2016, Grab and the IFRC engaged in a one-year partnership to promote road safety, provide emergency assistance and equip Grab’s fleet of drivers with life-saving skills and road safety knowledge across the region. The partnership upskilled Grab drivers with first aid and road safety techniques and drew on Grab’s driver fleets and call centres as a first-responder network during disaster and emergency situations.


    About Grab
    Grab is Southeast Asia’s leading on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform. Grab solves critical transportation challenges to make transport freedom a reality for 620 million people in Southeast Asia. Grab’s core product platform includes transport solutions for drivers and passengers with an emphasis on convenience, safety and reliability, as well as its proprietary mobile payments platform, GrabPay, which is increasing access to mobile payment solutions for millions of Grab riders and drivers across Southeast Asia and deepening financial inclusion in the region. Grab currently offers services in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. For more information, please visit:

    About International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian network working with 190 National Societies and guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality and unity. The IFRC’s areas of focus are disaster risk reduction; shelter; livelihoods; health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; protection, gender and inclusion; and migration. For more information, please visit:

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    Changi Airport Group and Xiamen Airlines sign new partnership
    Feb 07, 2018

    SINGAPORE, 7 February 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Xiamen Airlines have signed a second Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to grow network connectivity and passenger traffic between Singapore and China.

    The MOU was inked today by Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director for Air Hub Development, and Mr Zheng Congming, Director, Passenger Marketing & Sales Committee, Xiamen Airlines. Also present at the ceremony were Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Changi Airport Group’s Chief Executive Officer, and Mr Che Shanglun, Chairman, Xiamen Airlines.

    The renewal of partnership follows a successful first MOU signed in 2015 between CAG and Xiamen Airlines, and builds on the cooperation established over the past three years.

    Under the MOU signed on Wednesday, CAG will be working with Xiamen Airlines to increase the frequency of existing services, explore opportunities to establish new city links, and conduct joint campaigns to grow the passenger traffic between the two countries.

    Healthy growth in passenger numbers since signing of first partnership

    Between 2014 and 2017, Xiamen Airlines registered a healthy three-year CAGR of 12% for passenger traffic at Changi Airport, and was the third largest Chinese carrier at Changi in 2017. The carrier currently operates four daily services between Singapore and China, to the cities of Dalian, Fuzhou, Xi’an and Xiamen.

    Xiamen Airline’s subsidiary, Hebei Airlines, also launched a daily service to Shijiazhuang (via Hangzhou) last year, establishing a new city link for Singapore in China. Together with Hebei Airlines, the two carriers now offer more than 6,000 one-way weekly seats from Singapore to the six destinations. With more than 420,000 passengers travelling to and from these Chinese cities last year, traffic has increased by almost 50% since 2014.

    Joint marketing partnerships

    CAG and Xiamen Airlines have also rolled out joint marketing campaigns to promote travel between Singapore and China, with travel seminars organized in Fuzhou, Xi’an, Xiamen and Zhengzhou. These seminars were conducted to raise the awareness of Singapore’s travel attractions as well as Changi Airport’s facilities and services for travel partners. To grow inbound traffic to Singapore, radio advertisements were also launched in Dalian and Hangzhou.

    Exclusive retail and dining promotions at Changi Airport were also offered to passengers travelling on Xiamen Airlines in the past three years, with thousands of redemptions made during this period.

    Mr Lim Ching Kiat, Changi Airport Group’s Managing Director for Air Hub Development said, “We are excited to continue on this journey with Xiamen Airlines, whom we have enjoyed a close working relationship with in the past three years. We look forward to sustaining the growth achieved by working hand-in-hand with the airline to step up service frequencies and provide greater options for passengers. This will include continuing our joint marketing efforts to promote the routes we have to travellers from both countries.”

    Additional services for Chinese New Year

    Xiamen Airlines and Hebei Airlines will also be launching an additional 101 services between Singapore and China in February and March, to cater to the increased demand for flights during the festive period. This translates to an additional 17,300 seats during this period.

    China is Changi Airport’s third largest country market, with 6.3 million passengers travelling between the two countries last year, growing 12% year-on-year compared to the year before. Singapore is now connected to 34 cities[1] in China, with more than 350 weekly services to these destinations by 13 airlines.

    [1] Three new Chinese city links were recently established in 2017 – Harbin, Shijiazhuang and Yantai.

    About Changi Airport Group

    Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG) ( was formed on 16 June 2009 and the corporatisation of Singapore Changi Airport (IATA: SIN, ICAO: WSSS) followed on 1 July 2009. As the company managing Changi Airport, CAG undertakes key functions focusing on airport operations and management, air hub development, commercial activities and airport emergency services. CAG also manages Seletar Airport (IATA: XSP, ICAO: WSSL) and through its subsidiary Changi Airports International, invests in and manages foreign airports.

    Changi Airport is the world's sixth busiest airport for international traffic.It served a record 62.2 million passengers from around the globe in 2017. Changi Airport has 400 retail and service stores, as well as 140 F&B outlets. With over 100 airlines providing connectivity to 400 cities worldwide, Changi Airport handles about 7,200 flights every week, or about one every 80 seconds.

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    VIVO smartphones will be made available through Singtel and M1
    Feb 06, 2018

    SINGAPORE, 1 FEBRUARY 2018 - Vivo, a young leading global smartphone brand, today announced its latest V7+ and Y65 smartphones will be made available through Singtel and M1 Limited (M1) from Saturday, 3 February. Customers may visit the telcos’ retail shops and online stores for details of their price plans.

    The recommended retail prices for the V7+ and Y65 smartphones are $469 and $269 respectively, without contract. Customers can also visit Vivo’s webpage for the locations of authorised dealers.

    "Vivo is thrilled to work with Singtel and M1 to bring our innovative smartphones to more people in Singapore. Our mission is to inspire consumers to be confident in expressing themselves by enabling them to present their best side to the world, through our quality products that meet their lifestyles and needs. We aim to bring unique experiences and benefits that are exclusive to Vivo users in the future," said Mr. Liu HongBin, Chief Executive Officer, Vivo Singapore.

    “We are delighted to offer Vivo’s latest stylish smartphones V7+ and Y65 to our consumers,” said Mr. P. Subramanian, Chief Marketing Officer, M1. “Together with our new data centric mySIMe plans and enhanced 4.5G network, our customers can now enjoy the full benefits at a more affordable price anytime, anywhere.”

    The V7+ represents Vivo’s mission of empowering self-expression of the next generation and features the industry’s first 24MP front-facing camera, together with a FullViewTM Display. It has the most advanced technologies, not only in the cameras but in all aspects, from photo shooting to display, helping savvy consumers capture and enjoy their meaningful memories.

    As a brand that embodies professionalism, creativity and joy as its brand attributes, Vivo entered into a six-year partnership with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) from 2017 to 2023. As the Official Smartphone of the FIFA World Cup™ in 2018 and 2022, and the Official Sponsor of the FIFA Confederations Cup, Vivo continues to bring vivid and inspiring experiences to connect young people around the world through sports.

    For more information about Vivo and its products in Singapore, as well as activities and promotions, please and follow Vivo Singapore on Facebook and Instagram.


    About Vivo
    A young global smartphone brand focusing on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops dynamic and stylish products for passionate young people. Vivo makes stylish smartphones with cutting-edge technology accessible to young people and professionals around the world. We now have close to two hundred million users to date and is one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As the official smartphone sponsor of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.
    According to Counterpoint’s latest research, Vivo was the fifth largest smartphone brand globally in Q3 2017, capturing a market share of 7.1%. Out of the top 5, Vivo observed the highest year-over-year growth of 32% in global shipments.

    More information about our innovative smartphones can be found

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