Malaysia Government Sets 20% Annual Growth Target For E-Commerce Sector
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Dec 06, 2018

The Malaysian government has set an annual growth rate target of 20 per cent for the e-commerce sector in the country, from 14.3 per cent growth posted in 2017, via various initiatives.

International trade and industry minister Darrell Leiking said e-commerce contribution to GDP in Malaysia continuously improved over a period of seven years to 85.8 billion ringgit ($20.7 billion) in 2017 from 37.7 billion ringgit ($9.1 billion) in 2010, with an average annual growth rate of 12.5 per cent.

He added that the government through the National E-Commerce Council (NECC) will continue to support the growth and development of the sector through the implementation of a respective strategic national e-commerce roadmap.

Since its establishment in 2016, the NECC’s achievements in developing and enhancing the e-commerce ecosystem’s competitiveness included registering over 120,000 online businesses at the Companies Commission of Malaysia.

Small and medium enterprises registered with the “Go eCommerce” platform – an initiative aimed at guiding companies in e-commerce adoption – exceeded 20,000.

The implementation of the Digital Free Trade Zone pilot project in Cyberjaya supported by Alibaba founder Jack Ma has also accelerated the growth of e-commerce activities by providing a platform for local enterprises to conduct their business and services.

Furthermore, on November 12, 2018, Malaysia signed the ASEAN Agreement on Electronic Commerce, a concerted effort between the ten countries of the bloc to smoothen cross border e-commerce transactions by reducing barriers and lowering entry costs.

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Food Expo, Tea Fair, Home Delights, ICMCM Open in August
Aug 01, 2018

31 July 2018 — Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 29th Food Expo, the 10th Hong Kong International Tea Fair, the third Beauty & Wellness Expo and the fifth Home Delights Expo open on 16 Aug at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM), jointly organised by HKTDC and the Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association Ltd, will also be held on 16-17 Aug. Last year, the four fairs attracted nearly 500,000 visitors. Gathering a total of more than 2,000 exhibitors this year, the four fairs will showcase a wide variety of delicacies and innovative products to provide an all-round shopping and sourcing experience for consumers and trade buyers.

At today’s press conference, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau introduced details of the five events. “The annual Food Expo is a grand feast for food lovers, and this year it will feature products from more than 20 countries and regions. For the concurrent Beauty & Wellness Expo, we are honoured to cooperate with the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) to set up the K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong pavilion for the first time, showing public visitors the latest Korean beauty products. Targeting industry players and trade buyers, the Food Expo’s Trade Hall, the International Tea Fair and the ICMCM will provide a platform for sourcing and networking, creating business opportunities among different sectors. In addition to bringing an international gourmet feast to visitors, we hope to enhance the cultural exchange between Hong Kong and other regions as well.”

Food Expo: Serving up Global Delicacies (16-20 Aug)

In its 29th edition, the Food Expo will feature a record number of more than 1,560 exhibitors from over 20 countries and regions. It comprises a Gourmet Zone, Public Hall and Trade Hall, bringing a wide range of international food and drinks to food lovers and trade buyers.

Being the highlight of the expo, the Gourmet Zone will gather more than 70 exhibitors to showcase delicacies from around the globe under four themes: Asian Cuisine, Western Delicacy, Sweet Delight and Green Palate. Open from 16-19 Aug, the zone will feature high-end products such as black truffle, crafted beer made in Hong Kong, plant-based Omnipork and award-winning low-fat cheese from the Netherlands.

The Public Hall (16-20 Aug) will gather about 600 exhibitors and feature five group pavilions from the Chinese mainland, Canada, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The highlighted Premium Food Zone will feature more than 30 renowned brands including Chewy International, Kee Wah Bakery, Maxim’s Group, Nissin Foods, On Kee Dry Seafood, Tai Pan, Vita Green, Sau Tao, Appolo and Aji-No-Chinmi. To promote local produce, the Hong Kong Vegetable Marketing Organisation and Fish Marketing Organisation will participate in the expo to introduce high-quality local products. Other special products available include the “made-in-Hong Kong” crispy fish skin, soya sauce crab from Korea and healthy chicken breast chips.

The Trade Hall will showcase international flavours from more than 900 exhibitors, with 12 group pavilions as well as the themed Halal Food Zone and Chinese Medicine Zone. Targeting trade buyers, it will provide a platform for business opportunities as well as market information exchange. It will open exclusively to industry professionals on 16-17 Aug, before opening its doors to public ticket-holders on the last day (18 Aug), enabling exhibitors to test the response from consumers and raise brand awareness. There will be seminars with industry experts to discuss such topics as business opportunities arising from the Belt and Road Initiative, halal food certification, innovative food technology, as well as food testing and certification, giving trade buyers the latest market information.

Public visitors can attend a number of exciting events. These include cooking demonstrations by more than 10 star chefs, such as Hui Mei Tak, Executive Chef of Pak Loh Chiu Chow Restaurant; Bong Jun Choi, Executive Chef of Chinese Operations, City of Dreams Manila; Claudio Favero, Chef De Cuisine, Sabatini Ristorante Italiano, Royal Garden Hotel; Catherine Lai, Founder and Executive Chef of Kam Mun Jong; Will Leung, Sous Chef of French cuisine JUNON Restaurant; Atsushi Takahashi, Executive Chef of Kashiwaya Hong Kong; Edward Voon, Executive Chef of Le Pan; and Wong Wing Keung, Executive Chinese Chef of Yee Tung Heen.

Other events include the launch of the 2018-2019 Wan Chai a La Carte food and culture map, a seminar on herbal tea, product demonstrations and lucky draws. In sessions jointly organised by the HKTDC, the Food and Health Bureau and the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food, several star chefs will demonstrate “less salt, less sugar” recipes to promote healthy living. There will also be a “Hong Kong’s Action on Salt and Sugar Reduction” seminar to help visitors adopt healthy eating habits. Tech-savvy visitors can also join the launch event of augmented reality (AR) app “TastAR”, which allows users to view 3D images of gourmet dishes overlaid through the app.

Beauty & Wellness Expo: Presenting Stylish K-Beauty Products (16-20 Aug)

The third Beauty & Wellness Expo will bring together more than 100 exhibitors, featuring a wide selection of skin care, hair care and home-electronic beauty and wellness products. For the first time, the HKTDC will cooperate with Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) to launch a brand-new “K-Beauty Expo Hong Kong” pavilion, under the theme of “Stylish K-Beauty”. KINTEX will bring 30 Korean exhibitors to present their latest beauty products, including the “black peeling pad” black charcoal exfoliating wipe mask from the hot Korean brand RiRe All Kill, men’s skincare products from the popular brand Miviento, USB rechargeable eyelash curlers and organic skincare products suitable for users with sensitive skin.

There will be exciting activities such as product demonstrations, sharing sessions on summertime make-up tips and the latest hair-styling tips. Yoko Tsang, a dietary therapist and beauty expert, will conduct a cooking demonstration of fish maw, while the beauty key opinion leader Snowwhitewhite will share knowledge on skincare and make-up.

Home Delights Expo: Featuring Stylish Brands and Smart Bidding (16-20 Aug)

The popular Home Delights Expo will return in its fifth edition, featuring 180 exhibitors with a range of quality electric and kitchen appliances as well as household products. They include the IHC thermostat patented cooking pot and a filter bottle certified by the German technical inspection association TÜV. A highlight of the fair, the Avenue of Delights, will host 45 exhibitors featuring various renowned names including STAUB, CLP, Dyson, Kenwood, German Pool, OTO, Tiger, Philips and Towngas.

Visitors can bid for featured household appliances and products at the popular Smart Bidding event. Orange Tam, founder of Juppuk, a company providing a home tidy-up service, will share tips on reducing unnecessary household items and storage.

Tea Fair: Trading platform for Tea Business (16-18 Aug)

The 10th Hong Kong International Tea Fair will open exclusively to trade buyers on the first two days before welcoming public ticket-holders on the last day. The three-day fair will feature more than 240 exhibitors from seven countries and regions, with the debut launch of the Taiwan pavilion this year. One of the highlighted products is an oolong tea produced exclusively in Taiwan. It is unique in that a tea green leafhopper must bite the tea leaves to produce a unique aromatic honey-like sweetness. The fair will also feature other products such as a pair of Qing Dynasty covered bowls, a perfectly preserved 1950s Red Label Tea Cake and the Japanese Kyo-Hojicha Paste that can be mixed with other food ingredients for flavouring.

The International KamCha Competition 2018 Hong Kong Style Milk Tea – 10th Anniversary Special, organised by the Association of Coffee and Tea of Hong Kong, will hold its International Final at the Tea Fair on 18 Aug. Representatives from Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Melbourne and Toronto will compete for the KamCha title. Combining technology and traditional skills, an artificial-intelligence (AI) robotic arm will give a brewing demonstration on the spot. The International Yuan Yang Final will be staged on-site as well, with local participants competing for the winning title.

The highlighted Hong Kong International Tea Competition 2018 will see exhibitors compete for various awards, such as “The Best Aroma Award” and “The Best Taste Award” among seven tea categories. Visitors will be able to taste the award-winning teas free of charge on 18 Aug when the fair opens to public ticket-holders. Other activities include a series of tea forums delivered by industry experts on such topics as antique teaware and cooking with tea. Venerable Chang Lin will discuss “Tea and Zen” to provide an extraordinary experience for tea lovers. Events dedicated for trade buyers include tea tasting sessions, tea art performances, a seminar on “Capturing the Tea Business from the ‘Y’ and ‘Z’ Generation” as well as a buyer forum.

ICMCM: Unveiling the Latest Development of Ben Cao (16-17 Aug)

Organised by the HKTDC and Modernized Chinese Medicine International Association (MCMIA), the International Conference of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM) is open for free registration by industry players wishing to obtain the latest market insights. In commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the birth of Li Shizhen, author of Compendium of Materia Medica, the conference will share the development of Ben Cao (a pharmacopoeia of Chinese herbal medicine) and its potential expansion. There will be 17 distinguished speakers from renowned institutions in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the US. These include Hong Kong Baptist University, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Seoul National University, St Petersburg State University and the American Society of Pharmacognosy.

On 18 Aug, public ticket-holders can take part in the Chinese Medicine Health Public Forum sessions where professional practitioners will discuss Chinese medicine dietary therapy for skin problems, anaemia and blood pressure control, diabetes, gastroenteritis, respiratory care and seasonal healthcare diets.

Lead the Scene, Let’s Go Green!

To encourage visitors and exhibitors to reduce waste, the HKTDC will continue to cooperate with “Food For Good” and “Food Angel” to collect and recycle packaged edible food and food waste at the fairground, and invite exhibitors to donate food to needy communities after the fair. The HKTDC also encourages exhibitors and visitors to follow green tips such as sorting recyclable waste into recycle bins placed at the fairground. Visitors can also bring their own utensils, food boxes, water bottles and shopping bags .

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Apple Pay Coming to JCB's Customers in Taiwan
JCN Newswire
Jun 18, 2018

TOKYO - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd, today brings its customers Apple Pay in Taiwan, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay that's fast and convenient. Support for Apple Pay will start with E.Sun Bank and Union Bank of Taiwan and continue to be phased in for other JCB brand payment product issuers.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Daisuke Sakurai, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Coordination Headquarters I, said: "The Taiwan payment market is one of the most advanced in terms of contactless payment, with many merchants equipped with contactless payment readers. Taiwan is the first market after Japan where JCB is supporting Apple Pay. JCB will support Apple Pay to help create a new payment lifestyle that is both secure and convenient for everyday use."

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by JCB cards. In stores, Apple Pay works with iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, and Apple Watch.

Online shopping in apps and on websites accepting Apple Pay is simple with Touch ID, or just double-click the side button and glance at your iPhone X to authenticate with Face ID. There's no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information with Apple Pay. When paying for goods and services on the go in apps or Safari, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and later, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation and later), iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and later. You can also use Apple Pay in Safari on any Mac introduced in or after 2012 running macOS Sierra and confirm the payment with iPhone 6 or later or Apple Watch, or with Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro.

For more information on Apple Pay, visit:

About JCB
JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. Currently, JCB cards are accepted globally and issued in 24 countries and territories. For more information, please visit: https// or
Note: Statistics about JCB are as of June 2018.

Kumiko Kida
Corporate Communications Department of JCB Co., Ltd.
Tel: +81-3-5778-8353

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Introducing the All-New Shopee Celebrity Squad
May 24, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 MAY 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches its brand new initiative, the Shopee Celebrity Squad, which allows users easy access to a curated collection of products by their favourite Malaysian celebrities. Today, with approximately 10 million users and around 400,000 sellers on the platform, Shopee Malaysia continues to rank as the number one shopping app on App Store and Google Play.

“Our users form the core of all our strategies, and we always strive to find new ways to connect with them on a deeper and more meaningful level. We know Malaysians adore their local celebrities, and with an increasing number of celebrities launching their own brands, we began to notice a rising demand for their products among users. Hence, we decided to launch the Shopee Celebrity Squad, a dedicated in-app space featuring a variety of celebrity brands, allowing shoppers to enjoy easy access to products sold by their favourite celebrities at the click of a button! In line with the launch, we also promise shoppers exclusive deals and special discounts across the celebrities’ collections,” said Ian Ho, Shopee’s Regional Managing Director at the launch ceremony.

Ho added, “We are pleased to announce the participation of six top Malaysian celebrities as pioneers of the Shopee Celebrity Squad. As a zero-commission e-commerce platform that provides free shipping nationwide, our commercial friendly trade terms allow for celebrities to tap on Shopee’s platform and features, dedicated support and extensive reach across Malaysia to further grow their online businesses. Moving forward, we aim to further expand the Shopee Celebrity Squad with the introduction of new celebrities every month.”

Featured in the debut of the Shopee Celebrity Squad:
● Malaysia’s top singer, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin, with her skincare and cosmetics line, SimplySiti
● Popular actress, Nora Danish with her brand Owl, which offers a modern twist to traditional Muslim fashion
● The much-loved actress, Izara Aishah who will be introducing her lip wear brand, Madame Izara on Shopee
● Star of hit drama Separuh Jiwaku, Elfira Loy, and Akademi Fantasia Season 5 finalist, Heliza Helmi, with their brand EL and Heliza Guzel Hive – selling traditional Muslim clothing
● Multi-talented Emma Maembong who is not only an actress and model, but also an entrepreneur with her skincare line, EMBS

In addition to having more celebrities join the Shopee Celebrity Squad in the coming months, Shopee users can also look forward to the special weekly Celebrity Squad campaigns, featuring not-to-be-missed deals and activities. The weekly campaign will feature exclusive online product launches such as YBhg. Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza’s SIMPLYSITI New Gold Edition range, with soft-focus technology and gold dust which will be available only on Shopee. Fans of the celebrities can also look forward to a series of upcoming community events and giveaways organised by Shopee, such as fan meet-and-greet sessions with the celebrities, as well as social media contests with cool prizes to be won.

The launch of the Shopee Celebrity Squad is part of Shopee’s expansion plan for 2018, as Shopee continues to grow from strength to strength and further solidify its position in the e-commerce segment. This follows after a strong start to the year, where Shopee achieved a regional Gross merchandise value (“GMV”) of US$1.9 billion in the first quarter - a year-on-year increase of 199.5% from US$648.3 million for the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, Shopee’s Gross orders for the quarter increased year-on-year by 217.4%, from 35.1 million for the first quarter of 2017 to 111.4 million.

Currently ongoing is also the Shopee Cahaya Raya campaign. From May 3 to June 17, users can stand a chance to snag prizes worth more than RM1.5 million by participating in Shopee’s exciting in-app games. In collaboration with Visa, Shopee’s popular Ketupat Raya game promises to reward lucky shoppers with a host of prizes including a ‘Rumah Impian’ (dream house) worth RM350,000, a Honda HRV worth RM100,000, a Volkswagen Polo worth RM80,000 as well as Shopee coins, vouchers, televisions, portable irons, hair-dryers and more. Additionally, Shopee will be giving out up to 28 million worth of Shopee coins through the Duit Goncang game, which will happen at 5.00am and 7.00pm daily from 17 May to 8 June.

Visit Shopee between May 24 to 27 for the best offers this Raya where shoppers can catch the Upsized Shocking Sale happening five times a day and steal better deals by getting your hands on vouchers with Shopee’s Beat the Clock campaign. Besides that, the all-new Campur-Campur Bundle allows shoppers to curate their own bundles of choice by mixing and matching from the menu of products available, and get them at a discounted price. Last but not least, look out for the Best of Cahaya Raya collection to score up to 90% discounts across a wide variety of preferred products.

For more information on the Shopee Celebrity Squad, visit

For more information on the Cahaya Raya campaign, visit

Download the Shopee App for FREE via the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

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Stripe and JCB Sign MOU for Global Partnership
JCN Newswire
May 17, 2018

Enabling JCB brand payment at merchants around the world using the Stripe payment platform

San Francisco and Tokyo - (ACN Newswire) - Stripe, Inc. and JCB Co., Ltd. announced the signing of an MOU for a global partnership aiming for JCB brand acceptance at all internet merchants using the Stripe payment platform.

Stripe provides multicurrency payment processing for tens of thousands of merchants worldwide, from startups to major corporations. Stripe officially launched in Japan in 2016, and has served a wide variety of online business. JCB, the only international payments brand based in Japan, has a global payment acceptance network to serve the over 110 million JCB cardmembers living in 24 countries and regions.

The global partnership will enable JCB brand acceptance at merchants using the Stripe payment solution, in any local currency around the world. Stripe merchants will be able to access a wider range of consumers, and JCB cardmembers, in turn, will be able to purchase products and services from Stripe merchants.

"Our partnership with JCB will enable Stripe merchants in Japan to begin accepting payments from more than 110 million JCB cardmembers - and hundreds of thousands of Stripe businesses outside of Japan will also soon be able to accept payments from JCB customers," said Claire Hughes Johnson, COO of Stripe. "With less than 6% of commerce in Japan today online, there's an enormous opportunity to enable a whole new generation of online businesses in Japan and around the world."

Kimihisa Imada, President of JCB International, the international operations subsidiary of JCB, remarked, "Signing the global partnership MOU with Stripe, which provides multicurrency online payment processing to merchants around the world, gives us a way to offer even more convenient payment to our JCB cardmembers worldwide. JCB is committed to providing more attractive products and services to our customers now and in the future".

About Stripe
Stripe is a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the internet. Businesses of every size - from new startups to public companies like Salesforce and Facebook - use Stripe's software to accept online payments and run technically sophisticated financial operations in more than 100 countries. More than 50% of Americans made a purchase using Stripe in the past year. Headquartered in San Francisco, with nine global offices in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, Stripe helps new companies get started and grow their revenue, and established businesses accelerate into new markets and launch new business models. Over the long term, Stripe aims to increase the GDP of the internet.

About JCB
JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please

Contact: Kumiko Kida
JCB Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications
Tel: +81-3-5778-8353

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Shopee announces M2030 partnership and pledges commitment to defeat Malaria in the region
May 10, 2018

Thailand, 9 May 2018 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announced its commitment to help defeat malaria in the region as part of a long-term partnership with M2030, a brand created by Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), and supported by the Global Fund. M2030 brings consumers and companies together in a mission to end malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and in Indonesia by 2030. In support of this cause, Shopee will spearhead a series of campaigns and activations in the coming months. Other M2030 partners include the Tahir Foundation, DT Families Foundation, Yoma and the Dentsu Aegis Network.

Malaria is the world’s oldest and deadliest disease, taking nearly half a million lives every year, of which are mostly children under the age of five and pregnant women. Chris Feng, Chief Executive Officer of Shopee, said, "We are happy to be coming onboard as one of M2030’s pioneer brand partners in support of their mission to eliminate malaria in the Asia Pacific region by 2030. This issue strikes close to home, and as a company that is committed to using technology to improve the lives of consumers across the region, we are determined to play our part to help drive awareness and raise funds to support the elimination of malaria. We hope that all Shopee users can join us in supporting this cause.”

M2030 made its official launch announcement at an international Malaria Summit on 18 April in London, jointly hosted by the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Summit brought together major public, private and multi-sector entities announcing their commitments and plans to accelerate the fight against malaria. The summit saw around 700 participants in attendance, including Zhou Junjie, Chief Commercial Officer of Shopee, and keynote addresses from Bill Gates; Hon Penny Mordaunt, UK Secretary of State for International Development; Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia and other global leaders from the public and private sectors. During the launch conference, M2030 shared its commitment to work closely with its partners to drive awareness across the region and raise USD 5 million by 2020.

"Malaria used to impact millions of lives in Asia-Pacific. However, through smart investments and effective tools, we have halved the number of malaria cases and deaths over the past 15 years,” said Patrik Silborn, co-founder of M2030 and Senior Director Resource Mobilization at APLMA. “Now, for the first time ever, we’re bringing together businesses and consumers in Asia to defeat malaria in the region.”

“We’re delighted to have Shopee come onboard as one of our pioneer brand partners for this cause,” he added. “With Shopee’s extensive reach of over 115 million users across the region, we are confident that together we can make a positive difference.”

For more information, visit -
Visit the M2030 official website at -

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

For more information, please contact:

Shopee (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Vararat Chevavichavankul
Shopee Thailand

Kanokwan Akkaranukul
Shopee Thailand

Sikkhawan Chotpradit
Shopee Thailand
Triple Eight Ideas Co., Ltd

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Natiprada Kaewmanee (Noon)

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The Impact of Internet on E-Commerce Market
Apr 16, 2018

Internet- the most transforming invention in human history, the most dynamic fragment of technology, evolving ever so rapidly that it has come down to the irony that we humans are catching up with the internet rather than it catching up with us. The advent of technology has opened many doors for us in all spheres. Today even imagining a day without smartphones may crank up our routines. The internet has seeped into our lives to such an extent that now its impact is almost non-reversible.

One hardly can be a part of tech-dominated society without connectivity. Today, everything from grocery shopping to car cleaning has a dedicated online store. Therefore, it is imperative for the enterprises to reach out to millions by connecting with them through the internet.

Internet- The driving force behind E-commerce

The truth of the matter is, Internet sells fast. Selling through websites is the fastest growing method of trading worldwide. There are two main forms of e-commerce:

• Business to business (B2B) trading where companies trade and exchange information using the World Wide Web.

• Business to consumer (B2C) trading where companies deal directly with customers through web pages, and ordering is carried out online.

There are many different types of products and services that are traded on line including books, CDs, holidays, and insurance.

Nowadays, the consumers can purchase goods online too, basically a business to consumer transactions where a consumer can select the product online and order it, the company will deliver it at his/her residence. Everything is done and controlled by the internet.

Expansion of E-commerce through internet

Thanks to the mid-2000 internet boom for online shopping, online trading, businesses online, etc., e-commerce has flourished and spread like wildfire. Now the net has become an indispensable part of the structure of a business. Before the advent of internet, a business model was geographically constrained by the limits of the area of the business. Everything, from socializing to grocery stores and stock markets, has been e-zoned. Ever since the hit of internet, the business has turned into e-commerce, thus opening itself to millions of customers that it could previously not reach out to before.

Internet Generating Employment through E-commerce

The Internet accounts for a significant portion of global GDP. The consumption and expenditure related to internet alone can be comparable to that of agriculture or energy sector.

Being a vast mosaic of economic activity, the internet regularly hosts millions of daily online transactions and communications. Because of this, it generates direct and indirect employment on a daily basis. Millions of people are getting gainfully employed in skilled and semi- skilled jobs through the internet whether it is for programmers or website developers, or freelance writers. The advantage to internet is that it gives the comfort of switching your work space as well; one can work from home too if one wants. Which is a great benefit for new mothers, or disabled persons or people who prefer working in the comfort of their homes.

Results in Cheaper and Better Quality Products and Services

Internet is such a boon in our lives. Indeed, the world has become one tiny global village and this has also resulted in a massive customer base for e-commerce websites. With every website and online store competing against one another for monopolising over the sector, the competition just gets tougher for them. The customers are the real winners in this situation. In a bid to win, these stores work on different strategies like enhancing the quality of products and services, slashing prices, bringing out lucrative offers and schemes for long term investments, etc. At the end of the day, it’s a win-win for the customers as they get massive discounts of products and services. It is the time for customers to make the most of this and shop smartly. There are several websites like Zoutons which offer coupons for other e-commerce websites. One should make use of such coupons to get the best deal possible.

Making Shopping Easier for the Customer

Consumers of today have more places and ways to shop than ever. They are not just limited to their local markets. Today, they can shop, sitting in India, from any store around the world. The e-commerce websites have made things as easy as they can be. Door to Door delivery, customer reviews and added information about the products, multiple payment options, reliable customer services to name a few. E-commerce websites are actually investing in providing comfort to their buyers and giving them the most convenient and relaxed experience, as when the prices cut down on products everywhere, this is many a times, what it comes down to- giving customers a satisfactory experience.

Mobility Emerged as a New Driver of E-commerce

With the increase in numbers it is clearly evident that mobile phones lead the E-commerce market it is crucial for the enterprises to up their game and be a part of the mobile phones to reach bigger numbers in terms of their sales. In this era of smartphone technology and growth in mobile internet traffic, a significant impact can be witnessed in e-commerce sector too. Mobile phone users are slowly moving from desktop version to mobile app usage and this is evident with the changing traffic to few top e-commerce stores in India. 44% of the Amazon traffic is coming through mobile devices as per 2016 Recode statistics. At this time, one can only switch up their game and join the app frenzy.

E-commerce has made huge impact on business culture. Customer can shop online in privacy of their own houses. This has also strengthened small businesses to be completely online or modify their marketing strategies. With the advent of the internet technology, E-commerce has been affected in all spheres, be it retailer picture, or products and services quality or promotions and schemes. Costumer’s approach to spending money and purchasing has also been permanently altered. It is undeniable that this is all to stay and that the dynamic trends on internet will continue to pressure companies to change their marketing strategies.

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InfoComm Southeast Asia to Debut May 2019 in Bangkok
Mar 23, 2018

New trade show brings the leading pro-AV and integrated experience technologies to one of the world's most exciting emerging markets

FAIRFAX, Virginia, March 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AVIXA™, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, in partnership with InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd, is pleased to announce it will debut its InfoComm Southeast Asia show May 15-17, 2019, at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

"Southeast Asia is one of the largest and most exciting emerging economic blocs in the world," said Richard Tan, Executive Director of InfoCommAsia. "It has always been our mission to help our partners open doors to new and emerging markets. In addition to our more established shows in China and India, which have seen great success year after year, we are confident that our new platform in Southeast Asia will achieve that same success. We see a lot of market potential in the region."

Comprising Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the Southeast Asia region is currently the seventh-largest economy in the world and is projected to be the fourth largest by 2050, according to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It is united politically and economically via ASEAN, which has pushed hard collectively in recent years to accelerate economic development and break down trade barriers. To that end, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was formed with the goal of developing a single market. According to a study by the Asian Development Bank and International Labour Organisation, up to 14 million jobs could be generated within ASEAN by 2025.

With the addition of InfoComm Southeast Asia, AVIXA now hosts four shows in Asia-Pacific, including Beijing InfoComm China, Chengdu InfoComm China, and InfoComm India. The Bangkok show will feature an exhibition showcasing world-class pro-AV and experiential communications technologies, as well as an education summit with extensive learning opportunities.

According to AVIXA's 2017 AV Industry Outlook and Trends Analysis Asia-Pacific, the East Asian pro-AV market's value will increase by about 35 percent between 2016 and 2022. The industry was projected at $17.7 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $23.3 billion in 2022.

China's One Belt, One Road initiative, a massive investment in development of infrastructure and trade routes across Europe and Asia-Pacific, is prompting economic growth in Asia-Pacific. Between 2013 and 2016, roughly $60 billion was spent under the initiative, and the Chinese government plans to spend up to $150 billion per year for the next five years.

"AVIXA is continually evaluating burgeoning pro-AV markets where support and resources can help spur growth," said AVIXA Chief Executive Officer David Labuskes, CTS®, CAE, RCDD. "A show in Southeast Asia represents a big step in that direction by providing a platform for the latest in transformative pro-AV technology, industry best practices, and thought leadership. We're excited to see this region grow so dramatically and impact the overall progression of the AV industry globally."

The inaugural InfoComm Southeast Asia will run May 15-17, 2019, at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). For more information,

AVIXA is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 5,400 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence and thought leadership. Additional information is available at

About InfoCommAsia
InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd extends its influence through three marquee shows: Beijing InfoComm China, Chengdu InfoComm China, InfoComm India, and InfoComm Southeast Asia.

Each show comprises an exhibition that showcases the world's most cutting-edge and in-demand inventions, and a summit that presents learning opportunities. Bringing together industry players and top-level decision-makers from across all industries, the shows enable industry players to tap into the vast potential presented by the pro-AV and integrated experience technology markets of each country and region.


Krystle Murphy, Communications Manager, AVIXA
Phone: +1.703.279-6366

David Lim, Senior Director, InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd
Phone: +65 9683 5275

Source: AVIXA

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eBay-Fujian Cross-Border E-commerce Summit opens in Fuzhou
Mar 14, 2018

FUZHOU, China, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S.-based on-line auction giant eBay on Tuesday announced a new plan to help more Chinese brands seek business potential overseas.

The "Thousand Sails Plan" was published at the eBay-Fujian Cross-Border E-commerce Summit, held March 13 and 15 at the Fuzhou Strait International Conference and Exhibition Center. This Summit is led and organized by China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone in Fuzhou.

Under the plan, eBay aims to help a thousand Chinese brands to enter overseas markets through its e-commerce platform. The company will offer support with its experience in big data, market analysis and marketing resources.

Excellent brands and sellers whose overseas sales volume grew from zero to over a million U.S. dollars within a year on eBay were awarded at the summit.

In January, eBay and Linca Industrial (Fujian) Group Co., Ltd. inaugurated a cross-border e-commerce industrial park in China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone in Fuzhou, capital of east China's Fujian Province. The park is the first industrial park with a full industry chain of cross-border e-commerce in China.

"Linca has grasped the opportunity of Belt and Road Initiative and preferential policies in Fujian in recent years to fasten the construction and operation of logistics and industrial parks. By combining e-commerce with finance, payment, training and exhibition services, we have laid solid foundation in relevant industries and services. We hope this summit can become a benchmark in cross-border e-commerce in China," said Chen Longji, board chairman of Linca.

"As leader and promoter of global cross-border e-commerce, eBay hopes this summit can work as a platform for sellers, manufacturers as well as service providers in logistics, finance and IT to join hands and work together to make the e-commerce industry bigger and stronger," said John Lin, chief executive officer of eBay Greater China.

"Fuzhou has held a series of cross-border e-commerce events over the past year. These events have greatly promoted the upgrading of traditional export enterprises and industries such as logistics, payment and finance. This year, China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone in Fuzhou will help 100 domestic companies to explore overseas markets including the European Union, Japan, Australia and India via e-commerce platforms such as eBay and Amazon," said Liang Yong, deputy director of the Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone.

Established in 1995 in California, eBay is one of the largest, most dynamic e-commerce platforms in the world. The company has been the top choice for many Chinese companies to explore overseas markets.

Fujian is the second largest cross-border e-commerce exporting province in China and registered an annual growth of over 35 percent in cross-border e-commerce exports over the past three years. The capital city of Fuzhou is home to many manufacturers and e-commerce sellers.

Source: China (Fujian) Pilot Free Trade Zone in Fuzhou

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Colt and PCCW Global Demonstrate Speedy Payment Settlements using Blockchain Technology
JCN Newswire
Mar 14, 2018

The Proof of Concept undertaken by Colt and PCCW Global reduced inter-carrier settlement time from hundreds of man-hours per month to less than a minute

LONDON - (ACN Newswire) - Colt Technology Services and PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, have collaborated with Clear, a blockchain start-up company, to demonstrate that inter-carrier settlement times can be reduced from hours to minutes by blockchain technology.

The objective of this Proof of Concept (PoC) was to ascertain if the advantages offered by blockchain technology could be applied to make inter-carrier settlements more efficient, reliable, and scalable.

This PoC was specifically focused on the settlement area of wholesale voice minutes, as the majority of telecom operators have similar processes for these transactions.

Today, despite the financial importance of these settlements to wholesale carriers, they still involve manual transactions which are costly for all parties. In the trial, the application of blockchain's decentralised, cryptographically enforced, immutable ledger technology resulted in tens of thousands of call records being analysed and settled in a few minutes. Using blockchain technology, hundreds of hours of manual work were reduced to seconds of automated verification and settlement.

Furthermore, blockchain technology adds an extra layer of security and trust to transactions in an industry where sensitive and proprietary information is frequently exchanged, fraud is rife, and dispute resolution can be lengthy and complex.

Most of today's blockchain technologies lack solutions for scalability, contract privacy and enterprise grade business logic, all critical for an industry wide settlement and clearing platform. However, through the use of proprietary technologies, this PoC demonstrated the viability of a blockchain-based wholesale trading system.

Both Colt and PCCW Global are members of the ITW Global Leaders' Forum (GLF), where discussions on blockchain have featured heavily, and it was in this forum that the collaboration was cemented. GLF aims to foster an environment within the telecom industry that focuses on ubiquity and interoperability among providers. This PoC was centred around these themes by attempting to understand how a technology such as blockchain can benefit the sector as a whole.

Carl Grivner, Chief Executive Officer of Colt, said, "It is our goal to create a more agile, customer oriented organisation, and one way in which we are doing this is by exploring the benefits of disruptive technologies, such as blockchain. Collaborating with PCCW Global and Clear is ground breaking, as we have demonstrated how blockchain can transform the way we conduct business in the telecom industry."

Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global and the Chairman of the GLF, said, "Everyone is talking about blockchain but the use cases in the telecom industry have been fairly limited until now. Whilst this deployment is currently only at the PoC stage, through our collaboration with Colt we are eager to demonstrate how the many potential uses of blockchain across our industry can deliver value by improving the ways in which we interoperate."

Gal Hochberg, Chief Executive Officer of Clear, said, "It is exciting for any business to create something that has the power to truly innovate how an entire industry operates. This PoC marks the beginning of how blockchain is set to revolutionise the telecom sector."

During two separate demonstrations, one of which took place at the Pacific Telecommunications Council annual conference in January 2018, the PoC showcased the use of blockchain to positively settle payments for inter-carrier voice traffic. It reduced what can take several weeks, and sometimes months, of intense manual labour down to less than a minute.

"This PoC could also see the beginning of a cryptocurrency model where, rather than exchanging cash to settle transactions, carriers could move to a token-based credit environment. If successful, such a model could be rolled out beyond the carrier community to other technology service providers," concluded Mr. Grivner.

About Colt

Colt aims to be the leader in enabling customers' digital transformation through agile and on-demand, high bandwidth solutions. The Colt IQ Network connects over 800 data centres across Europe, Asia and North America's largest business hubs, with over 25,000 on net buildings and growing.

Colt has built its reputation on putting customers first. Customers include data intensive organisations spanning over 200 cities in nearly 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in its industry and able to provide the best customer experience at a competitive price. For more information, please

About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 150 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding "as-a-service" solutions including OTT video and Unified Communications.

PCCW Global is headquartered in Hong Kong, and maintains regional centers in Belgium, China, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. To learn more about PCCW Global, please

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go. For more information, please

About Clear

Clear builds blockchain-based wholesale services clearing and settlement platforms for entire industries, and the economies that support them. Using smart-contracts and state-of-the-art cryptography, Clear's technology platforms enable enterprises to transition from current inefficient and manual processes to real-time trading and clearing on a global scale without compromise. By partnering with industry leaders, sustainable supporting economies are created, fostering evolution and innovation for the benefit of all participants. Clear aims to build a global infrastructure that allows organizations to leverage the opportunities and meet the challenges created by digital transformation, reduce costs and increase coordination and cooperation. Let's make it Clear. To learn more about Clear, please

For further information, please contact:
Nola Pocock
Tel: +447917714377

Ivan Ho
PCCW Group
Tel: +85228838747

Roni Shani
Tel: +1 6467608118

Issued by Colt Technology Services.

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