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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) will start exporting locally produced vehicles to different parts of Southeast Asia next year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Thursday. DTI said in a statement Mitsubishi will be exporting Mirage and L300 units by 2019, a move which could help address the country’s worsening trade deficit. Read more: https://business.inquirer.net/262144/mitsubishi-to-export-cars-produced-in-ph…


Construction of more roads, health facilities, school buildings as well as local projects in Mindanao nearly doubled the national government’s infrastructure expenditures in October to P94.4 billion, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday. The latest Department of Budget and Management data showed that disbursements on infrastructure and other capital outlays jumped 83.4 percent in October from P51.5 billion a year ago. Read mor…


Leading technology company PT Tokopedia announced on Wednesday that it had secured US$1.1 billion in its latest financing round, led by the SoftBank Vision Fund and Alibaba Group with participation by Softbank Ventures Korea and other existing investors. Tokopedia said in a press statement that it planned to use the funds to build technology and infrastructure that empowers millions of local businesses to grow to drive financial inclusion in Indo…


Singapore-based Gogoprint has acquired Prinzio, an Indonesian printing start-up specialising in commercial printing outsourcing, to boost the growth of its business in Indonesia. In a media statement, Gogoprint said that Prinzio has been operating in Indonesia since 2016 and is backed by principal investor, East Ventures. The startup has worked with clients including Google, e-payments platform Ovo and e-commerce firm Tokopedia. Gogoprint added t…


As hundreds of customers have started to deal with the aggressive debt collectors of illegal financial technology (fintech) lenders, relevant organizations like the Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the Indonesian Fintech Lender Association (AFPI) are starting to realize the importance of joining forces against these illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders. “Our position is the same [with the OJK]. Illegal fintech lenders should be ext…


The Honeywell UGM Connected Laboratory is a product of the collaboration between the Gadjah Mada University and Honeywell.   The Indonesian Minister for Research Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir was present at the recent inauguration of a technology facility at the Gadjah Mada University. According to a recent report, the Honeywell UGM Connected Laboratory is a product of the collaboration between the Unive…


We’ve heard people (or struggle with this ourselves) sharing stories on how they had to sacrifice their dreams for the sake of “reality”. Thinking of what you really want in life can be a real dilemma, especially if you’re uncertain whether that particular path is worth investing your time and resources into. In these type of scenarios, people assume that compromises are needed to be made, but that’s not always the c…


 Vietnamese airports are estimated to serve 106 million passengers and handle nearly 1.5 million tonnes of cargo during 2018, up 12.9 percent and 7.7 percent year-on-year respectively, reported the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV).Vietnamese airlines transported more than 50 million passengers and nearly 400,000 tonnes of goods, representing respective increases of 14 percent and 26 percent compared to the previous year.At present,…


A selection of 97 Vietnamese producers of national-branded products from this year will be announced at a ceremony at the Hanoi Opera House in downtown Hanoi on December 20.The information was revealed at a press conference held by the Ministry of Industry and Trade’s Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (Vietrade) on December 12.Vietrade General Director Vu Ba Phu said that this year, about 1,500 enterprises have registered or been nominated by …


The Vietnam International Machinery Fair (VIMAF) and the Vietnam Supporting Industry Fair (VSIF) kicked off in Ho Chi Minh City on December 12.The first-ever events, held at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre, feature around 450 booths of 300 businesses from Vietnam and other countries, including the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and India.They showcase a wide range of industrial products such as factory automation, products sup…


The Saigon Autotech & Accessories 2019 expo is set to take place during May 23-26, 2019 at Ho Chi Minh City’s Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre.The event will be held by Asia Trade Fair and Business Promotion (ATFA), in collaboration with the industry agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Vietnam Association of Supporting Industries.................


The Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs held a local dialogue between overseas Vietnamese firms and leaders of municipal departments and agencies on December 12 to discuss opportunities and challenges in starting companies in the city. Speaking at the event, Chairman of the committee Phung Cong Dung said in recent years, Vietnamese worldwide have wanted to contribute to local development. However, conditions for startu…


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Top prize of $25,000 for professionals and $10,000 for students   Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is inviting entries for the inaugural NTU Singapore Global Digital Art Prize.     This biennial international competition is designed to recognise outstanding creativity in art, design and cultural heritage that makes significant use of digital tools in its creation.    To be awarded for …


Chirpey is a social app exclusive to women, that lets users initiate discussions, exchange tips, and arrange meet-ups with other travellers. Co-founders Karyn Lim, Ngin Yun Chuan, and Ong Qi Yong developed the app together after their experience in Silicon Valley under a programme offered by NUS. Women today are empowered and unashamed to experience the world through travel. But that doesn’t mean the world is forgiving when it comes to dan…


 Owners of electric scooters will be able to register their devices with the authorities from Jan 2. The registration fee of S$20 will be waived for owners who register their e-scooters by Mar 31, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said this in a media release on Wednesday (Dec 12).   Advertisemen Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/registration-of-e-scooters-opens-jan-2-lta-singpost-11024684


Singaporeans Nicole Su and Chelsea Low started making candles as a hobby, and debuted their brand at a local flea market in 2015. With just two makers, Hush Candle produces home fragrances using only natural ingredients and are stocked in Singapore and Malaysia. Our eyes can’t see a fragrance wafting through the air, but its presence is known and has the power to put us at ease, or make us feel refreshed. We light candles at home to help u…


Should restaurant diners have to pay extra if they bring in their own cake? The issue has sparked a debate online, after food blogger Dr Leslie Tay - who posts at ieatishootipost.sg - wrote on Facebook about a recent dining incident. "So surprised that the pizza restaurant we just had dinner at just told us that they charge S$15 if we wish to cut our birthday cake!" wrote Dr Tay in his post on Sunday (Dec 9). "Since when did this 'anti-celebrator…


When Tan Yining first started her business at the age of 21, she was probably one of the first florists to sell flowers that couldn’t wilt. At that time, she was a first-year student at the Singapore Institute of Technology studying radiography but she decided to drop out to focus on Timeless Fleur, full-time. Since launching Timeless Fleur in late 2016, she has served customers from Canada, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, a…


The editor of socio-political website The Online Citizen (TOC) was charged with criminal defamation on Thursday (Dec 13) for publishing an article that alleged corruption among the Singapore Government's highest officers. Xu Yuanchen, better known as Terry Xu, was charged alongside the alleged author of the article, 35-year-old Daniel De Costa. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/online-citizen-toc-editor-terry-x…


DIVERSIFIED products and technology company Honeywell International Philippines, Inc. opened its central office in Taguig City on Tuesday, a sign of its bullish outlook on the country. Honeywell Philippines President Jeffrey R. Estrella said the company has been recording a revenue growth of more than twice the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) of 6.5% in the past two years. “In terms of total revenues, without going in specif…


Half of the 5.66 billion baht distributed to 11.3 million recipients of the government's welfare and subsidy scheme was disbursed within three days after the handout programme started, says the Comptroller-General's... link:https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/1592158/welfare-handout-half-depleted-in-3-days


Thailand’s Internet economy in 2018 is estimated at US$12 billion. It is the second largest in SEA with a 22 per cent growth rate per year and is expected to be worth US$43 billion in 2025. Thailand’s Internet economy currently contributed 2.7 per cent of national gross domestic product (GDP), lower than China and the US’ 6.5 per cent in 2016, which means there is huge opportunity to accelerate growth.   According to a re…


The success of a country’s digital transformation lies in changing employee mindsets and organisational culture, as much as access to technology and specialists.   A recently released white paper has disclosed that for 2018, the ranking of the Philippines in the aspect of digital transformation has remained stagnant. As reported, the Philippines retained its 10th ranking among the 11 countries included in the 2018 Asia…


There are hopes that the car will be the catalyst to elevate Cyberjaya from its current state as a mere satellite township for administrative capital Putrajaya to become a technology hub. Moreover, the government will share the prototype with the public, it is hoped, early next year.   According to a recent report, the progress of Malaysia’s third national car took a huge leap forward last week, when it was put before the govern…


Share:LinkedinfacebookTwitter The programme aims to enhance the skills of its graduates, especially in communications through the use of tech, so they can become part of the skilled workforce that contributes towards achieving the country’s aspirations.   The current century demands that the workforce, in order to be high-quality, be made up of individuals who are versatile and able to adapt rapidly to the ever-changing economy and …


Learning to manage data efficiently and rolling out solutions to intelligently process and manage all the information coming from all sides are key pillars to digital transformation.   A digital universe can be described simply as all the data that humans have created, copied, and made accessible digitally. And according to IT tech leaders who attended a recent enterprise tech convention in Cebu, Philippines, the digital universe will be 2…


The promotion of the potential of drone technology in rice farming would cut farmers’ production costs while luring young people back to farming. By bringing it to the ground, rice stakeholders in awe of this flying technology would cease to feel that it is out of reach.   The adoption of the drone technology in farms is being pushed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute(PhilRice). As reported, some of the benefits to b…


President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo launched the One Map Policy Geoportal (KSP Geoportal) on Tuesday as a national information portal to serve as a point of reference for land use planning by all government institutions and the general public. Jokowi said he expected the one-map policy to address the issue of overlapping land claims in the country. “In our country, there is too much overlap in land use planning. The problem occurs an…


State-owned construction company Wijaya Karya (Wika) has announced that it has won development contracts in 10 countries: Algeria, Malaysia, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, the Philippines, Senegal, Taiwan, Timor Leste and the United Arab Emirates. "We will develop 5,000 houses in Algeria, Kinman Bridge in Taiwan and the Presidential Palace in Niger. We want to do our best to complete the projects,” said Wika president director Tumi…


Owning a house is a dream for everyone, including millennials, but the majority of them find it hard to put aside their income for a down payment and monthly mortgage installments because of increasing property prices. In response, the government is preparing a policy to provide subsidized mortgages to millennials. Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said in Jakarta on Monday millennials would be included as potential recipients …


Bank Indonesia (BI) plans to see the market share of sharia finance rise to 20 percent by 2023 from its current share of 8 percent. “The market share of sharia finance was long stuck at 5 percent, but with developments in various sectors in addition to sharia banking, like the issuance of sukuk [sharia bond] and other instruments, its share now touches 8 percent,” said BI Governor Perry Warjiyo in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday. …


Hanoi is expected to become one of the country’s three major logistics hubs that meet international standards, said a municipal official. Nguyen Thanh Hai, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Industry and Trade, said Hanoi has launched a project on managing and developing logistics services in the locality by 2025. Accordingly, the city will build two logistics centres in its north and south, each spanning from 20 to 50…


 Google is researching the procedures for opening a representative office in Vietnam to ensure that its compliance with local regulations is in line with its international commitments, Senior Vice President Ken Walker has said.Walker unveiled the move during a reception by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue for him in Hanoi on December 11, as part of his trip to Vietnam to meet with a number of public agencies and localities.The official t…


The national costume representing Banh mi or Vietnamese Bread, worn by H’Hen Nie, the Vietnamese representative in Miss Universe 2018, was selected among the 15 best outfits by Global Beauties.


 The first Balade en France in Hanoi is set to take place at the city’s Ly Thai To Statue Square from December 14-16, said French Ambassador to Vietnam Bertrand Lortholary in a media briefing on December 11 in Hanoi.It is a review event of the series of activities organised as part of the celebration of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-France diplomatic ties (1973-2018) and the 5th anniversary of the strategic partnership, organised by …


The app matches the client’s legal problem with the lawyer’s expertise, location and language.   An application that matches potential clients with lawyers for legal consultations has been launched, according to a recent report. The LexMeet app offers real-time online consultation on their video chat platform where clients can directly ask questions and receive legal advice. Clients can register for free after downloading …


The system supports hospitals preparing for a near-paperless setup using integrated electronic medical records. Being a web-based system has given the institution the option of using the cloud. This helped them save and reduce capital expenses.   A new hospital information system is going to help one of the Philippines’ healthcare institutions to becoming more technologically equipped and operationally efficient. According to a recen…


Vietnam Airlines plans to move its shares from the UPCoM (Unlisted Public Company Market) to the Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange, home to the country’s largest stocks, by April 2019. The Financial Times first reported that the state-owned carrier will publicly list on the southern bourse, also known locally as HOSE, in the first quarter of next year. Reuters said on Tuesday Vietnam Airlines will float 1.4 billion shares on HOSE in earl…


A seminar was held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 11 to help local businesses gain an insight into the Republic of Korea’s (RoK) regulations on plant protection product residues on farm produce exported to this market.Kim Ki-joon, President of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) for Southeast Asia-Oceania, said after the Vietnam-RoK Free Trade Agreement took effect in December 2015, bilateral trade, including in agricultura…


Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong expressed wish to acquire the Chinese city of Chengdu’s experience in urban and transportation management during a reception on December 11 for visiting Mayor Luo Qiang. Phong hailed Chengdu for winning the title of the happiest city of China, adding that Ho Chi Minh City is working to turn itself into a civilised, modern and friendly city. He said China …


Electric vehicles owners will have access to more charging points next year, when BlueSG opens its charging network to third-party vehicles.  The electric car-sharing company announced this on Tuesday (Dec 11) to mark its first anniversary in Singapore.    "Private owners, after subscribing to the service, will be able to conveniently charge their vehicles either in HDB, URA, JTC or private car parks," said BlueSG in a media releas…


 Mention “engineering” and the image of a nerdy, socially awkward character preoccupied with machines and working on mundane tasks springs to mind. In reality, however, that perception is far from true. Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/engineering-dirty-job-mundane-work-low-pay-starting-salary-11016470


ST Telemedia Global Data Centres has just unveiled plans to erect a new data centre in Singapore. The largest in the Republic, this will also be the company’s seventh data centre in Singapore.   The number of data centres popping up in Singapore have not been few. In August, search engine giant Google announced it will add its third data centre on the island. A month later, Zuckerberg’s Facebook shared plans to build its f…


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Windows Windows in your flat are subject to constant rain and wind exposure. Hence, you would need to maintain them as they will deteriorate over time due to fair wear and tear. Regular maintenance of windows is essential for safety. When to check your windows As a flat owner or occupant, you are responsible for the upkeep of the windows in your flat. Otherwise, a window could fall and cause serious injury or worse to those below. You should chec…


Singapore Post Limited is powering up with AI in snail mail. AI will be integrated into its next-generation regional logistics platform LaMP. This will provide unprecedented parcel traceability and reliability for customers across Southeast Asia.   For 160 years, Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) has been the country’s postal service provider. Moving away from an era of snail mail, SingPost has been championing innovative mail and lo…


The start-up ecosystem in Batam will be boosted by MoUs signed with various educational institutions within Indonesia as well as those outside of it.   The start-up ecosystem in the Indonesian island of Batam will be receiving a boost as Indonesian organisations have announced a series of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to support its growth. According to a recent report, the core focus of these MoUs is to provide programme initia…


Indonesia has one of the world’s youngest populations, which is expected to boost the country’s labour productivity in the next few years. But they lack skilled workers in areas such as information systems and technology; and artificial intelligence and robotics, among others.   The youth of Indonesia will greatly benefit from the US$ 200 million loan that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved. According to a recent&nbs…


Making Indonesia 4.0 aims to make the country a part of the top 10 countries with the strongest economy in the world by 2030. Among the disruptive tech involved with the Industrial Revolution 4.0 are IoT, big data, cloud computing, AI, mobility, VR/AR, sensors and automation systems.   The Indonesian government has launched the Making Indonesia 4.0 to prepare the country for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0). According to the recen…