Alipay and Singapore Tourism Board join hands to boost Chinese tourist spending
Jul 16, 2018

Partnership is aimed at increasing Singapore’s destination branding and awareness, driving visitor spend and enhancing STB’s understanding of a key consumer group

SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alipay, the world’s leading mobile and online payment and lifestyle platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, together with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), have launched a series of joint marketing initiatives aimed at raising destination awareness of Singapore and driving tourist spending among Chinese visitors.

Alipay and STB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in September 2017 to enhance Chinese tourists’ overall experience in Singapore. Under the MOU, both parties agreed, among other things, to explore co-investing in joint-marketing initiatives to encourage Chinese tourists to spend with Alipay while in Singapore.

Since signing the MOU, Alipay has experienced double-digit growth in user spending. China has also become Singapore’s top market in 2017 for both tourism receipts and visitor arrivals, contributing S$4.2 billion in tourism receipts and 3.2 million visitor arrivals.

The marketing activities are designed to incentivize Alipay users, through rewards and discounts, to spend across different types of tourism businesses such as retail, F&B and attractions, further boosting their spending in Singapore. Alipay and STB will also create tailored itineraries that are aligned with STB’s new Passion Made Possible brand. These itineraries will encourage Alipay users to pursue their passions by exploring and discovering new attractions, dining and shopping experiences. It will also give them more reasons to visit and spend more in Singapore.

Additionally, the partnership will deepen STB’s understanding of Chinese visitors’ consumer behavior and spending patterns, leveraging Alipay’s insights.

“With China being Singapore’s top source market for both visitor arrivals and tourist spending last year, we are pleased to partner with Alipay as their keen insights and deep understanding of Chinese consumers will help us to continue to grow in this critical market.

We hope to continue to broaden over time our partnership with Alipay to explore more innovative marketing initiatives in the areas of content, digital and technology to further enhance the Chinese visitor experience,” said Ms Jacqueline Ng, Director, Marketing Partnerships & Planning, STB.

“Singapore is a favorite destination for Chinese travelers. According to research released by Nielsen last year, it is one of Chinese tourists’ top ten preferred travel destinations in the world. Alipay is very pleased to be working together with the Singapore Tourism Board to ensure the consistent smart lifestyle for Chinese travelers in Singapore that they experience at home. At the same time, we are excited to connect more merchants in Singapore with Chinese tourists and be discovered by them through the app,” said Cherry Huang, General Manager, Cross-border Business for South and Southeast Asia, Alipay.

Alipay is committed to helping more local merchants be discovered by Chinese tourists and better supporting the needs of the Chinese travelers by providing a more efficient and convenient payment method via its platform. Mobile payment is gaining momentum among Chinese travelers overseas. According to the recent Nielsen report1, 65% of Chinese tourists used mobile payment platforms during their overseas travels, more than six times in comparison to non-Chinese tourists (11%). Over 90% of Chinese tourists would consider using mobile payments when traveling overseas if more overseas merchants accepted them.

About Alipay

Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, Alipay is the world’s largest mobile and online payment platform. Launched in 2004, Alipay currently has over 520 million active users and over 200 domestic financial institution partners. Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app. In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Alipay’s in-store payment service covers more than 40 countries across the world, and tax reimbursement via Alipay is supported in 29 countries and regions. Alipay works with over 250 overseas financial institutions and payment solution providers to enable cross-border payments for Chinese traveling overseas and overseas customers who purchase products from Chinese e-commerce sites. Alipay currently supports 27 currencies.

About the Singapore Tourism Board

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is the lead development agency for tourism, one of Singapore’s key economic sectors. Together with industry partners and the community, we shape a dynamic Singapore tourism landscape. We bring the Passion Made Possible brand to life by differentiating Singapore as a vibrant destination that inspires people to share and deepen their passions. For more information, visit or or follow us on Twitter @STB_sg.


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Siemens and Alibaba Cloud Partner to Power Industrial Internet of Things in China
Jul 09, 2018

MoU signed under the witness of German chancellor and Chinese premier
Siemens MindSphere to be deployed and operated on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure for China Mainland market

BERLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Siemens and Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to partner to foster the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) in China. The two companies will leverage each other’s technology and industry resources to build a unique IoT solution to support Industrie 4.0, China’s manufacturing upgrade and transformation and other industrial Internet initiatives. Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG and Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud signed the MoU in Berlin under the witness of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during his official visit to Germany.

“We continue to build our global industrial digital network by partnering with Alibaba Cloud. This cooperation is a landmark deal for bringing Industrie 4.0-solutions to China as the world’s powerhouse of manufacturing. Our customers will be able to unlock the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things with MindSphere now also on the leading Chinese cloud platform,” said Joe Kaeser. “Today, we further strengthen our global leadership in automating and digitalizing the industrial world.”

“Today’s landmark partnership marks an exciting step towards Alibaba Cloud’s goal to enable digital transformation across the globe. We are delighted to partner with Siemens and together we hope to accelerate the adoption of IoT products and services that will create industry-wide breakthroughs and progress,” said Simon Hu.

As part of Siemens’ comprehensive digital offerings, MindSphere is Siemens’ cloud-based, open IoT operating system that delivers a wide range of device and enterprise connectivity options, robust applications, advanced analytics, and closed-loop innovation with complete digital twin solutions. The implementation of MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud will provide compelling services for companies in China Mainland to innovate with advanced industrial solutions.

Under the MoU, both companies will begin collaborating immediately and intend to make MindSphere on Alibaba Cloud available in 2019.

For further information on MindSphere, please see:

About Siemens AG

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 377,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at

About Alibaba Cloud

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud (, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top three IaaS providers according to Gartner, and the largest provider of public cloud services in China, according to IDC. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and government organizations. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

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Alibaba Group and Bolloré Group Announce Global Partnership Agreement
Jul 08, 2018

Hangzhou (China), Paris (France), July 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Alibaba Group and Bolloré Group today announced a global partnership agreement in the fields of cloud services, innovation and digital transformation, clean energy and mobility, as well as logistics.

The companies signed an extensive Memorandum of Understanding outlining the areas in which their respective business units and subsidiaries, including Alibaba Cloud, Cainiao Smart Logistic Network, Bolloré Logistics and Blue Solutions, have agreed to cooperate and develop a number of relevant joint projects. In addition, the groups decided to share their expertise and market knowledge to explore new business opportunities, notably in China, Europe and Africa.

Main joint initiatives and projects include:

--- Cloud computing and innovation

As part of the agreement, Alibaba Cloud, the computing arm of Alibaba Group, will provide a comprehensive suite of solutions to the Bolloré Group, encompassing cloud computing capabilities, big data, artificial intelligence, content delivery network and security solutions, which will be combined with the knowledge and strength of the Bolloré Group to create joint value proposition.

--- Smart and clean mobility, clean energy

• Alibaba Group and Blue Solutions will explore the opportunity to co-develop solutions for Internet electric cars and buses, bringing the Internet experience (voice control, multimedia, navigation and autonomous driving) to the driving experience.

• The two companies will also explore cooperation opportunities in the development of car-sharing solutions in China.

• In an era when sustainability and electricity storage have become major concerns for citizens, cities and governments, the Bolloré Group draws on batteries and electricity storage technologies to deliver solutions for the production, storage and smart consumption of electricity. Alibaba and Bolloré groups will look at the feasibility to implement such clean energy solutions at Alibaba’s data centers worldwide.

--- Logistics

• Bolloré Logistics, a global leader in international transport and logistics, number 1 in France and Africa, and among the top 10 players in the world, and Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics business of Alibaba Group, agreed to work together on identifying cooperation opportunities with their respective logistics capabilities, hubs and networks, in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

• The two companies will also share best practices and will look into the development of some joint software and data management solutions.

In making the announcement, Cyrille Bolloré, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Bolloré Group, commented:” We are delighted to have concluded this comprehensive partnership agreement with a leading international company such as Alibaba Group. We are looking forward to working with them and their subsidiaries to develop business in our respective markets and join forces in other parts of the world. The many areas of cooperation and several joint projects already identified by our respective teams are particularly promising. We are also very pleased by our common willingness to share best practice and expertise that will be of strong benefit to all our companies.”

Terry von Bibra, General Manager Europe, Alibaba Group, said: “We are extremely pleased to kick off this collaboration with a prominent player across key industries like Bolloré Group. As a global technology company, digital transformation and innovation in all fields are fundamental drivers of Alibaba’s mission of making it easy to do business anywhere, with the ultimate goal of better serving our consumers and stakeholders worldwide, today and tomorrow. Hence, we are confident that the expertise and skills brought by all the different parties will generate incredible value and opportunities as the partnership unfolds.”

Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud, said: “Today’s landmark partnership marks an exciting step towards Alibaba Cloud’s goal to empower our customers with our inclusive and cutting-edge technology. We are proud to bring our cloud computing, big data and AI technology to the Bolloré Group and support their vision of being the pioneers in digital transformation. The sophisticated cloud services provided by Alibaba Cloud and the expertise of Bolloré Group will complement each other and create synergy in servicing our customers more effectively as well as providing them the opportunity to succeed in digital age.”


About Alibaba Group
Alibaba Group's mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere. The company aims to build the future infrastructure of commerce. It envisions that its customers will meet, work and live at Alibaba, and that it will be a company that lasts at least 102 years.

About Bolloré Group
Founded in 1822, the Bolloré Group is one of the 500 largest companies in the world. Listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, the majority interest of the Group's stock is always controlled by the Bolloré family. This stable majority control of its capital allows the Group to develop a long-term investment policy. Thanks to a diversification strategy based on innovation and on international development, it now holds strong positions in all its activities around three business lines, Transportation and Logistics, Communication, Electricity Storage and solutions. In addition to its activities, the Group manages a number of financial assets including plantations and financial investments.

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NUS and SMI set up S$18m research centre to enhance global competitiveness of Singapore’s maritime and port industries
Jul 01, 2018

With the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) today established a S$18 million research centre to enable Singapore’s maritime and port industries to develop innovative capabilities and enhance their global competitiveness. The agreement to set up the new centre was signed today by Professor Chua Kee Chaing, Dean of NUS Faculty of Engineering, and Mr Toh Ah Cheong, Executive Director of SMI.

The new Centre of Excellence in Modelling and Simulation for Next Generation Ports (C4NGP) will be part of the NUS Faculty of Engineering and it will work with companies in Singapore’s maritime and port sectors to improve their technical knowhow, efficiency and productivity, and prepare them for the next phase of global competition.

C4NGP will also work closely with companies to ensure that the Centre’s research and development efforts are aligned with industry needs. Over the next five years, the Centre aims to focus on the following areas:

  • Design and build maritime systems, including simulation platforms that cater to the needs of maritime and port related industries;
  • Conduct navigational channel capacity studies and develop systems to simulate and optimise incoming and outgoing marine traffic;
  • Study various port terminal systems, including automated guided vehicle optimisation, scheduling and charging strategies; container yard storage management strategies; analysis of future port systems; and traffic flows within port terminals; and
  • Examine land transport-related systems such as port gateway design systems and analysis of inter-terminal traffic movement between port terminals.
    At steady state, C4NGP is expected to have about 20 NUS researchers working on projects in these important areas.

    Professor Freddy Boey, NUS Senior Vice President (Graduate Education & Research Translation), said, “NUS is delighted to partner MPA and SMI to set up this new Centre of Excellence. The C4NGP will work closely with the industry to promote innovation in the port and maritime sectors and to co-create cutting-edge solutions that could advance these sectors. This concerted effort will greatly enhance the long-term competitiveness of the maritime and port industries, and further strengthen Singapore’s strong reputation as a global maritime hub.”

    Mr Toh said, “We are pleased to support the establishment of the C4NGP to deepen NUS’ capabilities in port modelling and simulation and to promote greater collaboration between the academia and the port community to increase the overall competitiveness of the maritime and port sectors.”

    “The establishment of C4NGP is timely as it deepens our port modelling, simulation and optimisation capabilities. The centre aims to improve the planning and operations of our Next-Generation Port at Tuas and the eco-system around the port. It will help PSA and Jurong Port with the optimisation of their existing and future operations as part of the Industry Transformation Map. Beyond our ports, we hope C4NGP can be a good repository of modelling expertise as well as serve as a platform for collaboration with institutions across the world to develop and establish standards for port modelling and simulation”, said Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA.

    The C4NGP Governing Board chaired by Prof Boey will comprise members from key stakeholders such as MPA, SMI and industry partners. The Centre will be jointly led by Associate Professor Chew Ek Peng and Associate Professor Lee Loo Hay from the Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management at NUS Faculty of Engineering.

    Assoc Prof Chew said, “The Centre aims to make significant impact to the port community, both locally and globally. We will work closely with industry partners and apply our expertise in modelling, simulation and optimisation to create next-generation ports and maritime systems as well as pioneer disruptive technologies that could potentially reshape the shipping industry.”

    This is one of the latest maritime research centres supported by SMI as part of its efforts to deepen research capabilities while developing a steady pool of quality maritime researchers in Singapore.

    SOURCE / the National University of Singapore

    ASEAN Center authorized to operate in Thailand as a foreign NGO
    Jul 01, 2018

    On 7 March 2018, the Thai Ministry of Labour's "Committee to Consider the Operation of Foreign Private Organizations" granted permission to Kyoto University’s ASEAN Center in Bangkok to operate as a foreign non-governmental organization (NGO). The NGO certificate was presented 24 May by Ms Supapitchaya Ruengves, the Ministry's labour specialist, to ASEAN Center Director Mamoru Shibayama, who is also a KyotoU professor emeritus.

    As a certified NGO, the ASEAN Center aims to further expand its activities promoting research, education, and other forms of collaboration among Japan, Thailand, and ASEAN universities and other institutions.

    Labour Specialist Ruengves and Director Shibayama

    SOURCE / Kyoto University

    Fullshare Holdings and Sparrow Early Learning join forces with FC Internazionale Milano as Official Education Partner Inter Academy Australia launched in Queensland
    Jun 29, 2018

    (27 June 2018 - Australia) Fullshare Holdings Limited ("Fullshare"; stock code: 607.HK) kicked off its partnership with FC Internazionale Milano ("Inter Milan") by launching Inter Academy Australia, the first Inter Milan football academy located in Australia, targeted at kids aged 3 to 15 years old.

    Inter Milan, an Italian Serie A Club and 3-times UEFA Champions League winner, has designated Fullshare and Sparrow Early Learning ("Sparrow") as its Official Education Partner. Inter Academy Australia will be delivered in conjunction with Sparrow, a subsidiary of Fullshare. Sparrow is one of Australia's leading early education and care providers offering a high-quality learning and nurturing program in beautiful facilities led by caring and qualified educators. Sparrow is committed to guiding and encouraging each child through their early years to have unique and meaningful experiences.

    Sparrow will provide children the opportunity to participate in the Inter Academy offerings in Australia, which includes soccer classes at Sparrow locations, after school soccer classes, soccer classes during vacation care and holiday soccer camps. Sparrow will partner with the Brisbane Roar FC Community Team who will provide technical assistance to Inter Academy Australia in Queensland. The Brisbane Roar FC Community Team would cooperate with Sparrow to deliver Inter Academy's trusted curriculum at locations across Queensland.

    The event was attended by Inter Chief Communication and Marketing Officer, Mr. Robert Faulkner, and Inter Academy coach Mr. Andrea Ratti, both of whom met with guests and the press, accompanying them during the launch. The group from Inter visited one of Sparrow's centres in Brisbane and were impressed by the quality of the facilities and the eagerness of the children to participate in Inter Academy Australia.

    "This is a very significant partnership for both companies" said Inter's Mr. Robert Faulkner during the presentation, "as it allows our Club to reach new countries with huge potential via our experienced coaches and using our unique and trusted coaching method of the Inter Academy. Thanks to the support of Sparrow, our local partner in the Asia Pacific region, we will roll-out this model quickly across Australia, and beyond in the near future."

    Co-head of Investment Department at Fullshare, Mr. Jonathan Broughton highlighted that, "Fullshare is proud to unveil the first Inter Academy offering in Australia as part of Fullshare's expanding presence in the education and tourism sectors of Australia. We are already looking forward to expanding Inter Academy's presence in Australia for children aged 3 to 15 years old and promoting sports education and a healthy lifestyle. We look forward to children joining the Sparrow family and participating in the upcoming Inter Academy Australia events."

    CEO of Sparrow, Mr. John Bairstow commented that: "What children learn in the early years has a profound and dramatic impact on their entire life. Countless independent studies have found that teaching children the importance of sport and healthy living improves the quality and duration of their lives and the community in which they live. We are extremely honored to have this opportunity to work with one of Europe's leading football clubs, which shares our passion of improving the lives of young people. This project will not only teach children about the benefits of playing this beautiful sport but expand their cultural awareness through getting closer to the Nerazzurri world and European football. We look forward to working successful with Inter on this project to inspire the next generation of Matildas and Socceroos. "

    Fullshare Holdings Limited (607.HK)
    Fullshare Holdings Limited is an international conglomerate listed in Hong Kong. The Company's business segments include renewable energy, tourism, education, and real estate. Fullshare is focused on growing its Tourism and Education business segments in the future.

    Sparrow Early Learning Pty Ltd., headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, operates 28 childcare centers in Queensland and Victoria. Sparrow's centers cater to children from the ages of six months to six years old. Sparrow is a subsidiary of Fullshare Holdings Limited.

    About FC Internazionale Milano S.p.A.
    FC Internazionale Milano S.p.A. was founded in 1908 and just celebrated its 110th anniversary on 9 Mar 2018. Inter is widely recognized as one of the most successful football clubs across the globe. The club has won various championships including 18 Italian Championships, 7 Coppa Italia, 5 Italian Super Cups, and 3 UEFA Cups. Inter is the only Italian club that has won the "Treble" (UEFA Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup in the same year).

    This press release is issued by DLK Advisory Limited on behalf of Fullshare Holdings Limited.

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    Shanghai Forum 2018 Annual Conference Closing Ceremony
    Jun 10, 2018

    On May 28th, the three-day annual conference “Shanghai Forum 2018” held its closing ceremony at Fudan University. At the closing ceremony, each high-level round table gave a report on the current status and main conclusions of their talk. Park In-kook, president of the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, and Jiao Yang, chairperson of the Fudan University Council, delivered their speeches respectively. Chen Zhimin, vice president of Fudan University, hosted the closing ceremony.

    This year, nearly one thousand political, business and academic elites and media representatives from all over the world gathered at Fudan University. Focusing on the theme of “Asia’s Responsibilities in a World of Change”, they aim at seeking Asia's future mission in the new global political and economic pattern.

    During the conference, through various forms of seminars, round-table discussions, and high-level conversation, experiences were shared among regions ranging from North America, Northern Europe, Central Europe, to Central Asia, ASEAN, Africa, and countries along the Belt and Road. A series of important issues have been discussed, in domains of international relations, the Belt and Road initiative, artificial intelligence, green governance, green financial innovation, digital health, the response to aging problem, the exploitation and governance of polar region, etc. Policy advice and decision-making reference have been provided on how Shanghai, China and Asia should react to the profound adjustments of international political and economic patterns, and how Asia can offer its resources and wit in a broader pattern of global governance.

    The Forum believes that confronted with the restructuring of the global political and economic pattern, the current fragmented and inefficient system of global governance has become incapable of coping with the emerging global challenges. New trends and changes are constantly spreading. Asia needs to consolidate cooperation and and collaborate to meet the challenges.

    Asia has a vast land with perse cultures, various political systems, and uneven levels of economic development. Faced with a complexity of traditional and non-traditional challenges, the entire Asian region needs to be more closely united, collaborate and integrate, deepen mutual political trust, increase mutual support, and build a community of shared future that treats and helps each other as equals, that shares weal and woe. Asia needs to adhere to inclusiveness and and strengthen a pragmatic cooperation. The rapid economic growth in Asia has remained among the highest contribution rates to the world economic growth, meanwhile it is also a beneficiary of the economic globalization.

    At present, Asia should continue to promote the regional cooperation system through dialogues and negotiations between countries. It should seize the opportunity of a new round of science&technology and industrial revolution, strive to achieve interconnection among trade, capital, and infrastructure, and build an open economic cooperation that motivates a constant rapid growth of the regional economy.

    Before the closing ceremony, the forum's organizing committee specially held a high-level conversation titled “Brain Science and Machine Learning: What Next?” The invited speakers included: Peter Dayan, fellow of the Royal Society and co-recipient of the Brain Prize in 2017; Li Zhaoping, professor of computational neuroscience in the Department of Computer Science in University College London; Shi Yu, professor of Physics at Fudan University; Xu Yingjin Changjiang Young Scholar by the Ministry of Education of P.R.C., and professor of Philosophy at Fudan University; and Zhu Pinpin, CEO, creator and founder of Xiaoi Robot. They exchanged thoughts on the cutting-edge issues in relevant fields, and proposed their countermeasures and suggestions for breaking down bottlenecks. The conversation was hosted by Zhang Lifen, professor of Journalism at Fudan University and former founding editor of

    More than 400 representatives from political, business and academic fields and media representatives at home and abroad were presented on the closing day. Chen Zhimin, vice president of Fudan University, announced the successful conclusion of the Shanghai Forum 2018 and expressed appreciations to the participation of guests all over the world and the contribution of volunteers.

    SOURCE / Fudan University, China

    TCEB and NIA join forces to elevate Thailand’s brand image on innovation
    Jun 04, 2018

    Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB and National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) or NIA embark on a mission to elevate Thailand as a MICE leader in the world arena. Through a joint campaign so-called ‘INNOVATION THAILAND’, in alignment with the Thailand 4.0 Policy, Thailand’s innovative projects will be displayed at MICE marketing promotion events in Thailand and overseas countries. Aiming to build a brand image for Thailand that enhances the attribute of innovation, the partners also agree to establish the ‘Innovative District’ in MICE Cities to stimulate the distribution of income and develop innovation capability for MICE professionals. The collaboration is aimed to create a value-add for MICE industry, increase more MICE events, and use innovation-driven events to build the local economy.

    Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya President of TCEB said that MICE industry is recognised as one of the service sectors which play an essential role in driving the country’s economy. The industry can utilise innovation as a tool to enhance the competitive capabilities and distribute prosperity and income to different parts of the country. TCEB has the policy to strengthen and develop innovation together with intelligent information to increase the sustainable competitiveness of Thailand’s MICE industry by the year 2022. In accordance with the policy, TCEB's MICE Intelligence and Innovation Department has been established to strengthen the sector through the information and innovation. The department is determined to develop solutions and applications to facilitate event organisers as well as business event attendees, Furthermore, it has missions to provide the guidelines for innovation-related events, establish partnership with alliances in the innovation industry which are in both domestic and international levels in order to collaborate, exchange knowledge, and drive the innovation to support the MICE industry.

    “With the aim to encourage and elevate MICE as a model industry for promoting intelligence and innovation, together with the intention to increase the sustainable competitiveness of Thailand MICE industry, TCEB and National Innovation Agency (NIA) signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance MICE industry through innovation and promote Thailand as a MICE hub that uses innovation to drive the local economy through business events. Both parties intend to jointly develop and improve the knowledge and income distribution to different regions through the marketing promotions, the development of MICE Cities, and the development of MICE professionals and MICE venues.”

    Under the MOU, TCEB and the NIA share common objectives in promoting innovation through MICE business. With a 5-year term of the initial implementation, the "INNOVATION THAILAND" campaign will be enhancing development in key areas which are: Innovation Promotion: To promote and elevate Thailand as a MICE leader in the world arena with the use of innovation through MICE road shows and tradeshows in Thailand and overseas countries; Innovation District: To promote the area-based innovation through the development of "MICE City". The aim is to create the distribution of prosperity and income to the locals by using MICE activities to drive the creation of a business and service environment together with the use of the innovation as a basis of stakeholder collaboration to create sustainable development in the area; and Innovation Capability: To develop and increase the innovation capability for MICE professionals at all levels through the "MICE Academy" which will enable these professionals to apply innovation to increase the value-add for MICE industry.

    Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, Executive Director of NIA, said that “The NIA has a comprehensive operation of the innovation developments in a variety of areas which respond to the change of today’s critical context. The five key areas are: The development of the entrepreneurs to increase the innovation capability and enhance skills in technology and innovation management for all levels through training activities and the enhancement of entrepreneurship; The development of innovation companies through different mechanisms including financial support, business consultant, and marketing expansion; The reduction of income inequality through the use of technology, creativity, and the distribution of basic infrastructures to increase the opportunity for all areas to access innovation; The establishment of awareness on the innovation in civil society to raise the recognition and the application of innovation for further development in different areas, and; The development of knowledge and database through studies, surveys, analyses, and academic evaluations to seek for issues, trends, and development of innovation which respond to what the country needs. This area also includes the creation of evaluation systems and tools that support the implementation of other areas through the development of IT innovation.”

    “This collaboration is aimed to promote and elevate Thailand to be the MICE leader in the global area. Through the campaign so-called “INNOVATION THAILAND”, the activity will establish the country’s brand image on innovation attribute and also encourage the use of innovation to develop MICE activities and stimulate the local economy which is in line with the Thai Government’s Thailand 4.0 Policy. The campaign enhances the use of technology as a tool to drive MICE industry to meet the international standard and to become a hub for MICE business. It will raise the potential and innovation capability in the local areas through the establishment of Innovation District, which is aimed to create income distribution by integrating the collaboration from public and private sectors. Furthermore, the partnership between NIA and TCEB will enhance the development of human resource in MICE sector though series of training and seminar conducted by NIA Academy. The aim is to create the new generation of MICE entrepreneurs who can apply the innovation to increase the value-add for MICE industry,” added Mr. Pun-Arj.

    Mr. Chiruit said, “The 5-year collaboration is expected to benefit Thailand’s MICE industry in term of the income distribution and the development of human resources which will be a key element to enhance the sustainable use of the innovation. The examples of successful projects conducted by TCEB’s MICE Intelligence and Innovation Department in the past are such as SMART MICE Innovation Awards: co-creation camp at the Knowledge Exchange Center; Service Design Workshop with MICE entrepreneurs; and SMART MICE Innovation Award. Meanwhile, the upcoming projects in the pipeline include the development of MICE Intelligence Website and Smart Biz Application (Phase II). Besides, TCEB and NIA plan to co-organize the Startup Idea Competition: Pro-league@ITW as well.”

    The first collaborative project between TCEB and NIA under the MOU is “Triple B: Digitalization in Bleisure Business Boom” which is aimed to promote MICE industry through the innovation at the Startup Thailand 2018. It will be the first time for Thailand’s MICE sector to join hand with the Startup network on a joint mission to seek new ideas to enhance MICE travellers’ experience. The primary objective is to use the Digital Service Design and Innovation to drive the industry into the Smart MICE and keep up with the rapid change in the digital world. The event will be held on 17 May, 15.00 – 18.00 hrs., at the Bouncy Stage, Hall A - Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC). Online registration opens now at


    Contact details

    For further information please contact: Corporate Communications Department, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization)

    Ms Parichat Svetasreni Tel: +66 2 694 6009 Email:

    Ms Paniyada Mulalin Tel: +66 2 694 6091 Email:

    Historic partnership between POWER-GEN Asia and the Indonesian Electrical Power Society
    Jun 01, 2018

    (L-R) Richard Ireland, Managing Director - Asia, Clarion Events; Pak Djoni Djulkifli, Vice Secretary General, MKI; Dr. Heru Dewanto, Secretary General of MKI

    1 June 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- PennWell and MKI (Masyarakat Ketenagalistrikan Indonesia), the Indonesian Electrical Power Society, are proud to announce a special Cooperation Partnership that sees POWER-GEN Asia* and the highly-respected National Electricity Day coming together this year to create an exciting joint power generation event, called The 73rd Indonesia National Electricity Day - POWER-GEN Asia.

    This joint event, taking place at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition in BSD City, Greater Jakarta, on 18-20 September 2018, provides all attendees with the unique opportunity to meet, engage and network with power generation professionals from Indonesia, the wider Asian region and from across the globe – an Asian power-focused event with a genuine international footprint.

    For more than a quarter of a century, POWER-GEN Asia has served as a leading forum where the electric power industry can meet, share and discuss solutions for advancing Asia and particularly the ASEAN’s electricity future. Attracting over 8,500+ attendees from more than 75 countries, POWER-GEN Asia covers all forms of power generation, from conventional to renewable energy and other low-carbon options.

    Hari Listrik Nasional or National Electricity Day, organized by MKI on behalf of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and PT. PLN Persero, the state-owned utility, is recognized as the foremost event for key stakeholders in Indonesia’s power sector, where discussions on how best to meet the challenges facing the industry and develop opportunities are held. National Electricity Day also has a central role in supporting the Government’s important electricity-related objectives.

    Dr. Heather Johnstone, Event Director of POWER-GEN Asia, said: “We are extremely honoured to be cooperating with such a prestigious organization as MKI, especially as this year marks the first time we have staged POWER-GEN Asia in Indonesia. By combining the strengths of these two highly-respected shows into The 73rd Indonesia National Electricity Day- POWER-GEN Asia we can offer attendees, whether from Indonesia or beyond, a truly productive three-day event.“

    Dr. Heru Dewanto, Secretary General of MKI, said: “We are delighted to be working with PennWell because the focus and expertise of POWER-GEN Asia complements National Electricity Day extremely well. Further, with POWER-GEN Asia being part of the POWER-GEN family, the 73rd Indonesia National Electricity Day - POWER-GEN Asia will provide a fantastic opportunity to strengthen global connections within Indonesia, enabling us to further implement the objectives of the Government”.

    For further information on The 73rd Indonesia National Electricity Day - POWER-GEN Asia, please visit:


    *With the partnership with MKI, it was decided to revert to the widely recognized and respected POWER-GEN Asia name from the Asia Power Week brand going forward

    For further information, please contact: Lee Catania, Senior Marketing Manager, PennWell Corporation T: +44 (0) 1992 656 647 | E:

    About Masyarakat Ketenagalistrikan Indonesia (MKI)

    MKI was established in 1998 as a forum for communication, coordination and consultation for all stakeholders in Indonesia’s electric power sector. MKI is a non-profit organization and is actively involved in formulating opinions and ideas on how to develop and expand the electricity sector in Indonesia, at both the national and international level, to create a truly self-reliant system that is characterized by the motto “Brighter, Stronger, Affordable and Outspread”. MKI members come from across the whole electricity value chain.

    About PennWell Corporation

    Founded in 1910 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, PennWell is a highly diversified business-to-business media and conference and exhibition company that provides quality content and integrated marketing solutions for a variety of industries, including electric power generation and delivery, hydropower and renewable energy. PennWell publishes over 130 print and on-line magazines and newsletters, conducts 40 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and has an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research and database services. In March 2018, PennWell was acquired by Clarion Events, one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK.

    About Clarion Events

    Clarion Events operates over 180 events in 50 countries from 15 offices in the UK, the US, South Africa, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Netherlands. Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now has interests in several global vertical industries including energy, security and defense, electronics, technology, fashion, retail, gaming and marketing. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. Learn more at

    Bolivia chooses ACI Systems as strategic partner to industrialize lithium deposits
    May 23, 2018

    Salar de Uyuni in the Andes in southwestern Bolivia is currently the world’s largest known deposit of lithium. The Bolivian state is creating a value chain to use the deposits of this raw material for industrial purposes. After a long and intensive decision-making process, the state-owned company Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB) selected the German company ACI-Systems as a strategic partner for this project.

    As an elementary component of lithium-ion batteries, currently the most promising alternative for implementing the electric vehicle offensive, lithium is one of the most sought-after raw materials. It is also needed for mobile phone and laptop batteries, as well as for solar energy storage systems. So far largely untouched, the world's largest known deposit of this light metal, known as ‘white gold’, is in Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. For the benefit of the Bolivian people, this situation is now going to change. The state enterprise Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos (YLB), which is responsible for extracting, utilizing and marketing the raw material, was founded specially for this purpose. The project was divided into three phases. Phase three involves establishing a value chain from extraction of the raw material to the finished product, in which Bolivia has a majority stake.

    Industrialization partner

    The industrialization phase involves extracting and producing raw materials from residual brine, developing production capacities, as well as manufacturing and marketing cathode material and battery systems in Bolivia. YLB invited eight international consortia to submit proposals to realize this step. One of them was the German company ACI-Systems GmbH. The concepts submitted were intensively examined, evaluated and analyzed by YLB according to their specified criteria. After numerous iteration and discussion phases, on the 20th of April 2018 the state-owned company selected ACI-Systems as a strategic industrialization partner. The company is a member of the ACI Group. The group specializes in developing and constructing innovative and sustainable production solutions for photovoltaics and battery system manufacture, as well as in extracting and utilizing raw materials and materials for these branches of industry.

    By entering into this Bolivian-German partnership, Germany will also gain access to the coveted raw material lithium. The decision in favor of ACI-Systems is therefore also of strategic importance to Germany and Europe.

    Professional competence and integrated concept conclusive

    The decisive factor was, on the one hand, the combined high level of technical expertise of the experts in the ACI-System team, reinforced by the cooperation with K-UTEC AG Salt Technologies from Sondershausen. On the other hand, integrated approach of the concept and project content were also convincing. Potassium sulphate, magnesium hydroxide and sodium sulphate are extracted from the residual brine in addition to lithium hydroxide, and subsequently processed or marketed. Among other things, potential partners and customers were identified for this purpose. Another important point is the transfer of knowledge through training and enhancing the skills of Bolivian employees. Environmental aspects were also pivotal. These include the environmentally compatible extraction of the raw materials, the use of renewable energies and the establishment of a decentralized power supply which, for the first time, will enable batteries and cathodes to be produced ecologically.

    What happens next

    The next step, which is to be completed by the middle of this year, is to form a public-private joint venture between YLB and ACI-Systems in Bolivia, in which the Bolivian state-owned company will hold a 51 percent majority stake. The tasks of this company, which will be solved jointly, are to clearly define the areas of activity, as well as to draw up detailed business and environmental plans for the subsequently-founded project companies for extracting and processing lithium. The differentiated conception of the technical and economic implementation of the project also falls within the company’s common field of activity. As project manager, ACI-Systems will be responsible for the final selection of technology and implementation partners, right up to the construction of the necessary production lines to ensure innovative, efficient and sustainable production.

    About ACI-Systems

    ACI-Systems GmbH is a member of the ACI Group based in Zimmern ob Rottweil in southern Germany. The group of companies develops innovative and sustainable production solutions for the photovoltaic, battery and automotive industries. These include applications for manufacturing battery systems, energy storage systems and generators for electromobility, solar power plants, as well as the extraction of raw materials and materials for these sectors. The group's core skills lie in process and plant engineering for production lines, as well as turnkey solutions. In addition, the ACI Group develops automation solutions and CO2 snow jet systems for industrial parts cleaning.

    Within the group, ACI-Systems is responsible for technology and project management. Among other things, this includes identifying and evaluating innovative technologies and corresponding application sectors. ACI-Systems is also concerned with sales, as well as project development and management

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    SCHULZ. PRESSE. TEXT., Doris Schulz, Landhausstrasse 12,
    70825 Korntal, Germany, Fon +49 (0)711 854085, Fax +49 (0)711 815895,

    ACI-systems GmbH, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schmutz (CEO) und Stefan Kosel (Sales and Strategic Business Development South America), Albring 18, 78658 Zimmern o. R., Germany, Fon +49 (0)741 175299-30, Fax +49 (0)741175299-50,,

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