Singapore PropTech Founder Rhonda Wong Clinches Women of the Future South-East Asia Award for Property, Infrastructure and Construction Category

Singapore PropTech Founder Rhonda Wong Clinches Women of the Future South-East Asia Award for Property, Infrastructure and Construction Category

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 3 July 2020 – Rhonda Wong, CEO and Co-founder of Ohmyhome, has been recognised as a Women of the Future Award SEA 2020 winner for her one-stop property platform, Ohmyhome. Live-streamed on 25th June 2020, the award recognised remarkable female leaders in South-East Asia who drive positive change with courage, hard work and determination.

Rhonda is one of ten female leaders felicitated at the award ceremony, where the successes of female leaders in other categories such as Business, Arts & Culture, Community Spirit & Public Service were celebrated too.

Out of 48 candidates across the region vying for the Property, Infrastructure and Construction award, Rhonda emerged as the winner for her remarkable efforts in shaping the world we live in through her leadership at Ohmyhome. The judges commented that “Rhonda had a clear vision of what she’d like to achieve, and a well laid out structured plan to get there. She wants to leverage her role and company and achieve greater good across SEA.”

Founded in 2016 to simplify the process of selling, buying and renting properties, Ohmyhome has facilitated more than 5,300 property transactions worth over S$1.6 billion.

Pinky Lilani CBE DL, founder of the Women of the Future (WOF) programme says: “In these unprecedented times, we’ve had to adapt and for the first time virtually announce the winners, however the vision and motivation of the awards remains the same. When we spotlight success, share our own stories and collaborate across professions and borders, we create a powerful community and support system for these women. I have been so very impressed by our candidates’ achievement and their deep desire to make the world a better place. Through these awards, we hope to continue inspiring women to broaden the female talent pool and support progress in the region.”

Commenting on the award, Rhonda said, “I am very honoured to be recognised alongside all the inspirational and visionary women at the Women of The Future Awards. It inspires me to carry on shaping the Proptech industry to create a better future for all, especially for the most important asset in their lives – their homes and property investments.”

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Cisco Launches 0% Financing Programme to Support SMEs in Singapore

Cisco Launches 0% Financing Programme to Support SMEs in Singapore

  • 3-year
    financing programme for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on all Cisco
    products including software, hardware and services
  • 0%
    interest with no upfront costs and fixed monthly payments for purchases from
    USD20,000 to USD300,000
  • Now
    available to SMEs in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach
– 3 July 2020 – Cisco has launched a new financing programme to help SMEs purchase
its products at 0% interest and with no upfront costs, at a fixed 3-year
monthly payment term. SMEs will be able to purchase hardware, software
solutions as well as services under the programme. 


The launch of the programme comes as the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns
across the region to control its spread, have disrupted supply chains and
decreased business activities. The nature of SMEs means that they likely have a
smaller pool of capital reserves. This coupled declining revenues has put a
strain on cash flows of many SMEs, especially in sectors such as retail,
construction, hospitality, and food and beverage — most of which have relatively
high supply costs.


SMEs are critical to Singapore’s trade and commercial landscape. They employ
65% of Singapore’s workforce and contribute nearly 50% of Singapore’s economic output. The Singapore government has responded swiftly with assisted loan
schemes offering S$4.5 billion to businesses, a large chunk of which has gone
to SMEs.


As the government starts to ease the Circuit Breaker restrictions and
reopen the economy, SMEs are looking to adopt technology and digitize their
business to resume operations safely, open new growth opportunities and
contribute to the overall economic recovery post COVID-19. The new programme
from Cisco is aimed at providing financial support to SMEs that seek to equip
themselves with the necessary tools and solutions to accelerate their business
in the new digital era.


“The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a huge impact on SMEs across the
country. However, the situation has also brought about a rapid shift in mindset
of SMEs as they are now more receptive to the idea of integrating technology in
various aspects of their business and accelerate their digital transformation
journey not just as a means of survival in the current environment but also for
driving future growth. The financing programme will make it easier for local SMEs
to start and continue their digital journeys. The world is going through an
uncertain economic period and at Cisco, we are committed to doing our part to
help lighten the burden for Singapore’s SMEs,” said Andy Lee, Managing
Director, for Cisco Singapore.


“Ensuring that SMEs are able to leverage technology to continue to
sustain and grow their business is critical for the overall economy, not least
because the sector accounts for more than two-thirds of all jobs in Singapore.
If businesses in the sector grow, they will continue to protect and even create
jobs and add to Singapore’s economic recovery post COVID-19,” he added.


The 0%
financing programme will provide SMEs access to necessary technological
enablers from Cisco that include software, hardware and services without
breaking their budget. SME’s will enjoy a 3-year, full payout lease plan where
they pay equal 36-month payments on their Cisco purchases that costs between
USD20,000 to USD300,000. and will fully own the equipment at the end of
contract period.


“Cisco’s financing program offers built-in capabilities to ensure
successful cash flow management for SMEs. Businesses can secure the technology
they need to run their business with regular, predictable payments and 0% interest
rate. They can also eliminate upfront costs, preserving their financial
resources for other business priorities,” said Raz Mohamad, Director Small
Business and Commercial for ASEAN at Cisco.


“SMEs are the backbone of ASEAN economies,
accounting for over 85% of total business establishments and making up the main
contributions to private sector employment in the region. However, they are
currently facing the biggest challenges to their operations. Technology can
help solve some of their key challenges and revitalize their operations. It is
more important than ever for partners like Cisco to provide the much-needed
assistance, not just through our solutions and expertise but also through
programmes that can help alleviate financial concerns,” he added. 


The new
financing option is now available for any SME’s through Cisco Capital, the
vendor financing business within Cisco that delivers customer-centric,
partner-enabled payment options for Cisco-led solutions. For more information
on the programme, visit

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2.2 Million People set new record for views tuning in to BLACKPINK X #TwitterBlueroom

2.2 Million People set new record for views tuning in to BLACKPINK X #TwitterBlueroom

  • BLACKPINK communicated with fans
    around the world via #TwitterBlueroom Live Q&A, topping Twitter Trending
    introduced self-drawn special emoji on #TwitterBlueroom Live
    will present self-made album gifts to lucky fans who posted questions during
  • Fans posted a total of 18.2 million Tweets over just 6 days following the
    comeback and Twitter official account opening 

▲ Image Description: BLACKPINK’s image at #TwitterBlueroom
Live Q&A


 – 3 July 2020 – #TwitterBlueroom Live Q&A
session, conducted by Twitter Korea on 30 June, with Kpop girl group BLACKPINK
(@BLACKPINK), has reached a
cumulative 2.2 million viewers and reached #1
on Twitter’s worldwide trends during the livestream.

BLACKPINK, which recently released a new album ‘How
You Like That’, launched its official Twitter account, @BLACKPINK, on 26 June
and posted its first Tweet, generating 711,000 Likes and  276,000 Retweets.

#TwitterBlueroom Live Q&A session allowed fans and
BLACKPINK members to communicate. The day of the session, BLACKPINK sent out a
Voice Tweet, “See You Soon @BLACKPINK
to amplify fans’ expectations. During the #TwitterBlueroom live session,
BLACKPINK members talked about their new songs and behind-the-scenes details of
music videos, as well as answering questions by fans on Twitter. BLACKPINK also
drew fans’ attention to the introduction of special emojis to celebrate
BLACKPINK’s comeback and explained how to activate them. These emojis, created
with pictures drawn by BLACKPINK, are automatically activated when fans use the
hashtags for Korean or English names of each member of BLACKPINK : #JENNIE, #제니, #JISOO, #지수, #LISA, #리사, #ROSÉ

As part of the #TwitterBlueroom Live session,
BLACKPINK made album covers to give as gifts to Blinks, BLACKPINK fans.
BLACKPINK members decorated album covers by adding their own personality using
various stickers. These albums will be awarded by drawing, to fans who posted
questions through Twitter.

A complete recording of the #TwitterBlueroom Live
Q&A with BLACKPINK can be seen on the BLACKPINK Twitter account, including
BLACKPINK’s Q&A session wherein the group members answered fan questions.

#TwitterBlueroom 360 videos featuring ‘#JENNIE x
#LISA’ and ‘#JISOO x #ROSÉ’ were posted after the live session as special
content and generated over 6M views. On the day of #TwitterBlueroom Live session,
BLACKPINK also tried Twitter’s new ‘Fleets’ feature. ‘Fleets’ is a Twitter
pilot feature where the content automatically disappears 24 hours after
publication. Likes, Retweets, and the number of comments are not visible on the
Fleet, making it the perfect place to share thoughts. BLACKPINK’s Fleets
highlighted the hashtags #BLACKPINK, #TwitterBlueroom LIVE, the official account name @BLACKPINK, and the #TwitterBlueroom
Live streaming.

Kim YeonJeong, Head of Twitter Global Kpop &
K-Contents Partnership said, “Kpop fans from around the world can participate
in real-time conversations related to Kpop through customized content provided
by Twitter. We will continue to support global Kpop artists such as BLACKPINK
to enable fans to be part of what’s happening in the Kpop scene real-time in
various ways and with different content, such as the #TwitterBlueroom Live

BLACKPINK generated a total of 18.2 million Tweets for
6 days from 26 June to 1 July, after announcing things such as a new song
#HowYouLikeThat, a comeback, opening an official Twitter account, launching
emojis, and live streaming of #TwitterBlueroom. They proved that they are the
most popular Kpop girl group. (End)

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Home Appliances Manufacturer Ariston Channel Singapore Teams up With Social Enterprises to Boost Community Morale

Home Appliances Manufacturer Ariston Channel Singapore Teams up With Social Enterprises to Boost Community Morale

– Media OutReach – 2
July 2020 – In times of uncertainty, businesses must collaborate with social
enterprises to support communities and tackle alarming societal issues. 

appliances manufacturer Ariston wasted no time in joining hands with 2
Singapore-based social enterprises. 

this year, they collaborated with North East Heart Bakers to organise Heart Bakers Season 5 as well as Super
Farmers to promote ideas of self-care with technology-backed home solutions and
online resources.

The Road to Collaboration 

health measures amidst the age of digitisation have persuaded most to stay at
home and turn to the internet for self-entertainment. However, the lack of
regular social interaction has brought significant challenges to individual
morale and community identity. 

Ariston, empowering individuals at home and creating a community identity
extended far beyond providing them with technology-backed home solutions.
Instead, it involves helping individuals in similar circumstances overcome
various everyday challenges with technology and resources as well as
facilitating a community based on shared experiences and progress. 

Giving Home-based Businesses & Homemakers
an Edge 


this year, Ariston partnered with North East Heart Bakers – a local initiative
by the North East Community Development Council (CDC) that gives stay-at-home
mothers from low-income families the opportunity to start their own

The global
manufacturer organized a hands-on cookie baking 
tutorial from Celebrity Chef Siti Matsura for the home bakers and were
treated to a crash course about using the ovens to get the most succulent baked

All participants
also had the opportunity for a hands-on experience with the Ariston electric ovens. These
ovens are equipped with Multiflow technology that cooks all ingredients evenly,
a unique Cook3 function that allows 3 dishes to be cooked all at once as well
as 28 unique pre-set recipes for a family meal.

The ovens
also incorporate an integrated superior cleaning performance which gives all
users a fuss-free experience even with heavy duty cooking.

To top it
off, Ariston awarded 3 complimentary table top
s to the home bakers who clocked the most number of baking

The Ariston
team aspires to continue instilling confidence amongst home-based businesses and homemakers with their
technology-backed solutions.


In addition
to their smart ovens, they also unveiled a line of anti-allergy laundry solutions backed by
ActiveCare technology
which keeps all fabric in shipshape while offering
added benefits such as a steam hygiene function that helps to remove up to
99.9% of bacteria.

appliances keep all laundry fresh, bacteria-free and crease-free even after
washing and drying. Home-based business owners can easily load their dirty
laundry and delegate more time to manage inbound orders and grow their home

homemakers can attend to their families and manage other household chores while
waiting for the laundry to be done.

Boosting Health Awareness with Mindful Eating
at Home


Leading a
healthy lifestyle not only involves healthy exercise, but it also incorporates
sticking to a nutritious diet and having educational resources. 


In the age
where videos lead the charge for online content consumption, businesses like
Ariston must tap on these channels to promote ideas of healthy living. 


To promote
health awareness amongst communities, Ariston also teamed up with health and
wellness social enterprise Super Farmers to broadcast fuss-free ways to prepare
healthy and delicious dishes with Ariston appliances. 


The videos
also illustrate key features of the appliances like the Multiple Recipes
functions to persuade more individuals to explore different culinary cultures
in the comfort of their own homes.


Ariston, healthy eating also means eating fresh foods. They launched the new Active
Dual Fresh Side by Side refrigerator
, a technology-backed fridge that comes
with its one-of-a-kind ActiveFresh technology that prolongs the freshness of
all groceries to retain its maximum nutrients. 


providing communities with ample access to smart solutions and educational
resources, Ariston keeps conversations about wellness and health going. 


Collaboration for the Greater Good


Even as
global events continue to shape the way individuals work and live at home,
Ariston stands by their mission.


At Ariston, we know there is no great result
without care and passion behind it. Quite simply, our mission for over 100
years has been to make your life at home easier. That’s why we help you to care
for what you love most. Thanks to our intelligent technology and innovative
features, our appliances take care of you so you can take care of the things
you love most.”


seeks to help their consumers and employees improve life at home in these times
of uncertainty.

Even as
societies move into the post-pandemic world, Ariston seeks to do its part in
contributing to individual and community empowerment. 


consistently reminding individuals about the importance of making time for
self-care, Ariston aspires to continue joining forces with other like-minded
social enterprises to energise communities across the globe. 

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Ceevo Bridges the International Payments Gap for Europe

Ceevo Bridges the International Payments Gap for Europe

New Ceevo product allows European merchants easy access to simplified payments solutions along with the company’s global expertise to sell beyond their borders


Media OutReach – July 02, 2020 –
Ceevo today announces the launch of its
automated-onboarding (AOB) payment gateway solution across Europe, offering
local merchants a fast and simple plug-and-play payments solution. Find out how
we can help them capitalise on growing cross-border ecommerce opportunities at


Supported by
the company’s international reach and financial and technological expertise,
Ceevo handles all the complexity of international payments including security,
regulations, and a vast range of payment options so merchants can focus on
growing their businesses. 


The Payment
Challenges of Cross-border Ecommerce in Eastern Europe

While Eastern
Europe is one of the fastest growing ecommerce markets on the continent,
growing at a steady rate of 10.3% year-on-year, the region’s merchants remain
hugely underserved: many international providers are yet to actively target the
region, and domestic players are unable to provide the right solutions and
services to support businesses with international ambitions. 


solutions are tailored to meet the specific needs of merchants looking to
process online payment transactions for their customers in the EU (European
Union) and international markets. While the Ceevo solution is available to all
European merchants, Ceevo believes that Eastern European merchants are
particularly underserved and that its solution will bridge the payments gap for
these merchants who are keen to expand out of their homegrown markets.


A recent Ceevo survey
of small online retailers in East Europe revealed that the top two concerns for
small online retailers payments are security (42%) and cash flow
management (21%), while unaccepted payment methods (30%) is cited as the most
frequent problem experienced at checkout.


Moreover, 32.5%
of respondents also stated that most of their sales were made cross-channel and
via marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. The top three concerns for these
businesses in cross-border payments are currency and payment processes and
adapting to real-time exchange rates (25%), customer support and service
(24.17%) and reconciling payments from other countries (23%). Respondents also
cited the integration of digital payments and the challenges of keeping up with
rapidly evolving consumer trends, along with complex EU regulations, as
barriers to exploring opportunities for growth outside their home
markets. The Ceevo automated onboarding and payment gateway solution  incorporates the latest technology tools to
address these concerns and provides merchants with a seamless solution to
participate in the digital economy.


Philip Meyer, Group CEO of Ceevo said, “Inevitably, many small online retailers are missing out on
the opportunity to sell their goods and services internationally and are
therefore unable to scale their businesses if they are not able to accept
payments from any prospective customers. The reality for small businesses is
that they’re worrying about payment technology when they should be focused on
running their businesses – something we felt was very important to address by
providing a user-friendly solution which caters for local languages and rapid


Ceevo –
Empowering Businesses to Accept Almost Any Type of Payment from Anywhere

Ceevo has
tailored its payments solutions to directly address the challenges faced by
these businesses. It offers fast and automated onboarding without additional
compliance overheads, self-service support that includes public documentation
and a customer support section to help merchants troubleshoot payment issues.
Ceevo also provides intuitive dashboards that enable easier multi-channel
management to have your business operating soonest.


Philip Meyer further
commented, “With Ceevo payments we want to empower merchants to sell to all
their potential customers across the EU markets and beyond. We want to be a
champion for small businesses and enable them, through our services, to focus
on the things that matter instead of the confusing world of payments. Our
solutions will make it easier for customers to accept payments from anybody, in
any currency, from anywhere in the world without needing legal or technical
expertise. We look forward to partnering with more types of merchants than ever
before and supporting the next wave of businesses fueling growth in Europe and
the rest of the world.”


Ceevo is a new
product launched by the Ceevo Group – formerly known as Net1’s International
Payments Group, comprising of Transact24 and MasterPayment. The Ceevo Group is
a leading international payment services provider offering payment processing,
credit and debit card acquiring, transaction security and regulatory compliance
services. It is a subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed international financial
technology solutions provider, Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc (NasdaqGS: UEPS, JSE:

About Ceevo

The Ceevo Group specialises in international
payment service solutions that empower businesses to accept almost any type of
payment from anywhere in the world.


The Ceevo Group comprises of the following
entities (which all form part of the “Ceevo” brand): Ceevo Financial Services
(Malta) Limited; Ceevo Blockchain Ventures Limited; Transact24 Limited;
Transact24 (UK) Limited; Transact24 LLC; and Masterpayment GmbH and its
subsidiary companies (Summit Payment Services AG and Masterpayment Limited).
Ceevo Financial Services (Malta) Limited (Registration Number: C36102 ) is
authorised and regulated by the Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) and
Transact24 (UK) Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct
Authority (FCA) of the United Kingdom (Register Reference Number: 900538).
Ceevo is backed by the experience and technology of its parent company Net1
UEPS Technologies Inc. (NasdaqGS: UEPS, JSE: NT1). For more information, visit

COVID-19: Olivier Jolivet, CEO of COMO Group, on the future of travel in a post-pandemic era

COVID-19: Olivier Jolivet, CEO of COMO Group, on the future of travel in a post-pandemic era

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 2 July 2020 – Luxury hotels and resorts have always
positioned seclusion, exclusivity and a host of wellness options as touchpoints
in their offerings. Moving forward, the Covid-19 pandemic begs the question of
whether the travel industry will follow suit.


With over two decades of experience in the
business of luxury travel and private equity, Olivier Jolivet, CEO of COMO
Group, is one of the far and few professionals fit to divulge the future of
luxury travel in a post-pandemic world.


Supporting COMO’s Community & Employees

COMO’s brand DNA is not without its focus on
well-being. Through its social media channels and Stories newsletters, COMO has
been reaching out to those staying at home during the period. The
organisation’s group of therapists are also plugged into improving wellness,
both physically and mentally, in employees and communities.


Likewise, in the spirit of support and
sensitivity, COMO waives all of its cancellation fees – offering the option of
either reimbursement or postponement of travel dates to 2021. Retaining their
employees is also part of the efforts despite closing off 90 percent of their


Extending the commitment to well-being
beyond COMO’s direct influence, food, supplies and beds have been provided to
healthcare organisations to aid front liners in the fight against the pandemic.


Travel & Its Future in a Post Covid-19

As unprecedented as it is, the Covid-19
crisis is unfolding at the pinnacle of travel – causing ripple effects onto
international travel and even putting a stop to it momentarily. To Olivier,
luxury travel has always been about space, privacy and choice. This cannot be
farther from truth in what constitutes our new normal.


Given our current and recent experiences,
Olivier considers that travellers tomorrow may opt for smaller groups, more
intimate locations and specialised offerings instead of 300-bedroom hotels. In
this respect, destination-focused hotels, unique suites and wellness programs
have always formed the nucleus of COMO’s business model.


Intentionally so, the vision COMO’s founder,
Christina Ong, had 30 years ago has led the brand to unrivalled success and
certainly so, not by chance. As Olivier calls it, the COMO model for modern
travel and living is, without a doubt, significant in today’s context.


Although relevance is key to staying in
business, Olivier believes that it isn’t the right time for a new marketing
decision – at least for COMO. He advises against remodelling messaging –
indicating that crises are not opportunities and using them in that way can be


Mitigating Covid-19 Impacts on the Travel Industry

It all starts with your brand DNA, remarks
Olivier. How it relates to the environment you operate in, people you serve –
from employees and guests to stake-holders present – factors in your crisis


Cushioning the impact of a crisis of this
scale requires intervention in some form. If the government is financially
capable, monetary initiatives point in the right direction for repair and
recovery. Still, this could be an issue for emerging economies.


This article is originally inspired by Robb Report Singapore.

COMO Hotels and Resorts

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DHL named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics, Worldwide

DHL named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics, Worldwide

“Dialog and proximity to our customers help us react quickly to changing market conditions, especially in times of the Corona crisis,” said Oscar de Bok, CEO of DHL Supply Chain.


BONN, GERMANY – Media OutReach – 2 July 2020 – DHL, part of the world’s leading logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group, has been positioned as a Leader by Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading research and advisory company, in its June 2020 Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics, Worldwide. Both DHL divisions, DHL Supply Chain and DHL Global Forwarding, were considered within this research.


“We fundamentally believe in putting our customers at the heart of our business” said Oscar de Bok, CEO of DHL Supply Chain and Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Post DHL Group. “We develop the most effective solutions when we step beyond being a logistics service provider and invest in really understanding the challenges our customers are facing as their partner. To do this ongoing dialogue and proximity to our customers are key — especially in times of the Corona virus with all the additional demands that brings. Reliability and flexibility are crucial. That is the only way to quickly react to changing market conditions, balance volume fluctuations and, if necessary, set up entirely new supply chains fast.”


Tim  Scharwath, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding and Member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Post DHL Group added: “The forwarding solutions offered by DHL Global Forwarding around the globe have been just as crucial as the right supply chain management, warehousing, transport and strategic consulting provided by DHL Supply Chain. I am particularly pleased that DHL has been recognized in this report.”


De Bok added: “Our various e-Commerce offerings are an area of significant commitment for us alongside our business partners. As a division of brands, we receive top marks from our customers year over year. In addition to this, Gartner, Inc. has again named DHL a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics, Worldwide.”


DHL is one of 16 international companies recognized in this report that Gartner, evaluated based on completeness of vision and ability to execute. In 2020, DHL is positioned highest for the ability to execute.


Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Third-Party Logistics, Worldwide,” David Gonzalez, et al, 10 June 2020

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s Research & Advisory organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.


DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros in 2019. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.


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FWD Completes MetLife Hong Kong Acquisition

FWD Completes MetLife Hong Kong Acquisition

HONG KONG, CHINA – Media OutReach – 2 July, 2020 – FWD Management Holdings Limited, the Hong Kong registered business of FWD Group, is delighted to announce it has completed the acquisition of MetLife Limited and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of Hong Kong Limited from MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET).


The acquisition further strengthens FWD’s presence, market share, and distribution synergies in the Hong Kong insurance market, as well as underlines the company’s continued confidence in the long-term growth potential of Hong Kong.  FWD looks forward to officially welcoming the employees, agents, business partners and customers of MetLife Limited and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company of Hong Kong Limited (collectively “MetLife Hong Kong”) in due course. 


FWD will be renaming and rebranding the newly acquired businesses in the next few months.  At the same time, MetLife Hong Kong will continue to operate through all its existing channels across its businesses.  All existing MetLife Hong Kong policies will continue to be honoured by FWD following the change in ownership.

Huynh Thanh Phong, FWD Group Chief Executive Officer said, “This acquisition is a firm testament to our confidence in the long-term growth and potential of the Hong Kong insurance market and enhances our reach and platform in our flagship market. I’m very proud of our team who have worked tirelessly to successfully complete yet another landmark acquisition in our journey to become a leading pan-Asian insurer and look forward to welcoming our newest employees, agents, partners and customers from MetLife Hong Kong.”


Ken Lau, FWD Greater China Managing Director and Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer said, “This is another milestone day for FWD as completing the MetLife Hong Kong acquisition gives us an opportunity to share our unique and leading customer experience with even more customers in Hong Kong.  I’m excited to take on new challenges with our expanded Hong Kong team and look forward to welcoming MetLife Hong Kong agents and employees as we continue to change the way people feel about insurance.”

About FWD Group

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, employee benefits, Shariah and Family Takaful products across a number of its markets.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business of investment group, Pacific Century Group.

For more information please visit  WWW.FWD.COM and WWW.FWD.COM.HK .

International Energy Agency’s Africa Dialogue Needs to be Inclusive for a Workable Africa’s Energy Transition

International Energy Agency’s Africa Dialogue Needs to be Inclusive for a Workable Africa’s Energy Transition

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – EQS Newswire – July 1st, 2020 – The African Energy Chamber takes notes of recent initiatives taken by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to support Africa’s energy transition and salutes the leadership of the IEA in this dialogue. Such conversations notably echo the Chamber’s recent statement on African Lives Matter, questioning the OECD and IEA’s recent call to phase out fossil fuels. While the conversation of Africa’s energy transition continues, the Chamber reiterates its support to inclusive dialogues that take into account the realities of African economies and of energy poverty.

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Unfortunately, the Africa Ministerial Roundtable organized this week has sidelined key stakeholders and actors within Africa’s energy sector, preventing its ability to be truly inclusive and impactful on the ground. Africa’s energy transition will not be possible without the inclusion, and participation of, the continent’s petroleum and gas ministries and companies.

The Chamber strongly believes that key institutions like the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), led by its Secretary General Dr. Farouk Ibrahim, need to be part of this dialogue, along with representatives of the petroleum ministries of producing countries such as Algeria, Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial, Libya, Congo or Gabon and key National Oil Companies such as Sonatrach, GEPetrol, Gabon Oil, NNPC or Sonangol. The African private sector was not invited while we note the invitation and participation an international oil company. Given the importance of the oil & gas sector for several African economies, the Chamber questions the relevance of an energy debate that would exclude them from the conversation.

“Energy poverty is as real as climate change, and the global debate on Africa’s energy transition tends to forget that hundreds of millions of African have no access to energy and still rely on firewood for cooking. Their needs must be at the center of the energy transition debate, which should not be made at the expense of any particular source of energy,” stated Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman at the African Energy Chamber. “This generation of Africans are not tickled by foreign aid and handouts that resulted in poor governance and mismanagement. Jobs, sustainable power and gas that drives development, along strong market-driven economies, are what Africans want. In order to accomplish a true African energy transition, petroleum producing countries, their National Oil Companies, civil society, African entrepreneurs and independent producing companies need to have a seat at the table,” he added.

The African Energy Chamber remains concerned that global conversations on Africa’s energy transition would result in a new foreign aid narrative by which Western stakeholders and investors would blindly push a renewable energy agenda at the expense of proper private sector-led development supporting jobs and entrepreneurship. While the Chamber strongly supports diversified energy mixes and wishes to see cleaner energy developments across Africa, solar and wind projects are still relying on global value chains which restrain their ability to support local content development. As a result, most solar and wind projects in the continent continue to have local content participation of less than 50%. Such issues need to be at the core of the energy transition debate so Africa’s cleaner future does not serve only the interests of big multinational corporations but also translates into private sector development and opportunities in Africa. It is time to put the voices of African businesses at the center of the debate.

As Africa seeks new ways to develop and grow in a post Covid-19 world, let’s remember the words of Nelson Mandela: “Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. Do not look the other way; do not hesitate. Recognise that the world is hungry for action, not words. Act with courage and vision.”

Dataxet continues to expand its footprint across Asia with acquisition of Sonar Platform and NAMA

Dataxet continues to expand its footprint across Asia with acquisition of Sonar Platform and NAMA

– 1 July 2020 – Dataxet, a data intelligence company, has
announced that it has acquired Sonar Platform in Indonesia along with News and
Ads Monitoring Agency (NAMA) in Malaysia. This marks Dataxet’s latest efforts
in building its network of data intelligence capabilities across Asia,
following its joint venture with Truescope in Singapore.

“The strategic acquisitions of recognised companies such
as Sonar Platform and NAMA marks Dataxet’s progress in building its branded
network of integrated data intelligence in Asia following the launch of
Truescope Singapore,” said David Liu, CEO & Co-Founder of Dataxet.
“Securing presence in key commercial markets across Asia is part of our plan to
provide a truly ‘best-in-class’ data intelligence at scale while ensuring localised
expertise and context.”

Amien Krisna, Founder and CEO of Sonar Platform, who will join
Dataxet’s executive board after the acquisition shares, “I’m excited to
join the Dataxet Group and look forward to the opportunities that the
combination of our expertise will bring. Sonar Platform has a track record of
delivering insights with the use of smart technology which we want to bring to
the Dataxet network.”

Ooi Kiam
Hong, CEO and Founder of NAMA adds, “I trust in the team’s vision of building a
robust and next-generation data intelligence network — one that continuously
focuses on product innovation, technology and talents to deliver smarter insights for clients.”

1. Sonar Platform, founded in 2015, boasts of two state-of-the-art intelligence modules:

i.      Sonar Analytics — intelligence platform that combines social media, digital media, print media and
marketplace data sources aimed at delivering mission critical insights and
automated insight reports on demand. Using artificial intelligence, the
application can automate the immense processing, analysis and reporting
of billions of social and digital media to capture
and analyse sentiment, trends and industry content.

ii.     Sonar Influence — end-to-end social media
influencer management platform covering
influencer discovery, campaign management and intelligent reporting aimed at
optimising branded influencer campaigns and maximising ROI.

iii.      Crisis
support, audience profiling, campaign reporting and bespoke audits are some
examples of its strategic add-on services provided for its clients beyond these
intelligence platforms. The company’s portfolio includes a range of well-known
global brands across diverse sectors such as Microsoft, Grab, Huawei and

2. News and Ads
Monitoring Agency (NAMA
) was founded
in 2006 and has grown to be the largest independent media monitoring company in

i.      Provides a
full range of traditional media monitoring service with comprehensive coverage
across print, broadcast and radio. 

ii.      Amongst its services,
the company also delivers customised media measurement and insights reports to several
global and local brands from industries such as travel, financial services and

Jason Lee, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Dataxet
adds, “While the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly affected parts of the economy,
Dataxet is not slowing down and instead, looking forward to ensure that we stay
ahead of what the market needs and be at the forefront of the industry in
providing smart, accurate and actionable intelligence. Growing a diverse and
creative pool of talents, starting with Amien, along with continuous product
innovation and creative collaborations, will be our key priorities as we look
to grow Asia’s ‘best-in-class’ media and data intelligence network and

About Dataxet

Dataxet Pte Ltd is a leading integrated data
intelligence holding company operating in Asia. Its branded networks provide
best-in-class media monitoring services along with localised research and data
analytics expertise to deliver accurate, applicable and actionable data