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    HONG KONG, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - IR Magazine has revealed who's in the running to win a coveted award at this year's IR Magazine Forum and Awards - Greater China 2018 ( http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/ ), taking place at the Conrad in Hong Kong on 30 November!

    From telecommunication giants to brewing experts, the nominees for this year's awards are an eclectic mix of industries and markets, with both familiar and new faces making an appearance on the short lists - an excellent testament to the impressive scope and scale of IR across Greater China in 2018.

    Due to popular demand, IR Magazine will once again be presenting two types of awards categories - researched and nominated - making it a grand total of 30 awards being presented, which honor the industry's finest IR practitioners and celebrate their fantastic achievements over the past 12 months.

    Find the full set of short lists for both awards below - IR Magazine wishes to congratulate all those who have been nominated!

    VIEW AWARDS-BY-NOMINATION SHORT LIST
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/

    VIEW AWARDS-BY-RESEARCH SHORT LIST
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/home/researched-awards/

    To find out more information about the methodology behind the awards, please click
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/
    for the awards-by-nomination and
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/home/researched-awards/ for the researched awards.

    The winners of both the researched and awards-by-nomination categories will be announced on 30 November at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Conrad in Hong Kong. The awards ceremony takes place following the forum sessions, which focus on the global economic outlook, the regulatory landscape, ESG reporting and much more. Click http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/ for more information on the event, the forum agenda and how to book your place.

    Strategic Public Relations Group is proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner for the IR Magazine Forum & Awards - Greater China 2018.

    About IR Magazine

    Launched in 1988, IR Magazine is the only global publication that focuses on the interactions between companies and their investors.

    IR Magazine helps investor relations professionals achieve more in their IR programs, benchmark their efforts and connect to the global IR community. In addition to producing articles, research reports and investor perception studies, IR Magazine also hosts events such as awards, think tanks and forums around the world and online webinars.

    To learn more, please visit www.irmagazine.com or connect with IR Magazine via Twitter @IRMagazine and the LinkedIn group: IR Magazine.

    About the IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China 2018

    The IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China are among the most anticipated events of the year for the IR industry in Asia. IROs from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan get the unique opportunity to gather and discuss pressing issues, hear real-life examples and best practices from senior IR professionals, and celebrate their achievements at the awards ceremony.

    The event is sponsored by Citi, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, Deutsche Bank, EQS, Hill+Knowlton, Strategies, ICA, Ipreo by IHS Markit, Nasdaq, SPRG and West.

    For more information, please visit www.irmagazine.com/greaterchina

    Media enquiries
    Strategic Public Relations Group
    Cindy Lung / Crystal Yuen
    Tel: +852 2864 4867 / 2114 4903
    Email: cindy.lung@sprg.com.hk / crystal.yuen@sprg.com.hk
    Website: www.sprg.asia

     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    Mr. Jay Chun, the Chairman and Managing Director of Paradise and the Chairman of MGEMA participates in the MGS.
    Mr. Jay Chun introduces the latest electronic gaming equipment and products of Paradise during the MGS.
    A Pioneer in the Electronic Gaming Equipment Industry

    HONG KONG, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Paradise Entertainment Limited ("Paradise" or the "Group", HKEx: 1180), through its subsidiary LT Game, participated in the MGS Entertainment Show 2018 ("MGS" or the "Show") held in the Venetian Macao in the last three days. During the Show, Paradise showcased its exhilarating electronic gaming equipment and products, which were highly acclaimed and received positive feedback from the gaming community.

    Crowds gathered and were amused by the launch of the latest LMG accessory, the X-Stadium, where the engaging animation on gigantic screens captured the gaze of the patrons on the gaming floor. The automatic baccarat robot dazzled many by accurately delivering cards during a thrilling baccarat game. Paradise displayed a wide range of products, including the latest slot machines with an Asian twist and the intelligent card shoes that can recognize poker cards instinctively. Leveraging such top-notch and innovative technology, Paradise made strides in the gaming industry and is determined to develop proprietary products to meet the evolving preferences of the gaming patrons.

    The MGS was jointly organized by the Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association ("MGEMA"), the Nam Kwong Culture and Creativity Industry Co., Ltd. and the China National Machinery Industry International Co., Ltd. This year, the MGS received strong support from various departments of the Macao government, including the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau ("DICJ"), the Economic Bureau, the Tourism Office, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Trade and Investment Promotion Institute and the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center. Being a must-attend show for global gaming and entertainment professionals, the MGS was committed to promoting Macau as a diversified cultural hub in line with its positioning as the "World Center of Tourism and Leisure".

    Thanks to renowned speakers from the gaming industry, the MGS was buzzing with interesting discussions regarding the gaming industry, which provide significant guidance to the development of the gaming industry. Mr. Paulo Martins Chan, Director of DICJ delivered a speech in the MGS Summit regarding "The law and supervision of Macau gaming industry". In addition, Ms. Chan Tze Wai, Vice President of Macao Economic Bureau and other honorable guests also shared their views on how integrated resorts could promote Macau's economic development in the gaming industry. Meanwhile, Ms. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of Macao Government Tourism Office, discussed with others on how integrated resorts could boost tourism and cultural development in the Greater Bay Area. It was a very rare and valuable occasion to have the opportunity to listen to the comments from these highly regarded individuals in just one event.

    Mr. Jay Chun, Chairman and Managing Director of Paradise as well as the Chairman of MGEMA, was invited to share his insights on some of the most popular topics on the Show in areas such as the cooperation of integrated resorts with the Greater Bay Area, the contribution of these resorts to Macau's economy, the discussion on the Japanese integrated resort opportunity and on the hot topic in the eGaming market.

    Mr. Chun commented, "As Macau positions itself as the 'World Center of Tourism and Leisure', the MGS is dedicated to provide exceptional technological products to the entertainment and hospitality industry, offering more opportunities for exhibitors to expand their businesses, building an excellent trading platform for both suppliers and customers. The MGS enables the innovative development model of 'Event + Tourism' bringing new momentum to the development of the gaming and leisure industry."

    Paradise Entertainment Limited
    Paradise Entertainment Limited (HKEx: 1180) engages in the development, sale and leasing of electronic gaming equipment and systems, as well as the provision of casino management services in Macau. Paradise is the investor, patent owner and sole provider of Live-Multi Game ("LMG") terminals and dominates the Electronic Table Games ("ETG") market in Macau. Apart from operating two casinos, Casino Kam Pek Paradise and Casino Waldo, Paradise envisions to become a global leader in gaming equipment.

    For more information about Paradise Entertainment Limited, please visit our company's website: http://www.hk1180.com.

    For Enquiries
    Paradise Entertainment Limited
    Winnie Lei, Investor Relations Director 852-2916 0831 winnielei@hk1180.com
    Bob Shen, Investor Relations Manager 852-2620 5303 bobshen@hk1180.com

    Anli Financial Communications Limited
    Phoebe Li 852-3956 1640 phoebe.li@anli.com.hk
    Angel Cheung 852-3956 1638 angel.cheung@anli.com.hk


     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    General Chairman of the Indonesia Tobacco Farmers Association (APTI) Soeseno giving opening remarks on World Tobacco Growers Day 2018
    APTI believes there is no better way to commemorate the World Tobacco Growers Day this year than by helping out local farmers in East Lombok, to rehabilitate their production facilities -

    Lombok Island, Indonesia, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Indonesia has recently faced devastating earthquakes, particularly in the regions of Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara and Palu, Central Sulawesi. The earthquakes took thousands of lives, forcing thousands more from their homes, and impacted national and regional economies, notably Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, one of the great tobacco producing regions in Indonesia.

    Lombok is known as the second of two regions in Indonesia (with East Java) that produces the highest quality tobacco and most commercially viable commodity, Virginia tobacco. Local Virginia tobacco has made a significant contribution to the economy on both local and national levels, generating state income in the form of cigarette excise tax.

    However, following the earthquake in the Lombok area, local tobacco farmers faced uncertainty. The earthquakes damaged thousands of tobacco drying facilities, and with the harvesting season getting nearer, farmers were concerned about processing their harvests properly, affecting quality of the end product.

    Soeseno, Chairman of the Indonesia Tobacco Farmers Association (APTI), said "We see the importance of maintaining the existence of local Virginia tobacco in Lombok, especially as this commodity supports both the local and national economy."

    APTI estimated that 150 tobacco drying facilities in East Lombok Regency were damaged or even destroyed by the earthquake. In response, APTI made Rp250 million in relief funds available to help East Lombok farmers restore or rebuild tobacco processing facilities.

    "APTI believes there is no better way to commemorate the World Tobacco Growers Day this year than by helping out local farmers in East Lombok, to rehabilitate their production facilities," Soeseno said.

    "There are 58,515 hectares of tobacco farming land on Lombok Island, with annual production capacity of nearly 40,000 tons," said Soeseno. "However, tobacco supply from West Nusa Tenggara will decrease by around 10% this year, despite the relief."

    Zulkieflimansyah, Governor of West Nusa Tenggara, in gratitude to APTI for its aid in rebuilding the tobacco facilities, said "This aid is a very positive way to help local farmers return to tobacco production, in order to maintain economic stability and sustain the welfare of their families."

    East Lombok Regency has among the largest tobacco farming areas in the West Nusa Tenggara region. Tobacco farming in East Lombok makes a strong contribution to the income of farmers, the creation of employment, and to the Gross Regional Domestic Product (PDRB).

     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    Yangon, Myanmar, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) is increasing the capacity of Yangon International Airport (YIA), the gateway to Myanmar, and stepping up marketing to open new international routes, even as YIA is likely to close 2018 with the slowest growth in air passenger traffic in five years.

    At a media briefing today to announce the five millionth passenger arrival so far this year, YACL said that 2018 is expected to show an increase of 2.5% of around 6 million in air passenger traffic at YIA, compared to 5.92 million for the whole of 2017. Over the past five years, air passenger growth at YIA - by far the busiest of Myanmar's three international airports - had increased at an average of 8.6% per year.

    YACL said that while tourist arrivals from Asian markets continue to grow in 2018, those from European and North American markets appear to have been impacted by international media reports on domestic Myanmar issues.

    "While there has been a slowdown in visitor growth, we have continued to expand YIA's capacity and capability while intensifying efforts to open up new markets. We are confident that, in partnership with all the relevant stakeholders in the tourism industry, the community and the Myanmar government, 2019 tourist air passenger traffic will surpass that of 2018," said Mr Ho Chee Tong, Chief Executive Officer of YACL.

    "As the investor and operator of Myanmar's main international airport, we have a responsibility to enhance infrastructure while striving to deliver a high level of safety, security and service. YIA is the gateway to Myanmar and it is important that we deliver an outstanding experience for tourists and business travellers," he said.

    YACL took over YIA's operation and management in October 2015 under a Public-Private Partnership tender from Myanmar's Department of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The agreement is for 30 years of operation, with an option to renew for a further 20 years (10+10). Based on the estimated six million arrivals in 2018 and the significant investments to date, YIA is currently operating well below its sustained capacity.

    Since early 2018, the management of YIA has embarked on the following enhancements:
    - Completion and go-live of Airport Operations Control Center (AOCC) since September 2018
    - Full revision of Airport Layout including parking stands (improved safety) since October 2018
    - Revamped Apron A to allow eight positions for A320 and B737 types or 10 positions for propeller aircraft; added two taxiways (to total eight currently), expediting runway vacancy
    - In-terminal improvements include: 30 new check-in counters at T1 with autonomous multi-level security equipment and five new Baggage Claim Belts at T1 apart from new lounges and F&B outlets.
    - Advanced Technical Support training and certification, skills development and talent acquisition

    "We have and continue to improve infrastructure, safety and efficiency processes. YIA can now handle wide-body aircraft including B777-300ER and A350. The current capacity will allow YIA to meet foreseeable growth needs for many years to come even with a single runway operation. With further enhancements, innovation and technology upgrades, YIA has the potential to increase the capacity much further," said Mr Jose Angeja, who was appointed Chief Operating Officer of YACL in November 2017.

    Mr Angeja said YIA has increased movements (one movement is one takeoff or one landing) per year at YIA from 62,937 in October 2015 to 77,000 currently (an increase of 1.2%). This is well below that of major single-runway airports such as Xiamen (China) with 192,000; Fukuoka (Japan) with 183,000; Phuket (Thailand) with 105,000 and world leaders Gatwick (UK) 286,000 and Mumbai (India) 320,000.

    Based on current capacity and international standards, subject to clearance for arrivals and departures by Myanmar's Air Traffic Control, YIA has the potential to operate up to 170,000 movements per year (or 19 movements per hour compared to an average of eight currently).

    "We are enhancing infrastructure, safety, technology, service levels and most importantly, the skill sets of Myanmar staff who will be YIA's leaders of tomorrow. YIA is a living organism that offers a first-time experience of Myanmar for tourists. It is the gateway to Myanmar and to the city of Yangon, and we strive to deliver a compelling user experience," said Mr Angeja.

    Over the next two to three years, YIA's further enhancements will include another parking apron for up to 13 Code C aircraft (Boeing 737), a rapid exit taxiway, construction of maintenance hangars, a Rescue and Fire-Fighting Station and reconstruction of the old Terminal 2 to include technological upgrades.

    The number of international airlines using YIA has increased from 25 in October 2015 to 31 currently (with the latest being Sichuan Airline from China making its first flight to YIA on 13 November 2018). The total routes connecting to YIA have increased from 21 international destinations to 29 currently. YIA now connects to 28 domestic destinations and handles seven domestic airlines.

    A major priority over the coming months is to work closely with the Ministry of Hotels & Tourism to address concerns arising from slower growth and to increase international air connectivity by:
    - Directly marketing to airlines at international air travel events to open new routes;
    - Developing sister airport connectivity within Asia; and
    - Partnering organisers of MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) to use Myanmar as a location for such events.

    "We are committed to the continual development of YIA. Beyond launching more routes and taking steps to improve our facilities and operations, we plan to work with global airlines and tourism boards to drive growth for Myanmar's leading airport," said Mr Ho.

    About Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL)
    Setting the standard for high performance
    Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL) operates and manages Yangon International Airport, the main gateway into Myanmar. As the largest and busiest airport in Myanmar, YIA sets the standard as a high-performance airport with its overall approach towards achieving excellence in key areas such as infrastructure, organisation and management.

    Over the last few years, Myanmar has seen steady growth in visitor traffic. As the country is set to experience long-term growth in tourism, YIA targets to handle up the extensive capacity yearly and is geared to provide quality experiences and premium services for passengers and airlines.

    Yangon International Airport (YIA) is strategically located between India and China with two-thirds of the world's population within six hours' flying range including cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Seoul, Dubai, Doha, Beijing, Hong Kong and Taipei. Serving 31 international airlines and 29 international destinations, YIA handled a total of 5.92 million passengers in 2017.

    Press release (PDF): http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/YACL_181115.pdf

     
    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Raymond Yip plays a VR game from a Russian company that will exhibit at the HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show, one of four HKTDC events to be held in December.
    (From L) Yew Hong Koh, Managing Director, Accenture; Albert Lam, Chief Scientist, Fano Labs; Raymond Yip, Deputy Executive Director, HKTDC; Wilson Chong, Chairman, IoT Hong Kong Association; and Franco Lee, Vice Chairman, Licensing & Franchising Association of Hong Kong introduce the event highlights at today's press conference.
    Helping SMEs Use New Technologies to Adapt and Expand

    HONG KONG, Nov 15, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is organising four events targeting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that will run concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in early December. The events, which include the Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia Forum), HKTDC SmartBiz Expo, Asian E-tailing Summit and HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show, will help SMEs sharpen their overall competitive edge through the application of new technologies in their business.

    HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Raymond Yip said: "The downside risks for the global economy are presenting challenges to Hong Kong's business community. Alongside various government measures, the HKTDC will present four events next month to help SMEs and micro enterprises rise to the challenge. The events will cover various phases of the supply chain, including R&D [research and development], production, sales, and business expansion. They will help enterprises leverage new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) to enhance their competitiveness and cost-effectiveness, expand their business and explore new markets."

    BIP Forum Promotes Commercialisation of R&D Results

    The eighth edition of the BIP Asia Forum, organised by the HKTDC together with the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Hong Kong Design Centre, will be held on 6-7 Dec. With the theme "IP and Innovation in the New Socio-technological Landscape", this year's forum will feature some 80 internationally acclaimed speakers. "IPHatch", a competition that encourages start-ups to identify and convert valuable intellectual property into assets, and to come up with new ideas that are beneficial to the IP ecosystem, will be launched during the forum.

    "Emerging countries in the Asia Pacific region are showing a growing interest in developing innovation-driven, knowledge-based economies," Mr Yip said. "This not only provides a stimulus to IP trading in the region, but also helps to further consolidate Hong Kong's position as a premier IP trading hub. We expect more than 2,500 industry players from around the world to gather for this year's forum. Together with its concurrent exhibitions, featuring over 90 exhibitors, and Asia IP Exchange, an online platform with a pool of more than 28,000 IP items, the forum is a highly effective marketplace that promotes cooperation among governments, manufacturers, academia, research institutions and businesses, encouraging broader use of IP and technology."

    Highlights on the first day of the BIP Asia Forum include a Plenary Session with Wang Binying, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); Antony Taubman, Director of the Intellectual Property Division, World Trade Organization (WTO); Freddy Harris, Chair of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC) and Director General of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia; and Jacqueline Bracha, Deputy Director of the Israel Patent Office. They will speak on the development of the global IP regulatory regime and its socio-technological impact.

    Representatives from international brands, including Jack Chang, Chairman, Quality Brands Protection Committee of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment; Philippe Lucet, VP General Counsel, R&D and IP, Nestle SA; and David Upite, Senior Counsel, Procter & Gamble, will outline actionable corporate best practices, both online and offline, for building a strong brand identity and crafting a comprehensive brand-protection strategy. At the keynote luncheon that follows, Benjamin Bai, Vice President & Chief IP Officer of Ant Financial, will share his views on IP and innovation in the new socio-technological landscape.

    The Global Tech Summit held on the second day of the BIP Asia Forum will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on the broader economy, featuring a strong line-up of industry experts including Anita Sengupta, Senior Vice President of Engineering Systems for Virgin Hyperloop One; Olivier Klein, Head of Emerging Technologies of Asia Pacific, Amazon Web Services; Shang Hailong, Managing Director of SenseTime Group Limited; Miles Wen, founder & CEO of Fano Labs; and Eric Thain, President of the Artificial Intelligence Society of Hong Kong and General Manager of Hong Kong Express.

    Various breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics including business practices, legal tips and developments in the IP market and industry. Other overseas speakers include Yoshinori Nakagawa, Chief Intellectual Property Specialist, Panasonic; Jari Vaario, Head of Asia IP Regulatory, Nokia Technologies; Alan Liu, Director, Global Brand Protection, Asia Pacific, Johnson and Johnson Supply Chain; and Thierry Dubois, Managing Director, Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH.

    SmartBiz Expo Supports Industrial Upgrading to Enhance SME Competitiveness

    The second edition of the HKTDC Smartbiz Expo will gather more than 520 exhibitors from some 40 countries and regions to showcase the latest business solutions, technology applications and operations support as a one-stop platform. More than 40 seminars will be organised to equip SMEs to upgrade their business, improve competitiveness and explore new markets.

    The expo will feature three key themes. On the first day, a series of seminars will examine topics on "Industry 4.0", including automation and robotics, cloud computing and IoT. Exhibitors including the Hong Kong Productivity Council, Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM), Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) will showcase "Industry 4.0" solutions for different sectors throughout the expo.

    "Smart city" will be the main theme on the second day of the expo. Representatives from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) will present the smart city blueprint for Hong Kong, while experts will share how big data and 5G mobile communications are helping to build smart cities - and how SMEs can seize the opportunities. Exhibitors will showcase a wide range of smart products and solutions.

    The theme on the last day will be "E-commerce", with various seminars examining topics such as knowing customers through technologies, chat commerce, cross-border e-commerce and last-mile delivery. Chambers, business associations, e-commerce solution providers as well as the HKTDC Small Order showcase will present solutions that help enterprises develop e-commerce capabilities, from brand development and selecting e-platforms, to logistics arrangement, marketing and data analysis.

    The Pathfinder zone at the expo will gather exhibitors from 30 countries and region with an aim to foster opportunities in investment partnership, particularly within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. The Envision Lot zone will exhibit inventions and research findings from around the world, while the Hong Kong Exporters Association and Palexpo, organiser of the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva, are joining together to organise the first Asia Exhibition of Inventions Hong Kong.

    Asian E-tailing Summit Helps Develop New Sales Model

    E-tailing has been developing exponentially in recent years. According to Euromonitor International, a provider of strategic market research, global online sales in 2017 were worth more than US$1.38 trillion. In China alone, the domestic online sales tally of US$449 billion in 2017 is expected to increase by 21% to US$541 billion in 2018, indicating that there are still great business opportunities to be had.

    The second edition of the Asian E-tailing Summit, held on 5 Dec, provides a one-stop platform for business professionals and online retail experts to come together and examine the latest trends and market intelligence. Among the highlights this year are the two plenary sessions, with leaders from e-tailing giants, e-commerce marketplaces and platforms, think tanks and brands invited to speak.

    Under the theme "Advances in Online Retailing Ecosystem: Everything, Everywhere, All the Time", the first plenary session will focus on how this dynamic ecosystem fuels business growth and builds brands. Speakers include Clay Liao, Mobile Technical Solutions Consultant, Google; Jenny Cheung, Head of Corporate Marketing, Microsoft Hong Kong; Cassandra Girard, Global Vice President, Head of Consumer and Travel Industries, SAP Customer Experience; Josephine Chow, co-founder, Head of Expansion, ShopBack; and Abhaya Srivatsan, Health & Beauty Regional Lead, Regional Brand Partnerships, Shopee. The moderator of this session will be Yew Hong Koh, Managing Director, Retail Lead of Greater China, Accenture.

    The second plenary session, themed "The Belt and Road Initiative: New Digital Horizons", will feature a sharing of insights on how the world's biggest infrastructure initiative will drive cross-border e-commerce. Speakers include Wootinun Sungong, CEO & founder, CloudCommerce; Kevin So, CEO, E-GoGo Ltd; Rishabh Shukla, VP, Business Development, iPrice Group; and Faraz Khalid, CEO, Noon.com. Benson Ng, Greater China Digital Hub Lead, Ernst & Young, will be the moderator.

    At the two concurrent breakout sessions in the afternoon, "Technology: Machine Manpower" and "Big Data: Know Your Customer", the HKTDC will organise three workshops covering mobile checkouts and payment security, omni-channel retailing and e-tailing best practices. Another feature of the summit is the concurrent networking events that generate more collaboration opportunities by building connections and fostering exchange among industry players.

    In addition, the HKTDC will invite representatives from e-commerce associations in Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, along with representatives from the Hong Kong Electronics and Commerce Association and from ZALORA and YOOX, two famous e-commerce companies in the Asia Pacific region, to attend a roundtable meeting - the first such meeting to be held at the summit - to discuss the prospects for e-commerce in Asia. With the HKTDC as a strategic partner, the winners of the inaugural Asia's Best E-tailing Awards will also be announced on 5 Dec.

    Franchising Show Offers Chance for Quick Business Expansion

    A companion event to the Smartbiz Expo, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Franchising Show returns in its fourth edition for companies and entrepreneurs looking for franchising brands to identify business partners and gain franchising tips. The event will gather 130 exhibitors from 13 countries and regions.

    There are four zones in the exhibition: the Hong Kong Food and Beverage zone, Hong Kong Non-Food and Beverage zone, Chinese Mainland zone and International zone which offer plenty of franchising opportunities across different sectors. Brands showcasing franchising opportunities include Kam Cha, Wow Woo Hong Kong Snacks, Taiwan-style beverage brand Chun Feng Milk House, Subway restaurant, the 7-Eleven convenience store, TECHBOB Academy, ANVIO VR Gaming Centre and 24/7 Fitness centre. Franchising consultants and agencies are among the exhibitors offering franchising solutions to help brand owners expand their business.

    During the fair period, a series of discussions will be organised to provide practical tips for franchising, covering subjects such as kickstarting a franchising business, franchise management technologies, digital world-of-mouth and franchising on Belt and Road markets.

    Fair websites:
    SmartBiz Expo: http://www.hktdc.com/smartbizexpo
    Asian E-tailing Summit: http://www.asianetailingsummit.com
    Business of IP Asia Forum: http://www.bipasiaforum.com
    Hong Kong International Franchising Show: http://www.hktdc.com/hkifs
    Photo download: https://bit.ly/2Dqvniq

    About HKTDC

    Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body dedicated to creating opportunities for Hong Kong's businesses. With 50 offices globally, including 13 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China, Asia and the world. With more than 50 years of experience, the HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to provide companies, particularly SMEs, with business opportunities on the mainland and in international markets, while providing business insights and information via trade publications, research reports and digital channels including the media room. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Google+, Twitter@hktdc, LinkedIn.

    Contact:
    Beatrice Lam (BIP Asia), Tel: +852 2584 4049, Email: beatrice.hy.lam@hktdc.org Billy Ng (SmartBiz and Franchising Show), Tel: +852 2584 4393, Email: billy.km.ng@hktdc.org Sunny Ng (Asian E-tailing Summit), Tel: +852 2584 4357, Email: sunny.sl.ng@hktdc.org

    Copyright 2018 ACN Newswire. All rights reserved. www.acnnewswire.com

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    HONG KONG, Nov 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - IR Magazine has revealed who's in the running to win a coveted award at this year's IR Magazine Forum and Awards - Greater China 2018 ( http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/ ), taking place at the Conrad in Hong Kong on 30 November!

    From telecommunication giants to brewing experts, the nominees for this year's awards are an eclectic mix of industries and markets, with both familiar and new faces making an appearance on the short lists - an excellent testament to the impressive scope and scale of IR across Greater China in 2018.

    Due to popular demand, IR Magazine will once again be presenting two types of awards categories - researched and nominated - making it a grand total of 30 awards being presented, which honor the industry's finest IR practitioners and celebrate their fantastic achievements over the past 12 months.

    Find the full set of short lists for both awards below - IR Magazine wishes to congratulate all those who have been nominated!

    VIEW AWARDS-BY-NOMINATION SHORT LIST
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/

    VIEW AWARDS-BY-RESEARCH SHORT LIST
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/researched-awards/

    To find out more information about the methodology behind the awards, please click
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/awards-categories-self-nomination/ for the awards-by-nomination and
    http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/#/home/researched-awards/ for the researched awards.

    The winners of both the researched and awards-by-nomination categories will be announced on 30 November at the prestigious awards ceremony held at the Conrad in Hong Kong. The awards ceremony takes place following the forum sessions, which focus on the global economic outlook, the regulatory landscape, ESG reporting and much more. Click http://events.irmagazine.com/greaterchina/ for more information on the event, the forum agenda and how to book your place.

    Strategic Public Relations Group is proud to be the Official Public Relations Partner for the IR Magazine Forum & Awards - Greater China 2018.

    About IR Magazine

    Launched in 1988, IR Magazine is the only global publication that focuses on the interactions between companies and their investors.

    IR Magazine helps investor relations professionals achieve more in their IR programs, benchmark their efforts and connect to the global IR community. In addition to producing articles, research reports and investor perception studies, IR Magazine also hosts events such as awards, think tanks and forums around the world and online webinars.

    To learn more, please visit www.irmagazine.com or connect with IR Magazine via Twitter @IRMagazine and the LinkedIn group: IR Magazine.

    About the IR Magazine Awards & Conference - Greater China 2018

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    To be sold in more than 150 countries and regions starting from 2019

    - Lower center of gravity, sportier exterior, and sleek interior design achieved by TNGA
    - New platform delivers enhanced driving and basic performance improvements
    - Cutting-edge active safety technologies enhanced by the latest Toyota Safety Sense
    - "Connected" services deliver "safety and peace of mind" and "comfort and convenience"
    - Hybrid version to be newly introduced in more than 90 countries and regions

    Guangzhou, China, Nov 16, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Toyota today unveils new sedan models in the Corolla series (known in China as "Corolla" and "Levin") in a world premiere at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, which opened November 16.

    The new models deliver enhanced basic performance achieved by the GA-C platform, and include the Sporty model (in North America, China (Levin), Japan, and other countries/regions) with an active, energetic edge, and the Prestige model (in China (Corolla), Europe, and other countries/regions) sporting an exterior design that produces a striking, high-end appearance.

    Sales in the United States and Europe are scheduled to start in spring 2019. The new models will gradually be rolled out in more than 150 countries and regions, including the start of sales of the new Corolla and Levin in China after mid-2019. In Japan, new sedan and wagon models, based on the Sporty model, will be optimized for Japanese customers and roads, with sales launch slated for within 2019.

    "We have striven to design new models that are eye-catching, and fun to both ride in and drive. By enhancing not just the fun factors that are unique to cars, but "connectivity" functions to create new value, I wanted to make this new model a car that enriches mobility for customers around the world," stated Yoshiki Konishi, chief engineer of the models. "I believe the Corolla series, with its millions of customers around the world, is a key touchstone model for gauging the success of Toyota's "making ever-better cars" philosophy carried out through TNGA. I am confident that customers will see that Toyota's car-making has changed significantly."

    Corolla is Toyota's all-time best-selling car series, with more than 46 million cars sold worldwide (including derivative models) since the first generation was released in Japan in 1966. With each new generation, Corolla has evolved. New advanced features and functions have been introduced to suit the needs of the time, all the while inheriting its core DNA--reliability and usability--from the very first generation.

    Based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) initiative to structurally transform vehicle development, the new platform has been unified globally within the present 12th generation, including the hatchback model that went on sale in summer 2018, and the wagon model released in regions such as Europe in early 2019. The new generation hatchback and wagon models in Europe and other countries and regions also take the Corolla name, further strengthening the Corolla brand.

    The new platform offers improved performance characterized by smooth driving, ride comfort, quietness, and safety. The Corolla delivers a joyful driving experience to customers in a wide range of countries and regions, backed by a total of one million kilometers of test driving in five continents.

    Enabled by TNGA's new platform, the exterior design concept, Shooting Robust, instills an active essence, achieving a firm, lower center of gravity and sporty silhouette, complemented by a lower stance and wider tread than current models.

    The interior design is based on a Sensuous Minimalism concept (a design that is simple yet sensuously appealing), aptly incorporating a sleek instrument panel that conveys a comfortable spaciousness, and integrated functional parts, creating a refined elegance.

    The enhanced driving and environmental performance originates from various powertrains that suit the needs and characteristics of customers across diverse countries and regions, including the recent powertrains developed under TNGA initiatives (e.g., 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine, Direct Shift-CVT, 6-speed manual transmission). Hybrid models equipped with the latest hybrid technologies will be newly introduced in more than 90 countries and regions, playing a key role in the widespread adoption of electrified vehicles. The new models are also equipped with upgraded advanced safety features, in the form of the latest Toyota Safety Sense, with specifications and availability refined for each market, ensuring the Corolla contributes to the widespread use of safer cars.

    The new models offer optimal connected functions and services tuned to each market, delivering safety and security as well as comfort and convenience by connecting people and cars, and cars and society. In China, the new models come standard with an onboard Data Communication Module (DCM), an integral component of Toyota Connected. Connected services will be introduced across all grades, providing "just-in-time" services and offering security and peace of mind to customers 24/7. Other examples include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility in the United States, and services in Europe that allow the car to be connected to an operator in emergency situations and the dispatch of rescue vehicles based on the car's location.

    About Toyota Motor Corporation

    Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.

    Contact:
    Public Affairs Division Global Communications Department Toyota Motor Corporation Tel: +81-3-3817-9926

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    TOKYO, Nov 16, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation and a leading Australian ICT solutions and services firm, have been selected to supply 10Gbps E-band radio equipment and professional services for Spirit Telecom.

    Spirit Telecom is a public company listed on the Australian stock exchange providing independent Super-Fast Internet, cloud solutions, and unified communication services to Australians.

    Sprit telecom has a significant NEC Wireless backhaul footprint in the Gold Coast through the acquisition of World Without Wires with over 40 iPASOLINK IX radio terminals deployed to provide high capacity backhaul for corporate voice and data services.

    As part of an existing contract, NEC will supply an additional 70 iPASOLINK EX-A terminals with 10Gbps full duplex throughput over the Spirit network.

    The NEC solution allows Spirit Telecom to replace expensive and limited capacity fibre lease line services with a partial mesh E-band Microwave infrastructure, which provides more capacity, resilience and fast return of investment.

    The iPASOLINK EX-A is NEC's next generation carrier grade E-band radio equipment with the highest 10Gbps full duplex throughput per terminal, providing fibre like capacity. In addition, the solution supports key features such as H-QoS, AES encryption, 1588v.2 synchronisation, dual 10Gbps SFP+ interfaces, dual power feed options, and ERPS ring protection, which are all key features in next generation network architectures.

    NEC Australia is committed to NEC's global ambition to orchestrate a brighter world by creating social value through cutting edge technologies that support safer, sustainable and prosperous societies.

    "The Spirit Telecom win is another example of NEC's leadership and expertise in microwave radio solutions. Our market leading 10Gbps Wireless solution enables Spirit Telecom to reduce their operational cost, while increasing resilience in their network," said Krisztian Som, Radio Solutions Business Manager at NEC Australia.

    "Spirit Telecom has gone through an extensive market evaluation and proof of concept testing and selected NEC as the market leader in this space to upgrade and extend our network coverage in Melbourne with capacity never thought possible in wireless," said Geoff Neate, Managing Director at Spirit Telecom.

    About NEC Australia

    NEC Australia is a leading technology company, delivering a complete portfolio of ICT solutions and services to large enterprise, small business and government organisations. We deliver innovative solutions to help customers gain greater business value from their technology investments.

    NEC Australia specialises in information and communications technology solutions and services in multi-vendor environments. Solutions and services include: IT applications and solutions development, unified communications, complex communications solutions, network solutions, display solutions, biometrics, research and development services, systems integration and professional, technical and managed services. For more information, visit NEC Australia at au.nec.com

    About NEC Corporation

    NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security efficiency and fairness of society. Under the company's corporate message of "Orchestrating a brighter world," NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

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    PowerSelect's unique 15-minute live auction helps businesses secure the best electricity offers in the shortest possible time

    SINGAPORE, Nov 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - A new online portal which helps businesses purchase electricity efficiently - PowerSelect by Energy Market Company (EMC) - has enabled Sakae Holdings to save more than $12,000* in electricity bills over the next 12 months.

    PowerSelect is developed by EMC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX), and is the most comprehensive electricity procurement portal for businesses in Singapore. PowerSelect offers different procurement options including a unique 15-minute live auction, houses data from the wholesale and futures electricity markets to help businesses make decisions around their electricity purchases, and is supported by a good mix and number of electricity retailers in Singapore.

    Says SGX CEO Loh Boon Chye: "EMC has a 15-year track record in enhancing the efficiency and transparency of Singapore's wholesale electricity market. Tapping on this experience, SGX launched Asia's first electricity futures market to support the liberalisation of Singapore's power sector, providing electricity retailers with an avenue to hedge their risks. I am delighted that we are now extending our services to benefit business consumers as well."

    EMC has been licensed by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) to operate Singapore's wholesale electricity market since 2003. "We understand the power business and have strong ties with industry players like electricity generators and retailers. PowerSelect was developed with the knowledge, experience and relationships that we have built over the years," says Toh Seong Wah, CEO of EMC.

    PowerSelect serves businesses with an average monthly consumption of at least 10MWh, which is equivalent to a monthly electricity bill of at least $2,000. Sakae Holdings is PowerSelect's first customer (see Annex A for a case study on Sakae Holdings' electricity procurement exercise through PowerSelect).

    Says Mr Douglas Foo, Chairman of Sakae Holdings: "Sakae's innovative culture means we are constantly looking for ways to improve our business model and operations. We are very pleased with the results of our electricity procurement through PowerSelect. Not only did we achieve our desired outcome of securing a better electricity package, we also saved substantial time and effort that we would otherwise have to spend sourcing for quotes and negotiating with electricity retailers."

    Different electricity procurement options on PowerSelect

    PowerSelect offers businesses a choice of different electricity procurement options. Businesses that wish to avoid the time-consuming process of comparing quotes can call for Live Auctions, where electricity retailers compete for their contracts within a 15-minute timeframe. The competitive and transparent bidding process helps businesses secure the best electricity offers in the shortest possible time. PowerSelect Live Auctions work best for businesses that prefer Fixed Price Plans or Discount Off Tariff Plans (see Annex B for details).

    Businesses with unique or special requirements can purchase electricity through Invitations to Tender. Under this method of procurement, electricity retailers prepare customised proposals for the customers' consideration. The retailers are incentivised to put forward their best offers upfront as they have no visibility of other retailers' proposals.

    Good mix and number of participating electricity retailers on PowerSelect

    PowerSelect's participating retailers comprise a good mix of retailers with power generation arms as well as independent retailers. As of November 2018, a total of 11 electricity retailers have come on board, which means businesses can conveniently access a wide range of offers at one go.

    Sunseap Energy is one of the electricity retailers participating in PowerSelect. Frank Phuan, CEO and Executive Director of Sunseap Group, says, "EMC has an excellent track record in operating Singapore's wholesale electricity market, and we are happy that it is extending its expertise into the retail market. Sunseap Energy is pleased to come on board PowerSelect as it provides us with another avenue to reach more customers."

    Access to electricity price data on PowerSelect

    Businesses can also access data from the spot and futures electricity markets on PowerSelect, to help them in planning and decision making. PowerSelect is the only electricity procurement portal that houses data such as wholesale and futures electricity prices, which are exclusively held by EMC and SGX.

    EMC will explore the possibility of extending the portal to small electricity consumers like households in future.

    See the Full Release with Annexes at: www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/EMC_201811.pdf

    About Energy Market Company

    Energy Market Company (EMC) operates the wholesale market of the National Electricity Market of Singapore (NEMS), which is Asia's first liberalised electricity market. EMC completes the connection between those who make electricity in Singapore and those who use it.

    As the exchange for wholesale electricity trading, EMC provides a transparent and competitive trading platform and its key activities include calculating prices, scheduling generation, clearing and settling market transactions as well as supporting governance of the market. EMC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Exchange (SGX). For more information on EMC, please visit www.emcsg.com.

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    Hsu Lin
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    Email: hsulin@ninemer.com

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    Senior Account Manager
    Ninemer Public Relations
    Email: charleneho@ninemer.com

    * Amount of additional savings compared to the best offer that Sakae obtained on its own. Computed based on the regulated tariff for Q4 2018 ($241.30/MWh per month) and Sakae's average monthly electricity consumption.


     
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    HONG KONG, Nov 16, 2018 - (ACN Newswire) - Changfeng Energy Inc. ("Changfeng" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"), a company listed on the Canadian Exchange (TSXV: CFY), announced that it has completed construction of the 2.0 kilometer (1.4 miles) pipeline connecting the existing provincial natural gas trunk lines to the Gaoyao Combined Heat, Power and Cold Natural Gas Power Plant ("Datang Gaoyao Plant") owned by Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd. ("Guangdong Datang"). Guangdong Datang began trial operation of the pipeline on 14 November 2018.

    Changfeng is currently in negotiations with Guangdong Datang and Guangdong Grid on a definitive agreement to provide gas transmission service to the Datang Gaoyao Plant and expects to execute the definitive agreement in the near term.

    About Changfeng Energy Inc. (Toronto listed symbol: TSXV:CFY)
    Changfeng Energy Inc. is a leading integrated smart energy provider and natural gas distribution company (or natural gas utility) in China. Changfeng has been listed on the Toronto stock exchange of Canada ("TSXV") since 2008, and is the only natural gas company in China listed on the TSXV. In 2009, Changfeng was recognized as one of China's Top Ten Most Influential Brands in the natural gas industry. For details of Changfeng, please visit: www.changfengenergy.com.

    About Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd.
    Guangdong Datang International Zhaoqing Heat & Power Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Datang International Power Generation Co., Ltd. ("Datang International"). Together with its subsidiaries, Datang International engages in power generation and power plant development in the PRC. It operates through power generation, coal, and other segments. Datang International generates electricity through various sources, such as coal-fired, thermal, hydro, wind, nuclear, solar, and natural gas. As of December 31, 2017, Datang International managed an installed capacity of approximately 48,031.175 MW. Datang International also engages in heat supply; the import of power related fuel; coal mining and trading; silicon and aluminium smelting; the production and sale of alumina; cargo shipping; the sale of coal ash and integrated application of solid wastes; the repair and testing of power equipment; and the provision of power related technical services. Datang International was formerly known as Beijing Datang Power Generation Co., Ltd. The company was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Beijing, PRC.


     
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