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HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 30 November 2023 - Hantec, a leading global financial services provider, is proud to announce its recent acquisition of a new license from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in Seychelles. This strategic move marks a significant milestone in Hantec's mission to broaden its global reach and further solidify its position as a trusted partner in the financial industry. The Seychelles' FSA license grants Hantec the regulatory approval to operate in this key jurisdiction, opening up new opportunities and enabling the company to offer its comprehensive suite of financial services to a wider client base, particularly in the African region. "We are thrilled to have obtained this license from the Seychelles' FSA. This development is a testament to our commitment to expanding our presence and providing tailored financial solutions to clients in Africa and beyond," said Freddy Lau, CEO at Hantec Group. "With this new regulatory approval, we are better positioned to serve the dynamic and evolving needs of our clients in the region." The acquisition of the Seychelles' FSA license is a strategic move that perfectly aligns with Hantec's overarching mission to diversify its client portfolio and enhance its global presence. The African continent, with its dynamic and swiftly growing market, presents immense potential for financial services. By establishing a presence in Seychelles, Hantec aims to leverage its expertise and resources to support the economic development and prosperity of the region." With an existing portfolio of global regulated licenses, Hantec is already in full compliance with the rigorous regulations set forth by FCA, ASIC, VFSC, and other governing bodies. This commitment underscores Hantec's dedication to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and client-centricity. As a trusted financial services provider with a proven track record, Hantec remains committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and client-centricity. The acquisition of the Seychelles' FSA license reaffirms Hantec's dedication to regulatory compliance and reinforces its position as a reliable partner for clients seeking innovative and reliable financial solutions. For more information about Hantec and its range of services, please visit www.hantec.com Hashtag: #HantecThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
Dubai announces ambitious clean energy initiative to electrify domestic manufacturing sector’s competitiveness and sustainability efforts
Landmark decarbonisation move, to be implemented from 1 January 2024, will advance D33 goals and Dubai's green economy plans DEWA-led initiative will empower industries to pursue net-zero targets by allowing them to set up solar facilities matching their total connected load Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer: The initiative will increase Dubai's attractiveness for manufacturing investments as it allows industrial players to reduce cost of doing business and achieve clean energy targets DUBAI, UAE - Media OutReach - 30 November 2023 - Dubai has announced a major new initiative charting an industry-friendly energy policy for the manufacturing sector that will serve to support and accelerate the emirate's sustainability ambitions. The initiative also fits in with the emirate's wider plans to develop a green economy in keeping with the Dubai Economic Agenda 2033 – D33. Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park Significantly strengthening Dubai's position as a leading international hub for exporters and manufacturers, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority PJSC (DEWA) will oversee the Government of Dubai's ambitious green economy policy for the manufacturing industry, which is to be rolled out from 1 January 2024. The initiative will enable manufacturers, data centres and agri-tech players to install captive solar generation up to their total connected load, empowering them to meet their own demand while slashing the power costs they would normally incur and achieving a cleaner energy mix. The power policy will also accord priority to such manufacturers to purchase available international renewable energy certificates (i-RECs), thereby boosting their potential to achieve net-zero goals and sustainability targets. Factoring in the lower energy costs and higher share of green energy, the DEWA-led initiative is aligned with the Executive Council's strategic initiatives to boost Dubai's industrial sector and make the city more competitive in the regional and international markets. This will also contribute to increased investments from local and international players besides encouraging and attracting manufacturers and the downstream logistics and trade ecosystem to foster stable, secure, and sustainable growth. The Innovation Centre At a macro-economic level, the initiative will also help to advance the goals of the D33 Agenda launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to consolidate Dubai's bid to establish itself in the top three urban economies globally. A key priority of the D33 Agenda is to champion green manufacturing as part of ongoing efforts to support the growth of the emirate's clean energy sector. His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority PJSC (DEWA) said: "This initiative aligns with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to further the green economy and maintain a sustainable environment to support long-term economic growth. "The initiative will increase Dubai's attractiveness for manufacturing investments as it allows industrial players to reduce cost of doing business and achieve clean energy targets. On the other hand, it will help Dubai accelerate its decarbonisation journey and achieve net zero targets, while reducing dependency on natural gas." The policy announcement coincides with the UAE's historic hosting of the global climate summit COP28 at Expo City Dubai from 30 November to 12 December, with the increased industrial opportunities for solar power generation and environmentally responsible manufacturing set to provide a critical step forward in Dubai's industrial ambitions and significantly reinforce its efforts to enhance sustainability initiatives. The initiative will also drive decarbonisation efforts within the emirate's manufacturing sector in accordance with the UAE's Net Zero by 2050 strategy. By promoting environmentally friendly and energy-efficient production in the manufacturing sector, the initiative also aids Dubai's strategy to empower manufacturers – a core segment of the Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030, which aims to increase the overall output and value-addition of the manufacturing sector while spurring innovation and showcasing the emirate as a preferred destination for industries. Hashtag: #GovernmentofDubaiMediaOfficeThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.
Waikato Regional Council Hails Migration Completion to Infor CloudSuite for Business Modernisation and Digital Innovation
SaaS model replaces 28 legacy systems delivering business-critical applicationsAUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - Media OutReach - 30 November 2023 - Infor®, the industry cloud company, today announced that Waikato Regional Council has completed its implementation of Infor CloudSuite Public Sector, delivering on its vision for a single, integrated smart platform that will have positive outcomes for all stakeholders and, in the long term, the community. Building exterior of Waikato Regional Council The New Zealand local government entity selected Infor for 'Project Reboot' to replace 28 disparate on-premises software systems with a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution - Infor CloudSuite Public Sector. The multi-year, multi-phase transformation program included new modules for financial management and budgeting, planning, human resources, property and rates, among others. Learn more about Infor CloudSuite Public Sector Janine Becker, Director of Finance and Business Services at Waikato Regional Council "Project Reboot was launched in May 2019 to replace 28 different software systems that didn't speak to each other, were ageing and costly to maintain, and required more than a band-aid fix," said Janine Becker, Director of Finance and Business Services at Waikato Regional Council. "While a change of the scale delivered will take some time to bed into the organisation, it has allowed us to address some key business risks and will provide a technology platform and business processes that our council will continue to use and optimise over time. We are seeing some early wins from the project phases that have been progressively implemented since September 2020. "With a project of the duration of Project Reboot, we have had the opportunity to bed in a partnership with Infor that has been effective and beneficial for both parties. We've seen the evolution of Infor's own practices over this time, which continue to work towards understanding and delivering to customer needs. "Infor has also brought us 'into the tent' where we've been involved in their product development cycle. The ability and opportunity to be able to influence future solutions is a big bonus for our innovation program now and in the years to come," Becker said. Infor has a solid track record as the cloud provider of choice for utilities and government agencies around the world. Apart from Waikato Regional Council, Infor is the "system of record" for the nation's water reform program and a close partner to its largest water authority, Watercare. In Australia, six water corporations are customers while leading U.S. water authority Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District is also a client. "Project Reboot was an ambitious program to amalgamate multiple legacy systems that didn't speak to each other. It was no mean feat but we're proud Infor has successfully delivered an industry-specific, cloud-based solution that will have a tangible, positive impact on Waikato Regional Council for generations to come and one that will future-proof its investments," said Terry Smagh, senior vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific and Japan at Infor. "With Infor CloudSuite Public Sector, Waikato Regional Council can achieve continuous improvements across the organisation and enhance internal and external processes to meet business outcomes with operational excellence as a central theme." Media Contact: Phyllis Tan Infor Asia Pacific Phyllis.email@example.com +65 9799 9133 Hashtag: #InforThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.About InforInfor is a global leader in business cloud software specialised by industry. Providing mission-critical enterprise applications to 67,000 customers in more than 175 countries, Infor software is designed to deliver more value and less risk, with more sustainable operational advantages. We empower our 17,000 employees to leverage their deep industry expertise and use data-driven insights to create, learn and adapt quickly to solve emerging business and industry challenges. Infor is committed to providing our customers with modern tools to transform their business and accelerate their own path to innovation. To learn more, please visit www.infor.com. About Waikato Regional CouncilWaikato Regional Council is a local government entity in the upper North Island of New Zealand with a population exceeding half a million people. Its responsible for functions that are best delivered at a regional scale, such as: managing the use of natural resources (water, soil, air, geothermal areas and coasts); regional transport planning and passenger transport services; protecting and restoring natural biodiversity; controlling harmful plant and animal pests; providing flood protection and drainage schemes; keeping water users safe; responding to pollution incidents; preparing communities for civil defence emergencies and coordinating the response when a disaster strikes. To learn more, please visit www.waikatoregion.govt.nz.
PRISM Awards 2023: Singtel wins PR Campaign of the Year; New award categories introduced include ‘Best Use of Storytelling in a Campaign’
SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 30 November 2023 - The Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (IPRS) held its biennial PRISM Awards on 29 November at the PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore with over 170 guests in attendance. Celebrating the very best in public relations and communications, the gala luncheon was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Mr Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information. Singtel was named PR Campaign of the Year, for their 'Purpose Campaign - Empower Every Generation'. They also received a Distinction Award for Outstanding Employee Engagement Programme. Grayling emerged as the winner of the hotly contested Outstanding 360-degree Integrated Campaign – Consumer category. This year's edition shines the light on People in PR and the IPRS conferred the Lifetime PR Achievement Award to well-known industry veteran Jennifer Lewis. Singlife's Pearlyn Phau bested several others to be named Outstanding PR Champion. Some of the other People awards given out were Outstanding PR Leader, Outstanding Young PR Professional and Outstanding PR Student, amongst others. In the popular Outstanding Sustainability Communications Campaign category, Redhill and The Hoffman Agency emerged as the winners. Other highlights include TOUCH Community Services which won Outstanding Campaign by a NGO or NPO, and The Hoffman Agency's campaign "Hearing Partners encourages Singaporeans to #ListenAgain which took the Distinction award for Best Use of Storytelling. Chair of the PRISM Awards 2023, Vanessa Wan, said: "I am deeply heartened by the strong support from the industry -- from the generous support from the esteemed judges and sponsors to the incredible number of submissions received. The IPRS felt that it was important to focus on the 'People in PR' for this year's awards. It is the PR practitioners who are at the heart of our industry, doing brilliant work every day and making an impact in their organisations, in the community, and on the profession. We all deserve to be recognised, celebrated and encouraged. Ultimately, it is through the best practices shared by the award winners that everyone will benefit, learn and grow." Kelvin Koh, Managing Director of Truescope Singapore, Platinum Sponsor for the event, said: "Our enduring partnership with IPRS has played a pivotal role in propelling us as a leading integrated monitoring provider, not only within Singapore but also across the region. Engaging in various IPRS initiatives, we have cultivated significant relationships and valuable alliances. The PRISM Awards represents our dedicated effort to give back to this remarkable community and recognise the best and brightest in the industry. This also reflects our belief and confidence in the work of IPRS and its members, which espouses the mantra of Public Relations In Service of Mankind. The record-breaking 121 award submissions spanning 26 categories from 47 distinguished organisations is a compelling testament to this belief." The PRISM Awards is organised by the Institute of Public Relations of Singapore (IPRS). A total of 121 submissions were received. This year's edition shines the light on People in PR – professionals, teams and champions who have made an impact through their mastery of PR strategy and execution skills. The distinguished panel of 41 judges comprised senior PR & Communication practitioners, leading PR and Communication academics, senior media representatives, professionals, business leaders and IPRS Council Members. The IPRS PRISM Awards 2023 is supported by: Platinum Sponsor, Truescope Singapore; Gold Sponsor, IN.FOM; and Silver Sponsors Pinpoint PR and Telum Media. For more information, visit: https://www.iprs.org.sg/news/iprs-prism-awards-2023 Hashtag: #PRISMAward2023 #IPRSThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.About The IPRS IPRS, established in 1970 as a non-profit organisation, is the only accrediting body for Public Relations (PR) practitioners in Singapore. The Institute promotes excellence in the industry through knowledge exchange platforms and training programmes that are aligned with the many changes and developments in the practice of PR and Communications today. IPRS has a growing membership consisting of professionals from diverse backgrounds in public relations, journalism, advertising, marketing, education and management – a factor that has contributed to the Institute's strength and dynamism. There are 10 Student Chapters with various tertiary institutions to create opportunities for communications students and IPRS members to share expertise and experiences. Established in 1987, the IPRS PRISM Awards programme is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the industry. PRISM which stands for 'Public Relations in the Service of Mankind' recognises leading organisations and practitioners for their excellence in communications practice across all sectors – corporate, government and not-for-profit. About PRISM Awards 2023The awards this year shine the light on our People in PR - professionals, teams and champions who have made an impact through their mastery of PR strategies and execution skills. There are three main award categories. The People Awards celebrate the contributions of PR practitioners in the work entrusted to them by their organisations and clients that they serve. Included in this category are the Student Awards that recognises the work of our next generation of aspiring PR practitioners from the start of their formative years. The Campaign Awards showcases the best PR-led events and programmes of high-quality delivery. The IPRS will also nominate winners in the IPRS Awards (not-for-entry) category: Outstanding PR Campaign of The Year; IPRS Partner of The Year; and Lifetime PR Achievement Award 2023. All winning works bear the hallmarks of excellence in concept, execution and impact on markets, society and the industry at large. Entries are from privatecorporate and not-for-profit organisations, government agencies, tertiary institutions, associations, and individuals based in Singapore, or where the work was primarily planned and conceived in Singapore and delivered across regions. The qualifying period for the work submitted for consideration for all award categories is from 1 July 2021 and 30 August 2023. The Awards garnered a record 121 submissions across 30 categories from 47 organisations. A total of 53 submissions won awards: 17 Distinctions; 23 Merits; and 13 Individual Awards.
New report by the Asia Pacific Oncology Alliance highlights essential role of collaborating with patients to improve cancer care and outcomes in Asia Pacific
Report highlights fundamental shift in treatment for cancer, from a terminal to a chronic disease that can be treated and managed Explores trends, opportunities and tangible ways to drive positive changes, and emphasises that collaboration and including the patient voice is critical to identify the best use of resources and time to improve cancer survivorship Highlights the economic and social benefits of better cancer care SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 30 November 2023 - A new report released today by the Asia Pacific Oncology Alliance (APOA), a network of stakeholders from across the cancer continuum who are committed to improving cancer care in Asia Pacific, highlights the importance of the patient voice in improving cancer experiences and outcomes across the region. The report, titled Pathways for transforming the cancer ecosystem: A patient-centred framework was compiled from more than 100 interviews with key stakeholders including patients, patient support organisations and other community groups, clinicians, researchers, multiple industries, and healthcare decision-makers. APOA is an initiative by the Pinnacle Program, established by Rare Cancers Australia in 2017. APOA's stakeholders have launched this report outlining how we can all do more to improve cancer survivorship in the region. Cancer is a disease that has severely impacted all countries in the region and the Asia-Pacific region accounts for more than half of global cancer deaths. "There are major economic and social benefits to treating cancer but each market in the region will need to have a strategy to sustainably provide better prevention and care services for their community. Health systems are grappling with growing healthcare expenditures, ageing populations, chronic diseases and the relatively high costs for new technologies." said Richard Vines, Chief Executive Officer of Rare Cancers Australia (RCA), which established the APOA. "Listening to and respecting patients will help us make better decisions. Patients experience the health system from the inside out, they bring a unique perspective that can help administrators find the most efficient way forward. If you want to understand our traffic systems, it is valuable to speak to taxi drivers because they spend every day navigating our roads and motorways. The same is true of patients, they bring a unique perspective on how the health system works and how it can be made better." "The world is waking up to the value patient representatives provide to the community, how patient voices can help improve systems, and that patient engagement leads to better healthcare and outcomes. In every interview we carried out, we kept hearing this message time and again," he added. Carmen Auste, CEO Cancer Warriors Foundation Philippines, Vice President, Cancer Coalition Philippines and civil society representative of the Philippine National Integrated Cancer Control Council, described the report as a landmark multi-stakeholder, collaborative initiative "demonstrating the value of sharing stories; capturing lived patient experiences, good practice models and innovations". "By sharing our stories and insights learned from our experiences, we inspire others, spark their imagination and fuel their passion. Our stories, our experiences, our shared concerns and dreams, connect us all and become the driving force for transformational change," she said. Jenny Zhang, from Chinese patient organisation House086, says the perception of cancer has changed in her country over the past decade. "People used to associate cancer with fear and wanting to run away because of the harsh reality of limited treatment options, no money for treatment and no confidence," explained Zhang. "Now we can face cancer and more people hope to live with cancer. We have more access to medicine, the means to afford treatment, and the confidence to fight. For most people, a lot has changed," she added. The APOA report highlights and celebrates examples of successful regional projects ranging from education, diagnosis, support and treatment initiatives. For many of these, the patient voice was critical in establishing a project that was effective, as well as accommodating local cultural considerations. The 36 case studies highlight ways cancer care, support and outcomes can be improved, taking some of the fear out of a cancer diagnosis. Some examples detailed in the report highlight: How patients can be directly involved in assessing the value of new treatments, services, or policies to save lives in different countries across the region. The ways patients' needs can be considered more holistically. For example, a needs assessment tool for Breast Cancer in Malaysia is helping to identify patient needs related to emotional support, social and intimate relationships, hospital appointments, personal care and health, and information and services. How local doctors are important leaders to fight misinformation, advocate and share the best evidence around cancer and treatment in the region. For example, in Vietnam a network of doctors, medical students and volunteers are working to improve cancer-related literacy at the community level. That local community leaders and volunteers can make a huge difference, with one collaborative in India helping to mobilise the community and set a standard for palliative care to become more readily available for the patients who need it. Improving access to treatment options using innovative approaches and shared investments, for example the Access to Oncology Medicines work to sustainably increase the availability, affordability, and appropriate use of cancer medicines in lower income countries. The needs of patients beyond medical treatment: The Hope Foundation, a patient organisation in Taiwan, created a dedicated website to recognise the unique needs of younger people diagnosed with cancer, specifically in relation to fertility, after 40% of patients reported inadequate access to information. The development of resources and support specialists for workplaces and patients in Japan to increase the ability for people to return to work or to balance treatment and work commitments. Although the report highlights different countries have varying needs, cultural considerations and capacity to invest in cancer care initiatives, it clearly demonstrates having an inspiring vision, working together and listening to patients, supported with powerful information, can create positive change. For more information and to download the full report, please visit https://pinnacle-patient.com/asia-pacific-oncology-alliance.Hashtag: #AsiaPacificOncologyAlliance #PinnacleProgram #RareCancersAustralia #Oncology #Cancer #Healthcarehttps://pinnacle-patient.com/asia-pacific-oncology-allianceThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.About the Pinnacle Program and the Asia Pacific Oncology AllianceThe Pinnacle Program is a peer-to-peer mentoring program developed by Rare Cancers Australia for patient support organisations (PSOs) across the globe. The mission of the Pinnacle Program is to support, connect and empower PSOs and improve the health outcomes of patients across the Asia-Pacific region. APOA is a network of stakeholders (comprising of patients, patient organisations, clinicians, researchers, multiple industries, and healthcare decision-makers) from across the cancer continuum who are committed to improving cancer survivorship in the Asia-Pacific region.
Marks one of the world’s most established MICE trade shows’ first entry in APAC HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 30 November 2023 - The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced that Hong Kong has won IBTM, the world's leading Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) event brand, to organise its inaugural MICE trade show IBTM Asia Pacific 2025, in Spring 2025 in Hong Kong. IBTM World 2023, one of the world’s largest and leading MICE trade shows, is held in Barcelona, Spain. General Manager, MICE & Cruise, Regional Director, Europe of Hong Kong Tourism Board, Mr Kenneth Wong (right), and Vasyl Zhygalo, IBTM Portfolio Director (left), announce Hong Kong as the host of IBTM Asia Pacific 2025 at a press conference during the event. The event is expected to attract more than 1,500 travel trade and MICE professionals from the Mainland, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, South Korea and other markets in the region, and long-haul markets. The event not only provides an ideal platform for Hong Kong, Mainland and overseas travel agents, hotels, MICE venues, attractions, airlines and other industry players to explore business opportunities, but also helps consolidate Hong Kong's position as the World's Meeting Place. Dr Pang Yiu-kai, HKTB Chairman, said, "IBTM's decision to host its inaugural flagship trade show for the Asia Pacific region in Hong Kong is a strong testament to Hong Kong's international standing and its unique role as a super-connector of the Greater Bay Area (GBA) by the global MICE industry. The event will not only bring more than 1,500 high-yield visitors from the global travel trade and MICE industry to Hong Kong but will also generate positive word-of-mouth with their personal experience. This, in turn, will help bring more MICE events to Hong Kong, creating multiplier effect contributing to the city's economy." Vasyl Zhygalo, IBTM Portfolio Director, agreed that Hong Kong is an international MICE hub, "Hong Kong comes with various competitive edges, such as its diverse choice of venues, convenient transport facilities and the provision of comprehensive professional support. Geographically, it is well positioned as a gateway between the world and the Mainland, especially cities in the GBA, which makes the city the ideal host of IBTM Asia Pacific. I am confident that this exhibition will help MICE trade members in different markets establish contacts with each other and explore opportunities in the region." Team Hong Kong celebrates the announcement of IBTM Asia Pacific 2025 at Hong Kong Stand with a lion dance performance. Showcasing Hong Kong's unique advantages with the trade and new growth opportunities In order to bring this APAC flagship event to Hong Kong, the HKTB teamed up with the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Hotels Association, Hong Kong Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and AsiaWorld-Expo to pitch to the organiser with Hong Kong's latest tourism updates and growth momentum, showcasing the city's unique edges with the strong support of the Mainland while being closely connected to the world, as well as the city's potential in developing multi-destination tourism in GBA. Hong Kong's new infrastructural developments are also set to take business events to new heights. Excellent accessibility is enabled through state-of-the-art cross-boundary transport infrastructure including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the High-Speed Rail (HSR) (Hong Kong Section) that connects to 73 Mainland stations. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is transforming from a city airport into an Airport City, including the development of SKYCITY and the Three-runway System (3RS). HKIA is capable in handling an annual passenger volume of 120 million when the 3RS operates in full. The developments will further strengthen Hong Kong as an international aviation hub and create a new landmark for Hong Kong. With strong fundamentals, new growth opportunities coupled with novel tourism offerings and experiences, the HKTB will continue to bid for major MICE events for Hong Kong, adding impetus to the city's MICE sector and taking the industry to a new height! For more information, visit https://www.ibtmasiapacific.com/ Hashtag: #HKTBThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.