24 Michelin Stars Bestowed to 20 Restaurants in Taiwan
Mar 18, 2018

After the 36 Bib Gourmand honorees unveiled last week on March 6th, 20 dining establishments became Michelin-starred today, among the 110 listed in the inaugural MICHELIN Guide Taipei 2018.

The highly-anticipated list, announced in Taipei today, revealed a total of 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in Taiwan. As the only restaurant bestowed with three Michelin stars, Le Palais (頤宮) in Palais de Chine Hotel, was recognized for its “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey.”

Two Michelin stars, which meant “Excellent cooking, worth a detour,” were given to two restaurants. One of them was Ryu Gin (祥雲龍吟), whose Japanese culinary leader Ryohei Hieda had spent nine months prior to the opening of the restaurant, combing the island to look for the right ingredients. Currently, all ingredients used are local, save for some exotic seasonings.

The other went to The Guest House (請客樓) in Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel, a classy restaurant renowned for its Hunan and Sichuan dishes. Culinary writer Liang-Yi Han, who once sojourned in the Netherlands, described the restaurant as "borderless-cuisined." Every time a foreign friend comes to Taipei, she would bring him to The Guest House.

17 One-Starred Restaurants in Taiwan

A total of 17 restaurants were initially disclosed at the press conference as one-starred, recognized for its “High quality, worth a stop.”

The first to be announced was Da-Wan (大腕燒肉), selected for its refined dishes and attentive services. Then followed Danny's Steakhouse (教父牛排), opened by Danny Teng, “The Godfather of Steak.”

Listed restaurants of local Taiwanese cuisine include Golden Formosa (金蓬萊遵古台菜餐廳) and Ming Fu Seafood (金蓬萊遵古台菜餐廳). Cantonese cuisine selections include Three Coins (大三元酒樓). Tien Hsiang Lo (天香樓) in The Landis Taipei Hotel for Hang Zhou cuisine; Ken An Ho (謙安和), Kitcho (吉兆割烹壽司), Sushi Nomura (鮨野村), and Sushi Ryu (鮨隆) for Japanese cuisine.

For contemporary French cuisine, L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon, led by the most Michelin-starred "Chef of the Century," was featured in the one-star selection, along with La Cocotte by Fabien Vergé, MUME, Taïrroir, RAW, and Longtail the Bistro.

As for the freshly-minted 36 Bib Gourmand eateries unveiled last week, 10 are street food vendors in night markets that are a common sight across Taiwan. Hong Kong food show host, Michael Lam, also known as “The God of Cookery Junior,” observed that many iconic Taiwanese dishes have stood out this year, such as beef noodles, which brought eight restaurants to the Bib Gourmand list. The selection revealed that street markets and iconic local dishes are integral to the daily livelihoods of Taiwanese people who do not see the place merely as a sightseeing spot, but one with lots of stalls that offer good snacks and filling meals.

By Yuchie Wu

Translated by Sharon Tseng.

Singapore Beats London, New York, San Francisco As Best Smart City
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Mar 13, 2018

Singapore tops the list of the world’s best performing smart cities ahead of London, New York, San Francisco and Chicago in a new study by UK-based market intelligence firm Juniper Research sponsored by IT giant Intel.

The city state ranks first in all four major categories surveyed, namely mobility, health, safety and productivity, with the only other Asian cities in the top ten being Seoul and Tokyo. Dubai, which aimed at becoming the smartest city in the world a few years ago, ranks just 11th in the current list.

The Global Smart City Performance Index ranks the top 20 global smart cities in terms of the integration of Internet of Things technologies and connected services across four above mentioned categories.

The report noted that in the area of mobility, Singapore has applied “smart, connected traffic solutions” together with a very strong policy curtailing car ownership in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles on its roads.

It also highlighted Singapore’s focus on addressing healthcare service provision for elderly citizens through a range of technologies, including digital service platforms as well as remote monitoring devices. In the area of safety, the report noted that Singapore has started trials using smart video surveillance to detect criminal activity.

In addition, Singapore is a leader in allowing citizens to access digital services and city information with its “large open data stores” and “strategies to encourage private innovation” through specialised test-bed environments, the report stated.

“Singapore was lauded for its rapid transformation since independence into the world’s leading smart city and was held up as an example which other cities can learn from,” Intel said in a media release on March 13.

It also noted that Singapore’s “Smart Nation” initiative and its position as a city-state makes the country unique in its ability to execute its smart city vision.

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World Refrigerator Industry Enters "Chinese Era," Haier Takes the Lead
Mar 13, 2018

QINGDAO, China, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, world authority Euromonitor International released the 2017 global refrigerator ranking list. Haier refrigerator owns 17.3% market share and has ranked first place for 10 consecutive years. Korean brands LG and Samsung own 6.9% and 6.1% of the share respectively and rank second and third place. Us Whirlpool ranks fourth with 4.6% of the market share. With the advantage of 4 times of the market share of Whirlpool, Haier refrigerator leads the world refrigerator industry into the "Chinese era."

Throughout the 100 years of development of the world's refrigerator industry, this ranking has also undergone several changes. Since the birth of the world's first household refrigerator in the United States in 1918, the world refrigerator industry has experienced the "European and American era" (Whirlpool, Electolux), the "Japanese era" (Panasonic, Sony, etc.), and the "Chinese era" (Haier).

According to global sales data, global refrigeration sales reached 164 million sets in 2017, of which Haier's refrigerator global sales accounted for 21.2%. It ranks the first in the industry, and ranks in the top place in Asia-Pacific, Western Europe, North America, Central East Africa, Australia, Latin America and other regions. It can be said that China's Haier has become the well-deserved world refrigerator industry leader.

Source: Haier

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Innovation Arabia 11 Conference and Exhibition will kick off tomorrow
Mar 10, 2018

Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 10 March 2018: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), Innovation Arabia 11, a pioneering conference and exhibition dedicated to ‘innovation’ in the Middle East, will be held from the 11th to the 13th of March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, under the theme ‘Innovate, Disrupt and Transform’.

Innovation Arabia Conference and Exhibition, comes at a time when there is a growing realization around the globe that ‘innovation’ is an essential driver of economic progress and has a huge impact on businesses and the economy of all countries. In order to reflect the 10X mission of Dubai Government, Innovation Arabia 11 aims to embrace disruptive innovation and encourage future accelerators to address 21st century challenges. Keeping that in mind, Innovation Arabia will discuss the impact of innovation on 4 parallel tracks and themes including Smart Learning, Business and Quality Management, Health and Environment and Islamic Banking and Finance.

While the Quality and Business Management track include some topics such as ‘A Leap into a Quality Future, Innovation, Transformation and Future Studies’, the Islamic Banking and Finance track will focus on ‘Fintech for Islamic Finance: The Innovation, Disruption and Transformation of the Islamic Banking and Finance Industry. In addition, the Health and Environment track will cover ‘Disruptive Innovations: Transforming Healthcare and Environmental Systems’ while Smart Learning track will cover ‘Disruptive Innovations: Leading the Future of Smart Learning’.

Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding and the Executive Chairman of ‘Innovation Arabia’, said, “Our aim at Innovation Arabia 11 this year, is to put in place a platform where opportunity can meet talent and young innovators can discuss creative solutions with professionals in the industry while also brainstorm new ideas in a highly interactive and stimulating environment. We realize that there are unexplored reserves of talent in the Arab world and keeping this in mind, Innovation Arabia, will hope to leverage the untapped talents of young minds in the region.”

He added, “Innovation Arabia 11 will witness the participation of 13 keynote speakers and it will feature 32 sessions on Smart Learning, Quality and Business Management, Islamic Banking and Health and Environment, wherein experts will offer their insights on innovative practices in their fields.”

Professor Nabil Baydoun, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at HBMSU, said: "The 11th edition of the Conference, with the theme" Innovate, Disrupt, Transform", focuses on innovation as a key tool for bringing about fundamental and central changes within various sectors in the Arab world primarily the business, health, environment, smart learning and Islamic economics sectors. The importance of the Islamic economy is seen as a vital resource and a contributing factor in the transition to the "post-oil economy". Hence, "Innovation Arabia" is an important platform to discuss and research the prospects of growth in various sectors, including this vital sector, and to study future steps to consolidate bridges of knowledge transfer and encourage investment in research and development in this field with the aim of promoting the Islamic economy."

Apart from discussing how innovation can have an impact on a number of sectors during the conference, Innovation Arabia 11 exhibition, running parallel to the conference will also witness the participation of leading companies from the region and abroad while also expecting the attendance of over 1,000 visitors and participants over the 3 days.

Innovation Arabia 11 Conference and Exhibition running until the 13th of March, 2018 is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions - a member of INDEX Holding, in cooperation with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and the support of Dubai Investments and Hamdan Awards.

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TCEB’s 11-Year Support for ADFEST to Advance Thailand’s Creative Economy and Thailand 4.0 Policy
Mar 10, 2018

Bangkok, 7 March 2018: Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), addressed to the audience attending the press conference of ADFEST 2018 held recently in Bangkok.

The Senior Vice President of TCEB highlighted TCEB support for ADFEST since 2008 which has continued for the 11th year now as part of its mission to help develop home-grown conference into an international event. More importantly, TCEB is determined to use business event as a tool to help advance creativity excellence, which is the key and the core of ADFEST, in forming the basis to transform Thailand into an creative and innovation-based economy in accordance with the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy.

Joining the press conference were representatives from Asia Pacific Advertising Association, Department of International Trade Promotion of Ministry of Commerce, Advertising Association of Thailand and ADFEST Local Organizing Committee.

As a home-grown event, the 21-year-old ADFEST made the debut in 1998 as a platform to exchange, share, promote, motivate and develop creative ideas and excellence among advertising agencies and related parties in the Asia Pacific. The annual event has grown exponentially from a mere attendance of 200 delegates in the first year to over 1,000 delegates from more than 30 countries in the past five years and has been billed as Asia’s most celebrated creative festival, affirming international recognition of its profile as a prestigious event to advance and elevate creativity for advertising, media, digital and related professionals, including product and service providers looking for marketing channels.

ADFEST is becoming a signature event of Pattaya as it has been regularly hosted in the seaside city. The 2018 edition will again be hosted at Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall (PEACH) during 21-24 March. It is expected to attract around 1,300 delegates from across the world with an estimated spending of 84 million baht.

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ADB, Kingenta Partner to Promote Modern Agricultural Services in the PRC
Mar 07, 2018

BEIJING, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (7 March 2018) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a total of $80 million in assistance to subsidiaries of Kingenta Ecological Engineering Group (Kingenta), a leading compound and specialty fertilizer producer and supplier in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), to help promote environmentally sustainable and innovative agricultural services in the country, improving crop productivity and increasing farmers’ income and livelihoods.

The assistance, under the Environmentally Sustainable Agricultural Input Distribution Project, includes a loan of up to $50 million to Linyi Kingfarm Cooperative Agricultural Services and an equity investment of up to $30 million to Kingfarm Agricultural Services, which includes the International Financial Corporation and Hua Xia Bank as shareholders. Linyi Kingfarm Cooperative Agricultural Services is 100% owned by Kingfarm Agricultural Services (both are abbreviated as Kingfarm Cooperative). The transaction was signed on 31 January and approved by Kingenta’s shareholders on 28 February.

“Kingfarm Cooperative is the PRC's first modern agricultural service platform dedicated to Chinese farmers. It is committed to building an integrated agricultural value chain by consolidating resources to deliver comprehensive agricultural inputs and services for millions of farmers in the country,” said Kingfarm Cooperative Chairman Jiguo Li.

“Agriculture plays a significant role in the PRC’s development, but the industry must continue to keep pace with the country’s rapid growth and urbanization to ensure food security,” said Xiaole Wang, Investment Specialist at ADB’s Private Sector Operations Department. “ADB’s assistance to Kingfarm Cooperative will provide the much-needed support to improve agricultural production and modernization in the PRC without damaging the environment.”

ADB’s equity investment and loan will help fund Kingfarm Cooperative’s business plan to establish hundreds of new crop production service (CPS) centers, which will provide compound and specialty fertilizers—containing various elements like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, coupled with high-efficiency and innovative features for improved agricultural yield. Apart from the distribution of fertilizers, seeds, and other agricultural inputs, Kingfarm Cooperative will also provide agricultural services to assist local farmers in precision farming using the latest technology, including global positioning systems and geospatial data processing analytics, to allow farmers to address the variability in a field’s yield potential and crop input needs. The establishment of the new CPSs will help farmers analyze large amounts of information including yield maps, detailed field analyses, and soil analyses to create specific crop input recommendations that can be precisely applied across a field.

The PRC’s fertilizer industry has been overusing simple fertilizers—containing only one nutrient—which has reduced soil fertility and crop yields overtime, while also causing environmental damage to farmland and water pollution. The project will help curb the usage of inefficient fertilizers by adopting high-efficiency compound and specialty fertilizers and promote climate-smart agricultural practices in the country. CPSs will also develop integrated pest and vector management plans to assist farmers in reducing their reliance on synthetic chemical pesticides.

The project is ADB’s first nonsovereign assistance to an agricultural input and service provider in the Asia and Pacific region.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region.

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The future of the airline sector gathers at the World ATM Congress
Mar 06, 2018

Now in its sixth year, the World ATM Congress, which will be held from 6 to 8 March at IFEMA, is the world’s largest international air traffic management (ATM) exhibition and conference, attracting over 7,500 participants each year.

IFEMA will be the permanent venue for this important world air navigation congress until the year 2022, establishing Madrid as a world-class city in the global aeronautical industry.

World ATM Congress, the World Air Traffic Management Congress, will hold its sixth consecutive edition at IFEMA from 6 to 8 March, where over 80 air navigation service providers (ANSP), product developers, leaders and experts from the aeronautical industry, government representatives, manufacturers, and suppliers from all over the world are preparing to congregate.

Operated by the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) - of which AEMA is a founding member, and which groups together the world’s air management service providers - in partnership with the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) an association that brings together the entire US air traffic control sector the World ATM Congress combines a broad exhibition area with product demonstrations and launches, contract closures, and networking opportunities, along with an intense schedule of conferences and top-level meetings involving 260 speakers from all over the world.

A total of 225 exhibiting companies and 7,500 participants from 130 countries are participating in the Congress to discover the latest innovations and analyse the aeronautical industry's key issues, thanks to renowned industry leaders such as Dr. Olumuyiwae Aliu (ICAO), Eamonn Brennan (Eurocontrol), Nancy Graham (Graham Aerospace International) and David McMillan (ATM Policy Institute and Gatwick Airport), who will give talks and conferences on the latest developments in international air traffic management. The novelty this year is the FABEC OPS Theatre, a forum dedicated to ATM operations and the challenges faced by airspace users.

IFEMA and World Air Traffic Management reached an agreement, within the framework of the fourth edition of the World ATM Congress, to hold the World Air Traffic Management Congress a further five years at the FERIA DE MADRID installations, retaining Madrid as its venue from 2018 until 2022. This implied the renewal of the agreement signed in 2014, coinciding with its first edition, which confirms IFEMA's capability of hosting international events, while at the same time signalling strong support for the city of Madrid, and by extension Spain as a whole, from the global aviation industry.

Conference Programme:https://www.worldatmcongress.org/conference-programme

Further information:
Marta Cacho Dalda, Head of Media Relations at IFEMA | mcacho@ifema.es

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Taiwan’s Agriculture Minister: Agricultural Technology Transfer to Benefit Both of Malaysia and Taiwan
Mar 05, 2018

March 05, 2018 05:36 PM Hong Kong Time - TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Taiwan’s Agriculture Minister Lin Tsung-hsien on March 3 visited Taiwanese businesspeople-operated companies and retailers in Kuala Lumpur that have been selling Taiwan-produced agricultural products, hoping to expand the market share of halal market and to promote Taiwan-produced fertilizer, seeds, agricultural machines in Malaysia.

Transfer of technology in agriculture from institutes of research and development run by the Council of Agriculture to local companies in Malaysia could further help agricultural development in both of Taiwan and Malaysia, said Lin during his second leg of the two-day trip to Malaysia.

Lin has visited several local companies such as All Cosmos Bio-Tech Holding Corp, a Malaysia-based fertilizer manufacturer and DaChan Great Wall Group’s fertilizer manufacturer in Malaysia, as part of government’s efforts to promote the New Southbound Policy, launched by the government of Taiwan that focuses on strengthening ties with neighbors in South and Southeast Asia. DaChan Great Wall Group is a Taiwanese agriculture and food conglomerate.

Meanwhile, Lin attended a discussion meeting with Taiwanese business executives to understand their needs and seek further cooperation with Malaysian businesses.

Lin noted that under the principle of mutual benefit, Taiwan hopes, in collaboration with new southbound countries, to promote the regional development of agriculture by improving bilateral cooperation in information, technology and talents to secure the sustainable agriculture as well as to increase farmers' income in countries in this region.

Department of International Affairs
Vincent Lin, +886-2-2312-4677

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Indonesia Needs $20 Billion For Tourism Development
Investvine, A Company of Inside Investor, Ltd.
Mar 02, 2018

Indonesia’s initiative to create and promote ten “new Balis” – ten new tourists destinations that could become as popular as the crowded holiday island – would require about $20 billion in investment, the government calculated, hoping for developers from China, Singapore, Thailand and other countries to foot half of the bill.

Plans are to invest in tourism infrastructure in Lake Toba, Tanjung Kelayang, Tanjung Lesung, Kepulauan Seribu & Kota Tua Jakarta, Borobudur, Bromo-Tengger-Semeru, Mandalika, Labuan Bajo, Wakatobi and Morotai.

Indonesia’s ministry of tourism projects that, by 2019, these places will draw ten million additional tourists annually, which would boost the country’s tourism industry of currently four per cent of gross domestic product to 20 per cent by 2019.

According to tourism minister Arief Yahya, around 120,000 hotel rooms, 15,000 restaurants, 100 recreational parks and 100 diving operators will be added to the destinations, said. Other infrastructure will also be built, such as solar facilities as green power sources.

China is projected to be one of its biggest backers, thanks to Indonesia’s participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. China also would be among the most important source countries for additional tourists to Indonesia, and special promotion campaigns are planned there.

In 2017, Indonesia welcomed around 14 million foreign visitor arrivals, a new record high and up 21.9 per cent year-on-year from 11.52 million foreign visitor arrivals in the preceding year. However, the country failed to achieve its 2017 target of attracting 15 million foreign tourists, with the main reason being heavy volcanic activity at Bali’s Mount Agung.

This year, Indonesia expects the number of foreign tourist arrivals to increase to 17 million, with a projected revenue of around $16 billion, up from $15 billion last year.

Photo by Artem Beliaikin on Unsplash

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Omanexpo Welcomes Tibiaan Properties as Gold Sponsor of Oman Real Estate Expo
Feb 27, 2018

Muscat, Oman, 27 February 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Oman’s biggest exhibition and conferences organizer Omanexpo recently announced Tibiaan Properties sponsorship support for its newest dedicated real estate and property investment event, Oman Real Estate Expo (OREX), which will happen from the 12th to the 14th of March at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Tibiaan Properties enjoys solid reputation and presence in the local market, providing professional real estate and property services ranging from real estate brokerage, residential and commercial sales and leasing, property management, project sales and marketing, land and commercial sales, to consultation, market research and valuation.

Fahad Al Ismaili, executive director, Tibiaan Properties, says “Property investment in Oman is promising and we believe that it will see further growth and prosperity, and pave the way for Tibiaan Properties to be amongst the leaders of property service providers globally.”

“We are pleased to partner with Omanexpo for this important event. Together, we are aligned in our vision to help develop and grow the sector by providing access to opportunities and the most competitive services to our customers,” he adds.

Tibiaan Properties’ current key projects include exclusive retail spaces and apartments in Qurum, Al Khuwair, Al Khoud and villas in Madinat Sultan Qaboos, Al Hail, Al Mouj, Muscat Grand Mall and Bareeq Al Shatti.

Oman Real Estate Expo comes at a time when a retail boom is happening and when the government has announced its decision to open the doors to real estate investment for expatriates living in Oman. The Capital Market Authority (CMA) has also recently announced its approval to introduce Real Estate Investment Trust funds (REITs) in the Sultanate, which is seen as “a good vehicle that promises to bring liquidity into the real estate market and encourage developers to come up with different real estate products for investors,” says Hassan Juma Al Lawati, vice chairman, Oman Real Estate Association (ORA).

Oman Real Estate Exhibition and Conference (OREX) will be held from March 12 to 14, 2018 at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in conjunction with The BIG Show (Builders International Gathering). It is supported by the Ministry of Housing and organized in partnership with the Oman Real Estate Association (ORA).


Contact: Melissa Daleja
T:+968 24660122 / Mobile: +968 99471704
Email: melissa.daleja@omanexpo.com

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