Top MLM companies choose Thailand as event hub for business and distributor development activities
Jun 19, 2018

The growth of Thailand's direct selling industry seen by top MLM companies as a key factor that makes the country a hub for their corporate’s events. Later this year, more than 40,000 top distributors from overseas-based MLM companies will be coming to convene in Thailand. Meanwhile, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization ) or TCEB is confident that the rising trend of the MLM business will drive the incentive sector in MICE industry to hit a revenue target of 22billion baht at the end of the fiscal year 2018.

Mr. Scott A. Lewis, Chief Visionary Officer of Jeunesse Global, an international multi-level marketing company, said that the company will organise the Jeunesse Expo World Tour 2018 in Thailand this year. The event, which will be held under the theme ‘Thrive’, is to take place in Bangkok during 20-23 September 2018 at the IMPACT Arena and Hall 1-2 IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center. This event is the annual celebration for Jeunesse Corporate and Jeunesse Distributors to revel in the spirit of our joint accomplishments. With more than 12,000 attendees from the Asia Pacific Region and India, the Jeunesse Expo World Tour 2018 will be a key platform that gives our distributors opportunities to get an update on the Year 2019 marketing trends, key business-building tactics, and learn about our new products. In addition, it provides an interactive platform in a high-energy environment which will inspire distributors and strengthen their business network.

“Jeunesse Global is rapidly growing in the Asia Pacific countries. We are experiencing a tremendous growth which is almost 100% increase in every market. With the fact that Thailand recorded the highest growth in the region and the country is the first market that we launched our intensive marketing campaigns, we choose Thailand as the venue for our annual convention in the Asia Pacific for the 2nd consecutive years. With the incentive and in-kind supports from TCEB, we are confident that the Jeunesse Expo World Tour 2018 in Thailand will be a memorable and endearing success,” said Mr. Scott A. Lewis.

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of TCEB, said that “TCEB is pleased to welcome these top incentive events to Thailand. All of the attendees are top distributors, they are all champions. By having these top distributors to convene and develop the business strategies in Thailand, it will undoubtedly benefit their Thai members and the country’s direct selling industry. In the same time, these events will promote and emphasise the awareness of Thailand’s MICE industry as well.”

In the fiscal year 2017, Thailand welcomed 1,276,411 MICE travellers which generated 104.64 billion baht of revenue to the country. Of these figures, 259,901 were travellers who joined conventions in Thailand and generated 24 billion baht in revenue. Meanwhile, 271,793 were incentive travellers and helped contribute 16 billion baht in revenue. Thailand’s top five incentive markets are China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia respectively.

“With TCEB’s continuous campaigns and the strong awareness of Thailand as a business and leisure destination, TCEB foresees that Thailand will welcome 285,000 incentive travellers which generate 23billion baht in revenue to the country by the end of the fiscal year 2018”, said Mr. Chiruit.

Having these top MLM’s events to take place in Thailand helps to emphasise the country’s position as the destination for global incentive events. They give opportunities for Thailand’s MICE industry to showcase the capability to the event’s hosts, international delegates, and organisers which will also increase a chance for the country to be re-selected as the host venue for their future events. The upcoming incentive events which will take place in Thailand this year are: the Herbalife North Asia Extravaganza 2018 with 10,000 attendees which will be held 7-10 June at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center; the 2018 JM Top Incentive Seminar Thailand with 3,500 attendees which will be held during 6-10 May in Pattaya; the Yofoto’s seminar with 4,000 attendees which will be held during 4-10 June in Bangkok and Pattaya; and the Infinitus’s seminar with 10,000 attendees which will be held during 6-16 June in Bangkok and Pattaya. It is expected that there will be more than 40,000 delegates who join the incentive events in Thailand this year.


Contact Details

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

Ms Parichat Svetasreni Tel: +662 694 6009 Email:
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Eco Expo Asia returns for another year with a fresh new theme "Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future"
Jun 12, 2018

The 13th edition of the show, to be held in Hong Kong from 25 ‒ 28 October 2018, is jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The 2017 edition of the show saw more than 14,000 visitors attend from over 100 countries and regions, while the fair gathered 335 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, including 16 overseas and local pavilions and group participations.

The Environment Bureau will roll out its Municipal Solid Waste Charging Scheme in 2019 in order to tackle Hong Kong’s waste generation and improve its reduction and management. To echo with this drive for better waste management, Eco Expo Asia has adopted a new show theme ‒ “Waste Less Save More for a Low-carbon Future”. By aligning the fair in this way, the organisers hope to increase awareness of current pressing environmental issues and also to facilitate the exchange of technology and solutions from around the world.

As a part of waste management, recycling has recently become a much more acute issue. Due to new measures implemented this year in reforming the import of recyclables in the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong like many other countries and regions requires new strategies. In an effort to stimulate the recycling industry, more than USD2.5 million has been earmarked under the Recycling Fund to encourage further development in the local recycling sector.

Additionally, the Chinese mainland government has announced a raft of new measures to tackle environmental issues including the establishment of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment to regulate waste management. One example of the need for new solutions can be seen in the recent explosion in online food delivery services in the country which generates a staggering 60 million plastic cartons of waste every day. The scale of such environmental challenges as well as new initiatives being announced demonstrates the wealth of investment opportunities in Hong Kong and the wider region.

International pavilions return ushering new innovations and global solutions

Hong Kong, well-known for its international standing and status as a global hub, continues to attract leading global companies who wish to do business in Asia. Eco Expo Asia’s international pavilions and group participations remain key to upholding the fair’s international outlook.

The Canada pavilion will join the show for the fourth consecutive year. Organised by the Ontario Ministry of International Trade and the Consulate General of Canada in Hong Kong, the pavilion will display the latest solutions from Canada with a strong focus on the water and waste sectors.

Providing a trusted and reliable platform for businesses, Mr Jonathan Gur, President and CEO, ION Enterprises, spoke during last year's show about why he continues to exhibit at Eco Expo Asia: “I have had quality professionals come and visit me who understand the systems I am exhibiting straight away. Tradeshows can be worthwhile if you have the right type of visitors attending and you are under the right platform. Hong Kong is the gateway to Asia and I have enjoyed business meetings already with businesses from the region. I will be here for sure next year.”

Echoing with efforts to increase economic integration with the Greater Bay Area, a number of Chinese pavilions from the region are also set to join the fair once again.

Making Hong Kong a low-carbon city

For the first time at the show the Environmental Protection Department will occupy a joint stand with other Hong Kong government departments. In what’s set to be the largest exhibit at the fair and in an effort to take the lead and demonstrate the government’s commitment to making Hong Kong a low-carbon city, the departments will showcase environmental protection projects being undertaken as well as those currently in the pipeline.

Some of the biggest names in the environmental protection business from Hong Kong will also be present at the show. Those leading the way include Baguio Green Group Ltd, China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection (Hong Kong) Investment Co Ltd and SUEZ NWS Ltd.

As a leading trade fair in Asia for environmental protection, a wide range of environmental product categories will be featured at the show, including Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency, Green Transportation, and Water Treatment and Quality Management. The Startup Zone will also return after its successful debut last year. Its aim is to encourage green startups to explore more business opportunities and connect with investors at the show.

Eco Expo Asia will be held from 25 - 28 October 2018 at AsiaWorld-Expo. For more information, please email or, or visit

For images of previous editions of the fair, please click here.

Callum Wiggins
Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd
Tel: +852 2238 9941

Doris Cheng
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Tel: +852 2240 4606

SMART ASIA Taiwan 2018 to showcase smart city solutions and urban development technology
Jun 11, 2018

Supported by Taichung City Government and co-organized by ECCT Low Carbon Initiative (LCI), SMART ASIA Taiwan 2018 hosted by TAITRA will open with over 100 exhibitors and 200 some booths on 26 - 28 July at Taichung International Exhibition Center.

The main features of SMART ASIA Taiwan 2018 are

  • Smart City Solutions
  • Smart Technology Applications
  • City Development Products / Services

    The exhibition will display key themes for smart city solutions which include AI, IoT, Big Data Analysis, and other technologies that help cities manage their project and services more effectively.

    Main exhibition areas include

  • Smart Buildings
  • Smart Transportation
  • Smart Long-Term Care
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Smart Energy

    Exhibition Categories

  • Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors / Control / Platforms / Modelingfor Manufacturing, Machine Vision (MV), Smart Machinery, 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing(AM), Industrial Robot, Industrial Automation, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cyber-Physical System (CPS), System of Systems (SoS), Smart Storage, and more.

  • Smart Transportation: Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Advanced Traffic Management Services (ATMS), Advanced Traveler Information Service (ATIS), Electronic Payment System & Electronic Toll Collection (EPS & ETC), Emergency Management Services (EMS), Commercial Vehicle Operation Services (CVOS), Information Management Services (IMS), Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Services (AVCSS), Smart Parking Solution, Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), Public Bike Sharing, and more.

  • Smart Long-Term Care: Telemedicine, Telecare, Healthcare / Hospital Information System (HIS), Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Photo Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS), Clinical Information Management Systems (CIMS), Automated Medication Management System, Wearable Medical Device-Service System, Medical Robotics, Smart Mattress, RFID Technology, and more.

  • Smart Buildings: Smart Lighting Solutions, Solar Power System, Access Control System, Energy Management, Door & Window Sensors, Smart IR Remote Control, Thermostat Control System, Indoor Camera Monitoring, Appliance Control, Smoke Sensor, Door Access, Motion Detection, and more.

  • Smart Energy: Smart Solar Power Solutions, Smart Street LED Lighting, Smart Industrial Lighting, Smart Grid, Smart Water / Electric Metering, Green Energy Commodities, Smart Motor, Energy Efficiency Management, Smart Energy Management System (EMS), and more.

  • Others: Demonstration of Cities / Institute / Start-up / Industry-Academic Cooperation Achievements in Smart City.

    Potential buyers and exhibitors from 18 countries have registered to attend this event.

    Potential exhibitors include Taichung city government, Shuinan economic and trade park, Taoyuan city government, H.P.B. Optoelectronics, SkyEyes GPS Technologym, ADAS Mobile Tech, Taiwan Secom, National Chiao Tung University-System on Chip, National Taiwan University-Advanced Public Transportation, Tron-e Technology, E-lead Electronics, Mobiletron, XING Mobility, System Integrators (such as Dassault Systèmes, SIEMENS, Philips, Honeywell), THALES, 7Starlake, ENERCON Taiwan, Grundfos Taiwan, etc.

    Government officials and contractors of government projects from various countries such as Russia, Brazil and Nicaragua have expressed strong interest in visiting the trade show.

    Press Contact
    Show Manager: Ms. Helen Wu Ext. 2780
    Press Coordinator: Ms. Joanna Liang Ext. 2767
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    COMPUTEX 2018 Ends with Great Success
    Jun 10, 2018

    COMPUTEX 2018, organized by TAITRA, Taiwan External Trade Development Council and TCA, Taipei Computer Association, concluded in great success today, as the five-day event attracted 42,284 international visitors from 168 countries, up almost 1% from last year. According to TRITRA, the top 10 countries or regions with the highest turnout, in order, are: the USA, Japan, China, Hong Kong, S. Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, India, Philippines. COMPUTEX 2018 featured six themes, including “AI”, “5G”, “Blockchain”, “IoT”, “Innovations & Startups”, and “Gaming & VR”. Through a series of exhibitions, forums and procurement meetings, the event connected industry value chains by providing technology companies and startups the best platform for promotion and interaction. Moreover, InnoVEX attracted 17,687 visitors in a short 3-day period, an increase of over 18% from last year.

    Key AIoT technologies realizes the smart application roadmaps

    As AI technology matures and IoT applications proliferate, two technologies converge and become the rapidly emerging AIoT, and COMPUTEX 2018 responded to this trend. In addition to servers designed for AI computing and big data storage, Gigabyte leveraged software resources of its partners and rolled out a hybrid cloud for AI and data analytics, carrying out the company’s AIoT roadmap into practice. Compal introduced an all-round solution that combines professional advanced design and cloud computing. The company also demonstrated various product lines for smart homes and smart healthcare, offering users a brand new sensory experience that is more personalized. VIVOTEK’s next-generation smart camera with image analysis capabilities and built-in deep learning algorithms can generate added value for the retail sectors, as it can accurately calculate the number of people and the length of time they stay in a shop.

    At the COMPUTEX Forum, leading companies shared the latest trends and insights on AIoT as technology propels the global technology industry into a smarter future. Deepu Talla, Vice President and General Manager of Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA, said as AI is adopted in more scenarios, GPU is not just about speeding up supercomputers, but it can also be used in the development of AI to make big changes in the technology industry. In particular, NVIDIA sees great potential for GPU in the manufacturing market. Allan Yang, Chief Technology Officer at Advantech, said since the manufacturing sectors account for an average 30% of GDP in most countries, introducing IoT or AI into smart factories or other smart manufacturing scenarios will increase the world’s overall output value.

    With a focus on the latest innovations, InnoVEX sets trends for startup technologies

    Exciting visions of smart living were everywhere at InnoVEX this year, as one third of the event’s 388 startup exhibitors from 21 countries demonstrated AI-related technologies or applications. And in response to the rise of “girl power”, the InnoVEX Forum added the theme of “women entrepreneurship” for the first time this year. Adriana Gascoigne, Founder & CEO of Girls in Tech— the world’s first non-profit organization that focuses on millennial women’s roles in technology and as business founders— spoke at the forum and shared her decade-long experience in the technology industry. She said gender diversity at workplace can help teams or companies create better products and services. As only 25% of the workers in the U.S. technology industry are women, she hoped to introduce different resources to support women entrepreneurs in the technology industry, and at the same time increase diversity and possibilities for the industry.

    To incubate unicorn companies of world-class caliber and the industry’s next new stars, COMPUTEX 2018 teamed up with private companies and the government to raise a prize pool of US$350,000 for the InnoVEX Pitch Contest. This year’s grand prize was awarded to Bioinspira.

    “Since 1981, COMPUTEX has been an important platform of business matchmaking, brand awareness building and product marketing for companies in Taiwan and abroad. A top-choice for companies to launch epoch-making products, the event continues to lead industry trends as it seeks to build a boarder global technology ecosystem. This year, 1,602 exhibitors from 30 countries showcase a total of 5,015 booths. When the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 is open next year, the scale of this event will be able to increase to accommodate more companies to show the world their best. It will bring more innovative momentum to COMPUTEX as we join companies around the world to demonstrate technology power to disrupt businesses and reinvent lifestyles,” said Ms. Leonor Lin, TAITRA Executive Vice President.

    Shanghai Forum 2018 Annual Conference Closing Ceremony
    Jun 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SOURCE / Fudan University, China

    Forest database key for Việt Nam
    Viet Nam News
    Jun 09, 2018

    Farmers prepare seed trees to sell to the market in the Cao Bằng northern mountainous provinces. Experts said a forest resource database was needed as the software was not only effective for State management but also useful for future scientific research on forestry development. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Quyết

    Viet Nam News - HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese people can control their own forest resources, ensure food security and diversify their income by using Management Information System for Forest Sector in Việt Nam (FORMIS).

    Hà Công Tuấn, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development made the statement at the forum on information and forest resources database held in Hà Nội on Wednesday by Việt Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development with the support from the FORMIS phase two project.

    “People will be involved in the management and alleviation of poverty by sustainable use of timber and other forestry products, contributing to localities’ economic development,” he said.

    The development of the Management Information System for Forestry Sector – Phase II (FORMIS II) project is financed by the government of Finland, the Trust Fund for Forests and the Government of Việt Nam.

    Implemented by VNFOREST, the project aims to develop a fully integrated management system for sustainable management of forest resources at

    The software is free to access. Up-to-date information on forest resources and forest coverage development will be used for decision making in the forestry sector at all levels and for statistical purposes.

    The project’s key aims are to create information standards and information sharing mechanisms for the sector, to develop and maintain a centralised IT platform and portal within VNFOREST, to create capacity for forest related information management and to set up a forest information centre within VNFOREST.

    Tuấn said this was the most modern software on forest resource database. The software is not only effective for State management and the building of forestry strategy but also useful for future scientific research on forestry development.

    The database should be popularised so that data could be fully exploited, he said.

    In addition, it should be open source because it didn’t only serve the forestry sector, but other sectors and the whole society can access and use the data, Tuan said, adding that people could evaluate data themselves.

    According to Nguyễn Bình Minh, deputy director of the project, the database of forest resources includes national forest inventory data of all 60 provinces with forest coverage, poverty alleviation and results of forest protection efforts.

    Data on forest changes would be updated annually by forest rangers from district level. It consists of information on the causes for changes in forest coverage, incidents like forest fires and exploiting activities, he said.

    Tapio Leppanen, chief consultant of the project, said the database was the achievement of the whole country.

    It was hoped that it would be updated and used effectively and everyone could access the database, he said.

    The system would help improve efficiency and cost effectiveness in forest management and planning by reducing the cost of collecting data on forest inventory, he said.

    He also said that the openness of the database would help strengthen its feasibility.

    Participants at the forum agreed that that the software should be updated and provide accurate information. Therefore, it was necessary to improve the capacity of local officials, information processing and policies for software development, they said. — VNS

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    Third Belt and Road Summit to be Held in Hong Kong Next Month
    Jun 03, 2018

    The third Belt and Road Summit, jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), will be held on 28 June (Thursday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Under the theme “Collaborate for Success”, the Summit will explore the opportunities in different sectors and feature an enhanced investment and business matching session, providing participants from different countries and sectors with more opportunities to identify potential partners and exchange business ideas.

    Largest Summit ever highlights Hong Kong’s role in the Initiative

    Vincent HS Lo, Chairman of the HKTDC, said: “ With more and more countries and businesses around the world playing an active role in the Belt and Road Initiative and further promoting global trade and investment connectivity, this year’s Summit is going to be much larger in scale. Around 70 government officials, business leaders and representatives of international organisations from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and countries along the Belt and Road will share their insights and explore collaboration opportunities, reaffirming Hong Kong’s role as a facilitator and commercial hub for the Belt and Road.”

    This year’s Summit is expected to attract close to 5,000 business representatives from Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and around the world. In addition to gaining insights from the guest speakers, business representatives can take advantage of the Summit as a platform to learn about the business environment of different Belt and Road markets and the opportunities in various sectors, and to discuss investment and business collaboration on-site.

    Promoting an “all-win” model of cooperation

    The Belt and Road Initiative aims to promote cross-border investments, provide more outlets for capital, and create opportunities for professional services sectors. The plenary session, entitled “Action through Collaboration: Case Studies on Signature Belt and Road Projects”, will be moderated by Bernard Chan, President of Asia Financial Holdings Ltd. Guest speakers including Xu Lejiang, Executive Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Professor Frederick Ma, Chairman of MTR Corporation Ltd, and Manuel V Pangilinan, Chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, will share their first-hand experience and perspectives as investors, project owners and services providers, and discuss the investment opportunities presented by the Initiative and how to achieve an “all-win” outcome through collaboration.

    Financial services, green finance and risk management

    Joining hands with partners representing various related institutions and professional fields, the Summit will cater to the needs of different business sectors by offering a number of thematic breakout forums. Hong Kong’s world-leading financial industry is playing a key role in supporting various Belt and Road projects. A breakout session co-organised with the HKMA Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO) will feature industry leaders of the banking, insurance and infrastructure sectors as well as representatives of international infrastructure facilitating organisations. Drawing from their unique perspectives and professional knowledge, the speakers will examine how projects and business plans can fulfil solvency requirements while remaining attractive to investors.

    Many Belt and Road projects involve clean energy, eco-friendly transportation networks and waste treatment systems, all of which have the potential to be developed into green financial products, currently much sought after by the international investment community. In the breakout session co-organised with the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, Jonathan Drew, Managing Director in Infrastructure and Real Estate Group Global Banking Asia-Pacific at HSBC; Dr Ma Jun, Director of the Center for Finance and Development of Tsinghua University; and David Pang, Treasurer of MTR Corporation Ltd, will analyse how the development of green finance can support Belt and Road projects from the perspectives of banking, academia and corporate financial management.

    While the investment returns of Belt and Road projects is a major consideration for investors, asset risks, default risks, political and sovereign risks should also be considered. The breakout session co-organised with the Insurance Authority of Hong Kong will invite experts in the insurance and re-insurance industry to share how insurance plans can be ultilised to manage these risks and ensure more stable investment returns.

    Practical issues to be discussed at breakout sessions

    Apart from the financial and insurance sectors, the Belt and Road Initiative also presents new opportunities to many other fields. A breakout session co-organised with the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Ltd will focus on technological innovation and explore the development of the Digital Silk Road; another session co-organised with the China International Contractors Association will discuss the opportunities in engineering and project management. The sessions co-organised with the Department of Justice of the HKSAR Government will examine best practices in handling cross-border trade and drafting contracts, and how to resolve disputes through arbitration.

    The breakout session “Sharing by Young Business Leaders on Belt and Road Opportunities”, supported by Invest Hong Kong, will involve a panel of young business leaders sharing their experience in business development outside Hong Kong and encouraging more young people to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative. The session “Women Entrepreneurship on the Belt and Road” presented by the South China Morning Post will invite leading women entrepreneurs to discuss the opportunities for women-led businesses on the Belt and Road, and how the Initiative promotes a culture of inclusion and international exchange.

    All-day project pitching and business matching

    Owing to popular demand, the Investment and Business Matching Session, comprising Project Pitching and One-to-one Business Matching Meetings, will be extended to a full day this year. Project Pitching will cover three main areas: Transport and Logistics Infrastructure; Energy, Natural Resources and Public Utilities; and Rural and Urban Development. The One-to-one Business Matching Meetings will provide a platform for project owners, investors and services providers to connect and discuss their business and investment needs, and to explore cooperation opportunities.

    Over 30 global business leaders serve as honorary advisors of the Belt and Road Summit. China International Capital Corporation Ltd is the Summit’s Strategic Partner. Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd is the Diamond Sponsor.

    For the latest schedule and full speakers list, please visit the Summit website:

    Media Enquiries

    Please contact the HKTDC’s Communications & Public Affairs Department:
    Billy Ng Tel: (852) 2584 4393 Email:

    4 Tips For Improving Your Company’s Online Presence
    May 24, 2018

    As a business, improving your online presence is an absolute necessity nowadays. Not only is it the first point of contact for a lot of people, but additionally a hub for almost everything you do and are. And while being great at online marketing might sound complicated, with the right steps, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you might imagine. Here’s how:

    Reassess Your Brand

    Although it’s not always the most fun thing to hear, reassessing your brand might be necessary if you want to improve your online presences. After all, while online can be one of the best places to gain from the amount you invest, having a solid brand to back your outreach is going to be crucial. Realistically, your brand should represent a set of morals or ideals, because as noted by Zimmer Communications, 64 percent of consumers say that shared values are the main reason they did business with a brand. And if you don’t feel like your brand can compete against the best, then it might be time to reassess.

    With branding, the hardest part is being able to objectively look at what you’ve created and how others might perceive it. For example, most people could say that Google’s use of a mix of vibrant colors in their logo could signify the wide range of accuracy you’ll receive digging into your curiosities with their search engine. Try to exemplify items like that with your logo, giving you the best shot at attracting people. From there, it’s all about your accessory elements, such as the tagline and aesthetic kit to influence your brand.

    Get More Active On Social

    Once you’ve got a good grasp on who your brand should be, the next step is getting active on social to represent. With social media, the balance is largely part science, as well as part storytelling in getting more people engaged with your brand. Which, while that might sound high minded, it’s also one of the more genuine ways of bringing about a social media strategy that’s more consistent and streamlined.

    The core of your social media presence is going to boil down to your voice, as well as your engagement. For the former, the name of the game is taking what personality you’ve developed with your brand and showcasing it consistently in a broader audience; while this might sound tricky, with a little getting used to, will become easier with time. Furthermore, when it comes to engagement this is a mix of both posting and commenting, as much as it is utilizing certain social media hacks to reach a broader audience; for example, as noted by Sprout Social, Instagram posts with hashtags receive 12.6 percent more engagement than those that don’t. Taking the time to implement strategies like this will not only improve your company’s online presence but give you the chance to truly build a community that will stick with you for a long time.

    Don’t Forget About Content

    Another important piece to consider with your marketing mix is the type of content you’re producing, as well as how that’s attracting people. While this doesn’t necessarily imply you have to be a thought leader in your industry, it does mean that you need to provide entertaining, concise content that others can understand. Even if that sounds like a breeze, it can be a much more challenging endeavor than you might imagine, especially if you haven’t been producing work on a consistent basis, which is a requirement if you’re looking to thrive.

    With content, the goal is production on a consistent basis. Although it’s common stress to spend a lot of time writing thought-provoking contributions to your industry, that’s not always necessary. In fact, as noted by the Content Marketing Institute, the median time people spend on articles is 37 seconds, which goes to show that producing more content rather than hoping one goes viral is a much more efficient strategy. Look at what your strengths are in producing posts and try to work from there, giving yourself the best shot at reaching more engagement.

    Email Is Still Effective

    Finally, while a lot of us hate receiving mass emails, they’re still one of the most effective forms of advertising. According to Constant Contact, for every dollar you spend on email marketing, $38 is seen in return, which goes to show that the ROI on this can be much more efficient than you might have imagined. And if you’ve never compiled a campaign like this, it’s become pretty simple.

    With email marketing, utilizing programs like SendGrid or MailChimp is going to be one of the more profitable routes to go. Not only do these programs help with the design templates but additionally tracking how successful your campaigns were. Go through a few of these and try to determine which one will be the most intuitive for you, as the goal here is to find something you can contribute to monthly. Try to send something that you would want to read weekly or so, making it informative or so captivating of a sale that people have to pay attention.

    What are you most excited about in improving your company’s online presence? Comment with your answers below!

    Introducing the All-New Shopee Celebrity Squad
    May 24, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR, 24 MAY 2018 --( ASIA TODAY )-- Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches its brand new initiative, the Shopee Celebrity Squad, which allows users easy access to a curated collection of products by their favourite Malaysian celebrities. Today, with approximately 10 million users and around 400,000 sellers on the platform, Shopee Malaysia continues to rank as the number one shopping app on App Store and Google Play.

    “Our users form the core of all our strategies, and we always strive to find new ways to connect with them on a deeper and more meaningful level. We know Malaysians adore their local celebrities, and with an increasing number of celebrities launching their own brands, we began to notice a rising demand for their products among users. Hence, we decided to launch the Shopee Celebrity Squad, a dedicated in-app space featuring a variety of celebrity brands, allowing shoppers to enjoy easy access to products sold by their favourite celebrities at the click of a button! In line with the launch, we also promise shoppers exclusive deals and special discounts across the celebrities’ collections,” said Ian Ho, Shopee’s Regional Managing Director at the launch ceremony.

    Ho added, “We are pleased to announce the participation of six top Malaysian celebrities as pioneers of the Shopee Celebrity Squad. As a zero-commission e-commerce platform that provides free shipping nationwide, our commercial friendly trade terms allow for celebrities to tap on Shopee’s platform and features, dedicated support and extensive reach across Malaysia to further grow their online businesses. Moving forward, we aim to further expand the Shopee Celebrity Squad with the introduction of new celebrities every month.”

    Featured in the debut of the Shopee Celebrity Squad:
    ● Malaysia’s top singer, YBhg. Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza Tarudin, with her skincare and cosmetics line, SimplySiti
    ● Popular actress, Nora Danish with her brand Owl, which offers a modern twist to traditional Muslim fashion
    ● The much-loved actress, Izara Aishah who will be introducing her lip wear brand, Madame Izara on Shopee
    ● Star of hit drama Separuh Jiwaku, Elfira Loy, and Akademi Fantasia Season 5 finalist, Heliza Helmi, with their brand EL and Heliza Guzel Hive – selling traditional Muslim clothing
    ● Multi-talented Emma Maembong who is not only an actress and model, but also an entrepreneur with her skincare line, EMBS

    In addition to having more celebrities join the Shopee Celebrity Squad in the coming months, Shopee users can also look forward to the special weekly Celebrity Squad campaigns, featuring not-to-be-missed deals and activities. The weekly campaign will feature exclusive online product launches such as YBhg. Dato’ Sri Siti Nurhaliza’s SIMPLYSITI New Gold Edition range, with soft-focus technology and gold dust which will be available only on Shopee. Fans of the celebrities can also look forward to a series of upcoming community events and giveaways organised by Shopee, such as fan meet-and-greet sessions with the celebrities, as well as social media contests with cool prizes to be won.

    The launch of the Shopee Celebrity Squad is part of Shopee’s expansion plan for 2018, as Shopee continues to grow from strength to strength and further solidify its position in the e-commerce segment. This follows after a strong start to the year, where Shopee achieved a regional Gross merchandise value (“GMV”) of US$1.9 billion in the first quarter - a year-on-year increase of 199.5% from US$648.3 million for the first quarter of 2017. Additionally, Shopee’s Gross orders for the quarter increased year-on-year by 217.4%, from 35.1 million for the first quarter of 2017 to 111.4 million.

    Currently ongoing is also the Shopee Cahaya Raya campaign. From May 3 to June 17, users can stand a chance to snag prizes worth more than RM1.5 million by participating in Shopee’s exciting in-app games. In collaboration with Visa, Shopee’s popular Ketupat Raya game promises to reward lucky shoppers with a host of prizes including a ‘Rumah Impian’ (dream house) worth RM350,000, a Honda HRV worth RM100,000, a Volkswagen Polo worth RM80,000 as well as Shopee coins, vouchers, televisions, portable irons, hair-dryers and more. Additionally, Shopee will be giving out up to 28 million worth of Shopee coins through the Duit Goncang game, which will happen at 5.00am and 7.00pm daily from 17 May to 8 June.

    Visit Shopee between May 24 to 27 for the best offers this Raya where shoppers can catch the Upsized Shocking Sale happening five times a day and steal better deals by getting your hands on vouchers with Shopee’s Beat the Clock campaign. Besides that, the all-new Campur-Campur Bundle allows shoppers to curate their own bundles of choice by mixing and matching from the menu of products available, and get them at a discounted price. Last but not least, look out for the Best of Cahaya Raya collection to score up to 90% discounts across a wide variety of preferred products.

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    About Shopee
    Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

    Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

    Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

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    Paris Ashiqin (Ms)
    Sr. Marketing Associate, Public Relations,
    Shopee Malaysia
    Tel: +6010-407 9948

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    Sr. Marketing Associate ,Public Relations,
    Shopee Malaysia
    Tel: +6018- 917 2764

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    ADB Seminar Considers Challenge of Technological Change, Globalization, and Jobs in Asia
    May 20, 2018

    MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As Asia and the Pacific seeks inclusive and sustainable economic growth, countries are adapting to the possibility that new technologies in fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence may lead to challenges for some industries and groups of workers, according to participants at a high-level Asian Development Bank (ADB) seminar.

    “Advances in new technologies will raise incomes and increase demand from Asia’s rising consumer class,” ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao said at the Governors’ Seminar during ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting in Manila, Philippines. “Countries that maintain flexible policies, support improvements to education, and put in place a stronger social safety net will be well positioned to take advantage of change that new technologies will bring to the region.”

    The seminar “Technological Change, Globalization, and Jobs in Asia” had as panelists Philippines Finance Secretary Mr. Carlos G. Dominguez, Indonesia Finance Minister Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Japan Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso, and Fiji Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service, and Communications Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. They shared experiences and issues from their countries’ perspectives.

    According to the theme chapter of ADB’s Asian Development Outlook 2018, despite concerns that new technologies and automation could lead to widespread job losses, there are four reasons for optimism about developing Asia’s job prospects.

    First, despite the growing use of industrial robots in the region, new technologies often automate some tasks of a job, not the whole job.

    Second, automation takes place only where it is both technically and economically feasible, and it has so far been concentrated in the region’s capital-intensive manufacturing with relatively low employment levels.

    Third, empirical evidence from developing Asia shows that jobs created by rising domestic demand more than compensate for job losses due to technological advances. This job creation will likely continue as a growing middle class consumes more and better goods and services.

    Fourth, technological advances and rising incomes will lead to new occupations and industries, further offsetting labor displacement due to automation.

    Nonetheless, new technologies will alter the composition of skills needed by the workforce, panelists said. They may lead to more frequent unemployment and lower wage growth for less skilled workers who engage in manual and routine tasks, widening income inequality.

    Governments can respond by ensuring workers are protected from these negative effects. This will require policy actions on education and skills development, labor regulation, social protection, and income distribution. Also, government support for new technologies must benefit people and protect their rights and privacy, panelists agreed.

    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. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.

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