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Singapore still second-most networked economy

[SINGAPORE] Singapore has kept its status as the world's second-most networked economy in this year's Networked Readiness Index (NRI), hot on the heels of Finland, which is again in the No 1 spot. As in previous years, the top 10 spots were dominated by northern European economies, the Asian Tigers and some advanced Western economies. The NRI, part of the highly regarded annual Global Information...

PIC scheme not a one-size-fits-all solution

SMALL and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have received extensive support from the government to help upgrade their capabilities and enhance productivity while tiding over high business costs. In Budget 2014, the government rolled out generous measures to help businesses. These include extending the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme, introducing a PIC+ scheme, encouraging greater...

A*Star rolls out simplified licensing initiatives

A*STAR unveiled a series of simplified licensing initiatives at its inaugural A*Star SME day yesterday. The research institute also signed an agreement to integrate image recognition technology into Jurong Point Shopping Centre's mobile application. The technology, Snap2tell Alive, provides convenient and quick access to information via an image. It is expected to benefit up to 450 mall tenants,...

Local software start-up wins $8.4m in funding

Singapore start-up Nitrous.IO has just won a hefty US$6.65 million (S$8.4 million) Series A funding round. The company produces a software development platform that is intended to automate portions of programmers' jobs, in order to save them time and effort. It launched a public beta of its service last June, working off a US$1 million seed funding round which it won in August 2012. Bessemer...

600-tonne vault for silver opens amid robust demand

[SINGAPORE] In a sign of continued strong demand for physical bullion here, bullion retailer Silver Bullion yesterday opened a 600-tonne silver vault. The facility in Chai Chee, called The Safe House, will hold an amount of silver equivalent to one per cent of all silver reserves above ground when full; these holdings would be worth US$390 million. The Safe House also has a vault on the premises...

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Build4Asia 2014 – A 4-in-1 Sustainable Architecture, Design, Building Services and Electrical Engineering Tradeshow

Evolved from Asian Elenex, a proven electrical trade event since 1984, Build4Asia, comprising Asian Elenex, Asian Building Technologies, Asian Architectural Interiors and the inaugural Hospitality Design & Technology was established to bring together the entire building and electrical installation industry to trade, network and exchange. Organised by Hong Kong Exhibition Services Ltd (HKES), a member of Allworld Exhibitions Alliance, the biennial show will make a triumphant return on 4-6 June 2012 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre with an increased exhibition area of 15,000m².

Asian Securitex 2014 – the 13th Asian International Security, Safety and Fire Protection Show & Conference

Asian Securitex 2014 – the 13th Asian International Security, Safety and Fire Protection Show & Conference is coming back to town from 7 – 9 May, 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Occupying an exhibition space of 15,000 sqm, Asian Securitex will showcase a cross-section of the most groundbreaking international security products and technologies, ranging from smartcard technologies, CCTV & remote monitoring control systems, integrated security management systems, gathering 500 international exhibitors and 15,000 regional buyers all under one roof! Co-held with Build4Asia - 4-in-1 Sustainable Architecture, Design, Building Services and Electrical Engineering Tradeshow, Asian Securitex 2014 will act as an one-stop sourcing marketplace which effectively connects international security and fire safety solution providers and commercial buyers together.


The 6th Asia Pacific Commercial Real Estate Cooperation Forum China 2014

How to make commercial property projects stand out under the transforming market background? The 6th Asia Pacific Commercial Real Estate Cooperation Forum China 2014 (APCREC6) will set “Taking Advantage of Re-Streamlining Finance, Understanding Essence of Re-Shaping Retail, Perfecting Skill of Omni-Channel Revolution” as a guideline.

Tier 1 mature projects V.S. innovative projects in emerging market; Start from 3 CEO Brainstorm; 5 successful showcases of innovative commercial property formats; 5 cases + 2 round-table discussions + 6 groups discussion in Retail Chapter; 5 successful property financing cases + 6 groups discussion in Capital Chapter; 10+ Mainland Emerging Commercial Cities; 100+ Under Construction Projects; 50+ eminent speakers; 350+ professionals; You cannot missed it.



CommunicAsia, the stellar event recognised by industry professionals, continues to strengthen and stay relevant to the ever-changing info-communications technology industry. CommunicAsia2014 is the event that addresses the ENTIRE ICT ecosystem from 4G / LTE, AR and Innovations, Content Security Management, FTTx, Mobile Apps, Mobile Devices, Telecom Energy & Power System and many others. Look out for the new elements – NXT Cities, NXT Enterprises and NXT Connected Services. Experience, connect and learn more on the latest innovations!

HKTDC Hong Kong International Building and Hardware Fair

The 9th edition of HKTDC Hong Kong International Building and Hardware Fair, formerly HKTDC Hong Kong International Building and Decoration Materials & Hardware Fair, will be held from 29 October to 1 November 2014 in AsiaWorld-Expo, offering the ideal platform for international buyers to meet quality suppliers in the areas of building materials, hardware, architecture, and more. The BIM Day on 29 October 2014 and a new zone of Building Performance and BIM are available to reflect the latest trend of the industry, while the final day of the fair is open to the public, giving exhibitors the chances to gain insights into the consumer market. Please pre-register at to get a FREE admission badge by mail.
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