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SPIEF 2012 Brings Together Over 5,000 of the World’s Top Business, Finance, Government, Technology and Media Leaders Under the Theme “Leadership That Works”

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ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ —

Three presidents, two prime ministers and dozens of senior ministerial officials, over 75 Fortune 1000 top executives, and over 400 Russia’s leading business and finance figures were among the 5,000 all gathered at the Sixteenth St. Petersburg International Economic Forum from June 21-23 to discuss, debate and network what it takes to have “Leadership that Works.”

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Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin delivered the opening plenary speech, and four other heads of states attended this years Forum: Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, Kyrgyz Republic President Almazbek Atambayev, Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga.

In a broad ranging official program that emphasized interactions amongst the global leaders and encompassed key economic, political and technology issues shaping the global agenda, participants could chose from more than one hundred hours of plenary sessions, 28 panel interactive debates, 4 sectoral breakfasts and lunches, 10 roundtables, 7 presentations and other events involving politicians and businessmen from different countries. The Forum business programme included a total of 77 events (up from a total of 63 in 2011).

The SPIEF 2012 programme was built around four key content pillars: Securing the Future, Realizing Russia’s Potential, Responding to Impact Technologies, Leadership in Focus.

The consensus amongst participants of the key issues facing Russia and the world included the European financial crisis, leadership changes in key economies, political instability in the Middle East, the volatility of energy prices, increased demand from coming from emerging markets, technological innovations and their impact on business and governance, new models of commercial cooperation in the energy sector, and the growing role of emerging economies in shaping regional and global agendas.

Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin outlined a broad foreign and domestic agenda in his major plenary speech, noting that he considered his main task ahead is the implementation of large-scale transformation for the country’s political economy.

As per tradition, the Global Energy prize was awarded, with the jury commemorating developments in energy equipment for space. The recipients of the prize were the academics Boris Katorgin, Valery Kostyuk and UK scientist Rodney John Allam, with Ruble 33 million prize divided equally among the three recipients.

SPIEF 2012 expanded its televised debate series this year, involving both domestic and international broadcasters. Russia Today co-produced “European Crossroads: Post-Crisis Scenarios” and addressed the key measures that are need to be taken to strengthen confidence in the Euro Zone. Debates organized in cooperation with CNBC channel focused on the theme “Banking in the 21st Century: New Models for a New Era” while Bloomberg focused on “New Emerging Finance Centers”. CNN co-hosted a debate on “BRIC Demand”, while Caixin Media televised a debate on China’s changing economic model, “Evolution or Disruption”. And finally Reuters TV helped produce a session on the shifts in investment strategy to emerging market in the session “Identifying Alpha”.

A series of one-on-one discussions entitled “Conversations to Make a Difference” were introduced as part of the SPIEF 2012 business programme which included respected Russian and foreign leaders in politics, business, finances and technology such as Henry Kissinger, Yevgeny Primakov, Gerard Lopez, Lloyd Blankfein, Oleg Deripaska, and others.

Agreements worth 360 billion rubles signed at SPIEF 2012, number of participants exceeds 5,300 people

The 2012 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum proved to be more fruitful in terms of agreements and contracts than in previous years. A total of 84 agreements were signed as part of SPIEF 2012 with 9 contracts having a combined value of more than 360 billion rubles, as well as 4 loan agreements for 164.4 billion rubles.

SPIEF 2012 was relatively balanced between Russian and international participants with 1,018 representatives from Russian businesses and 942 executives from international businesses. The participants in the official Forum programme included more than 157 chief executives of major multinational companies and 447 top executives from Russian companies. 290 government dignitaries and representatives of official delegations from 77 countries attended SPIEF in 2012.

SOURCE﹛St Petersburg International Economic Forum

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July 3, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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Manthan Systems Selected by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore in a First-of-its-Kind Call-for-Collaboration Aimed at Helping the Country’s Growing Retail Industry

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Retail organizations in Singapore can begin using Manthan’s Customer Analytics solution for greater customer insights to achieve customer-centricity

BANGALORE, India, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Manthan Systems( ), a global leader in the retail Business Intelligence and Analytics space, today announced its selection by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), a Singapore Statutory Board, to participate in its innovative data and analytics program for the retail and wholesale sector. Manthan beat numerous global solution-providers in a highly competitive call-for-collaboration to emerge as one of the selected vendors that will offer comprehensive customer analytics assistance via a shared services platform to help retailers streamline performance and improve bottom-line.

Data and analytics is a key focus area for IDA and take an integrated approach in catalysing the growth and competitiveness of key economic sectors in Singapore through greater adoption of data and analytics.

IDA’s project is a pioneering model of public-private partnership and a unique government led initiative to improve operational efficiencies and enhance revenue growth across various industry verticals. Manthan will begin the project by implementing its game-changing Customer Analytics (CA) suite on a Software-As-A-Service (SaaS)-based model at leading Singapore retail organizations – NTUC Fairprice, NTUC Unity Healthcare and CK Tang, and Singapore’s largest multi-merchant loyalty program provider NTUC Link.

Manthan’s Customer Analytics solution finally presents a means by which retailers can connect with their customers to explore key parameters such as customer loyalty, sales transaction and stores’ data to gain critical insights and spot customer trends and opportunities. With these insights, leading retailers can aim to improve promotion effectiveness, deploy targeted campaigning, optimize the mix of marketing spends, drive customer retention and increase loyalty – all through a single interface. With its focus on customer insights, the solution has a track record of increasing retail customer response rates by 2 to 5% and reducing customer churn by 8 to 12%.

Says Mr. Atul Jalan, CEO, Manthan Systems: “Manthan already has a notable presence in Singapore with our solution in use at one of the country’s leading electronics retailers – Courts. But the IDA project opens up the market and provides a tremendous boost to our growth plans in the region.”

Besides the solution implementation at leading retail organizations, Manthan is taking steps towards the setting up a world class Center of Excellence (COE) in Singapore.

“Manthan’s proposed COE will comprise of senior professionals/experts from across the world in the fields of retail, technology, statistics and marketing sciences. Our vision is to leverage these efforts to make Singapore a global analytics hub,” says Jalan.

About Manthan

Manthan Systems produces cutting edge analytic solutions for global retail and CPG organizations. Manthan’s award winning products, under the brand name ARC, span a wide range of retail segments and formats, transforming decision making for some of the biggest names in global retail.

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July 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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One-Blue Celebrates Successful First Year of Worldwide Blu-ray Disc Patent Pool

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NEW YORK, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — One-Blue( ), LLC, will mark the first anniversary of its Blu-ray Disc (BD) product licensing program July 1, 2012, having achieved significant progress establishing a patent pool that promotes a level playing field for licensors and licensees of Blu-ray Disc product patents. Since launching the program 12 months ago, the One-Blue global patent pool has signed on 15 licensors representing the leading providers of Blu-ray, DVD and CD optical storage technology. To date, 88 manufacturers are listed as licensed by One-Blue from more than 15 countries.

“One-Blue was created using industry best practices that are designed to ensure equitable terms, fair pricing and the consistent protection of Blu-ray patents for all participants 每 licensors and licensees 每 wherever they are located,” said Roel Kramer, CEO of One-Blue. “As the one-stop shop for Blu-ray disc product patents, One-Blue provides essential patent licenses for the overwhelming majority of Blu-ray optical product IP.”

Companies that have joined the One-Blue patent pool as licensors are Cyberlink, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, LG Electronics, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Taiyo Yuden and Yamaha. The widespread support the patent pool has received represents yet another milestone in the evolution of the Blu-ray Disc industry and a validation of One-Blue’s innovative approach to patent pooling, which includes per-batch licensing, pre-netting, and product based royalties.

For more information, contact One-Blue, LLC at

About One-Blue

As the one-stop shop representing the Blu-ray Disc industry’s leading technology providers, One-Blue, LLC provides patent licenses from the leading Blu-ray, DVD and CD product IP holders. One-Blue creates a level playing field by guaranteeing strong patent enforcement for licensees and licensors and ensure competitive parity for all Blu-ray Disc providers. One-Blue’s patent pool is built upon industry best practices to help all parties lower royalties, transaction costs and streamline the patent licensing process.


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July 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

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