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GLOBAL ENTREPOLIS @ SINGAPORE 2012 Forum Closes with Ignited Interest in Emerging Markets, Green Growth Opportunities

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Theme of “Capitalising on Fast Changing Markets” enabled 1,200 attendees to gather insights on market opportunities from first-time participants Ukraine, Sharjah (UAE), Myanmar and Bangladesh
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Global Entrepolis @ Singapore (GES) Business Leaders Summit 2012 wrapped up its final session giving 1,200 attendees from 32 countries new insights from policy makers and corporate decision makers from established as well as newly emerging markets like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sharjah and Ukraine.
The Business Leaders Summit 2012 was complemented by forums on Asia Pacific Sustainability Leadership, Supply Chain Leadership, Growth through Franchising, the SBF SME Convention, as well as a talent development masterclass.
This ninth edition of the annual event, themed “Capitalising on Fast Changing Markets”, was presented by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), the republic’s apex chamber, and organised by SBF-PICO Events. GES 2012 underlined the growing importance of Singapore as a gateway for the exchange of ideas and business-to-business facilitation.
Mr Tony Chew, Chairman of Singapore Business Federation commented: “I am delighted to see the strong turnout of delegates from across Asia and beyond. The Global Entrepolis @ Singapore Summit 2012 has delivered on its promise of engaging and providing insights to delegates on global issues, as well as the strategies to forge ahead. I am pleased that the expanded GES programme has been well received. It has been useful in helping delegates assess the opportunities and develop useful business contacts. GES continues to be an important networking platform. It highlights the growing importance of Singapore as a gateway for the exchange of fresh ideas and solutions.”
The Ukraine Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Pavlo Sultansky said that the country participated in GES 2012 because the republic provides a “comprehensive platform and convenient opportunities for trade, investment and networking.” The Department of the State Agency for Investment and National Projects set up a booth for the first time and also shared the emerging opportunities open to the Singapore business community.
“Singapore private investors are already doing well in logistics and trade, in food processing, and real estate business in Ukraine. Investments in energy security, well-known science and technological projects also offer equally good potential,” he said. A bilateral free trade agreement and the expected conclusion of Ukraine-Singapore Air service agreement and liberalisation of travel are currently in the pipeline.
Another first time participant at this annual forum was Sharjah, one of the leading emirates and the key manufacturing hub in UAE. Commenting on the participation by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in the event, H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal said: “Singapore has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and its government actively encourages foreign investment to diversify the State’s resources.
With the region’s leading business leaders, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and policy makers present, this forum provides an excellent opportunity for Shurooq and its counterparts to highlight Sharjah’s numerous and varied attractions,” he said.
ANZ Bank, with a banking network across 28 markets in the Asia Pacific, continued to support GES as it reflected the pulse of commerce in the region. ANZ Asia-Pacific Chief Economist Paul Gruenwald said: “As the Asia region continues to develop beyond being just a workshop for the world, we are seeing ‘Asia demand for Asian products’.
“We are seeing the demand for foreign-made luxury goods take off, reflecting a rising middle class across the region. While this trend is well established in Northeast Asia, we think that the next wave will be into Southeast Asia, which has shown its growth resilience during the financial crisis period,” he said, adding that GES 2012 provided a good platform for decision makers to enhance this understanding.
Another first time participant at the show was Sri Lanka’s Smart Media The Annual Report Company, which launched itself into Southeast Asia through GES 2012. “We see a burning desire among the top companies in the region to position themselves to a global audience as compelling investment propositions. These companies want to project their drivers of value and corporate governance more effectively,” said Chairman Dr. Vijith Kannangara.
In addition, GES 2012 conducted several programmes including the ‘SBF SME Convention 2012’, ‘Asia Pacific Sustainability Investment Forum’, ‘Growth Through Franchising Forum’, ‘Supply Chain Leadership Forum’ and ‘Selection, Development and Retention of Your Highly Talented People Forum’.
About Global Entrepolis @ Singapore
Presented by Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Global Entrepolis @ Singapore is an annual business platform which brings together a community of regional business leaders, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and policy makers for a series of highly focused discussions on the latest outlook on global markets, business model trends, innovative ideas and new approaches to growth in an ever shifting economic landscape.
Each year, GES gathers an outstanding ensemble of renowned international speakers who are well recognised thought leaders in their fields of expertise. Their participation and sharing of market experience and deep business acumen have contributed to making GES a must attend event for business leaders in the region.
About Singapore Business Federation
As the apex business chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) champions the interests of the business community in Singapore, in trade, investment and industrial relations. Nationally, SBF acts as the bridge between the government and businesses in Singapore to create a conducive business environment. Internationally, SBF represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral for the purpose of trade expansion and business networking. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.sbf.org.sg
Media contacts
Joseph Rajendran Gerald De Cotta
Tranz Communications Pte Ltd Singapore Business Federation
DID: 65-6886 4839 DID: 65-6827 6896
Mobile: 65-9228 7801 Mobile: 65-9004 6920
Email: joseph@tranzcomm.com Email: gerald@sbf.org.sg

Casuarina Peck Eileen Lee
Tranz Communications Pte Ltd Singapore Business Federation
DID: 65-6886 4839 DID: 65-6827 6874
Mobile: 65-9363 5609 Mobile: 65-9004 6920
Email: casuarina@tranzcomm.com Email: eileen.lee@sbf.org.sg
Source: Singapore Business Federation

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October 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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Serials Solutions Summon Service Expands Japanese-language Content with Japan Medical Abstracts Society

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Mutual customers will have access to article abstracts from 5,800 journals
SEATTLE /PRNewswire/ — Serials Solutions®, a ProQuest® business and the Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JAMAS) have dramatically improved access to Japanese-language article abstracts in Ichushi-Web through the Summon® web-scale discovery service. The inclusion of metadata from the JAMAS abstracting and indexing database for more than 5,800 journals covering medicine, dentistry and pharmacy subjects will be available to mutual subscribers of each company’s service.
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Researchers will be able to discover a vast collection of Japanese-language materials in physiology, biochemistry, clinical medicine, nursing and social medical fields – alongside their library’s other resources. The expansion of content in the Summon unified index is very valuable for medical libraries. Users benefit from an interface available in more than 32 languages and dialects, advanced native language searching capabilities and language-tuned relevancy for 17 languages.
“The breadth of medical topics in Ichushi-Web supports our mission of providing comprehensive coverage of Japanese-language materials,” said John Law, vice president discovery services, Serials Solutions. “Researchers searching for this authoritative Japanese-language content will value our advanced features which make the discovery experience easier, while delivering more relevant results.”
The Summon Service
Used by more than 500 libraries in more than 40 countries, the Summon service is the first and only discovery service based on a unified index of content, leveraging its unique “match and merge” technology to combine rich metadata and full text from multiple sources to ultimately make items more discoverable. In just three years, the Summon unified index has grown from 200 million items to more than one billion items – with the vast majority of article and book content full-text searchable. Proven to increase usage of library resources, the Summon service consistently meets user expectations by delivering innovative new features for enhancing discovery.
About Serials Solutions http://www.serialssolutions.com
Serials Solutions provides industry-leading technology solutions for libraries worldwide. The company helps libraries work better by providing innovative, practical Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions for discovery and management. Driven by a comprehensive knowledgebase and coupled with unparalleled client support services, these solutions uniquely merge unsurpassed understanding of libraries. Serials Solutions is a dedicated partner of libraries working to remain vital and relevant to their users and communities.
Serials Solutions, a ProQuest business, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Source: Serials Solutions

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October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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CBME India Gets Set to Transform India’s Children, Baby and Maternity Products Industry

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SHANGHAI/PRNewswire/ — CBME India – the Children, Baby & Maternity Industry Expo (www.cbmeindia.com), a brand new event for the Indian children, baby and maternity products and service industry, will take place from 11-13 April, at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregoan, Mumbai, India. Set up by the world’s second largest event organiser, UBM plc, which has been organising CBME Shanghai successfully for the past 12 years, CBME India will provide an unrivalled business platform for this expanding market.
Combining a high-level seminar and exhibition, CBME India will see a conglomeration of local and global manufacturers and providers of children, baby and maternity products and services along with thousands of retailers, wholesalers, agents, importers and educational institutions, all searching for the latest quality products and services. India’s children, baby and maternity products market has been largely untapped and growing at exponential rates. CBME India is set to provide a platform for industry suppliers to showcase the best in products and services and to promote their brands to the South Asian audience.
The land of opportunities, India is the most attractive retail destination in the world and hence represents a high-potential, untapped market for baby and childcare products. According to the statistics from the RNCOS March 2012 report, the Indian baby and child care market has substantially grown during the past few years and caught the attention of many international players. Estimated to be US$644 million in 2009, with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.5% from 2004 – 09; it is forecast to register a CAGR of over 12% from 2012 – 2014.
A relatively young country, where children 12 years old and younger account for around 23% of the total population, India’s nascent baby and childcare market is becoming the world’s fastest growing. The continuing healthy birth rate compared to the other economies coupled with growing awareness, surging income levels, aggressive marketing strategies, shifts in consumer behaviour and the acceptance of premium products is set to maintain the growth momentum of the country’s children, baby, and maternity products market.
“Manufacturing and trading of quality baby and child care products and services is becoming increasingly important for a wide range of companies in India and globally, and UBM India has stepped in to provide an organised platform in South Asia for the children, baby and maternity products industry. A gateway to India’s rapidly growing and vastly untapped baby and child care product and service markets where Industry professionals around the world to congregate and engage with each other,” said Pearl D’Souza, Project Director – CBME India at UBM.
For further information on CBME India, please visit our web site at http://www.cbmeindia.com. Companies interested in exhibiting at CBME India should contact Pearl D’Souza on +91-9819094860 or Pearl.Dsouza@ubm.com.
About UBM India:
UBM India is a part of UBM Plc which is one of the world’s leading global business media companies. With over 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries, UBM organises 300 trade fairs, publishes 200 magazines and periodicals and hosts 200 websites.
Media Contact:
Axeena Alex | Brand Marketing Executive | CBME India | UBM
T +91 22 6769 2415 | E axeena.alex@ubm.com
Source: UBM China

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October 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm

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Sagemcom Reinforces its Energy Offer by Acquiring Froschl

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PARIS, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ —

Sagemcom, European Leader for Communicating Meters, has Announced its Acquisition of The Froschl Group, German Leader in Metering Data Management Software, Thursday 25 October.

Thanks to this acquisition, the Sagemcom group, for which energy management is one of its three major activities via its subsidiary, Sagemcom Energy & Telecom, has enriched its range and confirmed its aim to become one of the world key players in smart metering solutions.

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The addition of Froschl’s expertise in metering data processing software ideally completes the current portfolio of Sagemcom and should boost group growth via the acquisition of new customers. By covering the entire value chain, from communicating meters to the processing of the data collected, Sagemcom has become one of the rare actors able to offer a range meeting the future requirements of energy operators.

The Froschl group consists of two companies (ITF, Industrie-Technik Froschl and EDV, Elektronische Datenverarbeitung), employs 70 and provides support for more than 250 customers throughout the world with services and consultancy teams.

With turnover of almost 1.5 thousand million euros and 4,600 employees throughout the world, Sagemcom has recorded the highest level of growth on the communicating meter market (40% in 2011) and is the only supplier able to offer the three most-requested solutions by the major energy distributors in Europe.

“We are delighted with this acquisition. Froschl’s reputed expertise will enable us to meet all requirements for metering solutions, by offering a complete range and optimised value to our customers internationally,” highlighted Patrick Sevian, Sagemcom CEO.

“I am enthusiastic about the idea that a leading group such as Sagemcom can boost the international development of my company,” declared Wilfried Froschl, Froschl group CEO.

Thanks to this acquisition, the Sagemcom group has reinforced its subsidiary, Sagemcom Energy & Telecom, at a time when the energy management market is expanding rapidly. This operation is part of the group’s international development strategy, by confirming organic growth thanks to targeted acquisitions, completing its range and providing access to new markets.

About Sagemcom

French high-technology group with an international dimension, Sagemcom operates on markets of broadband (digital home, digital set-top box, broadband and residential terminals), telecom and energy (telecommunications infrastructure, smartgrid and metering), and management of documents (printing terminals, software and solutions, digital production workflow).

With a turnover of about 1.5 billion Euros, Sagemcom employs 4 600 people on five continents; already a European leader in most of its key markets, Sagemcom aims to become a world leader in high added value communicating terminals.

Sagemcom is strongly committed to sustainable development through the life cycle of its products: eco-design, energy consumption, ethical code of all its suppliers.

For more information: http://www.sagemcom.com

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October 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm

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CPA Global expands regional headquarters in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG /PRNewswire/ — HONG KONG Jersey-based intellectual property management specialist and legal services outsourcing company CPA Global has reaffirmed its commitment to Hong Kong with the opening of its new and expanded regional headquarters to spearhead the group’s continued growth in Asia.
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CPA Global Management team and Asia Pacific leaders officiate the Hong Kong Headquarter Expansion Ceremony.

From left: Gerard Delaney, Global Sales Head; Peter Sewell, Chief Executive Officer and Joanne Hon, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific of CPA Global participate in the Roast Pig Cutting Ceremony.

Champagne toasting at CPA Global Asia Pacific Headquarter Expansion Ceremony.
CPA Global is a world leader in intellectual property (IP) management, IP software, and legal services outsourcing. Its clients are from all over the world and range from small businesses to some of the world’s best-known corporations and law firms. It offers a range of IP and broader legal services, helping clients to manage risk, cost and capacity, and realise greater value for their businesses and their IP assets.
Hong Kong’s strategic location at the heart of Asia and on the doorstep of Mainland China is one of the major factors that attracted CPA Global to Hong Kong three years ago when it first set up in the city. This location advantage is also playing a key role in the company’s latest decision to expand its Hong Kong operation into a regional headquarters.
Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, for CPA Global, Joanne Hon said, “Mainland China is now the world’s fastest growing market for IP and one of the top filers of international patents. On a country-by-country basis, China’s expenditure on R&D is now only second to the US. Indeed, its focus on developing a technology-based economy, protected by IP Rights is at the core of its success.”
She added that South Korea and Taiwan are other prime markets and said, “Hong Kong is the ideal location to serve as our platform for expansion into Mainland China and other parts of north and southeast Asia.”
Associate Director-General of Investment Promotion, Andrew Davis, welcomed CPA Global’s ongoing commitment to Hong Kong and said, “While Hong Kong’s strong rule of law provides solid protection of IP Rights, the free market principle encourages the free flow of information that is integral to the IP industry development. We are delighted to see CPA Global reaffirming Hong Kong as regional base and taking its business to new heights.”
About CPA Global
Founded in Jersey, Channel Islands, in 1969, CPA Global is one of the world’s leading IP management and legal outsourcing companies, offering a full range of IP and broader legal support services to attorney firms and corporate clients. With offices across Europe, the United States, Asia and the Pacific, CPA Global employs some 1,500 people, serving clients in over 100 countries. Clients include leading Fortune 500 and FTSE companies, and two-thirds of the Global Lawyer 100. For more information, please visit http://www.cpaglobal.com.
About Invest Hong Kong
InvestHK is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government established in July 2000 to take responsibility for Foreign Direct Investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It provides free advice and customised services to help businesses succeed in Hong Kong’s vibrant economy. As at June 2012, InvestHK had completed over 2,600 investment projects, creating more than 30,000 new jobs in the first year of operation or expansion and HK$67 billion of investment. For more information, please visit http://www.investhk.gov.hk.
Asia Pacific:
Amy Sun
+852-3177-3421
asun@cpaglobal.com
United Kingdom:
Steve Clark
+44(0)20-7549-5504
sclark@cpaglobal.com
Victoria Knowles
+44(0)20-7549-4585
vknowles@cpaglobal.com
Source: CPA Global

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October 30, 2012 at 11:27 am