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Publish Asia Reflects Changing Face of News Business

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SINGAPORE, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Is it wise to partner with Facebook, Google and Yahoo! or can news publishers succeed without them? Is native advertising possible without sacrificing credibility? Those are some of the questions to be answered at Publish Asia, the region’s leading annual conference for newspapers and news publishers, to be held in Hong Kong from 23 to 25 April next. The conference will be opened by H.E. Leung Chun-ying, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Publish Asia 2014
Publish Asia 2014
The programme for the event, organising by WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, reflects the changing face of news media in the digital and mobile age.
Partnering with pure players. Big data. Native advertising. These are issues that are essential to the future of the news business, as the historic business model of newspapers is replaced with something quite different in the digital economy.
Full details of Publish Asia 2014 can be found at
Sessions include:
– Searching for competitive advantage: From stable to unstable competitive dynamics in the news industry? How Schibsted has broken the historical business model of newspapers, moving on from a natural monopoly to the new competitive dynamics. By Sverre Munck, CEO Libras SA, former Executive Vice President of Schibsted, Norway.
– Partnering with pure-players. Can you better meet advertisers’ needs selling our digital ‘frenemies’ products? Is it wise to partner with Yahoo!, Facebook or Google? Can news publishers succeed online without them? Case study of a large scale partnership presented by Jeff Folckemer, Senior Vice President, Hearst Newspapers, and President of Media Services and Affiliates LocalEdge, Hearst Media, USA.
– How high can native advertising rise? Native advertising is one of the most promising online-advertising formats for content producers. Can news publishers benefit from it without compromising their most valuable asset, credibility? A panel discussion with Katharine Viner, Deputy Editor, The Guardian, UK; Mo Chung, General Manager, Digital Sales, Next Mobile Ltd, Hong Kong; Inez Albert, Digital Sales Director APAC, The Economist Group, Hong Kong.
– The importance of gaining scale. A case study examining the objectives and challenges of the merger of Shanghai’s two largest newspaper groups, which formed a media giant. By Zhang Qian, Director of Strategic Development, Shanghai United Media Group, Mainland China.
– How Publishers can take back their company’s big data revenue potential from tech middlemen. Pure-players are taking up to 68 per cent of online ad dollars. How can publishers take back all their users data? What steps can they take to reclaim the revenue potential of their big data to create revenue? By Paul Hood, Digital Director, Archant UK.
– Using Big Data to Drive Digital Revenue and Engagement. Mediagene, a leading online media group in Japan, partnered with experts in big data to understand its audience, increase user engagement and drive higher advertising revenue through advanced targeting. A case study to be presented by Motoko Imada, CEO, Mediagene, Japan.
– Next’s strategy for growth. Next Media has invested in animated news, online video, mobile and online for connecting with the new generation of users. The Group’s CEO will present their transformation from print to digital and how they use big data for their “members without membership” concept. By Cassian Cheung, CEO, Next Media, Hong Kong.
– The social media newswire. Storyful is a new kind of newswire, powered by “human algorithm,” which serves verified news videos, alerts and context from the social web. Its founder and CEO will explain the vision behind this revolutionary news outlet and why it has recently been acquired by NewsCorp. Mark Little, CEO & Founder of Storyful, USA.
– What news publishers can learn from BuzzFeed? With an audience of more than 100 million, BuzzFeed provides shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video across the social web. Hear what legacy publishers can learn from this 8-year-old media outlet about audience development and digital advertising perspectives. By Scott Lamb, VP of International, Buzzfeed, USA
– Transformation and the development of online video. A case study of the evolution of the International New York Times (formerly the International Herald Tribune) and its uptake of online video, by its president, Stephen Dunbar Johnson.
– Drone journalism. How will the media use drones in the future? What are the legal, financial and ethical frameworks? By Sithikorn Wongwudtianun, Photographer, The Bangkok Post, Thailand; and Pichai Chuensuksawadi, Group Editor in Chief, Post Publishing, Thailand.
– They said our newspaper was dead… tell that to our 1.5 million new readers. Five years after their acquisition by a colourful Russian oligarch, The Independent and Evening Standard are back to profitability. The Group has experienced a four-fold growth to 2 million readers, launched a new national newspaper and started-up London’s first TV station. By Doug Wills, Managing Editor, Lebedev holdings, UK.
– From print centric to digital first. How newsrooms from different part of the world are re-organising to make the transition from print-centric to digital first news media companies. A panel discussion with Doug Wills, Managing Editor, Lebedev holdings, UK; Brian Rhoads, Managing Editor, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong; Yu Yilei, Editor in chief,, Mainland China; and Daisy Li, Online News Director, Apple Daily, Taiwan.
– Plus much more! Full details including registration information of Publish Asia 2014 can be found at
WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.
Inquiries to:
Nurul Fitriyana
Event Manager
WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific, Singapore
Tel: +65-6562-8444
Source: WAN-IFRA

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March 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm

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PublicAffairsAsia Releases Briefing on China Reform Agenda

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HONG KONG, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –Ahead of the 5th China Government Affairs Forum, PublicAffairsAsia has released a three page summary of the key outcomes from the second sessions of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Click here to download the report:

The outcomes of the NPC and CPPCC underline that China’s reform agenda is gaining pace. At the CPPCC a total of 4,982 proposals were officially accepted during the 10 day plenum, from 5,875 submitted by delegates. The “two meetings” saw the focus move from setting out policy to its implementation.

Pollution was a leading subject of CPPCC proposals, reflecting growing domestic and international concern on growing levels of air, ground and water contamination in China. Support for livelihoods, healthcare, rural development and social-aid were also prominent amongst submitted proposals. Many of the challenges now facing China’s economic success story are symptomatic of explosive growth that has brought wealth to many, but at a cost that analysts and commentators are now questioning.

The report says: “Enacting progressive reform measures has been a central policy pillar of the government which took office last year. The Chinese government’s wholesale market reforms are driving competition as investment approval and industrial policies are updated.”

The government’s reform agenda will form the centerpiece of the 2014 China Government Affairs Forum, the only dedicated mainland China conference for corporate government relations practitioners and businesses which are impacted by the government’s wide-ranging reform plans. It will examine how corporate government relations strategies will have to change in an era of greater market freedom, liberalisation and decentralisation.

Commenting, Craig Hoy, Executive Director of PublicAffairsAsia, said: “The Fifth Annual China Government Affairs Forum is set to offer cutting edge insight and strategy for specialist public affairs practitioners and country managers. It will be vital for corporations to be represented at the forum so they can monitor and shape the reform agenda and then build their business in line with the government’s policy priorities.”

The corporate keynote at the event, taking place in Beijing on May 22, will be delivered by Fengming Liu, Greater China Vice President, GE and the industry keynote is set to be delivered by Charles Shen EVP, Corporate & Public Affairs at lead event sponsor Weber Shandwick. Other speakers include Wall Street Journal China Editor Andrew Browne.

NPC and CPPCC reform agenda

During the NPC and CPPCC meetings, the leadership noted that fiscal, tax and financial reforms had been set as a priority in the country’s overall reform agenda in 2014. “In the course of comprehensively deepening reform, we certainly need to be focused on key reforms and initiatives and we need to see breakthroughs in key areas. We will press ahead with fiscal, tax and financial reforms as our priorities this year,” a press conference was told shortly after the conclusion of China’s annual legislative session.

The National Development and Reform Commission also signaled that reform of State Owned Enterprises will be an important focus of reform over the coming year: both to make them more robust, but also to lessen the role they play in some sectors of the economy. The drive against corruption has also attracted prominent attention, yet the full implications of this reform agenda is the subject of intense scrutiny by firms with eyes on the Chinese economy.

The unprecedented political will expressed by China’s government has extraordinary ramifications given the nation’s economic clout. De-throning Japan in 2013, China is now the world’s second largest economy. Few with a business interest in China can afford to underestimate the potential magnitude of these changes or to second-guess their chance of implementation. The implications are profound and the leadership’s commitment to the reform agenda has reinforced China’s commitment to change. Yet the economic dynamics are no longer just political.

The report states: “Market economics in China are now leading the way. The market will now play a ‘decisive’ role in resource allocation and both the state and private sectors will be important elements in the economy. This will mean new priorities for industry, and new levels of complexity as China’s economic and administrative mechanisms deepen. Strategic change for business in China is all but inevitable.”

About the China Government Affairs Forum:

The 2014 theme is “Navigating Reform: Government Relations in Market-Driven China” and the forum will take place at The Renaissance Capital, Hotel Beijing on Thursday May 22.

Sessions at the forum, which offers both policy insight and strategy for corporations engaged in China, include:

Navigating The Policy Agenda
Rethinking Government Relations
Strategies For Effective Government Relations In Changing Times
Working With Government As A Partner — The Fonterra Experience
Why Public Relations Is Government Relations In China
Managing Risk — The Role Of The Government Relations Professional
Model Citizen — Building A Shared Value Model In The PRC

Confirmed speakers include:

Corporate Keynote: Fengming Liu, Greater China Vice President, GE
Industry Keynote: Charles Shen. Executive Vice President, Corporate & Public Affairs, Weber Shandwick
Media View: Andrew Browne, China Editor of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires
Gloria Xu, Head of Government and Public Affairs at Standard Chartered China Limited
Xiaoping Patrick Wang, Vice President, Government Affairs, AmCham China
David Yeh, Country Manager, Seeds Greater China, Bayer Crop Science (China)
Kungju Chen, Head of Public Relations of Tingyi Holding Corp.
Syed Fakhar Ahmed, Head of Creating Shared Value, Nestle Greater China Region
Donough Foley, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs Asia, Qantas
Liu Meng, Public Affairs Director, Weber Shandwick China
Yuan Haiying, Founder and President, Yuan Associates
Min Qin, ‎Vice President, Government and External Affairs, Greater China, Fonterra
Jane Zhang, Managing Director, Beijing, APCO Worldwide

For the fifth year, the lead event sponsor is Weber Shandwick, and the event is supported by lead partner AmCham China. Other partners include The Confederation of British Industry, AmCham Shanghai, The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, PR Newswire and IMA Asia. Numbers are restricted to 110 attendees to maintain interactivity and senior-level attendance.

Visit the website for more information:
The full agenda is available here:
Delegate registration is open here:

For more information contact:
Mark O’Brien
Vice President

About PublicAffairsAsia:

PublicAffairsAsia is the network for senior government relations, corporate affairs and corporate communications professionals operating across the Asia Pacific region. It offers news, features, analysis and intelligence on practice and policy through PublicAffairsAsia magazine, online channels, intelligence and events. PublicAffairsAsia also operates The Gold Standard Awards and The SharingValueAsia Forum. The event is operated and managed by PAA (Beijing) Consulting Services Ltd. For more information visit

About Weber Shandwick:
Weber Shandwick is a leading global public relations agency with offices in 81 countries around the world. The firm’s success is built on its deep commitment to client service, our people, creativity, collaboration and harnessing the power of Advocates – engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brands and reputation. Weber Shandwick provides strategy and execution across practices such as consumer marketing, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate and crisis management.

Its specialized services include digital/social media, advocacy advertising, market research, and corporate responsibility. In 2010, Weber Shandwick was named Global Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report for the second year in a row; an ‘Agency of the Decade’ by Advertising Age, Large PR Agency of the Year by Bulldog Reporter, a Digital Firm of the Year by PR News, and Top Corporate Responsibility Advisory Firm by CR Magazine.

The firm has also won numerous ‘best place to work’ awards around the world. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG).

For more information, visit or

About AmCham China:
The American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China (AmCham China) is a non-profit organization which represents US companies and individuals doing business in China. It’s mission is to help American companies succeed in China through advocacy, information, networking and business support services.

AmCham China’s membership comprises more than 3,800 individuals from over 1,000 companies. In addition to its headquarters in Beijing, the chamber has chapters in Central China (Wuhan), Northeast China (Dalian), and Tianjin.

It has more than 35 industry- and issue-specific forums and committees, holds a wide range of networking and informational events, and meets with US and Chinese officials to discuss challenges and opportunities facing US firms doing business in China.

For more information about AmCham-China, follow this link:

Craig no: +66-801-458-697
Source: PublicAffairsAsia

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March 25, 2014 at 4:57 pm

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NPScreen develops a Nasopharyngeal cancer screening test that is simple, non-invasive, and 99% accurate

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MARKHAM, Ontario, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A Markham, Ontario-based company has developed a specialized test which screens for nasopharyngeal cancer.

Nasopharyngeal cancer, known as NPC, is a rare but deadly disease. It is global in scope, and individuals with a Hong Kong, Southeast Asian, Inuit, North African, or Middle Eastern background have a higher risk for NPC. These individuals may benefit from this early screening test.

In the early stages, NPC has few obvious symptoms, and the cancer often grows undetected, hidden in the nasopharynx, near the center of the head. Usually it is diagnosed after the tumor is well developed, making treatment difficult with poor survival outcomes. When detected early and treated, the chances of full recovery are almost 90%.

NPScreen has developed a genetic test that detects the cancer in its early stages, when it is still curable. The test is quick, non-invasive, and most importantly, 99% accurate.

“We are excited about the launch of this innovative, unique screening process that we believe will dramatically change the course of Nasopharyngeal cancer and save thousands of lives EVERY year.” says NPScreen President Dr. John Phillips.

The screening process is managed as a simple, non-invasive office procedure. Using a uniquely designed instrument to brush the back of the patient’s throat, the specialist takes a sample of surface cells, which are then analyzed for the presence of the Epstein-Barr viral genome sequence. The Epstein-Barr virus infects the epithelial cells of the nasopharynx and is closely linked to the development of NPC.

There are numerous clinics in Canada, the U.S.A., Hong Kong and Singapore, where specialists are now using the NPScreen test to screen patients and their families for this aggressive cancer.

About NPScreen
NPScreen ( is a Canadian biotech company that has developed an innovative genetic test for a deadly cancer. The test detects nasopharyngeal cancer in the early stages, allowing quicker treatment and better chances for survival. The company’s management structure is supported by academic and clinical partnerships across North America and Asia, including a team consisting of the world’s leading experts in the fields of diagnosing and treating nasopharyngeal cancer.

Image with caption: “This illustration shows; 1) the location of nasopharyngeal cancer growing near the center of the head, 2) how this area is accessed through the patient’s mouth using a specially designed brush, 3) the procedure for sampling epithelial cell behind the uvula, at the back of the nasopharynx. (CNW Group/NPScreen)”. Image available at:

Image with caption: “NPScreen Logo (CNW Group/NPScreen)”. Image available at:

For further information:

Media Contact:
John Wilms
Director, Sales and Business Development
Source: NPScreen

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March 25, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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Fi Vietnam — The Right Ingredients for Your Success

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Food ingredients (Fi) Vietnam is the latest event from the Fi Global brand. “More than 150 leading Vietnamese, regional and international suppliers of food ingredients and 3,000 visitors are expected to take part,” according to event organiser UBM Asia’s (Thailand) Business Director, Rungphech (Rose) Chitanuwat. “Fi Vietnam is targeting visitors not only from Vietnam, but throughout the Mekong River Delta Region — Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. The key distinction of the Fi portfolio is that our events are dedicated solely to food ingredients — not finished foods. This allows us to offer a one-stop show for food ingredients with a more focused approach so we can better meet our client’s specific needs and offer them the right ingredients for their success. Customers come to Fi looking to do business; they can see, touch, taste and smell food ingredients, experience the latest technologies, and find solutions to formulate products that meet consumer demands. Fi Vietnam is the only route for the food ingredient industry to enter the lucrative Vietnamese market efficiently,” she said.

Rungphech invites all food ingredient industry professionals to attend Fi Vietnam 2014, from 21 to 23 May at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre. “You will be amazed at what we can offer you, including an unrivalled mix of food ingredient products from leading suppliers. Fi Vietnam is also so much more than just a trade show”, explained Rungphech. “Fi Vietnam includes a comprehensive and thought provoking conference and seminar program which is supported by the Vietnam Association of Food Science and Technology (VAFoST). The onsite conference and seminar program titled “Enhancing Food Safety In Product Development With Food Ingredients” will keep you up to date about industry issues and macro trends and the market outlook for the food ingredients industry. To help you better understand consumers and identify growth opportunities, there will be a session on consumer insights and innovation that will impact marketing strategies, influence consumers’ emotions and thus their purchasing decisions.”

Vietnam’s food and beverage market is growing rapidly and is becoming a significant user of food ingredients, commented Rungphech. “For example, according to BMI’s Q1 2013 Vietnam Food & Drink Report, per capita food consumption is forecast to grow at a robust 8.4% annually to 2017, with soft drinks and alcoholic drinks growing by 13.7% and 12.3% respectively during the same period. Future growth will be driven by the continuing urbanisation, busier lifestyles and a young population, all of which are leading towards increased consumption of convenience and processed foods as they place a higher importance on convenience, safety and health.”

With less than two months until Fi Vietnam, make sure you mark your calendar for 21-23 May 2014 for this key industry event which is not to be missed! For further information on Fi Vietnam, including information on stand bookings, (a strictly limited number of stands are available) please contact or visit our website for registration.

Your trusted route to market since 1986
Access the world’s leading food and beverage professionals through our live events, publications, extensive database, digital solutions and high level conferences.

The Fi Global portfolio of Asian events including Fi Vietnam promises to bring you right into the heart of the food and beverage ingredients industry. This will enable you to conduct business with confidence and network directly with the regions key stakeholders.

About The Organiser
UBM Asia, the leading organiser of exhibitions in Asia. Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 24 major cities with 29 offices and over 1,400 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 21 market sectors with 160 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions, 75 high-level professional conferences, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

In ASEAN, we serve 13 market sectors with wholly-owned subsidiary companies and JV companies in seven offices in the major cities in ASEAN, including Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. We provide over 60 products in various categories: trade fairs, conferences and publications. As the leading B2B event organiser in the region, we are the largest exhibition organiser in Malaysia.

Our products serve tens of thousands of exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers, subscribers and corporations in the region and from all over the world with high value face-to-face business-matching events and quality conference programmes presented by top-notch industry leaders. We have over 130 staff in six countries.
Source: UBM Asia (Thailand)

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March 25, 2014 at 2:25 pm

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InPost Parcel Lockers – Agreement with CX Courier in Hong Kong

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HONG KONG, March 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Group – the operator of the biggest parcel lockers’ network in the world – has entered an agreement with CX Courier Ltd. – one of the leading courier companies across Hong Kong. The agreement includes:
Roll-out of 150 locker locations across Hong Kong by 2015, in a deal worth up to EUR 3.2 million
Further option over 150 locker locations (making 300 in total) across Hong Kong by 2016, in a deal worth up to EUR 6.4 million
CX Couriers are one of the top five courier companies in Hong Kong with a 20% market share and this new agreement with InPost is part of their growth strategy, as they aim to grow their market share towards 30%, over the next two years. There are some 4.5 million parcels delivered each month across Hong Kong.
For Group this is an important milestone commercial agreement as it starts the InPost parcel locker expansion in Greater China.
The agreement will see Group rent InPost parcel lockers for the exclusive usage of CX Courier, and at the same time it will develop its own network branded InPost 24, with CX Courier as a logistic partner, across Hong Kong.
As part of the expansion plan, both companies are looking at potential locker locations including: residential compounds; supermarkets; business centres; tram and railway stations; universities and car parks across Hong Kong.
The agreement has been put in place to capitalise on the pace of expansion in e-commerce across Asia, which is showing growth of 32% year-on-year.
Christian Secci, General Manager InPost Asia commented:
“Hong Kong is a vibrant and important consumer market. There are two big barriers to courier companies opening their own collection centres – namely: lack of available sites and the cost of land. Both these factors together with the expansion of e-commerce mean that courier companies need to find innovative solutions to meet the ever increasing demands of today’s time poor consumers. This agreement offers a great new service for the Hong Kong consumer.”
Johnson Yim, Executive Director CX Courier added:
“We are excited about this new venture, as we see a huge opportunity to introduce a new click and collect service that will radically improve the delivery experience for Hong Kong shoppers, particularly in high density residential areas. Customers will no longer have to wait at home for their parcels or queue at Post Offices to collect their online purchases. This saves customer’s time and gives them the flexibility to choose a convenient locker location that suits their needs. We see InPost and their Automated Parcel Lockers (APL) machines as a logical partner to capitalise in the e-commerce parcel market, which is experiencing incredible demand across the region.”
Notes to Editors:
CX Courier:
Founded in 1987, CX Courier is an international courier based in Hong Kong, providing domestic and worldwide express services to over 80 countries, together with local courier and freight services. The company is now focused on the next phase of its expansion, as it builds regional and global partnerships to capitalise on the e-commerce logistics growth worldwide.
About Group / InPost: Group is one of the most successful private postal groups in Europe. Through their InPost parcel lockers they continue to revolutionize the world’s postal and courier market. The innovative terminals are already available in 19 countries globally including: Australia, Chile, Columbia, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Russia and Ukraine. There are currently over 3,500 parcel lockers worldwide. Group, in partnership with the global private equity fund Pinebridge investments, plans to launch over 16,000 locker terminals across Europe over the next three years. Together with the proposed European expansion, InPost parcel lockers will be developed in both the Americas and in Asia, in a project worth up to 1 billion euros.
The Group is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
The business focus of Group is on the following areas of activity:
Parcel services provided to the e-commerce sector and to individual customers through a network of parcel machines – automated equipment used to send and collect parcels on a 24/7 basis,
Postal and courier services for institutional/business customers and individuals in Poland, based on the Group’s own network of branches and Customer Service Centres and own postmen,
Financial and insurance services provided to mass (institutional/business) and individual customers, as well as mobile payment and e-document services based on the Group’s own customer service centres and a franchise network,
Logistics and transportation services.
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March 25, 2014 at 11:46 am