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KMC MAG GROUP Wins in Three Categories at the International Property Awards 2014-2015

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MANILA, Philippines, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — KMC MAG GROUP, INC. an International Associate of Savills [SVS:LN], took home three prestigious awards at the recently concluded International Property Awards Gala, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 9, 2014.
Yves Luethi and Melo Porciuncula receive 3 awards on behalf of KMC MAG Group: 5-Star Best Real Estate Website, Highly Commended Real Estate Agency, and Highly Commended Property Consultancy.
Yves Luethi and Melo Porciuncula receive 3 awards on behalf of KMC MAG Group: 5-Star Best Real Estate Website, Highly Commended Real Estate Agency, and Highly Commended Property Consultancy.

The award-winning real estate firm was recognized for having the Best Real Estate Website in the Philippines. It was rated 5 stars in this category, making it the best in its class. KMC was also recognized in the Property Consultancy category for the first time while retaining the distinction of being named a Highly Commended Real Estate Agency in the Philippines for 2014-2015.

Savills associates in Singapore, Australia, Vietnam, Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia also reaped several awards, including other categories such as Best Property Consultancy Marketing and Lettings Agency.

“On behalf of KMC MAG Group and our associates in Savills, I would like to say that we are truly honored to be recognized by the IPA, showcasing our company’s commitment to providing world-class real estate services and its impact to our clients’ success,” said KMC MAG Group Managing Director Michael McCullough. “We are also happy to contribute to the Philippines’ growth by helping drive more real estate investments into the country.”

Yves Luethi, Vice President, and Melo Porciuncula, Head of Investments, who attended the awards ceremony agreed.

“These awards are a testimony to how much KMC MAG Group has grown over the last 5 years,” said Luethi. “We are proud to say that this year we have not only expanded our business lines, but also further improved the quality of our services, particularly in research and consultancy.”

Porciuncula believes that this is the direct result of the hard work of KMC MAG Group team. “The IPA recognition is really for all KMC MAG Group employees, who have worked behind the scenes to help us gather and organize data, generate leads, and basically complete the processes necessary for us to close deals and cater to the various needs of our clients.”

Real estate properties in the Philippines were also cited in the highly esteemed regional competition. Arthaland’s Arya Residences was named the Best Residential High-Rise Development while Zuellig Building was a Highly Commended Office Development.

KMC wins the IPA three years in a row

A consistent contender in the Asia Pacific Property Awards, KMC MAG Group has achieved top recognitions three years in a row. For 2013-2014, the company received the Philippines’ Best Real Estate Agency award and had been cited as a Highly Commended Real Estate Agency Website. For 2012-2013, it was touted as a Highly Commended Real Estate Agency in the Philippines. These awards have placed KMC MAG Group among the top real estate service providers in the country.

Highly acclaimed International Property Awards are given to the best real estate professionals and companies as a mark of excellence in the industry. The judging panel includes revered industry leaders and experts from around the globe. Residential and commercial property professionals and firms can participate in various award categories per region. Regional 5-star winners from Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK, and the USA get the chance to complete at international level.

Asia Pacific to aim for the ‘World’s Best’

Asia Pacific holds the best record among regions competing in the World’s Best Property Awards. It has won a total of 13 World’s Best in 2012 and has managed to break its record with 18 international awards in 2013. The region is aiming for the same level of success in the International Property Awards this year, aspiring for the most number of wins.

Asia Pacific representatives have been selected from its 5-star winners for each of the 47 categories. They will be pitted against top regional contenders in Africa, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK, and the USA. Winners of the World’s Best Property Awards will be formally announced in an illustrious awarding ceremony in Dubai this December.

About KMC MAG Group

KMC MAG Group, Inc. is an award winning real estate services firm headquartered in Bonifacio Global City, the fastest growing business district in Metro Manila. It is an international associate of Savills, one of the leading real estate firms in the world.

With over 100 employees involved directly in transactions for office, investments, retail, industrial & hotel locators, as well as residential properties, KMC is a full-service real estate firm and is widely recognized as a Best in Class Real Estate Agency in the Philippines. With services ranging from tenant representation, investments to property management, KMC MAG Group has successfully become the top local firm in the Philippine real estate services industry. For more information on the company, please visit

About Savills

Savills is a leading global real estate service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange. The company, established in 1855, has a rich heritage with unrivaled growth, with over 500 offices and associates throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. Savills’ unique combination of sector knowledge and entrepreneurial flair gives clients access to real estate expertise of the highest caliber. Savills is synonymous with high-quality service and premium brand, as it takes a long-term approach in real estate and invests in strategic relationships. For more information on the company, please visit

For more information about this release, please contact:

Yves Luethi, Vice President
KMC MAG Group, Inc.
Tel: +63-2-403-5519
Source: KMC MAG Group, Inc.

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May 31, 2014 at 11:34 pm

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Long Term Palm Oil Yield Sustainability from Best Regulation Implementation

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PETALING JAYA and SELANGOR, Malaysia, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A long-term economic sustainability of any crop yield system relies on simple and best developed practices or regulation implementation.

As such, an efficient regulation system continues to be an increasing challenge for the local palm oil industry while protecting the environment, as unnecessary and duplicate regulatory burden imposes superfluous costs to business and industry.

Malaysia, the world’s second-largest palm oil producer and leading exporter, has an important role to play as it provides well for the growing demand for food and energy, while promoting economic and social development.

The local palm oil sector, being the fourth major contributor to national revenue has a total of 5.1 million hectares planted with oil palm, with 75 per cent of the plantations is privately owned, growing and harvesting oil palm is labour intensive.

However, the commodity being traded in the global oils and fats market, faces pressure exerted by many quarters over the environmental and social impacts arising from business operations.

Thus, the local industry being the world’s second largest producer, faces sustainable practice challenges in palm oil production.

Meanwhile, growers face unnecessary regulatory burden as the upstream industry is highly regulated at the federal, state and local government levels, on matters such as environment, land access, occupational safety and health, labour, as well as local government planning, construction, property taxes and licensing.

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), recognising the unnecessary regulatory burdens faced by the local upstream segment players and potential solutions to reduce the unnecessary practices, has recently released a report titled “Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business: Growing Oil Palm”, drawn on the expertise and perspectives of public and private sector stakeholders.

The report concluded overlapping regulations and poor administration are the main source of unnecessary regulatory burdens in the local palm oil industry, mainly the upstream.

Among highlighted unnecessary burdens in the report were related to workforce, taxation, foreign worker recruitment, workers housing and amenities, estate hospital attendants, and goods driving licences for foreign employees, as well as costs due to delays in obtaining approvals.

“We seek feedback from all interested parties on the accuracy of the report and the recommendations, as well as commitment from the public and private sectors, to create a strong basis to achieve consensus on removing unnecessary compliance costs and enhance regulatory consistency in the upstream segment of the palm oil industry,” MPC Director General Dato’ Mohd Razali Hussain said.

MPC is mandated to spearhead a comprehensive review of all regulations affecting the business conduct in Malaysia.

Kindly provide comment/feedback on Reducing Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Business (RURB) at For further enquiries, please contact Mr. Zahid Ismail at +603-79557266 / +603-79600173 or email

About the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), a statutory body under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to promote productivity, quality and competitiveness to the local industries, aspires to be the leading organisation in productivity enhancement for global competitiveness and innovation.
Source: Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC)

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May 31, 2014 at 11:12 pm

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Thomson Reuters Report Identifies BRIC Nations as Emerging Leaders in Global Clinical Trials Landscape

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— Despite challenges, increasing healthcare budgets and advancing markets in BRIC nations create significant opportunities for clinical trials

PHILADELPHIA, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world leader in providing intelligent information to businesses and professionals, today announced the release of Overcoming Clinical Challenges in BRIC Markets, a report exploring the benefits and challenges of conducting clinical trials in the pharmaceutical markets of the BRIC nations: Brazil, Russia, India and China.

The recent study utilized Cortellis™ Clinical Trials Intelligence, a unique platform that integrates content from multiple sources to assess the clinical trial landscape. It found that while increased regulations, evolving clinical standards, and complex pipelines have driven some sponsors out of the BRIC nations, a rise in rank for each country is expected over the next four years, indicating blossoming healthcare budgets and markets that are ripe with opportunities for development.

“Each BRIC nation faces its own challenges as an attractive market for clinical trials, but each also has its own unique landscape and reward,” said Jon Brett-Harris, managing director, Thomson Reuters Life Sciences.

In Brazil, the rapidly changing clinical landscape and complexity and lengthiness of approval and import processes have been cited as the biggest drawbacks. The multiple reviews required for placebo trials and the associated timelines and cost have also discouraged global sponsors. Meanwhile, Russia and India face similar challenges. Regulations in both countries are being enacted faster than foreign pharmaceutical companies can keep up. The upheaval of the healthcare system and tumultuous landscape in Russia are seen as additional barriers.

China is the only BRIC country that has experienced an increase in the number of clinical trials initiated each year. Nevertheless, foreign sponsors continue to face challenges that limit their cost savings in the drug development process.

Despite these issues, the benefits of performing clinical trials in BRIC countries are numerous. A pool of almost three billion patients in research-rich centers across major cities leads to fast recruitment and cost-effective trials. Additionally, increased spending on healthcare and R&D fostered a growing number of educated and trained health professionals as well as investigational-medicine product manufacturers and central laboratories.

“Industry leaders need to be fully informed of market trends and insights when making strategic decisions,” Brett-Harris said. “This comprehensive report provides a greater understanding of the global landscape, particularly in nations that continue to emerge as players in the field.”

Learn more about Cortellis Clinical Trials Intelligence.

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May 31, 2014 at 11:04 pm

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