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Program Announced for World’s Foremost Residence and Citizenship Forum

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PRNewswire/ — The world’s most respected experts in the field of residence and citizenship planning will come together at the Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich on 5-6 May 2015 for The Henley & Partners Forum 2015.


Designed to shine the spotlight on key developments in field, the Forum’s program includes addresses from, and panel discussions with, top tier international service providers and senior government officials such as the The Hon. Dr.Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta. It fittingly culminates in a gala dinner with a short address by Professor Dr. h.c. mult. Claude Nicollier, the Swiss former ESA Astronaut on Space Shuttle Missions, who will speak on his experiences and thoughts on Global Citizenship.

Says Eric Major, CEO of Henley & Partners, the industry pioneers hosting the Forum: “As the field of residence and citizenship planning is expanding at a rapid pace, it is becoming increasingly important to stay abreast of trends and changes. More importantly perhaps, is building a trusted network with the leading lights in the industry. This is what we have endeavored to create with our events, a platform to do just that.”

Attendees will hear first-hand from the world’s most respected professionals in the field and the government representatives and thought leaders that really matter, and meet senior government officials of relevant countries from around the world.

Key Speakers include:

  • The Hon. Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
  • The Hon. Vance Amory, Premier of Nevis
  • T. Alexander Aleinikoff, UNHCR Deputy High Commissioner
  • Judith Gold, Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C.
  • Graham Zebedee, Head of Border Security, Home Office, Government of the United Kingdom
  • Marianne Nufer, Head of Tax Department, Canton of Obwalden, Switzerland
  • Tim Mohr, Principal, BDO Consulting, New York
  • Bruno L’ecuyer, CEO, Investment Migration Council, Geneva

Program Highlights:

  • The Malta Individual Investor Program: Setting a New Global Standard
  • The Concept of Citizenship in the 21st Century
  • Global Exchange of Information and Privacy Rights
  • Wealth Planning for the Russian Global Citizen
  • Luxury Property and Citizenship: Antigua, Nevis, St. Kitts

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the Switzerland Business & Investment Handbook and the new Global Residence and Citizenship Programs 2015 report.

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About Henley & Partners

Henley & Partners is the global leader in residence and citizenship planning. Each year, hundreds of wealthy individuals, families and their advisors rely on their expertise and experience in this area.

The concept of residence and citizenship planning was created by Henley & Partners in the 1990s. As globalization has expanded, residence and citizenship have become topics of significant interest among the increasing number of internationally mobile entrepreneurs and investors who work with Henley & Partners.

The firm also runs a government advisory practice, and have been involved in strategic consulting and the design, set-up and operation of several of the world’s most successful residence and citizenship programs which attracted have more than USD 4 billion in foreign direct investment to date.

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Source: Henley & Partners

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March 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm

On 14-16 October the Third Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations” and the Open Innovations Expo Took Place

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MOSCOW, Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

More than 15,000 participants from 70 countries from all over the world gathered in Moscow to see cutting-edge technological achievements, discuss creative disruption of markets and search for promising models of leadership in the 21st century.

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The III Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations” and the Open Innovations Expo in 2014 were organized by Russia in partnership with the People’s Republic of China. On 14 October the heads of governments of the two countries held a plenary session -“The Emerging Global Innovation Map: Closing the Gap Between Countries”. International cooperation was also discussed during the event “Innovation Dialogue: Partners’ Interaction Over Innovation Policy”. A special research project “Developing the technology market: perspectives for Russia” prepared by EY and devoted to the main trends of global market development and innovative technologies and their impact on the Russian business environment was presented during the second day’s plenary session “When knowledge and technology converge: enabling cross-industry innovation”.

The business program of the Forum and Exhibition 2014 contained more than 160 events: discussions, round tables, lectures, workshops, presentations, as well as signing agreements between companies, universities, foundations, and other parts of the innovation ecosystem.

The popularity of the “Open Innovations” Forum and Expo is rising every year: there were 286 startups represented in 2013 and over 800 from 19 countries in 2014. Participants included over 2000 representatives of small, medium and large corporate businesses, representatives of 64 regions of Russia, more than 100 Russian and foreign universities, 19 international associations, and over 900 journalists. More than 10 events of the Forum’s business program were held with the participation of federal ministers and their deputies.

13000 square metres were dedicated to the Open Innovations Expo in Technopolis Moscow, where 490 companies from 15 countries were represented in 84 stands. More than 50 events took place in open presentation zones, while 110 teams presented their projects in a special StartUp-zone. The Expo was also the main venue for the Youth Program of the Forum. 32 activities for young entrepreneurs and students took place in the two stages of the Startup Discussion Zone.

The 4th Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations” and the Open Innovations Expo will take place in October 2015.


Source: Moscow International Forum for Innovative Development “Open Innovations”

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October 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Tagit’s First Aggregated mBanking Service Launched With Smartlink in Vietnam

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Collaboration with largest payment switch operator will benefit 51 banks in Vietnam and millions of mobile users
SINGAPORE/PRNewswire/ — Tagit, a leading Singapore-based mobile banking solutions company, today announced the launch of the first aggregated mobile banking service by leading Vietnamese payment switch operator, Smartlink.
Over 40 million domestic bankcard holders and 120 million mobile users in Vietnam are expected to benefit from Tagit’s Mobeix platform when Smartlink jointly deploys mobile services with the network’s growing base of member banks across Vietnam. Tagit’s collaboration with Smartlink will set the trend in Vietnam’s mobile payment space, opening up new growth opportunities for the mobile payments ecosystem in this market.
The new aggregated service business model from Tagit allows payment networks to deploy robust, scalable and secure mobile solutions, enabling member banks to offer innovative mobile services in a timely and cost-effective manner. Tagit will be adopting a usage-based model, an alternative business model from its current enterprise model that it has adopted with its banking customers.
Speaking on the collaboration and the launch of the new service in Vietnam, Mr. Navtej Singh (“Naffi”), Tagit’s President and Head of Business Development, said, “This is an important milestone for Tagit as we introduce our aggregated service, which will expand the user base on Tagit’s mobile platform and expand our presence in the region. By connecting with payment switch networks like Smartlink, Tagit’s mBanking platform will be quickly made available to all network member banks.”
Mobile penetration rate in Vietnam is estimated at 136%, according to a study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, while smartphones penetration is relatively low at 11% based on statistics from GfK Asia, leaving room for growth for smartphones and mobile services in the market. With Vietnam ranked 25th among 35 countries in the MasterCard’s Mobile Payments Readiness Index, Vietnam’s mobile payments sector is slated to flourish in coming years.
“More Vietnamese consumers are adopting the mobile lifestyle, so we’re putting mobile at the core of our strategy to ensure that we keep pace with what customers want. We are pleased to have Tagit as a partner in deploying this service in the market and providing a stable and secured platform that will enable our member banks and end customers the ease of making transactions and bill payments on their mobile devices,” said Mr. Nguyen Đăng Hùng, Deputy CEO of Business Development and Technology at Smartlink.
The first bank to launch Tagit’s mobile banking service in conjunction with Smartlink is Vietcombank, the largest member bank under the Smartlink network. The new VCB Mobile B@nking application allows customers to perform core banking transactions which include account information query, funds transfer within Vietcombank system, bill payments and top-ups for prepaid mobile services. The application will be supported by all mobile networks in Vietnam and is compatible across all operating systems, including iOS, Android, Blackberry and Java systems. Through Tagit’s platform, customers of Smartlink will also be able to connect with other players within the mCommerce ecosystem and third-party entities, such as utility companies and government agencies in Vietnam.
In collaborating with payment networks like Smartlink, Tagit stands to increase their reach in their target markets and strengthen their position as a leading mobile solutions provider. Previously, Tagit has delivered mobile banking solutions for banks including DBS Bank, Singapore and Hong Kong, CitiBank India, UOB, Standard Chartered Bank and Maybank in Asia, to MovenBank and Royal Bank of Canada in North America.
About Tagit (
Tagit is an award-winning Singapore-based mobile solutions company with a proprietary mobile banking and commerce platform which provides secure, scalable and innovative solutions for financial institutions and enterprises, to extend their web-based services to the mobile channel in a seamless and cost-efficient manner. Tagit’s proprietary mobility platform Mobeix enables rapid mobilization of banks and enterprises, payment switches and aggregators to deliver transactions with high security and scalability. Tagit is the Winner of the “Emerging Enterprise Award 2012” and has the distinction of being recognised as a “Singapore SME 1000” company based on its outstanding financial performance.
It has an impressive list of marquee bank customers in 10 countries across Asia, Middle-East, and N. America.
About Smartlink (
Smartlink Card Service Joint Stock Company was founded by Vietcombank and 15 other banks. Smartlink operates an information processing system connecting to 51 banks and financial institutions, airlines, telecommunications, insurance and nearly 100 enterprises operating in the field of e-commerce in Vietnam. Smartlink supplies products and utility payment services on ATM, POS electronic transaction channels, mobile phones and the internet; connecting a network of nearly 16,000 ATMs and 77,000 POS (POS); and accepting payment for over 40 million domestic bankcard holders.
Source: Tagit

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December 24, 2012 at 10:05 am