Huawei Launched iTalent@Digital Solution to Enable National ICT Talent Development

[Singapore, 2 July 2018] Huawei launched the iTalent@Digital Solution for National Information Communications Technology (ICT) Talent Development to prepare the workforce for the digital age. Witnessed by Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centex) Malaysia, the state government of Sarawak Malaysia and other guests, Huawei provides insights on ICT talent supply and demand, national ICT competency standard and curriculum design and development to assure the talent pool build up. It addresses the up-skilling and re-skilling challenges that the industry is currently facing.

The iTalent@Digital Solution will bridge the gap of digital competency by offering industrial-oriented and practical based ICT training program. The program is conducted through learning cloud which allows the ICT professionals to upgrade themselves anywhere, anytime. Furthermore, ICT professionals who attended the program will receive a globally recognized certificate which will value-add to their career path in the industry.

“Huawei provides a customized end-to-end competence development solution to nurture talents with the right skills and know-how to support public sector and organization’s strategy and transformation. In this region, we are partnering with the state government of Sarawak Malaysia to produce a series of programs that will address the local need,”James Xu, Head of Global Learning Service, Huawei.

“The entire world, including Malaysia is focusing on digital economy, fueled by big data, cloud computing, blockchains, artificial intelligence, Internet of things, automation, robotics and more. Sarawak needs to be part of the digital economy to boost our country’s GDP,” said Sabariah Putit, Deputy State Secretary of Sarawak Malaysia.

According to Haji Syeed Mohd Hussien, Chief Executive Officer of Centexs Malaysia, “The key enablers that will drive the transformation of Sarawak’s digital economy are digital infrastructure, digital skills and talent management, research and development, innovation and entrepreneurship, big data, cyber security and digital inclusivity. This has to be a collaborative effect between the government, private business sector and the community of Sarawak, so that we can leverage from each other to leapfrog in the transformation.”

“Through the partnership with Huawei, we are launching the iTalent@Digital Solution to ensure the ICT skillset of our workforce meets the transformation,” he added.

A discussion was conducted during the session to address the three key challenges that were identified, namely the up-skilling and re-skilling of ICT talents, motivation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and facility, as well as the concern on strategy and leadership. Representatives from Singapore Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore SGTech, Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Malaysia Sarawak Multimedia Authority, Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centex) Malaysia, Hong Kong CMI, SFIA Foundation and several more influencers from the industry have shared their opinions and ideas to tackle the challenges.

The rapid update of technology and business models in the new digital era will require new roles and skillsets. Continuous training and talent development programs will boost the competency and capabilities to ensure the talent supply meets the industry demands. This event themed‘Re-skilling for the Digital Age – A Seminar on Future Talent’ was held in conjunction with one of the largest Technology Trade Show – ConnecTechAsia 2018 in Singapore.

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Big Tech, Not Fintech, Causing Greatest Disruption to Banking and Insurance Markets

  • Fintech start-ups have fallen short of their ambitions to upend the competitive landscape in finance, driving innovation but failing to capture large market share, a new World Economic Forum report finds
  • The competitive landscape in banking and insurance is being shaped increasingly by large technology firms supplying critical technology to the sector, opening the door to direct competition at a later stage
  • Meanwhile, regulatory approaches to financial innovation are diverging in the US, Europe and Asia, potentially jeopardizing the likelihood of a concerted global response in a future financial crisis

New York, USA 22 August 2017 – Financial institutions’ drive to become more “experience-driven” is opening the door to potential competition from global technology giants, according to a report published today by the World Economic Forum.

According to the report, Beyond Fintech: A Pragmatic Assessment of Disruptive Potential in Financial Services, the challenge to banks and insurers is down to large technology firms hollowing out the value proposition of these institutions by carrying out more core functions, even as banks and insurers lean ever more heavily on them to compete.

Another finding of the report, which aims to examine the impact of innovation on the financial ecosystem, is that fintech start-ups, while achieving success in terms of changing the basis for competition, have had less impact than expected in disrupting the competitive landscape.

“The partnership between banks and large tech companies risks not staying a reciprocal one,” said Jesse McWaters, lead author of the study, and Project Lead, Disruptive Innovation in Financial Services at the World Economic Forum. “Financial institutions increasingly rely on technology firms for their most strategically sensitive capabilities, but can so far only offer their ongoing business in return.”

The report draws on interviews and workshops with hundreds of financial and technology experts. It highlights cloud computing, customer-facing artificial intelligence and “big data” customer analytics as three capabilities that are becoming critical to the competitive differentiation of financial institutions. All three are domains where technology giants like Amazon, Google and Facebook have far deeper experience than their financial services counterparts and where scale effects will make it difficult for financial institutions to catch up. As a result, many banks and insurers are turning to technology firms to provide these core functions.

Examples include:

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides services to dozens of finance companies, including Aon, Capital One, Carlyle, Nasdaq, Pacific Life and Stripe
  • Brazil’s Banco Bradesco Facebook app, which allows customers to conduct day-to-day banking from Facebook, relying on the social network’s customer data analytics to target users
  • Capital One and Liberty Mutual’s “Alexa” solution (a voice-activated personal assistant), which allows customers to check balances, pay bills and track spending through these devices

While these partnerships can accelerate innovation, the report points out that they also pose a risk should large technology players choose to enter financial services in direct competition with retail banks and insurers.

“Tech giants would be able to pick and choose their points of entry into financial services; maximizing their strengths like rich datasets and strong brands, while taking advantage of incumbent institutions’ dependence on them,” said McWaters. As a result, financial institutions will likely need to walk a challenging line between capitalizing on the services of large technology players and becoming dependent on them.

For customers, the entry of large technology firms into financial services could mean entrusting both their financial and non-financial data to the same company. For policy-makers it would raise serious questions about how best to avoid both anticompetitive behaviour and the inappropriate use of personal data in decision-making.

The findings suggest a move away from a focus on the potential competitive threat of high-tech financial services start-ups, typically called “fintechs”. Much research, including the World Economic Forum’s 2015 report on The Future of Financial Services, suggested that “niche” fintechs could stage a broader disruption of the financial system. But, while they have deeply influenced the direction of innovation in the industry, there are growing doubts about their ability to directly challenge incumbent financial institutions.

“Fintechs have changed the basis of competition in financial services, but not the competitive landscape” said Rob Galaski, Partner, Americas FSI Regional Leader, Deloitte Canada, and co-author of the report. “Fintechs now define the tempo and direction of innovation in financial services, but high customer switching costs and the rapid response of incumbents has challenged their ability to scale”.

Robo-advisers, which provide automated investment advice to customers at low fees, provide an instructive example of incumbents responding to fintech. Early innovators like Betterment and Wealthfront have shown significant growth, with assets under management of $6.7 billion and $4.4 billion, respectively, at the end of 2016. However, they have been dwarfed by incumbents that have created their own robo-advisory offerings, such as the Vanguard Advisor platform, which had $47 billion in assets under management as of the end of 2016.

“The ability to be a fast follower has proven more important than being first for large financial institutions,” said Galaski. “Agile incumbents have used the fintech ecosystem as a supermarket for capabilities, making the ability to nurture and rapidly form partnerships a critical ingredient to banks’ competitive success.”

Another of the report’s findings notes the emergence of distinct financial systems in China, Europe and the United States, raising concerns for international regulatory coordination. The report observed that, in China, large technology companies like Ant Financial (a subsidiary of Alibaba) and Tencent (the parent company of WeChat) have emerged as leading providers of a range of financial services – a striking departure from the traditional bank-led model dominant in the United States. Meanwhile in Europe, the forthcoming enactment of the Second Payment Services Directive (more commonly called PSDII) is expected to open up banks’ customer data, creating an environment of more active competition between incumbents and new entrants.

“Technology is not driving a global convergence in customer experience, instead divergent customer demand and regulatory priorities are creating distinctly regionalized financial ecosystems” said Bob Contri, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP (US); Deloitte Global Financial Services Industry Leader, and an adviser to the report. “This could pose a serious challenge to regulatory coordination, as regulators struggle to understand the disparate impact of global regulations on each region”.

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SINGAPORE, May 23, 2017 – Huawei Technologies announced collaboration and partnerships with 20 key industry peers at this year’s Huawei eco-Connect conference, held in conjunction with CommunicAsia 2017.

The series of partnerships, announced over the course of the three-day trade conference from 23 to 25 May at Sands Expo & Convention Center, Singapore, reinforced Huawei’s continued stronghold of the cloud ecosystem in the Southern ASEAN and Oceania region. The partnerships also demonstrate Huawei’s commitment to empower its cloud partners and build synergies that will: (1) support the growth of the cloud ecosystem; (2) enable more businesses of all sizes and industries to tap on the opportunities of cloud technologies; and (3) accelerate the region’s digital economy transformation.

Mr Lim Chee Siong, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Huawei Southern Pacific Region, said, “The role information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure play as the catalyst for socioeconomic growth has never been more prominent and critical. In fact, the recently released Global Connectivity Index 2017 demonstrated that for every additional US$1 of infrastructure investment in information and communications technology (ICT), it will create a return of US$3 in the current GDP and a potential return of US$5 in GDP in 2025. This equates to an accumulative US$17.6 trillion in GDP that will boost global economic growth in 2025.”

Lim added, “ASEAN demonstrates great potential for an intelligent, connected future – one that harnesses the full spectrum of benefits that future technologies such as Internet of Things has to offer to governments, businesses and consumers. From Huawei’s perspective, the region represents a collective of key growth markets that are strategic to our business and vision to build a connected future for all.”

Huawei currently offers its Cloud Platform to enable customers to build new business models and increase revenue streams in the digital age. Huawei also identifies growth opportunities, and hence the emphasis, on IoT-as-a-Service where telecommunications operators and industry partners will be equipped with a holistic approach to IoT services. Other areas for growth identified by Huawei include Video Cloud hosting services for entertainment, gaming, education and business.

To drive innovation and glocalisation of technology services in Singapore, Huawei also recently invested and established a Customer Solution Innovation & Integration Experience Center (CSIC), OpenLab, and jointly introduced the i5Lab with NUS Enterprise. The collaboration aims to cater to the industry’s needs for incubation of innovative ideas, training, research support, funding, testing and certification in the region.

Huawei continues to develop industry alliances and partnerships with businesses, open source communities, as well as developer platforms to unleash greater potential for innovation, as well as promoting the growth and sustainability of the ecosystem. Existing partners such as SAP, i5Lab, Ascent, Itron, Fusionex, Redtone and more form the growing line of collaborators who share expertise, solutions and networks to realise the region’s connected future ambition.

To enable the development of an open, conducive platform where the innovation ecosystem players can engage, learn, share best practices, and grow business match-making opportunities, Huawei will be organizing a series of insights-driven platforms such as an IoT Ecosystem Forum, Asia Pacific Telco Content Forum, Singapore Channel Partner Summit, and Smart City Roundtable that gather all key stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem ranging from governments to regulators, operators, developers and content providers.

Extending the experience to the CommunicAsia Expo, Huawei and its partners will showcase at its booth cloud applications in business and consumer-simulated environments, as well as the latest IoT innovation in sectors such as utilities, energy, transportation, public safety and infrastructure, as well as waste and drainage management.


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Smart Future Technologies on Display at CommunicAsia, EnterpriseIT and BroadcastAsia 2017


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Record participation by maritime & naval forces, and strongest industry support to-date highlight growing regional maritime security and defence agenda

Changi Exhibition Centre

Imdex Asia 2017

SINGAPORE, 15 May 2017 – Global stakeholders have converged at the biggest ever IMDEX Asia to discuss ways to ensure maritime and naval security & defence in the Asia-Pacific region. The 11th edition of IMDEX Asia is being held this year in conjunction with the Republic of Singapore Navy’s 50th anniversary celebrations (RSN50), and will take place from 16 to 18 May 2017 in Singapore at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

Biggest Participation by Maritime Defence and Naval Forces

Participation by high-level delegations and representatives from global maritime defence and naval forces at IMDEX Asia is at an all-time high. IMDEX Asia 2017 will host a record number of Chiefs of Navy, Vice-Chiefs and Directors-General of Coast Guard, as well as representatives from navies and Coast Guards from over 40 countries.

Visitors and attendees will have the rare opportunity to get up close with the largest ever gathering of 28 foreign warships from 20 navies at IMDEX Asia 2017. In addition, vessels from the Republic of Singapore Navy including the first-of-class Littoral Mission Vessel – the RSS Independence, will be on full view at the IMDEX Asia 2017 Warships Display. (Please refer to Annex A for the full list of participating warships.)

Strongest Industry Support To-Date

IMDEX Asia 2017 also features the largest ever exhibition in the show’s history featuring 230 participating companies from 29 countries, including increased participation by both returning and new exhibitors from countries like France, Germany, Israel and Italy among others.

  • The China Pavilion with representation by Zhuhai Prefecture, is making its debut this year, while the India Pavilion, which made its debut in 2015, is returning to IMDEX Asia by taking up twice as much space as before.
  • Our exhibitors span a wide spectrum from traditional sectors like shipbuilding, armaments and propulsion systems, to emerging technologies including maritime cybersecurity, unmanned systems, imaging and simulation.
  • They include new exhibitors such as Asia Security Technologies, Baglietto Navy, CAE, Controp Precision Technologies, Ferretti Security & Defence, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Intermarine, IMI Systems, Jeumont Electric, Larsen & Toubro, Marine Commerce, MTech Imaging, Nova Systems, Orbit Communication Systems, Parsh Marine and Tractors Singapore.
  • Returning exhibitors including Austal, Damen, DCNS, Israel Aerospace Industries, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, L3 Technologies, Privinvest Shipbuilding Group, Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Rheinmetall, Saab, ST Engineering, Thales, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Wartsila will also be at the show.

“IMDEX Asia has grown into a key global platform for facilitating the vital discussions that not only address the rising wave of opportunities and challenges in the Asia-Pacific, but also focus on the critical need for regional maritime and naval security & defence cooperation,” said Mr Leck Chet Lam, managing director, Experia Events, organiser of IMDEX Asia 2017. “The strong support and participation from the industry and navies resulting in the biggest IMDEX Asia this year will continue to motivate us as we evolve IMDEX Asia to further enable stakeholders and key industry players from across the spectrum to collaborate on achieving maritime stability and security in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Facilitating discussions around the regional maritime security and defence agenda

Maritime trade and commerce in Asia-Pacific is growing rapidly, with more than 50 percent of global container traffic, and about US$5 trillion of global ship-borne trade passing through the region every year. At the same time, incidents of piracy increased by nearly 30 percent in the region from 2010 to 2014, even as total worldwide incidents declined by 45 percent over the same period1.

The increasing need to safeguard and ensure the continuity of maritime growth is giving rise to an increase in defence spending. Naval budgets are projected to increase by 60 percent through 2020, with nineteen Asia-Pacific countries accounting for nearly one-third of global defence budgets, and more than one-third of all active-duty military personnel1.

All of these developments underscore the expanding role of neutral platforms like IMDEX Asia in facilitating key discussions around the regional maritime security and defence agenda. The two IMDEX Asia strategic conferences will gather leading experts and academia from around the world to discuss issues related to maritime security and present the latest technologies on naval platform design and developments.

  • The fifth International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC 2017) brings together Chiefs of Navy and Directors-General of Coast Guard from around the world for high-level discussions on “Safe and Secure Seas: A Vision for a Maritime Region”. It will focus on the development of a cooperative security approach to create critical capabilities that will enhance the safety of our complex maritime landscape.
  • The third Asian edition of the prestigious International Naval Engineering Conference, INEC@IMDEX Asia 2017, seeks to generate high level exchanges and discussions around the theme of “Robust Designs, Flexible Capabilities”, to address key challenges faced by the naval engineering industry. An additional highlight for INEC@IMDEX Asia 2017 is the exclusive tour to the RSS Independence for this year’s conference delegates.
  • The Technology Seminars offer exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their latest and most innovative technologies as well as provide in-depth understanding of the design and technological considerations of the products being showcased. Visitors can take advantage of the chance to exchange ideas with the presenters.

In addition to the above, IMDEX Asia 2017 will also host its first Commercial Maritime Cyber Security Forum on 18 May. The session will bring high-profile naval and maritime industry players to discuss the modern maritime threat landscape and the vulnerability of valued vessels to cyber-attacks.

“The Republic of Singapore Navy is glad to again co-organise IMDEX Asia 2017 with Experia Events. IMDEX Asia has grown from strength to strength over the years. Besides the gathering of a large number of trade exhibitors, the event also brings together like-minded navies and maritime enforcement agencies to discuss and build practical cooperation towards enhancing maritime security and a rules-based maritime order at sea.” Said Colonel (COL) Ong Chee Wei, Commander First Flotilla / Commanding Officer Missile Corvette Squadron, Republic of Singapore Navy.

Organised by Experia Events, IMDEX Asia is supported by the Republic of Singapore Navy, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau.

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Inaugural Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia 2017 Established as the Region’s Key Touchstone Events for the Industry


The success of the first Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia saw the participation of key industry leaders and quality discussions

SINGAPORE, 25 April 2017 –The inaugural editions of Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia, held from 18 to 20 April 2017, received very strong reception and participation from the breadth of leading industry companies and experts, regulators, top executives and academics, establishing them as key touchstone events for the industry.

The inaugural editions hosted over 3,000 trade attendees from 52 countries, of which 24 percent attendees were from overseas. The attendees engaged in high-quality discussions on industry challenges, showcased innovative solutions, and forged strategic partnerships to unlock and drive the industry’s growth potential in the region.

“Home to Singapore Airshow, Asia’s largest aerospace and defence event, and now to Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia, Singapore has established its leading position in providing key strategic platforms for the global fixed wing, rotary wing and unmanned systems industry participants to converge, forge partnerships and tap into the region’s growth potential,” said Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director, Experia Events. “We are very encouraged by the positive response to the inaugural events and the fact that industry players are looking at Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia as must-attend events with its offering of business collaborations, industry knowledge and networking opportunities. We will continue to have a pulse on the industry and bring more exciting dimensions to the future editions.”

“We are very thrilled to see that the attendance at the Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia 2017 is concentrated around the innovations in the industry, especially as both industries start to converge. Participating at the events as founding sponsors reaffirms our commitment to the industries in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region,” said Christophe Nurit, Regional Executive Asia Pacific, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company.

Contributing to the vibrancy of Singapore’s Aviation Landscape

The robust networking and business opportunities that the inaugural Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia have provided for the Asia-Pacific region and beyond make it a critical part of the ecosystem of Singapore’s aviation and aerospace industry, contributing to the long-term sustainability of the industry and opening doors to key markets for local and global companies alike.

“Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia are very targeted events that have allowed us the opportunity to interact with a myriad of audience who represent the industry’s entire ecosystem,” said Lu Weiyao, Co-Founder and Technical Director, Flare Dynamics Pte Ltd. “The level of exposure that we have attained by participating in the events have gone through the roof and we are certain that from the leads generated at the events, we will be able to expand our network further.”

Additionally, networking programmes such as the VIP Buyers Programme facilitated strategic meetings with public sector representatives from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Brunei as well as leading industry players such as BP, Shell Aviation, PT Derazona Air Service, Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, PhilJets Group, Thai Helicopter Services, Waypoint Leasing among others.

“Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia have established a unique platform for us to meet with high-level executives and manufacturers as well as learn more about the industry trends and forecasts for the region,” said Thierry Tea, CEO, PhilJets Group. “As we continue to grow and expand, the events give us an edge into this dynamic industry.”

Catalyst for Strategic Partnerships Across the Region

Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia also saw the announcement of several significant collaborations, affirming its position as an effective strategic platform of choice for leading industry companies, solutions providers and innovators from across the industry.

Announcements made at the inaugural events include the Airbus Helicopters and SingPost partnership for drone delivery trials.The project, named “Skyways”, aims to develop an aerial drone delivery system for urban environments like Singapore. An initial trial involving transporting small packages using a drone around the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus is expected to take place in early 2018.

“It is a well-organised event. We are happy to meet various customers, partners and suppliers at this event, to share ideas and discuss opportunities to grow the market in this region. We hope to see even more participants from the various mission systems for a more sustainable showcase,” said Philippe Monteux, Head of Region, Southeast Asia & Pacific, Airbus Helicopters.

Bell Helicopter also had leveraged the events to solidify several partnerships and deliveries across key markets such as Indonesia, India and Vietnam. Tata Steel Group has purchased a second Bell 429 helicopter to support their steel production operations. Air Pacific Utama (PT APU) also signed a purchase agreement of the first Bell 407GXP and Customer Advantage Plan (CAP), the first Asia-based customer to sign for the new service solution, at Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia.

“We are pleased with the response to the first edition of the biennial Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia exhibition,” said Sameer A. Rehman, Managing Director, Bell Helicopter Asia Pacific. “We were able to celebrate multiple successes during the exhibition as well as showcase our emerging product technologies and share our vision for the future of rotorcraft.”

Rotorcraft Asia 2017 and Unmanned Systems Asia 2017 are organised by Experia Events with the support of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, International Enterprise Singapore, the Ministry of Transport, Singapore, the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau.

The second edition of Rotorcraft Asia and Unmanned Systems Asia, held from 16 to 18 April 2019 at Changi Exhibition Centre, will continue to demonstrate industry relevance to exhibitors and visitors by anticipating market trends, introducing new features as well as offering exhibitors the opportunity to present their latest and most innovative technologies to potential buyers.

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The Asian Tourism Century is Arriving as Japan, China, South Korea and India Boost Region’s Tourism-Friendliness

Geneva, April 6 2017 – Spain, France and Germany continue to top the travel and tourism rankings in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017, released today, but Asia steals the show as the region’s largest economies show the greatest rise in tourism-friendliness. The report ranks 136 countries across 14 separate dimensions, revealing how well countries could deliver sustainable economic and societal benefits through their travel and tourism sector.

Apart from the ranking, the report also shows how the industry is a force for good in an otherwise largely stagnant global economy. The global travel and tourism sector accounts for 10% of global GDP, grows faster than other sectors and provides one in 10 jobs. Underpinning this growth is the increasing accessibility and affordability of travel, although environmental challenges remain and many countries underperform in making technological strides.

The top three in the ranking – Spain, France and Germany – have secured their position thanks to world-class natural and cultural resources, outstanding infrastructure and hospitality services. Traditional strong travel and tourism destinations, including Japan (fourth), the United Kingdom (fifth), the United States (sixth, down two places), Australia (seventh), Italy (eighth), Canada (ninth) and Switzerland (10th), have also made it in the top 10. Switzerland, however, made a steep fall from sixth to 10th place, while Japan (fourth, up five) gained most places.


While advanced economies still hold the top spots in the ranking, 12 of the top 15 most improved countries are emerging markets, with Asia’s as exponents. Asia’s largest markets are not only becoming larger source markets but also more attractive destinations. Almost all of the region’s countries improved their ranking. Except for Japan, Hong Kong (11th, up two), China (15th, up two), Republic of Korea (19th, up 10) and Malaysia (26th) also made it to the top 30, while India made the largest leap in the top 50 (up 12 places) to land in 40th place.

“The rise of Asia’s giants shows that the Asian Tourism Century is becoming a reality,” said Tiffany Misrahi, Community Lead of the Aviation, Travel and Tourism Industries, World Economic Forum. “To reach their potential, the majority of countries still have more to do, from enhancing security, promoting their cultural heritage, building their infrastructure and creating stronger visa policies.”

The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 finds that the increasingly protectionist global context, one that is hindering global trade, is not holding back international travel. Travel and tourism’s resilience is clear as the industry continues to build bridges between people and stronger visa policies are being developed to enhance security while facilitating travel. In light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, evidence suggests that, connectivity has increasingly become a must-have for countries as they develop their digital strategy.

“The increasing importance of demand from emerging markets and technology are changing the travel and tourism sector’s landscape at a fast rate,” said Roberto Crotti, Economist, World Economic Forum. “The capacity of countries to respond to and embrace these structural shifts will determine the future success of destinations.”

The report contains detailed country profiles for the 136 economies featured in the study, including a comprehensive summary of their overall positions in the index and a guide to the most prominent travel and tourism competitive advantages and disadvantages of each. Also included is an extensive section of data tables that cover each indicator used in the index’s computation.

The World Economic Forum produced the report in collaboration with its data partners Bloom Consulting, Deloitte, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). 

The launch of the report will happen today live from Buenos Aires at 12:15 PM EST. More than 1,000 participants are taking part in the 12th World Economic Forum on Latin America in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 5 to 7 April 2017. The theme of the meeting is “Fostering Development and Entrepreneurship in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

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World Economic Forum San Francisco Center Opens, Aims to Spread Tech Benefits


  • The World Economic Forum today opens the doors of its Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at the Presidio in San Francisco, with Mayor Lee of San Francisco and Governor Inslee of Washington in attendance
  • The Center will convene start-ups, venture capitalists, the world’s leading companies, experts, academics, NGOs and governments to discuss how science and technology policies can benefit all in society
  • Among the opening’s more than 120 participants from a dozen countries are start-up founders, the CEOs of Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente, IDEO and Turkcell, and the presidents of five top global research universities

San Francisco, 24 March 2017  – The World Economic Forum on Friday opens the doors of its new San Francisco-based Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Its mission is to accelerate the deployment of technology and science for positive impact on individuals and society, while minimizing their downside risks. A plenary address by Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco and Governor Jay R. Inslee of Washington will mark the opening of the Center.

The latest developments in science and technology can see companies introducing innovations that make conventional regulations obsolete and break down boundaries and frameworks, creating unintended societal consequences.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is reshaping industries, challenging existing regulatory frameworks and redefining what it means to be a human,” said Murat Sönmez, Member of the World Economic Forum Managing Board and Head of the new Center, ahead of the opening. “We need to urgently develop policy norms and frameworks and apply these innovations to ensure their benefits affect us all. This is the purpose of the Center and its work starts today.”

Among the topics the Center will address are the jobs of the future, artificial intelligence and ethics, Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), cross-border data flows, civil drones, autonomous vehicles and the environmental commons.

“San Francisco has a long history of celebrating innovation and this Center will be another tool to foster that pioneering spirit,” said Mayor Lee. “The presence of the World Economic Forum in our city will help accelerate innovative science and technology policies, and ensure that they leave a positive lasting impact on our society.”

To achieve its goals, the Center will convene governments, academics, NGOs and other stakeholders from around the world in its San Francisco offices, alongside the world’s most innovative start-ups and leading companies. Over 120 such stakeholders convene at the Center on Friday, including Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland and Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, as well as start-up founders and venture capitalists, and participants from Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Turkey and the UK.

“Technology companies cannot do their work in isolation. We must be aware of the effects our innovations have on societies and the environment as a whole,” said Marc Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce. “This global Center will allow us to much better understand the impact we have on society and the positive role we can play.” Benioff will serve as the inaugural chair of the Center’s Advisory Board.

The creation of the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution was first announced in October and is capped today by the official opening of the offices at the historic Presidio of San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley, the world’s leading center for technology start-ups, innovation and investing.

The official programme starts at 08.45 Pacific Time with a plenary session which can be watched on It will be followed by a full day’s programme of workshops and discussions.

About the Center: The Center is set up by the World Economic Forum with support from its inaugural partners Salesforce, Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft, Palantir, SAP, Huawei, IDEO, Reliance Industries and Turkcell among others. The Center can host meetings for over 120 people and has initial capacity to grow to up to 80 staff.

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New Partnership Aims to Boost China’s Environmental Policies and Circular Economy


  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between World Economic Forum and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) – a high level advisory body to the Chinese government
  • Collaboration will focus on how circular and sharing-economy models can create a more resource-efficient society in China
  • MoU comes as China sets ambitious targets to reduce waste and tackle carbon emissions

Geneva, Switzerland, 17 February 2017 – The World Economic Forum has signed an agreement to boost multi-stakeholder cooperation on environmental policy with the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development, an influential advisory body to China’s State Council. The CCICED includes Chinese and international experts.

The MoU comes shortly after Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, stressed the importance of the UN Paris Climate Agreement in his keynote address at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos as “a hard-won achievement that is in keeping with the underlying trend of global development.”

The collaboration will explore how circular and sharing-economy models can create a more resource-efficient society in China, and will also focus on other areas including oceans, the potential of new technologies for the environment, and climate change. An early output will involve research using anonymized data from sharing-economy companies and the analytical support of the MIT Senseable Cities Lab.

China has ambitious plans to reduce waste and tackle carbon emissions. Its government has promoted the recirculation of waste materials through targets, policies, financial measures and legislation. The goal is a “circular economy”, which includes closing industrial loops to turn outputs from one manufacturer into inputs for another and reducing the consumption of virgin materials and the generation of waste.

“In the past decade, China has made important progress in both the theory and practice of the circular economy, bringing environmental and economic benefits to key industries. For instance, with an annual output of over 2 trillion yuan, the resource recycling industry is growing by 15% annually and employs more than 30 million people. The application of big data and a new round of technological revolution will deepen regional and international cooperation in circular economy, and facilitate the realization of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals,” said Fang Li, Assistant Secretary-General of CCICED Secretariat, and Deputy Director-General of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Office at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, People’s Republic of China.

“China is pursuing the world’s largest public-private renewable energy and green-infrastructure investment programme and is also committed to accelerating the circular and sharing economy, driven by technology and business-model innovation to promote mass innovation and entrepreneurialism and to decouple growth from resource use. Through this unprecedented collaboration, which includes harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution for the environment, we are delighted to help support China’s leadership in environment and economic transformation,” said Dominic Waughray, Head of Public-Private Partnership and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.

“This collaboration shows China’s commitment to exploring new economic models for sustainable and inclusive growth. We believe that our joint work will yield important case studies and policy recommendations for leaders. We hope that this partnership can serve as a role model for collaboration with other thought leaders in China who are committed to improving the state of the world,” said David Aikman, Chief Representative Officer, China, and Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum.

The collaboration will form part of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy, a global project with regional hubs in China, Africa, North America, Latin America and Europe. The platform is chaired by Frans van Houten, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Philips, Netherlands; Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, USA; and Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi. It is hosted by the World Economic Forum with support from Accenture Strategy.

The agreement was signed at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 by Fang, Aikman and Waughray, and It was witnessed by Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada, and International Executive Vice-Chair of the CCICED, who added: “China can play an important role in accelerating the shift to a clean-growth economy. I am very pleased to see the Council build on its accomplishments by joining this new partnership.”

A key collaborator in the World Economic Forum’s circular economy initiative is the Ellen MacArthur FoundationDame Ellen MacArthur, its founder said: “In 2009, China was the first country to adopt circular-economy legislation, clearly recognizing the need to address the gap between anticipated economic demand and the supply of finite resources. Today’s announced collaboration between the Chinese government and the World Economic Forum, which is committed to accelerating the transition to a circular economy, sends a very strong signal of the importance of this topic and its take-up globally.”

Accenture Strategy is pleased to see this MoU signed for the Chinese Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy. We look forward to assisting the work of the hub on transforming consumption patterns through sharing and circular models, and to helping enable mass entrepreneurship and innovation,” said PeterLacy, Global Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, Accenture, United Kingdom.


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International Olympic Committee Press Release View this press release online December 15, 2016 IOC, USOC and NBCUniversal Announce Olympic Channel Partnership in the United States

New Linear Olympic Channel in the U.S. Devoted to Olympic Sports, Athletes and Stories to Launch in Second Half of 2017

Partnership Includes Significant Commitment of Olympic Sports Programming Hours on NBC & NBCSN

In a ground-breaking collaboration to connect fans to the Olympic Movement all year round, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and NBCUniversal have created a comprehensive Olympic Channel content and distribution partnership in the United States, all three parties announced today.

During the second half of 2017, the partnership will launch a new U.S. television network under the “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” brand that will offer fans year-round Olympic-sport programming from around the world, with an emphasis on their favourite American athletes and teams. The new partnership complements the Olympic Channel, which launched as a worldwide digital platform following the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Additional details about the launch of the new linear cable channel will be provided at a later date.

Along with the Channel, the partnership also brings additional coverage of Olympic sports programmes that will appear exclusively on other NBCU platforms – including NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Digital outlets. The first such coverage begins this Saturday, 17 December, with the Team USA Winter Champions Series.

The three organisations will collaborate to produce and distribute Olympic sports and Olympic-themed programming on a year-round basis between the Games, providing continuity that reflects the idea that, even though the Olympic flame is extinguished at the end of each edition of Games, the athletes’ own compelling stories and journeys continue.

The collaborative programming will emphasise live events from a broad portfolio of summer and winter Olympic sports. It will also include Olympic-themed original content produced by all three parties, such as original programmes produced by filmmakers from around the world commissioned by the global Olympic Channel; rich archival footage from the IOC and NBCU’s library of Olympic features and documentaries; and original Team USA programming contributed by the USOC.

“Through this exciting new partnership with the USOC and NBCUniversal, we will ensure that U.S. audiences are more closely connected with the Olympic Movement through a more personalised experience,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the Olympic Channel. “The evolution of the Olympic Channel in the United States is a significant milestone as we expand our distribution options across the globe in conjunction with our broadcast and National Olympic Committee partners. Placing a spotlight on Olympic sports outside the Games themselves will ultimately bring them more deserved attention and help them grow.”

“The launch of the ‘Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA’ partnership marks an exciting opportunity to promote and celebrate Olympic and Paralympic sport year-round,” said Scott Blackmun, USOC CEO. “Additionally, launching in conjunction with the inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series broadcast is a great way to serve the fastest-growing fan base in American sports.”

“This is wonderful news for fans of Olympic athletes and Olympic sports, and we’re proud to partner with the IOC and USOC to bring the vision of the Olympic Channel to life in the United States,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “The Olympic Channel partnership will provide multiple, year-round platforms to highlight the incredible achievements and inspiring stories of Olympic athletes and the Olympic values they represent, including a full-time home for Olympic sports when we launch the new linear channel in 2017.”

Following the launch of the global digital product and in partnership with rights-holding broadcast partners and National Olympic Committees, the Olympic Channel is developing localised versions, which will offer region- and language-specific user experiences on linear and digital platforms in certain territories, leading to more personalised experiences for Olympic fans around the world.


About the Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone and Toyota. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at

About the USOC

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan-American and Parapan-American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements throughout the country. For more information, visit

About NBC Olympics

A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic Games coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through to 2032.

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