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Laiye and RAAS PAL Form Partnership to Drive the Industry-wide Automation

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BANGKOK, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Laiye, the leading Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform provider in Asia, and RAAS PAL, a robotics and AIoT solution provider in Thailand, announced the partnership to provide the industry-wide high-quality automation services in Thailand.

Laiye initially delivered some significant projects including Automated Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) and built the Virtual Office to drive brand engagement and boost RAAS PAL’s productivity.

Technology is completely changing the way we work. In the newly completed projects, Laiye not only automated parts of RAAS PAL’s online recruitment processes but also delivered a virtual office solution that includes many robot employees performing different tasks, like Human Resources Outsourcing, Financial Services Outsourcing, etc. Laiye aims to drive the promise of the fully automated enterprise for the most strategic companies.

"This first step in the adoption of RPA in our group processes has been extremely meaningful for us. We particularly liked the fact that we could start from small to scale. Besides the short learning curve, what touches us even more was Laiye UiBot’s services," said CEO of RAAS PAL. 

This cooperation is expected to deliver automation value to clients of all industries, with those in regulated industries such as finance, banking, manufacturing, human resource, healthcare and more. Furthermore, entrepreneurs see a lot of potential in automating the processes which bring innovative benefits to various aspects of enterprise business.

About Laiye

Founded in 2015, Laiye is a forward-looking company focused on offering automation solutions to a wide range of users from individuals to enterprises. Laiye is a pioneering company in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and artificial intelligence with more than 19-year experience. Laiye’s mission is to automate all rule-based, repetitive, high-volume digital tasks for you and your business to increase creativity and productivity.

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Consumer spending in Islamic economy sectors forecast to rebound by end-2021, market size slated to reach US$2.3 trillion by 2024

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Takeaways from the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2020/21 will be unveiled at Reimagine: Halal in Asia 2020, providing insights on capturing opportunities in the resilient Muslim market

 

  • Malaysia (#1) once again tops Global Islamic Economy Indicator for the eighth year. New entrants to the top 15 include Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria.
  • Travel worst hit while food segment fares the best; global spend on Halal food and beverage forecast to hit US$1.38 trillion by 2024.
  • Investments in Islamic economy-relevant companies totalled US$11.8 billion in 2019/20, a decline of 13 percent compared to the previous year. Indonesia (#1) and Malaysia (#2) ranked ahead in terms of investment activities, while Halal food sector expanded by 219% to $6.3 billion in total deal value.
  • 33 key signals of opportunities identified including: tokenisation of sukuks (Islamic bonds) within Islamic fintech, supply chain shifts, food security investments, nutraceutical demand, domestic tourism, and accelerated digital transformations.

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 1 December 2020 – CollabDeen and #HaveHalalWillTravel, Singapore-based Halal lifestyle digital platforms, in partnership with DinarStandard, a US-based research and advisory firm, are hosting a Southeast Asia launch of the State of the Global Islamic Economy Report (SGIE) 2020/21 at the inaugural Reimagine: Halal in Asia 2020 virtual conference on 2 and 3 December 2020. Under the theme of ‘thriving in uncertainty’, the eighth edition of the Report is supported by the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) and presents an annual update on the Islamic economy, encompassing Halal products, Islamic finance, and lifestyle sectors and services.

 

This year’s SGIE Report, produced by DinarStandard, estimates that Muslims spent US$2.02 trillion in 2019 on food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, modest fashion, travel, and media. While this spending reflects 3.2 percent year-on-year growth, Muslim spending in 2020 is forecast to contract by 8 percent due to the impact of the pandemic. However, spending, excluding travel, is forecast to rebound by end 2021, and is slated to reach US$2.3 trillion by 2024, at a cumulative annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.1 percent. Islamic finance assets are estimated to have reached US$2.88 trillion in 2019 and are estimated to remain at the same level in 2020.

 

In the Report’s Global Islamic Economy Indicator that evaluated 81 countries this year — Malaysia (#1), Saudi Arabia (#2), the United Arab Emirates (#3), Indonesia (#4), and Jordan (#5) lead the rankings. The rankings recorded improvements by Saudi Arabia and Indonesia and welcomed new entrants Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria in the top 15. The indicator measures how leading national ecosystems are best able to support the development of Islamic economy business activities.

 

Fateh Ali, Co-founder & CEO of CollabDeen, said: “Singapore’s entry in the top 15 signals both the important role and the momentum of the Islamic economy for Singapore. Singapore’s strong performance in Halal products as well as the media and travel segments are positive signs of Islamic economy’s role in economic revival post-pandemic. Singapore’s share in the over $255 billion per year global Halal trade, as highlighted in the Report, is a significant $2.4 billion, which represents 1% of the total and shows potential and room for growth. Post-pandemic,there will be a rise of disruptive technologies in the digital Islamic economy, unlike anything we have been able to do up until now.”

 

Mikhail Melvin Goh, Founder of #HaveHalalWillTravel, said: “The whole Southeast Asia region is a critical player in the global Islamic economy. In addition to market leaders like Malaysia and Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, and Brunei were prominently highlighted in the Report as well. Thailand’s #14 ranking globally in Halal products export of $6.2 billion (ahead of Malaysia) and 4.48 million estimated Muslim tourists in 2019 (ahead of Indonesia’s) is indicative of the robust regional Islamic economy ecosystem that has developed strongly over time.”

 

Following a record year in 2018/19, investments in Islamic economy-relevant companies globally slowed in 2019/20, dropping by 13 percent to US$11.8 billion. Over 54 percent of investments were within the Halal products category, while Islamic finance and Islamic lifestyle attracted 41.8 percent and 4 percent of the investments respectively. Growth figures were driven by corporate-led mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments in tech start-ups, and private equity investments.

 

Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), said: “The SGIE Report is an annual publication that has gained traction as a trusted and ready reference on the global Islamic economy, and contributes to strengthening Dubai’s position as the global capital of Islamic economy. In these uncertain times, the Islamic economy, with its ethical and transparent ecosystem, remains a pillar of strength and a guarantee for a better future. As we look ahead, the values and principles the Islamic economy is based on, coupled with the carefully identified ‘signals of opportunities’ and the clear recommendations within the Report, provide a roadmap for governments and companies to navigate challenges seamlessly, continue along their path to recovery, and stay on course for long-term prosperity.”

 

Rafi-uddin Shikoh, CEO and Managing Director of DinarStandard, said: “This year’s SGIE Report highlights the emerging opportunities that stand out amidst the repercussions of COVID-19, such as global supply chain disruptions, job losses, health services crises, and food security challenges. The 33 ‘signals of opportunities’ identified in the Report, include the tokenisation of sukuks within Islamic fintech and accelerated digital transformations across all sectors prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Other signals identified pertain to Halal products, supply chain shifts, food security investments, and nutraceutical demand.” 

 

The SGIE Report also continues to highlight Islamic economies’ social impact developments in addressing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including initiatives addressing the poverty and food security crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The SGIE Report 2020/21 has been produced in partnership with SalaamGateway.com, the largest Islamic economy news and media platform. Strategic partners of this year’s SGIE Report include The Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) and CIMB Islamic, the CIMB Group’s Islamic banking and financial services franchise.

 

Transcending religious and cultural boundaries at Reimagine: Halal in Asia 2020

With a vision of fostering peace and understanding between communities, CollabDeen and #HaveHalalWillTravel are hosting Singapore’s first-ever virtual conference on the Islamic economy from 2 – 3 December 2020. It aims to bring together industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs — regardless of faith — to learn more about engaging with Muslim consumers and building a stronger Halal ecosystem for continued growth in the region.

 

The 2-day programme features an insightful line-up of over 30 speakers from around the world to provide fresh perspectives on tapping into the Islamic market that has gained broad and universal appeal, from bringing ready-to-eat halal food into the Japanese market to transforming the tourism sector. For more information on the event, please visit: https://reimaginehalal.com/

 

Note to editor:

The full State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2020/21 is available for download at https://www.salaamgateway.com/specialcoverage/SGIE20-21.

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The Public Relations Network (Asia Chapter) to offer regional intelligence & local expertise to industries benefiting from the recently-signed RCEP amid COVID-19 Challenges

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 30 November 2020 – With the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on 15 November 2020, the Asia Chapter members of Public Relations Network (PRN) are prepared to provide all-round and cross-border support to various industries from participating nations of RCEP in regards of business development and investment.

PRN Asia Chapter is formed by profound local PR agencies across Asia. With this tightly-knit network of PR experts, chapter members align to provide effective, efficient, and think-out-of-the-box solutions across the region. With all local teams on board, PRN Asia Chapter is well-positioned to offer hands-on and ready-to-deploy services, from media relations and digital campaigns, to event management and crisis communications to industries who will blossom as a result of the RCEP.

Under the impact of COVID-19, demand for public relations solutions has risen to new height. With all kinds of new normal in place, being highly-flexible and mobile, the ability to mobilize regional connections swiftly and to establish new game plans as a result of changing market demands are all crucial to enterprises.

Ms Belinda Chan, Chairperson of the PRN Asia Chapter, and Managing Partner of Creative Consulting Group in Hong Kong: “The RCEP will drive the shift of economic engine to Asia. With our strong foothold in strategic locations across the region, we, together, represent a one-of-a-kind PR think-tank for enterprises that are drawn to tap into the market benefits.”

Mr Jacky Cheng, CEO of CommNow in Shanghai: “This RCEP can help China building closer trade relations with Asian countries, which will eventually help Chinese companies to find their new markets. This is very crucial under the current circumstances.”

Ms Stacy Ang, Director of The Right Spin in Singapore: “The RCEP has unlocked new levels of market access in Asia. As agencies that can move expeditiously in our own markets while implementing cross-border plans collectively, our network offers the desired nimbleness, synergy and competence for businesses to spread their wings and capture opportunities as they emerge.”

Ms Sharon Wu, Managing Director of SWEM Consulting Group in Taipei: “Although Taiwan have not become RCEP members, but Taiwan government have very good tax policies for import trade between Japan and ASEAN countries. We believe Taiwan and Asia-Pacific brands can depend on PRN Asia members support and RCEP policy, win more business successful and more opportunities for brand grow up in the future.”

Ms Sarah Song, Managing Director of Integra Communications in Seoul: “We will work together more closely and strengthen our network with cooperation and synergy in terms of communication through RCEP. Our role as an Asian network will bring our professionalism and creativity to form a solid partnership and new perspectives to work in a new era that will grow with future economic development.”

Ms Pacharee Pantoomano, Managing Director of Brandnow.asia in Bangkok: “RCEP will undoubtedly create economic vibe within the region and now is definitely the right time to make an entry into the market. With our strong base in Thailand and in Asia as part of PRN, we can offer market consultation and research as well as business matching to clients at large. With local intelligence in place, we aim to enable clients to benefit from RCEP more effectively and cost-efficiently.”

Ms Clāra Ly-Le, Managing Director of EloQ Communications in Ho Chi Minh City: “I am proud that this RCEP partnership was signed at the ASEAN Summit hosted in my country Vietnam. I have high hopes in this partnership and expect that it will help many industries recover from the COVID-19 crisis. As a member of PRN Asia Chapter, we are proud to work with fellow members to deliver top-notch services for clients from countries coming from the RCEP, from market entry to well-rounded integrated marketing campaigns.”

About Public Relations Network (PRN)

Public Relations Network (PRN) is a global collective of like-minded, owner-managed Public Relations agencies providing consultancy and local support for international PR campaigns. PRN has agency members in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China — Mainland, China — Hong Kong, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK, the USA, and Vietnam. For more info, please visit: www.pr-network.biz.

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2021 skincare solutions just a click away with POND’S Skin Advisor Live chatbot now on Shopee

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Banish Pandemic-induced Skincare Woes with POND’s Beauty Tech on Shopee

 

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – Media OutReach – 1 December 2020 – It’s no secret that, among many other things, Covid-19 has been damaging for skin. Continued working from home, constant exposure to the blue light from our computer screens and perpetual mask-wearing have all taken their toll on our precious faces leaving them drier, acne-prone and more susceptible to early wrinkles. With the POND’S Institute predicting that the continued restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic across the region will continue to play havoc with our skin, POND’S has teamed up with Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, to integrate its Skin Advisor Live (SAL) chatbot on the platform so consumers can easily identify and find solutions to some of their most pressing skincare concerns.

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Research by the POND’S Institute shows that common skincare issues  in Vietnam, such as dullness, dark spots, wrinkles, acne and oily skin were exacerbated by the pandemic due to prolonged mask wearing and continued all-day exposure to our screens. Leveraging data and insights from a global network of skincare experts and researchers, the POND’S Institute predicts that many of these skincare issues will persist into 2021, as those behaviours will continue to be mainstays of our everyday lives.

 

However, the news doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, as AI skincare advisors such as POND’S SAL chatbot can help to identify the skin issues particular to each person. The cutting-edge AI chatbot will identify key skin concerns based on an individual’s selfie or uploaded photo, and recommend skincare products to tackle skin concerns. For example, if a user has a high acne score, the Acne Clear facial foam will be recommended as it fights 99 per cent of germs. Users with a high wrinkle score will be recommended the Age Miracle Day Cream, which has Vitamin B3 to offer strong protection against blue light.

 

Over 98 per cent of consumers that have interacted with SAL, enjoyed and appreciated the advice given. Now with the integration onto Shopee from 2nd December onwards as part of the ‘Smarter Skincare Just For You’ Brand Day  from 3rd — 4th December, it’s even easier to check your skin condition via the SAL diagnostic tool and make quick click-throughs to purchase the products that are recommended to heal and improve your skin condition.

“Our goal is to provide consumers with the most up-to-date and pioneering skincare solutions,” said Rohit Bhasin, Global Brand Vice President, POND’S. “Our research from the POND’S Institute helps inform our innovation so we are continually updating our diverse range of products to cater to a variety of skincare needs whatever their environments. POND’S SAL helps consumers on their skincare journey by identifying their own skincare concerns and points them to products which may be able to help — all from the comfort of their sofa. And with this first-of-its-kind integration onto Shopee, this journey just got even easier and more enjoyable, helping consumers from feeling overwhelmed by the choice of skincare products online.”

 

“We’re excited to be the first e-commerce platform to partner with a globally-recognised beauty brand like POND’s, to offer consumers across Southeast Asia easy access to personalised skincare solutions. Our insights show that Shopee users spend time on our app interacting with brands through features such as livestream and chat. SAL will be a bonus feature for them to engage deeper with the brand and learn more about their skin, while enjoying great product deals from POND’s,” said Ian Ho, Regional Managing Director, Shopee.

The POND’S ‘Smarter Skincare Just For You’ Brand Day on Shopee will run from 3rd December to 4th December, featuring educational content and exclusive promotions. For more information on trying out POND’S SAL at Shopee, please visit here.

Download the Shopee app for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

About POND’S

The POND’s brand has transformed the face of beauty for over a century. From inventing beauty essentials like the classic Cold Cream Cleanser to pioneering Smartone Technology that works on every skin shade and innovating Micellar Water with Vitamins, POND’S meets the skincare needs of women across the world. Its transformative skincare solutions are backed by the expertise of the POND’s Institute and have been trusted by women throughout history to help them be their most beautiful selves. 

 

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

 

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

 

Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.

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