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UnionPay Mobile Payment Service Now Supported by 18 Southeast Asian E-wallets

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — UnionPay International (UPI) announced today that it will collaborate with Aleta Planet, a renowned Singapore-based fintech company, to launch AP-1, an e-wallet aimed at offering users the convenience of UnionPay’s QR code payment. At present, 18 e-wallet products that comply with UnionPay specifications are available to provide UnionPay cardholders with quick and secure payment in five Southeast Asian countries.

Till date, UnionPay cards are issued in all ten ASEAN countries, and several new payment scenarios for UnionPay mobile payment have been developed with nearly 500,000 local merchants are enabled. In this context, UPI has either developed or upgraded local e-wallets with UnionPay specifications in collaboration with several institutions in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. The new products have turned out to be popular among local residents.

UnionPay mobile payment service in Southeast Asia has the following three distinctive characteristics:

  • Interconnected service areas. Users in Southeast Asia only need to link their cards once to pay with the UnionPay powered wallets both within their home country and in other countries of the region as well as in China.
  • A wide range of products. UnionPay has implemented a portfolio of products, such as UnionPay QR code wallets, HCE wallets and UnionPay Mobile QuickPass, in the region. They support physical card enrollment and virtual card issuance, providing flexibility to meet different user preferences in different markets.
  • A well-developed ecosystem. In addition to financial institutions, UPI also works with mobile phone manufacturers and telecommunication companies to serve more local UnionPay cardholders.

The UnionPay card acceptance coverage has reached 90% in Singapore, with more than 50,000 local merchants supporting UnionPay mobile payment service. AP-1 users can easily make payments on UnionPay’s global QR network as long as they link their UnionPay cards issued by Aleta Planet to the wallet, or apply for a UnionPay virtual card in the app.

Currently, UnionPay cards are accepted in 179 countries and regions worldwide, of which 61 support UnionPay mobile payment, and close to 90 e-wallet products conforming to UnionPay specifications are made available in 14 countries and regions.

 

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“Emma by AXA”, your insurance and healthy living partner Download now to enjoy first-in-market free “Post-Vaccination Protection”

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 30 November 2020 – Emma by AXA — AXA‘s all-in-one insurance & health services platform is now providing first-in-market free “Post-Vaccination Protection”. Hong Kong and Macau residents can enjoy one year of free “Post-Vaccination Protection” by downloading the Emma by AXA app and completing a simple registration. The offer is applicable to all Hong Kong and Macau residents aged 18 to 65, with a valid Hong Kong or Macau ID card. Each applicant can register for four of his/her family members (spouse or child) aged 65 or below. Limited quota only, first come-first served.

Emma by AXA has been launching in phases since May 2019, providing a comprehensive range of insurance and healthy living services, with four key features:

Symptom Checker — An AI-powered chat functionality that integrates the U.S. top medical group Mayo Clinic’s algorithms. It can understand the symptoms input by users and provide useful information.

Find a Doctor — Find the most suitable AXA panel doctors based on consultation type and preferred location.

Make a Claim — Submit medical claims based on eligibility and track the claim status at any time.

Mind Charger — A mindfulness meditation tool with selective modules guided by the renowned yoga instructor, Margaret Chung. Through this tool, users can enhance their daily lives and build up resilience by making mindfulness a regular practice. Modules include Relax and Unwind, Problem Solving, Positivity and Building Resilience.

Download “Emma by AXA” to get the first-in-market free “Post-Vaccination Protection” *

From today, Hong Kong and Macau residents aged 18 to 65, holding a valid Hong Kong or Macau identity card, can get one year free “Post-Vaccination Protection” simply by downloading the Emma by AXA mobile app and completing a simple registration. Each applicant can register for four of his/her family members (spouse or child) aged 65 or below. Limited quota only, first come-first served.

Post-Vaccination Protection: Free hospital and death benefits

Hospital benefit:  HKD700 per day for up to 10 days payable to eligible applicant who is diagnosed with an Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) within 14 days post-vaccination and is confined in a hospital.

Death benefit: A one-off lump sum of HKD100,000 payable to eligible applicant’s estate if the applicant is diagnosed with an AEFI within 14 days post-vaccination and its complications result in death.

To learn more about the “Post-Vaccination Protection”, please contact AXA Customer Service Hotline (852) 2894 4679 (Hong Kong) / (853) 8799 3778 (Macau) during office hours (9am — 5pm, Monday to Friday), or visit axa.com.hk.

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*Complimentary protection is applicable to adults and children who take vaccination, subject to terms and conditions. For details, please visit axa.com.hk/en/axa-post-vaccination-protection-programme.

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Zipline, Medical Drone Delivery Pioneer to Headline HISA2020

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Media OutReach – 30 November 2020 – Technology is transforming industries on a global scale, with the COVID-19 pandemic presenting an interesting opportunity for medical practitioners and policy-makers to test new ways in which technology — like Telemedicine, AI, Big Data, Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobility — can facilitate sustainable healthcare systems of the future.

 

An example of this is Zipline, an on-demand drone-delivery company that uses aviation technology to distribute medical supplies to healthcare workers in Africa and all over the world. The US based company is currently valued at $1.2 Billion and is slated by Fast Company as one of the most innovative companies of 2020.

 

Zipline says that it is on a mission to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies — and it will do this by combining healthcare expertise with cutting-edge technology. With their Rwandan blood drive being an excellent case study of such mission.

 

Daniel Marfo, GM of Zipline International, is expected to unpack Zipline’s Customer-Centered and Tech-Enabled approach at this year’s Healthcare Innovation Summit Africa — taking place virtually on 2 to 3 December 2020. 

 

HISA 2020 will bring together the who’s who of Africa’s healthcare and technology communities for two days of networking, lively intellectual exchange and exploration into what will shape the future of healthcare.

 

Key Topics at HISA 2020 include:

●        Building Resilient Health Systems in a COVID-19

●        Impact of the Pandemic on Digital Health Disruption

●        Identity and Access Management for Healthcare

●        COVID-19 and Technologies for Patient Engagement

●        Analytics in Healthcare — How Can We Start the Process?

 

Confirmed speakers include:

●    Dr Vuma Magapa, Director e-Health, Department of Health, KZN

●    Eldrid Jordaan, CEO of GovChat

●    Greg Horne, Global Principal of Healthcare at SaS Institute

●    Daniel Marfo, GM of Zipline International

●    Paul Cox, Managing Director of Essential Med

●    Maria Carpenter, Head of Digital Channels at Discovery

●    Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia, CEO of Higher Health SA

●    Boitumelo Sementle Makokotlela, CEO of SAHPRA (South Africa Health Products Regulatory Authority)

●    Teshlin Akaloo, MD of Innovative Healthcare Solutions at Netcare

●    Loic Potjes, MD of Disruptive Leap

 

How to participate:

Register for this summit HERE

For more information on this event visit: https://www.healthcareinnovationsummit.co.za/

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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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