HA NOI, VIETNAM – Media OutReach – 26 November 2020 – The national festival for innovative startups, TECHFEST VIETNAM 2020, will be held from November 26-29 in Ha Noi.
This is the largest annual virtual event organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam (MOST) to cooperate with international partners to develop and promote science, technology, and innovation in Vietnam in particular and South East Asia in general.
Taking place amid the global disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, TECHFEST shows an emerging nation eager to display the dynamism of the Vietnamese start-up ecosystem among investors/investment funds, enterprises, and experts worldwide via virtual events on techfest.vn.
Themed ‘Respond – Transform — Break through’, TECHFEST VIETNAM 2020 will be structured into 12 technology villages: (1) Medical Technology (2) Agricultural Technology (3) Educational Technology (4) Tourism and F&B Technology (5) Frontier Technology (6) Financial Technology (7) Smart Cities (8) Social Impact (9) Student Start-ups (10) Local Start-ups (11) Community (12) International village, with 250 potential start-ups booths, attracting nearly 200 investors, 150 corporations, enterprises and business accelerators virtually and physically.
Notably, social impacts on innovative start-up solutions and business models will be presented in the Social Impact Technology Village by UNDP Vietnam and WWF Vietnam. MOST will work with partners to organize a High-Level Policy Dialogue, in which Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc will hold a discussion with the innovative start-up community on solving difficulties in conducting business and creating a favourable environment for start-up to grow.
After six years of implementation, local TECHFEST events have been organized in 15 provinces; the national TECHFEST VIETNAM has attracted around 30,000 people, of which international experts and investors accounted for more than 40%. In 2019, TECHFEST was held on an international scale for the first time in three developed startup-up ecosystems: the United States, South Korea, and Singapore, facilitating 20 prominent Vietnamese start-ups to access the global market and connecting over 100 international investors to the Vietnamese start-up ecosystem. In sum, there are about 500 local and international investors with approximately 700 investment with total value up to US$20 million. Among the startups connected, Abivin, the champion of TECHFEST 2019, was chosen to participate in the competition and then won in the international arena called Startup World Cup 2018.
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CIFI issues US$419 million senior notes at a coupon rate of 4.375% with a 6.25-year maturity
- Hit the record for the longest maturity period and the lowest coupon rate of the Group’s offshore bond issuance
- Optimize the Group’s financing costs and extend debts duration
HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 6 January 2021 – CIFI Holdings (Group) Co. Ltd. (“CIFI” or the “Group”, HKEx stock code: 884), a leading real estate developer and investor in first-, second- and robust third-tier cities in China, is pleased to announce that CIFI successfully issues senior notes with an aggregate principal amount of US$419 million. The senior notes are at a coupon rate of 4.375% and yield of 4.4% with a 6.25-year maturity period, which hit the record for the longest maturity period and the lowest coupon rate of the Group’s offshore bond issuance.
The issue attracts enthusiastic response, with total orders at peak time exceeding US$4.8 billion, which was over 11 times of the total issue size. 82% of total issuance is allocated to Asian investors, while the remaining 18% is allocated to European investors. The final allocation to institutional investors is 72%, which consists of world-renowned and large-scale asset management companies and long-term investors. The subscription results and market response reflect the high recognition of CIFI by the investors in the capital market. The proceeds of the note will be used for re-financing of the Group’s existing indebtedness.
Credit Suisse, Haitong International, HSBC, J.P. Morgan and Standard Chartered Bank are the joint global coordinators, while Credit Suisse, Haitong International, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, The Bank of East Asia, Limited, BOSC International, China CITIC Bank International and Yue Xiu Securities are the joint bookrunners and joint lead managers of the issuance.
Mr. Lin Zhong, Chairman of CIFI, said “We are pleased to see the strong demand for the notes issue. The issue hits the Group’s record for the longest maturity period and the lowest coupon rate of the offshore bond issuance, and it reflects investors’ recognition and support of business prospects of CIFI. The Group will continue to implement prudent financial management and build long-term investment value.”
About CIFI (Group):
Headquartered in Shanghai, CIFI is one of China’s top real estate developers. CIFI principally focuses on developing high-quality properties in first-, second- and select third-tier cities in China. CIFI develops various types of properties, including residential buildings, offices and commercial complexes.
To learn more about the Company, please visit CIFI’s website at: http://www.cifi.com.cn
DHL Global Forwarding promotes two executives to key leadership roles in Asia Pacific
- Niki Frank will expand his remit from managing the business in India to the sub-region of South Asia
- Yvonne Lee, Head of Strategic Projects for ASEAN and South Asia, will assume a new role as Managing Director in the Philippines
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 12 January 2021 – DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services, has announced two appointments to its Asia Pacific management board, effective 1 January 2021. Niki Frank, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding India, will expand his portfolio to include the entire sub-region of South Asia. Yvonne Lee, Head of Strategic Projects, DHL Global Forwarding ASEAN and South Asia, and Head of Business Processes and Organization, DHL Global Forwarding Thailand, will assume the role of Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Philippines. Both will report directly to Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.
Niki Frank expands his remit from managing DHL Global Forwarding’s business in India to the South Asia sub-region that comprises Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Yvonne Lee is appointed Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Philippines.
Frank to oversee South Asia sub-region
“We, at DHL, are of the view that trade is a key driving force behind economic development and prosperity. With intraregional trade at almost a third of its potential, there remains room for the growth of trade in South Asia. I am confident that Niki’s strategic foresight and experience gleaned from his time in the global head office and his familiarity with the South Asian market as head of our business in India, will help develop this vital part of our Asia Pacific business,” said Leung.
Frank will oversee the newly created South Asia sub-regional portfolio that comprise India, Pakistan, headed by Umair Alam as Managing Director, and Bangladesh and Sri Lanka managed by Fabian Rybka.
“The South Asian markets have enormous potential to offer and I am deeply committed to helping local businesses explore the vast cross-border opportunities within the region and beyond. I look forward to working closely with our teams in the various countries and empowering them to boost service and customer satisfaction levels,” said Frank.
Prior to his current role, Frank spent seven years leading global transformation initiatives for Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL Group) and DHL Global Forwarding, making major contributions to its pivotal growth strategy that saw the business revive its performance and regain market share.
Business in Philippines to be headed by Lee
As Managing Director of DHL Global Forwarding Philippines, Lee will be responsible for leading the business on its growth trajectory and overseeing the business’ digital transformation efforts, in line with the Group’s Strategy 2025, to elevate customer and employee experience as well as improve operational excellence.
“The Philippine economy, like many others, has taken a hit this year because of Covid-19, but is expected to see a gradual rebound from 2021 onwards, even as the ASEAN region anticipates consumer spending to double by 2030. With her experience across various business functions, including in a strategic regional role, and her sharp business acumen, Yvonne is the ideal candidate to lead our business in the Philippines to capture opportunities as the market recovers and moves into its next phase of growth,” said Leung.
Lee started her career with DPDHL Group as a Management Trainee, before moving on to a variety of roles spanning operations effectiveness, project management, performance measurement and customer implementation. In her most recent role as Head of Strategic Projects, ASEAN and South Asia, she oversaw several key change management and transformation projects for the freight forwarder.
“One of my key priorities is to drive an even more customer-centric approach in response to the evolving needs of local businesses, as we ramp up our digitalization efforts to provide customers with a better shipping experience. Having worked with colleagues in the Philippines in my previous role, I am excited to join a team of dynamic and committed freight forwarders to tackle the unique opportunities and challenges here,” said Lee.
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Post Covid-19, India faces tough odds in reopening for business. As the country eases its lockdown restrictions, longer-term challenges await the country’s logistics sector. Find out more in DHL’s Logistics of Things.
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