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Global Banking and Finance Review has announced AsiaPay as Best Payment Solutions Provider Asia Pacific 2020.

Global Banking and Finance Review has awarded AsiaPay in recognition for its continued commitment to provide excellence and innovation in digital payment solutions. AsiaPay is a leading digital payment processing service and solution house in Asia. They strive to provide a total secure, integrated and most comprehensive payment processing services for businesses, charities and associations, and payment solutions blending latest technologies for the financial and banking industries.

AsiaPay has a strong track record of delivering comprehensive integrated payment solutions to meet the needs of businesses” said Wanda Rich, Editor, Global Banking & Finance Review.  “We look forward to seeing further growth and industry-leading solutions from them in the years to come.

The awards honour companies that stand out in a particular area of expertise within the banking and finance industry. AsiaPay is recognized this year because of the company’s outstanding achievements and dedication to innovation and excellence in payment solutions and by scoring well in the following categories according to our judging panel:

  • Highly scalable and innovative technology
  • Comprehensive range of payment solutions offered
  • Innovative product development and solutions
  • Ease of use and multi-channel offerings
  • Technical support and expertise
  • Highly skilled professional staff
  • Dedication and commitment towards improvement of quality and customer relations

Best Payment Solutions Provider Asia Pacific 2020

“As the founder of premier digital payment gateway in Asia that has been operating since 2000, having the privilege to receive recognitions from Global Banking and Finance Review is an overwhelming honor. “Said Joseph Chan, CEO, AsiaPay. “We will continue to deliver advanced cross-border eCommerce and payment acceptance convenience, not just in neighboring regions in Asia Pacific. In this technological age, we can testify that striving for globalization, digitization and building wide range of partnerships can lead to all kinds of business success.”

A Glimpse of Future

AsiaPay continuously grows as it seeks for further market expansions and build stronger partnerships with its integrated payment features and solutions. The company will continue to uphold its company’s reputation as the premier payment gateway suited for all types of businesses internationally. It will continue to bring regional, advanced, comprehensive, integrated, and secure services toward its future technological generation.

AsiaPay takes part in the progress of digital payments in Asia as it incorporates its advanced technology and services to the banks, businesses, and promote cashless transactions to the unbanked population.The digital transformation and disruption have been on going driven by technological trends, e.g., mobility, smart commerce, smart city, new digital wallets, self-checkout and virtual bank, this trend continues with more initiatives on IOT, 5G further drive a cashless society. AsiaPay is ready for it. We already focusing on riding on AI, blockchain, big data, and biometrics technologies to bring new solutions and contribute to the future development and security of payments. AsiaPay eyes for business connections and innovations to further expand its reach and maximize the potential of its trusted payment system.

About Global Banking and Finance Review

The Global Banking and Finance Review Awards honour institutions that stand out in their particular area of expertise in the finance industry.They recognize achievement, challenge, progress and inspirational change in finance globally. Global Banking & Finance Review is an online portal which has evolved from the growing need to have a more balanced view for informative and independent news for the global banking and finance industry. It is reflected in the quality and in-depth insight provided by our experienced contributors in a clear and concise way. Global Banking and Finance Review brings together the entire fundamental and growth areas of finance and banking into one easy, informative and all-encompassing publication. We have objective and respected editorial contributions from all major sectors, such as Banking, Technology, FOREX Trading, Asset Management, Corporate Governance, Islamic Finance, Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax and Accounting and Inward Investment; all under one global umbrella.

For Further Information please visit www.globalbankingandfinance.com

About AsiaPay

Founded in 2000, AsiaPay, a premier digital payment solution and technology vendor and payment service provider, strives to bring advanced, secured, integrated, and cost-effective electronic payment processing solutions and services to banks and e-businesses in the worldwide market, covering international credit card, debit card , digital wallets and other prepaid card payments. With 15 country operations in Asia, AsiaPay is an accredited payment processor and payment gateway solution vendor for banks, certified IPSP for merchants, certified international 3-D secure vendor for Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and JCB.

For further information please visit http://www.asiapay.com/

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Staying connected: keeping the numbers moving in the finance industry

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By Robert Gibson-Bolton, Enterprise Manager, NetMotion

2020 will certainly be hard to forget. Amongst the many changes we have come to live with, for many of us it has been adapting to a new style of working. Whatever your take on it is, remote working, working from home or even agile working, one thing remains clear – for many of us, this could be the new-normal for the foreseeable future. The professional services sector is no different. For example, many finance practices around the world are now allowing staff to work from home part of the time. In addition, a recent KPMG report found that half of the UK’s financial services workforce want to work from home after COVID-19.

Will this therefore become the de facto working practice for the finance industry too? We can’t say for sure, but this agile approach to working has certainly caused a major rethink for many firms. And as they evolve and adapt to meet the demands of a different way of working, firms need to ensure that their workforce can seamlessly interact with each other and their clients – this is key if they want to continue to deliver exceptional client service. Whilst financial services organisations everywhere are busy adopting innovative new technologies to better reflect the ‘work from anywhere environment’, they need to ensure secure access to resources and strive towards enhancing the end user experience. Success will be replicating the office working experience at home or wherever else they may be.

It’s all well and good for a firm to boast about the ability of their staff to work successfully from home, but how do they also establish that their people are just as productive as they were before? Whilst the IT department will have to grapple with security and compliance issues that arise from agile and remote working, they must also ensure that their people can connect securely, without eschewing user experience. And it needs to be completely seamless, without compromising the service level provided to clients.

Why all the fuss?

Which brings us nicely to persistent connectivity. Persistent connectivity effectively allows you to do more. How frustrating for the user when connectivity drops, or when the device that they are working on can’t find a network to connect to (or if the device switches between different networks). When connectivity drops, and re-connection is required then there is that small period where the user is not connected at all. And the user might have to re-authenticate or log into their VPN again (most VPNs are rubbish when they lose connectivity). All of these different scenarios ultimately disrupt the user experience – persistent connectivity provides the flexibility to overcome these challenges. When you enjoy consistent connectivity, you are making sure that the technology works as it was designed to work, allowing staff to rely on optimum user experience, anytime, anywhere – in effect, supplying them with that office-like experience, wherever they are. Just think about how many hours might be spent on a train, in a hotel or even on a client site. Consistent connectivity is key here – consistent in any of these locations.

Connectivity will be a fundamental component for successful remote working as firms try to meet the demands of an increasingly mobile workforce. Ultimately, they need encrypted and reliable connections that enable them to quickly and easily reach business applications and services. Working in a disconnected environment can lead to frustrated workers, hardly fitting given all the new remote working policies in place.

Getting the user experience spot-on

When you fine-tune connection performance so that essential business applications run reliably across networks, you are essentially talking about traffic optimization. Mobile traffic optimization ensures that applications, resources and connections are tuned for weak and intermittent network coverage and can roam between wireless networks as conditions and availability change. When connections aren’t performing well, applications that are crucial for job performance can experience packet loss, jitter or latency that can make working on the hoof extremely tricky. Compared to wired networks, wireless networks operate under highly variable conditions, including such factors as terrain or congested mobile towers. When you optimise the flow of traffic, you are helping to manage packet loss. Effectively, packet losses are data loss, which happens very regularly when you’re on the move or transitioning between different networks. Applications that require a lot of data tend to become fairly unusable when you hit even minor packet loss, which can be a common occurrence for many on residential broadband or on local Wi-Fi. conversely, NetMotion can enable critical applications to work and prevent disruptions at over 50% packet loss – in this way, employees can rely on technology performing well in situations and locations where it simply could not before. That is incredibly powerful for firms.

The finance industry is facing many of the same challenges presented to other industries. It is a question of balancing the requirement for more sophisticated ways to ensure secure access to resources with the need to enhance the end user experience (key team members in particular). For finance firms everywhere, adopting the right technologies will ensure that their people can enjoy a ‘work-from-anywhere’ environment.

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Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific warns of capacity cuts, higher cash burn

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(Reuters) – Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd on Monday warned passenger capacity could be cut by about 60% and monthly cash burn may rise if Hong Kong installs new measures that require flight crew to quarantine for two weeks.

Hong Kong’s flagship carrier said the expected move will increase cash burn by about HK$300 million ($38.70 million) to HK$400 million per month, on top of current HK$1 billion to HK$1.5 billion levels.

Hong Kong is set to require flight crew entering the Asian financial hub for more than two hours to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks, the South China Morning Post reported last week, citing sources.

“The new measure will have a significant impact on our ability to service our passenger and cargo markets,” Cathay said in a statement, adding that expected curbs will also reduce its cargo capacity by 25%.

The airline, in an internal memo seen by Reuters, requested for volunteers among its crew who could fly for three weeks, followed by two weeks of quarantine and 14 days free of duty, adding it will be a temporary measure and not all its flight will require such an operation.

“We continue to engage with key stakeholders in the Hong Kong Government,” the memo said.

The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Separately, a company spokeswoman said the airline could not detail the impact on vaccine transport specifically in terms of cargo shipments.

The aviation industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as many countries imposed travel restrictions to contain its spread.

In December, Cathay’s passenger numbers fell by 98.7% compared to a year earlier, though cargo carriage was down by a smaller 32.3%.

($1 = 7.7512 Hong Kong dollars)

(Reporting by Shriya Ramakrishnan in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Jamie Freed in Sydney and Twinnie Siu in Hong Kong; Editing by Bernard Orr and Arun Koyyur)

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By Shashank Nayar

(Reuters) – London’s FTSE 100 fell on Monday, with travel stocks leading the declines, as rising coronavirus infections and extended lockdowns raised worries about the pace of economic growth, while fashion retailers Boohoo and ASOS gained on merger deals.

The British government quietly extended lockdown laws to give councils the power to close pubs, restaurants, shops and public spaces until July 17, the Telegraph reported on Saturday.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index dipped 0.1%, with travel and energy stocks falling the most, while the mid-cap index rose 0.1%.

“Stock markets are crawling between optimism around the rollout of vaccines and worries that a jump in virus infections and fresh local lockdowns could further affect recovery prospects,” said David Madden, an analyst at CMC Markets.

Britain has detected 77 cases of the South African variant of COVID-19, the health minister said on Sunday while urging people to strictly follow lockdown rules as the best precaution against the country’s own potentially more deadly variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had earlier warned that the government could not consider easing lockdown restrictions with infection rates at their current high levels and until it is confident that the vaccination programme is working.

The FTSE 100 shed 14.3% in value last year, its worst performance since a 31% plunge in 2008 and underperforming its European peers by a wide margin, as pandemic-driven lockdowns battered the economy.

Online fashion retailers Boohoo and ASOS surged 4.8% and 5.9%, each. Boohoo bought the Debenhams brand, while ASOS was in talks to buy the key brands of Philip Green’s collapsed Arcadia group.

Recruiter SThree Plc gained 0.9% after its profit, which nearly halved, still managed to beat market expectations and the company said it had resumed dividends.

(Reporting by Shashank Nayar in Bengaluru; editing by Uttaresh.V)

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