Singapore customs launches an electronic Banker’s Guarantee

Implemented on the Networked Trade Platform . Singapore Customs has launched an electronic Banker’s Guarantee (eBG) programme on the Networked Trade Platform (NTP). The implementation of a digitalised eBG was a result of a joint government-industry collaboration between Singapore Customs and financial institutions, accelerated by the new normal brought on by…

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HK Office of Govt. CIO provides support for big data projects

Contractors used to develop social media analytics platform. The Hong Kong Office of the Government of CIO (OGCIO) has provided various policy bureaux/government departments (B/Ds) to assist them in implementing big data analytics projects. This includes developing a social media analytics platform (the analytics platform) so that B/Ds may, by…

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Public Cloud spending in APAC manufacturing to reach US$ 26.3B

The pandemic has further increased the shift toward flexible, subscription-based Cloud models. APAC manufacturing companies are choosing public, as part of their primary Cloud strategy. According to a recently released report by IDC, 53 per cent chose public Cloud, emphasising the popularity of open cloud–based platform models for migrating manufacturing…

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Singapore and China strengthen digital connectivity

Government agencies on both sides are co-developing regulatory sandboxes to facilitate cross border data flows. At the apex annual bilateral platform between both countries, the Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative (SCI) has progressed in strengthening digital connectivity to grow Singapore’s digital economy. A pilot on paperless cross-border trade is on track to…

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Singapore invests S$12M in national effort to expand blockchain technology research

Government agencies join to align technology with industry needs. A S$12 million Singapore Blockchain Innovation Programme (SBIP) to further strengthen the country’s blockchain ecosystem has been launched by Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF) — supported by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).…

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China aims to level up key technical capabilities to rid US dependency

Committed US$1.4 trillion to state program supporting R&D in key enabling technologies. China has set up a US$1.4 trillion state program that will support R&D in key enabling technologies over the next five years to rid itself of dependency on the US. These include semiconductors, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 5G…

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Smart cities part of national digital transformation drive in Vietnam

Smart city development must be closely linked with strong information infrastructure and e-government development. Vietnam has built policies and made efforts to develop smart cities as it considers it one of three key tasks in the national digital transformation process, stated Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The Prime Minister said…

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IMDA looks to IBM to trains Singaporeans in emerging tech areas

Aims to meet the demand for technology consulting and deep technical skills. Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has turned to IBM to hire and train 300 Singaporean professionals over the next four years in emerging tech areas. They will be trained under the TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) Company-Led Training programme…

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AIIA welcomes $821.9m boost for Victorian ICT industry 

Funds will be used to digitise services, provide training and to boost digital skills. Information Industry Association (AIIA) has welcomed the A$821.9m injection into Victoria’s ICT industry and offers the Victorian Government its support on how best to implement this investment. These funds will be used to digitise services, provide…

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