THE APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) had its validity extended from three years to five years from September 1, 2015. 

Through a single application, the ABTC will offer bona fide businesspeople a five-year, short-stay, multiple-entry visa to other participating member economies and priority lane access at major airports in Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) economies, said Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash. 

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SOUTH KOREAN city, Daejeon, has received the honour of hosting the next Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum in 2017 (2017APCS), following the record-breaking success of this year’s summit, which attracted 95 city leaders and more than 1000 delegates, closing on July 8 after four days.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Daejeon was selected ahead of five finalist bidding cities – Busan, Kuching, Panama, Ahmedabad, and Penang Island.

“The 2017APCS attracted the most competitive and diverse range of bidding cities that we’ve ever seen in our 10-year history, highlighting the growing importance of this forum in bringing city leaders together to discuss, share, and help respond to city urbanisation challenges across the Asia Pacific,” Cr Quirk said. 

“As a (Brisbane) sister city since 2002, Daejeon’s growing reputation as a leader in innovation and technology strongly aligned with our aspiration of becoming Australia’s new world city.

“Being the fifth largest city in Korea and Australia’s third largest export market, Daejeon has fast become the ‘Silicon Valley’ of Korea, with many of its large global businesses now based in Brisbane and south-east Queensland including Samsung, POSCO, CJ Nutracon, and KOGAS.

“In addition, we’ve further strengthened our partnership through a new memorandum of understanding signed earlier today with the Daejeon Metropolitan City Government.

“We are proud to announce it will launch an exciting internship program that will enable 20 Daejeon students to study English at International House in Brisbane.

“Congratulations to Mayor Kwon Sun-taik and his government on their hard work in delivering such an outstanding bid and we look forward to 2017 for what will be an even bigger and better summit in Daejeon.”

On the final day of 2015APCS, delegates also heard from New York best-selling author, former Facebook marketing director and Zuckerberg Media founder and CEO, Randi Zuckerberg.

“Randi’s unique style thoroughly entertained our delegates, presenting her favourite 10 trends businesses could use to inject more creativity into their branding and marketing, encourage a ‘hacker’ or entrepreneurial spirit within their employees, and generally overcome a fear of failure,” Cr Quirk said.

Following her keynote, four young professionals took to the stage on behalf of more than 100 participants in the Young Professionals Program. Together they presented their cost-neutral solutions for cities on a range of urban challenges including transportation, sanitation, and energy efficiency.

“The calibre of young delegates from across the region engaged in the Young Professionals Forum continues to grow every year,” Cr Quirk said.

“This time they got the unique opportunity to present in front of over 90 city leaders, who collectively impact the lives of more than 130 million citizens around the world. Congratulations to this group of emerging young talent and we look forward to seeing how our leaders empower their ideas in the future.”

The Mayors’ Accord was also officially announced and signed by all participating mayors today.

“Cities in the Asia Pacific will work together, with global partners, to advance common urban solutions in order to accelerate their global orientation, integration into the knowledge economy, technology uptake, governance, and liveability,” Cr Quirk said.



THE biggest Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum (2015APCS) on record opened in Brisbane on Sunday and continues through to Wednesday. It marks the 10th anniversary of the region’s leading forum on city growth and development.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk welcomed a record 95 mayors and deputy mayors, and delegates from 135 cities around the world, with a combined constituency of more than 382 million people, in an official opening ceremony at Brisbane City Hall on Sunday.

A special reception for Brisbane’s own sister cities took place prior to the launch, recognising representatives from Kobe, Abu Dhabi, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Hyderabad, Daejeon, Kaohsiung, and Auckland. 

Following on at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday and Tuesday, 2015APCS is set to showcase a new wave of innovation and global development, headlined by the chairman of 2012 London Olympics Organising Committee, retired British athletics champion and dual Olympic gold medallist, Lord Sebastian Coe opening and keynoting the event.

APCS was established by Brisbane City Council in 1996, led by then Lord Mayor Jim Soorley, and is recognised as a platform for promoting and exchanging global best-practice for cities.

APCS has been attended by more than 8,000 delegates from more than 400 international cities since it began and the event provides an unrivalled opportunity to meet with key influencers and decision makers of the Asia Pacific in one place, at the same time.

As host, Brisbane continues to secure its reputation as a city of opportunity – fast becoming an international choice for business, investment, and major international events.

A record 95 mayors and deputy mayors from Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas are attending this year, along with delegates from 135 cities, representing more than 382 million people.

Under the theme of ‘Business and Leadership in the Asia Pacific’, the new world city issues to be covered during the event’s plenary and special sessions are:

• Global cities – cultivating cities of talent, creativity, and innovation.

• Future cities – developing cities and smart communities.

• Digital cities – the science and technology behind cities.

• Cities for people – clean, green, accessible, and inclusive cities.



LOGOS China Investments Limited has announced that Ivanhoe Cambridge and CBRE Global Investment Partners have committed to invest in the LOGOS China Logistics Club (LCLC) to develop modern logistics properties in key hubs servicing large Chinese cities.

The joint venture (JV) has been formed with the strategy of owning and developing high-quality modern logistics properties located in key hubs serving large Chinese cities, particularly Shanghai and Guangzhou. The commitments secured will allow LCLC to make investments that could total up to US$400 million. The LCLC investment vehicle is managed by a member of the LOGOS China Group. 

“We look forward to continuing the growth of the LOGOS venture,” said CBRE Global Investment Partners managing director for Asia Pacific, Adrian Baker. Prior to joining CBRE Investors, Mr Baker was a fund manager at AMP Capital Investors, one of Australia’s largest investment managers, where he was responsible for various real estate portfolios across Asia and based in Singapore

“The LOGOS venture is well positioned to acquire and develop logistics assets in our preferred sub-markets across key Chinese cities,” Mr Baker said. 

Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited or its affiliates acted as exclusive financial adviser to LOGOS China Group for the transaction and as sole lead manager and arranger for the LCLC capital raising.

“This is an exciting next step in the growth of LOGOS in China,” said John Marsh, managing director and co-founder of LOGOS. “Together with our new partners, LOGOS will seek to further expand on our existing specialist logistics real estate platform in China, and capitalise on our deep pipeline of new development and investment opportunities.”

Ivanhoe Cambridge executive vice president for growth markets, Rita-Rose Gagne said, “Our investment with LOGOS China supports our plan to grow our exposure to opportunities in the logistics sector in key markets such as Shanghai and Guangzhou.

“The team's solid experience and expertise, the location of the assets and the strong development pipeline make LOGOS a partner of choice for Ivanhoe Cambridge.”

LOGOS Property Group is an integrated logistics real estate specialist comprising corporate groups with operations in Australia and China. Established in 2010, LOGOS currently has over US$1 billion in assets and capital under management.

Macquarie Capital has made an equity investment in the LOGOS Property Australia and China Groups.  CBRE Global Investment Partners delivers customised global real estate solutions for investors and had A$11.7 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2015.

Through multiple subsidiaries and partnerships, Ivanhoe Cambridge holds assets located mainly in Canada, the US, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, China and Australia, which totalled more than C$42 billion as at December 31, 2014. 

Ivanhoe Cambridge is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers which held, as at December 31, 2014, C$225.9 billion in net assets.



THE Australian Government has recommitted its support for collaborative research with China, extending a new round of funding for six Australia-China Joint Research Centres (JRC).

The focal areas of the shared research range across food production, agribusiness, mining, robotics, and marine science. 

“Following my meeting with the Chinese Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Wan Gang, I’m pleased to announce the next round of Australia-China Joint Research Centres,” Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said last week.

“This round is expected to support six new centres which will be funded under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund. The Australian Government will provide up to $1 million over three years to the Australian consortia, with the Chinese Government supporting the Chinese teams’ participation in these joint activities.

“The fund provides support for international research collaborations and realises the economic potential of the research sector by allowing Australian scientists and industry to engage with China.

“This round of Joint Research Centres will be focused on priority areas in agreement with the Chinese Government and will reflect our industry growth sectors and science and research priorities.”

Applications are being called for in the priority areas of food and agribusiness; sustainable food production and processing; biosecurity; soil analysis, technologies and remediation; mining equipment, technology and services; sustainable use of sedimentary basins; sensing, automation, robotics and data analytics for resource extraction, processing and waste management; marine science; sustainable marine resource management; marine environments and marine ecosystems; and maritime engineering.

To ensure the research funded has a practical focus, centres applying for this round must have both an industry-based or other end user, in addition to a Chinese partner. The round is expected to open by August. 


THE ANNUAL international ICT trade show, Computex Taipei, will unfold on June 2-6, attracting Asia's leaders in information and communication technologies (ICT)

This year, 1702 overseas and domestic vendors will be spread out across Taipei's TWTC Exhibition Halls 1 and 3, the Nangang Exhibition Hall, and TICC. 

This year’s vendors feature an impressive array of industry titans, which include Acer, Asus, BenQ, Broadcom, Delta, Gigabyte, Hisense, Intel, MediaTek, Microsoft, MiTAC, MSI, NVIDIA, SanDisk, Supermicro, TP-Link, and Transcend, as well as first-time exhibitors ARM, ASE Group, NTT, (Fujitsu subsidiary ) SOCIONEXT, Cypress Semiconductor, Haier, and Canon Korea.

Overseas exhibitors account for about 30 percent of all exhibitors and hail predominantly from China, the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the Netherlands.

Following the explosions of wearables onto the tech scene in 2014, this year’s Computex is presenting a Wearable Technology section. With the rising trend of large screen smartphones, portability and ease of operation have also emerged as important issues and an area for developing wearables.

As mobile devices evolve from handheld to greater portability, wearability will continue to be an area of focus for the ICT industry. The Wearable Technology area comprises 34 individual exhibitors that include Gajah Technology, Brinno Inc, Chipsip, and GlobalSat, featuring products like smart glasses, watches, and apparel and electronic paper.

Another new area at Computex is 3D Business and Applications, with major exhibitors XYZPrinting, FLUX 3D Printing, Cinaflex International, Etron Technology, and SKY-TECH Taiwan unveiling their latest 3D printers, printing supplies, and peripherals. International technology research firm Gartner projects 3D printing as one of 2015’s top 10 strategic technologies—with visible industrial, architectural, medical, and consumer applications—and that the global 3D printing shipments for the year will increase by 98 percent and double in 2016.

European top three semiconductor manufacturer and the global market leader in NFC chips, NXP will also be setting up New X Possibilities, where visitors can experience NFC applications and interact with secure network devices centering around Simple Transportation, Secure Payment, and Smart Lifestyle.

The Computex d&i awards, a collaboration between TAITRA and the German iF International Forum Design GmbH since 2008, now enters its eighth year. This year features 271 entries from 118 companies from all over the world, including many startups with fresh innovations. The number of entrants is evidence of the d&i awards’ standing in the ICT industry.

The international panel from iF chose 72 winning designs, which include smart phones from HTC and ASUS and designs from first-time entrant Dell and returning participant, Philips. The winning designs will be on display at the Computex d&i awards booth, where visitors can experience these products firsthand.

This year’s Computex Taipei promises a lot of the new, whether it’s new trends, new designs, or new companies — earning Computex Taipei a high reputation as a venue for developing ICT business.

TAITRA successfully held an innovation forum in 2014 to promote Taiwanese startups, supported by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and this year, has dedicated Exhibition Hall 3 to the efforts of Taiwanese startups in Smart Life, the Internet of Things, Wearable Technology, and Intelligent Vehicle Systems. Exhibitors in this hall include GAIUS, Bomdic, Aidmics Biotechnology, Zillians, HERE, Maktar, Ufro, Linknext, and Adenovo.


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