Singapore launched a new S$30 million Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant to strengthen the cyber resilience of the financial sector

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced the launch of a new S$30 million Cybersecurity Capabilities Grant to strengthen the cyber resilience of the financial sector in Singapore and help financial institutions develop local talent in cybersecurity.

ADB Project to Modernize Irrigation Systems, Improve Agricultural Productivity in Viet Nam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved over $100 million in financing to help the Government of Viet Nam install eight modernized irrigation systems in five drought-affected provinces, which will improve agricultural productivity, especially among farmers growing high-value crops such as coffee, peppers, grapes, dragon fruits, and mangoes.

Singapore-based startup CSE unveils the Smart Contract 2.0 solutions

Blockchain ensures transparency while Smart Contract allows for intelligent execution, which CSE has integrated into a virtual machine. Aside from finance, users may also instruct this virtual machine to “substitute” people in areas such as: cultivation of crops, logistics handling, timeline management, chain of custody, intelligent data management, or smart city management, etc. This is open source platform so users may integrate their solutions in two ways, by API or by embedding codes into any applications such as Web, App, software, as well as hardware, especially the IoT equipment, NFC, etc.

Singapore NUS innovation opens doors to smaller, cheaper and long-lasting IoT sensors

Novel picoWatt-power wake-up timer cuts minimum power consumption of IoT sensor nodes by 1,000 times.

Energy and Environmental Assessments of Bioethanol production from Sri Kanji 1 Cassava in Malaysia

This study was aimed to evaluate the potential of bioethanol production from Sri Kanji 1 cassava in Malaysia in terms of energy efficiency and renewability, as well to estimate the potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in CO2 equivalent. Bioethanol production process from cassava includes cassava farming, ethanol production, and transportation in which the primary energy consumption was considered.
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Thailand announced incentives to Boost Investment in Food Innovations

The incentives range from 5-10 years of corporate income tax exemption depending on the type of business and the level of technological advancement. To make this industry more attractive, BOI has offered addition incentives to top up from normal package. The additional incentives such as 50% corporate income tax holiday for five years or an additional two more years of income tax holiday will also be available.

Thai aerospace industry is ready for take-off

Thailand, with its strategic location in the heart of Southeast Asia, is already an aviation hub of the region. The continuous growth in the tourism industry and national economy has driven the country's air traffic to increase three times faster than the global market.

Call for Applications: The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award

Announced at the One Young World Summit for the second year in a row, the call for applications for The 2018 - 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award has officially launched! There will be double the number of potential winners, from 5 to 10, with total value of all prizes combined - USD$100,000.
Applications are closed

Singapore to establish Additive Manufacturing Facility and Applications in Maritime Sector

The facility’s location also leverages PSA’s parts supplier base and facility operations to support just-in-time inventory. This move towards digitised inventories reduces the need to hold excess inventory, which lowers storage costs, while shortening turnaround time from weeks to days due to improved availability of spare parts. In the long run, PSA will expand the scope of these services to the wider maritime industry, including ship owners, to help build its business adjacencies.

Online information system for data collection of cattle quality

The purpose of this research is to produce the prototype of an online information system for data collection of cattle quality in Semarang regency.

Call for Proposals on Joint Innovation Projects between France and Singapore

Applicants are expected to develop ready-to-market solutions for products, technology-based services or methods which have strong potential for the French, Singaporean and/or international market.

Technological Innovation for Agricultural Statistics: Special Supplement to Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2018

This report showcases the role that technology can play in improving the quality, timeliness, and frequency of agricultural statistics in Asia and the Pacific.

Call for Applications: Startup Station Singapore to empower startups based in Singapore or within Southeast Asia

Startup Station Singapore is open to any growth stage data-driven startup with established business model and datasets that are looking to scale their business. They can either be based in Singapore or within Southeast Asia.
Applications are closed

Call for expression of interest: Outsource manufacturing in professional products for sound and lighting

Smart International Consulting had received a mandate from an European manufacturer leader in professional products for sound and lighting to select an Asian manufacturer who have the experiences in the manufacturing of sound and lighting products based on the design and specification of the engineering team based in Europe.
Applications are closed
7 months ago

Singapore to strengthen the Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem in Financial Sector

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is collaborating with the Economic Development Board (EDB), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) to accelerate the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Singapore’s financial sector.
7 months ago

The Tourism Authority of Thailand to team up with Alibaba to establish online Thailand tourism platform

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is in the process to enter into a partnership with Alibaba, and its online travel subsidiary Fliggy.com, to develop an online platform promoting Thai small tourism operators and emerging destinations to Chinese travellers.
7 months ago

Singapore NUS engineers invent smart microchip that can self-start and operate when battery runs out

One of the key challenges of moving IoT devices from concept to reality is to have long-lasting operation under tightly constrained energy sources, thus demanding extreme power efficiency.
7 months ago

E-commerce boosts trade and competitiveness, report finds

Cross-border e-commerce increasingly helps micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to become more competitive in international markets. But for companies to realize that potential, they need more and better market intelligence on e-commerce.
8 months ago

Alibaba Group and the Government of Thailand Enter into Strategic Partnership in Support of Thailand 4.0

the Government of Thailand and Alibaba entered into a strategic partnership to drive the development of Thailand's digital economy and the Eastern Economic Corridor under the Thailand 4.0 policy. Under this partnership, agencies of the Thai government and business units of Alibaba will work closely together in a number of areas, including e-commerce, digital logistics, tourism and training.
8 months ago

Novel NUS technique strengthens building structures by mixing biochar from saw dust with cement

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have found an innovative and environmental-friendly technique to enhance building structures. The new method, which incorporates biochar recycled from saw dust into cement, improves the strength and water tightness of mortar and concrete, and offers an alternative use to the large volume of wood waste produced in Singapore.
8 months ago

Call for Applications: GovHack on Economy & Society for the cities of Jakarta and London

Startups applying to this challenge should be utilizing big data applications and predictions to help improve decision making and analytics and help improve human wellbeing.
Applications are closed
8 months ago

20,000 Smallholder Farmers in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam to benefit from $163 Million Inclusive Agribusiness Deal

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) today signed $163 million in loan agreements with Olam International Limited (OIL) and Café Outspan Vietnam Limited (COVL), a subsidiary of OIL. The loans will help improve inclusive and sustainable agricultural value chains, directly benefiting up to 20,000 smallholder farmers in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Timor-Leste, and Viet Nam.
9 months ago

Access Power launches 2018 edition of the $7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) competition powering Africa & Asia

ACF 2018 aims to further build on the success of the previous three years where a total of 234 projects have been considered for the prize with several winning projects now benefiting from the mix of funding and technical expertise provided by Access Power.
Applications are closed
9 months ago

Singtel Innov8 and NUS to create Singapore's first regional cyber security start-up hub

ICE71 aims to strengthen Singapore’s growing cyber security ecosystem by attracting and developing competencies and new technologies.
9 months ago

ADB Projects in Cambodia, Mongolia, Tajikistan Secure GCF Funding

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has secured $190 million in total funding comprising of $85 million in grants and $105 million in concessional loans from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for its climate change projects in Cambodia, Mongolia, and Tajikistan, shoring up the bank’s efforts to increase its climate financing for the Asia and Pacific region.
9 months ago

Accenture: Digital commerce in ASEAN is expected to reach US$32 billion by 2020

Governments across ASEAN are projected to invest US$200 billion between 2015 and 2020 in digital infrastructure, putting pressure on the private sector to step up its game. Between 2014 and 2016, companies in ASEAN invested US$3 billion in digital commerce and in the next four years, this amount is forecasted to increase by more than triple, to US$10 billion.
9 months ago

Cambodia May Issue Its Legal Cryptocurrency, Following Venezuela

This summit is believed to be the establishment of an international platform for cooperation and communication on the application of blockchain technology, to boost innovation of blockchain technology and its application in different scenarios and promote the blockchain fin-tech in both Southeast Asia and internationally.
9 months ago

Higher Shares of Renewable Energy Central to Sustainable Development Across Southeast Asia

IRENA highlights that renewable energy is proving key to expanding energy access in a region where 65 million people lack it. With Southeast Asia’s vast, untapped renewables potential, considerable opportunities exist to accelerate renewables deployment in the power sector but also in heating, cooling and transport.
10 months ago

Vietnam’s shrimp exports reached US$3.5 billion

As of November 2017, Vietnam’s shrimp exports reached US$3.5 billion, up 21.8% over the same period in 2016. This represented the efforts of enterprises when facing difficulties in exports to markets.
10 months ago

NUS researchers pioneer water-based, eco-friendly and energy-saving air-conditioner

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has pioneered a new water-based air-conditioning system that cools air to as low as 18 degrees Celsius without the use of energy-intensive compressors and environmentally harmful chemical refrigerants.
a year ago

Renewable Energy Market Analysis: Southeast Asia

Energy consumption in Southeast Asia has doubled in just over two decades. With annual economic growth exceeding 4%, the region can expect energy demand to rise further in the years ahead. This regional market analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) examines the challenges of economic and population growth, the need to boost energy supply, and growing environmental and energy security concerns.
a year ago

NUS engineers invent tiny vision processing chip for ultra-small smart vision systems and IoT applications

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a novel microchip, named EQSCALE, which can capture visual details from video frames at extremely low power consumption. The video feature extractor uses 20 times less power than existing best-in-class chips, and hence requires 20 times smaller battery, and could reduce the size of smart vision systems down to the millimetre range.
a year ago

Thailand's SMART Visa will encourage more Investment in Technology and Knowledge-based Industries

The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) is confident that the newly launched "SMART Visa" will encourage more investment in technology- and knowledge-based industries, which have seen high growth rate in the past two years. The "SMART Visa" will make it easier for expatriates, foreign experts and investors to work and invest in Thailand long-term.
a year ago

Thailand's Robotics and Automation Industry moves forward

On the road towards an advanced economy under the Thailand 4.0 model, the public and private sectors have been making concerted efforts to accelerate the growth and development of the robotics and automation industries and technologies. These efforts focus on human resources development, knowledge enhancement, information sharing and industrial support networks in tandem with tax and non-tax incentives provided through the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI).
a year ago

ADB to Support Technological Transformation in Indonesia

Indonesia is among the fastest growing internet markets in the world. Indicators such as internet traffic, revenue from cloud services, and connected devices (Internet of Things) are growing rapidly.
a year ago

Renewable Energy Can Account for 37% of Thailand’s Energy Mix by 2036

With a stronger and more ambitious energy development plan, Thailand’s share of renewable energy in total final energy consumption could surpass its national target by a quarter and reach more than 37 per cent by 2036, according to a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Ministry of Energy of Thailand.
a year ago

Geothermal, an Affordable and Sustainable Energy for Developing Countries

The World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) leads the Global Geothermal Development Plan to mobilize new funds for the initial investment phases which carry the greatest risk. So far, the plan has raised $235 million.
a year ago

Singapore Singtel partners with NTU, A*STAR to Accelerate Innovation in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, Robotics, IoT and Smart Computing

Under a five-year partnership, Singtel, NTU Singapore and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF Singapore) will establish a S$42.4 million corporate lab, to be called Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises (SCALE@NTU), to develop applications for use in the areas of public safety, smart urban solutions, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. The partners, through their collective expertise and resources, aim to accelerate innovation in the fields of AI, advanced data analytics, robotics and smart computing.
a year ago

Thai's BOI Introduces New Measures Aimed at Modernizing Agricultural Sector, Enhancing Thailand Competitiveness

Thai government believes in the country's potential to be the world's major food supplier and help alleviate possible future food supply shortage from rapidly growing world population. To take this role, the country sees the importance in modernizing the farming sector through advanced technology and to have clear roadmap for agricultural sector development.
a year ago