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Singapore gets a gigantic ‘vending machine’ for buying luxury cars

Singapore gets a gigantic ‘vending machine’ for buying luxury cars | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
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Govt committed to expansion, enhancement of public transportation in Greater KL/Klang Valley

Govt committed to expansion, enhancement of public transportation in Greater KL/Klang Valley | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
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Leitner in Malesia nel più grande parco tematico del mondo

Leitner in Malesia nel più grande parco tematico del mondo | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
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All new public housing blocks to have 'solar-ready' rooftops: HDB [Channel NewsAsia]

All new public housing blocks to have 'solar-ready' rooftops: HDB [Channel NewsAsia] | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
The initiative will save installation costs and time.
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Volete aprire una startup? Scegliete queste 10 città

Volete aprire una startup? Scegliete queste 10 città | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
Lo studio del motore di ricerca per appartamenti Nestpick. Singapore guida la classifica, nessuna italiana nella top ten
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Singapore explores possibility of building a high-rise, green data centre

Singapore explores possibility of building a high-rise, green data centre | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE: Singapore is looking into the feasibility of building a high-rise, green data centre in Singapore, after the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Huawei International and Keppel Data Centres signed a memorandum of intent (MOI) on Wednesday (Jul 19). In a joint press release, the three said they will focus on a two-year strategic collaboration to explore the possibility of building such a data centre here. IMDA will support the development through its programmes, Keppel will offer its capabilities to construct and operate a high-rise green data centre and Huawei will provide the technological expertise to develop said green solutions, it added.This MOI will help Singapore tackle two major environmental issues: Energy and land use. The press release noted that the current best-in-class multi-tenant data centre report an annual power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of as low as 1.4, while in the United States, a similar large data centre in Nevada is able to achieve a rating of 1.18. Using the same example, a typical Singapore data centre will need about 1 ha of land - about the size of three to flour Housing and Development Board (HDB) blocks - and be housed in a six- to eight-storey building. The Nevada facility, by comparison is the largest in the world and spans across 13 ha - about the size of MacRitchie Reservoir park. Due to these challenges, data centres here are capped at about 20MW to 25MW of power capacity, or about 5,000 server racks. The Nevada facility can host up to 26,000 server racks, the press release said.As such, the study would look into the possibility of constructing a high-rise data centre building of more than 20 storeys and that can reduce energy use or increase efficiency to achieve a 10 to 20 per cent improvement in the current best-in-class PUE rating here, it said. The three parties will also look into internal design elements, specifically new approaches toward more energy efficient cooling methods in a tropical setting. "If the concept is found to be feasible and scalable, this would significantly cut down the land space requirements of data centres and contribute towards Singapore’s 2030 climate pledge," the press release said. "It could also apply various new approaches in data centre design and construction methods, processes and applications both locally and globally."Huawei and IMDA also signed another MOI that is focused on helping Singapore-based tech companies grow and expand.Through the partnership, 35 local companies, to be jointly shortlisted through the Strategic Partners Program (SPP), will get access and benefit from the Chinese networking giant's tech capabilities, market insights and business network, the press release said.There was a third agreement inked between Huawei and Singapore-headquartered cargo security tracking company Ascent Solutions to help the latter expand its market footprint, it added.  
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Not time yet to ease property cooling measures: MAS chief Ravi Menon

Not time yet to ease property cooling measures: MAS chief Ravi Menon | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE: The property market in Singapore has “substantially stabilised” over the last three years, but it is not time yet to ease the cooling measures, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) managing director Ravi Menon said on Thursday (Jun 29).Speaking at the release of MAS’ annual report for 2016/2017, Mr Menon said the cooling measures remain necessary amid strong demand for private residential properties from home buyers and investors.Over the medium term, property prices are expected to be aligned with broader income trends in the economy, Mr Menon said.Private residential property prices have declined by nearly 12 per cent over the last 14 quarters, following an increase of close to 60 per cent over 17 quarters.Ultimately, he said, residential property purchases are financed by buyers’ income, which is dependent on GDP growth.“If property prices increase faster than nominal GDP growth on a sustained basis, buyers would end up taking on more leverage than they can reasonably repay out of their incomes,” he said.Mr Menon added that the adjustments by the Government earlier this year “do not signal the start of an unwinding of the property cooling measures”, but instead, were made for very specific reasons and purposes.In March this year, the Government reduced the Sellers Stamp Duty holding period and lowered the rates, while mortgage equity withdrawal loans with loan to value ratios of 50 per cent or less were excluded from the Total Debt Servicing Ratio framework.SEGMENTS OF ECONOMY REMAIN WEAKTurning to the Singapore economy, Mr Menon said the country’s GDP is expected to grow 1 to 3 per cent this year, with a “strong likelihood” that it will be higher than the 2 per cent registered last year.The growth has been somewhat uneven across sectors, but is expected to “gradually broaden to the rest of the economy”, he added.While the trade-related cluster has been a major driver, he said the domestic-oriented cluster has had lacklustre growth and some segments are expected to remain weak.The current neutral monetary policy stance, in place since April 2016, has helped stem disinflation pressures in the economy, Me Menon said.MAS core inflation is projected to average 1 to 2 per cent this year, up from 0.9 per cent in 2016, while CPI-All Items Inflation is expected to come in at 0.5 to 1.5 per cent, up from -0.5 per cent last year.Mr Menon said the current monetary policy stance “remains appropriate for an extended period”, in view of the stable inflation and growth prospects for 2017.“The neutral policy stance should anchor inflation on a gradual ascent towards its historical norm and ensure medium-term price stability,” he said. “This policy is of course predicated on domestic inflation and growth prospects keeping to their projected trajectories.”
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Commentary: Singapore retail needs to aggressively embrace e-commerce

Commentary: Singapore retail needs to aggressively embrace e-commerce | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
Singaporeans increasingly see little compelling reason to visit shopping districts like Orchard Road, so retail businesses need to shape up
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Singapore reaffirms commitment to Paris climate agreement after US pullout

Singapore reaffirms commitment to Paris climate agreement after US pullout | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE: Singapore on Friday (Jun 2) reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement and its pledge to reduce emissions intensity and stabilise emissions, after US President Donald Trump announced he is pulling his country out of the global climate change agreement. "As a low-lying, island city-state, Singapore is particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change and we have a deep interest in global efforts to address potential disruptions to natural ecosystems and human societies," the National Climate Change Secretariat said in a statement."As a small country, we have also staunchly supported the rules-based multilateral system, and upheld the critical role of diplomacy in solving problems on the global commons." It added that Singapore will continue contributing to the global effort to address climate change. "We believe that a global approach towards dealing with climate change is the best chance the international community has at effectively addressing its effects. We remain committed to undertaking the measures needed to achieve our Paris pledge, including implementing a carbon tax from 2019."Singapore had previously stated in its Nationally Determined Contribution that it aims to reduce its emissions intensity by 36 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, and to stabilise its emissions with the aim of peaking around 2030. 
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Mercati azionari: 5 ottime ragioni per investire in Malesia - Morgan Stanley

Mercati azionari: 5 ottime ragioni per investire in Malesia - Morgan Stanley | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
Mercati azionari: Morgan Stanley tenta di rispondere a una delle domande più gettonate di tutti i tempi: dove conviene investire?
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EU court says Singapore free trade deal needs national ratification

EU court says Singapore free trade deal needs national ratification | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS: The top EU court ruled on Tuesday (May 16) that a free trade agreement between the European Union and Singapore cannot fully enter force until ratified by all EU countries, in a legal opinion that could slow down other planned EU trade deals.The European Union hopes to seal trade agreements with Japan, Mexico and the Mercosur quartet of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay and crucially will also have to forge a trade deal with post-Brexit Britain in the coming years.The European Commission and Singapore completed negotiations on a trade deal in October 2014.The Commission, which negotiates trade deals on behalf of the EU's 28 members, has previously argued that trade is an exclusive EU competence, meaning an agreement would not have to wait for years and risk being blocked during ratification by all the members.Such deals would still need clearance by the EU Council, the grouping of EU governments, and the European Parliament.An EU-Canada deal is set to enter force provisionally in the coming weeks after facing waves of protest from labour unions and environmental groups. It was nearly scuppered by a Belgian region and still needs clearance by national and regional parliaments in the coming years to be fully enter force.
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Commentary: Singapore's impending urban mobility revolution

Commentary: Singapore's impending urban mobility revolution | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
The future of transport will see commuters get more convenient, accessible and comfortable options to get to their destination, says Permanen
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Never Mind the Chewing Gum, Singapore Is Global Trade Colossus

Never Mind the Chewing Gum, Singapore Is Global Trade Colossus | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
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Private home prices up in Q3, first time in 4 years

Private home prices up in Q3, first time in 4 years | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — In a sign that the Singapore property market has turned the corner, private home prices rose for the first time in nearly four years in the third quarter, latest flash estimates from the Urban Redevelopment Authority on Monday (Oct 2) show.Prices went up 0.5 per cent in the three months ended Sept 30, versus the 0.1 per cent decline between April and June.
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Indonesia’s plan for ‘10 new Balis’ offers vast opportunities for S’pore investors

Indonesia’s plan for ‘10 new Balis’ offers vast opportunities for S’pore investors | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — Holding up Indonesia’s strong economic potential and improved business environment, the country’s officials yesterday underscored how its plans to create “10 new Balis” will open up vast opportunities for Singapore investors in tourism and infrastructure projects.
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Singapore must 'carefully watch and navigate' as geopolitical landscape shifts: Chan Chun Sing

Singapore must 'carefully watch and navigate' as geopolitical landscape shifts: Chan Chun Sing | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE: As the global geopolitical landscape is shifting - particularly with the US, China and other regional countries - Singapore must "carefully watch and navigate" these new forces, while keeping in mind not to be "short-term opportunists without principles", said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Chan Chun Sing on Saturday (Aug 12).Speaking at a National Day dinner at Tiong Bahru Community Centre, Mr Chan said Singapore must remain principled and pragmatic and take a long-term view if it wants to be taken seriously. It must also be conscious about the forces that are always evolving, and make adjustments as and when needed."We need to have a clear-eyed view of where our interests are, and the cards we have on our side,” he said. “It is not helpful to start any conversation on foreign relations with the question on if we are to be on the side of Country A or should we be on the side of Country B.“We are not vassal states of any bigger country.”Mr Chan said Singapore should be clear of its interests and those of other countries' and to find common ground amid differences. He added that the country must remain relevant and make contributions and should not expect charity or sympathy."If we cannot defend ourselves and secure our lifelines, expect nobody to come to our assistance if we are not relevant or useful," he said.For instance, Government agencies like MINDEF have long anticipated challenges like the development of long-range attack weapons and have built capabilities to defend Singapore's sovereignty.Singapore must also remain economically successful he said; if not, no one will pay attention to the country and invite it to the table to "discuss the rules and regulations for the next lap of the global economic system".That is why Singapore needs to explore opportunities and diversify its trade relationships, to not only tap on the growth market beyond its borders, but also to ensure that its economy cannot be held ransom by depending on just one or two countries, said Mr Chan.“SINGAPORE HAS SURPASSED EXPECTATIONS”On the economy, Mr Chan noted that Singapore has surpassed expectations over the last two quarters and its full-year growth forecast is now narrowed towards 2 to 3 per cent, from 1 to 3 per cent.If it continues to restructure its industries and train workers, Singapore is on track to "move on to a new growth trajectory", he said.But there needs to be a shift in focus - from gross domestic product (GDP) to gross national product (GNP), which is the benchmark of many countries like Switzerland, Mr Chan added.Singapore needs to look at how its companies are able to compete globally. To this end, Government agencies like IE Singapore, the Economic Development Board and the Ministry of Trade and Industry are helping local businesses spread their wings overseas and ride on the economic growth of the countries where they have bases.Mr Chan noted that it will take three to five years to restructure the economy towards a manpower-lean one.While he is not worried about the total number of jobs available for Singaporeans - noting that there are always about 3.5 million jobs for 2.5 million Singaporeans - what he is concerned with is making sure that these jobs are of the right quality that can "fulfill the aspirations of Singaporeans".The focus is to equip workers in old industries with skillsets to enter new industries, said Mr Chan. But employees must take charge of their own training."We are not satisfied with putting our workers in today's jobs, or even worse, yesterday's jobs. We want our people to get into the new jobs in the new economy, so that they have a longer runway to take care of their families,’ he added.Mr Chan also spoke in Mandarin and Malay.In Mandarin, Mr Chan said that counter-terrorism is not just about preventing an act from happening. Terrorists seek to break social cohesion and disrupt normalcy. To that end, he urged Singaporeans to stand united, regardless of race, language or religion."Over the past many months, our Malay Muslim leaders have stood up and took charge of the situation to mobilise their community to fight this long war on terror. I urge our Chinese, Indian communities to similarly stand on the side of our Muslim brothers (and sisters)," he said, noting that terrorism is not a challenge that should just be tackled by the Malay Muslim community.In Malay, Mr Chan said that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be making announcements with regards to the pre-school sector. But beyond new schemes and programmes, parents must also play a part.Mr Chan encouraged parents to send their children to school regularly and to make full use of all available opportunities and, as a community, to lend a helping hand to the underprivileged. This is so that as many children as possible can go through pre-school education and get a good foundation.Mr Chan ended on an optimistic note, using the anecdote of Singapore's many struggles in the 1960s."If we had overcome all those challenges in the 1960s, there is absolutely no reason why we cannot overcome the challenges that we have for this generation,” he said. “Now, we have a much more united country, a much more cohesive community. We start from a much higher economic base and our defence and security systems are much more matured than ever."But the same spirit that took us from the 1960s to today will be the same spirit that will take us from 2017 onwards for the next 50 years and more.”
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A Singapore è arrivato l'asfalto che s'illumina al buio e trasforma ogni passeggiata in un sogno

A Singapore è arrivato l'asfalto che s'illumina al buio e trasforma ogni passeggiata in un sogno | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
Da ferrovia a pista pedonale che s'illumina al buio. Singapore è famosa per i suoi spettacoli di luce che illuminano la marina con laser e led a basso consumo energetico. E ora si è «inventata» un nuo
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S’pore needs to ‘continually shore up its water system’

S’pore needs to ‘continually shore up its water system’ | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE — As the first of two phases of water price hikes took effect this month, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli yesterday reiterated the need to price water correctly, and to invest in R&D and infrastructure.And as part of ongoing efforts to shore up Singapore’s water security, national water agency PUB also announced that it has tied up with Japanese firm Kurita Water Industries to set up a new S$2.5 million water research centre here, which is aimed at improving the efficiency of the desalination process and NEWater production.
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Construction of Singapore's 4th desalination plant begins in Marina East

Construction of Singapore's 4th desalination plant begins in Marina East | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE: The construction of Singapore's fourth desalination plant began on Thursday (Jun 29) in Marina East. It is the first dual-mode desalination plant, meaning it can treat both freshwater from the Marina Reservoir and seawater, depending on weather conditions.Currently, freshwater from reservoirs is processed at eight water works across Singapore, while seawater is treated at SingSpring and Tuaspring desalination plants. On rainy days when water levels in the reservoirs are high, the excess rainwater will be discharged into the sea. But with the new plant, the water will be treated for use.Designed by Keppel Infrastructure Holdings, which will also build, own and operate the Marina East desalination plant, the facility will be able to produce around 30 million gallons of fresh drinking water per day, enough to fill about 55 Olympic-sized swimming pools when it is completed by the end of January 2020. "SLEEK MODERN DESIGN"The Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant is also the first to feature green spaces that can be used by the public for recreation. All of the plant's water treatment equipment will be located underground, topped off by a green rooftop that can accommodate about 700 people.Built on a three hectare plot of land, the plant will also be integrated with the Eastern Coastal Park Connector Network that bridges East Coast Park and Gardens by the Bay East.This "sleek modern design" breaks away from that of conventional water treatment plants, said Keppel Corporation and national water agency PUB in a joint media release. “The civil engineering component is very important in the plant because of the location, the type of soil condition we are facing, and also the way we want the plant to be low – to blend in with the park," said chief executive of Keppel Infrastructure Ong Tiong Guan, He added that building the plant two or three storeys high would make it "stick out like a sore thumb". While the plant will be able to treat both seawater and freshwater, they cannot be done at the same time.During dry periods when the water level in the reservoir is low, water from the sea will then be channeled to the plant to be desalinated. Water from both sources will be filtered from the get-go, removing larger impurities before it goes through a “dual flow chamber”.This chamber then pumps the water to the plant through a 1.8km underground pipeline above the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE). Such a system has been years in the making – a similar dual-mode technology has been in operation since 2007 at a plant in Pasir Ris to test it out before applying it on a larger scale at Marina East.DESALINATION PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN WATER SUPPLY: MASAGOSAt the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said that desalinated water, as one of Singapore’s four "national taps", plays an “especially crucial role in ensuring a diversified and sustainable supply of water”.“Water has always been an existential issue for Singapore. Climate change impact will exacerbate our water issues if we are not prepared," said Mr Masagos.He added that Singaporeans are able to enjoy a reliable supply of water today, due to the country's "relentless pursuit to secure a high-quality and reliable supply of water.""We need to continue right-pricing this precious resource, so that users can appreciate its scarcity value, and the cost of supplying water”, the minister said. Desalination costs more than treating freshwater as it is more energy-intensive, but Mr Masagos said PUB is exploring technologies to reduce the energy consumption of desalination processes, to "moderate" the cost of water production. A fifth desalination plant at Jurong Island is in the pipeline and will also be completed in 2020. That would bring the total daily water production in Singapore to 190 million gallons in three years' time. 
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Briefing in July for firms keen on building, running KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail project

Briefing in July for firms keen on building, running KL-Singapore High-Speed Rail project | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
Firms interested in becoming the assets company will be responsible for designing, building, financing and maintaining all rolling stock as wel
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Per l’Italia tante opportunità nel Sudest asiatico - Il Sole 24 Ore

Oggi il processo di integrazione che si sta realizzando con i Paesi Asean sta aprendo opportunità uniche. Questi Paesi, nel loro complesso, rappresentano la sesta economia più grande a livello mondiale e si prevede che diventeranno la quarta economia più grande entro il 2050. Sono il secondo più
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gov.sg | Singapore ranked most 'digitally competitive' in the world [TODAY Online]

The Republic is the most “digitally competitive” place in the world, based on an inaugural report measuring an economy’s ability to adopt and explore digital technologies leading to transformation in government practices, business models and society in general.
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Singapore gets a gigantic ‘vending machine’ for buying luxury cars

Singapore gets a gigantic ‘vending machine’ for buying luxury cars | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
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Rediscover ASEAN

Rediscover ASEAN | Esportare in Malaysia, Indonesia & Singapore | Scoop.it
Discover why regional and global investors are focusing on ASEAN as the next investment destination of choice.
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