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Thales appoints new talents to drive growth in South East Asia

New country directors appointed in several countries across South East Asia Nicolas Bernardin is appointed as Country Director for Vietnam Massimo Marinzi to lead Thailand and Myanmar as Country Director Benoit Nalin expands his current portfolio as Country Director overseeing eight countries -- Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka SINGAPORE, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- South East Asia is a region that is ripe for development. The region's combined GDP per capita increased multifold from $122 in 1976 to $4,021 in 2017. With the amount of natural and human capital that South East Asia possesses, expectations for further growth is high. This plan for growth was mapped out in the ASEAN 2018 development initiative, where technology adoption was one of the two focus areas for the region. Innovation is flourishing as the region readies itself for a smart future. To continue supporting the long-term development and big ambitions of the South East Asian economies, Thales has announced several new appointments across the region, as it continues to expand its footprint and bolster the region's burgeoning economic development. Nicolas Bernardin is appointed as Country Director, Thales in Vietnam. With more than 12 years of experience in the organisation, Nicolas is well versed with the value that Thales offers to its clients. In his new role, Nicolas will lead and drive Thales' growth in Vietnam to support the government's initiatives and to further develop strategic industrial partnerships. He will also continue to sustain the Group's extensive efforts in the country, which involves projects in aerospace, space, defence, transportation and security. Prior to his current role, Nicolas was a key account manager for Thales' land defence and security business in Indonesia, where he built his business expertise on the region. Nicolas takes over from Massimo Marinzi, who is now tasked to lead the Thales business in Thailand and Myanmar. Massimo Marinzi, formerly Country Director for Thales in Vietnam assumed his new role to spearhead the growth and development of the Group in Thailand and Myanmar. He brings close to two decades of experience in developing businesses and strategic partnerships to the table. Over the last five years in Vietnam, Massimo worked closely with the government and private organisations as he drove the growth of the Thales Group across its five business areas. In his tenure, Thales gained its first foothold into the transportation business with the contract to supply the telecommunications system for the Hanoi Metro Line 3. In his new position, Massimo will focus on developing Thales' business in Thailand to contribute to the success of Thailand 4.0. For 30 years, Thales has been supporting Thai customers' big ambitions across the defence and civilian arenas as well as developing local expertise and industrial capabilities. He takes over from Tommy Ayouty, who was Country Director of Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Bhutan for three years. Tommy returns to Europe to take up the role of Country Director for Denmark and the Nordic and Baltic countries. Benoit Nalin, current Country Director for Thales in Bangladesh, Philippines and Sri Lanka will expand his leadership portfolio to include Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives and Nepal. Prior to joining Thales in 2013, Benoit brought extensive experience in business development from companies including Nokia and Blackberry. In his role as Country Director for Thales in Bangladesh, Thales gained entry into the space industry by winning the contract to supply the Bangabandhu telecommunications satellite in 2015. The satellite, developed by Thales Alenia Space, was delivered in April this year. Benoit will now be spearheading Thales's business in these countries to complement and accelerate their rapid growth efforts across the civilian and defence industries. About Thales The people we all rely on to make the world go round -- they rely on Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster - mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 64,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of EUR15.8 billion in 2017.Related Links :

Mobikor provides webtoon service for Vietnamese workers in Korea

Overseas remittance service application, 'PayOne,' is linked to Vietnam's first webtoon platform 'Vinatoon' Mobikor plans to expand the webtoon market for the Vietnamese citizens in cooperation with the best companies in various areas SEOUL, South Korea, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobikor ( co-CEOs Kim Joong-hwan and Lee Jin-woo), Vietnam's first webtoon service provider, announced that it would join hands with Payone ( CEO Lee Dae-hyeong), digital financial transaction solution development and service company, to provide webtoon service for Vietnamese workers living in Korea. Mobikor introduced Vinatoon (, the first webtoon service in Vietnam last April, attracting the attention of the cartoon/webtoon industry in Korea and Vietnam. The company is servicing excellent webtoons of Korea in Vietnam, and making efforts to expand webtoons for Vietnamese citizens in cooperation with several partners in Vietnam. Payone is a company that provides financial and mobile services for workers living in Korea, e.g. overseas mobile business and payment business, including overseas remittance service and overseas cell phone charging service for foreigners living in Korea. Payone entered into an agreement with BIDV Bank of Vietnam in 2008, and entered into an MOU with the Center for Overseas Workers of the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, and introduced 'PayOne,' a remittance smartphone app for foreigners, in 2016, which is now used by many Vietnamese workers and families in Korea. The two companies are planning to implement a link to 'Vinatoon,' Vietnam's first webtoon service, in the 'PayOne' app, and carry out joint marketing. This service will allow Vietnamese workers living in Korea to conveniently enjoy high-level Korean webtoons that are translated and edited in Vietnamese, and use the fee-based webtoon payment service in Korea. "About 187,000 Vietnamese citizens, including workers, are staying in Korea as of 2018, second to Chinese among foreigners in Korea," said Kim Joong-hwan, CEO of Mobikor. "We expect that it will be a good present for the Vietnamese citizens in Korea who want to enjoy Korean webtoons, and we will cooperate with various Vietnamese companies to expand the webtoon market in Vietnam." Logo - Related Links :

Suspected Spanish drug boss arrested after music video cameo

One of Spain’s most wanted men has surrendered to police days after he surfaced in a reggaeton video featuring scantily clad women, a Bentley and a swimming pool.The arrest of Francisco Tejón, who is alleged to lead the Castañas gang that dominates the hashish trade between Morocco and southern Spain, is likely to bolster officers tackling drug-related violence in and around the troubled town of La Línea de la Concepción.Tejón, whom police had sought for two years, turned himself in on Wednesday morning. His arrest follows that of his younger brother, Antonio, who was detained in June after a huge police operation in La Línea.Local officers arrested the 39-year-old after being given an address by his lawyers, the national police force said.“His arrest means that the Policía Nacional have dismantled the top level of the biggest hashish-smuggling gang that operates in the Campo de Gibraltar area,” it said.“Investigators had focused all their efforts on his arrest following that of his brother in June. Police activity has been ceaseless, with officers tracking the movements of Francisco’s inner circle and managing to move closer and closer to the homes and addresses used.”Tejón – known as Isco – had appeared to taunt officers by taking part in a music video with the Cuban reggaeton singer Clase-A, which was uploaded to YouTube at the beginning of October.The video showed Tejón and the singer climbing out of a Bentley and performing a high-five before walking into a house full of champagne and women in bikinis.Although La Línea has been a smuggling hub for centuries, there has been a surge in trafficking – and clashes with police officers – over recent years.The town has from some of the highest levels of unemployment in Spain – with up to 80% of young people out of work in some neighbourhoods – and approximately 3,000 of La Línea’s 64,000 inhabitants are thought to be involved in the 30 or so gangs that run the drug trade.In April last year, 100 people threw stones at police as they moved to seize a consignment of hashish on a beach. Police patrol cars have been rammed by 4x4 vehicles to thwart confiscations.Eight months ago, 20 masked men stormed the hospital in La Línea to free a suspected drug trafficker, while a group of off-duty Guardia Civil officers was attacked by a crowd armed with baseball bats and broken bottles in nearby Algeciras in May.Police unions have made repeated calls for reinforcements and more resources to tackle the smugglers, warning that the situation will deteriorate still further unless action is taken.Last year, police seized 145,372kg (320,500lb) of hashish in the region and 11,785kg of cocaine.(THE GUARDIAN)

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2018 Silk Road Business Summit to be held in Zhangjiajie City on October 16, 2018

On September 29, the press conference of 2018 Silk Road Business Summit in Zhangjiajie city was successfully held in Changsha, Hunan Province. Leaders from the China Association for Friendship, Hunan Sub-council of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Zhangjiajie Municipal Government, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC), and more than 30 mainstream media representatives attended the press conference. The announcement was made for the summit to be held in Zhangjiajie city on 16-17 October 2018. The summit is to actively respond to the Belt and Road Initiative, to build a multilateral economic and trade platform, to promote the formulation of international standards and the building-up of the Belt and Road brands, to explore the new mode of cultural exchange, to create the international tourist attractions, to facilitate the synergy of cultural industries, cultural undertakings, and cultural tourism as contribution to the development of a shared future for the world. The abundant resources of SRCIC will uplift Hunan province in its advantages in the Belt and Road construction and in its strategy of “Innovation Leads and Open Policies for Rise” to expedite Hunan province as an important inland hub of the Belt and Road.  The Zhangjiajie Summit is the 3rd silk road business summit organized by SRCIC, following the successful summits in 2016 and 2017. It’s the first summit with its venue in a city away from Xi’an. The summit in Zhangjiajie city will give a full play to the city’s unique natural resources, ecological culture, and its tourist economy.By report, Silk Road Urban Alliance Roundtable: Belt and Road International Cooperation on Tourism is scheduled at the summit. Themed with strengthening the tourist cooperation and facilitating the Belt and Road construction, the participants are expected to share views on setting up mechanisms for the Silk Road Urban Alliance and have in-depth discussion on promoting tourist and economic development. The summit will release consensuses, international standard proposals and tourist destination development strategies.Over the five years, the Belt and Road Initiative has gained strong support from the Belt and Road countries. International commercial associations and enterprises are important participants in the Belt and Road construction. SRCIC, one of the summit organizers, is the first transnational business confederation named after the Belt and Road and mainly composed of national chambers of commerce from the Belt and Road countries. Since its establishment in 2015, SRCIC is devoted to narrating the Belt and Road stories, initiating the Belt and Road voices, and facilitating the cultural exchanges in building up pragmatic platforms for win-win cooperation. Currently SRCIC has 129 organizational members from 79 countries, including state-level business organizations and millions of affiliated enterprises. SRCIC serves as a bridge connecting enterprises and governments, providing a cooperative platform between business associations and SRCIC members. It plays a vital role in advancing economic and social development with an emphasis on international collaboration and global governance.According to the plan, the annual silk road business summits are to be held in different SRCIC member countries for bigger influence and popularity, and for building up more cooperative platforms to benefit SRCIC commercial association members and enterprise members. (ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)


Belt and Road Initiative paves way for win-win cooperation between China and Czech

By APD Writer He WeiIn July last year, the first China-EU freight train departed from Prague, captial of Czech,to Yiwu, a city in east China’s Zhejang Province. The new cargo train service marked the official launch of “the Belt and Road Initiative” in Czech. Thanks to joint efforts of both sides, the economic and trade ties between China and Czech Republic is heading for a bright future.During the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May 2017, two months before the opening, China signed the Memorandum of Understanding to Jointly Coordinate and Promote Cooperation and Project Implementation with Czech. According to the memorandum, more efforts will be made to set up a China-Czech Cooperation Center under the Belt and Road initiative, a key project bank and a cooperation platform, integrate domestic and foreign resources, as well as adjoin and implement projects On the sidelines of the The Working Conference of China-Czech Jointly Coordinating and Monitoring Cooperation Plan and Projects under the Framework of the “Belt and Road Initiative”, Liu Jielei, vice chairman of the Czech-China Friendship Association, told the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) that besides geographic advantage, Czech enjoys a sound investment environment because of its stable domestic policies, friendly policy toward China, lower business taxes and labor cost than that of in other European countries.The "Yixin’ou (Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe) cargo train, which began in Yiwu, was hailed as an important bridge linking Asian and European continents and a signficiant achievement in the early stage of the initative by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Xu Jie, general manager of Rongsheng Travelling (Czech) Investment Co., Ltd., said because of its important location, they have launched two projects including the Czech-Chinese Technology Business District (CCTBD) project and the South Moravia Chinese Herbal Spa Project in Prague during the past two years, stressing that initial success has been achieved thanks to the initiative.Transalated by Hu Yahui(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)