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Philippines’ Maltese consulate supports Manila 2020 shows

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Roger Strickland and Eman Pulis
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Partnership will strengthen relationships and offer significant economic ROI

 

The Consulate of the Republic of the Philippines in Malta has announced its support for SiGMA Group’s planned initiatives in Manila. In 2020, SiGMA Group will launch SiGMA Manila and the Manila A.I. and Blockchain Summit following the opening of an office in the region.

The Group’s move eastwards capitalises on the strong interest in Asia for iGaming and emerging technologies, with an eye towards the growing value there for companies looking to move into up-and-coming iGaming markets. In collaboration with the Consulate, SiGMA hopes to strengthen trade ties, bringing fresh opportunities for business to European affiliates, operators, and suppliers.

Aside from taking on a supportive role for European companies looking to forge closer relations with their Asian counterparts, the launch of the Manila 2020 shows promises to bring a myriad of benefits to the hotspot, with the introduction of a number of international clients to the Asia region exerting a strong economic impact on the area.

The Philippine Consulate in Malta seeks to promote the Philippines as a business and holiday destination with the end view to strengthen relationships between Malta and the Philippines. With this in mind the Consulate aims to engender opportunities for Maltese-registered companies to exhibit at the SiGMA shows in Manila and to foster a connection with Philippine companies as well as build-up the event in the coming months.

Eman Pulis, CEO SiGMA Group, commented, “We’re going to help put the spotlight on the Philippines, embracing the best of the iGaming and tech communities, with the hope that these companies that we bring there will end up setting up offices and getting a licence in the Philippines.  We do not just want to react to what’s going on out there, but we want to take an active, leading role in not only bringing the Asian and European community together but also building long lasting commercial opportunities.”

Philippine Consul to Malta Roger A. Strickland Jr, a.h., added, “Having established the Consulate in January 2016 a lot of progress has been made in increasing awareness of the Philippines both as a Holiday Destination but also as a business gateway to the rest of Asia. The Philippines does not disappoint all those travellers who go the extra mile to visit it and absolutely nothing compares to the rich and abundant diverse natural resources the Philippines has to offer. What also makes the Philippines a truly wonderful country is the Filipino’s themselves thanks to their abundant talent, courtesy and warm hospitality. The Filipino workers hold a variety of skills, are bilingual, have a good educational level and are highly competent exhibiting highly reliable work ethics. We are very pleased to support SIGMA 2020 in Manila and the Consulate is available for any information that travellers or businesses might need in considering their options for their Asia focused business. ”

SiGMA Manila and Manila A.I. & Blockchain Summit will take place June 8th-9th 2020 at the SMX Convention Centre, Manila. The shows in Manila in 2020 expect to welcome over 600 exhibitors and 11,000 attendees from across the globe for two days of conferences and workshops, and premier networking events.

 

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Singapore Games Association Launches

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A new association has been launched in Singapore to bring local Esports and gaming to world stage.

The Singapore Games Association (SGGA), formerly Singapore Games Guild (SGG), officially launched with the mission of creating a sustainable local gaming and esports ecosystem as well as attract more esports events to the region.

SGGA is operating with support from Enterprise Singapore, Infocomm Media Development Authority and the Singapore Tourism Board. SGGA will serve as the sovereign city-state’s primary trade association for gaming and esports.

SGGA’s initiatives will begin by hosting an Industry Day on August 7-8 for local game professionals, as well as those hoping to enter the industry. In the third quarter of 2020, SGGA will launch its paid membership programme, which is open to all companies registered in Singapore, as well as Singapore-based individuals including freelancers.

The SGGA also announced the Singapore Esports initiative to establish industry-wide standards for hosting esports events and to celebrate the achievements of the Singaporean esports community.

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Companies Continue Japan IR Bid Despite Covid-19

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Four of the five front-running companies in the bid for three integrated resort (IR) licenses are keen on competing despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the Japan Integrated Resort Association (JIRA).

JIRA conducted the survey in June. The survey covered 132 companies that are involved in the bidding process. As many as 88 companies said they are willing to continue bidding, with 16 respondents suggesting that they are more interested now. Only one among the top-five companies that are tipped to win the bids answered that they are “less interested” in the project now in view of the Covid-19 situation.

Many companies, 118 to be exact, admitted that their bidding preparations had been affected by the pandemic-induced situation.

As expected, a majority of companies (61.4%) suggested problems in international travel as the main hindrance.

Among the respondents, 59.0% expect difficulty in forecasting demand, while 40.9% are concerned with the cost of infectious disease control measures.

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ITL bill acceptor expands into Southeast Asia

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A bill acceptor (CBA9) designed specifically for Southeast Asia has been introduced to the market to simplify cash handling for OEM’s that export throughout the region. Already dominating the vending industry in China, the market-leading, field-proven banknote validator is now available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand & Vietnam. Following consumer and market demand, ITL are keen to roll-out its accessibility to this vast Southeast Asia region.

Kravitz Liew is ITL’s Business Development Manager for Southeast Asia based in Malaysia. Kravitz commented, “The CBA9 is a cost-effective bill acceptor and boasts a quick transaction time (2-3 seconds) and advanced note-to-note processing capabilities. With its enhanced sensing technology, the CBA yields a high acceptance rate for the Southeast Asian currencies which we have currently available and we are delighted with the positive interest we have received from key Manufacturers in the region. Since I started working for ITL back in February this year, I have built up strong relationships with our customers in Southeast Asia and CBA9 is proof that we are providing the right product for the demands of the region.”

Kravitz continued, “Due to the product’s modular design, the CBA9 can be upgraded to add a note recycler to suit customer needs. It is particularly suited to vending and amusement industries where it offers exceptional field reliability. Free remote updates (including MDB) are available too giving our customers excellent value for money.”

Concluding Kravitz said, “The CBA9 is devised to maximise cash efficiency for customers requiring quick transactions and I am delighted to be able to offer our customers this solution. Southeast Asia is an important region for us, and we look forward to seeing a fast and widespread take-up of this cost-effective bill acceptor in the region.”

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