ONERHT Foundation raises funds for disadvantaged groups in Gentle Bones Charity Concert

SINGAPORE, Jul 26, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Local singer-songwriter Gentle Bones returned to the stage for a good cause in collaboration with ONERHT Foundation Ltd (formerly known as RHT Rajan Menon Foundation Ltd) ("Foundation"), the corporate social responsibility vehicle of RHTLaw Asia LLP and the RHT Group of Companies (collectively, "ONERHT").

L-R: Mr Tan Chong Huat and ONERHT Foundation Chairman Ms Kaylee Kwok during the handover

Joining him on stage for his last ever concert in Singapore were guest artistes Tay Kewei, Charlie Lim, Linying and Benjamin Kheng who thrilled spectators at the Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. In a surprise appearance, JJ Lin who was among the spectators also joined in the performance.

Gentle Bones said, "It's been a great journey since I started my 'Gentle Bones' YouTube channel for acoustic covers back in 2010, and I couldn't have asked for more in my last ever concert in Singapore. By the end of the year, Gentle Bones will no longer be performing or participating in any activities locally, and I'll be officially retiring Gentle Bones in Singapore."

The concert was also attended by Guest of Honour Minister for Culture Community and Youth & Second Minister for Law Edwin Tong SC, who noted ONERHT Foundation's efforts to play a part in supporting an inclusive Singapore.

He said, "The Foundation has done good work over the years, to establish, inspire and encourage a philanthropic culture of giving back to the community among the corporate and legal fraternity. I hope, as ONERHT, they will continue to serve with one heart and one mind, to help the beneficiaries in our community."

Newly appointed Chairman of the Foundation, Ms Kaylee Kwok, said, "Music brings people together and we are pleased to have presented this charitable collaboration with local musicians for a good cause. In particular, we are very grateful to Gentle Bones for supporting this meaningful event."

"The Foundation also marks a new chapter following its renaming to reflect its evolution as a common platform for corporate social responsibility and purposeful growth for ONERHT. With the strong support of the Foundation's donors and sponsors, our Patron and Board of Directors, as well as management, lawyers and staff from across ONERHT, I will continue to advance the Foundation's initiatives and programmes across its four core pillars of education, the environment and sustainability, disadvantaged groups, as well as the arts and sports," she added.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to personally thank Mr Tan Chong Huat for his mentorship, guidance and encouragement during his tenure as Chairman of the Foundation," said Ms Kwok.

During the handover ceremony (with Minister Edwin Tong as witness), Mr. Tan had handed over a symbolic Chinese scroll to Ms. Kwok, which read:

English translation: Chong Huat and Kaylee have led the Foundation well, and, Kaylee, who succeeds him shall build on it and bring it to another level of success and splendour.

Proceeds from the charity concert will help support the well-being of those hit hardest by the pandemic, such as underprivileged families, seniors, people with disabilities, and their caregivers.

Funds raised through the charity concert will be used to support the FUN! Fund for Seniors (an Agency for Integrated Care initiative), PCF Sparkle Care Centres, Lions Befrienders Service Association (Singapore), Dementia Singapore Ltd, Life Community Services Society, TOUCH Community Services Limited, CaringSG Limited and It All Starts

ONERHT Foundation (formerly known as RHT Rajan Menon Foundation)

A Singapore registered charity and grant-making philanthropic organisation, ONERHT Foundation Ltd ("Foundation") enables RHTLaw Asia LLP and the RHT Group of Companies (collectively, "ONERHT") to do right and do good through various charitable endeavours.

Set up by ONERHT in 2015, the Foundation was registered as a Singapore charity by the Commissioner of Charities and a grant-making philanthropic organisation by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore on 16 September 2016 and 28 November 2016 respectively.

The Foundation seeks to establish, inspire and encourage the right philanthropic culture among the corporate and legal fraternity of giving back to the community in a focused, hands-on and meaningful manner. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than S$3 million to support more than 15 beneficiaries involved in education, the environment and sustainability, disadvantaged groups as well as the arts and sports. For more information, please visit

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OctaFX announces visual rebranding, adopts space-inspired design system

KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 26, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – 11 years of providing brokerage services marks an important milestone for OctaFX. For the first time, the broker decided to hold a visual rebranding.

Over more than a decade, OctaFX has managed to accomplish numerous achievements. Today, clients from over 150 countries have opened more than 12 million trading accounts with the broker. To become even closer to its clients, OctaFX decided to adopt a fresh new look: with refined colours, space-inspired elements, and a new logo.

The concept

The main concept behind the rebranding reflects the broker's mission: OctaFX exists to ensure everyone can achieve their investment goals.

"We picture goals as stars in the broad universe of finance. Each one represents a unique combination of needs and desires of a particular person. The journey towards the investment goal isn't always easy – there are many obstacles on the way. To overcome them, traders need an optimal set of both analytical and financial instruments, as well as a reliable partner. We are here to provide them with everything necessary to make effective trading decisions and achieve their investment goals. All the elements of our new design system convey this message in a simple, yet illustrative way," the OctaFX press office commented.

The logo

The two orbits forming OctaFX's new logo reflect the all-encompassing support it provides for traders on the journey towards their goals. The orbits cross each other to create the word 'fx' that highlights an important part of the company name.

The elements

The elements constituting the new visual identity are all built around centre-oriented forces and objects, such as orbits and rays, reflecting the broker's continued focus on the investment goals of its clients.

The colours

The colour palette of deep blues and intense oranges gives vibrancy to the new brand design, emphasising the confidence, dynamism, and readiness to change.

The transformation

The financial world is changing rapidly. New challenges emerge every day, and OctaFX is ready to evolve and transform in response, all to meet and exceed the expectations of its clients. The new branding was created to express that.

About OctaFX

OctaFX is a global broker providing online trading services worldwide since 2011. It offers everything one needs to reach their investment goals, providing top-notch conditions utilised already by clients from over 150 countries worldwide. The company is involved in a comprehensive network of charity and humanitarian initiatives, including improvement of educational infrastructure, short-notice relief projects, supporting local communities and small to medium enterprises. On a side note, OctaFX has also won more than 45 awards since its foundation, including the 2021 'Best Forex Broker Asia' award from Global Banking & Finance Review and 2021 'Best ECN Broker' award by World Finance.

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Bintai Kinden Signs MoU Exploring Opportunities in Middle East

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia, Jul 25, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Bintai Kinden Corporation Berhad, a building and industrial service engineering specialist, is pleased to announce that the Company's sub-subsidiary, Johnson Medical International Sdn Bhd (JMI), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Medical Renewable Care Company (MRC, or under its trade name known as Nouveta) to explore a collaboration providing mechanical and engineering (M&E) solutions and services to the healthcare industry of Saudi Arabia and future expansion in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden

JMI specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of customized hospital support system equipment and provision of nursing home services. Nouveta, which is based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, provides healthcare-related products and services to doctors, hospitals and pharmacies.

Azri Azerai, Executive Director of Bintai Kinden said, "This MoU gives us the framework to explore in more concrete terms how JMI and Nouveta can collaborate further in Saudi Arabia and the UAE and leverage on the opportunities that can be found in these countries."

"As a first step, we are looking to appoint Nouveta as JMI's distributor in Saudi Arabia and secondly, we will study more on the commercial viability of providing M&E solutions and services in Dubai and the rest of the UAE that may encompass a wider market than just hospitals and pharmacies. We look forward to deepening the partnership with Nouveta."

Ali Salem Alsubai, General Manager of Nouveta said, "We look forward to a fruitful relationship with JMI and Bintai Kinden. We believe that there are opportunities for us to leverage on and grow together."

Bintai Kinden, which recorded a net profit of RM0.91 million in the quarter ended 31 March 2022 (Q4 2022) against a net loss of RM6.59 million in the corresponding Q4 2021, also recently formed a partnership with Marafie Industries Co to supply piping materials to oil and gas related companies in Saudi Arabia as well as securing a series of projects from Petro Flanges & Fittings Sdn Bhd to supply piping materials.

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TANAKA to Establish New Building at Hukou Plant, Expanding Its Precious Metal Recycling Business in Taiwan

TOKYO, Jul 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director & CEO: Koichiro Tanaka) has announced that it will establish a new building at the Hukou Plant in Hsinchu County, Taiwan.

Expected appearance of the new building at Hukou Plant

The new building will be constructed with an investment of approximately 3.5 billion yen to create a "one-stop service" for precious metal recycling and further expand business in Taiwan. It is planned to have eight floors above ground and one basement floor, making the total floor area of the Hukou Plant approximately six times larger after completion. The plant is scheduled to begin operation in the first half of 2025.

TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo expects to expand its recycling business in Taiwan by 2026 to provide a stable supply of precious metal materials and contribute to Taiwan's semiconductor industry, which has a large share of the entire semiconductor market.

Taiwan TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo has been engaged in the precious metal recovery and refining business in Taiwan since the establishment of the Hukou Plant in 2005. TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo has decided to further expand its precious metal recycling business because of the increase in demand for semiconductors in recent years and the growing worldwide trend toward reducing environmental impact and increased need for sustainable materials and products.

Currently, TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo is expanding its precious metal recovery and refining business by working in cooperation with local companies and conducting processing work outside of Taiwan. With the establishment of the new building, TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo aims to conduct business solely in Taiwan. In addition, precious metals such as precious metal plating waste liquid, production scraps, and used catalysts for automobiles and petrochemicals can be recycled with a high recovery rate, refined to high purity, and recovered as products that customers desire. By completing all processes in Taiwan, TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo believes that it can contribute to the reduction of import and export processes.

An important part of recycling precious metals is the ability to analyze the amount of precious metals contained in the materials that are recycled. TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo has advanced precious metal analytical techniques* cultivated through many years of research and development, allowing products collected from customers to be evaluated accurately.

*As one measure of our assaying capabilities, TANAKA Precious Metals is one of only five companies worldwide, and the only company in Asia, to be accredited as a Good Delivery Referee by both the LBMA and LPPM, the most authoritative market-monitoring organizations worldwide. TANAKA Precious Metals is also the first company in Japan to acquire ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for our platinum, gold, silver, and palladium assay competence.

By expanding its recycling business through the "one-stop service" of precious metal recovery and refining in Taiwan, TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo will contribute toward the creation of a society that prioritizes recycling which is called for worldwide.

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About Taiwan TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo

Taiwan TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo began manufacturing electrical contacts when it established the Hsinchu Plant in 1987. After that, it established the Hukou Plant in 2005 and started recovering and refining precious metals under a reuse license.

In order to provide cutting-edge technology and high-quality service, the Hukou Plant has many years of operating experience and has installed precious metal refining equipment equivalent to that of Japanese plants. Taiwan TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo also has several Japanese engineers on site to provide the same high-quality service as in Japan and offer customers technical support for precious metal plating and proposals for precious metal recovery systems.

Overview of the new building
Plant name: TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo Co., Ltd. New Building at Hukou Plant
Total floor area: Approx. 8,300 m2
Structure: Eight floors and one basement floor
Description of business: Manufacture of precious metal industrial products, and recovery and refining of precious metals
Start of operations: Scheduled for the first half of 2025

Taiwan TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Head Office: 11F-2, 88 DunHua North Rd., Songshan District, Taipei City, 105410, Taiwan
Founded: 1986
Representative: Takumi Shichita, Chairman
Description of business: Manufacture of electrical contacts, processing of wire rods, and recovery and refining of precious metals

About TANAKA Precious Metals

Since its foundation in 1885, TANAKA Precious Metals has built a portfolio of products to support a diversified range of business uses focused on precious metals. TANAKA is a leader in Japan regarding the volumes of precious metals handled. Over the course of many years, TANAKA has not only manufactured and sold precious metal products for industry but also provided precious metals in such forms as jewelry and assets. As precious metals specialists, all Group companies in Japan and around the world collaborate and cooperate on manufacturing, sales, and technology development to offer a range of products and services. With 5,225 employees, the group's consolidated net sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022, was 787.7 billion yen*

*From the current consolidated fiscal year, the amounts of sales for some transactions are indicated as net values due to application of the Accounting Standard for Revenue Recognition.

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31st HKTDC Education & Careers Expo opens today

HONG KONG, Jul 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 31st HKTDC Education & Careers Expo opened today and runs until 24 July (Sunday) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The expo runs in parallel with the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo and World of Snacks. Open to the public free of charge, the expo features two major sections – Education and Careers – to provide comprehensive information on education and job opportunities.

Chris Sun, Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, officiated at the opening ceremony for the 31st edition of the HKTDC Education & Careers Expo.

The Careers section of the expo provides information on various industries. The Hong Kong Vocational Training Council (HKVTC) will introduce new technologies and skills during the seminars to help students better prepare for the future.

Secretary for Labour and Welfare of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chris Sun officiated at the opening ceremony this morning. Margaret Fong, HKTDC Executive Director, said in her welcoming remarks: "Entering its 31st edition, the Education and Careers Expo serves as a platform for jobseekers and students looking to connect with employers and institutions, helping them to get valuable advice on career options and education opportunities. This year, we are delighted to welcome over 780 organisations, including educational institutions, government departments, professional associations and private companies representing 18 countries and regions."

Four education-themed zones present local and overseas studying opportunities

Four educational zones have been set up to help students explore different options for further education. The Local Education Zone gathers various universities and community colleges, providing the latest information of a range of popular courses. The event also sees new exhibitors, such as consulate general offices of Japan, Ireland, Finland and Switzerland in the Overseas & Mainland China Education Zone, while on further study in mainland China, the Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC) and the Heung To College of Professional Studies provide practical consultation service.

In the Continuing Education Zone, exhibitors, such as the Hong Kong Mediation Centre and Tak On Driving School, provide a variety of courses for continuous learning. Youth Square will set up a summer job and internship zone. Being new to the expo, St. James' Settlement – Career Sparkle offers various activities to help teenagers explore their personal interests and abilities. The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) graduates should take the opportunity to explore more possibilities at the Expo.

The expo's education-themed days focus on further education in the European Union (21 July), Japan (22 July), France (23 July) and Germany (24 July), with representatives from consulate general offices to introduce the prerequisites for admission, application procedures, information on campus life and more. Visitors can also meet with various officially recognised bodies to get first-hand information on studying abroad. Talks will be held by different institutions: the Ontario eSchool Asia Limited will give advice on studying in Canada, whereas Synchro Overseas Study and Career will focus on medical-related education in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Four careers theme days address talent demand in various industries

Four careers-themed days during the expo highlight the latest trends in different industries. On the theme day Skilling for the Future: New Technology and New Talents (21 July), held by the Vocational Training Council (VTC), new technologies and skills, such as geospatial data, Chinese medicine research and art technologies, will be introduced via talks and seminars. The Electrical & Mechanical Engineering theme day (22 July), co-organised with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and the Hong Kong Electrical and Mechanical Trade Promotion Working Group, will invite industry professionals to speak on the current and future prospects in areas such as railway, autombile and the electrical and mechanical engineering industry.

On the third day of the expo, the brand-new themed day Professional Development for the Future (23 July), supported by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG), will address hot topics, such as gerontechnology application and digital marketing. On the last day, the Exploring Construction Industry theme day (24 July), in collaboration with the Hong Kong Institute of Construction (HKIC), will invite construction professionals to share on Building Information Modeling, metal works and welding courses.

Two career-themed zones offer 2700+ job opportunities

There are two career zones, among which the very popular Careers Zone will involve different organisations and provide analysis of the prospects in different industries. The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) will share the pathways and tips to join the innovation and technology industry. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), a new exhibitor this year, will introduce the job nature of different positions and application requirements.

Meanwhile, this year's Recruitment Square gathers various recruitment platforms, public organisations and private companies offering more than 2,700 job opportunities and on-the-spot recruitment, including Cathay Pacific, QB house, Tai Hing Group and Asia Airfreight Terminal. Visitors can bring their CV along to the expo to apply for interested posts.

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development Office of the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau will cover the opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship in the Greater Bay Area. Y.Elites Association Limited has invited Qianhai International Liaison Services Limited to introduce Qianhai's preferential policies for Hong Kong citizens on housing, starting a business, financial, innovation and technology backing, and household registration. For those with the intention to tap into GBA for education, career and business opportunities should not miss the events. In addition, representatives from consulate offices of Hungary, France, and Germany will share more information on Working Holidays Scheme, allowing young people to explore different opportunities around the world.

90+ inspiring events with experts and celebrities sharing their success stories

More than 90 inspiring events will be held during the expo, including a performance by Correctional Services Dog Unit, seminars on higher education and sharing on different careers by celebrities and education experts. Today, Kandy Lui, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management addressed the new normal in workplaces under the pandemic and offered tips for enhancing personal capabilities. The following day, Tsang Yip-kiu (Siu Mai), a contestant on television talent show King Maker IV, will share valuable experiences in pursuing her dream. On the same day, Wong Kim-fung, founder of threezero and Chairman of the Hong Kong Brand Toy Association, and two vice chairmen, Howard Chan (founder of Hot Toys) and Kenny Wong (designer of brand toy "Molly" and creative director of Kennyswork), will discuss how people can turn their passion into career and offer tips on joining the brand toy industry.

On 23 July, Samuel Chan, a specialist in British education, will go into detail about the British educational system and strategies for applying for schools in the UK. Education expert and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons, Principal Chu Tsz-wing, will touch on how he brought experiential learning in Hong Kong and offer students advice on career planning for students. On the last day of the expo (24 July), Pinky Cheng and Tammy Lo, members of the construction industry key opinion leaders "Dream Girls" will disclose their interesting work experiences and how they joined the construction industry. In addition, Patrick Sir, TV host, actor and founder of an education centre and international kindergarten, will talk about his career shift from the education field to the television industry, encouraging young people to further explore their potential in both their careers and personal lives.

Enhanced on-site hygiene measures for participants' safety

Public safety is a top priority for the HKTDC, and various measures have been implemented throughout these concurrent events to protect the health of participants. All staff members, exhibitors and visitors are required to wear masks in the venue and use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app and show their COVID-19 vaccination record before entering the HKCEC in accordance with the HKSAR Government's COVID-19 protocols. Except for designated food and beverage areas, no food, drinks or food tasting are allowed inside the venue, including at the booths. Other onsite safety measures include temperature-screening stations, the provision of hand sanitisers and disinfection items at multiple locations around the HKCEC, as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfection at the venue.

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Officiating at this morning's opening ceremony were (from left) Gladys Yam, Deputy Executive Director of Vocational Training Council, Stefan Bredohl, Deputy Consul General of German Consulate General Hong Kong, Thomas Gnocchi, Head of office of the European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macao, Margaret Fong, HKTDC Executive Director, Chris Sun, Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Okada Kenichi, Consul General of Consulate General of Japan in Hong Kong, Marc Lamy, Acting Consul General of Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau and Albert Cheng, Executive Director of Construction Industry Council.


The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

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KOHLER, together with Lazada Singapore, to bring 30 leading lifestyle brands under one roof in month-long online to offline shopping experience

SINGAPORE, Jul 21, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – KOHLER, a global lifestyle brand and leader in kitchen and bath products, has partnered with Lazada Singapore to bring 30 complementary leading lifestyle brands together for the first time, to provide online shoppers with a curated showcase of luxurious home, kitchen, bath, and lifestyle products they can experience in-store. Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada) utilises Lazada's powerful e-commerce platform to complete the shopping experience and is aimed at satisfying changing consumer habits post-pandemic.

Thematic spaces featuring various ranges of KOHLER's products, complemented by 29 participating brands at Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada) – Photo by Kohler

All the 30 lifestyle brands coming together for the first time for Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada)

The month-long event will provide consumers with a unique immersive in-store feel to the digital shopping experience and offer a one-stop solution for shoppers to experience all 30 brands side by side in real-life home settings. KOHLER and the other 29 brands will showcase their curated range of products at the KOHLER Experience Centre (KEC) from 15 July to 15 August 2022.

The 822 sqm KEC occupying two units of shophouses along Peck Seah Street will house several thematic spaces featuring various ranges of KOHLER's innovative, intuitive, and immersive products, complemented by participating brands such as Samsung, Bang & Olufsen, LEGO, L'OCCITANE, Razer, Nespresso, OSIM, Tefal, WMF, and Philips Lighting. The curated showcase is perfect for first-time homeowners looking for inspiration for their new home or existing homeowners looking to refresh various areas of their homes. Shoppers can explore the different themes throughout multiple levels of KEC and view dedicated spaces such as the living room, bedroom, study, kitchen, and bathroom.

Each themed bathroom and living space are thoughtfully furnished by Kohler designers and representatives from the other brands. As soon as shoppers are inspired by any product they see, they can scan QR codes to purchase on the Lazada app. This means that shoppers can fully immerse themselves in these dedicated home spaces, check out and enquire about the products on display, purchase online immediately, and head home to wait for their items to arrive. This is the future of shopping.

"We are collaborating with Lazada to provide online customers with what they want – an immersive online to offline (O2O) shopping environment to have a real-life experience of how our products feel, look and work, and ask questions for an informed purchase," said Leo Leong, General Manager, Kohler Kitchen & Bath Group, North and Southeast Asia. "This is further complemented by our partnering brands which have collaborated with us to showcase their products in this new experience. Not just that, shoppers can enjoy online prices of up to 60% off during the fair and shopping benefits through the LazMall pages with peace of mind knowing that the products purchased are 100% authentic, with *free returns!"

At KEC, shoppers will also be treated to freebies and giveaways and the opportunity to register for cooking and home interior decor workshops on selected dates available for booking in person. During Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada), the KEC is opened to the public from 15 July to 15 August 2022, daily from 10am to 9pm, including Sundays.

*Free shipping and return policies vary with brands and sellers.

Notes to Editors
Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada)
15 July to 15 August 2022
KOHLER Experience Centre
52/54 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079320
Tel: 6224 0039
Lazada URL:
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Featured Kohler products on sale
(1) More than 50% off Veil Dual Flush Two-Piece Toilet – $846 (U.P. $1,782)
(2) 50% off Family Care Bathroom Furniture – $1,002 (U.P. $2,004)
(3) 20% off Moxie Handshower, sound by Harman Kardon – $399 (U.P. $499)
(4) 45% off Malleco Touchless Pull-down Kitchen Faucet – $873 (U.P. $1,587)
(5) 50% off KOHLER Malleco Single Kitchen Sink – $690 (U.P. $1,368)

Check out other amazing offers on display by other participating leading lifestyle brands.

Giveaways/promotions during Come Home to KOHLER & Friends (Powered by Lazada)
– The top 10 spenders stand to win amazing prizes from KOHLER, OSIM or Bang & Olufsen worth more than $8,000. (Minimum spending of $800 is required to qualify)
– Spin & Win – Shoppers who spend a minimum of $80 during the fair will stand a chance to win Manchester United premiums.
– Sing For Sale – Sing your heart out and enjoy 40% off Moxie Handshower, sound by Harman Kardon from only $299 (U.P. $499)

Activities & Workshops
Sessions are free. Please register 15 mins before each workshop at KEC.
– Cooking Workshop with Chef Ivan Yeo with Food Tasting; Dates: Saturday, 30 July 2022; Time: 4pm to 6pm
– Home Interior Seminar by Bowerman Interior; Date: Sunday, 7 Aug 2022; Time: 3pm to 4pm

About Kohler Co.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America's oldest and largest privately held companies, with more than 35,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; luxury cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit KOHLER.SG.

About KOHLER on LazMall

As part of KOHLER's mission of providing a higher level of gracious living for those touched by our products and services, KOHLER's online store on LazMall offers our customers another convenient way to shop for our quality and innovative kitchen and bath products. With over 100 products ranging from toilet, lavatory, faucet, bathroom furniture, bathroom accessories, and kitchen sink and faucet available online to choose from, our customers can be assured that our products are 100% authentic, with 15-day easy returns and free delivery.

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32nd HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, 5th Sports and Leisure Expo and 2nd World of Snacks open to the public today

HONG KONG, Jul 20, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The 32nd HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), begins today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and runs until 26 July. Running in tandem with the Book Fair are the 5th HKTDC Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo and 2nd HKTDC World of Snacks. Together, they are host to more than 700 exhibitors. Officiating at today's opening ceremony for the three events was John Lee, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), along with Dr Peter K N Lam, Chairman of the HKTDC, and Margaret Fong, Executive Director of the HKTDC.

John Lee (front row, centre), Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, officiated at today's opening ceremony for the 2022 HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair along with Dr Peter K N Lam (front row, R), Chairman of the HKTDC, and Margaret Fong (front row, L), Executive Director of the HKTDC.

Hong Kong's literature lovers eagerly awaited the opening of the Book Fair in the hope of buying their favourite books and discovering new reading adventures.

The second edition of World of Snacks presents a global selection of tasty treats.

As one of the events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR, this year's Book Fair, under the theme "History and City Literature" and with the tagline "Reading the World: Stories of Hong Kong", has gathered numerous acclaimed writers and will host more than 600 seminars and cultural activities at the HKCEC and across the city to celebrate the joy of reading.

Dr Peter K N Lam, Chairman of the HKTDC, said: "As the first large-scale public event this year, we hope the Book Fair can help bring positive energy to the community. This year's theme is 'History & City Literature'. The fair's Art Gallery features five 'History Writers' and 25 books from the 'City Literature' category chosen to mark the 25th Anniversary of the HKSAR. We hope the public can discover and be inspired by the city's historical development."

Thematic exhibitions highlight Hong Kong's culture and history

In keeping with this year's Book Fair theme, four exhibitions are being staged at the Art Gallery in the HKCEC Hall 3 Concourse. The "History Writers" exhibition features the works of five outstanding writers, namely (in no particular order) Ting Sun-pao, Lui Tai-lok, Elizabeth Sinn Yuk-yee, the late Yeh Ling-feng and Cheng Po-hung. A selection of their books, out-of-print works, manuscripts and precious memorabilia is on display to help readers understand the philosophy and inspiration behind their lives and works.

Ting Sun-pao will share his experiences delving into the past in a seminar titled "My Journey on Historical Research" this Friday (22 July), while Lui Tai-lok will analyse the historical context of Hong Kong from multiple perspectives in the seminar "Hong Kong Society's Social Landscape: Description" (23 July). Elizabeth Sinn Yuk-yee will discuss the ups and downs experienced in her historical research in the seminar "Hardships and Joys in 40 years" (24 July). Yeh Zhong-min, attending the Book Fair on behalf of her late father, Yeh Ling-feng, will speak about his research into Hong Kong's literature and history in the seminar "Hong Kong – My Second Home" (25 July). Meanwhile, Cheng Po-hung discusses the city's culinary delights and entertainment development in two seminars, "A Century of Hong Kong Food and Delicacies" (20 July) and "A Century of Hong Kong's Entertainment" (25 July).

"City Literature" features 25 literary works about Hong Kong by renowned local writers, including Xiao Si, Xi Xi, Eileen Chang, Shu Xiang-cheng, and Liu Yi-chang. There is an interactive exhibition that takes readers on a tour of the city from multiple perspectives through words and texts.

The two other thematic exhibitions are "Tastes of Hong Kong" and "Hong Kong Architecture". Working in collaboration with Cheng Po-hung, Lau Tsz-chun, James Ng, Ng Gui-long, the Chinese Culinary Institute, Tao Heung Museum of Food Culture and Yung Kee Restaurant, "Tastes of Hong Kong" presents the evolution of Hong Kong's culinary culture through valuable artefacts. The "Hong Kong Architecture" exhibition is run in partnership with Urban Sketchers Hong Kong and National Geographic, showcasing paintings and photographs by artists depicting Hong Kong's historical sites and city landscapes.

"Eight Seminar Series" connects writers with booklovers

The "Eight Seminar Series" continues to be a major highlight at the Book Fair. The topics this year cover a wide spectrum of literary interests, including "Stories of Hong Kong", "Renowned Writers", "English and International Reading", "World of Knowledge", "Children and Youth Reading", "Lifestyle", "Hong Kong Culture and History", and "Personal Development and Spiritual Growth". Authors and booklovers are able to interact and exchange ideas at the seminars.

Partnering with Ming Pao and Yazhou Zhoukan, the HKTDC has again organised the "Renowned Writers Seminar Series", inviting leading authors to share their creative journey and insights. Documentary photographer Liu Heung-shing shared his insights on capturing the visual history of the city in person today (20 July). Art curator Li Pi will describe how the M+ Museum has made Hong Kong a cultural capital in the region (21 July), while Hong Kong writer Shum Sai-shing will reminisce about the late Ni Kuang in the seminar "Recalling Our Literary Giant – Ni Kuang" (23 July).

The "English and International Reading Series" supported by Book Depository, an international online bookstore, has invited a number of famous English- and foreign-language writers to host virtual and in-person seminars, helping readers learn more about foreign cultures. Two British writers, Clare Mackintosh and Gillian McAllister, met reading enthusiasts virtually today (20 July). Clare Mackintosh described the way she moved from being a police officer to an accomplished crime writer, while Gillian McAllister shared her creative journey and the sources of her ideas.

This year's fair also continues with the "Storytelling by Celebrities" events, inviting former Chinese champion diver Guo Jing-jing, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council Gilly Wong and Hong Kong Museum of Art Chief Curator Mok Ka-wing to tell their inspirational stories to children. For seminars registration and authors line-up at the Book Fair, please visit:

Thematic zones present diverse cultures

The Book Fair features numerous thematic zones, including General Books Pavilion, English Avenue, University Press Square, Spirituality Zone, Children's Paradise and more. The International Cultural Village is attended by representatives of various consulates in Hong Kong to promote their own cultures and publications. The Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau will present French culture through classic works of art in the seminar "Uncovering the Smile of the Mona Lisa", while the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong and Macau will introduce the attractions of Switzerland in the seminar "Exploring Switzerland through Train Rides". The Virtual Classroom zone continues to cater to the new normal in teaching. For instance, a Hong Kong start-up highlights its research and development into cloud-based interactive virtual classrooms, providing artificial intelligence and programming certificate courses and assisting schools to promote science and technology education.

Cultural July in hybrid mode

Alongside the Book Fair, the HKTDC is collaborating with numerous partners, including the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, publishers, cultural and educational institutions, shopping malls and cafes, to organise a series of more than 300 cultural events in the 18 districts of Hong Kong as part of the "Cultural July" campaign. This year, a set of four exquisite Chocolate Rain stickers has been designed for the event. Participants can redeem gifts at the Book Fair after collecting a full set of four stickers. For further details, please visit:

Exciting experiences at Sports and Leisure Expo

This year's Hong Kong Sports and Leisure Expo features eight thematic zones – Sports Hub, Outdoor Adventure, Health & Fitness, Fun & Learn, Board Games, Photography World, Japan Pavilion and Handicraft Market – presenting a variety of sports and leisure brands, products and experiences.

A range of fun activities is offered in the Sports Hub zone for visitors to enjoy free of charge, including an e-sports racing competition and simulator trials, lacrosse demonstrations and mini-games. Exhibitors from the Health & Fitness zone are offering free massages and a massage-chair experience while Fun & Learn promotes boules and petanque along with a 3D printing workshop. Hong Kong racing driver Darryl O'Young and members of the Hong Kong Baseball Association have also been invited to join the sharing sessions at the expo.

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) and nine Japanese prefectures and cities have once again joined the Japan Pavilion to showcase the country's attractions and cultural characteristics. JNTO's experience hall has set up a Japanese hotspot map to display the featured attractions and delicacies of many counties and cities. Visitors can choose their own Japanese tour route from the map according to their preferences. Meanwhile, Kadokawa Corporation, among the top four publishing houses in Japan, has collaborated with Tottori Prefecture to introduce local cultural highlights and bestselling books and magazines from Japan. There will also be sessions on traditional Japanese dance, strategies for travelling in Japan and more to showcase the charm of Japanese culture.

In addition, Photography World and Board Games showcase a variety of products, including the world's first F2 aperture mirrorless camera with a high-magnification zoom lens, Kodak cameras, and fascinating table games with Hong Kong themes.

World of Snacks returns with global selection of tasty treats

Following the success of last year's debut event, World of Snacks returns to feature six thematic zones – Travel Delights, Chocolate and Sweet Factory, Oldie Snacks, Yummy & Healthy, Party Time and Snack Bar – bringing together more than 1,200 popular treats from across the globe.

Public safety is a top priority for the HKTDC, and various measures have been implemented throughout these concurrent events to protect the health of the participants. All staff members, exhibitors and visitors are required to wear masks in the venue, use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile app and show their COVID-19 vaccination record before entering the HKCEC in accordance with the HKSAR Government's COVID-19 protocols. Other onsite safety measures include temperature-screening stations, the provision of hand sanitisers and disinfection items at multiple locations around the HKCEC, as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfection provision at the venue. Visitors are encouraged to make purchases using e-payment, which is accepted by about 85% of the exhibitors.

To ensure a more even flow of visitors throughout the day, the HKTDC has introduced morning admission tickets, night admission tickets as well as a special re-entry promotion. There are no physical ticket sales at the fairground in order to avoid the use of cash and minimise contact. Visitors can pay with their Octopus cards at the entrance's toll booths. More details of the ticketing arrangements can be found below.

The HKTDC Education & Careers Expo will be held at the HKCEC from tomorrow (21 July) to 24 July, running in parallel with the Book Fair and other events. Youngsters and jobseekers can access the latest information on education and career opportunities at this one-stop event. Admission is free of charge.

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The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly SMEs, in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

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UCrest Partners with Malaysian Genomics to Digitalize Genome Services Worldwide

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia, Jul 20, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – UCrest Berhad (ACE Market: 0005) and Malaysian Genomics Resources Centre Berhad, (ACE Market: 0155) announced today that they have signed a collaborative agreement to integrate genomic testing services into digital health platform, iMedic(TM), elevating healthcare services to the next level.

Dato' Dr. Mohd Fikri bin Abdullah, Independent Director of UCrest Berhad; Mr. Eg Kah Yee, Chairman and Managing Director of UCrest Berhad; En. Sasha Nordin, Chief Executive Director, Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad; Dr. Eunice Pui Wan Wen, Head of Medical Affairs, Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad[L-R]

Dato' Dr. Mohd Fikri bin Abdullah, Independent Director of UCrest Berhad; Mr. Eg Kah Yee, Chairman and Managing Director of UCrest Berhad; En. Sasha Nordin, Chief Executive Director, Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad; Dr. Eunice Pui Wan Wen, Head of Medical Affairs, Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad[L-R]

Under this agreement, a virtual genome service centre will be developed on iMedic platform enabling the genomic testing services of MGRC to be made available to the hospitals and clinics (B2B), widening its market access not just in Malaysia, but globally. Additionally, the genomic testing services will also be made available to patients directly (B2C). Patients' genomic data from their test results will be integrated into Electronic Medical Records (EMR) making it accessible by doctors and patients in the process of consultation and management, resulting in improved accuracy in diagnosis and treatment.

UCrest is the leading technology provider of digital health platform with offices in Malaysia, Singapore, China and Taiwan providing access to thousands of doctors, including many from the leading hospitals in the United States and China, to provide online consultation and management of patients anywhere in the globe.

Malaysian Genomics is a leading genomics and biopharmaceutical company in ASEAN for genome sequencing, bioinformatics analysis, and genetic screening, and various types of immunotherapy including CAR T-Cell therapy for the treatment of certain cancers.

The global genomics market size was valued at US$20.1 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.35% from 2021 to 2028. The Asia Pacific genome sequencing market will grow by 15.6% annually over 2022-2030 due to growing government funding initiatives in genomics projects related to cancer treatment and the utilization of genomics in personalized medicine targeting chronic disease prevention and management.

Mr. Sasha Nordin, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Genomics, said, "We are looking forward to working with UCrest as its iMedic platform will provide us an opportunity to reach out to markets beyond Malaysia. The platform will also enable us to strengthen our B2B and B2C channels. This collaboration can play an important role in providing physicians with easy access to the latest in genetic screening, in support of enhancing their medical practice and improving patient outcomes."

"This partnership with Malaysian Genomics allows us to enhance our vision of integrating preventive and precision medicine into iMedic where genome data will empower the patients to better prevent and manage the chronic diseases with the online consultation of doctors," said Mr. Eg Kah Yee, Chief Executive Officer of UCrest. "Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD), diabetic, asthma, sleep apnea and many other chronic diseases can be prevented, managed or treated more effectively with the addition of the genome services," he added.

Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad: 0155 [BURSA: MGRC] [RIC: MGRC:KL] [BBG: MGRC:MK],
UCrest Berhad: 0005 [BURSA: UC]

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Therapeutic Goods Administration Grants Provisional Approval for Moderna’s COVID-19 Vaccine in Children Aged Six Months to Five Years

Cambridge, MA, Jul 19, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – Moderna, Inc. (NASDAQ:MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, today announced that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia has granted provisional registration for the use of Moderna's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax, in a two-dose series of 25 ug per dose for active immunization to prevent COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 in children aged 6 months to 5 years. Until now, children under six were the only age group not eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 in Australia.

"We are pleased that our vaccine for children under six years of age has received provisional approval by the TGA," said Michael Azrak, General Manager of Moderna for Australia and New Zealand. "The continued evolution of COVID-19 represents an emergent threat to global public health, including young children. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked with a deep sense of responsibility to deliver on the promise of mRNA science to all Australians. The approval from TGA helps extend an opportunity to all parents and caregivers in Australia to protect their young children against SARS-COV-2."

Positive interim results from the Phase 2/3 KidCOVE study, announced on March 23, 2022, showed a robust neutralizing antibody response in the 6-month to 5 years of age group after a two-dose primary series of mRNA-1273, along with a favorable safety profile. The antibody titers in the pre-specified 6 month to 23 month and 2 years to 5 years of age sub-groups met the statistical criteria for similarity to the adults in the COVE study, which satisfied the primary objective of the study. Preliminary efficacy analysis on PCR-confirmed cases collected during the Omicron wave showed similar efficacy estimates against Omicron in the 6-month to 5 years of age group to those in adults after two doses of mRNA-1273.

The KidCOVE study is being conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The identifier is NCT04796896.

Moderna is committed to supporting the Australian Government on the COVID-19 program implementation in children aged 6 months to five years upon receiving a recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI).

The TGA previously approved the use of Moderna's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax (elasomeran mRNA vaccine), for active immunization to prevent COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 in individuals aged six years or over.

Authorized Use

Therapeutic Goods Administration has provisionally approved the use of Moderna's mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, Spikevax (elasomeran mRNA vaccine), for active immunization to prevent COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 in individuals 6 months of age and older.

About Moderna

In 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both ground-breaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most-effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and auto-immune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

Forward Looking Statements

This post contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including regarding: the development of the Company's COVID-19 Vaccine (mRNA-1273, or Spikevax); the approval of the vaccine in children ages 6 months to 5 years by the Therapeutic Goods Administration; and the safety, efficacy, and tolerability of the vaccine in children ages 6 months to 5 years of age. The forward-looking statements in this press release are neither promises nor guarantees, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, many of which are beyond Moderna's control and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties, and other factors include those other risks and uncertainties described under the heading "Risk Factors" in Moderna's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and in subsequent filings made by Moderna with the SEC, which are available on the SEC's website at Except as required by law, Moderna disclaims any intention or responsibility for updating or revising any forward-looking statements contained in this post in the event of new information, future developments or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are based on Moderna's current expectations and speak only as of the date hereof.

Moderna Contacts

Luke Mircea-Willats
Director, Media Relations & Communications

Lavina Talukdar
Senior Vice President & Head of Investor Relations

SOURCE: Moderna, Inc.

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RI strives to bridge differences in G20 to overcome economic challenges

JAKARTA, Jul 18, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The third Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting within the framework of Indonesia's G20 Presidency kicked off in Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, on Friday (July 15).

The 3rd Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) Meeting of G20 in Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali, on 16 July. (ANTARA FOTO/Fikri Yusuf/Pool/wsj)

The meeting aims to seek ways to promote better global economic recovery amid the issues or challenges that had become more apparent nowadays.

"G20 needs to (apply more measures) by taking real actions based on the spirit of coordination, collaboration, and consensus in order to solve global issues," Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati delivered the statement during the opening of the meeting.

In total, 407 delegations were physically present in Bali, and 120 attended the event through virtual means. Some 19 finance ministers and 11 governors of Central Banks were also physically present. Thereby making it the one with the most number of physical attendees during the course of Indonesia's G20 presidency.

Minister Indrawati stated that the presence of majority of the delegations of member countries, guest nations, and international organizations demonstrated global commitment and willingness to support the Indonesian G20 Presidency, as well as promote a sustainable economy, especially in the midst of global challenges.

Bridging Differences
Indonesia is committed to bridging various differences and becoming the main supporter of multilateralism in the G20 forum to overcome various current global economic challenges.

"We want to be an honest liaison. Indonesia will tirelessly seek communications and consultations, so we can continue to build bridges to accommodate the differences," the minister noted while opening the 3rd G20 FMCBG meeting.

The 3rd FMCBG meeting discussed seven priority agendas, comprising the current situation and risks of the global economy, health issues, international financial architecture, financial issues, sustainable finance, infrastructure development, and international taxation.

Meanwhile, several issues that became part of the priority agenda are the impacts of the Russian-Ukraine conflict on global food, energy, and financial security.

On the second day of the meeting on Saturday, Indrawati announced that all G20 members has agreed on the majority of the meeting results despite tensions over Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Indrawati conveyed that the meeting succeeded in agreeing on a number of initiatives, and successfully garnering support to overcome various global economic and financial problems.

"There are 14 paragraphs of the draft on the result of this two-days meeting," Indrawati stated on her speech delivering the results of the meeting.

She mentioned that two paragraphs of the result draft containing different views of several G20 members, one of which was regarding the use of the word "war" on several issues.

Indonesia and other G20 members, however, should still place the G20 as the world's largest economic cooperation forum that has a long history of solving various global problems.

Additionally, Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo has called upon all G20 members to commit to working together to support global economic recovery in order to realize a sustainable, balanced, and inclusive world economy.

"It is important for us to stay focused on what we have planned to achieve this year," Warjiyo said at the opening of the second day of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (3rd FMCBG) meeting.

Such a focus, according to Warjiyo, will send a positive message to the global community about the role and efforts of the G20 toward supporting recovery.

During Saturday's meeting, the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors discussed five topics including COVID-19 exit strategies for ensuring financial stability, climate-related financial risks, crypto assets, financial inclusion and digitization, and initiatives to address new data gaps.

Written by: Yuni Arisandy Sinaga, Editor: Fardah Assegaf (c) ANTARA 2022

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