EU Healthcare & MedTech business mission to Singapore, Philippines

EU Healthcare & MedTech business mission to Singapore, Philippines

During 28 August 2018 to 4 September 2018 the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia programme will take selected European companies in the Healthcare and Medical Technologies sector to Singapore and Philippines. Some 50 European companies from 15 European Union (EU) member states will be attending this 10th business mission.

The EU Business Avenues in South East Asia programme supports European companies in establishing long term collaborations in the region, through a series of coaching, business matching and business support services.

The business mission will first travel to Singapore to participate in Medical Fair Asia 2018, before flying over to Philippines for 2 days of pre-arranged business meetings with local stakeholders.

The increase in demand for healthcare and medical technologies in South East Asia is driven by rising affluence, changes in the public healthcare schemes and. aging populations. Healthcare demand in SEA is increasing rapidly also due to an epidemiological shift from infectious diseases to chronic disease patterns matching western markets.

The medical technology (MedTech) sector is expected to grow from US$88 billion (S$120 billion) in 2015 to US$133 billion in 2020 in Asia Pacific, and Singapore is “well-positioned” to act as a gateway to tap the market in the region. Singapore expenditure for elderly and assistive technology is projected to grow 4.5 folds from 2015 to 2030, states EU Business Avenues SEA.

Philippines, on the other hand, is witnessing increasingly more investment in public-private partnerships (PPPs) for major hospital infrastructure projects. At the same time the digital landscape is changing fast with the public and private sector pushing for the digitisation of healthcare information and accessibility for the benefit of the population.

The growing senior population in Europe is an important growth driver for the healthcare sector, which resulted in proactive development by medical device companies to find solutions to address the demands of the aging population such as diagnostic equipment to detect all kind of diseases in their early stages, homecare devices, and remotely monitor-able diagnostic equipment that enables telehealth.

The South East Asia (SEA) region can benefit from these technologies and developments as the region faces similar medical challenges due to its greying population. It is expected that those over 65 years of age will represent 7.8% of the overall population (or 4.6million) by 2020.

“There is huge potential to share the EU’s innovative technologies and solutions in the healthcare and medical industry with ASEAN countries,” says the EU Ambassador to Singapore H.E. Barbara Plinkert.

In 2016, more than 12,200 patent applications were filed with the European Patent Office (EPO) in the field of medical technology, of which 41% represent European applications. “This is a clear evidence of a highly innovative sector that invests in R&D to meet the rapidly changing industry needs,” says Ambassador Plinkert.

In addition, the SEA region has been developing a uniform system for registering and assessing medical devices across all member states – the ASEAN Medical Device Directive (AMDD) – expected to be effective from 2020.

The industry is hopeful that the directive will raise the confidence of foreign manufacturers to penetrate the SEA market and will directly improve the healthcare industry in this region by ensuring that medical devices meet quality and performance standards.

The following Nordic companies are participating:
Moto tiles/Entertainment Robotics (Denmark)
Sub Sector: Assistive Technologies,Rehab/Pain Equipment
Moto tiles are designed as an alternative form of physical rehabilitation exercise to allow elderly citizens to break away from monotonous training programs, and participate in an exercise that is fun and exciting, and therefore more motivating.

Human Care (Sweden)
Sub Sector: Assistive Technologies,Medical Equipment

Withn 20 years of experience Human Care produces and provides mobility solutions for people with special needs. Their premium products are: Mobility Aids, Lifting Solutions, Healthcare Beds, Convertible Chairs, and Bathroom Safety Products for people with reduced mobility.

Mediconsult (Finland)
Sub Sector: ICT for Healthcare,Telemedicine and Remote Health Monitoring

Mediconsult’s core solutions include customer and patient data management, elderly care, ERP, self-care and digital services. Their solutions are designed to fully address the needs of social care and healthcare, both in public and private sectors. The solutions steer patient processes and treatment chains, giving customers the chance of receiving treatment where it best suits them, developed together with their customers, in full compliance with national specifications and regulations. Their data systems are utilised, among others, by doctors, nurses, and self-managing customers in social and health care.

Business mission week details:
Dates: 28 – 31 August 2018
Venue: Level B2, Hall E, Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 1 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018971

Manila, Philippines
Dates: 3 – 4 September 2018
Venue: Shangri-La at the Fort, BGC, 30th Street Corner, 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines

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Indonesia forestry report published

Indonesia forestry report published

Indonesia recently published a report on ‘The State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018‘ with Minister of Environment and Forestry, Ibu Siti Nurbaya, in lead, reports the Embassy of Denmark in Indonesia.

“Deforestation remains a major concern, and public initiatives such as community managed forests are being prioritised to promote sustainable forest management. Denmark is working closely with the Indonesian government to promote sustainable conservation measures. One of our joint initiatives, Hutan Harapan ‘Rainforest of Hope’, has been supported since 2011 to restore and protect one of the richest and most threatened lowland forest ecosystems through active community engagement.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF) produced the first ever ‘State of the Indonesia’s Forests’ (national SOFO) publication in collaboration with FAO of the United Nations. Today (15/1) Ministry of Environment of Indonesia with FAO high officials gathered to attend the advanced writing workshop to finalize the content of the national SOFO publication.

The publication highlights the successful efforts of the Government of Indonesia through various policy instruments and forestry practices to promote good governance of sustainable forest management in Indonesia.

“State of Indonesia Forest (National SOFO) is the future of our forest. This publication perhaps will stay until 30 years later. This report is a huge step for Indonesian forestry, and we are able to achieve it with the FAO support. Perhaps this can be compared with FAO support to Indonesia’s agricultural development in the 70’s,” said Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya, who is also the Editor in Chief in the publication at the opening of a workshop held earlier in 2018 as part of the production of the report.

SOFO aims to provide information to the global community, the state of Indonesia’s forests and forestry resources, and the efforts of the Indonesian Government to democratize the allocation of forestry resources.

“The world is seeking for a leader in the forestry, in the wildlife. The international society is expecting our leadership” said Siti.

“It has been an honour for FAO to support the Indonesia SOFO process since October 2017. FAO sees the Indonesia SOFO as being not only an important publication for this country but also for the rest of the world,” stated FAO Representative in Indonesia Stephen Rudgard.

From the executive summary of SOFO:
“The State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018 provides a broad and deep examination of the progress of the implementation of Indonesian government policies under the leadership of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla to manage Indonesia’s forests, and participate in managing the global climate with sense of responsibility. For the Government, the State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018 can be considered as a political document, reflecting participatory processes in achieving multi-stakeholder consensus in the management of Indonesian forests. The State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018 was written by many authors from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and presents the latest data and information on the management of Indonesia’s tropical forests, while illustrating achievements that have been made to date.

“The State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018 explains the status of Forest Area and forest cover, demonstrating the government’s high attention to safeguarding Indonesia’s tropical forests that function as a global heritage and a living natural laboratory, ensuring long-term prosperity for society and the survival of human life. The State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018 is an effort to be transparent about national programs and achievements, so that they may be known by all parties, including the world community. Multi-stakeholder engagement, especially with grassroots communities, is a policy priority. So is practicing good governance in forest management for the current and future generations.

“For Indonesia, the responsibility for managing forests is not merely the responsibility of the government, but it is the responsibility everyone, ranging from the private sector to members of grassroots communities. Forest management is not just about the timber economy, or conservation of biodiversity, flora and fauna, but about the overall management of forests. The forest with its various functions must be beneficial for millions of Indonesians. This is why there has been a shift from forest management focused mainly on timber management, toward broader forest landscape ecosystem management, which includes social forestry and community-based forest management. The combination of forest management with better land use represents a strategic reorientation toward managing forests more wisely, while taking into account customary values, social forestry, elements of agrarian reform, and law enforcement Indonesia is one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries, contains the largest expanse of tropical peat lands in the world, and therefore has an important role for the world in maintaining the stability of global ecosystems. Indonesia stands ready to lead globally in the areas of forest conservation, biodiversity protection and wise peat ecosystems.

“The Government of Indonesia is now carrying out policy reviews and correcting measures to promote better management of forests and peat ecosystems. In particular, improved peat management in small and large plantations is underway to ensure a sharp drop in the occurrence of peat soil fires in forests, plantations and home gardens – and related negative effects on the environment, health, transportation and economic growth.

“The State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018 is a very important document. It is not only a medium of information about Indonesia’s forests, but also an open, public, official document that provides information and outlines certain accomplishments for an international community that appears eager to better understand forest management in Indonesia. While the State of Indonesia’s Forests 2018 highlights various corrective measures, it also provides space for accommodating relevant inputs and feedback, so that the international community can support the country and the people of Indonesia, to improve their wellbeing.”

Sources: Embassy of Denmark in Indonesia, Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF), Food and Agricultural organization of the United Nations

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EU-Philippines Business Summit 2018 announced

EU-Philippines Business Summit 2018 announced

The EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN) is organizing the EU-Philippines Business Summit 2018 with the theme ‘EU and the Philippines: Jointly Pursuing Competitiveness for Inclusive Growth’ on 18 October 2018, at Solaire Resort and Hotel.

This summit we look at how the current administration’s initiatives and programs in line with its Socioeconomic Agenda and priorities have substantially progressed – Build, Build, Build Program, tax reform, ease of doing business, labor protection furthered through the Executive Order on Contractualization, sustainable development and climate adaptation, and universal healthcare, among many others.

In addition, the Philippines’ economy is at steady growth, EU remains to be one of the top trading partner of the Philippines, and the EU-Philippines Partnership Cooperation Agreement has been put into force – a major milestone for the EU-Philippine relations.

All stakeholders are invited to join the most important trade forum to be attended by key figures from the government and private sector.

This Forum will be a celebration of EU-Philippine trade and investment ties and an opportunity for a constructive dialogue between key stakeholders, covering key sectors – Infrastructure, Retail, Environment, Healthcare, and Tax and Financial Services, with presentations of the EPBN’s wishlist of reforms through the handover of the 8-volume 4th edition of the EU-Philippine Advocacy Papers.

The EU-Philippines Business Summit will bring together three hundred fifty (350) participants from the Philippine government, private sector, business groups, diplomatic corps, academe and think tanks, among others. Keynote invitees will include NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Hon. Maria Leonor Robredo.

Admission fees:
Early bird price (until 31 August, 2018): PHP 5500
Standard price: PHP 5900

EPBN is a project co-funded by the EU and implemented by a consortium of European Chambers of Commerce based in the Philippines.

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International talents’ job fair Philippines

International talents’ job fair Philippines

The Asian Development Bank, NordCham Philippines, and the U.S. Embassy invites spouses/partners of international staff to a Job Fair for International Talents, which will take place on 29 August at ADB in Mandaluyong from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

This first-time collaborative event will bring together companies in the Philippines looking for international talent and international spouses/partners who are seeking employment in the Philippines.

As a participant, this will give you a unique opportunity to meet and discuss job opportunities with international and local companies who are interested in hiring skilled talent. Don’t miss the panel discussion, explaining the current and future talent trends in the Philippine job market.

This is the opportunity for international people in the Philippines to network with organizations that understand who you are and what you may have to offer.

Look out for these companies: Asian Institute of Management, Dusit Hospitality Management College, Gigamare, Global Executive Solutions Group, Global Process Manager, GHD, Habitat for Humanity, H&M, John Clement, KMC Savills, Novo Nordisk, OSM Maritime, Panalpina, Q2 HR Solutions ,Salarium, SN Aboitiz, Vestas.

The event includes a panel discussion on the current and future talent trends in the Philippine job market.

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Nordic After Work Shanghai announced

Nordic After Work Shanghai announced

On 29 August 2018 the respective Nordic business organisations in Shanghai is teaming up for a Nordic After Work event.

They will celebrate the arrival of fall at the amazing terrace of Roof325. If in Shanghai don’t miss out on delicious food and refreshing drinks together with new and old friends on one of the last summer evenings of the year.

When: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Where: Shanghai History Museum – Roof325, 5/F, 325 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu
Price: 150 RMB (Includes 2 drink tickets and fingerfood)

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New CleanTech advisor at Danish embassy Singapore

New CleanTech advisor at Danish embassy Singapore

The Embassy of Denmark in Singapore has announced the arrival of their new colleague and CleanTech advisor Mark Perry. Mark has just joined the embassy from a position as Vice President for Business Development & Sales in Asia at the Danish CleanTech company Aquaporin. Mark was responsible for commercialising water treatment solutions within industrial wastewater treatment & drinking water purification segments as well as securing commercial partnerships and R&D programs.

“We are very pleased to present yet an expert ready to help Danish businesses in Southeast Asia,” states the embassy.

Source: Embassy of Denmark in Singapore

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CEO of Pandora to step down

CEO of Pandora to step down

PANDORA, the Danish jeweller brand with production in Thailand has announced on 9 August that Anders Colding Friis will step down as President and CEO effective at the end of the month. Anders Colding Friis has held the position for three and a half years.

During the Capital Markets Day held on 16 January 2018, Pandora presented its strategic direction towards 2022. The Board remains fully committed to this strategy and recognises the importance of its successful execution. To this end the company will be further strengthening its management team at the same time as a search for a new CEO is underway.

Jeremy Schwartz will be joining as COO effective as of 1 September 2018. Jeremy Schwartz is a former CEO of The Body Shop and has previously held senior positions at several other multinational companies. CFO Anders Boyer, and Jeremy Schwartz, will be jointly responsible for managing Pandora and leading the execution of the strategy.

“The Board recognises the important role Anders Colding Friis has played in leading the Company and in particular in developing and articulating the right new strategy assuring the future success of Pandora. Pending the appointment of a new CEO, I am delighted that we have Anders Boyer and Jeremy Schwartz on board to take the lead,” said Peder Tuborgh, Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The company intends to reinforce its board with further appointees with relevant business experience in major global consumer and/or retail businesses.

Spencer Stuart has been retained to lead the executive search for both a new CEO and candidates for the Board of Directors.

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