加密 ETF 将何时迎来曙光?美SEC推迟对 WisdomTree 比特币 ETF 的决议

加密 ETF 将何时迎来曙光?美SEC推迟对 WisdomTree 比特币 ETF 的决议
SEC 要求公众和行业专家就 WisdomTree 申请以及该 ETF 是否是投资者的安全产品提供反馈。SEC表示,文件在联邦公报(国家日志)上公布后三周内需提交评论,并在七周内提交反驳意见。此次推迟并不令人意外,此前,VanEck 、Kryptoin的比特币ETF均被推迟。美国证券交易委员会目前正在审查十多个活跃的比特币 ETF 申请。包括 WisdomTree 在内的行业参与者也提交了以太坊ETF 产品和比特币期货 ETF 的申请。联邦证券监管机构尚未批准美国境内的任何加密 ETF,尽管支持者声称比特币 ETF 可以通过创建一个更受监管的市场来帮助投资者。支持者还认为,比特币 ETF 将扩大进入加密市场的机会。由于ETF受到监管,一些基金经理、金融机构甚至散户投资者可能更愿意购买ETF份额,而不是直接购买比特币。尽管如此,SEC批准比特币ETF的可能性似乎很小。SEC主席Gary Gensler在国会作证时提出了对比特币市场操纵和投资者保护的担忧。在拒绝过去的比特币ETF申请时,该机构经常将市场操纵列为一个关键问题。事实上,SEC在周二的决定中发布关于ETF是否“容易受到操纵”,以及如何保护拟议中的产品不受欺诈性活动的影响的问题。SEC 还质疑 CME 的比特币期货市场规模是否足以规避操纵。区块链协会政府关系主管Ron Hammond在推特上表示,投资者保护和市场结构担忧仍是该机构的首要考虑,并表示有传言称ETF今年将不会获得批准。图片来源:网络作者:Amy Liu本文来自比推Bitpush.News,转载需注明出处

比特币交易费暴涨,也是牛市预兆?

比特币交易费暴涨,也是牛市预兆?
温馨提示中国网友:参与虚拟货币投资交易活动存在法律风险。任何法人、非法人组织和自然人投资虚拟货币及相关衍生品,违背公序良俗的,相关民事法律行为无效,由此引发的损失由其自行承担;涉嫌破坏金融秩序、危害金融安全的,由相关部门依法查处。 转自:金色财经比特币价格近日持续走高,并一度击穿11000美元的阻力位,市值也飙升到近2000亿美元。与此同时,比特币交易费也增长惊人,自6月14日以来已经上涨了590%,而且内存池(交易积压)增长也十分明显。对于比特币交易费的激增以及内存池阻塞,绝大多数人持乐观态度。他们觉得连续十天比特币区块都被“塞满”是个好消息。因为交易费稳步增长意味着比特币网络能够保证持续安全,而投资者看涨情绪也会反映在价格上。随着比特币交易费的上涨,整个数字货币市场都显示出看涨态势。按照NVT估值模型,最近一个月的数据基本上可以预测到宏观牛市的允许时间,大致是:牛市回归—山寨币泡沫泛滥—以太坊逆势反弹—波动性再次出现—比特币内存池(mempool)达到峰值—比特币交易阻塞,这些都是未来几个月的好兆头。那是否牛市真的要来了呢?也有人持不同意见,他们认为比特币区块填满并不是因为“真实交易”,而是更多人准备在交易所出售比特币导致,所以这算不上是真正的“看涨”。此外,尽管市值不断走高,但加密社区却一直在抱怨,因为比特币交易费变得越来越高,网络上未确认的交易数量不断增加,而且内存池规模(交易队列)也已经变得相当大了,接下来要关注的就是费用估算市场波动性大幅增加了。值得一提的是,许多比特币支持者一直在批评以太坊用户正在经历的高额网络费用窘境,他们总是嘲笑以太坊gas费用,但当比特币区块链已被塞满,而且交易费用暴涨的时候,他们却说这是中本聪愿景,以太坊做的其实比比特币更好——但真是这样吗?根据Coin Metrics报告,以太坊交易费用在过去一周上涨了30.3%,表明需求增加。另一方面,在比特币交易量下降5%的同一时期,以太坊交易量却上升5.5%。这一切都要归功于DeFi应用的持续快速增长。然而高昂的交易费用会导致网络失去处理大量活动的能力,从而限制了网络的应用范围,比如游戏和收藏品等DApp就受到了非常大的影响。另一个刺激比特币上涨的因素可能是美国即将实施第二轮经济刺激政策,预计会对刺激硬资产(包括比特币、黄金和白银等)价格上涨起到辅助作用。受到市场预期的影响,比特币、黄金和白银等硬资产价格已经开始了飙升。7月28日,黄金期货价格一度飙升触及2000美元/盎司,白银/美元价格在上周也出现爆发性上涨。与此同时,比特币似乎也已经摆脱了困扰其很长时间的三角形态,预示着新牛市的开始,但不知此轮是否会冲击到新的历史价格高点。需要注意的是,虽然自2019年10月以来,10,000美元已成为比特币市场的关键心理水平,但这次击穿该阻力位就断言已经进入牛市似乎略显牵强,因为当前比特币价格并未明确突破过去几个月的阻力范围。本文部分内容编译自Bitcoin.com

数据:持有超100枚BTC的比特币地址数量创18个月以来新高

数据:持有超100枚BTC的比特币地址数量创18个月以来新高
温馨提示中国网友:参与虚拟货币投资交易活动存在法律风险。任何法人、非法人组织和自然人投资虚拟货币及相关衍生品,违背公序良俗的,相关民事法律行为无效,由此引发的损失由其自行承担;涉嫌破坏金融秩序、危害金融安全的,由相关部门依法查处。 根据Glassnode数据显示,持有100枚以上BTC的比特币地址数量已达到16419个,创下18个月以来新高。币友问答USDEX是什么币种,USDEX币怎么样?HHLC是什么币种,HHLC币怎么样?BITS是什么币种,BITS币怎么样?RHEA是什么币种,RHEA币怎么样?MENTAL是什么币种,MENTAL币怎么样?

New Certificates Offer Flyers a Sustainable Fuel Option to Cut CO2

New Certificates Offer Flyers a Sustainable Fuel Option to Cut CO2
Madeleine Hillyer, Media Relations, World Economic Forum, mhll@weforum.org New sustainable aviation fuel certificate (SAFc) system will allow firms and travellers to claim lower emission benefits when they cover the price premium for sustainable aviation fuel Initially aimed at corporate air travel, the system is designed to boost demand for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and unlock additional funding sources With existing technologies, SAF can reduce GHG emissions by up to 80% on a life-cycle emissions basis Read more about the SAFc system here New York, USA, 30 June 2021 – Aviation is one of the world’s most carbon-intensive sectors and one of the hardest to decarbonize. Now, however, a new framework has been developed by a wide range of industry partners to cut emissions by stimulating the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) via a system of certificates. Developed through the World Economic Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow (CST) initiative, the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Certificate (SAFc) system is a new accounting tool that will allow SAF emissions reductions to be claimed by the traveller if they cover the higher cost of the fuel. The system works within standard “book and claim” processes, which will allow the actual SAF to be delivered to the airport nearest its production plant. “Clean Skies for Tomorrow was founded to accelerate the deployment of SAF and aviation’s net-zero pathway,” says Pedro Gomez, Head of Shaping the Future of Mobility, World Economic Forum. “Consumer demand for sustainable air travel is a critical part of that pathway and SAFc was specifically designed to enable a clear and consistent market demand signal.” The new certificate mechanism is initially designed for corporations with significant air travel and freight footprints but can be expanded in due course. Why sustainable aviation fuel? SAFc is an important milestone on the path to carbon-neutral flying. There are benefits for both airlines and customers since SAF is the most promising way to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint in the near term. Because jet fuel packs a lot of energy for its weight, it is hard to find feasible options for long-distance commercial flight. Hybrid-electric and hydrogen-powered aircraft may help one day, but their development and deployment at scale could take 10 to 20 years and the technology will likely be limited to smaller, shorter-range aircraft, even in the long term. By contrast, SAF – made from biogenic feedstocks such as waste cooking oil, agricultural residues and municipal waste – is available now and is compatible with existing aircraft and fuelling infrastructure. With existing technologies, SAF can reduce GHG emissions by up to 80% on a life-cycle emissions basis. However, next-generation SAF technologies, such as Power-to-liquid, which use recycled CO2 and carbon-capture technologies, are already in development and could offer overall reduction in emissions to 100% if using a fully decarbonised supply chain. The challenge is that SAF is two to five times the price of conventional jet fuel and can be more. As a result, SAF accounts for only 0.1% of fuel used in aircraft worldwide. Such limited availability and high prices deter the investment to scale up production, which is needed to drive down prices and enable greater uptake. Solving this conundrum requires a significant demand stimulus – exactly what the SAFc mechanism aims to provide. This kind of intervention is particularly critical during the pandemic recovery given the aviation industry’s perilous financial state that leaves it unable to subsidize increased use of SAF on its own. “This is the time for innovation in aviation emissions reduction. Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) provides the most promising solution to reducing aviation emissions, yet today, demand for SAF far outstrips supply,” says Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, RMI. “The World Economic Forum and RMI have developed SAFc to enable ambitious corporations to address emissions from flying while sending a strong demand signal and catalyzing new SAF production.” “By purchasing these certificates, companies and private individuals contribute to emission reductions in aviation,” says Joukje Janssen, Partner, PwC Netherlands, “because these purchases generate new income for the accelerated increase of SAF production capacity.” Before the pandemic, aviation was responsible for about 3% of global carbon emissions, with an even larger overall climatic effect when taking into account impacts such as nitrogen oxide and contrails. COVID-19 has caused a massive slump in both air travel and emissions. Demand, however, is predicted to recover in the 2020s, making this the pivotal moment to put in place a system to transition the industry to more sustainable energy use. Significantly, corporations have already indicated a willingness to pay more for employees’ sustainable travel practices and the SAFc provides a tailor-made mechanism for firms to take leadership in doing this. In fact, input from stakeholders in the CST initiative suggests that corporate demand alone can cover one-third of the price premium associated with reaching the International Air Transport Association’s 2025 global SAF volume target of 2% (6-7 billion litres). In terms of ticket prices, feedback from many of the CST’s aviation-customer partners indicates that a 5%-10% increase in airfares would be acceptable, provided this delivers a significant and verifiable decrease in emissions. Some companies within the CST coalition are already piloting the approach of paying more for SAF, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Deloitte, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Microsoft, BCG, Neste and SkyNRG. In the case of Microsoft, for example, an agreement with Alaska and SkyNRG applies to CO2 emissions from employee travel between Seattle and three Californian airports. How does the SAFc system work? For the SAFc system to function smoothly and at scale, it requires a robust tracking and verification process as well as a registry to ensure that climate-related claims are legitimate and only claimed by a single party. This kind of virtual accounting system is already well-established in renewable electricity markets via energy attribute certificates (EACs) and guarantees of origin (GoO) – an important model for the new SAFc framework. These established mechanisms, which verify that electricity is generated from an eligible renewable source, have been instrumental in accelerating renewable electricity investment by allowing companies to claim the resulting environmental benefits without producing electricity themselves. Over the next year, the development of the SAFc framework will shift into its next phase, including additional SAFc pilot transactions and finalization of a full emissions accounting system. Mission Possible Partnership Clean Skies for Tomorrow is part of the Mission Possible Partnership, a coalition of public and private partners working on the industry transition to set heavy industry and mobility sectors on the pathway towards net-zero emissions by mid-century. 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Fifth Belt and Road Summit opens today

Fifth Belt and Road Summit opens today
Fifth Belt and Road Summit opens todayHighlighting post-COVID economy and SE Asian cooperationThe fifth Belt and Road Summit, jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), opened today. The two-day event (30 November and 1 December) is being held online this year with a new virtual platform that includes plenary sessions, one-to-one business matching meetings, project pitching sessions and a virtual exhibition, bringing together some 80 ministerial officials and business leaders from countries and regions along and beyond the Belt and Road. The event attracted an audience of more than 6,000 from some 80 countries and regions. Overcoming geographical boundaries, the event has brought together investors, project owners and professional investment advisors from Mainland China, the Asian Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and Africa to share insights on the latest developments related to the Belt and Road Initiative.Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, officiated at the summit’s opening ceremony and delivered the opening address. She said: “Since its inception, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been well received by the international community. So far, China has already signed over 200 cooperation documents with 138 countries and 31 international organisations. The BRI is all about collaboration and partnership. “As an active player in the Initiative, Hong Kong is keen to strengthen our collaboration and partnership with other Belt and Road economies. For Hong Kong, given our location and our growing economic ties with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, the Economic and Trade Co-operation Zones in the ASEAN region will present ample opportunities to Hong Kong enterprises and their partners.”Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, gave a pre-recorded address in which he spoke about how the Belt and Road Initiative is helping to promote virus control, infrastructure development, economic development and commerce in the region. He said: “Our world is facing a common enemy: the COVID-19 pandemic. To control the virus, we must work together and synergise. Everyone must walk and move in-sync towards a common goal, a healthy community, and a strong and robust economy. Through synergy, anything we do will be more effective and have a bigger impact; and we can apply this lesson in many other areas, including Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) cooperation. The key to BRI cooperation is synergy. Indonesia hopes the BRI cooperation will also encourage partnerships between the government, the public and the private sector, in the form of Public-Private Partnership or PPP. Second, we must continue to maintain the principle of equality in cooperation. Equality will create space for countries to plan projects based on their national interests. Indonesia’s infrastructure development projects are open for cooperation with all partners, including BRI. The Government of Indonesia guarantees the establishment of a conducive environment for mutually beneficial cooperation.”Also delivering special addresses were officials from the People’s Republic of China, including Ning Jizhe, Vice Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission; Wang Bingnan, Vice Minister, Ministry of Commerce; Ren Hongbin, Vice Chairman, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) of the State Council; and Xie Feng, Commissioner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The speakers focused on the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative in driving the steady growth of China’s national economy and examined Hong Kong’s vital role in the process.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Peter K N Lam, Chairman of the HKTDC, said: “International cooperation is more important than ever as we face the challenge of a global pandemic. Hong Kong is the ideal platform to turn Belt and Road projects into viable commercial opportunities, and it was here in 2016 that the Belt and Road Summit was conceived. Growing together with the Belt and Road Initiative, the summit is now the premier international business event to find partners, raise funds and learn about new developments and investment opportunities on the Belt and Road. We are confident that the online summit will provide a powerful platform to share ideas and make connections.”Hong Kong group forms partnership with Indonesian industrial estatesThe first day of the summit marked the beginning of a new business partnership. Facilitated by the HKTDC, the Smart City Consortium used the virtual platform to sign a memorandum of understanding with an Indonesia-based enterprise, PT Graha Buana Cikarang, for the purpose of expanding Hong Kong’s smart city technology to Southeast Asia. PT Graha Buana Cikarang is a subsidiary company of a listed industrial estates operator in Indonesia, which is managing various industrial estates and developing new towns in different areas of the country. Both parties agreed to cooperate in research areas such as smart mobility, e-health, crisis and disaster protection management, environment and energy.The Indonesian government has been making plans to relocate the country’s capital city to the province of East Kalimantan. The Belt and Road Infrastructure Investment Roundtable will be held by the HKTDC the day after tomorrow to discuss how to act on infrastructure development in Kalimantan as new opportunities arise. Participants will include representatives from some of the infrastructure projects in Kalimantan province, together with investors from Hong Kong and Mainland China and a number of local professional service providers and financial institutions.Forum highlights Post-COVID economyThe pandemic has slowed down or halted economic activities, posing challenges to logistics and customer flow. Different cooperation activities and development projects under the Belt and Road Initiative have been affected to various extents. Today’s plenary session was a policy dialogue focused on “Creating a Healthy, Sustainable and Inclusive Future”, hosted by Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the HKSAR. Mr Yau exchanged ideas with senior international figures including Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Hungary; Jerry Sambuaga, Vice Minister of Trade from Indonesia; Ceferino S Rodolfo, Undersecretary of the Industry Development and Trade Policy Group, Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippines; Sultana Afroz, Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh and CEO of the Public Private Partnership Authority in Bangladesh; and Sompop Pattanariyankool, Assistant Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy in Thailand. The discussion examined the policy landscapes and investment opportunities in their respective economies, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a regional free trade agreement formed in mid-November this year.Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR, delivered the opening remarks at the main plenary session that followed. The Business Plenary was hosted by Victor Chu, Chairman & CEO of First Eastern Investment Group, leading a group joined by Francis Chua, Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Victor Fung, Group Chairman of the Fung Group, Vikrom Kromadit, Chairman of Amata Corporation PCL, Richard Lancaster, CEO of CLP Holdings Limited, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO & CEO Asia of Schneider Electric, Wang Tongzhou, Chairman and General Manager of China Communications Construction Group Ltd, and Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLC. Discussions focused on the topic “Powering the World’s Recovery through Sustainable and Inclusive Development”, seeking to find a way out of the current social and economic doldrums caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting sustainable and inclusive development solutions, and examining how to navigate a clear pathway through the post-pandemic era.Exploring infrastructure potential amid uncertaintiesThe economic challenges brought about by the pandemic have affected economic and trade cooperation, production cooperation and regional infrastructure development to varying degrees. Today’s afternoon breakout session, titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Belt and Road International Infrastructural Cooperation”, was co-organised with the China International Contractors Association to examine how to promote continuous innovation in the area of infrastructure cooperation in the new global landscape, exploring opportunities amid the current uncertainty.Greater Bay Area a key focus for innovationThe markets resulting from the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Belt and Road Initiative are providing valuable opportunities to Hong Kong’s innovation and technology sectors. Co-organised with Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, a session titled “Fighting the Coronavirus with Innovative Tech and Thriving in a Post-Pandemic World – Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area” brought together prominent experts in respiratory diseases, biomedical professors and business leaders to examine how anti-virus technology has become the driving force to help Hong Kong overcome the impact of the pandemic, and how to give added momentum to the local economy by taking advantage of the ample opportunities created by the Greater Bay Area. Another breakout session, jointly organised with Hong Kong Cyberport, gathered representatives from Hong Kong’s digital technology sector to share the latest information related to the Greater Bay Area and the not-to-be missed opportunities for the digital technology sector.A thematic breakout session titled “Positioning Hong Kong for Deal-Making and Dispute Resolution under the Belt and Road Initiative”, co-organised with the Department of Justice of the HKSAR, saw the participation of distinguished legal professionals who exchanged insights on the current landscape for deal-making and dispute resolution, and how technology may be used to overcome some of the challenges brought by the pandemic. One of the major discussions was about Hong Kong’s strengths and how the city can build on its position as a leading international deal-making and dispute resolution centre to serve Belt and Road investors.Given the unprecedented disruption of supply chains through the “double whammy” blow of global trade disputes coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, how is the cluster development of Belt and Road Economic and Cooperation Zones paving the way for international cooperation on alternative manufacturing locations and huge consumer markets, creating opportunities for enterprising new overseas ventures? The thematic breakout session “Manufacturing and Selling in Belt and Road Markets: Seizing Opportunities from the Economic and Trade Cooperation Zones” invited enterprising Belt and Road pioneers to share their first-hand experience in this area and offer advice on how to seize the boundless opportunities that lie ahead.The thematic breakout sessions tomorrow will be co-organised with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Infrastructure Financing Facilitation Office (IFFO), the Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong Association of Banks, Hong Kong Insurance Authority and InvestHK. Important issues such as financing, investment, risk management and start-ups will be discussed.All-day online project pitching and business matching for first timeFor the first time at the summit, a virtual exhibition is showcasing more than 30 local companies representing different sectors including banking and finance, infrastructure, professional services, and technology and innovation. The Global Investment Zone connects investors, project owners and professional investment consultants from 12 countries and regions, sharing the latest business information and highlighting investment opportunities.The eagerly awaited Investment and Business Matching Session is held again this year. One-to-one business matching meetings and project pitching sessions will run virtually, providing a platform for project owners, investors and service providers to connect and discuss their business and investment needs as well as exploring cooperation opportunities. The project pitching sessions cover four main areas: innovation and technology, transport and logistics infrastructure, energy, natural resources and public utilities, and urban development.WebsitesBelt and Road Summit website: www.beltandroadsummit.hk/enHKTDC Belt and Road Portal: https://beltandroad.hktdc.com/The fifth Belt and Road Summit opened today as an online event, covering plenary sessions, one-to-one business matching meetings and project pitching sessions. The first day of the summit marked the beginning of a new business partnership between the Smart City Consortium and Indonesia-based enterprise PT Graha Buana Cikarang, for the purpose of expanding Hong Kong’s smart city technology to Southeast AsiaThe opening session for this year’s Belt and Road Summit was officiated online by Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the HKSARJoko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, gave a pre-recorded address in which he spoke about how the Belt and Road Initiative is helping to promote virus control, infrastructure development, economic development and commerce in the regionSpeaking at the opening ceremony, Dr Peter K N Lam, Chairman of the HKTDC, said that growing together with the Belt and Road Initiative, the summit is now the premier international business event to find partners, raise funds and learn about new developments and investment opportunities along the Belt and Road. He is confident that the online summit will provide a powerful platform to share ideas and make connectionsThe first plenary session was hosted by Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, exchanging ideas on policy analysis with Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Hungary, Jerry Sambuaga, Vice Minister of Trade in Indonesia, Ceferino S Rodolfo, Undersecretary of the Industry Development and Trade Policy Group, Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippines, Sultana Afroz, Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh and CEO of the Public Private Partnership Authority in Bangladesh, and Sompop Pattanariyankool, Assistant Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy in ThailandPaul Chan, Financial Secretary of the HKSAR, gave the opening remarks at the Business PlenaryThe Business Plenary on the first day was titled “Powering the World’s Recovery through Sustainable and Inclusive Development”. Hosted by Victor Chu, Chairman & CEO of First Eastern Investment Group, the panel included Francis Chua, Chairman Emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Victor Fung, Group Chairman of the Fung Group, Vikrom Kromadit, Chairman of Amata Corporation PCL, Richard Lancaster, CEO of CLP Holdings Limited, Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO & CEO Asia of Schneider Electric, Wang Tongzhou, Chairman and General Manager of China Communications Construction Group Ltd, and Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered PLCMedia enquiriesPlease contact the HKTDC’s Communications & Public Affairs Department:Angel Tang Tel: (852) 2584 4544 Email: angel.hc.tang@hktdc.orgClayton Lauw Tel: (852) 2584 4472 Email: clayton.y.lauw@hktdc.orgTo view press releases in Chinese, please visit http://mediaroom.hktdc.com/tcAbout HKTDCThe 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 trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn

With Pledge To Combat Threats, Quad Begins New Cooperation in Cyberspace

With Pledge To Combat Threats, Quad Begins New Cooperation in Cyberspace
Washington DC: The leaders of Australia, India, Japan and the US on Friday said that they are beginning new cooperation in cyberspace and pledged to work together to combat cyber threats, promote resilience and secure the critical infrastructure of the member nations.”In space, we will identify new collaboration opportunities and share satellite data for peaceful purposes such as monitoring climate change, disaster response and preparedness, sustainable uses of oceans and marine resources, and on responding to challenges in shared domains,” Quad leaders said in a statement.The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) Summit was held on Friday where a range of issues, including Afghanistan, cooperation in infrastructure, COVID-19 vaccines, and the Indo-Pacific, were discussed.Leader-level experts vowed to meet regularly to advance work between government and industry on driving continuous improvements in areas, including adoption and implementation of shared cyber standards; development of secure software; building workforce and talent; and promoting the scalability and cybersecurity of secure and trustworthy digital infrastructure.The statement said the Quad will begin space cooperation for the first time with a new working group. “In particular, our partnership will exchange satellite data, focused on monitoring and adapting to climate change, disaster preparedness, and responding to challenges in shared domains.”It said the Quad nations will share Satellite Data to protect the earth and help member countries to better adapt to climate change.”Our four countries will start discussions to exchange Earth observation satellite data and analysis on climate-change risks and the sustainable use of oceans and marine resources. Sharing this data will help Quad countries to better adapt to climate change and to build capacity in other Indo-Pacific states that are at grave climate risk, in coordination with the Quad Climate Working group.”Quad leaders also renewed their commitment to promote free, open, rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific.”The occasion of the Quad summit is an opportunity to refocus ourselves and the world on the Indo-Pacific and on our vision for what we hope to achieve. Together, we recommit to promoting the free, open, rules-based order, rooted in international law and undaunted by coercion, to bolster security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and beyond,” said the joint statement of the Quad leaders.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

Changing Corporate Culture Key to Closing Japan’s Gender Gap

Changing Corporate Culture Key to Closing Japan’s Gender Gap
Oliver Cann, Associate Director, Public Engagement, Tel.: +41 (0)79 799 3405; Email: Oliver.Cann@weforum.orgJapaneseJapan has one of the lowest female labour participation rates among OECD countriesThe Closing the Gender Gap in Japan report identifies priority actions for promoting gender equality in JapanIntegrating women into the economy is an efficient use of a nation’s human capital endowment and important for economic growthDownload the full report hereTokyo, Japan, 3 June 2014 – Gender parity is imperative to Japan’s competitiveness and addressing long-term economic challenges brought on by an ageing workforce, low fertility and an acute talent shortage, according to the Closing the Gender Gap in Japan report published today by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with McKinsey & Company.According to the report, the rate of female participation in Japan’s labour force is only 63%, compared to 85% for men. It is one of the lowest female labour participation rates among OECD countries and 79th globally. Among the employed, 35% of women are in part-time employment, compared to 10% of men.At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2014 in Davos, Switzerland, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe identified Japan’s female workforce as the country’s most underused resource and stated his intention for 30% of all senior leadership posts to be occupied by women in 2020.“This is an ambitious target, but it is also attainable one, provided it is backed by the correct mix of interventions, exchange between companies to share their experiences and strong support across all stakeholder groups to create a level playing field,” said Saadia Zahidi, Senior Director, Head of Gender Parity Initiatives, at the World Economic Forum.Despite some improvements in recent years in terms of the economic participation of women in the workforce, Japan continues to fall behind relative to other countries, ranking 104th out of 136 countries on the Forum’s 2013 Global Gender Gap Index. To close the gap and better leverage the female talent base, the report points to five areas where Japanese companies can improve their gender parity strategies. They include: Visible leadership and commitment to gender parity from chief executive officers and other top leadersMeasurement and target setting to track gender parity goalsAwareness and capacity building, including training for male and female managersIncentives and accountability for all managers on gender parity goalsImprovements to the work environment and work-life balanceResearch shows that 80% of Japanese companies have adopted elements around parental leave and other work-life balance policies, but only 20% of companies have established programmes around talent development, which is essential for women’s progression.“This report highlights the specific need for Japanese companies to focus on talent development as they look to advance women in their organizations,” said Georges Desvaux, Managing Director of the Tokyo office of McKinsey & Company.The report shows that gender diversity is increasingly being recognized as a necessity for reputation and serves as an impetus for change in some Japanese companies, while others have made gender diversity a strategic priority to leverage the gains from diversity-fuelled innovation and improve insights into consumer behaviour.Findings from Closing the Gender Gap in Japan are drawn from surveys of companies conducted jointly with the Keizai Doyukai and J-Win, as well as from the World Economic Forum’s Japan Gender Parity Task Force, which serves as a platform for private-private and public-private dialogue and analysis to support the efforts of multiple stakeholders on closing the gender gap.Notes to EditorsDownload the report at http://wef.ch/cjgg14For more information on the Forum’s Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme: http://wef.ch/genderView the best Forum Flickr photos at http://wef.ch/pixBecome a fan of the Forum on Facebook at http://wef.ch/facebookFollow the Forum on Twitter at http://wef.ch/twitterRead the Forum blog at http://wef.ch/blogView upcoming Forum events at http://wef.ch/eventsSubscribe to Forum news releases at http://wef.ch/newsShare this:Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)

UK Seeks To Oust China From Sizewell Nuclear Plant- Report

UK Seeks To Oust China From Sizewell Nuclear Plant: Report
London: Britain is nearing a deal with France’s EDF to force China to offload its stake in the Sizewell C nuclear power station in eastern England, the Financial Times reported Wednesday.The proposed £20 billion ($27 billion, 23 billion euros) plant on the Suffolk coast is currently awaiting a formal investment decision.EDF owns 80 percent of the project and China’s state-owned nuclear firm CGN holds the remainder.The FT, citing people briefed on the situation, reported on Wednesday that the UK government and EDF want to force CGN to sell or float its 20-percent stake.In response, a government spokesman told AFP that negotiations were “ongoing” but no investment decision has yet been made. EDF declined to comment.The business daily added that ministers are also expected to block CGN’s plans for another nuclear plant at Bradwell in Essex, southeast England.UK media had reported in July that Britain was exploring ways to bar CGN from all strategic power projects amid chilling relations between London and Beijing.Relations have become increasingly strained on issues ranging from espionage and cyberattacks to alleged human rights against the Uyghur Muslim minority, and repression in Britain’s former colony of Hong Kong.London angered Beijing by last year banning Chinese telecoms group Huawei from involvement in its 5G network after the United States raised spying fears.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comCGN is already working alongside France’s EDF in the construction of a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point, in southwest England, which is due to be completed in 2025.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NEXT BLOCK Asia 2.0 Revisits Bangkok; Ends with GURUS Influencer Awards

NEXT BLOCK Asia 2.0 Revisits Bangkok; Ends with GURUS Influencer Awards
NEXT BLOCK ASIA has revisited Bangkok to set the stage for discussions between experts from cryptocurrency, traditional finance, and affiliate industries. Advertisers and affiliate network leaders joined cryptocurrency visionaries and CEOs of successful startups to speak about the future of their industries and discuss synergies.The conference was a one-day event and took place in Bangkok’s epic W Hotel. It was packed with five impactful panel discussions and seven presentations, alongside an expo and coffee zone with nine booths.36 speakers from 16 countries, including crypto experts such as Herbert R. Sim or the Bitcoin Man, J.D. Salbego, CEO of Legion Ventures, Topp Jirayut Srupsrisopa, Co-founder & CEO at Bitkub Capital Group Holdings Co., as well as traditional finance representatives, like Daniel Kruger, Affiliate Development Manager at Vantage FX, Neo Say Wei, CEO Neo & Partners Global and RF International Holdings, and big names from the affiliate industry, including Alex Fedotoff, a leading Facebook ads strategist for fast-growing e-commerce businesses, Anthony Sarandrea, one of the best lead generators in the world and Anna Gita, CEO of MaxWeb, one of the fastest-growing affiliate networks – all participated in the comprehensive discussions.The participants focused on common grounds of Affiliate Marketing and Crypto, and apart from that, a lot of discussions were centered around new trends in payment solutions for affiliates, CFD and online marketing, P2P commerce and using innovative technologies technology in marketing, conversion, and retention.The conference was sponsored by some of the biggest names in crypto, traditional finance, and the affiliate space, including XT.com, Vantage FX, World Markets, Tapjets, EXW-Wallet, and Bitbanq.All the movers and shakers from crypto, finance and affiliate worlds turned W Hotel Bangkok into a fantastic networking hub with tons of business opportunities.”Yet another resounding successful conference by Krypton Events under the leadership of Alisa Berezutska, which brought together blockchain first-class delegates and outstanding speakers,” said Herbert R. Sim, a.k.a. The Bitcoin Man, founder of Crypto Chain University. “I am glad to have participated, and look forward to future conferences.”XT Exchange Co-Founder Weber Woo used the opportunity to share his thoughts about regulations pertaining to exchanges: “Today’s Crypto exchange has to be innovative, otherwise, they will not survive. Plus Government regulations should give blockchain industry more time and space, which is good for innovation.””The business value-add of Blockchain technology is trillions of dollars. We are embarking on a new paradigm shift in the transfer of economic value and ownership, and NEXT BLOCK Asia Conference is at the center of this movement,” said J.D. Salbego, CEO of Legion Ventures.As per tradition, NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 culminated in a fabulous ASIA FASHION PARTY and the new GURUS AWARDS, which recognized online influencers in various fields, with the winners of influencer awards being:BEST CRYPTO LEGAL CONSULTANCY: Tal Itzhak RonBEST CRYPTO PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDER: EXWBEST CRYPTO MEDIA: CryptoNewsZBEST USE OF BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY: LedgerTechBEST CRYPTO JOURNALIST: Myrtle AnneBEST TWITTER ACCOUNT: Nebraska GoonerBEST CRYPTO VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE: 99 BitcoinsBEST CRYPTO EDUCATOR: Herbert Rafael SimPOPULAR CHOICE AWARD IN INFLUENCERS: Herbert Rafael SimPOPULAR CHOICE AWARD IN COMPANIES: KYCAIDThe party and awards ceremony was a huge success, with great music and cocktails sponsored by Tapjets, and was lauded by winners and attendees:“Thank you to the organization of Gurus and especially for the great vibe at the event and award ceremony! We are very happy to have won the prize as the best crypto PSP and we will improve on it and work every day harder to offer even better service. Great to see this combination of affiliate and crypto market,“ said Manuel Batista, CO-Founder of EXW-wallet.Eran Tirer, Founder & CEO of Ledgertech, said, “It was an honor to receive the Gurus Award for the best use of blockchain technology. The award ceremony was a great finish to a very successful day at the Next Block Asia conference. We are looking forward to participating in future conferences of Krypton Events. We had a great business value, speaking to the right audience of blockchain and marketing professionals.”Now Krypton Events will be hosting their next event in Kyiv, Ukraine, slated for April 23, 2020. More details can be found on their official website.

Leaders sign unique roadmap for stakeholder capitalism in the Middle East and North Africa

Leaders sign unique roadmap for stakeholder capitalism in the Middle East and North Africa
Aylin Elci, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum, +41 75 404 10 95, aelc@weforum.org ???? A group of senior decision-makers from the Middle East and North Africa, including leaders from government, business and civil society, signed the Principles of Stakeholder Capitalism for the Middle East and North Africa, which are designed to inform an inclusive, sustainable and resilient recovery for the region. All signatories are members of the World Economic Forum’s Regional Action Group for the Middle East and North Africa. The Forum created this group in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, designing it as a platform for public-private cooperation to showcase, scale up and replicate projects and initiatives inspired by the principles. The principles are released ahead of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit (21-24 September), which aims to scale up sustainable solutions to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of our time. Media can sign up here. Geneva, Switzerland, 14 September 2020 – Regional leaders are advocating a shared vision for stakeholder capitalism and have signed the Principles of Stakeholder Capitalism for the Middle East and North Africa.This roadmap advocates the importance of public-private collaboration and includes the following action points: 1. Crafting inclusive economic policies and a new social contract 2. Stimulating economic integration 3. Reshaping education systems 4. Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution 5. Promoting environmental sustainability 6. Mitigating global health risks 7. Committing to good and agile governance Signatories are members of the World Economic Forum’s Regional Action Group on the Middle East and North Africa, which the Forum created in April 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Top-level members of government, business and civil society convene monthly during virtual meetings with the aim of developing action-oriented initiatives and projects that strengthen the region’s resilience for the post-COVID-19 era. Driven by their conviction that companies and governments need to have a larger societal role, the signatories believe that the shared vision and language – agreed upon in the Principles of Stakeholder Capitalism – will serve as a guiding framework to steer collaboration. The Regional Action Group on the Middle East and North Africa will offer a platform for projects and initiatives that emerge from these principles, with the aim of scaling them up and replicating them throughout the region. The principles have been released ahead of the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, which aims to scale up solutions to address the economic, social and environmental challenges of our time. Signatories to the Principles of Stakeholder Capitalism for the Middle East and North Africa are: Mohammad Al-Ississ, Minister of Finance of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, Economy and Planning of Saudi Arabia Rania A. Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade of the United Arab Emirates Abdulla Bin Touq, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates Adeeb Ahamed, Managing Director, Lulu Financial Group Khadim Al Darei, Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder, Al Dahra Holding Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Financial Centre Authority Mina Al-Oraibi, Journalist Tareq Al Sadhan, Chief Executive Officer, Riyad Bank Ali bin Masoud bin Ali Al Sunaidy, Chairman, General Authority for Special Economic and Free Zones; Minister of Commerce and Industry, Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Planning of Oman (2012-2020) Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman, Alshaya Group Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim Mazen S. Darwazeh, Executive Vice-Chairman; President, Middle East and North Africa, Hikma Pharmaceuticals Hisham Ezz-Al-Arab, Chairman and Managing Director, Commercial International Bank Fadi Ghandour, Executive Chairman, Wamda Capital Bandar Hajjar, President, Islamic Development Bank Mohamad Ali Hamade, Chief Executive Officer, Amanat Holdings Khalid Humaidan, Chief Executive Officer, Bahrain Economic Development Board Sir Mohammad Jaafar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kuwaiti Danish Dairy Majid Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum, United Arab Emirates Samer S. Khoury, President, Engineering and Construction, Consolidated Contractors Company Luciano Poli, President, India, Middle East and Turkey, Dow Chemical Company Hashim Shawa, Chairman, Bank of Palestine Ayman Tamer, Chairman and Partner, Tamer Group Inam ur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, Dawood Hercules Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and Managing Director, VPS Healthcare Helmut von Struve, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Middle East, Siemens Marc Waters, Managing Director UK, Ireland, Middle East & Africa, Hewlett Packard Enterprise “The World Economic Forum’s Regional Action Group for the Middle East and North Africa reflects the engagement of the region, not only in responding to global challenges, but in proactively contributing to shaping the right vision for the future,” said Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, Economy and Planning of Saudi Arabia. “The community’s vision for the Middle East and North Africa aligns with Saudi Arabia’s G20 agenda, as it aims to foster higher inclusive economic growth, harness technological advancements, enhance environmental sustainability, promote better governance and partnerships, and enhance global cooperation.” A similar view was expressed by Abdulla Bin Touq, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, who said: “The Regional Action Group is one of the most important multilateral and regionally focused platforms where policy-makers and private-sector decision-makers can come together to share their views, allowing them to push some of the major regional priorities into the domain of actionable projects.” According to Bin Touq, the Principles of Stakeholder Capitalism “represent the building blocks for all of us to actively work together in addressing the challenges brought by COVID-19 and to make headway on the economic prosperity of MENA.” “Adopting a shared vision and language for public-private collaboration through endorsing the Principles of Stakeholder Capitalism for the MENA region is an opportunity to reshape our societies and economies, allowing us to emerge from the pandemic stronger, more unified and more resilient than before,” said Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt. “The Principles for Stakeholder Capitalism form the foundation of a new beginning that will require a fresh approach to how the public and private sectors work together to unlock the region’s vast potential,” said Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer of Majid Al Futtaim Holding in the United Arab Emirates. “The philosophy of stakeholder capitalism places the benefit of concerned parties at heart and is the path to achieving a better standard and quality of living for all populations in the MENA region,” said Mazen S. Darwazeh, Executive Vice-Chairman and President, Middle East and North Africa of Hikma Pharmaceuticals in Jordan. “There is an urgent need for enhanced investment and youth employment in order to ensure a brighter future for the region,” said Majid Jafar, Chief Executive Officer if Crescent Petroleum in the United Arab Emirates. “The Principles of Stakeholder Capitalism constitute a crucial effort to learn and implement the key lessons of the pandemic, so that we rebuild economies and societies with growth that is more resilient, equitable and sustainable.” Mirek Dusek, Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum, said: “The Principles of Stakeholder Capitalism for the Middle East and North Africa constitute a milestone for the region in preparing for its future. They crucially provide a framework for promoting environmental sustainability, as they are designed to support regional decision-makers in shaping social and economic policies that are in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, thereby mitigating potential future climate-related disruptions and putting the region on a path of sustainable, equitable, and inclusive growth.” Notes to editors Sign up to the Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020 here Read the Summit OverviewView Forum photosRead the Forum Agenda also in French | Spanish | Mandarin | JapaneseBecome a fan of the Forum on FacebookWatch Forum videosFollow the Forum on Twitter via @wef @davos | Instagram | LinkedIn | TikTok | Weibo | PodcastsLearn about the Forum’s impactSubscribe to Forum news releases and Podcast