As it strengthens its regional focus, VP Bank announces key appointments in Asia with Johnny Heng as Head of Singapore Branch and Kenneth Chan as Head of In-termediaries Hong Kong

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HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 23 May 2022 – VP Bank Ltd today announces several appointments within its Asia organisation. These appointments further affirm the Bank’s dedication to Strategy 2026, enhancing its competitive edge to seize opportunities in the Asia region.VP Bank Ltd Singapore BranchNew appointments1. Johnny Heng joins as the Head of Singapore Branch, effective 1 June 2022 (subject to regulatory approval), reporting to CEO Asia, Pamela Hsu Phua. Having worked more than 25 years in the financial services industry, he has extensive international investment and management experience spanning London, New York and Singapore. In line with Strategy 2026, Johnny will be responsible for developing and scaling the Bank’s operations and activities in Singapore. Prior to joining VP Bank, Johnny worked for Equities First Holdings, Nomura Singapore, Coutts & Co. and Credit Suisse Private Bank. Johnny also held senior investment roles in a sovereign wealth fund and a single family office, helming the investment teams through numerous market cycles like the “dot.com” bubble and the last global financial crisis. In recognition for his active community work and contributions to the non-profit sector, he was awarded the Public Service Medal by the President of Singapore in 2019. An economist by training, he also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Singapore University of Social Sciences.2. Veronica Ong joins as Regional Lead, Marketing and Communications Asia, effective 17 May 2022, reporting to Chief of Staff Asia, Heline Lam. A marcom professional with more than 20 years of experience, Veronica is responsible for driving the Bank’s marketing and communication activities in Asia to support business growth in this region. She was previously Head of Marketing, Southeast Asia for Credit Suisse AG, and worked for organisations such as Coutts & Co Bank Ltd and the Monetary Authority of Singapore. She graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration.VP Wealth Management (Hong Kong) LtdNew appointments3. Kenneth Chan joins as the Head of Intermediaries Hong Kong, effective 1 June 2022. With over 30 years of financial services experience, he will report to Reto Marx, Head of Hong Kong, and help in the development and implementation of VP Bank’s growth strategy in the Greater China region. Prior to joining our Hong Kong office, Kenneth worked for EFG Bank AG, UBS AG, Pictet & Cie (Europe), Standard Charted Private Bank and DBS Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce & Economics and is a Financial Risk Manager (FRM).4. Alice Chan joins as a Relationship Manager, effective 1 June 2022. With extensive experience in relationship management, she will report to Kenneth Chan. Joining from EFG Bank AG, she has previously worked for UBS AG Hong Kong, Standard Chartered Ltd, DBS Bank and ICBC.5. Karen Ho joins as a Relationship Manager, effective 27 June 2022. With close to 20 years of banking experience, she joins from EFG Bank AG and will report to Kenneth Chan. Prior to joining EFG Bank AG, Karen held various banking positions at UBS AG, HSBC, Citibank, and AIA.”With the Asia region as one of the main growth engines for VP Bank, we continue to emphasise on expanding and improving our investment platform and infrastructure for our clients,” highlighted Pamela Hsu Phua, CEO Asia of VP Bank.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. – Published and distributed with permission of Media-Outreach.com.

Workato Expands Leadership for the Next Phase of Growth in People and Culture

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The enterprise automation company welcomes Carle Quinn as Chief People Officer; Kerry Moore as Vice President, Talent & Diversity; and Keith Tyndall as Vice President of Corporate and Brand Marketing amid accelerated growth
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 23 May 2022 – Workato, a leading enterprise automation platform, today announced the appointments of Carle Quinn as Chief People Officer; Kerry Moore as its first Vice President of Talent & Diversity; and Keith Tyndall as Vice President of Corporate and Brand Marketing. Quinn, Moore and Tyndall join Workato during a phase of hyper-growth for the company as the platform continues to experience rapid adoption across key industry verticals, requiring support from a diverse portfolio of talent within leadership. After a year of record momentum, which included raising over $420 million in total funding to date with a $5.7 billion valuation, and recently being named to the 2022 CNBC Disruptor 50 List, Workato’s expansion of hiring signals newfound growth in 2022.”We are fortunate to have experienced an over 200% increase in employee headcount in 2021 and pride ourselves, from the executive level down, on being an eclectic group of individuals,” said Workato Founder and CEO, Vijay Tella. “We’re thrilled to welcome new talent across departments to support Workato’s continued growth. Carle, Kerry, and Keith each bring unique expertise to our team as we continue to cement ourselves as the leading enterprise automation platform.”Carle Quinn joins Workato as Chief People Officer where she’ll be responsible for all aspects of the human resources strategy, including talent management, leadership development, and compensation and benefits, as well as leading all human resources functions globally. She brings 20+ years of experience in human capital management where she has served in a number of increasingly senior business and executive HR leadership roles. Over the course of her career, Quinn has gained global leadership experience in Human Resources and in Sales and Consulting at companies like SAP, GE, IBM, and most recently as Vice President of GTM Strategy & Customer Value at Citrix. With a particular passion for leveraging exceptional talent as a competitive strength to drive business performance and value, Quinn’s new role will be instrumental in leading and executing strategy centered around the heart of the company: Workato’s people.”Workato’s rapid growth creates a unique opportunity to lead teams through the next phase of development, evolution and employee-led innovations,” said Quinn. “People are the heartbeat of everything we do. Paired with a groundbreaking automation offering that helps shape the future of work and is rehumanising it, Workato is uniquely positioned to change the way we connect on a global scale, which all starts with an internal, people-first approach. I am so excited to get the opportunity to work alongside the executive team and Vijay on scaling the dynamic Workato culture as global growth continues to be a priority. Like many of the Workato team members, my multi-faceted background serves as a reminder that we all bring a unique and storied perspective to the table.”Kerry Moore joins Workato having previously held numerous senior leadership positions at exemplary and disruptive technology companies, including UKG (merger between Ultimate Software and Kronos), Entegris, Teledyne FLIR and ZoomInfo where she was integral in building a robust talent acquisition pipeline that celebrated diversity and inclusion. Moore has rich experience anchoring campus and emerging talent programs to attract employees from all backgrounds to meet current and future business objectives, and is credited for her key role in launching the first programs of this kind at UKG and Entegris.”In the two decades I’ve been in the business of people, the most gratifying experiences I’ve had is building world-class talent acquisition programs that invite the most brilliant people in technology,” said Moore. “I have been impressed with Workato’s growth and dedication to creating an inclusive work environment and look forward to constructing a strong program on top of a strategically built foundation.”Keith Tyndall joins Workato as VP of Corporate and Brand Marketing, previously having led the marketing team at Kareo, the cloud-based leader in EHR and patient engagement software. He managed the brand merger of Kareo with PatientPop in 2021 to later become Tebra. He has previously held marketing leadership roles at ServiceTitan, BlackLine, and Cornerstone OnDemand. Tyndall will drive Workato’s global brand marketing and corporate communications strategy across key areas, utilising his extensive expertise in high-growth SaaS technology companies across strategic communications, investor relations, product marketing, and brand strategy.”I’ve dedicated my career to marketing leadership roles in global enterprise organisations, and am excited to leverage my knowledge and experience at a company as disruptive as Workato,” said Tyndall. “Building a differentiated brand strategy that highlights the value and impact Workato delivers to its customers is an important focus as the company grows. I’m thrilled to lead the team at such an important stage.”Workato has also made additional key leadership hires in the last year including former VP Analyst at Gartner, Massimo Pezzini as Head of Research, Future of the Enterprise and Gaby Moran as Director of Customer Experience.To learn more about enterprise automation and Workato, visit workato.com. – Published and distributed with permission of Media-Outreach.com.

ROAD TO UFC Opening Round Bouts Announced

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Tournament For Asia’s Top MMA Prospects Kicks Off During Fight Week For UFC 275 In Singapore This June
SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 23 May 2022 – UFC®, the world’s premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization, has announced the bouts for ROAD TO UFC, the most significant opportunity for Asia’s top MMA prospects to make it to the world stage. The opening round will take place across two days, June 9 and June 10, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium ahead of UFC® 275: TEIXEIRA vs PROCHAZKA on June 12, UFC’s first Pay-Per-View event in Southeast Asia.

ROAD TO UFC episodes and bouts:Episode 1Featherweight, Yi Zha (CN) vs Keisuke Sasu (JP)Lightweight, Balajin (CN) vs WonBin Ki (KR)Bantamweight, Maimaiti Tuohati (CN) vs Toshiomi Kazama (JP)Flyweight, SeungGuk Choi (KR) vs Rama Supandhi (ID)Non-tournament Light Heavyweight, Zhang Mingyang (CN) vs Tuco Tokkos (UK)Episode 2Bantamweight, MinWoo Kim vs Xiao Long (CN)Featherweight, JunYoung Hong (KR) vs Koyomi Matsushima (JP)Flyweight, Qiu Lun (CN) vs Wallen Del Rosario (PH)Lightweight, Ailiya Muratbek (CN) vs Pawan Maan Singh (IN)Non-tournament Flyweight, Shaun Etchell (AU) vs Takeru Uchida (JP)Episode 3Featherweight, JeongYeong Lee (KR) vs Xie Bin (CN)Flyweight, Yuma Horiuchi (JP) vs Top Kiwram (TH)Lightweight, Anshul Jubli (IN) vs Sho Patrick Usami (JP)Bantamweight, Rinya Nakamura (JP) vs Gugun Gusman (ID)Non-tournament Women’s Strawweight, YeDam Seo (KR) vs Josefine Knuttson (SE)Episode 4Bantamweight, Shohei Nose (JP) vs Wulijiburen (CN)Lightweight, Asikerbai Jinensibieke (CN) vs Kyung Pyo Kim (KR)Featherweight, Lu Kai (CN) vs Angga Hans (ID)Flyweight, HyunSung Park (KR) vs Jeremia Siregar (ID)Non-tournament Welterweight, John Adajar (PH) vs HanSeul Kim (KR)All bouts live and subject to change.The opening round of ROAD TO UFC on June 9 and June 10 will be from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. SGT on both days. Admission is free and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis by registering at https://ufc.com/rtu. Additionally, the purchase of any VIP package for UFC® 275: TEIXEIRA vs PROCHAZKA will include a reserved seat for both days of the event (subject to availability).ROAD TO UFC episodes will air in Asia primetime GMT +8, so audiences across Asia can get to know the athletes via in-event features and competitions on UFC broadcast partners (check local listings).UFC® 275: TEIXEIRA vs PROCHAZKA is hosted in Singapore with support from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). It is Southeast Asia’s first championship double-header, as UFC world light heavyweight Glover Teixeira takes on #2 Jiri Prochazka, and UFC world women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko faces #5 Taila Santos.UFC® 275: TEIXEIRA vs PROCHAZKA will take place Sunday, June 12, at Singapore Indoor Stadium. The prelims will begin at 6 a.m. SGT, followed by the main card at 10 a.m. Tickets are available for purchase at Ticketmaster.sg.Follow us on Facebook (UFC Asia), Twitter and Instagram (@ufc), and use the official hashtags: #UFC275 #UFCSINGAPORE. – Published and distributed with permission of Media-Outreach.com.

Whizz Woods Integrates With Latest CAD Solution For Better Designs

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SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 23 May 2022 – Whizz Woods, a trusted computer-aided design (CAD) software reseller in Singapore, has announced its integration with ZWCAD 2022 SP2, a CAD software developed by a reliable provider of all-in-one CAx solutions, ZWSOFT. As the latest edition of its flagship 2D CAD solution, ZWCAD 2022 SP2 seeks to elevate the friendliness and speed to the next level – ultimately enhancing users’ planning and design workflows.ZWCAD 2022 SP2 is designed to be efficient but without compromising stability. With the SP2 version, users can move the cursor smoothly across entities, so they do not experience any unexpected pauses when designing. As it is fast, it is more stable, especially when it comes to simple functions such as copying all entities, switching between layouts, and zooming in. In addition to assisting users in plotting drawings in batches, Smart Plot has been enhanced with two new functions: allowing users to efficiently set up all file names before plotting, rather than manually adjusting them one by one afterwards, as well as plotting various sizes of paper at once by enabling automatic paper size recognition for physical and virtual printers. Other functionalities include four new data types for Tables and the ArcGIS Module that enables maps to be displayed more accurately.By integrating with ZWCAD 2022 SP2, Whizz Woods is bringing an innovative solution to the various industries utilising CAD software for CAD drawing, drafting or CAD product design while simultaneously boosting their productivity. While ZWCAD focuses on developing its core competencies, Whizz Woods provides a solution to users seeking a perpetual CAD software license in Singapore with new and improved features. Together, the two solutions streamline users’ planning and design processes with enhanced administrative functions and flexible access to upgrades – resulting in increased productivity and more informed decisions for optimum designs.Whizz Woods is among Singapore’s leading CAD software resellers offering alternatives to AutoCAD with a non-expiring license. Individuals interested in the latest version of the ZWCAD can download it as a CAD software free trial on Whizz Woods’ website. Besides the new ZWCAD 2022 SP2, Whizz Woods supplies a vast range of other CAD software products and services, such as PINEAL 3D Robotic Vision and Robotic Vision Design Consultancy Service.For more information on the ZWCAD price in Singapore or Whizz Woods’ excellent range of CAD solutions, do visit https://cadvisionsoft.com/.#WhizzWoodsThe issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. – Published and distributed with permission of Media-Outreach.com.

Digital Wallet Group Brings Smiles to Singapore with Launch of Mobile Remittance App for Foreign Workers

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SINGAPORE / TOKYO, JAPAN – Media OutReach – 23 May 2022 – Global IT and fintech company Digital Wallet Group (DWG) today announced the launch of its Smiles Remittance application (Smiles) in Singapore. DWG’s subsidiary, Digital Wallet Singapore Pte Ltd, will manage the rollout and operations with local partner bank CIMB Bank Singapore. The initial outbound remittance corridors from Singapore are the Philippines and Indonesia, with Bangladesh, Vietnam, and India, among others, expected to be added by 2023.

Philippine Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Joseph del Mar Yap (far right), graced the opening of Smiles Studio @Orchard at Lucky Plaza with “Pride of OFW” award recipients in recognition of their long-term support of families back home, remitting consistently over an average of 20 years.
Created by DWG’s subsidiary, Digital Wallet Corporation (DWC), Smiles is Japan’s first and most popular mobile remittance service providing a convenient and user-friendly mobile experience, low remittance fees and 24/7 accessibility. The mobile app offers a simple, fast and transparent, six-step in-app remittance process. It also provides a range of payout options, including bank credits and cash pickup in thousands of locations globally, tailoring to local preferences and allowing greater flexibility without incurring extra cost. Besides English, Smiles offers language options in Tagalog and Bahasa Indonesia, with Vietnamese and Spanish in the pipeline.Mr Eiji Miyakawa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Wallet Group, said, “The challenging circumstances from the global pandemic and geo-political tensions have impacted foreign workers worldwide struggling to take care of families back home. Our purpose is to support foreign workers and ensure the lifeline to their families is timely and convenient by providing a secure, round-the-clock mobile remittance channel. With the prevalent use of digital technology, Smiles offers another way for our customers to stay connected and have peace of mind. We are confident that the extension of our Smiles network to Singapore will benefit the foreign worker community and further support our continued expansion across the Asia Pacific.”Smiles is a pioneer in redesigning international money transfer services with the latest technology, product design and business model. The app was the first in Japan to introduce online identity verification (eKYC) using artificial intelligence to simplify and secure procedures. The same technology which processes transactions of 70 million users worldwide is also accessible as a digital customer management technology solution. White labelled for clients in retail, mall operations, and consumer healthcare sectors, it uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to manage customer authentication, data analytics, and marketing automation.Smiles has been on a global expansion journey since its launch in Japan in 2016, where it has built a loyal customer base among Filipinos working in the country and became the top mobile remittance service. Before arriving in Singapore, the Smiles app was released in Canada in February 2022. Smiles has also set up representative offices in Vietnam and the Philippines. In 2021, Smiles was awarded the Good Design Award in Japan and is the first and only remittance app to date to receive this esteemed accolade.The introduction of the Smiles app in Singapore follows and complements DWG’s acquisition of RediMoney Express Pte Ltd (REPL) in August 2021, commencing the conversion process of its retail and app assets to Smiles. On 16 April 2022, the Philippine Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Joseph del Mar Yap, graced the opening of the Smiles Studio @Orchard at Lucky Plaza. He also met with selected foreign workers in Singapore who were recognised for their long-term support of families back home by remitting consistently over an average of 20 years. The personal stories behind these long-time overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) exemplify the spirit of Smiles’ “Pride of OFW” campaign, a platform for personal stories of challenges and triumphs shared by OFWs.The global pandemic has impacted the cross-border movement of foreign workers with lockdowns, border closures, travel restrictions and curbs, which have severely affected in-bound labour mobility and movement restrictions on the foreign workers’ off days when they usually visit over-the-counter remittance services. However, mobile remittance applications like Smiles enable foreign workers to overcome such challenges and have full access to financial services to support families at home.Data by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed that cash remittances, which only include money transmitted through banks, grew 5.1 per cent from the previous year’s to US$31.418 billion – a new high in 2021 due to an improving global economy amid the global pandemic. After the USA, Singapore was recognised as the second-largest source of remittance in 2021. It is also one of the lowest-cost corridors to the Philippines, averaging 3 per cent. Conversely, corridors for remittances to areas in East Asia and the Pacific can go up to 13 per cent.Mr Roland Pagdanganan, Managing Director, Digital Wallet Singapore, said, “I was drawn to Digital Wallet with its values of serving, caring, and giving back, which align with the values I instil in my own family. With the launch of Smiles in Singapore, I would like foreign workers to experience our innovative mobile remittance service, where the customer experience, service delivery and community support are in our DNA. Additionally, a portion of our Singapore revenue will go towards Smiles donation campaigns to help organisations for disaster and humanitarian relief.” – Published and distributed with permission of Media-Outreach.com.

India’s Economic Powerhouse Maharashtra Joins the World Economic Forum in the Fight Against Plastic Pollution

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Katherine Docampo, Head of Impact Communications, kpav@weforum.org, +41 79 593 6211

  • Maharashtra, India’s largest state in terms of GDP and home to Mumbai, joins the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) to advance regional efforts to fight plastic pollution
  • Maharashtra joins a growing list of global economies that will leverage the GPAP platform to drive localized solutions for the circular economy
  • The partnership will bring together Maharashtra’s leading policy-makers, business leaders, civil society organizations and experts to formulate a state-level plan to eradicate plastic pollution
  • Learn more about the Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership here

Davos, Switzerland, 22 May 2022 — Maharashtra state, through its Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, has joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP).

The announcement follows the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5), where a resolution was adopted in March 2022 that will hold member nations legally accountable for their contributions to the global plastic pollution crisis. By joining the Global Plastic Action Partnership, Maharashtra aims to enhance its commitment to curbing plastic pollution, raise its ambition, and ensure accountability and inclusivity throughout the value chain.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change of Maharashtra will work with GPAP to launch a National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) in Maharashtra as a platform to tackle plastic waste pollution. The GPAP-Maharashtra partnership is the first in India. Maharashtra, whose capital city is Mumbai, has an estimated population of 124 million people, larger than countries such as Ethiopia and the Philippines, making this a significant partnership in per capita terms. Nations currently implementing such partnerships include Indonesia, Ghana, Pakistan, Viet Nam and Nigeria.

“This agreement with the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership marks a critical juncture in our state’s battle against the plastic pollution endemic,” said Aaditya Thackeray, Minister of Environment and Climate Change for Maharashtra. “Covid proved a hurdle towards our single use plastic ban, where health priorities in PPP took precedent. Now as we refocus on our climate and sustainability objectives, we are laying the foundation to deliver the systems-wide change needed across sectors. This partnership is the building block as we transition towards a more resource circular approach to tackle climate change while strengthening our economy.”

The NPAP model creates a circular economy framework for plastics through a locally-led, locally-driven platform. In Maharashtra, it will bring together the state’s most influential policy-makers, business leaders and civil society advocates. This group will deliver a state-level action plan to radically reduce plastic pollution and connect high-potential solutions with strategic financing opportunities.

“GPAP is thrilled to partner with Maharashtra to continue their efforts to tackle the plastic pollution problem,” said Kristin Hughes, Director of the Global Plastic Action Partnership. “This partnership with Maharashtra signifies the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s acknowledgement that solutions extend beyond plastic bag bans and that collective action is required. Multiple interventions need to be implemented in a coordinated manner, with strong collaboration between all stakeholders. Inclusivity will be a core pillar of our collaboration to ensure that informal sector workers are not disadvantaged and, as such, form an integral part of each roadmap’s implementation plan.”

Maharashtra is positioning itself as a leader nationally in India in the fight against plastic waste pollution. In March 2018, the Government of Maharashtra banned the manufacturing, sale and use of single-use plastic bags. It also banned an array of single-use plastic products, including cutlery, straws and containers.

Learn more about the Forum’s work to address plastic pollution: https://globalplasticaction.org/

About the Annual Meeting 2022

For over 50 years, the World Economic Forum has been the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Annual Meeting is the focal point for leaders to accelerate the partnerships needed to tackle global challenges and shape a more sustainable and inclusive future. Convening under the theme History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies, the Annual Meeting 2022 and its 200 sessions brings together global leaders from business, government and civil society. Learn more about the programme and view sessions live and on-demand.

In Times of Division, Arts and Culture Bring Us Together: Meet the Davos Cultural Leaders

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Chloé Laluc, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum: Email: clal@weforum.org

  • Cultural leaders from around the world will feature prominently in the official programme of the Annual Meeting 2022.
  • Cultural dimensions of global issues will be highlighted at the meeting through exhibitions, installations, performances and sessions.
  • Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Emanuel Ax will perform an exclusive concert featuring dancer and choreographer Ahmad Joudeh.

Geneva, Switzerland, 22 May 2022 – The World Economic Forum announced today the participation of prominent cultural leaders in the Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters. These prominent figures will join their peers from business, government, the media and civil society to advance dialogue on how to reconnect in a post-pandemic era and unite to rebuild a world of inclusivity and sustainability under the meeting’s theme “History at a turning point: Government policies and business strategies”.

Cultural leaders will include former Crystal Award recipients world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and musician will.i.am; portrait and documentary photographer Platon; Verbier Festival and Academy founder and director Martin Engström; Grammy-winning classical pianist Emanuel Ax; singer/songwriter, actress and activist Inna Modja; and new media artist and director Harry Yeff.

“Never has there been a time more important, more pressing, then the present for arts and culture to unite us,” said Joseph Fowler, Head of Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum. “When you experience culture, there is a sense of expansion when you cease to think about yourself and you feel part of something larger. The creative sectors are some of the most important when it comes to social impact and human connection and when they are coupled with the power of new technologies, arts and culture have an immense potential to nurture a culture of peace.”

Arts and culture will be integrated across throughout the Annual Meeting 2022:

  • The power and potential of the human voice is the focus of Voice Gems – Messages of Hope. Created by Harry Yeff and Trung Bao, the Voice Gems system sculpts over 200,000 particles with fingerprint-like voice data to create the colours and form of the each unique gem stone. The exhibition will feature a total of 17 messages of hope that have been recorded by a diverse selection of people including primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall; creative innovator, entertainer and tech investor will.i.am; poet and author Rupi Kaur; author and disability advocate Sinead Burke; and spiritual leader Sadhguru.
  • The Annual Meeting concert entitled “Our Shared Humanity” – to be performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax – is a celebration of humanity and shared hopes for a united and prosperous future. The accompanying immersive backdrop includes images provided by Atlas of Humanity as well as an exclusive filmed performance by dancer and choreographer Ahmad Joudeh. It is also a musical statement of support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
  • In collaboration with the Natural History Museum – London, a selection of photographs from the 2021 edition of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition will be showcased, inviting viewers to gaze through the lens of some of the world’s best wildlife photographers and explore the natural world in all its fragility, diversity and wonder.
  • Exploring the endless scope of opportunity the Metaverse presents, the Forum has partnered with Microsoft and Accenture to create the Global Collaboration Village. This will be an open, collaborative platform built together with international organizations, governments, civil society organizations and arts organizations. The overall concept and architecture will be showcased at Davos as well as a prototype of the experience and its functionality. An immersive experience will tell the story of the Sahel and Africa’s Great Green Wall Initiative supported by 1T.org.

About the Annual Meeting 2022

For over 50 years, the World Economic Forum has been the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Annual Meeting is the focal point for leaders to accelerate the partnerships needed to tackle global challenges and shape a more sustainable and inclusive future. Convening under the theme History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies, the Annual Meeting 2022 and its 200 sessions bring together global leaders from business, government and civil society. Learn more about the programme and view sessions

Top 15 Best Zoos in the United Kingdom to Visit

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Finding out the best zoos in the UK can be time-consuming and overwhelming for you. Of course, there are so many zoos to visit from South East England to way up North. These zoos offer everything, including a day out and stay-over experiences. Visiting one of the best zoos can help you explore a huge range of animals.

So which one is best in 2022? We have compiled a list of the top 15 zoos in the United Kingdom.

  1. London Zoo
  2. Colchester Zoo
  3. Whipsnade Zoo
  4. The Bristol Zoo
  5. Marwell Zoo
  6. Longleat Safari & Adventure Park
  7. Twycross Zoo
  8. Cotswold Wildlife Park
  9. Edinburgh Zoo
  10. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
  11. Shaldon Wildlife Trust
  12. Port Lympne Reserve
  13. Howletts Wildlife Park
  14. Welsh Mountain Zoo
  15. Chester Zoo

In this article, we dig a bit deeper into the top 10 best zoos in the United Kingdom. Read on to discover more!


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London Zoo

London Zoo was established in 1828, making it one of the oldest zoos in the world. Situated in Regents Park, it is home to more than 750 different animal species. As the famous oldest scientific zoo, it is the first one to launch an Insect House, Aquarium, Children’s Zoo, and Reptile House.


Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo is located within sixty acres and has more than 250 species. This zoo has around 50 displays daily. In addition, it has 5 play areas, including 4 adventure and a soft play area. Colchester Zoo is the most famous one in the UK. Most importantly, the officials ensure to keep it up-to-date. Children just love to enjoy the Madagascar Express road train.


Whipsnade Zoo

Here comes one of the biggest zoos in England – Whipsnade Zoo. It covers almost 600 acres of land. Most importantly, it is well-known for having the largest collection of wildlife.

Due to its big size, visitors can use a bus or a train service to explore the hidden nature. Also, they can drive around in their cars. The African lions in Whipsnade Zoo are incredible.


The Bristol Zoo

Though Bristol Zoo is a smaller one, it ranks among the most beautiful zoos in the country. Covering just 12 acres, the Bristol Zoo has a huge collection of around 700 animals. Among them, it has more than 50 species of mammal collection, including gorillas, red pandas, and Asiatic lions. For this reason, this makes it one of the best city zoos in England.


Marwell Zoo

It covers more than 140 acres and has a stunning collection of 270 exotic species. In addition, there are almost 1200 animals here. The visitors can expect giraffes, frilled lizards, and ring-tailed coatis.

Marwell Zoo is considered the biggest Hampshire zoo with hundreds of animals, including penguins and tigers. Also, it has four adventure playgrounds, a café, and a gift shop. No doubt, it is the best zoo in England.


Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

Looking for the oldest zoos in England? Let us introduce you to the Longleat Safari and Adventure Park. Indeed, it stands out as one of the most beautiful zoos in the country. You can go on a safari with your loved ones among the living creatures. In addition, the visitors can feed the animals too.


Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is the leading UK zoo where you can expect to see snow leopards, meerkats, and flamingos. There are a lot of things to do, including a soft play area, an outdoor playing area, and daily tasks.

Do you know Twycross Zoo is an award-winning conservation charity? It has over 500 animals from 100+ species. For this reason, this zoo ranks among the top 25 best zoos in the United Kingdom.


Cotswold Wildlife Park

The Cotswold Wildlife Park is one of my favourite ones on the list. It has a collection of more than 250 species of animal. So you can spend all day wandering around with your family or friends. Of course, the Cotswold Wildlife Park is the best zoo in the United Kingdom.


Edinburgh Zoo

Are you looking for something different from your regular zoo? Edinburgh Zoo has got you covered. As one of the best zoos in the UK, it is the only one to house giant pandas and koalas. These two species are particularly at risk. In addition, it features Europe’s largest outdoor penguin pool. Also, you can find the most innovative chimpanzee enclosures in the world.


Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

With around 2,000 creatures and 1,600 species, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is one of the best ones in the UK. It is the most delightful place to visit for families. It has a new arrival – Lucifer the male lion. Moreover, this beautiful zoo covers 80 acres.

These are the top 10 zoos in the UK. All you have to do is choose a perfect destination for your next weekend!

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After Two-Year Hiatus, Open Forum returns to Davos at a Crucial Turning Point in History

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Micol Lucchi, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum, +41 (0)79 571 83 09, micol.lucchi@weforum.org

  • The Open Forum Davos 2022 is hosting a series of panel discussions on 23-26 May, all open to the public upon registration.
  • Panellists include human rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, climate activist Vanessa Nakate, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel and many others.
  • Discussion topics range from the climate crisis and youth mental health, to the war in Ukraine and the Metaverse.
  • Those who missed the deadline to attend in person can watch Open Forum session via webcast at www.weforum.org/open-forum.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 21 May 2022 – As part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022, this year’s Open Forum Davos will focus on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the role of multilateralism for peace in Europe as well as other global challenges.

Taking place for the first time since January 2020, the Open Forum offers a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders and policy-makers around improving the state of the world.

Young and diverse voices will also play a prominent role in the discussions, with one session on youth mental health co-designed and moderated by students from Geneva, Switzerland. Each session will include at least one member of the Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a wide-ranging network of people under 30 from all walks of life and different parts of the world.

Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation, among other high-level panellists, will be joined by Ievgeniia Bodnya, 27, who mobilized the Global Shaper Hub she leads in Kyiv to build the Support Ukraine Now, a crowdsourcing and sharing information platform for people to support Ukrainians affected by the war. In another session, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, Chairman of the Klitschko Foundation, will talk about how the Russian invasion has affected them and their country.

Also present at the Open Forum will be a group of climate activists, including 26-year-old Vanessa Nakate, author and climate advocate who addressed world leaders at the World Economic Forum 2020. The activists will articulate how to turn words into action to fight the climate crisis. Gender equality will also feature prominently in the conversations.

On the digital front, the last two years have seen the blending of in-person and virtual interactions. Peggy Johnson, Chief Executive Office of augmented reality company Magic Leap, will introduce the possibilities of the Metaverse and then join a panel of experts, including Pascal Kaufmann, President and Founder of the Mindfire Foundation, the brain behind Lab42, which is setting up shop in Davos in July and aims to become the largest AI lab in the world.

Additional panellists who will participate in this year’s Open Forum Davos include:

  • Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
  • Stephane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer, Moderna
  • Isabella Eckerle, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Geneva
  • Vivianne Heijnen, Minister for the Environment, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands
  • Mikaela Jade, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Indigital
  • Peggy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Magic Leap Inc.
  • Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International
  • Edward Lewin, Vice-President and Head of Government and Public Affairs, LEGO Group
  • Klaus Moosmayer, Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer, Novartis AG
  • Seth Moulton, Congressman from Massachusetts
  • Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Laureate, Nadia’s Initiative; Co-Founder, Global Survivors Fund (GSF), Global Survivors Fund
  • Anna Riedl, Cognitive Scientist and Global Shaper, Vienna Hub
  • Philipp Wilhelm, Mayor of Davos
  • Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning

Open Forum Programme

Monday 23 May

18.30 – 20.00 A Wake-Up Call from Nature

Tuesday 24 May

09.00 – 10.30 Growing Up in the Pandemic

14.30 – 16.00 Working Together for Peace

Wednesday 25 May

09.00 – 10.30 Turning Words into Action

12.30 – 14.00 A Discussion about Equality

Thursday 26 May

The Open Forum Davos, now in its 19th year, will open its doors to the public from 23 to 26 January in Davos, Switzerland. It will be held at the Tobelmühle Sports Hall, Tobelmühlestrasse 4 e, Davos Platz, Switzerland. Those who missed the deadline to attend in person can watch the sessions via webcast at www.weforum.org/open-forum #wef22 #openforum. Sessions will be also available on YouTube after the event.

About the Annual Meeting 2022

For over 50 years, the World Economic Forum has been the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Annual Meeting is the focal point for leaders to accelerate the partnerships needed to tackle global challenges and shape a more sustainable and inclusive future. Convening under the theme History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies, the Annual Meeting 2022 and its 200 sessions bring together global leaders from business, government and civil society. Learn more about the programme and view sessions.

Chile’s New Short-term Liquidity Line to Support Resilience and Recovery

Source: International Monetary Fund

Chile’s Central Bank Governor Rosanna Costa: The government’s multi-year fiscal package has helped to safeguard health, protect incomes and jobs, support credit, and buttress the recovery. (Photo: Central Bank of Chile)

Chile’s New Short-term Liquidity Line to Support Resilience and Recovery

May 20, 2022

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Chile has rapidly recovered from the COVID-19 crisis after a policy response that included an effective vaccination campaign and wide-ranging stimulus measures. As part of its strategy to support resilience, Chile is now accessing the IMF’s Short-term Liquidity Line (SLL)—the first country to benefit from this liquidity backstop—and exiting the Flexible Credit Line (FCL). In an interview with Country Focus, Rosanna Costa, Governor of the Central Bank of Chile, and Ana Corbacho, IMF Mission Chief, talk about the country’s comeback from the pandemic and how the new liquidity line is expected to help Chile achieve its economic agenda and manage risks.

Chile’s economy recovered very fast from the pandemic. What policies helped achieve this outcome?

Governor Costa: Chile entered the pandemic with a healthy economy, a solid fiscal position, and a sound financial system. The very fast recovery was due to the extensive vaccination campaign and an effective economic policy response to the pandemic that was swift and comprehensive, and anchored in very strong policy and institutional frameworks. Chile also had significant buffers bolstered by its access to the FCL. The government’s multi-year fiscal package has helped to safeguard health, protect incomes and jobs, support credit, and buttress the recovery.

To support liquidity, the Central Bank of Chile undertook monetary stimulus and unconventional measures, and adjusted financial sector policies to facilitate the flow of credit, especially to households and small and medium-sized enterprises.

 

Chile is now successfully exiting the FCL. What is the role of the new SLL in the country’s economic strategy?

Governor Costa: Chile started preparing the exit strategy from the FCL ever since it gained access in May 2020. As part of this strategy, the Central Bank of Chile purchased international reserves for a total of US$7.4 bn. Chile’s external position was further strengthened by the IMF’s general allocation of Special Drawing Rights, the central bank joining the Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas (FLAR), and the country’s access to the US Federal Reserve’s REPO FIMA.

Considering these tools, the normalization of the exceptional measures implemented during the pandemic, and the lower risks perceived in relation to the public health emergency, the central bank decided to access the SLL to complement its sources of external liquidity.

IMF Mission Chief for Chile Ana Corbacho. (Photo credit: IMF)

Chile is the first IMF member country receiving an SLL since the facility was created in April 2020. What made Chile a good candidate for the liquidity line and how will it support Chile’s resilience?

Ana Corbacho: The SLL is designed to be a liquidity backstop for members with very strong policy frameworks and fundamentals that face potential, moderate, short-term balance of payments needs. It is an innovative instrument that provides predictable, revolving, and renewable liquidity support in foreign exchange.

Chile is an excellent candidate for the SLL. It has very strong economic fundamentals and institutional policy frameworks, has shown a sustained track record of implementing very strong policies, and the authorities are committed to maintaining very strong policies in the future. Policy frameworks are anchored in a well-established structural fiscal balance rule, credible inflation targeting with a free-floating exchange rate, and a sound financial system supported by effective regulation and supervision. These features have sustained Chile’s resilience even in the face of very large shocks.

The SLL will complement existing buffers, make available predictable and revolving liquidity support, and is a signal of confidence in Chile’s very strong fundamentals and policies. By supporting Chile’s resilience and capacity to respond to shocks, the SLL will also help maintain macroeconomic stability and lay the foundations for sustained and green growth to the benefit of the Chilean people.