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The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday, said Kaduna has attracted more than $800 million of local and foreign investments since 2016.

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The Government made the remark during his opening presentation at the fifth edition of his administration’s economic and investment summit, KadInvest.

The Governor also said the state has had investment announcements of over $2.1 billion in 2020, far ahead of Lagos and any other state in the country.

El-Rufai said his administration’s focus was to enable the private sector to create jobs.

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“We want to make Kaduna the state of choice for investment choice,” he said.

“We have been able to facilitate these investments by the creation of a one-stop shop called the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency chaired by the Deputy Governor, with His Royal Highness, the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as the Vice-Chairman, and our commissioners as members, to operationalise and ensure the implementation of our Ease of Doing business charter.”

The Governor noted that in 2014, Kaduna was ranked by the World Bank as the 24th state, out of 36 states and the FCT, in the Ease of Doing business metric.

“By 2018, we had become number one,” he said.

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He said the summit is designed to showcase Kaduna, to show their progress on an annual basis, and attract investors.

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NTUC LearningHub’s Survey Reveals Top Industry Clusters Most Likely to Hire and the In-Demand Roles Amid Pessimistic Market Outlook

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 26 January 2021 - Despite the pessimistic outlook towards the current job market, bright spots exist where more than half of employers across the board (56%) say they are looking to hire. This has been most apparent in industry clusters such as Essential Domestic Services (65%), Modern Services (62%), and Built Environment (61%).


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These findings are part of NTUC LearningHub's (NTUC LHUB) latest New Normal of Sector Skills Report where 367 business leaders (senior manager or directors and above) and 567 full-time employees were surveyed to uncover the shift in jobs and training dynamics across the six major industries clusters in Singapore and to enable our workforce to identify sectors to look out for in the New Normal.


Within the Essential Domestic Services cluster, the top technical roles which employers are looking to hire are 'Early Childhood Care & Education Teacher' (24%), 'Early Childhood Care & Education Workplace Safety and Health' (18%) and 'Training and Adult Education Learning Management' (18%).


Similarly, within the Modern Services cluster, roles such as 'Financial Services Blockchain' (18%), 'Infocomm Technology Cyber Security' (14%), and 'Infocomm Technology Operations and Support' (14%) are the most sought after.

Lastly, as for the Built Environment cluster, 'Built Environment Project Management' (42%), 'Security Consultancy' (26%), and 'Built Environment Engineering Consultancy and Design' (26%) are the top in-demand roles coveted by employers.

 

The report also reveals that in general, only less than half (48%) say that their companies have employees with the right skill sets to achieve their current goals. Moreover, two thirds (66%) of employers say that the shortage of right talent available to fill the roles they are looking to hire has negatively affected their businesses. This is especially the case for employers in the Manufacturing (81%), Built Environment (71%) and Modern Services (65%).


Commenting on the findings, Tay Ee Learn, Director of NTUC LHUB's Technical Skills Product Division says, "Although some sectors remain hard hit as a result of the effects of the pandemic, it has been proven that there are career opportunities available as companies adapt to new ways of doing business. These findings provide invaluable insights for employees to navigate a 'Never Normal' in their preparation for multiple careers in a lifetime to secure the best chance of thriving in the turbulent pandemic era and beyond."


"To help job seekers navigate the current economy, many employers are open to hiring inexperienced talent with micro-credentials, and this has been prominent in those industries which are experiencing a shortage of skilled talent. We hope that such insights help individuals in their continuous learning journey beyond formal education in seeking job opportunities in new fields or industries."


To download The New Normal of Sector Skill report, visit https://www.ntuclearninghub.com/sector-skills-report-2020


About NTUC LearningHub

NTUC LearningHub is the leading Continuing Education and Training provider in Singapore which aims to transform the lifelong employability of working people. Since our corporatisation in 2004, we have been working employers and individual learners to provide learning solutions in areas such as Cloud, Infocomm Technology, Healthcare, Employability & Literacy, Business Excellence, Workplace Safety & Health, Security, Human Resources and Foreign Worker Training.


To date, NTUC LearningHub has helped over 25,000 organisations and achieved over 2.5 million training places across more than 500 courses with a pool of over 460 certified trainers. As a Total Learning Solutions provider to organisations, we also forge partnerships and offer a wide range of relevant end-to-end training solutions and work constantly to improve our training quality and delivery. In 2020, we have accelerated our foray into online learning with our Virtual Live Classes and, through working with best-in-class partners such as IBM, DuPont Sustainable Solutions and GO1, asynchronous online courses.

 

For more information, visit www.ntuclearninghub.com.

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Sensormatic Solutions Launches Sensormatic IQ

Unify diverse data and insights with the new intelligent operating platform designed to drive improved shopper experiences and retail outcomes

 

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 26 January 2021 - Johnson Controls, the global leader for smart and sustainable buildings and the architect of OpenBlue connected solutions, today announced that Sensormatic Solutions, its leading global retail solutions portfolio, launched Sensormatic IQ.  This intelligent operating platform for retail, backed by Sensormatic Solutions industry expertise and robust technology partner ecosystem, delivers tangible value across the enterprise.

 

Focus on Innovation

 

The open, secure and agile platform integrates the full Sensormatic Solutions portfolio, retailer, and third-party data sources, along with advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), to offer unparalleled visibility into operations and shopper insights.  This combination drives prescriptive, data-driven outcomes for retailers, creating value and growth opportunities as retailers move into the future.

 

"In today's hyper-connected world, the customer experience is about how, where, when, and why engagement happens. That's why our commitment to enabling customers to harness diverse insights to drive positive outcomes and informed business decisions is more important than ever," said Bjoern Petersen, President, Sensormatic Solutions. "The launch of Sensormatic IQ reflects our forward-looking business strategy. Through collaborating with our technology partners and leveraging the global reach and scalability of the Google Cloud coupled with smart sensors and advanced analytics, our platform is designed to evolve with the industry and our customer's needs."


Fast Forward Retail


As the retail industry goes through significant changes, Sensormatic IQ helps retailers improve both their top and bottom line and brand value by:

 

  • Powering the digital transformation within the evolving retail market
  • Accelerating integration between new and existing solutions and data sets
  • Enabling agile innovation via a secure, scalable, and managed enterprise-grade platform
  • Amplifying value by deriving new insights and outcomes from complex data streams
  • Streamlining execution across retailer functions

 

"Asia Pacific retail took the lead in driving global industry growth prior to the impact of COVID-19, and the region is expected to recover the fastest from the health crisis," said Daren Ng, General Manager, Sensormatic Solutions Loss & Liability, Asia Pacific. "One thing that has not changed as retailers gear up for recovery is consumers' expectation for better shopper experiences -- from personalisation and choice to a frictionless buying journey. Sensormatic IQ provides retailers a view across their operation on one platform and with actionable insights that they can use to engage customers in an cost efficient and meaningful way."


Future-Focused Expertise


"This open platform represents years of investment and innovation moving to outcome-based operations in order to meet the shifting needs of retailers," said Petersen. "The addition of the Sensormatic IQ platform is just one more way Sensormatic is providing the foundation for a digital journey that allows retailers to run at an enterprise scale."

 

As the industry continues to evolve, Sensormatic Solutions is ensuring retailers have access to the advanced solutions they need to connect people, merchandise, and data in new and innovative ways. Sensormatic IQ's flexible, open platform can incorporate insights from edge devices, such as POS, sensors, EAS, RFID, Computer Vision, and more, capable of delivering AI predictive and prescriptive models to support operations in retail environments from grocery and apparel to home improvement and malls. 


Learn more about how Sensormatic IQ can  revolutionise your analytics approach at www.sensormatic.com.  You can also visit our Sensormatic Innovation Experience.

 

For even more updates on Sensormatic IQ, please follow Sensormatic Solutions on Kaduna State Attracts Over $800 Million in Investment - Brand SpurLinkedIn and Kaduna State Attracts Over $800 Million in Investment - Brand SpurTwitter, using #SensormaticIQ. 

 

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About Johnson Controls

At Johnson Controls, we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. From optimising building performance to improving safety and enhancing comfort, we drive the outcomes that matter most. We deliver our promise in industries such as healthcare, education, data centers and manufacturing. With a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries and over 130 years of innovation, we are the power behind our customers' mission. Our leading portfolio of building technology and solutions includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, Penn®, Sabroe®, Simplex®, Ansul® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Sensormatic Solutions

Sensormatic Solutions is the leading global retail solutions portfolio of Johnson Controls powering operational excellence at scale and enabling smart and connected shopper engagement.  Our intelligent digital operating platform - Sensormatic IQ - combines the full Sensormatic Solutions portfolio, including unmatched insights into retail inventory, shopper behavior, and loss and liability, and Retailer and third-party solutions with advanced technologies, like AI and Machine Learning.  This enables retailers to act on prescriptive, data-driven outcomes and confidently move into the future.  Our retail portfolio features the premier Sensormatic, ShopperTrak and TrueVUE brands. Please visit Sensormatic Solutions or follow us on Kaduna State Attracts Over $800 Million in Investment - Brand SpurLinkedInKaduna State Attracts Over $800 Million in Investment - Brand SpurTwitter, and our Kaduna State Attracts Over $800 Million in Investment - Brand SpurYouTube channel

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TranSwap Recognised as Outstanding SME Cross-Border FX Platform at Fintech Awards 2020

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 26 January 2021 - TranSwap, a home-grown cross-border payments platform, has been awarded Outstanding SME Cross-Border FX Platform at FinTech Awards 2020, organised by ET Net Hong Kong.


Held on 11 January 2021, FinTech Awards recognises firms for their business innovation and excellence in the financial services industry. TranSwap is one of three awardees in the FX and Payment Solutions category -- the second time that TranSwap had won an award for Outstanding SME Cross-Border FX Platform following its achievement in 2020.


This marks a momentous milestone for TranSwap, as the firm whose efforts to drive convenience, efficiency and transparency throughout the cross-border payments experience, have been recognised at numerous FinTech awards over the years. TranSwap's recognition comes amidst an evolving landscape where a streamlined payments process is set to be a game-changer to help SMEs scale internationally with confidence and drive global economic recovery in a post-Covid-19 world.


Launched in 2015 with the aim to empower global business growth and help the undeserved sector, TranSwap has transformed the cross-border payments process by simplifying overseas payments and collections. Through its wide network of FX partners and proprietary platform, businesses can fulfil payments to more than 180 countries in over 120 currencies. SMEs can choose to integrate with TranSwap's API for full automation of multiple transfers, allowing small transfers in large volumes to be credited directly to beneficiaries' wallets and bank accounts in real-time, thus improving processing speed and optimising settlements. In addition, TranSwap's Global Borderless Virtual Account service allows businesses to collect payments in three locations --  United States, European Union and United Kingdom -- convert currencies and send cross-border payments globally.


Mr. Benjamin Wong, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of TranSwap, said, "We are humbled and honoured to be recognised at this year's FinTech Awards. Since TranSwap was established in 2015, we have always strived to help SMEs solve the pain-points of traditional cross-border payments by streamlining the fund transfer process. Many businesses today however, still suffer from the lack of transparency, complexity, and high transfer and conversion rates, which translate to a cumbersome experience and impede their ability to scale overseas. Together with our wide network of FX partners, TranSwap hopes to continuously serve the evolving needs of our customers and empower individuals and businesses with our cross-border payments solution."


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DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific recognized as Certified Top Employer 2021 second time in a row

  • DHL Global Forwarding garners praise for its implementation of "people first" HR best practices in Asia Pacific
  • Also global Top Employer 2021 certification for DHL Global Forwarding including 35 countries spanning Africa, Asia, Latin-America, North-America, the Middle East and Europe
  • Certification affirms the market leader's strategy to deliver expert logistics services by investing in the best team of freight forwarding experts


SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 26 January 2021 - DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist of Deutsche Post DHL Group, was recognized as Top Employer for 2021 in Asia Pacific. The certification attests to DHL's achievement in implementing HR best practices, focused on fostering a positive work environment and encouraging its employees' personal and professional development. In addition to being certified Top Employer 2021 in Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding was also once again named Top Employer globally and in 34 countries, including India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. The Top Employers Institute Global Certification Program annually certifies and recognizes companies in participating countries who demonstrate excellence in people practices.


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During the pandemic, Deutsche Post DHL Group's purpose of "Connecting people. Improving lives" proved more pertinent than ever. Employees kept the network running 24/7 to ensure a steady supply of Life Sciences & Healthcare necessities further highlighted the commitment and importance of each individual at DHL Global Forwarding and the rest of the Group.


"With more than half a million employees across the globe, Deutsche Post DHL Group counts our people as our greatest asset. By ensuring that our superstars are happy at work and fired up to give their best each day, we are creating a virtuous cycle that feeds into great business outcomes. We are delighted that the Top Employers Institute has recognized DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific's people-first strategy with the Top Employer 2021 award," said Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.


The Top Employers Institute program certifies organizations based on the participation and results of their HR Best Practices Survey. This survey covers six HR domains consisting of 20 topics such as People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Well-being and Diversity & Inclusion and more. In total, the program has certified more than 1,600 Top Employers in 120 countries/regions across five continents.


"Receiving the Top Employer award again this year has revalidated that our human resource strategy for DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific is on the right path. However, we are not resting on our laurels and we are continuously innovating to stay ahead of the evolving needs of our people, our business and the environment that we are operating in," said Celine Quek, Vice President and Head of Human Resources, DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.


At DHL Global Forwarding, training opportunities and talent development programs are consistently reviewed and benchmarked against industry requirements. All employees go through a mandatory DHL Certified International Forwarder (CIF) program upon induction to ensure that they adhere to the same global standards as colleagues in the global network, abiding by the strictest code of conduct and business principles. In its fifth year, the CIF is a key initiative with a portfolio of culture and capability enhancing programs that support DHL Global Forwarding growth strategy.


Further, DHL Global Forwarding started initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in the company, such as "Women at DHL Global Forwarding, Freight", which enables more women to fill leadership roles. The initiative aims to promote a cultural mindset with a keen focus on equal opportunities by offering work arrangements, transparency, and career support.


Another initiative, "Well-being at DHL Global Forwarding, Freight" engages employees  by examining how employees' tasks, expectations, stress levels and working environments affect their overall health and happiness. Especially in challenging times, such as when a global pandemic is affecting nearly every aspect of life, a pulse check and active management of employees' well-being are crucial. The organization encourages employees to boost their "well-being" in three ways: Be Social, Be Present, Be Active.


Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink says: "Despite the challenging year we have experienced, DHL Global Forwarding has continued to demonstrate the power of putting their people first in the workplace. We are proud to share this year's announcement and congratulate the organizations who have been certified in their respective countries through the Top Employers Institute program."


Note to editors:


Following an industry-leading award streak in 2020, Eva Mattheeussen, Global Project Lead of 'Women at DHL Global Forwarding' shares her perspectives on leadership and being employer of choice in these unprecedented times. Read about leadership, diversity and digitalization in logistics here.


DHL -- The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global sustainable trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, engineering, manufacturing & energy, auto-mobility and retail, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".


DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros in 2019. With sustainable business practices and a commitment to society and the environment, the Group makes a positive contribution to the world. Deutsche Post DHL Group aims to achieve zero-emissions logistics by 2050.

 

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognizing excellence in People Practices. We help accelerate these practices to enrich the world of work. Through the Top Employers Institute Certification Program, participating companies can be validated, certified and recognized as an employer of choice. Established 30 years ago, Top Employers Institute has certified over 1 600 organizations in 120 countries/regions. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over 7 million employees globally.

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Hong Kong Arts Centre “Via North Point” Open Call for Creative Community Space Proposals

Calling all creative talents in town! Be An Imagineer!

 

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 26 January 2021 - Have you ever thought about transforming your ideas into an art installation in urban community spaces? Here comes the chance! Organized by the Hong Kong Arts Centre ("HKAC") and funded by Urban Renewal Fund, "Via North Point", a public art and community initiative that carries the mission of urban revitalization would like to hear from you. Its Call for Creative Community Space Proposals ("Open Call") welcomes talents from all walks of life -- along with artists, creatives and architects -- to submit your proposal to breathe new life into the public spaces!

 

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After months of collection of opinions, practical experience and accumulation of knowledge in diversified activities, such as "Your SAY!", "Community Wanderer -- Guided Tour Design and Training Workshop ", and "Urban Design Lab Online Exhibition", it is time to materialize the ideas into reality for the unique "Via North Point" project.


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The Open Call aims to stimulate greater social interaction through public participation, and local creative talents as individuals, a company or a team are welcome to submit their proposals. Selected proposals will be commissioned and showcased in the month-long Finale Festival in September 2021. Envision a new life for the urban spaces. Take action and "Be an Imagineer" NOW!

 

Open Call for Creative Community Space Proposals

Submission Period

From now until 18:00 (Hong Kong time), 22 February 2021 (Monday)

Target Participants

Creative talents, artists, architects, academic organizations or individuals forming new collectives are all welcome

General Design Considerations for Creative Work

●      Offer multiple ways for users to interact with and stimulate greater social interaction

●      Explore the multipurpose uses of public spaces and respond creatively to the neighborhood needs

●      Enhance community vitality and spatial experience

For details please see: www.via-northpoint.hk/opencall/

Locations

Designated locations:

●      Sitting-out Area across Chun Yeung Street and Tong Shui Road

●      Pavilion at North Point Promenade

 

Other suggested locations*:

●      Ground area under HF61 footbridge

●      Junction area between North Point Road and Java Road

●      North Point Public Pier

●      Tong Shui Road Garden

●      Junction area between Tong Shui Road and North Point Estate Lane

●      Kam Ping Street

 

* Not limited to other suggested locations within the outlined area

Submission Method

For details, please find the attachment of design brief and visit the website of Via North Point at www.via-northpoint.hk/opencall/

Email : vianp@hkac.org.hk.

Selection Process

20 eligible submissions (maximum) will be shortlisted by the HKAC and reviewed by the Selection Panel for public voting

Important Dates

●      Deadline for proposal submission:

18:00, 22 February 2021 (Hong Kong time)

●      Notification of results of shortlisted participants:

Early March 2021

●      Review of Shortlisted Proposals by the Selection Panel:

Mid-March, 2021

●      Result Announcement:

Late-March, 2021

●      Installation and setup of the commissioned creative work:

April -- August 2021

●      Creative works open to public at Finale Festival:

September 2021

 

HKAC is planning to launch "North Point Meet & Greet -- A day of life in the neighbourhood" discussion session in this coming Friday (January 29, 2021) so as to facilitate direct communication between potential applicants and different stakeholders in North Point. This may help creative talents to come up with proposals in response to the users with different lifestyles in the community. General public are welcome to join. Details are as follows:


North Point Meet & Greet -- A day of life in the neighbourhood  on 29 January, 2021

Date

29 January 2021 (Friday)

Time

13:00 to 14:00

Format

Zoom

Registration

https://forms.gle/LeGVeQ4sUb9HYCro9


Via North Point Weekend in February

In spite of the continual outbreak of coronavirus, the first 【Via North Point Weekend】 was successfully held in December 2020, along with a series of activities, including online community tour and online workshops. In February, 【Via North Point Weekend】 will continue to fill up your weekends with more diverse activities. Details and registration to be announced on Facebook and Instagram of "Via North Point" soon -- Stay Tuned!

*Programmes and events are subject to change without prior notice.

Arrangements are subject to the latest announcement by HKAC. For more details, please visit:

Website        :           www.via-northpoint.hk

Facebook     :            路過北角Via North Point

Instagram    :            @vianorthpoint

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