Global partnership to make available 120 million affordable, quality COVID-19 rapid tests

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Geneva, 28 September 2020 – A set of agreements to make available, for low and middle-income countries, affordable, high-quality COVID-19 antigen rapid tests were today announced by the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Organizations involved in the milestone agreement include the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the Global Fund, Unitaid, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • A full access package includes WHO policy guidance on the use of antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests, manufacturer volume guarantees for low and middle-income countries,  catalytic funding to assist governments to deploy the tests and an initial US$50 million procurement fund
  • Several rapid, point-of-care antigen tests are being assessed by WHO for Emergency Use Listing (EUL)
  • Agreements between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and test manufacturers Abbott and SD Biosensor make available innovative tests priced at a maximum of US$5 for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)
  • The Global Fund commits an initial US$50 million to enable countries to purchase the new tests, with the first orders expected to be placed this week
  • Expedited market introduction of these tests in multiple LMICs is being supported through the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), Unitaid, FIND, CHAI, and their partners
  • This is the latest move from the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator to develop, procure and distribute critical new tools to fight the pandemic; new tests are urgently needed to meet the huge unmet needs for testing worldwide

As part of this comprehensive, end-to-end effort, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has executed separate volume guarantee agreements with rapid diagnostic test (RDT) producers Abbott and SD Biosensor. These two arrangements will make available to LMICs 120 million antigen rapid diagnostic tests (Ag RDTs) – priced at a maximum of US$5 per unit – over a period of six months. These tests provide results in 15–30 minutes, rather than hours or days, and will enable expansion of testing, particularly in countries that do not have extensive laboratory facilities or trained health workers to implement molecular (polymerase chain reaction or PCR) tests.

The tests developed by Abbott and SD Biosensor are highly portable, reliable, and easy to administer, making testing possible in near-person, decentralized healthcare settings. Both companies’ tests are faster and cheaper than laboratory-based tests, enabling countries to increase the pace of testing, tracing and treating people for COVID-19 at the point of care particularly in areas with under-resourced health systems. A number of other Ag RDTs are at various stages of development and assessment.

To scale up the Ag RDTs, the Global Fund today announced that it has made available an initial US$50 million from its COVID-19 Response Mechanism to enable countries to purchase at least 10 million of the new rapid tests for LMICs at the guaranteed price, with the first orders expected to be placed this week through the Global Fund’s pooled procurement mechanism.

FIND and WHO are working together to accelerate appropriate use by supporting implementation research that will optimize Ag RDT use in multiple LMICs, in line with WHO guidance. This includes the provision of catalytic volumes of tests to understand how Ag RDTs can best fit into health systems.

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Unitaid and Africa CDC will combine resources to initiate the roll-out of these tests in up to 20 countries in Africa starting in October 2020. This multi-million-dollar intervention, currently undergoing final sign-off by their Boards, is designed to engage multiple partners active in the COVID-19 response in these countries, such as CHAI, African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and local organizations. This will bolster efforts by the African Union’s Partnership to Accelerate COVID-19 Testing (PACT) initiative, launched in August 2020 to mobilize experts, community workers, supplies and other resources to minimize the impact of the pandemic on the African continent by testing, tracing, and treating COVID-19 cases in a timely manner.

Testing is a critical cornerstone of the COVID-19 response, enabling countries to trace and contain the virus now, and to prepare for the roll-out of vaccines once available. Effective testing strategies rely on a portfolio of test types that can be used in different settings and situations. While molecular tests started to be rolled out within a month of the virus being sequenced, these tests are mainly laboratory-based, relying on infrastructure and trained personnel to conduct them. Rapid tests to detect the presence of the virus at the point of care, which are faster and cheaper, are a vital addition to the testing arsenal needed to contain and fight COVID-19.

WHO guidance published on 11 September 2020 highlights the value of these tests in areas where community transmission is widespread and where nucleic acid amplification-based diagnostic (NAAT) testing is either unavailable or where test results are significantly delayed.  As well as supporting test-trace-isolate strategies, the tests can help identify or confirm new outbreaks, support outbreak investigations through screening; monitor disease trends; and potentially test asymptomatic contacts.

The ACT-Accelerator Diagnostics Pillar is co-convened by FIND and the Global Fund, working closely with WHO and over 30 global health expert partners to accelerate innovation and overcome the technical, financial, and political obstacles to achieving equitable access to effective and timely testing. Such unprecedented global collaboration has enabled the development and deployment of the first WHO EUL-approved Ag RDT within eight months of the first identification of the virus. In comparison, it took nearly five years to develop the first RDT for HIV. Several more antigen RDTs for COVID-19 are currently under WHO EUL review. Overall, the ACT-Accelerator Diagnostic Pillar aims to facilitate the supply of 500 million tests to LMICs within 12 months.

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These agreements are critical to fulfilling the key objective of the ACT-Accelerator: to ensure all countries, regardless of income, have fair access to new tests and tools to fight COVID-19. The exceptional speed with which the Ag RDT access package has been created demonstrates the breadth of the impact of the ACT-Accelerator initiative, and this and future achievements in testing will complement similar milestones anticipated to emerge from the Vaccines and Therapeutics Pillars.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, said: “High-quality rapid tests show us where the virus is hiding, which is key to quickly tracing and isolating contacts and breaking the chains of transmission. The tests are a critical tool for governments as they look to reopen economies and ultimately save both lives and livelihoods.”

Mark Suzman, Chief Executive Officer of the Gates Foundation, said: “Testing is an essential tool in the fight against COVID-19. We are delighted to join a partnership that will help ensure that the latest, high-quality diagnostics do not just go to the highest bidder but will be available at an affordable price to the world’s lower-income countries. In addition, all of the actions announced today point to the growing success of the ACT-Accelerator in catalyzing global cooperation for a fair and effective response to this global crisis.”

Dr Iain Barton, Chief Executive Officer of CHAI, said: “These agreements will help ensure that millions of people in low- and middle-income countries have access to high-quality rapid testing in villages and towns as well as cities. This has the potential to revolutionize the government’s ability to respond to the pandemic, enabling quick diagnosis and response to contain localized virus outbreaks before they spread.”

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Andrea F. Wainer, Executive Vice President of Abbott’s rapid and molecular diagnostics businesses, said: “Abbott is pleased to bring our Panbio COVID-19 rapid antigen test and Sympheos digital solution to people and health authorities in low- and middle-income countries through this innovative partnership. We have long been committed to making sure our life-changing technologies are affordable and accessible, and for decades have been supporting many of these countries with our rapid tests for malaria, HIV, hepatitis, and other deadly infectious diseases.”

Hyo-Keun Lee, Chief Executive Officer of SD Biosensor, said: “We, SD Biosensor, are pleased to supply our STANDARD Q COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for people who really need fast and accurate COVID-19 diagnosis. Through this partnership, we will keep striving do our best to provide the best quality of COVID-19 antigen rapid kits for fighting COVID-19.”

Dr John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa CDC, said: “Antigen tests are an important complement to PCR testing, and are crucial to expanding testing capacity throughout Africa. The beauty of antigen testing is that it is fast and gives quick results. It will allow healthcare workers to quickly isolate cases and treat them while tracing their contacts to cut the transmission chain.”

Dr Philippe Duneton, Unitaid’s Executive Director a.i., said: “Access to these point-of-care rapid tests with be a game-changer in the fight against COVID-19. We are working to support countries to rapidly deploy and use these new tests in the best possible way. Today’s news shows what the ACT-A partners working together can deliver in our efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr Carolyn Gomes, Special Advisor for the Board, ProActividad, Jamaica, and Alternate Board Member (Developing Country NGOs), The Global Fund “Ensuring equitable access to rapid diagnostic tests is essential for controlling COVID-19 in all countries and to opening up economies across the world. Ensuring an affordable price is a major step forward.  Tests that can be used at the point of care by front-line workers will greatly facilitate community access to testing. To ensure equity in access for those who need it most, there will need to be much greater support of the ACT-Accelerator and the Diagnostics Pillar in particular. Much more money is needed to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.”

Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund, said: “This is the ACT-Accelerator in action. It is proof that by working together at a massive global scale, we can develop and deploy a vital new tool to help contain and fight the pandemic. This is not just a new test – it’s the money and the deployment plan to get it to where it’s needed, fast. This is the power of global collaboration.”

Dr Catharina Boehme, Chief Executive Officer of FIND, said: “With this Ag RDT package, the ACT-Accelerator partners have secured much-needed tools for LMICs to dramatically increase COVID-19 testing. With the financial support of several countries, we have made great progress, but to ensure we reach all those who need testing and bring the prices down, we urgently need substantial funding from public, philanthropic, and multilateral sources.”

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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 Global partnership to make available 120 million affordable, quality COVID-19 rapid tests - Brand SpurLinkedInGlobal partnership to make available 120 million affordable, quality COVID-19 rapid tests - Brand SpurTwitter, and our Global partnership to make available 120 million affordable, quality COVID-19 rapid tests - 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."


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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.


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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

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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

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Instagram    :            @vianorthpoint

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