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Road safety: Commission welcomes agreement on new EU rules to help save lives

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The EU institutions have reached a provisional political agreement on the revised General Safety Regulation. As of 2022 new safety technologies will become mandatory in European vehicles to protect passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.

New technologies on the market can help reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our roads, 90% of which are due to human error. In May 2018, the Commission proposed to make certain vehicle safety measures mandatory, including systems that reduce the dangerous blind spots on trucks and buses and technology that warns the driver in case of drowsiness or distraction. Advanced safety features will reduce the number of accidents, pave the way towards increasingly connected and automated mobility, and boost the global innovation and competitiveness edge of the European car industry.

Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: “Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. We can and must act to change this. With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when the safety belts were first introduced. Many of the new features already exist, in particular in high–end vehicles. Now we raise the safety level across the board, and pave the way for connected and automated mobility of the future.”

The new mandatory safety features include (see full list here):

  1. For cars, vans, trucks and buses: warning of driver drowsiness and distraction (e.g. smartphone use while driving), intelligent speed assistance, reversing safety with camera or sensors, and data recorder in case of an accident (‘black box’).
  2. For cars and vans: lane-keeping assistance, advanced emergency braking, and crash-test improved safety belts.
  3. For trucks and buses: specific requirements to improve the direct vision of bus and truck drivers and to remove blind spots, and systems at the front and side of the vehicle to detect and warn of vulnerable road users, especially when making turns.

The Commission expects that the proposed measures will help save over 25,000 lives and avoid at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038. This will contribute to the EU’s long-term goal of moving close to zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2050 (“Vision Zero”).

In addition to protecting people on European roads, the new advanced safety features will help drivers get gradually used to the new driving assistance. Increasing degrees of automation offer significant potential to compensate for human errors and offer new mobility solutions for the elderly and physically impaired. All this should enhance public trust and acceptance of automated cars, supporting the transition towards autonomous driving.

Next steps

The political agreement reached by the European Parliament, Council and Commission in so-called trilogue negotiations is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council.The new safety features will become mandatory from 2022, with the exception of direct vision for trucks and buses and enlarged head impact zone on cars and vans, which will follow later due to the necessary structural design changes.

Background 

In recent years, the EU has introduced a range of mandatory measures, which contributed to an estimated reduction of 50,000 fatal traffic casualties per year. These measures include electronic stability control systems on all vehicles, as well as advanced emergency braking systems and lane departure warning systems on trucks and buses.

In 2017, the Commission launched a public consultation to gather stakeholder views on potential improvements to current vehicle safety measures. In May 2018, the Commission then proposed a review of the General Safety Regulation and the Pedestrian Safety Regulation, under the Third “Europe on the Move” set of actions. The revised General Safety Regulation goes hand in hand with an efficient safety management of road infrastructure, where the Commission’s proposal was agreed in February 2019.

The Commission also presented a Communication on Connected and Automated Mobility to make Europe a world leader for autonomous and safe mobility systems. As a first deliverable for connected mobility the Commission had adopted new rules that step up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe’s roads. C-ITS allow vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other, to the road infrastructure, and to other road users – for instance about dangerous situations, road works and the timing of traffic lights, making road transport safer, cleaner and more efficient.

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CICC Upgrades Wealth Management Strategy and Officially Launches “CICC Wealth Management” Brand

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China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC and “the Company”, 3908.HK) has just held the CICC Wealth Management Strategy Upgrade Conference 2019 in Shenzhen today under the theme of “Building Our Future through Partnerships, Achieving Life Goals to the Fullest” and announced the official launch of its wealth management brand “CICC Wealth Management”. More than 700 guests were invited, including government officials, regulatory authorities, customer representatives, shareholder representatives and employee representatives.

The Unified Brand “CICC Wealth Management” Officially Launched

Providing wealth management service for individuals is one of the important strategies of CICC. In 2007, CICC took the lead in providing wealth management services under the international standards. In 2016, CICC announced the restructuring with China Investment Securities Company Limited (CISC), which became an important starting point for the transformation and upgrading of CICC’s wealth management business. This restructuring has resulted in the further upgrade of CICC’s wealth management and retail brokerage business platform. By merging CISC’s extensive customer base and nationwide branch network, CICC’s strength in brand, research, products and prime brokerage business have been brought into full play.

This time, CICC has integrated the former “CICC Wealth Management” brand, with CISC’s wealth management and brokerage sub-brands, such as “CISC Gold” and “CISC Mobile” to launch the new unified brand “CICC Wealth Management”. It marks the comprehensive integration of the two platforms, and it is another milestone of the strategic transformation of CICC’s wealth management business.

Strategy Upgrade

With 12 years experience, CICC Wealth Management has become a leading wealth management institution in domestic market and has obtained many prizes from media. By taking advantage of the reform in Shenzhen and the restructuring of China Southern Securities, CISC has accumulated abundant experiences in the retail brokerage industry through more than 20 years, and has acquired strong industry position and impact.

After the brand integration, with its high-quality and professional wealth advisor team, its ability to provide solutions under international standards, its close interaction with other business divisions such as Investment Banking, Asset Management, Research and its strong technological platforms, CICC Wealth Management will provide its clients with a full-chain, one-stop and multidimensional platform, which offers more efficient, globalized and integrated trading, investment management, financing services, as well as a set of comprehensive solutions with the cooperation between wealth management and other business segments of CICC such as Investment Banking.

CICC Wealth Management will adhere to its faith of always putting its clients as priorities, persist on the model of wealth management from the buy-side perspective and dedicate itself to thoroughly understanding its clients’ needs and wants, helping its clients with professional investment advices, executing and keeping track of those investment plans religiously and trying to establish long-term trusting relationships with its clients. During this strategy upgrade conference, CICC launched “CICC Wealth Planning”, “CICC Wealth Management China Top 50 Private Account Service” and “CICC Global Family Office” which are close to advanced international market solutions. With leading professional standards, profound understanding of market policies and global visions, CICC provides life-long wealth planning for its clients, as well as asset allocation products and solutions.

Besides, CICC Wealth Management has been actively embracing the digital transformation and has made it step into the FinTech industry. Recently, CICC announced that the Company entered into a shareholders’ agreement with Tencent Digital (Shenzhen) Limited, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Tencent Holdings Limited, pursuant to which the parties agreed to establish a technological joint venture. The technological joint venture is proposed to, through providing technological platform development and digitalized operational support services, facilitate the company’s wealth management, retail brokerage and other businesses to provide more convenient, intelligent and differentiated wealth management solutions, enhance the service efficiency of investment advisor, optimize precision marketing and strengthen compliance and risk control. The technological joint venture is expected to drive the accelerated transformation and scalable development of the Company’s wealth management business with digital and FinTech capabilities.

With sufficient experience in the Chinese market and always evaluating itself with global standards, CICC Wealth Management aims to build up a platform to satisfy its clients’ needs in their businesses, families and personal development comprehensively. By launching its official brand “CICC Wealth management”, imposing on its strategy upgrade and getting involved in the FinTech industry, CICC has implemented its best practices within the recent couple years to strengthen its wealth management service.

Looking into the Future

In the future, as the unified platform of CICC’s wealth management and retail brokerage business, CICC Wealth Management will continue to follow its core values of “Clients First”, “Integrity as Foundation” and “Chinese Roots and International Reach.” Adhering to our buy-side thinking and putting our clients’ interests as our priorities, we will keep on providing professional wealth management solutions to our clients under global standards and with the high quality resources from CICC’s investment banking, private equity, asset management, research and other business.

 

SOURCE China International Capital Corporation Limited

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IWFCIM & IBVM – championing efforts to incorporate sustainable business practices among entrepreneurs and promoting blockchain tech for supply chains

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Panelist for the segment Growing Local Industry Through Sustainable Fashion. From Left Ambika Sangaran, Managing Partner from Biji-biji, Dr Cordelia Mason, President from Yayasan UniKL Masrina Abdullah,Founder from Masrina Abdullah Empire Ventures Studio, Kristina Teow, President from Lean In Youth, Cris D Tran, Regional Head from Infinity Blockchain Ventures and Alejandro Kikuchi, Head International Growth, Wokana.

 

International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry Malaysia (IWFCIM) and Infinity Blockchain Ventures (IBV) has jointly organised the Blockchain and Fashion (BCF): Growing Local Industry Through Sustainable Fashion at the Black Box, Publika on October 15th, 2019 in conjunction with the Malaysia Fashion Week.

With the theme of Growing Local Industry Through Sustainable Fashion, BCF brings together iconic people from the sustainable fashion market and technology providers to showcase how blockchain’s transparency and traceability functions.

Dato’ Elaine Teh, President, IWFCIM, expressed her excitement on the opportunities available for entrepreneurs today: “The advent of technology enables companies to seamlessly integrate complex capabilities that can trace the whole journey of their products from farm to garment. That represents a whole new meaning to sustainability as consumers can now make smart choices on their purchases based on the information available.”

Biji-biji, one of the leading sustainable fashion players, showcased its product, the Merak Banner tote bag. Using the solution from WowTrace, it enables consumers to check and validate the origin of the product, what it is made of, when it is made — at every stage of the supply chain.

Malaysia’s leading technology visionary, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, FutureReady Consulting Sdn Bhd says that, “The ABCD technology is embedded in our social fabric today. Specifically, with blockchain, we have arrived at an exciting time, where two-pronged goals are met. Firstly, we can have local industries and communities thrive as their artisan work, culture, heritage and rights can be protected. Secondly, it helps industries and SMEs immensely in integrating the Sustainable Development Goal as part of their strategic focus.”

“Sustainability is crucial in order to preserve the future. Through new technologies like blockchain, it can further enhance product traceability and can bring a whole new meaning to the term ethically sourced“, cite Cris D. Tran, Regional Head, Infinity Blockchain Ventures.

IBV has a full suite of blockchain solution offerings to support the local entrepreneurs by providing opportunities to learn more about blockchain technology. IBV believes that Malaysia has the potential of having successful blockchain technology implementations due to its diverse market and strong infrastructure. They are also currently working with local players to train more Malaysian blockchain developers to further support the growth of blockchain technology within the market.

 

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Kakao’s Klaytn Welcomes 8 New Blockchain Application Partners

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Klaytn Welcomes 8 New Blockchain Partners

Klaytn, the leading blockchain project led by the South Korean Internet giant Kakao, today announced that 8 new blockchain projects have joined Klaytn as service partners to further developments in bringing mass blockchain adoption globally.

Dedicated to building readily usable blockchain-powered services, Klaytn is partnering with promising blockchain projects in various industry domains with massive global user base. More than a dozen of its partners that earlier joined Klaytn have already launched blockchain services, while others are set to open until early next year.

Operated by Korea’s art promotion initiative ‘ARTWA Platform,’ ‘STARTnet’ is a social commerce-based art platform committed to fostering new artists and innovating the art industry. It seeks to create a transparent art market by equipping the artists with the right to protect their own artworks. It also provides friendly art services and curations that anybody can enjoy.

Developed by Korea’s big data-based social media platform ‘0.8L,’ ‘LITER’ will also be operated through Klaytn. By applying the blockchain-powered incentive mechanism to its over 600,000 existing global users, LITER will offer fair rewards for reviews of the products and services.

‘GoodMorning’ is a marketing and data distribution platform that adds commercial value and creates trust index to various information and social networks owned by individual users.

A blockchain-based logistics service, ‘Dkargo’ has also released its plan to collaborate with Klaytn. By incorporating new mobility services beyond the existing freight transport, Dkargo seeks to create an efficient network and expand the entire logistics industry.

Other notable industry partners include ‘LOON,’ the blockchain-based healthcare service focused on women’s physiological health; ‘Monopoly,’ the platform that provides investment information for collectibles market including art, wine, and jewelry; ‘Spl.yt,’ the decentralized e-commerce protocol for global inventory and affiliate marketing system across marketplaces; and, ‘TUNE Token,’ the smart contract design service for the U.S.-based award winning music platform ‘Cre8tor.app,’ which rewards all stakeholders in the creation and distribution of music while providing a transparent royalty system.

“Klaytn is partnering with successful firms that have developed and operated services accruing millions of users, and the collaboration will contribute to building a user-friendly blockchain service,” said Jason Han, the CEO of Ground X, heading the development and operation of Klaytn. He added, “Together with service partners, Klaytn will take the blockchain industry to the next level by focusing on creating meaningful real use-cases, which stands as the next key challenge in our industry.”

 

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