SAS Philippines is keen in partnering with the governmentSAS Philippines, the worldwide leader in advance analytics, has expressed support to the government by partnering with them in area of data analytics. This would help enable our government in their crusade to improve public safety, crime prevention, tax collection and citizen services. “We are expanding our investment here in the Philippines by increasing our data analytics talent in country this why we opened a new office in BGC to support this expansion, this is our commitment to our Philippine government,” said Ryan Guadalquiver, SAS country head. Guadalquiver added: “We are exploring a partnership with the government to embed data analytics in their daily administrative function that would help improve their services to the Filipino People”SAS has been the leader in analytics for more than 40 years now, he said. SAS started in North Carolina in the US as a simple means of trying to help the American … [Read more...] about SAS Philippines is keen in partnering with the government
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Officials want to resuscitate the long-stalled Hanthawaddy airport project as a PPP scheme for example, while Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told an investment forum back in January that she hoped to see progress similar to Thilawa SEZ made in Dawei, Tanintharyi based on a PPP initiative. The New Yangon City urban planning project is also structured as a PPP. But the embrace of PPPs, a term largely undefined in Myanmar law, is not without its critics. In particular, the lack of transparency in some projects and absence of an open and fair tender process have undermined investor confidence. The business community is watching how the authorities will regulate and improve the PPP framework following the launch last January of a publicly accessible online “project bank” that will also include large-scale infrastructure proposals financed through PPPs. The Myanmar Times interviewed Siddhartha Basu, an economist with the think tank International Growth Centre in Myanmar. This year … [Read more...] about Are PPPs the answer to the government’s financial constraints?
Too good to be true: Why the government is shutting KAPA down (Philstar.com) - June 11, 2019 - 7:01pm MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte last week said he wants KAPA-Community Ministry International, Inc. shut down amid allegations that the non-stock corporation is operating a fraudulent investment scheme. Duterte issued the order during his interview with religious leader Apollo Quiboloy. The president also said he wants other investment scams closed. KAPA stands for Kabus Padatoon, which is Bisaya for "make the poor rich," but authorities warn it will actually not do that. Here’s an overview of KAPA’s woes and why it was targeted by authorities. What corporate regulators say The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday said the Court of Appeals — acting on a petition filed by SEC and the Anti-Money Laundering Council — issued a freeze order on several … [Read more...] about Too good to be true: Why the government is shutting KAPA down
By Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Thu., May 9, 2019 Premier Doug Ford scrambled to quell controversy over his government’s position on abortion after one of his MPPs told hundreds of protesters on the front lawn of the legislature Thursday that it’s time to make the termination of pregnancies “unthinkable.” The premier, who had ducked opposition questions on whether the views of Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff reflect the position of the Progressive Conservative government, released a statement later in the day clarifying his administration’s stance. “The Ontario PC Party is a big tent. We welcome members from a wide variety of backgrounds and beliefs,” wrote the premier, who courted social conservatives to win the party leadership last year when he questioned why teens need parental consent notes to go on school trips but not to get abortions. “The government will not re-open the abortion debate,” he … [Read more...] about Ford says his government ‘will not re-open the abortion debate’
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday (April 28) opened the biggest garden show on earth, capping three days of the country's most important diplomatic event of the year and kicking off celebrations leading up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The opening ceremony of the International Horticultural Exhibition was timed for the end of the second Belt and Road summit which President Xi said resulted in deals worth US$64 billion (S$87.1 billion). Nearly 40 heads of state and government, including Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, were among the 5,000 delegates who attended this second edition of the forum which, while bigger in scale than the inaugural one in 2017, received more muted treatment. When opening the expo on Sunday, President Xi espoused the importance of respecting the environment, saying countries have to work together to deal with the challenges of climate change. "Only by working together, can we effectively … [Read more...] about China opens world’s biggest garden show