OPERATION SANTA CLAUS 2020 KICKS OFF WITH ‘CARING COMMUNITY, CARING CHRISTMAS’ THEME

HONG KONG, 3 November 2020 – Operation Santa Claus (OSC), jointly organised by Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 and the South China Morning Post (SCMP), kicked off its annual fund-raising campaign today with the theme ‘Caring Community, Caring Christmas’ for 2020, as well as a series of announcements aimed at promoting the spirit of giving to benefit those in need during the festive season.

The 2020 OSC Campaign launch was marked by the release of a special video today introducing this year’s Ambassadors, Olympic swimmer Alex FONG and artiste Pakho CHAU, who will perform the first-ever OSC theme song encouraging Hong Kong’s community to get involved and participate in one of the city’s most recognised charity initiatives.

This year, OSC is committed to raise funds for 19 selected beneficiaries to run charitable projects helping children and young people, the elderly and the community generally, as well as people with physical and mental disabilities. While 2020 has been a challenging year for many, OSC is determined to support those impacted most by the COVID-19 pandemic and this year’s campaign aims to offer immediate support and future recovery plans to people in challenging circumstances. 

Said Director of Broadcasting LEUNG Ka-wing: “I am grateful to our generous donors, who have contributed over HK$316 million, funding more than 300 projects over the last 32 years. We face an unprecedented challenge to support our community this Christmas and we are committed to amplify the call to remind everyone it is the season to care, share and give to the disadvantaged.”

Another milestone for OSC was the unveiling of a brand new look. The design of the new logo is a timely reminder of OSC’s brand purpose and identity to champion the spirit of giving and bring people together to celebrate hope and generosity to benefit Hong Kong’s community. Illustrated with a hand placing a heart into a Christmas stocking, it represents OSC as a platform for collaboration by bringing together corporate organisations and NGOs to benefit the community and reinforce the message that everyone and anyone can make an impact by spreading love and care. 

“It reflects the strong community spirit of Hong Kong and OSC’s mission to serve those in need,” said SCMP CEO Gary LIU. “With our partners, donors and beneficiaries, we will continue to champion the spirit of giving and magnify efforts to bring cheer to the city this Christmas.”

Said CHAU, who is an OSC Ambassador for the second year running, “OSC brought together many fun and creative fundraising initiatives during the lead up to Christmas and it felt great to be part of something bigger by helping others. I hope to inspire others by bringing cheer so that the less fortunate can embrace what the best of Hong Kong and Christmas has to offer.” 

“The fund-raising campaign starts in November and I really look forward to taking part in it as an Ambassador,” said FONG. “Helping the city’s disadvantaged at a time like this is a major challenge that will take a massive team effort, stamina and dedication, and I’m delighted to do my part to support the OSC.” 

OSC will salute its most outstanding supporters at the end of the campaign with special awards in February 2021 that recognise significant contributions to the community during the campaign. For more information about the OSC campaign, please visit the OSC websites (osc.scmp.com or rthk.hk/osc2020) as well as “Operation Santa Claus HK 愛心聖誕大行動” Facebook page (facebook.com/opsantahk).

Operation Santa Claus 2020 – Factsheet

OSC 2020 Beneficiaries and Projects

This year, 19 charities in four distinct areas have been selected to receive OSC donations. Themed “Caring Community, Caring Christmas”, the 2020 OSC campaign aims to inspire Hong Kong by showing our care and delivering hope to light up the lives of the needy with a series of fundraising activities and virtual events.

 

Beneficiaries

Project Title or Details

Children and Youth

1

Bring Me A Book Hong Kong Limited

School-based Reading Program: Lifelong Love of Reading

2

Hong Kong Children in Need Foundation Limited

STEM Maker in School

3

Hong Kong Red Cross

Red Cross Little Buddies

4

Sowers Action

After-school Tutoring Program

5

Tsang Pik Shan Secondary School

Simple Technical Self-Development

6

The Zubin Mahtani Gidumal Foundation Limited

EM Child Trauma Counselling Service

7

Mind Mental Health Hong Kong Limited

Mind HK and Morgan Stanley Sponsorship Programme

8

PathFinders Limited

A Child’s Journey with PathFinders

9

TREATS

Sports Play Out! The Train-the-Trainer Gamified Sports Project for Ethnic Minorities Youth in Hong Kong

10

InspiringHK Sports Foundation

Sportshour Co-Sporting Programme for Underprivileged ADHD Youth and Caretakers 

Community

11

Playright Children’s Play Association

Community Engagement and Empowerment for Play Space Transformation Project (Phase 2)

12

J Life Foundation Limited

J Life @ Fighting COVID-19

13

HandsOn Hong Kong Limited

Care Delivered

14

Wofoo Social Enterprises Limited

Simple Living

15

Enrich HK

Debt Recovery Programme for Migrant Domestic Workers

Elderly

16

Senior Citizen Home Safety Association

Easyhome Services for Elderly and their Carers

17

St. Barnabas’ Society and Home

Healing the Poor Visions of the Underprivileged Elderly Project

Physical and Mental Disabilities

18

Caritas Rehabilitation Service

Hope

19

Home of Loving Faithfulness

Life-long special care for handicapped children and adults

 

OSC 2020: Multimedia content

Launch Video: 

The 2020 OSC Campaign launch was marked by the release of a special video today, introducing the ambassadors Olympic swimmer Alex FONG and artiste Pakho CHAU, Director of Broadcasting LEUNG Ka-wing and SCMP CEO Gary LIU.

The video will be available on the following channels:

 

New OSC logo: 

The new OSC logo is illustrated with a hand placing a heart into a Christmas stocking, which symbolises OSC’s role in bringing organisations and the community together during the festive season to benefit those in need in Hong Kong.

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The 2020 OSC Campaign launch was marked by the release of a special video today, introducing Director of Broadcasting LEUNG Ka-wing, SCMP CEO Gary LIU and the ambassadors Olympic swimmer Alex FONG and artiste Pakho CHAU.

This year’s Ambassadors, Alex FONG and Pakho CHAU, will perform the first-ever OSC theme song.

About Operation Santa Claus

Operation Santa Claus (OSC) is an annual charity campaign jointly run by RTHK and SCMP. Established in 1988, OSC aims to make a difference to the community and beyond by combining the fundraising power of two of the city’s most respected media organisations. Mainly during the months of November and December every year, the public, various non-profit making organisations, commercials and educational sectors in Hong Kong demonstrate their compassion by organising creative fundraising initiatives for specially selected deserving causes. 

 

Media Enquiries: 

 

SCMP Corporate Communications

Muriel CHEUNG (2680 8193 / pr@scmp.com)

SCMP’S CHINA FINTECH REPORT REVEALS LATEST TRENDS AND INNOVATIONS IN WORLD’S LARGEST FINTECH MARKET

HONG KONG, 28 October 2020 – The South China Morning Post announced today the release of its inaugural China Fintech Report, a comprehensive resource on the latest trends and future trajectory of the world’s largest financial technology ecosystem.

The report provides essential investment insights and market analysis of the future of this rapidly growing sector, providing a key source of competitor analysis and learnings for traditional financial services. China’s massive domestic financial market has an estimated 87% of consumers using fintech services, a US$29 trillion (200 trillion yuan) mobile payment market in 2019, and the largest global market for online securities trading. 

As China opens its financial system to foreign players and prepares to launch the world’s first national virtual currency, its fintech sector is poised to make a major impact on the global financial market. The report includes exclusive case studies on key industry players, an overview of funding activity and deals, and in-depth sector analysis of digital payments, digital banking, wealthtech, insurtech, and blockchain. 

Key findings of the report include: 

  • China poised to become the first cashless society: The shift will be mobile-first, with mobile payments already accounting for four out of every five payments and more than half the value of all non-cash retail payments in China.
  • Massive growth potential for online wealth management: Personal investable assets in China are estimated to grow at a compound rate of 10% from US$23 trillion (160 trillion yuan) in 2019 to US$42 trillion (287 trillion yuan) by 2025, with US$10 trillion (69 trillion yuan) expected to be invested via online platforms by 2025.
  • Expanding market for insurtech: Online insurance premiums currently account for less than 8% of total Chinese insurance premiums, suggesting the sector has a long way to grow as China overtakes the US to become the world’s biggest insurance market by the mid-2030s.
  • Blockchain a national priority: China’s banks are ramping up blockchain use with applications in SME lending, risk management and operation efficiency, while China prepares to launch the world’s first sovereign digital currency, with a large-scale rollout expected to come before China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics.

“The fintech companies of China, which are already pushing boundaries and setting the bar higher than any other company anywhere else, are expected to expand beyond Chinese shores into the broader world,” said SCMP’s Business Editor Eugene Tang. “The coronavirus pandemic, which has led to paradigm shifts in the way humans earn and pay, will only accelerate the rise of fintech, with increased investor and consumer appetite for online financial services.”

The report is targeted at those watching the global trajectory of fintech, including corporate executives, professional services providers, investment professionals, and academics. To purchase the full China Fintech Report, please visit https://research.scmp.com/products/china-fintech-report-2020

 

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a digest for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

ABOUT SCMP RESEARCH

Targeted at global business leaders and China industry observers, SCMP Research aims to meet the increasing global need for reliable intelligence into China’s leading industries. For each industry, our proprietary product – which combines a report of the highest research rigour and a careful curation of live sessions with industry experts – provides customers with instant actionable insights.

For more information, please contact:

Elgen Kua 

elgen.kua@scmp.com

SCMP APPOINTS JOHN ARTMAN AS THE POST’S TECHNOLOGY EDITOR

HONG KONG, 1 September 2020 – The South China Morning Post announced today the appointment of John Artman as its Technology Editor. Artman will lead one of the biggest and fastest growing reporting teams covering an expansive intersection of technological transformation and the rise of China. 

In addition to providing in-depth coverage of tech issues and breaking news, Artman will play an instrumental role in the Tech Desk’s contributions to ’s industry reports, which have covered a broad range of trending topics that include China’s Artificial Intelligence (AI), Healthcare, and the Internet industry. 

The Post’s technology section has become a comprehensive destination for all things China tech to SCMP’s global readership of over 50 million monthly active users. Most recently this comprised compelling stories about China’s innovative applications of science and technology in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its search for a vaccine.

“John is well-known for his deep insights about technology in China, which is a vital industry sector that has major global relevance. We are extremely pleased he joins our newsroom, and we look forward to leveraging his expertise in media, technology and content to elevate our coverage on technology in China,” said Tammy Tam, SCMP’s editor-in-chief. 

With more than ten years of reporting experience in China, Artman is a leading journalistic voice on Chinese technology. Most recently, he served as Editor-in-Chief at TechNode, and played an important role in overhauling the site into a must-read for anyone interested in technology in China. Previously, Artman was the Managing Director of Technical Communications at CSOFT International and worked at China Radio International as a radio show host and technology and web reporter. Artman is a self-described “avid China-watcher” and has been living in Beijing since 2008.

“The South China Morning Post has played a crucial role in informing and educating readers on what drives tech in China and shedding light on one of the world’s most innovative and fast-paced industries. I am excited to join a media company that is punching above its weight and be part of their mission to lead the global conversation on China,” said Artman.

Artman’s appointment is effective from 1 September and will be based at SCMP’s global headquarters in Hong Kong.

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Leung

+852 26808118

andrea.leung@scmp.com

Elgen Kua

elgen.kua@scmp.com

SCMP APPOINTS QIN SHENG TO LEAD ITS PEOPLE DEPARTMENT

HONG KONG, 31 August 2020 – The South China Morning Post announced today the appointment of Qin Sheng as Senior Vice President, People Department, to lead its people-focused strategies and to build a vibrant and diverse work environment. Following SCMP’s rapid growth and transformation into a global digital media organisation, Sheng’s appointment sharpens the company’s focus on enhancing the employee experience and bringing innovation and analytics to people-first programmes. Sheng’s responsibilities include overseeing the People Department’s strategy and planning, driving learning and growth initiatives, as well as supervising employee engagement and organisational development.

“We are delighted to have Sheng join our leadership team. The coronavirus pandemic has introduced new challenges and new opportunities in the workplace, and Sheng’s expertise and experience will help elevate SCMP’s value-driven culture, people-first strategies, and overall employee experience,” said Gary Liu, SCMP’s Chief Executive Officer.

“It is an exciting time to join a leading media company that embraces digital transformation initiatives while placing a strong emphasis on values, communication and an overwhelming dedication to building its people. I am looking forward to working with a purpose-driven team and am thrilled at the opportunity to take our organisational culture to new heights,” said Sheng.

With a track record of more than 15 years in luxury retail and consumer industries, Sheng brings a wealth of experience in leadership with several international organisations.

Sheng previously served on the leadership team at H&H Group as Group Senior Director of People & Culture. She oversaw major organisational changes and led the alignment of global HR practices. Prior to that, she was the HR Director at LVMH Fashion Group Asia Pacific, where she improved HR efficiencies with an analytic approach to talent management and budgeting across multiple brands and markets. She also introduced digital initiatives for employee experience and deployed diversity programmes at LVMH.

Qin Sheng’s appointment is effective from 31 August and she will be based at SCMP’s global headquarters in Hong Kong.

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a digest for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

 

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Leung

andrea.leung@scmp.com 

+852 2680 8118

Elgen Kua

elgen.kua@scmp.com

SCMP’S CHINA HEALTHCARE REPORT REVEALS KEY INSIGHTS INTO WORLD’S SECOND-LARGEST HEALTHCARE MARKET

HONG KONG, 13 August 2020  South China Morning Post announced today the release of its inaugural China Healthcare Report that comprehensively examines industry innovations and trends that will impact the global market, as well as ambitious reforms that will reshape China’s domestic healthcare market. 

China’s healthcare industry currently leads the world in double-digit growth and has an outsized impact on the global healthcare market as the second-largest healthcare market by expenditure – US$3.5 trillion in 2018. The report also tracks the impact of Covid-19 on structural shifts in the global supply chain of healthcare products and includes a review of Covid-19 vaccine developments and leading healthcare innovators and industry leaders in China.  

The report features deep dive case studies on the latest developments in the business of China’s healthcare industry, including opportunities, risks, and predictions. The report is created by SCMP Research and leverages the Post’s unmatched access into China, covering major sectors such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and supplies manufacturing, service providers, and healthcare technology. Several major findings include: 

  • Massive investments in R&D and innovation: China’s combined pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical R&D spending is forecast to grow at a 23 percent compound annual rate until 2023, when it will reach US$49 billion, accounting for 23 percent of the world’s total spending on drug discovery and testing.
  • Rapid growth of China’s biopharmaceutical industry: Biopharmaceutical sales in China have more than doubled since 2016 and are projected to reach almost $50 billion by 2021. China’s capacity to create best-in-class drugs could rival that of America and Europe before 2030.
  • Global manufacturing tech giants tap into medical devices and equipment: Chinese medical supplies accounted for US$10 billion or 2.6 percent of the total exports in Q1 2020. The government’s Made in China 2025 strategic plan calls for a greater focus on innovation to bring manufacturing up the value chain for high-tech medical devices.  
  • China’s dominance in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients global exports: China manufactures 40 percent of APIs used worldwide and is a leading supplier of basic chemicals to the global pharmaceutical industry, worth 384.3 billion yuan (US$54 billion) in 2018. 
  • China’s foray into health-technology: The Covid-19 outbreak prompted a 20x increase in diagnoses and 10x jump in prescriptions on online healthcare platforms, and accelerated the adoption of AI in CT scans, algorithms for Covid-19 detection in genomic sequencing, and AI-based research platforms for vaccines.

SCMP’s Executive Editor Chow Chung-yan said: “The world is facing an acute healthcare challenge when people are living much longer, populations are rapidly ageing, and healthcare costs are rising. China aims to significantly improve its healthcare standards to be on par with those in developed nations by 2030. This will spur innovation in the sector, provide impetus for growth in the global healthcare industry, and catapult Chinese healthcare firms onto the international stage.” 

The report is targeted at those interested in understanding the complexity of the Chinese healthcare market, including academics, investors and technologists. For an overview of the China Healthcare Report and to purchase the full report, visit https://research.scmp.com/products/china-healthcare-report-2020

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a digest for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

ABOUT SCMP RESEARCH

Targeted at global business leaders and China industry observers, SCMP Research aims to meet the increasing global need for reliable intelligence into China’s leading industries. For each industry, our proprietary product – which combines a report of the highest research rigour and a careful curation of live sessions with industry experts – provides customers with instant actionable insights.

For more information, please contact:

Elgen Kua

elgen.kua@scmp.com

Andrea Leung

andrea.leung@scmp.com 

+852 2680 8118

Inaugural ‘Women of Our Time’ conference features world-class line-up of government and business leaders

HONG KONG, 5 March 2021 – The South China Morning Post’s announced today its inaugural Women of Our Time Conference on 8-9 March and its compelling lineup of speakers led by Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, and Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert, Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Asia, Republic of the Philippines.

Themed “Beyond empowerment and equality”, the interactive two-day conference will examine how today’s women in power and tomorrow’s emerging female leaders are sparking new ideas that spur generations of followers and collaborators in building a new world with a more sustainable future.

The conference provides a global platform for thought leaders and puts the spotlight on the myriad achievements of female trailblazers and pioneers in Asia who have been influential in tackling the many challenges posed by an ongoing pandemic and a depressed economy, against a backdrop of ever-changing global diplomacy. Madam Halimah will kick off the conference with perspectives on strategies for building an inclusive society in a COVID-19 era. Ambassador Albert will also share her valuable insights on women in diplomacy.

In addition, the event offers attendees the opportunity to learn from over 30 female leaders who are leading through disruption, confusion, turbulence and conflict, as well as exploring complex and timely issues, from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women to building an inclusive society. Attendees can look forward to being inspired by stories of reinvention, benefit from networking opportunities as well as enjoying the insights of leading and emerging women champions and entrepreneurs such as Mohammad Naciri, Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, UN Women; Joey Wat, Chief Executive Officer, Yum China;  Jane Sun, CEO, Trip.com Group; Lucy Liu, Co-founder & President, Airwallex; Tan Hooi Ling, Co-founder, Grab; Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group; Ankiti Bose, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zilingo; Jeanne Lim, Board Member and former CEO of Hanson Robotics; and Christine Ip, CEO – Greater China, UOB.

The conference is part of SCMP’s goal to champion diversity and inclusion. This initiative first took the form of the ‘Women of Our Time’ magazine, launched in 2011, followed by the inaugural Women of Our Time conference in 2014.

To register or learn more about the Women of Our Time Conference, visit our website at https://womenofourtime.scmp.com/home for more details. Media wishing to apply for access passes should please contact Stef Lo at stef.lo@scmp.com.

Speakers at Women of Our Time Conference:

  • Madam Halimah Yacob, President, Republic of Singapore
  • Amb. Delia Domingo-Albert, Senior Adviser, SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. and Former Secretary (Minister) of Foreign Affairs, Asia, Republic of the Philippines
  • Mohammad Naciri, Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific, UN Women
  • Joey Wat, Chief Executive Officer, Yum China
  • Jane Sun, CEO, Trip.com Group
  • Tan Hooi Ling, Co-founder, Grab
  • Lucy Liu, Co-founder & President, Airwallex
  • Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group
  • Emily Lam-Ho, Founder & CEO, Empact 28; Co-founder & CEO, EcoDrive
  • Ankiti Bose, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zilingo
  • Jeanne Lim, Co-founder & CEO, beingAI Limited; Former CEO & CMO, Hanson Robotics
  • Christine Ip, CEO – Greater China, UOB
  • Gillian Ng, Senior Director, Corporate Governance, Iclif Executive Education Center, Asia School of Business
  • Ruth Benny, Founder, Top Schools
  • Natalie Chan, Founder, OWN Academy
  • Josephine Chow, Co-founder & Head of International Expansion, ShopBack
  • Caecilia Chu, Co-Founder & CEO, YouTrip
  • Christina Dean, Founder & CEO, The R Collective; Founder, Executive Director & Board Chair, Redress Asia
  • Pat Dwyer, Founder & Director, The Purpose Business
  • Reese Fernandez-Ruiz, Co-founder, Rags2Riches
  • Ee Ling Lim, Co-founder & CEO, Smarter Me
  • Raena Lim, Co-founder & COO, Style Theory
  • Windy Natriavi, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, AwanTunai
  • Lennise Ng, CEO & Co-founder, Dropee
  • Esther Nguyen, Founder & CEO, POPS Worldwide
  • Crystal Pang, Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer, Pickupp
  • Vanessa Paranjothy, Co-Founder, Freedom Cups
  • Christel Quek, Co-founder & CTO, BOLT
  • Michelle Tan, Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief, INFLUASIA
  • Suzana Tengku, Co-founder & Chief Editor, Have Halal, Will Travel
  • Val Yap, Founder & CEO, PolicyPal

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About the South China Morning Post

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.

About Women of Our time Conference

The South China Morning Post’s Women of Our Time conference puts the spotlight on the myriad achievements of female trailblazers and pioneers in Asia who have been influential in tackling the many challenges posed by an ongoing pandemic and a depressed economy, against a backdrop of ever-changing global diplomacy. As efforts toward diversity and inclusion become less of a novel concept, and rather an ingrained facet of global business and politics, the conference will look beyond ideas of empowerment and equality to examine how today’s women in power and tomorrow’s emerging female leaders are sparking new ideas that spur generations of followers and collaborators in building a new world for a more sustainable future.

Featuring influential keynote speakers, interviews spotlighting inspiring stories of female industry champions, and panel discussions highlighting how today’s emerging trailblazers are redefining their industries, the conference will magnify how women in Asia have been and will continue to be crucial in piloting substantial change and spawning opportunities for a new generation in the face of mounting challenges and relentless uncertainties.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Elgen Kua

elgen.kua@scmp.com

Stef Lo

stef.lo@scmp.com

Post-pandemic policies and China’s 14th five-year plan take centre stage at China Conference: Southeast Asia

HONG KONG, 23 February 2021 – The South China Morning Post’s successful China Conference: Southeast Asia (CCSEA) returns on 25-26 February with a compelling lineup of speakers including Minister for Trade and Industry of Republic of Singapore Chan Chun Sing and former Deputy Director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Xu Ze.

Themed “Beyond the Pandemic: From crisis to opportunity”, the two-day live-stream conference will cover issues impacting the cooperation between China and Southeast Asia including China’s 14th five-year plan, US-China economic decoupling and maritime diplomacy. The event will also include discussions on post-pandemic business opportunities and key growth issues in Southeast Asia such as business travel and tourism, strategies to reopening economies, women & youth issues, and digital health and much more. 

Mr Xu, currently President of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, will kick off the conference with perspectives on how China’s upcoming 14th five-year blueprint will affect Southeast Asia’s future economic recovery, trade and investments. Minister Chan, who is responsible for driving Singapore’s economic and industrial development, will offer insights on Asia’s future in the post-pandemic era and how the region can work towards the ‘next normal’.

The event will also feature foreign policy experts including former Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Philippines Ambassador Delia Albert, who will address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the progress of gender equality and leadership in Asia. Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Dr Dino Patti Djalalm will discuss how ASEAN can help avert conflicts in the South China Sea amid US-China rivalry and the necessary steps needed to uphold regional stability and maritime security. 

The conference brings together over 60 speakers from 12 different countries to discuss opportunities beyond pandemic and current issues impacting Southeast Asia. The compelling line-up includes top government officials, policymakers as well as business and health experts such as Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, the National University of Singapore and Singaporean former diplomat; Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group; Deepali Khanna, Managing Director, Asia, Rockefeller Foundation; Tan Sri Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow, Fung Global Institute; Dr Huiyao Wang, President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG), and Prof Dale Fisher, Professor of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Chair, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, WHO.; and Raymond Alimurung, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Philippines; and Prof. Hans Genberg, Senior Director of Banking and Finance Programs, Professor of Economics, Asia School of Business. A detailed agenda is available here, as well as the full list of speakers.

Please visit www.chinaconference.asia for more details. Kindly email muriel.cheung@scmp.com to register for access passes. 

  Other speakers at China Conference: Southeast Asia include:
  • Xu Ze, President of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies and former Deputy Director of Beijing’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office
  • Minister Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Republic of Singapore
  • Amb Delia Albert, Senior Adviser, SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co.​, Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Philippines
  • Dr. Dino Patti Djalal, Founder of Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) and Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Indonesia, Indonesia  
  • Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Chief Executive Officer, Sintesa Group, Indonesia
  • Deepali Khanna, Managing Director, Asia, Rockefeller Foundation, Thailand
  • Tan Sri Andrew Sheng, Distinguished Fellow Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong, Malaysia
  • Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and Singaporean former diplomat, Singapore
  • Dr Huiyao Wang, Founder and President, Center for China and Globalization (CCG), China
  • Prof Dale Fisher, Professor of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Chair, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, WHO, Singapore  
  • Raymond Alimurung, Chief Executive Officer, Lazada Philippines  
  • Dr Dan Fineman, Co-Head of Equity Strategy for Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse, Thailand
  • Tan Bin Ru, CEO (Southeast Asia), OneConnect Financial Technology; Co-Chairwoman, Blockchain Association Singapore  
  • Lee Limeng, CEO, Razer Fintech and CSO Razer Inc, Singapore
  • Dr Dario Heymann, Chief Research Officer, Galen Growth, Singapore
  • Samuel Lin Yanjun,  CEO of International Business, 9F Group, China
  • Atty Kristine Rosary Yuzon-Chaves, Executive Director, Philippine Commission on Women, Manila, Philippines
  • Shahriman Lockman, Director in the Chief Executive’s Office, Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia
  • Dr Shameen Prashantham, Professor of International Business and Strategy, Associate Dean, MBA Director, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), China
  • Prof. Hans Genberg, Senior Director of Banking and Finance Programs, Professor of Economics, Asia School of Business, Malaysia 
  • Simon Lacey, Senior Lecturer, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide and former Vice-President, Trade Facilitation and Market Access, Huawei Technologies China, Australia  
  • Dr Wu Shicun, President, China Institute of South China Sea Studies, China
  • Dr Mary Pan, Chief Operating Officer, Health Decisions, USA
  • Christopher Ong, Managing Director for DHL Express Singapore
  • Yinglan Tan, founder of Insignia Ventures Partners, Singapore
  • Jasmmine Wong, CEO (Greater China and Singapore), Inchcape Motors Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Hoda Abou-Jamra, Founding Partner, TVM Capital Healthcare, Singapore
  • Paul Feldhausen, Director of Growth Operations & Partnerships, Holmusk, Singapore
  • Simone Puorto, Founder, CEO, and Futurist, Travel Singularity, France 
  • Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute, Philippines
  • Zhihan Lee, Co-Founder and Group CEO, BagoSphere and Ashoka Fellow, Philippines
  • Veronica Colondam, Founder & CEO, YCAB Foundation, Indonesia
  • Hayley Roffey, Managing Director, Designated Safeguard Lead and Co-lead Global Development Team, Global Fund for Children, UK
  • En Lee, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investments Asia, LGT, Singapore
  • Pham Ngoc Minh Trang, Lecturer, Faculty of International Relations, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Vietnam
  • Michael Walsh, CEO of Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC) and Board of Director at Asia Jet Partners Malaysia, Hong Kong 
  • Craig Allen, President, US-China Business Council, USA 
  • David Bishop, Associate Professor of Teaching, The University of Hong Kong and Fudan University, Hong Kong  
  • Trinh Nguyen. Senior Economist, Emerging Asia, Natixis, Hong Kong  
  • JP Gan, Founding Partner, INCE Capital, China
  • Henry Motte-Muñoz, Founder and Executive Chairman, Edukasyon.ph, Philippines
  • Maria Holtsberg, Regional Advisor for Humanitarian and DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction), UN Women for Asia Pacific, Thailand
  • Thomas Tsao, Founding Partner, Gobi Partners, Malaysia
  • Michael Brosowski, Founder & co-CEO, Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation, Vietnam  
  • Christian Honegger,  Chief Executive Officer, TC Acoustic, Singapore
  • Dr Karen Grépin, Associate Professor, Division of Health Economics, Policy and Management, University of Hong Kong
  • Blair Crichton, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Karana, Singapore

About the South China Morning Post

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a digest for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

About the China Conference

South China Morning Post’s China Conference was first launched in 2015 with the aim of setting the agenda for China watchers, business leaders and government officials around the world. Convening hundreds of thought-leaders at each event, renowned experts have debated pressing issues surrounding the world’s second-largest economy, and fostered better understanding and elevated thought about China’s culture, society, industries and economy. The event has been held in Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and the United States. Visit https://sea.chinaconference.scmp.com/ for more details.

For media enquiries, please contact: Muriel Cheung    muriel.cheung@scmp.com 

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific partners SCMP to showcase new food series on Asian Food Network

HONG KONG, 22 February 2021 – The South China Morning Post announced today it has reached an exclusive agreement with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific for the broadcast rights for ‘ Eat China ’. The series will air across 39 territories across APAC and will be available across non-standard TV platforms, including AVOD and SVOD.

Eat China’ is produced by Goldthread , SCMP’s video-first culture publication focused on exploring trends and human interest stories in today’s China through its food, people, and travel. The programme will air on the highly-rated Asian Food Network (AFN), the region’s leading TV and online food channel that celebrates unique Asian culinary and cultural experiences.

The multi-year is SCMP’s first acquisition deal with a broadcast network and the agreement comprises four epis odes per season. ‘Eat China’ began its broadcast on 5 February 2021. In addition to ‘Eat China’, AFN will feature episodes and recipes from Goldthread’s ‘Chef’s Plate’ series across its digital properties, including its website and social media channels.

“Viewers across APAC have an appetite for food and lifestyle shows on Discovery and we’re thrilled to add Goldthread’s ‘Eat China ’ Series to our network’s compelling line-up of food programming,” said Rohit Tharani, Senior Director, Southeast Asia, Direct to Consumer. “As the region’s leading food-focused multi-platform network that celebrates unique culinary experiences from Asia, we’re pleased to showcase a programme that captures the broad diversity of Chinese cuisine with a modern touch.

Said Goldthread’s Executive Director, Victoria Ho: “The show is dedicated to food enthusiasts and the China-curious who appreciates punchy deep dives delivered with journalistic rigour. We look forward to entertaining and informing viewers across the region and this partnership will broaden the reach and popularity of Goldthread’s programmes such as ‘Eat China’ across AFN’s platforms and we’re delighted to have Discovery Networks Asia Pacific as our partner.”

From noodles in the North to spicy Sichuan peppers in the southwest, ‘Eat China’ takes viewers across China in search of authentic regional Chinese cuisines shaped by topography, traditions and culture. Goldthread explains how famous Chinese dishes came to be, and trace their origins to their roots. The show will feature food experts and chefs to help guide viewers through China’s diverse food culture and explore exciting dishes and flavour profiles through ingredients, stories, and people.

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a digest for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.

ABOUT DISCOVERY NETWORKS ASIA-PACIFIC

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, a division of the leading global entertainment provider Discovery Communications, is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its portfolio of brands. From survival to natural history, wonders of science to extreme jobs, motoring to travel and lifestyle, and the latest engineering marvels to live sporting events, Discovery offers distinct must-watch programming to engage viewers across the region. The portfolio reaches 694 million cumulative subscribers in 37 countries and territories with programming customised in 14 languages and dialects. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

About Asian Food Network

The Asian Food Network (AFN) is an evolution of the formerly known Asian Food Channel (AFC), built on a community of Asian food lovers. Based in Singapore, AFN’s wide Asian distribution footprint will now cover twelve territories on both digital platforms and pay TV across Asia. The community can look forward to free and accessible content on Asianfoodnetwork.com where they can engage in conversations around the latest food trends.

Bringing more than just good food to the table, AFN will uncover the world beyond kitchens all across Asia, through topical and seasonal stories. The community can also look forward to conversations on the latest food trends, served fresh on digital platforms. AFN is an ecosystem for everyone passionate about Asian food, promising a seamless experience from inspiration to the kitchen. AFN will be able to execute 360 degree advertising and marketing campaigns and solutions for leading brands.

For more information, please contact: Elgen Kua elgen.kua@scmp.com

Jennelyn Mortillero Jennelyn_Mortillero@discovery.com

SCMP LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE TO ADVANCE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM IN THE DIGITAL AGE

HONG KONG, 27 July 2020 – The South China Morning Post announced today the launch of a new subscription service for SCMP.com and the SCMP app. Beginning in August, it will roll out in phases over several months across the world.

This announcement marks the next phase of SCMP’s digital transformation and its exponential growth as a global news company. The English-language media platform reached upwards of 50 million monthly readers in recent months, comprising a mostly international audience that relies on SCMP for its unparalleled and trusted expertise on China and Asia. 

With the introduction of this reader revenue initiative, SCMP is safeguarding the future of the 116-year-old news organisation and its independent journalism, with critical and essential coverage that explains China’s growing influence and how it impacts and challenges the world. 

Readers will be able to access some articles for free, before they are prompted with a message to subscribe for further unlimited access. Subscribers will receive award-winning news reporting and opinions, along with the in-depth analysis and investigative journalism that have come to be expected from SCMP. They will also enjoy personalisation features across SCMP’s platforms that enhance the reading and discovery experience, along with privileged access to SCMP’s virtual and in-person events. All information critical to community health and safety will continue to be freely accessible to all readers. 

Said SCMP CEO Gary Liu, “SCMP has long championed the plurality of voices in Asia with independent journalism and we are firmly committed to continue serving our readers with  comprehensive coverage of China and Asia. Advertising alone can no longer sustain high-quality journalism in the digital age, so we must continue to evolve our business models and diversify our revenue streams. 

“Our readership growth has been an encouraging validation of SCMP’s editorial quality and professionalism  and we believe this initiative will strengthen the journalistic excellence that our readers deserve and further our mission to lead the global conversation on China.” 

SCMP has been diversifying its revenue streams to build sustainable business models for the future. Last month, the company announced SCMP Research, a new paid knowledge vertical that publishes commercial reports on leading industries in China. In May, it launched SCMP Lighthouse, a sophisticated first-party data platform that positions the Post as a preferred digital advertising platform with unparalleled consumer insights to drive efficiencies and improve campaign ROI. It has also ramped up its events business with a calendar of 40+ virtual webinars this year – a fourfold increase over in-person events initially planned at the start of the year.

Kindly refer to the letter from SCMP’s Editor-in-Chief to our readers here.  

 

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.   

 

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SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST LAUNCHES ‘SCMP RESEARCH’ TO MEET GLOBAL DEMAND FOR INTELLIGENCE ON CHINA’S LEADING INDUSTRIES

HONG KONG, 8 July 2020 –The South China Morning Post today announced the launch of ‘SCMP Research’, a new knowledge vertical dedicated to providing the latest intelligence and insights on leading industries in China. 

Targeted at a global audience of business leaders and industry observers, ‘SCMP Research’ publishes reports that provide actionable intelligence, deep dives, case studies, data and first-hand insights while exploring forecasts and implications for the future. These English-language reports focus on China’s unique and complex markets and provide in-depth analysis for specific industries and subregions of the country. 

The reports are produced by SCMP Research in close collaboration with the Post’s award-winning news and infographics team, along with a group of external experts including strategic consultants, professional researchers and industry insiders. Each report is accompanied by a webinar series that provides exclusive and unique access to executives and experts for further analysis.

“SCMP Research aims to serve global stakeholders and elevate critical understanding about China. The speed of China’s growth is extraordinary but the market remains complex and oftentimes opaque. This knowledge product includes both independent journalism and insider expertise, providing clarity through deep insights that can inform decisions for international businesses, institutional researchers and policymakers around the world,” said Gary Liu, SCMP CEO.

Said Ang Jin, SCMP’s Chief of Staff & SVP, Strategy, “There is a growing demand for high-quality industry reports focused on China, and SCMP Research will fill that need with comprehensive intelligence and insights, backed by the strength of SCMP’s editorial expertise.”

Today, SCMP Research released the China Internet Report 2020 which delves into key technology trends such as the impact of Covid-19 on China’s digital transformation, mass adoption of 5G across the country and the continued evolution of live-streaming. Upcoming reports include a deep-dive on China’s healthcare industry that will be released in August 2020. 

Previous releases include the China AI Report published earlier this year, which examines the development of artificial intelligence and its deployment across multiple industries. Both reports tap a wealth of industry knowledge and quality journalism from SCMP’s Technology Desk. 

Please visit https://research.scmp.com for more details. 

ABOUT SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. Additionally, SCMP publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and, Harper’s BAZAAR. SCMP is also home to Abacus, a digital news brand focused on China’s tech industry; Inkstone, a daily news brief for those curious about China’s growing impact around the world; and Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Leung

andrea.leung@scmp.com +852 2680 8118

Please contact research@scmp.com for queries on advertising opportunities, collaborations and business partnerships with SCMP Research.

 

SCMP Research – Overview

Targeted at global business leaders and China industry observers, SCMP Research aims to meet the increasing global need for reliable intelligence into China’s leading industries. For each industry, our proprietary product – which combines a report of the highest research rigour and careful curation of live sessions with industry experts – provides customers with instant actionable insights.

SCMP Research helps decision-makers navigate the complex and fast-changing China market by providing industry intelligence and insights. SCMP Research marries high-quality reports with closed-door discourse with industry leaders to provide a comprehensive insider’s understanding of the complex nuances of the China market.

Industry Reports

In the age of information overload, we want to help minimise our customers’ time spent on searching for market intelligence and maximise the value they get from reading our reports. This is why each SCMP Research report, specific to an industry, is designed to be a one-stop-shop for intelligence on that industry in China. Customers will find a comprehensive industry scan, in-depth analyses, company case studies, and a wealth of data and other organised information to aid their decision making – all rolled up into one fully visual and easily digestible product.

Live webinar sessions

Our webinars are more than just information sessions. They offer a platform for intellectual discourse between experts and observers on the most relevant industry topics. Frequently, C-level executives of the companies featured in the case studies or identified as industry trendsetters or disruptors are invited to share more insights into their business, adding a live element to the report content. To ensure the communication goes both ways, we always include a live Q&A session for the expert panel to address questions raised by the audience and leave no stone unturned.

Current and upcoming reports:

  • China Internet Report 
  • China AI Report (2020)
  • SCMP Healthcare (coming soon in August 2020)

Our Team

We come from various backgrounds – industry specialists, consultants, research analysts, reporters and editors, etc., and leverage our diverse expertise from industry experience and the financial sector. We are dedicated to the same goal of producing high-quality research products that shed light into the often opaque picture of China’s industries and markets.