New Fund and Trading Platform will help address the global energy transition urgency. Critical minerals are vital for the energy transition and the UAE stands to be a market leader in the emerging new energy economy.
SINGAPORE, Dec. 3, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore-based Fintech-powered Fund management firm TradeFlow Capital Management (TradeFlow) and Abu Dhabi based digital trader Open Mineral have joined forces, launching the ‘Critical Minerals Trade Finance Fund’ and a new TradeFlow Metals platform to help address urgent global energy transition needs. Open Mineral will be a Founding Client, providing a multi-year commitment to this collaboration that will connect new and existing trade finance investors and banks with digitally de-risked transactions of global critical minerals flows including copper, lithium and zinc.
The “Critical Minerals Trade Flow Fund” and TradeFlow Metals digital platform were launched at the recent Abu Dhabi Finance Week 2023.
Dr. Tom James, CEO and co-founder of TradeFlow, highlights: “Open Mineral brings a remarkable team of metals trading experts who possess a strong digital DNA aligned with ours. We are excited to see the establishment of two new entities today, aimed at fostering the growth of the commodities trading industry in the UAE. The first entity is the ‘Critical Minerals Trade Flow Fund’, managed by TradeFlow.
The second entity is the ‘TradeFlow Metals platform’, which will operate as an independent and fully separated entity. This platform will leverage the skills and expertise of TradeFlow’s technology provider and long-term partner, Liberatech Plus, which has already assisted in the processing of over 3,000 trades and USD3 billion in cross-commodity cargoes since 2018.
This is a great opportunity to participate with our partners to bring the advantages of FinTech and liquidity to the transition metals market with our digitalised solutions. This is a great success for all involved and the transition metals and energy markets as a whole.“
James Rilett, Chief Product Officer of Open Mineral affirms: “We are honoured and proud to be the Founding Client of the Critical Minerals Trade Flow Fund. In partnership with TradeFlow, we are committed to bringing proven Risk Transformation methodology and technology to the critical minerals sector. Open Mineral has one of the fastest growing critical minerals books in the world and we see no shortage of opportunity to trade more of these flows, but our industry needs capital. Since incorporating in Abu Dhabi Global Market in 2022, we have profitably traded over $500mn of metals.”
Mr. Rilett further explains: “This is a crucial phase in the transition of the regional economies, and we want to de-risk and capture opportunities at scale. Commodities as an asset class has a high risk, high complexity reputation, with tech and data changing this risk profile. Our strategic role in enabling global trade finance to meet these new opportunities serves to enhance and catalyse the regional economies. To be combining this game-changing trade finance platform with Open Mineral’s trade book and metals know-how was an unmissable opportunity.”
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the market for energy transition metals was USD320bn in 2022, which based on Open Mineral assessment will treble in the next 10 years. This collaboration with TradeFlow shall be an effective means of addressing critical metals demand.
About TradeFlow Capital Management (Tradeflow)
TradeFlow is the world’s first Fintech-powered commodity trade enabler focused on SMEs. TradeFlow consists of a diverse team of experts with the focused mission of addressing the increasing trade finance gap faced by global SMEs operating as producers/traders/end-users in the bulk commodity trading space. By performing an enabling role in international trade and globalization, TradeFlow creates growth opportunities for businesses and economies.
To date, TradeFlow has successfully invested in more than US$3 Bn of physical commodity trade through 3000+ transactions across 18+ countries and 30+ commodity types, with more than 1800 SME counterpart entities KYC reviewed. As part of its unique business model, The TradeFlow Funds*, advised by TradeFlow, were conceived in 2016 and launched in 2018.
TradeFlow is a Partner of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to mobilise capital and improve trade finance access for SMEs worldwide through the “‘ICC Trade Now” and “ICC Digital Trade Standards Initiative” platforms.
For more information, please visit: www.tradeflow.capital
About Liberatech Plus
Liberatech Plus is a leading provider of cutting-edge and scalable solutions that empower businesses in the commodities supply and trading industries. Our innovative technologies are designed to remove barriers, enhance transparency, and drive innovation in global trade. From small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to multinational corporations (MNCs), our solutions enable clients to thrive in the dynamic commodities markets and benefit from the digitalisation of global supply chains. We offer a comprehensive range of advanced solutions, including state-of-the-art Commodity Trading and Risk Management (CTRM) systems, and all-encompassing Digital Trade Services (DTS).
With our expertise and forward-thinking solutions, we actively contribute to economic growth and foster a world where geographical borders, financial constraints, and technological barriers no longer hinder global trade.
About Open Mineral
After securing funding from Mubadala Investment Co, amongst others, Open Mineral accelerated its growth plan last year by opening offices in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai, where the company expects to double its headcount over the coming year. Currently headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Open Mineral has a global presence with offices in Latin America, UAE, China, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Open Mineral is a physical commodity trader powered by technology and market intelligence, enabling profitable and efficient trading of raw material commodities. Founded in 2016 by a team of ex-Glencore traders based in Baar, Switzerland – The Open Mineral platform has onboarded over 900 metals and mining companies from 40 countries.
For more information, please visit: www.openmineral.com
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JINAN, China, March 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2, SinoTruk’s Science and Technology Innovation Award Annual Conference 2024 was grandly held, to recognize and rewarding major scientific and technological achievements and outstanding innovative talents since 2022, planning and deploying scientific and technological innovation work ahead. Tan Xuguang, Chairman and General Manager of Shandong Heavy Industry Group, Chairman of China National Heavy Duty Truck Group, attended the conference and delivered a report on scientific and technological innovative work – “Steadily stride forward, embracing change in science and technology”.
Over the past five years, Sinotruk has invested nearly RMB 15 billion in R&D, which is the sum of the previous 15 years. It has benchmarked against world-class standards and gradually established a full-process independent research and development system. Sinotruk technological strength has reached the forefront of the national industry. Sinotruk has reshaped the “Yellow River” heavy-duty trucks standard with technology, ranking first in China, and its high-tech indicators are leading the industry. The market share of heavy-duty trucks has increased from 16.5% in 2018 to 26% in 2023, ranking first in China for two consecutive years. In 2023, the export volume exceeded 130,000 vehicles for the very first time, a 2.6-fold increase compared to 5 years ago, making it the largest single-brand global export volume in the world.
Tan Xuguang called on all engineers to keep in mind their mission, be down-to-earth, persistent in innovation, and make long-term achievements through dedicated ten years of hard work. Learn from the global cooperation, grow and become talents through project training, and achieve through continuous value creation. Achieve your meaning in life, strive with vitality and passion while you are young. Let’s set off again for a better future for the century heavy truck industry and the world’s best heavy truck industry!
Flash News: OKX Introduces Exclusive ‘Babylon Pioneer Pass Event’ in Collaboration with Babylon, Offering Free Pioneer Pass NFT Minting for the First 100,000 Users Who Stake on Babylon Testnet
SINGAPORE, March 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — OKX, a leading Web3 technology company, has issued updates for March 2, 2024.
OKX Introduces Exclusive ‘Babylon Pioneer Pass Event’ in Collaboration with Babylon, Offering Free Pioneer Pass NFT Minting for the First 100,000 Users Who Stake on Babylon Testnet
OKX today announced the launch of its ‘Babylon Pioneer Pass Event,’ giving users who access the Babylon Testnet and stake any amount of Signet Bitcoin (sBTC) the opportunity to claim Babylon’s Bitcoin Pioneer Pass NFT. To qualify for a spot, users must access the Babylon Testnet and stake any amount of Signet Bitcoin (sBTC).
The event kicks off on February 28 and continues until March 6. Following the event, starting from March 7, participants who have been whitelisted will have the ability to mint their Bitcoin Pioneer Pass NFT using the OKX Wallet and their whitelisted address.
The process of participating in this event is straightforward and involves the following steps:
- Firstly, users will need to prepare by setting up their OKX and Keplr Wallets. These wallets will be crucial for interacting with the Babylon Testnet and the subsequent claiming of sBTC and BBN.
- Following the wallet setup, users can then claim the sBTC and BBN on Babylon’s Official Discord. These tokens will be needed for staking in the Babylon Testnet.
- Finally, users will need to access Babylon’s official website, where users can actively engage, stake their tokens and claim their whitelist spots.
Participation in the event offers a multitude of benefits. Users can engage actively with the Babylon Testnet, which in turn enhances their understanding of the Babylon protocol and its functionalities. Furthermore, participants contribute to the development and evolution of the Babylon protocol by being active users.
The ‘Babylon Pioneer Pass Event‘ is a result of OKX’s partnership with Babylon, a trustless Bitcoin staking protocol. The Bitcoin Pioneer Pass, Babylon’s first commemorative Non-Fungible Token (NFT), is a highlight of this event, representing a significant milestone for both OKX and Babylon.
For more information, please visit the OKX Support Center.
A leading global technology company driving the future of Web3, OKX provides a comprehensive suite of products to meet the needs of beginners and experts alike, including:
- OKX Wallet: The world’s most powerful, secure and versatile crypto wallet which gives users access to over 80 blockchains while allowing them to take custody of their own funds. The wallet includes MPC technology which allows users to easily recover access to their wallet independently, removing the need for traditional, ‘written down’ seed phrases. In addition, OKX Wallet’s account abstraction-powered Smart Account enables users to pay for transactions on multiple blockchains using USDC or USDT, and interact with multiple contracts via a single transaction.
- DEX: A multi-chain, cross-chain decentralized exchange aggregator of 300+ other DEXs and approximately 15 bridges, with 200,000+ coins and more than 20 blockchains supported.
- NFT Marketplace: A multi-chain, zero-fee NFT marketplace that gives users access to NFT listings across seven top-tier marketplaces including OpenSea, MagicEden, LooksRare and Blur.
- Web3 DeFi: A powerful DeFi platform that supports earning and staking on about 70 protocols across more than 10 chains.
OKX partners with a number of the world’s top brands and athletes, including English Premier League champions Manchester City F.C., McLaren Formula 1, The Tribeca Festival, Olympian Scotty James, and F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo.
As a leader building innovative technology products, OKX believes in challenging the status quo. The company recently launched a global brand campaign entitled, The System Needs a Rewrite, which advocates for a new paradigm led by Web3 self-managed technology.
To learn more about OKX, download our app or visit: okx.com
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UnionPay International and The Tourism Organisation of Serbia Sign MOU to Enhance Tourist Payments and Promote Serbia as a Premier Destination
BELGRADE, Serbia, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — UnionPay International, the leading global card scheme, has entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Tourism Organisation of Serbia (TOS). This strategic partnership aims to enhancing the payment experience for tourists and to further facilitate tourism growth in Serbia.
The MOU signing ceremony took place at Belgrade on 27th February 2024, marking the beginning of a collaborative effort between UnionPay International and TOS. The agreement outlines various areas of cooperation:
Jointly promoting Serbia as Travel Destination: Through optimised marketing resources, both parties aim to promote Serbia as tourist destination among UnionPay cardholders, with its rich cultural heritage and unique experiences, provide comprehensive tourism information and payment guides for the tourists visiting Serbia. UnionPay International aims to provide more diversified and convenient payment choices, and ensuring seamless payment experiences for travellers visiting the country.
Privileges and Benefits: The partnership will explore opportunities for preferential activities that bring additional benefits to UnionPay cardholders visiting Serbia. This approach aims to boost the attractiveness of the local tourism market and create a win-win situation for both parties.
Ms Bomee Sheng, Product Director of UnionPay International, expressed her enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “We are delighted to partner with The Tourism Organisation of Serbia to promote tourism and facilitate payment experiences in Serbia. Through this partnership, we aim to provide UnionPay cardholders with enhanced convenience and benefits, ultimately contributing to the growth of Serbia’s tourism industry.”
Ms Marija Labović, CEO of National Tourism Organisation of Serbia, commented, “This partnership with UnionPay International comes at an important time as we strive to become the most popular all year destination in the region.” She outlines Belgrade’s popularity and the diversity of attractions from city breaks to natural retreats and she is looking forward to the Expo 2027 in the capital, “By leveraging UnionPay’s global network and advanced payment solutions, we are confident that we can attract more visitors to Serbia and provide them with memorable experiences.”
In recent years, Serbia has emerged as one of the most attractive destinations for Chinese visitors. It is hailed as the “heart of the Balkans” and offers a unique blend of captivating landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Its visa-free entry policy, coupled with the exceptional acceptance coverage of UnionPay cards, has played a significant role in attracting Chinese tourists. With over 90% of local merchants and ATMs supporting UnionPay payments and withdrawals, travellers can enjoy seamless payment experiences across various sectors, including retail, dining, hotels, gas stations, toll stations, and tourist attractions.
About The Tourism Organisation of Serbia (TOS)
The Tourism Organisation of Serbia (TOS) was formed under the Law on Tourism of 1994 as the institution in charge of promoting Serbian tourism in domestic and foreign markets, as well as performing other duties relevant for the development of communication and advertising activities in Serbian tourism. The activities of TOS are focused on positioning Serbia’s tourism products in domestic and foreign markets and exploring Serbia’s comparative advantages in terms of tourism, including its geostrategic position and its historical, cultural and natural identity.
About UnionPay International
UnionPay International focuses on the international business of UnionPay, a global payment network that serves the world’s largest cardholder base. Collaborating with over 2,600 partners globally, UnionPay acceptance now reached to 183 countries and regions. Outside the Chinese Mainland, UnionPay is accepted at nearly 67 million merchants and 1.7 million ATMs.
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