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Musim Mas Launched Women Smallholders Training Program



An expansion of the group’s longstanding Smallholders Program, the first phase covered health and nutrition training; will be expanded to include financial literacy

SINGAPORE, Dec. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Musim Mas Group announced the completion of the first phase of its Women Smallholders Program to provide independent female smallholders with life skills. Developed with academic trainers from the University of North Sumatra (USU), the program offered voluntary training on health and nutrition to over 500 female smallholders and smallholders’ wives across three regencies of the Riau region in Indonesia. Musim Mas conducted the training in small batches across the region between March and October 2023, each batch lasting six weeks. The group aims to expand the program in 2024 to include financial literacy and entrepreneurship for home businesses. The group is also open to collaboration opportunities for the next phase of the program.

Musim Mas runs Indonesia’s most extensive independent smallholder training program. Since 2015, the group has trained over 42,900 independent smallholders in agronomy, sustainable production, and administration skills, among other skills. In 2020, Musim Mas expanded the program to include a train-the-trainers program for Village Extension Officers (VEOs). Musim Mas found from its experience that many smallholders in rural parts of Indonesia lacked adequate knowledge about healthcare and good nutrition. This prompted the group to include more life skills in its program. The group also found that women in rural parts of Indonesia typically manage their household’s meals and finances. Therefore, this new aspect of the program was targeted at women.

Based on data from the Indonesian Ministry of Health in 2018, over 10% of Indonesians live with diabetes, and over 34% suffer from hypertension. Initial assessments by the trainers found that most lacked knowledge of what constituted a balanced diet and had never had health screenings, even though most had access to them. Musim Mas conducted the training in three modules that covered family health, nutrition, toddler health, and personal hygiene. Graphic-intensive training booklets were developed to be easily understood. The group conducted the training in interactive and hands-on classroom sessions with posters, games, and discussions. Thereafter, participants were assessed and advised on a six-week health and diet plan with a voluntary review afterward to encourage a sustained behavioral change. Those who took part reported improved cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure readings.

“Through our years of smallholder training, we saw first-hand that women in rural parts of Indonesia play a pivotal role in managing their family’s meals, health, and finances. After surveying the smallholders’ needs, we brought in experts to develop training on family nutrition, health, and financial literacy. Next, we’d like to expand the program to include financial literacy, and home-based bused entrepreneurship, with more partners on board.” Explained Linda Wati, Women Smallholders Program – Project Leader, Musim Mas.

Trainer Dr. Fotarisman Zaluchu, S.K.M., M.P.H, of the Social Anthropology department at USU, explained, “With their lack of knowledge on healthcare basics and even the terminology, we had to develop training matters that could be easily understood. We also made the course interactive with games and discussions to really understand their needs.”

“In rural parts of Indonesia, women decide on the family’s meals and influence their spouses and children’s behaviors. By inviting them and their spouses to participate and showing them how healthy food isn’t necessarily bland, we believe we have truly motivated them. We also created voluntary WhatsApp groups for them so that the participants can encourage each other, said the trainer, Dr. Putri C. Eyanoer, MS.Epi., Ph.D., a lecturer at the USU Faculty of Medicine.

Roslina Tampubolon, a smallholder from Rokan Hilir Regency, Riau, who took part, shared, “When I think about my child’s future, I want to be healthy for them. I changed my habits and started eating healthily. Now, when I wake up, I feel full of energy. I also share and invite family and friends to live a healthy life.”

Musim Mas has made “improving the lives of smallholders, workers, and communities” the first pillar of its sustainability policy. The Women Smallholder Program exemplifies the group’s commitment, and Musim Mas aims to strengthen the program further by including financial literacy and home-based entrepreneurship training. This program is also in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG2 (Zero Hunger), SDG5 (Gender Inequality), and SDG8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth). Click here to watch the full version of the video.

For further information, please contact:

Devane Sharma
Corporate Communications, Musim Mas Group
T: +65 6576 6500
E: [email protected]

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Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions




SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.

According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.

Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.

More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.  

“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.

Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect




-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate

HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.

At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.

To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.

Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.

Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.

Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.

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Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website




LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.


With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.

“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.

Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.

Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.

In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:

  • Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
  • Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
  • Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
  • Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
  • Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.

Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.

Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.

Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:

Open Letter from the Aptoide Founders

About Aptoide

Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.

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