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Winners of the 4th Tokenized Assets & Digitized Securities Awards, TADS AWARDS 2023 Announced

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  • Inaugurated in 2020, TADS Awards is the world’s first annual international awards for the Tokenized Assets and Digitized Securities (“TADS”) sectors.
  • The TADS Awards 2023 has selected a total of 15 winners and a number of Rising Stars for three award categories, out of the nominees from 19 countries and territories around the world.
  • The TADS AWARDS 2023 Award Presentation Ceremony will be held in early February 2024 at Hong Kong Cyberport

HONG KONG, Dec. 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — TADS Awards, the world’s leading international awards for the Tokenized Assets and Digitized Securities (TADS) sectors, is delighted to announce the winners of the 4th Annual TADS Awards. This prestigious event recognizes and honors outstanding contributions and achievements in the TADS industry worldwide.

The TADS Awards 2023 celebrated the remarkable advancements and transformative power of tokenization. The winners were selected through a rigorous judging process, with industry experts and thought leaders carefully evaluating each nomination based on their expertise and insights. The participating countries and territories (listed alphabetically) include Australia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam. This international representation ensures a wide range of perspectives and expertise in the evaluation process.

A total of fifteen winners were carefully chosen across three award categories: “Best of Class TADS,” “Ecosystem Excellence,” and “Web3 Innovations.” These winners represent the pinnacle of excellence in their respective fields, and their contributions have significantly impacted the TADS industry.

The TADS Awards 2023 Awards Presentation Ceremony will bring industry leaders, innovators, and visionaries together to celebrate the advancements and transformative power of tokenization. It will take place in early February 2024 at Hong Kong Cyberport.

The TADS Awards 2023 winners, Rising Stars winners and Student Award winner are:

1)     “BEST OF CLASS TADS” category, for issuers of different types of Tokenized Assets & Digitized Securities –

Winners:

Rising Stars:

2)     “ECOSYSTEM EXCELLENCE” category, for service providers and vertical solution providers along the TADS value chain –

Winners:

Rising Stars:

3)     “WEB3 INNOVATIONS” category, for technology companies and service operators from different key areas in Web3 space –

Winners:

Rising Stars:

4)    “STUDENT” category  (in collaboration with Fintechstic organized by The School of Business and Management of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST Business School))

Winner : MDB – Tokenized Bond for the Blue Economy

Samson Lee, Chairman of the Organization Committee of TADS Awards 2023 and Founder & CEO of CSpro, expressed his excitement about the winners, stating, “We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 4th Annual TADS Awards. Congratulations to all the winners who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of the sector.”  He added, “This year, we are very pleased to expand the ecosystem to student communities with collaboration with The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Their knowledge and ingenuity in the TADS area are very impressive.”

Christy Yeung, Head of Fintech and Green Finance Projects at Business School of The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology commented, “In this 4th edition of Fintechstic, we are very delighted to collaborate with TADS Awards.” She added, “This year, we have reached a record participation in the award with more than 800 students taking part in this annual event. Big congratulations to the champions, Ananth Dhananjay, Thomas Beaudet and Xinyue Ma from the MDB team.”

Prof. Haitian Lu, Hong Kong Sustaintech Foundation Professor in Accounting and Finance, Director of Mainland Development Office and Co-Director of the Center for Economic Sustainability and Entrepreneurial Finance (CESEF) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) commented, “The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has been ranked No. 1 university for blockchain in the world, according to the latest “Best Universities for Blockchain 2022” rankings by CoinDesk and is a leader in blockchain technology education and research in Hong Kong. We are very pleased to collaborate with TADS Awards to allow students to gain research experience at the forefront of the industry with real-life projects in the TADS sector, and on the other hand contributing our unique research skills and resources to support the growth of the industry.”

“Since TADS Awards have been launched in 2020, as one of the organizers of this award, we are very glad to see this award has been very well-received and recognized by the international community in the TADS industry. The quality and diversity of nominees this year have been exceptional, showcasing the dynamic and innovative nature of the Tokenized Asset & Digitized Securities industry.” Peter Yip, Director of Asia Pacific Digital Economy Institute, added, “In view of the growing new TechFin era, we not only promote the excellence and best practices in tokenization transformation, but also developing education and training programs for TechFin talents. Future talents are instrumental in supporting the growth and development of the blooming Tokenized Assets & Digital Securities sector. We are committed to groom new talents for the new economy!”

Stephen Law, JP, CPPCC National Committee Member and Vice Chairman at Coinstreet Group, commented, “Tokenized Assets & Digitized Securities, TADS, are global opportunities. Hong Kong has a good track record being the international financial hub because of its financial, legal and monetary systems and is the ideal city for building next generation digital asset hub. TADS Awards originated from Hong Kong, being the world’s first international awards of such space and with 4 years of encouraging growth rate and successful track records enhance such vision of Hong Kong.”

TADS Awards is co-organized by Asia Pacific Digital Economy Institute, Coinstreet, and DAS (Digital Asset Series) Seminars. It has received strong support from strategic partners, including (alphabetically): Accenture, Association of Family Offices in Asia, Crypto Valley Association, Deloitte Hong Kong, DLA Piper, FinTech Association of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Cyberport, IBM, InvestHK, Microsoft Hong Kong, Morningstar, Somerley Capital, The Tokenizer, and West Park Capital, among many others, plus support from its Global Ambassadors from over sixteen countries.

For more information about TADS Awards and results from the previous years, please visit https://tadsawards.org/

About TADS Awards

First launched in 2020, the Tokenized Assets & Digital Securities Awards (“TADS Awards”) is the world’s first annual international award for the Tokenized Assets & Digital Securities sector. Hosted annually, TADS Awards aims to nurture the growth of Web3 industries by gathering leaders and experts from across the world’s financial technology and financial service sectors to establish best practices and performance standards through recognizing and honoring individuals and businesses for their distinguished achievements and contributions in TADS sectors. For more information, please visit – www.tadsawards.org

About Asia Pacific Digital Economy Institute – Co-organizer of TADS Awards

Asia Pacific Digital Economy Institute (APDEI) aims to create a center of excellence, leadership, and partnership to incubate new thinking and innovation in practice; advance thought-leadership; generate new growth opportunities; enhance the competitiveness and productivity of business; and cultivate talents to accelerate the digital economy. APDEI is a co-organizer of the Digital Asset Series (www.digitalassetseries.org) – a series of seminars that provides free education for the general public about the ever-growing landscape of digital assets and facilitates mass adoption. For more information, please visit – www.apdei.org 

About Coinstreet – Co-organizer of TADS Awards

Founded in 2017, Coinstreet is an award-winning financial services and professional consulting firm focused in the Digital Asset sector. Coinstreet offers innovative fintech services, and business and operation solutions, covering four key business segments including: Tokenization Business, Asset Management, Web3 Enterprise Solutions, and Ecosystem Development. Over the past years, Coinstreet has helped 20+ Blockchain, Digital Asset and FinTech projects in the global market. For more information, please visit www.coinstreet.group

About CSpro (Hong Kong) Limited – Co-organizer of TADS Awards

CSpro is a joint venture between Coinstreet Holdings Limited, an award-winning technology financial services group focused in the digital asset sector, and Somerley Capital Holdings Limited, a leading financial services group in Hong Kong. CSpro provides issuance and distribution services for security token offerings to professional investors (as defined in the Securities and Futures Ordinance) and is licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission to carry out Type 1 (dealing in securities) regulated activities having CE registration number BSH213. For more information, please visit https://hk.cspro.io 

About DAS Seminars

Digital Asset Series (DAS) is a series of educational seminars covering twelve (12) key topics in Digital Asset space the general public, aiming to facilitate mass adoption of digital assets. DAS is co-organized by seven (7) leading professional organizations in the digital asset ecosystem in Hong Kong, namely (alphabetically) the Asia Pacific Digital Economy Institute (“APDEI”), the Asia Security Token Alliance (“ASTA”), the Hong Kong Blockchain Association (“HKBA”), the Hong Kong Digital Asset Society (“HKDAS”), the Hong Kong Digital Finance Association (“HKDiFi”), the NFT Association of Hong Kong (“NFTAHK”) and the Society of Registered Financial Planners (“HKRFP”). DAS is also supported by Invest Hong Kong, the HKSTP – Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, the Hong Kong Cyberport , and five (5) leading universities including the HKUST Crypto-Fintech Lab at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the CUHK Engineering FinTech Applied Research Academy (CEFAR), the LITE-lab (Law, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Lab) of Faculty of Law at The Hong Kong University,  the Faculty of Digital Transformation Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the EMBA Programme at the City University of Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.digitalassetseries.com

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Sinotruk leaping forward to become world-class technology enterprise

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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!

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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

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

About OKX

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

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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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