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THE FINLAB invites Thai Fintech Start-ups to apply for Acceleration Programme

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THE FINLAB, a joint venture company between United Overseas Bank Ltd (“UOB”) and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (“IIPL”), invites Thai fintech start-ups to apply for its acceleration programme slated to start in May 2016 in Singapore.

What is THE FINLAB?

THE FINLAB accelerates the development of disruptive FinTech start-ups changing our world today. Through our deep expertise and broad experience in the financial industry and the venture capital ecosystem, we provide start-ups with valuable insights, analytics and a strong infrastructure to propel their businesses to the next level. A joint venture between Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) and United Overseas Bank Ltd (UOB), our wide connections in ASEAN, Greater China, Europe and the United States provide our start-ups an unparalleled access to the global market for growth and expansion.

Why should fintech start-ups apply to join The Finlab’s acceleration program, and what’s in it for them should they get selected?

It is a fact that early stage start-ups face a failure rate of higher than 90%. The causes are usually bad business models and/or lack of experience of the team in planning, execution, and tapping into the right networks for resources like funding.

These can be largely mitigated when start-ups join THE FINLAB’s acceleration programme; and for an intense 3-month period, they get to refine their business and revenue models by leveraging the knowledge, experience and networks of the mentors
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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

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While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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