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ASTRI sets up FinTech and ESG Alliance

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The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has inaugurated a “FinTech and ESG Alliance” on 22 February to foster a dynamic platform for exchange and knowledge-sharing. This alliance aims to enhance engagement with regulators, policymakers, incubators and accelerators, FinTech start-ups and enterprises, as well as other stakeholders to promote technological collaboration and commercialisation, bolstering Hong Kong’s role as a world-leading green FinTech hub.
ASTRI was honoured to have the Hon Jeffrey Lam, Member, Executive Council and Legislative Council, HKSAR Government, as our Guest-of-Honour, together with over 400 experts and leaders from the academia, FinTech and the green sectors witness this special occasion.  Distinguished representatives from the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Invest Hong Kong and several financial institutions were invited to address the seminar. The discussion covered various topics such as the digital transformation of banking and insurance industries, digital asset, sustainable finance and related policy, heralding a new era of digital innovation in financial industry.
In the Policy Address 2023, the HKSAR Chief Executive highlighted the government’s commitment to driving green and sustainable finance in Hong Kong. In addition, Financial Secretary said earlier that building Hong Kong as an international green tech and green finance hub is one of the main goals in the coming year, as sustainability is a global agenda. “Alongside promoting the development of technological solutions and providing early-stage funding support for pre-commercialised green FinTech, we’re dedicated to expanding the green FinTech ecosystem and developing Hong Kong into a green FinTech hub,” said the Hon Jeffrey Lam, who also commended ASTRI for its significant contribution in this initiative.
“Our expertise in the financial sector spans a broad spectrum, providing diversified financial products and services in banking, investment, insurance and others, which exemplifies our role as Asia’s green FinTech hub,” he added.
Technology transforms financial services
The financial sector has long been a vital pillar of Hong Kong economy, contributing to over 20% of the city’s GDP. As Hong Kong continues to evolve into an international innovation and technology hub, there is an explosive expansion in the FinTech community.
Ir Sunny Lee, Chairman, ASTRI stressed that national policy supports Hong Kong’s journey to become a global innovation and technology (I&T) hub, with FinTech playing a crucial role in smart city development. “The Alliance serves as an effective communication platform for the industry to explore the utilisation of emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain to revolutionise financial services, enhance operational efficiency, and expedite the I&T adoption to benefit businesses and the public, cementing Hong Kong’s leading role as a financial hub,” he said.
Promote FinTech adoption for ESG
To foster the development of a knowledge-based economy and enhance accessibility to financial services for both the public and businesses, the HKSAR Government actively supports the growth of financial technology. This includes promoting more FinTech services and products to undergo proof-of-concept trials, alongside the enhancement of innovative FinTech infrastructure.
Mr Joseph Chan, Under Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, HKSAR Government said:”To better integrate Fintech with green finance and actively expand the green Fintech ecosystem, we will launch a dedicated proof-of-concept subsidy scheme for green Fintech in the first half of this year. This pioneering scheme is designed to stimulate the development of innovative technological solutions in the green sector and to offer early-stage funding support for pre-commercial green Fintech initiatives.”
Aligned with the HKSAR Government’s initiatives, ASTRI has commercialised several self-developed technologies in FinTech & ESG fields. Key projects include: (1) collaborating with Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and Hong Kong Monetary Authority to establish a proof-of-concept CBDC system focusing on safety, flexibility and privacy; (2) creating a privacy-preserving Federated Learning model to enable banks to utilise alternative data for developing new credit models and aiding SMEs in obtaining financing; (3) establishing a sandbox environment to offer private, controlled and quorum-based runtimes for assessing the performance and security of smart contracts.
With the escalation of global climate change, there is a growing demand for environmental, social and governance (ESG) information disclosure from listed companies worldwide. ASTRI’s “Artificial Intelligence ESG Report Analysis” technology leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning technologies to assist financial institutions in enhancing the efficiency of processing ESG report data. This innovative solution aids in meeting regulatory compliance requirements and information disclosure standard, while minimising compliance cost.
Encourage I&T collaboration
The “FinTech and ESG Alliance” marks ASTRI’s third alliance formation.  Dr Denis Yip, Chief Executive Officer of ASTRI said: “Building on our previous achievements, our goal is to engage with all stakeholders to develop a holistic ecosystem that paves the way for an innovative era of financial services and sustainability. ASTRI remains committed in advancing knowledge transfer and technological innovation, fostering collaboration among Alliance members and the global industry through a range of networking and matchmaking initiatives.”
ASTRI is dedicated to promoting collaboration among government, industry, universities and research sectors. This commitment aims to enhance cooperation across the I&T industry’s upstream, midstream, and downstream segments, while also nurturing Hong Kong’s financial talent pool. Over the past two years, ASTRI has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with six local universities (HKU, CUHK, HKUST, City U, PolyU and BU) and formed two industry alliances: the “Microelectronics Technology Consortium” (November 2022) and “Smart Mobility Technology (C-V2X) Alliance” (April 2023).
The newly established “FinTech and ESG Alliance” is backed by banks, financial institutions and businesses. It aims to foster the convergence of emerging FinTech solutions and drive the digital transformation of conventional financial and insurance services to enhance operational efficiency. The Alliance is set to host a series of events for its members including talks, seminars, technology showcases, overseas missions, to facilitate collaboration among stakeholders and tap into fresh opportunities in the Mainland China and overseas, injecting new impetus into Hong Kong’s economy.
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Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA Expand Global Coverage

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Eddid Financial (“the Group”) announces that its intelligent trading application Eddid ONE and the premier US stock trading application Eddid ONE USA* have expanded their global coverage to 22 countries and regions. The apps are now officially launched on Google Play and App Store in respective markets, providing clients with advanced and convenient proprietary intelligent services.
The apps are now available in 22 key global markets across six continents, including Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Taiwan and Japan. Going forward, expansion plans are in place to reach additional emerging markets as the Group continues building out its global network.
Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA* have long been favored by the market for their clean interface and versatile functions. Specifically, Eddid ONE includes AI assistants in addition to real-time market data, proprietary trading strategies, research reports etc., but also come with AI assistants. Utilizing big data and AI technologies, the assistants provide personalized intelligent services, including predicting market trends and target stock prices to cater to diverse investor needs.
Clients can now keep abreast of the latest global market developments anytime, anywhere by using Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA*. This allows them to enjoy the Group’s one-stop proprietary intelligent trading services no matter where they are. Going forward, Eddid Financial will continue leveraging its leadership in fintech innovation to further enhance Eddid ONE and Eddid ONE USA*, with the commitment to deliver an even more comprehensive, efficient and secure financial services experience.
* *Always consider the risks when investing.
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Gcore Recognised as Highly Commended in the Industry Innovator Category at the EMEA NVIDIA Partner Network Awards

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Gcore, the global edge AI, cloud, network, and security solutions provider, today announced its recognition as ‘Highly Commended’ in the Industry Innovation category at the NVIDIA Partner Network Awards EMEA 2024 for its groundbreaking Speech-to-Text Translator.
The NVIDIA Partner Network Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions of partners exhibiting outstanding efforts, unwavering commitment, and innovative spirit in accelerated computing and AI. The Industry Innovation Award recognises partners who have spearheaded transformation within a specific industry or field.
Gcore used artificial intelligence to launch the first advanced machine learning model for speech-to-text translation from English to Luxembourgish. The model can be used to translate entire recordings for various mediums, including theatre, film, or music, from English into Luxembourgish text – for example, in the form of film subtitles.
Gcore is currently working on enabling real-time translations for use during conferences and events. The company’s future plans also include adding other commonly used languages in Luxembourg, such as French and German, to the translation tool, making speech-to-text translation a key mode of cross-language communication.Speech-to-Text Translator is part of Gcore’s state-of-the-art edge AI solutions, which also include GPU Cloud for AI training and Inference at the Edge for AI inference, all powered by NVIDIA GPUs.
Commenting on the award, Andre Reitenbach, CEO of Gcore, said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from the NVIDIA Partner Network. Aware of the growing demand from the Luxembourgish public, expats, and local businesses for translation from English to Luxembourgish, Gcore is committed to making communication seamless and efficient. Our groundbreaking AI app for speech recognition sets a new standard, demonstrating our leadership in edge AI services. We are honoured to be acknowledged by the NVIDIA Partner Network for our innovative contribution to the AI landscape.”
“AI fosters communication and connection through its ability to translate across languages,” said Dirk Barfuss, Director of EMEA Channel at NVIDIA. “Gcore is recognized as 2024 EMEA NPN Highly Commended in the Industry Innovator category for its achievements in creating the first advanced speech-to-text translation from English to Luxembourgish, powered by NVIDIA GPUs.”
Gcore’s model was built on Whisper Small – the downsized version of the open-source Whisper model, containing 244 million weights. To meet this substantial demand for computing resources, Gcore used a high-end solution powered by the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU.
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CCI Initiates Study on AI’s Influence on Competition, Efficiency, and Innovation

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The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is gearing up to conduct a comprehensive study on the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on competition, efficiency, and innovation.
This initiative comes in response to the growing significance of AI across various sectors. With the aim of fostering innovation and fair competition, the CCI has announced plans to delve into the evolving landscape of AI and its application in Indian markets.
In a recent announcement, the CCI issued a request for proposal to engage an agency to conduct this market study. The study aims to provide insights into the emerging competition dynamics within AI ecosystems, along with assessing the implications of AI applications for competition, efficiency, and innovation across key user industries.
Key focus areas of the study include understanding the AI ecosystem, analyzing its applications in different industries, evaluating its impact on competition within sectors, and examining the regulatory frameworks governing AI development in India and other major jurisdictions.
Additionally, the study will explore strategies for fostering a competitive environment that encourages both incumbent AI developers and new innovators. It will also address measures for creating awareness among stakeholders regarding AI usage and its implications on competition, alongside ensuring compliance with necessary standards.
To facilitate this study, the selected agency will be tasked with collating existing research and data, as well as engaging with relevant stakeholders. The deadline for submission of bids is June 3, with the opening of financial bids scheduled for June 26.
This initiative underscores India’s commitment to understanding and harnessing the potential of AI while ensuring fair competition and promoting innovation. It aligns with the CCI’s broader efforts to address emerging challenges in the digital economy and safeguard competition in the market.
By conducting this study, the CCI aims to equip itself with valuable insights that will inform future regulatory decisions and strategies related to AI development and its impact on competition dynamics in India.
Source: business-standard.com
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