Nicklaus Children's Hospital Awarded Global Healthcare Accreditation

Nicklaus Childrens Hospital Awarded Global Healthcare Accreditation

Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, Florida, proudly announces its achievement of Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) with Excellence for Medical Travel Services. This is Nicklaus Children's Hospital's second GHA Accreditation with Excellence, a distinction that underscores its commitment to providing the highest quality care to its pediatric patients.

With a legacy of over 70 years, Nicklaus Children's Hospital has earned widespread recognition for its commitment to pediatric medicine, boasting a 307-bed facility that caters exclusively to the unique healthcare needs of children. The hospital's dedication to excellence is evident through numerous specialty programs that have been consistently ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report since 2008.

Dr. Andrea Maggioni, Director of Global Health at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, expressed deep satisfaction in the hospital's accreditation milestone, remarking, "Achieving a recognition of "Excellence in Medical Travel Services" by Global Healthcare Accreditation underscores our longstanding commitment to pediatric care and affirms our dedication to meeting the highest standards of quality and safety for traveling patients. We are immensely proud of our Global Health team's efforts in addressing the unique needs of our international and domestic patient families and their supporting medical travel partners."

Teresita Lopez, Nicklaus Children's Operational Director of Global Health, said, "GHA accreditation reflects our commitment to sustaining hospital-wide processes aimed at providing the best possible experience for our international patients and their families. We are honored to maintain this recognized standard of excellence, which instills confidence in patients and their families as they seek medical care abroad."

GHA is dedicated to enhancing healthcare quality and safety in the medical tourism industry. Through its accreditation, certification, training, development and optimization and advisory services, GHA promotes transparency, patient-centered care, and continuous improvement. GHA Accreditation for Medical Travel Services validates Nicklaus Children's Hospital's unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional care to pediatric patients, both locally and internationally. The accreditation signifies the hospital's adherence to rigorous standards designed to enhance the patient experience and ensure optimal outcomes throughout the medical travel journey.

Ms. Renée-Marie Stephano, GHA's Chief Executive Officer, praised Nicklaus Children's Hospital for its outstanding accomplishment, underscoring the pivotal role of GHA Accreditation in enriching patient experiences for pediatric medical travelers and enhancing the hospital's visibility on the global healthcare stage. She commented, "Nicklaus Children's Hospital's accreditation underscores its steadfast commitment to providing quality, compassionate care. We celebrate their dedication to excellence and advancement in pediatric healthcare, establishing a standard of excellence for pediatric medical travel services. This achievement reflects their unwavering dedication to ensuring that children worldwide receive the highest level of care and attention."

GHA Accreditation not only enhances patient experiences but also elevates organizations' visibility within the global healthcare landscape, facilitating access to quality care for pediatric medical travelers worldwide. To raise awareness of the significance of GHA accreditation in enhancing safety and the patient experience, Global Healthcare Accreditation has initiated a comprehensive multilingual consumer and buyer marketing campaign, available in English, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. The campaign aims to educate the market about the substantial benefits of selecting hospitals that have achieved GHA accreditation for their pediatric medical travel programs.

Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children's Hospital is South Florida's only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 850 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 307-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession's most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit

Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) is the recognized global authority in accreditation and certification focused on medical and wellness travel, health tourism, safety, and well-being. Founded in 2016, GHA's initial business purpose centered on improving the patient experience for medical travelers and supporting healthcare providers in validating quality, increasing visibility, and implementing a sustainable business model for medical travel. Since then, GHA pioneers a variety of programs for organizations and individuals, covering the entire spectrum of the care continuum and offering certification and accreditation in all aspects of health and wellbeing.

Movinglife Announces Major Expansion in the US

movinglife announces major expansion in the us

Movinglife, a pioneer in the development of innovative mobility solutions, including the ATTO folding mobility scooters, announces a significant expansion of its operations within the United States. This expansion marks a milestone in Movinglife's mission to revolutionize the mobility solutions experience for physically challenged individuals through cutting-edge innovation, exceptional design, and an unwavering commitment to our customers.

Movinglife is integrating Folding Scooter Store, previously a premier dealer, into its corporate family as part of its growth strategy. This move strengthens Movinglife's distribution network and reinforces its commitment to helping individuals before and after the purchase with in-store or home demos, expert advice, and personal support, all under one roof.

New Physical Locations Across the States

Movinglife, which has several locations across the states, is launching additional physical locations, including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, New York, and New Jersey, with plans to expand further in the coming months.

Movinglife's mobility experts offer home demos and/or phone assistance in states without a physical store, covering the entire United States.

Strategic Hires to Bolster Leadership

Supporting this significant expansion, Movinglife appoints Hunter Donaldson as Head of US Operations and Ben Feldman, M.Med.Sc., as Global Chief Marketing Officer. Donaldson brings a wealth of mobility solutions experience in sales and operational excellence and will be instrumental in spearheading the US expansion efforts. Feldman, with his extensive international background in marketing and brand development, will lead the charge in elevating Movinglife's global brand presence and connecting with audiences in meaningful ways.

About Movinglife

Movinglife stands at the forefront of global mobility innovation, crafting unique and forward-thinking products designed to enhance mobility for individuals facing mobility challenges. Our product range, encompassing mobility scooters, rollators, and a wide array of accessories, is tailored to meet the diverse needs of our customers. Movinglife has developed a distinctive sales and support system, ensuring that our solutions are not only innovative but also easily accessible and convenient. Our mobility experts are available, through phone, in select premium physical stores, home demonstrations, or online. Ensuring you can learn, test drive, and choose the right solution. Movinglife products are presently available in over 60 countries and enjoyed by 50,000 customers. In the United States, we proudly operate physical locations in California, Texas, Arizona, New York, and Virginia, with new stores opening soon, with home demos and phone consultations available nationwide.

New Travel Planner Powered by Google Cloud AI

new travel planner powered by google cloud ai

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world's leading hotel companies, and Google Cloud, recently announced an expanded partnership that will fuel new customer experiences within the IHG One Rewards mobile app. With Google Cloud's technologies, IHG will launch a generative AI-powered travel planning capability that can help guests easily plan their next vacation directly in the IHG One Rewards mobile app in a suite of new features that will launch in the second half of 2024, creating a more dynamic digital guest experience.

"Working with Google Cloud as an AI innovation partner, we're making trip planning easier and more interactive for prospective travelers. Our customized travel planner will use GenAI to help people discover destinations among our more than 6,000 IHG hotels across 19 brands in over 100 countries," said Jolie Fleming, Chief Product & Technology Officer, IHG Hotels & Resorts. "Soon, guests will use the IHG One Rewards mobile app as a true mobile travel companion to build a full itinerary and book hotels in a few taps."

With IHG's Travel Planner, a guest can get recommendations and ideas for both broad and nuanced requests like, "Give me four late-night dinner options near the InterContinental London Park Lane," or "Does the Kimpton Shinjuku Hotel in Tokyo allow pets?" to "What jazz shows are happening near the Holiday Inn Express Manhattan Times Square South the weekend of October 12th?" Additional features will launch in the months following the Travel Planner's public launch.

Investments in the IHG One Rewards mobile app and technology to support IHG's loyalty program are critical parts of IHG's efforts to grow customer loyalty and engagement, and working with Google Cloud will enable the company to move quickly to deploy features loved by guests. The Travel Planner will be developed using Vertex AI, Google Cloud's AI platform, and Google's Gemini models.

"IHG is not only reimagining how people travel, but also how people interact with brands," said Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud. "This implementation of generative AI combines Google's technical expertise with IHG's commitment to service, raising the bar for how the hospitality industry thinks about guests' digital experiences."

Google Cloud became IHG's cloud provider in 2022, when IHG migrated components of its data to BigQuery, a fully managed, serverless data warehouse. IHG's selection of Google Cloud's AI technology for its upcoming Trip Planner feature was based on a variety of factors, including Google Cloud's suite of AI technologies that IHG can grow with, and Google's broad ecosystem of consumer products and services that will enable opportunities to create personalized experiences for travelers. IHG continues to explore how secured technology innovation can drive increased investment returns for hotel owners, and better experiences for guests.

Google Cloud's approach to cybersecurity, data governance, and privacy also allows IHG to retain control over its data, and enables data and applications to meet compliance and security standards, a key priority for IHG. Further, Google Cloud's responsible and ethical approach to generative AI also means IHG has access to tools which enable direct review of model responses for appropriateness and accuracy. This access enables IHG to tune and update its applications, powered by Google's models, to ensure optimal performance.

Google Cloud is the new way to the cloud, providing AI, infrastructure, developer, data, security, and collaboration tools built for today and tomorrow. Google Cloud offers a powerful, fully integrated and optimized AI stack with its own planet-scale infrastructure, custom-built chips, generative AI models and development platform, as well as AI-powered applications, to help organizations transform. Customers in more than 200 countries and territories turn to Google Cloud as their trusted technology partner.

IHG Hotels & Resorts [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global hospitality company, with a purpose to provide True Hospitality for Good.

United for Charity

united for charity

Recently Senior Planning Advisors hosted a remarkable philanthropy-focused client night, creating a platform for charitable initiatives and fostering a spirit of giving back. The event aimed to shed light on three exceptional charitable programs, providing a stage for their founders to share their visions, stories, and impact.

The evening featured a panel discussion moderated by Julia Healey, CEO of United Charitable. Each founder had the opportunity to present their mission, achievements, and the impact of their programs. The discussions delved into the heart of their initiatives, illustrating the real-world changes they have brought about and the ongoing challenges they face. The highlighted initiatives were:

- Belton Drive Foundation: Alexis Belton discussed the Belton Drive Foundation, a program of Athletes Charitable, a division of United Charitable. The Belton Drive Foundation focuses on utilizing the game of golf to educate and share opportunities that can create a lasting impact on lives in her local community and across the globe.

- Hubert Payne Foundation: Hubert Payne shared insights into the Hubert Payne Foundation, a program of Athletes Charitable, a division of United Charitable. The Hubert Payne Foundation is committed to empowering individuals and communities through inclusive access to holistic wellness programs, mentoring, and coaching.

- Jalen Rose Leadership Academy: Jalen Rose showcased the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter high school on the northwest side of Detroit.

Julia Healey guided the panel discussion, encouraging thought-provoking conversations and insights. The audience gained a deeper understanding of the charitable programs, fostering a sense of connection and shared purpose. Throughout the course of the evening, over $80,000 was raised for the highlighted initiatives, showcasing the power of collective generosity. Additionally, the event generated significant awareness for the Belton Drive Foundation, the Hubert Payne Foundation, and the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, amplifying their reach and potential impact.

"We are proud to have helped create a space where donors can connect with and support these incredible charitable programs," said Hannibal Navies, VP of Development for United Charitable. "The success of this event reflects our commitment to giving back."

About United Charitable: United Charitable is a 501(c)(3) organization that administers donor-advised funds and strives to inspire and elevate generosity locally and abroad for generations to come. Athletes Charitable is a division of United Charitable that focuses on making a positive impact on the world by empowering athletes through social entrepreneurship, one initiative at a time.

Is a Recession Looming in 2024

is a recession looming in 2024

As we march forward into 2024, the whispers of a potential recession continue to fester, echoing the financial challenges many Americans faced in 2023. Despite some positive signs in the economy, such as GDP growth and favorable unemployment data, the specter of a downturn looms, fueled by factors like the long and variable impact of the Federal Reserve's aggressive interest rate hikes and a globally interconnected economy showing signs of strain.

Europe, China and much of the developed world have effectively already fallen into a recession or are likely to do so, and experts predict a slowing of the global economy in 2024, so preparing for a potential downturn isn’t unreasonable. Looking specifically at the U.S., many experts including JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM), PIMCO, and Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB) have shared their concerns of at least a mild recession, with TD Securities noting, ”We put the odds of a U.S. recession at around 65%," citing interest rate effects, risk of government shutdown and a weaker labor market as the causes. With that uncertainty in mind, there are some resilient investments that may often be capable of weathering recessions better than others. One such asset is real estate – especially rental housing which is increasingly in demand in America.

Why Real Estate Often Stands Strong During Recessions

Real estate has historically demonstrated a remarkable ability to weather economic storms, particularly recessions. This stability stems from the intrinsic value of real property and its less direct correlation with market whims and investor sentiment shifts, which often plague the stock market during economic turmoil. When economies struggle, tangible assets like real estate can become a safe haven for investors seeking stability and more predictable cash flows.

However, it's not just about stability. Real estate can also be a source of growth during downturns. While other investments may plummet in value real estate, such as multifamily properties or single-family rental communities, can hold their value and in some cases appreciate. This resilience can be attributed to several factors. First, real estate has an immutable role as a basic necessity. Everyone needs a place to live and keeps using real estate (their apartment, rental home, etc.) regardless of broader economic conditions. A family budget may get cut, but rent would usually be one of the last things to go. The demand for rental homes has especially been skyrocketing as the high cost of homeownership is increasingly unattainable for so many Americans. Second, real estate is used as a hedge against inflation. Because it’s a real, tangible asset, monetary debasement doesn’t impact its real value; it actually increases its nominal value, protecting wealth. Finally, rental income can provide steady investment cash flow.

Harnessing The Power Of Real Estate With DLP Capital

Enter DLP Capital, an organization harnessing the power of real estate to offer investors stable yet lucrative investment opportunities. With a range of funds like the DLP Preferred Credit Fund, DLP Building Communities Fund, DLP Lending Fund, and DLP Housing Fund, the firm targets annual net returns between 9% and 13%. However, its funds focus on much more than financial returns; they're about creating and preserving affordable workforce rental housing, a mission that serves a dual purpose of providing above-market returns for investors while addressing a critical societal need.

DLP's funds are structured to capitalize on the strengths of real estate as an investment class. For instance, the Lending Fund focuses on first-position loans to seasoned real estate operators, such as multifamily owners, leveraging the security of real estate collateral. The Housing Fund and Building Communities Fund each take a more direct approach, investing in multifamily rental communities and new development projects, respectively. This diversification across different aspects of real estate not only spreads risk but can also provide resilience in downturns.

A Path to Financial Stability and Growth

In the face of a potential 2024 recession, DLP Capital's real estate-backed funds present potentially compelling strategic investments for investors. Its funds offer a direct path to surviving economic uncertainty with tried and true safe-haven assets but also provide opportunities for meaningful gains with target returns in the double digits. Nobody knows where the economy is headed, but the resilience of real estate investments can strike a great balance between asset protection and growth, regardless of economic fluctuations.

Downtown Music Publishing signs Colbie Caillat

downtown music publishing signs colbie caillat

Downtown Music Publishing (DMP) today announces a global music publishing agreement with multi-platinum, GRAMMY-winning US singer-songwriter, Colbie Caillat.

Caillat shot to fame in 2007 with her 3x Platinum debut album Coco, which hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon release and included hit singles ‘Bubbly’ - which is certified 6x platinum - and 2x platinum ‘Realize’. Over the course of her exceptional career, the acclaimed singer-songwriter has been the recipient of two GRAMMY Awards and five GRAMMY nominations, boasting over 15 billion streams worldwide and eight number one/Top Ten singles across her lauded catalog.

Caillat has collaborated with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights, including Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Jason Mraz, Brad Paisley and Gavin DeGraw to name only a few. Following her GRAMMY-winning duet with Jason Mraz, 4x platinum ‘Lucky’, in 2008, Caillat’ released her second studio album, the platinum-selling Breakthrough, which became the singer’s first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard album chart. The album features two, 2x platinum hits in ‘I Never Told You’ and ‘Fallin’ For You.’ Other notable platinum-certified catalog hits include ‘Brighter Than the Sun’ and ‘Try.’

Caillat will benefit from Downtown Music Publishing’s global administration service as well as creative sync services, whose recent high-profile placements include Bruce Hornsby’s 1988 track ‘The Show Goes On’ on Netflix’s The Bear, Air’s ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’ on Chanel’s Christmas advert and Doja Cat’s ‘Boss Bitch’ synced during 2023’s Super Bowl. The deal will cover Caillat’s full catalog and all future releases, including debut album, ‘Coco’, multi-platinum singles, ‘Bubbly’, ‘Realize’ and ‘Lucky’ and her debut country solo album ‘Along The Way’ featuring collaboration “I’ll Be Here” with Sheryl Crow.

“My experience working with Downtown over the past year has been amazing and I’m grateful it will now also include their publishing team,” said Caillat. ‘Their creativity and passion for artists and songwriters goes above and beyond. I look forward to this exciting new chapter of working alongside the best in the business.”

Colbie Caillat’s latest album ‘Along The Way’ - released in October 2023 via her own imprint Blue Jean Baby Records - was distributed via Downtown Artist & Label Services who, alongside Caillat’s publishing deal with Downtown Music Publishing, will continue to work with Caillat and her team across distribution on future releases. Downtown Artist & Label Services has had a significant stream of recent success across its distribution and marketing offering, including seeing client, Luis R Conriquez hitting the number one spot on Spotify’s debut global album chart with ‘Corridos Bélicos, Vol IV’.

Since the launch of Downtown Music in August 2022, the group’s expanded service offering across publishing, distribution, marketing services, UGC and neighbouring rights has unified considerably, with a series of clients electing to partner with multiple Downtown divisions.

In August 2023, British pop-rock band, The Hoosiers signed a global agreement with Downtown Music Publishing and a wide-ranging distribution deal with Downtown-owned distributor, FUGA, via their imprint, Crab Race Ltd. In June 2023, Downtown Neighbouring Rights signed an international deal with the Estate of Miles Davis, which followed a longstanding partnership with Downtown Music Publishing who has represented Davis’ coveted works since 2019.

Jedd Katrancha, CCO of Downtown Music Publishing comments, ‘Downtown Music Publishing takes great pride in being able to represent some of the world’s most talented songwriters, with Colbie Caillat one such exceptional talent. It is an honor to be working alongside Colbie and her team to maximize publishing opportunities across her highly respected and in-demand catalog.’

Downtown is the world's leading music services company with over 2 million clients from 145 countries representing a catalog of over 38 million music assets in a wide variety of genres and languages. Downtown's technology and service offerings support creators and businesses in all facets of the music industry including music creation, distribution, publishing, marketing, royalty collection, financing, accounting and payment services.

AYRO to Showcase Vehicles at 2024 PGA Show

ayro to showcase vehicles at 2024 pga show

AYRO, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electric, purpose-built delivery vehicles and solutions for micro distribution, micromobility and last-mile delivery, announces its upcoming participation in the 2024 PGA Show January 24-26, 2024, in Orlando, Florida. Those attending the 2024 PGA Show can find AYRO at Booth No. 2373.

"The PGA Show is an important opportunity to demonstrate our newest technology to an audience we have long considered among our best customers," said David Hollingsworth, AYRO's Operating Division's interim President. "We will continue to leverage these marketing opportunities and the $48 million in cash we have on our balance sheet to create optimal shareholder value over time."

AYRO will be featuring its low-speed electric vehicle (LSEVs) the Vanish.

The Vanish, which is available for order and through select partners in the U.S. and Canada, is a purpose-built utility LSEV unlike any other on the market.

About PGA Golf Exhibitions

Each year this exclusive trade-only event, gathers golf industry leaders and PGA of America Golf Professionals to network and test the newest products, programs, and ideas to inspire innovation, create solutions, and build business and passion for the game, according to The PGA Show, PGA Buying & Education Summit are organized by PGA Golf Exhibitions (part of RX) and the PGA of America. Since its inception in 1954, the PGA Show has grown into the largest annual business event for the global golf industry. The PGA Show Buying & Education Summit connects the industry mid-season and drives business leading up to the annual PGA Show. Learn more at and follow us on "X", Instagram and Facebook.

About AYRO

AYRO designs and produces zero emission vehicles and systems that redefine the very nature of sustainability. Our goal is to craft solutions in a way that leaves minimal impact on not only carbon emissions, but the space itself. From tire tread, fuel cells, sound, and even discordant visuals, we apply engineering and artistry to every element of our product mix. The AYRO Vanish is the first in this new product roadmap. For more information, visit

CES 2024: Groundbreaking Innovations Shaping the Tech Landscape

ces 2024 groundbreaking innovations shaping the tech landscape

The curtains have closed on CES® 2024, marking the end of a thrilling week that has set the stage for the technological narrative of the coming year. With over 4300 exhibitors, including an unprecedented 1400 startups gracing the Eureka Park®, CES has once again proven to be the global epicenter of innovation, showcasing trends that are not only shaping tomorrow but also addressing some of the world's most pressing challenges.

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, emphasized the significance of face-to-face interactions in the technology industry, asserting that CES 2024 has demonstrated the necessity of such engagements. Shapiro highlighted the transformative journey every company must undertake to become a tech company, echoing his sentiment from over two decades ago. The diversity of exhibitors at CES 2024 underscored the event's comprehensive coverage of the entire tech ecosystem.

The Board of Industry Leaders, comprising fifty top corporate executives, unanimously declared CES as the predominant event across various sectors, including AI, accessibility, digital health, and mobility, among others.

As we delve into the numbers, CES 2024 occupied a staggering 2.5+ million net square feet of exhibit space, an impressive 15 percent increase from the previous year. The event featured a record-breaking 4300 exhibitors, with Eureka Park hosting over 1400 startups from around the globe. Attendance reached 135,000 individuals, with more than 40 percent coming from 150 countries, regions, and territories. The global media presence was notable, with 5000+ content creators covering the event, and a remarkable 60% of Fortune 500 companies in attendance.

The extensive conference program comprised 250+ sessions featuring over 1000 speakers. The CES 2024 Innovation Awards program saw a record-breaking 3000+ submissions, introducing AI as a new category. Media coverage generated an impressive 25,000+ pieces of content, resulting in over 160 billion impressions of CES 2024.

Artificial Intelligence emerged as a dominant theme throughout CES 2024, with companies showcasing cutting-edge applications that have the potential to revolutionize communication, business practices, and care for one another. The event established access to technology as the eighth pillar of the Human Security for All (HS4A) global campaign, highlighting the role technology plays in improving the human experience.

Force for Good released a groundbreaking report at the CES Research Summit, aligning with CTA's CES 2024 Tech Trends to Watch. The report emphasized that universal connectivity and the integration of AI across human securities have the potential to significantly improve our world.

Keynotes at CES 2024 were diverse, with beauty brand L'Oréal Groupe taking center stage for the first time. Alongside partners and actress Eva Longoria, L'Oréal shared a vision of inclusive beauty tech that could positively impact lives globally. CEOs from industry giants such as Best Buy, Elevance Health, HD Hyundai, Intel, Nasdaq, Qualcomm, Siemens, Snap, and Walmart presented new collaborations, highlighted partnerships, and announced groundbreaking products.

Eureka Park, the startup hub, expanded this year with a record 1400+ startups, featuring country pavilions from France, Italy, Israel, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, and Ukraine.

Mobility took the spotlight with over 600 exhibitors making CES one of the largest global auto, mobility, and transportation events. Exhibitors showcased the future of autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, micro-mobility, software-defined vehicles, flying cars, and assistive mobility and safety systems. Notable exhibitors included BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Magna, Mercedes, Paccar, Recaro, Sony, Supernal, Togg, and Vinfast.

Sustainability was a key focus at CES 2024, with exhibitors demonstrating their commitment to sustainable solutions through technologies, products, and services. Companies such as 3M, Caterpillar, Doosan, Goodyear, Jackery, John Deere, HD Hyundai, Kubota, Midbar, Nasdaq, Panasonic, Siemens, and SK Group showcased initiatives aimed at reducing emissions and waste.

Digital Health innovations were at the forefront, addressing the goal of lowering costs, improving health equity, and saving lives. The CES Digital Health Summit featured notable figures such as Mark Cuban and his Cost Plus Drug Company, unveiling a new partnership. The CTA Foundation pitch contest showcased eight startups pitching health tech solutions, with Augmental winning the grand prize and Proxy Health securing the audience choice and patient safety prizes.

Accessibility & Innovation for All was another significant theme, with CES 2024 fostering a platform centered on universal design. Sessions on diversity in the tech industry, advancements in accessible gaming, and the announcement of a new investment partnership in TFX Capital by CTA, supporting veteran entrepreneurs in tech, highlighted the commitment to inclusivity.

In conclusion, CES 2024 has once again proven to be the vanguard of technological innovation, showcasing a diverse array of groundbreaking solutions that are set to shape the future. As the technology narrative for the year ahead unfolds, the impact of CES 2024 is sure to resonate across industries, influencing the way we live, work, and interact with the world.

Indonesian President visits VinFast manufacturing complex

indonesian president visits vinfast manufacturing complex

On January 13, 2024, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, as part of his state visit to Vietnam, visited the VinFast electric automobile and motorcycle manufacturing complex in Hai Phong and received a firsthand look at the Vietnamese brand's premium electric vehicles. Prior to that, in Hanoi, President Widodo and Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had met with partnering businesses from the two countries, including VinFast and GSM.

Vingroup Chairman and VinFast Global CEO, Mr. Pham Nhat Vuong, took the wheel of an electric buggy himself, guiding President Widodo on a close-up tour of VinFast's state-of-the-art complex.

After touring the complex and learning about VinFast's electric vehicle lineup, Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his pleasure at visiting the facility and was impressed with the quality and class of VinFast's vehicles. The President said that he would create all necessary conditions for VinFast to quickly complete the investment procedures for production and business in the Indonesian market.

As previously disclosed, VinFast plans to invest at least 1.2 billion USD in Indonesia over the long term. Alongside distributing vehicles imported from Vietnam to Indonesian customers during the initial phase, VinFast will invest 200 million USD to establish an electric vehicle manufacturing plant with a projected production capacity of 30,000 - 50,000 vehicles per year in Indonesia.

In the morning of the same day in Hanoi, President Widodo and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met with businesses which had been investing and operating in the two countries. VinFast and GSM reported to the leaders of the two countries on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GoTo, Indonesia's leading technology company, the owner of the Gojek transportation services platform.

In a statement issued on behalf of Gojek, VinFast and GSM said: "Gojek has signed an MoU with VinFast and GSM, which aims to promote green transportation through the use of electric vehicles in Indonesia. Our companies will collaborate to promote the use of EVs among drivers of four wheel vehicles on the Gojek platform, ultimately aiming to provide a superior experience with VinFast's four wheel eco-friendly electric vehicles."

By signing an MoU with GoTo, VinFast and GSM demonstrate their commitment to supporting the Indonesian government's ambitious goal of reducing transportation emissions. This agreement opens up opportunities for cooperation and marks a significant step for VinFast and GSM in their global market expansion in 2024.

GSM, founded by Vingroup Chairman Pham Nhat Vuong, pioneers sustainable rental and taxi services exclusively using VinFast electric cars and scooters. Separately from the MoU, GSM also announced a plan to invest up to 900 million USD in Indonesia in the near future.