Singapore digest news (11.04 - 17.04)

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China-Singapore Strategic Interconnection Demonstration Project signs agreements on 30 new projects
The China-Singapore Strategic Interconnection Demonstration Project in Chongqing signed agreements for 30 more cooperation projects worth a total of $1.82 billion. The projects cover such areas as the China-Singapore strategic connectivity demonstration project in Chongqing.
These projects cover areas such as finance, information and telecommunications, transport and logistics, and training, the China-Singapore Interconnectivity Project Implementation Committee said at a meeting on Monday.

PSA International Pte Ltd intends to develop Trans-Caspian transport route.
Berik Kamaliyev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan, held negotiations in Nur-Sultan with Li Peng Gee, vice-president of PSA International Pte Ltd, writes
The parties agreed to approve a road map for implementation of the project on creation of a container hub with digitalization of customs and trade processes in the port of Aktau, as well as development of other transport-logistics infrastructure for increase of cargo transportation via Trans-Caspian international transport route.
PSA International Pte Ltd is one of the world's leading cargo port groups, with flagship operations in Singapore and Antwerp.

Drone food delivery trials underway in Singapore
Visitors to the South Islands may eventually be able to order food delivery by drone. Singapore has launched a trial in which staff at the Marine Aquaculture Centre and the National Marine Laboratory on St John's Island will use the foodpanda app to place orders at more than 20 catering establishments on Sentosa and the VivoCity shopping mall on the main island. Orders are delivered to a take-off point on Tanjong Beach, Sentosa, and from there the drone takes a seven-minute flight of approximately four kilometres to St John's Island. During the test period, the flights take place between 11am and 1pm.
If successful, the service will also be tested on the other South Islands, which will significantly improve the quality of service and diversify the leisure experience for visitors coming there.

Scientists in Singapore confirm minimal risk of heart complications after vaccination
Researchers in Singapore have found that the risk of cardiovascular complications after coronavirus vaccination is extremely low.
The experts found that "the risk of cardiovascular complications occurs in an average of 18 cases per million doses when the coronavirus vaccine is administered and 56 cases per million doses when the other diseases are vaccinated". At the same time, experts estimate that "a greater risk is posed by vaccination with preparations based on matrix RNC technology and in the under-30 age group".

Singapore creates eco-friendly, reusable paper
Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has used pollen to create a new kind of paper. Such paper can be reused after being washed in a special lye solution.
A laser printer is used to print images on the sheet. Numerous experiments have proven that the paper can be cleaned effectively at least eight times. Thus, Singapore has created a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional paper.
According to the researchers, their development will help reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption typical of the traditional recycling industry.
In addition to a greener approach to production, the invention is also useful because the resulting material has a much longer service life.

New Zealand Prime Minister to lead trade delegation to Singapore
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit Singapore on a trade mission in late April, her first official overseas visit since the COVID-19 pandemic, Channel New Asia reported April 12.
Ardern will be accompanied by New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O'Connor, as well as representatives from the dairy, food and beverage, health, aviation, tourism, logistics and energy industries, the New Zealand Ministry of Trade and Enterprise said on Tuesday. The delegation will leave New Zealand on April 18.
"This first trade mission is a significant milestone in the New Zealand government's trade recovery strategy as it seeks to accelerate the country's strong economic recovery by reconnecting with the world, with Singapore recognised as one of its closest and most important strategic economic partners," the trade ministry said.

"F1" considers the possibility of a second race in Singapore
The priority option was considered to hold the Grand Prix in Qatar, which was originally supposed to skip the season-2022 because of the World Cup (it will be held in the country at the end of the year). According to Autosport, "some uncertainty" has arisen in negotiations with the organisers, so F1 are considering alternatives.
One alternative is to hold two consecutive rounds in Singapore. The races would start at different times - one would take place at dusk and the other would traditionally be overnight. Singapore has not hosted an F-1 Grand Prix since 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic.