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KPMG teams up with UiPath to offer RPA solutions to Thai firms

Oct 03. 2018
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KPMG in Thailand has partnered with UiPath, the leading enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software company, to provide RPA solutions to companies in Thailand with the aim of helping them to improve productivity and service quality.

The partnership will allow KPMG in Thailand to provide UiPath’s RPA solutions to major multinational corporations as well as local corporations and SMEs, according to a press release.

Target tasks for RPA solutions include front and back processes and repetitive, rule-based tasks in a wide variety of areas from finance and accounting to branch operations and HR. By delegating these processes to a virtual workforce of software robots, company employees will be able to focus on more strategic, creative and customer-facing initiatives, said the release.

KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services.

UiPath and KPMG in Thailand have conducted two pilot projects using RPA for clients in the manufacturing and financial services industries. For the manufacturing firm, RPA robots helped the company with 10 different business processes, with plans to expand globally in the near future. 

For the financial services firm, KPMG in Thailand used RPA to help the client improve front-end and back-office operations. 

The current pilot project seeks to automate three processes within the firm, which expects to further expand its RPA use throughout its companies in Thailand in the next phase.


Praram 9 Hospital ready

for IPO in Q4/2018

Praram 9 Hospital Public Co Ltd has planned for an initial public offering of no more than 180,000,000 shares and no more than 20,000,000 shares in a greenshoe option for its listing on SET in the final quarter of the year . 

Under this IPO, Praram 9 Hospital will issue no more than 180,000,000 shares with par value of Bt1, including 167,500,000 new ordinary shares for the general public and 12,500,000 shares for the directors and/or executives who are the company’s founders, and no more than 20,000,000 shares for a greenshoe option.

The hospital will be listed under “PR9” ticker and expects to open for subscription during October 16-19. Funds raised from the IPO will be used for hospital renovation and expansion to meet demand growth from local and international patients. 

The company hosted an investor roadshow on October 3.

The hospital’s CEO, Dr Satian Pooprasert, said the customer base would be expanded by growing the network of partners, boosting medical cooperation to increase access to new groups of customers, as well as increasing the proportion of international customers to 15 pr cent by 2022. 

It would cooperate with overseas partners, medical tourists and expatriates in the area (including patients from Myanmar, Cambodia, China and Japan), he said. 

The hospital will invest more than Bt2 billion for a new 16-storey building to be opened before the end of 2019. With a concept created by the firm Co-Healthy Space, the new building is designed to optimise space and services, supported by advanced medical technology, to better address current trends in consumer lifestyles. 

The hospital will also renovate its existing building in order to increase patient-handling capacity, especially for patients with complicated diseases and those who need intensive care. Praram 9 Hospital expects to nearly double the number of registered beds from the current 166 to 313 by 2023.


Myanmar expands visa-free 

entry to include HK, Macao


In a move to attract more Asian tourism to Myanmar, its government on October 1 expanded its visa-free offers to Hong Kong and Macao tourists, on top of the current offer to tourists from Japan and South Korea.

Under the new visa rules passport holders from these nationalities can board a plane to visit Myanmar without making any prior visa arrangements. On arrival no payment or proof of pre-arrangements is needed. 

The government will also be granting Chinese nationals from mainland China for visas-on-arrival (VOA) at Yangon International Airport, Mandalay International Airport and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport. No pre-arranged approval is needed and they will apply for and be instantly granted a visa on arrival. The fee for a visa on arrival is US$50 (Bt1,616).

In 2017, Yangon airport recorded 1,139,166 arrivals of which 95,908 were from Japan, 63,612 from Korea and 143,037 from China. When visa-free travel was introduced to some other countries (Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam), the tourism industry in Myanmar witnessed an increase in arrivals from those nations.


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