Cambodia launches state-backed e-commerce platform – Khmer Times
Cambodia Post E-Solutions PLC, a venture of Cambodia Post, has worked with Chinese firm ZVS Investment and local tech company Paxxa Mobile Solutions to launch state-backed online marketplace Tinh Tinh E-commerce, Khmer Times reported.
Named after the Khmer word for “buy, buy,” the platform is available in Khmer, English, and Chinese. It also offers a “comprehensive and integrated” set of services, which also included a logistics and intermediary agency service.
The platform was established with an initial capital of US$1.5 million, according to Cambodia Post director-general Ork Bora.
Cambodia Post E-Solutions PLC chairman Meas Sopheary also stated that the platform is the country’s only certified online marketplace.
China dedicates a mountain highway to test self-driving cars – SCMP
As part of its effort to compete with the US in autonomous driving technology, China has dedicated a mountain highway in eastern Shandong province for testing of connected, self-driving vehicles, South China Morning Post wrote.
The testing is the result of a partnership between Qilu Transportation Development Group with Huawei Technologies and China Mobile.
The equipment that is being tested on the highway included road sensors, laser and microwave radars, panoramic video surveillance, as well as weather monitoring and traffic signs monitoring.
Indian B2B platform ShopKirana raises US$10M – Deal Street Asia
Indian B2B e-commerce platform ShopKirana raised US$10 million in Series B funding round from Info Edge, Incubate Fund, Akatsuki AET Fund, NPTK Emerging Asia Fund and Better Capital, Deal Street Asia reported.
Founded in 2015 by Tanutejas Saraswat, Sumit Ghorawat, and Deepak Dhanotiya, Shopkirana develops a platform for stakeholders in grocery and FMCG supply chain to run orders, delivery, payments, and other related services.
The company will use the funding to expand its presence across major tier-two cities in India.
Indonesia launches standardised QR code – DailySocial
Indonesia’s central bank has formally introduced a standardised QR code (QRIS) as part of its goal to simplify QR code-based payments in the country, DailySocial reported.
The QRIS will support different types of digital payments, from e-wallet to mobile banking.
It will operate using the “merchant present mode”, which requires merchants to present the QR code to be scanned by customers.