Singapore Airshow: major exhibitors pull out amid coronavirus concern

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Members of China’s People's Liberation Army Air Force watch an aerial display by their Ba Yi Aerobatics team during a media preview of the Singapore Airshow. (Reuters)
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A view of the ST Engineering booth being set up during a media preview of the Singapore Airshow. (Reuters)
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There have been 40 confirmed coronavirus cases in Singapore, which raised the threat level from the epidemic to the same put in place during the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory System outbreak. (Reuters)
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Updated 09 February 2020

Singapore Airshow: major exhibitors pull out amid coronavirus concern

  • Major exhibitors including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have pulled out over the virus
  • Show requiring temperature checks on arrival and is discouraging attendees from shaking hands

SINGAPORE: More than 70 trade exhibitors have pulled out of the Singapore Airshow amid concerns over the new coronavirus and the number of public tickets available will be less than half of those on offer in 2018 to limit attendance, the show’s organizer said on Sunday.
Some major exhibitors, including Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. have pulled out over the virus.
Experia Events Managing Director Leck Chet Lam told reporters the number of companies not attending represented less than 8 percent of those that had signed up for the show, to be held from Feb. 11 to 16.
He said the number of aircraft on static display would be lower than in 2018, but around 40 to 45 were still expected.
At a media preview at the show site on Sunday, there were some empty spaces where stands would have been assembled by some of the exhibitors that had pulled out.
The show is requiring temperature checks on arrival and is discouraging attendees from shaking hands as part of enhanced health measures to protect against the virus, Leck said.
There have been 40 confirmed coronavirus cases in Singapore, which on Friday raised the threat level from the epidemic to the same put in place during the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory System outbreak.


Investment in reskilling will create new jobs as AI takes over, Global AI Summit hears 

Updated 56 min 52 sec ago

Investment in reskilling will create new jobs as AI takes over, Global AI Summit hears 

  • AI is expected to displace 73 million jobs globally by 2022
  • AI could also create 130 million new jobs that require new skills

DUBAI: Investing in reskilling workers will help create new jobs as Artificial Intelligence takes over, The Global AI Summit “AI for the Good of Humanity” in Riyadh heard on Thursday. 
CEO of Saudi Telecom Group, Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser, believes that although AI is expected to displace 73 million jobs globally by 2022, with investment of reskilling employees, it could create 130 million jobs. 
“Our government (Saudi Arabia) is prioritizing and investing in education,” Nasser said, explaining that this is an important part of reskilling individuals in preparation for the use of AI in industries. 
Nasser told an audience at the summit that AI will replace tedious jobs but in turn, will create new jobs that require new skills. 
“We have to look at AI from two perspectives; from the enablement part and from the potential (it has),” he said, explaining that it is more than just a technology, but rather an eco-system. 
One of the pillars of the AI ecosystem, Nasser said, is partnerships with tech providers and industries. 
Digital Transformation Adviser, Anett Numa, said during the summit that the public sector and the government need to be leading in the development of AI with the help of academia and the private sector for efficient results.