CYBERJAYA, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Rail Industry Corporation (MARIC), a newly-established association that represents the collective business interests of the local rail companies, received a big delegation of rail consultants and players from the United Kingdom headed by the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur. The group of UK consultants are currently involved in the Transit Oriental Development (TOD) efforts.

This visit is timely as Malaysia aims to create a seamless transportation system, connecting districts, towns and cities in the most sustainable way. Urban development and "smart cities" is closely aligned with the advancement of rail network system as new stations transform into new townships that will catalyse new industries and spur urbanisation. Rail network has the potential to create a development super-corridor of urban cities from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore with the construction of a high-speed rail infrastructure. This is expected to immediately boost the combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to the top ranking in Asia.

BANGKOK, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Minister of Finance II, His Hon. Datuk Seri Johari Ghani led a delegation comprising 29 high-profile Malaysian government officials, industry captains and members of the Kuala Lumpur Business Club (KLBC), on a three-day business mission to Bangkok to further strengthen business relations and economic cooperation between Malaysia and Thailand. During the business mission, Datuk Seri Johari Ghani also paid a courtesy call on Thailand's Prime Minister, H.E Prayuth Chan-ocha; Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Somkid Jatusripitak, Minister of Finance H.E. Apisak Tantivorawong; and other high-level Thai government officials and regulators.

Datuk Seri Johari Ghani said "Malaysia and Thailand are important trade partners, with a combined total trade of more than USD20 billion in 2016, which is testament to the strong economic cooperation between the two countries. Through this mission, we look forward to further trade and investment cooperation, to strengthen the already strong bilateral ties between Malaysia and Thailand. We had a fruitful discussion with the Thai Prime Minister and his officials, who were informed that Malaysia will always welcome more Thai investments in Malaysia. The strengthening of the bilateral ties also bodes well with the overall spirit of ASEAN's integration. Through the establishment of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) for example, we strive to open up the market further, creating more opportunities, removing trade barriers and increasing the meaningful participation of local players at the global and regional levels".

VADUZ, Lichtenstein, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- The world of crypto enterprise is booming and the vast potential of Blockchain technology is finally being realised. From global banks to bootstrapped start-ups, thousands of organisations are creating blockchain-enabled technologies and all of them are coming up against the same challenges: they are discovering that in this brave new world, it is the traditionalism of the legal sector that creates the biggest obstacles.

SmartOne has been working to solve the problem of a lack of access to suitable legal services for the crypto community. The result of their work is LEGAL, a new Ethereum-based token.

Denver, CO, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- Quark Software announced today a new software bundle that will save designers $590* when upgrading to QuarkXPress 2017. The bundle offer, which starts today, allows users with any version of QuarkXPress - even versions 3 through 10, 2015 and 2016 - to receive callas pdfToolbox, the most powerful PDF application on the market (worth $590*), completely free when they upgrade to QuarkXPress 2017 or purchase a new license.

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept 15 (Bernama) -- Unilever Foundry, a global platform for startups and innovators to engage and collaborate, predicts corporates and startups will form the ultimate partnership, working side by side in the same physical space by 2025, seeking greater proximity for innovation as they evolve to meet changing consumer needs.

'The State of Innovation', a global study and white paper from Unilever Foundry, was launched today at Dmexco by Unilever EVP Global Marketing, Aline Santos. The report looks at how the relationship between corporates and startups will continue to evolve. The white paper identifies three predictions on how the industry will change over the next decade.