Daily Briefing: NRIC and Singapore passport applications ditches paper forms by 2020; Online luxury marketplace Reebonz to list on NASDAQ

And Singtel launches its two-in-one EZ-link SIM card for tourists in Singapore.

From Channel News Asia:

Paper forms to apply for Singapore passports and National Registration Identity cards (NRIC) will be phased out by 2020 to make way for online applications, according to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Besides passport and NRIC applications, these services include applications for long-term visit passes, re-entry permits, permanent residency and citizenship, and requests for birth or death extracts.

In 2017, 88% of more than 5.5 million applications at the ICA were submitted online. The majority of those submitted in paper were for passports and NRICs, and they were submitted in person or mailed.

Applications made by the elderly can be made by family members and friends on their behalf, ICA said.

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From Deal Street Asia:

Online luxury marketplace Reebonz is expected to list on NASDAQ following its merger with US capital investment firm Draper Oakwood Technology Acquisition (DOTA).

Subsequent to the merger, both DOTA and Reebonz have become wholly-owned subsidiaries of a newly created Cayman Islands exempted company called Reebonz Holding (RBZ).

Draper Oakwood is a special purpose acquisition company which raised US$57.5m in an initial public offering (IPO) in 2017.

As per the deal, RBZ has issued 17,318,294 ordinary shares to the prior security holders of Reebonz. This will lead to the existing Reebonz shareholders to assume around 75% of the shares in the newly formed entity.

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From Yahoo! News Singapore:

Telco Singtel rolled out its two-in-one EZ-link SIM cards for tourists visiting Singapore which will be priced at $18 and comes with 100GB of 4G data.

The card also comes with $3 credit for rides on Singapore’s public trains and buses and can be topped up subsequently.

Tourists who present the card can also enjoy a free round trip on the Singapore Cable Car – Sentosa Line, as well as up to 25% off on selected Sentosa attractions and packages with One Faber Group and dining offers with dining portal HungryGoWhere and KFC.

The card is available for purchase at any Singtel shop, Singtel’s exclusive retailer, Travelex currency exchange counter at Singapore Changi Airport, 7-Eleven, Cheers or participating retailers islandwide.

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