Singapore. A record seizure of 8.8 tonnes of ivory from
an estimated 300 African elephants was made by the
Singaporean authorities in July. The baits had been shipped
from Congo (Kinshasa) and were on their way, via Singapore,
to Vietnam. Authorities stated that the confiscated boot
also contained 11.9 tonnes of marsh scales.
On World Elephant Day, August 12, the government
announced that all domestic trade in elephant ivory would be
banned from September 2021. Global trade has been banned
since 1990 under an international treaty called CITES.
However, ivory imported before 1990 has previously been sold
In a new report from the World Economic Forum in October,
Singapore ranked one on the foundation's list of 141
economies of competitiveness. The United States, which was
in first place last year, came in second place.
CountryAAH, a new kind of vehicle was tested in Singapore in October.
It was a battery-powered and silent taxi helicopter that can
almost be likened to a large drone. Behind the helicopter
was the German company Volocopter. The means of transport
was expected to be used already in two years, which would
mean that Singapore will be the first in the world to
introduce the taxi service.
According to media, Volocopter, together with, among
other things, the real estate industry in Singapore, would
plan for landing and take-off sites as well as battery
charging. Internationally, Volocopter has competition from
companies such as Boeing, Airbus and Uber, all of which
develop similar vehicles. According to estimates from the
investment bank Morgan Stanley, the market for aviation
taxis could have a value of $ 1,500 billion in about 20