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 Singapore.
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.
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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 years.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Singapore in 2019 was 5,804,226, ranking number 114 in the world. The population growth rate was 0.810% yearly, and the population density was 8291.9100 people per km2.