May 19, 2020

TasWater takeover? Tasmanian government's plan approved by new report

TasWater
Infrastructure Tasmania
Australian water industry
Addie Thomes
2 min
TasWater takeover? Tasmanian government's plan approved by new report

The Tasmanian government’s plan to assume control of TasWater appears a step closer after a detailed report backed its bid to fast-track major infrastructure improvements.

The Infrastructure Tasmania report, backed and verified by engineering and civil construction firm pitt&sherry, approved of reducing what was a 10-year project to a five-year program.

“The re-profiling of TasWater’s capital expenditure program by Infrastructure Tasmania results in additional investment of $437 million in the five years to 2022-23,” it said.

“Relative to the level of infrastructure investment each year in TasWater’s original 10-year plan, the re-profiled program would lead to higher levels of employment, particularly in the construction industry, over this period.”

“If TasWater is able to align its projects and its contracts over the five-year period to provide a sustained high level of work for the major construction firms in the state, this will encourage these firms to expand their workforce, including taking on more apprentices.”

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The Hodgman Government wants to fix Tasmania’s failing water and sewerage infrastructure, keep prices down and improve services.

Peter Gutwein, Treasurer for the Tasmanian government, added: “We know that fixing infrastructure sooner will deliver long-term benefits to the community… The Government is also committed to ensuring prices are lower, by capping price increases.

“By completing the existing 10-year works program within five years of taking over the business, we will also be able to commence work sooner on stage 2 projects including the Launceston storm-water project, and Macquarie Point.

“Earlier this year, the Economic Regulator found that TasWater’s infrastructure was deteriorating faster than it could be fixed. We can’t allow this to continue.  That’s why the Government wants to step in, take responsibility and fix the problem.

“Enough is enough. Tasmanians are rightly sick of third world infrastructure.  It’s time to fix the mess.”

A copy of the report and pitt&sherry’s review is available here online at http://www.stategrowth.tas.gov.au/home/about_us/infrastructure

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Jun 22, 2021

Digital Leader Mobiquity Expands Into Asia-Pacific

Mobiquity
Microsoft
Fintech
APAC
3 min
Mobiquity pursues a vision of global growth with its first APAC hire—Gustavo Quiroga, its new Vice President of Business Development Financial Services

As an international digital consulting firm, Mobiquity helps a global client base upgrade its digital banking and financial services. The company employs 1,200 team members across 50+ nationalities and serves an estimated 200+ million users each day. Recently, the company built out a digital banking experience for the Bank of the Philippines Islands’ online and mobile platforms—exemplifying its mission to help leading brands engage with technology in meaningful ways. 

 

To highlight Mobiquity’s services, here are a few of the company’s recent accomplishments

 

  • Designed and developed the first FDA-approved digital medicine system
  • Launched a five-star mobile ordering app
  • Pioneered a cloud-based IT infrastructure that prevented bank fraud
  • Built the official AWS re:Invent 2017 and 2018 mobile apps 

 

What Makes Mobiquity Stand Out? 

According to Mobiquity, it's the people that make all the difference. ‘We’re born innovators who like meaty challenges’, the company wrote. ‘We go deeper, getting to the root of your customers’ friction and creating personalised engagements that deliver much more than a digital experience alone’. Now, the company has added former Microsoft and IBM director Gustavo Quiroga to its team. 

 

Who Is Gustavo Quiroga? 

At Mobiquity, he’ll be the first Vice President of Business Development Financial Services in APAC. With years of experience in the industry, Quiroga has developed numerous tech, business, and customer experience projects: at Microsoft, he led a top Aussie Azure Data and AI specialist team, and at IBM, he applied AI and deep analytics to transform the company’s business processes, CX, and UX. 

 

Based in Sydney, Australia, Quiroga will start to work with Mobiquity clients in Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines and take responsibility for expanding the company’s regional operations. ‘Our best way to impact client outcomes’, he wrote, ‘is by listening to them with an inquisitive and open mind and empowering our people to do the same’. 

 

When notified of the announcement, Quiroga expressed excitement over his new role. ‘I’m delighted to join Mobiquity and support the company’s rapid expansion across the Asia-Pacific region. I joined Mobiquity to develop, design and implement digital products and services that create meaningful experiences with customers...and I look forward to using my expertise to develop partnerships where we can achieve this every day’. 

 

Where Does Mobiquity Go From Here? 

In the past six months, Mobiquity has hired over 100 new employees, including the high-profile additions of Howard Moore, Senior Director of Banking, and Ruby Walia, Senior Advisor for Digital Banking. This falls in line with the company’s hyper-growth strategy to deliver digital products to the world. 

 

As Matthew Williamson, Mobiquity’s Vice President of Global Financial Services, explained: ‘Our appointment of Gustavo demonstrates [our] commitment to hiring an A-list team of talent. The latest addition to the Mobiquity team supports our vision of global growth in Asia-Pacific, as a recognised partner within the banking and finance ecosystem’.


 

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