Business China Youth Showdown 2017
The third edition of Business China Youth Showdown saw some 150 students and teachers come together at Lifelong Learning Institute on 5 July to show their warm support for the five finalist teams from Eunoia Junior College, Hwa Chong Institution (College), Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Republic Polytechnic. The team from Eunoia Junior College emerged as the winning team despite being their inaugural participation in the Youth Showdown this year, while the two teams from Hwa Chong Institution walked away with the titles of 1st and 2nd runner ups.
The participating teams presented on the theme “Global or Local? Opportunities for Youths in the Future Economy”. They shared their analyses and viewpoints on how youths of today can connect with opportunities in an evolving global economy marked by digitalisation, internationalisation and a more ambitious China. These five teams came through intense competition from an initial eleven teams during the Preliminary Round held on 23 June. All eleven teams gave their best shot with entertaining skits and videos. The winning team from Eunoia Junior College stood out with an ingenuous “reverse poem”.
The Guest-of-Honour was Mr Chia Kim Huat, Regional Head, Corporate and Transnational Practice, Rajah & Tann LLP and Business China Go East Committee Member. In his opening remarks, Mr Chia encouraged young Singaporeans to take their study of the Chinese language seriously, referring to it as the “language of a new trade” with high economic value in the digital economy.
The judging panel consisted of Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng, Vice President (New Markets), Singapore Press Holdings; and Mr Benjamin Cheong, Partner, Technology, Media and Telecommunications/ Competition Practice, Rajah & Tann LLP. The judges were pleased to see a good depth of research and insights from the teams on a complex subject matter despite their tender age.
The objective of the Business China Youth Showdown is to equip the youths with a deeper understanding of the forces and factors shaping China’s emergence as a global power and more importantly, the relevance of this to Singapore. This bilingual national platform provides the opportunity for Singaporean youths to exchange their views on hot-button China topics and interact with like-minded youths.
The top three teams of the Youth Showdown were awarded complimentary access to the prestigious FutureChina Global Forum 2017 held on 13 and 14 July at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, where they would get to hear from close to 70 distinguished speakers from across the world on hot-button topics related to future economy and the Belt and Road Initiative.