Business China Awards 2017 held in conjunction with Business China’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
On 14 July 2017, Business China commemorated its 10th anniversary and the 8th edition of the Business China Awards (BCA), with more than 700 distinguished guests and stakeholders attending the celebration held at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. This special milestone was witnessed and graced by Business China’s Patron, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
The momentous occasion started off with a dialogue session with Prime Minister Lee sharing his insights on hot-button issues such as Belt and Road Initiative, Sino-Singapore relations, Sino-US relations, and most importantly, the role that Singapore could play in these key areas. The dialogue session was moderated by Mr Robin Hu, Chairman of BCA Judging Panel, Head (Sustainability & Stewardship Group) of Temasek International.
Prime Minister Lee then presented the Business China Award 2017 to Dr Chen Deming (Excellence Award), Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship (Enterprise Award) and Mr Lee Chee Koon (Young Achiever Award). Dr Chen Deming, President, Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Former Chinese Minister for Commerce, has constantly expanded the sphere of collaboration between the two countries. He played a pivotal role in Singapore and China’s first government-to-government project, Suzhou Industrial Park, and subsequently championed the Singapore-China Free Trade Agreement.
The Enterprise Award recipient 2017, Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship, has been committed to strengthening Singapore-China bilateral relations by bringing Lien fellows from both nations together through its high-level exchange programme to exchange insightful views. The Fellowship’s efforts in facilitating academic and cultural exchanges between the two countries through the cultivation of people-to-people ties and its contributions to the betterment of both nations are most praiseworthy.
Mr Lee Chee Koon, CEO, The Ascott Limited, was conferred the Young Achiever Award 2017. Mr Lee has been an innovative leader, injecting new vigour as he navigated partnerships and tried out novel ideas, often empowering his team to seize first-mover advantage to accelerate Ascott’s growth. With Mr Lee’s belief that one has to do good in order to do well, Ascott has driven many community projects benefitting underprivileged children in China.
The three recipients of BCA 2017 was joined by the 16 out of a total 21 past recipients on stage that evening, and recognised by Prime Minister Lee once again for their sterling contributions in strengthening Singapore-China relations.
Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Chairman of Business China, remarked that he was most heartened to welcome all BCA recipients who have been serving as inspirations to our ever-growing and multi-faceted relations with China. Mr Lee said that: “Collectively, they show how deep and broad our friendship is with every segment of our societies.”
The joyous evening ended with a cake-cutting ceremony by Prime Minister Lee and all the stakeholders of Business China, including past and current Board Advisers, Chairmen and Board Directors of Business China, to celebrate the organisation’s 10th anniversary. Amongst the distinguished guests included business leaders, senior executives and eminent community leaders from Singapore, China and across the world.
The BCA, organised by Business China and jointly presented by OCBC Bank, aims to honour outstanding individuals and enterprises for their contributions to Singapore-China relations as well as promoting bilingualism and biculturalism in Singapore.