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2012年11月28日
2012年通商中国奖晚宴
华侨银行集团行政总裁钱乃骥先生致辞


Our Guest of Honour, Former Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew
His Excellency Wei Wei
Minister in Prime Minister's Office, Mr Lim Swee Say
Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan
Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong
Chairman of Business China, Mr Chua Thian Poh
Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen
Good evening.

Once again, I am honoured to be standing in front of this esteemed audience. It has been three years since the beginning of our partnership with the Business China Awards. While the global market has had its fair share of ups and downs, we have been fortunate enough to see continued strong growth between Singapore and China.

As Singapore's second-largest trading partner and second-largest source of tourism, China’s growth has contributed significantly to our local economy. In turn, with investments worth more than US$6 billion last year, Singapore has risen to become China’s fourth largest foreign investor.

Thirty years ago, China was still classified under R.O.W (rest of the world). Twenty years ago, there was no major country in the world that could cite China as their major trading partner. Now, no major trading nation would not-not mention China as one of their important trading partners. Instead of “Greater China”, a term coined to refer to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan as an integrated economic region, the term “Global China” now seems to be ready for use given its impact on the world economy and the expansion of Chinese enterprises overseas. The term CNH refers to offshore Yuan which was first created and authorized in Hong Kong under the RmB internationalization program, with H meant to refer to Hong Kong. Now given its demand and readiness in many other overseas markets with London and Singapore included, it is perhaps more apt to refer CNH as Chinese Yuen Haiwai, instead of Chinese Yuen Hong Kong – still “H” but beyond Hong Kong to all of Haiwai.

华侨银行跟中国的关系, 早在1925年就开始,当年我们在厦门开设了第一家分行。今天,我们的业务扩大到中国八个主要城市,并计划在更多的城市继续拓展我们的分行网。目前,作为一家中国本地注册的银行,我们拥有35亿元人民币的注册资本,而员工人数也达到了800人。另外,我们也分别在宁波银行、中航信托公司,以及重庆的合资保险公司进行投资。华侨银行在中国已经有80多年的历史,我们非常荣幸有机会延续这段和中国人民的友谊。

今天晚上,我们相聚于此,是为了肯定克服挑战, 迎难而上,开拓中国市场的企业和人士,表彰他们为促进新中友好关系所作出的重要贡献。因为他们坚定不移的努力,造就了今天的成就,非常值得表扬。

在此,我谨代表华侨银行,向所有得奖者表示祝贺。我也特别要向李光耀先生致以最崇高的敬意,因为您的超前远见,在五年前,和中国温家宝总理共同为我们两地的未来经济, 商贸, 社会和文化交流创立了通商中国这个平台。华侨银行非常荣幸,能够担任2012年通商中国奖的联合呈献机构。

祝大家有个愉快的晚上。谢谢。



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