Distinguished Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade and Industry and National Development, Mr Lee Yi Shyan
Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Social and Family Development, Ms Low Yen Ling
Associate Professor Peter Pang, Assistant Vice President (University and Global Relations, NUS)
Associate Professor Su Jui Lung, Acting Head, Department of Chinese Studies, NUS
Mr Eric Pan, Founder and CEO of Seeed Studio
Ladies and gentlemen,
A very good afternoon!
1. First of all, on behalf of Business China and our co-organiser, National University of Singapore, I would like to thank SMS Lee Yi Shyan for taking time off his busy schedule to grace the China-Quotient Youth Forum.
2. We are also pleased to have Mr Eric Pan here with us today to share his views and experience on entrepreneurship, his success story as well as his insights on bilingualism and biculturalism.
3. As Singapore matures and enters the age of innovation and cutting edge technology, entrepreneurship is poised to play an even greater role in our economy. The rise of China means that outstanding innovators and entrepreneurs no longer just come from Silicon Valley. Shenzhen, where Eric is based, is fast changing from a manufacturing base, to a base for incredible innovations.
4. Eric, with his ability to code-switch between Silicon Valley and Shenzhen, is a role model for Singaporean students to upkeep their bilingual and bicultural capability.
5. It is also with this aim that Business China has partnered with NUS’ University and Global Relations Office, as well as the Department of Chinese Studies, , to organise the China-Quotient Youth Forum. The theme for today’s forum “Create or Integrate – Leveraging on Bilingualism and Biculturalism”, emphasises the importance of linguistic and cultural knowhow in the building of a successful career.
6. This Forum is but one of the many platforms that Business China initiates to promote understanding of the Chinese culture, society and language. Launched in 2007 by our patron, Singapore Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew and Former Chinese Premier Mr Wen Jiabao, Business China hopes to create more platforms for the younger generation to better engage China and contribute to stronger bilateral relations between the 2 countries.
7. To meet this demand, Business China actively reaches out and serves to groom an inclusive group of bilingual and bicultural Singaporeans. In particular, Business China consists of a group of young and aspiring students who form the core of our student membership. These students are part of the Business China Youth Chapter, BCYC, who spearheaded activities such as the China Learning Journeys, closed door sessions with prominent leaders, as well as other initiatives.
8. As China’s society is constantly evolving, it is necessary for us to always keep up-to-date of her developments and its relevance to Singapore. Business China hopes to become the nexus to which corporations and organisations will turn to for China-related expertise. In this respect, we are indeed very pleased to have this opportunity to work with educational institutions like NUS who shares our vision.
9. Once again, on behalf of the organisers, we are grateful to Senior Minister of State Mr Lee Yi Shyan for gracing the Forum and sharing your knowledge with us. 同时也感谢潘先生，不远千里从深圳赶来和我们共襄盛举，相信今天与会者对您的分享定能获益良多。
10. Finally, I wish all of you many useful insights and enriching interactions today.
11. Thank you.