Future China Advanced Leaders Programme 2017 Commencement Ceremony
This year, 22 participants celebrated their graduation at the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme (FC-ALP) Commencement Ceremony, held on 26 May at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. The Commencement Ceremony was graced by Guest-of-Honour, Board Director of Business China and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Health, Mr Chee Hong Tat, who presented the certificates to the 6th batch of participants as they joined the ranks of 113 alumni.
This year’s curriculum had a special focus on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and was conducted in three weeks over a period of three months. Participants were engaged in a series of lectures by China experts, company visits, and in-depth interactions with fellow business leaders. In April, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and National Development, Dr Koh Poh Koon, as well as SMS Chee Hong Tat and Chairman of Business China, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, led a delegation of 33 participants and alumni on an experiential journey to China and Kazakhstan, namely Urumqi, Horgos and Almaty, where the belt of the BRI will materialise.
The delegation visited places such as the Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone, China-Kazakhstan International Co-operation Centre, Suzhou Industrial Park-Xinjiang Centre, Kazakhstan’s Halyk Bank, and China Petroleum’s branch in Almaty. During the trip, the Xinjiang-Singapore One Belt One Road Business Forum and the Almaty-Singapore Business Forum were also organised for more than 200 representatives of Chinese and Kazakhstani companies, as well as FC-ALP delegation, to exchange insights on business environments and explore potential areas for collaboration.
At the Commencement Ceremony, Guest-of-Honour SMS Chee Hong Tat shared in a speech his key takeaways during the Xinjiang-Kazakhstan study trip. SMS Chee remarked that a key priority of Singapore is to press on with transforming the economy, helping companies to be more competitive globally, as well as creating good jobs and staying as a united and cohesive society.
"It is in our interest and in the region's interest that China succeeds," SMS Chee said, elaborating that Singapore must continue to be a vibrant and successful city with a stable political leadership to be of value to China or any other major power.
Chairman of Business China, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, said: “China’s developments are rapid, and the pulse of its society is constantly shifting. Therefore, I would like to encourage everyone to get involved with the activities of Business China to continually keep pace with China’s progress, and have a good grasp of China’s current affairs.”
Professor Neo Boon Siong, Dean of Nanyang Business School, co-organiser of the FC-ALP, remarked that “The Advanced Leaders Programme, into its 6th year now, is testament to success and relevance of the programme for our participants. From the coastal cities in the east and the second-tier cities in central China, to western cities and across the border, the programme’s theme and design each year reflect the shift in economic development in China. Each region in China offers unique opportunities and poses different challenges. The intensive lectures and business studies offer participants a window to a world of potentials, to inspire and empower them to successfully navigate the vast and dynamic China market.”
The Ceremony also brought together past FC-ALP alumni members, who took the opportunity to network and reconnect with one another. Graduates of FC-ALP 2017 presented a skit of their interpretation of the BRI, marking the end of their intensive course. Some 70 invited guests also enjoyed a performance by renowned Chinese traditional opera singer Tian Ping, who had conducted a lesson for the participants during the first segment. The dinner was concluded by spontaneous song performances by SMS Chee and Mr Lee Yi Shyan.
This year’s Commencement Ceremony also witnessed the formal appointment and installation of the first Future China Advanced Leaders Club Executive Committee, led by Mr Joseph Koh, Director, Ping Siong International Pte Ltd. The Executive Committee will work on knitting the ALP alumni network more closely together.
Organised by Business China and Nanyang Business School and partnered by International Enterprise Singapore, the FC-ALP was incepted in 2012 as the only business management course in Asia with a curriculum designed to better equip business leaders, policy makers and thought leaders to be China-ready and China-savvy, and provides a platform for participants to build extensive networks for future collaboration in China.