SINGAPORE, 6 December 2019 | Business China (BC) held the first board meeting following the commencement of the new three-year term starting 1 October 2019. Business China was honoured to have Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Heng Swee Keat join the inauguration luncheon. DPM Heng exchanged views and discussed priorities with the board members.
The new board welcomes a new advisor in Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth. The other advisors are Minister Gan Kim Yong, Minister Chan Chun Sing and Minister Ong Ye Kung.
Business China also welcomes four new board members in Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth, Ms Jane Sun, Chief Executive Officer of Trip.com Group, Mr Sherman Kwek Eik Tse, Chief Executive Officer of City Developments Limited and Mr Mark Lee Kean Phi, Chief Executive Officer of Sing Lun Holdings Pte Ltd. In all, Business China has four advisors and 18 board members. PM Lee Hsien Loong remains as the Patron of the non-profit organisation.
Launched in November 2007, Business China was set up as a non-profit organisation to promote the understanding of China amongst young Singaporeans. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew’s vision for Business China was to develop a cohort of bilingual, bicultural talents familiar with the operating environment and business opportunities in Singapore. Since 2010, Business China has organised more than 400 events, benefiting more than 250,863 participants.
Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Chairman of Business China said, “As China develops, Business China’s integrator and catalyst role is also to be updated, so as to be an effective bridge between the business communities in Singapore and China. Business China contributes towards the economic and cultural ties between both countries, as well as to facilitate third country collaborations in the region. Business China will do so in partnership with chambers and associations, academic institutions and government agencies.”
Mr Lee would like to put on record our most profound appreciation to the outgoing advisers - Minister of Manpower and Second Minister of Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Mr Ng Chee Meng; board members - Chairman & Managing Director of Teckwah Industrial Corporation Ltd, Mr Thomas Chua, Chairman & CEO of EnGro Corporation Ltd, Mr Tan Cheng Gay and CEO of MTQ Corporation Limited, Mr Kuah Boon Wee; for their active participation and generous guidance provided to Business China for many years.
Mr Lee added, “With new board members joining us in this term, we have even more diversified range of market and industry expertise to reach out to the fast-growing sectors of the Chinese economy, including new economic sectors in AI, blockchain and robotics.”
Business China CEO, Ms Tin Pei Ling, shared, “Under the guidance of the new board, my team and I will focus on our three strategic objectives: 1. Nurture Singapore-China Savvy talents （协助培养 “新中通” 人才）; 2. Enhance the value of Singapore-China business network（搭建新中优质人脉网络）; and 3. Broaden our network and deepen partnerships with like-minded organisations（推展深广交流）.We look forward to welcoming new corporate and individual members to join us in our mission”
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Launched in November 2007 by Founding Patron and Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Business China’s mission is to nurture an inclusive bilingual and bicultural group of Singaporeans through extensive use of the Chinese language as the medium of communication, so as to sustain our multi-cultural heritage, and to develop a cultural and economic bridge linking the world and China.
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