For Professionals
16 Feb 2018

Business China and SCCCI co-organised Lunar New Year Gathering 2018

On 16 February, the first day of the Lunar New Year, more than 600 distinguished guests ushered in the Year of the Dog with Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) & Second Minister for Defence and Business China Adviser, at the Lunar New Year Gathering 2018.

The Spring Festival gathering was held at the Trade Association Hub in Jurong Town Hall. This is the first time that Business China co-organised the annual gathering with Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI).

Guest-of-Honour Minister Ong mentioned in his speech that besides government, Business China and SCCCI also have ample practical experiences, networks and contacts. Both organisations should be able to provide professional opinions or business contacts.

The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) Scholars Network was officially launched at the event by Minister Ong Ye Kung. The Network was first announced on 29th September 2017 and aims to bring together wisdom, experiences and networks of our scholars, so as to contribute back to the society.

SCCCI President Mr Roland Ng said: “The main objective in setting up the SCCCI Scholars Network is to inculcate the spirit of succession and nurture a new generation of talents endowed both with capabilities and virtues, help them unleash their potentials, develop their capabilities so as to make practical contribution towards the country's development, and guide them to inherit the four core principle of Chinese entrepreneurs, namely, ‘integrity, loyalty, giving back to the society and innovation’.”

Business China Chairman Mr Lee Yi Shyan said in his speech, Business China has developed three key strategies moving forward: first, anchor Singapore in the flow of global trade and ideas via platforms linking China and the world; second, create value for Business China members and the business community; third, facilitate the development of China-ready and China-savvy young Singaporeans.

Mr Lee revealed that the FutureChina Global Forum (FCGF), one of Business China’s flagship programmes, will be held in August and for the first time, co-organise the Forum with Singapore Business Federation. This special edition of FCGF will include discussions on innovations and the Belt and Road Initiative.

He also iterated that the registration for Future China Advanced Leaders Programme is now open. This executive programme seeks to help executives understand the factors fuelling China’s rapid rise, develop a good grasp of China’s future trends and discover potential business opportunities in China.

Mr Lee added that Business China has introduced two new programmes this year: the members’ exclusive ‘Business China Dialogue Series’, as well as the setting up of ‘Internship Programme’. This internship programme will support 500 young Singaporean executives to intern at various industries in China for a period of 3 to 6 months, in a bid to effectively augment their ‘China Quotient’.

The Lunar New Year Gathering also observed the tradition of exchanging well-wishes in a circle. Music and dance performances by Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Chinese Orchestra Group and performers from Conservatory of Music in Dalian University further boosted the festive atmosphere.

The Lunar New Year Gathering is an annual event for the Chinese community leaders in Singapore to gather and exchange well-wishes and renew their camaraderie for the New Year. It is also a platform to promote the appreciation of Chinese language, culture and traditional values.