23 April 2021

Business China organised the 4th Distinguished Leaders Dialogue Series with Minister Gan Kim Yong

On 21st April 2021, Business China successfully organised the 4th Distinguished Leaders Dialogue Series (DLDS) with Minister for Health and Business China Adviser, Mr Gan Kim Yong as guest speaker. Titled “Singapore-China: Emerging Stronger from COVID-19 and Tackling the Challenges of Ageing”, the closed-door dialogue session was first Business China’s event that was conducted in a hybrid format.

Figure 1: Business China had successfully organized a dialogue series with Minister Gan Kim Yong.

The dialogue opened with Business China Chairman Mr Lee Yi Shyan, giving his opening remarks about the COVID-19 situation in Singapore. He then briefly introduced Minister Gan’s illustrious career in the public sector. Mr Lee also shared that Minister Gan had been very supportive of Business China events over the years.

Figure 2: Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Chairman of Business China, delivering his opening remarks

Figure 3: Minister Gan Kim Yong delivering his keynote address

After Mr Lee’s introduction, Minister Gan delivered his keynote address, where he updated the current COVID-19 situation in Singapore and the work done by the multi-ministry task force. He also touched on how Singapore can learn from China, explore, strengthen and transform the silver industry into a positive force in Singapore society.

Figure 4: Minister Gan took questions from the audience with Ms Tin Pei Ling, CEO of Business China, moderating the session

After Minister Gan’s sharing, the floor was opened for the Q&A session. There was a deep and substantive exchange of opinions between the attendees and Minister Gan as the audience raised pertinent questions on COVID-19 vaccine supply, disease prevention, combating Singapore ageing population and many more. The Q&A session was moderated by Business China CEO Ms Tin Pei Ling.

Figure 5: Both online and offline participants were actively voicing out their questions.

The one and a half-hour dialogue session saw close to 84 invited attendees which included prominent business leaders, Advanced Leaders Programme (ALP) alumni, BC corporate members and BCYC members.

Figure 6: Mr Lee presented a token of appreciation to Minister Gan.

Figure 7: Group photo of Minister Gan Kim Yong (centre), Business China Chairman, Mr Lee Yi Shyan (second from left), Business China CEO, Ms Tin Pei Ling (first from right), as well as Business China Board Members, Mr Tan Ser Ping (first from left) and Mr Kho Choon Keng (second from right)

The inaugural Distinguished Leaders Dialogue Series was held on 10th January 2020, with Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Mr Teo Chee Hean as the featured speaker.