16 Sep 2020

The FutureChina Global Forum 2020 Goes Virtual

Business China is pleased to present the annual flagship FutureChina Global Forum 2020 which spans across three days from 15 to 17 September 2020. This year, Business China convened the forum virtually for the first time in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme for the forum this year is “A Resilient Future: Post-Pandemic Transformation & Opportunities in China and ASEAN”. 

Chairman of Business China Mr Lee Yi Shyan commenced the opening ceremony by giving the welcome remarks. In his remarks, Mr Lee touched on how companies are accelerating their digitalisation journey to adapt to the new normal. He also talked about how China and ASEAN have been strengthening their efforts on the economic collaboration over the years.  With Singapore and China celebrating the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations, both countries further reinforce the mutual long-standing relations with widened and deepened collaboration.

Singapore Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat graced the forum by delivering a keynote speech. In his speech, DPM Heng shared his perspectives on wide-ranging global and domestic hot topics, including Asia’s outlook, the importance of globalisation, the ways of strengthening regional connectivity and the efforts to keep Singapore’s businesses connected. He cited the example of Business China as an organisation which helped to develop business leaders through its programmmes and building bridges with partners like China Entrepreneurs Forum.  

The highlights of the day include the MOU signing with Yabuli China Entrepreneurs Forum represented by Business China CEO Ms Tin Pei Ling and Mr Liu Yonghao, rotating chairman of China Entrepreneurs Forum and Chairman of New Hope Group as well as. Dr Tan See Leng, Minister, Prime Minister's office; Second Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry and Business China Chairman Mr Lee Yi Shyan were the witnesses for the ceremony. As a Special Guest of the forum, Minister Tan participated in the panel discussion “Capitalising New World Order and Regionalism amidst more Dynamic Global Relations”.

In line with Business China’s vision to help Singaporeans develop deeper links with China, Business China partnered with the Young SEAKers and the Student Association of Belt and Road Initiatives at Tsinghua University to present the TYS-ASEAN China Youth Forum where topics related to young working professionals and university students would be discussed over a span of two days.

Apart from a strong line-up of panel and roundtable discussion, FCGF 2020 also featured a virtual exhibition with more than 20 virtual exhibits from regional companies and exclusive networking sessions; presented on a refreshing 360-degree virtual platform promising an immersive experience. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Singapore-China diplomatic relations, a virtual mural wall was also on display which highlighted the significant milestones between the two countries.

FCGF 2020 will continue on 16 and 17 September 2020. The Guests-of-Honour for Day 2 and 3 are Singapore Senior Minister of State for Health, Business China Board Director; and Chairman of FutureChina Committee, Dr Koh Poh Koon and Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry; and Business China Board Adviser Mr Chan Chun Sing.

To watch the keynote speech recording by Singapore Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat again, please click on the following: