MEDIA RELEASE: Business China Advanced Leaders Programme (ALP 2019) enhances and strengthens offerings and concludes learning journey with commencement ceremony

17 May 2019

 

  • Highest number of participants with a good mix of leaders from public and private sectors received graduation certificates from Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, Business China Board Director, Mr Chee Hong Tat

SINGAPORE, 17 May 2019 | The Business China Advanced Leaders Programme (ALP 2019) concluded its final leg of learning journey with a commencement ceremony to mark their inauguration as ALP Alumnus for 24 participants, the largest and most diverse cohort of senior government officials, investors, top executives from government-linked companies and successors of family-owned conglomerates.

Held at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, some 80 invited guests witnessed the momentous occasion. The event was graced by Guests-of-Honour, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, Mr Chee Hong Tat and Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon, who are both Business China Board Directors. Business China CEO, Ms Tin Pei Ling was also present to share the joy of the participants.

Exploring opportunities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA)

Aligned with Singapore’s position to become the Global-Asia node for technology, innovation and enterprise, this year’s ALP was themed Technology for Innovation. Led by Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon, the participants embarked on an exciting immersive 8-day learning journey to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, known as China’s new growth engine, to learn about the latest technological developments in China. They were also given the rare opportunities to interact with founders of leading Chinese tech and innovative companies to learn how these companies innovate to meet the demands of the new economy.

Business China CEO, Ms Tin Pei Ling who has joined the participants in the visit to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao GBA shared, “I believe the participants have gained much insights into the latest developments and government policies of the GBA through the company visits as well as the interactions with the founders of these companies which included Tencent, SF Express, YY Inc, Midea, XPeng Motors and AI company SenseTime. Besides deepening their understanding of China, most importantly, the programme has enabled the participants to make new friends, forge new connections and widen their networks, which was one of the main objectives of the programme.”

First time an Asean segment is introduced into the programme

For the first time, Business China introduced an Asean segment into ALP, where participants visited Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam led by Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, Mr Chee Hong Tat. This learning journey enabled participants to understand how Singapore companies could play a key role in China-ASEAN connectivity. The participants visited leading tech companies in the country as well as met up with representatives of the Singaporean companies in Ho Chi Minh City to learn more about the business environment and culture there.

"The trip was useful for the ALP participants to learn more about the vibrant business opportunities and entrepreneurial energy in Ho Chi Minh City, and how our companies could leverage on Singapore's strength as a trusted hub for ASEAN to connect China and the region," said Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Education, Mr Chee Hong Tat.  

181 top management level participants completed the ALP over past eight years

Into its eighth edition this year, the ALP 2019 was jointly organised by Business China and Nanyang Business School with the continual support of Enterprise Singapore (ESG). It was incepted in 2012 as a three-week programme to better equip business leaders, policy makers and thought leaders to be China-savvy and China-ready, and provides a platform for participants to be equipped with the knowledge to make critical business decisions in today’s age of rapid economic changes. To date, a total of 181 participants have completed the ALP.

Professor Robert Kennedy, Dean of Nanyang Business School said, “Nanyang Business School is privileged to partner Business China in preparing leaders to be business-savvy in China. As a leading global business school, we are always updating our curriculum to ensure its relevance. We believe that the Business China Advanced Leaders Programme will empower our participants to navigate through the complex and dynamic business environments in China and the region successfully.”

Detailed courses dates for the ALP 2019 were:

Singapore: 25 – 29 March 2019

Learning journey to Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area: 15 – 22 April 2019

Learning journey to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: 13 – 17 May 2019

For more information, please contact:

Daphne Hi 
Senior Manager (Strategic Communications)
Business China
Email: daphnehi@businesschina.org.sg
Tel: (65) 6213 0412
Mobile: (65) 9817 3561
 
Lim Shan Yan
Associate (Strategic Communications)
Business China
Email: limshanyan@businesschina.org.sg
Tel: (65) 6213 0413
Mobile: (65) 8186 4150