MEDIA RELEASE: Business China explores sustainability through FutureChina Global Forum and recognises bilateral contributions via Business China Awards
SINGAPORE, 26 April 2019 | The FutureChina Global Forum (FCGF) 2019, themed “Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World Order”, will be held on 7 June 2019 at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. The Forum will feature regional esteemed speakers across 8 plenary and panel discussion sessions; which will address the critical question on how countries can maintain sustainable growth for the countries economically, environmentally and technologically amidst the global geopolitical complexities.
Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry; and Chairman of FutureChina Committee, Dr Koh Poh Koon said, “Business China is proud to organise FCGF, an annual flagship event that has established itself as the major event for business executives and personalities with an interest in China. Into its 10th year, FCGF remains relevant and current. At present, economic blocs are constantly realigning themselves which makes the world highly dynamic; and with China identifying the Greater Bay Area as a driver of the next phase of economic activities, FCGF 2019 aims to bring together authorities and experts from Singapore, China and the region to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards future sustainable growth.”
Minister for Finance, Mr Heng Swee Keat, is the guest-of-honour of FCGF 2019 and will grace the opening session with a keynote speech. Speakers include Mr Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Chief, President of Assembly & Chair of Global Green Growth Institute, Chairman of Bo’ao Forum for Asia; Professor Fan Gang, President, China Development Institute and Professor Steven Davis, William H. Abbott Distinguished Service Professor of International Business and Economics, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business & Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, EXCO Member & Senior Fellow of ABFER; along with founders of unicorns, like Mr Zhang Ligang, Founder and Chairman, iKang Healthcare Group and Founder, eLong; and Mr John Wu, Founding Partner and Chairman, FengHe Group.
This year, FCGF 2019 partners Temasek in Ecosperity Week 2019 – a confluence of events gathering key and relevant stakeholders to drive action on sustainable development.
Inaugural Business China Youth Forum 2019
Business China presents inaugural Business China Youth Forum, to inspire passion and ownership among youths for a more sustainable future for communities in the region. Themed “Sustainability starts from YOUth: Perspectives of Singapore and China”, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Mr Baey Yam Keng, is the guest-of-honour for the Youth Forum.
Chairman of Business China, Mr Lee Yi Shyan shared, “China is developing rapidly in all the important areas - technology, market and society. It is set to become the world's largest economy. Business China’s Inaugural Youth Forum aims to provide the latest updates on the new China to our youths. We also hope that by bringing young leaders together, they will build on our existing ties and cultivate new friendships that will sustain us into the future".
Organised by the youths of Business China Youth Chapter, the Youth Forum features key speakers like Ms Jane Sun Jie, Chief Executive Officer, Ctrip.com; Ms Tina Zhao, Vice-President, ByteDance and Dr Malone-Lee Lai Choo, Director, Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities, who will approach the topics of “The World in 2030: How do we envision our world to be like?” and “How can advocacy translate into action?”
Business China constantly innovates and injects new elements to offer refreshing and current discussions for our target audience, including youths. In line with Business China’s vision to help Singaporeans develop deeper links with China, the Youth Forum’s purposeful sharing sessions by relevant thought-leaders and interactive discussions with fellow youths will bring about inspiring benefits.
Business China Awards (BCA) 2019
BCA is another flagship event initiated by Business China to honour outstanding individuals and enterprises for their contributions to Singapore-China relations as well as promoting bilingualism and biculturalism in Singapore. This year, Business China’s Patron, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will grace the BCA Gala Dinner on 7 June and present the awards. Prime Minister Lee will also hold a fireside chat to discuss relevant topics.
Chairman of BCA judging panel and Managing Director, GMT Investments Pte Ltd, Mr Stephen Lee, said, “We are pleased to present the 9th edition of BCA which is highly prestigious and accorded with importance from Singapore and China. With a refreshed judging panel, we have received over 40 quality nominations this year. We are encouraged to see an increase in individuals and enterprises exhibiting sustained efforts to deepen relations with Singapore and China. We are confident that BCA will continue to encourage more individuals and enterprises to contribute to Singapore-China relations and achieve far-reaching impact in their various fields.”
This year’s judging panel include renowned personalities from China, who were also past recipients of BCA, Dr Chen Deming, Standing Committee Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; President, Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Former Minister for Commerce, People’s Republic of China and Mr Li Rong Rong, Vice Chairman, China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE); Founding Chairman, China State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) (2003 – 2010).
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