The UAESBC EXCO Members had our very first EXCO meeting of 2020 today. Also in attendance at the meeting were 2 very special VIP Guests: our Patron the UAE Ambassador to Singapore, His Excellency Dr Mohamed Omar Balfaqeeh and the newly appointed Singapore Ambassador-Designate to the UAE, His Excellency Ambassador Kamal Vaswani.
H. E. Ambassador Vaswani had a chance to get to know each of our EXCO members briefly at the meeting when each EXCO representative shared their company’s background and outreach across the two regions, i.e. East Asia and MENA. At a private meeting with UAEBSC President Dr Brian Shegar earlier this week, H. E. Ambassador Vaswani was given a personal introduction to the UAEBC and how the Council members, along with our Strategic Partners, has developed and continued to improve on a business eco-system that promotes business and trade relations between the UAE and Singapore. H. E. Ambassador Vaswani shared that his door is always open to Council members and is happy to be a facilitator for business relations and opportunities between the UAE and Singapore.
The Patrons, President and EXCO Members of the UAESBC would like to wish H. E. Ambassador Vaswani the very best of success in his posting at Abu Dhabi!
Monday, 12 January 2020: UAESBC members began 2020 on a positive note by participating in our first-ever joint networking session with members of the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SMCCI). Held at the beautiful ambience of the Parkview Square 24th Floor Boardroom where the UAE Embassy resides, the event was attended by about 50 participants from both UAESBC and SMCCI.
The First Secretary of the UAE Embassy in Singapore, His Excellency Mohammed Salim Al Falahi, graced the occasion and gave the Opening Remarks on behalf of the UAE Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Mohamed Omar Balfaqeeh.
Apart from expanding the outreach of both our members, one of the main objectives the event was to inform and educate the attendees on the opportunities, procedures and advantages of expanding to the UAE and Abu Dhabi markets which was shared by UAESBC President, Dr Brian Shegar, and Mr Leonard Thangavelu from the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Attendees also got to know extensively about the local grants available to fund internationalisation projects to UAE from the SME Centre @ SMCCI Advisor, Mr Mike Krishnan.
We also had the pleasure to host Ms Sabrina Khoo an Executive Manager the URA’s International Relations department who also gave us a sneak preview of the breath-taking Singapore Pavilion residing in the Sustainability Wing of EXPO2020 Dubai.
Many more joint networking sessions will be organised this year with other local chambers and trade organisations. Sign up as our member to be invited to such exclusive members-only sessions and other interesting events through out 2020!
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, shared his views and strategies on how UAE and Singapore can be partners for the current world that is in transition. He shared this in an article he wrote on Sunday, 12 Jan 2020, in The National UAE, a main daily newspaper published from Abu Dhabi.
He wrote that “With the signing of the Singapore-UAE Comprehensive Partnership (SUCP) during a visit by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to Singapore in 2019, we are well-positioned to explore collaboration in new frontiers, such as the digital economy, food security and innovation. We look forward to leveraging our participation in Expo 2020 to co-create solutions to global problems with the UAE and other international partners…Such linkages will prove ever more critical going forward in a fast-changing and uncertain world.”
We are pleased to highlight that the UAESBC was quoted in the SUCP Agreement as one of the conduit for the UAE and Singapore to develop and maintain such linkages. As such, we are committed in our mission to promote the trade and investment flows between the two countries.
Click below, to read Dr Vivian’s full article: