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Issue 152, 8 Aug 2017

Dear Members and Friends

As Singapore celebrates the 52nd anniversary of its independence this week, it is time, once again, to give thanks.

Many thanks to each of you, to your companies and to all your teams for building businesses which help sustain Singapore’s vibrant economy. A growing economy is the key precondition for the well-being of every society and that is especially true for a city state like Singapore. That is precisely why we have a business-friendly government. Cause for celebration too.

We know we are all lucky to live and work in Singapore. We know there are big challenges to manage but all of them provide many opportunities to evolve business models, continually learn individually and collectively in order to grow and to succeed. Here are just two:

Human capital is our only resource. We all need to mean it when we say: “people are our greatest asset”. Too often it is a trite statement with no follow through, no meaning and, therefore, no positive impact. Now is the time for all companies to practice competency based recruitment focused on attitude, character, skills and potential. It saves time and money and produces a greater chance of corporate success and personal fulfilment (a.k.a.engagement).

The circular economy is another opportunity which I recommend you all consider as you plan next year’s budget or review your business strategy. A collaborative focus on the varied opportunities associated with the circular economy offer considerable scope for all of us in business.

Happy Birthday Singapore! Majulah Singapura!

Best regards

Victor Mills
Chief Executive



An Analysis of Singapore’s Cybersecurity Bill and Its Implications for Organisations, 14 August 2017
At this session, member Rajah & Tann will analyse and dissect key issues raised in the Cybersecurity Bill, which will be a critical piece of legislation in Singapore’s burgeoning cybersecurity framework.  Read more

Talent Development Series: Creating a High-Performance Organisation,
17 August 2017

Dr Indigo Triplett, CEO  of 4-D Performance  will  discuss  how  your organisation can build  resilience. The session will cover  optimal  behaviour, thoughts and actions that can be cultivated in and by everyone to create a positive individual  and  corporate  impact.     
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ATA Carnet Seminar: The Passport for Goods, 18 August 2017
Understand how the ATA Carnet works, and how your business can benefit from using it. This half-day seminar will equip participants with all they need to know to apply for and use the ATA Carnet.  Read more

2017 SICC Golf Tournament, 24 August 2017

Your Chamber’s annual golf  tournament tees off  at the Singapore Island  Country  Club's  New  Course  at 1.00pm on  24 August 2017. Our Guest  of  Honour  this  year  will  be  Mr  Ng  Chee  Meng, Minister for Education (Schools)  and  Second  Minister  for Transport.   Read more 

Networking Night: Co-hosted with Townsville Enterprise Limited,
6 September 2017
Network  and  explore  business  opportunities  with  the business delegation  from Townsville, Queensland, Australia at this event reception at The Tower  Club.   Chamber  members  enjoy  priority  registration  from  now  till   4 August 2017.  
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Distinguished Speaker Series: CEO & Director of DBS Group,
Mr Piyush Gupta, 7 September 2017
Mr Piyush Gupta will share with us his insights into the technological forces that are disrupting industries today and changing business models from “pipes to platforms”.  Mr Gupta will also share his tips for driving change and alignment to change in an organisation.  Read more

In Conversation: SICC's 2017 Innovation Champions, 8 September 2017
Hear the collaborative innovation success stories from the 2017 SICC Award winners, and learn useful and practical takeaways to kickstart your collaborative innovation strategy.   Read more

Women in Leadership Series: 21 September 2017

Ms Goh Swee Chen, Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore, will draw from her wealth of career experiences to share her thoughts on what it takes to stay in the corporate game. 
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Distinguished Speaker Series: CEO of Future-Moves Group,
Mr Devadas Krishnadas, 25 October 2017

Multiple shake ups in the past year have resulted in shifts in the economic, political and security parameters.  What are the implications for Singapore and for ASEAN?   Join us  at  this  dialogue  with  Mr Krishnadas as  he  provides his  insights  into  today’s  new  world  order  to  help businesses  stay  ahead  of the curve.   Read more


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 15 August 2017,
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23 August 2017,
Corporate Sustainability Committee Meeting

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