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Issue 260, 3 Sep 2019
Dear Members and Friends

Last week we commemorated Singapore’s Bicentennial in an appropriate way for a business chamber. We collaborated on an event with BritCham, Singapore to celebrate the internationalization of business. Click here for more details. We chose BritCham both because of SICC’s British roots – the Chamber was founded by a group of British traders based in Singapore - and because of the key role Britain has played in the Singapore story since 1819.

The focus on celebrating the role of business over the last 200 years is because a vibrant economy has always been existential for Singapore from trading post in 1819 to today’s global city.

Singapore has facilitated the two way flow of business - inward investment by foreign companies and outward expansion by local companies - since 1819 because of its free port status which encouraged businesses to set up shop in the first place.

The founders of our Chamber came together in 1837 to advocate against the East India Company’s plans to remove Singapore’s free port status. They made their case and won.

Just imagine if they and this Chamber had been unsuccessful. The founders would have lost their shirts. The Settlement of Singapore would not have developed and the Singapore story would have been very different. It’s fair to say none of us would be here today.

At a time when free trade and the rules based order is under threat from nationalists and protectionists, it is good to reflect on the positive benefits free trade and trade rules have brought and continue to bring Singapore. Just like the founders of this Chamber who stood up for free trade, we must now do the same. #SGBicentennial.

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive



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Oktoberfest @ Swiss Club, 11 September 2019
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival, which is held annually in Munich, Germany. This year, SICC together with Swiss Club would like to invite you to join in this fun filled event.
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Big Customer Data: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,
17 September 2019

Join Mr Mike Sherman, Marketing, Customer Insight, and CRM/Big Data Expert as he uses customer analytics to discuss common pitfalls, good practice and other tips to get the most from customer data.
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Follow-up Dialogue with the Ministry of Manpower,
11 October 2019

As a follow up to the Dialogue with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in March 2019, this dialogue with Ms. Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower, will focus more on MOM’s various manpower development schemes that benefit senior workers.
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Innovative Approach to Drive Pro-Enterprise Regulations,
14 October 2019

With the aim of creating a more pro-enterprise environment to facilitate the growth of competitive businesses, Mr Eugene Toh, Director of Pro-Enterprise Division of Ministry of Trade and Industry will be giving a talk about the Pro-Enterprise Panel (PEP)’s work in advocating for businesses within the government.
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Certificate of Origin Seminar, 15 October 2019
Learn about the Singapore Certificates of Origin (CO) system and how to apply for CO efficiently with SICC to save time and money.
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Interest Group Meetings

28 August 2019,
Digitalization Interest Group Meeting Highlights

16 September 2019,
Legal Services Interest
Group Meeting

19 September 2019,
Marketing Interest Group Meeting

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Members who are interested to attend the meetings may contact [email protected].

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