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Issue 261, 10 Sep 2019
Dear Members and Friends

In last week’s issue I talked about the beginnings of your Chamber and how it was founded to retain Singapore’s free port status. Free trade has been at the heart of Singapore’s economic development and it is just the same for all other countries.

Free trade’s detractors today around the world conveniently gloss over the fact that the problems of communities disadvantaged by globalization is not a failure of free trade but, rather, of domestic policy. It is always easier to blame someone or something rather than shoulder responsibility for one’s own omissions.

The escalating trade war between the US and China is but one facet of a geo-political relationship which is likely to be confrontational for decades. Rising China is like a continental plate pushing upwards against the US, the current superpower. The story of how Huawei is caught in the middle of this fractious relationship is an interesting one which is why we’ll be featuring it next week. It’ll be a learning event for us all.

Have a productive week ahead.

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive



The Certification Services Department will be closed on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October 2019 for a staff retreat.

Please take note of these dates and advise all your relevant colleagues to minimise any inconvenience to you and them.


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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Huawei & Trade Policy, 18 September 2019
Join Mr Simon Lacey, Vice-President at Huawei Technologies in Shenzhen, China as he shares Huawei’s efforts to battle the rising protectionism in trade which they have been witnessing over the past several years.
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Minister Ong Ye Kung,
1 October 2019

Our Distinguished Speaker Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education will talk about the changes taking place in education in Singapore. He will also share his thoughts on the SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes as well as the policies related to schools and universities.
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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 *this event is fully subscribed!
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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Distinguished Speaker Series: Mr Ravi Menon,
31 October 2019

Our Distinguished Speaker Mr. Ravi Menon, Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore will share his perspectives on the macroeconomic landscape and the impact on Singapore’s business environment.
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Interest Group Meetings

16 September 2019,
Legal Services Interest
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18 September 2019,
Circular Economy Interest Group Meeting

19 September 2019,
Marketing Interest Group Meeting

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