26 May 2017
Future China Advanced Leaders Programme 2017 Commencement Ceremony
— 22 participants receive graduation certificates from Business China Board Director, Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat
Singapore, 26 May 2017 – 22 participants celebrated their graduation at the Future China Advanced Leaders Programme (FC-ALP) Commencement Ceremony held on 26 May at Mandarin Orchard Singapore. Guest-of-Honour, Board Director of Business China and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, and Health, Mr Chee Hong Tat, presented the certificates to the 6th batch of participants as they joined the ranks of 113 alumni. About 70 business leaders from China and Singapore, including Business China Chairman, Mr Lee Yi Shyan, witnessed the ceremony.
The programme was incepted in 2012 as a three-week programme to better equip business leaders, policy makers and thought leaders to be China-ready and China-savvy, and provides a platform for participants to build extensive networks for future collaboration in China. Jointly organised between Business China and Nanyang Business School, and partnered by International Enterprise Singapore, this year’s curriculum has a special focus on the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) and was conducted in three weeks over a period of three months.
Since FC-ALP started in March, a series of lectures by China experts, company visits, and in-depth interactions with fellow business leaders had been arranged for the participants. In April, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, and National Development, Dr Koh Poh Koon, SMS Chee and Mr Lee, led a delegation of 33 on an experiential journey to China and Kazakhstan. Urumqi, Horgos and Almaty, where the belt of the BRI will materialise, were chosen destinations for the week-long trip.
Participants had the opportunity to visit places such as the Urumqi Economic and Technological Development Zone, China-Kazakhstan International Co-operation Centre, Suzhou Industrial Park-Xinjiang Centre, Kazakhstan’s Halyk Bank, and China Petroleum’s branch in Almaty, to learn more about the countries’ business climates. More than 200 representatives of Chinese and Kazakhstani companies, as well as FC-ALP participants, were present at the Xinjiang-Singapore One Belt One Road Business Forum and the Almaty-Singapore Business Forum to share their insights on business environments and explore potential areas for collaboration.
“The Advanced Leaders Programme is a comprehensive programme that not only gives me an overall perspective of the Belt and Road initiative but also the legal, financial and cultural aspects of doing business in China. This programme also introduces us to doing business in Kazakhstan. In addition, the programme provides a good platform for the participants to network amongst not only the participants but also the alumni, business community and government officials in China and Kazakhstan. This positions the participants and their respective organisations well with a launching pad for formulating their growth strategy into these two countries,” said the class representative of the FC-ALP 2017, Mr Ng Boon Yew, Chairman and CEO of Raffles Campus Pte Ltd.
Class representative, Ms Fiona Leung, Head for Contact Singapore in Singapore Economic Development Board, also shared her views on how the course had helped her develop deep, practical insights about doing business in China. She highlighted that, “This year's FC-ALP is themed around China's massive Belt and Road initiative. Through the three well-structured segments, we gained comprehensive exposure to the underlying historical, geopolitical as well as cultural perspectives of the region along the Silk Road Economic Belt. This helped us to better appreciate the nuances of conducting business in China. In addition, this platform has allowed us to form deep friendship among the delegates that span both public and private sectors, paving the way for further inter-sectoral collaboration as we venture out of Singapore to seize the exciting economic opportunities.”
Chairman of Business China, Mr Lee Yi Shyan said, “China’s developments are rapid, and the pulse of its society is constantly shifting. Therefore, I would like to encourage everyone to get involved with the activities of Business China and Future China, to continually keep pace with China’s progress, and have a good grasp of China’s current affairs.”
“The Advanced Leaders Programme, into its 6th year now, is testament to success and relevance of the programme for our participants. From the coastal cities in the east and the second-tier cities in central China, to western cities and across the border, the programme’s theme and design each year reflect the shift in economic development in China. Each region in China offers unique opportunities and poses different challenges. The intensive lectures and business studies offer participants a window to a world of potentials, to inspire and empower them to successfully navigate the vast and dynamic China market,” said Professor Neo Boon Siong, Dean of Nanyang Business School.
Detailed course dates for the FC-ALP 2017 were:
Singapore: 27–31 Mar 2017
China (Urumqi & Horgos) and Kazakhstan (Almaty): 16–22 Apr 2017
Singapore: 23–26 May 2017
Individuals interested in joining the FC-ALP 2018 are welcomed to visit www.futurechina-alp.sg for latest information.
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