Change of guard at Singapore-China business councils

Change of guard at Singapore-China business councils

SINGAPORE - International Enterprise (IE) Singapore announced on Wednesday that there would be several leadership changes to the Singapore-China bilateral business councils, given the new Cabinet. The agency is the Singapore Secretariat to the seven Singapore-China bilateral business councils.

For the Singapore-Guangdong Collaboration Council, the new co-chairman will be Ong Ye Kung, Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) and Senior Minister of State for Defence. He will succeed former minister Lui Tuck Yew.

Meanwhile, Koh Poh Koon, Minister of State for National Development and Trade and Industry, will succeed Minister of State Teo Ser Luck as vice-co-chairman of the Singapore-Jiangsu Cooperation Council (SJCC).

In the Singapore-Sichuan Trade and Investment Committee, Ng Chee Meng, Acting Minister for Education (Schools) and Senior Minister of State for Transport, will succeed Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong as co-chairman.

In the Singapore-Tianjin Economic and Trade Council, Lawrence Wong will succeed minister Khaw Boon Wan as co-chairman, while Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and National Development will succeed former senior minister of state Lee Yi Shyan as vice-co-chairman.

In the Singapore-Zhejiang Economic and Trade Council, Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth and Finance, will succeed minister Grace Fu as co-chairman.

Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance, will continue to be the co-chairman for the SJCC, and there are no changes to the Singapore-Liaoning Economic and Trade Council (SLETC) as well as the Singapore-Shandong Business Council (SSBC).

Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, and Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Manpower, remain as co-chairmen of their respective councils - SLETC and SSBC.

The business councils provide platforms for Singapore companies to network with Chinese government officials and communities. They deepen collaboration at the provincial level as well. They have also helped to strengthen bilateral relations and with the internationalisation Singapore companies, IE Singapore said.

This article was first published on Jan 28, 2016.
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