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UNAS TIAS celebrates 70th United Nations Anniversary

Titled UNAS and TIAS celebrate United Nations 70th Anniversary Gala Dinner co-hosted by the Trade and Industry Association (Singapore) and the United Nations Association of Singapore on the 5th of November 2015 proved to be a rousing success. The event saw many honoured guests that included Minister of State Mr. Sam Tan, and ambassadors from countries such as Japan, Germany, Chile, the European Union, Russia, the Philippines, and Brazil, amongst others, as well as the dignitaries and business leaders. Performances by the children of Chen Su Lan Methodists Home and Ms. Sherman Saw, rounded out the celebratory evening.

The evening began with opening addresses by Professor Tham Seong Chee, the President of the United Nations Association of Singapore and Associate Professor Ken Pan, President of TIAS. In commemoration of 70 years of dedicated service to people all over the planet, Minister of State for Prime Minister’s office and Ministry of Manpower, Mr. Sam Tan gave a speech on the United Nations many contributions to the world, including their participation in humanitarian efforts across South East Asia, many of which were aided by staunch UN-ally Singapore.

One of the most prestigious guests that evening was Dato Sri’ Dr. Derek Goh, BBM, the self-made Singaporean entrepreneur and CEO of Serial System. The visionary businessman has been the recipient of countless awards since founding his company in the late 80s, including several Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and currently holds the title of UN Asia Pacific Most Prominent Entrepreneur. Dato Sri’ Dr. Goh, BBM, presence at the event also served as proof that the United Nation’s influence on Singapore’s economy was a positive and long-lasting one.

The final moments of the night saw our many guests in joyful celebration, before retiring to the Collyer ballroom for after-hours drinks, to continue the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that the UN promotes.

Asia Pacific Business Forum 2015

From November 1st to November 3rd, the 12th session of Asia Pacific Business Forums, held in Bangkok, Thailand, were the host to business-owners, entrepreneurs, and CEOs from all over Asia and the Pacific. Attendees included Mr. Michael Greenslade, Commissioner of the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, Mr Nirvana Chaudhary, Managing Director of the Chaudhary Group, and Mr. Chandran Nair, founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow.

TIAS, as co-organizers of the event, were in full attendance, representing the interests and perspectives of the local Singaporean business landscape. The venue, the United Nations Conference Centre, also hosted an exhibition, displaying business, goods, and services from representatives across the region, including TIAS members Gymkraft and Rev22, as well as TIAS itself. The venue provided a space and opportunity for likeminded individuals to share their business, discuss mutual problems and solutions, and discover shared strengths that would only help enhance their futures.

President of TIAS, Associate Professor Ken Pan gave gratitude speech during forum itself, amidst discussion and panels with topics of sustainable growth, environmentally-friendly businesses, and the feasibility of economic partnership within the region.

TIAS also hosted gala dinner on 2nd November for attendees of the APBF, displaying their gratitude for being given the opportunity to work on such a prestigious event. The gala dinner featured special guest Chaudhary Group MD, Mr. Nirvana Chaudhary giving insight of Nepal’s earthquake that shakes the whole nation.

Asia Pacific Business Forum 2015

The Trade & Industry Association of Singapore (TIAS) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) are collaborating to organise the Asia-Pacific Business Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum will be held at the United Nations Conference Centre from November 1st to 3rd 2015.

The Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) is the flagship regional business forum organized by UNESCAP. With its 53 Member States plus 9 Associate Members, ranging from least developed and Pacific Island countries, to countries with emerging markets, the ESCAP secretariat and ESCAP's Business Advisory Council are the driving forces behind APBF.

First launched in 2004, this event marks the 12th session of the APBF. Previous sessions of the APBF has garnered support from a diverse group of businesses, policymakers and civil society organizations from the Asia-Pacific region, and the APBF is continuing its pursuit of becoming the leading Asian-Pacific platform for public-private sector dialogue on the role and needs of businesses in achieving inclusive, resilient and sustainable development for all.

This year’s APBF focuses on the theme Driving Growth and Sustainability through Business, aiming to identify the challenges and discover the most promising opportunities for enhancing regional business connectivity, investment and partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region, within the context of achieving inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development in the region. UNESCAP’s co-organisers include the Trade & Industry Association of Singapore (TIAS), the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) of Thailand, the International Chamber of Commerce Bangladesh (ICCB), the Pacific Basin Economic Council (PBEC), the Greater Mekong Subregion Business Forum (GMS-BF), the Mekong Institute and the Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I).

TIAS as co-organisers will be showcasing the strengths of Singapore’s Marine Engineering, Education, Logistics, Technology and Food Import/Export sectors through an exhibition during the event, as well as host a gala dinner for APBF participants on November 2nd.

Celebrating National Day with our elderly at nursing homes and community hospitals

This National Day, volunteers, friends and family members all came together at Bright Vision Hospital to spend their 9th of August with the elderly. Organised by ACE Seniors in collaboration with the Trade and Industry Association (Singapore) and Pappasan, the event saw over 80 volunteers organising games and decorations for the elderly residents of Bright Vision. Smiles were abound as the residents participated in old and vanishing games such as ‘tikam- tikam’ and won various prizes.

This event was not the last, as volunteers were encouraged to not only become full-time volunteers and patrons of Bright Vision. ACE Seniors and their co-organisers also have 4 more other home and hospital visits over the next two weekends; Bethany Methodist Nursing Home on the 14th of August, Singapore Christian Home on the 15th of August, Ren Ci Community Hospital on the 16th of August and Saint Andrews Nursing home on the 22nd of August.

Singapore Trade & Industry Summit 2015

The Trade and Industry Gala Night Dinner and Award ceremony held on the 19th of May at the Resorts World Sentosa. The event was graced by our Guest of Honour, Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and President of FAS, Mr Zainudin Nordin as well as distinguished foreign delegates from the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest and our very own President of TIAS, Mr Ken Pan.

The event was a culmination of a two-day event beginning with the CEO Masterclass the previous day and a sharing session hosted by NUS before the dinner itself. The evening celebrated the accomplishments of award winners of the Singapore Maritime Distinguished awards, and TIAS’s flagship Asia Pacific Brands Award. Laureates of these awards were presented with trophies in recognition for their accomplishments.

The event kicked off with trade booths where attendees and award winners could browse the wares of TIAS’s newest partners, the Pacific Island Trade and Invest in the foyer. Various Memorandums of Understandings were signed between TIAS and its partners to mark new ventures and opportunities with them. Once the multi-course dinner started, guests were treated to a slew of performances including dancers, acrobats executing jaw dropping aerial hoop and aerial silk manoeuvres many feet in the air. The best was yet to come though, and at the end of the night, a face-changer captivated the audience with his flair and aplomb. It was a momentous occasion indeed, but a milestone in TIAS’s journey to bettering itself in order to help create bridges and bring like-minded businesses and individuals together.

TIAS CEO Masterclass

Kicking off the TIAS Trade & Industry Summit 2015, we welcomed select members of TIAS, a trade delegation from the Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT&I), as well as distinguished guests from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM) to the CEO Masterclass held at the Furama Riverfront Hotel on May 18th.

The Masterclass featured a full-day programme of presentations focused on the business and economic environment of Singapore, a platform for our members and the PT&I delegates to network and explore further business opportunities, as well as a CEO Dialogue session that provided a deeper insight into the issues and challenges that affect Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore.

The programme commenced with a welcome speech by TIAS Vice-President, Mr M Chandran, as well as a short introduction to the business opportunities in the Pacific Islands by Mr Michael Greenslade, Trade Commissioner of PT&I. Professor Philip Poh from SIPMM then provided an enlightening analysis of Singapore's economic outlook, before Mdm Susan Kheng and Mr Andrew Yeo from NUS took the stage to speak about PACT grants and working opportunities with NUS Enterprise.

The programme resumed after participants and guests were served a sumptuous lunch, with the well-received and informative CEO Dialogue session. The panel, which was comprised of local seasoned entrepreneurs, delved into topics such as staffing challenges, rising operational costs, and even the recently announced CPF contribution salary caps, was instructional in how local businesses are adapting to Singapore's ever-changing business landscape.

Following a B2B networking session between participants and the PT&I delegates, the CEO Masterclass was concluded by Dr Tan Bee Wan's speech on successful ageing. The executive chairman of ACE Seniors, Dr Tan showcased the growing market of our greying population, and how businesses can carve a niche in this market while also benefitting our pioneers, resulting in a win-win scenario.

With the support of illuminating speakers and enthusiastic participants, TIAS will be looking to organise more events such as these to benefit our members as well as partners in the future.

TIAS celebrates Christmas at the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home

TIAS brought Christmas cheer to the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home by organising a Christmas party on 18th December 2014. Goodie bags containing gifts were presented to all the children, which included colour pencils, candy, chocolates, and other tidbits. The children then participated in a colouring contest together with TIAS members, where 6 of them were given prizes for their sterling creativity

A sumptuous buffet lunch followed, with TIAS staff members serving the spread to the children. The relaxed atmosphere saw TIAS staff, the children, and their caretakers from the home mingling freely, showing the Christmas spirit of giving and sharing. TIAS also brought in carts serving cotton candy, ice cream, and popcorn, adding a carnival-like spirit to the occasion. It was a treat for the children and the adults, capping a joyous occasion.

TIAS Visit the Chia Png Children Development Home in Gothama Thapowanaya Mathika Matha Samithiya and Charity Project

Together with representatives from the United Nations Association of Singapore (UNAS), the Trade & Industry Association Singapore (TIAS) delegation visited the Chia Png Children Development Home in Gothama Thapowanaya Mathika Matha Samithiya and Charity Project, a joint project between UNAS and TIAS.

Located in the outskirts of District 1 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Chia Png Children Development Home was opened in 2012 and run by the Venerable Thapowanaye Mithabani Maha Thero in the Thapowanaya Temple. The home currently houses about 40 homeless children aged between 3 and 15, serving as a safe environment for the children to develop life skills and aiding them in finding employment and vocational training.

The TIAS delegation, led by President Ken Pan, lifted the spirits of the children by spending quality time with them, as well as bringing in more joy in the form of toys, cakes, and chocolates to share with them—things that many of us take for granted, but that brings carefree bliss to those who consider them luxuries.

Mr Ken Pan and the TIAS delegation also met with the Venerable Thapowanaye Mithabani Maha Thero during the visit, and were heartened by the warm environment the home provided for the children in need.

TIAS Delegation to UN ESCAP Asia Pacific Business Forum 2014

The Asia Pacific Business Forum 2014 (APBF) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, between 25th and 27th November. Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), this year's APBF is the 11th edition of the important dialogue and networking event held each year in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Trade & Industry Association Singapore (TIAS) was proud to be represented at the APBF by a delegation led by Mr Ken Pan, President of TIAS. The delegates met with APBF participants, leaders from sectors covering business, government, academic, civil society and other key stakeholders across the Asia-Pacific.

On behalf of TIAS, Mr Ken Pan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Business Council of Sri Lanka during the opening session of APBF. Mr Ken Pan was also invited to make a presentation during the 8th Meeting of the ESCAP Business Advisory Council, an invitation-only event at the APBF.

TIAS delegates also met with Sri Lanka's Minister of Trade Promotion, as well as Princess Asha Raje Gaekwad of the Baroda royal family, at the event. The TIAS delegation at the 11th APBF was featured on Sri Lanka's mainstream media, both print and screen. TIAS looks forward to fostering and growing business and trade relations between TIAS members and the region.

TIAS MAX! Enterprise Convention & Gala Night

Asia Business Journal, with the support of the Trade & Industry Association Singapore (TIAS), held the TIAS MAX! Enterprise Convention & Gala Night on November 16th, 2014 at Resorts World Sentosa.

The event was graced by Guest of Honour Mr Zainudin Nordin, Member of Parliament for Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC and President of the Football Association of Singapore; former Minister of State at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Ministry of National Development, Dr John Chen Seow Phun; former Member of Parliament Mr Ang Mong Seng BBM; Mr Peter Willimott of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO); and Ms Vinitha Guptan, Dean of Business School at Taylors University Malaysia.

Participants enjoyed a full program while served a sumptuous 8-course dinner, from speeches and presentations by Mr Ken Pan, President of TIAS, Mr Peter Willimott and Ms Vinitha Guptan, as well as scintillating and heartwarming stage performances. plaques were also exchanged between TIAS, WIPO, and Taylors University.

TIAS and the Singapore Numismatic Association (SNA) also announced an official tie-up, and commemorated the occasion with an exchange of mementos. The gala night ended with a silent lucky draw for all participants, followed by an after-party held at the Hard Rock Hotel to round off a lively evening.

Childrens Day Celebration At Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home

On Saturday 5th October, 2013, entrepreneurs from the Trade & Industry Association of Singapore (TIAS) in conjunction with the Asia Business Journal (ABJ) reached out to 70 children of the Cheng Su Lan Home in Serangoon Garden Way. During the Four-hour celebrations from 10am, 70 childrens from four to 18 years were treated to a sumptuous buffet lunch.

This was followed by distribution of an array of delicious cupcakes sponsored by Twelve Cupcakes and ice cream flavours of their choice handed out by an ‘Ice Cream Man’ stationed there specifically for this purpose. Elder children, especially, were encouraged by their teachers to go in for two or more flavours. Earlier, a story-telling session for regaling younger children and a boisterous soccer game for energising the elder ones inaugurated the event. Finally, cake cutting - to celebrate the children’s born in the month of September and kept for the children's tea-time – and a cheque presentation to the Home culminated the day's celebrations.

“As entrepreneurs, it is our duty to reach out for the underprivileged in society,” explained Mr Kenneth Pan, Vice-president of TIAS. “And this time, TIAS and ABJ chose to help the Chen Su Lan Home.” Earlier, the two organisations had also helped 70 senior citizens at the Lion's Home for the Elderly in Toa Payoh on February 15 this year, during the Chinese New Year festivities. In late December 2012, TIAS and ABJ had sponsored 20 teenage girls from the Marymount Home to an afternoon of fun at the Vivo City. “As befitting socially-minded entrepreneurs, we will be coming out with more activities for the marginalised in our society. “And again, from our Heart, sharing with them our gains” said Kenneth.

A Special Christmas for the Children of Marymount Centre

Concluding a fruitful 2012, TIAS remembered the less fortunate in the season of thanks giving and sharing. On 28th December 2012, members of TIAS were given the wonderful opportunity to do their part for society in reaching out to the underprivileged children of Marymount Centre.

The children, aged between 7 to 15years old, were taken on an enriching experience at Vivo City Mall where they were treated to an enjoyable lunch and given the opportunity to shop for their Christmas Wish List of “Needs and Wants”.

This, as indicated by Ms Tan Poh Cheng, director of Marymount, “gave [the children] a feeling of being special and empowered with decision making.”

“Most of them come from low income families whose families cannot afford to bring them shopping often and at our Home, they can shop with a smaller budget once in a long while. So it is really a very different feeling they have this time,” she added.

Through this event, TIAS was touched by the gratitude of the young children who shared laughter and joy throughout the day. TIAS looks forward to giving back to our various communities through more opportunities in 2013. For involvement in community development with Trade & Industry Association (Singapore), please contact us at +65 62506998, or write in to,

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