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The Asia-Pacific Conference on Financing for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

ESCAP, in partnerships with the International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC Bangladesh) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under the patronage of the Government of Bangladesh will hold the Asia-Pacific Conference on Financing for Inclusive and Sustainable Development” at InterContinental Hotel in Dhaka on 10-12 December 2019. The national chapter of ICC in Bangladesh will also celebrate its 25th anniversary and ICC Centennial at the conference.


The conference will bring together policymakers, private business and financial sector, international organizations, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders. This meeting will include over 800 participants from throughout Asia and the Pacific and other regions. Other key partners apart from the above co-organizers will include the Alliance of Financial Inclusion (AFI), the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Trade & Industry Association Singapore (TIAS), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the World Bank/International Finance Cooperation (IFC), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other relevant agencies. The ESCAP Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) and its Task Forces on Banking and Finance as well as Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction will provide critical inputs to the conference.

The government participants will come mostly from Ministries of Finance, Planning, SDG/Climate Change Commissions, securities and exchange commissions, and public financial institutions.

India's 71 Republic Day Reception

The High Commission of India in Singapore put up a grand reception to celebrate the 71st Republic Day of India which falls on January 26. H.E. Jawed Ashraf is celebrating his third and last official Republic Day in Singapore.


Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, Members of Parliament Ms Jessica Tan, Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Rear-Admiral Lew Chuen Hong, Chief of Navy, friends of India, Indian diaspora and Singaporeans were among the more than 1500 distinguished guests at Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore.

UNAS TIAS celebrates 70th United Nations Anniversary

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 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.