SME Convention

Opportunities in 2018

SME Convention

Opportunities in 2018

SME Convention

Opportunities in 2018

SME Convention

Opportunities in 2018

Welcome

About SME Convention

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are a significant pillar of Singapore’s economy, making up 99 percent of all businesses, employing nearly seven out of ten workers and contributing close to half of Singapore’s national GDP. A strong and growing SME community is essential to building a resilient and competitive Singapore economy.

The annual SME Convention is a carefully crafted event, dedicated to address the needs of the SME community. Each year the programmes are curated to provide SMEs with tangible information, that seeks to help SMEs build capabilities and access markets.

While the economy is easing into a state of stability, sentiments on the ground are generally still clouded with uncertainties. Instead of taking the traditional stance of waiting out to ride through the storm, there is an increasingly need for local businesses to leverage on new vehicles and tools for expansion and growth.

The theme for 2017 instalment is simple, but vital. “Opportunities In 2018" aims to equip the delegates with actionable outcomes, to better position themselves for growth.

Convention Programme

SME Convention 2017 - Opportunities in 2018

Date: Friday, 13 October 2017

Venue: Park Royal on Beach Road

Time: 0830 – 1700

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Tentative Programme
0830 Registration
0900 Welcome Remarks
By Mr Lawrence Leow, Chairman, SMEC
0905 Opening Keynote Address
By Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State (Trade and Industry)
0915 Panel Discussion and Live Poll on SMEC Budget Recommendations for 2018
Presenter: Mr Alan Tan, Director, SMEC

Panellist:
Mr Lawrence Leow, Chairman, SMEC
Mr Melvin Tan, Vice-Chairman, SMEC
Ms Audrey Yap, Chairman, SMEC Innovation Sub-Committee
Mr Kurt Wee, Chairman, SMEC CODB Sub-Committee
Mr Lau Tai San, Chairman, SMEC Internationalisation Sub-Committee
Ms Susan Chong, Chairman, SMEC Manpower & Productivity Sub-Committee

Moderator: Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO, SBF
1015 Networking Tea Break
1045 Tariff Finder and FTA trade in services
By Mr Ryan Kong, Senior Manager Trade Advisory Division and Ms Tricia Tay, Manager Trade Advisory Division, IE Singapore
1115 Future Ready HR Strategies: Internal Transformation for External Breakthrough
By Mr Low Boon Seong, Founder, Align Group
1145 Change for Good
Mr Andrew Pang, President, Design Business Chamber Singapore
1215 Networking Lunch
1330 Government Procurement Track Presentation on SBF-NUS Government Procurement Survey Findings & Panel Discussion with Industry Practitioners
Presenter: Mr Theodore Khng, President, YEAS

Panellists:
Mr Nelson Tee, President, Specialist Trade Association
Mr Chia Ser Huei, Director, Resource Management, Ministry of Finance
Mr Donny Ong, Director, SESAMi
Mr Philippe de Meneval, Trade and Competitiveness Program Leader, World Bank Group

Moderator:
Ms Irene Boey, Consulting Director, Integral Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd
1430 Demystifying Data Analytics, Big Data, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Machine and Deep Learning - Making Sense to Drive Competitiveness
By Mr Lau Shih Hor, CEO, Elixir Technology
1500 Afternoon Tea break
1530 Digitalisation in Your Business
By Mr Jeremy Budd, Chief Digital Officer & Vice President, IBM Digital Business Group
1600 Fundraising in the new economy - Challenges and Opportunities
By Mr Johnson Chen, Chairman & CEO, CapBridge Group and Mr Mohamed Nasser Ismail, Senior Vice President, SGX
1700 End
Opportunites in 2018

Convention Speakers

This year's convention will focus on opportunities for SME businesses as part of a nation-wide drive to transform the economy. Our exciting speakers line up includes representatives from the government and commercial sectors cutting across various industries.


Guest of Honour:
Ms Sim Ann

Senior Minister of State,
Ministry of Trade and Industry,
Ministry of Culture,
Community and Youth


Welcome Address:
Mr Lawrence Leow

SME Committee Chairman
Chairman / CEO
Crescendas Group


Mr Low Boon Seong

Align Group


Mr Johnson Chen

CapBridge


Mr Jeremy Budd

IBM


Mr Ryan Kong

IE Singapore


Ms Tricia Tay

IE Singapore


Mr Chia Ser Huei

Ministry of Finance


Mr Md Nasser Ismail

SGX


Mr Lau Shih Hor

SiTF (Elixir Technology)


Mr Nelson Tee

Specialist Trade Assoc.


Mr Theodore Khng

YEAS

Organiser and Partners

About the Organiser

Singapore Business Federation (SBF)

The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber that champions the interests of the Singapore business community in trade, investment and industrial relations. It represents 24,200 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers, that contribute significantly to the Singapore economy. Established on 1 April 2002 by the SBF Act, all Singapore registered companies with a share capital of S$0.5 million and above are members of SBF. Its formation was to foster a more comprehensive organisation and representation of the business community’s interests in Singapore and abroad. As the apex business chamber, SBF presents a strong collective voice that:

  • Acts as the bridge between the business community and government in Singapore to create and enhance a conducive business environment
  • Represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral fora for the purpose of promoting trade expansion and business networking in Singapore and abroad
  • Helps companies build competitiveness and resilience through capacity building initiatives and services
  • As Business Voice & Value Creator, SBF is committed to advocating key issues that impact the Singapore business community, helping enterprises develop capabilities and venture overseas.

Please click here to find out more about SBF.

Background of SME Committee

The SME Committee (SMEC) provides a platform for SMEs to discuss, research and analyse SME business issues with policymakers. Its aim is to create a business-friendly Singapore through informed perspectives and constructive resolution. SMEC's team of researchers collects data and carries out analysis to lend weight to its findings and recommendations relating to the SME landscape.

The SMEC was established on 7 December 2011 by SBF as a key platform for SME engagement on business issues, and to help SMEs build capabilities and access markets. Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Sim Ann and Minister of State for Manpower Teo Ser Luck serve on the Committee as Advisors, helping garner public sector support for SMEC’s initiatives.

Some of the work of the SMEC include the Budget Recommendations, the Fair Tenancy Framework and the Position Paper on Population.

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Terms & Conditions

** Please note that registration is subjected to confirmation and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Completion of this form indicates your interest in the convention and does not serve as confirmation. A confirmation email will be sent via email separately.

SBF reserves the right to make any amendments and/or changes to the programme, venue, speaker and/or topics if warranted by circumstances beyond SBF's control.

For enquiries, please email Jayron

Terms & Conditions

** Please note that registration is subjected to confirmation and on a first-come-first-serve basis. Completion of this form indicates your interest in the convention and does not serve as confirmation. A confirmation email will be sent via email separately.

SBF reserves the right to make any amendments and/or changes to the programme, venue, speaker and/or topics if warranted by circumstances beyond SBF's control.

For enquiries, please email Jayron