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In this April issue:
 CALL FOR RESPONSES: EU-SINGAPORE FTA SURVEY 
The EUSFTA was entered into force on 21 Nov 2019 and is the first FTA signed between the EU and an ASEAN country.  The EUSFTA should benefit businesses from improved market access, including the elimination of customs duties, greater access to services sectors, and the reduction of technical and non-tariff barriers. They should also have more opportunities to participate in government procurement projects in the EU, and benefit from enhanced Intellectual Property Rights protection, amongst others.

As the EUSFTA has now been in force for 16 months, EuroCham is keen to understand the impact of the agreement on your business and industry.  If the agreement is applicable for your business and if so how you use it? according to your point if view, where are the gaps in the agreement?   As such we are seeking you feedback in this survey. The results of this survey will be shared with EU and Singaporean authorities and stakeholders to highlight the impact of the EUSFTA.

We are also seeking an understanding of your expectations of the new Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement which was signed last year on November 15. 

Please note that the deadline for the survey is the 12th of April If you have any questions please feel free to reach out at info@eurocham.org.sg

All responses to this survey will be handled with discretion and will only be used for the purposes of this survey. We are compliant with current data protection laws: The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) & Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA).
Fill in the survey here
RESULTS ARE OUT: FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE & WELLBEING REPORT 2021
The European Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) conducted a survey on the Future of Healthcare & Wellbeing over the period of Jan - Mar this year.  

The respondents of this survey were from Singapore-based European organisations relevant to the sector of healthcare and wellbeing. The purpose of the survey was to assess these companies’ initiatives and strategies, as well as to better understand their perceptions of Singapore's healthcare system.

We are grateful to everyone who has participated and we welcome the sharing of this report
RESULTS ARE OUT: DP HOLDERS WORKING UNDER A LOC REPORT MARCH 2021
This  survey conducted by the European Chamber of Commerce (Singapore) and supported by 12 European Business Groups in Singapore) surveyed 266 individuals from various industries and organisational types. The aim of the survey was to assess the potential impact of upcoming changes in legislation which previously allowed Dependent Pass holders to be employed under a Letter of Consent. The intention of the survey is to raise awareness of the impact of the new legislation and the concerns it has brought to the community.

Use the link here to consult the report.
EUROPE BUSINESS SUMMIT 2021
Europe Business Summit with the President of the Republic of Singapore

On 5th March 2021, EuroCham held the Europe Business Summit with Guest of Honour, Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore at The Fullerton Hotels & Resorts.

We would like to thank our guest of honour, speakers and moderator, President Halimah Yacob, H.E. Barbara Plinkert, Mr Federico Donato and Haslinda Amin for the insightful speeches and meaningful discussions about climate change, fair global trade and sustainability.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, BNP Paribas, GEMS World Academy (Singapore), Fresenius Medical Care, Airbus and Evonik and all those who attended physically and virtually for making this event possible.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021

Strictly open to EuroCham Members only. 
Please RSVP your attendance via the registration link by Friday, 16th April 2021
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Programme

3.00 pm Registration
3.30 pm Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Federico Donato, President of EuroCham Singapore

3.35 pm Welcome Speech

  • H. E. Barbara Plinkert, EU Ambassador to Singapore

3.40 pm Keynote Speech

  • Mr. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry

4.15 pm AGM Agenda 
5.30 pm Board Meeting
6.00 pm End


Regular Corporate Members who are interested in standing for election to the EuroCham Board 2021/2022 are invited to complete the below Nomination Form and send it to EuroCham’s office on or before Thursday, 15th April 2021 (article 6.II(b)).

Nomination Form - Corporate Board Member
Register Here (Members only)
UPCOMING EVENTS
Webinar: The Future of Autonomous Vehicles



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Date:  7 April (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Venue: Online

SDG Webinar Series: A conversation with Mr. Tim Brooks, Vice President, Sustainability at The LEGO Group

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Date:  29 April (Thursday)
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm (SGT)
Venue: Online

Physical Event: Annual General Meeting 2021
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Date:  29 April (Thursday)
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Venue: Grand Hyatt Singapore

The safety of all attendees is our top priority.  All events are online until further notice.
We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will implement
further precautionary measures as and when announced by the government.
NEW BOARD MEMBER 
Dr Sinuhe Arroyo
Board Member
Representing Spanish-Singaporean Chamber of Commerce (SpanishCham SG)
President, SpanishCham SG and CEO & Founder of TAIGER
NEW GOLD MEMBER
Airbus is a global aerospace leader. Airbus has been successful in Singapore in every area of its business, including commercial aircraft, defence, space and helicopters. The company has developed a strong local presence primarily focused on high-value services, with the Airbus Singapore Campus serving as its regional hub. Located at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park, the new campus covers an area of 51,000 square metres. Beyond the commercial achievements, Airbus has incorporated several companies in Singapore that focuses on regional customer support, maintenance and training operations. They include Airbus Services Asia Pacific, which manages the company’s customer support activities for operators in the region, the Satair spare parts hub for Airbus aircraft for operators in the Asia-Pacific and the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC), a joint venture with Singapore Airlines. Learn more here: https://www.airbus.com/
NEW MEMBERS
As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Its portfolio includes Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark bourbon, Courvoisier cognac, as well as Legent bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese whisky; Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch whisky; Hornitos and Sauza tequila; Haku vodka; Sipsmith and Roku gin; and On The Rocks Premium Cocktails. Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. For more information Beam Suntory’s brands and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit www.drinksmart.com. Learn more here: www.beamsuntory.com
Navozyme is an award-winning maritime technology scaleup on an ambitious mission to accelerate the transformation of the global maritime industry. With partnerships and support from a diverse set of international maritime leaders (e.g. MPA Singapore, MARINA Philippines, Port Authority of Barcelona, Maersk Drilling, American Bureau Shipping, Bureau Veritas to name a few), Navozyme has developed some of the world’s first blockchain-enabled solutions for Ship Registrations, Port Clearances, Marine Pollution and Seafarers’ Training Certificates. Navozyme’s clients include a wide range of maritime organisations like Port Authorities, Shipowners, Maritime Training Centres, Crewing Agents, Ship Agents, Marpol Operators and more. Benefits for clients include: stronger regulatory compliance decreased safety risk a reduction in the carbon footprint enhanced data security large productivity gains. Learn more here: www.navozyme.com
The Spanish-Singaporean Chamber of Commerce (SpanishCham SG) is a non-profit association recognized officially by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and is a consultative and collaborating body of the Government of Spain. Our main aim is to facilitate, promote and increase bilateral business relationships between Spain and Singapore and strengthen the collaboration among the members, offering a wide range of services to support companies in both markets. The SpanishCham SG has an extensive network of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce all over the world, which gives the opportunity for its members to expand their businesses locally and internationally. Learn more here: http://spanishchamsg.org/
Hybrid Event: Europe Business Summit with the President of the Republic of Singapore


 
5 Mar - EuroCham held the Europe Business Summit with Guest of Honour, Madam Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore at The Fullerton Hotels & Resorts. Also in attendance were H.E. Barbara Plinkert, Mr Federico Donato and Haslinda Amin who gave insightful speeches and were part of a meaningful discussion about climate change, fair global trade and sustainability.
Webinar: The Impact of COVID-19 for SMEs in the E-Commerce Space: How to protect your business from the overwhelming amounts of counterfeit products online?
 
8 Mar - In this webinar, EuroCham Singapore in collaboration with the South-East Asia IP SME Helpdesk, discussed the new developments of online counterfeit sales and useful tips to promptly take down the infringing products from E-commerce platforms, together with SME owners, e-commerce service providers, and international Intellectual Property experts.
Webinar: Closed-door discussion with MSE and Industry Professionals on EuroCham Sustainability Whitebook 2020 (Clean and Efficient Energy Position Paper)
 
11 Mar -  In this webinar, EU and Singapore policymakers and industry representatives shared on latest policies and actions undertaken to tackle the industrial challenges, co-develop opportunities and policy responses when it comes to the talent and skills gaps in important industry ecosystems.
Physical Event: Digital Trends in 2021



 
11 Mar -  On 11th March, our moderator and speakers, Mr Paul Galante, Dr Antonio Feraco, Ms Claudia Chan, and Mr Steffen Endler, had a meaningful discussion with the attendees on topics like edge AI, and automated artificial intelligence, operational models and the changing work environment as well as the regulatory aspects in these areas.
Webinar: Financing Singapore’s Healthcare Needs
 
18 Mar -  In this session of the Best Practice Sharing Sessions, EuroCham explored a more sustainable healthcare financing mechanism for Singapore, based on stakeholder capitalism, investing for social impact, and more effective risk-pooling mechanisms.
 
Webinar: Leading Culture Transformation During Covid-19
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Date: 31 March (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Venue: Online

Webinar: The Future of Sustainability

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Date:  31 March (Wednesday)
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Venue: Online

Webinar: Ask Me Anything: From Business Decisions to Vaccines
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Date: 8 April (Thursday)
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Venue: Online

 
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