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GLOBAL ENTREPOLIS @ SINGAPORE 2012 Forum Closes with Ignited Interest in Emerging Markets, Green Growth Opportunities

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Theme of “Capitalising on Fast Changing Markets” enabled 1,200 attendees to gather insights on market opportunities from first-time participants Ukraine, Sharjah (UAE), Myanmar and Bangladesh
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Global Entrepolis @ Singapore (GES) Business Leaders Summit 2012 wrapped up its final session giving 1,200 attendees from 32 countries new insights from policy makers and corporate decision makers from established as well as newly emerging markets like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sharjah and Ukraine.
The Business Leaders Summit 2012 was complemented by forums on Asia Pacific Sustainability Leadership, Supply Chain Leadership, Growth through Franchising, the SBF SME Convention, as well as a talent development masterclass.
This ninth edition of the annual event, themed “Capitalising on Fast Changing Markets”, was presented by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), the republic’s apex chamber, and organised by SBF-PICO Events. GES 2012 underlined the growing importance of Singapore as a gateway for the exchange of ideas and business-to-business facilitation.
Mr Tony Chew, Chairman of Singapore Business Federation commented: “I am delighted to see the strong turnout of delegates from across Asia and beyond. The Global Entrepolis @ Singapore Summit 2012 has delivered on its promise of engaging and providing insights to delegates on global issues, as well as the strategies to forge ahead. I am pleased that the expanded GES programme has been well received. It has been useful in helping delegates assess the opportunities and develop useful business contacts. GES continues to be an important networking platform. It highlights the growing importance of Singapore as a gateway for the exchange of fresh ideas and solutions.”
The Ukraine Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Pavlo Sultansky said that the country participated in GES 2012 because the republic provides a “comprehensive platform and convenient opportunities for trade, investment and networking.” The Department of the State Agency for Investment and National Projects set up a booth for the first time and also shared the emerging opportunities open to the Singapore business community.
“Singapore private investors are already doing well in logistics and trade, in food processing, and real estate business in Ukraine. Investments in energy security, well-known science and technological projects also offer equally good potential,” he said. A bilateral free trade agreement and the expected conclusion of Ukraine-Singapore Air service agreement and liberalisation of travel are currently in the pipeline.
Another first time participant at this annual forum was Sharjah, one of the leading emirates and the key manufacturing hub in UAE. Commenting on the participation by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) in the event, H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal said: “Singapore has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and its government actively encourages foreign investment to diversify the State’s resources.
With the region’s leading business leaders, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and policy makers present, this forum provides an excellent opportunity for Shurooq and its counterparts to highlight Sharjah’s numerous and varied attractions,” he said.
ANZ Bank, with a banking network across 28 markets in the Asia Pacific, continued to support GES as it reflected the pulse of commerce in the region. ANZ Asia-Pacific Chief Economist Paul Gruenwald said: “As the Asia region continues to develop beyond being just a workshop for the world, we are seeing ‘Asia demand for Asian products’.
“We are seeing the demand for foreign-made luxury goods take off, reflecting a rising middle class across the region. While this trend is well established in Northeast Asia, we think that the next wave will be into Southeast Asia, which has shown its growth resilience during the financial crisis period,” he said, adding that GES 2012 provided a good platform for decision makers to enhance this understanding.
Another first time participant at the show was Sri Lanka’s Smart Media The Annual Report Company, which launched itself into Southeast Asia through GES 2012. “We see a burning desire among the top companies in the region to position themselves to a global audience as compelling investment propositions. These companies want to project their drivers of value and corporate governance more effectively,” said Chairman Dr. Vijith Kannangara.
In addition, GES 2012 conducted several programmes including the ‘SBF SME Convention 2012’, ‘Asia Pacific Sustainability Investment Forum’, ‘Growth Through Franchising Forum’, ‘Supply Chain Leadership Forum’ and ‘Selection, Development and Retention of Your Highly Talented People Forum’.
About Global Entrepolis @ Singapore
Presented by Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Global Entrepolis @ Singapore is an annual business platform which brings together a community of regional business leaders, entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals and policy makers for a series of highly focused discussions on the latest outlook on global markets, business model trends, innovative ideas and new approaches to growth in an ever shifting economic landscape.
Each year, GES gathers an outstanding ensemble of renowned international speakers who are well recognised thought leaders in their fields of expertise. Their participation and sharing of market experience and deep business acumen have contributed to making GES a must attend event for business leaders in the region.
About Singapore Business Federation
As the apex business chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) champions the interests of the business community in Singapore, in trade, investment and industrial relations. Nationally, SBF acts as the bridge between the government and businesses in Singapore to create a conducive business environment. Internationally, SBF represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral for the purpose of trade expansion and business networking. For more information, please visit our website:
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Source: Singapore Business Federation

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October 30, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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