Themed “20 Years of Free Trade Agreements”, the FTA Symposium marks the 20th anniversary of the inception of Singapore’s FTA strategy, which began in 1999 with the negotiation of a comprehensive free trade agreement with New Zealand.
Gain insights from speakers and panellists on how to weather today’s global economic storm, navigate the digital marketplace, and take advantage of the opportunity FTAs provide to keep ahead in this period of rising protectionism and growing trade tensions.
Network with business leaders, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and government officials – across trade, investments, and the digital space – and explore the diverse opportunities that FTAs provide and the business case for going global.
Hear first-hand from companies that have tapped successfully on the FTAs to expand their businesses overseas. Find out more about the Tariff Finder to help you grow your exports.
This symposium will shed some light on how to weather the global economic tensions and how you can navigate the digital marketplaces with a sound FTA strategy. Discover how you can use FTAs to help you expand your business.
You will be able to build your network with other business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and government officials in this symposium.
Mr. S. Iswaran is currently the Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations. He has been elected as a Member of Parliament in five general elections since 1997. Prior to his cabinet appointment, he has served on several Ministries and Government Parliamentary Committees, and as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament. He attended the University of Adelaide graduating with first-class honours and holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard University.
Mr Gan Seow Kee is the Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific. In his 40 years with ExxonMobil, he has held various positions in manufacturing, business, planning, and finance in Singapore and the United States. He received a Medal of Commendation (Gold) at the May Day Awards 2017 for facilitating greater cooperation and commitment towards improving labour relations, and was conferred the NUS Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award 2018 for his contributions to the profession and industry. Outside of the company, Mr Gan Seow Kee is the Vice Chairman of the Singapore Business Federation and Board Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with honours from the National University of Singapore, and is a Fellow with the United Kingdom Institute of Chartered Management Accountants.
Senior Vice President and Managing Director
DHL Express Singapore
CIMB Private Banking
Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)
PwC Worldtrade Management Services
Singapore Business Federation (SBF)
We face a challenging external environment today. Weaker global demand, the ongoing US-China trade conflict and the downturn in the global electronics cycle are expected to lead to a slowdown in global trade this year. Protectionist economics, which has become more prevalent, is threatening to fragment the current rules-based multilateral trading system. Amidst an increasingly complex and volatile international geopolitical and economic environment, Singapore continues to be committed to free trade and forge economic partnerships. Learn about ways you can tap on Singapore’s FTA network to weather today’s global economic storm.
The digital economy holds tremendous potential. With 630 million people, a growing middle class and rising internet penetration, Southeast Asia’s digital market is estimated to exceed US$200 billion by 2024. Digitalisation enables small countries like Singapore to transcend our size and geography, and helps enterprises penetrate new markets. Find out more about how you can succeed in the digital economy and explore new possibilities through Singapore’s upcoming Digital Economy Agreements (DEAs).
Singapore currently has 24 FTAs with 36 trading partners. Once the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement comes into force, we will have partnerships with economies that account for more than 85% of global GDP. Our partners include large economies like the US, China, and Japan, as well as high-growth markets such as ASEAN and India. Beyond market access benefits, FTAs establish a regulatory framework that provides certainty for businesses. Understand how you can leverage Singapore’s FTAs to grow and compete globally and find out what assistance is available for companies, including SMEs, to tap on them.
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