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International Advocacy: SBF's participation in the 2017 Asia Pacific Services Symposium

3 Oct 17 - SBF participated at the 2017 Asia Pacific Services Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Symposium featured the APEC Group on Services (GOS) Public-Private Sector Dialogue on “New Technologies and the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap” and the 2017 Asia Pacific Services (APSC) 3rd General Meeting.


3 October 2017 [Singapore] -As part of its international advocacy mandate, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) – represented by Mr Ho Meng Kit, Chief Executive Officer – participated at the recently concluded 2017 Asia Pacific Services Symposium on 2-3 October 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The said Symposium featured the APEC Group on Services (GOS) Public-Private Sector Dialogue on “New Technologies and the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap” and the 2017 Asia Pacific Services (APSC) 3rd General Meeting.

Mr Ho, who is also the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)’s Champion on Services, delivered the Opening Remarks during the Opening Ceremony on 2 October 2017. In his speech, he highlighted the enormous benefits of the services sector in generating income, employment and economic opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. With technology advancement, these benefits could be further increased, as it will allow many services providers, especially women and small businesses, to participate in global valude chains. Many small businesses are in the Services sector.

In line with this, Mr Ho called for the institutionalization of the Public-Private Sector Dialogue (PPD) on Services as a regular platform where both policy makers and other relevant stakeholders (e.g. businesses, academia, etc) can exchange information and insights on challenges and needs of both businesses and governments. The PPD on Services is a crucial step in putting the APEC Services Competitiveness Roadmap into action and fruition, which should be a shared responsibility of all relevant stakeholders in the process.

ASPC 3rd General Meeting 2017 Media Release

Introduction by SBF CEO at ASPC Symposium

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