Singapore business summit involves envoys from 18 countries; HCI Jawed Ashraf to deliver keynote speech

Singapore-based publishing company Sun Media will commemorate its 20th anniversary with a multinational investment conference on May 22 at the Fullerton Hotel.  

The World Opportunities Forum (WOF) will see 18 countries represented by their ambassadors and high commissioners present the latest on business opportunities, policies, and next steps for investments. This is the first time that the diplomats will collectively present information to CEOs, SMEs, entrepreneurs and investors, reflecting the event objective of using Singapore as a hub to Create, Connect and Cross invest.

HE Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India, Singapore, has always highlighted the potential and desire for partnership between India and Singapore. As at the Inspreneur Summit last year, he will be speaking on investment opportunities in India at the WOF. Photo: Connected to India
HE Jawed Ashraf, High Commissioner of India, Singapore, has always highlighted the potential and desire for partnership between India and Singapore. As at the Inspreneur Summit last year, he will be speaking on investment opportunities in India at the WOF. Photo: Connected to India

According to HE Jawed Ashraf, Indian High Commissioner to Singapore and WOF Panelist, “Singapore is an ideal place to hold this event as it is one of the most globally integrated and open countries in the world and therefore, the Forum presents both opportunities around the world as well as opportunities to advance economic relations in this region.”

He will be the main speaker in the Keynote Session of the forum on 'India presents opportunities in the age of disruption'. 

The WOF is presented by Sun Media Pte Ltd to commemorate its 20th year as a custom publishing house that specialises in creating newsletters, magazines and content. Sun Media has worked with more than 50 foreign diplomatic missions in Singapore and the region since 1999. It is supported by Enterprise Singapore, the Singapore Manufacturing Federation and the Singapore Business Federation. “While contemplating how to celebrate this milestone, we zeroed into something that has remained consistent and constant in all the countries we have been promoting, and that is, attracting the investment dollar. Investment binds nations, businesses, people and changes lives,” said Nomita Dhar, Managing Director of Sun Media.

Nomita Dhar, Managing Director of Sun Media
Nomita Dhar, Managing Director of Sun Media. Photo courtesy: Sun Media

The publisher and Editor-In-Chief based in Singapore added that the forum is a means to find ways to Connect, Create and Cross invest for a larger good in today’s world of disruption.

India is the Partner Country for the Forum and the other participating countries are Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Finland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Asia Europe Foundation. Together, they will present valuable market intelligence and insider’s information.

“We think that the Forum is going to bring opportunities in Saudi Arabia for Singaporeans who are interested in investing and doing business or having projects over there. We are going to talk about these projects and opportunities in the Forum,” said HE Saad Saleh I Alsaleh, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Singapore, who will be taking part in the session on Saudi Arabia's 'Vision 2030 & Next Steps for Investors'.

The envoy added that his country is hoping to see more businessmen and women and companies coming and sharing their views about what they are hoping to see in Saudi Arabia and also what they are willing to do for the country.

HE Saad Saleh I Alsaleh, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Singapore
HE Saad Saleh I Alsaleh, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Singapore. Photo courtesy: Sun Media

The tailor-made sessions on the countries will focus on the Investment Climate, Policy & Projects and The Next Steps, making accessible, a unique platform where diplomats, policymakers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders will come together to create opportunities for growth.

V Srivathsan, Managing Director/ CEO, Africa & Middle East, Olam International, will be speaking in a panel discussion on 'Africa, the next Investment Frontier' involving representatives from Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa and Singapore companies.

“Connecting and Cross investing is the hot topic of the day, and we at Olam are very excited to participate and support this forum. Personally, I am looking forward to hearing the various speakers and also share my two bits in my panel,” he said.

V Srivathsan, Managing Director/ CEO, Africa & Middle East, Olam International. Photo courtesy: Sun Media
V Srivathsan, Managing Director/ CEO, Africa & Middle East, Olam International. Photo courtesy: Sun Media

The Guest of Honour for the event is Mr Douglas Foo, president of Singapore Manufacturing Federation and Nominated Member of Parliament. The sessions will be moderated by Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman, Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Mr Johan Burger, Africa Specialist & Lecturer in African Studies (Singapore and South Africa), Mr Vikram Khanna, Associate Editor, The Straits Times, Mr Rahul Pathak, Associate Editor, The Straits Times, Mr Shivaji Das, MD & Partner, Frost & Sullivan, Asia Pacific and Mr Syed Mohamad Alsagoff, Middle East Specialist & Partner-Yamako Pacific & IConsilium Pte Ltd.

Ambassador Ong Keng Yong. Photo courtesy: Sun Media
Ambassador Ong Keng Yong. Photo courtesy: Sun Media

Ambassador Ong said, “It is an event to zero in on potential prospects and, moving forward, this Forum can be an avenue to create more than what we have today.”

Ambassadors and high commissioners from 18 countries will present the latest business opportunities for investments to companies and entrepreneurs at the forum.

World Opportunities Forum 

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Venue: The Fullerton Hotel, Ballroom 1, Singapore

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