The Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the term 2020-2022, effective May 15. The announcement was made at the Chamber’s 79th Annual General Meeting, which was held via a Zoom webinar.
Dr T Chandroo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Modern Montessori International, returned unopposed, marking his second consecutive term as Chairman of SICCI. Eight new members were appointed to the board while nine members from the previous board will continue their term consecutively for the second time, bringing the total strength of the board to 17. .
The new members are:
- Maneesh Tripathi, Vice-Chairman
- Chandra Mohan Rethnam, Vice-Chairman
- Hanif Moez Nomanbhoy, Honorary Treasurer
- Muralli Rajaram, Director
- Raj Kumar S/O Perumal, Director
- Yahiya Khan, Director
- Tushar S/O Pritamlal Doshi, Director
- Saravanan Krishnasamy, Director
“We are delighted to welcome eight new members, some of whom bring decades of experience in key areas such as finance, law, and strategy implementation, that are vital to our future operations and strategy. Their counsel and expertise will strengthen SICCI’s commitment to uplifting the business community in Singapore as well as help to build deeper relationships and collaborations with both local and international trade associations and chambers. We are confident that they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to drive membership and new strategies for the benefit of our members,” said Dr T Chandroo.
In its efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, SICCI said that they are working with Enterprise Singapore and looking to set up the SG Together Enhancing Enterprise Resilience (STEER) Programme, which was recently announced by the Finance Minister for Budget 2020. STEER aims to help businesses tide over the challenges arising from COVID-19, and to push on with transformation efforts in preparation for economic recovery.
“Recognising the need to have access to deep industry expertise to drive industry and enterprise transformation initiatives, SICCI intends to launch a two-year pilot programme, Executive-in-Residence (EIR). The EIR will be deployed to companies to develop and drive long-term strategies in the areas of productivity, internationalisation and capability building. Enterprises seeking to transform can also tap the expertise of the EIRs, based on their business needs through SICCI,” said a statement from the Chamber.
“The SME Centre@SICCI and SME Centre@Little India have been instrumental in helping small and medium enterprises to grow and expand their portfolio in the local and international markets. SICCI will strengthen the capability of the SME Centres and equip them with more resources to help promising micro and small enterprises deepen their capabilities in productivity, internationalisation, and innovation, to accelerate their transformation and business growth,” the statement added.
SICCI also intends to launch a two-year pilot programme to take on the role as growth partner for promising micro and small enterprises by identifying and working with local enterprises that demonstrate growth ambition, possess good growth track records, or have scalable or unique business models, and are ready to undertake transformation plans.
They also have other projects in the pipeline, such as a business management program with courses to upgrade management skills and increase employable skill sets as well as a job placement/matching service intending to assist fresh Indian graduates encountering difficulties in securing a job.