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An Equal Future Only in 2235!?!

A professional womens’ association celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) in March with an ALL-MALE panel discussion BASED on current trends, it will take 217 years before women will achieve equal financial parity. In the pursuit for an equal future, PrimeTime Business and Professional Women’s Association (PrimeTime) have started a conversation on the role of male allies and how they can contribute to the #pressforprogress movement, the only women’s organisation in Singapore to have a deliberately all-male panel for IWD. The event “An Equal Future”, took place on 8 March 2018, and was organised in conjunction with International Women’s Day, and...

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Nongsa Digital Park Will Boost Batam’s Digital Economy

ON Tuesday 20th March 2018, Minister for Foreign Affairs HE Dr Vivian Balakrishnan visited Batam to officiate at the launch of the first three buildings in the Nongsa Digital Park, together with Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Retno Marsudi. The Nongsa Digital Park is a commercial project in Batam which will host IT companies and digital talents from Indonesia, Singapore and across the Southeast Asia region. In his speech at the launch, Dr Balakrishnan (who spoke in Malay) highlighted that Singapore remains the largest cumulative investor in KEPRI (acronym for Kepulauan Riau or Riau Islands). “In fact, the...

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President Jokowi Visit – Behind the Scenes

His Excellency offered some interesting insights into the organisation of this Retreat during the 50th anniversary of Indonesian and Singapore diplomatic ties by HE Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya The Leaders’ Retreat is preceded by a meeting at the ministerial level as well as meetings at the working group platform. So, we have working groups trying to finalise the agendas and  everything has to go through them before  another meeting at the ministerial level takes place. For this visit, it was very important for our leaders to discuss follow-ups of what have already been agreed to in the last Leaders’ Retreat Semarang, Central Java last September. Then there were talks related to renewed sector cooperation where our two countries can work together based on leveraging each other’s potential. The ministerial level meetings took place in Jakarta in July 2017 and Singapore was represented by Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr Lim Hng Kiang, and Indonesia by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution. At that meeting, the two ministers witnessed the signing of the MOU on the establishment of the Indonesia and Singapore Business Council. After 50 years, this is the first time we have had such a business council. Regarding preparations for the Retreat…these were kicked off from the month of January this year. We are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations so this year’s retreat was meant...

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