A CONFERENCE in Singapore late next month aims to give firms some timely guidance before the Asean Economic Community is launched at the end of the year.
The Malay Muslim Business Conference, which aims in particular to help smaller companies and entrepreneurs explore business options within the region, will feature key policymakers and business leaders.
These include former Singapore ambassador Ong Keng Yong, also a former secretary-general of Asean, and Mr Mohamed Salleh Marican, founder and chief executive of Second Chance Properties, the first Malay-and-Muslim- owned firm to be listed on the Singapore Exchange mainboard.
Mr Anis Mohamed, a committee member at the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is organising the event, hopes the conference will prove a “launch pad for budding entrepreneurs” by promoting opportunities for meaningful networking.
He noted that participants will be using an event app called Bizzabo, which allows them to stay in touch with one another through private direct messaging.
Chamber chairman Akbar Abdul Kader said the conference aims to attract everyone – young or old and regardless of race or nationality – who is interested in business.
Last year’s conference drew an estimated 450 participants, with around 40 from Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia.
This year’s event will be held on May 28 at Raffles City Convention Centre.
Members of the public can register through the chamber’s conference website: www.mmbc-smcci.sg