Chamber members meet UK Prime Minister David Cameron

British High Commissioner H.E. Scott Wightman CMG hosted a reception at Eden Hall last evening to welcome The Right Honourable David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom  which underpinned the long and robust partnership between UK & Singapore.

During his visit to Singapore, Cameron was accompanied by The United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovations and Skills Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd, Minister of State for Trade and Investment Francis Maude, Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise Anna Soubry, senior officials, and two business delegations.

 

 

 

 

The Eden Hall reception was attended by Singapore Minister, Prime Minister's Office – Ms. Grace Fu; Delegates from the UK; Business Leaders in Singapore as well as Chamber members.

 

In her speech Minister Grace Fu highlighted Singapore’s resilience through the global financial crisis and citied “FutureEverything Singapore” as an example of Singapore-UK partnership.

 

FutureEverything Singapore is a weeklong digital festival - taking place from 5 to 13 September 2015 is being organised as part of the SG50 celebrations, with the aim to celebrate SG50 by envisioning the impact of technology in the future. This is a partnership between IDA Singapore and an awards winning digital company based in Manchester, UK.

 

Ms. Fu encouraged everyone at the reception to explore business opportunities both countries had to offer.

 

Commenting on the visit, the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “Prime Minister Cameron’s visit reaffirms the strong bilateral ties between Singapore and the United Kingdom as the two countries commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year,”

 

Following Ms. Fu’s speech, Prime Minister David Cameron highlighted the importance of Singapore on UK’s prosperity agenda and reflected on the historical ties between both countries. He congratulated Singapore on its 50th Anniversary and commended the country’s growth over the last five decades.

 

 

He urged everyone to look at UK in a new way citing “Britain is Back and Britain means Business” which underlines the economic growth and progress of UK amongst the G7 nations in the recent past.

 

He shared three key messages:

 

Invest in Britain: With UK being one of the most open markets in the world and a gateway to the European markets, he encouraged business in Singapore and South East Asia to invest in the UK.

 

Invest more in Singapore and SE Asia: Addressing the Northern Powerhouse Mission and British Business Leaders in Singapore, Cameron highlighted the strong trading links and relationships in the region and encouraged them to invest in Singapore and the region.

 

Take Pride in our Values: Britain and Singapore are successful because of our values and best practices in all areas whether it is innovation and creativity or human rights.

 

The Reception also showcased artwork by UK Singaporean artist Sarah Choo Jing; Singapore-based artist Boedi Widjaja and UK artist Brendan Neiland.

 

 

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