This event was sponsored by Lien Foundation, and supported by Infrastructure Asia Singapore and Singapore Manufacturing Federation. It gathered approximately 250 people including academics and practitioners from Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Bangladesh and the United States, etc., to analyse the manners in which key Southeast Asian economies along the Maritime Silk Road are forging mutual goals and cooperation with China, especially in the fields of knowledge exchange and capacity building.
In the welcome address, Director of NCPA Prof Liu Hong said that the role Singapore can play under the BRI, goes beyond its conventional status as a global financial and trade hub. He added, "As a nexus of the maritime Silk Road, there is great potential for Singapore to collaborate with China and other ASEAN countries for not only business opportunities, but also knowledge exchange; and to build not only infrastructures, but also human capital in third countries for the benefit of all. "
The occasion also marked the official launch of the Lien Research Programme on Belt and Road Initiative, which will focus on policy-oriented topics such as the relationship between China and Singapore, cross-border philanthropy, and elder and palliative care. A new book titled "Giving to China: A Guide for Asian Philanthropists" was also released at the event. The toolkit aims to help international philanthropists and organisations navigate through regulations and cultural differences when doing philanthropy in China.