In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) collaborated with Stratagem Group to jointly organise the Sino-Singapore Dialogue themed “BRI 2.0: Reboot, Re-energise and Re-strategise held on 6 April 2023 at the Shangri-La Tower Ballroom.Scholars and international speakers from Singapore, China and Southeast Asian nations convened at this momentous event to review BRI's successes and chart global development trends and future priorities.
The dialogue session saw a good turnout of around 200 attendees, including notable experts such as Mr Lim Chee Onn, Chairman of the Lien Ying Chow Legacy Fellowship Council; Mr Zainul Abidin Rasheed, Member of the Board of Trustees of NTU Singapore; Professor Lam Khin Yong, Vice President (Industry) of NTU Singapore; Professor Liu Hong, Associate Vice President, International and Director of NPCA (Research and EDP), NTU; Associate Professor Wang Jue, Director of NCPA; and distinguished Singaporean Lien Fellows, who graced the occasion with their presence.
Eminent guest speakers included Dr Zhong Feiteng, Director of the Office of Great Power Relations Institute of Asia Pacific and Global Strategy Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Mr Ho Chee Hin, Chief Executive Officer of Business China; Mr Chen Xiang, Vice President of China Enterprises Association (Singapore) and Deputy General Manager of Bank of China Singapore Branch; and Dr Pham Sy Thanh, Director of the Center for Chinese Strategic and Economic Studies in Vietnam. The session was moderated by Mr Douglas Foo, Chairman of Sakae Holdings Limited and a Singapore Lien Fellow himself.
At the session, Dr Zhong Feiteng highlighted the achievements since the inception of BRI, emphasizing the significance of infrastructure connectivity in facilitating trade and financial flows and the invaluable support from China's expertise in this regard.
Mr Ho Chee Hin pointed out the positive impact of BRI arising from the development of the regional infrastructure construction, citing Singapore's active participation with numerous BRI projects initiated between Singapore and China, which wouldin turn promote greater trade and development opportunities locally and in the region.
Mr Chen Xiang emphasised the importance of active participation from the local small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals for mutual benefits. Dr Pham Sy Thanh acknowledged the role of BRI in facilitating connections between the Chinese market, various countries and other regions, enabling further deepening engagement among the multiple parties.
The dynamic two-hour dialogue session featured insightful deliberations on the wins and potential of BRI, paving the way for continued growth and development of BRI 2.0 in the next decade to come.