Seizing Business Opportunities Through One Belt One Road
By Elaine ZHOU Follow | Public


The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, held from 14 to 15 May 2017 in Beijing, was a resounding success and has generated wide interest among the business community in Singapore. China’s pledge of more than US$100 billion in Belt and Road projects resonated positively with world businesses.

Singapore has always been a connector – most significantly for trade

The Belt and Road Initiative is a chance for Singapore to put itself at the heart of a new global trade ecosystem and cement the future of Singaporean business.

The opportunities arising out of the Belt & Road Initiative are tremendous, and the business community is wired to sense its potential. Business can and must take the lead. Being a connector requires us to be neutral, and look towards the wider interests of the international community. We should approach and engage, or else risk being left behind. The stakes are simply too high.

China has charted the new trajectory for trade and investments with a grand vision and ambitious long-term plans; it is timely and opportune for us to work together to achieve more. As the old Chinese saying goes, “a nine-storey tower rises from a heap of earth; a journey of one thousand miles begins with the first step.” Working together, we can progress collectively in an environment of stability, trust, confidence and prosperity.