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The event is by invitation only.

Synopsis

EuroCham Singapore is excited with the news that EU Commissioner Thierry Breton and Singapore Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations S Iswaran have agreed to sign a Digital Partnership between the EU and Singapore on 1 February 2023 in Brussels. They reaffirmed their shared ambition to bring the robust and longstanding EU-Singapore relationship into the digital realm and expand bilateral digital cooperation and trade as like-minded partners.

In the margins of this signing ceremony, EuroCham Singapore will organise a physical Business Forum and Networking Reception in Brussels. This forum and reception will be an opportunity for the business community to be engaged with the officials of DG CNECT; DG Trade and the Singaporean Ministry of Trade and Industry and explore how companies will benefit from the partnership.

About the Digital Partnership

The Digital Partnership is intended to provide an overarching framework to strengthen digital connectivity and interoperability of digital markets and policy frameworks and facilitate digital trade between the EU and Singapore. It aims to advance cooperation on the full spectrum of digital issues, including digital economy and trade, as well as key enablers for the successful digital transformation of our societies and economies.
Issues that may be addressed include secure and sustainable digital infrastructure, trusted data flows and data innovation, digital regulations, the development of digital skills for workers, and the digital transformation of businesses, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and of public services.

In addition, the Digital Partnership will pave the way for cooperation in new and emerging areas with transformative economic potential – such as 5G/6G, Artificial Intelligence, or digital identities.
This partnership should reinforce the people, business and trade links between the EU and Singapore and maximise the benefits of the digital economy for our communities. The Digital Partnership will also contribute to the development of a global architecture of interoperable standards at regional and multilateral settings and benefit workers and businesses engaging in digital trade and electronic commerce.

 

Programme

1.00 pm (CET) Doors open

1.30 pm (CET) Plenary session

  • Welcome Remarks Prof F. Sciaudone, Managing Partner of Grimaldi Alliance
  • Opening speech of President of EuroCham (Singapore)
  • Keynote speech of Mrs Renate Nikolay, Deputy Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, EU Commission
  • Keynote speech of Mr Iswaran, Minister for Transport and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations of Singapore

1.50 pm (CET) Fireside Chat

Minister Iswaran and Mrs Renate Nikolay engage in a dialogue with the moderator, Mr Javier Espinoza, Financial Times.

2.30 pm -3.30 pm(CET) Networking Reception

The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.

To confirm your participation, please send an email before 30 January 2023 to nele.cornelis@eurocham.org.sg

 

Speakers

Mr S Iswaran
Minister for Transport and
Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations of Singapore

Mr S Iswaran joined the Singapore Administrative Service in 1987. He served in the Ministries of Home Affairs and Education, was seconded to the National Trade Union Congress, and later to the Singapore Indian Development Association as its first Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Iswaran was Director for International Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in the lead-up to Singapore’s hosting of the WTO Ministerial Conference in 1996.

He then joined the private sector, as Director for Strategic Development at Singapore Technologies Pte Ltd. Later, as Managing Director at Temasek Holdings, he undertook investments, takeover, buy-out and merger transactions in the pharmaceuticals, biotech, hi-tech manufacturing, transport and logistics sectors.

Mr Iswaran has been elected as a Member of Parliament in six General Elections since 2 January 1997. Prior to his appointment to Cabinet in 2006, he served on several Government Parliamentary Committees, and as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament from September 2004 to June 2006.

Mr Iswaran is currently the Minister for Transport, with responsibilities spanning land, air, and sea transport. Key focus areas include rebuilding the Singapore air hub and the safe reopening of air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic; strengthening Singapore’s maritime hub; and building a reliable, sustainable, and inclusive land transport system. Mr Iswaran is concurrently Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations at the Ministry of Trade and Industry where he oversees various bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. Mr Iswaran has also held Ministerial positions in the Ministry of Communications and Information, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Ministry of Education.

Mr Iswaran read Economics at the University of Adelaide and graduated with First Class Honours. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

 

Renate Nikolay
Deputy Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology,
EU Commission

From November 2014 to November 2022, she served as Head of the Cabinet of Vĕra Jourová, now Vice-President for Values and Transparency and before Commissioner for Justice and Consumers. Renate Nikolay has been working on matters such as rule of law, media freedom or disinformation.  She also played a key role in the adoption of the data protection reform, the negotiations on an EU-US data transfer arrangement, the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor and the Code of Conduct with platforms on online hate speech. Between 2011 and 2014 she led the Unit of interinstitutional and international relations in DG Justice dealing with legislative files and international negotiations such as the ones with the US on data protection in law enforcement. Prior to that she was advisor in the Cabinet of the first High Representative / Vice President Cathy Ashton where she led on the relations with the European Parliament in setting up the European External Action Service and on relations with Asia, in particular China. From 2004-2009 she was member of the Cabinet of the Trade Commissioners Peter Mandelson and Baroness Cathy Ashton where she was part of the negotiating team in the trade talks in the multilateral trade round of the World Trade Organisation (the Doha Round) and the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement which was finalised in 2009. She started her career in the European Commission in the Directorate General for Trade in November 2003 dealing with the accession negotiations of Vietnam to the World Trade Organisation and the Trade Policy Committee with the Member States. Prior to that she was a diplomat in the German Permanent Representation in Brussels and worked as private Secretary to the German G7 Sherpa in the German Ministry of Economics. She holds a law degree (Erstes und Zweites Staatsexamen) from the Free University in Berlin and a master as a Fulbright Scholar in Washington DC. She was also an Erasmus Scholar in France/Grenoble.

 

Federico Donato
President of EuroCham Singapore

Federico is Executive Director at Credit Suisse Wealth Management Asia

Pacific. A senior banker with extensive experience in the wide spectrum of the wealth management industry and an expert in family business, Federico advises Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, MNCs, Institutions and Pension Funds, besides managerial duties.

He is the President of the European Chamber of Commerce Singapore and a board member of private companies and institutions: Biqem Group, Singapore Business Federation, and UN Global Compact Singapore. Federico also serves as an advisor in several entities including the EU ASEAN Business Council Supervisory Board, ACCORD -Advisory Council on Community Relations (Ministry of Defence, Singapore) and the National Wage Council (Ministry of Manpower, Singapore). Previously he served as President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and as Vice President of Assocamerestero in Rome (the apex body of the Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad).

Federico graduated in financial markets at Bocconi University and was visiting student at Stern School of Business, New York University.

 

Venue Partner

Francesco Sciaudone

Managing Partner Grimaldi Alliance

Francesco Sciaudone is , inter alia, the coordinator of the EU, antitrust and administrative law department of the Firm. He assists on a regular basis, Financial Institutions, Public Administration Offices, multi-national companies and groups, both in the context of judicial and out-of-court matters. He is admitted to practice law before national and European higher courts.

Francesco Sciaudone has an extensive and specific experience in administrative law, both for regulation and authorization purposes. In particular, Mr. Sciaudone is highly qualified in assisting the public administration, public companies, works and public services concessionaires, private operators and EU institutions, especially in the following areas: infrastructures, transports, public procurements, environment, urban planning and organization, authorization procedures, public services, energy, project finance, telecommunications and water service.

Furthermore, with reference to the real estate sector, the multi-disciplinary skills with which Mr. Sciaudone is endowed, concerning urban planning, construction, environmental and regulatory issues, were developed while assisting, for a decade, private operators such as limited companies, asset management companies (SGR) open-ended investment companies (SICAV), investment funds, as well as public operators during the development phase or acquisition of projects.

Francesco Sciaudone is one of the experts selected by the European Commission on “cohesion policy interventions” and “justice, freedom and security”.

In particular, Francesco Sciaudone assisted several companies within the context of projects for the acquisition and transfer of participations and assets, with specific reference to aspects pertaining to regulatory/authorization issues (due diligence activity), in the matter of antitrust (notification of concentration operation) and in the matter State aid.

 


 

The event is by invitation only.

To confirm your participation, please send an email before 30 January 2023 to nele.cornelis@eurocham.org.sg