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On 1st December 2015, Tuesday, EuroCham is proud to hold an event especially dedicated to Human Development Strategies in ASEAN.

The upcoming regional integration of ASEAN raises the question of potential unity within the great variety of religions, cultures and political systems across ASEAN countries. This might reminds us of the unification of the European Countries, “unity in diversity”.

However, the ASEAN starting point and ambition for regional integration is not to copy the model of the European Union but to draw some lessons from the European experience. Indeed, the E.U. might provide a legal framework for work and higher education, as European management represents a culture of leadership and indeed a philosophy of capitalism.

For this special event, representatives from major European companies and Universities of Singapore have been invited to share their insight on the successful initiatives coming out of the European experience of economic integration and to share transferable principles and practices with ASEAN stakeholders.

The evening began with a closed-door dialogue between Minister Chan Chun Sing, Secretary-General of NTUC and Minister in Prime Minister’s Office, and EuroCham members.
This part of the event is by invitation only.

Then, EuroCham announced the publication of the White Paper: Human Development Priorities for the ASEAN Community and to celebrate, a cocktail will follow the one-hour presentation and objectives of the White Paper.

The White Paper is an initiative taken by the members of EuroCham’s HR Committee as the result of exchanges concerning the opportunities and challenges of ASEAN Economic Integration. Once the idea to produce a White Paper decided, EuroCham invited the European Foundation of Management Development (EFMD) to contribute as a partner in carrying out a survey and interviews in Europe.

The objectives of EuroCham and EFMD White Paper are to assess how the European experience of economic integration could contribute to human development policies for ASEAN and to suggest opportunities and priorities for specific initiatives.

Event agenda:

Part I

3.45pm Arrival and registration of participants

4.00pm Dialogue between Minister Chan Chun Sing and EuroCham members (by invitation only)

Part II

5.30pm Official launch of the HR White paper

6.30pm Cocktail Reception

About the Minister:

Mr. Chan Chun Sing is currently the Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and Minister in the Prime Minister Office.  On 1 October 2015, Mr. Chan was appointed Deputy Chairman of the People’s Association.  He relinquished his previous duties in the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and Ministry of Defence on 9 April 2015 to join NTUC full time.  At MSF, he was responsible for improving social service delivery, enhancing social safety nets and strengthening support for families in Singapore.  On 8 April 2015, the NTUC Central Committee unanimously elected him to be NTUC Secretary-General from 4 May 2015 to help strengthen labour leadership at NTUC and the link between the Labour Movement and the Government.  He was re-elected as the NTUC Secretary-General by the NTUC National Delegates’ Conference on 29 October 2015.