Prime Minister of Singapore meets Australian business leaders at Asia Society Australia
Asia Society Australia hosts a special Leaders on Asia business briefing with Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.
Asia Society Australia yesterday hosted a special Leaders on Asia business briefing with Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong, as part of his official visit to Australia.
His Excellency, Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, was accompanied by his wife, Mrs Lee Hsien Loong; Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan; Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Gan Kim Yong; Mr Albert Chua, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Singapore, High Commissioner to Australia Anil Kumar Nayar; Ms Foo Mee Har and Mr Saktiandi bin Supaat, Members of Parliament.
The Australian delegation included executives of the leading Australian businesses in Asia;
- Mr Stuart Fuller, Chairman, Asia Society Australia; Global Head of Legal Services, KPMG
- Mr Philipp Ivanov, CEO, Asia Society Australia
- Ms Renae Lattey, Chief Executive Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
- The Hon Will Hodgman, High Commissioner of Australia to Singapore
- Ms Kellie Parker, Chief Executive,Australia, Rio Tinto
- The Hon Warwick Smith AO, Senior Managing Director, Kansu Capital
- Mr Anthony Pratt, Executive Chairman, Visy Industries
- Ms Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, CEO, Optus
- Mr Mike Cannon-Brookes, CEO, Atlassian
- Mr William Cox, CEO, Aurecon
The interactive briefing focused on regional and global economic outlook, geopolitical competition, and opportunities to grow bilateral trade and investment in energy, resources, services and technology sectors.
Prime Minister and the delegates reaffirmed strong bilateral business ties, shared views on economic and geopolitical situation in the region and discussed opportunities for Australia and Singapore to collaborate in the emerging sectors of the economy.
Singapore and Australia are natural economic partners. Singapore is Australia’s largest trading partner in ASEAN. Both nations are world leaders in digital trade governance through the Australia-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement which entered into force on 8 December 2020. Singapore and Australia are also focussed on opportunities presented by the global transition to green economy. Singapore is also a major hub for Australian companies operating in the region, as well as Asia’s financial capital.
The briefing in Sydney provided a platform to explore immediate and long-term commercial opportunities for the two nations in a rapidly changing region. Asia Society Australia as the leading business and policy think tank and membership organisation dedicated to Asia was honoured to host Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and convene this dialogue.