AT A GLANCE

The Singapore Business Group HCM City Chapter (SBG HCMC) is a non-profit organization established on 9 August 1992 by a small group of Singaporean doing business or working in Vietnam.

Since then, it has evolved from a social club with a membership of 30 individuals into a premier business group with membership strength of more than 300 members and is growing.

Besides organizing monthly social networking sessions amongst various business communities, seminars on law and other business related topics, SBG also undertakes charity projects to help the less fortunate in Vietnam.

Since 2001, SBG has set up an educational fund from proceeds of an annual charity golf event to provide scholarship for the needy and deserving Higher Secondary school and university students. To date, 2,795 such students had benefited from this scholarship.”

VISION & MISSION

OUR VISION

To be a caring, cohesive, and reputable premier business group in Vietnam.

OUR MISSION

To actively foster business relations with other business communities whilst promoting social, cultural, recreational, educational and charitable activities.

OUR OBJECTIVES

  • To act as a source of assistance and guidance for Members.
  • To gather and disseminate relevant information and legislation to Members.
  • To organize seminars and dialogues on relevant business-oriented topics of interest to Members.
  • To promote social, cultural, recreational, and educational activities for its Members and their families.
  • To participate in public and charitable activities for the benefit of Members and the general public.
  • To undertake any other activities that are consistent with the Association’s objectives within the laws of Vietnam.
  • To set up Chapters in various cities and provinces in Vietnam to carry out the objective of the Association.
  • To promote business relations amongst members as well as with Vietnamese enterprises, foreign business entities and business associations.
  • To organize regular networking functions amongst its Members with other business entities, business associations and competent authorities.
  • To co-operate with competent authorities in seeking Members’ feedback on laws, regulations and procedures relevant to enhancing the attractiveness of Vietnam’s business environment.

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT

It is my pleasure to address our Patron, Partners, valuable Members and Associates in my 9th year as the President of Singapore Business Group.

Looking back at 2020, it has been a roller coaster ride as we seen the heights of the global pandemic infections. Over 77 million people worldwide have been infected, and the number of deaths has crossed 1.7 million. The economic impact of the pandemic will take long to mitigate. Global stock markets saw their fastest decline in history in February March, with the worst sessions seeing 12-13% falls. Overall this is the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

We will also remember the US presidential election of 2020, among other things. Covid, economy, a divided society, Biden came into office with his hands full. On the diplomatic front, he has much work to do with the bilateral relations and the on-going trade war with China.

Britain formally withdrew from the European Union on Jan 31. But it wasn’t until Christmas that the two sides could arrive at a trade agreement. Studies have shown that UK’s GDP might drop up to 4.5%, and per capita income up to 10%.

We also saw Australia’s worst natural disaster. Nearly 186,000 sq km was burnt, and over a billion wild animals killed in the fires that raged since July 2019 to March 2020.

Back home in Singapore, we saw how we braced the full impact of covid-19 on increasing transmissions and the worst economic recession since our independence. As the pandemic stymied our economy and impacted livelihoods, our government unveiled an unprecedented pandemic-related measure to almost $93 billion or 19.2% of our GDP to support Singaporean in this battle.

In our host country, we saw how Vietnam has proven to the whole world that through resilience and unity, Vietnam has become a bright spot in the world in controlling the covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, Vietnam also successfully performed the roles of ASEAN Chair 2020, President of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-41), and non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure, actively making contributions to the building and shaping of multilateral institutions.

As the global economy fell into severe crisis due to the impact of COVID-19, Vietnam was one of only a few countries to maintain economic growth, with GDP rising 2-3 percent. The economy has seen a number of bright signs, such as a record trade surplus of more than 20 billion USD and 2,500 foreign-invested projects worth nearly 15 billion USD. About 180,000 new companies were set up or existing companies resumed operations, up 0.9 percent year-on-year. The disbursement of public investment posted the highest increase in the 2011-2020 period, of more than 90 percent.

Moving into 2021 will be a year of recovery globally. The roll out of vaccines has brought hope and light to the end of the tunnel. Economically, it is heartening to see that businesses across many sectors are improving. As a business group, we are here to support our members in this challenging time. Singapore Business Group is excited to announce that we have formed a new work group – F&B sub-committee; that comprises of leaders and experts in the food manufacturing, retail sectors. This work group is to band together like industry companies to find synergy and at the same time to be a platform for potential F&B investors from Singapore to Vietnam. We will roll out more sub-committees in the near future to help members (and potential members) in other sectors to gain traction and ride the wave of the economy uptick.

On behalf of Singapore Business Group, we will like to wish all a healthy and prosperous year of the Ox.

Norman Lim

President

Singapore Business Group

Mr. Norman LimPresident

SBG EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER

MR. NORMAN LIM

President

Norman Lim has been in Vietnam since 2007. He has previously head two Fortune 500 MNCs, spearheading their businesses in Vietnam from scratch. With his vast Green field experience, he is now working for Metkraft Ltd (a Fisher Barton company) as their President with responsibility over their manufacturing operations and to expand their commercial footprint in Asia Pacific. He has joined SBG Exco as an Executive Member since 2008 and took rein of the chair in 2012. He has worked relentlessly with his team of Exco to bring value and more business focus activities to our members. He is also very active in CSR activities. As a PADI certified Master Instructor, he has been an active marine life conservationist in his previous tour of work in Brunei. And now he has taken over the baton to continue raising Education Funds (an SBG initiative) to help poor but deserving students in and around Ho Chi Minh City to continue their studies.

MR. DANIEL LIM

Vice President

Daniel is an architect trained in the USA and worked in RSP Architects Planners & Engineers for more than 26 years.

He was seconded to head RSP Vietnam office in Nov 2006 and had been working full-time in Vietnam for the past 14 years.

He had been a member of SBG for 12 years and served in the executive committee since the AGM in 2014.

He is part of the Members Relation Team and was involved in preparation and planning of some of the major events of SBG in the past few years.

He enjoys meeting up with new acquaintances, and seeing the Singaporeans build a close working and community spirit with the Vietnamese and expatriates of other countries in Vietnam.

He hopes to be able to meet up, mingle and get to know everyone at the events organized by SBG.

MR. DIXON OH

Vice President

Dixon; Oh Gek Soon is a Singaporean businessman based in Vietnam for almost 21 years since year 2000. He is currently the CEO of Eagle Trading & Logistics Co., Ltd. He is also the Board Member of Aquarius Vietnam JSC and Aquus JSC.

Prior to his current post, Dixon held senior management responsibilities in a number of Singapore-based regional companies. Dixon was first posted to Vietnam as General Director of the Vietnam operations of AP Oil International Ltd, a Singapore mainboard-listed company.

Prior to Vietnam, Dixon worked in a number of countries in East Europe, Middle-East, Africa and Southeast Asia.

MR. SECK YEE CHUNG

Vice President

Seck Yee Chung leads Baker McKenzie’s M&A, TMT and Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, practices in Vietnam. He is ranked as a leading and recommended lawyer in the Corporate, M&A and TMT practices in Vietnam by various league tables (Chamber Asia, IFLR1000, Asia Pacific Legal 500, etc.).

He has dealt with a wide range of investment projects and major M&A deals. He advises and assists on investment, corporate, commercial and compliance/competition matters.

This includes foreign direct investment, market access and licensing, private and public M&A, commercial contracts and terms of use, data use, privacy and management, competition and merger filing, anti-corruption compliance, promotions and marketing, over a diverse range of sectors, including technology, e-commerce, to consumer products, food and beverages, healthcare, manufacturing, and industrials.

MR. JEFFERY LEE

Honorary Secretary

Jeffery Lee is always searching for local talent in Vietnam since November 2010 due to his involvement in the Executive Search and HR Consulting Services of A8 Resource Co., Ltd. in developing a talent pool for foreign-invested and domestic enterprises.

In addition, Jeffery and his staffs are continuously working to support clients as a HR Business Partner providing Payroll Services and EoR Outsourcing in manufacturing, IT, financial and business services industries.

As of now, he is focused on the collaboration with Growth Consulting Asia Pte Ltd to introduce the Five Dimensions of the Growth Mindset © in Vietnam.

MR. JASON YEO

Honorary Treasurer

With more than 15 years of experience in the banking industry, Jason is a passionate believer that sales is the ultimate of great service. In 2011, he won the national Excellent Service Award (EXSA) Championship, a coveted award for the banking industry in Singapore. Jason now heads up Channels and Digitalization for UOB Vietnam since 2016. He supported in the incorporation of UOB Vietnam subsidiary in 2018 and opened the first branch in Hanoi a year later, the beginning of a new chapter outside Ho Chi Minh City.

With a relatively young population and rapid economic developments in Vietnam, Jason’s focus is to develop a comprehensive network, service and digital strategy to better serve the community and facilitate Foreign Direct Investments into the country. Jason is known to be a people’s person and passionate in championing corporate social responsibility initiatives, specifically in helping less fortunate children to develop their talents. Jason took over as Honorary Treasurer for Singapore Business Group in 2017.

MR. ELIAS ABRAHAM

Committee Member

Elias is the Managing Director of ZIM Shipping Line in Vietnam.

With 75 years of heritage, ZIM, headquartered in Haifa, Israel – ranks among the Top 10 shipping lines globally.

Elias holds a Post Graduate Degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS). Elias spent over half of his 20 year shipping career in Vietnam. He was APL’s Regional Director for SE Asia/Oceania (2016-2017) based in Singapore and served as APL’s Managing Director in Vietnam (2011-2015) and Sri Lanka (2007-2011). Elias was a Board Member of Vietnam International Container Terminal (VICT) from 2011 till 2016. While in Sri Lanka, he served as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Association of Vessel Operators (SLAVO). Elias had also worked in India and the US.

Elias is a Singapore citizen and resides in Ho Chi Minh. Elias has served in SBG Exco over the past two years.

MR. KEN ANG

Committee Member

Ken has been living in Vietnam for over 19 years. He is the Technical Director for United Paints Company which supplies equipment, 3M automotive products and OEM paint to automotive assembly factories. He has been an Executive committee member since 2004.

MR. KELVIN ANG

Committee Member

Kelvin Ang, Singaporean and been living in Vietnam 13 years. He is the founder of ILW EVENT Company since 2015. In ILW, we make it our priority to understand our client’s objectives, working alongside clients from concept to completion to create a unique and memorable event. We pride ourselves on delivering a great service to each and every one of our clients, large and small.

MR. AJAY PANOT

Committee Member

Ajay Hiralal Panot has been member of Singapore Business Group for 18 years. He is General Manager at Raptakos, Brett & Co Ltd where he has joined since August 1987, and he has worked in Vietnam since November 1991 till date. Ajay was the Chairman of the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam (INCHAM) from 2000 to 2006. Being part of the Executive Committee for the term 2018-2020 and 2020-2022, he will support team to organize various business and cultural events.

MR. TERRY TAN

Committee Member

Hello, my name is Terry Tan and I am the Director of Leong Lee International and Tree Marine which is involved in energy commodities and marine logistics, power and agribusiness.

I specialize in business development and advisory consultancy and have been focusing on bulk cargo and coastal wind projects in Vietnam, especially in the southern region of Vietnam.

I travel quite a lot and during times when I am not travelling, I prefer to spend time with my family and friends. I feel that work is important however it is how we contribute to our friends, family and society that defines us.

I am humbled and happy to be part of SBG EXCO and I look forward to any opportunities to serve and contribute to my fellow countrymen.

MR. CALVIN H J YAU

Committee Member

First elected as SBG ExCo: 13th of September, 2018

Calvin H J Yau is the advisor to Board of Management cum Chief Strategy Office of Vietnam Gateway Securities JSC (VGW).  Currently, he also serves as the director of companies in smartcard & payment solutions, leisure, food processing and investment advisory.

He has previously held as Executive Chairman at Funan Securities Corporation (FNS), senior management positions at Interfood Shareholding Company, a public listed company in HoChiMinh City Stock Exchange (HOSE) from Malaysia foreign invested enterprise and its subsidiaries, AVA Food Shareholding Company and Interfood Packaging Shareholding Company.

MR. LEON CAI

Honorary Advisor

Leon is the Regional Director of Enterprise Singapore (ESG). He is concurrently the Consul (Commercial) of the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Ho Chi Minh City.

ESG is the government agency championing enterprise development by helping them build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. ESG also support the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and start-ups.

Leon joined ESG since 2013 to develop assistance programmes for SMEs. He started the Plug & Play Network (PPN) in 2017 to provide easy market-access for enterprises looking to expand into SEA, China and India. Leon started his career with Unilever Singapore as a Trade Marketer. Prior to joining ESG, Leon was with Sime Darby doing sales & marketing in APAC region.

MS. HUANG XIAOWEN

Honorary Advisor

Xiaowen is the Regional Director of Enterprise Singapore (ESG). She is concurrently the Vice-Consul (Commercial) of the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore in Ho Chi Minh City. ESG is the government agency championing enterprise development by helping them build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. ESG also support the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups.

Xiaowen joined ESG since 2014 to help build the capabilities of SMEs in Singapore. In particular, she worked closely with SMEs in the healthcare sector, and helped to grow the healthcare startup ecosystem. She started a number of programmes with the public healthcare clusters in Singapore to support medtech startups in commercialising their products and kickstarting their businesses. She also worked with private healthcare players to support them in growing their businesses. Prior to joining ESG, Xiaowen was with SingHealth, Singapore’s largest group of healthcare institutions, supporting the smooth running of hospital operations.

SBG SECRETARIAT

MS. EMILY

Nguyen Phan Phuong Thao  (Ms. Emily)

Senior Marcom

Email: thao.nguyen@sbghcm.org

MS. ELLY

Vo Ngoc Quynh Tran (Ms. Elly)

Senior Finance and Administrator

Email: tran.vo@sbghcm.org

MS. VICKY

Tran Ngoc Phuong Vy (Ms. Vicky)

Marketing Officer

Email: vy.tran@sbghcm.org