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 10th year as the President of Singapore Business Group.

Looking back at 2021, it has been an eventful year. It started with the inauguration of Joe Biden in January. Kamala Harris became their first female, Black and South Asian Vice-President. In February, the coup d’état in Myanmar saw the toppling of the popularly elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. America pulling out their troops in Afghanistan in April after nearly 20 years of conflict.

In 2021, Supply Chains became a household term. Businesses have assumed for decades that outsourcing production was the key to success. Then there was COVID-19. It revealed one of the drawbacks of supply chains: shortages and stoppages far away lead to shortages and stoppages closer to home. When the pandemic initially struck, factories shut down and many businesses reduced inventory to avoid being stuck with unsold items. However, when vaccines became accessible in 2021, customer demand skyrocketed, leaving many enterprises short on parts and supplies. All businesses globally experienced this on an unprecedented level. Relief to this problem is still nowhere near in sight.

Covid 19 vaccines arrived as the virus started to mutate. Just when the world thought that the Delta variant could be put under control, Omicron took the world by storm. Following a rebound to an anticipated 5.5 percent in 2021, global growth is expected to slow to 4.1 percent in 2022, owing to prolonged COVID-19 flare-ups, less fiscal support, and persisting supply bottlenecks.

Vietnam’s 2021 was by far the most challenging to date. While Vietnam was praised around the world for containing the pandemic in 2020, the Delta variant proved to be too much to handle, resulting in stringent lockdowns, industrial interruptions, and supply chain disruptions.

While most western countries suffered an excruciating 2020, Vietnam’s 2021 was harsh with the pandemic hitting Vietnam’s GDP hard. In Q3 2021, Vietnam recorded its first-ever negative GDP, since 2000 affecting businesses and its people significantly. Nevertheless, Vietnam rebounded in the last quarter and had achieved an amazing 2.58% growth while most of world’s economies were in the red. While most economies are still dealing with an ongoing covid surge or the aftermath, the business sentiment in Vietnam still remained strong followed by positive GDP growth in the foreseeable future.

For 2022, Vietnam’s government has forecast GDP growth of 6 to 6.5 percent. For us at SBG, we had a challenging 2021. With the social distancing measures in place most part of the year, we had switched to conducting more webinars events in place of physical networking sessions and forums. And that had also set the pace for us to continue conducting webinars and hybrid events (physical event with live streaming) moving forward. To continue enforcing our focus on helping businesses, we had also formulated two business-focus sub-committees (led by our members) – F&B Sub-com and Startup Sub-com. More such sub-committees are incubated as we speak. It would be an exciting ride into the new year.

We look forward to seeing all of you in our coming events.

On behalf of Singapore Business Group, we will like to wish our Patron, Corporate Sponsors, Members and Associates a healthy and prosperous year of the Tiger.

Norman Lim

President, SBG

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. ELIAS ABRAHAM

(Interim) Vice President

Elias is the Managing Director of ZIM Shipping Line in Vietnam. ZIM, founded in 1945 and headquartered in Haifa (Israel), is ranked among the Top 10 global shipping lines. ZIM is a veteran shipping liner, with decades of experience providing customers with innovative seaborne transportation and logistics services, a reputation for industry-leading transit times, schedule reliability and service excellence.

Elias holds a Post Graduate Degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and spent over half of his 22-year shipping career in Vietnam, aside from stints in India, Sri Lanka and the US. In Vietnam, Elias served as APL’s Regional Director for SE Asia/Oceania (2016-2017) and Managing Director in Vietnam (2011-2015). Elias was also a Board Member of Vietnam International Container Terminal (VICT) from 2011 till 2016. While in Sri Lanka (2007-2011), he served as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Association of Vessel Operators (SLAVO).

Elias is a Singapore citizen and resides in Ho Chi Minh. Elias is an SBG Exco member over the past three years and currently Chairs SBG’s Supply Chain Sub-Committee.

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. DANIEL LIM

Committee Member

Daniel is an architect trained in the USA and had 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 RSP Vietnam for the past 15 years, until end Jul 2021.

Thereafter, Daniel started his own boutique Architecture practice in Vietnam, called InForm+ mainly to do selective design works for familiar Clients.

He had been a member of SBG for more than 13 years and served in the executive committee since the AGM in 2014. From 2016, Daniel was elected as one of the Vice-President and 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. 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.

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 SECRETARIATS

MS. TRISTYN

Pham Ngoc Phuong Thao (Ms. Tristyn)
Senior Marcom Executive
Email: thao.pham@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)

Event & Marketing Executive

Email: vy.tran@sbghcm.org

MS. HANIE

Ha Dang Thuy Hien (Ms. Hanie)

Marketing Officer

Email: hien.ha@sbghcm.org