Orient Magazine Issue 87 - June 2022 - Page 7

Message from the President
Message from the President
Damian Adams President , British Chamber of Commerce Singapore Damian @ britcham . org . sg
Dear Members ,
I am delighted to write my first Orient Magazine message to you as newly elected President of the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore , particularly as we focus on the post-Covid significance of the Chamber for our business and wider British community .
At the AGM in April , we were delighted not only to have welcomed Minister for Manpower , Dr Tan See Leng for a dialogue with our members , but also to have been able to report a solid trading performance during yet another challenging year . As we move forward into a more normal state of business activity , I am both pleased and proud to welcome the incoming elected Board of the Chamber , who will help to shape this post-pandemic growth . A very warm welcome to all new Board members , and a thank you to our continuing Board members . Congratulations to Haslam Preeston for being elected as Vice President , and to Nick Magnus for stepping up as Secretary .
My three priorities during my tenure as President build on the incredible work that the Chamber and the executive team have delivered over the last two years of Covid-constrained activity .
First , I want to continue to drive the financial sustainability of the Chamber and , in particular , to enable members to get back to as much in-person networking as possible . I am extremely excited to see the number of physical events going into the calendar , alongside a continued program of virtual events and webinars . Second , is to champion our engagement with both the Singapore Government and the UK Government . The Chamber has in recent years made huge strides to develop this , which I intend to continue to evolve , to ensure that we have even more meaningful and effective conversations to represent your business in the community , and to continue to support the SG-UK Partnership For the Future .
Finally , as was mentioned at the AGM , our contract with the Department for International Trade to support new market entrants to Singapore came to an end in March of this year . I will be working with David , the Board and the executive team to build a new platform , to ensure that we can once again provide this important service as part of an integrated model to support UK companies ' ambitions to do business in Singapore and the fastest growing middle-income market , ASEAN .
Thank you to out-going President , Richard Warburton , for his superb support , not only as President of the Chamber from 2019- 2022 , but also for his long-standing membership of the Chamber and nine years on the Board .
I look forward to seeing you all at a networking event in the near future .
Kind regards ,