25-28 March, 2019

Trade Mission to Singapore

Locate new customers and find new partners in South East Asia

Trade Mission to Singapore

Come and explore Singapore with other C-Level Executives as a guest of the International Trade Council. Learn about doing business, explore the market, gain exposure to the business culture, meet with potential customers and find new partners.

This years Trade Mission will have a focus on automation, infrastructure, smart cities, information technology, telecommunications, block chain, data-analytics and Internet of Things (as well as service providers and manufacturers who support companies in those fields).

Trade Mission Starts in:

Why Participate?

This Trade Mission will also include an ‘All Access Pass’ to Internet of Things – Asia (“IoT Asia”).  The IoT Asia exhibition, conference and workshops will address the needs and interests under these segments – Smart Cities, Industrial IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Data Analytics and Enablers.

Direct access to high-level business and government officials suited to your needs

Pre-arranged business-to-business meetings

Unparalleled networking opportunities with the local business community

Hands on and up-to-date market information

Foreign market intelligence and troubleshooting

Beneficial intra-group exchanges

Educational and cultural experiences

Positive effects of International Trade Council Trade Missions include higher sales revenues, lower procurement costs and better sourcing, education, cultural/international business savvy, preparedness, professional development, visibility/goodwill and perspective. An additional benefit is that the mission participants develop close friendships among themselves and a useful, professional network.

Who Should Participate

Mission participants will be selected from companies involved with smart cities, industrial automation, IoT, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, blockchain, data analytics, smart retail solutions, smart business solutions, computer hardware manufacturers, mobile solution providers, remote monitoring, satellite services, virtual reality, industrial wearables, smart lighting, advanced manufacturing, drones/UAV, robotics, information technology, software development, supply chain management – and the service providers who support these sectors. Participants from other industries may be eligible on a case-by-case basis.

Who Will You Meet?

The Trade Mission aims to bring participating foreign companies into contact with potential agents, importers, distributors / wholesalers, retailers, joint venture partners, licensees, local businesses, and government agencies in Singapore. (Trade Council own contacts in Singapore exceed 13,200 C-Level executives. IoT Asia forecasts 180 Sponsors & Exhibitors, 8,000 Corporate / Trade Attendees and 100 Speakers.)   All attendees will be provided with a series of 1-on-1 appointments with companies and contacts appropriate to their target market (both at IoT Asia and Trade Mission-only events on the 2 days prior to IoT Asia).

Early-bird discounts available at only $1125 USD*.

Further discounts available for Trade Council members**.

Why Singapore?

Singapore has a unique position in the global economy and a pivotal role as a business epicenter in the heart of Asia. The city-state has been consistently acknowledged as a global business hub – one that features developed infrastructure, political stability, open business policies, a skilled workforce, the use of English as the main working language and respect for intellectual property rights.

Singapore’s status as a Smart Nation is internationally recognized and is an indisputable leader when it comes to smart mobility, safety, healthcare and convenient administrative services. Visit https://www.smartnation.sg/ to find out more about Singapore Smart Nation.

Direct Access to 3 Billion People

Despite its small size Singapore sits astride one of the most important geostrategically important locations in the world, making it possible for businesses to access a market of 3 billion people within a few hours flight. It is the economic gateway between East and West as one of the world’s most important trade routes – on the Malacca straits. It is also home to the world’s largest transshipment and logistics port.

World Renown

Strong trade and investment makes Singapore the most competitive Asian country and the world’s easiest place to do business. 26,000 international companies and 154,000 small and medium local enterprises call Singapore home. Business owners all over the world regard Singapore as an ideal location to grow their businesses, with many of them using the country as a springboard to tap into other emerging markets in Asia.

Technologically Sophisticated Infrastructure

Singapore’s desire to create the world’s first ‘Smart Nation’ highlights the emphasis placed on infrastructure by the governing authority. The ‘Smart Nation’ program is envisaged, created and delivered by the Government with the aim of harnessing technology to the fullest to “improve the lives of citizens, create more opportunities, and build stronger communities”. Utilising technology to better serve citizens’ and expatriate workers’ needs manifests itself in many innovative creations such as the Beeline App, which creates new transport routes based on commuter’s demands, or organised hackathons designed to offer young technologists the challenge of solving technologically advanced problems. On a purely pragmatic level, the city’s physical infrastructure is also exceptional with a highly-developed integrated transport system consisting of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains, buses and taxis. Singapore was voted as having the world’s best infrastructure in a 2013 survey undertaken by consulting firm Mercer for the Wall Street Journal, surveying 221 cities and using factors such as: traffic congestion, availability of flights from local airports, quality of public transportation and availability of water.

Leading the Adoption of IoT in Asia

Your Ideal Business Partner

Due to a limited domestic market, Singapore companies set their sights beyond the city’s shores. Their extensive experience of doing business in the region and the world has enabled them to evolve into excellent business partners with a strong track record of delivering integrated solutions and high quality products. English is the official language of administration and commerce, making Singapore conducive for business. The city-state’s reputation for transparency, pro-business policies, trusted legal and corporate governance systems means you can be assured when you partner a Singapore company.

Pro Business Environment

Singapore has a unique position in the global economy and a pivotal role as a business epicenter in the heart of Asia. The city-state has been consistently acknowledged as a global business hub – one that features a responsive and business-savvy government, developed infrastructure, political stability, open business policies, a skilled workforce, the use of English as the main working language, world class services from a leading financial center and respect for intellectual property rights.

Free Trade Agreements

Singapore is Enterprise Greenhouse. Singapore has signed numerous free trade agreements (FTAs) in the past years and currently has the most extensive FTA network in Asia. FTAs remove the barriers to trade and investment, thus creating a freer flow of goods, services and people. Singapore’s network of FTAs now includes 21 bilateral and regional FTAs in force and 41 Investment Guarantee Agreements.  These agreements facilitate business and trading across borders and make it less costly for Singapore firms to expand their operations internationally.

Singapore Global Rankings

Singapore is consistently ranked highly in international surveys. Some of its most recent accolades include:
  • #1 city with the best investment potential: BERI Report 2015-I
  • #2 in the world for the Easiest Place to Do Business: Doing Business 2018 Report, World Bank
  • #2 most competitive economy in the world: Global Competitiveness Report 2015–2016, World Economic Forum(GCR 2015-2016, WEF)
  • #1 Best business environment in Asia Pacific and the world: Business Environment Rankings (BER), The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • #1 in Asia and 5th worldwide for Best logistics supply chain performance: Logistics Performance Index (LPI), World Bank
  • #1 in Asia Pacific and the world for Best global innovation: Global Innovation Index 2015, Innovation Input Sub-Index
  • #1 in Asia and 2nd in the world for Best intellectual property protection: GCR 2015-2016, WEF
  • #1 in Asia and 8th in the world for Least Corrupt Economy: Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, Transparency International
  • #1 Most transparent country in Asia and in the world: GCR 2015-2016, WEF
  • #1 Top of BERI’s Labour Force Evaluation Measure: Labour Force Evaluation Measure (LFEM) report, BERI 2015-II
  • #7 in Asia for most motivated workforce: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015
  • #10 in Asia for best skilled labour: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015
  • #1 in the world for best labour/employer relations in Asia: GCR 2015-2016, WEF
  • #2 in Asia for best quality of life: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015

Trade Mission Schedule

Throughout the day

Arrival at Singapore Changi Airport

Arrival of participants from their various countries of origin.
Throughout the day

Hotel Check-in

Trade Council staff will be on-hand at the hotel throughout the day to assist mission attendees as they arrive.
7:30AM - 7:45AM

Assemble at lobby of Orchid Hotel

The Trade Mission Staffs will meet all the delegates at the lobby of Orchid Hotel, 1 Tras Link.
7:45AM - 8:00AM

Transit to TKP Conference Center

Trade Mission Staffs and Delegates will take a transit to TKP Conference Center, 137 Cecil Street.
8:00AM - 9:00AM

Networking breakfast

Distribution of delegate welcome kits and free networking breakfast.
9:15AM-09:30AM

Welcome speeches and formal remarks

Opening Ceremony will start with the welcome speeches and formal remarks from International Trade Council and Trade Mission Staffs.
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Panel Discussion “Doing Business in Singapore”

Mission Attendees are invited to listen to experts from the Singapore Government, Chambers of Commerce and top corporations in Singapore speak on the following topics:
  • Economy of Singapore
  • Incentives for doing business in Singapore
  • Modes of market entry
  • Singapore as a gateway to Asia
  • Singapore as a logistics hub
  • Understanding the business culture
10:30AM-10:45AM

Tea break

Take a break and mix with panelists and other Mission Participants.
10:45AM - 12:30PM

Panel Discussion Continued… “Doing Business in Singapore”

The Continuation of the Panel Discussion in the morning.
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch

Free networking lunch + appointments with meeting scheduler
1:00PM - 5:00PM

Pre-Scheduled 1:1 Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
6:00PM-7:30PM

Optional Free Tour of Singapore

A free and optional walking tour of the city for those with energy to burn.
8:30AM - 5:00PM

Pre-Scheduled 1:1 Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant. (Meetings taking place outside of ‘Internet of Things – Asia’)
8:30AM - Midday

Day 1 – Internet of Things ASIA

Day 1 - Internet of Things ASIA + Match Making Meetings + Opening Ceremony + Individual Workshops, Round-Tables and Conferences
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Centre Stage: Smart City Focused Day
  • Unplugged Stage: Fireside Chat Sessions
  • Arena Stage: Start-up Sessions
  • Tech-Space: Institution, Partners & Govt. Agencies Sessions
  • Workshops
  • Plenary Sessions:
    • Track A
      • Optimising Retail Channels
      • Creating Customer-Centric Fulfilment
    • Track B
      • Go-To-Market Round-Tables
      • Tech Round-Tables
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch break

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Day 1 – Internet of Things ASIA (Continued)

Day 1 - Internet of Things ASIA + Match Making Meetings + Opening Ceremony + Individual Workshops, Round-Tables and Conferences
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Centre Stage: Smart City Focused Day
  • Unplugged Stage: Fireside Chat Sessions
  • Arena Stage: Start-up Sessions
  • Tech-Space: Institution, Partners & Govt. Agencies Sessions
  • Workshops
  • Plenary Sessions:
    • Track A
      • Optimising Retail Channels
      • Creating Customer-Centric Fulfilment
    • Track B
      • Go-To-Market Round-Tables
      • Tech Round-Tables
8:30AM - Midday

Day 2 – Internet of Things ASIA

Day 2 - Internet of Things ASIA + Match Making Meetings
  • Opening Segment
  • Centre Stage: Industrial IoT Focused Day
  • Unplugged Stage: Fireside Chat Sessions
  • Arena Stage: Start-up Sessions
  • Tech-Space: Institution, Partners & Govt. Agencies Sessions
  • Workshops
  • Plenary Sessions:
    • Track A
      • Tackling Asia’s Fulfilment Challenges
      • Moving Towards Future-Proof Fulfilment
    • Track B
      • Go-To-Market Round-Tables
      • Tech Round-Tables
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch break

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Day 2 – Internet of Things ASIA (Continued)

Day 2 - Internet of Things ASIA + Match Making Meetings
  • Opening Segment
  • Centre Stage: Industrial IoT Focused Day
  • Unplugged Stage: Fireside Chat Sessions
  • Arena Stage: Start-up Sessions
  • Tech-Space: Institution, Partners & Govt. Agencies Sessions
  • Workshops
  • Plenary Sessions:
    • Track A
      • Tackling Asia’s Fulfilment Challenges
      • Moving Towards Future-Proof Fulfilment
    • Track B
      • Go-To-Market Round-Tables
      • Tech Round-Tables
9:00AM - 11:00AM

Optional Briefing and Goodbyes @ ITC Office

A small gathering at the ITC Office. Departures scheduled throughout the day for different international destinations. Arrangements can be made for additional sight-seeing for those departing late

Benefits of Attending

Benefits Package

Mission Participants will benefit from:

A pre-mission interview with our market experts to better understand your business objectives

2 day 'All Access Pass' to the 6th edition of IoT Asia

Full access to Trade Council and IoT conferences and workshops

Participation in panel discussions and business round-tables aimed at providing information on the Singapore marketplace and answering any questions that you may have.

Development of a list of qualified contacts / potential partners according to your interest

A minimum of 5 pre-arranged 1:1 business-to-business meetings with select organizations

Access to ITC office for use for business meetings

Access to ITC booth at IoT Asia for business meetings

Welcome pack including: market intelligence, name badge, mission program and detailed contact list of Singapore-based buyers, agents and product managers attending the Mission

Multiple networking events

Full access to private delegate welcome breakfast and ITC scheduled networking events.

All Day Free Dining at IoT Asia at Eureka2 in the Exhibition Area (27th & 28th March)

In-market briefings and panel discussions

Full page company profile in the Trade Mission brochure

Dedicated eBlast to companies in Singapore about your visit

Press release production and distribution about attending the Trade Mission (and IoT Asia)

Assistance with logistics and guidance on Singaporean customs

Pre-mission briefing webinar

Services of experienced Trade Mission managers

Discounted booth space - should you with your own exhibit booth at IoT Asia

Post-mission followup briefing

Support for the Mission

Scheduled One-to-One Meetings

Prior to the Trade Mission you will be contacted by an accredited International Trade Council Export Consultant who will work to understand your business, your market potential and your desired target audience. They will then with work with SingEx to jointly set appointments for you (both from the Trade Council’s own extensive contact list and from those attending IoT – Asia). We also strongly advise that you also use any contacts you may have or are looking to establish, to arrange your own meetings. Businesses that have the most success on our missions have always done a mix of meetings they have sourced as well as those arranged via the Council.

Pre-Mission Web Conference

A webinar briefing will be held at least two weeks prior to the Trade Mission. The briefing will provide market information and advice on how to do business in Singapore. It is also an opportunity to connect with other participants in advance of the Mission and discuss the Mission logistics.

Shared Market Intelligence

Businesses attending the Trade Mission will have different levels of experience in the market.  Those new to the market will benefit from the experiences of others.  Members of the Trade Mission are invited to join other members of the group and our sponsor’s representatives each evening for dinner which provides an opportunity to discuss issues and ideas.

Mission Brochure

The Council will produce a brochure to promote the companies taking part in the Mission.  The text and contact details will be taken from your application form.  If you’re successful in your application we’ll ask you to supply a high-resolution head and shoulders photo to include in the brochure.

Press Coverage

We’d like to promote your connection with the Trade Mission. Therefore, if you’re successful in your application we’ll share your details with our public relations team.

Register for the Trade Mission now!

Secure your place before all spots are taken and lock in the early bird discount.

Trade Mission Tickets

Early Bird Pricing for Non-Council Members

$1125
Offer applicable for non-Council members who register and pay before the 31st January 2019.Register Now
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Early Bird Pricing for Council Members

$900
Offer applicable for active Council Members who register and pay before the 31st January 2019.Register Now

Standard Pricing After 31st January

$1950
Standard non-member pricing for those who register on or after the 31st January 2019.Register Now

Need additional information? Want to take a colleague along at a discounted rate? Get in touch with one of our trade commissioners to discuss your specific needs.

Services Not Included in Ticket Price

Airfares and Accommodation Costs

It is the responsibility of each delegate to book and pay for their own airfares, accommodation and meals outside of the scheduled free dining and networking breakfast. The recommended hotel is Orchid Hotel – 1 Tras Link, Singapore. The Trade Mission (first day) venue will be TKP Conference Center at 137 Cecil Street, Singapore. The IoT – Asia events will be held at the Singapore Exhibition Center.  You can make your own travel arrangements but it is recommended that you stay in the mission hotel in order to make the most of the networking opportunities. Please do not book any travel or accommodation prior to receiving conformation of your place on the Trade Mission. 

Insurance

Trade Mission members are strongly advised to take out adequate travel and sickness insurance.  We always recommend that this insurance includes cover for cancellation of the visit for reasons beyond the control of the International Trade Council.  If a mission is cancelled for reasons beyond our control, the International Trade Council can take no responsibility for any loss you may incur.

Vaccinations

Please check necessary individual health precautions for the countries of the market visit with your local travel nurse.  The International Trade Council accepts no responsibility for advice in this specialized field.   Please click here for important information for citizens of countries where yellow fever is endemic:  https://www.ica.gov.sg/enteranddeparting/before/yellow

Visas

Most countries do not require visas to enter Singapore for stays of up to 7 days. The Council will issue an official Letter of Invitation to those participants who do require a visa. Please check here if you require a visa. https://www.ica.gov.sg/enteranddeparting/before/entryvisa

Terms and Conditions of Participation

Cancellation

If you decide not to join the Trade Mission, and inform us by fax, letter or email, arriving on or before the 15th February 2019 we shall refund 50% of the Mission participation fee.  After 15th February 2019 there will be no refund.

General Terms and Conditions

The participant must submit a completed and signed registration form and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company's products and/or services, primary market objectives, and goals for participation.

Upon submission of the registration (whether online, via fax, email, post, courier or in person), the participation for the Trade Mission will be binding and the participation fee will be due.

The International Trade Council reserves the right to evaluate the ability of the applicant to meet the participation criteria.

Pricing is for 1 applicant per organization. Additional applicants may attend at a discounted price at the discretion of the International Trade Council.

The Trade Mission will take place if a minimum number of 25 companies is reached. In case of cancellation of the Trade Mission for this reason, the participation fee will be refunded.

The participant must hold and maintain travel and other appropriate insurances in connection with attendance at, and participation in, the Trade Mission.

Flight from your country of origin to Singapore and all hotel, food or ground transportation expenses outside the denoted meals and activities are borne by the participants

The participant accepts full responsibility for all the business and organizational outcomes arising from their participation. The International Trade Council will not be held responsible for the commercial endeavors of any party that participates in the trade mission.

The participant agrees to participate in a separate survey to evaluate the Trade Mission.

The International Trade Council reserves the right to reject any application without being obliged to discuss the reasons for doing so. Any decision made by the Council will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Market Intelligence

Learn more about the Singapore market by reading our regular blog updates.

Interested in Sponsoring?

If your organization is interested in sponsoring a panel discussion, breakfast, dinner, social mixer or other event during the Trade Mission, we’d love to hear from you. Send us a quick email and we’ll get right back to you.

Contacting the Council

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Contacting the International Trade Council

Mission Administrator
Ron Nolasco
Email: ron.nolasco@tradecouncil.org

ITC International Headquarters

Rond Point Robert Schuman 11, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 588 5803
Fax: +32 2 588 5804
Email: info@tradecouncil.org
Website: www.tradecouncil.org

United States of America
712 H Street NE, Washington DC 2002, United States of America
Tel: +1 202 869 0988
Fax: +1 202 869 1121

Singapore Office
Ranjani Rangan (Vice-Chairperson)
146 Robinson Road #07-01, Singapore 068909
Tel: +65 6836 2011 / +65 6879 9360
Fax: +65 6835 5173
Email: ranjani.rangan@tradecouncil.sg