13-18 May, 2018

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.

Trade Mission Starts in:

Why Participate?

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 manufacturers of retail goods and FMCG items, medical equipment manufacturers, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and beauty product manufacturers and information technology service providers. 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.  All attendees will be provided with a series of 1-on-1 appointments with companies and contacts appropriate to their target market.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Participants staying in official mission hotel will be collected from the airport by prearranged hotel transport.
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.
5:00PM - 5:30PM

Roll Call and Briefing

  • Roll call for Mission Participants
  • Distribution of Mission Welcome Packs
  • Introduction to ITC Staff
  • Basic house keeping and last minute notices for attendees
  • Q&A
5:45PM - 6:45PM

Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome speeches from Singapore Government Officials
  • Welcome speeches from Singapore Chambers of Commerce
  • Networking & Photograph Opportunity
7:00PM - 9:00PM

Welcome Dinner

Network with fellow attendees, sponsors and officials over a sumptuous dinner.

*Only mission participants and ITC-invited Singapore officials. Please bring your business cards. Nametags required.

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - 9:30AM

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
9:30AM-10:15AM

Panelist Q&A

An opportunity to ask questions and directly engage with panelists.
10:15AM-10:40AM

Morning Tea

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

Sectoral Round-Table Discussions

Mission Participants seperate into four different groups for round-table discussions with Singapore officials and industry experts.
  • Group 1: The Medical Service Market in Singapore
  • Group 2: Singapore as an IT hub
  • Group 3: The Singapore Retail Market
  • Group 4: Setting up a Business in Singapore
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Set up for Export Cafe

Mission Participants to set up their banner(s)/standee(s), brochures, business cards, product sample(s) on the tables provided.
2:00PM - 5:30PM

Export Cafe

Mission Participants will have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to Singapore-based business owners and company executives from across a broad spectrum of industries.
5:30PM - 6:00PM

Clearing Up of Export Cafe

Mission Participants to pack away export cafe materials.
6:30PM - 7:30PM

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:45PM-8:45PM

Optional City Walking Tour

A free walking tour of the city for those with energy to burn.
7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

On-Site Visits

Mission Participants seperate into three different groups for market visits.
  • Group 1: Visit to Hospitals in Singapore
  • Group 2: Visit to Singapore Business Incubator
  • Group 3: Visit to Singapore Retailers
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

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

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

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

Dinner

Mission Participants can choose to eat dinner at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Dinner expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise specified. i.e. This dinner is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

7:00AM - 8:00AM

Breakfast

Informal networking breakfast for those staying in the official hotel of the trade mission.
8:30AM - Midday

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
Midday - 1:00PM

Lunch

Mission Participants can choose lunch at the hotel or eat in any of the restaurants nearby.

*Lunch expenses are borne directly by each Mission Participant unless otherwise stated. i.e. Lunch is not included in the Mission Participation fee.

1:00PM - 2:30PM

Panel Discussion “Next Steps”

Mission Attendees are invited to listen to experts from top corporations in Singapore speak on the following topics:
  • Protecting your brand
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Singapore company formation and taxation
  • Human resourcing in Singapore
  • The real estate market in Singapore/li>
2:30PM - 3:00PM

Panelist Q&A

An opportunity to ask questions and directly engage with panelists.
3:00PM - 3:30PM

Afternoon Tea

Join our panelists and other Mission Attendees for afternoon tea.
3:30PM - 5:30PM

Business-to-Business Meetings

Time allocated to pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings for each Mission Participant.
6:30PM - 8:00PM

Closing Dinner

Join Mission Participants, event sponsors and Singaporean officials for our closing dinner and speeches.

*Sponsored dinner. Semi-formal attire required.

Throughout the day

Departures

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

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

Participation in the export café where they can meet other businesses and counterparts from our associated Chambers of Commerce in Singapore

Off-site business meetings with potential business partners

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

Networking events to which you can invite guests

In-market briefings and panel discussions

Participants profile in the Trade Mission brochure

Assistance with logistics and guidance on Singaporean customs

Pre-mission briefing webinar

Services of experienced Trade Mission managers

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 set appointments for you for the Trade Mission. 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 13th April 2018.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 13th April 2018.Register Now

Standard Pricing After 31st March

$1950
Standard non-member pricing for those who register on or after the 13th April 2018.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 welcome dinner, after 5 drinks and networking breakfast. We will recommend a 4* hotel where the Council will conduct its opening ceremony, presentations, panel discussions, export cafe and business round-tables.  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. The Council can assist in booking airfares and accommodation where requested.

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 Monday 21st April 2018 we shall refund 50% of the Mission participation fee.  After 21st April 2018 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.

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
Melanie Walker
Email: mwalker@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
146 Robinson Road #07-01, Singapore 068909
Tel: +65 6836 2011 / +65 6879 9360
Fax: +65 6835 5173