About 70 senior Australian and Singaporean Ministers and
business people will meet in Melbourne on 15 June to discuss
regional developments and opportunities for Australian and
Singaporean business to work together. The major focus of
the seminar will be cooperation in the development of
regional infrastructure and logistics.
Keynote speakers will be Australian Minister for Trade,
Mr Tim Fischer and Singaporean Minister for Trade and
Industry, Mr Lee Yock Suan.
Minister for Sport and Tourism, Mr Andrew Thomson and
Victorian Minister for State Development, Mr Mark Birrell,
will also participate in elements of the program.
The Seminar is being organised by the Singapore Australia
Business Alliance Forum (SABAF) with the support of the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It has attracted
about 30 Singaporean delegates and about 40 from Australia.
SABAF was established in 1995, as a joint initiative of
the Singapore and Australian Prime Ministers, to play a
strategic role in developing commercial relations and
identifying business opportunities between Australia and
Singapore. The members of SABAF are senior business people.
The Co-Chairmen are Mr Malcolm Kinnaird AO, Chairman of
Kinhill Pty Ltd, and Mr Peter Seah, Managing Director,
Overseas Union Bank.
The keynote address, "Singapore and Australia:
Collaboration in the Region", will be delivered by Mr Lee.
Mr Fisher will speak over lunch on the topic, "Building
Strategic Partnerships: Future Directions for Singapore and
The Seminar is to be held at the Hotel Sofitel, 55
Collins Street Melbourne, commencing at 9.30am and
concluding at 2.30pm. Media are invited to attend the
Opening Plenary Session and the Luncheon Address by Mr