SINGAPORE – A newly formed group of Indian organizations can engage young people in activities that encourage the sharing of new ideas and expertise, and the creation of connections between people from different backgrounds, President Halimah Yacobon said Thursday May 12.
The Federation of Singapore Indian Organizations (FSIO) – an umbrella body of 26 Indian organizations under the auspices of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) – was established in October 2021.
It aims to be a collective voice of Indian organizations in response to issues such as pandemic-induced challenges, encourage networking through various community events, and support businesses in areas such as digitalization.
Ms. Halimah noted that SICCI’s efforts to engage young people include Catalyst 2020, a six-month initiative she organized with four youth organizations – Narpani Pearavai Youth, Sinda Youth Club, Tamil Representative Council Youth Wing and Young Sikh Association – to encourage social entrepreneurship among approximately 150 young people.
“I am sure that with the collaboration of the member organizations of the FSIO, there will be more such interesting and meaningful initiatives to bring together and develop the Indian youth community,” she said at a dinner of gala organized by SICCI and FSIO at Shangri-La Singapore. .
Ms. Halimah added that trade associations and chambers like SICCI have been important advocates for business and industry transformation, and their role is particularly crucial in the current business climate.
“SICCI-FSIO can advocate for industry transformation, adoption of digital technologies and raise awareness of emerging areas of collaboration between Singapore and India,” she said.
OFAS member organizations have also supported businesses in their digitization efforts and helped them address various challenges during the pandemic, Ms. Halimah said.
“I want to thank SICCI for your quick response when the pandemic first hit, including setting up a Covid-19 task force to help your members navigate the various disaster relief programs. pandemic and prepare them to seize new opportunities when business conditions have improved,” she said. added.
When the pandemic hit India, the Chamber of Commerce also partnered with the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association to raise over $1 million and mobilized its network to provide critical medical supplies in response to the humanitarian crisis in this South Asian country.
Ms. Halimah added that businesses and workers must be ready to seize new opportunities for growth as Singapore resumes economic activities and reconnects to the world.
“One area where we can collaborate is green economy. India and Singapore are making concerted efforts to address the climate change crisis in our respective countries and are committed to reducing our carbon emissions,” said- she declared.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to cut the country’s emissions to net zero by 2070 during the COP26 climate talks last year, while Singapore launched its Green Plan 2030 in February of the ‘last year. The plan cuts across various sectors of society such as infrastructure development, research and innovation.