|Australian Chamber Of
Commerce Singapore (AustCham)
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Welcome, Susan Mackie!
The AustCham committee would like to welcome
Susan on board as Editor of the newsletter. Many of you may
have met her already in her role as Residence Manager for the
High Commissioner. Susan has almost 30 years experience as
a journalist in Australia and internationally, working for Australian
media outlets such as The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning
Herald, The Courier Mail and The Sunday Mail in Brisbane, Channel
9 and Channel 10. She is a former Chairperson of the Australian
Immigration Review Panel and a former board member of QTQ
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|AustCham - Westpac President’s
|(From L to R):
Michael Wood, Patrick Grove,
Alison Harvey, Lee Hsien Yang, Minister Mah Bow Tan, Philip
Forrest, Helen Pilakis,
Sean Riley, Michelle Hoodbhoy, Mark Laudi and Andrew McKindlay
The President’s Dinner, held on 28 November 2003,
was again a night befitting the premier occasion of the AustCham
In the elegant setting of the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel,
almost 300 AustCham members and supporters gathered to honour
of the prestigious President’s Medal, the Young Entrepreneur
Award and the AustCham-Austrade Awards for those Australian
deemed to have significantly contributed during the
past year to help strengthen business ties between Singapore
In welcoming guests, who included Singapore’s Minister
for National Development Mr Mah Bow Tan and his wife Dr Sherrin
Mah, US Ambassador Mr Franklin Lavin and AustCham Co-Patron Dr
Chua Yong Hai, AustCham President Philip Forrest took a sporting
to proceedings, joining all Rugby fans present in ruing the three-point
loss to England just weeks earlier. But he was quick to say what
a fine job England had done.
experienced a tougher year,
the signs for growth were impressive.
|Minister Mah Bow Tan making
Everyone to stroke a sponsor, our President
admitted that he had to laud the English because the lead
sponsor for the evening, Westpac Singapore, is headed by
Phil Forrest pointed out that it had been a good year
for the Australian economy, leaving nobody in doubt that,
as he put it, “Australia is open for business.”
He added that although Singapore had
“It’s a work in progress,” he said. “There’ll
be a lot more work and you can bet there’ll be a lot more
In his speech, Guest of Honour Minister Mah Bow Tan, supported
these sentiments stating that notwithstanding the economic gloom
in the last couple of years, Asia was set to be the most dynamic
region in the world.
Best New Exporter - the stage was set for the main two Awards
of the night.
He said that the close
business and people-to-people
ties Australia and Singapore have “provided a compelling
case for us to be partners in tackling the great Asian
After the AustCham-Austrade Export Awards were
presented – to Bemco
Services for the Service Industry, RMIT
Business Excellence, Wingara Wine Group for
Agribusiness, and to Ripple
Young Entrepreneur Award winner,
Patrick Grove received the award from
First to step to the podium was Young Entrepreneur of the Year,
28 year-old Mr Patrick Grove. Mr Grove drew much laughter when
he waved his award on high and declared: “Now my parents
might believe I have a real job.”
Indeed. His company Catcha.com, for which he received approval
to list on the Singapore Exchange just weeks before the dot.com
bubble burst, barely hung on. But as testament to his understanding
of the true meaning of entrepreneurship – perseverance – it
has now grown into one of the leading media owners in the region.
Patrick Grove continues to grow the business and remains positive
about listing the company.
The much-anticipated President’s Medal was next and final
item on the agenda. Awarded to an individual who has made a significant
contribution to the Australian and Singaporean business community
or has substantially facilitated investment or trade between
the two countries, the winner was Singtel’s President and
Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lee Hsien Yang.
presented the President's Medal to the winner,
Mr Lee Hsien Yang.
The award was to acknowledge the extraordinary achievement
of Singtel’s biggest off-shore investment, Singtel’s
Optus in Australia.
Within two years, the company was completely turned around,
having delivered a profit of A$ 190 million for the half
year ending in September 2003, compared to a loss of A$76
million in the corresponding period the previous year.
Mr Lee – whose parents must definitely believe that he
has a real job – spoke enthusiastically about his personal
and professional involvement in Australia.
He said he had been a “latecomer” in discovering
the beauty of Australia, having not visited until well into his
adult life. He was now, however, a firm fan, making regular visits
for personal and professional pursuits.
In accepting the President’s Medal, Mr Lee paid tribute
to the company’s staff and the work they had put in to
achieve such phenomenal results.
“The credit goes to them,” he said. “I see
this as recognition of their achievements more than a recognition
And speaking of achievements – though there is no award
forthcoming for this – the AustCham Secretariat, under
the leadership of Helen Teo, is to be congratulated on yet
again ensuring that our night of nights had the perfect tone
and atmosphere to honour such worthy recipients.
Procedural Changes Mean 10-Working Days Turn-Around
It may come as something of a shock to Australians living
in Singapore (particularly those who travel frequently on
business and regularly need to renew passports) but, like
it or not, the days of a rapid turn-around in the issuing
of a new Australian passport are in the past. Yes, yet another
reminder of the changes global terrorism has wrought, with
the subsequent need for heightened security precautions.
As of mid-December last year, the Australian Government
has launched a new, more secure passport which involves
significant changes to the current processing system. This
change affects the time frame for processing passports,
taking the turn-around period from as little as just two
days in Singapore to approximately 10 working days.
Formerly, Australian passports were able to be produced
on-site at the Australian High Commission, Singapore, which
meant passports could be issued very quickly. This is no
longer the case. Instead, the passports are now produced
in only three places world-wide: Canberra, Washington and
How will this affect Australians in Singapore?
Australian citizens will no longer be able to obtain a full-validity
passport from the Australian High Commission in Singapore
at short notice. The full 10 working days, which has always
been the standard turn-around time quoted for passport
processing (albeit usually vastly reduced in Singapore),
will be required.
The priority processing option for full validity passports
will no longer be available.
How do Australians obtain a passport under this new procedure?
you are applying for your new passport in Singapore, you
will still need to lodge your application at the Australian
High Commission. The AHC will continue to conduct passport
interviews, accept lodgement of application forms, confirm
entitlement of an Australian passport and carry out local
identity checks. However, the passport will be produced in
Canberra and couriered back to Singapore. The turn-around
time for this is 10 working days, calculated from time of
lodgement until the new passport is available for collection
at the High Commission in Singapore.
What if a new passport is urgently needed?
If you have an
urgent and unforeseen need to travel and cannot wait to receive
a full validity passport, you will
be able to obtain a limited validity emergency passport to
meet your travel needs. The emergency passport will look
and feel the same as the full validity passport but will
have only four visa pages. Its validity will be restricted
to meet the immediate travel needs of the applicant and will
attract a priority processing fee.
(NB: The application form for the new passports is different
to the forms for the previous passports. Only the new forms
are now accepted. These can be collected from the Australian
High Commission or can be downloaded online at www.passports.gov.au.
Guidelines for the photographs required as part of the passport
application have also been changed. Refer to the
guidelines published at www.passports.gov.au/requirements/photos/html).
The Secret Life of Us –
Now You Can Have Your Say
The Senate Enquiry Into Australian Expatriates
It is officially
recognised as one of the greatest sustained migrations in
the world - the movement
for short-term or long-term experiences as expatriates. Since
the turn of the century, the total number of Australians
living overseas has exceeded 20 million. And the exodus continues.
According to government figures, Australia continues to experience
net annual migration with more residents moving overseas
long-term than the number of Australians returning.
It will come as no surprise to AustCham members to learn
that research shows that Australians are leaving for a variety
of reasons. Reasons such as for work transfers, higher salaries
and better employment opportunities, skill enhancement or
simply for personal development. Often, according to the
expatriate advocacy and support organisation the Southern
Cross Group, Australians leave because of a desire to travel
and for broader knowledge of the world, or purely for a taste
of the unknown.
So, is it all just about Me, Me, Me? Is it all just about
Us? Of course not. And now, finally, that has been acknowledged.
In a statement that will warm the cockles of many an expat’s
heart, The Southern Cross Group states that temporarily or
permanently displaced Australians form a veritable army of
unofficial ambassadors, promoting Australia’s image
in the world and often its economic and cultural interests,
frequently contributing much more than many home-bound Australians.
How ironic then, as the Group’s researchers concluded: “Yet,
the expatriate contribution is largely unrecognised and,
in many cases, undervalued….And travellers who return
after long absences can often find major challenges, despite
acquiring new skills, in a workplace that might feel it owes
them no favours.”
On its website, the Canberra-based Southern Cross Group
further adds that: “It is regrettably the case that
many in Australia take the attitude that an Australian citizen
who no longer lives in Australia is in some sense a lesser
In a bid to redress that situation, the Senate’s Legal
and Constitutional References Committee is undertaking a
far-reaching study of Australian expatriates for inquiry
and report by September 1, 2004.
The Senate Committee has called for submissions to be lodged
by February 27. AustCham believes it is
important it contribute
to this inquiry. AustCham
has formed a sub-committee to that end to canvass the views
of members and to prepare the submission.
This is a rare opportunity to be heard at
the highest levels of government. AustCham’s submission is currently being prepared
based on responses to questionnaire to members.
The full terms of Reference of the Senate Committee Inquiry
Some of the issues that AustCham urges its members to consider
in this matter include:
The extent of the Australian diaspora; the variety of factors
driving more Australians to live overseas; the costs, benefits
and opportunities presented by the phenomenon; the needs
and concerns of overseas Australians; measures taken by
other comparable countries to respond to the needs of their
and, ways in which Australia could better use its expatriates
to promote our economic, social and cultural interests.
||voting rights for non-residents – voting is currently
based on residency in Australia. Should there be direct
representation for the more than
||Health insurance – should non-resident Australians
have a right to Medicare? Should they be required to
pay the Medicare levy? Why are non-resident Australians
unable to maintain Australian health cover?
||Taxation – should the general tax thresholds
apply for Australian-sourced income of non-resident Australians?
(The Southern Cross Group quoted in the above story has
published a new book on the Australian diaspora through its
Southern Cross Group Global Exchange project. Titled Australian
Expats: Stories From Abroad, information about the publication
can be obtained on the group’s website at www.globalexchange.com.au)
Owen Howell-Price –
Humble Retailing Legend
For a man who officially retired – we
use the word loosely – in 1993, Owen Howell-Price,
Chairman, South Asia, Dairy Farm, still packs a
in business circles.
A member of AustCham “forever”, recipient
of its inaugural President’s Medal, and, still
ranked second in the Business Review Weekly’s latest
list of the Top 20 Australian Executives in Asia (pipped
by James Murdoch, no less although now he has moved to
a London-based job, Mr Price must be Number 1!), the
indomitable Mr Price is legendary in retailing and the
Now 77 years young, Owen Price has a self-deprecating humour
which reveals itself early on in the quest to pin him down
for an interview. He answers his handphone with the greeting “Singapore
police department” but backtracks quickly, explaining
that he thought it was his wife calling. Asked to be our interview
subject for this edition he insists that we must be doing a
piece on Antiques.
No, Mr Price. Just priceless treasures.
His life story reads like an original version of “Boys
Born in a town in Northern Sumatra to his Australian parents,
Owen Price learned early on the value of going global.
“My father worked for a US rubber company and I spent
the first eight years of my life growing up among children
from all over the world, speaking French and Dutch and Indonesian – none
of which I can still speak, sadly,” he said. “My
teacher in those days was a terribly proper English woman,
so, no matter where we were from, we all ended up with these
extremely plummy accents.”
Sent back to Ashfield, NSW, to live with his grandparents
and to attend school in Australia, the young Owen came to regret
the stiff-upper lip British accent he had adopted.
“That wretched accent got me into schoolyard fights
with the other kids just about every day,” he laughed.
The hyphenated surname possibly didn’t help. As Mr Price
tells it, he is officially Owen Howell-Price. His grandfather,
a Minister – the Reverend John Howell Price (aka “The
Sporting Parson” because of his passion for racing trotters)
- inserted the hyphen to avoid the often embarrassing scenarios
which arose because the local Man of God shared the same surname
as the local undertaker!
Dispatched to Newington as a boarder at age 11 – a school
he “absolutely loved” - the young Owen threw himself
into rugby, cricket, tennis, swimming, and the cadet corps.
With ample experience of what the real world of war might be
“It was during the War years and we had trenches dug
around the embankments at the school,” he said. “When there
was an air raid siren we all had to run and hurl ourselves
into the trenches.”
Following school, he joined the Navy.
“I was selected for Officer Training but then the war
stopped. Instead I was posted to the HMAS Hobart at 18 as part
of the Occupation Force in Japan. I was in Hiroshima about
months after the bomb. It made a huge and lasting impression
on me, that experience, those sights.”
During his Navy years, Owen undertook an economics course
“It bored me stupid so I gave up any thought of going
to university,” he said. “Instead I joined an Executive
Trainee Course at Woolworth’s. My first task on the job
was to find a broom and sweep the floor. Fortunately, I’d
mastered floor sweeping in the Navy.”
If he made a good impression at the end of a broom, Woolworths
saw even more in the young man. But his passion for rugby threatened
to get in the way of advancement.
“I was playing for Western Suburbs,” Mr Price
said, “and there was even talk that I might one day play
for Australia. But I went through a patch of being concussed
the game every weekend and blacking out at work on the following
Monday. Eventually I was summoned into the Personnel Department
told that I had to choose – Rugby or Woolies. Well, what
could I do? Woollies paid.”
Owen Price paid off handsomely for Woolworths, too. He spent
27 years with the giant Australian retailer, overseeing much
of its expansion to a 700-strong retail outlets, including
department stores, supermarkets, variety and fashion stores
served by a network of distribution centres plus food and textile
manufacturing plants. From executive trainee at the end of
a broom, he became CEO of the Company at age 41.
A disagreement with the board – “Mind you, they
disagreed with me as well,” he said wryly – led
to him joining Jardines Dairy Farm Group in Singapore and in
1981 he was appointed group CEO based in Hong Kong.
Mr Price led the UK-listed Dairy Farm International Holdings
into world markets through acquisitions or start-ups in Australia,
New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Great Britain, Spain and Malaysia.
During his 12 years of Stewardship, Dairy Farm’s net
profits grew from $US 13 million to $US180 million and in 1991
Dairy Farm was adjudged by market analysts to be the best managed
company in Hong Kong.
At Owen Price’s retirement from active management in
1993, Dairy Farm International and associates had more than
2,300 retail outlets worldwide, plus manufacturing, catering
and wholesale interests. It employed 70,000 staff and had attributable
annual sales of approximately $US10 billion. The company’s
market capitalisation exceeded $US 3 billion and it was listed
five International Stock Exchanges.
Not bad for a man who was once transferred from Sydney to
Melbourne to rescue an ailing Woolworths warehouse and look
at stock control because, as a superior told him, “you’ll
never be any good in retail!”
Owen Price’s retirement has been in name only, largely,
he said, because after three months he was very, very bored.
“So it is that I am still on the Board of Dairy Farm,
observing and commenting,” he said.
He has also advised the Australian Government on Trade matters,
he is on the Boards of Hourglass Watch Chain, Jardines Cycle
and Carriage, Disposable Soft Goods and is chairman of Delifrance.
a long term-director of Paris-based International Food Industry
Association and remains a Director of their Asian body.
Owen Price laughs that his own body isn’t doing too
well, but continuing to work keeps his mind in good shape.
And after 29 years in Asia, this father of two and grandfather
of one, believes Singapore will be his permanent port of call.
His wife Louisa, a former lawyer, is Singaporean and according
to Owen Price, although they both regard Tasmania as their
favourite place to visit, he can’t see them making a
“It’s probably a little bit too quiet,” he
said. “And Louisa would miss her shopping.”
How could a legendary retailer argue with that!
The Ten Questions:
Moment – I had two
defining career moments. The first was my appointment
as Woolworths GM at age 41 and the second, my appointment
as Chief Executive Officer of Dairy Farm at 55.
The Dizzy Limit – After a 57
year career, there are too many highlights to narrow
it down to one or two standouts. Isn’t it wonderful
to look back and be able to say that?
Oui, Je Regrette – Regrets?
Not really, though my eventual disagreement with the
Woolworths board was disappointing. It was short-lived,
however. I moved on to so many other exciting things.
Personal Mantra – Never say
die! Set goals, have the determination to achieve them
and always be forward-looking.
Divine Inspiration – I
was very inspired by Sir Theo Kelly who became Managing
of Woolworths at the age of 29. And Lee Kuan Yew, who
I met when he was 35, a great inspiration in the second
phase of my life.
Tips for Young Turks – Challenge
yourselves. Look outward from Australia. Don’t
be insular. If you believe your company has something
to offer in Asia, see the big picture, go ahead with
determination and remember that what works in your own
culture does not necessarily work elsewhere. Be aware
that competition is stiff now as Asians have the education
and the experience to do just as good a job as anyone
Finding the Balance – I
have many hobbies. Business is my hobby, doing it and
reading about it. Though I do like to travel and swim
and I always find it a fascinating experience to accompany
my wife shopping to better understand the mind of the
When I grow up – My childhood
ambition was to be a diplomat. I wanted to be an Ambassador.
I loved Australia but I wanted to get abroad. Of course
I had to let go of that when I decided not to go to University.
Thanks for telling me to – The
best personal advice anyone has given me was when a friend
in Hong Kong told me I really should marry my wife Louisa.
It has been a great joy. A great match. Professionally,
the best advice was to take up an appointment in Asia,
that it would present great great prospects for development.
||Goals to kick in 2004 – Basically,
I want to stay healthy. I want to learn more about the
cultures of countries such as Cambodia and Myanmar, to
travel to South America – one
of the places I haven’t been. And from the business
perspective, I want to encourage more Australian businesses
to become involved in Asia. To get themselves up here into
this large market with large growth potential..
|Happy New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai
New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai to all our members as we settle
into 2004 and the Year of the Monkey, hopefully a year in
which business will go Ape - in the best possible way, of
In keeping with new beginnings, this is my first offering
as the Editor of the AustCham newsletter. I would like to
say right up front that the aim is not so much to write and
compile the newsletter for you as much as with you.
The newsletter is a vehicle for bringing members what we
believe to be pertinent and topical information in an easy-to-read,
easy-to-access format. But it is equally a vehicle in which
members have the opportunity – perhaps obligation is
not too strong a word - for input of their own. Please let
me have your feedback, your letters to the Editor, your story
(and any other) suggestions.
In this edition, we direct your attention to the Hot
Topics section which contains two articles we consider must-reads
for members; we look at the welcome, if overdue, focus on
the lot of the Australian expatriate. We urge you to read
the article and to have your say as the Senate Inquiry into
Australian Expatriates gets underway. Secondly there is information
on new procedures for obtaining Australian passports in Singapore,
a particularly pertinent piece given the frequency of travel
undertaken by most of our corporate road warriors.
News Bites is a round-up of items from Singapore, Australia
and the region which we hope will keep you abreast of little
gems of information that might not normally make it into
The Business Times but are well worth an airing in our, albeit
smaller and less salubrious, production.
We continue our profile interview, but we are presenting
it slightly differently. Called The Ten Questions,
we meet members or other interesting individuals in Singapore.
As well as a brief Who’s Who-type of approach, we
fire The Ten Questions at them for a succinct foray into
their life and times and the secrets of their success.
This issue we catch up with Owen Howell-Price of
Dairy Farm fame, who describes himself as an antique but
There is even a forum for your personal advertisements where,
for a small fee, you can reach (read: lure) the rest of the
membership as you try to sell your car, your furniture – or
even if you are flogging rental time at your Noosa beach
house. (Declaration of Conflict of Interest – the beach
house is mine. It’s a bargain. No, really!)
This is just a sample of what your newsletter offers this
issue. We hope you enjoy it. With your help, it will only
Have a great year.
|Tell us your news
We are very much reliant on members to bring their news
to us … and you don’t have to do much, either.
A short written note or simply a telephone call to the
AustCham headquarters the editorial team will follow
up with you. Of course, there is no guarantee of publication,
to hear what is going
on in your business and what is of general interest to
Singapore-Australia business relations.
The precise format of the ‘news’ section
is yet to be finalised but should include a series of
100 – 200 word ‘soundbite’ stories.
We seek members’ help here in providing newsworthy
The hopefully broad news category will cover the following
Member’s news: Has your business just headhunted
a new director? Have you just merged? What about an exciting
new product launch (we cannot accept advertorial material
unless it is also newsworthy – newsworthiness is
first and foremost).
Current affairs news: news covering eco-political events
as they affect Australians, Australian interests and
business in Singapore and the ASEAN region.
Major events news: we also hope to cover events of considerable
unilateral importance – for example a Federal election
result in Australia, a SARS-like situation in Singapore.
But for all of this we are heavily reliant on members
to give the editorial team our ‘heads-ups’.
In short we want members’ collective involvement
in this new project. We hope that members will feed the
newsletter’s editorial team news snippets. We also
hope to receive nominations from members with respect
to possible subjects for the profile and ideas and suggestions
regarding the short features.
We also hope to capture a relaxed, typically Australian,
tone and flavour to the newsletter. Given the breadth
of skill and experience of the Australian community in
Singapore, it is clear to see that this project can become
highly successful in a short period of time with a little
commitment, effort and backing from members.
If you would like to provide any ideas and input for
the newsletter, we would love to hear from you.
Thank you in advance for your backing and assistance
and we look forward to receiving your news and ideas!
|TOP 20 Australian Executives In Asia
Is Your Name Here?
Those who didn’t
get a Gong in the Australia Day Honours List – which
is most of us, again! - have another chance at trying to spot their name
among the Nation’s luminaries. We list below, courtesy of Business
Review Weekly, that magazine’s pick as the Top 20 Australian executives
1. James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive, Star Group;
2. Owen Howell-Price,
Chairman, South Asia, Dairy Farm;
3. Wrix Gasteen, Chief Executive
Officer, Hong Leong Asia;
4. Michael Butcher, Chief
Operating Officer, Pacific Century Cyber Works and Chairman of Reach;
Andre Sekulic, President, Asia-Pacific, MasterCard International;
Moore, President, Novo Nordisk Pharma, Japan, Senior Vice-President,
Japan and Oceania region;
7. Professor David Nunan, Director of the
English Centre and Chair Professor of applied linguistics, Unviversity
8. Clinton Dines, President, BHP Billiton in China;
Tregillis, Assistant Managing Director, Market Conduct, Monetary Authority
10. Peter Wallace, President, AYC Consultants Inc. and
President, The Wallace Business Forum;
11. Graeme Robertson, Commissioner,
Indonesia, and President, PT Indonesian Bulk Terminals, and Managing
Director, New Hope Corporation;
12. Agnes Nardi, Managing Director,
Hutchison Telecommunications (HK) Ltd.;
13. John Anderson, President
14. Alan Reid, Managing Director, Reid Corporation;
Professor Kennedy Shortridge, Emeritus and Honorary Professor, the
University of Hong Kong;
16. Adam Salzer, Executive Chairman, The Salzer
17. Michael Cripps, Chief Representative, Shanghai, Allens Arthur
18. Gary Bennett, Managing Director, North Asia, Prudential
Asia and President and Chief Executive, Prudential Japan;
Simpson, Chief Executive, Reach;
20. John Hancock, Chairman, Baker
In a strong field of 807 entries in the 2003 International Wine Challenge
in Hong Kong, Australia topped the medal tally to take home 168 medals:
13 gold, 39 silver, 62 bronze and 54 seals of approval. Only France topped
Australia in the gold medal tally, securing 15 gold medals in its total
haul of 64, while Chile, Italy and New Zealand were other strong performers.
(Editors note: Sadly, and even more frustratingly, the supplier of this
information omitted to tell us exactly which wines took out the laurels.
As of going to print, despite desperate measures familiar to all serious
drinkers, we have still not unearthed the names. Watch this space.)
More Fair Dinkum Food at FairPrice
Singapore’s NTUC Fairprice is rolling out five more Australian
Pavilions in its stores across the island state following the success
of its Bukit Timah store. The five new pavilions, along with Australian
Bays in other stores, is expected to boost Australian food exports to
Singapore – now valued at A$662 million annually. For the Trivial
Pursuit aficionados among our members, you might be interested to learn
that of all the Australian products sold in Singapore, half are in four
lines of product: confectionery – 14 percent; biscuits – 12
percent; snacks, chips and nibbles – 11 percent; and condiments – 10
percent. The most popular individual products are cheezels, ginger beer
and Australian garlic bread!
IBA Health Wins Singapore Job
Australian Technology firm IBA Health will install its patient administration
and pharmacy computer systems in Singapore. IBA Health supplies information
systems to the health care sector in Australia and numerous other countries.
The firm’s patient administration and clinical technology allows
paperless electronic records of patients to be retrieved by health care
professionals using the Internet.
An Intelligent Move
Commercial Intelligence SE Asia Pte Ltd, which has been operating as
arguably the region’s premier debt recovery organization in Singapore
since 1991, has entered the Australian market. CI, with clients including
local and international banks, multinationals and public sector bodies,
is regarded as being a leader in the recovery of non-performing loans
(NPL) and trade-associated debt, working either directly with the creditor
or with Export Credit Agencies. CI has finalized the opening of its Australian
offices at 15 William Street, Melbourne, and the new director of CI Australia
is Tim Le Cornu. Mr Cornu explained that the increasing focus of the
Australian government and Australian businesses was to expand revenue
through offshore markets. He said this increased the respective need
to manage international trade risks and debts.
ERG’s Singapore Project Wins Prestigious Sesames Smart Card Award
ERG Group, an Australian-based company listed on the Australian Stock
Exchange, has been awarded the prestigious Sesames for Best Transportation
Application of smart cards for its enhanced Integrated Fare system implemented
in Singapore. The award was presented at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition
Centre in France during the Cartes and IT Security 2003 trade show pre-Christmas.
ERG is a world leader in the development and supply of integrated fare
management and software systems for the transit industry and for its
smart card systems and services. The group has installed systems in major
cities throughout the world, including Hong Kong, Melbourne, Rome, San
Francisco and Singapore with installations in progress in Gothenburg,
Seattle, Stockholm, Sydney and Washington DC. ERG has delivered systems
that support more than 20 million smart cards in circulation and handle
approximately 5 billion transactions per annum.
Santa Fe Singapore appoints
new General Manager
Santa Fe Relocation Services has announced the appointment of Mr Jason
Will as its new General Manager Sales and Marketing. Mr Will has more
than 10 years experience in the moving industry. He has worked largely
in Australia, Indonesia and, for the past two and a half years, in Shanghai,
PRC. AustCham welcomes Jason to Singapore and we wonder how long until
Santa Fe’s moving motto becomes “Where There’s a Will
There’s A Way”!
Singapore – Australia
Free Trade Agreement Luncheon
So you’ve heard about the Singapore – Australia
Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) and want to know more? Here’s
your chance to hear from Australian and Singapore government
representatives about what it means for your business.
His Excellency Gary Quinlan - Australian
High Commissioner to Singapore
Mr Minn Naing Oo - Deputy Director/Legal
Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry
Mr Sean Riley - Senior
Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade Commission
Singapore - Australia Free Trade Agreement: What it means
|Thursday, 5 February,, 2004
|12.00pm – Registration
12.30pm – Seat down
1.00pm – Speech by Guest Speakers
1.45pm – Q&A Session
2.00pm – Close
|Marriott Hotel, Ballroom 1 & 2, Level
(incl. western set lunch, free flow of wines, beer and soft drinks)
Main course is chicken. Order for vegetarian meals must be placed before
booking of seats/tables.
The High Commissioner and the President of AustCham would like to take this
special evening to thank our past major Sponsors to be held at the High Commissioner's
AustCham members and guests are most welcome to join us for
this first ever recognition evening to network with our very
special Sponsors. Bring along your spouse/partner and mates
for an interesting evening. Numbers are very limited for this
function so please book early.
|Friday, 20 February 2004
|6.00pm to 8.00pm
| High Commissioner’s Residence
9 White House Park
| $20 member/spouse
(incl. snacks, free flow of wines, beer and soft drinks)
Fe Wine & Cheese Night
Come and share the great taste
of Aussie wines and cheeses! With us will be members of the
The Australian & New Zealand Association (ANZA), Australian
Alumni, British Chamber of Commerce (BritCham), Canadian
Chamber of Commerce (CanCham), CPA Australia, Indonesian
Business Association of S’pore (IBAS), Irish Business
Association (IBA), New Zealand-Singapore Business Council
(NZSBC) and Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC).
|Friday, 19 March 2004
|6.00pm - 8.30pm
|Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Grand Ballroom, Level 4
(incl. raffle draw ticket, wine tasting, cheeses, snacks, free flow wines,
beer and soft drinks)
March is “Celebrate Australia” month
here in Singapore, with months of work by the Australian High Commission bearing
its annual “fruit” for all of us to enjoy.
Among the highlights are the Commonwealth Bank Australian Film Festival at
GV Grand, Great World City from March 11 through to March 17.
Most films were booked out last year so be quick to reserve your tickets in
Actual Film titles are very “hush, hush” as of going to print,
embargoed until the public launch in mid February. But we can assure you it
will be yet another week of the best and latest Australian films, plus some
old classics, featuring homegrown stars such as Toni Collette, Geoffrey Rush,
Judy Davis, Gary Sweet and Helen Buday.
This year also features a classic Australian film that the children will love
and the chance to view the less-mainstream work in a showcase of Australian
“Celebrate Australia” also highlights Australian performing and
visual arts with exhibitions such as “Images of Icarus” by Theodore
Mandziy (of The Australian International School fame); “Ned” by
Blood Brothers, and “The Garden of Eden” by Antonija Gros-Jones.
Look out also for “Musica Viva” concerts in the Botanical Gardens
and elsewhere around town; the fabulous stand-up comedian Kitty Flanagan, “The
Stones” by Zeal Theatre and “Oblong” by Arena Theatre.
For up-to-date film and booking details check the website at www.australia.org.sg
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