We are all deeply troubled and appalled by the unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine. The war is creating the worst humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II, and although far away, we are starting to feel its repercussions also in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Swedish Chambers International (SCI), representing all SwedChams around the world, issued the following statement last week:
"The Swedish Chambers International is deeply shocked by the devastating war in Ukraine, and we are horrified by the acts of violence against innocent people.
Our organization is founded upon the belief that international cooperation, free trade, and the rule of law are fundamental to advancing society. It is through these principles we promote global stability and prosperity.
We welcome the strong commitment from the Swedish business community everywhere to help Ukraine and its people."
Please find below the latest news from SwedCham Singapore. Don't forget to join our pledge to double up on paternity leave in Singapore - open until 30 March 2022. For more information, visit 100perspectives.com.
Your dedicated SwedCham team,
Lisa & Anna
SwedCham welcomes the following new members to its business community:
Edisen: An independent, global specialist in production and marketing communications powered by AI technology and fueled by creativity. With HQ in Stockholm, Edisen (formerly Chimney) has 17 global offices and 500+ creators world-wide. Key contact: Sunny Hermano
, MD / Head of Growth APAC.
Pagero: Pagero provides a Smart Business Network that connects buyers and sellers for automated, compliant, and secure exchange of orders, invoices, payment instructions and other business documents digitally. Pagero has 30 offices globally and HQ in Gothenburg, Sweden. Key contact: Raymond Lam, Managing Director ASEAN.
|SwedCham's new Board Committee|
SwedCham held its Annual General Meeting last week at Grand Hyatt. Apart from a very interesting keynote on the future of tech in Southeast Asia by Mr Nick Nash, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Asia Partners, our Members also elected new Directors to the SwedCham Board Committee.
We would like to take this opportunity to say Goodbye and På återseende! to those who are leaving our Board (and Singapore), as well as A Warm Welcome! to our new Board Members.
SwedCham's Board Committee 2022:
|Regulatory challenges with digital trade|
Next week we have a unique opportunity to learn more about what regulatory hurdles businesses are likely to encounter when launching into digital trade, as three senior lawyers from SwedCham's Gold Sponsor Rajah & Tann will visit our zoom room. Kala Anandarajah, Partner and Head of Competition & Antitrust and Trade, Tanya Tang, Partner and Chief Economic & Policy Advisor and Alvin Tan, Partner, Competition & Antitrust and Trade at Rajah & Tann will discuss regulatory macro issues but also deep dive into critical compliance issues that businesses must be aware of when launching digital trade. This includes exports control, how to take advantage of preferential treatment, complying with data protection and consumer protection laws, managing competition/ antitrust concerns, and arriving at a common landing between the different laws of multiple jurisdictions. Register for this event here.
|23 companies onboard the #doubleup pledge!|
THIS IS AN OPEN CALL TO LOCAL AND FOREIGN COMPANIES IN SINGAPORE TO JOIN THE PLEDGE TO DOUBLE UP ON PATERNITY LEAVE BY END MARCH 2022.
From the pledge:
"Businesses have the choice to intentionally build a corporate culture that does not simply tolerate, but encourages fathers to be there for their baby. ... By promoting paternity leave, we can create a ripple effect towards equality. A truly equal workplace will ultimately level the playing field for both men and women, at home and at work."
JOIN THE #DOUBLEUP PLEDGE HERE
|Women4Women Forum: Empower and lift each other|
SwedCham's Women4Women Forum has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2019. Over the past two years, the network has hosted close to 30 events and this year marks the 2nd season of its successful W4W Sounding Board Program - a peer-to-peer mentoring program for professional and personal development and growth where three groups of five meet for discussions every other month. This past year, the W4W Forum has been the driving force behind SwedCham's gender initiative #candid: 100 Perspectives of Gender Equality in Singapore.
If you are interested in connecting with our W4W Forum, do not hesitate to contact Anna Landgren at email@example.com.
We are delighted to present to you the W4W Committee for 2022:
|Cross-industry sustainability luncheon|
On 2 March, the Sustainability Directors / Ambassadors of five Swedish flagship companies - AstraZeneca, Electrolux, GAC, H&M and IKEA - met up for a cross-industry luncheon to discuss common visions around sustainability and what opportunities there are for collaboration.
The discussion focused on how to inspire, encourage and empower each other in their respective journeys towards a sustainable future and how businesses in Singapore and the region can be a collective force to enable meaningful collaborations to drive impact at scale.
Watch this space.
|Tap into Nordic maritime know-how in Singapore|
Nordic Maritime 2022 - Green Transition to a Sustainable Ocean Economy, which will be held on 4 April at 4 pm (SGT) in conjunction with the annual Singapore Maritime Week, will focus on promoting the Nordic sustainable shipping and port operations, OceanTech, green maritime innovations, and show how we support businesses, research and academic cooperations with Singapore and the Southeast Asian region.
This event is organised jointly by Nordic Innovation House Singapore, Business Sweden, Innovation Norway, Business Iceland, Embassy of Finland, Embassy of Sweden, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of Denmark in Singapore, and supported by Nordic Innovation.
Join the live stream to learn more from the Nordics and global industry experts in Maritime! Register for this event here.
|Glöm inte bort att det är riksdagsval i höst!|
(information in Swedish about Sweden's election on 11 September 2022)
Visste ni att av alla röstberättigade utlandssvenskar så röstade knappt 40 procent i förra riksdagsvalet? I höstens val hoppas Svenskar i Världen att fler tar chansen.
För att öka engagemanget och underlätta för svenskarna att rösta kommer Svenskar i Världen att fokusera på valet utifrån utlandssvenskarnas behov och perspektiv. Det gör de genom att belysa praktikaliteter som röstlängd och röstningsförfaranden, men också ta reda på riksdagspartiernas uppfattningar i olika frågor.
Ett viktigt inslag är webbseminarieserien Livefika Valspecial där företrädare för riksdagspartierna kommer att intervjuas. Först ut är Ulf Kristersson (M) följt av Jimmie Åkesson (SD), Annie Lööf (C), Nyamko Sabuni (L) och Per Bolund (MP). Svenskar i Världen hoppas kunna välkomna övriga partiledare inom kort.
Livefika Valspecial blir ett unikt forum i den svenska valdebatten eftersom frågor specifika för utlandssvenskarna inte brukar lyftas i övriga debattforum. Vilka frågor det blir, ja det bestämmer Svenskar i Världens medlemmar och partner.
|How can DP holders obtain a work pass?|
Do you have queries regarding the process for Dependant’s Pass (DP) holders to obtain a work pass in Singapore?
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has prepared this factsheet to provide DP holders and their prospective employers with greater clarity on work pass options available if they wish to work in Singapore. MOM’s webpage on “Working in Singapore for DP holders" has also been updated with more information.
|CHANGE OF DATE: Back to Midwinter Ball!|