BritCham at the Singapore FinTech Festival 2022

In his opening speech at this year's Singapore FinTech Festival, Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong outlined Singapore's 5 E's strategy for FinTech: Enhance, Empower, Envision, Encourage and Engage.

The British Chamber was heavily involved last week as we supported the Department for International Trade (DIT)'s mission of UK delegates in town for SFF. On Monday 31 October, our Financial & FinTech Committee put together an in-market briefing and member networking session for the delegation, led by Committee Chair Mike Rourke and featuring Robert Child from Ashurst who kindly hosted us, Chew Gim Leong from Rawlinson & Hunter LLP who kindly sponsored the F&B for the event, Wanying Lim from FNZ Group and Sara Abbasi at FINTRAIL.

On 1 November, Mike and the Committee worked closely with our events team and DIT colleagues Ben GoodwinJack Jones and Yvonne Chow to bring together a stellar representation of the FinTech community in Singapore to meet the delegation at a 150-person private DIT reception hosted by H.E Kara Owen CMG CVO, British High Commissioner to Singapore. 

On 2 November, after attending Minister Wong's opening speech and a fascinating economic wrap-up from Taimur Baig, Chamber President Damian Adams, Committee Chair Mike Rourke and Deputy Executive Director Lucy Haydon joined Kara and our DIT colleagues to support the companies at the UK Pavilion in Hall 5 at Singapore Expo.

On 4 November the Chamber wrapped up the week by hosting representatives of the FCA for a roundtable discussion on digital assets. 

These activities are a testament to the value created by our expert business committees and the close collaboration between the Chamber, the Department for International Trade and the British High Commission teams in supporting UK businesses, as highlighted in Her Excellency Kara Owen's social post:

If you are a Brit business working in or interested in working in Singapore, be in touch with our Department for International Trade team and the British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Their Financial and Fintech committee is dynamic and well-connected. They generously share insights and ensure British business quality is visible here. Alongside us they also work with colleagues inside Singapore government to help businesses grow.

Committee Chair Mike Rourke opens the Market Briefing for SFF UK Trade Mission Delegate Companies on 31 October


SFF Delegates network with BritCham members on 31 October, hosted by Ashurst and sponsored by Rawlinson & Hunter


H.E. Kara Owen CMG CVO greets guests at the Official Residence for the Networking Reception on 1 November


BritCham President Damian Adams, H.E. Kara Owen CMG CVO, BritCham Deputy Executive Director Lucy Haydon and Financial & FinTech Committee Chair Mike Rourke at the Singapore FinTech Festival UK Pavilion on opening day, 2 November


Representatives of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) with Mike Rourke, Damian Adams and H.E. Kara Owen CMG CVO at the BritCham office for a roundtable on 4 November