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Lianhe Zaobao and Singapore Business Federation jointly launch "One Belt, One Road" portal

· The portal is Southeast Asia’s first comprehensive website to focus on the OBOR initiative
· It will offer a Southeast Asian perspective of OBOR and promote OBOR-related business activities between China, Singapore and ASEAN

Singapore, Tuesday, 8 March 2016  A portal dedicated to the China-initiated “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) strategy, jointly developed by Lianhe Zaobao (LHZB), the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), was officially launched today. It is Southeast Asia’s first comprehensive website focusing on OBOR, with the objective of driving a deep understanding of OBOR among Singapore enterprises, as well as offering Chinese readers around the world a Singaporean and Southeast Asian perspective on OBOR.

The portal was unveiled by Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress; HE Mr Chen Xiao Dong, Ambassador of People's Republic of China to Singapore; Dr Lee Boon Yang, Chairman of SPH; Mr Teo Siong Seng, Chairman of SBF; Mr Anthony Tan, Executive Vice-President of SPH's Chinese Media Group and Mr Ho Meng Kit, Chief Executive Officer of SBF at a ceremony this evening at SPH News Centre Auditorium.

OBOR is a collective term for the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road combined. In September and October 2013 during his visit to Central Asia and Southeast Asia, Mr Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, announced the joint development of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. OBOR is currently China’s top national-level strategy.

The portal will present an overview of OBOR, the latest developments of the initiative, news, business opportunities, analyses, commentaries and a calendar of activities that are happening in the regions along OBOR. In-depth interviews relating to OBOR will also be featured in the portal. LHZB will introduce and promote the website through Weibo, WeChat, Facebook and other social media platforms to reach a diverse mix of audiences.

Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress, said: “OBOR is a mutually beneficial initiative that encourages integration and infrastructural cooperation between countries in the region. As an important part of OBOR, the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI) will leverage Singapore’s strengths and align with China’s reforms and national strategies. Unlike our other Government-to-Government projects with China, we have a broader definition of success for this project. We are looking at developing enablers to increase the ease of doing business and lower operating costs, such as logistics and financing costs. This will unlock Chongqing’s potential to develop into a multi-modal transportation hub to connect China to the rest of the world.  Today, the establishment of the OBOR portal is timely. It will provide ready access to the latest information and updates on the OBOR initiative, as well as facilitate deeper understanding among Singapore companies, and offer readers a Singaporean and Southeast Asian perspective on the initiative.”

Mr Anthony Tan, Executive Vice-President of SPH's Chinese Media Group, said: “The portal is Southeast Asia’s first comprehensive website focusing on OBOR, reflecting the importance Singapore holds for OBOR. LHZB has strong influence among Chinese readers around the world, particularly in China and Southeast Asia. The OBOR portal, leveraging zaobao.com, will offer readers a Singaporean and Southeast Asian perspective, enable them to better understand the OBOR initiative, as well as its connections with the region and the world. This will strengthen LHZB’s position as an authoritative news provider and voice among Chinese readers in the world.”

Mr Teo Siong Seng, SBF Chairman, said: “As part of the work we do, SBF helps to promote OBOR-related business activities between China, Singapore and ASEAN. The portal that we are launching today is another example of SBF’s ongoing efforts. We encourage companies to visit the portal often and share their experiences, generate business opportunities, expand their network and establish more partnerships with Chinese enterprises. As Singapore’s apex business chamber, SBF remains committed to playing a pivotal role in facilitating business exchanges between Singapore and other countries, including China. Helping companies gain better insights into new and emerging business opportunities in China will continue to be one key area.” 

The OBOR portal is well received by the business community, including companies such as Bank of China, China Taiping Insurance (Singapore) Pte Ltd, CrimsonLogic Pte Ltd, ICBC Singapore Branch, Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd, PSA Corporation Ltd, SingPost Limited, StarHub Ltd, Straco Corporation Ltd, Tat Hong Holdings Ltd, United Overseas Bank Limited and Yanlord Land Group Limited.

Please see attached media release in Chinese. 


    For media queries, please contact:

    Singapore Press Holdings
    Dr Zhou Zhao Cheng,
    Tel: 6319 1946,
    Email: 
    zhouzc@sph.com.sg

    Francis Mah,
    Tel: 6319 1028,
    Email: mahys@sph.com.sg


    Singapore Business Federation
    Randall Tan,
    Tel: 6827 0255,
    Email: 
    randall.tan@sbf.org.sg  

    Laura Cheng,
    Tel: 6827 6864,
    Email: 
    laura.cheng@sbf.org.sg 

    Jinny Sim,
    Tel: 6827 6829,
    Email: 
    jinny.sim@sbf.org.sg 

    About Lianhe Zaobao

    Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings, is the largest-circulating Chinese newspaper in Singapore. Widely recognised in Southeast Asia for its superior quality as a responsible, objective, fair and credible newspaper, it also enjoys a good reputation and considerable influence in the global Chinese communities. It's 200-strong editorial team, including correspondents based in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo, keeps Singaporeans informed of major developments in the region. Zaobao.com, the online edition of Zaobao, has grown rapidly in popularity since its launch in 1995. It now draws over 4 million daily pageviews and attracts a monthly readership of 10 million.

    About Singapore Business Federation

    As the apex business chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) champions the interests of the business community in Singapore in trade, investment and industrial relations. Nationally, SBF acts as the bridge between the government and businesses in Singapore to create a conducive business environment. Internationally, SBF represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral fora for the purpose of trade expansion and business networking. For more information, please visit our website:www.sbf.org.sg.

    About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

    Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms, ranging from print, digital, radio and out-of-home media. 

    SPH owns award-winning newspapers, magazines and best-selling books in both print and digital editions, as well as online classified businesses in the region. In addition, SPH has two English radio stations and one Chinese radio station, an out-of-home digital advertising unit, a regional events and conferences arm, and runs a chain of modern retail convenience stores. SPH also has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.

    SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall. SPH's latest retail development is The Seletar Mall located in Sengkang. 

    For more information, please visit 
    www.sph.com.sg.