Welcome Remarks by Ms Jean Tan, SIF Executive Director, at SIF Connects! Jakarta

Ladies and gentlemen,

Ambassador and Mrs Anil Nayar,

Distinguished SIF-ASEAN Fellowship alumni – and I am delighted to see so many of you this evening,

Iwan,

SIF Partners and Friends,

Welcome to SIF Connects! Jakarta. This fourth edition of SIF Connects! is a triple celebration of friendships between Singaporean and Indonesian communities.

Firstly, we celebrate the growth of the Indonesia Bright Foundation (IBF) which SIF-ASEAN Fellows-alumni launched at SIF Connects! Jakarta in 2011. This collaboration to benefit young Indonesians through education has grown from strength to strength. Congratulations to [Ibrahim, Iwan and others]. We look forward to hearing your plans for the next phase of growth and development of the foundation.

Secondly, this evening marks the re-appointment of Iwan as SIF’s alumni representative in Jakarta. We are delighted that Iwan will continue to work with SIF to connect with and strengthen relationships between Singaporean and Indonesian communities.

Good things do come in threes! The third celebration is the birth of a new partnership - in youth and education - between SIF, IBF and the Indonesian Professionals’ Association (IPA). The IPA in Singapore, with a network of 3,000 Indonesian professionals, has been active in many SIF programmes including ‘Ideas for a Better World Forum’ and ‘Little by Little’, an arts programme. For this new collaboration, IPA would contribute their professional networks and expertise to assist IBF in capacity-building and reach. With their support, IBF beneficiaries (tertiary students) will also be invited to participate in SIF Connects! Singapore in December 2015 - where they will have a chance to visit Singapore and be enriched by new experiences, exchanges and friendships.

These partnerships are enabled and powered by friendships nurtured over several years through a range of programmes. We have put together a collection of photographs of SIF’s social, cultural and development programmes for promoting understanding and collaborations, and nurturing friendships and enduring relationships at the people-to-people level. These include SIF volunteer-driven projects like ‘Words on Wheels’, which brings a mobile library and educational classes to students in Bandung, and ‘Water for Life’ Lamongan, for providing drinking water to rural villages in Surabaya.

Indeed, partnership is a hallmark of SIF. We value and are very appreciative of our Indonesian friends and partners whom we work with to bridge Indonesian and Singaporean communities. We are delighted and honoured by the good turn-out at this evening’s event. Thank you for walking alongside SIF in building a better world.

I wish you an enjoyable evening.

 

 

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