On 17 October 2020, over 125 guests gathered at the SIF eConnects! Indonesia 2020—the first virtual edition of SIF Connects!. Held in partnership with the Indonesia Bright Foundation (IBF), this reunion event marked 28 years of friendship between the SIF and the Indonesian community. The event was also graced by Mr Anil Kumar Nayar, Singapore Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia and Mr Suryopratomo, Indonesian Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore.
The highlight of event was a panel discussion between Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, SIF Chairman and former Secretary-General of ASEAN, and Mr Ridwan Kamil, Governor of West Java and SIF-ASEAN Fellow. Themed “The Digital Transformation of People-To-People Connectivity”, the dialogue explored the role of technology as an enabler and catalyst for people-to-people collaboration, particularly in the era of COVID-19.
This year's virtual platform offered various engagement opportunities for guests to connect and explore collaborations, from the dialogue in the Auditorium to video-enabled rooms in the Networking Lounge. Guests also learnt about the SIF’s work in Indonesia at the virtual Exhibition Hall enabled by a chat function.
The event re-affirmed the strong people-to-people ties between Singapore and Indonesia, and underscored the importance of communities in the region to remain united to address global challenges.