The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) have extended their collaboration on the “Belt & Road” Chinese portal a year after its official launch.

SBF and SPH signed two MOUs – one on broadening the Chinese portal’s news content and adding an events calendar, and the other on developing an English version of the portal. The MOUs were signed by Mr Ho Meng Kit, CEO of SBF, and Ms Lee Huay Leng, Head of Chinese Media Group, SPH.

The “Belt and Road” portal is Southeast Asia’s first comprehensive website focusing on the Initiative. It presents individuals and businesses with the latest developments, as well as Singapore and regional perspectives, and insights on the opportunities and risks.

Since its launch in March 2016, the “Belt & Road” Chinese portal has received a total of 7.5 million page views, with visitors coming mainly from the Greater China Region, Singapore, ASEAN and the United States. Later in 2017, an English version of the portal will be unveiled. It will be aimed at attracting more international readers and widening the portal’s reach beyond the region. The “Belt & Road” English portal will leverage the overwhelming demand of “Belt and Road”-related news, as well as provide a Western community’s perspective on this initiative.

Mr S.S. Teo, Chairman of SBF said: “SBF is very pleased to further our collaboration with SPH. The ‘Belt & Road’ initiative is projected to involve 65 countries constituting 4.4 billion people and about 30 per cent of global GDP. It offers great business opportunities, so we strongly encourage Singapore businesses to visit the ‘Belt & Road’ portal often to gain insights and explore possibilities for business and investment.

SBF looks forward to continue working closely with SPH to make the ‘Belt & Road’ portal more informative for the business community.”

Mr Anthony Tan, Deputy CEO of SPH, said: “The Chinese ‘Belt and Road’ portal was well received by users from all sectors after its launch last year. We are happy to partner SBF to continue our expansion of the portal’s development by broadening its news content and launching an English version which will be unveiled later this year. ‘Belt and Road’ is a significant bilateral cooperation between Singapore and China. The English portal will help to strengthen the understanding of this initiative for readers and enterprises, and create more business opportunities in the region.”

The “Belt and Road” initiative has recently been identified by both governments as a focal point of China-Singapore bilateral cooperation. Singapore and Chinese companies should expect more partnership opportunities along the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” in the coming years.

Source: SBF