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Letter from our President, Sinuhé Arroyo

Dear members and friends of the Spanish-Singaporean Chamber of Commerce,

 

First of all, I hope you and your families, both here in Singapore but also and specially in Spain, are doing well and staying healthy during this difficult and challenging times.

As you know, we started this year with the uncertainty of the first cases of Coronavirus (later COVID-19) in Wuhan, China. The Singaporean Authorities acted swiftly and decisively  putting in place the first control measures to avoid the outbreak to happen in the country.

However, due to the rapid increase in the number of cases outside China, on March 11th, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s Director-General, announced that COVID-19 could be characterized as a pandemic. WHO urged countries to continue implementing a containment strategy while accelerating their efforts to control the disease.

From the SpanishCham SG we have been following all the measures recommended by the Singapore Government in an effort to try to keep our members informed and safe. The situation remains fluid yet under control. We are conscious that each day can make a difference, and so we all need to adapt to the new circumstances.

Particularly at this time we would like the Chamber to be of use and a source of value to our associates and the Spanish community in Singapore. I am in constant communication with our Ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Santiago Miralles, as well as Mr. José María Blasco, Economic and Commercial Counsellor attached to the Spanish Embassy, Mrs. Laura Martínez, our Managing Director, as well as our Board. We all agree on the importance of keeping the Chamber in action and creating value for our members.

For this reason, we had to postpone our face-to-face events, and started to organize a series of webinars. Our goal is to stay connected, keep you well informed and be of help if you need us. We are working together to maintain our engagement with you, other chambers, and the Singapore Authorities. We truly hope that we can continue providing the services that you need.

A new circuit breaker implementation started yesterday April 7th. As we all move into adapting to the new norm that seems will be with us for at least 4 weeks, we would like to share more detail on the new tighter measures that we will all have to follow in Singapore for the next month:

https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/circuit-breaker-to-minimise-further-spread-of-covid-19

Notably, yesterday too, the government passed legislation to ensure that citizens abide and respect the new circuit breaker:

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-social-gatherings-private-and-public-moh-12617800

Nonetheless, the Government is also offering some measures to support the economy during this challenging times. The so called Solidarity Budget puts in place supplementary measures to those announced in previous days, marking the first time in history that the Government has released three Budget statements in less than two months. You can follow this link to get more information:

https://www.singaporebudget.gov.sg/budget_2020/solidarity-budget

While the outlook starts to be more positive and China announced yesterday that Wuhan is now open and people free to travel, it is now, more than ever, that leaders must prepare their organizations to adapt to the new normal. From the Chamber, we will be supporting and guiding as much as we can our members. We send you our heartfelt support and positive feelings, trusting that we will be back to normality very soon.

 

Please stay safe!

Sinuhé Arroyo

 

 

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