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ASPRI Process Industry Prosperity Lohei Dinner 2019
12 February 2019
ASPRI ushered in the Year of the Golden Pig together with over 650 guests comprising representatives from nearly 1/3 of our total membership of 517 and about 40 representatives from government agencies, plant owners and industry partners at our Process Industry Prosperity Lohei Dinner on 12 February 2019.
Held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Singapore, the event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Dr. Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry.
In his welcome speech, ASPRI President Charles Quek shared with the guests that in 2018, ASPRI had over 50 events, seminars, workshops and networking sessions – one event for every week throughout the year, well attended by more than half of our 517 member companies. He thanked member companies for their participation.
He also highlighted that the association would be completing and rolling out the 13 WSQ Skillset and launching a novel 4-in-1 training skid by the middle of 2019.
Mr Quek concluded his speech by encouraging members “to continue to upskill their work force, build strong capabilities and collaborate with fellow members to co-create a bigger, better and brighter Process industry in Singapore and beyond”.
Minister Koh, in his speech, commended ASPRI for being one of the progressive Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs) with its training division for conducting a record high of more than 260,000 training hours to 27,000 PCM workers in 2018.
Continuing the traditional of the six previous years, the Association gave out the ASPRI Star Award 2019 to the most deserving supporter and contributor to the development of the PCM industry. This year’s award was presented to Mr James Goh, Immediate Past President (2012 – 2019) who, as ASPRI’s 5th President (2004 – 2012), “help strengthened the capabilities of In 2005, Mr Goh also led ASPRI to become a pioneer TAC to embark on the Local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) programme together with the then SPRING Singapore and IE Singapore.
A landmark industry event was also celebrated on that evening. Witnessed by Minister Koh, ASPRI signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) with the Singapore Welding Society (SWS) to allow our trainees to take one test and receive 2 certifications from both the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) national training credential system and to meet the criteria for the enhanced R1 for lower levy.
True to ASPRI’s objective of Connect, Engage and Grow, the annual affair was most enjoyable for our industry friends and partners. The audience were treated to a display by drones to signify steps taken by ASPRI towards digitalisation. Other entertainment highlights of the night include an entrancing performance from a mentalist that left the audience in awe, the humorous host that gave lottery digits and made everyone go into fits of laughter during the stage games, and the ever-exciting lucky draw that saw six lucky winners going home with attractive prizes.