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First Virtual Annual General Meeting 2020
29 July 2020
In view of the COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, ASPRI held a virtual annual general meeting (AGM) for the first time on 29 July 2020. Attended by 57 members, the hour-long meeting over Zoom proceeded without a glitch.
In his opening address, ASPRI’s President Mr Charles Quek spoke of the extremely challenging times for the economy and the Process Industry due to COVID-19. He noted ASPRI had responded to these challenges and played a pivotal role in engaging government agencies, plant owners and other industry stakeholders in addressing issues faced by the members.
He said it was very important that “we stay united, help each other survive and emerge stronger together”.
Among the Association’s efforts to show solidarity and support were financial measures amounting some $500,000. They included a one-off 50 percent rebate off the annual membership subscription fee and the purchase of 8,000 reusable masks – one for each resident at ASPRI-Westlite Dormitory-Papan.
In spite of the crisis, the Association rolled out free e-learning courses to members, which were well received. Within six weeks, over 386 member companies signed up for some 38,000 e-training sessions.
Mr Quek said, “We are very encouraged by members’ response and participation. ASPRI-IPI will continue to enhance digital offerings to promote wider adoption of e-learning modules for the Process industry.”
During the meeting, members also received and approved ASPRI’s Audited Accounts for FY 19/20 that was presented by Treasurer Mr Danny Chua. For the next financial year, 20/21, Mr Chua projected a deficit amounting to S$200,000 because of the financial measures for members.
The 9-member 13th Executive Council (2020-2022) was also elected during the meeting, with Mr Quek, CEO of HSL Constructor Pte Ltd, re-elected for a sixth consecutive term as President. The Council includes two new members, namely Ms Grace Chia, Deputy Executive Chairman of Rotary Engineering Pte Ltd and Mr Cheng Beng Kwang, Director of Projects, PEC Ltd.
Mr Francis Tay, who had been ASPRI’s Vice President for six years, stepped down to make way for new blood in the team. In recognition of his immense contribution to the Process industry over the past 21 years, the Executive Council appointed Mr Tay as ASPRI’s first honorary member.