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More companies, associations come on board for SG50

Plans shared by industry associations on Friday included an Amazing Aviators' Race to engage youths and a Great Singapore Food Gift Award to showcase local brands.

SINGAPORE: From 2015, Singaporeans can look forward to more activities for the SG50 celebrations, as more companies and associations come on board to mark the nation's 50 years of independence.

Some of the plans shared by the industry associations at the second engagement and networking session organised by the SG50 Partnership Committee on Friday (Aug 1) include an "Amazing Aviators' Race" to engage youths and promote greater understanding of the aviation industry, and a "Great Singapore Food Gift" Award to showcase local brands.

Fifteen industry associations took part in the event, an increase from the first session involving 10 associations. To date, close to 2,000 executives from more than 1,000 companies have attended these sessions.

"We aim to promote our Singapore products and also help our SMEs. We can pack local food products such as laksa paste, bird's nest and bak kut teh together as a Singapore product, so that locals and people from overseas can buy them," said Mr Thomas Pek Ee Perh, President of the Singapore Food Manufacturers' Association.

"We hope that next year's SG50 celebrations will be a special moment for the country, not just because we have a year-long series of activities, but we hope that every Singaporean can truly play a part in the celebrations," said Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing, who is Advisor to the SG50 Partnership Committe. "That as they celebrate, it's not just about an event, but it also embodies the spirit of what makes us Singaporeans. So for many people who have grown up from the years of independence till now, how we have overcome our challenges, our can-do spirit, and how we can face our future with confidence."

Mr Chan said that the committee will hold one to two more engagement sessions. He added that the ideas are still coming in, with many companies firming up their plans for the celebrations. 

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