AAIS received a delegation of officials from Chongqing, China, at the Seletar Aerospace Park (SAP) Visitor Centre on 29 November 2016. The 29-member delegation was organised by the PRC Embassy in Singapore and led by Mr Zheng Chao, Economic and Commercial Counsellor and Mr Han Baochang, Director of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Strategic Interconnection Demonstration Project Management Bureau. The delegation was received by AAIS Honorary Treasurer Mr Chow Kok Wah (Air Transport Training College), Asst Honorary Secretary Ms Lim Hee Joo (Wah Son Engineering), Management Committee member Mr Philip Sung (Esterline Sensors Asia), and Chief Executive Mr Sia Kheng Yok.
The officials were in Singapore as part of a study visit of various industries including aviation, transport and finance. This was in relation to the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI), which was launched last November when President Xi Jinping visited Singapore. The CCI is the third Sino-Singapore Government-to-Government project after the Suzhou Industrial Park in 1994 and the Tianjin Eco-city in 2008. It focuses on developing four areas in the city: i) financial services, ii) aviation, iii)transport and logistics, and iv)information and communication technology.
During their visit to Seletar, the delegation was keen to learn about the structure of the aviation and aerospace industries in Singapore – particularly aspects of training and airport management. They were also interested to understand the advantages of having and being in the SAP and the infrastructure necessary to support and develop the industry. The group was also was also given a short tour of the SAP grounds.
The Joint Implementation Committee Meeting for the CCI is chaired by Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office. On the aviation front, Changi Airports International and Chongqing Airport Group are working on an agreement to set up a joint venture to manage the retail operations of the new Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport.