The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1906 by prominent members of the Chinese community in Singapore as the General Chinese Trade Affairs Association. Its first president was Goh Siew Tin, who was one of the most influential Chinese merchants in Singapore at the time. The chamber’s name was changed to the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) in June 1977 to better reflect the involvement of the chamber in both trade and industry matters.
The SCCCI has a current membership network of some 149 trade associations and 4,000 corporate entities. It plays a key role in representing the interests of its members, and in promoting economic development and international trade for Singapore. The SCCCI founded the biennial World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention and the World Chinese Business Network, which is a global online business information portal.
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2. Zhou, 2007, p. 38; Chinese chamber to be registered as company. (1940, 4 June). The Straits Times, p. 11; Funeral of Mr. Goh Siew Tin. (1909, March 4). The Straits Times, p. 7. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884–1942), 2 Apr 1906, p. 2; Chamber to change name to represent industry too. (1977, June 1). The Straits Times, p. 8; Chamber's change of name approved. (1977, June 16). The Straits Times, p. 11. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry. (2013). Chamber's profile. Retrieved September 12, 2013, from SCCCI website: http://english.sccci.org.sg/index.cfm?GPID=6
5. S’pore to host first-ever world Chinese entrepreneurs’ meet. (1991, August 6). The Straits Times, p. 36; Tan, T. (1995, December 9). World's first on-line Chinese business network launched. The Straits Times, p. 3. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
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