Established in 1927, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organisation in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India’s struggle for independence, its industrialization, and its emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies. A non-government, not-for-profit organisation, FICCI is the voice of India’s business and industry. From influencing policy to encouraging debate, engaging with policy makers and civil society, FICCI articulates the views and concerns of industry. It serves its members from the Indian private and public corporate sectors and multinational companies, drawing its strength from diverse regional chambers of commerce and industry across states, reaching out to over 2,50,000 companies. FICCI provides a platform for networking and consensus building within and across sectors and is the first port of call for Indian industry, policy makers and the international business community.



The Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF), formerly known as the Singapore Manufacturers’ Association, was first established in 1932. Its main aim is to champion the Singapore manufacturing sector. Our mission is to represent the interest of the Singapore manufacturing community and to drive its competitiveness and sustainable growth through serving industry-specific needs. SMF is supported by 10 industry groups to serve diverse industry-specific needs, as well as 6 Centres of Excellence to offer our members a holistic approach towards improving competitiveness, upgrading skills and capitalising on new technologies. With a membership of over 3,000 corporate members ranging from MNCs to SMEs, SMF carries out a myriad of activities to enhance the competitive edge of our members.



ISAS was established in July 2004 as an autonomous research institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The establishment of ISAS reflects the increasing economic and political importance of South Asia, and the strong historical links between South Asia and Southeast Asia.

ISAS is dedicated to research on contemporary South Asia. The Institute seeks to promote understanding of this vital region of the world, and to communicate knowledge and insights about it to policy makers, the business community, academia and civil society, in Singapore and beyond.



CACCI is the apex organization for the regional grouping of 46 Member chambers of commerce industry, business association and business enterprises in Asia and the Western Pacific.

CACCI is a non-governmental organization serving as a forum for promoting the vital role of businessmen in the region, increasing regional business interaction, and enhancing regional economic growth. Since its establishment in 1966 some 44 years ago – CACCI has grown into a network of national chambers of commerce with a total now of 27 Primary Members. It cuts across national boundaries to link businessmen and promote economic growth throughout the Asia-Pacific region. CACCI is a non-governmental organization (NGO) granted consultative status, Roster category, under the United Nations. It is a member of the Conference on NGOs (CoNGO), an association of NGOs with UN consultative status.



Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce(SRCIC), is a non-profit and non-political international commercial organization jointly initiated and founded in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region by the chamber’s of commerce of the countries along the Silk Road and the Tang West Market Group, whose chairman of the board is the vice-president of China Chamber of International Commerce.

Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce was brought out, with the concept of openness, inclusiveness and development and the vision of globalization, SRCIC aims to build a service platform and cooperation mechanism of equality, efficiency and pragmatism.

The foundation of SRCIC is a joint initiative by international chamber of commerce of the countries along the Silk Road. In the future, each country can develop a branch of SRCIC, and the SRCIC will organize annual international summits, forums, seminars, fairs and other activities that every branch can attend. Through cooperation and communication, forum and exhibition, personnel training, investigation and visits and other activities, SRCIC aims to promote trade, cooperation and cultural exchanges among countries. SRCIC will adhere to harmony and inclusiveness, advocate civilization and tolerance, respect the development path and model of each country to benefit broader areas and more people.

SRCIC and its members will cooperate in areas of infrastructure, interconnection, industrial investment, resource development, economic cooperation, cultural exchanges, ecological protection and cooperation on the sea and other areas. They will also work together to promote the establishment of a positive, open, efficient, and convenient economic channel, so as to create an opportunity and platform of common prosperity and regional economic cooperation among countries along the original Silk Road.



The IATSS Forum is an international training institute established in 1985 that aims to bring out the best qualities in individuals who will one day become future leaders in the ASEAN region. The IATSS Forum provides a place where young professionals can gather. Inviting young and outstanding individuals from respective ASEAN countries, the Forum provides opportunities for participants to understand each others’ countries through seminars, field studies, group study, and cultural exchanges, as well as to make efforts to solve current issues in the ASEAN region and Japan, under the motto “Thinking and Learning Together.”

The Forum Program is prepared by the IATSS Forum Program Committee, which is comprised of intellectuals from various circles. The issues to be taken up change each time, depending on the demands of the times. Inviting top-class lecturers from academic societies and business circles, participants will be able to improve their leadership capacity while learning liberal arts, rather than conducting deep research in specific fields. 

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Written by Shreya Patil