US envoy, SMF chief leading mission to Washington

The Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and the Embassy of the United States in Singapore are organising a week-long business mission to the US capital, Washington, starting today, in conjunction with the SelectUSA Investment Summit 2016.

US Ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wager and SMF president Douglas Foo will lead the 13-member delegation, which includes representatives from a number of sectors, such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical and information technology, textiles, legal and manufacturing.

Their objective is to assist Singapore companies which are interested in expanding into the US market.

This is the first mission to the United States by the SMF with the US Embassy, following the signing of the Statement of Intent in February between the US Department of Commerce and SMF.

The SelectUSA Summit - which will be held next Monday and Tuesday - brings together companies from all over the world as well as economic development organisations from all corners of the country, to facilitate investment in the US.

With more than 2,000 participants attending this year's summit, Singapore delegates will have access to unique networking opportunities, online matching, and insights from global CEOs and senior US leaders, said an SMF statement.

US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver the summit's keynote addresses.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'US envoy, SMF chief leading mission to Washington'. Print Edition | Subscribe