Lianhe Zaobao and Singapore Business Federation launch 'One Belt, One Road' portal

(From left) Mr Anthony Tan, executive vice-president of SPH's Chinese Media Group, Mr Teo Siong Seng, chairman of Singapore Business Federation, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades U
(From left) Mr Anthony Tan, executive vice-president of SPH's Chinese Media Group, Mr Teo Siong Seng, chairman of Singapore Business Federation, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress, Dr Lee Boon Yan, Chairman of Singapore Press Holdings, Mr Chen Xiaodong, Chinese Ambassador in Singapore, and Mr Ho Meng Kit, chief executive officer of Singapore Business Federation. ST PHOTO: CHONG KOH PING

SINGAPORE - A portal dedicated to the China-initiated "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) strategy was launched on Tuesday (March 8) by labour chief Chan Chun Sing.

This website, a first in South-east Asia focusing on OBOR, is jointly developed by Lianhe Zaobao, the Chinese flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF).

OBOR is an ambitious infrastructure and economic development strategy unveiled by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013.

It aims to connect with 65 countries over three continents via an overland belt that links China with Europe and a sea route that passes through South-east Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

This website seeks to drive a deep understanding of OBOR among Singapore enterprises, as well as offer Chinese readers around the world a Singaporean and South-east Asian perspective on OBOR.

It will present an overview of OBOR, its latest developments, news, business opportunities, analyses, commentaries and a calendar of activities relating to the regions along OBOR.

It will also feature in-depth interviews relating to OBOR.

"The establishment of the OBOR portal is timely," said Mr Chan, is also Minister in the Prime Minister's Office.

The portal will serve to help explain what is the OBOR and inform people of the opportunities available and connect interested parties with each other, he added.

Mr Chan, who is Singapore's pointman for the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI), the new Singapore-China government-led project in the western Chinese city, also gave updates on the project at the sidelines of the event.

A transport and logistics masterplan blueprint will be launched in April and there are plans to hold a seminar to provide a platform to connect businessmen and officials from both sides.

He pointed out that this project will have a broader definition of success, unlike the previous two government-to-government projects with China - in Suzhou and Tianjin.

"We are looking at developing enablers to increase the ease of doing business and lower operating costs, such as logistics and financing costs," said Mr Chan.

"This will unlock Chongqing's potential to develop into a multi-modal transportation hub to connect China to the rest of the world."