SINGAPORE – Singapore’s schedule of flagship events – featured by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in August, the Shangri-La Dialogue in June and the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in November – is proceeding as planned, with organizers pledging to donate priority to health and safety measures and to keep an eye on the evolution of the pandemic situation of Covid-19.
Their assurances come on the heels of tightening restrictions announced last week in response to rising local infections.
As part of these measures, event participation limits have been reduced from 750 to 250, and pre-event testing should be used for meetings of more than 100 people.
While those restrictions currently apply until May 30, authorities have warned conditions remain fluid and uncertain, and event planners will need to revisit available options based on the latest developments.
The possibility of Singapore entering a second lockout has not been ruled out either.
Still, planning for WEF’s special annual meeting in Singapore August 17-20 remains on track, organizers said.
A spokesperson said the Switzerland-based organization is in close contact with the Singapore government and receives regular updates, and that the meeting will provide “the safest possible environment for a large-scale global gathering. “.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry said adjustments to the plans would be made if necessary, and reiterated that participants should adhere to strict public health requirements and safe management measures, including a safety regime. rigorous testing.
In addition to rigorous health protocols, the Shangri-La Dialogue from June 4 to 5 will feature an event “bubble” centered on the hotel it is named after. This will allow free in-person meetings and discussions between high-level defense decision-makers, as they will be able to move around the field with minimal restrictions.
A spokesperson for the organizer of the security summit – the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) – said it would continue to work closely with the Singapore government to ensure “the highest levels of security” to the participants.
Other events like the World Cities Summit (WCS) – hosted by the Living Cities Center and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of the Ministry of National Development – will continue with scaled-down plans.
It was originally scheduled to be held at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Center from June 20 to 24, in conjunction with the National Environment Agency’s CleanEnviro Summit Singapore and Singapore International Water Week by the National Environment Agency. ‘PUB water.
Instead, WCS 2021 will run with a mix of “hybrid” and fully virtual sessions from June 21 to 23, before a series of webinars from July to November.
The number of local participants who will form the in-person audience will remain limited, given the pandemic, a spokesperson added.
PUB’s Water Week will now feature a hybrid summit on June 21, followed by a two-week virtual expo.
This year’s CleanEnviro event, meanwhile, was reconfigured as a one-day conference in September, targeting attendees at the local executive level.
At the end of the year, the Bloomberg New Economy Forum November 16-19 will bring together leading government leaders and business people – including Tesla boss Elon Musk – to discuss global challenges.