Upon assuming leadership and responsibility in May 2020, the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (SICCI) new board has set up a SICCI Covid-19 Task Force with the singular aim of helping businesses course through the COVID-19 crisis.
In doing so, it helps SICCI members navigate the pandemic relief schemes, procure financial support and stay abreast of changes to take on business opportunities when conditions improve.
The task force is spearheaded by Mr. Chandra Mohan Rethnam, Vice Chairman of SICCI and a partner at law firm Rajah & Tann. He is supported by board directors Mr. Parthiban Murugaiyan and Mr. JK Saravana.
Thus far, the task force has been actively reaching out to members and non-members alike through its initiatives. It has conducted four webinars on business resilience, digitalization, financial management and leveraging on government schemes and support. A survey was also administered to better understand the needs of SMEs and provide guided assistance during such trying times.
The key actions of the taskforce include connecting businesses to financial institutions, helping businesses upgrade and promoting new opportunities, providing feedback to the government, addressing key issues faced by the business community and disseminating key information as a dedicated communication channel.