Chung Mun Chia (Alphonsus )
Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has secured Singapore's interest in Rwanda's future. Singapore Cooperation Enterprise's Chief Executive Officer, Alphonsus Chia,
was in Kigali in February 2009 to talk up investment opportunities. This is
all part of President Kagame's plan to transform Rwanda into an East
African information technology hub and bring it into the ranks of the
middle-income countries by 2020. Chia's February visit followed the
announcement of development plans for Kigali, now home to a million
SCE and its partner Surbana Urban Planning Group were contracted in
early 2008 to draft the blueprint. Their plan includes new business
districts in Muhima, Kimicanga and Nyarungenge. Slums occupy much of
the land to be developed and new residential areas in Gasabo and
Nyarungenge will be built for the resettled. The project will be funded
by a 40 billion Rwandan franc (US$70.4 million) bond to be launched by Kenya's Dyer & Blair Investment Bank in April.
SCE was created in 2006 by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and
Trade and Industry to export the skills of Singapore's public sector
enterprises. Chia, then deputy CEO of International Enterprises
Singapore, the government's export promoter, took up the reins as CEO.
The Chairman is Peter Ho Hak Ean, Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Chia studied business administration at the National University of
Singapore, graduating in 1984 and returning to earn his master's in
business administration in 1998. He worked in France and Belgium and for Singapore Airlines and Reed Exhibitions before joining the Trade and Industry Ministry in 2004.