Alphonsus Chia Chung Mun
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 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.
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.
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.