The delegation met again at 8.30h in the morning which was a good time to get together after an intense and interesting trip on Wednesday. The team showed up freshly recharged with new energy. Mr. Glatthard started the day with an insightful presentation about the challenges and opportunities for young professionals in the ASEAN region. His enthusiasm and his passion for the ASEAN business practices could be felt while he explained to us the major issues and opportunities that Europeans face when starting doing business in Asia. Furthermore, he encouraged us to network with different parties to help us launch our journey to become successful professionals. Moreover, he particularly gave us advice on how to proceed when you want to enter the ASEAN business world.
The next speech evolved around “Reshaping Urban Water and Singapore’s Quest for Sustainability”. Mr. Tuck Seng Low shared his knowledge and experience with the key characteristics of Singapore’s economy such as rapid industrialization, urbanization and the city’s density etc. which ultimately came at the cost of the environment. As emphasized by Mr. Low, the government is putting a lot of effort in taking eco-friendly measures in different sectors and is highly concerned about its water supply management.
The morning was concluded with a joint presentation from Roche with the InsightChina delegation. The speakers mainly talked about how making the Supply Chain Management more efficient and gave us a better understanding of why the prices of medical products are sometimes so high.
After enjoying an Asian lunch, the delegation was split up into three groups and rotated around different lecturers and guest speakers to get a deeper knowledge for the three countries and enabled us to ask more open and specific questions. Viet Nam was presented by our supervisor Mrs. Freiburghaus, Mr. Bohren gave us a deep insight into the Thai culture and that a certain behavior does not always correlate with our understanding of it. Last but not least, Mrs. Schärer informed us in an engaging and humoristic way about the quirks of Singapore and how surprisingly similar Singapore is to Switzerland on many levels.
All in all, the fourth day marked the last meeting of the preparatory seminar within the whole delegation and finished with a typical culinary treat from both countries, Switzerland and Viet Nam – chocolate and dried ginger plum.