Dear Fellow STEP Members,

It is my honour to serve as President of STEP Singapore Branch. We are faced with a choppy recovery of world economy, stringent regulatory environment and constant changing tax regulations. I would like to see the Branch to be used by members as a platform to share experience and learn as we move into a challenging era of our time.

Estate planning in the recent years has changed from what used to be "simple" planning to a more wide range, comprehensive planning for many families. Aspects such as planning for their family business, family governance and philanthropy are common discussion topics with families. As professional advising families, we need to equip ourselves with current knowledge to make our conversations with families meaningful. To bring to bear our expertise to the families we advise. In this connection, the Branch is committed to bring you topics that are useful and relevant for your professional development, as you will see in this coming STEP Asia Conference with a good range of topics.

As the trust industry grows, we are also facing a shortage of trust professionals. I have seen many interested persons who would like to join our profession. Training therefore becomes critical to bring up the skill level across the industry. In this regard, I would like to be able to work with partners in our industry to increase the level of professionalism of trust practitioners in Singapore through course syllabus, course availability and enhancement.

STEP Singapore has a healthy growing membership especially our student membership. Notwithstanding, we would like to reach out to other professionals in Singapore, familiarise them of our activities and encourage them to join our profession. In some ways, these professionals' services are interconnected to our area of practice.

I look forward to an exciting year. First and foremost, I would like to thank my committee members for supporting me in this journey. My fellow committee members are :-

  Vice President: Mr James Aitken
  Treasurer: Ms Lim Wan Peng
  Secretary: Mr Alexis Medina
  Committee Members: Mr Lee Chiwi and Ms Seema Bhayat

I will keep you posted with development of our Branch through our E newsletter. Finally, I look forward to your participation in the Branch's activities.

Goh Seow Chee

President, STEP (Singapore Chapter), 2011-2014

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