Understanding FTA Opportunities and the Impact of Global Trends and Disruptions





As we move into 2019, potential momentous events like Brexit and the US-China trade negotiation deadline are on the horizon. Geopolitical and technology trends have led to a new era of positive and negative trade disruptions with complicated impacts. SMEs are finding increasing importance in being more proactive and resilient in managing their supply chain.


  • New Disruptions, Global Trends and their Possible Implications on local Businesses
  • Updates and Opportunities on Singapore's Free Trade Agreement (FTA) front
  • Resources for SMEs on Trade and Indirect Tax


Ms Mok Sze Xin - Associate Director, Ernst & Young Asia Pacific 

Based in Singapore, Sze Xin is an Associate Director in the EY Asia Pacific Tax Centre covering indirect taxes, customs and global trade issues in EY.

Sze Xin read Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Oxford University as an undergraduate, followed by M.A. at Columbia University in New York, M.Eng in Supply Chain Management at MIT etc.

Previously at Singapore Economic Board of Development, she has worked extensively over a decade with companies and governments in the Asia-Pacific region to facilitate global trade-related matters including but not limited to investment location studies, business model restructuring, investment protection, regulatory market access issues, customs matters, export control, anti-dumping, government procurement and FTAs. This included representing the Singapore government at FTA negotiations, ASEAN and ASEAN + Dialogue Partner committees on trade, investment, regional industrial cooperation and industry specific committees.

Dr Christopher Lim - Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University​

Chris read Pure Mathematics as an undergraduate, followed by a MS in Systems Engineering; and subsequently a PhD in Developmental Neuroscience, as a recipient of the John Crawford Scholarship and the Glaxo Wellcome Scholarship, at the Australian National University. He is a member of the Omega Rho International (Operations Research) Society and a fellow of the International Development Centre of Japan.

Over the past few decades, Chris has been involved in technical consultancy and research in a number of disciplines -- demography; solar energy systems; distributed power systems; systems & control engineering; and functional development of embryonic brain. In addition, he has also been working extensively in economic planning and formulation of national economic strategies. More recently he has also researched into antimicrobial resistance, climate change and biomimicry.

Currently, Chris is a Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.