Singapore Chamber of Commerce 1862
The British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore was founded on February 8th, 1837 [M05 p35]
“On 8th February 1837, at a meeting of the merchants, agents and other interested in the trade of Singapore, convened by circular and held at the Reading Room for the purpose of taking into consideration the propriety of establishing a Chamber of Commerce at this Settlement, A. L. Johnston in the Chair, it was proposed ... That an Association be formed under the designation of ‘The Singapore Chamber of Commerce’ for the purpose of watching over the commercial interests of the Settlement.”
“The Singapore Chamber of Commerce is formed for the protection of the general interest of the trade of the settlement, for the collecting and classifying of mercantile information, for establishing a court of arbitration to adjust commercial differences which may be referred to it, and for communicating with the public authorities on all subjects aff ecting the common good.”
The original Committee was comprised of: A. L. Johnston (Chairman), T. McMicking, R. C. Healey, E .J. Giman, Syed Abubakar, Kim Guan, I. Zechariah, E. Boustead, J. Balestier, Gwan Chuan and A. Guthrie.
The Board in 1862
By 1921 all but the six firms marked "***" had disappeared. For some unknown reason the firm of Boustead and Co. (still active in 1921) was not a member.
In 1964, the Singapore Chamber of Commerce changed its name to Singapore International Chamber of Commerce.
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