New MOU to boost Asia F&B industry’s future

In its quest to “deepen cooperation in advancing the future of the food and beverage industry” Food & Hotel Asia (FHA), one of Asia’s largest international F&B trade exhibition events, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nanyang Polytechnic’s Asian Culinary Institute Singapore (NYP-ACI) last week at the Food Services Transformation Conference 2019 in Singapore.
Through the MOU, both parties will work together to organise and launch the NYP Learning Studio during FHA-Food & Beverage, from 31 March - 3 April 2020 at the Singapore Expo.
The MOU, in force for three years, was signed by Chris Kilbee, executive director for ASEAN at Informa Markets, and Charlene Ang, director of NYP-ACI and was witnessed by the conference’s guest of honour, Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry & Ministry of Education; Ng Cher Pong, chief executive of SkillsFuture Singapore; and Jeanne Liew, principal and CEO of NYP.
“As NYP’s Continuing Education & Training arm in culinary studies, NYP-ACI is invested in ensuring that our food services workforce remains competitive by providing opportunities for skills deepening and re-skilling while supporting companies in adopting the latest trends and technologies,” said Ang. “Working closely with the industry to co-create new solutions and initiatives for the rapidly-evolving F&B sector is our priority. This collaboration with Informa Markets is one such example.”
Aimed at promoting continuous learning and reskilling, the NYP Learning Studio will help FHA’s international participants cope with rapidly changing needs and give them a competitive edge to achieve success via a four-day seminar and workshop series that will focus on developing manpower capabilities, enhancing skills and competencies, and improving productivity for the sector. The curriculum will also place special emphasis on health and nutrition, sustainability, food waste management, successful franchising, design thinking, risk management in business and digital marketing in hospitality.
“We are pleased to sign this MOU with NYP-ACI, for it places us in a prime position to offer a wider platform for sharing best practices, knowledge exchange and skills upgrading to FHA participants,” said Informa’s Kilbee. “We look forward to working closely with NYP-ACI to address the knowledge gap the workforce in Singapore is facing, and support companies in their business transformation journeys.”

Photo caption: From left: Charlene Ang, Jeanne Liew, Senior Minister Chee Hong Tat,
Ng Cher Pong and Chris Kilbee (Image from Nanyang Polytechnic).

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