Welcome Address by Mr Bernard Tay President of Automobile Association of Singapore on 19 February 2008 at 10am at ASEAN Room, Hilton Hotel Singapore

Fellow members of FIA Region II Exco

Friends from the media

A very good morning to all of you. On behalf of AA Singapore, I would like to welcome our FIA Region II delegates to Singapore. I hope you had a good night’s rest, and feel refreshed and recharged for today’s meeting. I would also like to thank our media friends for joining us this morning.

AA Singapore is pleased to play host to this year’s FIA Region II Exco meeting. The last time we hosted the meeting was in 2005. Since then, t he Association has had two eventful years; there was a change in AA Singapore Presidentship in 2006, and the Association celebrated its 100 th anniversary in 2007.

In response to rising global concerns on road safety and environmental issues associated with car use, the Committee will be discussing th ese issues at length during this meeting. As a strong advocate of road safety, AA Singapore will continue to play our role in this area by working closely with our loca l partners and other counterparts. We look forward to sharing our experiences and initiati ves in the promotion of safe driving with the Committee. The meeting will also b e a platform for members to discuss various green car initiatives, a topic that is increasingl y becoming a focal point for land transport issues in many developed and some developing countries.

With representatives from the various Asia Pacific countries, we look forward to an interesting exchange of ideas and initiatives at this me eting. We could also learn from each other’s experiences and even adapt some ideas for implementation in our home country.

AA Singapore is proud to be a part of the FIA family. Through our affiliation with the FIA, our members can enjoy reciprocal breakdown and towing services, as well as travelling and motoring related benefits and privileges in more than 120 countries worldwide.

As a member of FIA Region II and the treasurer of the Exco, AA Singapore will continue to lend our support, and partake actively in the pro grammes and activities organised by the Federation and the Committee. Exco members, if you need assistance, please feel free to approach any of the AA Singapore staff in attendance. I wish all of you a p leasant and enjoyable stay in Singapore.

Thank you.