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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE: THE SINGAPORE BULLION MARKET ASSOCIATION

By SBMA

The Singapore Bullion Market Association (SBMA) is proud to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. This milestone marks a significant journey for the organisation, which has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of the precious metals industry in Singapore and the wider Asian region.
This special feature brings together congratulatory messages from our valued member companies and business associates. Their words reflect not only the achievements of the SBMA but also the spirit of collaboration and innovation that has driven our success.
As we look ahead, the SBMA remains committed to its core mission: to promote the interests of the precious metals industry and establish Singapore as a global hub for this vital asset class. We are confident that the coming years will bring even greater opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and growth.
In the following pages, you will hear from industry leaders who share their perspectives on the SBMA’s journey and their hopes for the future. We invite you to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion!

Albert Cheng

CEO, Singapore Bullion Market Association

CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES FROM MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Congratulations to SBMA on reaching this significant milestone of its 30th anniversary! Your unwavering dedication to advancing the interests of the precious metals industry has been truly commendable.
Looking ahead, my hope for SBMA’s next chapter is to continue driving innovation and collaboration within the bullion industry, further solidifying Singapore’s position as a global hub for precious metals. Building on the momentum gained in recent years, I envision SBMA playing an even greater role in facilitating cross-border trade, promoting sustainable practices, and nurturing talent within the industry.
Additionally, I believe there is immense potential for Singapore to enhance its collaboration with key players in the Asian gold market, such as China, India, Australia, and ASEAN neighbours. By leveraging our collective strengths and expertise, we can unlock new opportunities for growth and establish Singapore as a premier destination for refining, trading, and custody of physical precious metals.
KL Yap, General Manager, Singapore Refining Unit, Metalor Technologies (Singapore) Pte Ltd & SBMA Chairman
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2017: Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Chinese Gold & Silver Exchange Society and the Singapore Bullion Market Association at the inaugural APPMC 2017.
The 30th anniversary not only symbolises three decades of existence but also embodies a celebration of courage, resilience, and the unwavering belief in turning dreams into reality. SBMA has evolved into a prominent regional bullion association, facilitating industry participants in expanding their business endeavours. Congratulations on SBMA’s remarkable achievement on its 30th anniversary!
Vinh Nguyen, Head of Precious Metals, Asia, StoneX APAC Pte Ltd & SBMA Vice Chairman
Congratulations to the Singapore Bullion Market Association on reaching its remarkable 30th anniversary milestone! It has been an incredible journey working alongside such dedicated individuals and industry experts, all driven by a common goal: to elevate and innovate the bullion market landscape in the region. Together we have navigated through challenges, explored opportunities and built a foundation of trust and integrity. We still have a lot of work ahead of us but are confident in what future holds for the SBMA and its members. Also, big thanks go to the past & present leadership and secretariat team for their dedication and determination. Here’s to three decades of excellence in the bullion market and to the exciting journey ahead!
Kazuya Naoki, Head of Metals, Asia, ICBC Standard Bank Plc, Singapore Branch & SBMA Honorary Secretary
On behalf of Brink’s Global Services, I would like to congratulate the Singapore Bullion Market Association on their 30-year anniversary. A significant milestone. Happy birthday SBMA! I would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Albert Cheng, Margaret Wong, Fabian Lew from the SBMA, the office bearers (both former and present), the management committee and the members for making SBMA what it is today. A special acknowledgement to Albert and Margaret for their leadership, drive and determination which pathed the way forward.
Reaching a member base of 69 and counting, its numerous successes and international standing are commendable. The SBMA has created a healthy and professional environment for market players and associations to cement relationships to work together to drive growth. Through dedication and rigor, the SBMA has been a driver to market development in the Lion City, Asia, and rest of the world. We look forward to the next 30 years and the Forward SBMA 2030 initiative!
Andrew Clarke, Head of Brink’s Global Services, Brink’s Global Services Pte Ltd & SBMA Honorary Treasurer
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2018: Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Vietnam Gold Traders Association and the Singapore Bullion Market Association at the 2nd APPMC 2018.
Congratulations to SBMA on completing 30 years. JPMorgan, as one of the founding members, has been part of its extraordinary journey filled with challenges and triumphs, and is proud of how far SBMA has come. Whether putting Singapore on the map as a regional Precious Metals trading hub or organizing industry-leading Precious Metals conferences, SBMA has achieved many milestones. We wish it continued success in the future as it works to further advance the activities and interests of the precious metals industry in the region.
Raman Walia, Executive Director, Head of Commodities Sales – APAC, JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A.
We are delighted at SBMA’s remarkable 30-year journey. It is the dedication and passion of each member of the team that has helped propel the organisation to embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities, forge lasting relationships with various partners and stakeholders, and galvanise the precious metal community. With unwavering belief in the shared vision and mission, here are our wishes for growth, success, and making a difference to the region. Congratulations!
David Tait, CEO, World Gold Council
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2019: Cake-cutting ceremony in celebration of SBMA’s 25th anniversary at the 3rd APPMC 2019.
Congratulations to SBMA on reaching its 30th anniversary! We celebrate another year of collaboration, growth and unwavering support as we strive towards elevating Singapore into a leading precious metals hub in the Asia Pacific region. SBMA’s steadfast commitment to supporting member firms in establishing a foothold in the vast precious metal ecosystem continues to be integral to the success and growth of the Singapore precious metals industry. Let’s look forward to many more years of shared accomplishments. Happy 30th Anniversary!
Alan Liew, Head of Bullion & Commodities Trading, United Overseas Bank Limited
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2022: Roundtable discussion on China at the 5th Hybrid APPMC 2022. Panellists (L to R): Zhao Fanghua (Shanghai Gold Exchange International), Alan Liew (United Overseas Bank), Tracy Yan (Shanghai Gold Exchange International), Huang Yourong (Zijin Mining Group), and Albert Cheng (SBMA).
On behalf of Metals Focus, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Singapore Bullion Market Association on its 30th anniversary. It has been a privilege for Metals Focus to work with the Association, joining its ranks in 2019 and becoming a member of its Management Committee last year. Just as it has for so many other companies in the precious metals industry, the SBMA has played a key role in the development of Metals Focus’ presence and business in East Asia. The SBMA provides an important platform and network for ASEAN and wider APAC precious metals markets to link up with the rest of the world, through Singapore’s ecosystem. Its flagship event, the Asia Pacific Precious Metals Conference, has become a staple in the precious metals calendar, offering a much-needed opportunity to learn about the latest trends in our industry as well as connect with clients, partners and friends every June. Metals Focus would like to thank the SBMA for its invaluable contribution to the industry and wish it continued successes in its fourth decade and beyond. We look forward to being part of its journey, as it continues to shape Singapore’s, APAC’s and ultimately the global precious metals market landscape.
Nikos Kavalis, Managing Director, Metals Focus Singapore Pte Ltd
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2022: SBMA members visited the DOJI Tower, headquarters of the DOJI Gold & Gems Group, which is also the largest diamond-shaped building in Hanoi, following the Vietnam Gold Jewellery Market Forum.
Happy 30th anniversary SBMA! On this milestone anniversary, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for your hard work and dedication to the Singapore Bullion Industry. Today, we celebrate the vision, resilience, and unwavering commitment of the SBMA team that have made this possible. Your commitment and passion have been instrumental in building connectivity across the Singapore and regional bullion ecosystem.
As we reflect on the challenges overcome and the lessons learned, we can embrace the incredible journey that we have been through together with the SBMA the last 10 years that MTS Gold has been in Singapore. MTS Gold has worked hand in hand with the SBMA as key player in ASEAN gold ecosystem, and we are committed to continuing our innovation as an integral member of the SBMA.
There is much gratitude for the journey together, excitement for the future, and pride for all the SBMA has accomplished. May this anniversary be a reminder of how far we’ve come and how much more we can achieve. As we toast to another year of accomplishments, let’s remember that the best is yet to come. Wishing you continued success as we celebrate this milestone hand in hand.
Golf Hirunyasiri, CEO, MTS Gold Global Trading Pte Ltd
As the CEO of YLG Bullion Singapore, I am delighted to extend heartfelt congratulations to SBMA on its 30th anniversary. Since our membership in 2015, we have witnessed the remarkable growth of the Singapore bullion market, thanks in large part to SBMA’s invaluable contributions. Under the exemplary leadership of Albert, the CEO of SBMA, Singapore has emerged as a prominent gold hub in Asia. His steadfast guidance has been instrumental in steering the industry towards success.
SBMA’s commitment to excellence and innovation has not only elevated the stature of the Singapore bullion market but has also paved the way for future growth and prosperity. As we celebrate this milestone, we express our deepest appreciation to SBMA for its dedication to advancing the bullion industry and fostering a collaborative and thriving ecosystem. Here’s to thirty years of achievement and many more to come. Congratulations on this momentous occasion.
Pawan Nawawattanasub, CEO, YLG Bullion Singapore Pte Ltd
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2023: A group photo of the SBMA Management Committee members at the 6th APPMC 2023.
Congratulations to the SBMA on turning 30 years old! It’s somewhat sobering for me to write this, but that almost matches the number of years I have been involved in the precious metals market. It has been wonderful to witness the SBMA evolve during that time. Much of that time was from a distance, as my career has taken me to New York and London as well for 16 of those years, but this last trimester of my career has been here in Asia, and I’m proud to be associated with the SBMA.
I wish I could say that I was a strong advocate of the SBMA from the beginning, but the truth is, I was a little hesitant of its role and efficacy, but time and time again it has proven its value. I need to congratulate Albert Cheng in particular for having the vision of Asia’s growing footprint in the global market, and Singapore’s potential to be a significant hub. When I moved back to this region in 2012, it also coincided with an explosive growth in the region that remains to this day. The SBMA has been instrumental in bringing together the main stakeholders from government, banks, dealers, security carriers, and refiners where the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
We have all accumulated memorable moments during our careers I’m sure, but there is something about the gold market that seems to make it the most interesting of markets and communities. I did share one of many memorable moments involving Singapore’s development with KL Yap, our current Chairman. He tells it better than me, so perhaps grab him during the conference and ask!
The centre of gravity for the gold market has been shifting toward Asia for many years now and I can’t see that reversing anytime soon. I think it was Oscar Wilde who said a cynic knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing. I see the value of the SBMA’s role every time I attend a Management Committee meeting, as I survey the room populated with such wide and vast experience.
I’ll end this note as I began it – Congratulations again on turning 30, SBMA. I’m so proud to be associated with it and its members.
John Levin, Global Metals, TD Securities