President Messages (2006/2007 & 2007/2008)

Dear Friends and Colleagues

2008 is a good time time for us to take stock, realign and to forge ahead.

These past two years have been very trying for the Executive Comiittee in our attempt to close the financial accounts from AGA Singapore and APDW2003. With the accounting audit completed in 2006, the surpluses were taken into our financial Report for the Year 2006 and adopted in the Annual General Meeting in November 2007. Both accounts were closed and surpluses transferred to GESS by end of 2007. In January 2008, we have also paid the tax levied on the two surpluses.

A review of the constitution of the Society, which has remained unaltered since inception, was conducted in early 2007. The main aims were to update and streamline the document for the benefit of all members. With unanimous agreement from members at Annual General Meeting in November 2007, the revised constitution was submitted to Registrar of Societies for approval and was eventually approved with minor modifications in March 2008. Noteworthy changes include limiting the office of Presidency to one two-year term and enacting a new position of President-elect to ensure continuity.

GIHep Singapore 2008, moving into its third year, found a new exciting partner in Society of Colorectal Surgeons (Singapore). With a more holistic approach to this important event, we will successfully bring together a record number and wonderful mix of renowned faculty both from the region and at home. This year’s event also attracted more than 50 foreign delegates from both the ASEAN and the rest of Asia.

With the Constitutional changes and more successful GIHep meetings, our society is now in an excellent position to take on greater challenges. Given that the last APDW held here was 2003, the Executive Committee felt it is opportune to bid for the Asia Pacific meeting. With the invitation by APAGE to submit bid for APDW2011, 2012 and 2013, the Executive Committee has decided to bid for APDW 2011 or 2012. We will also consider bidding for APASL thereafter. The Executive Committee has formed a dedicated committee to bid and organise the event. Dr Teo eng Kiong and I will take up the position of Co-Chairperson in the organising Committee, while A/Prof Yeoh Khay Guan and A/Prof Chow Wan Cheng have kindly agreed to the Scientific Co-Chairperson. The rest of the committee will be formed after we win the bid.

As it will be crucial for the members of the society to help us plan ahead, I sincerely invite you to join us in this coming Annual General Meeting on 12 July 2008 at Conrad Centennial Singapore at 1730 hours.

A/Prof Ooi Choon Jin
President (2006/2007 & 2007/2008)
Gastroenterological Society of Singapore