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Convention and Trade Show

To all WLA2006 delegates, exhibitors, contributors and partners, a BIG THANK YOU from WLA and the Singapore Organising Committee for your participation!

Dear friends

As the curtain closes on the 2006 World Lottery Association Convention and Trade Show in Singapore, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who was instrumental in one way or another, in orchestrating and contributing to the success of WLA2006 !

We hope that our delegates, exhibitors and all participants had a fruitful and rewarding experience that will pay off handsomely ‘beyond numbers’ in the near future.

From the bottom of the hearts of the 100 staff/volunteers/singers from Singapore Pools, we applaud:

  • Our 1,100 participants from all five continents, who by their active participation and dedicated support for our Business Programme and Trade Show, validated WLA2006 as an important forum of exchange and marketing platform;
  • Our gallery of 70 eminent speakers, moderators and facilitators who added value to our Business Programme by their in-depth knowledge and insightful experiences;
  • WLA Contributors and other exhibitors for offering a stimulating gaming experience for customers and hosting social corporate events for delegates;
  • Our 50-strong volunteer team from 15 countries who provided service with a smile, climaxing in their joyous burst of dance at the Closing Dinner;
  • Our business partners in the social programmes and lecture tours which provided an enriching experience for delegates and their partners;
  • Our guest performers and singers from NUSS Choir, Victoria Chorale and Yuying Secondary School for the spectacular performances reflecting the multi-cultural diversity and open hearts of Singaporeans; and
  • Our local sponsors for their generosity.

We would like to thank His Excellency, President S R Nathan, for presenting the donation of S$31.8 million from Singapore Pools and its parent company, the Singapore Totalisator Board, to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) on the occasion of WLA2006. The donation is part of Singapore Pools’ long-term partnership with NCSS in aid of the elderly, disabled and the needy.

We would also like to thank our other Guests-of-Honour, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education and 2nd Minister for Finance, as well as Mr Zainudin Nordin, Mayor, Central Singapore Community Development Council for gracing the Trade Show and the Closing Dinner respectively.

It was Singapore Pools’ special privilege to host the Convention that marks the retirement of our long-time friend, Ms Yvonne Schnyder, Secretary-General, World Lottery Association. We will always remember Yvonne as the quintessential “Ms WLA” with her indomitable spirit, charm and graciousness; and we thank her for her guidance and support in the planning of WLA2006. We wish her “Happy Retirement” and many new windows of opportunity.

In closing, Singapore Pools would like once again, to thank Mr Reidar Nordby Jr and the 2003 WLA Executive Committee for entrusting Singapore Pools with the task of organising WLA2006. We would also like to thank the 2005/06 Executive Committee for supporting us through the organisation of WLA 2006. Finally, we wish to register our appreciation to Lynne, Thomas, Nadia and Melissa of WLA as well. They were unstinting in their support and it was a pleasure to work with them.

To everyone, we say once more, “Thank you for sharing this momentous event with us!”

Yours sincerely,

Arch Gleason
& Chairman, Convention Committee
World Lottery Association 
Tan Soo Nan
Chief Executive Officer
Singapore Pools (Private) Limited
& Chairman,
WLA2006 Singapore Organizing Committee


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