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The Fourth Singapore Economic Roundtable March 2005

The Singapore Economic Roundtable is a forum of leading economists, policy makers and business leaders who gather twice a year to discuss important issues that impact on Singapore's economy. A joint effort of the Institute of Policy Studies and The Business Times, it raises questions on the role that government organisations in Singapore can play, and the ways in which we should reposition ourselves to meet new challenges.

The Fourth Singapore Economic Roundtable includes:

  • Recent macroeconomic developments in Singapore, by Edward Robinson, Executive Director, Economic Policy Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Economic Outlook and Budget, Implications on Monetary Policy, by Dr Timothy Condon, Managing Director and Head of Research, Asia, ING Bank N V
  • Singapore: Asia's Global City?, by Sanjeev Sanyal, Director, Global Markets research, Deutsche Bank A G

The Fourth Singapore Economic Roundtable tackles issues on Singapore's competitiveness such as:

  • new areas of growth and higher levels of competitiveness in some service areas;
  • policy makers assessing fiscal policy solely on whether competitiveness is enhanced;
  • whether Singapore is capable of becoming an Asian global city; and
  • what Singapore can do to improve relations with her neighbours

One of the questions thrown up by the open discussion at the Roundtable is: what are the consequences of becoming a global city? This fourth Roundtable report will hopefully provide some answers to this and other questions, and promote positive changes in Singapore's fiscal and foreign policies.


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The Illustrated Men In White

This is for teens, the time-strapped fans of graphic novels and all who love a good real-life story.

The tales here of power, struggle and betrayal were inspired by the best-selling Men in White. They were picked because they captured the imagination of The New Paper team behind The Illustrated Men In White.

The graphic novel begins at the close of World War II. And stops at 1961, just before the familiar story of merger and separation begins. Years packed with the passion of the key players, the sacrifices for a larger cause, the ideals and realpolitik.


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The Journey - Singapore's Land Transport Story

Real stories. Real life in Singapore.

Ordinary Singaporeans speak in The Journey, the first major book on Singapore's land transport story. The Journey covers the entire transport tapestry from road to rail, past, present and future. Transport policy can shape a nation, its people, physical appearance and economy... Singapore is no exception. The fast-moving and efficient style that Singapore has made its own owes much to the painstaking work of transport planners, and to their early embrace of technology and innovative ideas.

From the colonial days when road-building was a heroic endeavour conducted in the face of tigers and impenetrable jungles, through the glory days of the Public Works Department's ventures with its bridges and expressways, to the high drama of the "Great MRT Debate" of the 1970s and 1980s, and the strategic planning of the Land Transport Authority since 1995, The Journey is a riveting saga of a nation's emergence into the mordern world.

The Journey tells the story of how a derelict bus service riddled with gangsters was dragged towards a modern management style and service ethic that now provides commuters with air-conditioned buses and on-board televisions. And there is the ongoing wonder of deep-tunnelling for the underground MRT amid a low water table and historic city precincts replete with heritage buildings.

Here too is the nitty-gritty of how Singapore grapples with the challenges of a tiny but discerning market that swings perpetually between the need for centralised economics of scale and privatisation to simulate transport excellence. Finally, a glimpse of an extraordinary vision of the future is offered, as Singapore moves towards a world-class land transport system.


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Singapore Places its Bets (buy direct from Amazon.com)

Singapore Places its Bets sketches out some of the transformative bold changes that have occurred in Singapore society since the late 1990s. It focuses on Singapore’s ambitious efforts to re-orient its economy to take on the challenges thrown up by the competitive pressures of globalisation, and how in the process it has had to “remake” itself. The advent of casinos is a part of that remaking process. Once repeatedly rejected by a socially conservative government that has ruled the city-state since its independence in 1965, casinos, as part of two “integrated resorts”, will now become a fixture of the Singapore landscape. The likely economic benefits and social consequences of casino gambling in a densely populated city-state are examined at length. Singapore’s relatively liberal policy of allowing foreign nationals to live, study, work and take up permanent residency and citizenship will also be scrutinised largely in terms of its impact on social cohesion and national identity. Have the transformative economic and social changes that have occurred in a small country over such a short space of time, and at such breakneck speed, unwittingly morphed it from being a nation-state to being purely an economic entity? This book will provide a few answers to that and other questions.


The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Airfreight Forwarding

For the first time, there is now a text that encompasses all you need to know about airfreight forwarding. This book, written specifically on air cargo, provides a comprehensive framework of the concepts and applications involved in airfreight, including the latest information on pricing, regulations, handling procedures and modern equipment such as aircraft, containers and materials handling equipment.

The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Airfreight Forwarding will give practitioners all-round knowledge of current, practical, hands-on field applications, while keeping them in touch with real-life practices. It is specially tailored for airfreight industry personnel, including shippers from industries like electronics, pharmaceuticals, flowers and live tropical fishes.

The book includes topics such as :

  • the roles of government agencies and associations in the industry
  • manuals and guidelines for different types of cargo, including livestock, dangerous good and perishables
  • functions of airlines' ground handling agents
  • free trade zones, cross docking (consolidation, break-bulk, mixing)
  • types of aircraft, containers and materials handling equipment
  • import/export declarations and prohibited goods
  • preparation of air waybills and calculation of freight rates
  • the internet and its facilitation of e-commerce

Readily understood and easily put into practice, this book commissioned by the Singapore Logistics Association is the ideal reference or textbook for the practitioner, student and layperson.


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The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Multimodal Transport

Logistics providers often use ships, trucks and aircraft in different combinations when a destination cannot be reached by a single mode of transport alone. Now, here is a complete reference to multimodel transport: regulations and conventions, liability and insurances issues, special project transport operations and the alternatives when plans fail due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Multimodal Transport is specially written for freight forwarding personnel and those joining the industry, and also serves as a useful guide to anyone who needs to arrange transport for shipments. It provides comprehensive information on current practices, along with real-life case studies to illustrate actual field applications.

The book includes topics such as:

  • liability of the multimodal transport operator and its limits
  • combinations of transport modes (sea-air, air-road, piggyback, land-sea-land, among others)
  • special transport operations (delivering power plant equipments, helicopters, household goods)
  • insurance issues and excluded perils
  • thinking in alternatives - what happens when there is a strike or port congestion?
  • the  conventions and regulations in force today
  • documentation (bill of lading, FIATA transport documents, air waybill, sea waybill)
  • the role of ASEAN

Commissioned by the Singapore Logistics Association, The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Multimodal Transport is the ideal reference or textbook for the practitioner, student and layperson.


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The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Safety And Security

The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, stunned the world into looking at the issue of security much more seriously. No longer is supply chain security just about controlling theft - the supply chain can be made use of by terrorists and other undesirable elements. In this comprehensive guide for practitioners to the best practices in safety and security, you will learn how to prevent such undesirable elements from exploiting weakness in any of the links in your supply chain . This book provides extensive insights into the subject of safety and security, and is a good quick read for anyone trying to come to grips with one of the greatest challenges of our times.

The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Safety And Security leaves no stones unturned on the issue of supply chain security. The tips are very practical and the "must-get-it-rights" are clearly signposted. It includes a discussion on the nature of terrorism, counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

This book encompasses topics such as:

  • International, national and industry security initiatives
  • Personnel security and pre-employment screening
  • Documentation processing and procedural security
  • Cargo and conveyance security
  • Incident management
  • Managing investigation
  • Emergency  management
  • Security education and training

Commissioned by the Singapore Logistics Association, The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Safety And Security  is the ideal reference or textbook for the practitioner, student and layperson.


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The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Seafreight Forwarding

Shipping is the most popular method of transporting goods today, with around 90% of all freight transported across the oceans and through man-made waterways. Now, you can find out everything about seafreight forwarding in this comprehensive volume that explains the working of the industry, including up-to-date information on liability, cargo handling, tariffs and hardware such as the different types of vessels and containers.

The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Seafreight Forwarding is written with seafreight industry personnel in mind, including those intending to join the industry and those who simply need a reference. This book provides a complete, practical overview of seafreight operations, which can be readily applied in actual field settings.

The book includes topics such as:

  • the roles of carriers and ports, and how they have changed and evolved
  • different types of vessels, containers and cargo gears, and their suitability for various types of cargo
  • proper packing of cargo
  • preparation of sea waybills and bills of lading
  • international sea transport conventions, including the Hague-Visby Rules
  • liabilities and responsibilities of shippers and carriers, and exemptions from penalties
  • major ports of call around the world
  • post 9/11 security measures and their implications

Commissioned by the Singapore Logistics Association, The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Seafreight Forwarding is easy to understand and use, and is the ideal reference or textbook for the practitioner, student and layperson.


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The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Warehouse Practices

Warehouses may be as old as trading outposts in the olden days, but warehousing has since evolved into a highly sophisticated operation that features prominently in the supply chain strategy. Here at last is a timely and comprehensive guide for practitioners to the best practices in warehousing. It provides insights for beginners in warehousing and is a good quick read for someone who wants to become familiar with the dynamics of this sector.

The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Warehouse Practices provides comprehensive coverage of the operational and management issues faced by a warehouse manager. The tips are very practical and the "must-get-it-rights" are clearly signposted. It includes up-to-date information on the broad range of incentives for logistics providers and experts' insights into the impact of Real Estate Investments Trusts (REITs) and other emerging trends on the warehousing scene.

The book includes topics such as:

  • Warehouse management systems
  • Keeping score on warehouse performance
  • Warehouse safety and security
  • Automated Identification and Data Capture technologies
  • Pricing and costing warehouse services
  • Importance of warehouse to third-party logistics providers
  • Storage system configurations
  • Key considerations in warehouse design and layout

Commissioned by the Singapore Logistics Association, The Practitioner's Definitive Guide: Warehouse Practices is highly practical and easy to understand, making it an ideal reference or textbook for the practitioner, student and layperson.


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The Second Singapore Economic Roundtable March 2004

The Singapore Economic Roundtable is a forum of leading economists, policy makers and business leaders who gather twice a year to discuss important issues that impact on Singapore's economy. A joint effort of the Institute of Policy Studies and The Business Times, it raises questions on the role that government organisations in Singapore can play, and the ways in which we should reposition ourselves to meet new challenges.

The Second Singapore Economic Roundtable includes:

  • Recent macroeconomic developments in Singapore, by Edward Robinson, Principal Economist, Economic Policy Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Singapore's economic outlook and fiscal policy, by Ray Farris, Director, Head of Asian Fixed Income Strategy, Credit Suisse First Boston (Singapore)
  • The US Dollar outlook and its impact on Singapore's monetary policy, by Mr Cliff Tan, Director, Asia-Pacific Economic & Market Analysis, Citigroup (Singapore)

The Second Singapore Economic Roundtable raises constructive comments about Singapore's economic policies and outlook, showing:

  • an underlying concern that there are insufficient automatic stabilisers in the economy
  • a strong sentiment that overall fiscal and exchange rate policy may be too tight
  • an acknowledgement of the heightened uncertainty in economic policy-making due to structural changes and
  • a clear consensus that policy makers need to be more transparent in providing data on fiscal policy.

The frank discussion at the Roundtable throws up important questions, such as whether multinational corporations are gaining too much from government incentives at the expense of small- and medium-sized enterprises, thereby discouraging entrepreneurship. This second report will hopefully act as a catalyst towards greater openness in the Singapore economy.


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