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The Sixth Singapore Economic Roundtable March 2006

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 Sixth Singapore Economic Roundtable includes:

  • Recent macroeconomic developments in Singapore, by Edward Robinson, Executive Director, Economic Policy Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Singapore: A Cooler Place, by Chua Hak Bin, Senior Regional Economist, Economic-Market Research, DBS Bank Ltd
  • Unexplored Synergies in Malaysia-Singapore Relations: The Way Forward by Dr . R Thillainathan, Past President, Malaysian Economics Association

The Sixth Singapore Economic Roundtable explores how Singaporeans think and do business, and touches on issues such as

  • various demands in Singapore economy;
  •  the competitive strengths of Singapore and Malaysia;
  • the different mindsets of people in Singapore and Malaysia; and
  • possible ways of exploring new synergies between Singapore and Malaysia.

One question thrown up for discussion at the Roundtable is: how can Singapore and Malaysia combine forces to ensure each other's survival in the global marketplace? This sixth Roundtable takes a look at our relationship with our neighbour and offers suggestions on improving it.


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The State Of Innovation At Firm Level In Singapore

Singapore today stands at a crossroads. The dynamics that made it one of the world's most competitive economies and a magnet for foreign companies and investment are increasingly being replicated by other developing countries.

But even though private and public sectors increasingly understand, appreciate and embrace the pivotal role that innovation must play in continued economic growth, has this awareness translated into action? Is innovation generating the growth it could and should? If not, why not - and what can be done about it?

Monitor Group, in collaboration with Singapore's Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), has led a flagship study to assess the state of innovation capabilities in Singapore both at firm and national levels. In this report you will find:

  • A detailed analysis of the study's findings and conclusions
  • The results of interviews and secondary research conducted as part of the study
  • Singaporean case examples of effective innovation management
  • A revealing set of insights on the policies, actions and initiatives needed to strengthen innovation capabilities and performance in Singapore
  • A series of high-level, conceptual recommendations for driving strategic innovation and high-impact results

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The Third Singapore Economic Roundtable September 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 Third Singapore Economic Roundtable includes:

  • Recent macroeconomic developments in Singapore, by Tan Min-Ching, Lead Economist, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Singapore's monetary and exchange rate policy, by Adam Le Mesurier, (Asia-Pacific Economic Research,) Goldman Sachs
  • Singapore's labour market: trends and challenges, by Elizabeth Quah, Divisional Director (Manpower Planning & Policy), Minister of Manpower

Themes relating to Singapore's economic policy and labour market are discussed;

  • Increasing concern over Singapore's economic outlook for 2005 and 2006, and the structural changes the economy has seen.
  • The necessity for a more flexible monetary policy framework from the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
  • The effectiveness of other policy measures.
  • Challenges in the labour market, and the impact of incoming foreign workers on Singapore citizens.

Among the considerations of the Third Roundtable is the question of whether Singaporeans are adequately skilled and capable of taking on new jobs that have been created.


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The Thirteenth Singapore Economic Roundtable June 2010
The Thirteenth Singapore Economic Roundtable includes:

. Recent Developments in the Singapore Economy by Ms Erica Tay, Senior Economist, Economic Surveillance and Forecasting Department, Economic Policy Group, Monetary Authority of Singapore.

. Singapore Economic Outlook 2010 by Dr Taimur Baig, Chief Economist, India/Indonesia/Philippines, Global Markets Research, Deutsche Bank AG.

. Productivity Issues by Assoc Prof Toh Mun Heng, Department of Strategy and Policy, NUS Business School, Natiional University of Singapore; and Assoc Prof Shandre M Thangavelu, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore; and Commentary by Dr G K Randolph Tan, Head of Programme, Business Analytics, School of Business, UniSIM.

The Thirteenth Singapore Economic Roundtable deals with a number of important policy issues:
. Economic developments and macro-economic outlook for Singapore.
. Labour productivity in Singapore.

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The Twelfth Singapore Economic Roundtable December 2009

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 Twelfth Singapore Economic Roundtable includes:

  • Recent developments in the Singapore economy by Ms Tu Suh Ping, Lead Economist, Economic Policy Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Macro-Economic Outlook for Singapore and Implications for Policy by Mr Matthew L. Hildebrandt, Economist , JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, Singapore Branch; and Commentary by Mr Tan Hui, Regional Head of Research, Southeast Asia, Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank 
  • Policy Implications of Climate Change by Dr Bindu Lohani, Vice President, Finance and Administration, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Commentary by Dr Chang Youngho, Assistant Professor, Division of Economics & S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, both of Nanyang Technological University & Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

This Twelfth Roundtable deals with a number of important policy issues, including:

  • The Singapore Economy: Recent Developments and Selected Issues
  • Macro-Economic Policy
  • The Economics of Climate Change and its Impact on Policy

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To the Finishing Line
  • Inspirational memoirs of three of Singapore's greatest female Olympians.
  • In-depth account of sport in general and women's athletics in particular in early Singapore
  • Excellent source of oral and social history - with interviews from the three Olympians and their contemporaries.
  • More than 120 photographs of the three Olympians and sport events.
  • Back-of-book easy-reference sport terms, timeline of events, and index.
  • Published under the auspices of the National Institute of Education, Singapore Olympic Academy, Singapore Pools, and the Women and Sport Working Group.

To the Finishing Line is a stirring account of the personal drive and determination of Tang Pui Wah, Mary Klass and Janet Jesudason - three young women athletes who became the first female Olympians from Singapore. In a predominantly migrant society, where issue of survival, peace and security were prescribed by men, these three athletes stood up to the ultimate test of sport competition and took their rightful place as heroines and role models.

Today's aspiring athletes, male and female, will draw inspiration from Nick Aplin's well researched book on the very first women Olympians to cross the finishing line.


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Working Together - Organisational Effectiveness Through Healthy Work Life Practices

Every CEO knows that the secret to growing an organisation lies in developing the staff. Employees with a healthy work-life balance bring long-term benefits of organisational effectiveness. This book details programmes such as Flexible Work Arrangements and contains true accounts of how the implementation and practice of work-life concepts made significant positive impact on organisations.


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Writing Your Autobiography

Everyone has one book that they are qualified to write – their own life story. But not everyone knows how to go about doing it. Now, with this little book, which will have them chuckling as they read it, they can get expert advice and finally get started.

Writing Your Autobiography is a blueprint for the would-be autobiographer. It takes you step by step through all the issues, from literary styles to practical matters such as how to get published.


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CLOSE WATCH - A Nation's Resolve to Secure Singapore
CLOSE WATCH documents Singapore's efforts in countering the threat of terrorism since the country was stunned by the arrests of several Jemaah Islamiyah members here following the 11 September 2001 attacks on the United States.
This book details what goes on behind the scenes as the authorities endeavour to keep the country safe from terrorist attacks. The whole-of-government approach to the threat is augmented by contributions from a cross-section of society, from the private sector to religious organisations and members of the public. Together, their collective vigilance is a testimony to the whole-of-nation effort in keeping our home safe.

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Ben Nadarajan has been a journalist with The Straits Times for 10 years and has won several in-house and international awards for his work. He likes writing about crime, security and legal issues, although he has dabbled in science, environmental and foreign affairs stories as well. He grew up wanting to write fiction, but ended up writing non-fiction instead.

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Keeping the Faith- Syed Isa Semait, Mufti of Singapore 1972-2010
His role to forge a Singapore Muslim identity has helped the community to thrive in a multi-religious, modern and cosmopolitan Singapore. — Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic, Studies, Oxford University, UK. Mufti Syed Isa has played a very significant role in providing, leadership and inspiration in enhancing the bond of relationship, among the many faith communities for the greater good of Singapore, and beyond. — Retired Revd Dr John Chew, Bishop of Singapore. Syed Isa Semait worked as a typist, welder, bookseller and marriage registrar before being appointed Mufti of Singapore in 1972 at the age of 33. He soon found his decisions aimed at improving the religious life of Singapore’s Muslim community challenged by many. Some called him a government lackey. But backed by his peers and older religious leaders, he persevered and gradually won the hearts and minds of many Muslim Singaporeans round to what he was convinced was the best way for them to organise their religious affairs in the midst of rapid development. Keeping the Faith tells the story of Syed Isa, the Mufti of Singapore for almost40 years, and how with his guidance, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis, or Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura) oversaw improvements to the collection and administration of zakat or tithes, the fixing of Islamic calendar dates, the administration of wakaf or endowments, and the revamping of religious education to keep up with changing times. By the time he stepped down from the post of Mufti at the end of 2010, Syed Isa had helped see to a more confident and progressive Muslim community that was no less religious but more conscious of the role it could play in a cosmopolitan, multi-religious Singapore. As an active member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, Syed Isa also led the way in fostering friendships with leaders of the various faiths in Singapore.
Keeping the Faith shows how Syed Isa applied his knowledge and convictions to help shape what he believed would lead to the best outcomes for his community.

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