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The Eleventh Singapore Economic Roundtable June 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 Eleventh 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 Alvin Liew, Economist , Southeast Asia, Global Research, Standard Chartered Bank 
  • Assessment of the Singapore Budget 2009 by Mr Song Seng Wun, Regional Economist, CIMB-GK Research Pte Ltd; and Commentary by Mr Gerard Ee, Director, Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd, Mr Frank Debets, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers WMS Pte Ltd and Mr Peter Foo, Cheif Executive Officer , Fortis Bank SA/NV, Singapore Branch.

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

  • Macro-economic outlook and implications of policy
  • Review of the Singapore Budget 2009

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The Eighth Singapore Economic Roundtable May 2007

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 Eighth Singapore Economic Roundtable includes:

  • Recent developments in the Singapore economy by Tu Suh Ping, Senior Economist, Economic Policy Department, Monetary Authority of Singapore
  • Macro-economic outlook & Policy implications by Adam Le Mesurier , Economist Asia Pacific, Goldman Sachs, Singapore
  • Assessment of the impact of the South Johor Economic Region (now called the Iskandar Development Region) on Singapore, with focus on the synergies between Singapore and the new region by Dr Shahid Yusuf, Economic Advisor, Development Economics Research Group, World Bank

This Eighth Roundtable deals with a number of important policy issues:

  • Is there a need to change the monetary policy framework that Singapore has employed more than 20 years? Should policy makers consider also using interest rates more actively in managing Singapore's economy?
  • What are the implications for Singapore of the Iskandar Development Region (IDR)? Can the IDR really succeed? Some argue that there could be substantial benefits for Singapore. If so, how should Singapore respond?

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Singapore Places Its Bets - Casinos, Foreign Talent And Remaking A City-State

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.


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Singapore Olympians : the Complete Who's Who 1936 - 2004

Singapore's sporting talents have represented our island at the Olympics since 1936. Many have been hailed as champions, and have become households names. Many were stars in more than one sport.

Now, for the first time ever, here is a reference book documenting the personal and competitive experiences of Singapore's 147 Olympians, on their journey to one of the greatest achievements in the sporting arena.

Take a look at their best and worst moments, their highs and lows. Feel the adrenaline of their training sessions, as every drop of perspiration brings them closer to the Olympics. Trace their path to Olympic status, as they overcome personal demons on the way to becoming heroes and icons.

This book is a record of the challenges that span generations. The stories that emerge represent lasting milestones to inspire Singapore's sporting youth, and are invaluable to anyone who wants to keep the Olympic flame burning.

Singapore Olympians incorporates fact and commentary, in the words of experts and Olympians themselves. It is a must-have for schools, tertiary institutions, libraries, sports patrons, sports enthusiasts and all aspiring young talents.


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Singapore Hawker Centres

A project of the National Environment Agency of Singapore (NEA), this book includes:

  • Hawkers, their food and their stories
  • Planning and changing demographics and lifestyles
  • Heritage architecture and cultural legacy of our multiracial immigrant nation
  • The history of hawking in Singapore
  • Colourful accounts of environment and public health officials
  • Dollars and sense of hawking from small business to franchise
  • Impact of hawking on Singapore society
  • Management of hawker centres addressing public health and hygiene issues

Singaporeans go to their favourite hawker centres for their daily meals. Hawker centres are no more seen as a poor man's meal ticket. How did hawkers and hawker centres develop over the years, from street food to architect-designed eating places with an eye to culture and environment?

Briyani, thosai, chilli crab, roti prata, chicken rice and satay, the Singapore-ness of hawker centres is palpable. Nowhere else on the island (or the world) will you find such an eclectic array of food as it was meant to be enjoyed: in a natural open-air atmosphere, among friends and family, with the sizzle of hot pans and the clang of woks as the cook prepares your favourite dish just so.

Hawker centres bring together food old and new, from East to West. They are a reflection of life in Singapore, bridging cultures and generations.


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Ritual Is Theatre, Theatre Is Ritual

Tang-ki worship is a 'living dinosaur'. The Minnan ritual-theatre features dramatic acts of self-mortification, and this blood-letting tells of primeval roots. The origin of tang-ki spirit medium worship lie in ancient pre-Chinese animism of more than 5,000 years ago, but the practice is alive and still evolving.

Tang-ki worship is a significant cultural performance of the Hokkien people, the largest community of the Chinese diaspora who live mainly in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, yet the worship has attracted scant scholarly attention, largely because it is perceived by the educated as a superstitious practice of illiterates.

There are no sacred texts, nor canons, nor dogmas in tang-ki worship. Margaret Chan's investigation into tang-ki worship is seminal and reveals aspects of tang-ki worship that hiterto have never been recorded. These include the drama and the history of tang-ki worship; the costumes, make-up and props used in performance; the religious significance of tang-ki rituals; the notion of tang-ki training; and the performance scripts used by tang-kis. The social dynamics of tang-ki worship as communal theatre is also discussed and a provocative hypothesis as to the religious nature of traditional Chinese theatre forms is argued. It is held that the very act of theatre, the taking on of an image by an actor, is a transmogrifying ritual where a mortal transforms into a god.

With never-before published photographs of tang-ki spirit medium worship, Margaret Chan's Ritual Is Theatre, Theatre Is Ritual is a definitive work on tang-ki spirit medium worship that will fascinate the scholar as well as the general reader with an interest in Chinese religion.


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Regulation And The Limits Of Competition

This inaugural symposium series volume documents the proceedings of "Regulation and the Limits of Competition", which focused on two topics: Market Liberalisation and Regulation, and Promoting Competition.

On Market Liberalisation and Regulation, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) described their different approaches in the electricity and telecommunications sectors in Singapore, and explained their regulatory philosophies and challenges. A commentary comparing Singapore's liberalisation experiences with other countries is included.

On Promoting Competition, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) explained the objectives and principles of financial supervision which ensures that the financial system in Singapore is safe and stable with a competitive financial market. The Competition Commission of Singapore(CCS) described the Competition Act, CCS' approach to promoting competition and the challenges it faced. A commentary highlighting the constraints on competition in Singapore can be found.

A conclusion summarising the key themes in the regulatory approaches, the commentaries and the discussion session of the Symposium, is provided.


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Ophthalmic Nursing & Paramedical Handbook

Conceived as a Paramedical Handbook that could serve as a guide for paramedics in the Singapore National Eye Centre, this handbook is also eminently suitable for other medical organisations, including foreign medical establishments. Over the past 18 years, the team at the Singapore National Eye Centre has built up a wealth of experience. In this handbook, they generously share their experiences and present an easy-to-use guide for eyecare staff attending to their eye patients.

An ophthalmic care centre, particularly a tertiary centre, cannot do without a strong team of paramedical staff to support the ophthalmologists in providing excellent eyecare. Nurses are indispensable in patient care and counselling. They also perform simple outpatient procedures, assist in surgeries and are often responsible for the day-to-day running of the eye centre. Reliable, good biometrists are crucial for precise biometry measurements to facilitate accurate calculations for intraocular lens implantation in cataract surgery. Optometrists and orthoptists are essential in the assessment of patients in tertiary eye centres. Medical ophthalmic photographers perform photography and angiography, not just for case record follow-up, but also for diagnosis and management of various eye diseases.

It is with the practical needs of these essential nursing and paramedical staff in mind that this book has been put together. It also shows how the roles and duties of eyecare team members dovetail into each other.


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Playback - Writing An Autobiography

Racing driver, car marker, Member of Lloyd's, renowned author of some thirty books, and literacy advisor to President Sadat of Egypt when he wrote his memoirs, Raymond Flower's exhilarating authorial experience is distilled into an invaluable companion for people who are considering writing their own autobiography.


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Money, Death And You

As Goola Warden, Senior Writer of The Edge puts it, many of us don't want to think about death, but Money, Death and You gives you very strong reasons why you should. "This book takes the common man around the minefield of wills and trusts andpolicies," she asserts.

Financial planning does not end with death. And if you, like countless others, believe that writing your will (perhaps filling in the standard forms) means that your affairs are left in order, consider these questions:

  • What happens if your will is challenged? Is it really watertight against the claims of money-grubbing relations whom you do not wish to benefit?
  • How can you protect young children or helpless dependants from incompetant (if well-intentioned) guardians?
  • How can you provide for someone and keep this a secret from others (since the contents of wills can be made public)?
  • Is a joint account a neat way to transfer your wealth to the other account holder? (You wish!)
  • If you donate money to your favourite charity in your will, would it be tax-dedictable?
  • Are your assets overseas safe from heavy foreign taxes?
  • Will your beneficiaries get their legacies quickly, or have you left them wallowing in red tape while your assets shrink in value? 

Money, Death and You addresses all these issues and much more. Simply and concisely, the book provides an overall perspective of the legal issues related to death and the estate, to give readers the answers they need when they embark on their estate of succession plan - or simply want to know where the problems lie. The book includes horrendous real-life scenarios that you can avoid with some thoughtful planning.


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