Building a Connected Region, Global Hub

Roundtable Topics

  • Singapore’s development model
  • Public-Private Partnerships in Asia
  • The U.S.-Singapore relationship
  • India’s reforms and the role of Singapore
  • Food and Demographics in emerging Asia
  • Healthcare investment in Singapore

PPI offered the Executive Seminar, once again taking place just before the Asia Roundtable. Designed to give a deep dive into the drivers of the Singapore economy, the seminar was attended by a group of institutional investors from the United States, Canada and Europe. The theme of the seminar, Building a Connected Region, Global Hub, gave participants an opportunity to understand Singapore’s role as a financial center of Southeast Asia and its aspirations to become globally competitive. The seminar took a close look at the institutions that have been central to Singapore’s success and the growth sectors that it may be poised to transform. In addition to the support from PPI’s members, the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments (CAMRI) program at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and its director, professor Joseph Cherian, was instrumental in the development of the program. Additionally, GIC Investments was exceedingly helpful in providing meeting space and logistical support. 

The seminar was highlighted by a post-dinner discussion with two special guests, Muthukrishnan Ramaswami, President of the Singapore Exchange and Lim Siong Guan, Group President of GIC Private Limited, who gave remarks on their outlook for Singapore’s development as a financial hub of Southeast Asia, competition with Hong Kong, and the special role of the government in Singapore’s affairs. Another highlight of the seminar was a visit to the Sembcorp Marine Integrated Shipyard at Tuas, soon to become the largest shipyard in Singapore. David Chin, Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, led this tour and provided a thorough history of the city-state’s maritime industry and the important role that it plays as an entrepôt economy.