Economic Society of Singapore

Singapore Economic Policy Forum 2010

The Singapore Economic Policy Forum was held on 22 nd October 2010 at Grand Hyatt Singapore, attended by more than 300 participants. The forum is organised annually by the Economic Society of Singapore together with one of the major universities, NUS, NTU and SMU, in rotation; and now with the Civil Service College. This forum is the leading platform for economic policy discussion in Singapore which brings together policymakers, scholars, business professionals, students and interested members of public to exchange views on contemporary economic issues facing Singapore and Asia.

This year, the forum featured prominent speakers and thought-leaders to explore a wide range of contemporary economic issues, ranging from the effects of the financial crisis on Asian economies, how financial regulation in Asia should be reformed, the role of industrial policy in Singapore, inequality and its effects on society, and how Singapore can enhance its social safety nets .


Opening Remarks by Professor Euston Quah President, Economic Society of Singapore

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Keynote Address by Mr. Ravi Menon
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade and Industry 

“Markets and Governments: Stirking Balance in Singapore”

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First Session: “Post-Crisis Financial Regulation and Macroeconomic Stability in Asia”
Mr. Yeoh Lam Keong, Vice President of Economic Society of Singapore was the moderator for the first session. The speakers are Mr. Tan Sri Andrew Sheng and Mr. Simon Ogus
Mr. Tan Sri Andrew Sheng
Chief Advisor to the China Banking Regulatory Commission

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Mr. Simon Ogus
Founder and CEO of DSGAsia

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Second Session: “Industrial Policy, Capabilities and Growth: Where does the Future of Singapore Lie?”
Mr. Manu Bhaskaran, Director and CEO of Centennial Advisors, Singapore was the moderator for the second session with guest speaker Mr. Jesus Felipe.
Dr. Jesus Felipe
Principal Economist, Asian Development Bank

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Third Session: “Inequality and its Impact on Well-Being”
Mr. Donald Low, Head of the Centre for Public Economics, Civil Service College was the moderator for the third session with guest speaker Professor Richard Wilkinson.
Professor Richard Wilkinson
Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology
University of Nottingham and Co-Author of the “Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better”

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Fourth Session: “Rethinking Singapore’s Social Safety Nets”
Professor Lim Chin, NUS Business School, National University was the moderator for the fourth session with Prof Hui Weng Tat as guest speaker
Professor Hui Weng Tat
Associate Professer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Signapore

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