Economic Society of Singapore

The Role of the State in an Increasingly Borderless World.

2002 MAS-ESS Essay Competition Awards Ceremony
The Role of the State in an Increasingly Borderless World.”

With an objective to encourage students, economists, analysts, and other members of the public to engage in deeper thinking, discussion about important global trends and policy issues, the MAS-ESS Essay Competition aims to foster a higher level of public awareness and understanding of such issues among the wider public in Singapore.

In conjunction with the ESS Annual Dinner, the Awards Ceremony for the 2002 MAS-ESS Essay Competition was held on 8 Apr 2003, at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia. Themed “The Role of the State in an Increasingly Borderless World”, the competition saw an increase in submissions in both its “Open” and “Student” categories.

In his welcome remarks at the Ceremony, Dr Khor Hoe Ee, President of the ESS, commented that the quality of the essays submitted has improved significantly. He also noted that most of the prize-winning essays emphasised the continued relevance of the state in the face of globalisation, arguing that its role has become even more important in certain areas.

To view Dr Khor’s welcome remarks in PDF format, click here.

In his welcome remarks at the Ceremony, Dr Khor Hoe Ee, President of the ESS, commented that the quality of the essays submitted has improved significantly. He also noted that most of the prize-winning essays emphasised the continued relevance of the state in the face of globalisation, arguing that its role has become even more important in certain areas.
Dr Khor Hoe Ee

The Dinner’s keynote speech at the Dinner, delivered by Guest-Of-Honour, DPM Lee Hsien Loong, touched on issues in “Remaking the Singapore Economy”.

DPM Lee also presented the prizes to the award winners.

The ESS would like to thank all participants and congratulate the award winners. The individual award winning essays are available for viewing, below, in PDF format. All award winning essays have also been compiled into a booklet together with the keynote address by DPM Lee and welcome remarks by Dr Khor. Click here to view the booklet.

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The winners are :

Student Category

First Prize Essay:($3000) Seow Zhixiang (Hwa Chong Junior College)
Second Prize Essay:($1000) Ko Zhihong (Victoria Junior College)
Third Prize Essay:($500) Lai Zhenyu (Hwa Chong Junior College)

 

Open Category

First Prize Essay:($8000) Shin Jang-Sup (National University of Singapore)
Second Prize Essay:($3000) Kwek Ju-Hon (Ministry of Defence)
Third Prize Essay:($1000) Donghyun Park (Nanyang Technological University)

 

From L to R: Lai Zhenyu, Ko Zhihong, Seow Zhixiang, DPM Lee Hsien Loong, Khor Hoe Ee, Shin Jang-Sup and Donghyun Park

From L to R: Lai Zhenyu, Ko Zhihong, Seow Zhixiang, DPM Lee Hsien Loong, Khor Hoe Ee, Shin Jang-Sup and Donghyun Park