The Business Times Leaders' Forum: Singapore's Future Economy held on May 31 at The Ritz-Carlton was attended by over 300 top business leaders and professionals. The forum explored how Singapore can chart its way forward amid global and domestic challenges, as well as business and technological disruptions.
The presenting sponsor of the forum was Standard Chartered Bank.
The 16 speakers and moderators at the forum, held in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of The Business Times, shared their views across different panels on how Singapore can chart the next phase of its economic transition.
Minister for Industry S Iswaran, who is co-chair on the Future Economy (CFE), delivered a keynote speech, and sat on a discussion panel.
The event featured three panel discussions, with high-level participants from both the public and private sectors. These include Mr Lim Chuan Poh, chairman, A*Star; Ms Judy Hsu, CEO, Standard Chartered Singapore; Mr Forrest Li, CEO of consumer internet platform provider Garena; Mr Low Teck Seng, National Research Foundation CEO; and Mr Hugh Mason, co-founder and CEO of incubator JFDI.
These and other panelists discussed how Singapore can secure for itself a new growth pathway, build a new economic eco-system, and create positive outcomes from disruption by playing to its strengths.
Other key highlights include the presentation of The Business Times-Standard Chartered Leaders' Survey on how business leaders view future challenges, and a special lunchtime presentation by Fredrik Härén, an acclaimed speaker on business creativity and the author of The Idea Book that was included in "The 100 Best Business Books of All Time".
Ms Hsu said: "Standard Chartered is very proud to partner The Business Times for the forum and we are grateful to be able to play an active role in the discussions around the future of Singapore's economy. Having been a key participant in and contributor to the Singapore economy for the past 157 years, we definitely want to play a significant role in the transformation of Singapore and its charting for the future. We look forward to a fruitful day of discussions and sharing by the leaders of this community and to explore how else we can support and contribute to the new growth path of Singapore."
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