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Op-Eds and Interviews

  1. Op-EdsCan Asia get rich?

    Can Asia get rich?
    Writer(s):

    Razeen Sally

    Date:
    Thursday, 15 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    Will Asian emerging markets follow Latin America and the Middle East into the middle-income trap?

    Unless they reform their policies and institutions, the answer could very well be yes. Per capita incomes might not significantly advance beyond the level they are now, between US$2000–15,000.

  2. Op-EdsBiggest success may lie in nurturing habit to speak up, listen

    Biggest success may lie in nurturing habit to speak up, listen
    Writer(s):

    Kenneth Paul Tan

    Date:
    Wednesday, 14 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    Inclusiveness is one of the most important qualities of public deliberation. As a national-level public engagement exercise, the Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) needs to be a space where as many representative voices as possible are heard, taken seriously and engaged with openly. This gives the people of Singapore a basis for regarding its discussions and decisions as legitimate.

    When I was first introduced to the OSC, I thought that it had begun on the wrong foot. Its claim to inclusiveness was compromised, at least in terms of the composition of its committee, by the unmistakable exclusion of opposition politicians, prominent activists and public intellectuals known for their more controversial views.

    Nevertheless, I accepted the invitation to volunteer on its committee with the hope of contributing positively to a process that was, even with the best of intentions, bound to be complicated for political as much as practical reasons.

  3. InterviewsAsia's growth elixir

    Asia's growth elixir
    Date:
    Thursday, 01 August 2013
    Synopsis:

    New research on 16 Asian economies finds role of total factor productivity in their stellar economic performance. Interestingly, total factor productivity gains became the most important source of growth for South Korea and Taiwan between 1990 and 2010, according to Prof Vu Minh Khuong.

  4. Op-EdsFree trade zone fits into Shanghai's financial ambition

    Free trade zone fits into Shanghai's financial ambition
    Writer(s):

    Woo Jun Jie

    Date:
    Saturday, 20 July 2013
    Synopsis:

    Plans for a free trade zone in Shanghai will give a major boost to the city's ambition to thrive as a global financial centre, because where trade goes, finance follows.

  5. Op-EdsA plea for public aesthetics

    A plea for public aesthetics
    Writer(s):

    Kanti Bajpai

    Date:
    Saturday, 20 July 2013
    Synopsis:

    Why are Indian public spaces so ugly? Why has a society that produced wonderful works of art and architectural treasures going back 2,000 years become so aesthetically indifferent? Modern India's private spaces are better than its public spaces - there are interior spaces tastefully cultivated by rich and poor citizens alike; but our modern public spaces are horrible almost without exception. The exceptions are those features inherited from earlier eras - the ancient, medieval and colonial, to use a crude periodisation.

  6. Op-EdsS'pore-Swiss tackling of tax evasion: How the two countries manage such activities will be crucial for their continued success and global standing

    S'pore-Swiss tackling of tax evasion: How the two countries manage such activities will be crucial for their continued success and global standing
    Writer(s):

    Yvonne Guo and Woo Jun Jie

    Date:
    Thursday, 11 July 2013
    Synopsis:

    As Switzerland continues to face international pressures over its bank secrecy rules, Singapore has quietly rolled out a series of measures aimed at reducing tax evasion activities within its jurisdiction. With a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey projecting that Singapore is likely to overtake Switzerland as the world's top fund management centre, the manner in which the two cities manage tax evasion activities will be crucial for their continued success and global standing.

  7. Op-EdsEbbing away

    Ebbing away
    Writer(s):

    Peter Brabeck-Letmathe and Asit Biswas

    Date:
    Saturday, 06 July 2013
    Synopsis:

    Rising demand, poor management practices and erratic rainfall patterns are causing water crises.

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