Singapore Perspectives 2011 "Our Inclusive Society: Going Forward"

Singaporeans have always prided themselves on being part of an open meritocratic society with an exemplary government plugged into the international grid, which has an influx of global professionals, as well as foreign ideas and cultures. Yet, successful as the country might be, rapid economic growth has brought about increasing disparities that threaten to undermine the social fabric and aspiration of establishing an inclusive society. At the same time, with economic and demographic transformation, expectations of Singaporeans are changing especially among the younger generation. . Therefore, as the country enters a new era of development, it is timely to look at how Singaporeans can grow together, amid such internal and external changes, while maintaining social cohesion and ensuring Singapore continues to be an open country.

The Singapore Perspectives 2011, with the theme “Our Inclusive Society: Going Forward”, thus seeks to assess the myriad of challenges and solutions Singapore faces today. Three panels of speakers and discussants will examine and deliberate these issues under the orbits “Global City”, “Caring Community” and “Singapore Spirit” within the context of the country’s unique position.

IPS is honoured to have Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Wong Kan Seng, give the Keynote Address at the Conference. IPS is also honoured to have Minister Lim Boon Heng as a speaker in the Special Session.

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Singapore Perspectives 2011: Press Release
Singapore Perspectives 2011: Keynote Address by Mr Wong Kan Seng
Singapore Perspectives 2011: Speech by Mr Lim Boon Heng
Singapore Perspectives 2011: Closing Remarks
Reflections on the conference by a participant

Media coverage
• The Straits Times. 2011. Fertility figures hit all-time low, 18 January
• The Straits Times. 2011. 50% drop in PR passes granted, 18 January 
• The Straits Times. 2011. Global city push has affected quality of life Forum speakers, 18 January
• The Straits Times. 2011. Inclusiveness not just about the economy, 18 January
• The Straits Times. 2011. Making Singaporeans feel this is home in a global city, 18 January
• The Straits Times. 2011. What of the Singapore Spirit? 18 January
• Today. 2011. Competitive … and compassionate, 18 January
• Today. 2011. Fertility rate here drops to new low, 18 January
• Today. 2011. PRs now better educated, 18 January
• Today. 2011. RI students’ grassroots involvement ‘misrepresented’, 18 January
• Today. 2011. S’pore a global city, yes. But how about humility? 18 January
• My Paper. 2011. Sharp drop in S’pore PR passes issued last year, 18 January
• The Business Times. 2011. Foreigners needed to boost population, 18 January  
• Berita Harian. 2011. Kadar kesuburan Singapura di paras terendah, 18 January
• 联合早报. 2011. 2011年新加坡透视论坛 新加坡人国家认同感日益减弱? 与会代表各有说法, 18 January
• 联合早报. 2011. 我国去年生育率跌至1.16新低, 18 January
• 联合早报. 2011. 2011年新加坡透视论坛 与会者担心: 社会虽富裕但缺乏文化底蕴, 18 January
• 我报. 2011. 城市变化中可还有熟悉的家? 18 January 
• AFP. 2011. Singapore fertility rate falls to record low, 17 January
• Yahoo News. 2011. Singapore: A nation of paradoxes? 17 January 
• Yahoo News. 2011. Singapore’s fertility rate drops to record low, 17 January 
• Channel News Asia. 2011. Economists say drop in foreigners may lead to labour shortage, 17 January 
• Channel News Asia. 2011. Grassroots leaders urged to focus on residents over activities, 17 January 
• Channel News Asia. 2011. Singapore fertility rate falls to record low, 17 January
Fairmont Ballroom, Raffles City Convention Centre
Mon 17 January 2011
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM