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Assessing Trump’s Asian Tour
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US President Donald Trump says last month’s tour of Asia was a success. Was it? We held a talk last evening, on Friday 8 December, with Dr. Elvin Lim, Associate Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore and Dr. Huang Chin-Hao, Assistant Professor, Head...

Commentary: Seeing Green
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by Simon Tay, Cheryl Tan and Lau Xinyi There is growing interest for the “red dot” to become a green finance superstar. What might speed this transition? Singapore is a leading financial hub, fast to adapt to new trends and regulations. Its financial sector has been progressive,...

Media Coverage: Collaborative Initiative for Green Finance in Singapore
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We launched our "Collaborative Initiative for Green Finance in Singapore: Singapore as a Green Finance Hub for ASEAN and East Asia" report on 15 Nov 2017, bringing together views from leading financial institutions and experts in Singapore, in collaboration with the UN Environment Inquiry and...

In memory of the late Dr Surin Pitsuwan
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Dr Surin Pitsuwan 28 October 1949 – 30 November 2017 Words cannot express how sorry we are at the sudden passing of our dear friend, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN secretary-general and Thailand foreign minister. Dr Pitsuwan was a strong proponent of ASEAN, and believed in its...

Commentary: AEC Must Anticipate and Respond to Megatrends
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by Simon Tay  The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) has helped bring focus to the region’s growth. The 2008 global financial crisis notwithstanding, ASEAN economies have continued to grow at an average of around 5%, outperforming global rates. The region is not only a production base but...

SIIA Dinner: ASEAN at 50: Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future
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We will be holding our SIIA Dinner 2017 along the theme of "ASEAN at 50: Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future". In addition to celebrating SIIA's 55th Anniversary, the dinner brings a focus on ASEAN and Singapore's role in the region, especially as Singapore will...

G20 Green Finance Conference Singapore: Making Markets Work for Green Finance
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The Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA) has been increasingly engaged in green finance and have endorsed or organized several events in the United States and China in 2016. This year, in collaboration with ASIFMA, G20, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP),...