World Bank and World Economic Forum Rank Singapore #1 for Business

25 11 2008


Singapore is the first stop on the ASAE & The Center Study Mission 2009.

Since 2000, emerging market countries have led the world in economic growth. This trends will continue as IMF, World Bank, and World Economic Forum forecasts show that growth projections for 2009 will continue to come from regions like the Middle East and Asia.

If you seek a strong Asia location for building a pan-Asian operation then Singapore offers excellent qualification.

  • #1 in the World Bank’s”Doing Business 2007 ” Report - World’s easiest place to do business
  • #5 in the World Economic Forum’s 2008-2009 Global Competitiveness Report - measuring over 100 criteria from political, economic, social, business, cultural sectors
  • #1 in the KPMG Competitive Alternatives Study 2006 - most cost competitive city for business analyzing 27 cost components, including wages, freight, business taxes, rent and utilities.
  • #1 in the BERI’s 2007 Labour Force Evaluation Measure (LFEM) report -Singapore offers the best labor force in the world.

Singapore Program

Study Mission participants will arrive in Singapore on April 21st, 2009.  Here are some of the highlights of the program.

Tuesday 21 April

  • Early morning arrival in Singapore.
  • Check in at the Fairmont Singapore and after refreshing in your room, we will have a joint lunch followed by an introduction session and a visit to the Singapore National Museum, where you can experience the Singapore Story.
  • Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday 22 April

  • Begin the day with a Singapore Country Briefing giving an overview of the history, culture, economy, educational system, and regional role of this unique island state. You will also have  the opportunity to hear a briefing from the Singapore Public Utilities Board.
  • In the afternoon experience the multicultural aspects of Singapore by visiting unique ethnic enclaves like China Town, Little India and Kampong Glam (the Malay enclave). We will also learn about Singapore’s unique urban development projects by visiting the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) and the Marina Bay barrage.
  • location free evening for you to experience the unique sights of Singapore.

Thursday 23 April

  • In the morning we will visit some of the ministries, including senior representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Singapore Medical Council.
  • Following lunch we will visit regional association offices. The Healthcare track will visit the Health Promotion Board on Singapore’s management of chronic diseases.  Lunch will feature a presentation by the InfoComm Development Authority.
  • We will end the day with a private dinner that will be held in a unique location.

Friday 24 April

  • Depending on the track you are registered for, you will hear presentations from Biopolis and Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (heathcare track) or the Worldwide Fund for Nature and the International Air Transport Association (non-healthcare).
  • Following lunch,  we transfer to the SUNTEC Convention Center for an Association Afternoon with local and regional associations.  Where possible, one-to-one meetings will be organized with counterpart associations in the same field as the participating association executives.
  • The Closing Dinner will be a unique experience, allowing you to taste and experience the sights, sounds, and culinary highlights of Singapore.
  • *Possible one-to-one meetings will be held with the National Cancer Centre, the National Heart Centre, the Singapore Clinical Research Institute, the National Eye Center and Duke Medical School.

Saturday 25 April

  • Free morning and travel day to Dubai.

Study Mission SponsorsThe 2009 ASAE & The Center Study Mission is conducted in partnership with MCI and supported by:

  • Fairmont Hotel Singapore, Fairmont Hotel Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.
  • Singapore Tourism Board , Singapore Economic Development Board
  • Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing, / Dubai Convention Bureau
  • Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority

Register Now

To register, please use the ASAE & The Center ‘09 Study Mission - Reservation Form here and return it to ASAE by mail or fax as follows:

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership, Attn: Anne Blouin, CAE, Chief Learning Officer, 1575 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005  Fax 202.326.0986

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Peter Turner
Business Development Director, US Institutional Market
Email: [email protected]
Direct phone: +1.571.275.1516



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