Entering South East Asia through Singapore

Entering South East Asia through Singapore

Low Jeng Tek, Honorary Council of Latvia in Singapore, will lead a discussion on the opportunities and potential of entering the South East Asia (SEA) market through Singapore. The discussion will

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Slide1Tuesday, 7 June 2011Low Jeng-tek Honorary Council of Latvia in Singapore Entering South-East Asia through Singapore

Slide2Agenda Why South-East Asia (SEA)?  Why Singapore?  Matching Industries and Opportunities

Slide3Why South-East Asia (SEA)?By 2030  China will be world’s largest economy, double the size of US economy  India’s economy will be 5 times larger, representing 10% of global GDP  How does this relate to SEA?

Slide4Why South-East Asia (SEA)? Part of historical trades routes for 900 years - SEA will rise naturally as Chindia rises  E7: predicted to be larger than G7 economies by 2050  Includes Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Mexico, Turkey

Slide5What does the Rise of theMiddle Class mean? Example: Vietnam  1994 Per Capita Urban Income: USD 500 2009 Per Capita Urban Income: USD 5,052  Explosive growth propels major lifestyle changes Bicycles Motorcycles Cars Corner Shops Minimarts Hypermarts Agricultural Goods Shoes Manufacturing Chip Makers

Slide6Why Singapore?Singapore offers access to  2.8 billion  people within a  7 hour  flight radius

Slide7Why Singapore?History  Founded in 1819 as a free port  Competition against Dutch mercantilism  Monsoon trade routes

Slide8Singapore Today Global Hub along with New York, London, Hong Kong  Springboard to the region  Regional HQ centre for P&G, HP, IBM, Rolls Royce  World's largest transhipment hub port  Connected to more than 600 ports in 123 countries Why Singapore?

Slide9Why Singapore?TRUST • Integrity • Quality • Reliability • Productivity • Strong legal system KNOWLEDGE • Knowledge- based manufacturing and services • Thought and information hub • Commitment to education and skills CONNECTED • Physical connectivity • People and business networks LIFE • Excellent place to live, work, learn and play

Slide10Singapore Today Ranked 1 st  in the world for:  Easiest place to do business  Most competitive country  Most transparent country  Most “network ready” country  Least corruption (in Asia)  Best business environment  Best protection of intellectual property Why Singapore?

Slide11Why Singapore?In 2010 Total population ('000) 5,076.7 Resident population ('000) 3,771.7 Resident population growth 1.8% per annum (per sq km) Population by Race Chinese (74.2%); Malay (13.4%); Indians (9.2%); Others (3.2%) Population by age ('000) Below 15 (654.4); 15- 64 (2,778.9); 65 and above (338.3) Official languages English (Language of administration) , Mandarin, Malay (National Language) & Tamil Main religions Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Taoism, Hinduism

Slide13Low Jeng-tek – Resume  Ethnicity :  Chinese  Age:  40s  Marital Status: Married; Child on the way  Education :  National University of Singapore; INSEAD (MBA)  Military :  Infantry Company Commander       Brigade Logistics Officer – Estb. Rank: Major  Early Career :  - Commercial Banking - CEO of Homestead Holdings ( Furniture Retailer    and Interior Designer)  Current: -  Investment Management: US$2bn, Gems Advisors - Managing Director of Eight Lights Property Investments

Slide14Low Siew Thiam – Resume  Ethnicity :  Chinese  Age:  70s  Marital Status: Married; 3 boys  Education :  London School of Economics  Early Career :  - Straits Times - Reporter - Shell (Personnel Manager)  - MNC - Singtel (Personnel Director) - GLC - Sime Darby (Marketing Director)- SEA Conglomerate - Homestead Furniture (Founder & Chairman) - Entrepreneur  Semi-retirement:  Lectured at INSEAD, Stanford University   Academic Director at Institute of Advertising   Strategy Consultant to A Baurs (Suisse) in Sri Lanka   Consultant in Vietnam, Thailand & China

Slide15Relevant IndustriesLogistics & Supply Chain Management  World’s Number 1 Logistics Hub – 2007.  Asian Logistics Hub for HP, LVMH, Siemens  Specialised Infrastructure include  Airport Logistics Park of Singapore (ALPS); No.2 busiest port in the world.  Forefront of Innovation with  The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific  Conferences: Logistics World, Supply Chain Asia

Slide16Relevant IndustriesFinance  Ranked  3 rd  in Global Financial Centres Index 2008  Deep & Liquid Markets in:  Equities – SGX / REITs  Bond Market  Foreign Exchange – Yuan Trading  Major Commercial Banks HQ; Private Banks; Asset Management; Hedge Funds  Capital Raising

Slide17Relevant IndustriesChemicals  Global Energy & Chemical Hub – Top 10  Over 100 Specialty Companies –  3M, Shell, Exxon Mobil  Shell – Largest Petrochemical Investment To Date  Exxon Mobil – Largest Chemical & Refining Site in the World  Jurong Island  Seven Islands into One  Self-contained Hub  Plug-and-play Environment

Slide18Relevant IndustriesPharmaceuticals & Biotechnology  Growth in Asia    Growth of Pharmaceuticals  Legal Framework – Clear, Transparent, Efficient  Trusted Base in Asia – Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Bristol-Myers Squibb  Global Talent Pool  Ideal Racial Composition  English-educated Society – language of Science  Pro-business Environment with Short Lead Time  Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) setup in April 2001  15 minutes – Online Business Registration 3 weeks – Approval for Clinical Trials

Slide19Relevant IndustriesPharmaceuticals & Biotechnology  one-north  200 hectare Development in Central Singapore  Self-sustaining Centre to Live, Work and Learn  3 Purpose-built Hubs: Biopolis, Fusionopolis, Mediapolis  More than 3500 International Scientists and Researchers  World-class  R&D  Facilities for Biomedical Sciences, Infocomm Technology, Media, Physical Sciences and Engineering