Conference on Overcoming Obstacles and Improving People’s Livelihood:
Challenges in China’s Next Stage of Economic Reform and
Autumn Economic Outlook 2012-2013
24 August 2012
Venue: Orchard Hotel, Singapore
2012 Annual Asia Competitiveness Institute Conference on "Development Strategies for Indonesia as an Emerging Middle Power, Competitiveness Ranking and Simulation Studies on 100 Asian Economies"
30 - 31 July 2012
Venue: Orchard Hotel, Singapore
At the annual ACI 2012 Conference on "Development Strategies for Indonesia as an Emerging Middle Power, Competitiveness Ranking and Simulation Studies on 100 Asian Economies", ACI’s inaugural attempt on competitiveness ranking, simulation and strategic development analysis for 33 Indonesian provinces would be presented.
For the first time, ACI will be releasing its assessment on competitiveness and simulation analysis on 34 Greater China economies, 35 States of India and ASEAN-10 economies for the period of 2000 to 2010. Other pioneer attempts includes the empirical constructions of "Indices on Cost of Living, Purchasing Power and Wages for Expatriates and Average Residents for 109 Cities", developing of a comprehensive "Liveable Cities Index for 64 Global Cities" and "Identification of Global Growth Engines including United States of America, European Union, China and Japan to 11 Asian Economies over the 1980-2010 Period" will be showcased as well.
ACI believes that this extensive research effort will be beneficial to public policy formulations, strategic development and dynamic leadership for senior government officials from the Asian regions. The empirical findings will also be of interest to international fund managers and multinational corporations who are looking towards Asia as investment destinations. Understanding the latest economic trends and relative competitiveness of Asian economies including ASEAN, China and India as major emerging engines of growth will be of keen interests to global policy think-tanks and academics world-wide.
View the conference programme here
- Indonesia looks to improve economic competitiveness
Channel NewAsia, 30 July 2012
- HK’s strengths as strategic and differentiated SAR of China promoted in Singapore
AsiaOne Business, 30 July 2012
- Ser Luck: S'pore remains open to foreign companies
AsiaOne Business, 31 July 2012
- Media Statement: MITI Minister Attends 2012 Annual Asia Competitiveness Institute Conference (ACI) in Singapore, 31 July 2012
Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia, 31 July 2012
- Asean's economic growth to be at par with China, India by 2015: Mustapa
Sin Chew Jit Poh, 31 July 2012
- Malaysia On Track For 5-6 Pct GDP Growth, Says Mustapa
BERNAMA Online, 31 July 2012
- Singapore businesses urged to look to western, central China
Straits Times, 31 July 2012
Lianhe Zaobao, 31 July 2012
- Jobs a future key challenge, says DPM Tharman
Channel NewAsia, 31 July 2012
- Lack of quality jobs is major challenge globally: Tharman
Straits Times, 1 August 2012
Lianhe Zaobao, 1 August 2012
- Creating enough quality jobs a huge challenge ahead: Tharman
Business Times, 1 August 2012
- Singapore a costly city? It depends
Straits Times, 1 August 2012
- Focus on wages to help S’pore stay on top
Straits Times, 4 August 2012
"Launch of Global Liveable Cities Index" during the World Cities Summit Expo Forum
2 July 2012
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
This unique volume aims to provide a first comprehensive assessment on attributes, conditions and characters which constitute a livable city. Five major environments were included in our study, namely on Economic Vibrancy and Competitiveness, Environment Sustainability and Friendliness, Domestic Security and Stability, Social Cultural Conditions and Political Governance.
64 global cities across major continents including European, Asian, Middle Eastern, North and South American cities were incorporated in the empirical studies for ranking and policy simulations. For 36 Asian cities, we also separately ranked and simulated as many of these are emerging third word cities which needed policy guidance most.
A Dialogue on "ASEAN Competitiveness, Opportunities and Challenges"
1 June 2011
Guest of Honour:
H.E. Dr Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN
Time:10:30am – 1:00pm
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Official Launch of Dynamic Governance Book (Chinese Edition) in Beijing
18 March 2010
Guest of Honour:
Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister, Prime Minister's Office, 2nd Minister for Finance and Transport, Republic of Singapore.
Time: 8.30am – 11.00am
Venue: Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy and Management, Auditorium
Dress Code: Business Suit
- Programme Details
Presentation on Singapore’s Competitiveness 2009: [1.01MB]
LKYSPP Team Wins Top Student Paper Award
ACI faculty, Associate Professor Ashish Lall and Professor Neo Boon Siong, teach an elective course on Clusters and Competitiveness in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP). This is based on the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) course developed at Harvard Business School (HBS) by Professor Michael E. Porter and is now taught at over ninety universities around the world. In addition to analyzing competitiveness cases from around the world, students are required to conduct a team project on a cluster of their choice. Two years ago, Professor Porter’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness started a competition for students from all affiliated universities where each institution is eligible to submit one team project.
We are delighted to report that the LKYSPP team project on Ecotourism in Malaysia was awarded the first prize in the 2009 Best MOC Student Paper Contest. The winning team comprised the following students:
- Marianne Marker, Non-graduating/ Exchange Student 2008/2009 Semester 1 (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
- Sriganesh Lokanathan, MPP Class of 2009 (Sri Lanka)
- Amit Verma, MPP Class of 2009 (India)
- Alejandro Gonzales, MPA Class of 2009 (Mexico)
Photo: Meghna Lall, Singapore American School
Here are two of the team members’ reactions to winning the top prize in the contest.
The class was a great experience without a doubt and I remember it as the most instructive for me personally. Partly based on my experience from the project on eco-tourism for the class, my organization is seriously considering studying the sector here in Sri Lanka specifically with respect to the SMEs involved in eco-tourism. It is appropriate that I am currently in the middle of one such resort in the middle of the jungles of Sri Lanka's interior region..
I must say that our team winning the best paper (award) has given me a renewed interest in trying out the world of consulting...
Congratulations to the team on receiving the top prize and for doing the school proud.
Download 'Ecotourism in Malaysia' full report
ACI drafts VN’s Competitiveness Report 2009-2010
1 December 2009
The ACI team met with Vietnam Deputy Prime Minister Hoàng Trung Hải recently on 1 December 2009 to discuss the Vietnam Competitiveness Report 2009-2010.
Public Lecture on SYSTEMIC GOVERNANCE BREAKTHROUGHS - Building Aceh-Nias Back Better: The 10 Management Lessons for Host Governments Coordinating Post-disaster Reconstruction
by Dr Kuntoro Mangkusubroto
28 July 2009
This public lecture by Dr Kuntoro Mangkusubroto was organized by ACI. Dr Kuntoro is the former Director of BRR Aceh-Nias, whose four-year mandate ended in April this year, and also a member of ACI’s International Advisory Panel. Through the lecture, Dr Kuntoro shared many of his personal experiences from the massive reconstruction program and presented his insights on 10 Management Lessons for Host Governments Coordinating Post-disaster Reconstruction. This set of key lessons highlights the challenges and opportunities facing the principal coordinating agency and how they can prepare themselves.
- Video clip for Dr Kuntoro Mangkusubroto's public lecture
- Download presentation slides [13.0 MB]
Official Visit by delegation from the Vietnam National Assembly
23 April 2009
ACI hosted an official visit by a delegation of 11 members from the Vietnam National Assembly, led by its Vice-President Nguyen Duc Kien on 23 April 2009. The institute delivered a presentation on issues relating to the global economic crisis and shared with the delegates the international strategies and implications for Vietnam. There was also an exchange on ACI’s on-going research program in Vietnam as well as the LKY school’s education efforts in the country.
Workshop on Economic Reform and Development
24-27 February 2009
ACI collaborated with The Asia Foundation (TAF) for a joint workshop on Economic Reform and Development. It was held recently in the school from 24 – 27 February. Close to 50 TAF officers from 17 countries participated in the forum together with ACI faculty and researchers to share their research work on governance issues relating to economic development.
Representatives from Temasek Foundation and the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise also joined in some of the sessions. Arising from the workshop, ACI is exploring various potential collaborations with TAF. While ACI offers education and research programs on competitiveness and public sector governance, TAF is equipped with field officers possessing ground experience implementing economic reform and development programs in various parts of the world. The complimentary skills and intellectual knowledge are envisaged to bring about synergies for both organisations.
Hanoi meeting with Vietnamese officials
2 December 2008
ACI Director, Professor Neo Boon Siong, and Professor Michael Porter at a meeting in Hanoi with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on 2 December 2008.
First Asia Workshop on Institutional Analysis
5-10 January 2008
This workshop hosted by ACI on behalf of the school was organised jointly with the Ronald Coase Institute. 24 young scholars and researchers from various parts of the world were selected to present their papers at the LKY School.
The participants were paired up to cross-examine each other’s work, followed by a final critique by an RCI faculty. The faculty of both LKY school and RCI shared with the aspiring scholars various topics of interest. The Dean of LKY school, Prof Kishore Mahbubani, also delivered a session on “New Challenges of Global Governance” during the six day-workshop.
Asia Competitiveness Forum
22 - 23 May 2008
The second Asia Competitiveness Forum was held on 22 and 23 May 2008 at the school. The theme of this year’s forum is on Asia Case Studies. The annual forum series is organised to promote the understanding of competitiveness in the region and build a scholarly network of experts. The two-day event saw 15 researchers from 11 regional institutions sharing their case studies on various countries and clusters with the Institute’s faculty and researchers. Prof Kishore Mahbubani made a special appearance and presented on his latest book: The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East.
The case studies presented by the participants were discussed and commented on for further improvements. A compilation of the cases was planned for publication by end of the year. This collection of Asia case studies would provide a useful resource for the teaching of competitiveness in the region.
Launch of Dynamic Governance Book
23 July 2007
The book titled, Dynamic Governance – Embedding Culture, Capabilities and Change in Singapore, co-authored by Professors Neo Boon Siong and Geraldine Chen, was launched in the school on 23 July 2007 by Guest of Honour, President S R Nathan.
The publication is the result of a two-year study on the Singapore public service and its transformational role in governance. This book reveals that while good governance, principles and best practices were adopted, the key to its success has been its dynamism in adapting to an uncertain and unpredictable environment.
Asia Competitiveness Forum
24 - 25 May 2007
The inaugural Asia Competitiveness Forum was held on 24 and 25 May 2007 at the school. This annual forum is organised to promote the understanding of competitiveness in the region and build a scholarly network of experts. The two-day event attracted strong participation from 19 researchers from 15 regional institutions including three local ones.
The series of presentation sessions at the forum showcased the regional participants’ research work that focused primarily on competitiveness issues in their local industry or country. Potential areas for collaboration with the regional group were discussed. This included joint development of country case studies or industry/cluster-based cases and joint executive programmes for the region conducted in Singapore.
Official Launch of ACI
28 November 2007
The Institute was officially launched on 28 November 2006 by Guest of Honour, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister for Education and 2nd Minister for Finance in the presence of more than 300 distinguished guests. Among the blue-ribbon guest list were senior local government officials, foreign dignitaries and prominent private sector leaders from the region. A highlight of the event was a presentation on Singapore’s competitiveness - “Singapore Competitiveness: A Nation in Transition” by world renowned competitiveness expert, Prof Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School.
A Healthcare Seminar was jointly organised by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Ministry of Health in conjunction with the ACI launch. Prof Porter was the keynote speaker and delivered a presentation entitled “Value-Based Competition in Health Care: Issues for Singapore”. The event was opened by Guest of Honour, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health, who participated in a panel discussion together with Prof Porter and chaired by Prof Tommy Koh.
A video recording of the two events can be viewed by clicking the links here:
- Video clip for ACI Launch
- Healthcare Seminar 2006 Video