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DBS Asian Leaders Insights

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A CALCULATED bet made more than 10 years ago by Singapore property developer Frasers Centrepoint Limited (FCL) to tether its growth to the real estate markets of China and Australia has paid off...
DESPITE the attention on its overseas ventures, FCL group CEO Lim Ee Seng maintains that Singapore remains a core market of the developer's portfolio. He gives a breakdown of the developer'...
LIM Ee Seng shares the important lessons he's learnt about the property business in his career so far:

Corporate Governance Practices

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SINGAPORE has come out tops in terms of corporate governance (CG) standards in the Asia-Pacific, and is in a good position to support its neighbours in this area when a single Asean market becomes a...
THE joint study, Balancing Rules and Flexibility, by ACCA and KPMG in Singapore was prepared over 14 months to examine the similarities and differences of CG requirements across a selection of global...

Philanthropists Forum 2014

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AFTER over two decades as an investment banker working in Sydney, London and Hong Kong, Ian Learmonth decided to use his skills to do some social good when he returned home to Australia. In...
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AFTER Thailand banned commercial logging in the late eighties, many of the country's elephants and their riders, or mahouts, were left jobless and roaming the streets of Bangkok begging. To save...
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A PLATFORM set up by Credit Suisse for wealthy individuals who want to engage in charitable activities without the hassle of dealing with administrative matters has seen growing interest from its...

Who's Who In Corporate Finance

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THE state of corporate finance in Singapore has been rather patchy, public offerings have been pathetic but there's been plenty of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, especially cross...

SME One Asia Awards 2014

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The winners of the SME One Asia Awards 2014 reflect a new generation of enterprises that are equipped with the right skills, knowledge and vision for success in today's volatile business world....
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WHETHER they were striking real estate deals in Brazil or teaching toddlers how to count, this year's 41 SME One Asia Award winners displayed not only keen business acumen, but a desire to...
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Mr Lee is a Tax Partner with Deloitte Singapore. He offers practical solutions to his clients. He is equipped with his extensive experience in providing tax consulting and tax compliance services...

Country Focus: Kazakhstan

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REFLECTING changing global realities, Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev is putting in place a new economic policy called Nurly Zhol, or Path to the Future, which will put the country in a...
KAZAKHSTAN first declared its intention to seek a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2017-18 session in 2010 to become more involved in Central Asian and global security issues. It...
KAZAKHSTAN, due to its geographical position, has tremendous advantages as a transit hub for logistics and transportation. However there are also challenges involved as its territory is vast.

Business China Awards 2014

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THE recently concluded 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit hosted by Beijing has been hailed as a stellar showing of China's growing confidence and poise on the international...
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FOR over a hundred years, the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) has been an advocate for promoting business and trade cooperation between Singapore and China.
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THERE used to be two JJ Lins: The JJ fluently expressing himself in English, at home - in all senses of the word - in Singapore; and the JJ speaking Mandarin, trying to break into the overseas market...

Oman National Day

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ON NOV 18 every year, Omanis celebrate their National Day, recalling the anniversary of the Omani Renaissance which kicked off 44 years ago and still presses ahead towards the achievement of further...
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SINGAPORE'S non-resident ambassador to Oman, Teng Theng Dar, is enthusiastic about the country he is representative to as he effuses about Oman's attractions. "To appreciate Oman, you...
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AS PART of efforts to build up Singapore- Oman relations, the Singapore Press Club earlier this year organised a visit to the country. The trip included visits to historical and tourist sites,...

E50 20th Anniversary

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Sub-editor: Chantal Nair Cover artwork: Simon Ang Advertising Sales: Rix Low 9620-1365; Matthew Chang 9620-1341; Nancy Kan 9761-6215; Lina Tan 9620-1355
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THE year 1995 was the 20th anniversary of Andersen Consulting (now known as Accenture) in Singapore and we wanted to use the occasion to give back to the corporate community.
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The Enterprise 50 Awards, established in 1995, is jointly organised by The Business Times and KPMG, and supported by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, International Enterprise...

Singapore Productivity Awards 2014

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AS Singapore companies continue to ramp up their efforts to become sleeker, more efficient organisations, a handful of firms are leading the way in the race to become more productive.
THE Singapore Productivity Awards is an initiative of the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) that showcases locally based enterprises that have made significant progress in their productivity...
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BE it drones taking the place of waiters, a robotic machine that tiles floors or a virtual dresser that allows you to try on clothes without stepping into a changing room, the inaugural National...

The Diversity Advantage

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EVEN as more women take their seats in the boardrooms of Singapore-listed companies, a new study has showed that diversity in the board beyond that of just gender can boost the bottom line.
Female representation in SGX-listed company boards marginally increased to 8.3 per cent in 2013, up from 7.9 per cent in 2012.

SIAS investors' choice awards 2014

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MANY of Singapore's largest listed firms compete for investors in global markets, and are thus constantly improving their corporate governance standards.
INTEGRATED reporting, or IR, aims to provide a holistic picture of an organisation's performance, and is seen by many as the future of corporate reporting. That said, integrated reporting is not...
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BT: How has maintaining high standards of corporate governance benefited your organisation? Please cite examples.

Business Excellence 2014

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ORGANISATIONS that have adopted Spring Singapore's Business Excellence (BE) framework have exhibited greater confidence and awareness on how to better manage their business, resulting in...
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THE success of any initiative requires pioneers, catalysts and supporters. The Business Excellence (BE) initiative has been well supported by a community of passionate BE practitioners and assessors...
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WHEN it comes to training her employees, Greenpac founder and CEO Susan Chong is not afraid to lead from the front. Even as she spent the last 12 years building up one of the region's leading...

Construction Productivity

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GAME changing technologies and new incentives to help companies in the built environment sector become more productive were the highlights of this year's Singapore Construction Productivity Week...
LEADING up to the SCPW, a panel of local and international experts from the built environment industry met to discuss ways to improve construction productivity in Singapore.
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Prominent figures from across Singapore's built environment sector share their thoughts about the need to boost productivity among industry players.

Singapore Sustainability Awards 2014

THE Singapore Business Federation's (SBF) Singapore Sustainability Awards attracted an overwhelming number of applications this year from diversified sectors and enterprises, showing that...
SINGAPORE property developer City Developments Limited (CDL) has helped put the country on the global sustainability map with several high-profile eco projects, including the world’s first green...
BY 2050, there will be nine billion people on the planet, or 2.4 billion more mouths to feed than in 2013. About 70 per cent will live in urban centres, according to the United Nations Food and...

Macro Insights

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THE state of the US economy does not justify an increase in interest rates next year, with labour participation at its weakest in over 30 years, and wage growth still stagnating, said Nobel laureate...

SiTF Awards 2014

THIRTY-EIGHT SiTF Awards winners were lauded for their innovative products and services at this year's ICM (information, communications and media) industry gala dinner held at the Resorts World...
When Numoni's chief executive offi cer Norma Sit first took her company's Nugen kiosk to potential partners, she found it diffi cult to convince them that the device was a solution worth...
CELEBRATING innovation, promoting emerging technologies, and giving back to the community are some reasons why some companies continue to give their support to the Singapore infocomm Technology...

Luxe Travel 2014

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FROM cruising on the high seas and exploring small, little known ports to drifting down rivers and charting your own course, the options for taking to the water are endless - and look set to get even...
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The Brando, Tetiaroa, French Polynesia
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DON'T call them supermarkets or food courts. These food halls are magnets for all things gourmet and, dare we say it, artisanal. Every epicurean item you could think of is available right before...

CEO Conversations 2014

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AS businesses navigate increasingly competitive markets, two key themes stand out in their strategy to get ahead of their rivals - service excellence and innovation. Regardless of the nature of their...

Korean National Day 2014

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KOREA'S ambassador to Singapore, Suh Chung-ha, has been working hard over the year to develop ties between the two countries. He sees significant changes to the relationship over the first year...
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KOREA has been boosting its infrastructure ahead of the ongoing Asian games in Incheon and has emerged as an example for building cost-effective and reusable facilities. Some of these will be able to...
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KOREA has been actively building up its hotel and resorts infrastructure recently with French group Accor planning to open four new hotels in Seoul in 2017.

Energy Efficiency National Partnership

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BUSINESS Times: What are some of the highlights of your energy management system?
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USING a new energy-efficient technology common in other industries is helping steel producer NatSteel Holdings see more than energy and cost savings. This fresh approach is also on its way to making...
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NEW energy-efficient initiatives have saved the Housing & Development Board (HDB) more than S$1 million a year. And the savings are just for one location, at the HDB Hub in Toa Payoh.These...

Day of German Unity

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BT: Singapore and Germany have enjoyed good bilateral relations for many years. Can you summarise these relations and your view on them?
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THE history of top German leather goods brand Braun Buffel's relationship with Singapore can be somewhat compared to that between the two countries.
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GERMAN companies have been involved in Singapore for many years, taking advantage of the city's strategic location and good business environment.

Let's Golf

For participants at the SPH’s inaugural World Golfers’ Championship final game on Oct 7, not only do they stand a chance to represent Singapore in South Africa in November, they may also win a...
Japanese brand Epon Golf has launched a new range of products to stay on top of your game.
The inaugural SPH World Golfers' Championship could not have a better start.

Property (Sep 2014)

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SEVERAL rounds of property cooling measures have taken some wind out of the market’s sails. Notably, Singapore’s private residential property transactions have fallen to levels last seen during the...

Golf Asia

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"IT doesn't just tell time. It tells history." Like the slogan for the Rolex campaign, the intricate relationship between Rolex and golf goes as far back as 1967, when Rolex partnered...
MALAYSIA'S largest clubhouse and golf resort recently underwent a RM5 million (S$1.98 million) renovation project.
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GREG Norman was his idol growing up, but currently he is into Phil Mickelson. "He's a really good player, a very exciting player and I think a very nice guy," says Singapore golfer Lam...

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