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Going beyond the 'global city' paradigm

Singapore should strive to be a unique regional city.

NEW DIRECTION: Put simply, we will move from manufacturing physical goods for customers richer than we are to providing services to customers poorer than we are.

KEEPING PACE: The transition requires shifts in mindsets, educational choices, labour market behaviours and government policies.

AFTER independence in 1965, Singapore's government embarked on a development strategy of manufacturing for export to the world market, a major part of the new nation's transformation from a South-east Asian regional port-city to a "global city".

A relative abundance of labour gave...

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