What effects – if any – has the watershed election in 2011 had on Singapore politics? Might local political developments affect Singapore’s actions abroad? How should Singapore conduct its foreign policy in light of the rise of new global powers, and the (re-) emergence of increasingly fractious territorial disputes in our neighbourhood?These are some of the key questions that Singaporean thinkers and policymakers have considered and will continue to grapple with well into the future.
The Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore is pleased to invite you to join us for a Fireside Chat with Ambassador Chan Heng Chee, who will share her views on the interplay between the politics of Singapore and its foreign policy.
Ambassador Chan is Ambassador-at-Large with the Singapore Foreign Ministry and concurrently, Singapore’s Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. She chairs the National Arts Council as well as the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities in the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and is a member of the Presidential Council for Minority Rights. On the international front, she chairs the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Urban Development, and is a trustee of the Asia Society and a member of the Board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy.
She served as Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States from 1996 to 2012, and was Singapore’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1989 to 1991. When she left Washington in 2012 at the end of her appointment, Ambassador Chan received the inaugural Asia Society Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award, the inaugural Foreign Policy Outstanding Diplomatic Achievement Award 2012 and the United States Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.
She has received a number of other awards, including the Distinguished Service Order in 2011 and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2005. She has also received Honorary Degrees of Doctor of Letters from the University of Newcastle, Australia; and the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. Ambassador Chan was named Singapore’s first “Woman of the Year” in 1991, and was twice awarded the National Book Awards: in 1986 for “A Sensation of Independence: A Political Biography of David Marshall” and in 1978 for “The Dynamics of One Party Dominance: The PAP at the Grassroots”.
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Government in Business – Friend or Foe?
Is government involvement in business always good? This has attracted a constant and robust debate. Free market economists have long argued that firms in private hands are superior to those run by a government, hence the privatisation programme in many countries. On the other hand, many state owned enterprises operate no differently from private corporations, with their own boards of directors and with some being subjected to the demands of a stock exchange listing.
Regardless of how they perform, the government has a traditional role of ensuring that national resources are well distributed among the various sectors of the market while maintaining healthy government revenues. Thus, we need a more nuanced approach — to both theory and at a practical level about the ideal relationship between business and government.
Join us for an intimate fireside chat with Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, author of the book “Government in Business- Friend or Foe?” who will share her perspectives to discuss the intriguing issues surrounding the achievement of such a balance for Singapore as well as for other countries.
Mrs Lim Hwee Hua serves as an executive director of Tembusu Partners, a senior adviser to US private equity player Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, an independent non-executive member of the Global Advisory Council of Ernst & Young, an independent director of both Jardine Cycle & Carriage Ltd and Stamford Land Corporation Ltd, and Honorary Chairman of Securities Investors Association of Singapore (SIAS).
She previously served as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s office and concurrently as Second Minister for Finance and for Transport, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.
Mrs Lim is a Cambridge alumnus and read Mathematics/Engineering at Girton College, Cambridge from 1978-1981. She graduated with an MBA (major in Finance) from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA in 1989.
Date: 21 January 2014
Venue: 2 Goodwood Hill
Time: 7pm – mingling with food and drinks / 7.30pm to commence chat
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Order for the book may be made at the special promotional price of $25 (inclusive of GST). Please use the form available at http://bit.ly/1jN0BBA. Copies of the book will also be available for sale that evening,
“For the Common Man: Singapore Citizenship Activism at its Best- the Example of SIAS”
25 November 2013, 7pm, 2 Goodwood Hill
Fees for the event:
Members – $20 (cost recovery for dinner catering and administrative costs)
DUAL Members – $25
Guest of Oxbridge/DUAL Members – $35 (limited to one guest per member)
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It’s been a long summer and we’re feeling a bit twirly – so join Oxbridge Society for after-work drinks with a view on Tuesday, October 8, 6-8pm at Loof (331 North Bridge Road, #03-07, Odean Towers).
There will be a happy hour drinks special – $6++ from 6-7pm and $7++ from 7-8pm for draft beer, house wine and house pour spirits. Don’t waste it!
Catch up with old friends and make new ones. Oxbridge members who have been long dormant are especially welcome!
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See you there!