Why should size hold Singapore back?

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

Why should size hold Singapore back?

It’s about time we stop referring to our “city-state” as a “constraint” so as to prevent self-fulfilling prophecy from potentially limiting our growth.


Size is not destiny.

However, the size of our dream can shape and influence our future.

More so in the fourth industrial revolution, winners will likely be those who are able, agile and adaptable.

In this regard, size can have an advantage.

For example, according to the United Nations, 68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050.

Singapore can position itself and work towards being a model, test-bed, service provider, and educational hub for managing and improving quality of life in urban areas.

In addition, we can also develop core competence in running other critical success factors of the new economy.

These factors include research and development of advanced technology, data analytics, cybersecurity, banking and financial systems, talent management and development, and innovations in legislation and other regulatory measures.

These factors are not necessarily a function of a country’s size, wealth and might, and they can help Singapore break out of its physical and other limitations.

Besides being “Asia101”, why can’t Singapore aspire to become the headquarter for global businesses and other influential organizations?



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