Singapore is at the epicentre of both Asia’s emergence in the world and the rise of US-China tensions, geoeconomic fragmentation and a worsening global environmental crisis.
Drawing on his experience, both as a seasoned Singapore policymaker and chair of several international panels, senior minister Tharman focuses on the ‘four R’s’; re-orientating macroeconomic thinking, reforming governance of global public goods, regenerating jobs without recourse to protection, and refocusing politics to avoid a zero-sum world.
Key questions discussed include:
- How should macroeconomic policy be repositioned for a world of inherent uncertainty and recurring shocks?
- Why should countries be wary of the rise of new industrial policies?
- What approaches would work to support broad-based income growth amidst the twin realities of more powerful new digital technologies and a globalized world? How is Singapore addressing this challenge?
- Can politics avoid zero-sum outcomes in an already polarized world?
- How can the increasing power of Asia lead to better outcomes at supranational level?
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.