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Singapore firms bullish after news of Sri Lanka FTA


A DAY after the Singapore-Sri Lanka free trade agreement (FTA) was announced, Singapore businesses said they were bullish about the Sri Lanka market, and expect to benefit considerably from the FTA.

One area they have high hopes for is tariff reduction - since imported goods sometimes face tariffs of up to 60 to 80 per cent.

Details of the deal will be unveiled after ...more

SIA focuses on digital transformation to reclaim world's No. 1 spot


SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) will focus significantly on the digital realm this year, under its overall transformation programme aimed at getting back to being the world's best airline, chief executive Goh Choon Phong said in a New Year message to staff.

In particular, it will set up an internal digital-innovation unit to boost its digital capabilities, and will soon announce ...more

Developing, drawing unicorns to Singapore a possible growth strategy: SME panel


UNICORNS in Singapore may not be so mythical after all, if the government takes on board a recommendation from a committee led by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF).

Developing and attracting "unicorns" to Singapore - or startups valued at over US$1 billion - was listed as part of a proposed growth strategy, according to a Budget 2018 wishlist submitted to the government ...more

Singapore needs to remain competitive

SINCE independence, Singapore has stood out in the Asia-Pacific for attracting foreign direct investments (FDI) through its free, open and diversified economy.

However, global competition is intensifying. Our Asia-Pacific neighbours are enhancing their own competitiveness, and some of our traditional trading partners have also adopted a more protectionist stance to boost their economic prospects. ...more

Unlocking growth in Asean's digital economy - the time is now

IN just decades, digital advancement has enabled technology to shift from being a business enabler to being THE business.

As businesses look into their plans for 2018, many tell us that the goal is to leverage new technologies to transform their business models. However, while they are taking action to stay competitive in the Internet economy, they also express difficulties in navigating the ...more

NTU partners Volvo to develop driverless electric buses


THE Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Volvo Buses will team up to develop driverless electricity-powered buses, which they target to begin testing in Singapore in early 2019.

Through a partnership inked on Thursday, Volvo will provide two 12-metre, 40-seater battery-powered buses, which will be fitted with autonomous driving technologies.

The buses will ...more

How long can the party go on for?


AFTER a strong start to global markets in 2018, one question on top of everybody's mind is how long the party will last.

In the week ahead, attention will turn to the US consumer price index inflation, retail sales, the monthly budget statement and import prices, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Asia data releases include Taiwan exports, China producer and consumer ...more

Bidding adieu to the idea of a core business - for now

WHEN Singapore Press Holdings put its landmark Times House site up for sale years ago, a senior executive vice-president then said: "We consider property assets as non-core and have said that we will divest them in a manner that would maximise shareholders' value."

That was back in 2003.

Today, the group, which still publishes this newspaper and bills itself "Asia's leading media ...more

Manufacturing drives Q4 growth

The Singapore economy expanded 3.1 per cent in the last three months of 2017, lifted once again by robust manufacturing growth.

This was higher than economists' expectations of 2.6 per cent growth, but moderated from the 5.4 per cent expansion in the preceding quarter, according to advance estimates out yesterday.

The latest numbers come after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said ...more

Small business, big disruption

AS Singapore goes Smart, SMEs have to redouble their digitalisation efforts

Cashless payments. Sensors in lamp-posts. Delivery drones. Singapore is on a Smart Nation drive, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will play a key part.

As the economy strength-ens in 2018 and cash flows im-prove, SMEs have to continue adopting digital technology, experts said.

Jing Tan, Asia ...more

Singapore CEOs' outlook on economy goes up: survey


SINGAPORE CEOs are more optimistic than their regional counterparts about the economic outlook in the coming years, according to a new survey.

The poll by professional services firm KPMG found that Asean CEOs have become less confident about global growth - as well as the outlook for their own countries - compared with a year earlier.

But Singapore bucked this trend, ...more