Singapore is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. It has become one of the world's most prosperous countries and boasts the world's busiest port. Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and the top destination for international meetings. Singapore Conferences will be providing an excellent international forum for sharing knowledge and results in Emerging Technological Innovations in Sciences, Engineering, Technology and Management. In 2018, Meetings International will be hosting 9 conferences in Singapore.
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Singapore has a highly developed market economy, based historically on extended trade. The Singaporean economy is known as one of the freest, most innovative, most competitive, most dynamic and most business-friendly. In 2016, Singapore is rated the world's most expensive city for the third consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Singapore has the world's eleventh largest foreign reserves, and one of the highest net international investment position per capita. There are more than 7,000 multinational corporations from the United States, Japan, and Europe in Singapore. There are also approximately 1,500 companies from China and a similar number from India. Foreign firms are found in almost all sectors of the country's economy. Roughly 44 percent of the Singaporean workforce is made up of non-Singaporeans. Over ten free-trade agreements have been signed with other countries and regions. Despite market freedom, Singapore's government operations have a significant stake in the economy, contributing 22% of the GDP.
The 2015 Index of Economic Freedom ranks Singapore as the second freest economy in the world and the Ease of Doing Business Index has also ranked Singapore as the easiest place to do business for the past decade. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index, Singapore is consistently perceived as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, along with New Zealand and the Scandinavian countries. Singapore is a strategic location to many international companies that operate their businesses here. With sound financial system and stable political environment, Singapore offers an excellent springboard to jump-start or expand business in Asia. Many global corporations chose to locate their headquarters in Singapore because of benefits like attractive corporate tax rates, availability of funding, talented workforce, flexible immigration policies for expatriates, advanced infrastructure, low crime rate, etc.
Singapore’s education is ranked as one of the best among the education systems in the world. Singapore’s education system is the product of a distinctive, even unique, set of historical, institutional and cultural influences. Education in Singapore is managed by the Ministry of Education which controls the development and administration of state schools receiving government funding. Education spending usually makes up about 20 percent of the annual national budget, which subsidises state education and government-assisted private education for Singaporean citizensMajor government commitments to educational research (£109m between 2003-2017) and knowledge management are designed to support evidence-based policy making.
Singapore has transformed into an international hub for Research and Development (R&D) in the South East Asian Region. The Singaporean government has identified three strategic areas of R&D. Those are in the fields of Environmental and Water Technologies (Clean Water and Clean Energy), Biomedical Sciences Translational and Clinical Research and Interactive and Digital Media. In addition, the Singapore government has invested $16.1 billion over 2011-2015 to boost research, innovation and enterprise (RIE), a growth in Gross Expenditure on R&D to 3.5% of GDP through increased private sector R&D expenditure. In 2012, Gross Expenditure on R&D (GERD) was $7.2 billion, or 2.1% of GDP and the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) was 7.8%. Besides there was further growth in R&D expenditure in the local private sector, as Singaporean companies increased their investments in research and development activities by 16 per cent or nearly S$180 million from S$1.1 billion in 2011 to S$1.3 billion in 2012. The R&D sector also continues to provide and create high-value jobs in Singapore, as the number of R&D jobs peaked to a new high of 37,077 in 2012.
Singapore has an excellent public transportation system that makes getting around convenient and easy. It is a major international transport hub in Asia, serving some of the busiest sea and air trade routes. Singapore Changi Airport hosts a network of over 100 airlines connecting Singapore to some 300 cities in about 70 countries and territories worldwide. It has been rated one of the best international airports by international travel magazines, including being rated as the world's best airport for the first time in 2006 by Skytrax. The national airline is Singapore Airlines. The Port of Singapore, managed by port operators PSA International and Jurong Port, was the world's second-busiest port in 2005 in terms of shipping tonnage handled, at 1.15 billion gross tons, and in terms of containerised traffic, at 23.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs). It is also the world's second-busiest, behind Shanghai, in terms of cargo tonnage with 423 million tons handled. In addition, the port is the world's busiest for transshipment traffic and the world's biggest ship refuelling centre.
Singapore is home to some of the world’s brightest minds including scientists, policymakers and thought leaders. For a country that’s half a century old and with scarce natural resources, Singapore has come a long way. Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE2020) budget has promised a hefty S$19.1 billion from 2016-20120 to boost research capabilities and nurture talents in the city state. Some of the adepts from both academia and industry include Kenneth Lee, Lim Chwee Teck, Lok Shee-Mei, Olivia Lum, Andrew Nee, Ng Huck Hui and Tan Gee Paw. These eminent individuals have thrived in their respective fields and have made Singapore shine at a global platform.
Tourism in Singapore is a major industry and contributor to the Singaporean economy, attracting 16.4 million international tourists in 2016, about 3 times of Singapore's total population. Singapore's business environment, international openness, travel and tourism policy and enabling conditions are the best in the world. The Orchard Road district, which is dominated by multi-storey shopping centres and hotels, can be considered the center of tourism in Singapore. Other popular tourist attractions include the Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Night Safari, which allows people to explore Asian, African and American habitats at night without any visible barriers between guests and the wild animals. Singapore Botanic Gardens contain more than 60,000 species of plants and animals, and is home to the world’s first children’s garden. Singapore received its first UNESCO World Heritage nomination for the botanic gardens. The Singapore flyer is the world's largest giant observation wheel. Attend Meetings International conferences in Singapore and get an opportunity to explore its attractions.
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