Dynamics of the Singapore Success Story: Insights by Ngiam Tong Dow 1st Edition
Ngiam Tong Dow
ISBN-13: 9789814336079 | ISBN-10: 9814336076
© 2011 | Published |  0  Pages

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Singapore’s success story has been widely read. How and why this transformation came about, however, has seldom been publicly analyzed and articulated. Very few insiders with firsthand experience have chosen to illuminate the fundamental public policies guiding Singapore’s social and economic growth. Yet it is this aspect of the Singapore story that most intrigues outside observers.

Based on his rich, forty-year experience as a senior Singapore civil servant, Ngiam Tong Dow manages to present a clear picture in this book of Singapore’s path toward success. It is a collection of his speeches, interviews, and articles delivered and written between 2004 and 2010. According to Ngiam, what lies behind Singapore’s spectacular achievements from 1959 onward is the island nation’s relentless pursuit of knowledge as the critical lever for development. Singapore is the forerunner of knowledge-based economies emerging in this new millennium.

  • Foreword

    Part I: Toward a Knowledge-based Economy: Dynamics of the Singapore Success Story
    Dynamics of the Singapore Success Story
    Musings of a Singapore Administrator
    From Third World to First
    Strategic Pragmatism
    The Strategic Pragmatism of China and Singapore
    China, Japan, Singapore: Three Development Perspectives
    A Socratic Dialogue: Global Competition in a Knowledge-based World
    The Ministry of National Development in the 21st Century
    The Role of the Ministry of Finance in Singapore’s Economic Development
    Exporting Knowledge: Can Singapore Compete?
    Looking within for Solutions: Building and Exporting Our Knowledge
    The Bukit Timah Dialogue
    The Development Economics of Emergent Countries

    Part II: Pillars of a Knowledge-based Economy
    Political and institutional pillars
    Foreword to Management of Success: Singapore Revisited
    Singapore Elites for the 21st Century
    “Sense of Urgency” Drove Creative Ideas
    Reporting: Then and Now

    Educational and social pillars
    Economics and Economists in the Public Administration of Singapore
    On Thinking in an Enlightened Society
    Of Government, Innovation, and the Social Sector: An Interview with Ngiam Tong Dow
    Individual Rights and Public Interest in Development: Singapore’s Experience
    HDB Should Also Build Condos
    A Winning Formula, “But We overdid it”
    Singapore in the New World

    Financial and banking pillars
    The World’s First Venture Capitalist
    Singapore Banking in the 21st Century

    Part III: Implications of the Singapore Success Story to China
    Is China’s Growth Sustainable?
    The Selection of China’s Top Leader
    Land Reform and Sustainable Growth
    Singapore–China Collaboration and Partnership in Science and Technology: Possibilities?

    • Retells the Singapore success story from the perspective of a knowledge-based economy
    • Unveils Singapore’s public-policy decisions in the early days
    • Provides an insider’s perspective on how Singapore evolved from Third World to First
    • Written by Singapore’s retired top civil servant, Mr. Ngiam Tong Dow
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    • Ngiam Tong Dow served in the Singapore Administrative Service for more than forty years. He became Singapore’s youngest permanent secretary ever in 1972 at the age of 35. He served in key government ministries, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of National Development, and the Ministry of Communications.

      He worked closely with the founding political leaders of Singapore including the late Dr. Goh Keng Swee, former deputy prime minister, and the late Hon Sui Sen, former finance minister. He also served under Lee Kuan Yew, the founding prime minister and Goh Chok Tong, the succeeding prime minister.

      Ngiam was chairman of various statutory boards and government linked companies, including the Singapore Economic Development Board, the Development Bank of Singapore, the Central Provident Fund Board, and the Housing Development Board. He received various national public service awards, namely the Public Administration Medal (Gold) in 1971, the Meritorious Service Medal in 1978, and the Distinguished Service Order in 1999.

      Ngiam graduated from the University of Malaya (in Singapore) in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors) in Economics. He obtained a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University in 1964. In 1985, he was awarded the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship. He is the author of A Mandarin and the Making of Public Policy: Reflections by Ngiam Tong Dow (2006) and Growing Pains of Economic Development: the Singapore Experience (in Chinese) (2007).