Discussion devoted to the look about the lessons of Singapore for Latvia has taken place successfully (1000)
In order to find out how Singapore from a third-world country became the today’s leader of Doing Business rating by the World Bank, and to engage in discussion what Latvia can learn from this experience, on 6 February at the Turība University 160 persons – politicians, financiers, entrepreneurs, journalists, teaching staff and students of the University – came to the discussion dedicated to the opening of the book “From Third World to First. Singapore Story 1965-2000” by Lee Kuan Yew.
The book “From Third World to First. Singapore Story 1965-2000” acquaints the Latvian reader with the issues of economy, politics, diplomacy, culture and history, which invites every reader to get to know the culture of his/her own country and other countries, too, to assume responsibility for his/her life and development of the country, to overcome difficulties and advance towards achievements, promotes patriotism and shapes ethical norms. The author of the book Lee Kuan Yew is one of the most outstanding public activists and statesmen of the 20th century. The history of formation and welfare of the State of Singapore, which as to the number of population, size of territory and national minorities is similar to Latvia, is closely linked with his name.
In the introductory part of the discussion there were address by Chairman of the Development Council of Turība, Vice-President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Aigars Rostovskis and Minister of Economy Daniels Pavļuts, as well as the lecture “Singapore: Leader 2012 of Doing Business of World Bank” by Chairman of the Global Leadership Forum, Singaporean Low Siew Thiam.
The discussion about the Singapore’s lessons, which was hosted by the Latvian journalist Edijs Bošs, was initiated by A. Rostovskis, D. Pavļuts, Parliamentary Secretaries Viktors Makarovs and Veiko Spolītis, partner of Prudentia Ģirts Rungainis, Executive Director of the Foreign Investors Council and board member of the Riga Free Port Ģirts Greiškalns, micro-surgeon Mārtiņš Kapickis and Vice-President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, expert of taxes and duties Lienīte Caune.
At the end of discussion there was the address by Chief Executive of the Turība Publishing House Daiga Rugāja and donation of the book to the discussion’s experts, as well as the members of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry – members of the Competencies’ Councils.
The discussion devoted to the book was organised by the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Turība University.
The book will be available in trade from 21 February.
Great thanks to all those who found the time to share their thoughts about the Singapore’s lessons for Latvia!