Raffles Economic Forum 2011

“Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow.” Over the past century, as Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the United States, has rightfully pointed out, economics has become a very vital tool in our society, and in recent years, the rise of Asia has become, and still is, a topic much discussed.

Once labeled the White Man’s burden, Asia is now a force to be reckoned with, both politically and economically. Some even argue that Asian powers such as India and China will eventually come to dominate the global political arena in the coming century. Indeed, the economic recession in 2008, coupled with Asia’s persistent and outstanding economic growth in recent years, has sparked off much debate over US dominance into the 21st century.

Is Asia indeed on the rise, and is this even a zero-sum game to begin with? As a crossroad between the East and the West, how should Singapore manage and capitalize on these opportunities presented to Asia? Let the Raffles Economic Forum answer these questions for us!

Event Details

Raffles Economic Forum 2011

9 July 2011 (Saturday)

Venue: Raffles Institution

Theme: The Rise of Asia

Guest-of-honour: Professor Kishore Mahbubani (Dean of the LKY School of Public Policy)



0900 Registration

0930 Opening Ceremony

1000 Keynote Lecture: The Rise of Asia

1100 Lecture: The Economic Recession

1200 Lunch

1330 Panel Discussion: The Rise of China, Promise or Peril?

1500 Debates Showcase: Should Singapore welcome the rise of China and India?

1630 Closing Ceremony


Sign-up Details

Interested participants should provide the following details by 27 May 2011:

1) Name

2) Class/School

3) NRIC no.

4) Dietary requirements

5) Contact number

6) E-mail address


Interested applicants should send the sign-up details to this email ( by the stated deadline. It was also decided that applicants would be interested to note this event is recognized in the RD, under the Cognitive domain.

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