Singapore has come a long way since its fishing village days. It is still incredibly hard to fathom that fifty years ago, our national GDP per capita was less than USD708.27. Just last year, our reported GDP per capita hit USD55235.51, a whopping 78 times more compared to 1968. Rapid growth in the local trade and manufacturing industry helped the economy boom and flourish, propelling Singapore to catch up with many other developed countries despite having a small domestic market and little to almost no natural resources to capitalise on. An impressive feat considering it took merely just 53 years.
While our pace to catch up might be fast and furious, much of our rich heritage has been left behind such as the Sungei Road Thieves' Market, Bukit Brown Cemetery, Old National Library, and most recently the en-bloc of Pearl Bank Apartments at Outram leads us to question whether the gains actually outweigh the loss.
The Esquire Talks strives to promote conversation and critical thinking, where, in each session, we host a group of panelists to discuss relevant social issues in Singapore. Timely enough, National Day is just around the corner as it celebrates its 53rd year of independence.
LIVE POLL: Do you think Singapore cannot afford the luxury of heritage?
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Event: The Esquire Talks @ Esquire Shophouse
The panel features Adrian Tan, a litigator and VP of The Law Society of Singapore; Andrew Ing, COO of the Lo & Behold group and Management Committee member of the Restaurant Association of Singapore; Jose Raymond, founder of communications agency SPIN and the former VP of partnerships at the Singapore Swimming Association.
Date: Saturday, 4 August, 2018
Time: 5pm to 6pm
Venue: Esquire Shophouse (at the top of Duxton Hill, next to 13 Duxton Hill); Level 2, Room 2
RSVP at our Esquire Shophouse microsite. The event is free.