It was a conviction to do what was right for the people and an openness to take on new ideas and try different approaches that led Singapore's founding fathers to work closely with Dutch economist Albert Winsemius on economic transformation, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (May 23).
And these two key values of conviction and openness are all the more salient today as the country navigates a world that has become more divided and insular, he added. DPM Heng was speaking at the launch of the book Albert Winsemius And Singapore: Here It Is Going To Happen, which is about the life of the Republic's chief economic adviser for close to a quarter-century. Dr Winsemius' contributions to Singapore's economic growth and development are covered in detail in the 1,000-page book by NTU Albert Winsemius chair professor of economics Euston Quah and his co-authors, NTU research associates Luke Nursultan Iuldashovand Zach Lee.
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