Les Rencontres Économiques in Singapore
New Horizons for the World Economy
14 - 15 March 2019
At the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Auditorium
Les Rencontres Économiques à Singapour
Les nouveaux Horizons de l'économie mondiale
14 et 15 mars 2019
Auditorium de la Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

This year, the Economic Society of Singapore, Le Cercle des économistes and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore are coming together to organize an economic forum around the theme “New Horizons for the World Economy”. bringing together esteemed speakers from different backgrounds and countries, this event is set to mark a key milestone in the discussion between Europe and Asia.

This necessary debate is too often captured by populists alone and there is an urgent need for a more rational and international discussion. This is our ambition for this new edition of Les Rencontres Économiques in Singapore.

Danny Quah, Dean and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National Universtity of Singapore

Jean-Hervé Lorenzi, President
Le Cercle des économistes

Euston Quah, President, Economic Society of Singapore; Professor and Head of Economics, Nanyang Technological University

Les Rencontres Économiques in Singapore 2019 - Highlight

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This conference run through March 14 and 15 2019.
We also provide coffee break on each day.
For social media: #RESing2019
Day 1
14 Mar 2019
Day 2
15 Mar 2019

Welcome comments by the Organizers

While globalization keeps accelerating some are wondering whether we should give up on it, as there is a real risk of protectionist backlash. Innovation and new technologies are often seen...
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Euston QUAH
Danny QUAH
Claire Waysand

Opening Discussion

Débat d’ouverture
Chun Sing, CHAN
Michel SAPIN

Coffee Break

Session 1 – Should we trust globalization ?

Until recently, economic integration, both in terms of goods and services, and in the financial sector, was on an accelerating trend and globalization could seem unstoppable. In a number of...
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Deborah ELMS
Razeen SALLY
Bertrand BADRÉ
Claire Waysand

Lunch Break

Session 2 – The Swan Song of the Bretton Woods System?

Economic openness and integration are considered by an increasing population as a danger rather than a goal. Innovation and new technologies are often seen as aggravating factors polarizing the world...
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Leslie TEO

Session 3 – Is Regional Integration Utopian?

Recent examples of Brexit and ALENA re-negotiation have illustrated the difficulties to bring together national aspirations, even among neighbouring countries. While tight cooperation with neighbours is certainly a good strategy...
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Rebecca Fatima STA MARIA
Michael HU
Danny QUAH

End of Day 1

Session 4 – Disruption, Fintech and Innovation: Who will be the winners?

As competition between companies and countries is strengthening, innovation capacity may prove to be the main differentiating factor between globalization winners and losers. All sectors are subject to disruption, including...
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Tan Bin Ru
Sopnendu MOHANTY
David LEE
Nicolas COLIN

Coffee Break

Session 5 – Who will lead the world economy ?

The World seems to be shifting towards a new equilibrium. China, armed with its long-term geopolitical strategy, seems to be in position to regain the global leadership over United States....
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Prakash KANNAN
Taimur BAIG
Philippe MARTIN
Béatrice WEDER di MAURO

Session 6 – The Challenge of Addressing Climate Change

Can the United States’ withdrawal from Paris Agreement be compensated by the leadership of other States (China, Europe, etc.)? Will non-state players (NGOs, cities and regions, companies…), highly prominent since...
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Benedict CHIA

Lunch Break

Session 7 – How to ensure Financial Stability ?

The global financial system is at risk, including because of tensions between competing countries. Given a strong interdependence among economies, preventing contagion effects and finding cooperative solutions will be crucial...
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Philippe HEIM

Session 8 – Where are Asia and Europe heading to?

While being the first economic area of the globe, the European Union has yet to show its strength in international relationships. Asia is fast growing but also faces important challenges.  ...
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Yeo Lay Hwee
Pascal LAMY

Concluding comments by Organizers

Clôture par les organisateurs
Euston QUAH
Danny QUAH
Claire Waysand

End of Day 2

Who we are

Part of the National University of Singapore, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy was established in 2004 with the mission of educating and inspiring current and future generations of leaders to raise the standards of governance in Asia, improve the lives of its people and contribute to the transformation of the region. With over 2,800 alumni spanning 90 countries, the School’s unique Asian focus allows students to form a network of future leaders and experience public policy education in a distinctively global environment.

In addition to Masters and PhD programmes, the LKYSPP offers high quality customised Executive Programmes that cater to the needs of time-constrained senior managers and professionals, with the aim of delivering creative solutions to real management and leadership challenges. The School has a number of research centres and institutes that contribute both to scholarly inquiry as well as policymaking, and frequently plays host to distinguished speakers and visiting scholars.

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Le Cercle des économistes was created with the ambitious aim of stimulating the economic debate. Thanks to the diversity of opinion of its 30 members, all academics who hold or have held a position in the private or public sector, and numerous activities developed in partnership with French media, the Cercle des économistes has rapidly become a key player in the economic arena.

Among a number of events, Le Cercle des économistes has been organizing every year, in July, Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, gathering more than 220 speakers from all over the world with a public of 3000 people.

Le Cercle des économistes can provide its expertise with its 30 members, its network of international academics, institutions and business leaders as well as its experience in the organization of high quality economic debates.

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The Economic Society of Singapore (ESS) is a non-profit organization of economists and other professionals interested in economics. ESS brings together members of the economics profession in academia, the government and business sectors and provides a platform for discussions on issues facing the Singapore economy and the region.

The primary objective of the Society is to raise public awareness, and stimulate public interest and debate, in economic issues. It does this by organizing conferences, talks, workshops and public lectures and by conducting studies on issues, either on its own or in partnership with other organizations.

The objectives of ESS are to raise public awareness on Economic issues and to stimulate public interest in Economics, to encourage discussion on Economic problems with special reference to Singapore and to issue a journal and other special publications.

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469G Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259776
Auditorium, Level 3, Block B, NUS Bukit Timah Campus
+65 6601 2875


Thank you to all our partners and their support for this second edition of Les Rencontres Économiques in Singapore
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