Nearly 200 years after Singapore was eyed as base for British trade, international flows continue
ICE and Eurex’s
When the intrepid British statesman Sir
Thomas Stamford Raffles first eyed Singapore in November 1817,
he identified it as the ideal location for a British base
established to disrupt the local trade and dominate the Malay
Its deep water natural harbour, fresh
water supplies and abundance of timber all provided the
resources to develop an existing settlement of around 1000 and
in doing so, he changed the course of Asian history.
Almost 200 years later, a new wave of
international inflows are arriving on the shores of Singapore.
The deep natural harbour, fresh water and timber remain but a
vibrant local trading market, world class infrastructure and
rule of law are today the key attractions for the new wave of
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