More than 200 sign up for ST forum

More than 200 sign up for ST forum
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam will deliver the keynote speech.

SINGAPORE - More than 200 people have registered for the second ST Global Outlook Forum, with the number rising by the day.

Headlined by a question-and-answer session with Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam, who will also deliver the keynote speech, the half-day seminar is based on the theme: "Will 2014 be a year of living dangerously for Asia?" It will be held at the Shangri-La Hotel on Nov 29.

Presented by ANZ Bank and supported by Mercedes-Benz, it brings together marquee regional and global experts, along with four experienced Straits Times journalists.

They will discuss topics such as political and economic developments in China, the worsening Japan-China relations, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "active pacifism".

They will also seek to answer the question: Where should you put your money next year, especially if the United States Federal Reserve ceases its quantitative easing policy?

Last year's inaugural seminar drew a sell-out crowd and this year's is expected to be equally strong, given worries over the regional situation.

"The response has been most gratifying," said Straits Times foreign editor Ravi Velloor.

"Readers increasingly find they draw immense value in interacting directly with not just the experts but the people who bring you the news from the ground. This is such an opportunity and one not to be missed."

In an opening session moderated by Straits Times editor Warren Fernandez, Mr Shanmugam will discuss the challenges facing Singapore and the region.

After a presentation by ANZ chief economist Glenn B. Maguire, another highlight will be a panel led by Mr Velloor, comprising analyst Manu Bhaskaran, director of Centennial Group International and the Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of Centennial Asia Advisors, and three Straits Times journalists.

They are Mr Peh Shing Huei, deputy news editor and author of When The Party Ends, a book analysing China's rise and challenges; veteran Japan correspondent Kwan Weng Kin; and senior economics correspondent Fiona Chan.

Futurist Parag Khanna of the Hybrid Reality Institute will then address the forum on global me-gatrends. He will also take questions from the floor.

The early bird sign-ups have closed. Registration for the event, which includes lunch, is $280 per person. Those interested can sign up at www.straitstimes.com/stoutlook before next Friday.


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