venture asia: singapore
On 13 April 2015, In the Zone convened a group of senior business and government leaders at the Google Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore to discuss Perth and Singapore’s strategic and cultural bond and how best to capitalise on our cities’ close proximity, good business relationship, entwined histories and promising futures. Singapore’s reputation as a global hub for investment and trade and its expertise in finance and energy trading make it an ideal destination for In the Zone. As a minerals and energy superpower with impressive social, scientific and technical infrastructure, Perth is an ideal partner for Singaporean investors and entrepreneurs. Perth and Singapore have much to gain from increased collaboration. Investment flows and business cooperation will increase the competitiveness of both cities on the world stage. In this spirit, In the Zone laid the cornerstone of its Asian tour in Singapore.
Launching In the Zone 2015 at the headquarters of Google Asia Pacific in the heart of Singapore, the University of Western Australia’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson, said Australia was committed to ‘enhancing our thinking, understanding and knowledge about our region, our future and our interdependence’.
For Australia and the Asian region to take the lead globally in the energy and minerals sector, we must look outward, not inward, and we must engage with our neighbours.’‘In the Zone reminds us that we share the same four-hour time horizon with the Asian region – an area that encompasses sixty per cent of the world’s population; a region that in total has a Gross Domestic Product output of twenty-three trillion dollars, which represents one third of the world economy,’ Professor Johnson said.
Professor Johnson said Singapore’s reputation as a global hub for investment and trade and its expertise in finance and energy trading made it an ideal destination for In the Zone’s first venture into Asia.