Stay Connected, Capitaland Boss Tells Overseas Singaporeans
(L-R) Mr Chiang, Perm Sec, PMO
and Mr Liew
Sydney – “The important thing is for Singaporeans to still contribute to the country either directly or indirectly. If Singaporeans continue to contribute to our GNP rather than our GDP, I would be happy.” said CapitaLand CEO Liew Mun Leong in light of an increasingly global world where Singaporeans are sought after for their skills and expertise.
Q&A session with the audience
Mr Liew was speaking to about 200 Singaporean students and professionals at the Distinguished Business Leaders (DBL) Series held on Saturday, 5 August 2006 at the Swissotel Sydney. Jointly organised by the Overseas Singaporean Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Manpower’s Contact Singapore, the first DBL is a networking platform that aims to connect Overseas Singaporeans with the business community in Singapore.
Overwhelming response of OS who signed up for the seminar
Distinguished Business Leader,
Mr Liew Mun Leong
That CapitaLand is now one of Asia’s largest real estate groups, with 7 listed companies, spread over 80 cities in 18 countries, is a result of the management’s decision to venture overseas in order to take the company to new heights. To date, nearly 60% of the group’s $18.6BN assets are in Australasia, Europe and Asia, credit to its international workforce boasting 7000 people from 26 nationalities across 80 cities.
We are really an international company that just happens to be in Singapore.” Said Mr Liew. Mr Liew’s comments resonated with his Singaporean audience, many of whom are seeking careers overseas.
The idea that you can continue to contribute to Singapore is a pertinent issue” said Ms Vera Lim, doctoral student at the University of Sydney. Many were also pleased with the opportunity to engage Mr Liew on a personal basis and to tap his views on current global real estate trends and its significance for Singapore and Singaporeans.
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