Singapore economy expands 3.5% in H1

Updated 08 August 2014

Singapore economy expands 3.5% in H1

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s trade-sensitive economy grew 3.5 percent in the first half and was on track for 2.5-3.5 percent expansion this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
“Our economy grew 3.5 percent in the first half of 2014, and is forecast to grow 2.5-3.5 percent for the year,” he said in a message on the eve of National Day.
The forecast is within previous official estimates of 2.0-4.0 percent growth this year even as the city-state grapples with increasing uncertainties around the world.
The government on July 14 said gross domestic product shrank an annualized 0.8 percent on-quarter in the three months to June due to a fall in the output for electronic goods, a main export for the country of 5.4 million people.
Lee said the tiny island republic had thrived due to globalization but remained vulnerable to external shocks.
“Events overseas affect us quickly and unpredictably, such as political changes in Southeast Asia, maritime disputes in the South China Sea, or armed conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine,” he said.
The 62-year-old premier said the government was continuing to strengthen social safety nets, especially for the country’s growing ranks of elderly citizens.
The government in February announced an Sg$9.0 billion ($7.2 billion) package to provide life-long health care subsidies to elderly citizens. Officials say 20 percent of Singaporeans will be 65 or older by 2030.
“Our population is ageing, and our seniors have fewer family members to support them,” Lee said.


Saudi Aramco appoints Mark Weinberger to Board of Directors

Updated 05 April 2020

Saudi Aramco appoints Mark Weinberger to Board of Directors

  • Weinberger, who replaces Andrew Gould, also serves as a director on the boards of Johnson & Johnson and Metlife
  • Weinberger was an active member of the US government, having worked across different administrations

DUBAI: Oil giant Saudi Aramco has appointed the former chairman of global firm EY (previously known as Ernst & Young) Mark Weinberger as an independent member to its board of directors, the company said in a statement.

Weinberger, who replaces Andrew Gould, also serves as a director on the boards of Johnson & Johnson and Metlife.

He is a member of several boards of trustees, including the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).

“I am honored to be joining the board of Aramco at this important time in the company’s history and world events,” Weinberger said.

Weinberger was an active member of the US government, having worked across different administrations – from George W. Bush to Donald Trump.