It’s hard to believe that one tiny island can rule the roost in South East Asia, but Singapore is just that – a pearl in the Indian Ocean that shimmers at the top of the heap. A startling microcosm of Asian culture and European influences, it is a Pandora’s box of commerce, ethnicity, cuisine, science, technology, and education.
When Singapore gained independence in the 60s, it had few natural resources and a population stricken by malaria or opium addiction. Realizing that it’s strongest potential lay in its people, education became the top-most priority for this newly independent nation –and teaching became a priority. Today, Singapore is considered a model for educationalists worldwide.
From being the premier hub for finance in South East Asia, to a world-class airline like Singapore Airways, a port facility that is one of the best in the world, and a booming retail and tourism sector – the Singaporeans understand the value of providing quality service to the world.
Positioning itself as the primary gateway for global commerce, it’s culture of brutal efficiency, transparency, meritocracy and intolerance for lawlessness has gained it kudos worldwide as being the best place to set up shop to do business in Asia.
An interesting cultural nuance of doing business in Singapore is how you treat the opposite person’s business card. The way you treat a Singaporean’s business card is perceived as the way you will conduct your business with them.