Business and civic leaders travel to Singapore on leadership mission

By: Kathryn Robertson Posted: 05/29/2018

Public and private sector representatives gain firsthand insight into one of the world’s fastest growing global economies

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle led a delegation of business leaders, elected officials, and economic development professionals to Singapore. From May 19 to May 26, delegates visited the city-state to highlight how cooperation is the model for 21st century economic prosperity.

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Marilyn Strickland said, “I was thrilled to lead my first delegation as Seattle Metro Chamber President and CEO to Singapore, which not only serves as a strategic location for a number of companies in our region, but also holds key lessons for us in areas like infrastructure, business attraction and growth, and inclusive workforce development.”

Over the course of the five-day trip, delegates fostered stronger and deeper relationships and lasting connections with key global leaders and businesses for the betterment of the Seattle metro region’s economy. Each year, the Seattle Metro Chamber and the Trade Alliance conduct an International Leadership Mission to engage business leaders in rapidly-growing economies on their thinking, operations, and best practices, as well as to gain insights on Seattle’s competitiveness.

In 50 years, the city-state of Singapore has evolved from an undeveloped country to one of the world’s fast-growing economies with one of the highest GDPs per capita. This transportation is particularly impressive for a country with limited land and natural resources.

Highlights of the trip included:

U.S. in Singapore: Microsoft’s Vision in Singapore and ASEAN
Microsoft has been in Singapore for 28 years (since 1990). Since their arrival, Microsoft has seen Singapore as a strategic location for doing business in the region. Delegates heard about what it’s like to do business in Singapore, what Microsoft's priorities are for the city state and ASEAN region, and how they engage with the government on Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative.

U.S. in Singapore: How Expedia Stays Innovative
Singapore is home to Expedia’s regional headquarters as well as Expedia’s first “innovation lab” in the region. Delegates heard how Expedia is innovating to stay ahead of the curve in the travel market.

Driverless in the City
U.S. self-driving car startup NuTonomy is launching in Singapore. The group learned how is the city is preparing for having autonomous vehicles alongside pedestrians and vehicles with drivers.