31
Aug
11

Singapore Keeps Building

Singapore is home to the second busiest port in the world. Where there are goods coming in and out of a port, there’s sure to be a lot of other action going on. Last week to keep up with all the activity, Jurong Port, which is the largest terminal in Singapore announced it had awarded a big contract to help keep cement coming into the country. Cement’s for building. Building means expansion.

Singapore, Marina Bay Sands

Big Building Plans

According to recent figures released by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore (BCA), building and construction contracts in 2Q11 grew by 10.6% year-on-year. Public contracts saw a near 2.5 times leap over the same period last year, showing a renewed political will to drive up infrastructure construction.

Jurong Port has awarded a $24.86 million contract to a joint venture led by McConnell Dowell to design, supply and install a new cement handling system.More than 90 per cent of the cement requirement of Singapore’s construction industry is imported through Jurong Port, so upgrading to increase efficiency only makes sense.

Singapore’s Importance

As far back as the 13th century, Singapore has been an important trade destination for Asia. What started out as a simple location to trade ceramics and spices to the surrounding area has blossomed into the worlds largest port.

Since Singapore has very little land to call its own and zero natural resources, their economic model is based on importing raw materials and the refining them (oil and wafer fabrication) or manufacturing products with them. The electronics and biomedical manufaturing sectors account for over 50% of Singapore’s manufacturing industry.

That economic model, which some have deemed the, Singapore model, serves them just fine. Singapore’s open trade economy and important position as a port serving shipping lines from Asia to the America’s has helped the economy grow at average rate of  over 8% since 1965.

Since the Singapore economy is so heavily dependent on exports and foreign trade, economic downturns in other countries severely effect the Singapore’s growth.  For example, after the dot-com crash and the subsequent recession that followed, GDP growth was -2% for the year of 2001 and just barely positive the next two. In 2004 , as things got better, the country swung around to a 8.5% increase n GDP. As things began picking up steam even more last year the country grew by over 17%.

Tourism and Service Industries

Since Singapore has billed itself as an Asian technology and financial power house, they also attract a lot of foreign money due to low taxes and a favorable business environment. The opening of 2 casinos in 2010 has already made Singapore the world’s second largest gambling destination behind Las Vegas.

Aaron Fischer of CLSA, expects the combined gaming revenues of both Singapore resorts to generate $5.1 billion in 2011, up from his previous estimate of $3.9 billion. Goldman Sachs also expects the sector could bring in $5 billion in 2011.

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Source: HellenicShipping, StockMarketReviews, StraitsTimes, BusinessInsider, USStateDept

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