Singapore is benefiting from a “flight to safety” in uncertain times and a “regionalisation” of supply chains, according to the city-state’s Economic Development Board.
Companies that have been battered by the pandemic and are now facing regulatory uncertainty elsewhere as well as surging inflation are attracted to Singapore’s pro-business environment and predictable policies, EDB Chair Beh Swan Gin told Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin.
“Generally, in times of uncertainty and volatility, there will be a flight to safety,” Beh said in an interview airing Wednesday. “And this time around, we are seeing that as well.”
EDB spearheads Singapore’s efforts in attracting investment and talent, serving as a lead negotiator with wealthy investors and multinational companies eyeing the city-state. Singapore hauled in S$11.8 billion in investment commitments last year, led by semiconductor manufacturers and biotechnology firms, after an “exceptional” S$17.2 billion in 2020.
Beh highlighted how Chinese tech companies are now among firms relocating to Singapore as Beijing reins in the sector’s influence.
“We have some of these companies then deciding that they have to pursue growth elsewhere and Southeast Asia today is very attractive market for Chinese tech companies,” Beh said.
The pandemic also helped reveal the “concentration risk” of supply chains that many companies face. That’s triggering a “regionalisation” of supply chains that is “absolutely” benefiting Singapore and Southeast Asia, which have “a very sizeable and very competitive manufacturing industry”.