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Singapore Country Report

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Overview

Executive Summary

Between a weak flash GDP reading and feeble high-frequency data, IHS Markit expects the Singaporean economic growth to weaken to just 1.4% for 2019, before picking up to 2.1% in 2021. Much of the weakness will arise from the external sector, but some signs of weakness in private and government consumption will also weigh on the economy.IHS Markit assesses that we are seeing the ill effects of a long-expected correction in semiconductor and electronics demand and production after the sustained stretch of growth and build-up of inventories. We are also concerned that the recent ratcheting up of the trade conflict between China and the United States will exacerbate matters, especially considering the focus on high-technology goods by the United States, thereby weighing on the near-term export outlook.Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is likely to hand over his position to Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, who was also appointed as deputy prime minister in May 2019, during the next parliamentary term. Heng and the PAP are likely to follow a largely stable policy platform, seeking to continue developing a technology and services-driven economy rather than a merchandise-export-led economy reliant on cheap foreign labour.Singapore's relations with Malaysia have deteriorated since 2018, leading to disputes over maritime territory and over bilateral deals, including the 1965 water-sharing agreement. Despite the increased deployment of both sides' coastguard vessels to the disputed maritime area, military confrontation is unlikely and even accidental escalation is a low risk. At most, there is an elevated risk of Malaysian and Singaporean coastguards seizing commercial shipping accused of incurring into disputed waters off Tuas.
Last update: June 11, 2019

Operational Outlook

The government's zero-tolerance approach to corruption and a well-recompensed civil service mean corruption risks are low. Industrial action is very rare given close co‐operation between the government and trade unions and generally good wages and working conditions. The government dealt with a 2013 riot involving migrant workers, and preventive measures against a repeat riot were introduced. There has not been any worker unrest or industrial action since. Infrastructure is of a high standard, including sophisticated telecommunications networks, extensive public transport, and high-quality air and seaport facilities.

Last update: May 31, 2019

Terrorism

Moderate

Terrorist attacks are unlikely in Singapore, although there is some indication that the city state is an aspirational target for transnational jihadist groups, such as the Islamic State. If a jihadist attack were to take place in Singapore, it would probably be crude – involving bladed weaponry or vehicular ramming – because Singapore's strict control over firearms means that mode of attack is unlikely.

Last update: June 21, 2019

War Risks

Singapore maintains a well-equipped military but has good relations with its neighbours and ASEAN members, rendering any type of military confrontation involving the city state unlikely. Relations with Malaysia, however, have deteriorated since 2018, with a territorial dispute over waters off Tuas re-emerging between the two countries. Although military conflict is unlikely, there is an elevated risk of Malaysian and Singaporean coastguards seizing commercial shipping accused of incursions into disputed waters.

Last update: April 25, 2019

Social Stability

Low

Demonstrations over controversial government policies tend to be organised as peaceful rallies held at locations designated by the authorities. However, these are unlikely to be violent or disruptive. The last notable bout of violent protests occurred in December 2013, when a riot broke out involving workers from South Asia in the Little India district around Race Course Road. However, that incident was likely to be isolated and further unrest involving foreign workers is unlikely.

Last update: April 25, 2019

Health Risk

Very high

Vaccinations required to enter the country

Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers over one year of age who within the previous six days have been in a country with risk of yellow fever (YFV) transmission or who have been in transit in an airport located in a country with risk of YFV transmission.

Routine Vaccinations

Hepatitis A: A vaccine is available for anyone over one year of age. The vaccine may not be effective for certain people, e.g. those born before 1945 and who lived as a child in a developing country and/or have a past history of jaundice (icterus). These people can instead get a shot of immune globulin (IG) to boost their immunity against the disease.

Hepatitis B: A vaccine is available for children at least two months old.

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio: A booster shot should be administered if necessary (once every ten years).

Other Vaccinations

Typhoid Fever: If your travels take you to regions with poor sanitary conditions (for children two years old and up).

Japanese Encephalitis: For stays of longer than one month in a rural zone during the rainy season (for children over the age of one). The vaccine is administered in a local medical facility.

Last update: April 5, 2019

Natural Risks

Very high

The country experiences two distinct monsoon seasons each year: one from December to March (northeast monsoon season) and the other from June to September (southeast monsoon season). During these periods, torrential rain and violent winds are not rare. It should also be noted that Singapore is situated in an active seismic zone.

Last update: April 5, 2019

Transportation

Moderate

Public transit systems are reliable and extensive.

Last update: April 5, 2019

Practical Information

Climate

Singapore's climate is hot and humid throughout the year with an abundance of rain from November throughout January during the northeast monsoon (torrential but brief rain showers quickly giving way to sunny skies) and from May through September during the southern monsoon (less rain but more rainy days).

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +65
Police: 999
Fire Dept.: 995
Ambulance: 995

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V ~ 50 Hz

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Last update: April 5, 2019