Faizal Bin Yahya


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Through the lens of the now-defunct Singapore government-linked company (GLC) called International Trading Company (INTRACO), this book offers a historical analysis of the country's economic development strategy. Since its Independence in 1965, GLCs like INTRACO were introduced by the former Deputy Prime Minister, the late Dr Goh Keng Swee, a pioneer of Singapore's remarkable transformation from Third World to First, to fulfil strategic economic objectives. As the country's “lifeblood” has been entreport trade, INTRACO was created to “blaze a trail overseas” by facilitating commercial ties behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. The eventual divestment of INTRACO highlights the same way in which the Singaporean state is acutely responsive to changing global economic and geopolitical trends. This book is useful to academics, students, and the interested lay reader for its insights into the role of the state in economic development in post-colonial countries.
Contents:INTRACO and Its Role in the Economic Development of SingaporeGovernment-linked Companies and Sogo ShoshasState-guided Capitalism“National Service” — 1960s to 1980sInternationalisation and “Rough Waters” — 1980s to 1990Post-cold War and Globalisation — 1990 to 2000Devolving a Government-linked Company — 2000 to 2003ConclusionReadership: Academics, policy makers and analysts interested in Singapore's economic history.Key Features:First book on the topic in SingaporeTraces and analyzes the contribution of an early GLC mooted by the late Dr Goh Keng SweeThe primary data of the book is premised on more than 30 interviews with former middle to senior management at INTRACOStudies the “failure” of an iconic GLC and the reasons behind the “failure”
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