Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy's 10th anniversary conference gets underway

SINGAPORE - Former foreign minister George Yeo, who has been away from the spotlight in Singapore for some time now, will make an appearance when he speaks at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy's (LKYSPP) 10th anniversary conference on Friday.

The day-long conference takes a deeper look at Singapore's place in a rapidly-developing region and world, exploring what has kept Singapore ticking as it approaches its 50th year of independence, and what changes it might have to make to ready itself for challenges looming in the near future.

The conference at the National University of Singapore's Bukit Timah campus kicked off on Friday morning with eight parallel talks led by academics and experts in fields ranging from economics to health.

A much-anticipated session with Mr Yeo, who left politics after his team lost in Aljunied GRC in the 2011 general election, will take place in the afternoon. He will speak on whether Singapore's best years have passed, or are yet to come, and will also be fielding questions in a session moderated by LKYSPP dean Kishore Mahbubani.

Now chairman of Kerry Logistics - an arm of sugar king Robert Kuok's Kerry Group conglomerate - Mr Yeo has been in Hong Kong.

The conference will come to a close with a dialogue with Minister for Culture, Communication and Youth Lawrence Wong.

He will also be launching two books, "Governing Asia - Reflections on the Research Journey of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy" and "The Big Ideas of Lee Kuan Yew" - is a compilation of essays by people who worked closely with the former prime minister, shedding light on his thoughts and ideas as he helped shape the nation.

The compilation stemmed from a LKYSPP conference last year, when Mr Lee turned 90, which examined his legacy and role in areas such as the rule of law, geopolitics, language policies and good governance.

The conference on Friday is part of a year-long series of events by the LKYSPP that has included public lectures and research seminars.

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