Singapore is not
just one island but a main island with over 60 surrounding islets. However,
its compact size belies its economic growth. In just 150 years, Singapore
has grown into a thriving center of commerce and industry. Its former
role as an entrepot has diminished, as the Republic increased its manufacturing
Singapore is the
busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers,
container ships, and passenger liners to share the busy waters with coastal
fishing vessels and wooden lighters.
One of the world's
major oil refining and distribution centers, Singapore is also a major
supplier of electronic components and a leader in shipbuilding and repairing.
It has also become one of the most important financial centers of Asia
with more than 130 banks. Business dealings are facilitated by Singapore's
superb communications network, which links the Republic to the rest of
the world via satellite, 24-hour telegraph, and telephone systems. Singapore's
strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts,
and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination
for both business and pleasure.
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