Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri has been Singapore's Ambassador to the United States for almost 7 years, and his insightful comments about trade and business opportunities yesterday reflected his deep understanding of both countries.
Ambassador Mirpuri discussed a myriad of topics and answered questions on many more, part of the Rep. Tony Rivero 'Ambassador on Business' Series - connecting Arizona companies to new opportunities to grow in foreign countries.
There's plenty of business already between Singapore and Arizona, and that includes Singapore having more foreign nationals in the state, training with the Singapore Air Force in two locations including Marana near Tucson. The Singapore Air Force has invested in the Apache Helicopter and the F-16 fighter jet, and training missions are ongoing.
Ambassador Mirpuri has been to Arizona at least 6 times because of Singapore's military presence, and also because of Senator John McCain's investment forum in Sedona. The Ambassador expressed a warm interest in both the region and country overall.
Ambassador Mirpuri stated that there is MORE US investment in Singapore than in China and India COMBINED... and so you can imagine with only 5 million people in Singapore... the per capita investment advantage is significant. U.S. firms find that investing in Singapore is relatively easier - thanks to a variety of government initiatives to make doing business there easier.
Opportunities in Singapore include fintech, data centers and healthcare. The island country also makes an ideal regional headquarters due to the ease of doing business there.
The Ambassador mentioned about the large annual fintech conference in Singapore in November. There is also the Blockchain Life Conference coming up in Singapore in April, more here.
You can read more about Global Chamber Singapore here... which not surprisingly has a heavy fintech membership.
Special thanks to Rep. Tony Rivero for arranging this next Ambassador visit with the members of Global Chamber. Also thanks to member Hugh Hallman for his continuous support of this initiative and Global Chamber. Next... Israel later this month and Hungary March 6th pm and 7th am.
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Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri
Singapore’s Ambassador to the United States of America
Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri took up his appointment as Singapore's Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) in July 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador to Indonesia from 2006 to 2012, High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2002 to 2006 and High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2002.
A career diplomat, Mr Mirpuri joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1984. In 1994, he was appointed Director of MFA's Policy Planning & Analysis Directorate I (Southeast Asia). In 1997, Mr Mirpuri was seconded to Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom as Corporate Advisor (Asia Pacific). He was subsequently assigned to the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta in 1998 as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, having previously served in Jakarta as First Secretary (Political).
Mr Mirpuri graduated with an honours degree from the National University of Singapore. He received his MA at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies under a Raffles Scholarship. He attended the Programme for Executive Development at the Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, USA.
Below... Ambassador Mirpuri with Mike Langley, Global Chamber Phoenix and (from left)... Oska Ang'ila, Rep. Tony Rivero, Indira Jeffrey and Devida Lewis.