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First stop, Singapore

FRAMINGHAM (07/09/2002) - "The Gateway to Asia" is how the marketing brochures promote Singapore. But Brian Chen, CTO of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the government's own IT shop, offers a more practical description: "Singapore is Asia 101," he says.
Or Asia Lite. Or Asia for Beginners. As opposed to countries such as China and India, where large labor forces are at least partially compromised by creaky IT infrastructures or cranky governments, Singapore is the plug-and-play marketplace a super-wired country where, as the Singaporeans would have Westerners believe, the e-business is brisk and the living is easy.

Written by Tom Field03 Oct. 02 22:00