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Public Talk: Is The Global Economy Still In Crisis?

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13 Jan 11 - 13 Jan 11 Communications Department Economy



As the global economy continues its recovery, there remains a need for effective global policy to address downside risks. Jacques Attali has written extensively on this, and his recent books include "A Brief History Of The Future" and "After The Crisis." His latest work examines how the world economy began its slide into a massive depression. He shared his knowledge at this lecture, and the audience had the opportunity to discuss his findings and pose questions to him.


- What is Asia's future, when there is little prospect of growth in the large economies of the US and major European countries?

- Can Europe provide economic leadership for the future?


Mr. Jacques Attali, Professor, Writer, and Honorary Member of the Council of State, France


  • Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS, Singapore)

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  • VIDEO  


    Introduction by
    Amb Dominique Girard
    Executive Director, ASEF

    Introduction of Dr Jacques Attali by
    HE George Yeo
    Minister for Foreign Affairs

    Lecture by
    Dr Jacques Attali
    President of PlaNet Finance

    Closing remarks
    Amb K Kesavapany
    Director ISEAS

    Questions & Answers Session 
    Question from
    Prof Tommy Koh
    Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Question from
    Amb Nguyen Trung Thanh
    Ambassador of Vietnam

    Question from
    Zainul Abidin Rasheed
    Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Question from
    Tan Kin Lian
    Tan Kin Lian & Associates Pre Ltd

    Question from
    Jin Cai
    Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

    Question from
    V K Rajan
    Chesterton Suntec International Pte Ltd 


    View the full photo album from the public talk here


    Download the proceedings of the entire talk here.


  • Singapore media on Jacques Attali

    Published on 31 Jan 2011

    Various Singapore media organisations profiles Dr Jacques Attali while he was in town for the ASEF Public Talk "Is the Global Economy Still in Crisis?" held last 13 January 2011 at the Raffles Hotel. Below are some of the highlights of the press coverage for Dr Attali's visit in Singapore.

    The Raffles Conversation: French Polymath Jacques Attali
    The Business Times, Weekend
    29 January 2011

    2012 may see “a common budget for euro zone”
    The Straits Times
    14 January 2011

    Table Talk with Jacques Attali: Banging the drum for Europe
    The Straits Times
    8 February 2011

    法国总统经济顾问: 先进国债务仍是全球经济隐患
    (Translation: French President Economic Advisers:
    advanced countries are still the global economic risks of debt)
    Lianhe Zaobao
    17 January 2011

  • Minister George Yeo on Jacques Attali

    Published on 28 Jan 2011


    Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo, reminisced about his first meeting with Dr Jacques Attali in 1992. He learnt that he was not just a polymath but an individual with “a deep love for humanity.”

    He also observed that Dr Attali was, and still is, a brilliant writer. He had been to Dr Attali’s personal study in his home and seen how he wrote several books at the same time – with different writing tables for each book. Reaffirmed Minister Yeo: “It is not just his (Attali’s) mind but also his heart. Along with knowledge and deep interest, this makes his writing so meaningful. He is an economist, a public intellectual and author of 54 books. He is a ‘dear friend’. My visit to Paris then would have been incomplete without meeting Jacques Attali.”

    Minister Yeo made these remarks as he introduced Dr Attali at the ASEF Public Talk “Is the Global Economy Still in Crisis?” at the Raffles Hotel on 13 January 2011 in Singapore.

    Watch the video

  • Wither the Euro?

    Published on 03 Jan 2011


     Dr Jacques AttaliThe international economic crisis has taken its toll on the Euro. The Eurozone economies are still grappling with several downside risks. Has the world not learned from past crises?

    ASEF has invited renowned French public intellectual Dr Jacques Attali to address the issue of the on-going international crisis during his Public Talk on 13 January 2011 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Raffles Hotel Ballroom. Members of the public want to know how international financial institutions should manage better the slide in international confidence against shaky European economies.

    Over 250 people from the academe, business professionals, members of the media and the diplomatic corps will be present. His Excellency George Yeo, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Singapore, will introduce Dr Attali.

    This event is organised in partnership with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).

    About the speaker

    Dr Jacques Attali is a professor, writer and Honorary Member of the Council of State of France. He was the founder and the first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 1991 to 1993. He served as a Special Adviser to French President François Mitterrand from 1981 to 1991, and was named by the US Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the World.

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