Luncheon with Lee Hsieng Loong, PM of Singapore
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will make his first visit to Houston as Singapore's head of government on July 12 to deliver an address expected to highlight the growing economic ties between his country and the Bayou City. Despite global recession, trade between Houston and Singapore grew 24 percent last year, and the Prime Minister sees scope for even greater economic cooperation.
Hosted by Asia Society Texas Center and the Greater Houston Partnership, Mr. Lee will speak at noon at the Hyatt Regency Houston downtown. Tickets are $55 and include lunch. Tables of 10 are available for $550 and sponsorships are available for $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000.
The Prime Minister has expressed keen interest in getting to know better those U.S. regions that are key trading partners for Singapore. More than 520 Houston companies report doing business with Singapore, which ranks as Houston's 13th largest trading partner. The Houston/Galveston Customs District is Singapore's third largest U.S. gateway for international trade.
Mr. Lee will make Houston his only other U.S. stop after delivering the keynote address at the Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference in Idaho.
Prime Minister Lee assumed his present office in 2004. First elected to Parliament in 1984, he has held a series of progressively more responsible government posts, with emphasis on economic growth and finance. He served as Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister before becoming Prime Minister.
As Prime Minister he has launched policies to build a competitive economy and an inclusive society. He has introduced new programs to upgrade the education system, invest in research and development, and strengthen Singapore's social safety nets.
Mr. Lee earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the eldest son of Singapore's first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.
For more information, contact Fritz Lanham at [email protected] or call 713-439-0051, x17.