Shape-shifting Singapore

The 2024 Rotary Convention city dazzles with its constant reinvention

By Wen Huang

Rediscover Singapore

In June 1999, a year after I joined the staff of Rotary International, I attended my first convention. It was then that I first witnessed the global power of Rotary and made my first batch of Rotary friends. And it was then that I was introduced to Singapore for a second time.

My first trip to Singapore occurred five years earlier when, as a journalist, I covered the third Europe-East Asia Economic Summit. At that time, Western financial media were referring to Singapore as the 20th century’s most successful development story, which meant that the summit lured scores of policymakers, economists, and businesspeople from across Europe and Asia.

This originally appeared in the September 2023 issue of Rotary Magazine.  

See you at the 2024 Rotary International Convention in Singapore 25-29 May 2024. 



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