IPS Book Launch of INTRACO – Blazing a Trail Overseas for Singapore?


The International Trading Company (INTRACO) was established in 1968 by the Singapore government to trade with the global economic community, especially countries in the former Soviet bloc. As a government-linked company, INTRACO was staffed by top civil servants and helped fulfil Singapore’s strategic economic objectives in the early years of independence. But a confluence of changing domestic priorities, global events and economic trends led to the eventual divestment of INTRACO. What lessons can be distilled from the INTRACO story?

INTRACO – Blazing a Trail Overseas for Singapore? is written by Dr Faizal Bin Yahya, a Research Fellow with the Economics and Business research cluster at IPS.

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Monday, 13 April 2015
6.30 pm – 7.30 pm (Registration begins at 6.00 pm)
Function Room 2 (Level 2), University Cultural Centre
National University of Singapore (Kent Ridge Campus)