40 International Energy Economics Conference of IAEE

18.-21.6.2017, Singapore, Singapore


We are pleased to invite you to participate in the 40th Annual IAEE International Conference to be held at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, 18-21 June, 2017.

Singapore's name is derived from 'Singa Pura' which means Lion City in Sanskrit. According to legend, a 13th century prince, Sang Nila Utama, was shipwrecked on the island and saw a creature that he thought was a lion, so he named the island accordingly. Lions have never existed in Singapore (with the exception of the zoo).

The origins of modern Singapore are generally traced back to 1819 when Sir Stamford Raffles purchased it as a British outpost because of its excellent harbour located on the international spice route. Five years later it became a British “possession”. However, its written history dates back to the third century and it appears to have been a thriving trading post for some centuries after that.

With the advent of the steamship and the opening of the Suez Canal, in the second half of the 19th century Singapore thrived as a trading port linking Europe with the Far East. Today, it is the world’s busiest trans-shipment port and the world’s second busiest port in terms of total tonnage, whilst half of the world’s annual seaborne movements of oil are trans-shipped through Singapore.

In 2015, Singapore celebrated its 50th anniversary as an independent and sovereign republic. It is the largest of the world’s three surviving city states; Monaco and Vatican City being the other two.

This special event will be hosted by the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) of the National University of Singapore. The ESI was established in 2007 with the aim of conducting policy-related research in energy issues of regional and international significance, with particular relevance to Singapore and the ASEAN region. Its bi-monthly publication, the ESI Bulletin on Energy Trends and Development, serves to inform its readers about current energy-related issues. In the 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, published by the University of Pennsylvania, ESI was ranked eighth in the Energy and Resource Policy Think Tanks category.

We look forward to welcoming you to Singapore.

Siaw Kiang CHOU and Euston QUAH

Conference Co-Chairs

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