Singapore Ranked 5th Least Corrupt Country In 2023 By Transparency International

The 2023 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (TI-CPI) has ranked Singapore the fifth least corrupt country in the world out of 180 countries, with a score of 83. Singapore maintained the same rank and score from the 2022 TI-CPI, and remained the only Asian country which made it into the top 10 list. The TI-CPI […]

The Green Hydrogen Revolution

TAKEAWAYS There has been a significant global push towards a net-zero future. Governments, scientists, and executives are racing to limit global warming to well below 2°C, while pursuing efforts to restrict the global temperature increase to 1.5°C to meet the targets defined in the Paris Agreement. To meet these targets, there is an urgent need […]

Philippines On Track To Do Better In 2024, After Performing Well In 2023

The Philippines will do even better this year, after performing well in a challenging economic and financial environment in 2023 that was beset by ongoing geopolitical tensions, trade restrictions, and high domestic commodity prices, says the country’s then-finance chief in January 2024. In a statement from the Presidential Communications Office, then-Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, […]

Implementing RPA In SingHealth

TAKEAWAYS In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers continue to be challenged by heavy workloads and competing demands. Healthcare organisations are seeking innovative ways to ensure that their workforce is well prepared to cope with the ever-changing nature of the industry, and to provide quality care even in the face of manpower constraints. […]

The Power Of Brand Storytelling

TAKEAWAYS In a recent nine-hour livestream, Taiwanese songstress Annie Yi generated nearly RMB6.8 million (approximately US$945,000) in expensive skincare products from over one million viewers. She adopted a unique approach known as “quiet selling” – a slower-paced, storytelling-oriented style of live streaming. Instead of peddling products, she shared intimate stories of her turbulent childhood along […]

A Career In Assurance And Governance: An International Perspective

TAKEAWAYS ISCA member Rajesh Punjabi, or Raj as he prefers to be called, is the Group Audit Director with Dairy Farm International (DFI), a Jardine Matheson business, where he leads business and digital assurance for all DFI’s businesses, covering a retail landscape of 10,000 retail outlets and digital platforms. As the business partner to the […]

Taxpayers’ Rights

TAKEAWAYS While taxpayers are required to comply with their obligations in accordance with the prevailing tax legislation, not all are well versed with the rights afforded to them by the Singapore statutory framework. By understanding their legal rights, taxpayers will be in a better position to safeguard their interests and organise their tax affairs. At […]

Reinventing Yourself After A Setback

TAKEAWAYS Al Gore famously opened his speeches and the award-winning documentary film “An Inconvenient Truth” with the same quip, “I’m Al Gore. I used to be the next President of the United States.” The former Vice President, often described as one of the most powerful in American history, failed to secure the US presidency in […]

ISCA Pre-Budget 2024 Roundtable

On 11 January 2024, the Institute convened its 15th ISCA Pre-Budget Roundtable at ISCA House. The ISCA signature event, co-chaired by Liang Eng Hwa, Chairperson, Government Parliamentary Committee (Finance, Trade and Industry), and Don Wee, Council Member of ISCA, brought together 14 representatives from trade associations and chambers, professional bodies and businesses to discuss Singapore’s […]

Updates From The CEO

TAKEAWAYS Time flies. This is my 10th year with ISCA. Each year has brought different challenges and tonnes of learning opportunities. Many of us in ISCA started our careers with accounting firms. At ISCA, we have continued to apply our sector domain knowledge while acquiring new skills. Personally, what I learnt in the last nine […]