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Interview: Interdependence is key to Singapore's economic survival

Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative Vivian Balakrishnan on how a tiny state finds big opportunities

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SINGAPORE As a small, trade-oriented nation, Singapore's economic survival depends on being part of an open, integrated network with other nations, a strategy it intends to follow in the digital age, according to Vivian Balakrishnan, minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation initiative.

In his ministerial post, Balakrishnan, who entered politics in 2001 after working as an ophthalmologist and an associate professor at the National University of Singapore, is helping oversee the country's road map for enhancing quality of life and the economy through technology. He recently sat down with the Nikkei Asian Review to talk about the initiative and about Singapore's role in an increasingly interconnected world.

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