|SINGAPORE 'WA'S NEW SPHERE OF INFLUENCE IN ASIA'|
Aruba, March 16, 2012 - Singapore is to become WA's new sphere of influence in Asia as the state government opens an office in the city-state.
Premier Colin Barnett, who is today travelling to Singapore, said the new office was part of his plan to re-orientate the state's economy towards Asia. "I hope this is the start of a strong relationship with Singapore," he said. "There are a lot of West Australians living in Singapore, a lot of business is done through Singapore but we want to build a far broader relationship and Singapore, in a sense, will be a close friend with WA and will be our prime sphere of influence in South East Asia." Mr Barnett said Singapore was a key destination as a major regional corporate and financial centre and a trade and transport hub, strategically located, with significant connections to Asia's growth economies.