Minister for Defence Teo Chee Hean delivered the opening address at Island Forum 2006 this evening. The theme of the forum this year is "Transforming the Defence Ecosystem". Over the next two days, senior officials from MINDEF and the SAF will interact and exchange ideas with 15 leading thinkers, top business practitioners and defence experts from Australia, France, India, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. The event is organised by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF), and is held from 2 - 4 May 2006 at the Executive Conference Centre, Raffles City Convention Centre.
Patterned after the Highlands Forum organised for the U.S. Department of Defense, the Island Forum is a high-level forum at which senior officials from MINDEF and the SAF engage a diverse group of international experts and thinkers on topics relevant to Singapore's defence. The wide spread of international perspectives at the Island Forum offers useful insights and ideas to draw on for the development of Singapore's defence and military capability.
Minister Teo and Chief Technical Officer of
Microsoft, Mr Ray Ozzie (left), engage in
discussion before dinner.