How did Singapore create industries from scratch?
31 October 2013 Last updated at 12:15 GMT
How did a country with no natural resources and just some 700 sq km (270 sq miles) in size come to be worth $275bn (£172bn)?
As part of a special series on Singapore, Sharanjit Leyl reports on how the city state has tried to stay competitive, despite its relative lack of natural resources.
She learned that industries like the biomedical sector had to be created from scratch.