SINGAPORE (Jan 28): Since its establishment as a trading post under the British East India Company, Singapore has flourished as a trade and financial services hub. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the settlement developed as an entrepot between the East and West, and traders from Europe and merchants from China and Malaya came and set up shop. Many of these enterprises became household names and stalwarts of Singapore industry. A large number became public companies, tapping the capital markets for growth.

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