Singapore is a globally connected, multi-cultural and cosmopolitan city-state, which offers an environment conducive to creative and knowledge-driven industries. It is widely recognized as one of the most competitive countries in Asia, with strong trade and investment. Singapore is the fourth largest foreign exchange trading center in the world, and is home to companies who are leading providers of services such as international banking, trade finance, maritime finance, and asset and wealth management. As the regional headquarters for many multinational companies, Singapore is also quickly emerging as a top destination for the centralization of services such as information technology, finance and logistics. Singapore serves as the regional headquarters for APCO in Southeast Asia.