Singapore -Gradual growth in 2010 The Straits Times Oct 29, 2009 By Fiona Chan FIRST, the good news. Singapore's economy has moved beyond the initial post-crisis bounce of growth and will continue to expand as genuine demand begins to stabilise around the world. But Singaporeans must prepare themselves for a 'slower and steadier' pace of expansion next year than they are used to, said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Thursday. Even though Asian economies have recovered strongly, many of Singapore's key export markets remain weak. In fact, half of the country's exports go to economies that are expected to grow more slowly than usual next year. And once governments withdraw their stimulus packages - which have significantly cushioned the downturn - there could be a period of adjustment before 'normal' private-sector demand rises enough to take over. This will weigh on Singapore's growth, making it lower than in previous post-recession periods, the MAS said in its twice-yearly Macroeconomic Review. While the MAS did not provide any growth projections, its assessment implies that average growth for the next four quarters will come in lower than 4 per cent quarter-on-quarter, the rate of growth after the 2001 tech-bust downturn.