The Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) organised a closed-door dialogue session with the Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo on 8 March 2019.
From left: Dr Ahmad Magad (Secretary-General, SMF), Dr Bicky Bhangu (Deputy President, SMF), Mrs Josephine Teo (Minister for Manpower, Second Minister for Home Affairs), Mr Douglas Foo (President, SMF), and Mr Poh Choon Ann (Vice President, SMF).
The Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) organised a closed-door dialogue session with the Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo on 8 March 2019. This was the second time that Minister Teo graced us with her presence, with the first session happening in March 2018. More than 200 participants comprising of SMF members, representatives from fellow Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs) and foreign chambers attended this informative dialogue session where participants got a chance to engage in a lively conversation with the Minister.
Read about the first dialogue session with Minister Teo here.
SMF President Mr Douglas Foo gave his welcome remarks where he further emphasised the TACs are not in competition with one another, but must further break down individual walls to create a greater synergy with one another, thereby forming a more united Singapore.
During his welcome remarks, SMF President Mr Douglas Foo was pleased that the Government had recognised the important role TACs played in seeking to equip members with industry-wide capability. “As partners in national building, we are committed to the cause of enhancing the capabilities of the business community and look forward to continuing our good relationship with our members, government agencies and our fellow TACs.” Said Mr Foo. He further emphasised that the TACs are not in competition with one another, but must further break down individual walls to create a greater synergy with one another, thereby forming a more united Singapore.
During the dialogue session, Mrs Teo shared some initiatives that may help Singapore companies with their manpower issues.
When the stage was handed over to Minister Teo, she brought to attention some initiatives that will provide assistance to Singapore companies in relations to manpower matters. The initiatives she shared were:
• Special Employment Credit (SEC)
• SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme
• Open Door Programme (A programme dedicated to Persons with special needs) and Project Phoenix (A programme dedicated to Ex-offenders)
These initiatives help companies to tap on an alternative pool of skilled workers who were otherwise neglected or overlooked.
The Minister had a lively conversation with the 200-strong crowd.
Aside from the presentation from Minister Teo, participants got to share with the Minister some manpower related issues that may be pertinent to their respective industries and companies. It was a lively dialogue between Minister Teo and the 200-strong as she relates to their situation and addressed each issue that the participants may have faced.
SMF President Mr Douglas Foo (left) facilitated the dialogue session with Minister Josephine Teo.
It was also International Women’s Day when the Dialogue Session was held. Here’s to wishing every woman a belated Happy International Women’s Day, and quoting from Mr Foo’s speech, may every ladies in the world continue to shine and inspire.