"Keep Singapore open to foreign talent"
"Maintaining a strong Singaporean core through programmes like SkillsFuture, which helps Singaporeans upgrade and reskill, go in tandem with remaining open to foreign talent" said Mr Chan Chun Sing as the new Trade and Industry Minister, at a lunch organised by the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (4 May 2018).
"Foreign labour complements Singaporean workers and brings along relevant skills to create new industries and job opportunities," he added.
The Online Citizen (www.theonlinecitizen.com) tells that "Foreign Talent" policy started about 20 years ago in 1997 when then PM Goh Chok Tong announced his vision to "gather talent for Singapore from all over the world".
But the issue was brought up in Parliament in 2013, it was when "Foreign Talents" intend to hire "Foreign Talents" instead of hiring Singaporeans.
Since then, "Singaporeans First Policy" has been applied on hiring talents.
Even 2 months ago, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said that we should not make changes too hastily because this (Singaporeans First Policy) needs to be sustained.
To boost the Singapore economy further, I just wish I could contribute to creating the win-win relationships among local and foreign talents.
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