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Plans unveiled for Singapore to emerge stronger after Covid

Emerging Stronger Taskforce seeks to break new ground in digital space, collaborate closely with businesses

A post-Covid-19 Singapore is one that breaks new ground in the digital space to offer unlimited opportunities for its businesses and people, and collaborates closely with them to be sustainable and stronger together.

This is the vision put forward by the Emerging Stronger Taskforce (EST), a year after it was launched last May to chart Singapore's post-pandemic economy.

In a 118-page report released yesterday, it made five recommendations to drive the Republic's transformation as a node for technology, innovation and enterprise:

  • creating new virtual frontiers;
  • seizing growth opportunities from sustainability;
  • enabling global champions and growing an agile and strong Singapore core;
  • institutionalising private-public partnerships through Alliances for Action;

l strengthening international partnerships, especially in South-east Asia.

Speaking at a media conference yesterday, National Development Minister Desmond Lee, who co-chairs the task force with PSA International group chief executive Tan Chong Meng, said the ongoing crisis reinforces the importance of working closely together.

"The crisis (is) affecting countries that initially overcame infections but are now facing a new wave," he said, adding that the technology and capabilities which Singapore now has to overcome Covid-19 challenges would not have existed 10 years ago.

"And so that drive and initiative, that will to survive, to find opportunities - that remains absolutely relevant."

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies Heng Swee Keat, who chairs the Future Economy Council (FEC), said Covid-19 has created the "burning platform" for change.

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The EST's recommendations were made in the collaborative spirit of the Singapore Together movement launched two years ago, where Singaporeans partner with the Government to shape their shared future, he said.

The 23-member task force was set up under the FEC to give recommendations on how Singapore could refresh its economic strategies.

The recommendations come amid shifts such as growing geopolitical tensions and accelerating digital transformation.

It acknowledged the need to do things differently from previous review committees on the economy and "pivot towards action".

This meant identifying areas of opportunity for Singapore to invest in and test-bedding new, creative ideas.

Views were sought from around 2,000 individuals across 900 organisations.

This article first appeared in The Straits Times.

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