29 May 2017 - SMF Council hosted Mr Iswaran, Minister for Trade & Industry (Industry) and Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and MTI over a casual lunch dialogue session.
A lively exchange of updates and comments on geopolitical and economic topics such as trade non-tariffs; one belt one road; new markets expansion in Africa; and digitalisation in manufacturing ensued.
With his visit, Minister Iswaran reiterated SMF's role as an invaluable TAC partner with the government in leading industry-level initiatives and supporting enterprises to scale up and make inroads in overseas markets.
The Minister also invited the Council to submit any new proposals and feedback that would support Singapore's growth and position in the global marketplace.
Mr Douglas Foo, SMF President also took the opportunity to report on the federation's developments of redefining "manufacturing" in the industry. And that he was looking forward to working with the ministries and governmental agencies in formalising this redefinition.
The redefinition of "manufacturing" is slated to be announced during the upcoming Manufacturing Solutions Expo 2017 at the SiP Conference 2017 on 25 October 2017 at Singapore Expo.
SMF remains a committed partner with the government in nation building.