Closed-door dialogue session with the CEO of Enterprise Singapore (ESG) Mr Png Cheong Boon on 22 January 2021.
The SMF was pleased to have a closed-door dialogue session with the CEO of Enterprise Singapore (ESG) Mr Png Cheong Boon on 22 January 2021 where he introduced Mr Tay Lian Chiew, who will be taking over Ms Amreeta Eng as the new Director for Enterprise Solutions and will be working closely with the SMF. They also discussed how both organisations can further grow the manufacturing sector in Singapore through their joint efforts.
SMF President Mr Douglas Foo ( left) with ESG CEO Mr Png Cheong Boon ( right) at the Dialogue Session
Dialogue Session with Enterprise Singapore ( ESG) at SMF Concourse Auditorium
SMF President Mr Douglas Foo kicked off the dialogue session by sharing some initiatives that were rolled out to help members in the current pandemic and thanked ESG for their support thus far. Mr Png then in turn expressed his gratitude for the support that the Council and Secretariat staff at the SMF has provided to ESG.
He then added that the Industrial Transformation AsiaPacific (ITAP) initiative has been a continued success which positioned Singapore as the manufacturing base to showcase the best and latest expertise by Singapore companies and companies in Singapore.
SMF Secretary-General Mr Lawrence Pek also shared some of the SMF’s initiatives and plans for the future during the dialogue session where Mr Png expressed his excitement to see what was in store for the SMF. The dialogue session also covered the current trends and challenges in the manufacturing sector in Singapore and how both organisations can worktogether to improve the manufacturing community.
SMF Secretary-General Mr Lawrence Pek presented SMF Member’s Feedback and SMF’s future plans
The overall focus is to find ways to create jobs that Singaporeans would want to work in as well as market the manufacturing industry to the younger generation to join the sector. Mr Png then suggested ways that the SMF can continue to champion the manufacturing sector and assist to champion upgrading of workers’ capabilities and uplift the industries.
SMF President Mr Douglas Foo Presenting a token of appreciation to ESG CEO Mr Png Cheong Boon( left)
As the SMF is the federation that represents the manufacturing community, ESG commented that the SMF is in a good position to draw on others and leverage on leading companies to uplift weaker companies so as to strike a balance in the manufacturing community and grow as a whole. He also highlighted the importance of having foreign competition in Singapore to allow companies to know their competitors and ensure that every company in Singapore will prosper together.
The SMF is grateful for the feedback and suggestions received from ESG and looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the government to possibly find answers to the future of manufacturing for Singapore.