The Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) organised an insightful closed-door dialogue session with Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Home Affairs, Mrs Josephine Teo on 13 March 2020.
Some 180 participants made up of SMF members and representatives from various Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs) and foreign chambers attended the dialogue session to hear from the Minister some key measures for businesses in the face of the COVID-19 situation.
SMF President Mr Douglas Foo gave his welcome remarks where he encouraged the audience to use this dialogue session as an opportunity to discuss strategic collaboration amongst TACs together with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to improve employer-employee-government synergy.
During the dialogue session, Minister Teo drew attention to several measures that will help companies retain local employees and encourage employers to redesign jobs to meet business transformation amid the COVID-19 situation. She shared measures such as:
1. Stabilisation and Support package for workers and enterprises
2. Adapt and Grow Programmes
3. COVID-19 Loan Relief Schemes
4. Ensuring Fair Hiring and Fair Competition
Minister Teo presented some key measures for businesses amid the COVID-19 situation.
In addition to Minister Teo's presentation, participants had a candid discussion with the Minister on manpower-related concerns that have impacted their respective industries and companies. Minister Teo also introduced some of the representatives from Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and MOM that companies may approach for their business needs.
Mr Foo (left) facilitated the dialogue session where Minister Teo answered questions voiced out by the audience.
ESG's Assistant Chief Executive, Ms Chew Mok Lee shared some schemes by ESG that businesses can embark on.
After the dialogue session, the SMF held a lunch meeting attended by some of the SMF’s Council members and Secretariat staff, together with MOM’s staff and representatives from ESG to discuss possible solutions to help local companies in the manufacturing sector during this period of economic uncertainties.
SMF Council members and Secretariat staff, together with MOM's staff and representatives from ESG discussed possible solutions to help local companies in the manufacturing sector.
For more information on key measures for businesses on manpower matters, click here.