Dialogue Session with Minister for Manpower Mrs Josephine Teo 2020

The Singapore Manufacturing Federation was honoured to have our members take part in a candid closed-door dialogue with the Minister for Manpower Mrs Josephine Teo, held on 22 October 2020.

The Singapore Manufacturing Federation was honoured to have our members take part in a candid closed-door dialogue with the Minister for Manpower Mrs Josephine Teo, held on 22 October 2020.

Mrs Josephine Teo Presentation 2020

Minister for Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo (Left) giving her presentation to start off the dialogue session, with SMF President, Mr Douglas Foo (Right)

Members took the opportunity to field a range of questions from training challenges, support for businesses actively hiring, as well as ongoing challenges for employers as the pandemic continues to take its toll.

Member asing questions at Dialogue with Min Teo 2020

Members took the opportunity to field a range of questions

Minister Teo kicked off the session by acknowledging that 2020 will go down in history as one of the most unusual years. Compared to the financial crisis and SARS, the impact of the current pandemic is on a totally different scale. The public health crisis quickly turned into an economic crisis. The pandemic is a test on our national resilience and a test on the business sector to withstand the shock and recover from it. Minister emphasized that we will not be going back to the pre-pandemic normal, but going forward and transforming to take advantage of new opportunities. While the health situation in Singapore is now stable, resurgence of the outbreak in other countries serve as a cautionary tale, if this occurs there is a very real risk of a double dip recession.

Minister Teo spoke of the challenges from a policy perspective to address the challenges arising from the pandemic. The ministry is always mindful that it is difficult for companies to retain human capital, and to assist, the Ministry has had to review and intensify support in some areas as the situation evolved. At this point, Minister Teo took the opportunity to introduce the new ministerial team at the MOM who will continue to walk with companies on the recovery journey.

Going forward, Minister Teo mentioned that support for human capital programmes is key. Especially as the impact of the pandemic is not uniform across sectors, the focus now is to support businesses that are still growing and have hiring needs. For example, the introduction of the Jobs Growth Initiative (JGI) is to support these companies who are considering to expand their workforce, and to overcome any hesitation.

Second Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng and Senior Minister of State Mr Zaqy Mohamad participated in the dialogue virtually and answered questions related to the foreign workers dorms and Workplace Safety and Health respectively. It was truly a heartening discussion between Government, employers and trade associations, to build our business resilience with our workforce, for our workforce.

Zaqy Mohamad at MOM Dialogue Session 2020

Senior Minister of State, Mr Zaqy Mohamad (on screen) participates in the dialogue session as he answers a few questions by the SMF members.

Tan See Leng at MOM Dialogue Session 2020

Second Minister for Manpower, Dr Tan See Leng (on screen) participates in the dialogue session as he answers a few questions by the SMF members.

Min Teo Appreciation at Dialogue session 2020

SMF President, Mr Douglas Foo (Right) presents a token of appreciation for Minister of Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo (Left).

Mrs Josephine Teo with SMF Office Bearers

Minister for Manpower, Mrs Josephine Teo with the SMF Office Bearers.

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