SINGAPORE – A global race is under way to attract a small group of highly skilled technical professionals in areas such as artificial intelligence and cyber security. "If Singapore leans back and does nothing, we'll almost certainly be left behind." Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Monday (2 September).
Thailand, China and France are already promoting this talent, pointing out that both France and Thailand have special visa programs to make it easier for technical talents to work in their countries.
Mr. Chan established the new Tech @ SG program, which allows technology companies to hiring foreign talent, in his response to the Labor MP, Patrick Tay (West Coast GRC), who asked if there was a need.
"If Singapore leans back and does nothing, we'll almost certainly stay behind, with only a small window to build a critical mass of high-end professionals, startups, and businesses." "he said.
" It will be o. Only a few such nodes can be global. How we behave today will decide whether we will make it as a tech hub or not. We have to act now and act fast.
He also said Singapore needs to supplement its workforce with these skilled foreign professionals to meet the demand for technical professionals from both here and the government.
Chan warned against risking Singapore's "competitive edge" if it does not, adding that workers from other countries offer the opportunity and encourage Singaporeans to develop new ideas.
"In a world where multisectoral, disciplinary and cross-cultural teams are more common , Singaporeans need to learn to work with people from around the world, "said Chan.
" This will increase their competitiveness as individuals and make them more attractive to employers. "
Mr. Chan assured the House of Representatives that the government was in the business Awareness of the fact that foreign talent is an emotionally charged subject "because it is about jobs and the kind of society we want to build in Singapore".
He added, "We will never stop focusing on Singaporeans our actions and will further develop each and every one of Singapore to realize its full potential and seize opportunities in Singapore and beyond. "