Event report

Past event| A close-door dialogue with Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Manpower of Singapore

The French Chamber of Commerce Singapore held a closed-door engagement and discussion with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

MOM has reasserted with the recent announcement of work pass to strengthen Singapore’s position as a talent hub and that Singapore is committed to remaining open to the world.

MOM shared details on the new Overseas Networks & Expertise (ONE) Pass and updates on the EP framework and on #Forward SG.

The French Chamber's President, Thomas Baudlot, then invited Mr. Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Manpower, Ministry of Manpower (MOM), to a dialogue in which he explained:

  • By providing consistent and transparent manpower policies, Singapore is hoping to give confidence, allow companies the ability to plan and remain competitive to attract talent
  • Importance of social compact: Community, politics, economy and businesses have all to be taken into consideration to find the right balance
  • In terms of improving the mobility of the local workforce, the recommendation is to offer positions abroad early in the career (when they are young) and to set clear expectations
  • Strategic interest from Singapore to find alternative solutions to improve productivity and to develop automatization to be sustainable in the long term

Followed by a very interactive session and Q/A with the audience with questions from the hospitality, construction, tech and retail industries.

The French Chamber of Commerce Singapore would like to express its gratitude to Mr. Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Manpower, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for his time in answering our member’s questions, and for the continuous discussions with the French business community.  

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