Employers need to pay more attention to staff well-being: DPM Heng

With the "Great Resignation" already taking place in some countries because of burnout amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has said that employers in Singapore need to pay more attention to staff well-being. He was speaking at the 2021 Singapore Best Workplaces Summit.

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Singapore must partner like-minded countries to create a better future: DPM Heng

Singapore has urged the US and China to lead and work together in tackling global challenges. Speaking at the S Rajaratnam Lecture, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat called on both countries to tap on their resources to advance international development. He also urged like-minded countries to come together to catalyse change and create new building blocks. Mr Heng added that no country will be able to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic alone.

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Singapore needs to do more to help its research institutions maximise innovations: DPM Heng

Singapore needs to do more to help its research institutions maximise their innovations. Speaking at the A*STAR Scientific Conference, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said researchers can work with companies to commercialise products. This will also help them expand into overseas markets quickly. New product development must be complemented with a business strategy for the innovation to scale up. Mr Heng added that Singapore’s approach is to invest in basic research and then translating it into real-world impact.

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Singapore DPM Heng Swee Keat says imperative that US and China come to ‘new equilibrium’

Singapore has urged the US and China to lead and work together in tackling global challenges. Speaking at the S Rajaratnam Lecture, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat called on both countries to tap on their resources to advance international development. He said this will help the world better address the climate crisis and realise the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Mr Heng added that recent events — such as their joint COP26 declaration — have shown that both countries want to manage competition responsibly.

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Labour movement must transform to help companies transform better: DPM Heng

The labour movement has been urged to transform itself so that it can, in turn, help companies to transform their businesses even better. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said only then can it continue to protect workers and their jobs. He was speaking at a conference, where the union also launched a new mobile learning app, the LXP.

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Redistributing benefits of globalisation should not be a “zero-sum” game: DPM Heng

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat has said that new ways to redistribute the benefits of globalisation, such as the global minimum tax, should not be a "zero-sum game". He said countries will be better off growing the overall pie by transforming companies and investing in people. Mr Heng was speaking at the Caixin Summit, which focused on global areas of cooperation to build a shared future.

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Singapore must design buildings for the long term: DPM Heng

Singapore’s infrastructure must be built to minimise its carbon footprint and take into account future needs like maintenance to ensure they last over their projected life cycle. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat made this point at the World Engineers Summit on Nov 10.

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Data gathering, analysis important tools to enhance SAF’s capabilities: Heng Chee How

Data gathering and analysis are important tools to help enhance the capabilities of the Singapore Armed Forces. This comment was made by Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How during a tour of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Command. The unit trains drone operators and participates in missions around the world.

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Innovation key to building economy with better prospects for workers: DPM Heng

Singapore is urging companies to continue to innovate and invest in R&D, to help create a more vibrant economy with better prospects for its workforce. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said this is critical for them to survive and thrive in a technology-intensive and innovation-driven global economy. Mr Heng was speaking at the opening of Razer’s Southeast Asia Headquarters in Singapore.

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Defence industry should work closely with private sector, research community: DPM Heng

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said the defence industry should work closely with the private sector and the research community to drive innovation and better respond to threats and disruptions. Speaking at the Singapore Defence Technology Summit, Mr Heng highlighted that the private sector is leading the way in many key technologies, such as artificial intelligence and 5G. He added that such new private-partnership models are needed to harness such innovations.

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