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EDB, World Bank to build talent for local infrastructure sector

Singapore's Economic Development Board (EDB) is teaming up with the World Bank to roll out an industry secondment programme for players in the fast-emerging local infrastructure sector.

Under the new programme - to be unveiled in the coming months - companies can second their employees to the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development or the International Finance Corporation for ...more

For office decentralisation to work, supply of non-CBD space must expand to improve rental draw

DECENTRALISATION was first mooted in Singapore in the 1991 Concept Plan. A hierarchy of commercial centres ranging from fringe, sub-regional and regional centres fanning out from the Central Area was proposed as a means to bring work closer to home and alleviate congestion in the city centre.

Fast forward 25 years and prime decentralised office stock, which has stagnated at two million sq ...more

S'pore firms, India's Haryana state ink MOUs


THREE Singapore companies have each signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday with India's Haryana government to explore tie-ups in logistics and infrastructural sectors.

The companies involved are urban planning and development company Ascendas-Singbridge Group, engineering company Meinhardt Group, and logistics company YCH Group. Facilitated by International ...more

Can a modern data centre help SMEs in a digital economy?

IT'S no secret that Singapore's economy has been a pillar of strength in a time of subdued global sentiment in the past year.

A testament to this is the city-state's second position in the World Economic Forum's 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Report for the sixth year in a row. Such momentum is echoed in the 2017 Budget announcement in Singapore, which reported a steady GDP growth of 2 per ...more

S'pore's business community ready for Belt and Road projects

THE Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, held from May 14-15 in Beijing, was a resounding success and has generated wide interest among the business community in Singapore. China's pledge of more than US$100 billion in Belt and Road projects resonated positively with world businesses, notwithstanding differing views in regard to the initiative's outlook.

Singapore has always ...more

Cut from a different cloth

FAMILY-OWNED businesses in Singapore don't usually have a reputation for being cutting edge or innovative, but Sing Lun Holdings CEO and third-generation leader Mark Lee wants to change that.

The enterprise may not be a household name, but the brands they manufacture for certainly are. Its list of customers include global market-leading labels such as The North Face, Under Armour, Timberland ...more

The future of advanced manufacturing is here

Manufacturing has been the topic of discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) for the past two years. And for good reason.

Its white paper, "Manufacturing Our Future: Cases on the Future of Manufacturing", published in May last year, points out that an industrialised nation's economy largely depends on its manufacturing sector.

In its introduction, the white paper declares: "The ...more

Better tech adoption by SMEs urged to help their businesses


"THE SME landscape is not a uniform one, and each industry has its own unique characteristics and challenges," Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Sim Ann said on Thursday.

"The Industry Transformation Maps are thus intended to provide customised strategies to facilitate our businesses in their respective transformation journeys by raising productivity, accelerating ...more

Private equity market 'set to boom in Asia'


THE private equity market is set to boom in Asia as international investors looking for returns diversify to the region, said a HSBC banker .

The PE market which is quite mature in North America and Europe is increasingly turning its sights to Asia, said Graeme Strommen, global head of Middle Market Financial Sponsors, HSBC.

The market is seeing "more growth in ...more

With tech, S'pore can transcend size: Peter Ho


SINGAPORE may be small but with new technology, it can shape a future that transcends its physical size and enlarges its identity, former head of the Civil Service, Peter Ho, said on Thursday.

Citing three countries that have re-invented themselves in the digital age, he urged Singaporeans to balance their prevailing attitude that Singapore is a price-taker with a more hopeful ...more

Singapore companies are upbeat about economic expansion: Amex survey


OPTIMISM about economic expansion has increased significantly among Singapore finance executives in tandem with growing sentiment from global peers, according to additional details of the 2017 Global Business & Spending Outlook survey released by American Express on Wednesday.

However, political uncertainty in other countries is deterring Singaporean companies from expanding ...more

Home-grown firm opens 3D printing facility here

Home-grown metal-printing company 3D Metalforge opened a $2.5 million 3D printing facility here yesterday - the latest in a string of advanced manufacturing investments by various companies.

The plant is believed to be Singapore's first "end-to-end" additive manufacturing - also known as 3D printing - facility. This means it will provide a complete suite of in-house metal printing solutions ...more

Local organisations must do better in cybersecurity war


LOCAL organisations have a collective responsibility - and can do better - to tackle cybersecurity challenges. Even startups, which may lack the resources to afford cybersecurity tools, must make the detection of cyber threats a business priority, experts said - in light of the multiple cyberattacks on Singapore universities and malls in just the past week.

A new study on ...more

Business sentiment in Singapore improves in Q1


BUSINESS sentiment in Singapore improved in the first quarter of 2017, on the back of better sales, profits and orders, while pessimism over business prospects in the next six months has diminished substantially, said the latest Business Times-Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) Business Climate Survey.

The survey paints a picture consistent with official surveys ...more

17 mentor partners appointed to Startup SG Founder


SPRING Singapore has appointed 17 private-sector partners to Startup SG Founder, a new scheme that provides mentorship support and S$30,000 in startup capital grants to first-time entrepreneurs.

The 17, known as Accredited Mentor Partners (AMPs), were unveiled on Thursday. Comprising incubators, accelerators and venture capital firms, they will serve as gatekeepers of the ...more
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