SINGAPORE: A new industry digitalisation plan to guide small and medium enterprises was among initiatives announced on Thursday (Aug 13) as part of efforts to boost the transformation of Singapore’s training and adult education sector. The initiatives were launched at the biennial Adult Learning Symposium 2020 as part of a multi-agency effort between SkillsFuture Singapore, the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL). The conference is being held online for the first time this year. Minister of State for Education and Manpower Gan Siow Huang detailed the Government’s “strategic commitment” to support the sector’s ecosystem in a speech broadcast on Facebook during the opening ceremony. The new training and adult education industry digitalisation plan “is a guide for small and medium enterprises in the sector to assess their digital readiness and identify digital solutions to adopt at each stage of their growth”, the agencies said. … [Read more...] about New digitalisation plan for SMEs in training and adult education sector
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Export value skyrockets over Lunar New Year Vietnam's export turnover during this Lunar New Year saw breakthrough growth, occupying nearly half of the total export-import turnover. The latest data published by the General Department of Vietnam Customs showed that export volume over the seven days (February 10-16) of the Lunar New Year holiday reached $730 million, rising 79 per cent on-year and accounting for about 44 per cent of the $1.67 billion export-import turnover. The main export articles include mobile devices and components valued at $332 million; computer and electronic products worth $251 million. The two categories accounted for 80 per cent of the total export value. This Lunar New Year saw exports going to 80 markets, seven more than last year. China continues to be the leading export market with a value of $189 million (26 per cent). Following are the US ($152 million), South Korea ($67 million), and Hong Kong ($57 million). According to statistics from the … [Read more...] about VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS FEB. 28
SINGAPORE: Candidates from four political parties that are contesting the most seats in the General Election debated a wide range of issues on Wednesday (Jul 1), including unemployment, helping businesses and social mobility. Moderated by CNA Digital Chief Editor Jaime Ho, candidates from three opposition parties - the Workers’ Party (WP), Progress Singapore Party (PSP) and Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) - as well as the incumbent People’s Action Party (PAP), took part in the debate that was broadcast "live" on Wednesday. The show was split into two segments. In the first segment, the candidates were given the chance to respond to three questions on several topics. In the second segment, the candidates were given time to ask one another questions in a structured sequence. Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan represented the PAP, while the WP was represented by economist Jamus Lim. The SDP's representative was its chief, Mr Chee Soon Juan, and the PSP was … [Read more...] about GE2020: PAP, PSP, WP and SDP candidates take part in ‘live’ General Election debate
SINGAPORE: More than a month has passed since Singapore entered the second phase of its circuit breaker exit, but business has barely picked up at Mr Wong Yuen Lik’s two retail stores at Capitol Singapore and [email protected] Square. For the month of June, he only raked in less than S$10,000 in combined sales, compared with S$80,000 in the same period last year. His shops mainly sell winter and outdoor adventure apparel, which has seen plummeting demand as international travel grinds to a near halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite getting four months of mandated rental waiver and wage subsidies for his staff through the Job Support Scheme (JSS), Mr Wong said he is still losing money and has had to cut the salaries of his nine employees in July. With several government support measures due to expire soon, Mr Wong is bracing himself for more bleak times ahead. “If landlords start chasing for rent, we definitely cannot survive… I will see how much I bleed, if I need to … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Kept afloat by government lifelines, will ‘zombie companies’ haunt Singapore?
SINGAPORE: Members of Parliament (MP) on Wednesday (Sep 2) called for greater social inclusion, gender equality at the workplace, support for caregivers and to foster an environment for more open political discussions. These were among the issues raised in Parliament on the third day of the debate on the President’s Address. Sharing examples of people who have faced bias when applying for jobs because they are a woman or a mother, MP for Nee Soon GRC Louis Ng called for legislation to make it illegal for employers to ask interviewees and employees about their marital status and plans to have children. Adding that women “will face unique struggles” looking for jobs in this economy, he also called for legislation to give employees rights to access flexible work arrangements. According to figures from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), women earn S$342 less than men on average for similar work, and the female labour force participation rate has stagnated for the past five years, he … [Read more...] about MPs push for workplace gender equality, better senior care and improvements to parliamentary proceedings