In collaboration with the tripartite partners the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), the Chamber was honoured to host the second Welcome Programme for New Senior Employment Pass Holders on 19 January. The aim of this joint initiative is help international business leaders who are newly posted to Singapore to learn about Tripartism in this country, workplace culture and realities. This session also provided an excellent platform for business leaders to engage the tripartite partners on policy issues and to network with each other.
In his opening address, Dr. Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry shared the importance of building a diverse and inclusive workforce and staying open to global talents with skills that complement our local workforce. Following the Minister’s address was a sharing of a personal integration experience in Singapore by Mr. Per Magnusson, Chairman of SICC.
Prof. Roy Chua, Associate Professor of Organisational Behavior and Human Resources, Singapore Management University (SMU) – Lee Kong Chian School of Business moderated a panel conversation that discussed the importance of integration and positive workplace culture. The panel, comprising Minister Tan, Mr. Patrick Tay, Assistant Secretary-General, NTUC, Mr. Alexander C. Melchers, Vice President, SNEF, and Dr. Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director, Asian Trade Centre, shared their insights on cultural awareness and sensitivity in Singapore’s multi-racial society, and the importance of mutual understanding amongst employees of different cultural backgrounds.
We would like to thank Minister Tan, Patrick, Alexander, Deborah and Roy for spending the afternoon with us. Many thanks too to the audience for their engaged participation.