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Issue 244, 14 May 2019
Dear Members and Friends,

Last Saturday, I attended the first of two workshops on integration organized by the National Integration Council (NIC). The multi-racial participants were from all walks of life. What struck me most was how similar our views are on the importance of integrating new arrivals into our businesses and community.

I promised to start a Chamber-wide conversation on integration to learn from you what best practices you use to achieve positive outcomes for all your teams and for your business. Drop me a note at [email protected] with your experiences and best practices. This is all in preparation for an event later this year on integration, on what works, what to avoid and what we all need to do to achieve a positive outcome for everyone. This is how SICC will celebrate the great work of NIC as it marks its 10th anniversary in 2019. www.nationalintegrationcouncil.org.sg

Arguably, two things are essential for integration. The new arrival must want to integrate and must be welcomed for integration to happen. I know what I’m talking about. I, like many of you, am an immigrant and am proud to be a naturalized citizen of Singapore. Since I first came here in 1985, I have received a warm welcome from 99% of Singaporeans and residents. I have done and will continue to do my part. I’ve assimilated because I wanted to. I’ve been helped by the fact that my wife is Singaporean by birth and her family welcomed me from day one. My colleagues at work welcomed me too.

Integrating immigrants into our society, whether they are long term residents and potential citizens or here for the short term, is key to the continued success of our economy and this special country of ours. It is also a key element of Singapore’s exceptionalism and something to be appreciated and fostered.

Have a great week ahead.

Warmest regards

Victor Mills
Chief Executive



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