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Issue 263, 24 Sep 2019
Dear Members and Friends

I, like many other mature workers, celebrated recently after the announcement of the planned increases in the retirement age and the re-employment age. They are steps in the right direction as are moves to increase CPF contributions for some mature workers. But they are not enough.

As a society we must progress further and faster. We must end age discrimination in the workforce for the twenty somethings just as much as for the fifty and sixty somethings. Age is irrelevant. The only criteria to access any job candidate should be: a positive attitude and a willingness to keep learning, integrity and effective communication skills plus the ability and willingness to work effectively in teams. And, above all, potential to contribute.

I have no doubt we’ll get there - maybe incrementally but get there Singapore will! I look forward to the day when everyone is paid according to their output and CPF contributions are the same for all working people.

Share your thoughts on this and other mature worker issues with my guest SPS Low Yen Ling on 11 Oct.

Have a great week ahead.

Yours faithfully
Victor Mills
Chief Executive



The Certification Services Department will be closed on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th October 2019 for a staff retreat.

Please take note of these dates and advise all your relevant colleagues to minimise any inconvenience to you and them.


Distinguished Speaker Series: Minister Ong Ye Kung,
1 October 2019

Our Distinguished Speaker Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education will talk about the changes taking place in education in Singapore. He will also share his thoughts on the SkillsFuture Work-Study Programmes as well as the policies related to schools and universities.
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Follow-up Dialogue with the Ministry of Manpower,
11 October 2019

As a follow up to the Dialogue with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in March 2019, this dialogue with Ms. Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower, will focus more on MOM’s various manpower development schemes that benefit senior workers.
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Innovative Approach to Drive Pro-Enterprise Regulations,
14 October 2019

With the aim of creating a more pro-enterprise environment to facilitate the growth of competitive businesses, Mr Eugene Toh, Director of Pro-Enterprise Division of Ministry of Trade and Industry will be giving a talk about the Pro-Enterprise Panel (PEP)’s work in advocating for businesses within the government.
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Certificate of Origin Seminar, 15 October 2019 *this event is fully subscribed!
Learn about the Singapore Certificates of Origin (CO) system and how to apply for CO efficiently with SICC to save time and money.
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Celebrating Teamwork: Integrating Talent, 23 October 2019
What are the challenges in building optimal multi-cultural teams? What are some of the best practices? What’s important for every company to think about beyond its own commercial success? Join us and a diverse group of business leaders to talk about this topic and help us realize TACIP.
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Mr Ravi Menon,
31 October 2019

Our Distinguished Speaker Mr. Ravi Menon, Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore will share his perspectives on the macroeconomic landscape and the impact on Singapore’s business environment.
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Leadership Series: Mr Ho Kwon Ping, 14 November 2019
Drawing insights from his book “Asking Why”, Mr. Ho Kwon Ping, Founder & Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings will talk about the essential attributes of leadership.
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