Making A Reality

The Singapore government has
implemented four strategies to make a reality but there is
still a long way to go in realizing the goal, Singapore deputy prime
minister Tony Tan Keng Yam said over the weekend.

The four strategies pertain to education, facilities, regulations and
financing, he said. These strategies are embodied under the Singapore
Technopreneurship 21 initiative.

“We cannot guarantee
success but we are building a good platform and we have made an
encouraging start. We are aware that despite our best efforts, we may not
succeed but we know that if we do not try then we shall surely fail,” said Tan at the ISS Lecture in London.

In the speech which was released by the Ministry of Information and the
Arts, Tan said Singapore has succeeded in becoming a physical hub in the
region which will help building the e-commerce sector as it will involve the
delivery of goods.

But Singapore needs to do more in making the a reality.
Education is a key building block in helping the island realize the vision of, he said.

The Ministry of Education has identified the
education system we want to produce — “Thinking Schools and Learning

“This is what we need to be. So major changes have been made to our
curriculum” like those in the university, he said.

Facilities is another key area, which includes the creation of the Buona
Vista Science Hub and attracting major universities and schools like John
Hopkins, MIT and Insead to set up shop in Singapore, he said.

Singapore is also looking at its rules and regulations to create the
necessary “soft infrastructure” for, he said.

“By reviewing
these (rules and regulations), we aim to create a supportive environment
for technoprenuers to grow their businesses, by removing the obstacles
they face,” he said.

In the area of financing, the government has created a US$1 billion
Technoprenuership Investment Fund (TIF), which will be instrumental in
building the initiative, he said.

“The purpose of establishing the TIF is not to have the government
duplicate or compete with private venture capital funds, but to attract the
people who are able to assess the commercial viability of technology ideas
and help start-up companies grow,” he said.

“The don’ world is upon us (Singapore). We can’t stop it,” said Tan.
“What we need to do is to react to changes rationally, not to abandon our
old strengths, but to balance them by building on our traditional strengths
to take hold of new capabilities and opportunities,” he said.

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