Singapore’s plans for digitalisation

In March 2022, the Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) outlined several plans for a digitally secure, economically vibrant, and socially stable Singapore.

The Grow Digital scheme helps small and medium enterprises (SMEs) use e-commerce platforms to sell overseas without a physical presence. The TechSkills Accelerator (TeSA) for the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Polytechnics Alliance, or TIP, provides a structured approach to help ITE and Polytechnic students secure tech-related jobs. The Digital for Life (DfL) movement hopes to encourage all citizens to adopt digital learning as a lifelong pursuit.

However, there are concerns that the digital gap will widen. Only about half of all Singaporeans feel they can perform important digital tasks, and the elderly and lower-income are less digitally literate. SMEs are also worried about the cost of adoption, upskilling of employees, and cybersecurity risks.

While Singapore aims to be a global technology hub, how will it manage the digital divide?

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