On 30 Nov 2019, Minister Ng Chee Meng, the Minister in Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary-General of the National Trades Union Congress, shared his insights on "China's economic growth and the China-readiness of Youth in Singapore" at a closed-door dialogue session organised by the Business China Youth Chapter (BCYC).
The Importance of Bilingualism and Biculturalism
Minister Ng highlighted the importance of bilingualism and biculturalism among the youth in Singapore. He explained that a good grasp of the Chinese language is necessary to attain an in-depth understanding of the Chinese culture. He encouraged the audience to read widely, think strategically and broadly, as well as develop the ability to synthesise knowledge and information which would be useful in applying knowledge in any situation. This would aid the youth in time to come when they engage China and the rest of the world.
On Singapore's Advantages
Minister Ng also shared several competitive advantages of Singapore, such as a strong rule of law and stable political environment, a highly disciplined and talented workforce, as well as an attractive investment climate with peace and stability. Furthermore, Singapore's geographical proximity to China, India and other ASEAN countries places Singapore in an advantageous position for high connectivity and partnerships. Moving forward, how our youth can further value add to the world, even beyond China, was food for thought for the audience.
Failing as Part of Learning and Life
On the topic of failing, Minister Ng held the view that failing does not equate to failure. He explained that failing should not be feared as it builds resilience and is part and parcel of learning and life, especially in the journey of innovation. He encouraged the audience to dare to try and fail; and recommended a book, titled " Start-up Nation" to the audience.
Attended by close to 30 BCYC members, the dialogue session was moderated by Ms Lee Zi Xin, a member of BCYC and an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University.
As a gesture of appreciation, Ms Veronica Low, Director of Operations of BCYC, presented a token of appreciation to Minister Ng Chee Meng.
The Business China Youth Chapter regularly invites leaders and experts from the public and private sectors to share cutting-edge insights on various subject matters pertinent to China, Singapore and the rest of the world.
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This article is contributed by Business China Youth Chapter member Alvona Loh.
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