At the Heart of Singapore

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) hosted Indian journalists on a visit to Singapore, where they experienced the head, heart and soul of our island state.

Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Zulkifli enjoying a light-hearted moment over coffee with our media friends from India.

Singapore – not only a great city to live, work and play, but one with heart and soul. That was what a group of six visiting journalists from India experienced when the SIF hosted them from 11 to 15 November 2014.

Designed to provide a comprehensive overview of Singapore as well as insights into little known aspects of life here, highlights of their visit included:

  • A stimulating dialogue session with Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli Masagos Zulkifli
  • Engaging roundtable discussions with representatives from the education sector, self-help group SINDA, the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities.
  • Visits to the Public Utilities Board (PUB) and the Marina Barrage, to learn about Singapore’s Water Story.
  • A visit to the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), for insights to Singapore’s urban liveability planning and solutions.
  • A trip to the HCA Hospice Care, to understand how terminally-ill patients spend their last days with dignity.
  • A visit to The Hub, for an overview of the social entrepreneur landscape in Singapore and Asia.

The final highlight of the visit was SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) Pitching for Change session on 15 November, where the journalists met inspiring young change makers from seven nationalities.

Our Indian friends came away with lasting impressions of our country and its people. “I’m amazed at how the country can customise itself based on its requirements and set an example for the entire world within a short span of time. Just awesome,” said Mr Appaji Reddem, Chief of Bureau at The Hindu.

“I am very excited and inspired by the way you are planning for the city. I think Singapore can be the most efficient and sustainable city of the future,” added Ms Jayashree Nandi, Principle Correspondent at the Times of India, Delhi.

Mr Arijit Barma, senior writer at The Economics Times, described Singapore as “a global city – one that is proud of its past as well as its present and future.”

Being introduced to Singapore’s growing social enterprise scene at SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) Pitching for Change session - with SIF Governor Elim Chew, lead mentor of YSE 2014 (third from left).

Mr Arijit Barma, senior writer at The Economics Times, described Singapore as “a global city – one that is proud of its past as well as its present and future.”

We appreciate the kind comments from our friends from India and hope that they have gained a deeper understanding of our country and people!

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