A New Singapore-American Friendship SIF-NAF Fellow Visit

SIF hosted a visit by 15 New America Foundation fellows and staff from 5 to 9 May 2014, bringing together policymakers, thought leaders and opinion shapers from the US and Singapore for an exchange of insights. The inaugural SIF-NAF Fellows visit marks a new partnership between our organisations.

Titled Insights into the Challenges and Policy Options of a City-state, the five-day programme resulted in a lively exchange of insights on issues of mutual interest. These included Singapore’s ethnic diversity and multicultural policies, challenges and policy innovations in population, governance, healthcare, education and housing, as well as the impact of technology and media on society.

We are delighted to share with you some highlights of the visit.

Singapore Press Holdings Editor-in-Chief Patrick Daniel (facing front) shares with the NAF delegation about the local media landscape and the challenges posed by online media to traditional media outlets.

URA Conservation Management Director Kevin Ang (left photo, first from left) shares with the NAF delegation conservation efforts by the residents of Tiong Bahru. The delegation also try drinking coffee, the local way (centre photo) and get acquainted with the works of Singaporean writers at local bookstore Books Actually (right photo).

The NAF Fellows visit and engagement with the Singapore community strengthens the rich tapestry of relationships between the people of both countries. The insights gained from the visit will be published in a reader and discussed at a roundtable session in conjunction with SIF Connects! Washington this coming September. We will be working closely with the NAF on the sharing of this Singaporean-American tale.

In the meantime, for your reading pleasure is an article by NAF Vice President Andres Martinez on how Singapore has dealt with the challenges of globalization.


SIF Executive Director Jean Tan welcoming NAF Vice President Andres Martinez (left photo) to the lunch for the NAF delegation hosted by SIF Chairman Euleen Goh, involving Shell Companies and School of the Arts Chairman Lee Tzu Yang (centre photo) as well as Centre for Liveable Cities Executive Director Khoo Teng Chye (right photo, first from right).
The NAF delegation being briefed on Singapore’s housing policies at the Pinnacle at Duxton (left photo) and learning more about Singapore’s water management strategies at the Marina Barrage (right photo). [left photo: Housing Development Board, right photo: Public Utilities Board]
Singapore’s Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam (left photo, first from left) sharing with the NAF delegation Singapore’s perspectives on security issues in the region. Later in the evening, Minister Shanmugam as Member of Parliament also explains the role of elected politicians in Singapore to the delegation at his Meet-the-People’s session at Nee Soon Group Representative Constituency (left photo).
Lee Kuan School of Public Policy Associate Dean Donald Low (left photo, first from left) dialogues with the NAF delegation on the challenges met by Singapore’s existing social compact, while Institute of Policy Studies Senior Fellow Mathew Mathews (left photo, first from right) discusses perceptions of race, religion and ethnicity in Singapore.
SIF Governor Elim Chew (first from right) shares with the NAF delegation on social entrepreneurship in Singapore and SIF’s work in enabling and equipping young changemakers through our Young Social Entrepreneurs programme.


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