The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) will hold its annual flagship Singapore Perspectives (SP) conference on 22 January 2018. The theme of SP2018 is “Together” and it will consider how Singaporeans are living longer lives, and examine the intergenerational compact and the potential to capture longevity dividends.
Singaporeans enjoy one of the longest lifespans in the world today. Concurrently, we are one of the most rapidly ageing societies in the world. With this rapid demographic transition over the past five decades, businesses and workers, individuals and their families will experience significant change to how they live, work and play. SP2018 will invite speakers and participants to examine Singapore’s institutions, policies and values in the context of its dynamic and evolving population mix, and how they can be adapted to enable Singaporeans to live longer lives successfully.
- Singapore Perspectives 2018: Opening Remarks by Mr Janadas Devan
Kicking off SP2018, IPS Director Janadas Devan framed the demographic scenarios to be discussed in the conference in the context of Singapore being a city-state. Noting the bifurcation of Singapore’s identity between the global and the local, he cautioned against the possibility of emerging divisions in Singapore, along age, class, or racial lines and emphasied the role of politics and policy in keeping us together.
- Singapore Perspectives 2018: Presentation on Conference Background Paper
This presentation seeks to elucidate the opportunities for further demographic dividends and policy adjustments and innovations, to ensure that Singapore remains an open and vibrant city-state with a productive population, and a stable, cohesive and inclusive society.
- Singapore Perspectives 2018: Panel I – The Singapore Economy: Ageing yet Dynamic?
Panel 1 considered how Singapore’s ageing economy can continue to thrive in a globalised world and how job redesign can be successfully carried out to keep seniors employed.
- Singapore Perspectives 2018: Panel II – The Singapore Community: Solidarity not Contention
Panel II considered the possible fault lines that could emerge in an ageing society, in areas such as taxation, immigration and jobs. Panellists also urged society to consider the economic potential of the silver industry and discussed whether we should aspire to be an “age-less” society – where age is irrelevant – or an “age-friendly” society – where we confront and address issues that come with an ageing society.
- Singapore Perspectives 2018: Lunch Dialogue with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean
Acknowledging the inevitable process of ageing and Singapore’s ageing phenomenon, DPM Teo highlighted in his speech the importance of ageing with vigour. He also added that owing to the strong foundations laid down by our pioneers, Singaporeans are now better prepared for ageing compared to many other countries. Notwithstanding, Singaporeans need to remain committed at the individual, familial, communal, occupational, and national levels to stay prepared for ageing.
- Singapore Perspectives 2018: Panel III – Singaporeans Living Longer: Asset or Liability?
The third panel considered the need to prioritise measuring and maximising human welfare over GDP per capita and challenged common misconceptions of aged persons as liabilities to society.
- Singapore Perspectives 2018: Panel IV Dialogue with Minister Heng Swee Keat
In harmony with this year’s theme of ‘Together’, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat emphasised how various issues such as healthcare, ageing and finance come intertwined, the need to approach these issues “in a more cross-disciplinary way”, and the importance of various organisations, both private and public, to come together to devise policy solutions
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IPS is grateful to the following organisations for their generous support of Singapore Perspectives 2018: