Organisation Profiles (Govt)

Shaping The Nation


The AVA is the unseen influence in the lives of most Singaporeans, ensuring the livelihood and health of our people, plants and animals. Cai Panqin sits down with us to share a life-changing experience and tells her story of a lifetime.

By Yvette Tan

Ask Dr Cai Panqin what sparked her interest in the veterinary field and she mentions her family dog.

She recalls fond childhood memories of playing and caring for her dog, which she affectionately refers to as her best friend.

When she began exploring the idea of becoming a veterinarian during her secondary school days, her fledgling interest for animals slowly became a strong desire to carve out a career in the field.

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Crossing Continents, Bridging Singapore

Internationalisation and trade may be big terms, but for International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, an economic agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, it is their corporate mission. Two scholars share their experiences for the organisation that fosters the economic growth of Singapore.

By Grace Swee

International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, as its name suggests, is an economic agency that envisions “internationalisation” and “international trade” as the key to advancing Singapore’s economy.

According to the scholarly duo of Derek Sim and Mohd Moinuddin Kortiwala, this term refers to global networks and relationships with foreign investors.

With over 30 overseas centres located worldwide and a diverse range of corporate networks, IE Singapore is the epitome of a trade promotion agency with its widespread global operations.

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Beyond The Self

In moments when problems of the individual blinds them to the sufferings of others, meet two young people who look beyond their own needs and yearn to make a difference in society.

By Wendy Ng

“A social worker once told me before that the goal of our job is to be out of a job,” Alvin Mak states.

“We want to come to a point where we can help clients help themselves so they no longer require us to be there, for our clients to achieve that level of autonomy and independence so that they can take responsibility and ownership of their own challenges,” he explains.

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Shaping The Future

One handshake is all it takes for these officers to change the lives of Singaporeans instantly. Meet two scholars who share how working in EDB can change your life and the people around you.

By Farhan Shah

Imagine conceiving and implementing ideas that will shape Singapore’s economic future and her economic landscape as well as impact the lives of millions of citizens.

The Economic Development Board (EDB) is the lead agency responsible for creating sustainable economic growth whilst optimising resource utilization and minimizing environmental impact.

These naturally aid in the creation of jobs and opportunities that meet the needs of Singapore and fulfil the aspirations of our people.

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Building A Sustainable Environment

If you’re passionate about making the building industry green, BCA provides ample opportunities.

By Joyce Lin

By 2030, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) projects that 80% of all buildings in Singapore will achieve the Green Mark Certified rating.

Launched in 2005, the BCA Green Mark Scheme aims to push the country’s construction industry into a more environmentally-friendly future, starting from conceptualisation all the way to construction.

The Green Mark Scheme was a subject matter that Wang Lei felt passionately about and it compelled him to try out for the BCA scholarship.

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Globetrotting the World Brings Endless Possibilities

From the sunny climes of Singapore to the plains of China and India, STB scholars are leveraging on these vibrant economies and leaving footprints that will boost Singapore’s as a travel destination of choice.

By Charlene Tan

When 21-year-old Gina Ng mapped out her plans for tertiary education, she was sure of one thing – she wanted to study overseas and a scholarship was the only way.

Thus began the search for a scholarship suited to her interests.

The right fit

“The scholarship with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) stood out because I could relate to the characteristics of working in the fast-paced tourism industry; challenging, fun and the opportunity to be a team player in marketing Singapore as a tourism destination to the world,” recalls the Raffles Institution alumnus.

Since its inception in 1964, the, STB has been instrumental in shaping Singapore as an ideal place to live, work and play, making it a truly global city.

The organisation is also constantly developing and promoting our vibrant little red dot as a compelling destination of choice to the world.

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Green Pastures Ahead

Singapore’s reputation as a Garden City spreads far and wide across the globe. Meet a scholar from the ranks of the unsung heroes keeping Singapore lush and green.

by Wendy Ng

Singapore might be a mere red dot on the world map, but it has built a reputation for itself amongst the bigger countries.

Our homeland is one of the most economically advanced nations in Southeast Asia, boasting the third busiest airport in all of Asia and one of the world’s busiest container ports.

But beyond those international achievements, one element that strikes tourists most acutely the minute they step foot on our land, and lingers on in their minds long after they leave our country, is the amount of greenery our little island is beautifully adorned with.

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Making A Difference

Since starting in 1955, the CPF Board has continually worked to help Singaporeans in all aspects of their lives. Find out from two CPF scholars how being in CPF has helped changed their lives and the lives of Singaporeans at the same time.

By Joyce Lin

From a simple retirement savings scheme conceptualised in 1955, the Central Provident Fund (CPF) has evolved into a comprehensive social security system that helps Singaporeans to plan for their retirement, housing, and healthcare needs.

Over the years, the CPF Board has adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of its CPF members with the launch of new programmes like the CPF Life scheme in 2009 and more recently, the Workfare Training Support scheme on 1 July 2010.

As Singapore moves into a more competitive world environment, it has become even more imperative for the CPF Board to have the capabilities to make social innovations that enable Singaporeans to plan for their retirement and financial needs.

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Planning a better future

Being a part of URA gives you a say in shaping the future landscape of Singapore.

By Joyce Lin

When you look around you and enjoy the comforts of Singapore as a modern city-state, realise that it is the outcome of thousands of people at work.

One such agency involved in shaping Singapore’s landscape is the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

For Yam Yujian, being able to marry his passion for economics with the ability to influence the direction that our Republic heads towards was an irresistible opportunity he could not pass up.

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Connecting Singapore

Being in a position to advise Ministers directly comes with heavy responsibilities. However, for those up to the challenge of improving relationships among the government, Singaporeans and international stakeholders through effective public communications, the Information Service at MICA might just be your calling.

by Cheryl Tay

Goh Chour Thong never expected to be in his current portfolio. Having graduated with a degree in Finance at Nanyang Technological University, Chour Thong first joined Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts (MICA) as a Finance Officer 14 years ago.

Through his finance work involving the budgeting requirements of MICA, he gained the opportunity to know more about the work of his colleagues in the Information Service, who are involved in a wide range of government communications work and play an important role in the entire value chain of public communications.

When a window of opportunity to transfer to a different department presented itself two years later, Chour Thong seized the chance to become an Information Officer.

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