EDB

Taking the Lead in Driving Singapore’s Economy


Sean See Tho Kang Wei


Genevieve Ng Jing Wen

Two EDB Senior Officers tell us how meaningful and rewarding it is to be responsible for developing, strengthening and building next-generation industries for Singapore.

By Gerald Goh

For over half a century, Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) has been the lead architect in shaping the Singapore economy, anchoring high-value activities and encouraging multi-national companies to use Singapore as their Home for Business, Innovation and Talent and thereby creating good jobs for Singaporeans.

The rising tide in Asia, which includes China, India and Singapore’s regional neighbours in Southeast Asia, creates immense opportunity for Singapore to entrench and strengthen its status as a premier global city in Asia. EDB will continue to play a critical role to keep Singapore’s economy at the forefront of industry, technology and business opportunities and constantly seeking new growth frontiers.

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Never Too Young to Lead

A global leader. A great city. A home in Asia. For business, innovation and talent. If EDB’s vision for Singapore resonates with you, read on and find out how you can shape the country’s economic landscape.

By Kevin Lim

At 24 years of age and, comparatively fresh out of university, Gina greets us warmly at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) office.

From the 28th floor of the Raffles City Tower, we have a bird’s eye view over Singapore’s central district landscape which is a testament to EDB’s work over the past 50 years.

A Vision for Singapore
A global leader. A great city. A home in Asia. For business, innovation and talent.

EDB’s vision is spelt out simply and clearly. Working towards that vision, EDB’s officers are guided by the EDB mission to create for Singapore, sustainable growth with vibrant business and good job opportunities.

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Driving Innovation, Developing Leaders

In the evolving and volatile economic landscape of today, the EDB has an increasingly important role to play as Singapore’s premier business architect.

By Winifred Tan

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, plans and executes economic strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a leading global hub for business, investment and talent.

Apart from shaping a vibrant pro-business infrastructure to attract more foreign investments, the EDB also helps local and multinational enterprises transform into higher value-creating operations, which in turn creates good jobs for the country.

We speak with Vivienne Wong, Senior Officer in the Infocomms & Media Division, to learn more about the organisation’s innovative training programme and its spirit of “Dare to Dream, Dare to Do”.

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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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Changing The Face of Singapore

When EDB puts you in front of many CEOs, you have to grow up very quickly.

By Ashley Choo

It’s an important meeting but Cindy Koh has got it all covered. She has worked until the wee hours the night before to tweak that business proposal and she’ll make such a compelling offer that the C-suite executive she will be meeting cannot resist. Cindy not only has credible details and attractive figures about Singapore’s and Asia’s economic figures at her fingertips, she also knows how these figures can work specifically to the C-suite executive’s advantage and how those figures will fulfill his firm’s key performance indicators.

But these can wait.

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Woman on a Mission

From mechanical engineering to media to infocomms, one scholar is able to straddle various fields and push her boundaries at EDB.

By Joyce Lin

Mechanical Engineering may be a male-dominated field with its heavy machinery and complex concepts. However, 30-year-old Eugenie Lam knew from a young age that this was her passion, having grown up in her family’s jewellery manufacturing factory in Singapore.

Recounting how her childhood experience influenced her choice of major, Eugenie says, “I actually spent my childhood playing with tools and tinkering around with hammers, drills and wax models. You would think that it would be an unglamorous thing for a girl to do, but I actually found the workshop one of the most exciting features of my Mechanical Engineering education.”

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A Challenging Career

One scholar attests how an EDB career has given him a diverse and challenging work experience.

By Joyce Lin

If there’s one thing an education in Engineering can give you, it’s being able to understand things better and gaining a strong foundation in analysis and logic, says Mr Ralph Foong, 33, Head of Transport Engineering at Economic Development Board (EDB).

After the ‘A’ levels, Ralph took up the EDB scholarship to further his studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and completed his master’s degree at University of California, Berkeley.

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FIREfly-EDB: A Footprint the World Over

Working at EDB demands motivation, dynamism and intelligence in a global arena. It is a career choice you will not regret.

By Tan Yan Shuo

“There has never been a day that I’ve regretted taking the EDB scholarship,” says Lim Sze Ling. Few would dare to make such a bold claim. But look into her unflinching eyes and you will realise she means every word.

Sze Ling was once a triple-science student at Raffles Institution (Junior College). After graduating in 1996, she wanted to pursue her interests in both business and healthcare technology, and thus found the jobs promised by most scholarships “either too desk-bound or too technical”.

This was until the Economic Development Board (EDB) stepped into the picture.

“Here, you can interact closely with companies that deal with leading-edge technology, but at the same time you are not a scientist,” she explains. “They call us ‘investment architects’. It’s not just a nine-to-five job where you sit at a desk, write a lot of policy papers, and try to impact the lives of Singaporeans through paperwork. Here you go out to meet clients from all around the world, every single day.”

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