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Written reply to PQ on Overseas Singaporean Unit

Written reply to PQ on Overseas Singaporean Unit

Question

Mr Cedric Foo Chee Keng: To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry what are the achievements of the Overseas Singaporean Unit (OSU) since its formation in 2006.

Written reply (to be attributed to Minister for Trade & Industry Mr Chan Chun Sing)

1. Singaporeans are our family, no matter where they are in the world. As with family members around the world, we keep in touch regularly and stay connected. The Overseas Singaporean Unit, or OSU in short, was formed in 2006 to coordinate the Government’s efforts to engage overseas Singaporeans. 

2. Since 2006, OSU’s suite of face-to-face programmes and online engagement channels have reached out to more than 100,000 overseas Singaporeans. OSU has successfully cultivated an extensive network of overseas Singaporean clubs and associations, as well as community leaders who take an active role in galvanising the overseas Singaporean communities around the globe. Cumulatively, these overseas Singaporean communities organise more than 100 events annually, such as National Day or festive celebrations, social gatherings, and networking events. 

3. On 1 June 2019, OSU became part of the Singapore Global Network — SGN in short — within EDB. SGN’s mandate is to broaden and deepen our overseas Singaporean network with friends and fans of Singapore. This stronger and wider network will serve Singaporeans and Singapore well, for economics, fellowships and friendships. This is especially important in the increasingly tumultuous and fragmented world today. I look forward to what the SGN can do for Singaporeans and for Singapore.

 
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