"Going forward, he stressed it's important to combine this with “soft” capabilities such as the arts, dance, and design." - CNA report on Minister Lim's Speech.
S'pore needs to transform itself into a "whole brain economy"
Posted: 28 September 2009 2301 hrs SINGAPORE: Singapore needs to transform itself into a “whole brain” economy, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Lim Swee Say. He noted that the country had done well in developing its "left brain" economy, by building “hard” capabilities to become a leading technology, engineering and manufacturing hub in the world. Going forward, he stressed it's important to combine this with “soft” capabilities such as the arts, dance, and design. These capabilities are no less important than Science or Business. Mr Lim said Singapore can strive to be both an Innovation Driven Economy and a Renaissance City. As part of efforts to build the creative industry, a S$1 billion development fund has been set up to support the media and gaming industry. The Media Development Authority also aims to add some 10,000 new jobs in the Interactive Digital Media industry by 2015. The two integrated resorts will contribute to the growth of creative pool of expertise as well. Speaking at Lasalle's 23rd Convocation Ceremony on Monday, Mr Lim said all these developments will mean promising career prospects for Lasalle graduates in the years ahead. He also encouraged the 825 graduands to do good for the community as responsible and caring members of society. - CNA/vm