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Public, private and people sectors must collaborate to deal with threats, Iswaran says

Published on Apr 7, 2014 3:36 PM
 
Stakeholders such as the people and the private sector must work together with the Government to deal with the threats of today, said Second Minister for Home Affairs and for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran onMonday, April 7, 2014 . -- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

When dealing with the threats of today, the government's efforts alone are not enough, Second Minister for Home Affairs and for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran said on Monday.

Stakeholders such as the people and the private sectors also have to be on board, he added.

Speaking at the opening of the eighth annual Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers today, Mr Iswaran highlighted three types of threats faced by governments today: Those that cross borders, can develop quickly, and are difficult to resolve. Examples include terrorism, cyber warfare and epidemics.

"It is not enough for a government or a nation to manage these threats alone - we have to work with others, collaborating within and beyond our borders, to prevent these risks from materialising," he said. "And in the event that they do, to respond, recover and adapt effectively."

 
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