Singapore will grow at sustainable pace: DPM Teo

The Government is focused on growing Singapore at a sustainable level and even while it does this, it pledged to plan ahead so that Singapore maintains a high quality of life.

Unveiling the White Paper on Population on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who oversees population matters, said the comprehensive document seeks to strike a balance in population strategy.

"Going forward, we want to make sure that the roadmap we have is an appropriate one," he said, adding that he will be seeking Parliament's endorsement of the white paper next week.

The paper has projected that Singapore's population will reach 6.9 million by 2030, and workforce growth will slow to half its current rate in the next decade.

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National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, who spoke at the same briefing, said that even as the government is tackling infrastructure problems today, it is looking further ahead to plan ahead of demand.

"We're determined to address the current problems.. the overcrowdedness will ease, so we're asking Singaporeans for patience and understanding," said Mr Khaw.

He added that MND will release a land use paper on Thursday that will detail how land here will be optimized to cater to the growing population.

"The key thing is to plan ahead of demand… build a sufficient buffer, but also bear in mind that the buffer has a cost," he said. "We need to achieve that sweet spot."

DPM Teo said the white paper by the National Population and Talent Division took in almost 2,500 pieces of feedback from Singaporeans across all walks of life over the past year.

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