The Straits Times
Published on Sep 15, 2012

Construction sector to cut reliance on foreign workers: DPM Tharman


Building more dry walls, using computer modelling tools and making application processes easier are some of the ways the Government is encouraging productivity in the construction sector.

Singapore's construction companies need to tap innovation to reduce reliance on foreign workers, said Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

He was speaking on Friday at the Singapore Contractors Association's 75th anniversary dinner.

"While there are many solid examples of improvements and innovation in individual firms... productivity growth for the overall construction sector has been too slow and has lagged behind that of the overall economy," said Mr Tharman, who is also Finance Minister.