Asean ideal place to grow Singapore talent: EDB chief Chng Kai Fong

Young S'poreans can gain experience, hone skills in region before going farther, he says

Above: Understanding the Asean market better can add value to students because they can learn how business models here evolve differently compared with the US and China, says Economic Development Board managing director Chng Kai Fong. Right: Facebook
Facebook's new expanded office at Marina One, where a mix of nationalities work alongside each other.PHOTO: REUTERS, KUA CHEE SIONG
Above: Understanding the Asean market better can add value to students because they can learn how business models here evolve differently compared with the US and China, says Economic Development Board managing director Chng Kai Fong. Right: Facebook
Understanding the Asean market better can add value to students because they can learn how business models here evolve differently compared with the US and China, says Economic Development Board managing director Chng Kai Fong. PHOTO: REUTERS, KUA CHEE SIONG

Young Singaporeans have been urged to consider job opportunities at home or in Asean nations to build up their skills before venturing farther afield.

The call came from Economic Development Board (EDB) managing director Chng Kai Fong, who told a briefing: "Too many students, or too many people, prefer to go to... Silicon Valley or London."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2019, with the headline 'Asean ideal place to grow S'pore talent: EDB chief'. Print Edition | Subscribe