Digital Government, Smart Nation: Pursuing Singapore's tech imperative

It often takes longer to obtain the resources for a project than to build a prototype. This is why the civil service has to change how it works, approves projects and manages HR to harness the potential of technology.

The Smart Nation initiative, first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2014, aims to make Singapore "an outstanding city in the world... for people to live, work and play in, where the human spirit flourishes".

Building a Smart Nation is a whole-of-nation effort which comprises three pillars: Digital Government, Digital Economy and Digital Society.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2019, with the headline 'Digital Govt, Smart Nation: Pursuing S'pore's tech imperative'. Subscribe