Wanted: IT talent out to change the world

This is an edited excerpt of a speech by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the GovTech Stack Developer Conference on Oct 2. He stressed the need for Singapore to recruit top IT talent to spearhead the next phase of digital transformation and safeguard security, even as the Government moves more of its IT functions from premise-based services to the cloud.

We were one of the first governments in the world to computerise, to digitise our data, and to move our services online. We did this to improve public services, and to serve the needs of Singaporeans and businesses. Overall, we have not done too badly in this effort.

Whether you are applying for a passport, or paying your taxes, or managing your HDB housing mortgage or CPF retirement savings - our services are efficient, convenient and popular with citizens. We were also one of the first cities in the world to implement Electronic Road Pricing. This is an effective and transformational use of technology, although, alas, not so popular with drivers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2018, with the headline 'Wanted: IT talent out to change the world'. Print Edition | Subscribe