CHARTING OUR WAY FORWARDForward Singapore
Since the launch of the Forward Singapore exercise in June 2022, over 14,000 Singaporeans from all walks of life have participated in about 140 engagement sessions on a wide range of topics. Beyond these sessions, many more of you have shared your views and ideas through surveys and other feedback tools. Thank you to everyone who has come forward to participate so far!
Across the conversations, Singaporeans acknowledged that we are living in a time of change and must relook our current way of doing things. We are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic into a more uncertain world. Big-power tensions are sending ripples globally. At home, our aspirations are evolving, and we face pressures like a rapidly ageing population and slowing social mobility. All these place more stressors on our society and our people.
Through the Forward Singapore exercise, Singaporeans are exploring the values, priorities, and policies needed to strengthen our social compact for the next bound of our nation’s journey.
From the engagements to date, some common values that our people hold dear have emerged: fairness, inclusiveness, and giving back. Singaporeans also offered varied suggestions, ranging from how we might broaden pathways to success and ensure greater opportunities for all, to strengthening assurance for workers and families.
These feedback and recommendations informed the thinking behind the five key shifts DPM Wong said Forward Singapore will embark on to refresh our social compact (see DPM’s speech at the Debate on the President’s Address 2023).
• A new approach on skills
• A new definition of success
• A new approach for social support
• A new approach to care for our seniors
• A new emphasis on collective responsibility
Effecting these shifts will help secure a stronger social compact between this generation and future generations to come.
The Government has also rolled out some policy changes in this year’s Budget Statement and Committee of Supply debate.
You can read more detailed findings and related announcements across the six Forward Singapore pillars here.
In the next phase of Forward Singapore, there will be more engagements to discuss specific issues, and more partnership opportunities for Singaporeans to co-create policy solutions with the Government. Come be a part of it – your contributions will enrich and strengthen the eventual recommendations of Forward Singapore and our shared future.
The exercise will conclude in the second half of 2023 with the Forward Singapore report. This report will articulate our collective vision for Singapore and offer recommendations for how you and I can come together to realise it.
Together, we can build a better and brighter Singapore.
Forward Singapore Locale Engagements
Indicate your interest to participate in the next wave of Forward Singapore engagements happening islandwide.
REACH-Shin Min Dialogue on Housing
Join our Mandarin dialogue on local housing policies and the support for Singapore of all ages!
Have your voice heard as we empower every worker with opportunities and assurance throughout life.
Green Nation Pledge
Pledge to take action for a green, liveable and climate-resilient Singapore!
The exercise will be organised along six pillars, each headed by 4G leaders:
Each pillar will engage Singaporeans to understand their concerns, review policies, and establish new partnerships to implement changes.
The Forward Singapore exercise will last a year, and conclude with a report in mid-2023.
Forward Singapore (Steward Pillar): Taking Green Action for Our Communities
Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Sustainability and the Environment, Dr. Koh Poh Koon, along with Minister for Social ...
Forward Singapore (Empower Pillar): Strengthening Our Employment Resilience Together
Minister of Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry Tan See Leng engaged over 60 participants at The Ngee An...
Forward Singapore (Care Pillar): Refreshing Our Understanding of Meritocracy and Streng...
Minister of State (MOS) for Social and Family Development and Home Affairs, Ms Sun Xueling, joined students from Institu...
Forward Singapore (Unite Pillar): Exploring What It Means To Be "One United People"
Through a series of interactive stations, members of the public were invited to reflect, discuss, and think about what a...
Forward Singapore: IPS Singapore Perspectives 2023: Work
Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong spoke to 1,000 guests from public service, private sector, civic groups and academia...
Forward Singapore: Ground-up conversations with youths in the heartlands
Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Defence Mr Zaqy Mohamad joined some 40 young Singaporeans at the REACH-Friendz...
Ideas by Forward Singapore participants
Find out how Singaporeans imagine our refreshed social compact.
Forward Singapore: Refreshing the social compact on public housing to ensure affordable...
On 6 November 2022, Minister Desmond Lee visited the MND housing roadshow at Our Tampines Hub.
Forward Singapore (Empower Pillar): Building a More Resilient Economy Together
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong engaged over 60 members of the public at the closing of the...