Challenges over the next 50 years: Economy, Population and Identity

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Singapore’s three key challenges over the next 50 years are economic growth, population and  identity.

Speaking at annual Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia lecture, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday, 30 June 2015, elaborated on the three challenges.

He said Singapore's challenges depends on the time frame. In a 10-year horizon, it would be maintaining economic growth to improve lives; in a 25-year perspective, it is population issues and raising our total fertility rate; and over 50 years, the main challenge would be forging a common identity among Singaporeans.

He warned that these challenges impact Singapore's survival and the country will face "profound problems" if Singaporeans do not pull together to meet them. He said that the Government, for its part, is tackling these challenges through a raft of policies.

PM Lee also called upon all Singaporeans to come together to do their part to ensure Singapore’s survival. He said, “All Singaporeans, not just the Government, have a role to play in tackling the challenges as this will decide whether the country will thrive and survive.” 

Click here to follow the full dialogue session.

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