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Industry bigwigs join national movement to raise productivity

A government-led body that has been working with various industries in raising productivity has added 12 industry bigwigs who bring "expertise in new focus areas" to its team.

SINGAPORE: A government-led body that has been working with various industries in raising productivity has added 12 industry bigwigs who bring "expertise in new focus areas" to its team.

They include representatives for accountancy, information and communications technology productivity enablers, research and development, and workplace culture.

The National Productivity and Continuing Education Council (NPCEC) said this in a statement, as it named the 28 members for a new two-year term of office that ends on March 31, 2016.

Among the new members are Wing Tai Retail executive director Helen Khoo, City Developments Limited deputy chairman Kwek Leng Joo, Deloitte Consulting executive director Hugo Walkinshaw and The Federation of Merchants' Associations President Yeo Hiang Meng.

Chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the NPCEC oversees and drives the national effort to uplift productivity significantly in the current decade.

The council comprises members from the unions, and the private and public sectors.

DPM Tharman said: "The new NPCEC composition reflects our focus for the years ahead.

"We must develop the broader ecosystem to support actions by individual firms to transform whole industries.

"Critically, we also need to enhance the workplace culture, by strengthening management quality and engaging employees better."

Since its formation in April 2010, the council has been working with various industries to develop and implement a multi-year plan to lift productivity significantly.

In the next phase of its work, it is focusing on the development of sector-wide and economy-wide platforms that can raise productivity in a large number of companies.

The council also aims to foster a positive workplace culture, with better engagement of employees.  

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