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Singapore Makes Plea for Top Talent to Drive Tech Goals

  • Prime minister emphasizes tech’s role in reviving economy
  • Lee touts visa program that seeks to draw high-level talent
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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong argued the island nation must welcome foreign talent to realize its goal of becoming a technology center, while acknowledging the tensions this could foster with the local population.

The tiny country of 5.7 million must place technology, which proved instrumental in quelling Covid-19 this year, at the heart of its future development, Lee said in a keynote speech at the Singapore Tech Forum, an annual gathering for professionals from Silicon Valley to Asia.