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4th Singapore-China Social Governance Forum Themed 'Governance for Social Harmony'

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  1. The 4th Singapore-China Social Governance Forum (SGF) was held on 19 June 2024 at the Shangri-La Hotel. The SGF is one of the key bilateral cooperation platforms between Singapore and China and provides an opportunity for both countries to exchange views and share experiences on matters pertaining to social governance.
  2. The 4th SGF was co-chaired by Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean and Member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Political and Legal Affairs Commission (PLAC) Chen Wenqing.
Keynote Address

  1. Senior Minister Teo gave a keynote address titled “Opportunities for All, Where Everyone has a Stake – Singapore’s Approach to Social Harmony”. He highlighted Singapore’s philosophy for social governance, where every Singaporean is given a stake in the country’s success. This is achieved through building a sense of ownership in its people through the country’s approach to multiculturalism, tripartism and home ownership.

Main Theme Speech

  1. Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli gave a main theme speech titled “A Part for All to Play in Building Our Shared Future”. Building on Senior Minister Teo’s address, Minister Masagos emphasised the importance of a refreshed social compact, where everyone plays a part in building a resilient and caring society. This is built on family-centricity, where strong families are the foundation of a strong society, and ensuring that social mobility is sustained, so families are able to thrive and progress.
Panel Discussions

  1. As part of the sub-theme discussions at the Forum, Minister of State for Communications and Information Rahayu Mahzam and Vice President of the Supreme People’s Court He Xiaorong discussed the various practices which both countries have adopted to resolve differences across communities. Minister of State Rahayu shared how harmony in labour relations was maintained through Singapore’s approach of tripartism.
  2. Senior Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Low Yen Ling and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Public Security Wang Zhizhong discussed how community engagement can promote social cohesion within and across communities. Senior Minister of State Low Yen Ling shared how Singapore strengthens social cohesion by building stronger community bonds and empowering citizens to co-create a united Singapore.
  3. The successful conclusion of the 4th SGF symbolises the ongoing commitment by both Singapore and China towards fostering harmonious societies and strengthening bilateral relations. This also reflects Singapore’s dedication to building a resilient and socially harmonious society.