SINGAPORE: Four individuals have been recognised for their achievements and services to the infocomm industry.
Minister for Communications and Information, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, gave out the IT Leader Awards 2014 at an event held on Friday.
Among the recipients was Ms Rosina Howe, who was involved in the development of mobile applications, such as MyTransport.SG, that are widely used by commuters.
Dr Yaacob said that IT is a growing industry in Singapore and total spending in the sector for 2014 is forecast to exceed S$26.2 billion, an increase of almost 4.4 per cent over 2013.
"For Singapore to stay competitive and be able to seize growth opportunities, it is not just about investments but also about talent development," he added.
"It is therefore critical that our infocomm sector has a ready pool of talent that it can tap and who has highly specialized skill sets to ensure the vibrancy of the sector."
Youth are being encouraged to pick up key skills, such as how to write code or programming, to be better equipped for jobs in the future.
The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore is looking to extend its "Code for Charity" initiative beyond polytechnics to junior colleges, universities and the community at large.
The initiative, which was launched earlier this year, provides opportunities for participants, who may or may not have programming knowledge, to take part in coding challenges and help their less privileged peers along the way.
It is supported by SAP Singapore.
IDA Chairman, Yong Ying-I, said: "Writing code would be what every young person should be learning, not just computer professionals. I think there are many application areas that Singapore could take advantage of - whether it's education, healthcare and transport.
"We don't have enough people in Singapore who have strong skills in those areas where ICT technology would be very relevant. We will need people who not only know ICT but also know those business sectors to be able to take advantage of these new opportunities."
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