COMPUTERWORLD EXPO: Singapore calls Kiwis

New Zealanders were urged to explore the exotic delights of Singapore as an alternative to the European 'OE' at the Computerworld Expo this week.

New Zealanders were urged to explore the exotic delights of Singapore as an alternative to the European ‘OE’ at the Computerworld Expo this week.

In addition, its government agency, Contact Singapore, says the South-East Asian city-state also offers Kiwi firms sound business opportunities.

Joy Ang of Contact Singapore says her agency provides a link for New Zealanders with a raft of government and other bodies in her home country.

“We are saying ‘Why not do the OE in Asia?',” she says, adding people at the Expo have shown much interest.

New Zealanders, she says, can enter as tourists and then look for work. Then, once they receive a job offer they can qualify for Local Sponsorship.

Those with degree or technical qualifications should be successful, she says.

Lo Yoong Kong, a deputy director in the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, says “a couple” of New Zealand firms at the Expo have shown interest in investing there.

Singapore is close to other South-East Asian countries, and has a good IT infrastructure and a pool of skilled multi-lingual labour.

The Singapore government, he says, has identified future growth areas in IT and is keen to attract such enterprises.

It is offering businesses $NZ240 million to spur the development of wireless technology and other new applications.

“We have (already) spent millions to spur development and access to broadband. There are ways firms can work together with the government to facilitate new development,” he says.

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