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Welcome Address By Ms Choy Sauw Kook At The Opening Of Silver Industry Standards Exchange

Welcome Address By Ms Choy Sauw Kook, Assistant Chief Executive, Quality & Excellence Group, SPRING Singapore, At The Opening Of Silver Industry Standards Exchange And Launch Of SS618 – Guidelines On User Interface Design For Older Adults On 23 March 2017, 9am, Singapore University Of Social Sciences, Performing Arts Theatre

Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Communications and Information, and MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC;
Professor Cheong Hee Kiat, President, Singapore University of Social Sciences;
Mr Robert Chew, Deputy Chairman of the Singapore Standards Council and Chairman of the Silver Industry Standards Committee;
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen; 

Good Morning. 

  1. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural Silver Industry Standards eXchange and launch of the Silver Industry Standards Roadmap and the Singapore Standard SS 618 – Guidelines on User Interface Design for Older Adults.

Quality & Standards Enables the Future Economy and Supports Active Aging

  1. Over the last 50 years, a key factor of Singapore's economic success is the emphasis on building a good reputation through the establishment of a robust Quality & Standards (Q&S) ecosystem. Q&S enhances our infrastructure and ensures that Singapore products and services meet international standards for quality and safety. It also lends confidence to foreign investors, and helps Singapore companies meet the demands of global customers. 
  2. As Singapore moves into the future economy, SPRING has envisioned a future economy where quality and standards are a key pillar. This is now encapsulated in the Q&S 2020 vision, which is "Quality & Standards as a key pillar of Singapore's future economy". To realise this vision, SPRING and the Singapore Standards Council (SSC) will work with the lead government agencies to support industry transformation maps or ITMs, in the areas of innovation, productivity, internationalisation and jobs & skills. We will also focus on the development of standards in the emerging areas covered under our national plans, such as the Smart Nation Initiative, to support the commercialisation of new products and services or deployment of new platforms and technologies.
  3. One such area is to support the advancements taking place in the silver industry. SPRING and our standards partners from the public, private and social sectors have been working on identifying and developing relevant standards for the silver industry. These initiatives will support the transformation of the healthcare sector and infrastructure and help businesses in the development of emerging healthcare and biomedical products and services for older adults. 

Thanking the Contributors 

  1. I would like to thank Mr Robert Chew, Chairman of SISC and SISC members for their invaluable contributions towards the development of the Standards Roadmap for the silver industry and SS 618.
  2. My deep appreciation also goes out to Singapore University of Social Sciences for co-organising the event with SPRING. I would like to thank our supporting key partners and exhibitors for this event. They are:
    - Agency for Integrated Care
    - Building and Construction Authority
    - Council for Third Age
    - Health Promotion Board
    - Infocomm Media Development Authority
    - Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association, and
    - Silver Caregivers Co-operative 

  3. Last but not least, I would like to thank our panel of distinguished speakers, moderators and panellists who will be sharing with us their insights and knowledge later. I am confident we can learn much from them, especially on how standards have impacted their organisations and industries.
  4. I would like to take this opportunity to invite those who have the relevant expertise and knowledge to step forward and support the National Standardisation Programme. 

  5.  On this note, I wish you all a fruitful day ahead. ​​​​
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