L'Education au sommaire du N°6 de Singapour

Dans les tests internationaux (PISA) ou les classements des pays en fonction de leur capacité à attirer, développer et retenir les talents, Singapour fait la plupart du temps la course en tête, souvent au coude à coude avec la Suisse et en compagnie des pays d'Europe du Nord. Mais qu'ont donc Singapour et les Singapouriens pour afficher une réussite aussi insolente?
Le magazine SINGAPOUR, une publication de Au sommaire de ce numéro 6: un dossier sur l'Education à Singapour avec un titre le prix de l'excellence qui dit bien la qualité exceptionnelle du système éducatif singapourien, que reflète l'omniprésence de la cité Etat dans le peloton de tête des classements internationaux, mais aussi que ces bons résultats ont un coût: stress, cours privé,....


Singapour N°5- Les habits verts de la smart city

Singapour- Les habits verts de la smart city

Au sommaire de ce numéro un dossier de 18 pages sur les habits verts de la smart city, qui donne la parole à l’Ambassadeur de France, Benjamin Dubertret, sur ce qu’il faut attendre et ne pas attendre de la COP 21, et s’attache à mettre en perspective les réussites, mais aussi certains paradoxes, de Singapour, dans le domaine de l’environnement.

La formule change. Si la rubrique « les Français à Singapour » qui présente la formidable aventure de The Blue Circle dans le domaine de l’énergie éolienne s’inscrit dans la continuité du dossier, les autres rubriques sont désormais complètement indépendantes. A découvrir dans « Singapour autrement »,  l’histoire d’une saga familiale singapourienne, celle d’Amoy Canning, spécialiste de la sauce soja, ou bien le portrait de John Tan, paysagiste à Kranji. A lire encore, dans la rubrique « Culture », une passionnant décryptage de l’histoire « coupée en deux » du Cinéma singapourien par Raphaël Millet. A regarder : un dossier photo sur Geylang.
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Le magazine SINGAPOUR est une nouvelle publication de l'édition du site  Dossiers déjà publés: la culture (N°1- Singapour, Cité de la Renaissance), l'architecture et l'urbanisme (N°2), Les 50 glorieuses (N°3), Tourisme - 15 millions de consommateurs (N°4), Les Habits verts de la smart city (N°5). Publication 3 fois par an en Février, Mai et Novembre. Magazine en français tiré à 4000 exemplaires.


A guide by the FCCS on how to succeed in Singapore

The French Chamber of Commerce in Singapore ( FCCS) has edited an excellent guide on how to succeed in Singapore, which can be downloaded on its website.


Celebrating diversity at the workplace

To celebrate racial harmony at the workplace, Singapore's MOM* is encouraging companies to organize, in July, a special diversity day in their singapore offices.

One way they suggest is inviting employees to come dressed in their own ethnic costume.

Singapore has made of diversity & racial harmony in the workplace a trademark and a source of strength. "A harmonious workplace, where co-workers understand and respect each other, is vital to ensuring smooth business operations" can one read on MOM'website. "Celebrating Racial Harmony in July is one way organisations can help promote values such as mutual understanding, respect and inclusiveness at the workplace. Activities can be organised to help employees better understand the cultures, beliefs and practices of others".

* MOM: Ministry of Manpower


Living & working in Singapore

Singapore, city of the lion, is plebiscited by expatriates who feel easily at home while living in the heart of Asia. Living conditions are very comfortable, with a mix of western influences and of vivid traditions




Indonesia to switch to a single time zone

Indonesia is currently extending over 3 time zones. The Indonesian Government plans to switch to a single time zone on Oct 28 2012, allowing the whole country to have the same hour, aligned with Singapore, Malaysia and China.
"The move will help accelerate economic development across the country", Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said in a statement on May 30Th.


A network for women entrepreneurs in Singapore

New in Singapore: ellesnetwork, a french speaking network for women creating their own business
The launch meeting will be held tuesday May 29th, 7:00 PM at Fort Canning Centre, White studio
"Come find how to create how to create your company in Singapore et become a networking expert".
Registration on ellesnetwork' website


Dualexpat becomes Equipaje

In the last 3 years, we have been working on developping the Dualexpat platform, dedicated to expatriation in Asia, providing online resources, services and collaboration tools. We have been enriching contents and have elaborated customized support services to expatriates and spouses, which gave us the pleasure to accompany a number of our members in this beautiful adventure of expatriation.  On the other hand, the collaborative part of the platform didn't reach up to our expectations.

Based on this assessment, we have decided to merge the activities of Dualexpat (accompaniment of mobility) with those of Equipaje (HR development & coaching), on a unique platform, which henceforth gives an open access to all news, country files, guides and news on professional mobility in Asia, and relies on linkedin and viadeo for the collaborative aspects.

Equipaje,RH Nomades specialises in developping people and organizations in Asia

Our services:

Why Equipaje? Becacuse this term, mixed with spanish, symbolises altogether the journey, the team and the project.

Why RH Nomades (Nomadic HR)? Because the ambition is to enliven Human Resources in today's environment,highly characterized by nomadism, be it for mobility per se, for the cross cultural composition of teams, or for the increasing use of collaboration tools 2:0. Our wish is to support companies in being part of  HR transformations.


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Singapore cares for it's SME's

Since 2010, Singapore has developped, through it's Productivity & Innovation Credit scheme (PIC), a powerful incentive plans to SME's that are investing in human capital, innovation and productivity enhancement. This program has been reinforced within the framework of the 2012 budget. The PIC henceforth enables companies to deduct from their Chargeable Income 4 times the amount of their investments or to opt for a cash payout.

Enhancing productivity represents a major aspect of Singapore's economic policy, which sees it as an essential tool to leverage it's growth. The PIC (Productivity & Innovation Credit) is one of the key programs that have been set in place for that matter. It offers tax and financial incentives to companies that are investing in one or several of the following areas: : investment in automation equipement; investment in staff (Employee training); acquisition of intellectual property rights; registration of patents, trademarks, designs and plant varieties; Research & Development activities and investment in approved design projects. 

Concretely, companies can, in each field, deduct each year from their Chargeable Income ( between 2010 and 2015) 400% of their expenses, with a cap at 400.000 SGD, or opt for a cash payout equivalent to  30% of the expenses in 2010 and 2011, and to 60% of the expenses starting in 2012, with an expenses cap of 100.000 SGD.

What's striking is the openness and simplicity of the scheme. Incentives are based on investments that are not exceptional but take place in the companies normal development process.  Companies engage the expenses with no required pre-agreement.  They declare their expenses in their tax form or claim for a cash payout the next quarter following the investment. The staje is to facilitate the decision to invest, to accelerate and ampliy the process. 

In the field of training, the PIC represents an important stimulus. It enables companies to launch ambitious training programs, from hard skills training to the development of management skills and leadership, for a fraction of the initial cost: a training invoiced 10.000 SGD in 2012 will cost only 4000 SGD to a company opting for a 60% cash payout.

For more details, see the official websites of :


The economic outlook is getting greyish in Singapore

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The Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) published yesterday it's growth previsions for the country in 2012. With an estimate between 1% and 3%, Growth is showing an impressive slow down compared to previous years: 14,5% last year (2010), and a prevision of 5% this year

The figure that was released is the worst since the 2008-2009 crisis (-0,8% in 2009). It could yet be revised if the global economic context continued to degrade, with the debt in the Euro zone, or in case of a global financial crisis.

Such a weak growth perspective should have a negative impact on the job market and lead to pressure to lower salaries. A situation that leads to no enthusiasm on the front of international mobility and concerning the opportunities for job seekers and potential new entrepreneurs.

To be downloaded of the MTI website:



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