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Security and External Relations
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts
Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA)
MICA’s mission is to develop Singapore as a global city for information, communications and the arts, so as to build a creative economy, gracious community and a connected society with a Singaporean identity rooted in our multi-cultural heritage. A total budget of $1,138.8 million will be allocated to MICA in FY2012 to achieve this mission.
MICA aims to achieve the following strategic outcomes:
- Sustainable & Inclusive Economic Growth
- Enhanced Quality of Life
- Fostering the Singapore Spirit and Enhancing Government Communications
Sustainable & Inclusive Economic Growth
Infocomm Technology (ICT), Media and Design are important engines of growth for Singapore’s economy. MICA seeks to facilitate sustainable value-added growth in these sectors to achieve Singapore’s vision of a diversified, entrepreneurial and globalised economy.
A total of $458.4 million will be set aside to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth within and beyond these economic sectors. The initiatives focus on developing capabilities to harness the potential of these sectors, thereby increasing economic value of these sectors.
The introduction of a general Data Protection law, which ensures that consumers’ personal data are adequately protected, aims to strengthen Singapore’s position as a trusted hub and choice location for the fast-growing global data management and processing industries.
Spearheaded by the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), the Intelligent Nation 2015 (iN2015) Masterplan seeks to harness the potential of infocomm as economic and social enablers so as to realise the vision of Singapore as an Intelligent Nation, a Global City, Powered by Infocomm.
IDA's three strategic thrusts and initiatives are:
- Encouraging demand for infocomm in other economic sectors (such as Small & Medium Enterprises, education, finance, tourism, business services, healthcare, transport and government agencies), as well as leveraging on infocomm to enrich lives through digital inclusion;
- Fostering the creation of innovative services and knowledge capital, over the Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) infrastructure and in the area of emerging technologies; and
- Strengthening Singapore as an economic hub through the development of a trusted Next Generation infocomm infrastructure, anchoring innovative companies to strengthen the infocomm ecosystem, growing Singapore as a digital media hub and global infocomm talent hub, and establishing ICT policies and regulation to support new developments and opportunity space.
Through Public Service Broadcast (PSB) programmes, the Media Development Authority (MDA) fosters a connected society through quality, engaging and informative public service content, with high reach and impact, delivered over key platforms that are in sync with the public’s changing consumption patterns.
MDA will continue to develop the film, television, radio, publishing, music, games, animation and interactive digital media industries through the Singapore Media Fusion Plan (SMFP). MDA also aims to provide more media choices for consumers and continue to create new opportunities for businesses and talents.
To better position the media industry for the future, MDA has simplified its industry funding schemes from 46 to five, applicable across all seven sectors of the media industry—Broadcast, Animation, Film, Music, Interactive Media, Games and Publishing. The schemes support the evolving needs of media companies through five key stages of growth, namely ideation, production, marketing, talent up-skilling and enterprise development.
Design transforms lives and inspires innovation. It enhances business value in today’s marketplace by differentiating products, services and experiences. The DesignSingapore Council aims to drive economic growth and enhance the quality of life. The Council promotes and develops the design industries as a creative cluster, encourages the adoption of design by enterprises and nurtures a climate of co-creation and innovation through design.
The Council plans to establish a Good Design Mark and Award by the end of the year. This will serve as a mark of competence and quality practice, ultimately raising design standards and developing design excellence.
To mark Singapore as a global city for design creativity and excellence, the National Design Centre will be ready in 2013 to house the various initiatives undertaken by the Council.
Enhanced Quality of Life
Arts and heritage, coupled with a passion for life-long learning, enhances the well-being of Singaporeans and attractiveness of Singapore as a vibrant, liveable city.
Building on the recommendations of the Arts and Culture Strategic Review (ACSR) Steering Committee, MICA and its agencies will chart Singapore’s next leap in cultural development in the years leading to 2025, by implementing strategies to make arts and culture an integral part of people’s lives, and building capabilities to achieve greater heights of excellence.
To nurture the arts and promote engagement in the arts among Singaporeans, $209.7 million will be dedicated to develop artistic talents and capabilities, support a lively and diverse arts calendar, and to bring the arts to more Singaporeans. The National Arts Council (NAC) will work closely with partners to bring the arts to the heartlands and promote more community arts interest groups. There will be greater focus on engaging the elderly, families and youths. NAC will also continue with its efforts to build up interest and appreciation for the arts in the young through the NAC Arts Education Programme in schools, improving the quality of arts instruction, and developing the arts as a pedagogical tool.
In addition, NAC will continue to support artists, arts groups and emerging talents through grants, scholarships and training schemes, to raise their standards of artistic practice and management. Besides implementing the National Plans for Literary Arts and Traditional Arts, there will be new programmes to develop skilled professionals in the areas of technical theatre, arts education and venue and arts management.
NAC will also continue to oversee the redevelopment of the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall as a quality performing arts venue in the city. The Council ensures that there are conducive arts facilities for Singaporeans to enjoy through working with partners in the management of the Drama Centre, Goodman Arts Centre, the arts housing venues, and the arts and culture districts—Bras Basah-Bugis and the Civic District.
A budget of $161.5 million will be set aside to promote Singapore’s heritage and the nation’s artistic and cultural identity. Programmes will focus on engaging the community to forge a sense of belonging and national identity amongst Singaporeans and Singapore residents and promote cross-cultural understanding in our community.
The National Heritage Board (NHB) will focus on programmes that engage and involve the community, and initiatives that celebrate and commemorate Singapore’s shared heritage. NHB will be partnering the community to bring more heritage events and activities to the heartlands. Programming at the museums will continue to focus on promoting a cohesive society by reaching out to every segment of the population. NHB will also cultivate key audiences including families and students with programmes such as Children’s Season and the Singapore Heritage Festival and to partner with the Ministry of Education to entrench museums as learning institutions.
The development of the National Art Gallery, which is slated to open in 2015, will add vibrancy to Singapore’s diverse heritage and cultural offerings. This museum will celebrate the legacy of Singapore’s artists and be a focal point for research and appreciation of Southeast Asian art histories.
In support of MICA’s vision of life-long learning amongst Singaporeans, $207.7 million will be committed to promote a knowledgeable and engaged society. The National Library Board’s (NLB) key areas of focus in 2012 are:
- The National Information Literacy Programme which aims to equip Singaporeans with the competencies needed to nurture a nation of discerning users of information; and
- National reading programmes such as READ! Singapore, kidsREAD and 10,000 & More Fathers Reading, which aim to engage Singaporeans in reading and learning, to ensure continued access to opportunities and values gained through literacy.
NLB also seeks to provide wide access to quality content, including content on Singapore’s heritage, knowledge services and resources for all Singaporeans. The next generation of NLB libraries will be interactive learning spaces catering to the diverse interests of communities and reaching out to new and more users with new technologies and in modalities that go beyond the printed text. Key initiatives include thematic collections developed with philanthropic partners, expanded Mobile Library service for seniors, youths and the disadvantaged, as well as digitisation for greater convenience and speed in search functions.
Fostering the Singapore Spirit and Enhancing Government Communications
MICA seeks to nurture a resilient nation with the resolve and confidence to overcome national crises and secure our future as a united people. We also aim to build a strong sense of belonging and pride for Singapore amongst Singaporeans. MICA will work with the people and private sectors to align and coordinate outreach efforts to help nurture graciousness and foster emotional bonds to Singapore as our home.
In addition, MICA aims to improve international perceptions of Singapore by projecting Singapore’s thought leadership and positioning Singapore as Asia’s most liveable and vibrant global city. We seek to work with government agencies to align and coordinate efforts to profile Singapore and to engage fans and friends of Singapore.
MICA will also strengthen the Whole-of-Government public communications. This includes enhancing social media presence of the Government and fostering effective and meaningful public engagement with diverse communities. Some of the new initiatives include a more integrated approach in public communications by leveraging on both traditional and social media platforms to better inform, consult and engage the public, and synergised efforts to tap on the people, private and public sectors in policy formulation and implementation.
MICA will also spearhead capacity and capability building in social media engagement and public engagement efforts through a structured training development plan.
A total of $49.6 million will be allocated for the above initiatives.
To find out more about MICA and our initiatives, please visit our website.