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The Construction Industry Joint Committee or CIJC, issued on 17 May 2021 a formal statement to the Government to adopt a balanced approach and work with industry to allow the recruitment and inflow of foreign manpower.

Members of the CIJC are prepared to work with the relevant agencies and stakeholders to establish a viable end-to-end system to bring in migrant workers in a safe and controlled manner so as to enable work to continue, while keeping Singaporeans safe.

The industry also hopes that the Government will consider additional relief measures to help all the stakeholders in the built environment sector to cope with the increased challenges as a result of the tightened border measures. Even as we address immediate manpower issues, the industry is committed to achieve our medium to long-term transformation goals through accelerating the adoption of labour-efficient construction technologies such as prefabrication initiatives, embracing technology to achieve higher productivity in the sector, and redesigning business processes and upskilling the workforce to create good jobs for Singaporeans.

The full statement can be read here.