Byravee Iyer
Feb 11, 2014

Singapore ministry taps SapientNitro’s Kim Douglas for its Infocomm Media Masterplan

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI) has selected Kim Douglas, MD and VP of SapientNitro Singapore and Hong Kong, to sit on the country’s Infocomm Media Masterplan Working Committee.

Kim Douglas
Kim Douglas

The new committee’s task is to study the media sector and explore development options and wider information-communications strategies in Singapore. The ultimate goal is to transform the country into a leading media and infocomm hub.

In June 2013, Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore’s minster for communications and information, announced the committee’s formation. Koh Boon Hwee, chairman of Credence Partners, will chair the 14-member body, which will be private sector-led with support from the ministry, along with the Infocomm Development Authority, the Media Development Authority and the Economic Development Board.

Over the next two years, the steering group will work closely with academia, and the private and public sectors to deliver a masterplan that will guide the development of Singapore’s infocomm and media sectors into 2025.

“All eyes are on Asia and particularly Singapore as a global centre for technological advancements, and I very much look forward to helping identify key development areas to propel Singapore as a world leader in the sector,” Douglas said.

The Steering Committee comprises five working committees and is likely to make recommendations in terms of technology and R&D, infrastructure, industry and enterprise development, manpower and talent development and economic and social transformation.

Douglas and the team plan to concentrate on developing talent, skill sets and best practices. The committee also has an aim to encourage influencers and role models to participate in key industry or technology positions as well as help line up both government and private funding. Another key agenda is to instil a startup mentality like that found in the USA’s Silicon Valley area, Douglas said.

Singapore’s infocomm industry, comprising mobile, data, broadcast and other media communications, registered healthy 23 per cent growth in 2012, reach $102 billion and contributing 144,000 jobs. Figures for 2013 were not yet available.


Related Articles

Just Published

1 day ago

Asia-Pacific Power List 2022: Yves Briantais, ...

The 15-year company veteran is keen to keep his brand’s messaging fresh, drive premiumisation, and surge ahead with digital transformation.

1 day ago

Campaign Crash Course: Marketing to under-18s in gaming

Will Anstee, CEO of TotallyAwesome, provides a five-minute lesson on how to keep the gaming environment safe for under-18s, as well as marketing to them with thoughtful experiences.

1 day ago

Brandalism hijacks billboards to criticise airline ...

The activist group hacked ad space across Europe, to attack the aviation industry for a lack of meaningful action to reduce its carbon footprint, and call for a tobacco-style advertising ban.