New Singapore Minister of Manpower appointed

Second Minister of Manpower Josephine Teo will assume the role on May 1, replacing current office holder Lim Swee Say.

Josephine Teo, currently Singapore’s Second Minister of Manpower, will become the Minister of Manpower on May 1, as part of a Cabinet reshuffle.

She will replace Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say, who will step down after three years in the role.

In addition to the new position, Teo will continue serving as the Second Minister for Home Affairs. She will drop her portfolio as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, where she oversees the National Population and Talent Division. 

A Member of the Singapore Parliament since 2006, Teo Teo’s political career and labour involvement started when she joined the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) in 2005.

Her focus on human capital, however, goes further back, having been the Head of HR at the Economic Development Board, and the Head of HR at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Prime Minister Lim Hsien Loong said this year’s reshuffle “is more extensive than usual”, so as to give more opportunities to younger ministers.

“Three long-serving Ministers are retiring. Many office holders elected in recent elections are getting new or expanded portfolios. I have decided to stretch the younger ones, giving many of them two ministries and additional responsibilities,” he wrote in a Facebook post. 

The official statement is available here.

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