Working Group Set Up to Position Singapore’s Legal and Accounting Services Sectors for the Future
18 Feb 2016 Posted in Press releases
Working Group Set Up to Position
Singapore’s Legal and Accounting Services Sectors for the Future
A dedicated Working Group has been set up under the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) to develop strategies to position Singapore’s Legal and Accounting Services sectors well for the future.
The 20-member Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services is co-chaired by Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State (SMS), Ministry of Law and Ministry of Finance, and Mr Chaly Mah, Chairman of Deloitte Singapore and Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Southeast Asia, and comprises members from the Legal and Accounting Services sectors.
- In developing its recommendations, the Working Group will study in detail the following areas:
- Key demand drivers and growth areas, strategies and capabilities for firms to remain relevant, increase their exports of services and seize opportunities abroad;
- Potential disruptors such as technology, new business models and new entrants;
- Skillsets required, including those needed to adapt to changes, and how talent can be attracted and developed; and
- Supporting infrastructure and services for the sectors.
- At its first meeting on 18 February 2016, the Working Group noted that:
- While the short-term economic environment is generally challenging, there are growth areas that the Legal and Accounting Services sectors can tap on. These include dispute resolution and regulatory work for the legal sector, and advisory and business valuation for the accounting sector. This is also the time to invest in capability building, such as helping firms develop deep subject matter expertise, to better position the sectors for the future.
- There are synergies and strong linkages between the Legal and Accounting Services sectors, which should seize opportunities in banking and finance, restructuring, projects and infrastructure, cybersecurity and wealth management.
- Over the next few months, the Working Group will hold several Focus Group sessions to gather ideas and input from a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including domain experts, financiers, infrastructure firms, business consultants and technology experts.
- SMS Indranee Rajah said: “Asia’s continued growth and advancements in technology present both opportunities as well as challenges for the sector. There are also inherent synergies between Legal and Accounting Services which can be better harnessed. This Working Group will identify key growth services and practice areas that present opportunities for the sector and develop strategies to help firms stay relevant and prepare for the future.”
- Mr Mah added: “The long-term growth of the Legal and Accounting Services sector depends on firms’ ability to further tap on demand beyond Singapore’s shores, stay ahead of the curve and innovate. Growing such capabilities and tackling potential disruptors head on will ultimately serve to strengthen Singapore’s role as a leading professional services hub in Asia.”
- On 1 October 2015, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the establishment of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) to develop economic strategies to position Singapore well for the future. The 30-member Steering Committee is helmed by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance, and his deputy chairman Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry).
- The Committee, comprising members from different industries, backgrounds, experiences and expertise, addresses five areas, namely:
- Future growth industries and markets;
- Corporate capabilities and innovation;
- Jobs and skills;
- Urban development and infrastructure; and
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD, MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND
MINISTRY OF LAW
18 FEBRUARY 2016
Annex A: List of members on the Working Group on Legal and Accounting Service (DOCX, 0.03MB)
Annex B: Photos of the first meeting of the Committee on the Future Economy’s Working Group on Legal and Accounting Services (DOCX,1MB)
Last updated on 19 Feb 2016