Published on 18 Jul 2021

Ceca is not a four-letter word

The Sunday Times, page A26

Despite multiple assurances from the Government that the India-Singapore Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (Ceca) does not give Indian job seekers a free pass here, some have latched on to a few areas of the trade pact, such as the ability of accompanying spouses or dependants to work here.

NTU assistant professor of sociology Laavanya Kathiravelu suggests breaking down employment data by the percentage of foreigners in different industries, which would make clear what kinds of gaps they are filling in the economy. “This could also identify training and education that locals and local institutions could focus on, to better address these gaps,” she says.

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