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About Us

 

 

What's the difference between SingaporeConnect, Contact Singapore, Overseas Singaporean Unit? (written in 2009, valid till 2019)

You can look at it as a system dynamics sort of circle, where OSU and Contact Singapore seek to link the Government in Singapore to overseas Singaporeans and people who wish to work and study in Singapore. Meanwhile, SingaporeConnect is a grassroots, non-proft, relatively casual-based organisation to host events because it's nice to mix around with Singaporeans now and then.

 

 

 

 

Does SingaporeConnect receive any funding?

No, not automatically. SingaporeConnect used to receive some annual funding from the Singapore International Foundation but not since 2008. The operating funds for SingaporeConnect since then have come from donations from our volunteer committee, registration payments per-event, and the occasional sponsorship/grants that are sought on a case-by-case basis for each event.

Here's another way to look at the organisations that will relate to your presence in the Bay Area.
 

Table is relevant for 2009 - 2019:

Organisation

OSU

CS

CG

SingaporeConnect, SABA, NTU-AA, etc.

Full Name

Overseas Singaporean Unit

Contact Singapore

Consulate General

 

Focus

Help overseas Singaporeans stay in touch with Singapore, for example via newsletters and discount passes, bringing Singaporean entertainers and speakers to your city, and major events like Singapore Day

Help connect foreigners and Singaporeans alike to job and study opportunities in Singapore

Help overseas Singaporeans renew their passport, process visas for foreigners to visit Singapore, and help Singaporeans if they need special assistance

Help Singaporeans and friends staying in each overseas city connect together over social and business events, like potlucks, dinner functions, sports, and family gatherings

Supported by

Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)

Economic Development Board (EDB)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

Local Singaporeans in your area

Funding

Taxpayer money

Taxpayer money

Taxpayer money

Local support (qualified events may be subsidised by OSU, CS, or CG on a case-by

 

 

What's the difference between OSU, CS, and SGN? (written in 2022)

Contact Singapore (CS) - was a branch of the Economic Development Board (EDB), set up to target overseas Singaporeans and non-Singaporeans, who would be interested in working or studying in Singapore. It focused generally more on non-Singaporeans.

OSU (Overseas Singaporean Unit) - was a branch of the Prime Minister's Office, later a branch of Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), set up to target exclusively overseas Singaporeans, to keep them in touch with Singapore.

CS and OSU have closed. SGN is effectively the replacement, combining both functions and more. 

Critically, it means, unlike OSU which funded Singaporeans (i.e. if we held an event with OSU funding, it had to target primarily Singaporeans, and their immediate families or one significant other, but no broader, i.e. not uncles, nephews), SGN sees everyone as "friends of Singapore" - so participants at events funded by SGN can be of all nationalities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What's the difference between SingaporeConnect and the Singapore Global Network? (written in 2022)

Very different.

SingaporeConnect (SGC, SGConnect) is a volunteer organisation.

Singapore Global Network (SGN) is a Singapore Government agency.

SingaporeConnect's main scope of operations is the San Francisco Bay Area (SF Bay Area), in California, USA. 

Singapore Global Network operates worldwide.

 

Table is relevant for 2022:

 

SGN

CG

SingaporeConnect, NTU-AA, etc.

Full Name

Singapore Global Network

Consulate General

 

Focus

Connect Friends of Singapore (Singaporeans, their families, those with a connection to Singapore, i.e. worked or studied in, desire to do business with) together.

Stay in touch with Singapore, for example via newsletters and discount passes, doing events around the world, supporting locally-held events, building tools to help friends of Singapore network together. 

Help overseas Singaporeans renew their passport, process visas for foreigners to visit Singapore, and help Singaporeans if they need special assistance

Help Singaporeans and friends staying in each overseas city connect together over social and business events, like potlucks, dinner functions, sports, and family gatherings

Supported by

Economic Development Board (EDB)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

Local Singaporeans in your area

Funding

Taxpayer money

Taxpayer money

Local support (qualified events may be subsidised by SGN).

 

Ways to connect with SingaporeConnect

 

Resource

Link

Web Site and Email List http://singaporeconnect.org / https://singaporeconnect.groups.io

Facebook Page

https://facebook.com/singaporeconnect

Only SingaporeConnect can post. Announcements will be made on Facebook Page

Facebook Group

https://facebook.com/groups/singaporeconnect

Any registered member in the private group can post (per guidelines). Photo albums of past events. 

Youtube Channel

https://youtube.com/singaporeconnect

Videos of past events, trailers for future events.

Twitter

https://twitter.com/sgconnect

Announcements of events

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/singaporeconnect/

Announcements of events

Tik Tok

https://www.tiktok.com/@singaporeconnect

Announcement of events