Event: Celebrating 35 years of innovation on MINDEF PRIDE Day

Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung commemorates 35 years of innovation at the MINDEF PRIDE Day and officiates opening of SGDefence Exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

Speaking at the awards presentation ceremony, Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung noted that this year marked the 35th anniversary of the PRIDE movement and commended the progress of the PRIDE movement over the years. Ong highlighted the importance of ensuring that MINDEF and SAF personnel continue to find ways to improve and innovate at their daily work. Click on infographic for a complete and enlarged view.

Speaking at the awards presentation ceremony, Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung noted that this year marked the 35th anniversary of the PRIDE movement and commended the progress of the PRIDE movement over the years. Ong highlighted the importance of ensuring that MINDEF and SAF personnel continue to find ways to improve and innovate at their daily work. Click on infographic for a complete and enlarged view.

Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung officiated at the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) PRIDE (PRoductivity and Innovation in Daily Efforts) Day 2016 awards presentation ceremony held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre this morning.

A total of 184 awards were presented to individuals, groups and units from MINDEF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) in recognition of their outstanding and innovative projects.

Through their innovations and work improvement ideas, savings exceeding $164 million were achieved in the last financial year.

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the PRIDE movement, PRIDE pioneer and then-Permanent Secretary (Defence) Lim Siong Guan also gave a plenary speech on the intent of the PRIDE movement and the crucial role that innovation will play in Singapore’s future.

The MINDEF PRIDE movement, established in 1981, promotes a culture of organisational excellence, innovation and productivity across MINDEF and the SAF.

“The PRIDE movement has caught on and done well. We have completed countless projects to improve productivity and develop better solutions to our challenges. All the best technologies and fighting capabilities will come to naught if we do not have the people with the right skills and attitudes, and if we do not meaningfully nurture and tap on their full potential. I am confident that our men and women will continue to find a strong purpose in what they do, and take pride in being the backbone of our innovative culture,” said Ong Ye Kung, Second Minister for Defence.

MINDEF PRIDE Day is held annually to recognise the outstanding efforts and contributions by participants of the MINDEF PRIDE movement.

This year’s theme, “Smart Defence: Innovation, Science and Technology”, reflects the continued emphasis on inspiring a strong culture of innovation, and on harnessing science and technology to push the operational boundaries and capabilities of MINDEF and the SAF.

Following the awards presentation ceremony, Mr Ong also officiated at the opening of the SGDefence Exhibition, a key highlight of the Defence Technology Community (DTC)’s 50th anniversary celebrations, and toured the exhibits.

On the exhibition, Mr Ong noted that it showcased the partnership between MINDEF and the Defence Technology Community, and how we brought innovation, science and technology together to advance our capabilities.

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