Singapore ranks 1st in financial stewardship and overall 3rd in government effectiveness in global ranking

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Singapore ranks third in the world in a global ranking that tracks the effectiveness of government

It is also the only Asian country to make it to the top 10 according to the Chandler Good Government Index. In first place is Finland and Switzerland in second place.

Singapore is TOP in financial stewardship, market attractiveness, and helping people to rise.
Under Leadership and Foresight, Singapore is TOP in long-term vision and adaptability and 3rd in anti-corruption.
Under the pillar for ‘Helping people to rise’, Singapore ranks at the top for education, satisfaction with public services and personal safety. 
2022 Chandler Good Government Index

The report says that decades of strong financial stewardship have afforded Singapore the wherewithal to soften the blow of the pandemic for businesses and households, through a range of assistance schemes.

It noted that Singapore provided differentiated wage support to companies by subsidising wages depending on the impact of the pandemic on an industry. During the pandemic, the government had provided more wage support to sectors that were harder hit – such as in aviation. 

Businesses were supported through measures such as tax rebates and loan support programmes, with the government taking on the majority of the risk for loans to companies.

The report also noted the measures taken to minimise adverse long-term economic effects of the pandemic. For example, at the household level, support measures ranged from universal cash payouts and additional cash grants to the less privileged, the elderly, and the self-employed, to job support schemes for recent graduates and those seeking work. Households received subsidies on utilities and children from low-income households received meal support

During the pandemic, the government sought to accelerate the uptake of digital services. It focused on small businesses (including helping hawkers to go digital), students, and the elderly.

The Ministry of Education brought forward its plans to provide all secondary school students with digital devices. Singapore’s fourth pandemic support budget also included incentives to encourage residents, particularly the elderly, to acquire digital devices and learn digital skills.

The report concludes that Singapore’s use of resources to mitigate the pandemic while building capacity for future growth speaks well of its long term planning. Singapore ranks global 1st for Financial Stewardship in the CGGI this year

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