Institutions, Policies & Strategies


       Existence of national or regional administrative institutions / departments dedicated to deal with logistics              


Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)
The Ministry promotes economic growth and create jobs, so as to achieve higher standards of living for all by:

- Facilitating the development of industry sectors with strong growth potential and fundamentals.
- Protecting Singapore's international trade interests, in particular, with a view to enhance access to global markets for our goods, services and investments.
- Providing a good understanding of the current state of and outlook for the Singapore economy for policy formulation and refinement. 

Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)
The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) is the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business centre and grow the Singapore economy.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in the port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.






Number of technology transfer centres / incubators




There are at least 7 in the Singapore’s Technology Transfer Network (TTN).

Moreover, there are 8 incubators included in the Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS) of the National Research Foundation (NRF).  The eight incubators are: Get2Volume, Golden Gate Venture Investments, Incuvest, Jungle Ventures, Red Dot Ventures, The Biofactory, The Network Fund (TNF), and WaveMaker Labs.










Existence of innovation policies
(funding instruments, innovation strategies)




Singapore’s high performance is not only due to the innovation policy, but to the existing of epistemic community.  Singapore shows the most rapidly growth in terms of generating of local innovations. The Government has placed the set of grants to encourage the enterprises to invest in local R&D (e.g. the Productivity And Innovation Credit (PIC) provides significant tax deductions or payouts for investments in research & development, innovation, automation and training).

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has established a $97,95 million Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund over the next 10 years.Of the $97,95 million, $39,98 million will be used to fund the programs and schemes for the enhancement of maritime capabilities in Singapore. The other $39,98 million will be used to strengthen the technology cluster in the industry. This has led to many local maritime R&D initiatives such as the Offshore Research Technology program by the Centre for Offshore Research & Engineering at NUS, the Infocomm@SeaPort Program with IDA, and the MPA-IHPC Maritime Research Program.

There is an initiation to make Singapore to a global maritime knowledge hub by 2025.

RIE 2015 - research, innovation and enterprise
Research and Development (R&D) is an important part of Singapore’s economic strategy. It is a source of innovation and value creation. To further boost research, innovation and enterprise (RIE), the Singapore government will invest $16.1 billion over 2011-2015. The RIE2015 Plan sets out Singapore’s key R&D strategies, to support our long term vision to be a research-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy.

The National Framework for Innovation and Enterprise aims to encourage entrepreneurship in Singapore and includes funding and enterprise support schemes.

Singapore’s Economic Development Board strategy ‘Host to Home’ articulates how EDB is sharpening its economic development strategies to position Singapore for the future. It is about extending Singapore’s value proposition to businesses not just in helping them improve their bottom line, but also in helping them grow their top line. EDB plans to build on existing strengths and add new layers of capabilities to enable Singapore to become a ‘Home for Business’, a ‘Home for Innovation’ and a ‘Home for Talent’.

The Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF) is a funding for the development of manpower, training initiatives and capabilities within the industry. There are five free trade zones in Singapore – four cater to seaborne freight and are adjacent to the port and one caters to airborne cargo and is located at Changi Airport. All five are focused on facilitating entrepôt trade and certain repacking, sorting and reconditioning of goods.










Existence of cluster policies on regional or national level





The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) puts strong focus on an industry-related strategy - key industries. 19 industry sectors are being fostered by the EDB, additional 6 emerging business are boosted. 










Existence of sustainability policies
(e.g. sustainability and mobility strategies, energy and waste management strategies)






Sustainable Blueprint
In 2008, an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development (IMCSD) was set up to formulate a national strategy for Singapore’s sustainable development in the context of emerging domestic and global challenges.
The Committee developed the Sustainable Blueprint in close cooperation with members of the public, leaders of non-governmental organisations and businesses, members from academia, media editors, and Mayors. 

The Sustainable Blueprint contains the strategies and initiatives that are needed for Singapore to achieve both economic growth and a good living environment over the next two decades. The vision is to make Singapore a liveable and lively city state, one that Singaporeans love and are proud to call their home. To reach this vision, a four-pronged strategy  was set up, consisting of the following: boosting the resource efficiency, enhancing urban environment, building capabilities, and fostering community action. 

Maritime Singapore Green Initiative
The Maritime Singapore Green Initiative seeks to reduce the environmental impact of shipping and related activities and to promote clean and green shipping in Singapore. It is a comprehensive initiative comprising three programmes - Green Ship Programme, Green Port Programme and Green
Technology Programme. 

Masterplan 2008 – Where my future is
The Master Plan, published by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, is the statutory land use plan which guides Singapore's development in the medium term over the next 10 to 15 years. It is reviewed every five years and translates the broad long-term strategies of the Concept Plan into detailed plans to guide development. The Master Plan shows the permissible land use and density for developments in Singapore. 

Moreover, Singapore has set targets in the areas of built environment, clean energy, IT, public safety and urban mobility to develop Urban Solutions for a Singapore which is smart, safe and sustainable.
To achieve this, public agencies and partners from the private sector co-developed innovative Urban Solutions. Within this initiative, 6 Living Labs across focus areas have been developed. One focus area is the “Electric Vehicles and Intelligent Transport Systems”. A multi-agency Electric Vehicles (EV) Taskforce led by Energy Market Authority (EMA), Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Economic Development Board (EDB) invested S$20 million to study the robustness, cost-effectiveness and environmental impact of electric-powered vehicles in a tropical environment from 2010.