You may know them as the largest search engine provider in the world, or as the company behind Android – the number one mobile phone operating system.
But we would hazard a guess that you did not know this – the founders of Google (and Alphabet), Larry Page and Sergey Brin actually had their maiden visit to our little sunny island yesterday.
Finding Answers To Singapore’s Development
Instead of engaging in the Tourism Board, our Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, was brought in to give them a personal tour of Singapore and our important landmarks.
Among the places that the three of them visited were the Port of Singapore (we are number two among the world’s top 100 ports by the way) as well as the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) Singapore City Gallery, which showcases Singapore’s radical physical transformation over the years.
Does Google Have Big Plans For A Small Country?
Exact details about their visit were sketchy at best with no details released to the media; with a Google spokesperson merely saying that “they were in town to learn about Singapore’s development story”. Ooookay.
Well, whatever it is, we will hopefully have some cause for celebration soon.
However, the Managing Director of the Economic Development Board (EDB), Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, gave us an insight as to what EDB and Google have been working together on:
“EDB has been working closely with Google to leverage our strong base of engineering talent, availability of lead demand partners and ICT infrastructure to grow their operations in Singapore and business in the region.”
He also commended Google for helping Singaporean employees develop skill sets in analytics and digital marketing, and moving forward, hopes that they can work together to create and develop a vibrant ecosystem.
I guess it’s time that you start throwing your resumes at the Google Singapore office.