Singapore wants population to reach 6.9 mln by 2030


Asian financial centre Singapore, which is already more densely populated than rival
Hong Kong, wants to raise its population by as much as 30 percent in the next two decades to ensure its economy remains dynamic, the government said on Tuesday.
The growth in the population to between 6.5 and 6.9 million by 2030 – from 5.3 million now – would involve persuading citizens to have more babies and handing out citizenship to more foreign-born professionals, the government said in a white paper.
“Many Asian cities are modernising rapidly, and catching up on us,” the government said.
“Singapore must continue to develop and upgrade to remain a key node in the network of global cities, a vibrant place where jobs and opportunities are created.”

Asian financial centreSingapore, which is already more densely populated than rivalHong Kong, wants to raise its population by as much as 30percent in the next two decades to ensure its economy remainsdynamic, the government said on Tuesday.

The growth in the population to between 6.5 and 6.9 millionby 2030 – from 5.3 million now – would involve persuadingcitizens to have more babies and handing out citizenship to moreforeign-born professionals, the government said in a whitepaper.

“Many Asian cities are modernising rapidly, and catching upon us,” the government said.     “Singapore must continue to develop and upgrade to remain akey node in the network of global cities, a vibrant place wherejobs and opportunities are created.”