CECA

PAP MINISTER PROMISES TO CONCLUDE INDIA CECA AGREEMENT, MORE FOREIGN TALENTS INCOMING?

Despite widespread misgivings among S'poreans at the effects of the CECA with India, primarily revolving around the clause recognising the qualifications of Indian nationals in 127 professions opening the door for them to work here, the PAP is going ahead to conclude the Agreement with the south Asian giant. The aforesaid clause has already been implemented in certain PMET sectors such as banking and this has resulted in an influx of foreign Indian nationals into the foreign banks to the extent that places like MBFC and CBP have been renamed by locals as Mumbai Financial Centre and Chennai Business Park.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG TOTALLY OUTSMARTED BY INDIA'S CECA AGREEMENT?

Twelve years ago on 29 June 2005, PM Lee triumphantly went to India to sign the free trade agreement, the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement or CECA, with the Indian government. Hence with CECA, Indian IT companies like Wipro or Infosys can exploit the "intra-corporate transfer" loophole, to move large number of Indian IT workers into Singapore since CECA does not set any quotas. They do not have to hire a single Singaporean in their Singapore-based subsidiaries. Before the PAP govt notices, tens of thousands of Indian IT workers have already quietly entered Singapore with many of them working and settling in the East side of Singapore, creating their own enclaves.

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HOW MANY FOREIGNERS HAVE SNEAKED IN VIA SG-INDIA CECA?

I refer to the article “Review of India-S’pore economic pact not on hold: Delhi” (Straits Times, Apr 6). It states that “India’s Commerce Ministry says it is in discussion with Singapore on providing visas for its IT professionals but denies that the issue has led to the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (Ceca) being put on hold.

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S'PORES CECA TRADE PACT WITH INDIA MUST BE SCRAPPED, SG IS FLOODED WITH PEOPLE!

The CECA trade pact has caused many neighbourhoods in Singapore to experience an explosion of Indian nationals like never seen before. I am comfortable with having only the Indian professionals involved settle and work in Singapore, but why is the Singapore government allowing the families and extended families of these Indian nationals settle in Singapore as well?

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INDIA GOVT ACCUSES SINGAPORE OF BLOCKING INDIAN IT PROFESSIONAL VISA PASSES

According to a New Delhi newspaper, working IT professional visas in Singapore for Indian nations have been "dropped to a trickle" by the Singapore government. This has prompted the Indian government to halt their review of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) pact with Singapore citing violation of the pact by the Singapore government.

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S'PORE-INDIA CECA AGREEMENT SUPPRESSING S'POREAN YOUTHS JOB OPPORTUNITIES

A recent post on Facebook on Comprehensive Economic Coperation Agreement between Singapore & India caught my eye. In the agreement, there are 127 professions opened to Indian citizens. On top of that their spouses are also allowed to work. The fact is the foreigners will come when the policies are in their favor, make the most of it and leave for greener pastures when there's opportunities. Our young people will stay in Singapore, earn suppressed salaries, struggle to pay for a HDB, support aged parents & build own families.

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OUTSOURCING TO INDIAN COMPANY IS THE REAL REASON BEHIND S'PORE'S FIBRE INTERNET COCK UPS

I’m in the company handling fibre optic connections in Singapore. Pretty obvious where I work. Recently we were fined by IDA. Let me tell what’s the problem. We are working with one of these India CECA company which brought their whole village over. We outsource to them using their software for basically the whole data of fibre connections in Singapore. End user internet connections, businesses internet connections depend on these data, before the respective ISP can give you internet services.

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INDIA MAY TAKE S'PORE TO WTO COURT FOR NOT ALLOWING MORE INDIANS TO WORK IN SG

The new measures taken by Singapore to control the influx of foreigners working in Singapore ‘has irked India as the new law does not give India a preferential treatment incorporated in the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CECA) between the two countries, operational since 2005. This stance by the Singapore Government is expected to affect Indians working as middle-level managers, executives and technicians.

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