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More than 250 hawkers and relevant stakeholders attended the inaugural Hawkers’ Seminar held at the Lifelong Learning Institute

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Singapore, 30 September 2019 – Organised by The Federation of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS) and supported by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the inaugural Hawkers’ Seminar saw hawkers in Singapore coming together to exchange ideas, celebrate hawkers’ achievements, and contribute to ongoing efforts to sustain the hawker trade.

Recognising Our Hawkers   

2          Themed “Hawker Trade Moving With The Times”, the first edition of the Hawkers’ Seminar is a collective effort by the hawker community to create a platform that reflects the aspirations of the hawker community in Singapore, and their continual push to remain relevant and provide Singaporeans with good and affordable meal options.

3          Mr Yeo Hiang Meng, President of the FMAS said, “Working together with like-minded hawkers, FMAS specially designed the very first ‘by the hawker, for the hawker’ Hawkers’ Seminar to create a shared platform for hawkers to come together and exchange ideas to rejuvenate the hawker trade. We envision the yearly Hawkers’ Seminar to be the platform that hawkers in Singapore can look forward to and participate in, as we collectively shape the development of the hawker trade in Singapore.”

4          As part of the seminar, Guest of Honour, Dr Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and Ministry of Health also gave out three categories of awards to 27 hawkers (refer to the Annex for the full list of award recipients):

(a)  Hawker Mentors Appreciation Award – The Award recognises veteran hawkers who have contributed their time to pass on culinary practices to participants of the Hawker Fare Series.

(b)  Promising New Hawker Award – The Award is given out to aspiring new entrants who have participated in the NEA’s Incubation Stall Programme, or equivalent programmes at the new hawker centres operated by the Socially-Conscious Enterprises (SEHC). These new hawkers will be converting or have converted their incubation stalls to permanent stalls, and have been in the hawker trade for a minimum of 15 months.

(c)  Productive Hawker Centre Appreciation Award – The Award is given out to hawkers’ associations who have supported the implementation of centre-level productivity initiatives.

Hawkers’ Development Programme

5          Hawkers are the key custodians to Singapore’s Hawker Culture. As part of the ongoing efforts to support new entrants and sustain the hawker trade, NEA will be working with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) to roll out a new Hawkers’ Development Programme that is available to both existing and aspiring hawkers. The programme will comprise three stages:

(a)  Stage 1: Training – Participants will be coached by certified trainers on modular culinary and business training programmes, with support from SSG. This will also be available to existing hawkers.

(b)  Stage 2: Apprenticeship – Aspiring hawkers will learn the ropes of the trade from veterans at their hawker stalls.

(c)  Stage 3: Incubation – Aspiring hawkers will have the opportunity to tap on NEA’s Incubation Stall Programme to test the feasibility and sustainability of their business plans.

6         More details on the Hawkers’ Development Programme will be available at the end of the year.

Enhancement to the NEA’s Incubation Stall Programme  

7        Earlier, in March 2019, the NEA had extended the 50% rental rebate for hawker stalls under its Incubation Stall Programme (ISP) from six to nine months, so as to provide incubation stallholders with more time to establish their businesses. To provide greater support to aspiring hawkers and further encourage new entrants to the trade, NEA will be providing incubation stallholders with an additional six months of 25% rental rebate, making it a total of 15 months of rental rebate for participants of the ISP.

8         Also, incubation stallholders can choose to convert his or her incubation stall to a permanent stall. This is to better support these new entrants as they would have established their local clientele at the particular stall/centre that they are operating from. Both refinements to the ISP -extension of the rental rebate and conversion to permanent stall – are results of feedback from past ISP’s participants and NEA’s own experience in running the programme.

9          Since the launch of the NEA’s Incubation Programme on 23 February 2018, more than 60 applicants have applied for the programme, of which 20 have been successful in their application for incubation stalls. The median age of these incubation stallholders is about 36. Successful applicants of the programme will be offered rental rebates and incubation stalls that are pre-fitted with basic equipment to lower the upfront capital investments and operating costs when they are starting up their hawker business.


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ANNEX

List of Awards Recipients

Hawker Mentors Appreciation Award

S/N

Name of Award Recipient

1

Neo Cheng Leong

2

Hajjah Roziah

3

Tee Chun Moy

4

Quek Tai Yong

5

Philip Tan

6

Teo Peck Leng

Promising New Hawker Award

S/N

Award Recipient

Name of Programme that the Aspiring Hawker Participated in

1

Kwan Yee Liang

NEA’s Incubation Stall Programme

2

Michelle Yee Wen Lee

NEA’s Incubation Stall Programme

3

Pamela Loh Ai Ping

OTMH’s Train and Place Entrepreneurship Scheme

4

Leow Kok Yee

OTMH’s Train and Place Entrepreneurship Scheme

5

Aericurl Chng Huang Wang

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

6

Ivan Seow Kok Heng

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

7

Sandy Shing Siau Hong

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

8

Ang Yi Jie

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

9

Joey Teo Li Jun

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

10

Tan Jia Jin

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

11

Gao Shu Juan

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

12

Goh Wee Kwang

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

13

Yip Wai Kay

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

14

Tan Thiam Huat

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

15

Lee Jun Xian

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

16

Tan Yian Yun

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

17

Sng Yeow Guan

Fei Siong Social Enterprise’s Entrepreneurship Programme

Productive Hawker Centre Appreciation Award

S/N

Name of Hawker Centre

Name of Representative from the Hawkers’ Association

1

Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre

Michael Ho You Huay, PBM

2

Block 163 Bukit Merah Central

Irene Koh

3

Block 84 Marine Parade Central

Victor Thya Boon Hin, PBM

4

Block 628 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4

Wong Ming Eng

 

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