Singapore digest news (23.05-27.05)

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Singapore to introduce automatic biometric border control system
The Singapore authorities will soon begin to introduce a system of automatic biometric border control for all those leaving the country. According to the Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean, no passport, boarding pass or other travel document will be required when leaving Singapore, only biometric indicators will be enough.
"This will not only speed up control procedures, but will also help strengthen security amid the coronavirus pandemic," the official said.

Team Singapore's athletes have met expectations at SEA Games, athletics singled out for praise
Team Singapore's athletes have done well at the 31st SEA Games and met the expectations set for them, said Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) chief Su Chun Wei on Sunday (May 22).
Team Singapore has a total haul of 47 gold, 44 silver, 70 bronze medals. Singapore's athletics team was singled out for praise. They ended the Games with one gold, three silver and seven bronze medals. SNOC secretary-general Chris Chan said he was "delighted" with the showing of the athletics team. He hopes it would be the spark that spurs nterest among young athletes beyond the school level.

Long-term study of forests in Central Catchment Nature Reserve takes root
Researchers have now started a long-term forest monitoring survey of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve –the most extensive survey of its kind so far. It will allow the authorities to improve forest conservation efforts, said the National Parks Board (NParks) on Saturday (May 21).
Researchers will conduct surveys on the flora and fauna within these plots, as well as monitor the life cycle of selected trees, seedlings and saplings, among other work. The Minister for National Development Desmond Lee said: "The information gathered will allow us to better understand how the forests within the nature reserve have grown and evolved over the past 30 years.

Singapore and Indonesia enjoy strong ties, can do more together in green and digital economy: Lawrence Wong
"Overall, on the bilateral front, our relations are certainly in good order.Singapore and Indonesia enjoy strong relations underpinned by mutual confidence and trust,” Singapore's Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday. According to the Minister, from economic point of view, businesses can look beyond traditional sectors such as manufacturing and infrastructure to the digital economy and the green economy. In green finance and the green economy, he noted that both Singapore and Indonesia are determined to achieve net-zero emissions and accelerate the green transition. Thus, there are opportunities for both sides to work together to finance these projects or collaborate on them.

TSMC Looks to Build Multibillion-Dollar Chip Plant in Singapore
TSMC management is negotiating with the Singapore authorities to co-finance the project, whose budget can be measured in billions of US dollars. TSMC representatives refused to comment publicly on these rumors, but said that the company is not ruling out any opportunities, although it does not have specific plans at this time. By the way, TSMC's Arizona facility is already under construction and will start production by 2024, the company is ready to invest $12 billion in its development.This year, TSMC is ready to allocate from $40 to $44 billion for capital construction.