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Singapore favors AI, alternative food talent in new visa scheme

Analysts say upcoming point-based criteria makes companies rethink hiring

Singapore's central business district. The city-state's new work visa scheme is expected to affect many multinationals.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The Singapore government has unveiled details on how it seeks to attract foreign professionals as businesses prepare for one of the biggest updates to the country's visa scheme coming into effect in September.

From artificial intelligence engineers to cybersecurity experts to alternative meat scientists, the government released a list of 27 jobs that will be favored in the point-based assessment process, showing what the city-state expects from global companies as it seeks to grow the economy post-pandemic.

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