CRA - CID JOINT TRAINING SYMPOSIUM 2009
01 Jul 2009
Speech by Mr. T. Raja Kumar, Chief Executive CRA
OPENING ADDRESS BY MR. T. RAJA KUMAR, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CASINO REGULATORY AUTHORITY, AT THE CRA-CID JOINT TRAINING SYMPOSIUM 2009, HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 1 JULY 2009, AT 9AM, AT THE POLICE CANTONMENT COMPLEX AUDITORIUM.
Minister for Law & Second Minister for Home Affairs
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs
Home Team colleagues,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
A very good morning,
Welcome to the inaugural CRA-CID Joint Training Symposium 2009 on Casino Regulation and Enforcement.
2. The theme of this training symposium is Casino Regulation and Enforcement: Strengthening Collaboration, Enhancing Preparedness. In the lead up to the opening of the two casinos, it is critical for both the CRA and the CID to be well prepared for its regulatory and enforcement roles respectively to ensure that we continue to upkeep the safety and security of Singapore. The business of casino regulation and enforcement is complex and should not be under-estimated. This vibrant industry is new to all of us and we have collectively much to learn within a short timeframe. Training is thus a key area of focus for both the CRA and the CID. This training symposium is a milestone event in our plans to enhance our preparedness for the casinos' opening. It has been specially designed to equip participants with the basic competency and knowledge in casino regulation and enforcement.
3. Over the next two days, through the various presentations, workshop sessions and informal discussions, participants will be able to learn from our experienced overseas counterparts the business, best practices and challenges of casino regulation and enforcement, and fully draw upon their rich knowledge and experience. To enable the participants to have a better understanding of the operations of a casino, we have also put together a mini-exhibition for all participants. This mini-exhibition will showcase the history and evolution of gaming equipment over the years and how technology has revolutionalised the gaming industry. You will also be able to have a better appreciation of the technology and intricacies of the gaming machines that we commonly see in the casinos and be updated of developments in this very dynamic area.
4. We trust that the knowledge that participants will gain from the symposium will in turn lay a strong and steady foundation for our officers to perform their work both effectively and efficiently. From a knowledge management standpoint, we have made arrangements for our officers to record the learning points of each and every session to facilitate knowledge retention and sharing, and this will be made available to all agencies present today as resource material.
STRENGTHENING COLLABORATION AND SHARING OF BEST PRACTICES
5. The fact that this training symposium has been jointly organised by the CRA and CID is good evidence of the close collaboration between our two agencies. This is not just desirable, but absolutely necessary. CRA and CID will be close strategic partners to tackle the crime challenge and work hand-in-hand to prevent and detect crime within the casinos. Besides regular meetings, discussions and training platforms such as this one, we will also be sharing satellite offices located within the casinos which will be manned on a 24/7 basis. This will allow us to coordinate smoothly on the ground at the casino floor and respond swiftly to incidents that occur.
6. Beyond local law enforcement agencies, CRA and CID are also conscientiously forging strategic partnerships with our overseas counterparts. This is evident from the presence of our overseas speakers here today. I cannot over-emphasize the importance of forging such links. We live in a highly connected world, and crime is increasingly transnational. For the casino regulators, casino operators are expanding internationally. Both Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World at Sentosa have parent companies with an international presence, and hence the CRA has to liaise with fellow regulators where our operators have a presence.
7. For this inaugural training symposium, we have brought together speakers and trainers from several countries - the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and Macau - to share with us diverse topics relating to casino regulation and enforcement. They are all experts in their own right in these areas and have a wealth of experience to share with us. We are delighted to have secured their presence for the next two days, and are deeply appreciative of the support their respective organizations have given to us over the years.
8. In terms of symposium participants, besides officers from the CRA and the Singapore Police Force, we also have made it a point to invite our strategic partners from the other Home Team Departments, such as the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, Central Narcotics Bureau and our Ministry Headquarters. Beyond the Home Team too, we also have participants from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.
9. With so many representatives from the various agencies here today, this symposium also provides an excellent platform for each of us to network with one another and to strengthen partnerships. Both the CRA and the CID recognise that we need the assistance of each participating agency to tackle the challenges posed by the advent of the casinos. All of you here today have a role to play to ensure that Singapore remains safe and secure. I encourage you to leverage this symposium to build the necessary bridges to facilitate your work when the casinos are operational.
10. As the opening of the casinos rapidly draws near, it is timely to sharply ramp up our officers' knowledge and competence, and gear them up to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. Hence, I urge you to make full use of these two days to learn as much as you possibly can from our distinguished speakers. We look forward to your active participation and we welcome your feedback on how we can improve the symposium.
11. Thank you.