"With Love Gifts, your single friends and family members can redeem exciting activities and professional dating services by SDNTrust accredited agencies," says the official website,
"They get to have fun, widen their social circle, and maybe meet that special someone!
According to his statement, 31 percent of women and 41 percent of men are not having children.In the latest government-backed move to spark romance, Singapore's marriage-promoting Social Development Network has launched a new product dubbed "love gifts." Know a lonely single?You can purchase gift vouchers of so your single friend or family member can spend the cash on dates or dating services.So in January, it announced that it would merge its agencies: the Social Development Units (or SDU, which Singaporeans often jokingly refer to as "Single, Desperate, and Ugly") for the college educated and the Social Development Service for everyone else.The goal: to offer a bigger dating pool to citizens looking for an official hookup.While the idea of asking Uncle Sam to set you up may seem like the final act of a desperate single, in Singapore, the mixing of love and state is de rigueur: In the last 25 years, the country's two official matchmaking agencies have 186,000 marriages to their credit.But with a birthrate that's flat, after two decades of decline, and the average age of marriage steadily rising (for women, it jumped from 24.6 in 1985 to 27.6 in 2007; for men, it rose from 27.4 to 30.2), the government is hoping to do even better." The Social Development Network, set up in 1984 to serve as the country's official matchmaker, has also announced a five-week Dating Fest starting on December 29 that will include activities such as speed-dating, bowling, and dance and pastry-making workshops.Singapore seems to be succeeding at most things, except mating.For more than 25 years, the Singaporean government has tried to step in to get couples together to overturn the country's record-low fertility rates.Despite a slew of organized dances, wine tastings, and cruises, according to The New York Times, they have been some of the country's least successful social engineering programs.