Month: March 2018

DCC News A Fond Farewell to Good Friends and Colleagues

Diplomatic and Consular Corps (DCC) bid goobye to Swiss, Peruvian and Vietnamese Ambassadors A Farewell Dinner was organised by the Diplomatic and Consular Corps (DCC) in Singapore to honour HE Thomas Kupfer, Ambassador of Switzerland, HE Manuel Gerardo Talavera Espinar, Ambassador of the Republic of Peru and HE Nguyen Tien Minh, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on 19th March 2018 at the Fullerton Hotel Ballroom. The DCC’s Dean and Ambassador of Poland, Zenon Kosiniak-Kamysz, paid tributes to the three who will be transfered out to other country assignments as they complete their tours of duty here. Each...

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AMBASSADOR INTERVIEW: HE Andrey Tatarinov: 2018 – Russia-Singapore Golden Jubilee Celebrations

HE Andrey Tatarinov, Ambassador of Russia to Singapore, speaking to Editor-in-Chief Nomita Dhar reflects on the close relationship the two countries have enjoyed over these past 50 years, for which the Golden Jubilee celebrations are in full swing Good afternoon Your Excellency and warmest greetings to you on the New Year. This is a very special year for Russia-Singapore ties as we celebrate 50 years of bilateral diplomatic relations. Please share your views on this momentous occasion. Thank you for your warm wishes on the New Year and on our Golden Jubilee Year. The year 2018 is indeed very...

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PM Hasina Visit – Bangladesh Business Buzz

SINGAPORE received an official three-day visit by Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister of the Republic of Bangladesh on 12 March 2018 at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. She was received at the Istana by Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob, and was later hosted to a lunch by PM Lee (to read the PM Lee’s Toast at the Istana Official Lunch click here).. According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ statement, “Both Prime Ministers exchanged views on ways to further bilateral economic cooperation, and exchanged perspectives on regional developments. They also witnessed the signing of two Memorandums...

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Australia-ASEAN Special Summit: Security and Prosperity to Boost Resilience & Innovation

THE two-day ASEAN-Australia Special Summit that took place in March focussed on security and prosperity which matched ASEAN’s priorities to strengthen the regional group’s resilience and boost innovation. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong returning from Sydney, Australia on 19th March 2018 also highlighted how, “Terrorism is a global threat, so countries must be resilient together. As longtime partners in security matters, ASEAN and Australia are stepping this up with a new focus on cybersecurity.” He was also glad that ASEAN and Australia will work together on building smart cities to improve the livelihoods of all the countries’ peoples. He...

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Ong Keng Yong: Future-Ready ASEAN Critical for Challenges Ahead

H.E. Ong Keng Yong is currently the Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and concurrently Ambassador-at-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served as Secretary-General of ASEAN. In the light of the celebration of 25 years of ASEAN-India relations he opens up to IN Diplomacy’s Editor-in Chief, Ms Nomita Dhar, about how it is a time of deep reflection and renewed engagement on ASEAN-India prospects as dialogue partners of the future in these challenging times. Singapore is ASEAN Chair now. This important body...

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