Month: April 2018

Singapore – Qatar Relations to Rise Further with IMM Implementation

SINGAPORE’S Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan made his introductory visit to Qatar from 15 to 16 April 2018. During the visit Minister Balakrishnan co-chaired the inaugural Implementation Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) with Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Bin Jassim Al Thani. The IMM is viewed as a platform under the HLJC (High Level Joint Committee) umbrella to broaden cooperation and expedite bilateral initiatives. A Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs release also revealed that Minister Balakrishnan attended the opening ceremony of the Qatar National Library (QNL), a major cultural landmark in...

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Singapore Chairs 32nd ASEAN Summit

Security and economic issues are expected to dominate from 25 to 28 April 2018 SINGAPORE will host the leaders of ASEAN for the 32nd ASEAN Summit from 25th to 28th April 2018 on its theme “Resilient and Innovative.” Only Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will not be attending as Nomination Day for Malaysia’s next General Election will be held this Saturday. Another leader not coming is Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar will be represented by President Win Myint. In a statement released by the Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday, it said the leaders will discuss ASEAN’s priorities...

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HE JOSEPH DEL MAR YAP: New Ambassador Means Business

A former top corporate executive, the new Philippines Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, HE Joseph Del Mar Yap talks to Editor-in-Chief Ms Nomita Dhar about his forthcoming plans. You have come to Singapore frequently over the years (including a short stint as the Special Envoy of the Philippine President to Singapore from December 2016 to June 2017). As you are well acquainted with the island republic, and also in the light of the synergy of what the Philippines needs and what Singapore can offer – what are your plans and what you hope to achieve during your tenure...

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TAREK KABIL: Egypt’s New Reforms Spells Greater Opportunities

Minister of Trade and Industry of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Eng. Tarek Kabil, was in Singapore for a recent visit this month. He speaks of his satisfaction with the interactions he had with senior government officials of Singapore as well as directors of several Singaporean firms in an interview with Ms Nomita Dhar, Editor-in-Chief of IN Diplomacy, .He also shared the spectrum of opportunities available in his country for trade and investment, by virtue of the various new reforms set up in Egypt to this end. PLEASE share with us what your vsist has been like so...

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Kazakhstan Commemorates 25th Year Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties with Singapore

SINGAPORE and Kazakhstan celebrated 25 years of diplomatic relations at the Tanglin Club on 23rd April 2018. Singapore was represented by non-resident Ambassador Zulkifli Baharudin as Guest of Honour. In his welcome address to the audience of Singapore officials, diplomats, business leaders and Kazakhstan citizens here, Dr Usen Suleimen, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan in Singapore said the foundation for the ties between both countries were laid by two outstanding leaders the late first Prime Minister of Singapore Mr Lee Kuan Yew and President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He further touched on the great potential there exists for both nations to strengthen...

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