Month: November 2018

DPM Teo Chee Hean’s Visit to Malaysia

DEPUTY Prime Minister (DPM) and Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean was on a working visit to Kuala Lumpur, Kuching, and Kota Kinabalu from 4 to 9 September 2018. DPM Teo was accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Sim Ann, and Chairperson of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Home Affairs and Law, Christopher De Souza. DPM Teo called on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in Putrajaya...

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Russia-Singapore Inter-Governmental Commission

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Maxim Akimov, (pictured above) co-chaired the Ninth Session of the High-Level Russia-Singapore Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC9) in Singapore on 19 September 2018. DPM Tharman and DPM Akimov noted that 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Singapore. They reaffirmed the good and growing ties between the two countries, and the importance of the IGC in serving as a platform to strengthen bilateral cooperation, particularly trade, investment and business ties. The DPMs agreed that both sides...

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THIS year’s ITB Asia 2018 finished on a high note with a record-breaking numbers of exhibitors (over 1,000) and buyers (again over 1,000). According to the organisers a staggering 25,000 business appointments were booked with total visitorship figures increasing by almost 10% coming from 127 countries. It was also a wonderful showcase of the most active and attractive destinations being promoted and waiting in store for travellers in the coming year. Of special note is the roster of new exhibitors. The list included Abu Dhabi, Botswana, Canton Sarajevo, Croatia, Fukuoka, Kansai, Mauritius, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Rovaniemi, Slovakia and...

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73rd UNGA: Singapore’s Perspective

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan reviews the key themes of the speeches in the last week of September during the 73rd UN General Assembly THE 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) started on 18th September in New York, here are some of the highlights of the comments given by Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to the press after the presentation of Singapore’s National Statement by the Minister on 29 September 2018. Some of the “key themes” he said that came through during the week were centred on: Multilaterism Dr Vivian Balakrishnan noted the word ‘multilateralism’ was used by almost all...

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  As all eyes were on the recently signed, European Union – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA), we spoke to Ambassador Barbara Plinkert, the EU Ambassador to Singapore about her views on how this agreement would impact, cooperation and collaboration between ASEAN and EU MANY eyes are on the just concluded FTA between the European Union and Singapore, your views? BP: The FTA, together with the IPA, constitutes an important milestone in our already strong and established trade and economic relations. It is the first trade agreement signed between the EU and an ASEAN country and will serve as...

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