Month: April 2019

INTERVIEW: H.E. Margriet Vonno – Interaction at Levels Important

While the Ambassador of Netherlands is passionate about her country’s achievements, she is also committed to be fully engaged with Singapore’s social and civic scenes especially those related to women’s causes. She shares with Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of IN Diplomacy, Mrs Nomita Dhar, there is more to the Netherlands than just windmills and tulips Your Excellency, good morning! How long have you been in Singapore? From August 2017. In fact, I arrived here just before Singapore’s National Day and that was my first public event that I attended. What was your impression when you witnessed the National Day celebrations?...

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Swiss Week Coming in April

Interview with HE Fabrice Filliez, the Swiss Ambassador to Singapore who shares some of the highlights of the week-long event organised by the embassy here to showcase Swiss excellence on many fronts from food, furniture to design! Let’s start with the most topical issue! Your Excellence, could you share with our readers about the upcoming Swiss Week from April 15 to 21, 2019? What should we expect? The Swiss Embassy is pleased to organise its first Swiss Week in April 2019! This week-long festival will focus on showcasing Swiss excellence in design, architecture, handcraft, and food. Participants will have...

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BAFA+40 UN Conference on South-South Cooperation

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Statenistry of Social and Family Development, (MOS) Sam Tan visited Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 20 to 22 March 2019 for the Second High-Level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40). The main theme for BAPA+40 is the “Role of South-South cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities”. MOS Tan (pictured above) in his address at the conference said, “We live in an age of great uncertainty. The world is becoming “more risky” in a sense. Studies have shown that geopolitical and security threats have increased...

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OECD Connecting with Southeast Asia

Mr Tan Wu Meng, Singapore’s Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Trade and Industry, represented Singapore in Paris where he spoke about Singapore’s 2018 ASEAN Chairmanship deliverables relating to ASEAN connectivity. He was at the OECD Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) Forum on 14th March 2019 with the theme of “Connecting Southeast Asia”. At the plenary High Level Panel, he had also highlighted the importance of upholding the rules-based multilateral trading system, and how it provides a conducive environment for SMEs to thrive in an increasingly inter-connected world.   SPS Mr Tan also met OECD...

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Germany Offers Good Education Opportunities

The Minister-President of the Free State of Saxony of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Michael Kretschmer visited Singapore on a working trip from 14th to 16th March 2019. According to a Ministry of Freign Affairs statement he called on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and reaffirmed the warm ties between Singapore and Saxony, and agreed there was potential to strengthen economic cooperation. They also exchanged views on regional and global developments. While in Singapore he also met Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing and Minister for Education Ong Ye Kung. The Minister-President was also the Guest...

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