Month: July 2019

Don’t Miss Malaysia Fest 2019 this Weekend

MALAYSIA’S annual signature event in Singapore that showcases the sights, sounds and taste of Singapore’s neighbour begins on 25th July 2019 at the Singapore Expo 6A. In a press conference hosted by HE High Commissioner,  Dato’ Zainol Rahim Zainuddin, last week at the Malaysian Embassy, the organiser and some of the major supporting partners announced that this year the fair will be bigger and better, announcing several of the highlights: Briefly: the Chairman of FAMA, Sr. Tuan Haji Ishak bin Ismail from the Malaysian national body that regulates and markets the country’s fruits and foodstuffs, said visitors will be...

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King Abdullah Delivered Keynote Address at Singapore’s First ICCS

Singapore convened the first International Conference on Cohesive Societies (ICCS) to drive global collective action for peace and harmony, with King Abdullah II of Jordan delivering the keynote address HIS Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan delivered the Keynote Address at the ICCS, bringing his substantial experience as a global leader in promoting interfaith understanding and dialogue across religious communities. His Majesty has led a number of important international initiatives aimed at promoting tolerance and peaceful coexistence. Among these critical interventions are the Amman Message, the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, and the...

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Diplomacy On the Offensive

IN Diplomacy Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Ms Nomita Dhar’s interview with Ambassador-at-Large HE Ong Keng Yong, who headed an international conference in June drawing on the teachings of major religions and their leaders to counter global challenges from terrorism (see page 4). He spoke about diplomacy here comparing past and present. The former Secretary General of ASEAN is currently Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and is also Director, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies; Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research   Thank you Ambassador for starting off our Stalwarts...

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SIIA-Clingbael Dialogue: Enhancing EU-Singapore Connectivity

THE European Union in Singapore, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and Clingendael – The Netherlands Institute for International Relations jointly presented the SIIA-Clingendael Dialogue: Enhancing EU-Singapore Connectivity on 27th June 2019, at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel. The conference brought together industry leaders and policy makers from Singapore and Europe to focus on connectivity in key areas such as infrastructure, digital and people-to-people connectivity. In her welcome remarks, the European Ambassador to Singapore, HE Barbara Plinkert, said the conference is the second in a series of four this year (the first one, in January, dealt with security cooperation, and the remaining two, to be held later this year, will look at climate change and environment as well as economic relations). Connectivity, she said, is very much at the heart of the EU-Singapore relations as both countries’ societies and economies are interconnected but she added, “Our challenges are increasingly global. At the same time the global rules based order and multilateralism are under threat. Singapore and the EU are natural partners in defending these fundamental principles. A powerful signal emphasising this partnership was sent when Singapore and the EU last October when, together, we signed three landmark agreements: the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, the Investment Protection Agreement and the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. They underline the deep and multi-faceted connections that already exist between the EU and Singapore.” The...

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Official Visit: FM Damdin Tsogtbaatar in Singapore

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia visited Singapore from 5th to 8th June 2019 and gave the RSIS Distinguished Public Lecture on Mongolia’s foreign policy towards Asia MINISTER Tsogtbaatar called on Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat, and met Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. During his visit, Minister Tsogtbaatar also delivered the keynote speech at the Singapore-Mongolia Business Dialogue co-organised by the Singapore Business Federation and the Embassy of Mongolia. In his meeting with his Singapore counterpart, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, they reaffirmed the warm and friendly bilateral relations and also looked forward...

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