Month: August 2019


Diplomats & Honorary Consuls meet at President’s Diplomatic Reception this Year This year’s President’s Diplomatic Reception was held on 11th July 2019 and this year, the event, which is hosted by President Halimah Yacob to honour the Diplomatic Corps for promoting friendly relations with Singapore, was also attended by Singapore Honorary Consuls-General. In her message to the diplomats, the President said, “We may be a little red dot on the map, but Singapore enjoys excellent bilateral relations with the world. This is due to the good work of our diplomats, who play an important role in bridging understanding and...

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Interview: HE Jo Tyndall – New Zealand and Singapore The Next Level

New Zealand’s High Commissioner, HE Jo Tyndall, brings a fresh outlook to her diplomatic moves in her new charge as NZ’s top diplomat to Singapore in a conversation with IN Diplomacy Editor-in Chief Nomita Dhar. The country’s former Climate Change ambassador also shared her thoughts on tackling the global challenges facing the environment  YOU have been here since March this year, what has it been like so far? Time has really flown and I just love being here; almost everywhere I go people ask me how I’m making the transition to Singapore. But really it is such an easy...

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VLADIVOSTOK – Russia’s Far East is Nearer than Far

  Upcoming Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) focuses on greater Russian and Asia-Pacific links. This year India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the Chief Guest. The EEF has become the biggest international platform for discussing the strategy for developing political, economic and cultural ties between Russia and Asia Pacific. THE port city of Vladivostok is gearing up for the fifth edition of the EFF which will be held between 4 to 6 September 2019 ( Government, institutions, private sector and students are all working together to make the annual Forum a great success. The EEF started in 2015 and was...

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State Visit (July): Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih Signed Open Air Agreement

  ON 1st July 2019, the President of the Republic of Maldives, HE Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, had meetings with President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. President Solih briefed them on the priorities of his government, including on sustainable development. In this regard, Singapore will provide a two-year technical cooperation package, through the Singapore Cooperation Programme, for senior Maldivian officials including that of sustainable development. Both sides also identified opportunities for further collaboration in healthcare, security, infrastructure and connectivity. PM Lee and President Solih also witnessed the signing of two agreements: An Open Skies Agreement and MOU on...

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Official Visit (July): Timor Leste Foreign Minister Soares

THE Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste Dionísio da Costa Babo Soares was on his first Official Visit to Singapore from 8th to 9th July 2019. During his visit, Minister Soares met Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. While in Singapore, Minister Soares attended the Timor-Leste-Singapore Business Forum organised by the Timor-Leste Embassy in Singapore. He also delivered a Distinguished Public Lecture at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies. In the abstract from of his lecture, he described how...

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